Me and Mine: A Family Portrait in May

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I'm sat here writing this post at the very end of May, knowing that very soon our time as a family of three is coming to an end and we will be joined by our newest family member. It's such an exciting but nerve wracking time too - everything is so unknown. I wonder what he'll look like, who he'll take after. Will he be dark like me and his Dad, or will he be a carbon copy of his older brother, all blond hair and blue eyes? Will he be the same child of extremes as his brother, or, like so many younger siblings I see, will he be more laid back, more adventurous? And how will we all ...

Living Arrows 22/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   We've been sticking a bit closer to home this week and enjoying the sunny weather in our garden. But we did make a little trip out to the Medicine Garden in Cobham, where Max loved running around exploring. I love this one of him peering through the willow tree at me - he has such a cheeky grin and I think it just captures him perfectly!  

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 37

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37 weeks and full term! Any time you'd like to make your appearance would be absolutely fine with us now :) What's going on with the baby He's pretty much fully formed at this point and is just putting on weight now ready to make his arrival. He'll be shedding the downy hair that's covered him, as well as the vernix caseosa - the wax that will have covered him as protection. What's going on with me   This week started with my 36 week midwife appointment, which I had to take Max with me to for the first time. He's always a bit wary of 'doctor' situations, so I've always tried to make sure I have childcare arranged, but we talked about it in ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #46

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! It's definitely feeling like a sad week this week, with the news from Manchester on Monday. No matter how many attacks there seem to be in recent times, to have one that so unashamedly targeted children and young people is so shocking, and really shocks you into appreciating having your own family safe and well. My thoughts have been with those affected in Manchester all week, and I'm sure we've all been hugging our own children that much closer each night.   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 ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 46

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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 (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to 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!   Kippers and Curtains I'm always keen to discover new places to visit and I have to admit that I'd not heard of Sheffield Park Gardens before reading Sarah's post, Sheffield Park Gardens Review. And even if I had, I'd probably ...

My hopes for motherhood second time around

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With just 4 weeks to go now until my due date, I'm very conscious that our new arrival will finally be arriving very soon! And that's got me thinking a lot about what I want to do differently this time around. I found the adjustment to being a mum very difficult to deal with. No-one can prepare you for that rush of love that just overwhelms you, but also the intense worry, guilt, and anxiety that accompanies it. As a first time mum, you are so concerned with 'getting it right', and it takes some time for the realisation to sink in that there is no 'right', just what's right for you and your baby. Although I don't think there are many ...

A Visit to Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

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I have to admit that until the other week I had never heard of the Isabella Plantation, despite having lived pretty close to Richmond Park for a few years now. But it started appearing on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago with the most stunning azaleas in bloom and I was surprised when I looked it up how close it was to us - just 30 minutes drive! So once it got to the weekend, we jumped in the car and headed down the A3 towards Richmond. Car parking in Richmond Park is free, and the best car park for the Isabella Plantation is the Broomfield Hill Car Park, a little way inside the park itself. It's still about a 5-10 ...

Living Arrows 21/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   There aren't many moments when I spot Max totally still and absorbed in something, but this was a rare exception! We made a visit to the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park last week, and it was stunning - the azaleas were in bloom and the colour everywhere was stunning. I loved this moment where Max had seen a bird up in one of the trees and just stopped still to watch it. Of course, if you look really closely, you'll note that he's also holding a snack, which may have also contributed to the unusually still photo of him!  

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 36

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Today marks the end of week 36 and I've reached full term! And let me tell you, I feel every inch of it. But the end is in sight!   What's going on with the baby At 36 weeks pregnant, he's pretty much fully formed at this point and is just putting on weight now ready to make his arrival. He'll be shedding the downy hair that's covered him, as well as the vernix caseosa - the wax that will have covered him as protection.   What's going on with me   Despite all the general aches and pains of pregnancy, it's actually been a much better week than last week! Max and I managed to get out for a trip to Greys Court, which was a ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #45

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! I hope you've all had a good week. This week is my last week at work before going on maternity leave, which feels like a huge milestone. If those last few weeks of pregnancy are anything like I remember though, I'll definitely be wanting things to occupy my time, so I'm really looking forward to reading all your posts over the next few days! 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 blogging world. All you have to do is ...