Category: FLORENCE IVY

Darling Florence, Now You are One

Darling Florence, Now You are One

Oh little girl, I can’t quite believe I’m writing this already. Today you turn one. A whole year. Words cannot describe the joy you have brought into our lives. You’ve filled a piece of my heart that had been void for as long as I […]

Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

So here we are in May. Where on earth has the last year gone? I remember this time last year so clearly – I had just begun maternity leave and we were making the final preparations for Florence’s arrival. Now, in just 3 weeks, our […]

Florence is 10 months old

Florence is 10 months old

It’s bee a while since I wrote your last update and my goodness, as I look back we’ve had quite a few months! You have come on leaps and bounds over the last twelve weeks and are becoming more toddler and less baby by the minute. You’ve also become a cousin for the first time and while you’re not quite sure why you’re having to share the limelight suddenly, I think you’re both going to grow to be the best of friends.

Not only are you crawling at speed, you are a pro stair-climber and spend hours each day waddling up and down the room with your walker. When you first mastered it, each time you’d reach one end you’d promptly sit down and applaud yourself with such pride. Now though, a few weeks in you have finally sussed how to reverse and turn yourself around. This last week you have even started to let go and just stand casually unsupported babbling away to anyone who will listen. IMG_7969

I will be completely honest, I have been a bit worried about your speech and your lack of words, but suddenly you are singing out ‘Mum, Mum, Mum’, ‘Nan, Nan, Nan’ and of course, ‘Dad, Dad, Dad’ over and over again…. And breathe. You also take great pride in your ability to tell me what noise a cow and a fish make! You chat away constantly making all sorts of sounds, and eagerly wait for us to reply so we can have a proper chinwag. I have no doubt that you are going to be a bit of a chatter box!

Your sense of humor is really growing and you are becoming such a funny little thing. You have us in stitches every single day and certainly know how to play a crowd. You are at your best in a room full of people where you can really show off your cheekiness and blow kisses to everyone with such gusto that sometimes I wonder if you’r cheeks are going to implode! You’re finding us quite funny too, and I’ve caught you really chuckling at Peter Rabbit & Mr Tumble too which is just the cutest thing. IMG_7593IMG_7310IMG_6977

 

Despite us all getting pretty much all of the glorious winter bugs over and over plus a delightful visit from the Chicken Pox, we seem to have fit in so many firsts and little milestones through over the last few months. You’ve seen and played in your first snow, we finally took you swimming, and we’ve celebrated your first Easter with an insane amount of chocolate! Now that we are all feeling better we made the decision to move your cot into your nursery, just after you hit 10 months old. It was such a huge thing for me that I just hadn’t been ready to do until right then. You’ve taken to it SO SO well and seem so completely unphased by it all. You just go with the flow! florence's first snow 2

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When it comes to play, you have learned a few little games that you love. You would play our own little version of catch all day long if you could – you squeal with glee each time you roll, throw or pass a ball to one of us and clap every single time. I have lost count of the amount of times I have sung If you’re Happy and you Know it, Horsey, Horsey! and Twinkle Twinkle after your constant requests. I love how much you love music and singing and dancing. But most of all, you adore books. Every morning, I pop you on the floor in the living room while I get your morning bottle ready and come back in to find you sitting among a sea of books that you’ve pulled off of the shelf, casually flicking through your favourites, lifting the flaps, fiddling with the feely bits and leaning forward to kiss the characters. Your love of reading and stories just makes me so proud. You are a girl after my own heart! IMG_7904

Your relationships with your ‘people’ are just becoming stronger and stronger. You and your Daddy are becoming quite the mischievous pair. Whenever I turn my back I can hear you both getting up to all the things Mama doesn’t let you do – take Easter morning for example when I found you chomping your way through an entire Easter Egg before you’d even had your morning bottle! Hearing you both play and giggle together is simply just the best sound and your excitement when he walks through the door each day fills me with utter joy. IMG_7998

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We still see Aunty Libby almost every day and she seems to top the list when it comes to your favourite people, possibly only just missing out to the dog. She wears her badge as your aunty with such pride and absolutely wraps you in love every time she’s here, and trust me, you’re the only person on this earth who can get away with getting mucky handprints on her trousers and systematically messing up her make up brushes every time we go and visit her and Nanny. IMG_7889

