Author: ami elizabeth

Creating a work-at-home environment that works for me

Creating a work-at-home environment that works for me

So it looks more and more likely that rather than returning to my day job when maternity leave ends, I’ll be working from home for myself. No final decisions have been made, nothing official, but the way things are going it would seem I will […]

Weaning – Yummy Fruity Oat Cakes Recipe

Weaning – Yummy Fruity Oat Cakes Recipe

This weekend I’ve been busy in the kitchen making some delicious snacks and meals for Florence that we can just grab and go on busy days. One of the tasty recipes I made was these fruity Oat Cakes which are perfect for breakfasts and on […]

Florence’s 7 & a half month update

Florence’s 7 & a half month update

So, little girl, you’re officially 7 1/2 months old and as usual I’m late with your little update. The last month has been one of the busiest since you were born and I feel like we’re only just starting to slow back down after the madness of Christmas & New Year. Combined with a total lack of routine and spending a lot of time in the midst of leap 6 it’s been as challenging as it has been wonderful. Christmas morning 4

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Now that we are out the other side though, you’ve become so much more independent. You will happily sit and play without the need to be touching me ALL THE TIME and can finally get around on your own now that you’ve mastered the art of crawling. That’s right, you did it! You finally cracked it on New Years Eve and crawled your way all the way into 2018. Now that you can, you do it at speed! I’m not sure Alfie is entirely thrilled, as he is your main target at the moment and he waits for you to get to him before quickly jumping up and running away. You don’t seem to mind too much though as you just turn yourself around and seek him out again. You now have no problem in pulling yourself up on the side of the sofa and are an expert climber… if you see something you want, you get it and nothing stands in your way. Unless of course Mama or Daddy pick you up and place you right back where you started. That must be SO annoying. Sorry kid. 26754806_10156109233587990_927393906_n

You also seem to be able to communicate your needs all of a sudden. Especially when you’re ready for bed. You come up to us and pretty much face plant our laps or cuddle in to our chests all of your own accord. I find it amazing how quickly you are learning this stuff. That doesn’t mean to say you then fall asleep soundly, you fight us to the very moment you fall asleep – Mama’s face is full of scratches where we’ve battled at nap time! In your own little way you tell me when you are hungry, whether you do or don’t want your milk.

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Da da da da is still a main feature of your vocabulary, and you’ve started a new sound of ‘uuuuuummmmmm’ which we can’t work out if it’s the beginnings of Mum or not. It’s cute never the less. You’ve also started this really funny thing where you shout ‘Ha?’ over and over again to call one of us. When we get up in the morning the first thing you do is look around for Daddy and if yu can’t see him or if he’s already left for work you will call him until you either get a response or realise he’s not here. It’s very cute. You Roar too! We have your Uncle Dean to thank for that after you spent an entire evening roaring at each other. cuddleroar towel

You’ve been spending the odd afternoon here and there at Nanny’s house with her and Aunty Libby while I get some work done or blitz the house. You’re absolutely not phased one bit by it either which suprises me because the moment I step out of the room at home sometimes you cry and cry until I come along and give you a cuddle. You love seeing them and playing there.7 month update 6

Speaking of playing, it seems as though you have grown so much over the last few weeks, as you discover different ways to play. You received so many lovely toys for Christmas and it’s been so wonderful to watch you suss them out and work out how they work and what you need to do. You love anything that makes a noise, and while it took you a couple of weeks you are now a pro at paying the xylophone and the maraca. In fact, anything that makes a noise when it shakes is a winner for you. All I have to say is ‘Shake! Shake! Shake!’ and you go for it with such gusto you lose your balance. You love to impress and give the biggest smile when we clap after your musical masterpiece finishes. You also love boxes, baskets and toys that you can empty and fill back up. We store your toys in little storage boxes in the unit Daddy made and you confidently crawl over to them, pull them out and tip them over to see what’s inside. You’re just so clever! It amazes me every day.7 month update 2

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You’re being a bit of a monkey when it coes to night time, only happy in Mama’s bed but that’s something we have to work on this month… Mama needs sleep!

