Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A POX WAS UPON US :/


Oh yes, chickenpox came to town and decided to grace us with it's presence. Arguably, a really good thing, as now that's both boys had it, and had it young. I got it at thirteen years old, and let me tell you, it was not pretty and I still have vivid memories of just how uncomfortable it was.

The lifesaver in this story though is my mum. She was up for a visit and arrived expecting a fun filled week with her grandsons and instead was greeted by a gazillion spots. Mostly on Caleb, Archie sailed through with just four spots. It would appear Caleb took one (million spots) for the team ;). Turns out her visit couldn't have been better timed. Taking care of two poorly boys was made soooo much easier by having her there. She cheered them up no end and kept me sane throughout. Thank you, Grandma!!

So it's back to business as usual this week. Which means interacting with the general public, yay!!! Can you tell that cabin fever was a problem last week?! ;) Here is to a germ free household. Well as germ free as a household can be when you've got a toddler around!

I need to tell you about the sweetness behind this above photograph.

Caleb is all for giving cuddles to Archie, but he's a bit of a run and go hugger. This is just before they both got ill and Caleb requested his usual cuddle from Archie, that went on to last twenty minutes!! I just sat there in awe, it's truly a privlege to watch their love grow for one another.

It's one of those moments that you bank, you know, when motherhood is kicking your ass and you're having a bad day. Moments like this remind you that you're doing a good job.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

BYE BYE NEWBORN, HELLO CUTIE! PIUPIA CLOTHING REVIEW & DISCOUNT CODE


Gahhh can we just talk about this little pudding of mine for a minute?! How on earth is he nearly five months old?! I really need to stop calling him a newborn now, right?! Okay, I will. A little begrudgingly, I admit. That stage is officially gone. Cue the little personality stage though, which sure as hell takes the sting out of leaving newborness (totally a word!) behind ;)

Along with saying goodbye to the newborn stage, alas we do to all his newborn clothes too. If you're picturing me folding small onesies whilst crying into them, you'd be about right ;). Archie is such a lucky wee fella and was spoilt rotten by all our lovely family and friends, and let's not forget the big brother hand me downs, so dressing him was all taken care for us. Now though, as we enter this new stage we do so with a limited wardrobe, especially as my boy is one seriously lonnnnnng baby, it's time for mama to do the shopping. Clothes shopping, you say? Yet another reason why leaving the newborn stage ain't so bad ;) 

As with my own wardrobe, I'm scaling back big time. I want all our wardrobes to fit in with our lifestyle, which for me needs to be quick, easy and fun. Quality over quantity, for sure. It's only taken me the grand old age of 33 to learn that very valuable fashion lesson. So I was really excited when I stumbled across this darling brand, Piupia. Claudia, a mama herself, is the designer and owner of this gorgeous brand. I'm really drawn to brands that have been started by mothers. I champion them for finding a career that not only fits around their family but is made better because of it. Her focus was to make beautiful and playful clothes, that are kinder to our environment and our babies sensitive skin. You can read more about Piupia's story here.

I just adore the mint green onesie, it feels super soft and boy, is a onesie a life saver when you're dressing two little ones. An easy wardrobe grab, and bam, the most delicious looking baby. Don't even get me started on the booties, they are sooooo making up for my saying goodbye to Archie's newborn baby vests. I don't know why but newborn vests just turn me into a quivering hormonal mess they are that darn cute, it would appear booties do too ;)






Piupia are giving all you lovely readers from now until 18th October 2014, 20% OFF their entire range!! I'm already swooning at the above bodysuits and leggings. They could not be more perfect for the winter mouths ahead. It's easy peasy, just click over to Piupia here, fill your cart and then enter THISLITTLEHOUSE20 at the check out. 

Now I'm off to deal with my current dispute with the husband. He wants to know why I'm vacuum packing all the newborn clothes.

'We're not having anymore babies, you do realise that?!', he says.

We'll see, Michael. We'll see ;)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

MILESTONES & A STUCK ON YOU GIVEAWAY


Major milestones going on over here. Caleb had his first ever morning at playgroup.

Want to hear the surprising thing?

No tears. From anyone. That's right, not even me ;)

You see, I know he's been ready for this. He let go of my hand and didn't look back. I cannot tell you how proud that makes me of him. In all his two and half years, he's only ever been with me, or his family and friends. Watching him confidently interact with the staff and the other children made my heart soar. It made me realise we've been on a journey together, him and I, and it's led us to this point. I know it is early days, and there may be some set backs and tears, but I also know that together we can figure it out.

To mark the occassion I gave Caleb this personalised lunch bag and drinks bottle, kindly sent by the lovely people over at Stuck On You. I picked the colour, the font, and the design, knowing he would love it. His eyes lit up when he saw the rocket and his name, and me? Well, I will never forget the moment I watched my little boy confidently stride up the road to playgroup like a total boss with his briefcase ;).

Oh, Caleb.


Somebody pass this boy a china cup, because I am loving me that pinkie ♥


Forget the china, the boys a rocker. 


As you can see Caleb was also a big fan of his drinks bottle, which for the record people, does NOT leak. Yes ladies, you can throw it in your bag without fear of drowning the contents inside. So been there, so done that, like a gazillion times :/

To celebrate Caleb's little milestone, Stuck On You are giving two lovely readers the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on their site. They're the one stop shop for all things personalised. From labels, to gifts, stationary and clothing. They also do great value packs, that are perfect for your preschooler and older.

