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Me and Mine | September 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017


I cannot actually believe we had family photos from three separate days out for this month's Me and Mine, that never happens! Seeing as our month ended with our family holiday to Bluestone Wales though, I decided to go with these ones. They're most definitely not perfect (spot the food bribery!), but they will definitely remind me of what a wonderful week we had!

This month has seen Indie head back to preschool, Jack finding his groove at his new job, and Parker and I settling into our new weekly routine. Baby girl bump is now 25 weeks along, meaning we've reached that all important viable milestone too. It's been a busy one!



Our trip to Wales couldn't have come at a better time. Our Summer holiday to Ibiza was all the way back in May, so it seems like forever since we had some quality family time. And by that I mean time just the four of us, where we aren't running around doing errands, or having to fit in the food shop!

There's something about a holiday that brings us closer together (asides from the 7 hour car journey home!). The littles wanted to spend all their time together. Sleeping snuggled side by side every night, and enjoying activities together. Of course they still had their moments - they are 3 and 2 after all - but overall we had a stress-free, and nearly perfect week.

I really hope October is just as lovely!

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Mummy and Me | September 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

I actually had a few pictures to pick from this month, but I thought I'd go with the ones that best sum up the month of September. I think we've worn our coats and wellies more this month than any other September! Although if I'm honest, I'm not really complaining. I loveee snuggling up in my boots and scarf.

Jack took these pictures during our visit to Bodiam Castle last week. Both littles absolutely loved watching the ducks and trying to spot the fish in the moat. I was of course was right there with them though, as knowing Parker he was a step away from diving in himself!

This month has felt a lot different to August. Most likely because Indie's been back at preschool, and Parker's had more of me to himself. I've loved having more quality time with each of them though! Bump is now 24 weeks along, and kicking and wriggling away all day long.


 


Living Arrows // 39/52

Monday, 25 September 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

I took this week's picture of Parker on one of our morning walks. We dropped Indie off at preschool, and decided to just go straight out (as I'm terrible as putting it off once I've got home again!). We walked for ages; of course making a pitstop at the park along the way.


This picture of Indie is cheating slightly, as it was taken last Sunday. But I realised I had taken no pictures of her this week! She's always busy playing or at preschool, and then when she is at home I usually just get lost in the moment with her. She loved baking with Jack last weekend though - although of course the testing of the cakes was her favourite bit!

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An Interview with my Three Year Old | Indiana at 3 3/4

Sunday, 24 September 2017

I haven't written an update on Indiana since she turned 3 last November. Nearly a whole year has passed since then, and she's already changed so much. Three is such a fun and exciting age, although it hasn't come without it's tantrums too!

So when I was tagged by Kate, who blogs at Lesbemums, in the 'interview with my...' tag, I was excited to join in. I asked Indie the questions while we were colouring, and I think I got some lovely answers...



What’s the best thing about being 3?

I like being 3 because I like being the best.

What makes you laugh?

Me *laughs* because I'm silly!

Who do you love, and why?

You (points at me), and daddy and Parker. Everyone! 

What’s your favourite book?

The house one - she has a baby in her tummy! (There's a House in Mummy's Tummy)

What's your favourite food?

Broccoli - it's yummy!

What's your favourite song?

Old McDonald


What's your favourite outfit?

My dress. The strawberry one!

What's your favourite TV programme?

Mr Maker

What's your favourite toy?

My Peppa Toys. I like to make a birthday cake with them.

What's your favourite thing to do?

I like going to the park. Going on the tires and everything!


I think this is such a lovely idea, and I think I may try and do this every year to see how the answers change! I have tagged Zoe, Victoria, Nadia, and Katrina if they want to join in too.

Living Arrows // 38/52

Monday, 18 September 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

I love that you can instantly feel the change in the seasons with this week's photos - raincoats, fallen leaves and the darker hues of Autumn. We never let the weather stop us getting out and about though, especially as Parker thrives running wild and free! These were taken on Wednesday on a trip to a local park. We collected SO many acorns, leaves and sticks, that I'm hoping to use for some crafts this week.



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22 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Saturday, 16 September 2017

I'm now over 22 weeks through this third and final pregnancy, and I think it might be time to slow down already. Running around after two little ones just isn't as possible anymore! Back ache is creeping in, I feel exhausted soo easily and quickly, and this bump of mine feels huge all of a sudden...


HOW FAR ALONG?
22 weeks & 4 days

DUE DATE?
14th January 2018

GENDER?
Girl!

