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Tiny Trousers

Who knew so much washing would come hand in hand with such a small person. I’m now sure he has more clothes than me after seeing most of his wardrobe hung to dry! Just the number of bibs you can go through in one day is ridiculous.

I just love how, if he’s damp with milk or has just sicked up on himself I’ve changed him into new clothes asap to keep him comfortable. But me, I’m covered in the same sick and just rub it into the only pair of jeans that fit lol 😂

I roll all his sleep-suits and fold all his bibs, hang all his little trousers in the wardrobe for them all to end up back in the washing pile in 4 hours time.

You end up looking like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards but he’s dressed nice enough to go for dinner. You take so much pride in the tiny little clothes and the tiny little people inside them everyday. Even when you’ve caught wee with your fav jumper and haven’t slept a wink it’s all worth it when they smile at you or laugh just to make you smile at them xX

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The Hard Truth

Oh last week! It’s been a tough old ride as I think we might be on the teething train 😱 crazy times. It was like being transported back to week two. Our little man was so upset, agitated and off his game. But we made it through together, tag teaming the night time disruption and during the day walking outside / anywhere just to get some peace!

However they say the sun shines brighter after a rainy day and this week we have been blessed with him mastering rolling over. He likes to do this now constantly which is wonderful. Holding himself up more steady on his arms and building those muscles 💪🏻 just a perfect end to our week.

Here is one of the sweet moments of peace from last week after a walk with his dad.

The countdown

So I have 28 days left at home with my little one. This is a scary prospect, the last 5 months have flown by quicker than I have ever experienced before. I have been thinking more and more about how I will cope not seeing my son for hours on end, 5 days a week. Really want to make the most of all the minutes we have together during the day, before he’s spending time without me.

This week I’ve been a little naughty holding him for naps instead of putting him down. I don’t want to break his routine or make a rod for my childcares back but I just want to soak him up!

It’s a difficult time for us trying to figure out how family life will change once I’m back at work full time. I’m hoping this will fall into place and we can share chores and still spend as much time as possible enjoying him with all our love.

It’s hard to believe that he will be 5 months old in a couple of weeks. He’s grown so much in all the ways, he loves standing up, he passes things from one hand to another and he giggles so much when he plays with his dad! I finally got a giggle from him at baby yoga in a pose that is so hard on your abs, but I just didn’t want to stop because I love to see him so happy 😁.

I’m making the most of February, more than I ever have before 🤗

Run Mum Run

I missed my usual slot on a Tuesday so please excuse me for posting later than usual.

We had a great start to the weekend as I ran my first parkrun of the year at Huddersfield and the first one postpartum. Oh it was harder than I imagined though, my time was 12 minutes slower than my PB! Now don’t get me wrong I didn’t expect to be up there with the first finishers, I never am but i felt so out of condition.

I did however find great joy in finishing and passing my husband and baby (now in the sit up part of his pram 😧 growing too fast) around the park then seeing them at the finish was amazing for support along with all the volunteers cheering you on even though your right at the back, one of the last ones to finish.

My journey will be a long road back to fitness I think but I’ve made a start and that’s the important thing. So Saturday mornings are get up, lace up and move up the rankings for me now. See you Saturday parkrun!

Photo from Huddersfield parkrun Facebook page

Be accountable

We have had the most lovely Christmas and New Year making the most of family time! We also invested time with friends which was fantastic too.

I’m now turning my attention to our health and wellbeing for the year ahead. I have felt very uncomfortable about my lack of exercise and my over consumption since my little man was born.

I’m not setting any New Years resolutions because it’s not about timescale it’s about changing our lives for the better. Filling our lives with the outdoors which we love and preparing our bodies through nourishing food so we can enjoy every second of the day.

Our little man is inspiring in ways I never imagined. He’s so active and loves standing, rolling and generally flailing about just for fun and I need to keep up.

So happy, healthy new year too us all!

Poor baby

So this week I’d planned to share more tips with you for hospital bag prep however, since Sunday I’ve had a poorly little one by my side.

Seeing your baby sick however old is miserable and I wish I could instantly make him better but in some ways I know he needs to get these little bugs to fight so he can be strong and fit in future.

It’s just so hard as a new mum to judge if your making the right decisions about if to take them to the doctors or if your over reacting. I would urge you to take them just for peace of mind. You will be taken seriously even if you don’t believe it and it’s worth the trip, don’t let others put you off getting your baby a checkup.

You know what’s best for your baby. You will know their behaviour and you will notice if it changes at only a few weeks old. I promise even if they have no routine at all you’ll know if something doesn’t feel right.

Here’s a pic from when he was feeling a little more himself last week xX

Make time for him

Make time for your partner after you’ve had your shared bundle of joy! They will be feeling just as overwhelmed and maybe just as drained looking after you and baby.

I am extremely lucky to be with a man who still fills my heart with joy. Two weeks after our baby was born was his birthday and although I ordered presents and a card it’s the first time in 11 years that I haven’t made his card or done something imaginative and thoughtful for his gift.

So I thought I’d better make up for it closer to Xmas. He’s a whiskey 🥃 drink kind of man who loves a dram especially around Christmas. However the whiskey calendars you can buy are lovely I’m sure but they are very expensive and my purse is only being supplied with statutory maternity pay 🙁. Which I’m sure you’ll agree will only stretch to bills. So I choose miniature whiskeys from an online store ensuring that I only picked new ones we didn’t own. 24 in total but 5cl size instead of the 3cl ones that are supplied with the easy purchase calendars. More for your coins and then I had the wooden stand made for the fraction of the cost of buying online. It’s amazing what you can do with plywood!

And there you have it!

Individually wrapped each whiskey, added a tiny luggage label with hand written numbers and popped them in the stand!

He’s a wonderful dad and really deserves to be spoilt sometimes.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to keep the spark alive xX