We started the week with days with just Mark, Coen and myself as Spence was at nursery. This meant we could actually get some grown up stuff done.
On Monday, we took a shopping trip to Southampton, followed by sofa shopping! These days we can rarely take a visit to the shops with having to control a bored toddler so we only go if we need something specific and if it can’t be bought online! So it was quite nice to have a lazy walk around the shops followed by lunch at our favourite place, Yo Sushi! We even managed to go to a few toy shops without a toddler wanting literally everything or being forced to buy something to prevent a meltdown! I can’t remember the last time I did that much walking in one day.
On Tuesday, we took a trip into Chichester, we had brunch at Bills, followed by more furniture shopping. This time we learnt our lesson and managed to get home in time for Coens afternoon nap meaning we had a few hours of pure peaceful bliss! So Mark played Battlefront and I either read my book or watched some Pretty Little Liars on Netflix.
On Wednesday, we decided that we were truely shopped out so took Coen to the Lake for a walk. I have been to the lake so much during my maternity leave but Mark always misses out so it was nice that he could come with us. We walked a lap of the lake getting a tea and sausage bap halfway. And because we loved our ‘nap time’ so much we made sure we were home for Coen’s nap so we could resume our Battlefront / Pretty Little Liars.
This week Mark had the week off work so we managed to spend some time together as a family as well as being able to do some grown up stuff (sofa shopping) without too much drama!
We started the week by going to our village summer party. We wander down every year, it’s very family friendly and ‘old school village’. There are dog shows, coconut throwing, crockery smashing, archery, animal petting and tonnes of local stalls. Spence was definitely loving the crockery smashing!
We met Spencer’s best friend Max there as he also lives in our village and it was cute watching them play together.
We had typical British weather on the day- the day started off bright and sunny then at 11am we had torrential rain which made us rethink our village fayre plans! The rain stopped at about 11:30 so we resumed our plans and thought it would be better to walk down to the fayre. Once we got there, the weather turned cold and windy, then after a while returned to sunny. We decided to walk home mid afternoon and of course, we had torrential rain on the journey home! I think our weather is menopausal!
During one of the days downpours we all ran for the circus skills tent which provided us cover. It turned out to be amazing! There were so many props to practice circus skills and the guy who ran it gave demonstrations on how to use them. You could do tightrope walking, use stilts, plate spinning, juggling and tonnes more! Unfortunately I pretty much failed at them all!
We decided to end the day with a family dinner to Wagamamas where I found my new favourite dish!
I feel like I have barely done anything remotely exciting the last few weeks- Coen was ill for a week with a cold and was ultra moany so I couldn’t really take him anywhere and the weather has been typically British and turned ultra crap! We were enjoying 30 degree heat for a few weeks and now we are experiencing constant bloody rain!
Our first decent day of weather was Thursday so I was determined to get out the house with the kids! Except, I didn’t know what to do- I didn’t want to go to softplay on the first non-rainy day, I didn’t want to go for walks in the forests or playgrounds as they would be mud pits! So in the end, we decided to brave it and go to Staunton farm- armed with wellies!
To be honest, it wasn’t too bad and wellies weren’t really needed. We met my friend Lucy and her 2 year old Jacob there and the kids fed the animals, played in the soft play and walked around the gardens. It was so nice to have the lovely weather back!
On Saturday, Mark and I went to the most amazing thing ever- we went to see Alice Underground at The Vaults in London. It was a kind of quirky audience participation live theatre. I’m a bit of an Alice in Wonderland fan so I loved it!
As you walk into the building, the main area was decorated as a forest with a bar called ‘Drink Me’ where you could get Alice in Wonderland themed cocktails and drinks, with lots of tables within the forest and a small booth called ‘Eat me’ where you could get some food. There was also a little upstairs area with some couches and a small area where you can play ‘flamingo croquet’
I won’t spoil the actual performance for anyone who wants to go see it but you get divided into suits and taken on a journey into Wonderland. I went with Mark, my sister and my niece, Mark and my sister were a different suit to me and my niece and they had a completely different experience from us. It was good to meet up at the end and excitedly compare what we had seen and done! I definitely want to go again so I can be a different suit and see another route.