HOW’S BABY DOING?
I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - She weighs almost 430g this week, and is around 27.8cm long - the size of a spaghetti squash. She's now fully proportioned like a newborn (just much thinner), and her fingernails and eyes are fully formed. Meconium (that sticky black first poo) has begun to accumulate in her bowel too.

WEIGHT CHANGE?
Not entirely weight related, but when my midwife measured my bump this week she did say my uterus felt as if it was in the right place! So I think so far, everything is growing as it should.

SYMPTOMS?
The worst symptom that has slowly creeped in is back ache. My goodness, OUCH. I've suffered with both previous pregnancies, so I was just waiting for it to arrive this time. My midwife has said I need to stop picking up Parker (my not so little 2 year old), but sometimes that's just not possible! Another not so glamorous symptoms that's crept back in is bleeding gums. I've suffered with this in both of my previous pregnancies too, and it's apparently really common.

SLEEP?
I'm now sleeping with a pregnancy pillow (I have the Theraline Maternity Pillow - review coming soon!), as it's becoming increasingly uncomfortable in bed. Tummy sleeping is a thing of the past too, much to my disappointment!

CRAVINGS?
Nothing really these last few weeks, I just want to eat all the food!

HOW I’M FEELING?
Seeing my midwife really picked up my mood this week. The back ache has made me feel soo rubbish, so listening to baby girl's heartbeat was a lovely pick-me-up. I'm also kind of wishing the next few weeks away so we can reach 24 weeks, and therefore viability. As it's such a big milestone in my eyes!

MISS ANYTHING?
Sleeping on my tummy :(

FAVOURITE RECENT OUTFIT?
I picked up this beauty of a dress at the weekend, and it's given me all the Autumnal feels! It's non-maternity from Primark - so not only will it fit once baby is born, it was a bargain too. I teamed it with my suuuuper comfortable maternity tights from Love Your Bump. I've never invested in maternity tights before, and I'm kicking myself. These are so comfortable, and they don't fall down at all!


BEST MOMENT THIS FORTNIGHT?
Getting lots and lots of baby deliveries! Our co-sleeper arrived, as well as the carrycot for the pushchair. I may have ordered a few more bows for baby girl too, which makes me far too happy. I can't wait to see her in everything!

LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Our holiday to Bluestone in just over a weeks time. It's going to be lovely to relax as a family, and have Jack there to help out with the littles. I was pregnant with Parker the last time we went, so it's mad that he'll be 2 this year!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

The Siblings Project | September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Has anyone else completely lost track of the dates recently, or is it just me? It wasn't until I saw someone else's Siblings post, that I realised I hadn't written mine. Let alone taken any pictures! Thankfully we had captured a few of our little duo this week anyway. So although they're not the perfect siblings photos I would have wanted, we're still here joining in!




This month has seen Indiana head back to preschool, and therefore Parker left without his sidekick for most of the week. Towards the end of summer they definitely got under each other's feet that little bit too much. The bickering and arguments were constant during that last week especially, and I think we were all grateful for the return of school.

But now we're a couple of weeks into the old routine, I think they've remembered how much they love playing together again. Parker is back to calling after Indie constantly, and running straight for cuddles when we pick her up. And she's willingly sharing and playing with him a lot more. I think this is the balance we definitely all need!

Both of them get the chance to play without the other getting involved - something that's so important as Indie wants to play things that are just too grown up for P. And they also both get the quality one-on-one time they need too. 



I'm so excited for the next few months, especially as Autumn is my favourite season. We have a little trip away in just a few weeks, and then of course there's the fun of Halloween, Indie's birthday and Christmas. I have a feeling these weeks are going to fly by!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Living Arrows // 37/52

Monday, 11 September 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

Last week I took Parker along to his two year check - a little meeting with a health visitor, where they check to see how your little one is doing development wise. We are so proud of how well he's progressing, and I wasn't surprised to hear he's excelling in his speech.. he never stops talking!


I love this picture I captured of Indiana of this week - look at that hair! We went to visit my mum on Thursday, and of course the littles wanted to get straight on my little sister's trampoline. She's had a tiring week going back to preschool, but you wouldn't have known. She was jumping and rolling all over.. I wish I had her energy!


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Where to Play Pooh Sticks just like Christopher Robin - Pooh Stick Bridge Ashdown Forest

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Everyone's read Winnie the Pooh haven't they? Or if not, they've definitely seen the films! The stories of Christopher Robin and his cuddly friends, exploring in The 100 Acre Wood; searching for Heffalumps and playing Pooh Sticks.

