November 2016 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Afternoon Tea!

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Back in August I turned 31. My sister wanted to take me to Beckworth Emporium for Afternoon Tea but as I had just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes we decided to wait until after Henry was born. The whole fun of Afternoon Tea is being able to indulge in cake! A big no no with GD! So we set the date for the 20th of November to give me something to look forward to.

I had never been to Beckworth Emporium but I've heard great things about it and it didn't disappoint. I'm so glad that we decided to wait, especially has they now have their Christmas section all set up. I was literally like a kid lusting after all their decorations that they have for sale.

Oh and the food! It was amazing. Sandwiches and cakes. So simple but so delicious! Turkey & Cranberry. Ham. Salmon. Cherry Cakes. Scones with cream. Chocolate deserts & mince pies. I haven't actually tried mince pies before but they taste exactly how Christmas smells. They're now going on my shopping list :)

We took both the babies with us due to them both being breastfed but apart from that we were toddler free! Not only was it nice to be able to talk without running after kids but it was so nice to do something that normally we wouldn't do. Since becoming a Mum my day revolves around children, school runs and housework. Doing something just for us was a welcome change and even though I was only out of the house for a couple of hours, I came back feeling refreshed and raring to go. 

After we ate we took a wander through the Christmas displays. I love this time of year, especially when shops go all out. 

How I didn't spend my entire bank balance in this shop is beyond me! I definitely want to go back again and I think James & Emilie would love it. They have ice skating too which I am itching to try. It's been 12 years since I've been ice skating so I'd say it's long overdue :) 


Henry One Month

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I cannot believe that Henry is one month old! Part of me feels like I've blinked and missed his first month and another part of me feels like he should be older, seen as so much has happened since he arrived, including packing up our house and moving. 

Overall this little man is a dream baby. He has taken to breastfeeding like a champ which makes me so happy! I tried so hard with James and Emilie but for medical reasons it just didn't work. I was hopeful throughout Henry's pregnancy that breastfeeding would go well this time but I prepared myself for it not to work. When he was born and latched on straight away I was delighted! He is generally feeding every two hours during the day. At night he tends to have his longest stretch between feedings between 7pm to 11pm. Then he eats every 2-3 hours after that. I like that I still get a little bit of an evening to be just Liane although I tend to go straight to bed as I am wiped out! We have already experienced a couple of growth spurts where he's been eating every 30 minutes or so. Those days are tough with having the older two, school runs & trying to keep on top of the house. 

Henry is exactly like his sister in that he is a really sleepy baby. I'm sure it's a trait of these early babies! Heaven forbid if I try and put him down though! He likes to be cuddled most of the day. I don't mind so much though. He is my last baby after all. I have become a pro at doing most things one handed... Including typing this post... 

So far he loves bath time, sleeping, eating and staring at lights. He does not like nappy changes in the slightest. 

James & Emilie both love him to bits although Emilie is having a few issues adjusting to not being the baby in the family anymore. This girl is testing all of her boundaries and I have to remind myself several times a day that she's acting out as a way of expressing her emotions but some days it's tough! 

Some photos from the past month.. 

Happy ONE month Henry! 


We Moved!

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Do you know what not to do when you have a newborn?

Move house. 

Our old house only had 2 bedrooms and with a third baby coming, the maths didn't quite add up. I loved our house but we had outgrown it and it was definitely time to move on. I just wasn't expecting to do it with a tiny baby in tow. In fact I had spent my whole pregnancy voicing that I didn't want to move with a baby. The universe obviously had other ideas though because the day Henry was born was the day we found a new house and three days later we had the keys.

Anthony spent the first week moving some non essential stuff to the new house whilst I tried to recover from the birth. The second week I spent the entire week, packing the rest of the house up, whilst trying to wrangle three kids and get to grips with breastfeeding, sleepless night & being back in the world of nappies. I think I cried more in that week than I have in my entire life.

We made the move last Saturday and things are starting to calm down a little. Most of the boxes are unpacked apart from all the clothes. Our wardrobe broke during the move so until that is replaced I'm digging through boxes trying to match outfits. It makes mornings fun...

FYI my advice would be to move before the baby arrives.

We're only two towns over from our old house but it feels a million miles away and I'm looking forward to when this place feels like home. I'm hoping that decorating and putting my own mark on the house helps with that. James started his new school on Tuesday and we've had a few teething problems but I'm so proud with how well he has coped with it. I remember changing school several times as a kid and I still remember that daunting feeling off being the new kid and not knowing anyone. I've spent everyday this week worrying about how he's doing and counting down the hours until I can collect him from school.

Life feels super crazy right now. My hormones mean that I swing from being happy we finally have a house big enough and sad about having to leave our old one. Optimistic that James will settle into school and then feeling like the worlds worst parent for having to make him leave his old school which he loved. Those postpartum hormones have a lot to answer for...

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