March 2017 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

I've Been Keeping A Secret.

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I've been keeping a secret. 


This parenting three children gig is hard. 

Over the past few weeks I've had several comments said to me, ranging from, 'How do you always look awake, with so little sleep.." to "You make it look so easy."

First things first. The whole looking so awake part is purely down to a lot of expensive makeup and a stupid amount of concealer under the eyes.

Two children, I had a handle on. They were both sleeping through the night. Out of nappies and feeding themselves. Apart from the daily teeth brushing battles I was doing ok. 

Now though, I have a constant case of Mum guilt. My house never looks tidy. Henry's cot is full of clean washing, that I'm not sure will ever make it back to their drawers (but at least it's clean right?) I try and get up half an hour before the kids in the morning to get a head start. (Most days they hear me.) I'm outnumbered and my children know it.  

The Mum guilt though, it's real and it's harsh. 

I feel bad for James. He's the eldest so I feel like he gets the rough end of the deal. He's at the age where he can help me but then I feel guilty. He's becoming more independent so it's easy to forget that he still needs me just as much as the other two do. 
I feel bad for Emilie. She went from being the baby of the family to all of a sudden I'm asking her to try and get herself dressed, expecting her to try and keep the noise down whilst the baby sleeps and not to empty the dog shampoo down the toilet. (She totally did this last week..) 
I feel bad for Henry. James had me to himself for 4 and a half years before Emilie came along. Then Emilie was only 6 weeks old when James started school so she had me to herself all day every day. Henry thought, he might have a lot of my attention all day but he never has my undivided attention. 

Off course the good outweighs the bad. I am never short on cuddles or sticky kisses. Just making a chocolate spread sandwich earns me a 'You're the best' title. I literally have the best job in the world, but today I'm being honest and telling you that it's hard. I've never been this tired or disorganised. I've never been so anxious about my parenting decisions. I've never second guessed myself so much. 

So if you see my and I look as fresh as a daisy and I look like I've got a handle on everything.. Know that I haven't. I just had time to put my make up on that morning ;) 


You Are Amazing - Happy Mothers Day.

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Happy Mothers Day!

I've been wanting to post all week but it's been so busy with babies, school runs, and day to day life that I had to put it on the back burner. Then today I sat down to write a Currently post but at the last minute changed my mind to write this one instead. I want to write about the awesome mothers that I know. Mothers who day in and day out work hard and love their children even harder. The Mum's that push push push all day and then lie awake at night going over in their head what they didn't manage to accomplish, what is still on their to-do list. Mum's that rock their screaming baby until the early hours and then get two hours sleep, just to do it all again.

There is so much pressure on Mum's today. We feel pressure to look perfect & have gleaming houses. We feel like our three year olds need to know their alphabet and be able to spell their names for fear of being judged. We rock babies and then feel bad because we're told that we should lie them down awake. We bake cookies for the school fete. We wipe tears. We attend school assemblies, sports days, parents meeting and after school clubs. We make dinners, do the washing, sweep the floor from the last meal before the next one. We wake up in the middle of the night to sooth the toddler who's had a bad dream. We fold laundry and then tip toe into the bedrooms of sleeping children to put it all away. We schedule play dates & birthday parties. We give cuddles and make boo boos all better. We smile when sometimes we feel like crying. We wake up and often wish we could have an extra hour in bed.

When James was 6 months old I phoned my Mum one day and simply said 'thank you.' She had no idea what I was talking about. I told her that I never realised how much hard work parenting was until I had James. I didn't realise all the sacrifices she had made. All the tears she had shed until I was a Mum myself. The fact that she done it all mostly on her own just made me even more in awe of her. 

I'm going to say one thing. If you have never read my blog before or you never read it again, just know this one thing. You are all doing an amazing job. Whether you formula feed or breast feed. Whether you rock your baby to sleep or lie him down wide awake and he soothes himself. Whether you make every meal from scratch or the local take away knows you on a first name basis. Whether you throw perfect Pinterest birthday parties or you are the Queen of last minute-throw-it-together-party-bags.. (raises my own hand!)

