Baby number 2

Baby number 2

We have reached that stage, with Florence about to turn one, when the conversation has started to include ‘the next baby’ and we’ve had a few questions lately as to whether or not we will be having another little one any time soon. I know […]

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 […]

If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it

For me, there is nothing more magical, more heart warming than watching my baby grow and learn each and every day. Over the last few weeks, Florence has transformed from a baby to a little cheeky, clever almost toddler full of character. She learned to clap her hands a few weeks ago and ever since, one of her favourite things to do is clap along to ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. She laughs and claps her hands so vigorously some times that she looses her balance! She’s happy, she knows it and she really wants to show it so she does.  I find myself singing it on repeat, so much so that I now hum it in the shower, whistle it while I’m cooking and it plays in my head every night before I go to sleep. While it’s getting a bit old now, it has made me think a little bit.IMG_0885

For a very long time all I ever wanted to be was a mother. That need to have a baby consumed my every thought, influenced every decision I made and for a while it made me a little crazy. When I found out I was pregnant in September 2016, I could barely contain my joy but at the same time I was so very nervous. I spent my pregnancy monitoring every little symptom, every little movement and worrying about literally every little thing. That joy and excitement at growing a tiny human was also combined with a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach and a tightening in my chest at the thought of it all going wrong. What if she couldn’t stay?IMG_6343

And then in May of last year, my beautiful healthy baby girl was born on her due date and filled my little world with light and a love like nothing else. Words cannot describe that feeling of elation I felt. Since Florence’s birth, people have commented so many times on how happy I seem. And they’re right. I am so happy I could burst! I look at photographs of myself taken over the last 9 months and for the first time since I was very young, I am actually smiling. From ear to ear, teeth showing, happy eyes. I think it is fair to say that my instagram feed, and my posts on here reflect that. florence's first snow 4

The thing is though, not everyone who comments on my happiness does so in a ‘I’m so happy for you’ kind of way. More often than I can count it’s been said with spite, anger even. And that hurts. Especially when it comes from friends. Recently it’s made me question every single thing I say in person or online and made me feel as though I should be apologetic for feeling and being happy. For a while there I stopped clapping.IMG_3331

Of course, there are some bloody hard days here. Motherhood, life in fact, is filled with all sorts of trials and obstacles and while I know it is important to acknowledge both the highs and the lows, since becoming a Mum I just find myself feeling grateful for being able to have any of it! High or low. Sure, some days can be tough, I HATE putting my daughter down to sleep at night, I am constantly worrying that one of us will fall gravely ill and there have been weeks so far this year when I wondered if we’d ever make ends meet but I am grateful for very sleepless night, every really hard day because there are parents out there who would kill for one last sleepless night, or ‘tough’ day  with their babies. Moaning constantly or dwelling on the slightly crappier bits when I am so blessed to have what I have just seems insensitive, like an insult. I am so incredibly lucky and to not appreciate that would be stupid.IMG_6908

So I’ve decided, with a little help from my gorgeous little girl, that I am going to stop apologising for being happy. I’m not going to try and hide it in case it offends somebody. I am happy, and I know it, and I’m going to clap my hands.

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Motherhood has changed me and I’m okay with that

Motherhood has changed me and I’m okay with that

There’s no doubt about it, life changes a whole lot the second you become a mother. Your days are suddenly split into four hourly chunks of changing dirty nappies, feeding the baby and tiptoeing around the house in the hope that they’ll nap for just […]

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 […]

Florence’s Christening Party Playlist

Florence’s Christening Party Playlist

We had Florence’s Christening at the weekend and in the lead up we were busy sorting out all of the little details that made the day as special as can be. And while the decorations, the cake, the food are all important factors, no party is complete without music. Don’t get me wrong, none of us were exactly be throwing any shapes but it is always nice to have some background music at a Christening to create a bit of ambiance. We’ve chosen a selection of upbeat & chilled out songs from a variety of artists. Some of them are quite personal to us, many of them remind us of Florence and others are simply crowd pleasers.

Pharell – Happy

Naughty Boy feat Emeli Sandé – Lifted

Sweet devotion – Adele

Coldplay – Sky full of stars

The Wanted – chasing the sun

Train – Hey soul sister

Olly Murrs – Wrapped up

Diana Vickers – Jumping into rivers

Calvin harris – Feels

Ella Eyre – Came here for love

Little Mix – wings

Rusted Root – I’m on my way

Killers – mr brightside

Dryden Mitchell – Friday I’m in love

Paolo Nutinni – Pencil full of lead

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

Micahel Buble – Daddy’s Little Girl

JET – Are you gonna be my girl

Newton Faaulkner – Dream Catch Me

Thurson Harris & The Sharps – Little Bitty Pretty one

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Stevie – Wonder – Isn;t She Lovely

Guns & Roses – Sweet Child of mine

Newton Faulkner – Gone in the morning

Sister Sledge – We are Family

Toto – Africa

Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world

Randy Newman – You’ve got a friend in me

Four Tops – Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Beatles – Here comes the sun

U2 – Beautiful DAY

Daryl Hall – You make my dreams

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl

Ed Sheeran – Lego House

Michael Buble – Haven’t Met You Yet

Take That – Shine

Jason Mraz – I’m yours

Taylor Swift – Shake it off

Mumford & sons – Little Lion Man

Nick Mulvey – cu cu ru cu

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Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

Calvin Harris – This is what you came for

Florence & the Machine – Dog days are over

Paloma Fith – Upside down

Beyonce – Who run the world

Katy Perry – Firework

Katrina & the waves – Walking on sunshine

American Authors – Best Day of my life

Taylor Swift – Best Day

Lennon & Maisy Stellar – Joy Parade

I hope our Christening Party Playlist has given you a little bit of inspiration for your own little girl’s christening. Stay tuned for more baptism inspiration!

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Lessons I’ve learned since becoming a Mummy – A Guest Post by Rachael

Lessons I’ve learned since becoming a Mummy – A Guest Post by Rachael

Today I get to introduce you to Rachael – a fellow blogger and first time Mama who I’ve been chatting to for some time now. Florence & Theodore (Teddy) were born around the same time and I’ve loved following Rachael’s journey into motherhood. We’ve swapped […]

You & Me in the Morning

You & Me in the Morning

I’ve always been an early bird, sleeping in ’til midday was never really my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pj day but I’m generally up and functioning by around 6.30, 7 at the latest, even at the weekend and it would seem […]