Wednesday, 1 August 2018

What Willow Wore #5

H&M Floral top
H&M Floral shorts

I can't find the top or bottoms online anymore but I know they're definitely still available in store, and the best part is they're only £2.99 each. They're such a lovely light material which is perfect for summer, and I couldn't resist the pattern (much to Kyle's disgust - he hates flowers). Doesn't she look a treat!

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

My Spring wishlist for the home

We've lived here nearly two years now and I'm desperate to start adding the little touches to make it more homely. Our living room has been decorated 19 months now and we still just have the wires having out of the wall for new wall lights. Willow's room has been decorated nearly a year and she still doesn't have a light in there! Don't get me wrong there's still big purchases I want like a new sofa but for now there are smaller things we can add that will hopefully make it look a little more finished.
1. Wall lights for the living room -  As I mentioned before it's been a long time since we had wall lights in the living room. I'm just so picky about finding something that doesn't completely match our ceiling light but still compliments it. I think these glass ones will look nice but in all black, at least then they'll work with our wire lampshade. 
2. Light fitting for Willow's bedroom - It's taken me a long time to find a light fitting for Willow's room that I really like. I stumbled across a home instagram account (@thehomethatjomade) and was weeks deep into her profile, I can quite easily scroll through home accounts for hours, then I came across the feather light shade. Did a quick google and found one not too big from B&Q that will look so pretty in Willow's room.
3. Rug for living room - The one thing I've wanted ever since we had the wood floor put down in the living room. I did a poll on my Instagram story between two patterned rugs that I was trying to choose between. I definitely want something with a bit of a pattern just so if it's dirty the pattern will hide it a bit better than if it were one solid colour. But part of me still wasn't sold on either of them. 
4. A shelf for Willow's bedroom - Willow got so many beautiful bits from her Christening back in September and I've just had nowhere to display them. She's only really got her window ledge, but I hate when they look cluttered from the outside, so I'd like a shelf, or maybe two, to go just above her chest of drawers. I could picture a white shelf with wooden brackets but was really struggling to find what I wanted, and let me tell you, browsing shelves online in boring! I've settled on the Ikea Ekby Valtar/Ekby Laiva shelf but I'm going to stain or paint the shelf part white (I'll consult Dad on what's best!)
5. Rug for Willow's room - There's a bit of a theme for Willow's bedroom going on but I just want her to have a lovely little space with personalised touches. She's had a throw since she was a baby that we've always used as a playmat on the floor, it's really thick like a rug, although it was much thicker until I washed it on a hot setting. It's currently on the floor in her bedroom but it's too big and it just slides around so I want a smaller to make the floor a little cosier to play on. I had visions of layering a pink rectangular rug with a fluffy cream one but then I saw this circular spotty one on the H&M website and thought it was cute.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What Willow Wore #4

Happy Valentines from my sweet little Willow Rose. I think she definitely suits her middle name because she looks so lovely in red. This jumper is still gigantic on her but I couldn't resist the hearts to get in the spirit. Her whole outfit is H&M, which, that's what happens when you work there, although the jumper was a gift from my sister, Em. 

Also, these are Willow's first pair of jeans! I talk about it in a vlog that's coming in the next few days but I didn't ever like the thought of putting Willow in denim as a baby. I just know myself that I wouldn't put jeans on and go to sleep so I couldn't do it to my little baby. I feel she's at an age now where she's on the move (constantly!) and so a little soft pair of jeans would look sweet on her. I did still take them off for nap time though.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

What Willow Wore #3

H&M jumper
Floral leggings
Another jumper of Willow's that I absolutely adore. I find that quite I do tend to dress her in a statement top and just basic leggings. It sort of became habit to put her in leggings when she started crawling because dresses were off the cards for a while with them just getting tucked up under her little legs. Anyway, these little floral leggings are part of set, the top that actually came with it was Bambi, but I prefer just the leggings. 

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

What Willow Wore #2

I still love this jumper just as much as the day she first wore it and although Kyle kept moaning at me that her little brown mocs don't go with it I'd rather them than her pink trainers. Pink and red are a no go for me. I actually bought her moccasins from Lidl when they had a baby event on about a month before I gave birth to her. At that point we didn't know if she was a boy or girl and I thought they'd look cute on either gender. 

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Willow's Christening

It's taken me awhile to sit down and sort through all the photos from the christening, but it's lovely to look back at them a month on and be reminded what a lovely day we had. I feel so sad though that there were so many people there that I didn't get any photos of, but it was such a busy day! We are so lucky though, to have such incredible friends and family. 

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Monday, 2 October 2017

11 Month Willow Update

This seems like a bit of a cop out considering she's one on Friday but I had taken the photos at the beginning of the month and with training for my new job just haven't got round to sitting down for long enough to write about my little tree.

When I had her weighed on Tuesday she was 18lb 10oz. Still a little dot compared to her cousin Nathan who is over 20lb and 3 months younger than her.

Our evening routine is pretty much the same apart from the fact that more often than not I bath Willow in the morning now, just because by the time Kyle's home from work and we've had dinner it's getting late, especially as she can spend over half an hour in her chair eating dinner. She enjoys bath time so I hate rushing her. We have it every other day after breakfast now, then we potter around upstairs and she heads off for a nap.

We seem to have had a bit of a break through at night time. I say that as if she's been a bad sleeper, when I think I've been extremely lucky overall. She's recently started sleeping through the night, from about 7/8pm to 6/7 sometimes 8am. She has been a little poorly recently and the odd night, probably once a week she's woke up for a feed but she's been so good lately. Even day time naps she still naps for up to three hours.  
I'm still breastfeeding, but for the last couple of weeks because my training was pretty much full time she's just been having cow's milk when I'm not around. My boobs just don't fill up enough anymore to express and after a small bout of mastitis I just wanted to focus on being able to feed her when I was with her. Food wise, I still can't think of anything that she doesn't like. Her little tortilla pizzas I used to make for her do tend to end up on the floor more so than what ends up in her mouth. I just try and make sure she tries lots of different things. Scrambled egg is most definitely her favourite breakfast, which is good because I have eggs for breakfast everyday.
She's in 9-12 months now, apart from her sleepsuits which are 6-9 months, and even then I'm still having to roll the feet up. She does still fit into a lot of her 6-9 months clothes. She just seems to grow at a very slow speed bless her. Which is great, it means we get a lot of wear out of her clothes. 

I think the biggest milestone has to be walking. She totters round everywhere now, which is just the cutest thing, she just looks so little! I don't even know when she took her first steps, because for a while she was just testing the waters, then gradually she just started getting braver and braver at letting go. 
She also finally got her first tooth! Kyle noticed it on 28th August when she was eating scrambled egg with a metal spoon. Since then she's had three more, three at the top and one at the bottom. She did cross cut them and she looked ever so funny when she smiled. Luckily she's not bitten me too much when feeding, a lot of people tried telling me when she got teeth I'd have to give up breastfeeding her.
She now claps her hands on request, and she's slowly learning the right way to climb off the sofa and down the stairs as opposed to just going head first. She loves to climb! I turned my back the other day and she was at the top of the step ladder. She's also managed to climb in her walker and loves getting in and out of her Mamas and Papas baby snug.   
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