When you lie there at night and worry whether you done a good job that day. When you worry whether you could have handled that toddler tantrum differently. (My 3 year old told me I was the worst Mum in the world whilst I was writing this because I wouldn't allow her a chocolate cake) Know that you are the perfect mother for your children. They do not remember the time outs or the time you gave them chicken nuggets rather a meal from scratch. 

To them you are perfect. 

You are their world.

Thankful Friday - Week Two.

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Is it just me or has this week just flown past? Not that I'm complaining! I am very happy to see Friday again. It's been a super busy week with a poorly baby, school runs & everything in between and we have a super busy weekend coming up but I think a chilled out Friday evening is definitely called for. There wasn't much sleep for Henry and I last night so I'm one tired Mama today. 

I'm excited to write another Thankful Friday post today.  

1// Sunday I received a text from my sister asking if I was up for a shopping trip... Hell yes! We loaded the kids into the car and off we went. I don't go shopping very often but I desperately needed some new clothes. I actually didn't find much that I liked but spending the day with my sister and wandering around the shops was such a lovely way to spend the day. 

2// Tuesday & Wednesday were such beautiful days! The sun was out both days and it actually felt like Spring. The kids got to play in the garden and I got to make use of my outside table and chairs for the first time this year. I love it when we can utilise outdoors. It's like adding an extra room onto your house :) 

3// Today my niece turns 4. My sister and I were pregnant together.. (Emilie and Henry are both 4 months younger than her two but that's a story for another day!) Anyway, the fact Eva is four already is crazy. She is turning into a beautiful little lady! 

4// Henry being poorly isn't one of the best moments of this week but the silver lining to that grey cloud is the extra cuddles. He's already a cuddly baby but he's definitely wanted more of them the past few days and I'm more than happy to oblige. The sleepless nights on the other hand.... 

5// Cooking a meal last night that everyone liked. That accomplishment is normally unheard of in this house. At least one person will complain that they don't like something that's in a meal. James is the pickiest eater I have ever come across thanks to his Sensory Processing Disorder but even he loved it. I may now have to cook it every week ha! 

What are the best moments from your week?     


Henry - Five Months.

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Henry. Today you turn five months old and I have no idea how that has happened. Being my third baby, I know that time flies but with you it seems to be going even quicker. In just one month you will have been with us for half a year, a fact that I can't get my head around just yet. 

It's been quite a month for you. At the beginning of the month your reflux was out of control. You were being sick during feeds, after them and right up until the next feed. You were in obvious pain so off to the doctors we went. Thankfully your weight wasn't affected by the constant vomiting. You are such a chunky little monkey and had already doubled your birth weight. I couldn't bear to see you in so many pain though so we went to see a paediatrician who agreed with me that not only are we dealing with reflux but just like your big brother you also have a dairy allergy. I've since cut dairy out of my diet and you are like a different baby! You are still sick (A LOT!) but you are so much happier in yourself. Everyone comments on your smile and if you are in a grumpy mood then all I need to do is stand you up and you literally beam from ear to ear. You love being on your legs! 

You are still eating every two hours during the day but for the past two weeks you have been sleeping a lot better at night. You go to bed between 7-7.30pm and then normally wake for a feed between 10-11pm and then every 3ish hours after that. It's a lot easier now that we've mastered breastfeeding lying down! Your naps during the day are very hit and miss and you seem to need more sleep than the 'average' baby but Emilie was exactly the same. You won't nap anywhere but on me unless you are in the pushchair but I kind of like the extra snuggles. It's not very often you can stay awake for more than two hours before you go off to dream land again. 

