Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Toddler Quiet Time + CBeebies DVD Review & Giveaway

Nap time in our house has always been something which we have been pretty strict on. LO is, of course, an energetic toddler. He seems to have boundless supplies of energy and would keep going all day if he could. I've mentioned on my blog many times before that we are creatures of habit in our family, and we love our routines which we have in place, but since we became a four, anything we plan seems to just take so much longer. In fact, most days any firm plans go straight out of the window before we have even finished breakfast. It is something I totally didn't anticipate before we had two littles but which is now very much the reality of our family life. 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Baby Boy Summer Clothes Wishlist

When LO is at nursery and Little L and I are off out running errands on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we often try and stop in our local city centre to have a little mooch around the new shopping centre there.  It's a great excuse to go shopping, even if just for an hour or so, and I want to make the most of the chance while he's still little and enjoying being pushed around in his pram. I am loving shopping for boys' clothes at the moment- and while I still believe that the girls sections always have a bit more choice, I think shops have upped their game with boys clothes, and there are now many more things to choose from. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #19 'To my Little L at 4 months'

To my dear Little L...

Firstly I must start by saying I'm sorry I'm late in writing this- you're 4 and a half months really, and I struggle to even keep up with how old you are now. I'm hoping to write to you with a little update on life and how you're getting on each month but sometimes life in our family gets so busy with four of us. As I write this it's a Thursday morning. Daddy took your big brother to nursery this morning for me as we had a bit of an up and down night and Mummy wasn't feeling too well. But you've had a good feed and are now laid on the bed next to me. 

I can see your little chest rise and fall with each breath- the sort of breathing you do when I know you're about to fall into a deep sleep. Your little eyelids are looking so heavy, and literally as I'm typing this you have drifted off to sleep. I could sit and watch you all day- the way your lips move when you're asleep like you think you're still feeding, the flicker in your eyes which makes me wander what you're dreaming about. When you do have the occasional day time nap though, I have to get moving and try and get things done as it's so rare for you to snooze soundly in the day.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

{The Siblings Project 16} Brothers in May

I can't believe this will be the fifth month we have been able to join in with the Siblings Project- the last 4 and a half months have flown past and I don't think I've quite got into the swing of remembering to link up yet. Initially when Little L was born, I found it incredibly hard to get even just one or two photos of my boys together. LO didn't find it easy having a new baby in our family and preferred to keep his own company. But as each month has passed, LO has been slowly becoming more interested in him, more willing to be near him. And this is what I've loved most about  joining in with the Siblings project- of course, I'd take photos of them together when and if I could, but it's so special being able to document them, to notice the smaller changes in their relationship and be able to look back month by month and see how their brotherly bond has developed.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

What We Are Reading: Baby Edition

Recently we have been trying to do more activities with our littlest during the day as he seems to be beyond that newborn stage now where they just snuggle up asleep on your chest- he's now really alert during daytime hours and likes to have constant interaction with you. One thing we started doing with LO when introducing him to books when he was very little, even though he couldn't understand or read them, he was learning about how a book worked while looking at bright bold pictures and listening to our voices. And now, 2 and a half years on, he is still massively into books, so we hope that his little brother will develop the same love of reading too. 

Here are some of the books we have been reading with Little L recently. They sit on the book ledges in his nursery and I love switching them up every few weeks by rotating them around. We have built quite a collection of books, but I also get a lot from the library and from charity shops too, where there are some real bargains to be found. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #18 'Being sleep deprived and a new routine...'

As I write this, I am sitting on the sofa and it is 8:25pm on a Monday evening. Normally at this time I'd be getting comfy on the sofa, ready for an evening in front of the TV with Mr F and my littlest boy snuggled up in my arms where he would normally rest on and off until about 10pm when we would change him, put him in his gro-bag and carry him upstairs, carefully tip-toeing past LO's bedroom and avoiding all the creaky floorboards, and then settling him back off to sleep in his cot for a few hours. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

{Me and Mine} A Family Portrait Project 16: April

Our Me and Mine photos for April are unusually a day late. Normally I'm pretty good at getting them posted on the last day of each month, even if they are taken in a bit of a rush and last minute. But being in the daze that I am at the moment, I didn't even realise it was April 30th or that there weren't 31 days in April! So this month, our photos are fashionably late ;) and taken very last minute, just in our back garden. But they sort of sum up the month for us perfectly...

Friday, 29 April 2016

A Grey and Yellow Baby Nursery Room Tour

There's nothing I love reading about more than other people's homes and interiors posts so having re-done the attic bedroom in our home as a nursery space for Little L, I couldn't wait to share what we have done with it. For almost 5 years, our third bedroom sat lonely at the top of our three storey barn conversion, unloved, untidy and full of stuff which would normally go in a garage or loft space. Although Little L currently sleeps in our room, we wanted to create a space for him before he was born as we knew we wouldn't have time once he'd arrived. It's such a transformation and we have worked hard to make it a really comfortable, light space for him. I'm so proud of it and when we have viewers around to look at our house (which is currently for sale) this room along with the kitchen are by far people's favourites. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #17 'My Littlest Lad and Me'

Since having our Little L back in January, I have learnt so much more about parenting than I ever thought I'd know. Firstly, just how different it is having two children than one. It's been such a massive learning curve for me as a mummy and although I feel hugely blessed it's definitely not been the easiest of transitions and I've had moments where I've thought I could actually go totally crazy. I think I totally underestimated how tiring it would be to have a toddler and a newborn, and I also didn't think about how I would go about juggling both their different needs simultaneously. It's this juggling act which leads me to feeling that horrible feeling of mummy guilt multiple times a day, and although I'm slowly realising I'm not in fact wonder woman and cannot always possible to see to both their needs at the same time, I still can't help feeling like I'm treading water most days but of course, I know this stage won't last and it'll get easier. 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

#LittleLoves Milk Bottles, Blogger Babies and a Cheeky Request...

It's been a bit of a quiet week over on my blog this week. I think it's inevitable with having a toddler and a little baby who really doesn't like it unless he's held- I just can't seem to find time to do much at the moment, but as with everything baby related, a week ticks by and one thing just gets that little bit easier. I sometimes find that it takes a week or two to realise how things have got easier, be it that they sleep more, they're not feeding as often or just that they're generally more content through the dat or less colicky at night. 

Anyway, after starting back up with joining in Morgana's Little Loves link up, I'm keen to keep joining in as I love reading everyone else's posts and I also like taking a little moment to look back and remember all the little things I've been loving lately.