The Adventure of Parenthood

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

13 Weeks Pregnant

As the first trimester comes to an end, I am finally coming out of the tired fog that characterised the first few weeks.  Whilst that pregnancy glow is still a distant dream, I have enough energy to get through the day again and things are only getting easier.

Now that my pregnancy is finally in the open, I can wear what I like again without worrying people will think I just ate a bit too much cake.  It feels like I have known for so much longer this time, but in a way I have as I found out a week earlier than with both the boys and my scan was later on too.  

Monday, 1 September 2014

Pregnancy - The Early Weeks

5 weeks Pregnant

If I have learned anything by now, it is that life doesn't always go to plan.  At 18, when I looked at my future it was full of possibility.  I had it all mapped out - married at 25, first baby at 27 and of course a high flying, well paid job at the same time.  At 23 I fell pregnant unexpectedly with a man I had really only just met.  

Looking back now, it feels like it was all meant to be.  It wasn't part of the plans, but the plans changed and accomodated this baby and another little boy joined our family only 18 months after the first.  From single to mother of two in less than three years.

Today my boys are 34 months and 16 months.  They are little balls of energy, racing towards milestones, growing at a ridiculous speed and challenging me every day.  They make me laugh, cry, smile and shout on a daily basis and our family and house are full of love.  

Today I took a pregnancy test.  My period was only two days late - something that has happened so many times, I barely even register it.  I don't really have any symptoms other than tiredness, which I had put down to lighter mornings (thank you sunshine!) and a crazily busy June.  I took a test because of the dreams.  Every night this week I have dreamed of being pregnant.  I woke to find myself with a pillow between my legs and under tummy, just as I slept when I was pregnant before.  I took a test because my head had doubts and I needed to quiet them.  The test was positive.

Preschool Lunchbox Ideas

Capri sun, healthy lunchbox, lunchbox ideas
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It is only one week until my biggest little guy starts his Preschool.  For three years he has been at home with me, going to friends or family when I need childcare, but things are changing, and with only one year until he starts school, he is about to set off for Preschool.

For two days per week, he will be there for lunch time, and we have decided to send him in with a healthy lunchbox.  We chose one (a green dinosaur), and gift wrapped it ready for his birthday and since that day he has not stopped talking about it.  He is excited and ready to embark on this new adventure and as much as it is going to be strange without my little sidekick around, I know it is the best thing for him.  

We went shopping for some Capri Sun and other bits at Tesco (they have a back to school offer), and made up a mock lunchbox so that he can practice eating from it - it seemed a good excuse for a living room picnic as well.  I want it to be foods he is familiar with, but also exciting and fun, something to remind him of home.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Me and Mine - August

Considering all the family events we have had this month, we should have managed a family photo, but the reality is that August has been manic and this was a last minute family selfie this afternoon on my phone.  August has seen Dylan turn 3, Archie celebrate his half birthday, my 27th Birthday and the announcement that we are pregnant with our third baby.  We have enjoyed time off together, day trips out and plenty of fun.  August has been an exciting and exhausting month.

Daddy is loving folk week, having some money in the bank, the start of the football season and Archie turning into a little chatterbox.

Mummy is loving showing off her expanding bump, going for walks with the children without a buggy, Salt and vinegar chipsticks and watching Bones.

Dylan is loving summer club at the nursery, a day out at the zoo with his Aunty NatNat, reading everywhere we go and wearing his wellies.

Archie is loving being out of the buggy more, shouting at people, talking all the time and books.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Babybeau Ellie

Rather than diminishing over the last three years, my love for changing bags appears to have grown and with another little person on the way, they are going to be a part of my life for the forseeable future.  We have been reviewing the Babybeau Ellie and I have had nothing but compliments about this luxury leather bag.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Instant Ink

I love taking photos, especially of my family.  My phone and camera are full of captured memories, and sadly that is where they normally stay.  The photos on my walls are all at least six months old, dating back to the last time I got round to ordering some prints and those wonderful images that I have immortalised are left on a memory card.

Thanks to the lovely folk over at HP instant ink, that is no more.  They sent me a printer, which is pretty brilliant in itself (I think my last printer died midway through my dissertation and that was just a few years ago!) and a year's subscription to Instant Ink- a new service that allows forgetful people like myself to have ink cartridges delivered to their door rather than having to put it on the shopping list. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3

"We are all a little weird, and life is a little weird and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love"

I found someone to share mutual weirdness with, and then we made our two little things.

Next year will see the arrival of Thing 3

Thing 3 is due early March 2015

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