You are so so so close to rolling over. You get three quarters of the way there but then get so frustrated that you give in. This month you have mastered holding your toys, they go straight into your mouth! You've found your feet and hold onto them like it's your full time job. Also you are a pro at taking your dummy out and most times you can get it back in again too :) You love baths and last weekend I took you swimming for the first time. I'm pretty sure that you are part fish because you spent 45 minutes in the pool and didn't cry once. You were taking it all in. You love music and we've had many a dance party in the kitchen. James & Emilie are now old enough to cringe at my singing but thankfully you're young enough to think it's the best thing ever. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll soon cotton on... 

Things you dislike - Not being the centre of attention! I can see that you are going to be such a people person. If I try to set you down so I can cook and you're not ready for it then you let the whole house know. The first ten minutes after you wake up from a nap are definitely not your favourite times of the day. However you wake up in the morning with the biggest smile on your face. You don't like being still. If you're on the move or being jiggled then you're happy. I think that teething has well and truly hit. You chomp away on anything that you can get near your mouth, including your own fists and you're dribbling away. I can see where the first two bottom teeth will eventually come through but who knows how long they will take. I'm hoping they go easy on you! 

Overall it's been a great month with you little man. I can't wait to see what the next month brings! 

Happy five months Henry Penry! 


Thankful Friday - Week One

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It's Friday! I am always so thankful to see the weekend approaching. I swear the weeks get busier as the year progresses!  

A lot of ladies who's blogs I read use their Friday posts to list what they are thankful for that week. I use to join a link up (that no longer runs) that was dedicated to these posts. It's been about two years since I've wrote one myself and truth be told, I miss it. Even at the end of a bad week there will have been slithers of happiness and thinking about them, writing them down and preserving them is something I think we could all benefit from doing.

Welcome to my first Thankful Friday post! 

1// The weather the past few days has been beautiful! (Not today. Today it is grey and raining.) Yesterday though it felt like spring. My mood changes so much during the nicer weather and just been able to have the back door open whilst I'm pottering about the house makes me so happy & motivated! 

2// Being back in the blogging world has been awesome. Just to be able to sit at the computer and let my thoughts all spill out into a post is such a stress buster. 

3// Yesterday dinner time the baby was napping so I got to spend time with just James & Emilie. We ate dinner and spoke about school. I treated them to ice cream. I helped James with his homework. It was simple things but giving them my undivided attention was lovely and apparently the ice cream pudding made me the "best mum in the world" (as quotes by James) 

4// Henry is so close to rolling over. I was watching him play on his floor gym last night and I for sure thought he was going to master it. He didn't but he did find his feet! Watching him learn new things everyday is amazing and even though he's my third, it never gets old. It feels exactly the same as it did with James eight years ago. 

What are you thankful for this week? I'd love for you to share in the comments :) 

You Baby Me Mummy

April The Giraffe.. The World Needs More Of This.

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Is anyone else watching the live feed of April the Giraffe from Animal Adventure Park in New York? I'll admit that for the first six days I didn't have a clue what it was about. A few times as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed I would come across a still image taken from a youtube video of a giraffe, I'd wonder what it was about and then move on.

Then someone made a comment about it on Facebook a few days later so I searched Google to try and figure out what was happening. I watched the feed for a few minutes and honestly at first I was confused. Why was everyone gripped by a pregnant giraffe? Were people really glued to their screens all day watching this?

It's now one week later and I am one of those people.

Throughout the day I will randomly check the feed and see if she's given birth yet. 

I may have 'liked' Animal Adventure Parks Facebook page and read their daily updates about April. 

When I'm awake with Henry during a night feed I watch April's keepers come and do her night time routine. 

I may have told my taxi driver the other day all about April and sounded a tad excited about her impending arrival. 

Do you know what I like though. In a world where it seems that there is always some debate or some argument happening. In a world where it seems that everyone is trying to one up someone else. In a world where there is so much sadness, we have this, a giraffe that has brought people together. Last night I couldn't get back to sleep after feeding the baby so I was reading the comments on the parks Facebook page and nearly everyone had nice things to say. People were engaging with each other and not to be mean or shout abuse at one another, as is seen in so many other comment threads. No, they were talking about what a lovely thing this was, how excited they are. How they're sharing the experience with their children. How much they have learnt about giraffes or how they would fall asleep with their phone next to their bed with the live feed on because it was relaxing.

