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May 2018

Here is my May round up in pictures. This year is flying by and in 2 months I will have a 2 year old (insert crying face).

My little book worm at the library. They really are an underused resource that we really need to start using more. Plus it’s all free!

My boys! We have had some beautiful weather this month and we have definitely made the most of it. This was a morning at Sherwood Forest just us three. It was lovely.

I love this of Samuel with his Aunty and Uncle (my brother and sister-in-law) it just speaks love!

Samuel is getting so confident now in terms of his physical ability. He has no fear and such perseverance. I hope he always has this never give up attitude.

A picture not featuring Samuel but had to share this. We may not see each other often or chat as much as we could but we are definitely friends for life.

Samuel and Nanna. My mum had just crawled through a child’s play tunnel to sit in this tent with Samuel. It’s there anything Grandparents won’t do for their grandchildren?

That’s it for May. You were lovely and sunny and over far too quickly!

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April 2018

I’m a little behind this month but here they are at last, a round up of April in pictures.

Look at their faces! Mouths full of chocolate. The 1st of the month was Easter Sunday and these 3 certainly made the most of it.

Samuel loves his friend Declan. So much so he even knows the way from our house to his house (it’s not far).

We loved Cadbury World and so did these two. I thought Samuel would go crazy for all the chocolate but he only had a tiny little bit. His Daddy on the other hand!

Is there anything cuter than an ice-cream face.

Helping Great Grandad Sam to feed the birds. Samuel loves watching all the birds that come in to my grandparents garden.

Love this family selfie. We enjoyed a week of nice weather in April. It was bliss.

Our friend Ben took this picture of our boy when we were on holiday in Tattershall Lakes. The weather was awful all weekend. It didn’t stop us having a good time though.

That’s my April round up done. I know I say this every time but I honestly cannot believe how quick this year is going.

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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 😊

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?