Living Arrows 13/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Max and his cousin are only 3 weeks apart in age, and I'm so pleased that he has a family member so close in age to grow up with. It's not always been smooth sailing as they've navigated the toddler years and learnt the art of sharing, but moments like this make it all worth it. Total heart melt moment right there!  

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 28

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28 weeks pregnant and into the third and final trimester! Every week now seems like such a huge step closer to meeting our newest family member. I'm starting to feel like it's close and that we need to be sorting everything out in preparation - there's really not that much to do this time around, but I'm definitely getting that nesting urge now.   What's going on with the baby The baby is now about the size of an aubergine which is starting to get quite sizeable I think! He now has tiny eyelashes, and his sense of sight may have developed enough to see light coming in from the outside world. He's piling on the fat ready to make his entrance into the ...

What to pack in your hospital bag (and what to leave at home!)

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Packing your hospital bag probably the stage of pregnancy where the reality of it all hits you - suddenly it's all real. But labour is one of the biggest uncertainties about pregnancy - you rarely know when it's going to happen, or exactly how it's going to go. So planning for it can be really tricky. There are always going to be things that you take that don't get used, and other things that you'd forgotten that you wished you'd had. So what will I be packing in my hospital bag second time around? I found it helpful last time to have 3 hospital bags - one for the labour, one for the baby (great tip: use your changing bag!), and one for ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #37

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! This week has brought the first day of spring and although it wasn't a day of sunshine for us, this week on the whole has felt so spring-like! I can't tell you how much my mood improves once the sunshine beams and the flowers start blooming - it definitely puts a sunnier vibe on everything for me. I hope you've seen some sunshine and signs of spring with you! But, on with the linky!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing that exists in the ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 37

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post to head over and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Jaki Jellz Seeing your children develop their understanding of emotions is one of those amazing things about being a parent. Max has always been quite a sensitive chap, and he's very focused lately on when other people are sad. I loved Jaki's story of her son doing exactly ...

A low-key babymoon in Surrey

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I remember when I was pregnant with Max I scoffed at the idea of a babymoon. It may have been related to the relentless sickness I suffered from most of the way through that pregnancy, but the thought of going away for a break just didn't feel like something I wanted or needed to do. But this time around I definitely felt in need of a break! Having been pretty sick this pregnancy too, plus running around after Max, and with the knowledge that we don't have a holiday planned until the end of September, we decided to book a weekend away. We didn't want to go far, so when I read that Bel and The Dragon, a small chain of restaurants ...

Living Arrows 12/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran We visited RHS Wisley this week and it was an amazing time of year to wander round. Max loved smelling the daffodils - I absolutely love this cheeky on of him having just had a sniff and then looking up at me to check if I'd seen! He's so gentle with all the flowers - I love watching him touch them. Mind you, I think the highlight of the trip for him was the digger that was positioned just behind the shot, he could have watched it for hours!  

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 27

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27 weeks pregnant and the last week of the second trimester! Although the first trimester definitely dragged, I have to say that this second one has flown by. I think when you've got the distraction of a toddler running around, and the reassurance of having already got lots of the baby paraphernalia, it definitely seems to go that much more quickly.   What's going on with the baby   The baby's hearing has developed enough this week that they might be able to recognise the sound of familiar voices. They can open and close their eyes, and may even suck their fingers or thumb.   What's going on with me   What a week this has been! I think I've hit the stage now where I'm starting to ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #36

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! Thank you so much to everyone who joined last week - it was another week for numbers and it was lovely to welcome so many new linkers! I hope you've had some sunshine where you are this week? It's been a mixture with us, but we've had a few absolutely gorgeous days and I've been noticing signs of spring everywhere - daffodils springing up and everything starting to feel that bit fresher. But, on with the linky!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing that exists in the ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 36

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post to head over and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Topsy Turvy Tribe Before Max was born, my husband and I loved to get outdoors and go for a walk. And even when we had Max, we continued this for quite a while, until he started walking and suddenly refused to go in his carrier anymore. He's now ...