The world.. It needs more of this...


What Not To Say To A Breastfeeding Mum.

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Henry and I are nearly five months into our breastfeeding journey and after two previous failed attempts I am so happy that finally I seem to have cracked it this time. I've never put a time limit onto how long I want to breastfeed for. My one and only goal is to get to six months. If he wants to continue after that (I'm secretly hoping he does) then I am more than happy to keep going. I have no idea if we will get to a year or eighteen months. I plan to take it day by day and do what works for us.

In just a few short months though I've had a lot of questions and comments. Some good and some not so great. I wanted to answer some today that may not have been said with malice but after I've heard them several times over, do get a tad annoying!
Before I start though please note that I have absolutely nothing against formula or bottle feeding. My eldest two were formula fed and are happy, healthy & thriving! 

1// You're feeding him again? - Why yes I am. Don't you eat when you're hungry? I could always let him scream if you'd rather listen to that.

2/ Why don't you put him on formula? Firstly because I don't want to. Secondly, he's gaining weight. Thirdly, he has an allergy to dairy so if I were to put him onto formula it would have to be a medicated one on prescription. Who needs that hassle when he loves breastfeeding.

3// You've lost so much weight. It's obviously because you're breastfeeding. Maybe it's partly to do with breastfeeding. It's also because I never sit down. I also never get a chance to sit and eat a meal that requires you to use two hands and cutlery.

4// Do you worry that you'll never get him to stop breastfeeding? Yes everyday. In fact every time I see a 15 year old breastfeed I wonder if my kid will be the same. Off course I don't! Eventually he will self wean or if I decide to end this journey before that then I will wean him.

5// You shouldn't let him fall asleep whilst feeding - Breastfeeding is known to stimulate a hormone called Oxytocin that makes both the mother and baby sleepy during a feed. (If only I could take advantage of that hormone during the day!) My eldest two breastfed for a very short while. James for 3 weeks and Emilie for 4 days, once they were switched to formula they would still fall asleep during a feed so it isn't exclusive to breastfed babies. They both sleep just fine now at 8 years old and 3 so I don't expect it to cause any long term effects.

You know what they say, fed is best! Having both formula fed and now breastfeeding there are pros and cons to both. (Hello to no help with the night feeds!) You do whatever works for you & your babies and you can't go wrong :)

50 questions you should ask and answer.

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Samantha from The Samantha Show posted 50 Questions you should ask and answer so answer them I shall :) I always like reading these types of posts from other bloggers because it's nice to get to know the person behind the blog. 