Entering is easy, you just need to enter via rafflecopter below. When the giveaway closes two winners will be randomly selected and contacted by email once their entry has been verified.

This is an international giveaway.

Good luck everyone!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

REMEDY FOR A TIRED FAMILY


Life is crazy. Good crazy, but crazy none the less. From the moment we wake up we do not stop. But then to talk about 'waking up', suggests we sleep. Hmmm, far from it right now.

Archie has hit the four month sleep regression stage with gusto. His growth spurt is having a growth spurt! Yep, last week he treated us to two hourly wake ups in the night, then decided 5.30 am was an acceptable time for a little chit chat. I swear every time I heard him wake I would look at my clock and want to cry, then I'd go to pick him up and there he'd be with his beaming smile. Babies are cute for a reason, people!! It's so you let them away with this sort of shizzle.

Throw in Archie having a bad reaction to his immunisations, and a lack of dirty nappies. Honestly, I've never been so happy when he finally filled his nappy good and proper, I practically gave him a round of applause. Then, there was poor Caleb who was clearly feeding off our tired energy and cried at the drop of a hat. Like, really, he dropped his hat and cried. Oh the irony was not lost, but our sense of humour was waning fast. It was not a good week. All Michael and I both wanted was a full night's sleep. Like, I would pay someone some serious money right now for a full night's kip. Anyone?? You take IOU's, right?! ;)

The weekend, although may not have brought sleep did give us that much needed family time. Oh how life as a four is so much better than a three! That weekend gave me that push to try and shake the negativity that comes with lack of sleep. The toughest point of our day is definitely the witching hour. You know, around dinnertime when everyone is soooo over their day already. Today, instead of tidying up and putting that much needed wash on (who needs clean clothes anyway :/) we decided a trip to the park as a family was in order. I still can't believe how unusually mild it is this time of year, it makes me want to soak up every last bit of that warmth with my boys. This evening we swapped tears and short tempers for laughter and fun (oh and some snoozing for Archie;)).

Just what the doctor ordered this very tired family.

Warning, some of these pictures are completely blurry. Hey, kinda like our life right now!!


Oh you know, that point when you're playing with your kid and then they just ditch you.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

THIS GUY


This guy. My boy. The big brother of the house. My partner in crime.

I am crazy proud of Caleb. Archie has fitted seamlessly into our lives, and most of this is credit to Caleb. He has nothing but love for his little brother, proudly showing him off at every opportunity he gets. It really is the cutest thing.

His first two words he even used together were, 'Hi, Archie'. Quickly succeeded by, 'More, please'. Food, that is, not babies ;)

Thank you, Caleb. Thank you for making me a mama. Thank you for making becoming a mama of two nowhere near as daunting as I thought it would be. Thank you for having me along on the Caleb & Archie ride, I literally can't wait to see what's in store for us.

Not a lot of sleep, that's for sure!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

ALL ABOUT ARCHIE


Archie.

Archie boy.

Archie pants (yep, sorry about that one ;))

Dreamboat.

Wow, you're thirteen weeks old now. Thirteen weeks!! On June 3rd, life started for you, and for us as a family of four. The last thirteen weeks have been a blur of beauty, joy and copious, copious amounts of nappies. Note to self, children to be potty trained before anymore babies ;)

But let's not talk about nappies, because next we'll be talking about poop, and then we'll be talking about the colour of poop. Ah, the life of a parent.

Back to Archie. Oh, Archie. Well first off you have spoiled us. Spoiled us with your chilled, easy going ways. You hardly ever cry, and when you do it's always for the obvious reasons. You feed like a dream, making it such an enjoyable experience for myself. Sleeping comes naturally to you. You go down each night drowsy and happy from your last feed, and then you drift off to sleep by yourself in your moses basket (true story!). My boy, you are a fluke. You are what baby legends are made of, and you are all ours.

Please note, the tone of this post is not meant to be smug, it's shock. Caleb was an amazing baby, but chilled is not a word I would have used, ha! So this is all kind of new to us.

I will now leave you with some baby fingers and toes...

You're welcome ;)


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

CARRY ON CARAVANING


There are many things I thought I would never hear myself say.

I enjoy a caravan holiday, being one off them ;)

Yes, I am a loud and proud caravan convert!

If you had told me a few years ago that I would be holidaying in a caravan I would have laughed at you. I'm outdoorsy without being outdoorsy, if you know what I mean ;). I'm all for the outdoors and adventures, I would just like it to involve a nice hotel room with a warm shower and room service at the end of it.

Well humble pie I did eat. Caravans have come a long way since my childhood. No more walking down to the communal shower block in the freezing cold rain, no people, we are talking en suite bathrooms with the main bedroom!! We didn't actually discover the en suite until later on the first night, I had just presumed it was a cupboard. My, how caravans have come up in the world.

But in all seriousness, the reason I enjoyed it so much (besides not having to pee in a bucket ;)) was seeing Caleb and my nephew, Nathan so happy. They were in childhood heaven, the campsite had plenty for them to do, but as always kids go and forever remind us that it's the simple pleasures in life that are the best. Their favourite thing to do was to play outside the the caravan. Turns out a bucket, some water, a broom and a football is all two boys could ever want in the world...


See what I mean!! 

Thank you so much, Grandma Liverpool!! Same time next year?! 
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