Friday, 15 July 2016

Siblings - July 2016


Before I even had Lucas I used to fantasise about the moment I got to introduce my beautiful girl to her little brother, and him to her. And from that moment on watching the two of them together has been one of my favourite things to do. These posts really are the most precious to me and I literally burst with pride looking at their photos and reading them back each month. 

We've been really lucky that Sophia has never once shown a drop of jealousy towards her little brother. She's just adored him from the moment he arrived. She is such a little Mama to him and often tells family and friends how he likes to be held and what she thinks he's cooing or crying about. She loves to make him smile; she gives his little tummy a squeeze and calls him 'cheeky chops' or plays the 'peekaboo' game with him and the other day she just sat and sang nursery rhymes to him for a solid 15 minutes whilst I prepared dinner. She gets so excited when he flashes her one of his smiles 'Mama, look! He's smiling at me!' She doesn't like to be without him even when he just goes down for a nap. 

Lucas definitely loves the attention he gets from his sister, he just seems much more settled when she's around, even just hearing her pottering about as background noise.  

We took these photos down at The Vyne one of our local National Trust places last weekend. Lucas wasn't in a particularly good mood and ended up screaming as you can see (we blame Daddy who lost his teething anklet)! But I treasure them all the same -  although I did take some smiley ones when we got home! 

My little loves in July. 





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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Dear Lucas: You Are Two Months Old!

Dear Lucas,

It has somehow been two whole months since you were born. How is that possible? Time is speeding by and I'm wanting it to slow down and yet enjoying seeing you grow and develop all at the same time. 

It's been remarkable just how much you've changed in this past month. 

I know I'm biased but I think you are so handsome (Daddy claims that his genes!). You have such lovely big eyes, which have begun transitioning to a hazel colour in the centre of your eye but they still change into a deep blue at the edges. The dark hair you were born with has started to fall out now which means you are looking more and more fair haired each day, you have little tufts of blond hair growing at the side of your temples and I suspect you will be a blondie like your sister when your hair grows back. My favourite feature of yours at the moment though are your smiles. You seem to have so many different ones; a little one sided smile; a big gummy smile which spreads across your whole face; a cheeky smile; and you even do a little giggle as you clench your fists and wriggle your body. I still get the most smiles, you are a real Mummy's boy now, but you will flash a smile at anybody who is giving you attention. 

It's not all smiles though baby boy and despite being a lovely, happy baby you can be quite impatient at times (that is definitely a Daddy gene). You seem to know what you want but don't like to give us very long to figure it out before you start to really cry. And when you cry you do this horrible thing where you hold your breath and it makes both Daddy and I panic a little, especially when we're driving along in the car! You've also had a few unsettled days, we think down to your gums, whilst we don't think any teeth will be making an appearance soon you have definitely had some discomfort there nuzzling your cheeks into our arms and dribbling a lot! 

You will watch us all now, enjoying the crazy entertainment that your big sister provides and following Daddy and I around the room with your eyes. You are quite happy sat in your bouncing chair if there are people around even if they aren't particularly interacting with you. Although you are never short of people wanting to cuddle or play with you. 

You're still loving your milk, feeding every 3-4 hours and you now weigh 14lbs 14oz. You are sat on the 91st percentile for weight and length which means you are taller and heavier than 91% of all other babies your age. I had a look in your sisters red book and she weighed this much at 16 weeks old! You aren't a chunky baby though just very long and this week I have had to start putting you in 3-6 months clothes, particularly baby grows as your feet looked so squished and uncomfortable. You have got much better at winding yourself over the past month and as a result of that and deciding to give you warm bottles you are much more content after a feed and we are no longer needing to give you infacol to help your tummy. 

A big change that happened this month was that you are now sleeping in your cot in your own room and you seem to be much happier in there. You share a bedroom with your sister so we've started doing a little bedtime routine with you about 6:30 pm where we'll give you a bath or some quiet time and then zip you into your sleeping bag and give you a feed just before 7pm so that you're fast asleep before your sister goes to bed. You'll generally do a 5-8 hour stretch then you'll wake for a bottle and go back to sleep till 6 or 7 am. We're still lying you on your tummy and you are definitely more settled that way. 

This week you had your 8 week immunisations. I used to make Daddy take your sister to have them done but the clinic times didn't align with Daddy's days off so I had to take you. You had three injections, one in one leg and two in the other. You screamed...a lot! It was horrible. But you were quickly settled thanks to a cuddle, calpol and milk. Brave boy.   

I will draw this letter to a close now as you're due to wake for a feed any moment and as I mentioned earlier you won't wait for long! 

Thank you for being all we could ever wish for. 

I love you.

Mama






You can read Lucas' letter at one month old and compare his monthly photos here - he's already changed so much! 
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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's Schools Out for Summer Activity Calendar. All words and opinions are my own**

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