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What Florence Wore #3

What Florence Wore #3

Anyone else have serious wardrobe envy when it comes to their toddler’s clothes? I find myself seriously wishing I could pull off the contents of Florence’s wardrobe quite often? I absolutely LOVE the outfit that she wore to her cousins party this weekend. I’m all about […]

My Mum, My Sister & Me |Celebrating Mother’s Day with Max Spielmann {AD – Gifted}

My Mum, My Sister & Me |Celebrating Mother’s Day with Max Spielmann {AD – Gifted}

With a week to go until Mother’s Day, I’m teaming up with Max Spielmann to share my favourite memory with my mum. It’s really difficult to think of just one. At first I thought about the big events, the holidays, the days out etc but […]

Easter Toddler Crafts: Decorating Chicks

Easter Toddler Crafts: Decorating Chicks

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve really rediscovered my passion for baby & toddler play & planning activities to do with the children. So much so, I’ve planned a whole month of spring related activities from tuff spots to days out to keep Florrie entertained each day and also enhance her development in areas such as her speech. Today, after a busy morning of digging & planting at my Mum’s Allotment we came home to do some Easter crafts.

I’d picked up these foam chicks from a bargain shop near to us last week and until today hadn’t really given much thought to what we would do with them. I set out two chicks, a pot of different coloured feathers, some googly eyes, PVA glue & a glue spreader on the highchair tray and invited her to come and play. She had reached the point in the day where she’d skipped her nap and was flagging a bit so I wanted to give her something she could do quietly.

As well as this being a crafty activity, it also offered a lot of opportunity for sensory stimulation.

Glue was a whole new thing to Florence as we’ve never really done this sort of craft before. I squeezed some glue on to the chick and showed her how to spread it with the stick. She copied at first and then started to spread the glue around with her finger.

 

Together we began to stick each feather on to the chick, each time talking about the colour. Florence is getting really good with identifiying and naming colours now.

We then added some more glue before sticking on a pair of googly eyes, finishing our first chick. 

I then poured some glue on to the second chick and took a step back allowing Florence to have a go herself.  I had separated the coloured feathers out and she chose to take from the yellow pile, sticking them onto the chick one by one, counting in her own little language as she went. I helped her to add the eyes and a little orange foam triangle for a beak.

She seemed to really be enjoying this activity, especially the glue spreading, so I gave her another foam chick and poured out some more glue directly onto it. She spotted the pompoms in the craf tbox and asked for those too so I obliged and poured some out on her tray. Again, we talked about the colours as she stuck them down, one by one.

We ended up making three chicks in total. This was such a simple Easter activity to set up and execute with very limited mess, other than some PVA glue which can be peeled off once dry  (Anyone else used to cover their hand in PVA glue just so they could peel it off when they were little? Oh the wonder of childhood!).  It was a perfect  introduction to glueing and sticking too.

The chicks could be stuck to Easter cards for family & friends or used as decorations. If you can’t get hold of the foam chicks, you could always either draw or print out a chick shape and cut it out instead.

Keep an eye out for more of our Spring play & craft posts over the next few weeks! 

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3 Promises I’m Making to Myself for 2019

3 Promises I’m Making to Myself for 2019

I didn’t make any New Years resolutions this year. Nor did I set myself any goals. 2019 started off quite uncertain for us and to be completely honest I didn’t want to set myself up to fail. However, self care seems to be the buzz […]

5 weeks post partum – an honest account of my feelings & symptoms after birth

5 weeks post partum – an honest account of my feelings & symptoms after birth

I’ve been giving this post a lot of thought over the last few weeks and while some parts might be a bit TMI I wanted to share my experiences in the weeks following William’s birth as some things came as a bit of a surprise […]

William’s 3 & 4 week update

William’s 3 & 4 week update

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t get around to finishing or publishing your three week update last week so instead, I’ve combined both your 3 & 4 week update in todays post.

You’re four weeks old. A whole month old. It feels like you’ve been here forever now, yet at the same time I’m wishing time would slow down just a little as it’s going by so quickly. I forgot how fast these early days pass.

Three Weeks

We’ve actually had a pretty busy week filled with visitors. Lisa came to cut Aunty Libby’s hair and made the most of the time for cuddles and then Aunty Donna came over with Josh and Charlie for the evening on Saturday. On Sunday Mama’s three best friends came for the morning and just look at how happy they were to meet you — despite their hangovers!

We then all took your sister to a new soft play centre where we met Uncle Dean, Aunty Tasha & Maisie. You slept pretty much the whole time but it was so nice to be able to get out as a four.