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called? I'm mostly just called Liane. I have a friend who calls me Lean. I feel that there aren't that many nicknames you can get from Liane. 
2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read? I've just downloaded #Girlboss which I cannot wait to get stuck into. I normally like to have an actual book in my hands and shy away from downloading them but seen as I spend most of my days with Henry in my arms at the moment I figured why not put a few books on my phone and read them during the night feeds :) 
3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like? I am such a doodler! If there is paper in front of me then I doodle. I seem to always end up doodling animals, especially dogs. 
4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive? At the moment I crave sleep! When I don't have a baby though if I can't sleep I normally toss and turn for a bit. Then I end up on my phone. Then I get to that stage where you lie there and think, "If I fall asleep now I'll have 5 hours sleep.." .... "If I fall asleep now I'll have 4 and a half hours sleep." 
5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it? About one! I like company and someone to talk to. 
6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away? I save them all! I have a box with all my old letters from Anthony from when he was in the army and deployed. Special birthday cards I save too. 
7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know? Anthony, definitely. He will not throw anything away. It drives me insane! 
8. When making an entrance in to a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost? I am definitely the one to slip in quietly and then look for someone I know. I don't like to be the centre of attention! 
9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be? Definitely not sight. I'm as blind as a bat. As for my strongest one, I'm not sure, maybe my sense of smell?
10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? In the morning, and before I leave the house mostly. 
11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child? My Mum had me believe that if I shook a lightbulb it would cause me brain damage. I believed her. Looking back now it seems really cruel to tell a kid that! 
12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up? Reality tv & chocolate! At the moment I'm having to eat dairy free as Henry is allergic to it and dairy free chocolate just doesn't taste the same. 
13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know? Probably my Nan. She would give you the shirt off her back. 
14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections? I occasionally read a paper but not regularly. 
15. Which animals scare you most? Why? Spiders! They terrify me! 
16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on? I think it depends on who it is with and what it's about. I more likely to avoid it most of the time. 
17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured? I don't even know! It's been a while.. Ha! 
18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will? My anxiety. I've suffered with it for as long as I can remember and although I have got it under control more now I don't think it will ever go away completely. 
19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain. I think so. I like routine and to know what's happening next. 
20. Are you high maintenance? Explain. I don't think so but Anthony would probably say otherwise. I'll have to ask him! 
21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits? Probably giving birth four months ago. Thank goodness it was a quick labour! 
22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why? I have a small group of friends. I'm quite shy so I find it difficult to put myself out there. I'm always too worried about what people will think of me. 
23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others? I'd love to build my own empire. How cool would that be!? It would be nice to help others too though. I think everyone, especially women, should all build each other up. 
24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone? I'm not sure. This one requires more thinking.... 
25. What do you think about more than anything else? Probably my children. Even if they're at school/nursery they're always on my mind. 
26. What’s something that amazes you? So many things but honestly, space amazes me. Thinking about what is up there and how expansive it is. Astronomy has always fascinated me. 
27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why? Shoot straight! 
28. Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest? We don't have much of anything around these parts! I would love to live somewhere exciting like New York, then I'd have lots to show people. 
29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why? Putting the clean laundry away! I don't mind washing it, drying it or folding it but I hate putting it away. 
30. Do you have a catchphrase? Nope. 
31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them? It doesn't bother me too much as long as they are respectful about it and also allow me to put my opinion across too. 
32. How and where do you prefer to study? Back when I was a student (many moons ago) I always studied in the kitchen where there was background noise. I couldn't work in silence. 
33. What position do you sleep in? Normally on my stomach but whilst breastfeeding I'm finding it easier to sleep on my side. I cannot sleep on my back at all. 
34. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why? I love London. After living in small towns all my life, moving there was amazing and I wish I could have spent longer there. I miss it :( 
35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new? I like someone kind. Someone that can hold their own in a conversation and someone who is good with my kids. 
36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you? I am the eldest of three girls. I like to take charge and am a bit of a perfectionist. 
37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be? Definitely my anxiety. I feel like it holds me back in so many aspects of my life. 
38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be? I use to say my Dad but now I'm not so sure. 
39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? I wouldn't. As a kid I always wanted to but now I have kids of my own I would be gutted if one of them wanted to change theres! We spent so long picking what we thought was the right name for them! 
40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not? No, I don't think so.
41. What do you consider unforgivable? I'm not sure. What is unforgivable to one person would be nothing to another person. 
42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not? I like to think I have. Everything I've done, whether I've succeeded or failed has made me who I am today. 
43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologise? If they can't apologise then they aren't sorry so no forgiveness from me! 
44.Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for? I don't think so.... 
45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain. I don't trust easily. I can thank certain aspects of my childhood for that one! Once I do trust though I tend to do it with 100%.
46. In what area of your life are you immature? My childish side comes out when I'm playing with the kids.. I'm like a big kid myself in that respect! Does that count?! 
47. What was the best news you ever received? When I had my 12 week scan with James and there was a heartbeat. After five miscarriages I was a nervous wreck and refused to even look at the screen until the nurse had confirmed that his heart was beating. 
48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular? I always try to be honest but if it's something that is hurtful then I try to be nice about it! 
49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first? I don't tend to click with people immediately. Maybe because I'm so shy? I imagine people may take my shyness the wrong way to begin with.
50. When do you find yourself singing? In the shower or when I'm cleaning. Henry loves my singing.. He's the only one! 


