The one where it’s been 4 years

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Four years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life (the other two being the births of my babies!) – I married my lovely husband! It’s strange to think that it’s been four years as in many ways it feels like only yesterday that I married him but in ways it feels like we’ve been married for so much longer. We met when I was only 17. I’m 30 this year so we have literally grown and changed with one another. I can definitely say we are not the same people that we were when we first started dating. We have been through so much together – mainly good stuff, but some bad. We’ve travelled the world together and discovered so much that have made us in to the people we are today. We have many stories to tell our children when they are older. He is my rock and my best friend. He supports me though everything and makes me feel secure. He keeps me grounded. Four years of marriage has seen us have two houses, two children and thousand upon thousands of happy memories. I genuinely couldn’t ask for a better husband and father to my children. Here’s to many more happy years together! Happy wedding anniversary hubby!

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XOXOXO

Me and Mine (May 2016)

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Every month I declare that I am going to be more organised with photo opportunities and guess what!?…this month I actually was! *fist pumps* We have had such a great month as a family. May has seen my hubby have quite a few days off work (love that)due to bank holidays, birthdays and general days to take and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous so we have been out and about making the most of our time together and I managed to take my tripod out on 3 different occasions (go me!) which has meant lots of lovely family memories in some lovely scenic locations. I find it really easy to take my camera out with me and K is so used to it now she even asks if we can go out and take some pictures haha! She finds it really funny that I do a mad dash back over to her once I’ve set the camera on the timer!

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I’ve mentioned many times before that we are very much an outdoors family and you can normally find us in woodlands and different parks. It makes it really easy as K walks really well and we are keen baby wearers so D is always in a sling which makes it easy as we don’t have to drag a pushchair around with us.  I used to do 99% of the sling wearing when D was a newborn but he’s so heavy now that I can’t wear him for a prolonged period of time as it’s too much of a strain on my already bad back so my hubby shares the wearing now. It’s actually really lovely as he gets that bonding time with D too and it takes the pressure off me.

We’ve been so so busy this month but it has been a nice busy where our time has been filled with quality activities (days out, birthday parties, weddings, fairs, seaside) rather than just boring busy life schedules and I thank my lucky stars that we are privileged enough to do the things together that we do. We are away on holiday in the next fortnight and it will be our first holiday as a family of four and D’s first holiday experience. To say I am excited is an understatement! It’s a strange feeling as I feel like it’s a milestone that I was pushing to hit. D was so poorly when he was born and we almost lost him so to be having his first holiday feels like we’ve made it past the finish line. It probably sounds really strange!

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This month….

I am loving

Reading books

Joe Wicks – Lean in 15

Eating well

The sunshine

Hubby is loving

Bank holidays and time off work

Football stickers!!!

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K is loving

Paw Patrol

Her new outdoor play house

Sand and water

Playing outdoors

D is loving

Puree food

The Jumperoo

Being able to sit up

Playing with stacking toys

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 Want to catch up with what we are up to when we are on holiday? Then head over to Instagram and follow me over there! @familylifeandme

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

The importance of baby wearing

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Over the last few years carrying your baby in a sling, or “baby wearing” as it’s called, has become more and more popular and is almost deemed fashionable in the parenting world. Although it appears that it is a modern idea, it is a practice that is as old as time! There has been a surge of beautifully coloured slings and wraps made available for every carrying situation and there is now more and more sling libraries and baby wearing support groups around to help you with your sling needs.

I never carried K in a sling when she was a baby and it is something I now genuinely regret. I made the decision to “baby wear” with D before he was even born as I felt it would be more practical whilst out and about with K as it gave me both hands free. Never in a million years did I expect to love it as much as I do and I really couldn’t recommend it enough. D is such a cuddly baby so really enjoys being snuggled up close. I found having him a sling really helped us both when he was discharged from hospital as a newborn when he was really ill as it gave us both comfort and we made up for lost bonding time. I really am a firm believer of “kangaroo care” and I do honestly believe that it helped D overcome his bad start. It’s also really lovely when your out and about to have your child in close contact where you can kiss and cuddle them freely. The sling is the only place now where D will fall asleep whilst out, so it’s proof that he feels comfy and secure.

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If your still trying to make your mind up about wanting to baby wear then take a look at the benefits below on what baby wearing can do.

  • Helps you to bond and connect with your baby
  • Enables them to feel close to you, loved and secure especially in the early months when babies are vunerable
  • It’s convenient – It’s hands free and there’s no luging bulky pushchairs around
  • You can get some really pretty slings and wraps. Perfect for every style conscious mama
  • Helps control crying – babies who are carried tend to cry less. Gentle motion is calming for a baby that may be upset

When D was a newborn I opted for a Hana stretchy wrap as I felt they were really cozy for a newborn to snuggle in to. Now D is older we have the Connecta sling and I absolutely love it. It’s easy to put on, it’s really comfy for both me and D and it has a fab print on it.

