Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hello Sam

Whilst I sit comfortable & snug in my bed holding and feeding by beautiful boy, I look back at the last 11 weeks. We are on the cusp of the 12 week milestone. (You know, the one where 'it gets easier' 'things stop' 'new things start' )
I think about all the things that have gone before us..... The birth, bringing him home, introducing him to his wonderful big sister, registering him, meeting our families, meeting friends, feeding him, the long nights, the long days, the love (oh goodness THE LOVE) the joy he brings and the tears too. I think about how it felt to anticipate Sam and his birth and think how quickly all of that was over and how he is simply one of us now.  How his sister adores him and the way he looks at her, like, I can't wait to get up and play!. 
How having a second child  is not how I imagined it would be, its different, good different, but different all the same. I think about how in this time my beautiful daughter turned 5 she began school (another post) and she grew ( my goodness she grew) she's such a clever little Squidge, she makes my so incredibly proud I could burst. I think of how she has slept by my side in nights when J worked away and she wanted to be close, I think of how it felt to see my husbands face as u have birth to our son, how it felt to see him hold his boy for the first time, how J supports me and how, without him, I rely couldn't do this. I think to myself how lucky I am and  I cherish every moment of this last 11 weeks.

I have been blessed with two wonderful children, who are healthy and happy. What more could I ask for? 

Welcome to the world Beautiful Sam 


I will talk more about his arrival in another post but for posterity and whilst I am here I wanted to put down a few thoughts....

He arrived at the start of September and he turned our world upside down. He completed our family and showed me how much I could love another child! Honestly its indescribable how I feel about this little monkey! He's awesome. Just like his sister. I was scared I wouldn't feel for him the way I feel for Bella but I need not have worried, the rush of love came & it just keep on going, even  through the long nights. Whether that's because I know for certain he is out last baby or just because second time around I am finding I appreciate the small thing more.  I'm not sure. But I do know that every minute counts and it's lovely (most of the time!) 


I gave myself time away from the blog, whilst he was super tiny, so I could concentrate on my family. I feel ready now to return to blogging, to share the next chapter of our lives and to continue to immerse myself in the mummy world. 

Xxxx 


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

~~the boys nursery~~

Pinterest has a lot to answer for! 

I've been aware for quite some time that a baby blue nursery wasn't for us. 

There's so much inspiration online that I found I really wanted to go bold! Thanks to awesome ideas from over the pond we hoped that we could achieve something a little different. 

Bean and I love the bold colours of 'jungle themes' but didn't actually want a jungle theme, or any animal mural ideas going on . We just wanted a relatively timeless/ ageless decor that would grow with our little boy. 

So this is what we came up with....

Stripes!! 

We knew that stripes were our goal, we searched for paper but alas it couldn't be found in a colourway we liked, so instead, we embraced the frog tape and Bean made the stripes himself!! 

We are both over the moon with the outcome! It is indeed (to me) very Pinterest!

 Its different but not crazy. 

The colours are bold, but familiar.

 Its a stimulating palette, but hopefully still enough to allow baby to sleep. 
Its nothing short of everything I wanted! 

Its perfect! 

The circle might well look odd, but for those race car lovers out there you will probably realise there will be something going in that space.

Not a number though, no!

A letter! 
Baby's first initial will go into that space once he is here and we are 100% sure on his name! 


A better view!! 
 
In time the cotbed will go in here andthe crib   (without those bumpers I might add) will be in our room.

This room makes me so very happy! 

Its perfect for our tastes! I just hope little monkey likes it too!! 

There's more room reveals to share, such as inside the wardrobe and the drawers etc. I think those will be best saved for a video instead!! 

Let me know what you think! 

Ttfn
S xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

~~35+6 ~~


Time flies as they say! 
I sit here & rest whilst my little girl is at summer club! 
She's super excited to see friends two days a week & I'm happy to get some time to relax, nest, make crafty baby projects & watch homes under the hammer!!!! 
We are now into the home straight!
Its only a matter of single figure weeks now! That's a point I find a little daunting but also I'm ready!, we are ready! We want to meet our boy & all be together! 

So as a 'treat' (I know I'll bet you can't wait!!) I thought I would share some bump shots from the past 10 weeks or so! 

I'm not slim so early bump shots weren't all that amazing, now they are pretty cool though so take a look!! 

24 weeks 

















So there you have it! 

I see a Running theme do you? 

**Maxi dresses!!!!**

Only one of which is actually a maternity one! These, dear readers, are the work of the angels, especially in the heat we have been experiencing over the past few weeks!

I'll be grateful of a few cooler days that's for sure!!!! 

Let me know in the Comments if you have found any other funky maxis that I should look out for! I love that I can wear most of these once baby is here! 

Ttfn xxx 

~~gender reveal~~

So what do you think???? 
Blue or pink??
Well we were fortunate enough to be able to have a 4D scan last weekend and we found out the gender of our little Monkey!


This is how we told people 

 
Its a boy!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!!!! 

We are soooooo thrilled & happy and so too is my little girl! She is over to the moon!!!! 

So now to start getting things ready for his arrival! I'm so excited I could burst!!!! 

So why did we choose jelly beans?? 

Well a long story short is I call my husband 'Bean' as his nickname and from there we had jelly beans as our wedding favours, and when I saw an idea to use them for a gender reveal on Pinterest, I knew it was the way forward for us! 

We altered the plan a little but I love love love the end result! 


