Thursday, 26 January 2017

An Oldie but Goodie

H&M floral two piece
H&M jacket
Primark shoes
Primark sunglasses

Note to self: don't take Willow to take photos because she will cry and you will only end up with about three half decent photos. It was chilly though bless her. I thought I'd quickly share an outfit that has been in my wardrobe for a couple of years now. It's one of my favourites, although I hate the fact that the material of the top doesn't match the material of the bottoms. 

It's the first time I've worn it post-pregnancy and I still love it as much as before. Along with my new Primark sunglasses. After six years working in retail I've learnt that the summer gear appears in shops very early and it's better to get it then than when all the sunglasses have been thrown around the floor, or all the bikinis have had somebody else's bum in them.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

New thoughts for a New Year

We're nearly three weeks into our new year now and although today felt like every other Thursday in 2016, it's a nice thought to refresh ourselves and make some changes. Don't get me wrong, I guarantee I won't stick to these all year. I failed at the first one already having not put up a blog post last week, but the thought is there to work towards.
01. Keep on blogging. I'm aiming for at least one blog post a week and anything else is a bonus. I enjoyed my weekly bump updates so much last year, and I honestly never imagined so many people would read them which was such a lovely boost. I do feel like blogs are a bit old school now and everyone has moved over to Youtube, we did film a vlog back in November and I really enjoyed it, so watch this space. I'd love to have that to look back on when Willow is older.

02. Take more photos on my camera, especially now Willow is around. My aim is at least 45 photos a month because that way I can get them printed for free using the Free Prints app on my phone.

03. Go on a date night at least once a month. We took our first trip out without Willow in December. We didn't go far, just to the Christmas market about a ten minute walk from home. She was fine, albeit a little weird being without her, but lovely to spend some time just with Kyle. I think it's so important Kyle and I get even just a few hours to ourselves every now and then.

04. Get organised. This is in regards to a few aspects of my life. I want to be better at birthday cards and presents, I'm normally so last minute and I always feel terrible. I'm also going to keep on top of housework. I strongly believe in the saying 'tidy house, tidy mind' and with Kyle, Willow, a dog and a cat there's always something to be done. 

05. Look after myself. I want to start getting early nights, midnight at the very latest. I also used to be so much more active up until I finished work in August and I want to get back to moving more. Also just little things like a face mask and painting my nails make such a difference. If I look after myself, I'll be able to provide the best for my little family.
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Three Month Little Willow Update

It seems so long since I wrote about Willow's two month update but at the same time December just flew by! I hate to be 'that person' that goes on about how fast their baby is growing but it honestly is such a bittersweet thing. I love every new stage but at the same time that newborn stage was gone in the blink of an eye. 

I took her to the clinic to be weighed just before Christmas and she was 11lb 14oz. It always seems so long in between, I won't get her weighed again until 24th January and I bet you she'll be nearly 13lbs.

We've still not tackled day time naps, but I don't mind so much. Don't get me wrong an hour in the day would be absolutely wonderful though to get something done around the house. I find if we get back from being out in the car and she doesn't wake straight away I end up running round the house like a headless chicken throwing washing in the machine and tidying where I can.

I really don't want to jinx us but oh my goodness she is SO good at bedtime! I take her up anywhere between 7.30 and 8.30 feed her and pop her in her basket, more often than not she'll have a little moan but within ten minutes she's settled then for the night. She'll sleep then until around 7.30/8ish. It's not very often now that she wakes for her 5am feed, although the last few days she's started waking for a feed at about 6, but I think that's just because we're reaching the 3 month growth spurt.

I'm still exclusively breastfeeding. I'm so glad we've managed so long without any hiccups like mastitis and latching problems. I expressed a few bottles for Kyle when I went to my Christmas party and she reluctantly took it but she's not keen at all. I've luckily never had any problems in public either, it's funny how normal it becomes to just whip your boob out in the middle of a restaurant. 

She's still in 0-3 months. Some of her baby grows are on their last wears, but her clothes are still okay on her. She's still got little short legs for tights, but she's wore them a few times. She's my dainty little dot bless her.

If you push her over onto her belly, sometimes she'll roll back over onto her back, but not all the time. I lift her up into a sitting position with her just holding onto my fingers and her head is pretty much steady. I love her little face when she's sitting, she looks so inquisitive and proud of herself. I loved it on my birthday whilst Kyle was running her a bath, I had her sat up on the bed just in her nappy, her little belly was all squashed and I could have cried how cute she looked.

She laughed the other day for the first time, my eyes were pretty much taped shut whilst I was having my eyelashes done and Kyle was playing with her on her playmat and there was definitely a little giggle, my heart burst. It's not happened since though, I doubt it will be long.

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