HARRY IS ONE


A few weeks ago (22nd March) our little boy turned ONE! I am still trying to process how my little bundle of joy is now a walking, talking babbling little man.


Harry is a little monkey and constantly tries his luck. He is very head strong and has a very cheeky personality. 

He currently naps twice a day; once in the morning for about half an hour, and again after dinner for an hour or so. His bedtime is at 6pm and he settles himself with his dummy and Badger and is asleep within minutes. He sleeps right through the night although because of very noisy neighbours we have to play a white noise track all night. He sleeps until 6.30-7am and I feel so lucky that he does, especially after him hating sleep for the first 8 months!

We have lost count at how many haircuts he has had and he seems to be growing out of clothes super fast. He's in 18-24 month clothing at the moment and we chose his first shoes on his birthday. He is a size 5 (a size which Indie was at 2 and a half years old!).

He can say mum, dad, grandad, here you go, golly, gobble. I feel he is very clever with his actions and what he seems to understand and do, and whilst I often worry that his vocabulary is quite limited, I'm reassured when I see how well he can interact and communicate.

His favourite teddy is his Badger and he is really attached to it. He isn't dependent on a dummy although we do give it to him at nap time and at bedtime. 

He doesn't have a bottle anymore but has two cups of milk from a straw type cup, one after his afternoon nap and one again before bedtime. He has no trouble with eating and we have yet to find a single food that he dislikes. He loves his fruit and would happily eat bananas and grapes all day long. His favourite sweet treat are Oreo thins. He was given one a few weeks ago and now he gets shouty if he sees a pack! 

I have said before many times that I didn't even imagine myself with a son, but now I really can't ever imagine my life without him. 


WHY I HAVEN'T BLOGGED IN A WHILE

As I write this I'm sat eating a massive Galaxy Easter egg in my pyjamas and I am struggling to write. You might have noticed I've been a bit MIA on the whole blogging front for a while and so I thought I'd put into words some of the thoughts and reasonings that have been filling my brain.

A few months ago Post-Natal Depression was really getting me down, and my anxiety was at an all time high. I felt like I didn't have much motivation to do anything, especially things for myself. I did my 'duties' as a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister, but I felt as though I was just plodding along; like I wasn't fully in control of my life and that I was just going with the flow. I lost interest in most things, things that I used to love doing, and even when I felt motivated to do something I feel as though my brain was stopping me from doing anything that might bring me joy.

My doctor diagnosed me with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and my medication was switched and increased. I have been having regular meetings with a Physcotherapist and have been making huge improvements. She is tackling my anxiety in two different ways and we're starting with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (changing thoughts and behaviours). I have found it really, really helpful. I feel as though it's helping me to understand exactly where I am going wrong, even where I would previously see no obvious triggers or behaviour. As a result of the CBT and in particular 'Behaviour Experiements' I have been really challenging myself and in turn feeling proud and I think that is really helping with the depression.

Over the past couple of months I've been really focusing on myself; my happiness, who I am and what I want, what I like and what fulfils me. I have tried to live more in the moment, and be the parent I want to be. I haven't blogged because I've been spending time really focusing on my mental health and doing things that really fulfil me.



Ive always blogged as a hobby as I love writing, but I do feel that over previous months I was becoming a bit consumed with technology, social media and my blog and was using it to replace interactions and responsibilities in my 'real' life. It started to replace the side of me that loves being outdoors and exploring, that loves to interact with people I love face to face and that strives to make happy memories.

I've spent the last few months trying to focus on making my life more fulfilling, for myself, and for my family. I'm hoping to make some time every few days to blog as I have always found it theraputic and it's something that brings me joy. So keep your eye out for some more posts soon. I'll leave you with a few of my favourite memories from the past couple of weeks.





















INDIE'S 3RD BIRTHDAY


On Saturday we celebrated Indie's 3rd birthday. I cannot believe that our little girl is 3 already, I feel like time has just slipped away. We had a lovely day. Indie wanted a Peppa Pig party for her birthday and so that is what she got. In the morning after breakfast we did some painting and then family visited. That afternoon she had a lovely party with all of her friends and family and it was lovely to see her so happy. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite photos from the day. 








Someones got her Daddys frown, look at them...




