April 2017 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Thankful Friday.

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It might not be Friday anymore but technically I did start writing this on Friday afternoon, I just never got to finish it.. #MumLife.
It's been a few weeks since I wrote a weekly thankful post. Half term with the kids was so busy that it's been a while since I've even sat at the computer properly. They only went back to school on Wednesday so I feel like I'm still trying to get back into our 'School routine.' 

So, what am I thankful for this week?

1// A great half term. Sure there were tantrums, fights and days where I didn't think I would make it until bedtime but we also had lots of fun! Two BBQ's, picnics and trips to the park. Lazy days at home with DVD's and afternoon's in the garden. 

2// Henry has mastered sitting unaided! He has no interest in rolling over yet but can sit like a Boss :) I keep my breastfeeding pillow behind him because if he wants to lie down he just throws himself back and then we end up with a bumped head and lots of tears. He looks so grown up now! 

3// I have my new Media kit all sorted! The lovely Jess who I originally met through Twitter a while ago designed my first one and I contacted her last week looking for a new design. I love it!

4// An evening spent with my sister where by the end of it my sides hurt from laughing. 

5// Some gorgeous weather. Especially over half term. 

6// Watching Henry start to explore his first tastes of food :) A post on this will be up soon! 

What are you thankful for this week? 


Henry - Six Months.

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Henry, today you turn six months old and I honestly cannot remember what life was like without you. You have slotted into my life so perfectly that it doesn't seem possible that just several months ago you weren't even here. We've been on quite the journey since your arrival and not only have you come on in leaps about bounds but so have I and I have you to thank for that.

According to our home scales you weigh about 18 pounds and have been in size 6-9 month clothes for close to a month now. You're a big boy who loves his milk! I had only one goal when it came to feeding you and that was for the first time to make it to six months of exclusive breastfeeding and today we've accomplished that! I have nothing against formula or bottles (your brother and sister loved them!) but I am so proud of every single one of your chubby little rolls! It hasn't been easy and three bouts of thrush prove that. There have been nights where I've been so tired and literally begged you for sleep but now I am so glad that I never gave in. Now comes for the fun that is solid foods! I'm excited to see how you take to it and have a little freezer stock pile of purees. I think we're going to do a mixture of puree & baby led weaning.

You gotten yourself into a little bedtime routine and thankfully it fits in with James & Emilie too. You have your last feed about 6.30pm and are normally in bed for 7pm. Most nights you will sleep for 3-4 hours before you wake for another feed. Now we've mastered feeding lying down you tend to go straight back to sleep and wake roughly every 3 hours. Sometimes more sometimes less.

You've been such a sleepy baby these past 6 months but I can definitely see a change in regards to how long you can stay awake during the day. Sometimes you need a nap after 2 hours, other times it's been 4 hours and you're still wide awake. You've started 'playing' a lot more and it's so cute to watch and see what toys interest you.

You have been practicing your sitting and can last a few minutes before you topple over. It makes me laugh because you're so close to sitting completely unaided but still can't roll over! You're quite happy lying on your back that I just think you have no interest to try and change that. You have come close a couple of times but you just get frustrated and give up.

Overall you are so happy! I've never had a happy baby so this is completely new to me. As soon as we figured out your allergy to dairy it changed everything. You basically cry if you are hungry or tired. James & Emilie can get the biggest smiles out of you and they love it!

You love bath time, music & dancing. Your jumperoo & door bouncer are definitely your favourite toys. You do not like being still although you are the cuddliest baby who loves a good snuggle. It doesn't take much to make you happy :)

Happy six months Henry!



38 Things That Make Me Happy.

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Inspired by my favourite book 14000 Things To Be Happy about.. My own happiness list :)

1 Baby giggles
2 Sunshine
3 That first sip of Coffee
4 Mint choc chip ice cream
5 Writing
6 Printing photos
7 My children laughing
8 Loosing myself in a good book
9 Bacon sandwiches
10 Coffee shops
11 The kids piling onto the bed in the morning
12 Warm evenings
13 Bonfires
14 Publishing a new post
15 The magic of Christmas morning
16 Candles
17 Receiving a hand written letter
18 Fresh bedding
19 Chubby rolls on a baby
20 Homemade soup
21 Large blankets
22 Stars on a clear night
23 The smell of a new book
24 New stationery
25 Music
26 Sleepy baby cuddles
27 A warm bath on a cold night
28 A cool shower on a hot day
29 BBQ's
30 Writing a to-do list.
31 Open windows
32 Laughing so much your sides hurt
33 Kitchen dance parties with the kids
34 Little hands inside mine
35 Fresh flowers
36 Black & white photos
37 Dream catchers
38 Lazy weekend mornings

What makes you happy?

April Goals.

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It feels like Spring has finally sprung! The weather is getting better by the day, the clocks have gone forward and we've exchanged waking up to the bitter cold for waking up to chirping birds which is always a good mood booster. For the first time ever I completed all of my goals that I set out for the month :) 

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. - I'm nearing the end of this book so I'm counting this one as a win. I've loved every page and it's completely changed my way of thinking :) 

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. - My mojo is still going strong. At the moment there is no real schedule to my posting because life is crazy hectic with 3 kiddos! 

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. - Another win for this month! It may have helped that I had a delivery of a new cooker two weeks ago! 

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. - My freezer stock pile is growing by the day although I still have over two weeks before I plan to introduce those first tastes of food. 

Now for some new ones :) 

1// Get Outside! With being out of the house most of the week by the time the weekend comes around all I want to do is hunker down and forget that outside exists. With the weather warming up though and kids with an abundance of energy I want to make more of an effort to get out at the weekends. 

2// Print & organise photos. I take lots of photos. However all they do is sit on my phone. I miss the days of having to print them out and putting them in albums. (I love going to my Nan's, sitting with all her albums from when we were kids and flicking through them!) I want to go through all my photos on my phone and computer and get the best ones printed, then display them somehow. I'm not sure how yet. Maybe some in albums, some in scrap books and my favourites in frames. It's a work in progress :)

3// Make a Summer Bucket list with the kids. I love a good bucket list :) Plus making one with the kids means that they will hold me accountable for it! 

4// Read Happy Mum Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher. I have a habit of reading the same books over and over again but lately I've really enjoyed reading new books. The kids brought me Happy Mum Happy Baby for Mothers Day and it looks great so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it. 

What are your goals for this month?

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