A little life update!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I think that it is only fair that we start with the biggest update from over the last few months and that is that Rio is now fully toilet/potty trained!

He took to it straight away and actually only had one accident and that was the first time we took his pull up off as he simply forgot. From then on, he was 100% dry, even at night. I don't for a moment take for granted how lucky we are in that respect, as I know for some people it came be a nightmare. The key for us was waiting until HE was fully ready not when the rest of society and people around us thought he should be. However the cut off point in my head was September, as that is when he starts nursery. I'm super proud of him and won't pretend that I didn't breathe a huge sigh of relief at not having to change toddler bum anymore!

Today Niall turned 8 months old. He is now sitting unaided and well and truly using rolling and his walker as modes of transportation. He hasn't yet mastered crawling, but can sniper if you class him not having control over where he actually ends up!

He still only has two teeth as the third is taking its time and causing havoc in the process. He is the complete opposite to Rio as his just popped up with no warning over night.

His eyes are still two different colours and I think for the first time I have managed to get a picture that captures it.

This month also saw my return to work. And although it was a lot easier this time to go back, thinking about it now I probably should of made the most of it and had the full year off as it will be my last.

I've also decided to stop thinking/caring about what others will think and start vlogging. Its such a great way to capture memories that I feel like I am missing out not doing it. As parents we constantly document our kids lives, what difference does it make if other people can watch?

Yesterday: A normal day in photos

Thursday, 19 February 2015

We're the type of family that likes to make the most of the weekends, whenever possible we try to have a family day out. But during the week, as I don't drive, its a little harder to do anything much more exciting than a visit to the park, a few hours at playgroup or a new activity from Pinterest. Sometimes we just have normal days. The days where nothing is planned, where the kids just play as they please and I try to master the art of drinking a cuppa while it is still hot!

Yesterday was one of those days. Yesterday: A normal day in photos

I woke myself up with a morning coffee while they boys had their breakfast. Toast and banana for Niall, porridge for Rio.
Rio tried to do his alphabet puzzles but little Niall wanted to see what his brother was up to and join in!
I then got a parcel I forgot I'd even ordered and got the boys dressed for the day.
Rio made fun out of tidying a messy hallway and Niall ran around for a while whilst me and Rio used our matching hoovers to clean up.
Rio chose mushrooms and mackerel for lunch, followed by fruit and fromage frais. I forgot to photograph Niall's but he had sweet potato mash, quickly followed by a bottle as nap time was overdue and he was doing his little dinosaur noise.
 All winter we have been telling Rio he can play on the trampoline again when it gets sunny. He certainly didn't fail to tell me the sun was out yesterday, and had fun burning off some energy.

I love sitting back with a cuppa (hot this time - result!) and watching them play together. They have such a bond already and the older Niall gets the more it grows. Nothing makes him laugh like his big brother. I love how in a morning, he naughtily tries to wake him up on purpose.. Niall is an early riser in comparison to Rio, and while he wakes with a smile sure in a few years that will all change!
I so wish that I could capture on camera his eye colour difference properly, I wonder if it will change? Rio discovered that cups sound like horse hooves and had lots of fun clip clopping around. He then had a rare afternoon nap.. that's what fresh air and a trampoline does to you!
Craig got home from work and cooked tea (chicken, sweet chilli rice and peppers) while I went to the gym. I read Niall a story and got him to sleep while Rio was unwinding downstairs and having quality time with Daddy. I then hopped in the shower and into bed leaving Craig to watch Frozen while Rio drifted off.
A normal day, a normal family, but I couldn't be happier!

Rio :)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Watching your children grow up is truly amazing. I've watched countless firsts for Rio and have begun that journey again with Niall. But that doesn't stop me being amazed by my little first born every day!

We've started potty training. And so far it is going extremely well! Proof that you should only do it when they are 100% ready not when other people think you should. Even if they send products or make hinty remarks! I saw his face light up with sheer confidence after his first wee on the potty and my heart melted, and eyes filled with tears when he said 'I'm doing it mummy, i'm actually doing a wee this time'. (As opposed to sitting trying his hardest to force one).

He is obsessed with Frozen and we have watched it every night since christmas, bar one when we watched Nemo instead. At first it grated on me, I'd beg for other films but now I see how much it has bonded us. How he snuggles close and says 'your my best friend'. How it is creating memories.

