Wednesday, 4 March 2015

First birthday celebrations - little man N turns 1!

On Sunday my littlest guy finally turned one year old. The past year has gone so quick, much quicker than it did with J. All of Saturday I was reminiscing about my day of on/off labour; there may have been a few tears as my labour and home birth was pretty much perfect and I would do it all again in a
heart beat (if I wanted to, that is!).

For J's first birthday we had a 'proper' party at home with friends & family, party games and even a visit from Iggle Piggle! I think I went all out because we had waited so long for that moment and I just really wanted to celebrate it. I realised though that he really had no idea what was going on, so for N's birthday I just decided on a small family afternoon tea party.

On the morning of his birthday we were all awake before he was so just all snuggled in our bed waiting for him to wake up - any other day he would have been up much earlier! Eventually I got a bit impatient and just decided to wake him up - not that he knew it was any different to a normal day anyway! We took him in the living room to open his presents, but he just had a quick look then took more interest in the balloons! We coaxed him into opening a few of his presents (well, I say he opened a few, but it was mostly J!) but he's a bit like his brother and has a short attention span so we left him to play while I got on with a few jobs and he opened the rest of them at the end of his party.


My Mum makes all of the boys' cakes and this time was no different. I usually have a theme in mind but this time I had no idea (we didn't even decide on a party theme until a couple of days before!) so I just gave her free reign, and she came up with this awesome gravity cake!


Once family had arrived and settled, N (with J's help of course) opened a few more presents and then we got down to one of the most important parts - eating! I forgot to take a photo of the food before it all disappeared though... I just did a few nibbles like sausage rolls & crisps, and then I did some Slimming World friendly food as well like pulled pork sandwiched, potato wedges, salad and a fruit salad so I could still tuck in to plenty!

After food, we sang happy birthday to the birthday boy and he blew (I mean J blew) his candle out, and then we tucked into the best part of a birthday - cake! (That is the best part, right?...)




Linking up with Magic Moments at The Olivers Madhouse.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Project 365, 2015 (days 53-59)

Day 53 / February 22nd
N was shattered today after a sleepless night and he sat with this rice cake in his mouth like this for about 10 minutes, we almost thought he might fall asleep like that!

Day 54 / February 23rd
I don't know what happened, I just forgot today... (I'll probably end up with a few of them this year instead of random photos! Never mind, hey...)

Day 55 / February 24th
Fit Tots today and there was a new ballpool with air blowers on - J found it amusing to blow it in his mouth!


Day 56 / February 25th
Couldn't decide between these two photos today. We took N food shopping while J was at nursery and he just looked so cute & grown up in his little hat. Then when we picked J up we went to my brother-in-law's and popped into the shoe shop on the way home - J ran straight for this before he would leave the shop!

Day 57 / February 26th
A visit to Grandad's today and J fed the fish.

Day 58 / February 27th
I actually took this from a video, but it still counts right as it was from a moving photo?! Yeah... Anyway. N loves pushing this racing car up & down the hall as it makes a loud noise!

Day 59 / February 28th
It's N's birthday tomorrow and I left present wrapping until the last minute! Maybe I'll be more organised for J's in 2.5 weeks...

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Feeding Grandad's fish #CountryKids

On Thursday hubby had a day off work so we spent the day at my father-in-law's - I thought we would only be going for a few hours but after he offered to buy us tea, we stayed all day! (Well you can never refuse a meal where you don't have to cook, can you?...).

Grandad lives out in the country and has lots of outdoor space so J loves to go outside and exploring. Hubby and his brother were fixing his car and I'd gone to take them a cuppa when J appeared. He 'helped' them for a little while and then he took me off to explore the grounds. We found his football and had a little kick about! Then he decided that he needed his coat because the next door neighbour's cat stole it... (The things that go through a toddler's mind!).

After our little bit of exploration Grandad asked J if he wanted to feed the fish - it's one of his favourite jobs at Grandad's so he said yes. The fish were very hungry and J fed them one by one!







Does your little one have a favourite job to do outside? 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sharing a room - an update!

You may have read last month that we were making preparations to move the boys into the same bedroom. Our main reason for this was - and maybe it was a bit selfish on our part - that we wanted our bedroom back! After having a child in there for nearly three years (in a cot, and then a co-sleeping toddler until N was born) we just wanted 'our' bit of space back. It meant us giving up the biggest bedroom but that was a fair sacrifice to make!

When the day came, my brother-in-law came to help with the swapping furniture around and after umm-ing and ahh-ing about where it should all go in its new place, it was all done & dusted after two or three hours. After totally emptying my huge free standing wardrobe in order to move rooms, I couldn't be bothered with swapping the stuff around from the built in ones so hubby's stuff was still in the boys' bedroom for a while, and J's in ours - in fact, the boys' hats and gloves are still in what is now hubby's wardrobe! (You know how it goes, ask a man to do something (hammer a few nails in) and they'll do it...eventually! I may as well just do it myself, actually...).

The first night of them being in the same room I was absolutely dreading as N goes to bed half an hour earlier than J at the minute (so J gets some time with us just to himself) and J isn't the quietest at bed time so I was expecting J to wake him up. It actually went quite smoothly. J did make a little bit of noise at first but when I whispered a couple of times that N was asleep, he quietened down. He's been pretty good about it, other than the occasional time when he's in one of those moods where he just wants to annoy everyone! It so happens that when N is asleep he's actually quite a heavy sleeper so he hasn't managed to wake him up - thank goodness, as he's an absolute nightmare to get back to sleep.

Another thing I was unsure about was one waking the other up in the middle of the night as they both do still wake up occasionally. I was expecting it to be N waking up in all honesty, but the first few nights he slept through until morning and it was J who woke up! When he was in a room on his own he had a baby gate on his door (which has now moved to the shared room) and when he awoke in the night he would stand there shouting mummy or daddy - I didn't want that to wake N up so decided to just leave the handle up a little as he could then open it and just come in our room. It wouldn't be the first time that we had woken up to find him in bed with us - in fact once before he came in our room and was stood by the bed as I woke up, he scared me half to death! Obviously with N still being in his cot he can't just get out so moans or cries when he wakes up, but that hasn't managed to wake J up either.

So, after my initial panic about tougher bed times and sleepless nights, it has gone much better than I expected it to, and it's great to finally have our room free of baby things! Apart from the baby, occasionally...

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