I recently returned back to work after over a year of maternity leave. I wanted to do something special with Coen on our last day of just us. We wrapped up warm and took a little trip to Petersfield lake, somewhere that we have visited together almost weekly since he was born. We did a few laps of the lake and a cuppa on our favourite bench. It was lovely but also sad at the same time, it was the last of days together of just the two of us xx
We usually have a play date with Spencer’s best friend Max about every other week, we usually go to soft play or the trampoline park but this time Max’s Mum invited us to something a bit different, pottery painting.
I initially thought it might be difficult trying to concentrate on Spence whilst also trying to make sure Coen doesn’t smash up everything in the shop. Then I decided to ask one of my in-laws to look after Coen. Not only would it make it easier but it means that I would get to spend some time with Spence and solely concentrate on him rather than trying to juggle both kids, something I haven’t been able to do for almost a year. I even decided to paint something as well.
We chose what we were going to paint, Spence chose a car and I decided to get into the festive spirit and chose a reindeer. Max picked an elephant and his brother decided on a zombie mug. Spence was a bit unsure of the idea and initially wanted to watch me paint or hand me the tools but as soon as we chose our paints and started to paint, he loved it. Doing things with Max definitely makes Spence more confident and willing to try new things.
Spence painted his car red then immediately wanted to paint over everything with black. It literally took all my willpower to let him make his own painting decisions rather than telling him the ‘right way’ to do it. The end result was pretty cute and he was really pleased with himself. We get to pick up the finished products in about a week.
I loved spending some quality time with Spence and I so hope we get to do it more xx
The fair was in my local village and was quite small which I was quite relieved at. I was a bit nervous at doing the fair as it’s definitely out of my comfort zone, I’m terrible at self promotion and talking to strangers so I’m definitely proud of myself for doing it.
I did a lot of preparation for the big day, making sure I had a decent amount of stock and making my stall look pretty. I spent tonnes of time on Pinterest getting tips for the day and ideas for my stall.
I got to the fair an hour before opening to set up, it took me about 10 mins so I had plenty of time to sit in horror and watch as the other stalls set up massive displays and show off there huge amounts of items! I had a small amount of stock, everything that was on the table was everything that I had! As I had plenty of time, I popped over the road to grab myself a tea which was a big mistake as half hour after the customers started to turn up, I needed a wee and was unable to leave my stall unmanned! The day was all about learning from mistakes!
My sister surprised me and turned up to help, which was fantastic! It meant I could go for a wee but I also that I had someone to talk to during the quiet periods! During the day, I had tonnes of support from the family: Marks parents both came to visit, my sister in law Charlotte and the kids, plus Mark came down with Spencer and Coen who I was so pleased to see.
The fair wasn’t hugely successful for me, the thing about being in a village is that most of the residents are a lot older, so not really the target market for teething necklaces. I did manage to sell a few though and I had tonnes of fun and I’m so proud of myself for doing it.
I immediately started to look at doing more craft fairs, especially baby events. However with this time of year, most of the upcoming craft fairs are Christmas Fairs, so I might have to wait until after the New Year xx
He is changing so much at the moment, it’s crazy! Last month he could stand unaided for a few seconds, just a few weeks later he can pull himself up to stand and stay there for a while. He is definitely on his way to walking, he can walk while we hold his hands and he walks up and down the living room using his walker.
He likes to copy things that Spence does, for example, when Spence walks down the stairs at home, he keeps his hand on the wall as he goes down the stairs, although Coen doesn’t understand why Spence does this, he now likes to touch the wall as I’m bringing him downstairs.
Coen is hugely independent and loves moving around. Anything that involves him being forced to stay still is definitely not appreciated! This means it’s incredibly difficult to get him dressed or change his nappy. As soon as you lie him down, his immediate reaction is to flip himself over and crawl away! Nothing can distract him into staying still. Changing his nappy is a nightmare- as soon as the nappy comes off, he crawls away, which you can imagine is horrific if he has done a poo! When I change his clothes, I basically have to crawl around the room after him trying to get items of clothing on him while he is trying to crawl away from me!
He doesn’t make a huge fuss when I try and get him into his car seat but he does do that ultra helpful thing that babies do- stiffen his whole body into a plank! Which he finds ultra hilarious and laughs at me as I’m trying to get his body to bend so I get him in his seat!
