The Adventure of Parenthood

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

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Little Family in July

This year, I have been busy capturing our life as a family of four.  I have been taking part in the Me and Mine project, which sees us taking a family portrait every month, to record the little changes and get everyone in the frame.  I have loved taking part, and in an effort to really capture the essence of our family, we turned to a photographer last month to capture those candid shots when we are just being us.

I shared a few in the July Me and Mine post, but I wanted to share some more, just because.  My family means everything to me, and I am so proud to show them off.  (I apologise for the photo overload)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Archie at 18 Months

A year and a half has passed since my littlest one entered the world and it is amazing how far the little dude has come.  From a helpless newborn to a walking talking toddler in what feels like the blink of an eye.  Archie has the cheekiest personality, and every single day he shows a little more.

From the smile that screws up his nose, to the way he tells you off right back if you say no to him, this boy is challenging and cute in equal measure.  He pushes every imaginable boundary, but does so with a smile on his face and a bounce in his step. When we take him to the park, he no longer heads for the slide, but straight for the borders, where he searches for everything he shouldn't and brings me his finds.  Half empty cans of cider, cigarette butts and apple cores amongst other things.  He sees himself as either a litter picker or treasure hunter, I am not sure which.

18 months, 18 month development, gorgeous blonde baby

Suddenly we have hit a milestone with speech and Archie is learning more words every day.  When we come downstairs in the morning, he demands 'cup, drink, milk, breakfast, kitchen' and his attempts to be the boss begin from that moment.  He attempts to copy every word we say, even those far beyond his capabilities and studies my face so seriously when I say something new.  He loves being able to communicate, and I remember this stage being the start of something amazing for Dylan.  

He loves to name and point out his body parts and knows them all well, but when you ask him where his arm is, he moves his fingers to his mouth with an exaggerated 'aarrmgh' noise, pretending to eat them, and making us both laugh at the same time.  It is the little things like this that we see everyday that make our little guy the crazy character that he is.

Sleep is definitely going well at the moment (touch wood), and as well as doing 13 hours at night, Archie can sleep anything from two to four hours at nap time too.  Being as energetic as he is definitely seems to wear him out! After a week of having Daddy around, and not going in the buggy other than nap time, he is determined not to go back in there, and can quite easily walk further and faster than his big brother.  Unfortunately he has a tendency to pick up things constantly, and gets very distracted by every dog and cat we see.

At 18 months, Archie seems to have the appetite of an 18 year old, and would have you believe that we don't feed him at home as he is constantly asking for snacks and dinner when we are out.  He would live off of carbs given the choice, with a particular preference for chips and pitta breads.  He does eat well generally and loves his fruit too.

This months saw the first haircut, and the adorable curls that grew in the base of his neck are sadly no more.  I couldn't manage a proper chop though, and even taking off two inches has left it long (the pictures in this post are post-haircut).  His next to teeth have popped through, bringing the total to ten - an amount I could count on my arm for the two days they were coming thanks to his use of Mummy as a teether.

Archie loves attention, and he knows how to get it.  He is playful, funny and always on the move.  He is desperate to be one of the big kids, and will attempt anything a five year old can do (often resulting in bruises).  He is a leader, and he is determined.  He will be the reason I go grey, but he is loving and cuddly and when he throws his arms around my neck and gives kisses I know that I will forgive the fact he has just launched his broccoli at the window yet again.

One and a half seems so big, but my baby has gotten pretty big recently!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Play Day

I knew that the place I grew up would be the same place that I bring up my own babies.  I wanted to travel, to see the world, to experience different cities, but I had always known that when it came to starting a family, this place is home.

My family live here, and everywhere I look, I have memories of growing up.  There are so many beaches on our doorstep, so many parks, schools and small communities.  Sure it has its issues, there are bad parts of town as there always are, and it does boast an incredibly high teenage pregnancy rate, but this was my home, and this is my children's home.

Bringing them up here, we have spent a lot of time at the Children's Centres, from antenatal classes, breastfeeding support groups and the health visitor to messy rock'n'roll toddler groups and courses.  The Children's Centre organises a 'Play Day' every summer for the community, a completely free event for families, and this year's theme was healthy.

All children received free water and fruit, there was bouncy castles and characters to meet, information about local services and healthy start incentives and the chance to make a smoothie on a pedal bike.  The mobile farm was there, letting the children get close to the sheep and pigs and there were displays from local groups like Judo and majorettes. The weather was sadly not what was hoped for in early August, but it was only the parents stood under umbrellas, whilst the children ran free, reminding us that being outdoors whatever the weather is completely healthy.

There was face painting with Snazaroo face paint (although Dylan wasn't convinced he wanted to sit still that long), and a free raffle with an amazing prize from Garden Games.  There were friends to see and clothes to soak and the boys had a great time, even if they did both discover a sudden terror of Peppa Pig as soon as they got close enough to touch her.

Unfortunately I wasn't braving my camera in the rain and my phone is broken so I am using a rubbish old one at the moment, so there are only a few photos that aren't too blurry.

I love the fact that there is a community on our doorstep ( the park this was held at is literally at the end of our road), and the boys enjoyed their day, especially the rain.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Win a Picnic Hamper with Davpack

My children have a playroom full of toys, a garden full of ride-ons, buckets and spades and enough brightly coloured plastic to see us through for years.  Give them a cardboard box though, and the dun lasts longer, the giggles are louder and their little imaginations just blow you away.

Davpack, the packing company sent us some cardboard boxes, and I decided that what the garden didn't have, was a train.  With the aid of some cardboard boxes, some scissors and some felt tips, I made the boys their very own choo choo, and they loved it.

I have teamed up with Davpack to give you a chance to win this gorgeous picnic hamper from Not on the High Street, perfect for the end of the summer, and making the most of those sunny days.  Entry is via the simple rafflecopter form below.

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