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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🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

My first month with Isla

This first month has been amazing and difficult, all at once, but I certainly wouldn’t change it for the world. Whoever told me that having 2 under 2 would be very hard to start with, wasn’t lying! I am hoping that the latter part of their advice “It will get easier” wasn’t a lie either.

Isla is doing really well, she is a little colicky as she gets very upset late afternoon/early evening and has pangs of cries where only tapping her bottom will soothe her. She doesn’t really burp, more pops off, so burping her after feeds doesn’t really help. The midwife said that infacol will not help either as thats more for burping issues than with trapped wind, the other end. She snoozes on her tummy and when she has processed all the wind, all you can hear is almighty trumps from her moses basket and you can see her little bot raising in the air as she tries to pass the wind. Its cute, but at the same time its horrid to see her in pain when she is crying, I am just extremely grateful that she doesn’t cry for longer than 5 minutes at any given time.

Its like she cries for 5 minutes to deal with the pain, then it settles and so does she, then 20 minutes later she gets another pang of pain and so she will cry again. Usually this happens for around about an hour during the afternoon/evening, sometimes in both the afternoon and evening. I think this depends on what I have eaten the night before.

She is putting on weight beautifully, you can see her filling out her clothes and in the 5 weeks she has been in this world, she has already outgrown her first babygro, albeit for a tiny baby, but she doesn’t seem so delicate anymore. I was scared to touch her when she was  born, her legs were so skinny, I felt like I was going to break them when changing her bottom and hurt her back when picking her up. She is even developing those cute little baby chubby cheeks now, so I know I am doing an “ok” job at this mother of 2 thing.

Noah is taking to her now, she gets kisses goodnight, cuddles in the daytime (on his terms mind you) and he doesn’t slap her anymore. Which is a really good sign, the slapping seems to have calmed down quite a lot, which is great. He loves Toy Story, so that is a favourite movie to watch when mummy is feeding Isla – it helps keep him focused on something and not to get bored and more importantly jealous when I am spending that time with Isla.

The only jealous issue I have is when Isla cries for longer than a couple of minutes, Noah tends to join in with his theatrical cry as I think he feels she will get something that he won’t, so he joins in to make it even! But I know its a fake cry and I distract him easily with some of his many toys, Isla on the other hand not so easy to distract, unless its crying for boobie time!

I love dressing her up in all of her beautiful gifts from family and friends, she is not fitting into Newborn sizes yet, so we are still on the early baby items, but I am sure it will not be long before the posts of “Isla’s wardrobe” are popping up on mummyconstant.com… thats a good idea actually, what is Isla wearing today? Ha-ha. I have been nosing at some very cute boutiques to get her some special clothes, so watch this space – ooh and I will post her jubilee outfit soon too…

She gave me her first smile on her 3rd week anniversary, it was a beaut too. I am now looking forward to getting her to smile more and capturing one on camera, or at least getting her to smile when Daddy is around as he hasn’t seen it yet. She looks beautiful and really does melt your heart. I am looking forward to seeing her smiley face develop over the next month and also watching her grow into her Newborn clothes too… ooh more outfits!

Final thoughts – having a baby girl has made me obssessed with tights. I seem to have more tights for her than I know what to do with, but I love them. I just need to get some outfits to match these tights now, I think she is going to be an expensive  baby girl!!

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