Pregnancy #2 – 16 week update

You might be thinking you have missed an announcement post somewhere along the way but you haven’t…announcements just aren’t really our style! Neither of us did an announcement of any kind on Facebook when I was pregnant with TM and we haven’t this time either. We tend to just tell people when we talk to them! I’m due early (ish) July so I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant and we are very excited about becoming a family of four…although living in slight trepidation of having two under two!  Continue reading

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A note for our virtual memory box: #3

It’s been a while since I have written one of these posts; I don’t think I intended there to be such a large gap! Basically I like to keep a note for our ‘virtual memory box’ of all the adorable, quirky little things TM is doing at any particular age. I imagine these things that feel like such a huge part of our life at the moment can be all too easily forgotten as children change so rapidly. The last one I wrote was way back in July and there are so many things that have changed about our little guy since then; I mean he’s walking now, for a start! These are written directly to TM and I hope when he’s older we will enjoy looking back on them together.

To my beautiful toddler (I don’t think I can call you a baby anymore…) I can’t believe you’re one now, my love. You are turning into such a cheeky, affectionate and gorgeous kid. Here are some of the funniest/cutest things you do these days…

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What type of parent do you want to be?

There comes a time when you have to consider what kind of parent you want to be. I read this funny post by my wonderful friend Lucy at Occupation:(M)other about all the different parenting styles and techniques that she’s employed in her three years as a mother and it got me reflecting on what kind of parents we are and what we will be in the future. There are so many labels and groups, countless experts and theories, and I think these labels are unhelpful and unnecessary in many ways. But when it comes to ‘discipline’ and the like, you do have to make decisions about how you’ll handle unwanted behaviour and what approach you’ll take. I don’t think I know many people who follow a really prescriptive approach whether that be Gina Ford, Jo Frost, gentle parenting or any other sort – most of us pick and choose the things that suit us and appeal to our instincts. Not forgetting, of course, that it all depends on the child. You might have wanted to put your kid on the naughty step and then realise that it hasn’t made one single bit of difference to their behaviour… so could be time to rethink!

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Reflections of a mother (one year in…)

I suppose that title is a little misleading as, like many people, I felt like a mother long before I actually gave birth. You feel a huge amount of love while you’re pregnant and I think a shift starts straight away. You stop making decisions based purely on your own wants and needs and you start considering your unborn baby: this unselfishness (is that a word?!) continues and increases once your baby is born. But, for the purposes of this, my son is now a year old and I thought it was a good moment to reflect on the things I have learnt in my first year of being a mother.

Wonder where he gets that from?!

My lovely baby boy is fast becoming a toddler. He’s 11 months old, walking everywhere and showing a wonderful, cheeky, affectionate personality. I always love to think about how traits get passed down in the family and to see whether kids pick up quirks and habits that their parents or other family members have. I thought it’d be fun to reflect on a few of the traits that TM seems to have got from B and I – so far!  Continue reading

VLOG: Vogue 73 questions

Eeeek, I’ve only gone and recorded a bloody vlog. The lovely Charlie from Mess & Merlot nominated me to answer the Vogue 73 questions which are floating around at the moment. It was her first vlog too and you can watch it here! It’s a good way to get to know more about bloggers, like any blogger tag. I was intending to answer these questions as a blog post. But 73 questions is, well, quite a lot. Then I was sleep deprived and so made the foolish decision to film myself answering the questions instead. Apparently you are meant to do it all in one take which is handy as I have no idea how to edit. I can’t imagine anybody is going to watch the whole thing as it is 16 minutes long – how ridiculous! I was aiming for 8, I think…HA. Succinct has never been my strong suit.  Continue reading