A little break in between the dark grey rain clouds and showers... we had a nice chilled day today. We finished our school work (just Maths & English today) by 10am and then watched The Incredible Hulk.

We’re making our way through the Marvel movies in chronological order. I’ll share it on my stories if you’re interested. I’ve never seen them and so far I’m loving them. Iron man is my favourite. I’ve always loved Robert Downey Jr movies. Have you ever seen In Dreams? If not. You should.

We went for a long walk this afternoon with Nanny & Grandad. We only got caught in 2 showers which was good. The kids still went paddling in the river. They’re crazy!

After dinner we watched Thor. The next movie in the chronology of the Marvel collection. It was fab. I am finding it really great as I love action and fantasy... win win.

What did you do today? Have you seen any Marvel movies?

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A little break in between...

I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

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,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 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...

Wish I’d known: first time pregnancy

I wrote a post the other day about pregnancy and it has really got me thinking about what I wish I had known, back then, when I was pregnant with Noah, my first pregnancy. I had a lot of moments afterwards where I said “I wish I had of known that”, I suppose we all have. Those ah-ha moments are often things I tell first time pregnant ladies too.

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The C&G baby club are trying to find out what people would have like to have known, first time around, with their pregnancies. Its a very thought provoking topic. C&G baby club are currently running a campaign called ‘Wish I’d Known’, it is all about the things you wish you had known when you were pregnant and the weird pregnancy myths you’d heard. There is a simple survey live here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RGSFPMR that they are using to get your tips and feedback.

The obvious things, I suppose, are the “wish I’d known what these feelings were”. The morning sickness. The pain in my boobs early on. The cramp in my stomach that was actually braxton hicks “pangs”. The pain of the contractions in early labour compared to contractions in actual labour, knowing that the early pains are much more welcomed than the latter. If only we had known and reserved our energy and tried to block out the zaps of pain.

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I had no idea what was going on in the delivery suite, absolutely no idea. The few classes that we attended before birth, clearly meant nothing. From someone who has never had a baby before, listening to words and names of utensils that will help deliver your baby and then being in the actual room where they are being used, I have to say it didn’t really help me at all. I wasn’t thinking about all the literature that I was asked to read, or the exact name of each utensil laid out in front of my “baby exit”. No, I was just lying there in pain, wishing that my baby would come out safely and they had free reign to do whatever was necessary! As if you would want anything different. I think I would have liked to have been told this before entering the delivery suite, without being scared off of course. The classes just overwhelm you with information, they give you details about the birth that you do not need to know. What I would have preferred is to make friends with mums-to-be in my area, so I had more of a support group when I was due to give birth and when I had my newborn baby. It can be a lonely world and a scary one at that. Having a few friends with their newborns got me through a lot of tough times early on. I made my friends through pregnancy yoga and I am happy to say that they are still my support now, five years on and I wouldnt change it for all the riches in all the world. That has been more beneficial to me than any class about what to expect in the delivery suite. Crying because you are so completely exhausted, crying because you are frightened, crying because you just needed to cry – it was those times, with those friends that got me through that. I did have family too, of course I did, but I had that worry in the back of my mind “I don’t want them to think I am being a bad Mum”.

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The weirdest pregnancy myth I heard was not to have hot baths as it will boil your baby, like rice in a bag! I had nothing but hot baths, daily, sometimes twice a day and both my babies were fine. They used to come alive in the hot baths and look like they were dancing around my belly in a disco. So I didn’t agree with that myth. But something that actually helped me a lot was eating a ginger biscuit first thing in the morning to get rid of morning sickness. It really did help.

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So what would be my advice to expecting mothers, of their first child? Well, it would be to a) enjoy the time before birth as much as possible (sleeping, reading magazines, meeting with friends and having some you time) and then b) make sure you gain those important friends with people who are in the same boat as you – pregnant and expecting at a similar time. NCT groups or pregnancy yoga are a great way to meet people in a similiar boat to yourself and I am sure there are many other places these days too.

So, if this post has inspired you to fill in the survey, please click here and take 5 minutes to give C&G baby club your feedback and tips for other pregnant mothers to be. I would also love any comments for tips, myths and things you wish you had known below, it is always great to hear from my readers.

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