June 2014 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

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 {How could you not smile at these two faces everyday?}








James came to me the other day and asked if he could take the box that the wipes were in.. Half an hour later he asked me if I wanted to buy a drink from his 'Lemonade Stand' He's been making signs for it ever since. 

'Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere
Albert Einstein. 

{She loves a good game of Peek-A-Boo!}




"Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun."
Mignon McLaughlin. 

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Nuby 'Grip N Sip'

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I was not asked to write this review, nor am I being compensated. 


Once Emilie turned six months old I tried introducing a sippy cup for water. It didn't go well. I tried another brand, and then another and then another. In the end I gave up and carried on giving her water out of a bottle, whilst still on the hunt for that elusive perfect cup.. 

Fast forward to two weeks ago when I was in Boots looking for formula and I noticed on their shelf that they had one Nuby 'Grip N Sip' No Spill First Cup leftI thought to myself, why not? We might as well try one more brand. It was cheaper than the previous cups I had tried so I snapped it up and off we went. 

Later that morning I filled it with water, gave it to Emilie. She looked at me, looked at the cup, grabbed it with both hands and took a long drink! Success! I think the secret was that all the other cups I had tried had hard spouts. The Nuby Grip N Sip has a soft silicone spout which I think really helped. We haven't had a bottle for water since that morning. In fact I was so impressed with it that later that day I went onto their website and ordered three more cups, including the very cute, Flower Child cup.  I may have also added the next stage cups to my wish list! 




So far the cups have done exactly what they state. They don't leak (yay for my carpets!) Emilie doesn't have to over suck to get a good drink though, which I found to be the case with some of James' no spill cups when he was little, thanks to their Touch Flo technology. 


{Emilie definitely agrees with me!}


From the Nuby website.

At Nûby™ we strive towards making the lives of parents and children easy, simple and fun. The highest quality standards, global trends and continual product development help us bring parents everything they need for their baby’s development.  Our products are inspired by nature and offer the best, safest and most simple choices for you and your baby.

To see their full range of products, you can visit their site here. 

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Five On Friday.

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I've been wanting to sit down and write this all day but my two little people have kept me on my toes. I always wonder how I filled my time before they came along. To think that I thought that I was busy then!

So.. It's Five On Friday time!

{One}
This week at school James' class had a 'Mini Beasts" day. They had fun activities, a picnic and a company called Zoolab came into the school and brought with them some mini beasts! James came home that day so excited and informed me that he had seen a tarantula, a scorpion and had touched a snake. He also added that they had brought in a monkey too. I have yet to confirm or deny that last one!


{His spider cookie that he made and then demolished in about 2.5 seconds}


{Two}
Emilie had her check up with her paediatrician yesterday. I was hoping that they would discharge us but unfortunately they didn't. Although she is 100 times better than she was, when she is off her medication, her silent reflux is still causing her issues with her eating. We have another appointment in six months and I'm hoping that will be the last one. Fingers crossed! 

{An ice lolly helps both the swelling and the boo boo when you fall and cut your lip} 

{Three}
I read this blog post today from Rachel over at Finding Joy.  10 Things Happy Mom's Don't Do. I am guilty of comparing myself, expecting perfection both in myself and my home. I'm forever rushing around trying to complete that never ending to-do list and I realised whilst reading it that I need to stop all of this. I don't want to miss out on the little moments with my kids just because I am worried about the dishes on the side or the washing that is still sitting wet in the machine. I've saved this post for the days when I really need to remind myself of this. 

{Four} 
I cannot tell you how excited I am for school to finish for the Summer. Not only so we can get started on our Summer Bucket List but also so we can all relax for a bit. I think James is tired as the school year ends. It's a lot for little ones to go from two hours a day at Nursery to all of a sudden six hours a day, five days a week at school. Every week by Friday poor old James is a bag of tantrums and tiredness. 



