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Recipe: Gruffalo Cupcakess

Recipe: Gruffalo Cupcakess

As I type this, we are on the road to a little weekend away. It’s been such a long time since we went away just us, and it’s the first time we’ve ever taken William so I’m hoping for a truly special weekend of making […]

Cloth Nappy Diaries : Going full time Fluff

Cloth Nappy Diaries : Going full time Fluff

Back when I ordered those first three newborn nappies from Baba + Boo I had all the best intentions but if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think I’d stick with the whole reusable nappy idea. The constant need for washing and reported long drying […]

Florence, Now you are TWO

Florence, Now you are TWO

Hey little girl,

It seems like Mama’s fallen a bit behind on all the birthday bits on here. I can only say that it’s because we’ve been super busy celebrating you turning two over the last few weeks and I just haven’t had a second to sit down and write your little birthday post until now. I hope that when you’re old enough to read these little posts I do for you that you will take no notice of the dates!

So Florrie bum, you are TWO! Two whole years old and I’m sat here half wondering where the time went and half not able to remember what life was like before you. Over the last couple of months you have grown so much and learned so much that I sometimes find myself almost running to keep up.

It’s been quite a big year for all of us but for you especially I think. 6 days after your first birthday, Mama found out she was pregnant and spent much of the next three months horizontal and hardly able to move. You coped so well with our slower paced days. When your brother William arrived in February you took so well to your new role as a big sister. You adored him from the moment you met him and while sometimes you might think he’s in the way you are already a funny little double act who I suspect will be thick as thieves as you get older. God help me! You fret if he’s not in the same room as you and are often on guard if anyone but Mama & Daddy are holding him. You truly do love your ‘WeeWoo’ and we are so proud of you for the way you’ve approached big sisterhood.

We moved back to Dayday’s house (nanny’s) and while we planned to only be here a year, we are going to be here a bit longer. It suits you though! You love all the attention you get from everyone here and are spoiled rotten!

You are so incredibly kind and so incredibly sassy. You’re a whirlwind of calm and crazy and wonderfully funny. You really are a little wild flower.

You love to sing and now confidently sing your favourite songs ALL DAY LONG. The wheels on the bus, Waffle Doggy and Mary Mary quite contrary all form part of your repertoire with dance moves to go with them too! Of course, while singing is fairly new dancing is not. You’ve been boogieing on down with Auntie Bits to Bangers N Mash pretty much all year!

You are all of a sudden obsessed with trains & track and so at least once a day the living room becomes a pretty impressive rail network. More often than not, your little Hey Duggee characters hop on as passengers.

To think I was concerned about your speech not so long ago… you talk and talk and talk and your vocabulary builds and builds every day. We have proper little conversations now and your little (actually pretty big) personality is shining through even more.

You are still a little book worm. And now that you’re that bit older you have more of attention span for a longer story rather than simple board books. Your favourites include Elmer, Mavis & Marge and The Gruffalo. In fact you can almost recite the words of the Gruffalo As I read them. Bedtime Story time is one of the only times each day when it’s just you and me and has one of my favourite times of the day.

We see Aunty Donna, Josh and ‘Car Key’ (Charlie) at least once a week. Usually we head to the Lakes and have a Tesco café lunch half way around. Our little outings with you fabulous foursome are always chaotic and 9 times out of 10 leave me and Aunty Donna a bit dazed but Watching all you littles grow up together is so lovely. You and Joshua have become such good friends.

You’re such a sociable little thing and have made some really lovely little friendships just lately but animals take the lead over people in your book any day. Alfie and Tots are your best friends and you love trips to the farm or to feed the ducks at the lakes. Every animal you see is ‘aww cute’ and you chat away to them as though they’re about to talk back. We think you’re destined to be a vet or work with animals some how.

This next year, your third year, is set to be a lot quieter and I’m so looking forward to soaking up every last second I get to have you to myself before you go to pre-school.

My, our, darling little girl, we love you so very much. Now you are Two.

Things you do & say that we don’t want to forget…

Dayday – Nanny

Bits – Aunty Libby

Uncle ‘Dick’ – Craig

Uh oh!

Paw Patrol often sounds like Arsehole – oops!

Are you okay? – over and over and over again

Kisses!

Weewoo

Cheeky boy!

You love to watch Hey Duggee, waffle the wonder dog, Peppa Pig, Peter rabbit & Aristocats.

Your cake addiction

Helping mummy in the kitchen

Tilly & Alfie’s garden walks

Deeeelicious!

You’re a blueberry monster

Dolly & Yoda

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

There we have it, day one of potty training complete. It wasn’t planned but when we woke up to yet another day of rain keeping us indoors it seemed like a sensible time to do it. And so we did. I started the day making […]

Florence’s Herb Garden | #AD

Florence’s Herb Garden | #AD

You might remember the little sensory herb garden we made for Florence this time last year. Now that she is almost two, Florence is starting to understand things a bit more and so I’ve really focussed this year on giving her ownership of her little […]

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that today is the publication date for Kindle users and you can download it to read it yourself right now or, if you prefer actual books the paperback version is being released for sale on May 2nd.

Written in the form of daily diary entries, the story follows a year in the life of recently single Mum, Frankie, as she takes on the world of online dating, juggling her job with raising her two girls and finds solace in the form of new found friends, Sierra and Lou.

Entirely relatable whether you’re single or not, Frankie’s daily anecdotes had me laughing my way from page to page as I’m pretty sure we’ve all thought or done similar things ourselves – from the parenting triumphs to the personal disasters. I’m not sure if it’s the new baby hormones or what, but I actually laughed ’til I cried at one point leading Sean to walk into the room and check I was okay!

I really do not want to give too much away about the story, I’ll leave that to you to find out yourselves, but if you’re looking for an easy read that makes you realise that all those things you do / think and wonder if other mums actually do them too I 100% recommend it. It is one of those books that you honestly don’t want to put down. Of course, as Frankie (and no doubt Jo) would more than understand, that’s not always possible when you’ve got little m.

Don’t just take my word for it though, there’s a blog book tour going on and you can find all of the details on Jo’s blog here.

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

I was gifted a pre publication copy of Playgroups and Prosecco for the purpose of this review.

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Toddler Play: Animal Matching

Toddler Play: Animal Matching

It’s been a while since I posted about our play but today I wanted to share one of our current favourite activities that we tend to do a couple of times a week and it’s one that not only does Florence really enjoy, but it’s […]

William’s Birth Story

William’s Birth Story

We woke up early on Friday morning and waved Sean off to work. It was grey and miserable outside and despite having had more sleep the night before than I’d had in weeks I was in a terrible terrible mood. You know one of those […]