A Pep Talk From My 3 Year Old – The Ordinary Moments

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I've always tried to encourage Max to be in touch with his emotions, and never to tell him that he 'shouldn't' feel a certain way. Instead we try to work on how to deal with those feelings and manage them. I don't think it's helpful to bury your feelings, and I want him to be able to acknowledge them, and understand why he's feeling that way, and know that he can take steps to manage it if it's not an emotion that he wants to feel. I think it's fair to say that he's a child who does feel emotions very strongly - both positive ones and more negative ones. Just as he'll embrace things with a level of enthusiasm ...

Your Own Room – The Ordinary Moments

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That moment when you walk out of the hospital, carrying your newborn baby, is such a hugely emotional one in every parent's life. The realisation that this precious little squirmy bundle is yours to take home. Your heart is swelling with pride, and love, and also fear. Fear, because this little creature is so tiny, so vulnerable, and is dependent on you for everything. They need you to feed them, to coax them to sleep, to dress them, to bathe them. You feel that weight of responsibility so strongly, and it's overwhelming in those early days. And then, little by little, they start to become more independent. At first it's just rolling over, then sitting up on their own, starting to ...

Our Seasonal Based Family Bucket List 2018

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I think a bucket list is such a great idea to start the year with, especially for a family where you can all throw ideas into the mix. There are so many activities and trips we've done last year that we'd like to do this year, but also lots of new things we'd like to try out and goals we'd like to achieve. I'm listing them here mainly for my own reference so that I can check back on our progress, but I thought it might be interesting to share them too.   Wish us luck!   General Visit the zoo Visit Camber Sands Do a Family Photo Shoot Have a monthly date night Consult an architect about an extension   Spring   Grow potatoes and veg in our raised bed Camp out in ...

2017: Me and Mine

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I can't believe 2017 is drawing to a close, it's been a whirlwind year for us as a family and it feels like it's gone by inn a bit of a blur at times. It seems so strange now to think that we started the year as a 3, and now we're finishing it as a 4. What a difference a year makes! Ben has been the most wonderful addition to our family - it's funny how babies feel like they've been with you forever, and yet at the same time it feels like they were only born a few weeks ago. It's a year like this where so much changes that makes me so pleased that we manage to make ...

Filling the House with the Scent of Christmas

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I'm not much of a cook, but I do love cooking at Christmas - there's something about all the fragrance of all those festive spices wafting through the house and making it smell delightful. Last year Max and I made gingerbread men, and it was really lovely. I was still feeling absolutely awful from the pregnancy sickness, but I was so proud that we managed to bake them together, and it was something that both Max and I were determined to do again this year. But oh my goodness, baking with a 3 year old is a new experience altogether! Last year he was perfectly happy to be involved but was content with me doing the bits he couldn't. This year ...

Living Arrows 51/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Gingerbread making is one of our Christmas traditions now - I love smelling that spicy fragrance wafting through the house, it just says Christmas to me. But it was definitely trickier this year - Max wanted to be fully involved with every step and was hugely impatient to get to the decorating stage. But I love this moment of him stirring the batter. Iit was so sticky and really hard to stir, and I loved seeing him get his hands dirty with it - something he never would have done last year!  

Ben at 6 Months

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I've not done regular monthly updates for Ben, but 6 months is a bit of a milestone and needs recording in some way. I genuinely can't believe we've hit 6 months already, I'm sure with a second child the time whizzes by at least 4 times as quickly! Ben, you are such a happy little guy - full of smiles and giggles. It's so easy to get a smile from you, even walking around the supermarket you can't help beaming at everyone who looks your way. I know if you're looking a bit grumpy that a quick round of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, or Pop Goes The Weasel will get you laughing again. But no-one gets a bigger smile than ...

The Emotion of The School Application

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After much deliberation, we've finally decided on our school application list for Max, and it's finally hit me - we have less than a year before he starts school. Whenever I heard parents saying "I can't believe how quickly it's gone" when the time arrived for their child to start school I always felt a bit baffled. It's 3 and a half years, that's a reasonable length of time in anyone's book. But now I completely understand!  It feels like only a month or so ago that I can remember Max as a toddler, staggering around, unsteady on his feet. How can he be ready to start school, he still can't put his own shoes on! But I know that by ...

Our Advent Activity Calender

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Every year, I try to do an activity based advent calendar for Max (as well as a chocolate one - I'm not a meanie!). Last year I took it a bit easy and put chocolates in quite a few of the boxes, given that I was really suffering with pregnancy sickness and not really up to a lot of the things I'd have liked to do. So this year I'm intending to make the most of it and make sure that we do lots of Christmas things so that we're really in the mood. Luckily my love of Christmas has definitely rubbed off on Max - he's already asking to wear his Christmas jumper, and keeps asking if it's Christmas ...

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait in November

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I really think that autumn is the best season for children - there is so much to discover, collect, and explore, and we've been making the most of it this month and getting out a lot. We had another brief trip down to Cornwall at the start of the month, and we've had days out to hunt gruffalo, and to various National Trust properties, as well as getting ready for Christmas. We had Max's first parent's evening since he's been in Pre-School, and it was so lovely to hear how much he's come on in the last few months and how much his teacher's obviously think of him. I've had some concerns in the past about him being a bit behind ...