The stories were originally written by A. A. Milne, who was inspired by his son, and the actual adventures they went on in the Ashdown Forest area. "Their old Farmhouse lay a short distance from a wooden bridge that they needed to cross to reach the Ashdown Forest. It was on one of these visits that he and his Nanny played the game of Poohsticks." 

We are lucky to not live far from the area, and have taken the littles to Pooh Corner (the sweetest little tea room in the town of Hartfield) earlier in the year. With the sun shining last week though, we finally made it to Pooh Bridge to play our very own game of Pooh Sticks, just like Christopher Robin.





Ashdown Forest is just west of Crowborough in East Sussex. The Pooh Bridge carpark isn't actually signposted until the last minute, so we did find it a little tricky to find at first. The car park is just west of B2026, down Chuck Hatch Lane. However if you do go into Pooh Corner, they are more than happy to provide directions, and even sell a map with all of the Enchanted Places on.

The walk from the car park is really family friendly. Wide enough for buggies and not too 'off road' either. It is mostly down-hill though, so that's something to keep in mind! It took us about 20/30 minutes to get down to the bridge, but we did have lots of stops on the way.

There's plenty for little ones to explore and see on the way down to Pooh Bridge. Woods to explore, logs to jump on, and of course plenty of pooh sticks to collect. I'd definitely suggest picking up a few as you go, as we couldn't find any once we got to the bridge itself!





If you're unfamiliar with the game of Pooh Sticks, the rules are really simple. On the count of 3, you each drop you collected stick into the stream. Then you run as fast as you can over to the other side, and watch to see who's stick appears first. Simple, but great fun for little ones (and adults too)!

Unfortunately due to popularity (and the amazing lack of rain!) quite a few of our sticks did actually get stuck under the bridge. We still had plenty of fun though, and our collection of sticks meant we had plenty of games.

We had such a lovely morning at Pooh Bridge; it really is a perfect place to explore with little ones - especially as it's completely free! I just wish we had time to visit Pooh Corner for a look around, and of course a little smackerel to eat.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has settled back into the routine of school runs and early mornings okay, now that the holidays are over? I know I certainly have! And honestly, I've actually really enjoyed having some structure back in my week. So here's this week's little loves...

Read

'That' Mumsnet thread.

I've written about my love for the Am I Being Unreasonable threads, and of course this one didn't disappoint. I just don't understand how these (I assume) women can be so awful about others. I do agree there needs to be more clarification on ads, but I think that's a whole bigger issue.

Watched

Jack's new job gives him an extra day off during the week now - I know, amazing right? With Indie now back at preschool, it means we get to spend some quality time with just Parker one morning a week. We took him to trampoline park on Wednesday, and it was oh so lovely. I of course sat and watched, but it was clear to see how much fun both of them had!

Heard

We 'heard' the news that baby bump is doing really well, at our scan last Friday. She followed in her monkey-like ways of the 12 week scan, by being all curled up and wiggling all over the place though. But we got there in the end, and it was sooo lovely to see her on the screen again.

Made

After our failed attempt at reaching Pooh Bridge at the beginning of the year, we finally made it! The littles loved adventuring in the woods on the walk down - of course collecting as many Pooh Sticks as possible on the way. I loved sharing a little piece of my childhood with them, although I think Parker was a little disappointed there wasn't an actual Winnie the Pooh!

Wore

With the summer holidays over, it's back to preschool for Indie! She was SO excited to pop her jumper on on Monday, and happily posed away so I could capture the moment.

And Lastly...

Who else is already thinking about Christmas? I spent my Tuesday evening fighting to get tickets to see Father Christmas, at one of our local grottos. I thankfully was successful, but apparently they sold out within 15 minutes... I know I needed a lie-down after the whole experience!

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Living Arrows // 36/52

Monday, 4 September 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

And just like that, the Summer holidays are over and we're back to school runs and routines. Can you believe it?

This week's pictures were taken on Bank Holiday Monday, when we visited Knole Park with my sister. It's our favourite place to visit, and the sunshine always makes it better! Parker was being his cheeky little self, and hopped on this stump to perform for us. He loves to sing and dance, and always makes sure we join in too!


I absolutely love this picture of Indie and my niece. Both littles absolutely adore her - constantly wanting to give her cuddles and kisses when we see her. I know when baby girl arrives Indie is going to be such a good helper.