Daddy had Monday off of work so he could take us to the hospital for your hearing test. You’d given us quite a night of it so we were all pretty glad to have him home for the day. You passed your hearing test with flying colours by the way. We decided to head out for the afternoon for some fresh air and a wander and ended up at Leybourne Lakes where we fed the ducks – much to your sister’s delight! You stayed wrapped up snug in the baby sling.

Aside from a second trip to the Lakes with Donna, Joshua and Charlie on Tuesday we stayed home for the rest of the week. It became a bit of a pyjama week! Although we finally got the adapters for the pushchair so I did take you and Florence out for a quick wander to the shops to see what you made of being wheeled around. As long as I don’t stop, you’re happy!

You’re unbelievably strong and during tummy time on Friday you rolled right back over onto your back every time I put you on your front! At three weeks old I’m a little shocked as you’re just so little.

You seem to have found yourself a little bit of a rhythm now and can go longer between feeds in the mornings and at night. With any luck we’ll soon be into a lovely set routine so I can start planning days around it.

You are still at your happiest when cuddled up on a person and are quite the mummy’s boy! It’s making sleep a bit of a touchy subject but I know only too well that this cuddly stage only lasts for a short while so am trying to make the most of it.

Your sister is still infatuated with you. She’s constantly asking for a ‘doddle’ (a cuddle) with you and loves chatting to you while you lay on her lap or next to her. It’s so incredibly cute! She often asks that you join her while she plays too and if she’d like Mama to put you down she brings over your bouncy chair and insists I put you in there as she turns on the music and taps the hanging toys so they swing above you.

Week 4

We’ve had a much quieter week this week, mostly down to Mama having a horrid cold and really overdoing it in our first attempt at a trip out into town, just me, you and Florrie.

 

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Before & after – swipe right… I knew the moment I reached the end of our road yesterday morning that it was a bad idea to go out. I’d just had my hopes set on a trip into town to pick myself and the littles up some new clothes, stop for cake and maybe even a quick stop at the little soft play area and as I was feeling a bit better than yesterday (horrible cold and no sleep!) I was determined. Even despite the fact that Sean took the part for the pram and the sling in the car with him to work this morning and the fact that Tesco didn’t deliver the food shopping until 1 minute before the end of the window. I bundled Florence up in the pushchair, popped William in a different baby carrier and off we went for our first solo trip further than the village shop. We made it to the station with loads of time to spare for the next train and so Florence and I sat and chatted and took silly selfies. I felt better having sat down so on the train we got and set off into town. However, after the first shop I was so ready to come home. We met my Sister in law and niece and had a slow wander around town before heading to a café for some lunch where Florence had a random hyper episode before the melt down of all meltdowns. We got a taxi home and by the time I reached the front door I was just a broken, exhausted & snotty mess. It’s safe to say our first trip out without Sean was a bit of a disaster in the end and I’m so cross with myself for being so stubborn and not listening to what my body was practically screaming at me. We are having a few days at home now, I think and I’m going to force myself to be a bit kinder to myself. After all, my babies need me at my best. #3weekspostpartum #motherhoodslens #realmotherhood #keepingitreal #mumsofinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #lifecloseup #instamama #newborn #toddlersofig #florenceivy #williamjames #pbloggers #mummyblogger #kentblogger

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We’ve mostly stayed home since, aside from a little visit to a new play group just around the corner and today you and I had a little solo trip to the village shops while Aunty Libs watched over your sister.

You’ve been much more awake and alert this week and have taken a real liking to your bouncy chair all of a sudden. I’ve started laying you down on your mat to play under the make shift play gym I’ve put togetehr from our Shnuggle stand and you’re slowly coming around to not being on my chest at ALL TIMES. Florence loves coming and lyaing next to you and ‘helping’ you play. 

Saying that, you are still very much a cuddler and are most content when snuggled up on mine or your Daddy’s chest. 

You are sleeping a lot better  and touch wood, I’ve only had one night of no sleep this week. You seem to settle a lot better in a GroSnug so I’ve started putting you in them again for bed which is making a big difference. That and me sleeping with my hand under your bum… not sure why, but that seems to help! 

You’re a month old and I really do not know where the time has gone. I adore you little boy. I cannot get enough of you. My little William.

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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 […]

The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

I thought this month, the one where our little family grew from three to four, would be a good time to start joining in with Me & Mine Project. I’ve always loved the idea of this little monthly family photo project, but never got around […]