31.1.13

475. Currently...

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LOVING being home with my boys. I go back to work in five months and I'm going to miss them both like crazy. But that's a long time away, so I won't worry too much for now. Just making the most of every day I have with them, making memories & keeping busy!

WISHING that Joshua just starts falling asleep by himself and/or sleeping through the night because controlled crying is breaking my little Mama heart! & I'm just not ready to give up my sleepy snuggles yet!

CRAVING the cookies we've just baked, sitting in the kitchen. But I may have already had three so I'm trying to resist. & Nando's, I've been craving it for weeks and we're finally going tonight, on a little date night!

MISSING Colin, it feels like we barely spend any time together anymore. He works long hours & I'm so tired in the evenings, so I'm really excited for tonight!

WORRYING that Daniel hasn't gone back to sleep up there, he woke from his nap after just an hour and he laid back down, but I keep hearing noises. He'll be super grumpy if that's all the sleep he gets, so fingers crossed!

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Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

29.1.13

473. What Joshua Eats...

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I've started to follow a more baby-led weaning approach with Joshua. He's fiercely independent already, and will only eat a few spoonfuls of purée if I'm feeding him. He's more than happy to feed himself, though his chewing still has a was to come. He did well with the toast before, so for lunch I gave him cream-cheese sandwiches with lightly toasted bread. He demolished them!

Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

28.1.13

472. Seven months.

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Seven months really snuck up on us, time is moving super fast. Next time I blink I'll be planning his birthday. Crazy, that this wonderful little life has been with us for so long. Joshua's the happiest little boy, the perfect addition to our family and he fits right in. He's so chilled and happy to go with the flow, as long as he's not hungry or tired at least!
Same as last month, the most progression has been with Joshua's movement (babies physical development seriously amazes me, how much they can change and achieve in such a small amount of time!) babyboy is a crawler. I cried, buckets, the night he did it for the first time, Colin was home too which was really special. I just couldn't believe he had reached such a huge milestone already, I was so proud and so sad that my baby was not a newborn anymore. Kiddo is now pulling himself to stand on anything and everything he can find, not quite coasting yet but bouncing constantly, working on those leg muscles! He's sitting steadily too, and last week learnt to go from crawling to sitting and vice versa. No real sounds or 'words' yet, but he roars, blows kisses and blows air. I'm constantly trying to get him to say Mama but he just makes noises that sound like a baby bird back, or blows raspberries. When I sing, especially "Waaahey, waaahey" he raises his clunky little arms in the air & looks around for applause, and he's started waving at everyone too. Cutest.
Breast feeding every 3-4 hours still, going for longer periods than before. Still feeding at least twice a night, often more. Two solid meals a day, lunch and dinner, a mixture of purées and finger foods. I haven't had him weighed in forever, I keep meaning to bust out the scales at my Mum's, but he's fitting perfectly into 6-9 month clothing & we've just had to move up a nappy size. I've put away all his 3-6 month stuff now, begrudgingly, I'm in such denial about him growing despite how much fun each new stage is.
Still napping in the pushchair or on me, and I'd be lying if I said I wanted that to change, I cherish our snuggles so much, but Colin's pretty insistent that he needs to be sleep trained and I guess if it means I get a good night's sleep it might be worth it.
Joshua's favourite toys are his drum, and any other instruments or noise makers, crinkly wrappers and silky labels (Searching Etsy for a cute Taggie blanket as we speak) And, of course, anything his brother is playing with. Daniel is still his favourite person, always watching him and wanting to do what he's doing, much to Daniel's dismay. They do love each other SO much though, it's incredible to watch them together.

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Joshua Reg,

I love the way you like to hold my finger while you nurse. I love nursing you, full stop, it's such a special bond we have together.

I love that you have so much energy and determination, even when I am huffing and puffing about moving you away from the TV box for the hundredth time in a minute!

I love how happy you are, as long as you are in my arms at least, everyone comments on your constant smile, and it melts my heart too.

I love how ticklish your feet and ribs are, and the way you giggle as I rub Vicks into them at night.

I love the way you only want Mama when you hurt yourself, and how you follow me round the house while I'm doing housework.

Mama loves you too baby. Lots and lots like Jelly Tots.

Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

27.1.13

471. Our Week in iPhone Pictures [067]

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001. Snow!
002. Lazy mornings snuggling a sleeping baby. Joshua fell asleep in the sling on the way home from dropping Daniel at pre-school, so I took advantage and sat around, fully layered up & watched The Vampire Diaries. Winning.
003. Leftover lunches. I've just discovered the wonder of this, especially in this cold weather!
004. Pyjama days. I swore I wouldn't leave the house after struggling throw the snow with the pushchair on Wednesday and hurting my back, so Thursday was an official pyjama day! We watched movies & snuggled under blankets, it was awesome.
005. Baby shoes. Seriously, so cute, and he even keeps them on! No more lost socks and cold toes for us!

Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

26.1.13

470. 4/52

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Daniel, feeling a little under the weather & just wanting to lie on the sofa, under a blanket. "Jus' one Jake make me few better Mama!"

Joshua, transfixed on the TV (I know, I swore I would never) while rocking backwards & forwards, making pictures near-impossible.

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Inspired by the wonderful Jodi, from Che and Fidel

Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

25.1.13

469. It's the little things.

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Valentines crafts. A day for celebrating love, and PINK! I'm in.
Snacks. Three of my vices - diet coke, dark chocolate & cashews.
A warm, yummy lunch after a walk in the snow.
Little crossed ankles. Cute kids are cute.

Right now we're trying out controlled crying with Joshua, so I really needed this little reminder. He cried for five minutes before I went in, rocked him, and stood in his room for five minutes. He was watching his music, tossing and turning to keep himself awake, and cried as I left. He seems to have quietened down now, but I'm still clutching my glass of wine, as if it's holding my hand through this. It will all be worth it - we're having some pretty sleepless nights and this should help. We did it with Daniel and I always recommended it to everyone, but now I'm being hypocritical because it's so difficult. Colin's making me, actually.

Linking up to a blog I've just discovered & fallen completely in love with, Hello Hue.

Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx

24.1.13

468. A style post.


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Jumper & t-shirt, H&M. Leggings, Tesco. Boot socks, New Look.
Star sleepsuit, Tesco.

It's been SO cold here lately, and we've been layering up in jumpers & thermal leggings (I'm not joking, I'd be more embarrassed if I wasn't so warm!) I'd like to write more fashion/style posts here as that's what got me into reading blogs in the first place, way back at university. I also thought I'd share some breast-feeding friendly style as I'm always frustrated that I can't wear half my clothes! Hence the leggings-as-pants right here, longer tops are a pain to pull up 6x a day! I think it can work as long as your leggings are thick enough! My cuuute little co-star makes it work right?



Lots of Love
Momma B
xxx