{Five}
Yesterday I changed my pass lock on my iPhone. I know exactly what I changed it to, especially as you have to type it in twice to save it, when I went to unlock it though it denied me access by saying that it was incorrect.. Two hours later and after having my phone disabled numerous times I had to admit defeat and restore it to factory settings. I was gutted.. I hadn't backed up my photos since getting my MacBook so I lost every single photo on my phone. We're talking a few hundred photos here. What makes it worse is that I know what I changed the passcode to! Technology 1 - Liane 0.. 


Happy Weekend! 


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Summer Bucket List.

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James doesn't finish school for another four weeks. I'm eager for him to finish so we can start enjoying the warm weather together! In honour of my anticipation I give to you our Summer Bucket List. Simple little things that I want to do with the kids this Summer. 



Come on July 23rd! 


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Fathers Day.

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Today we celebrated Anthony. A few years ago we found out that the old train station in our town, that no longer runs but is kept restored by eager volunteers, runs a steam train on fathers day. We went in 2012 and this year I suggested that we go again. Anthony loves anything mechanical and steam engines are a particular favourite. We started the day with us all piling on the bed with a mug of coffee for him and cards. James kept repeating, 'Happy Fathers Day!' Then after a quick morning nap for Emilie, off we went. 







Anthony was in his element and it was nice to do something that was just for him. It's easy to get stuck in a routine, especially when you have small children, and to do the same things day in and day out. It was nice to break out of that for one day. (This coming from the woman that breaks a sweat every time our routine is broken!)







Today we thanked Anthony. For how he looks after us. For how he makes us smile. For how he loves us. For how he plays peek-a-boo with Emilie and tucks James in at night. For how he always manages to fix anything that I break. For how he encourages us. When I watch him in the quiet moments with James and Emilie it makes me smile. 




Happy fathers day Anthony! We love you loads.

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Party Planning!

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Emilie turns one on the 30th of next month and whilst part of me gets emotional every time I think about it the other part of me is excitedly planning her party! I took to Pinterest at the weekend to find some inspiration. I've mentioned my love/hate relationship that Pinterest & I have before and Sunday night was no different. I kept seeing idea after idea of things that I wanted to incorporate into her party and before I knew it my brain was over loaded! I'll never be able to do it all, for many reasons. Money, time & the fact that I am in no way crafty are just a few.

I loved these ideas though..


Photos from birth to 12 months. Printed and hung on string.. Even I can do that. Right?



Her vital statistics! I think this would look great on the cake table and an awesome keep sake for afterwards. I've already found a few companies on Etsy that make them. 



Emilie needs a tutu.. Every girl should wear a tutu at least once!



Luckily for us my youngest sister is a photographer. Last week we arranged to do Emilie's one year photos the Saturday before her birthday. I cannot wait! The photo above is beautiful and I love the idea of using balloons! 



Now I think this is a brilliant idea! How amazing would it be in 20 years to sit down with your child and read the 'predictions!'


I could go on and on...... and on... 

Any inspirational ideas you have, feel free to thrown them my way! 


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Lumps?... No Problem!

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Meal times are a big thing in our house at the moment! Check out who is chomping on lumpy food like it's her full time job...









Lots of fun, lots of mess, lots of cheering, lots of smiles! :)
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Five On Friday.

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{One}
TGIF! The weekend being here does not mean that I won't be awake at 5am with a baby or that I won't be spending my days catching up on the housework and my over flowing laundry basket but it does mean that I can move at a slightly slower pace. Yay! 

{Two}
Today was my Nan's 79th birthday! My sister and I dropped James off at school and then headed over there with the girls, cards, gifts and a birthday cake. The weather was gorgeous and my Nan was happy at being spoilt! I still think of my Nan like she's 60 years old. She has a busier social life than me! 





{Three}
I am in full party planning mode for Emilie's first birthday! My sister is making the cake and yesterday she sent me a photo of the trial cake she made.. It's beautiful! Today, I got to taste test it. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. My sister is one talented lady :) .... Now excuse me whilst I go and cry in the corner whilst I think about my baby turning one... 

