Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

14 Things I've Discovered Since Becoming A Mum.

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1// You will never sleep properly again. Even when the baby starts sleeping through the night you will still sleep with one ear open, listening out just incase.

2// No matter how many times you clear the toy cupboard out you will still have too many toys to be able to contain to one space.

3// One person in the house gets a cold.. You will all get it.. It will also do the rounds more than once.

4// Some days you will never speak to another adult.

5// Shopping for kids becomes much more fun than shopping for yourself. No matter how much you enjoyed shopping before you became a Mum.

6// You may have said that you will never use the TV as an electronic babysitter but sometimes you need to shower and clean the house.

7// Cereals is classed as a dinner food.

8// You may wish for quiet numerous times a day but as soon as you are alone, you miss the kids and all the chaos that comes with them.

9// When it comes to toddlers, silence is never golden.. It nearly always means that they are doing something that they shouldn't.

10// Never realised how much fun water can be? Just run a sink full of water, prop a toddler on a chair and watch them entertain themselves for hours.

11// Meal times will result with more food on your floor than in their stomachs.

12// It is perfectly acceptable to celebrate when you get to drink your coffee hot.. Even better if you actually get to finish the whole cup.

13// They will come up with every excuse in the book to delay bedtime.. They need the toilet, another drink, another story, their ear is itchy, they need the toilet again..

14// No matter how bad today has been. No matter how many tantrums they have thrown. No matter how many times you had to stop, breath and count to ten, tomorrow is a new day.


Why We're Going Private.

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I am so grateful that we live in a country where we have the NHS. It's comforting to know that if anyone in my family becomes unwell we can see a doctor within a reasonable time frame. If anyone suffers an accident or serious injury within twenty minute we can be in the Accident & Emergency department at the hospital. I've delivered two babies, one at hospital and one at home, both by NHS midwives. Both James & Emilie suffered from Reflux and both were seen regularly by a pediatrician for the first 18 months of their lives. 

That being said, what happens when your doctor won't listen to you or doesn't take your fears seriously? 

When I was speaking to James' pediatrician recently about his high functioning autism, I asked where we go from here? His response was.. "Don't worry, he's doing well in school. It won't affect him until later in life..'


Yes James is doing fantastically in school. He is reading & writing well above his age. He has never got a spelling wrong in his spelling tests. He comes home telling me things that he taught the teacher. He follows the rules. He eats his school dinners and runs around the playground. 

He struggles with the world around him. He cannot cope with many aspects of normal life. Crowds, water, new people. He chews his clothes. He has verbal outbursts and cannot control his emotions. Smells, noises and textures overwhelm him. He over reacts to pain and the smallest thing that goes wrong will ruin his whole day. He is literal. He is repetitive. He comes out of school upset, not understanding that the teacher was discipling the whole class, not just him. 

So just because academically he is flying.. He shouldn't need help navigating, what to him is, a very scary world?

All I want to do is help him. I don't want him to go through life feeling scared and alone, thinking that no one is in his corner. I want to be his biggest advocate and cheerleader. He is too young to challenge the doctors himself. Too young to find the right doctors, pediatricians & occupational therapists on his own. 

I contacted a private OT practice last week and explained the situation and they were horrified at what the doctor had said. I firmly believe that getting him the right help now will only aid him in the future. 

We have an appointment with an OT next week and I'm excited for James. I'm eager to see where this goes. Not just for him but for me too. Sometimes I worry about whether I am handling things correctly. Should I have not disciplined him for that outburst this morning before school? Am I making his fear of water worse by trying to teach him to swim? Every night I question what I did that day. 

Some guidance for both of us can only be a good thing.. 


A New Week - Loving Lately.

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I've spent the past week wanting to write. I have so many ideas of things that I want to do. A review of the Urban Decay/Gwen Stefani pallet. A hair care routine. A beauty favourites post but I want what I write here to be perfect and if I'm not feeling it 100% then I tend to shy away and do nothing instead. So today I thought rather than force it I'm just going to write. Some of the best writers in the world have said that you need to write everyday. Even when you don't want to. Even when you think that what you're writing isn't very good at all. Just write. Sit down and do it.

I feel like I haven't stopped for a week but if someone were to ask me what I've been doing or what I've achieved in that time then I wouldn't be able to tell them. Life with two kids.. It's a whirlwind.

Life & loving lately...

We had snow.. It came overnight and was gone by lunch time. Both James and Emilie thought it was the best thing in the world though.

In four weeks James turns seven (How on earth is he seven already!) He is still set on a Chinese meal with his family so this weekend we booked the restaurant for nineteen people. I think he may be slightly more excited that there is an ice cream bar. 

Ballerina hair.. I don't think there is anything cuter..

This past Saturday was her 3rd lesson. The previous two weeks she amazed me by how well she followed the instructions and got stuck straight in. This week though she was a typical two year old. Half way through she decided she'd had enough and spent the rest of the lesson hid behind a curtain.. Toddler life, the struggle is real.

Anthony surprised me by ordering the new palette from Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani. For anyone on the fence about whether it is worth the £40.. Go buy it! It's that good that a full post dedicated to this will be coming soon :) 

Last week may have been bad but what's good about bad days or weeks is that there is always a fresh start. A new day, a new week, a new sunrise. 

Happy Monday! 


Office Goals & A Lack In Motivation..

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Motivation is something that comes and goes. I'm either overflowing with it or I have none. Luckily when it comes to blogging I'm normally more motivated than not, but the past few days I've been lacking in that department. Maybe it's a lack of structure to my day, or because I worry about working during the day and taking time away from James & Emilie. There just never seem to be enough hours in my day. I feel like I'm rushing from one job to another and never finishing anything. I also have a feeling that my lack of writing space could be contributing to my recent slump. I write wherever I can find the space.. The sofa, the kitchen table, my bed. It would be lovely to have a space dedicated to my MacBook and my blog but space just doesn't allow for it.. However a girl can dream right?  

Making use of under the stairs. I love it! 

I've seen a lot of these workstations in the kitchen and would love it. It's said that the kitchen is the hub of the home. 

What a cool way to make a working space in a cupboard! 

I love how simple this area is. I could imagine getting so much work done in a space like this. 

This is just me all over. The colours, the shelving, the cushions.. All of it.. 

How do you overcome a lack in motivation or make space for working at home? Any ideas welcomed!

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