Tuesday, 22 April 2014

34 WEEKS & NESTING LIKE A CRAZY LADY


Oh yeah, we are 34 weeks pregnant, baby!!

Where the time has gone is a mystery. I still think Christmas was just last week, and here we are with Easter now already been and gone.

So as you may have guessed from the title of this post I am nesting like a crazy lady. The exact same thing happened before Caleb was born. Anything broke, no matter how insignificant, needed to be fixed. Any changes to our home that I've been debating for the last two years have had to be done....like yesterday. In the flurry of all the running to Ikea, B&Q, Homebase, the hammering, nailing, drilling, painting, cleaning, comes this sense of peace and satisfaction. It's addictive. As soon as I finish one task, I'm eyeing up another. Strange how not only our bodies but our minds react to pregnancy. 

I have to champion my mum this last week, she came up to celebrate Easter and I'm pretty sure she thought she had landed herself in a episode of DIY SOS. Thanks, Grandma Liverpool. We love yooooooou!

As for baby bump, active is an understatement. I'm starting to think I have a little gymnast in there. I had forgotten the movement at this stage, gone are the subtle kicks and in their place are ones that pack so much force behind them, it brings the reality home that there is a real, live baby in there, with bones that are growing stronger by the day. A baby that will be with us in a short while. A thought that terrifies me and makes my heart swell twice its size, all at the same time. We first stepped foot on this path over two years ago, and here we are, soon to be a family of four. This life can be crazy, it can most certainly be tough, but my god, how I wouldn't have it any other way.

On a side note, what about the Easter weekend weather? Sunglasses out, light jacket on (or even off!), bare legs (gasp!). We'll have more of that please :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

GETTING AROUND WITH TWO LITTLE ONES


Beep! Beep! Man coming through with (soon to be) two babies!!

Oh yes, we're in the, 'how the hell are we going to get around with two littles?' conundrum.

Finding a double pram that fits all our needs is proving tricky. We want slim line, but we want light. We want it to be easy to collapse and car boot friendly, but preferably collapse in one piece. The side by side doubles are just proving too wide for everyday life but at the same time I'm not the biggest fan of the doubles where the baby is stashed underneath like hidden cargo ;)

So we've decided to wait till baby bump is here before we make any big purchases. In the meantime, I always knew I would want a buggy board for Caleb. Rather than wait till the baby was here (we didn't want it to appear like he was getting his eviction notice from his own pram ;) ) we thought we would get it now so Caleb could get used to it.

After a tricky start, where upon he thought it was a seat :/. Nice try, Caleb, if only it was that simple! He is loving it. We road tested it in town to see how easy it was to get around and manoeuvre, and I'm happy to report it was a complete success. Caleb adored the perspective of the world he got from standing tall, it's actually the most content I've seen him in town in a long time. He's become pretty restless in his pram of late (hence us not being so keen to make a big purchase for a double just yet) and prefers to walk mostly. With the buggy board we get the best of both worlds as once he's tired or if it's too crowded he can just jump on. 

Since the buggy board has been such a success, I'm thinking the way forward for us may be a sling for baby bump. That way when Caleb is tired or needs to take a nap he can hop into the pram and baby bump can go into the sling. Sounds simple. Right?! 

Well, if there's anything I've learnt from this mama gig....only time will tell ;)

*this is not a sponsored post.

Monday, 7 April 2014

TWO


So, it happened, my baby turned two.  

It was a lovely day, an understated affair, perfect for my little two year old. You see, for a boy who is by no means shy, he is not a big fan of being the centre of attention, and it was so important to us that he enjoyed his birthday, so we decided to make it a low key affair.

Just family, balloons, pasta, and a mama who had promised not to shove a camera in her son's face every two minutes ;)

It was perfection.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

NEARLY TWO


Ahh I can't believe it, my baby boy is just days away from turning two. TWO!

My pregnancy hormones are really doing a number on me just now, I'm so excited for this milestone but at the same time wanting Friday to just take its time in coming. I want to keep Caleb, one, for that little bit longer. My baby.

The fact this will be his last birthday as an only child is also throwing me through a loop. Two years old, and a soon to be big brother. You really are going to be my grown up little man, Caleb. 

Right, I need to cut this out before I'm a sobbing mess over my laptop. Sob, sob ;)

Turning to things that literally make me laugh out loud when it comes to Caleb at the moment, his choice of toys these days. You see, as you can imagine I've had various family and friends get in touch asking what would Caleb like for his birthday. The best had to be when my sister asked, 'What is he playing with most just now?', obviously looking for present inspiration. What inspiration did I have for her....fruit and vegetables. 