Here he is smiling at us!!!

Happy happy days! 

Xxxxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

~~Mum & Me~~

My friend & her little one popped over for coffee.
It's  funny how your friendships change once children come along, more play dates than fancy coffee shops! 
Anyway she's a new neighbour (well we are the new ones!) & she is lovely! 
So lovely in fact that she bought me this little gift to congratulate me on the pregnancy! 

I received  a few "mum to be" gift sets when I had my first child and as grateful as I was I kinda felt they really weren't all that useful. By the time I wanted to relax and soak in the bath, I was almost a beached whale so a host of soaps and salts and scrubs really didn't float my boat, so when I saw this I was initially unsure as to what to expect! 

I was VERY pleasantly surprised! 

Inside this lovely little bag are some great little treats! Some for mum and some for baby. I'm certainly keen on what this gift set has to offer! 

It's called the *mum & me* set and its got 4 gifts inside.


Now this is the part where I went ooooh and aaaaah! 

The contents are, Bump unwind bath soak, New mum Hand Gel,  Sleep tight baby bath & a (good size) muslin square. 

Its a perfect gift. A treat for all the stages. Something to pop in my hospital bag in miniature or use now in a shower (as a bath isn't fun for me) "OCD gel" is always a winner in my book & perfect  for out & about nappy time, a soothing bath soak for baby is a clear winner and then another muslin, I mean seriously you can NEVER have enough 'muzzies' those beauties are awesome! 

The contents are brilliant!!!!!! What's not to love??? 

I would love to know who decided on the contents of this bag as they are so great and I'm not all that easily pleased generally so this is good a great accolade! 


I'm excited to see what else is in the range and would happily give this line of products as a gift too! 

Well done Cussons what a great idea!! 

*all personal opinions, this was a gift from a friend, I just love it* 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

~~On the turn ~~

I rarerly get to the end of the week & find I have some fruit left! We all love fruit here!!! 

Somehow this week it was different! 
I think its down to having cake around! Shocker!! 

I hate waste & begrudge wasting money by binning my fruit that's seen its best! 

So, like many others, I cook it! 

Want to see what I came up with? 

Two rather sweet dishes that took my healthy fruit & added a couple more calories! 

Almost brown.....


Apples! Peeled, sugared & in water. Ready to boil for 20 minutes until soft & caramelly !



Then whacked into a lovely John lewis stone wear dish, topped with my Nanna's recipe for crumble topping (6oz flour, 3oz sugar, 1.5oz butter)  & voila! A whole dessert for next to nothing! 

Just waiting for the custard!!  

So what happened to the bananas?

I used this recipe...

http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/02/11/moist-chewy-banana-oatmeal-cookies/



To create two flapjack cakes! (Meant to be bars but I put all of the mix in two silicone cake moulds!) 


Mulched banana, added literally everything in the recipe, then mixed with THE BEST SPATULA ever!!! & whacked it into the moulds! 



45 minutes at 180 & they look like this...


According to my husband & work colleagues they taste delicious!!!! 

I think I'll make them again! 

Yay for fruit that's about to turn bad! 3 awesome puddings!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Expect some cooking / mummy based colabs soon with Leanne from  "my little life of scrap" Now that should be great fun! 

Xx 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

~~Viable and feeling full already~~


I'm over half way, whichever way you look at it.

Generally I assume a gestation to be 42weeks  thanks to my first born and her rather late and medically induced arrival!

So when I reached 21 weeks I felt happy to say that YES I was half way!

But oh! that's three weeks ago and we are hurtling, all wheels turning head first into almost the middle month of the year! in less than 5 a month I will be 31!!!!!! ( I hate this phrase, but....) where has the time gone?
Well I think its safe to say it went on the following
LIVING!
Some of that isn't 'living it up' its just living, existing and getting through the day to day.

What have we learned in this almost half year/ half pregnancy?

Well your second pregnancy, as my friend correctly describes, is easily forgotten.  

"Woah that sounds harsh doesn't it? "
Well yes & no, its not that I don't care or don't think about my second child, it's more that I have a first born taking up most of my thoughts. 

Man that first pregannacy was a luxury. (sitting down resting , napping in the afternoon after work) It's only with the more frequent movements these days that I am constantly aware of baby's presence. 

We have passed the "vom phase" and the "super knackered could fall asleep on a washing line" section , and we were just into the looking fatter stage.  Now, according to co workers, I am blooming"! well that's just peachy isn't it?  I'm glad   something is looking more peachy cos its surely not my rear!!! If I didn't know better I would say im carrying  full term baby back there!!! ITS HUGE!!!  I digress.  

Its only really now that baby is moving so much & we are ready to buy, collect, get out of the loft those essentials that it feels real!!! 

Anyway! We are at 24 weeks and that makes me happy! 

With happiness comes a feeling of brave!
( I used  to have hair like Merida!, true story!) so now feels like the right time to switch my blogging focus to that of a Mummy blogger (ha OMG really, you are just a mummy???) nah!!!  I'm still everything I was before (strange yes!) but my focus alongside crafts will be all things mummy, baby and (believe it or not) early school years age related! Yes my darling first born begins reception  class in September! 

So welcome one and all!

I'll be here all week ( joke longer hopefully!) 

There's heaps in the pipeline , but for now expect  pictures & Vlogs too! 

I look forward to sharing my new experiences with you and finding new and exciting mum, baby and child based things that we can chew the fat over!!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

S.