His eating habits haven’t really changed, he seems to like sandwiches again (yay!) He doesn’t LOVE them but he will eat one every now and then. He definitely lets us know when he has finished with his food, he holds his arm over the side of the high chair and drops his food!
Coen has a bunny comforter which he has whenever he sleeps, and when he gets tired, he finds his bunny and sits holding it while sucking his thumb- it’s so cute! We rarely take it outside the house but on a recent shopping trip we decided to take it with us as we were going to be out over his normal nap time and hoped that he would be able to sleep in his pram if he had his bunny. Well that was a mistake because while in John Lewis we realised that he no longer had it. To be honest, we should have predicted this would happen with his habit of throwing things! We frantically retraced our steps and while I was on my phone googling where the nearest JoJo Maman Bebe was so we could replace it- Mark found it! Thank god!! Xx
We got the train to London fairly early so we arrived just as it opened at 11am, we had time for a quick scan of the stalls before we had to be at the catwalk for 12pm. We chose to attend the Trend Catwalk rather than the Designer one, so we got to see models wearing clothes from the three main trends: 70’s, suits and dazzle. My fave was the dazzle collection- I do like a bit of glitz on an outfit!
Although it was the same venue as in February, the catwalk space was different. Previously, the Catwalk was a long continuous runway whereas this year, it seemed to be split into two adjoining rooms with the models following a runway around both. I think I prefer the new layout.
After the Catwalk, we resumed our shopping, the space was split between accessories and clothes. We managed to talk ourselves into a glass of champagne each at the champagne bar. As you can imagine the prices there were a lot higher than normal establishments. Normally we wouldn’t be so extravagant, especially as I’m still on maternity leave (although not for long!) but we justified it as it’s not everyday you go to LFWF and it’s not everyday we get child free time in a situation where neither of us are driving….so we went for it!
And what happens when someone who now tends to drink about twice a year and who hadn’t had any lunch, drinks champagne? Yep, that’s rights, I got tipsy on ONE glass of champagne! And what happens when a drunk person finds themselves in the middle of Fashion Week with a credit card in her purse? I bet you can imagine!
Mark and I are both Made in Chelsea fans, it’s our guilty pleasure, Tuesdays are MIC night! So you can imagine how pleased I was to find that three of the cast members had stalls at the event. I had a fan girl moment when I met Millie Mackintosh, I had bought her clothes before so I was happy that she had a stall there and I could meet her- I bought the most loveliest blouse and a pair of trousers from her- I can’t wait to wear them! I also bought the loveliest shirt dress from a designer called Miss Patina and an ear cuff from Tada and Toy. I seriously love my purchases!
He is developing so fast at the moment. Last month, he had started to pull himself up to stand. This month he has grown so much more confident in this but he has also started to coast along furniture and is now able to stand unaided for about 30 seconds. It seems like he wants to start walking but isn’t able to move his feet- it won’t be long!!
The way he now plays with toys just amazes me! Previously he would pick things up and pretty much just throw them. However now, he picks things up and hands them to me or he will put them in containers. My favourite thing is rolling a ball to each other. I just love that I can actually play with him and that he can sit still long enough to be able to do it, rather than running around behind him trying to keep him out danger!
He is also able to play on his own now, I can sit and watch him move around the room, playing with different things. He occasionally looks up to make sure I’m still there and every now and then, he will crawl up to me and climb on my lap and show me whatever toy he is playing with and then go off to play some more.
Despite being 10 months old, all the 6-9 months clothes are still quite big on him. However his 6-9 month clothes are all summer clothes and the weather is turning quite cold so I need to get warmer clothes for him!
I can’t believe it’s only a few months until he is 1, he is developing so fast, he isn’t a little helpless baby anymore! xx
A local photographer needed a baby for an advertising campaign for baby products as the original model had pulled out at short notice. A friend recommended that we apply for Coen to audition, so Mark sent a few photos and that afternoon we had the photoshoot booked!
The actual shoot was a lot harder than I expected, trying to get a baby to sit still, look in a certain direction and smile was difficult! The photographer was amazing and so patient, she had dealt with babies lots of times.
She took tonnes of photos, which she would send to the client to decide whether to use him. She also took a few photos of Spencer and both boys together. Spence turned into a major supermodel doing lots of poses!
I can’t wait to see the final result! xx