Why I Lost My Love For Writing.

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Over the past two months I've had a lot of time to think about this little space of mine here in the blogosphere. I'm now into my 6th year of blogging and I still love it as much as I did on the day where I sat in my living room, laptop on my lap and made the move from LiveJournal to Blogger. It's gone from 'For Those Little Moments' to Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet. I've gone from a 24 year old girl to a 31 year old woman. I've changed and with those changes this space has changed. 

At the end of 2015 I worked with Samantha on her mentorship course and I loved it. I learnt so much from her and she really is a pro at what she does. I finished my month working with her on a high. I was ready to take my blog to the next level. I was posting five times a week. I was promoting all over the big wide web. I was curating my Instagram feed to look clean and professional. I was enjoying myself but at the same time I was loosing my love for writing and forgetting why I started Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet in the first place. 

I have always loved writing. As a kid at school during break times I wouldn't be outside but instead in the library with my pen and paper. At home I was holed up in my bedroom, creating characters and bringing them to life. To me, writing is therapy. I've upgraded now from pen and paper to a computer screen and keyboard but my love for the art of weaving words together to tell a story hasn't changed in all these years. 

Early 2016 though I wasn't writing what I wanted to share though. I was writing what I thought I needed to write to have a successful blog. The enjoyment of it all but left. 

Don't get me wrong. I still want a blog that is professional and that people love to read. I still want to build a community, for other women to come here and resonate with me and say, "Hey me too" but I don't want to write posts that I don't believe in or that I'm not 100% happy with. I think you can tell when reading something whether the writer has really enjoyed what they're sharing. That goes for anything, books, magazine articles & blogs. I want to put the heart back into my writing.  I love writing my Currently posts and Life Updates. They may not get the most views but when I look back on them I smile. I want to write about the funny things my children say & monthly updates on the baby. I still want to talk about makeup and share my favourites items. I still want to review products that I love & believe in. I still want to share my parenting experiences, tips and tricks. I'm still aiming to take Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet to that next level. However, I want to write in my own way, with my own voice and to not compromise that voice. I want to share but I want to share all of it. The good days. The bad days. The funny moments. The tears and the triumphs. Life doesn't fit into a square box. Life is messy. It's mostly happy but not always perfect.

Real. Honest. Messy. Life. 

I'm hoping you'll all come along for the ride with me. My mojo is back. The creative juices are flowing and my love for writing is back to where it should be! 


March Goals.

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Another month means it's time to make some new goals! Here's how I went with my February goals... 

1// Re-read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I love this book! - I'm going to call this one a win. I haven't completely finished yet but you know, baby and all that jazz. 

2// Focus on one room! Having moved house in November I want each room decorated and finished "right this second!" Because of this I go from room to room and job to job not really having a plan and that just results in me ending up frustrated. I want to pick a room this month and focus solely on that room. I'm thinking our bedroom as it's quickly turning into a "dump all that doesn't have a home" room. - Big fail on this one! I just can't stop myself from wanting it all done at once. 

3// Another house related goal. Organisation! We've moved into a slightly bigger house so we don't have the right amount of furniture that we need yet. It will all happen in good time but I really need to think about storage and organisation this month. - I've come up with some good ideas. They just need implementing. All I need now is time & money. 

4// Plan James' birthday! My eldest baby turns 8 this month. Eight! He's decided that he wants a pizza party so it shouldn't be too hard to plan. Planning his presents though will be the tough one. He is so difficult to buy for. Due to his Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder he has obsessions with certain things and isn't interested in anything else. His obsessions do change over time so it's so difficult to know what to get him. I need to get my thinking cap on! - Done! The pizza party was a success and on his birthday James announced at bedtime that it had been the best birthday ever. 

