We’re into the second week of picking our favourite outfits of the week to share with you (you can see our last Mama & Baby Style post here) and this week we’re loving ditsy florals & denim! Have I said before that I love dressing […]
Thank goodness for cooler weather! I finally have my happy, chilled out baby back and you’re so much more relaxed now that we’re not cooped up in one room with a whole load of fans blowing and can get out and about without worrying about […]
Oh Florence, it’s hot! Today has been marked as the hottest June day in the UK for decades and my goodness have we felt the heat this week in the lead up. It’s safe to say heatwave + newborn = grumpy EVERYONE, no sleep & a whole lot of fans! I’ve barely been able to put you down the last few days hence this update is a day later and you’re now actually 3 weeks and 1 day old. I can’t believe we are so close to that one month milestone already.
We’ve had a much quieter week this week little one. Mummy decided we’d been a bit too busy and that we could probably do with a few quiet days just us at home. That said, we somehow still managed to squeeze in our fair share of visitors! Nanny’s cousin Bonnie & her husband Jamie came to meet you on Saturday and treated us to lots of cake and you to a book all about rainbows – you already love it. Issie came again on Monday and brought Hele with her too – they’re excited to finally have a baby in the group. You are going to be truly spoiled over the years by all of your honorary uncles & aunties!
On Sunday we celebrated your first Father’s Day. We treated your Daddy to some lovely things and you looked uber cute in your Happy Dada Day body suit!
You are a lover of play time – when you’re awake that is. We have been spending a lot more time during the day exploring your little world. We have been working really hard to strengthen up your eyes as one of them hasn’t been very mobile and for a while we were worried you couldn’t see out of it at all. You’ve come on leaps and bounds though and yesterday we had a real breakthrough in that you managed to move it right over to the other side while tracking my hand. Your tongue tie seems to be stretching too.
You’ve spent most of the week in just your nappy in an attempt to keep you cool, which doesn’t seem to have phased you one bit, not even at night time when you’re used to your Gro-Snug. Sleep wise you rarely settle anywhere but in Mummy’s arms at the moment, but once you’re asleep you will pretty much lay anywhere! Apart from on the hottest days, then you’re only happy cuddled up close. You have become quite the wriggler in your sleep and I often have to turn you back around teh right way as you somehow end up horizontal in your SnuzPod at night!
In the mornings, after your 6am feed you come in with us for a cuddle and snooze until your next bottle when you wake up and we get ready for the day. It’s so funny seeing you laying in our big bed next to your Daddy at the weekends – you lay in exactly the same position. In fact, you’re so much like him in all sorts of ways.
I absolutely love feeding you, whoever says bottle feeding doesn’t give you as stronger bond with your baby as breastfeeding is talking utter codswallop! I love how you look up at me with those big blue eyes of yours and fiddle with my top as you drink your milk. Crazy as it might sound, I especially enjoy your night feeds when the rest of the house is silent and it’s just you & I awake. I don’t know what it is, but they just feel so special. You’re a definite milk guzzler and are now taking at least 4oz every feed, and today you’ve finished 4 5oz bottles! We are burping you between each ounce as you really struggle with wind and at the moment you get so cross with me for interrupting your feed for that first burp! You kick and grumble and the little birth mark on your head goes bright red, it’s really quite comical.
We have been to register your birth today so you are now official on paper and it means we can send off for your passport and register you at the doctors surgery. We made a bit of an afternoon of it and got their an hour early – you napped while Daddy & I chatted away about our plas for the future. We haven’t really had much chance to just chat in the last few weeks so it was lovely. Once our appointment was finished we popped over to see Granny & Granddad for a quick cuddle before coming home to walk Alfie and ordering a Chinese.
Time really is whizzing by and I’m already looking back at the photos of your early days and wondering how on earth you’ve grown so quickly! You make us proud every single day and have captured our hearts completely.
So yesterday was Sean’s first Father’s Day as a Daddy and while our day didn’t exactly go to plan – Heatwave + Newborn do not mix well! – we still had a lovely day as a family. We started the morning with cuddles & presents. […]
We’ve been out and about quite a lot since Florence was born. My post partum recovery was over and done with fairly quickly and Florence is so very laid back so we’ve had no reason to stay cooped up at home – besides being up […]
When I found out I was pregnant, we had just moved into our house. We’d been looking for a while and I had got to the point were we really needed to take the next step to get our own place. When our offer was finally accepted and we moved in the thought that I might be pregnant hadn’t even crossed my mind. Sure I had hopes that that tiny little second bedroom would one day become home to a pretty little white cot and bundles of teeny clothes for a baby we both longed for, but having just had surgery and possibly the busiest two months of my life, all cycle tracking had taken a back seat and as far as I was concerned we probably had another few months of trying ahead of us. Until then, it would be our store room – the place we’d keep our mountains of stuff until we got around to eventually unpacking it. As things turned out, five days after we moved in I found out I was pregnant!
From that moment on, that room I’d just shoved box upon box in to immediately became hers. Off I headed to pinterest for inspiration. I knew exactly what theme I wanted – hot air balloons & sunny days. They represent parts of my childhood that make my heart feel warm and fuzzy and bring back memories of days spent at the Balloon Festival in North Hampton with my Nan.