Yes, fruit and vegetables. We ain't talking plastic, we ain't even talking wooden (the irony being we own plenty of both), we're talking real fruit and veg. Like outta the fridge drawers, fruit and veg. 


Out come the fridge drawers every morning, you can see one of them has already incurred a Caleb induced injury :/


After he tires of exchanging them from one drawer to the next (and let me tell you that can take a while), the fruit and veg then graduate to the dining room table or the TV unit. 


Then when he bores of that it's time to give them all to mummy. One by one ;)


and then....back to the table!


Then as the interest wanes with his 'toys', he opts for his other obsession just now, Curious George.


Oh, Caleb how I love you so. My crazy, gorgeous, sweet boy.

So, who's up for coming to ours for dinner then?? Promise we wash all our fruit and veg before use ;)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


Now this may sound biased, being a woman and all, but women are pretty incredible creatures.

There capacity to give, to love, to feel, to nurture, to protect seems to have no end. I am so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such amazing women in my life. From my own dear mum, to my mother-law, to the other women in my family, to my friends. Each one inspiring and supporting me to be the best mum and woman I can be.

Today was such a lovely day, compliments of my husband. Yep, turns out those men ain't so bad either ;)

He prepared a Mother's Day brunch for my mum, my mother-in law (or as I like to call her Mum 2) and myself, complete with Bucks Fizz and flowers for all. A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.

I didn't take any pictures of today, I was too busy enjoying it, but I wanted to share these pictures of my mum and Caleb that I took earlier on in the week with you. They make me smile so much, because behind every budding superman is a women who's arms are strong enough to hold him ;)


This last picture isn't in focus but I love it so. These two have made each other laugh and smile this past week, and this is just a classic example of that. 

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day, celebrating the special women in your life.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

LEARNING TO RELAX


Nap when your baby is napping......Yep, all new mothers have certainly had that said to them, like a gazillion times.

Simple, sound advice but somehow the hardest to follow.

Fast forward to the toddler stage, and that advice becomes pretty much impossible to put into practise. Which I can't help but find ironic, seeing as the toddler stage is much more exhausting than the baby stage, in my opinion. Nap time becomes work time. The time I get the wash on, tidy our bomb site of a house, start dinner and so on and so on. You see if I don't get it done whilst Caleb is sleeping, it simply won't get done, and unfortunately word on the street is that everyone needs to eat dinner and have clean clothes on their back ;)

Approaching the 30 weeks pregnant mark this Sunday, has meant I've never wanted to take that nap more than I do now. People's advice would be, 'Hell, go for it, take the nap!', but if I do I know the rest of my day will be thrown into chaos. When I weigh that up against the nap, the nap no longer seems that appealing.

I do know however that rest is important, and although I may not be the type of person who can ignore a mountain of washing, or resist picking up all the toys whilst my little demolition man snoozes, I am learning to take the time to at least put my feet up. Even if it's just for five minutes. I don't find myself reaching for a magazine, or my computer to blog (yeah, sorry blog ;), or putting the TV on to catch up on our ever growing Sky+ menu. No, I sit in silence. Sweet silence. It's incredible what just five minutes of silence can do for an exhausted, frazzled brain....oh and a cup of earl grey tea ;)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

TIRED BUT HAPPY


Oh you guys, there is so much I want to blog about, but the tiredness. Oh, the tiredness.

A day spent running after a toddler all day long, is a day well spent, but leaves little room for anything else lately. I'm currently a good for nothing, exhausted heap typing these very words from my bed. My sweet, sweet bed ;)

Although I may be exhausted, can I just say, I am so very, very happy. This tiredness is a worth while tiredness. My body is growing another little person, and all the while taking care of another (not so little anymore) person too. I'm pretty proud of that fact.

For the days when tiredness turns to weariness (you know how those days can be with a toddler ;) and my patience is wearing thin, I remind myself of this quote...

The crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes...the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules...You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things...they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as crazy, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do - Steve Jobs

This quote makes me smile so much, as I have one very headstrong and fiercely independent boy on my hands. I need to remind myself that these qualities should be celebrated and not quashed. I have a natural big brother on my hands, that is for sure.

(The above picture is taken from #my_365 project that I'm doing over on Instagram. If you'd like to follow our 365 journey you can do by following @thislittlehouse_ )