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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So much of this parenting malarkey is hard. No, hard doesn't do it justice... more like HARD! I have the most stubborn 3 year old to tame, where even the simplest things like getting dressed become a daily battle of wills. I have a 7 month old who has not yet slept for longer than 3 hours in a row. Ever. And who still demands at least two small night feeds. Every single night.

As a stay at home mum, I spend every waking hour in my children's presence (minus the few hours in the early evening when they sleep and a couple of hours at the weekend when my husband is home to help). Spending so much time with them sometimes makes it hard to appreciate what I have. When Dave comes home, I find myself complaining about them, what they didn't do right, how they annoyed me, what tantrums we had. He always shakes his head and says that I'm so lucky to spend so much time with them, that he would love to see them more because they are growing so fast.

So the other day, I decided to focus on the good things that happened that day. When Dave came home, I replayed the funny things Alice had said, the scrapes and pickles Thomas had gotten himself into (getting half stuck under the sofa for example!). I told him how Alice had actually eaten all her carrots and broccoli and dinner, how Thomas had napped for nearly an hour and I had managed an entire cup of hot coffee for the first time in days... Dave looked at me and said I sound like I had a good day!

But it was just like every other day. it made me realise that, there are no good days or bad days with young children. Every day is full of it's battles, tantrums, those moment where you want to pull your hair out. But each day is also filled with those amazing, incredible moments that make your heart swell as you watch your babies become bigger and more grown up right in front of your eyes.

Ever day has the potential to be a good day, if we just teach ourselves to seek out the good things and drown out the bad things.

So these are my children. My completely imperfect, loud, stubborn and down right crazy children. And I love love love them!!!


Spring is here!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The second I saw all those daff's and blossom trees everywhere I knew we had to get out to the park! This weekend was like summer. A little chilly in the shade, but once you got out in the sun it was warm and bright and exactly what we have been waiting for! When you are woken 50 times a night by two young children and then have to spend all day in the house because it's pouring with rain, you can very quickly begin to lose your mind a little!! So as soon as that sun came out and we got even the slightest hint of warmer weather, we took the children to Bushy Park to explore and run around like loons!

I love watching Alice explore. She is growing so so fast. Seeing her exploring the woodlands, climb on logs and ask a billion questions (what that mum? What that?) is just magic. And Thomas got his first feel of grass beneath his little body as he attempted to eat absolutely everything he could get his hands on!

I am so happy the warmer weather is on the way. Our favourite thing to do has always been going on long walks exploring the outdoors so we can't wait to start getting out again.

Thank god it's finally SPRING!!!!


A Crazy, Long, Never-Ending Afternoon!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Oh GOD! Yesterday afternoon was just one of those afternoons that never seemed to end! I think it was because we literally crammed an entire day worth of activities in the morning so by the time it got to the afternoon, time just sort of crept by really slowly! It was sunny all morning and raining all afternoon, which didn't really help. By about 2.30pm I was literally pulling my hair out!! Argh!

Thomas has been up for the past few nights (have a mentioned that a few times?!) thanks to his teeth so I've been surviving on coffee. But this afternoon was just... long. And then, we got a delivery from Mamas and Papas. It's the little inflatable chair thingy in the picture above. Suddenly there was a new toy to entertain both of them and the afternoon didn't seem so bad. I got to sit down and have a coffee, and the kids were happy to play again.

I also managed to capture these shots of Alice actually being nice to Thomas as opposed to trying to push him out the way, as she usually does!



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Look at that tooth! So cute!!!

Thomas has been teething since he turned 2 months old! Eek. That means that he has never actually slept through the night. He wakes about 4 times a night. Once at 9.30pm for his last feed and then about 3 more times through the night, more if his teeth are really playing up. So Dave and I have had pretty much no sleep for 6 months. However, now the weather is cheering up, it's not really so awful. I always find that getting out in the sun first thing and a strong coffee helps to start the day off on the right foot, no matter how much I've been up the night before.

Thomas has one full tooth through and 3 breaking through at the same time! It seems to have escalated pretty rapidly over the last week or so. It's so crazy that he is already 6 months and getting teeth. The second baby just seems to grow up even faster than the first!

Talking of the first, Alice is now pretty much potty trained, talking non stop and starting nursery in a few months. What!? When did she get so grown up all of a sudden! I have to say, I was a b emotional at her third birthday party. I just can't believe it's been 3 years since I had her. 3 just seems so big to me!

This will be the last year (or half a year) that I have both children at home with me full time. As from September, Alice will be in nursery and Thomas will be in some sort of childcare. My time as a full time stay at home mum is coming to an end. It's both for financial reasons (house prices in London are mental, even on Dave's wage we can't get a mortgage for over 300k, which wont buy us much!) and because I think it's the right time to get back into my career.

Anyway. Everything here has been pretty quiet recently, hence the lack of posting. We are just sort of living and getting through the first year with Thomas. And to those who miss my YouTube videos, I do apologise. Life is just... hectic with two little ones. And I am considering starting to tone down my online presence. Blogging and YouTubbing is fun, but it's a journey that I wont be doing forever. This may very well be the last year for this too!


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