I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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I usually get a lot...

Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

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Breastfeeding Beyond the First Month

Isla is officially 6 weeks old now so ive successfully made it past the first month and I feel extremely proud for it, so I should! It’s not easy, it’s emotionally draining when you have 2 and also draining on your body. Keeping up your energy levels by eating and resting, sometimes just simply doesn’t happen in my house, the amount of times my day has started at 4am and running around after Noah I forget to have a proper lunch.

Because I only breastfed for a short time with Noah, I never developed a milk supply, like I have with Isla. This time around there have been quite a few surprises along the way. When you have an established milk supply, usually after 4 weeks, your body knows when to produce milk and gets prepared accordingly. I know it’s time for milk because my boobs feel extremely heavy and I get a strange “fizzy” feeling, which is the rush of milk coming through. It amazes me!

The first time Isla dipped out of her 4 hour routine, she slept 6 hours at night and for 24 hours my right boob was so sore where it had become engorged, I had flu symptoms and just felt awful, but I persevered and Isla still fed, which was great, but sore. I didn’t realise this would happen, I suppose it makes complete sense when you think about the cycle my body has created around Isla.

Unfortunately it’s come to the time where I need to start thinking about weaning Isla onto formula, I don’t want to but hubby needs me to go back to work, helping him take photos at weddings (I can’t do that whilst breast feeding). At 6 weeks, Isla now has 1 formula bottle at night time and rest of day is breastfed and next week I will drop another feed and at the wedding I will have to make sure I remember to express! There’s a new experience for my lunch break. I did laugh at myself, I originally planned to go to the first wedding shoot (of 12 hours), still exclusively breast feeding and just thought well I can express before and Isla can take it from the bottle. Silly me! What about when I’m at the wedding and a) get sore/leaky boobs where they’re expecting Isla to feed and b) how can I express every 4 hours at someone’s wedding? It’s all rather complicated, trying to work out what’s best, especially as I don’t really want to give up breast feeding, but I know she’s had the greatest start and I’m proud i made it this far.

A top tip for other mums in my position is to think properly about weaning off the breast, do it gradually and enjoy your moments with your baby whilst they are still solely using mummy for dinner! I have loved every moment of breast feeding Isla and I have got some memories I’ll treasure forever, she’s grown and it’s all because of me. If the business wasn’t there, I’d certainly carry on for months and give her an even better start in life, but at the end of it all a few months breast feeding isn’t too bad.

There are some other mummy bloggers that are writing about their experiences with breastfeeding too, please take a look at their blogs:

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11 Comments
  • esther james
    June 24, 2012

    It can be a bit of a logistical nightmare when you have to fit in work or some event around breastfeeding!

  • esther james
    June 24, 2012

    tweeted @esthermate

  • Kristal Jenks
    June 27, 2012

    My goal is always to reach at least 2 years, my first son is 4 years old and still going strong so I hope that he will wean when he is ready to. My second son is 10 months old. I’ll be going back to work soon but will continue to breastfeed, I found last time that the baby just ends up feeding at night to make up for my absence during the day!

  • hannah
    June 27, 2012

    I fed my first till 15.5 months which is when he chose to stop most likely because I was 7 weeks pregnant, this time I am three months in and plan to go as long as he wants it so we shall see but would love to get to two.

  • hannah
    June 27, 2012

    Also following on twitter

  • Samantha Holloway
    June 27, 2012

    For my first I breast fed for 6 months and stopped when I began weening onto solids, I only fed my second for a few weeks, to sore and not producing enough milk. with my next I would like to try and go longer than 6 months, hopefully a year.

    Tweeted and following @MissHolloway1

  • Robyn Logan
    June 28, 2012

    I’m 37 weeks pregnant, I orginally planned on breast feeding for 6 months, but due to all the blogs I’ve read lately, I think it’ll probably be longer, want whats best for my baby boy and you woman are so positive and supportive, Breast Feeding Week has been a fab experience for me.

  • Robyn Logan
    June 28, 2012

    Following both and tweeted @robynlclarke
    https://twitter.com/robynlclarke/status/218452546019266561

  • Circus Queen
    June 29, 2012

    It’s lovely that you’re enjoying breastfeedng Isla. I just wanted to say though that there are ways of working around your work situation with the weddings and exclusively breastfeeding if you want to. If you would like chat about it you can email me at adele@circusqueen.com or tweet @adelejk. Or find a local breastfeeding group. This is not at all meant to pressure you – I hope it doesn’t come across that way. It’s just good to know that there are options and to go from there.

  • Kate
    June 29, 2012

    Congratulations on reaching 6 weeks. As your body gets more used to breastfeeding you can go longer without feeding or expressing. On the occasions that my daughter has slept through the night I’ve felty little discomfort compared to missed feeds early on.
    At 6 weeks I was still in a lot of pain, I think having so much trouble starting has meant that I have become adamant to nurse as long as by baby wants to

  • Great that you were able to breastfeed this time but sad that you are having to stop before you want to. The law does state that employers should provide the means for Mums to express at work and store milk but I know that it can be difficult putting it into practice depending on your job. I am really lucky I was made redundant before I had my first son and my second came along 20 months after making childcare costs a nightmare. We can just about manage on hubby’s wage so I am really lucky to be able to breastfeed as long as we like x

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