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20 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Saturday, 2 September 2017

I'm now over 20 weeks pregnant, which means we're half way there!

Can you believe it?

I know I can't.

But with movements growing stronger by the minute, our 20 week ultrasound and more baby items bought, I do feel as if this pregnancy is really starting to sink in now. I'm absolutely loving my growing bump (it's the only time I really love my body if I'm honest), and I'm just so excited for the weeks to come.


HOW FAR ALONG?
20 weeks & 5 days

DUE DATE?
14th January 2018

GENDER?
We had our 20 week scan today, and we asked the sonographer to double check the gender. Baby is still looking girly, so we can relax a bit about all of the pink and florals we've already purchased!

HOW’S BABY DOING?
I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - From this week measurements are now taken from head to toe (instead of head to bum), so baby is the size of a banana at roughly 25.6cm. She weighs about 340g according the the estimate at the scan too. This week vernix starts to cover baby, which not only acts as a moisturiser but helps during birth too!


WEIGHT CHANGE?
Nothing of note this week, and if anything my bump has felt smaller quite a few days this week!

SYMPTOMS?
Braxton hicks have well and truly kicked in, and I now get them at least once a day - more if I'm particularly active or busy. They aren't painful but my goodness can they take my breath away sometimes! I'm getting up at least once a night for the loo which is a pain in the bum too.

SLEEP?
Thankfully still pretty good, although turning in bed is becoming trickier.

CRAVINGS?
Gregg's sausage rolls... mmmmmmm!

HOW I’M FEELING?
Apart from the usual tiredness, I'm still feeling really happy and well. I'm so glad that we're at the half way mark. But at the same time sad that this pregnancy is going by so fast!

MISS ANYTHING?
Being able to sleep at night without having to get up for a wee... it's so frustrating!

FAVOURITE RECENT OUTFIT?
I finally purchased some new maternity clothes, so I feel a lot happier with my current wardrobe. The sun decided to make an appearance this last week too, so I've loved dressing bump in tight dresses to embrace it. Because let's be honest, there's no waaay I would when I'm not pregnant.


BEST MOMENT THIS FORTNIGHT?
Ooh there's so many! Jack felt baby girl kick for the first time last week, and I can now see the movements from the outside too. It was also oh so lovely to see her again at our 20 week scan - it's crazy how much they grow isn't it? She was a little monkey though, so I have a feeling we'll have our hands full when she arrives.

LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Getting back into a bit of a routine now the summer is over. I've loved having both littles at home, but I'm craving some normality now - I'm hoping it will give me more time to sort baby bits out too!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

Library Books, Bake Off & A Sunny Bank Holiday | #LittleLoves

Friday, 1 September 2017

I cannot believe the last week of the summer holidays are over already; this week has honestly flown by! But what a lovely one it's been. A think a big part of that was due to the wonderful, sun-filled bank holiday weekend. It was as if the weather knew everyone wanted to make the most of it!

Anyway, onto this week's little loves...

Read

Despite the little's bookshelf overflowing with books, I've loved taking them to the library lately. I signed Indie up for her very first library card at the beginning of the holidays, and we've really enjoyed picking out new books over the weeks. A story is still very much a part of their bedtime routine, so it's been lovely to enjoy new ones with them.

Watched

I think there's only one word to sum up the Game Of Thrones season finale... WOW. I don't think there was one part that disappointed me. Well, apart from the fact that it's now not on for another year or two!

Who else tuned in for the new Bake Off too? It was different. I'm still unsure if I liked it. But I did like having an excuse to sit eating cake while watching tv, so it wasn't all bad I suppose.

Heard

Jack bought me Little Mix's latest album for my birthday, so we've had it on repeat in the car recently. Power came on this week and not only did Indie declare it as 'her favourite song ever', but Parker was singing along too. Who needs nursery rhymes huh?

Made

We were sent some yummy treats from Organix this week, so we could make one of their 'fun plates'. I tried out the fish design, and Parker absolutely loved it! Well... he still didn't eat the kiwi. But he did try it which is an improvement.

Wore

Nothing that I have a picture of, but I did upload a maternity haul to my youtube channel this week!

And Lastly...

We have our 20 week scan today (most likely had as our scan is at 8am - who knew they did them that early?). I'm so excited to see bump again, especially as this scan is so much more in-depth. It's a perfect excuse for some more baby shopping after too!

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