We recently bought him a farm/stable yard set and his imagination astounds me. He'll happily play away for hours and I happily sit with Niall watching him for as long.

We've been given a few 'write and wipe' books and although he is abit young he enjoys trying to learn to write like his cousin Annalise. He can write his name, but it is pretty simple when you think of it as 'curved line, line, circle'.

I'm going back to work within the next month or so and I really will miss just hanging out with him everyday. We're closer than ever and he really is the best big brother!!

Getting organised and bouncing back!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Before Christmas we told ourselves that we was only buying what the kids needed. We still have everything from when Rio was young so Niall didn't really 'NEED' anything but we thought he should have a few things that were 'just his', none the less. We told others to do the same but come Christmas day we soon realised that no one had stuck to that, ourselves included, damn you pre Christmas sales! Amazon lightening deals has a lot to answer for in our household.

Finding a home for all these toys posed as a problem. All the toy baskets/cupboards were full and I had to stack everything in the corner of Rio's room. (Never a good thing with a toddler, you will come back into a room of complete chaos!). So we headed to Ikea and upgraded Rio's bed to one with storage.

The basket space in pushchairs seems to get smaller with every new design. For shopping we rely on bag hooks but where was I going to fit the new beakers etc he was bought now that we have started weaning? Its already mission impossible finding anything in our pram bag, how was I meant to find spoons in there? Teething gel? With a buggy organiser that's how!

This particular one is by Maclaren  , yes folks they are bouncing back! And not only with storage solutions like this, look at their latest lightweight buggy! I love how bottles are to hand and everything else is viewable.. no more lucky dips!

As a public transport user, I know that these are very handy to have. There is nothing worse than being asked to fold down your pushchair only to struggle collapsing it because of everything you have had to shove underneath!

How did I not have one of these with Rio?

Niall at 6 months

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Christmas and the New Year soon came and went. Before I knew it, it was the 3rd of January and Niall was turning 6 months old. When I think of it like that, it doesn't feel too bad, but when I think of it as half a year old it feels like time is just whizzing by me.

He loves rolling over, but currently prefers to just do it the one way. It's now at the "keep still your getting poo everywhere", stage when I change his bum. He's still in size 4 nappies. And an array of clothing sizes from 6-9 to the odd 18-24 depending on the store. We haven't got him weighed since 18 weeks so I have no idea of his weight but we plan on doing so soon so that we can install his 0-4years car seat.

He loves to shout 'dada' when Craig goes out the room and still giggles at everything Rio does/says. Its the most adorable thing to watch, and the very reason we chose to have another. I love their little bond.

He's cut his first tooth and has a few more pushing under the gums so I expect that he will be like Rio and have quite a few in succession.

Over Christmas he went through the 'fussy feeding' stage, as they become so aware of everything around them. And for a few weeks, would only feed if I sang 'silent night' to him. Thank goodness that one is over, as I did worry I would be sat on a bench in the summer still singing away.

We've also started weaning but are currently taking it quite slow as he isn't always that interested.

His eyes are still two different colours.

Our Elf on the shelf experience...

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Firstly I will start by saying I blogged our Elf experience every day until the 18th of December when I realised the posts were rushed, and not at all the keepsake that I am trying to create! I still continued with the daily photo uploads on my personal Facebook as people were beginning to look out for him and be a part of the Christmas magic. And that was our aim all along, to create some adult excitement on the run up to Christmas. A modern day advent calendar for the world to see.

The Elf helped Rio understand Christmas more than we ever anticipated or dreamed. Within a few days he was looking for the Elf every morning without prompt and really seeing the humour behind it. He loved that the Elf 'went back to the North Pole' every night and something magical happened for us as a family. For the first time in years we were excited for Christmas. We'd seen that excitement in our little boys eyes and it was infectious.

Now I know not everyone loves the Elf, heck even I'm sick of the sight of him, but for us our first Elf experience has been a great one. Yes over the years I might struggle for ideas, hate staying up later to position and photograph him. But over those years, he will learn to look out for him the same as one would an advent calendar. As will Niall.. hey, we might even buy the female version and go crazy! Who knows? But enough of that.. Welcome the our Elf on the shelf experience!!! & A very merry Christmas to you all!

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