Now time for some March goals. 

1// Read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. I've heard some great things about this book so I'm excited. I downloaded it on ibooks on my phone so I can read whilst I feed the baby. 

2// Keep my blogging mojo! After taking an enforced break due to my MacBook being broken I am so excited to be back blogging. I missed it so much and have so much enthusiasm right now and I don't want to loose that. With three kids and one still being a tiny baby I don't think I'll be posting five times a week for a long time yet but I'm aiming for three times a week. 

3// Cooking! I mentioned this in my Currently post yesterday but I have been so lazy with my cooking since Henry came along. I want to get back to cooking proper meals again that actually require you to do more than place something frozen on a tray, into the oven and then wait for the timer to beep. 

4// Prepare for weaning. Staying on the subject of food. Henry turns five months on the 14th. I want to hold him off until 6 months before I start weaning him but I do need to purchase a high chair, bowls, spoons etc and also start batch cooking some food for him. With James & Emilie I would spend a day once a month in the kitchen cooking batches of vegetables, fruits, etc and then freezing them into ice cube trays. I loved watching them have their first tastes of new foods. I somehow can't believe I'm about to do it all over again.

Do you make monthly goals? I'd love to hear them if you do! :)  



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My technical issues have finally been resolved! Hallelujah! You have no idea how much I have missed this little space of mine. Anthony and the kids have a fair idea. It's all I've talked about and I will admit that I have been like a bear with a sore head. Writing is my therapy and without it I end up not knowing what to do with myself. James accidentally broke my MacBook in January and I was hoping that between myself, Anthony & a host of YouTube instructional videos that we might be able to fix it but last week I admitted defeat. I'm now all set up with my new computer though and raring to go! 

I figured a Currently post would be a good place to start. A little catch up if you will. 

Reading... I've just started Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. I'm only one chapter in and already I am hooked. 

Watching... Last week I started watching The Crown on Netflix and I am loving it. I love a bit of Royal drama! 

Trying... To convince Emilie that her immunisations that she has booked for next week are actually a good thing. She isn't having any of it though and I know that there will be tears on the day. I feel bad even though I know she needs them. 

Cooking... I've been so lazy with cooking since Henry came along. I've been going for whatever is easiest and quickest but yesterday I made an amazing Paleo dish (pictured above) and even James, my picky eater, loved it. It literally takes ten minutes to cook but is so tasty! I plan on posting the recipe here later next week. 

Eating... I haven't had dinner yet and it's already gone 9pm.. Oops! 

Drinking... Lots of water. With breastfeeding I am always thirsty and the little man is going through a growth spurt at the moment which just makes it worse. 

Calling... I've only spoken to Anthony on the phone today which is strange as I normally talk to my Mum and my sister most days. 

Texting... My youngest sister. We've been geeking out over Apple products :) 

Going... Hopefully not too far from home this weekend! Weekdays are always so busy that I'm trying to keep weekends low key, at least until the warmer weather arrives. 

Loving... My new computer. Honestly, I am currently like a kid at Christmas. 

Hating... The cold and all the rain we've been having this week. I got caught in a rain storm earlier this week with Emilie and the baby. To begin with Em thought it was fun but after about 20 minutes she changed her mind and the rest of the walk was a nightmare. Fun times with a three year old!

Thinking... About how much I want to accomplish this weekend around the house and all the blog posts I want to write now I am back in action. My head is buzzing with ideas. 

Feeling... Tired. Henry is still feeding every two hours through the night so there isn't much sleep happening around these parts. 

Hoping (for)... Sleep! Ha! Plus a quiet happy weekend. 

Listening (to)... Everyone is in bed so it is completely silent and I love it! My house is always a hive of activity and that's exactly what I wanted when I envisioned having a family but it does make me appreciate the quiet on the rare occasions that I find it. 

That felt so good. Just to sit and write. 

You don't write because you want to but because you have to - Judy Blume

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