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Alfie, oh poor Alfie. He’s doing his very best to accept your totally intense love for him. You seek him out at any opportunity and crawl at him with such conviction and yet he just lays there, gives you a quick lick on the hand when you reach him and promptly gets up and moves out of your reach. However, he is also your little shadow at times, checking on you every now and then just to see if you’re okay and getting a quick bunch of kisses on your cheek before I shoo him away! Which by the way, you find hilarious! IMG_7781

 

I am sure there is just so much more that you’ve learned and accomplished over the last few months that I haven’t managed to fit in here. Little girl, my little Florrie Bum, you amaze and inspire me every single day and I am so happy to be able to call myself your Mama. IMG_7183

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Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

Feeding Florence – What my 9 month old eats in a week

It’s hard to believe we are already five months into Florence’s weaning journey. While it might have been controversial we absolutely did the right thing by deciding to wean at four months, there is no way she would have lasted to the advised 6 month […]

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 […]

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

I cannot believe just how much you have grown over the last six weeks. It seems like you are learning something new every single day. You are sitting up unsupported for longer lengths of time, are so much happier and willing to play on your tummy, have learned to blow raspberries, perfected your giggles (though you only save them for Aunty Libby and the dog, despite Mummy & Daddy’s best efforts to make you laugh!) and are chatting more than ever!
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At around 3 and a half months you started to become quite unsettled and while we tried a few different things, it soon became evident that you were getting hungry more quickly. We added an extra bottle into your days but that still didn’t quite do the trick and so at 16.5 weeks old, you had your first taste of food! It’s safe to say weaning is going well – You LOVE food, and get so excited when you see me coming from the kitchen with your little bowl. You bash the table on your Bumbo with such ferocity if I’ve taken too long to get the next spoonful ready. I didn’t realise just how much I would enjoy your weaning journey, but I love preparing your food and seeing your reactions to different flavors. The only one you’re not overly sure on yet is Broccoli. IMG_3871

Keen to be a part of the action, you’ve had one of your Christmas presents early – a Jumperoo, which you LOVE. It’s so funny watching you bounce up and down with your little legs going ten to the dozen. Along with your Bumbo, this is probably where you spend the majority of your time if not being cuddled. You love being upright and higher up, feeling more involved in the conversation. It would seem laying down is soooooo overrated. Four Months Old

They are the perfect Alfie stalking spots too! You love to watch him and keep an eye on what he’s up to and it’s so lovely to watch your relationship with him grow. You love to stroke him and just rest your hands on his back and he is more than happy to let you. He is your number one protector, very rarely far from your side. IMG_3833

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You’re quite the Mummy’s girl at the moment Flo and I suppose considering we spend every single day together, it’s no suprise just lately that you’re struggling a little bit when I am out of sight. With those pesky teeth causing you trouble and as you’re riding the waves of the latest leap it seems you can settle few places other than Mama’s arms. Poor Daddy hardly gets a look in what with work and your evening grumps! Though you do light up as he enters the room and apparently he’s the perfect audience for your raspberry blowing performances. It’s also quite fun to watch him play Crash Bandicoot on the Play Station.

Four Months Old

It’s been a fairly quiet few weeks in between your Christening, our trip to London and a couple of visits to Little Fant Farm. We’ve spent our days mainly playing at home with the occasional trip out with Aunty Donna & Joshua – who by the way is your number one fan!

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You are still as funny & cheeky as ever, never failing to brighten up our days – even when you decide 3 am is the best time to party. (Thank you 4 month sleep regression!) Being your Mum is by far the best thing I’ve everdone and I can’t wait to watch you grow & learn some more. IMG_4209 IMG_4235

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Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

There comes a time when you’re a parent that you just have to put the rule book to one side and trust your instincts. Don’t get me wrong, that rule book comes in handy more often than we probably like to admit, but I also […]

Baptising Florence

Baptising Florence

We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration with our family & friends. Yesterday we had Florence baptised. Our friends & family gathered together in the very same church that I was Christened in almost twenty four years ago. The Christening was part of the […]