If your unsure of what sling is right for you then you can source out your nearest sling library and ask them for advice. Most libraries let you rent the slings before you purchase them to ensure you are choosing the right one for you.

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Are you a baby wearer or do you prefer a pram?

If you are a baby wearer, what is your favourite sling? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

*Disclaimer – I am not in partnership with the Hana or Connecta brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siblings (May 2016)

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It’s been a wonderful month here for my two this month. It feels like the age gap is becoming significantly smaller as D gets older and is able to learn more skills and show more of an interest in things. K is enjoying the fact that D can play more now he can sit unaided. Although now that he is interested more in toys, K is starting to struggle with the whole sharing aspect. Something that every almost 3 year old goes through.  She is leaning every day and even makes a point of telling us that she is sharing really nicely (!) so she is progressing. The bond between these two hasn’t altered, it is still as fierce as ever. I long to be included in their secret when they are sat giggling with one another. Sometimes all it takes is for them to look at one another and they break into laughter! I am immensely proud of the way they are together and the way K is so protective and loving towards her brother.

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This month has been really easy for me to take pictures of them. D is always willing to smile for the camera but getting K to do so it slightly tricky but over the last few weeks she’s been asking me to take photos of her and her brother – something I am always willing to do!! The pictures I have captured this month are in various parts of our house basically because I find they are more willing to sit for a photo right after they have woken up from their naps – you get what you can get! ha!

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I do sometimes feel sorry for D as his sister has days where she genuinely doesn’t leave him alone. She is constantly in his face trying to make him laugh, kissing him, cuddling him, wiping his face etc. It is so endearing and she really means well and is trying her hardest to look after him and although 99% of the time D doesn’t mind there is the odd time when he does! Trying to teach K boundaries is something we have been practicing this month as parents. On the whole though they are amazing with one another and I genuinely couldn’t be prouder of my little siblings!

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XOXOXO

 

D – You are 8 months old (A letter to my son)

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My darling boy, you are 8 months old.

I’ve previously wrote about how fast the other months of your little life have flown and again, although this month is no different, I am absolutely loving the stage you are at at the minute. I want you to stay 8 months old forever! You fill me with joy every single day. We are having so much fun lately, you are the happiest, giggliest, cheekiest little boy I have ever known. I am so so proud of you lately as you seem to have cracked your feeding issue. You are confidently eating 3 pureed meals a day plus around 4-5 8 0unce bottles. Although you are still not tolerating solid food I am sure it wont be much longer. The speech and language therapist came to review you a couple of weeks ago and seemed satisfied that you will get there eventually.  You are really enjoying your food now you know how to take it and meal times as a family are my favourite part of the day. I got you weighed last week and you are currently 18 pounds 9 ounces! Your a big lad!

Now you are eating more you don’t require that night feed anymore which is a relief to me although you are still getting up during the night but you seem to be easily settled. Mornings are early in our house at the minute and you vary from getting up anytime from 4:30am – 7am. Mummy prefers the 7am rather than the 4:30am let me tell you! You still have two naps during the day – a 30 minute nap in the morning around 10am and a longer nap in the afternoon at around 1-2pm for 2-3hrs. Bedtime still remains at 7-7:30pm.

You are developing every day before our eyes and can now easily roll over on to your front (although getting back onto your back is proving to be a frustrating issue for you) and you are sitting for really long periods unaided. Mummy still places a cushion behind you incase you fall but that’s just me being over protective. Sounds are coming from you thick and fast now and the other day you started to say “da-da” which has made Daddy really chuffed. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before you can say “ma-ma” too 🙂

You are really enjoying spending time in your Jumperoo recently and it is helping to strengthen your legs. You are also enjoying listening to music on the radio.

Your sister continues to be your biggest fan and thinks it’s great now that you can play with toys together more. You are the first person she asks for in the morning and loves to help me look after you through the day. She understands your cry’s and your whimpers and works out what it is that’s wrong with you almost as well as I can. She is an amazing big sister to you and I know you love each other dearly.

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You have been teething for quite some months now but there are no signs of your teeth coming through as yet. Not once have you been grumpy with your teething pain despite it being obvious that they are bothering you. You just seem to take everything in your stride. You brave boy!

We love you to the moon and back you beautiful little soul.

Here’s to another great month!

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XOXOXO