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March 2018

Gosh this year is flying by! How are we in April already?

Here is my March round up in pictures. I find it so hard just choosing a few.

We had a fabulous time in Norfolk for the weekend and Samuel loved spending time with his cousin Henry. Here they are enjoying a bath together.

Another cousin. This time his biggest cousin Max. As you can probably tell Samuel loves him so much. Max is so good with the little ones!

So much family time this month. Both Samuel and Henry love books and it’s lovely seeing them enjoying sharing stories together.

Samuel wants to be on the go all the time and this can sometimes be tricky especially when we are having a meal out. Thankfully on this occasion the restaurant was pretty empty so he got free rain to have a bit of a run around and a dance to the music.

Samuel loves to pose and has recently discovered the selfie mode on my phone. When he wants his picture taken he will come in close and look at the screen. He has also mastered saying cheese and doing a smile when a camera is pointing at him.

We had quite a few sleepless nights and it turned out Samuel had an ear infection. It cause the eardrum to perforate which is how we discovered it. He is getting better at telling us when he is hurt but he couldn’t quite communicate this and we put it down to his back teeth. Lots of Mummy guilt after we found out what the real issue was.

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February 2018

Here is my February round up in pictures!

As always we have had some lovely days with Grandad and Henry. Here are the boys watching the ducks at Whisby.

We had a great day at The Deep. Samuel loved looking at all the different sea creatures.

We have had every type of weather this month and in all honesty I am ready for the warmer months so we can get outside a bit more.

A rare ladies day out. We made cocktails and drank far too much ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our first visit to the library. Samuel and Henry both love books and we had lots of fun choosing some to take home. I didn’t realise what child friendly places libraries are now.

Here is Samuel and his cousin Max who he adores. Apparently Samuel didn’t want to let go of Max’s hand.

The last two days of February have been covered in snow and Samuel has had lots of fun playing in it. I particularly love this picture of Samuel and my Dad with the snowman they built.

So there we go. February seemed to go very quickly. Next month we have my birthday and a trip to Norfolk to look forward to.

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A letter to my 18 month old

Dear Samuel

Today you turned 18 months old. 18 months!!! It seems like only yesterday that I held you in my arms for the very first time. You are definitely not a baby anymore. You are a toddler. A little boy with his very own personality.

You choose not to understand the word ‘no’ but quite freely use it yourself. We can’t help but laugh at your cheeky ways though. When you are not happy you lay on the floor and make a pretend crying noise. It doesn’t last long and we can soon turn it into a giggle with a quick tickle. You are so ticklish and laugh before we even touch you.

You are still very much a Mummy’s boy and love to snuggle in close when you are tired or sad. I love collecting you from the childminders as it’s has if you haven’t seen me in forever. Your face lights up and when I pick you up you hold me tight and feel all my face as if checking I’m really there. You love it with Julie though and quite happily wave me off in the mornings.

I love how you chatter away to us and it’s so difficult sometimes as we don’t always know what you are trying to say. You are so patient with us though and just keep repeating yourself until we give you the answer you were after. I love hearing your little voice especially when you say Mummy. I can hear you now in the bath with Daddy. You are talking about ‘bubbles’ and splashing about in the water. Bath time is Samuel and Daddy time and you love it. You listen to music and giggle away together.

You love trains, cars, tractors and dinosaurs and never venture far without a book. Your favourite story at the moment is ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. You like to read it at bedtime and watch the animated version on the telly. You seem to have a thing for sticks as you also love the ‘Hey Duggee’ song ‘Sticky, sticky, stick, stick’. You like to dance around the living room saying ‘stick stick stick’ over and over again whenever it comes on.

I love spending time with you my gorgeous boy and although at times it’s exhausting (you are constantly on the go and still don’t sleep through the night) I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Mummy and Daddy love you so much and can’t wait for even more adventures with you.

Lots of love always

Mummy xxxxx

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January 2018

This is definitely going to be a more manageable post. My monthly round up in pictures.

On the 1st we visited Woolsthorpe Manor. Samuel loved running around the grounds and exploring somewhere new.

I don’t get to do bath time very often as it is Daddy time but when I do we have such fun. Samuel loves the bath and never wants to get out.

Samuel has got so confident on his scuttle bug this month. He loves riding around on it and we have even been on it outside.

I just think this picture is so funny. Look at that hat. It’s lee’s and it has my gloves inside it. Samuel wanted it on and then got all silly and started running around the garden.

A blurry Samuel having fun with his friend Declan. Samuel adores him and would follow him anywhere. It helps that Declan is just as daft as he is.