We opted for Pinks and a light blue for the walls from the Valspar range at B&Q. The pink we chose is called raindrops on roses which is a song from my favourite musical The Sound of Music which I was introduced to by my Nan when I was a little girl. It’s a very powdery shade and in such a small room would have been a bit much all around so we’ve only painted one wall in that colour.
We’ve added these totally gorgeous POM cloud wall stickers from The Modern Nursery Company to break up the intensity of the pink a little. They were super easy to apply once we (Sean) had worked out the spacing. They come in packs of 48 and we used just under half so we have plenty left for other projects in the future. I think any more on the wall might have been a bit over kill but in a bigger room, we probably would have used the full pack.
The other three walls are painted in what I originally chose as white, but once we’d got home and put it on the walls turned out to be a light sky blue colour. I did have a bit of a freak out at first, but as time has gone on, I really love it and it’s perfect for the sky theme of her bedroom.
We’ve hung these really cute paper lantern Hot Air Balloons from the ceiling. They’re actually designed to be hung on fairy lights, but inspired by a friend of mine, I’ve added ribbon to each of them and used them as hanging decorations instead. They were a bargain from Amazon and look awesome around this totally gorgeous cloud lamp shade from Dunelm Mill.
We chose the 4Baby Classic Cot Bed for her to sleep in once she hits six months old and ordered the Maxi Air Cool mattress along with it. We haven’t got any bedding or bumpers etc for the cot as we’re following the Lullaby Trusts guidelines for creating a safe sleep environment so have just opted for a well fitted sheet from George at Asda. We’ll be using Grobags & GroSnugs from the Gro Company in place of quilts etc as they’re fully breathable and much safer. At the moment, to get her used to being in her cot I often lay her in there in her Purflo Breathable Nest or a little bit of play time while I put her clothes away or read to her.
Above the cot we have hung this gorgeous handmade felt mobile. I had been looking for the perfect Hot Air Balloon mobile for the nursery for months when I discovered a fabulous independent brand on twitter called Mini Maison who out of nowhere on my news feed popped up and I knew I had to have it. My Mum decided she’d like to buy it for us as a gift and ended up accidentally ordering two, so I’ve hung the other one above her changing area to keep her entertained. They really are so beautifully made and you can tell someone has worked really hard to ensure they are of the highest quality.
Rather than a traditional nursing chair, we’ve used Sean’s old (but super comfortable) computer chair from IKEA. It’s perfect as it rocks as a rocking chair would and has arm rests at just the right height for leaning on when feeding baby. It’s grey so doesn’t look too out of place but it’s easily dressed up with one of the many hand knitted blankets we have. On the wall next to the chair, I’ve hung a couple of prints from the Little Universe Shop.
When it comes to storage, we were very limited for space (& money) and so we had to make the most of what we had. We’ve upcycled this wooden storage cube unit which used to act as our TV cabinet by giving it a lick of white paint to match the cot and adding some legs to the bottom. I’ve bought some plastic boxes from our local ‘we sell everything random’ shop – we all have one of those right? – and this is where her baby grows and changing bits are kept. It’s topped with a grey & white cloud changing mat we bought from ebay.
I have several baskets & crates for her other books and bits and bobs from various retailers. These rose gold ones are from Sass & Belle and the wooden crate below is from Ikea. Plus this Hot Air Balloon storage bag is perfect for all of her soft toys.
Sean’s brother is a brilliantly talented carpenter and has made us three of these cloud shelves. I love them so much I’ve convinced him that he needs to start selling them as I think so many of you will love them and similar items too. Watch this space as I am sure I will be shouting out about them once they finally go on sale in the summer. They’re adorned with some of my favourite books from her already huge collection as well as muslins, toys including Shleepy and her very first Livie & Luca shoes. Plus all sorts of loveliness I found from some wonderful independent brands!
From Mini Maison (can you tell I had a bit of a MM shopping spree?!), our star night light is perfect for night feeds! She is currently sleeping in our bedroom in her SnuzPod, however as Sean has to get up for work super early we tend to head into her nursery for her nighttime bottles. As well as being adorable, it gives off just the right glow to be able to see what I’m doing but not to wake her up too much. I also ordered this Fox in the Attic Rainbow Rattle which looks great in her room but is fab for sensory play too.
I’ve had two different garlands custom made which are hung along the bottom of two of the shelves. They’re both from a lovely facebook company called Chasing Rainbows. I thoroughly recommend this independent brand if you’re looking for something that bit special!
We’ve dressed the windows in these gorgeous black out curtains from Dunelm Mill. They’re from their ‘Sweet Dreams’ nursery range and the grey cloud & star design fit our theme perfectly. This beautiful wooden rainbow stacker from Shop of Crafty Gifts was an absolute bargain at just £12.50 + P&P and I really could not resist this set of three wooden toadstools from Tilda loves Teddy who I discovered on facebook. As well as looking wonderful in her nursery, both of these will be perfect for future small world play when she is a bit bigger.
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