But, my darling girl, as always you bring such joy and love into each and every day and I truly am loving every moment of being your Mummy. Until next month, love you x

Cuddledry Cuddleroar Towel Review

Cuddledry Cuddleroar Towel Review

Florence definitely takes after me in her love for bath time. She has always been a water baby and I’d go as far to say that it is probably her favourite time of day. The only thing we sometimes find tricky about bathtime is when […]

2017 IN PICTURES | THE YEAR MY DREAMS CAME TRUE

2017 IN PICTURES | THE YEAR MY DREAMS CAME TRUE

JANUARY After seeing in the new year with our friends and celebrating by sleeping in on New Years day, I started the year quite poorly, passing out and having to take time off from work to get myself and my then bump back to health. But […]

Florence’s First Christmas Gifts

Florence’s First Christmas Gifts

I’ve already shared the contents of Florence’s First Christmas Stocking so I thought I would share some of the other things we’ve… ahem… Santa… has bought her for Christmas this year. We’ve quite a big family and it’s likely Florence is going to be showered with gifts over the festive period so we’ve kept the amount of toys we’ve bought her to a minimum and instead kitted out her wardrobe with some gorgeous clothes from H&M, mothercare & Next. However here are the toys and books we have bought and wrapped up for Christmas morning.

The TOMY Hide & Squeak Eggs* were recommended to me so many times when I was sussing out what to buy for Florence. They’re designed for 12m+ but Florence will be just under 7 months at Christmas so she is a little younger than recommended however she will love bashing them with her hands and making them squeak as well as taking the eggs in and out the box! Florence's Christmas Gifts 3

Now that weaning is in full swing and Florence is enjoying three meals a day she spends quite a lot of time in her highchair. It’s also where we put her when we are eating ourselves so I’ve been on the look out for a Highchair toy that will keep her entertained. This Sassy Fascination Station* stood out to me and is jam packed with features to keep little fingers busy!
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If you’ve been following our baby play posts, you’ll know I adore Hape Toys. To go with the Red Bus & Blue Aeroplane I’ve bought this wooden helicopter. Their toys are such good quality and I’m so glad to be building our little Hape collection.

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As a house of book lovers it is inevitable there would be some books in here! And what better books to buy than those written by the Queen of children’s literature herself, Julia Donaldson. We already have some of her books and we love them so I have chosen two of the books from her Tales of Acorn Woods collection. They are lift and flap books and are included in the Waterstone’s buy one get one half price offer. Florence's Christmas Gifts 5

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While again, it’s marketed at a higher age bracket, I’ve bought this Plan Toys wooden stacker. While she might not use it as intended on the box o start with, it’s a fab quality toy that will last!

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Florence loves anything that makes a noise and while a little birdy tells me there’s a B musical instrument set on its way from her Nanny, I couldn’t resist this little wooden tamborine from Wilko. It was a complete bargain and makes a lovely jingly sound.

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I’ve taken them all out of the packaging to avoid all that hassle on Christmas morning and made sure that they’re easy to open for her leaving easy bits of paper to pull and crinkle. Something tells me she’ll have more fun tearing the paper to shreds at the time!

What have you bought your little one for Christmas?

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Christmas Crafts | Festive Sugar Scrubs

Christmas Crafts | Festive Sugar Scrubs

There’s nothing quite like a sending and receiving a homemade gift at Christmas. There’s something so special about knowing you’ve worked to create something special for a loved one.  Today I wanted to show you one of the homemade Christmas gifts that I made for […]

Our Christmas Traditions old & new

Our Christmas Traditions old & new

One of the many things I love about Christmas is that so many of our family traditions centre around this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas’s as I grew up and I know my Mum worked so hard to make […]