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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

SIBLINGS - JUNE 2016


This post marks the second month that I'm joining in with the 'Siblings' link up hosted by Lucy from Dear Beautiful and I can't quite believe that it's been a month already since I wrote this post. Lucas is now very nearly 8 weeks old and the weeks just really seem to have flown by! 

I'm making a conscious effort to make sure his arrival isn't impacting too much on Sophia. Sometimes I can see she gets frustrated being told to wait for our help or attention. Sophia knows that she has to share both her Daddy and I with her little brother and though when she's older she'll never remember life as an only child, I would think that right now it must be sometimes quite difficult to accept that where once she had all of our attention and all of our time, she now has to share it. 

I am so incredibly proud of how Sophia has been and how she continues to be with her little brother. When she wakes up in the morning the first person she looks and asks for is him. She likes to know what Lucas is doing and where he is going, she got incredibly upset when I left him at home with my Mum whilst I did the nursery run the other morning. She loves to hold him especially his hands and kiss him...alot! She isn't fazed when he whinges or cries and copies all the phrases I use to try and soothe him rather than want to hand him back. 

Lucas is much more alert now he smiles when he hears Sophia's voice or laugh and you can see in his eyes that he's trying to locate her whenever he can hear her in the room.  Sophia is loving that little bit more interaction he gives her through smiles and baby babble.

It's still a novelty to see photos of them together and I treasure them all. I feel so proud when I look at them, they literally make my heart want to burst. It honestly is all I could have wished for and more. 




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Sunday, 26 June 2016

RAINBOW ICE-LOLLIES



Although the weather has been more grey skies than sunshine recently it has still been quite humid and we've been seeking out ice-lollies from the freezer more often. So today I'm sharing with you our rainbow ice lollies. Great for summer and a healthier and cheaper alternative to shop bought ones. 

These are the perfect thing to make with children. They are super quick and you don't have to follow exact measurements and ingredients. We also managed to get Sophia to try three new fruits whilst making them! Win - Win!  

If you do want to create the exact ones we did you can find all the details below.



Ingredients* (Serves 6):
Handful of Strawberries
1 Mango (roughly chopped) 
2 Kiwis
Handful of Raspberries
Handful of Blueberries 

You will need an ice lolly mould I picked this one up a few years ago from Primark but you can get them cheaply in most supermarkets these days. 

*the fruit amounts are approximate, depending on your mould you may need a little more or a little less. You can always add a little water to stretch the amount. 



Method: 
  1. Working with one fruit at a time, puree with a hand held blender or a small food processor. Rinse between fruits.
  2. Carefully spoon layer by layer your fruit into each ice-lolly mould (we froze each layer for 5 minutes to try and keep the layers neat but you don't have to!) 
  3. Cover mould or add sticks and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.
TIP: Run the moulds under warm water to loosen up the ice-lollies.





Do you make your own ice lollies? What are your favourite flavours? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter

**This is a collaborative post for Provident Summer Tried and Tested Tips. All words and opinions are my own**

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Monday, 13 June 2016

DEAR LUCAS: YOU ARE ONE MONTH OLD!



Dear Lucas,

I can't believe your first month in the world has been and gone already. You've clicked into our family like a piece of the puzzle that we didn't know was even missing. You are so loved, cuddling you and breathing in your intoxicating baby smell is just about my favourite way to spend time at the moment. Your Daddy is so so proud of you and I know that (just like your big sister) you are going to have him wrapped around your little finger in no time. Your big sister simply adores you. She loves to be near you, to cuddle you and to hold your hand whilst your having a bottle. I know she cannot wait to have you interacting with her more. 

At the moment you have dark blue eyes like your big sister did. Although we suspect they will be brown in no time given that your big sister has brown eyes. And to look at you, you are most definitely her brother, although we think you look a lot like Daddy too especially when you are asleep. You were born with a good head of dark hair and a little tuft (currently consisting of four hairs) that doesn't like to lie flat just like Daddy's. As yet you still have that good head of hair although as it's growing it seems to be coming through lighter. So maybe you will be a blondie like your big sister. It's always kind of intriguing when you have a newborn, to see what they'll look like and how quickly their looks change.  

At night for the first few weeks we really struggled to keep you in your cot, you would go down to sleep but generally wake yourself up flinging your arms and legs about after an hour or so and then only settle on my chest. We tried swaddling and you didn't like it at all, but have recently discovered you are much happier going to sleep on your tummy. Now you are sleeping much better and for far longer (which means I now actually manage to get out of my pyjamas before lunchtime!). 

You love your milk. You didn't lose any weight in the first couple of weeks after you were born as they would expect and instead went straight to gaining weight. I had you weighed again at 4 weeks and 5 days old and you were 12b 12oz which is right on track for your birth weight. You do get quite bad trapped wind and it can really unsettle you. It is horrible to see you uncomfortable, and it isn’t nice to feel powerless to make you feel better. But your big sister suffered with it too and we know it will get better eventually. In the meantime we are dosing you up on infacol and gripe water and trying to wind you as much as we can. 

You are a lovely and content little baby although you do make it clearly known when you're unhappy. You love to be cuddled. Mummy’s are the best, I know how to snuggle you just the way you like it. But anyone will do. You are still at the stage where you sleep most of the day, but when you have an awake period usually around breakfast and dinner time you are so so alert, and have been right from the start; taking it all in and looking at the world around you. We had the very first smiles from you just before you were four weeks old and we are so looking forward to those becoming a regular thing. At the moment I get the most (thank-you for that) for simply chatting to you or for stroking your little cheeks, and Daddy has had a couple too. You have such a lovely big smile and hopefully over the next few weeks we'll see more and more of them. You often smile when you can hear your big sister giggle or laugh and you stare at her with absolute fascination

It's been a wonderful month of getting to know you. It's one of those things that all parents of newborns say, but it's so strange that while you still feel so precious and new, we already can't imagine our lives without you. Thank you for being all we could ever wish for. 

I love you. 

Mama 




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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

ME AND MINE: A FAMILY PROJECT - MAY 2016

One family portrait each month. Sounds simple right? Especially if you seem to permanently have a camera in your hand like me. However whilst I take lots and lots of photos I am rarely in them myself. The Me and Mine project was a link up that Lucy from Dear Beautiful created. I tried to rise to the challenge last year and failed miserably. Taking photos of the three of us always turned into a bit of a palava, trying to remember to take the tripod on days out, then getting it set up always seemed like so much effort. An effort, in hindsight, I wish I'd made. 

This month our baby boy entered the world. As I write this he is already three weeks old and his arrival has made Sophia seem that little more grown up than she did before. It's been another reminder of how quickly time passes and more than ever I want to make sure I'm capturing more photos of us as a family. 

So each month I am going to be sharing a family photograph here on my blog so that we can look back on what we were doing and what we looked like but also see how much we've changed and how we've grown. 

We've spent most of May getting to know each other. Adjusting to new routines, no sleep and me unexpectedly recovering from a c-section. But mostly feeling incredibly blessed, I can't count how many times Ryan and I have just looked at each other, our hearts about to burst wondering how we got this lucky. 

These photos are just simple, taken in our back garden. But they are photographs I will treasure forever as our first photos as a family of four. 

Four people in our little family...a family that we created.






The Me and Mine Project
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