Probably the most spectacular photobomb...





She had a lovely time and the next morning we went for a lovely all-you-can-eat breakfast with my Dad and his partner (Indie's 2 favourite people). We ate our body weight in food and it was the perfect end to Indie's birthday weekend. 

INDIE BAKING WITH HER DADDY

Lately to have some one on one time with her Daddy, Indie has been doing some baking. Usually they would go out to the park or do something outdoorsy but as it's been raining and cold lately and both of the kids have been a bit poorly they've started baking and it has been lovely.

The first time they made a loaf of bread and it was delicious. Indie was pretty proud.



Next they baked some Flapjack (daddy let her lick the golden syrup off the spoon, eek) and also they made some Chocolate Chip Cookies. Needless to say they didn't last long in this house.




This weekend I think they're going to be baking some Scones. I can't wait to eat them. Must'nt forget to buy jam and clotted cream!

HARRY AT TEN MONTHS

It's been a while since I've posted so I didn't actually do an update for Harry at 9 months. The past couple months have been filled with poorly kids, a teething Harry and an exhasted mummy hence the blog silence. 

Anyway, I feel that Harry has come on in leaps and bounds, quite literally. At the begining of January at 9 months old Harry learnt to walk! He started with a few steps here and there and within a week he was walking everywhere he went. It amazes me how much these clever little humans can learn in such a short space of time. 



He really is growing so fast. He's quite big for his age and always has been but it does seem like his growth is starting to slow down a bit now thankfully. We went and had his feet measured last week and he is a size 5. We were told to come back in a few weeks for shoes as his feet are still quite chunky and they said within a few more weeks of walking they should flatten out a little. I can't wait to get his first shoes.


In terms of eating Harry is well and truly not fussy. He will eat anything but his favourite snacks are blueberries and small oranges. He also has a bit of a thing for Pork & Apple Casserole, he usually polishes off two portions. 

He has mastered sleeping now thankfully and after 8 months of sleepless nights he is a pro. He goes to bed every night at 6pm and sleeps until 6-7am. He tends to have a short nap at 8am and another after his lunch which usually lasts around an hour. Sometimes he will also have a nap late afternoon depending on the length of his first two naps.


He has recently started playing peekaboo behind objects and is very clever at demanding attention. If he realises mummy is busy and not looking at him he will let it be known that he wants some attention. He likes to sneak into the cupboard and stack tins of baked beans on top of one another and since he's teething really badly at the moment I've been letting him do it. He is a cheeky little monkey. 



At the end of next month my little man turns 1 and I have no idea where the time has gone!

NEXT HAUL - BEAUTIFUL NEW IN TODDLER GIRLS

It's been a while since I last shared what I've bought so I thought I'd share a few bits I received this morning from a late night Next order. Since their new collection arrived I'd held off placing an order but Indie needed a few new bits and I loved the look of some pieces so bit the bullet before it all went out of stock.

First up is my favourite item. It's not the usual colour I go for for Indie but the ruffles had me sold. Indie loves anything floaty or floral (she thinks it's princess-like) and I wish they sold it in my size. 





Next I picked up a three pack of leggings. I tried to keep everything within the same colour scheme (green & navy) and I thought these would be useful to make more outfits out of the pieces I bought.



I ended up picking this gorgeous Broderie Blouse in two different colours because I loved it so much.



 It's so pretty and dainty but I think paired with a little cardigan and leggings it'll also make a really comfy outfit. With this in mind I picked up this Navy cardigan and plan on pairing it with a pair of the leggings from the 3 pack I've previously mentioned.



I needed to pick up a new jumper for Indie as all of hers were Christmas themed. She has a dress and t-shirt already in this gorgeous floral print and she says its her favourite because of the flowers so when I saw this jumper I had to get it for her.





Aswell as the items already shown I also picked up a Khaki Tunic Dress and a few other basics that I hope to mix and match to make a good few outfits. As I said before I tried to stay to a bit of a colour theme so the items can all be worn together. 


Have you picked up anything nice lately?

OUR CHRISTMAS 2016



Opening her stocking on Mummy & Daddys bed whilst Harry slept in until 8am (first time he's ever slept past 6am).


When Harry finally woke up...









I hope you had a lovely Christmas, ours was one to remember.