This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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Parenting tips for first time parents

Being a parent is one of the most important roles that you’ll ever play in your life. It is a beautiful, tiring, and amazing journey and for first-time parents, it can often be a tad bit overwhelming. Learning on the job can be quite stressful in any role and just like any other job, all the classes and reading up will not fully prepare you as well as the real-life hands-on experience.

Thoughts race through your mind. What do I do when my baby cries? Will I know if my baby is sick? What do I do when my baby won’t stop crying? While it’s normal to be a little apprehensive about your new role, these questions can become so intrusive and distracting during this otherwise happy time.

Continue reading for some fantastic parenting tips for first-timers and to help you in your new parenting role.

Get Help Where You Can

When you get home from the hospital, don’t be shy to ask for help. Whether it’s your mom that comes and stays over a few nights until you have the hang of it or whether it’s asking friends for some frozen homemade meals, just ask.

Before you leave the hospital, many have lactation specialists to help you with breastfeeding for the first time. New mums can feel a bit frazzled when trying to latch the baby and finding a comfortable breastfeeding position, but that’s what the specialists are there for. They are there to help you.

Allow Time For Bonding

Your physical closeness promotes an emotional connection with your baby. It is very important, especially in the first hours after birth as well as the following few days. Place your baby on your bare chest, this goes for both mum and dad by the way, and stroke your baby’s skin. This promotes bonding and this is your baby’s favourite places to be, as close as close can be.

Get Some Sleep Whenever You Can

The rule is when the baby is asleep, mum should be asleep! Don’t feel bad about taking naps when your baby does especially if you’re breastfeeding as you’ll be on constant food delivery calls, day or night!

If mum isn’t breastfeeding, maybe mum and dad can take it in turns to get up for feeds during the night. Both parents don’t have to get up every time your baby cries. This will help your relationship immensely too because both of you won’t be super tired, you’ll just be tired.

Entertain Your Baby – And Yourself

Dance while holding your baby. Babies love the movement. Take the stroller instead of the car to go to the corner shop. Fresh air is good for both of you. Do exercises while holding your baby. Babies love this and it will help you to shed the baby weight.

It’s never too early to read bedtime stories to your baby. You can incorporate it into the nightly routine. It is a great bonding time and will hopefully instil an early love of reading for your child.

Allow Time For Mum And Dad Together

It’s very important to keep your relationship steady at this time. Going out on a date might not be an option for the first couple of weeks, but you can play games together, or go for a walk together, or just watch a funny movie together while the baby sleeps.

You Can Do This!

Going home with this little life that you are now responsible for can seem a bit daunting, but know that you can and will be able to be a super parent. You will get to know each different cry and you’ll know how to respond. Your gut will tell you if your baby is sick and you’ll figure out how to stop your baby crying. Millions of people have done it before you. Call it instinct or a sixth sense, just rest assured that you were chosen for this role, and every now and then, remember to breathe.

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