After the performance we had a cocktail, mine was called ‘Who Stole All the Tarts’ and had jam in it.
I massively recommend this performance to everyone! I had a fab time, I think it might be one of the funnest things I have ever done! xx
So I have come to a point in my maternity leave where I have to decide when to go back to work- I have been putting it off because I didn’t want to have the date looming over me!
When I had Spence, I only took 6 months off and kind of regretted it, so this time we decided that I could take the full year. This means I’m going to go back in on 6th November!
I am about 9 months into my maternity leave so I better make the most of my last 3 months!! xx
Seriously- where is the time going?!
So our little dude has turned 9 months. He seems to be developing and growing so fast! Last month he reached a few milestones by crawling, sitting up and waving. This month I’m sure he wins the award for fasted baby! You just need to take your eyes off him for a second and he has crawled into a different room!
This month, he has started pulling himself up to stand, but hasn’t started coasting yet.
I think the reason for the standing is so he can reach all the toys that Spence keeps putting out of his reach. Coen doesn’t seem to want to play with his age appropriate baby toys, he just wants to play with whatever toys his 3 year old brother is playing with and he is so determined to do so that Spence can only play with certain toys (such as Lego) when Coen is napping. I do feel a bit bad for Spence- he just wants to play in peace. But likewise, whenever Coen gets a new toy, Spence wants to play with it and takes it off Coen- the joys of siblings!
For the last two weeks, Coen has had a cold- so there is constant snot EVERYWHERE! Everytime I pick him up, I somehow get covered, if he is sat on my lap- my trousers have streaks of snot down them- lovely! His cold had meant that he hasn’t been sleeping very well, which has also meant that we haven’t been sleeping well. On top of this, the little munchkin is teething, I can see his teeth but they have yet popped out.
Due to his cold / teething he hasn’t really been eating too well and for some reason, he has started refusing to eat sandwiches! His appetite has started to go back to normal over the last couple days which is a bit of a relief, I hate it when the kids go off their food xx
Hey guys, I wanted to share my exciting news on my new venture!!
I have started to make and sell the cutest teething / nursing necklaces using gorgeous Liberty of London Fabric and silicone beads xx
Since having both of my boys, the amount of jewellery I have been able to wear has decreased, bracelets and necklaces get pulled, I’m scared to wear earrings and even my glasses suffer. I wanted to make these necklaces so they were safe for babies to play with whilst nursing or chewing while teething but also looked good as well.
So hopefully, whatever your style is, I will have made a necklace that suits it, I also think the above blank print would be suitable for dad’s as this is the one my husband wears!
You can find all my products on my Etsy shop or feel free to follow me on Facebook or Instagram for updates and new designs xx
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Thanks guys, I hope you like them xx
Every year, Mark and I go to the London Film and Comic Con as we are both a bunch of geeks and film buffs! This year we took my niece Amber with us.
The guests were pretty awesome this year with Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Smith, Natalie Dormer, Pamela Anderson and tonnes more! Although they were fab, I chose not to get any autographs or photos but Mark got his photo taken with Natalie Dormer.
My favourite part of the day is seeing everyone dressed up as their favourite characters and also checking out the merchandise and doing some shopping. It’s a great place to get Christmas presents for my equally geeky family.
This year, one of the guests was an illustrator called Amrit Birdi who is massively talented and I really wanted to meet him. A few years ago, for Marks 30th Birthday, I contacted Amrit to request that he do a piece for me and I was so happy when he agreed. My original idea was to have Mark drawn as his favourite superhero but my efforts of secretly finding out who is favourite superhero was, wasn’t proving successful so Amrit came up with the idea of drawing Mark as an X-men which was an awesome idea and the end result was amazing. We currently have the picture framed in our study and as Amrit was at the Comic Con, we managed to get him to sign the picture.
We always have such a great time at Comic Con and I’m already looking forward to next year!