10 months old already! 

Our little guy is 10 months old! It’s not long until he is a year old- I need to start arranging his birthday!

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. 

His sleeping patterns are still the same: he will wake up between 6am and 7am, has a nap at about 9am for about an hour and a half and then another nap at about 1pm for a few hours. 

His eating patterns haven’t changed either- unfortunately he still doesn’t like sandwiches. He has been spoon feeding himself with a bit of help this month. 

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


Our little baby model xx

Our little guy has recently become a cute little baby model. 

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!

We found out today that Coen was picked by the client and that he would be appearing in their advertising and product packaging for their babycare products such as cotton wool etc. 

I can’t wait to see the final result! xx

Bank Holiday Weekend Guests xx

The Bank Holiday weekend had glorious weather and we had some awesome guests stay for the weekend. A couple of my oldest friends, Duncan and Emma who now live in Bath, came to visit. I love seeing these guys as they are always up for doing quite interesting things and we also have really good trips. 

They arrived at about lunchtime on the Saturday and we headed to a nearby pub for lunch which we haven’t been to before which is now my favourite place to eat! They had lovely gardens to eat and we sat in the garden in a sheltered area for the kids but next to a lovely outdoor bar. The food was lovely and even the children’s food was presented amazingly!

In the afternoon we took a trip to Fort Nelson which was close by but again, had never been to and added bonus, it was free to visit!

I would like to be able to give a description on what the Fort was used for, it’s purpose and what happened there as I love a bit of history, however having Spence running around didn’t make it an ideal time to really read much of the information. It was really good to walk around the grounds and  the tunnels and see the guns though and I think I will do another trip to learn a bit of the history. 

After the Fort, we took our guests to the top of Portsdown hill to see the views of Portsmouth, Spence and Duncan did lots of running around, I think they managed to tire themselves out! In the evening, once the kids were in bed, we managed to have a few drinks and play Cards Against Humanity- I love that game! 

The next day, the weather was so nice again, we decided to have breakfast at our new favourite place and again sat outside in the sun- it so felt like we were on holiday! 

In the afternoon we took a trip to Portchester castle (another free attraction), which is right on the sea. We took a walk by the sea, which was nice in the sun then we got an ice cream and tried to get to the castle before they melted- no such luck! The grounds has a large grassed area so we sat and played for a few hours in the sun, it was so nice! 

To end our time with our guests, we had a nice dinner in our garden in the sunshine before they headed off back home to bath. I’m looking forward to seeing them in a few months time xx

Visiting the boats and seeing the Queen Elizabeth x

Spence doesn’t go to nursery on Thursday and Fridays so we got to spend these two days as a family. 

On Thursday we took a trip into Gunwharf to meet Marks mum and to go on a boat trip around the harbour to see the military boats including the new Queen Elizabeth ship which is Britains largest ever military ship. 

We had lovely weather for the trip but we still decided to stay inside the boat so it wasn’t too windy for the kids. We got to the various military boats including the centuries old HMS Warrior and HMS Victory which are stationed in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 

The Queen Elizabeth ship (soon to be become HMS) which has only recently come to Portsmouth and the biggest U.K. ship to be built was massive, I could barely fit the whole thing in a photo!

As we had a full on family filled week, we had disrupted Coens napping routine, so we decided to have a bit of a chilled out day on the Friday and stay near to home. We were having guests stay at the weekend so we needed a day to chill out before more activities. 

I went to the gym in the morning while Mark took the kids to the park in our road where Spence made some new friends. Then after Coens afternoon nap, we took the kids to the large park in our village for a bit more of a run around. 

We ended the day with a curry in the garden in the glorious sunshine! xx

Shopping, brunch and the Lake x

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. 

Village Fayre and Wagamamas! 

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!

Our World, this week- 13th Aug xx

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