Trying to steal the big spade whilst Daddy is distracted. Samuel loves being outside and really wanted to help Daddy and Grandad fit a new fence.

Lunch at Great Nanna and Grandads. Samuel knows that’s his seat now and will try and climb up on to it when he is ready for his food.

January you have been long but we have had some lovely days. So much to look forward to this year.

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The end of our breastfeeding journey

Well that’s it, our breastfeeding journey has come to an end. Part of me feels a little bit sad writing this. Is has been such a positive experience for both of us and one I was reluctant to let go of. But the time was right to stop and if I’m honest Samuel was naturally wanting less and less anyway. It was more of a comfort than a nourishment for him and the new year seemed liked the perfect time to stop.

If you fancy reading about how we got on breastfeeding in the beginning then check out the post I wrote during National Breastfeeding Week.

So how did we stop? Well we went cold turkey. Samuel was having a feed before bed to settle him, feeds in the middle of the night if he woke and one in the morning. I was actually rather surprised at how easy it was to stop. He had an extra bottle of milk to settle him and one when he woke in the night but that was it. He seemed to sleep better and apart from the odd little tug on my top he has not seemed too fussed about not having it.

It has been just over a week now and thankfully apart from my breasts being slightly tender I haven’t suffered in terms of encouragement either. My hormones on the other hand have felt a bit out of sync and I have felt not quite myself but hopefully they will soon balance themselves back out.

I would love to hear how you stopped and at what age? Did you find it easy or was it a struggle? How did you feel afterwards?

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Samuel Update

I have neglected this blog a bit lately and as it’s a new year my resolution is to get back on it.

I am going to start with a Samuel update. He turns 17 months old today and I seriously cannot believe that in just a months time I will have an 18 month old. I know I say this every time but he really does amaze us every day. It seems like he always has a new word or can do something different or make a new animal sound and I want to ensure I document as much of it as I can.

Gross Motor

Samuel is now a confidant Walker. He is able to walk backwards and change direction with ease. He has started trying to run and still loves to climb. His new thing is spinning round and round and he finds it hilarious when he makes himself dizzy and fulls over. Samuel can push himself along on his Scuttle Bug and turn the handles to change direction.

Fine Motor

Samuel shows more control all the time. He is able to hold a crayon using a digital probate grasp and make marks across the page. He is able to stack 4-5 blocks to create a tower and is beginning to use a fork.

Cognitive

Samuel understands more and more each day. He knows where lots of things are kept and is beginning to show an understanding of course and effect. For example he knows that if he places his flannel over the plug hole it will stop the water going down, which means he doesn’t have to get out of the bath. Samuel loves cars and trains and will push them around on the floor or track making appropriate noises for them.

Communication

Samuel has lots of words now and when at home he chats away constantly. His favourite words to say are ‘tractor’, ‘car’ and ‘duck’. He also likes to make ‘choo choo’ noises as well as quacking, roaring and barking. He likes to say ‘ugh oh’ and if he can’t get past something or move something he says ‘stuck’. Everyday he seems to say a new word and I love hearing his little voice.

Social

Samuel is still quite shy around unfamiliar people and is still very much a ‘Mummy’s boy’. He can give people such a look if he is not happy, he has such an emotive face. It has been nice to hear from the Childminder that Samuel has been interacting well with the other children.

Feeding

Samuel isn’t a bad eater and depending on what mood he is in, will eat pretty much anything. Although he is not a fan of carrots or broccoli and will pick out even the smallest, hidden pieces. His favourite meal is definitely breakfast, he loves cereal and like his Mummy and Daddy he definitely has a sweet tooth. Samuel has a bottle of half formula and half cows milk before bed (he still isn’t a fan of cows milk on its own) and some more milk in the night if he wakes for it. I think he has about 14 teeth maybe more. He won’t let me look anymore.

Sleeping

We have recently got Samuel down to 1 nap a day as we were struggling to get him to sleep in the evenings. We pretty much co-sleep the majority of the night although this is something we are going to work on. We have not yet perfected sleeping through the night.

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Photos of the Week

Late again but here are my favourite photos/moments of the week. Actually as I am so late they are photos of the fortnight.

Give Samuel a wide open space and he will run around like crazy. He loves to be outside and is definitely at his happiest when he is.

When a trip to Pets at Home is as much fun as a day out. Samuel and Henry loved looking at the animals and fish.

You canโ€™t tell from his face but Samuel loves his friend Evelyn and she adores him.

Autumn walk collecting leaves and feathers. Samuel loved picking things up and bringing them to me.

To Samuel you climb the wrong way up a slide then slide back down on your belly. If it makes him this happy who cares.

I will try and get more regular with my posts again.