Family, Motherhood

Life Lately:
Selling up, coping with two and a career change

Selling up:

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve really struggled with being lonely and isolated over the last couple of years. Motherhood can be lonely at the best of times but living hundreds of miles away from my support network has been incredibly difficult. I think it was the main factor in me developing antenatal depression whilst pregnant with Elowen. I’ve been desperate to move back down to the South West, closer to my friends and family, for so long. Finally, at long last, the wheels are in motion. We put our house up for sale over Christmas and last week we accepted an offer. I’m trying not to let myself get too excited because I know that selling and buying houses is rarely straightforward, things happen – buyers drop out, sales fall through – but we’re on the right track. Keep everything crossed for us, please.

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Family, Letters to my girls, Motherhood

Letters to my girls {January 2017}

I want to tell you how proud I am of you. You’ve taken to being a big sister so well – better than I ever could have hoped for. From the moment you walked into our bedroom that morning to find our newest member of the family laying on the bed, you have been obsessed with her. Several times a day you will ask me to let you hold Elowen. You sit on the sofa, hold your arms out together expectantly and say “I hold baby!” I place her in your arms and you tilt your head to look at her. “Hello Eh’wen! Hello sweetie. You’re sooo cute!” You say in a high-pitched ‘baby talk’ voice that I thought only adults were capable of.

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Lifestyle, Toddler

Things we’ve been loving lately… #1

This year I want to share more of the things I love on my blog. Whether it be the products that make parenting that little bit easier, something I’ve treated myself to, or even just what I’m lovin’ on the telly box! And of course, my blog is as much about my girls as it is me so I’ll be sharing the things they love too. (Although it might be a while yet before Little E loves anything more than milk and sleep!)

Here’s┬ásome of mine and Jasmine’s recent faves…

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Toddler

An interview with my 2-year-old

One of the best things about having a 2-year-old is the conversations. My little girl has become so incredibly chatty over the last few months or so. In fact, if she’s awake, she’s probably talking. I thought it would be fun to interview her. Although it wasn’t the easiest of conversations (like most toddlers, she has the attention span of a gnat) I loved listening to her answers.

On with the interview…

1) How old are you, Jasmine?

*She counts on her fingers… “One… two… three…”

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Baby, Breastfeeding, Elowen's Updates

Elowen’s 2 month update

I can barely believe my littlest lady is already two months old. I think the time seems to go by even quicker with subsequent babies and I’m oh-so aware of how quickly they grow up. I only have to look at her big sister to remind myself of that. I’m really enjoying being a mummy to two girls and whilst it is challenging (understatement of century!) I wouldn’t change anything. Not one thing. I am so, so lucky. :)

Anyway, enough rambling – let’s get on with Elowen’s two month update… *sobs*

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Blogging, Lifestyle, Tags

The Bedtime Tag

I’ve been tagged by Jaymee from The Mum Diaries to take part in The Bedtime Tag. 10 questions all about my bedtime routine. I love reading these kind of posts because, quite frankly, I’m nosy! Do let me know if you decide to take part in the Q&A yourself as I’d love to read your answers. :)

The Bedtime Tag:

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Firstly… Hahahahahahaha…. bedtime routine… hahahaha. Right, OK… I’m done.

My ‘bedtime routine’ usually starts with me drifting off on the couch in front of the telly at around about 8pm! Since I’ve had two children to look after all day (Jasmine’s two-years-old and Elowen is a mere 7 weeks) I’ve been absolutely knackered come the evening. I can’t remember the last time I managed to watch a TV programme from start to end! (No Sherlock spoilers, please!)

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Family, Photography

The Home Life Project {January 2017}

I took part in Claire’s brilliant Home Life Project last January and had every intention of taking part each month. Except I didn’t, and I really am kicking myself about that. Since then a lot has happened, most notably- we have a new member of the family! We are now a family of four after welcoming our gorgeous girl Elowen into the world back in November.

This year brings with it even more big changes for us (we don’t do things by halves). Our house is currently up for sale as we’re planning to move down South. Stephen will be working remotely for the company he currently works at. And I’ll be back living closer to family and friends – the support network I’ve been lacking for the last few years. Exciting times ahead!

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Baby, Lifestyle, shopping

My eBay Wishlist #1

With a house move to the other side of the country imminent, I am very much on a self-imposed spending ban at the moment. I’m trying not to buy anything we do not *need* to buy in order to save as much cash as possible – moving house is an expensive business, after all. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little online window shopping! ;) I love perusing eBay in search of a bargain and so I thought I’d share a little wish list with you of some of the items┬áthat have been catching my eye just recently.

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Family, Food, Lifestyle

Dinner Diaries #1

I thought I’d share something a little different on my blog today – a meal diary! I think meal planning posts and food grocery hauls are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. I, personally, love reading these kind of posts. Probably because, in our family, it’s my job to plan our meals and do the weekly online food shop. I’ve noticed that over the last few months (excluding Christmas) I’ve been stuck in somewhat of a meal planning rut. Sometimes it’s hard to think up new meal ideas to keep things interesting but I’m hoping that by doing these ‘Dinner Diary’ posts regularly, it will help me to be a bit more adventurous. Hopefully these posts might even help others who also find themselves struggling for meal ideas.

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Homebirth

Elowen’s Birth Story
{A Planned Home Birth}

On Sunday 20th November 2016, at 39+6 weeks pregnant, I woke up at 8am and went to the toilet for a wee. I stood up afterwards and wondered if I had lost control of my bladder entirely as I felt warm liquid stream down my legs. It kept coming and coming and coming…. and I knew then, that my waters had broken. Instantly I felt a surge of excitement run through my body because, after what felt like the longest pregnancy ever, I was finally going to meet my baby. I hobbled across the landing in undignified fashion, with a bath towel between my legs, trying to catch the drips. As I stood at the top of the stairs I yelled down to Stephen, who I think was downstairs playing with Jasmine at the time, that my waters had broken. “What do we do now?” he said. “We wait.” I replied.

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