{Four} 
I rediscovered the awesomeness that is Scrubs! I downloaded the last two seasons on Sky and instead of spending Emilie's nap times cleaning like a good wife & Mum, I've been ploughing my way through the episodes.. Kind of explains why I need to catch up on my housework this weekend... 

{Five} 
I am so proud of James and how well he is doing at school. He is bringing home reading books that are well above his age range. There isn't anything that boy cannot read. Apparently it's become a running joke in the classroom that the teacher and other children try and catch James out on maths questions. In just six weeks he is done with his first year at school. It's flown by so quickly that it's kind of scary. 

Happy Friday! 




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Parenting A High Needs Baby.

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After having James and dealing with all of his medical problems. Reflux, multiple food intolerance's and him being a high needs baby, I wasn't surprised when Emilie was diagnosed with silent reflux and also turned out to be a 'high needs' baby. I had half expected it. With James it was a shock to the system. I had envisioned peacefully rocking my baby to sleep, gummy little smiles and a contented baby. What I got was the exact opposite and it took me a good six months to accept that this was our 'normal.'

I didn't have those expectations with Emilie, so even though she has spent the past ten months screaming at every available opportunity, I was sad but I wasn't shocked. It's probably a good thing because it means that I accepted our normal a lot quicker than I did with James. I quickly realised with her that Attachment Parenting was the way to go. She's happy when she's being held so I hold her. I wear her in a sling when we go on the school runs or to a friends house. She has good nights and bad nights. On the bad nights we co-sleep. I can count on one hand the amount of times she has self settled so instead I rock her to sleep for naps and bed time. I don't let her run the show though. We have a routine and she likes that (Finally! I've written before about trying to let the routine go.. Ironically once I decided that, Miss Emilie decided that she would suddenly adapt to it!)

I have gotten a lot of flack for my style of parenting. People have seen Emilie go from happy to crying in 2.5 seconds, me respond by picking her up, which results in them telling me that I am 'making a rod for my own back' or that I am 'spoiling her.' I've been told that she is manipulating me and that she will still be doing it when she is four years old. I've been told just to let her cry and for me to sit there and ignore her. I've been told that it's a habit that I need to get her out of and that I'm enabling her. She has extreme separation anxiety. Literally no one else can pick her up except Anthony or I. My poor sister is desperate for a cuddle with her and it makes me sad that Emilie won't go to anyone else but I know that she will eventually grow out of it but for right now, if she doesn't want to go to anyone else, I am not going to force her.

I try not to get into the whole parenting debate when people try and tell me that I'm doing it wrong and that Emilie is 'high needs' because of me. In my eyes she is a tiny person that has no idea whats going on in the world. She is in pain because of her reflux and needs comfort. If being with me brings her that comfort, then that's my job. I'm her Mummy and what kind of parent would I be if I know what she needs but I ignore it? If put her down on the floor and leave her there to cry.

Every baby is different and needs parenting differently. Every baby within the same family is different and needs parenting differently. I am sure that as Emilie grows up I am going to have to discipline her in a different way than I discipline James. I will have to encourage her in different ways than I encourage James. Attachment parenting is working for our family when it comes to Emilie and I am a firm believer in no one knows a baby more than the parents. No one other than us has had to listen to Emilie cry for 15 hours a day. No one else other than us has had to sit in the paediatric waiting room with Emilie whilst waiting to see her doctor for her reflux. No one else has had to sit with her whilst she gags and vomits on pureed food. (Thank goodness we are starting to see the light at the end of that tunnel!) No one else but us has had to jiggle and bounce for what seems like hours just to stop her from screaming. So in my eyes no one can judge me for the way I choose to parent my daughter.

Never judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes.





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Photos.

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My sister brought herself a new camera at the weekend. A Nikon d7000 and oh my! It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.. This is now on my wish list!










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