Swinging and sliding in the sunshine!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

I have to admit that getting out the house with two children, one being a newborn and the other being a toddler is hard work. But getting out is important non the less, even if it is just to the park!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

What they wore on Wednesday: Rainy day

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I hate rainy days but make the most of them by staying in and dressing cosy. I try and do the same for the boys too so that they are comfortable while we enjoy some indoor activities or chill time.

Rio wears
Jumper: Next
Pants: Primark
Niall wears
Outfit: Tesco
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What you cant see is that today Rio has underpants on for the first time, which is a huge achievement all in itself even without the going to the toilet bit. He's showing every sign of being ready apart from the actually wanting to sit on the toilet part..but he saw me take the last pull up out of the packet and thought they had all gone so asked for a red Fireman Sam pant on instead.

I love how chunky Niall is getting. His little chubby tummy and leg rolls make me all gooey inside. Rio is a true boy and doesn't keep still so they are the complete opposite size wise and I have to giggle at some of the pictures of them together. Rio never really grew into other sizes yet I think Niall is going to grow straight out of them!

The beach with my boys..

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

This weekend we headed to the seaside before a surprise visit to Craigs Grandpa's. After a quick stop for fish and chips we headed down to the beach and had a little play on the sand and a paddle in the sea. Okay, not the sea, the sea was too far out..a puddle!

Little Rio slipped over whilst splashing at one point and I held my breath expecting him to panic at suddenly being fully clothed and soaking wet.

But being a boy..he loved it! We drove to Tesco Direct on the way home for him a new outfit and I used it as an excuse to go a little crazy on new clothes for Niall.

This was the first time Craigs Grandpa has met Niall so it was a really special trip out.

Look how long Niall is already! He'll be taller than me in no time!

The B&W project!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

I've been out of the loop with link ups for a while and really want to get back into the swing of it. Today I stumbled across a great one..the black and white project! & thought it would be the perfect place to start.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and for me this one really does!

Dear Niall: I tried

Friday, 22 August 2014

I don't know if you will ever read this. Your brother is the bookworm. Only time will tell if you become one too. Our breastfeeding story is one of a battle. Both mentally and physically. Everyone says breastfeeding is the best way to avoid depression, I'm not depressed, but the guilt of not being able to breastfeed is sure as hell a lot worse than the guilt I had with Rio from not trying to. Your currently seven weeks old. They say to at least try to get to the six week breastfeeding mark. And we did, kind of, kind of not..barely. I just try to get you on for a comfort on a night sometimes now. Id like to say its a comfort for both of us but I think its just for me. You want a bottle straight after and I sit with one prepared. If you don't want to feed from me I use this time, just the two of us, to cherish you..cherish you more than ever. Yes, breastfeeding gives you a bond. But I still feel so bonded to you without it. And I guess that's why I've decided to let this defeat me. Its been a struggle. One I was determined not to lose. But I have.  I left the hospital with them telling me we were both breastfeeding naturals, but it was when my milk came in that the problems began. Everyone says I have done so well to even keep trying upto this point and they would of gave up within the first few days, never mind the first few weeks. But I still feel like I have failed.

Dearest Niall, I tried. God did I try.

With Rio parenting was so fresh, so scary, I didn't want to add breastfeeding to that. I wasn't confident enough to get my breasts out, or even try. But being a parent brought a whole new confidence to my life. It changed me. It made me. I learnt you will do anything for your children. When I saw people breastfeeding in public I wasn't averting my eyes in shock anymore. I was in awe. Id look away out of politeness of course but I knew that when you was born that's what I wanted to do. Id already grew you, grew your wonderful brother. So to be able to continue to solely make you grow seemed so natural. But this is the real world. Things don't always go to plan. Your a hungry hungry boy Niall. I couldn't keep up. Couldn't fill you. And for a while that very thought drew fresh tears to my eyes. But somethings are not meant to be. Your a hungry hungry boy Niall. And if you need to wake me every 2 hours for 5oz to get your fill. I will provide that for you, regardless!

I see the look in peoples face when I don't let them feed you, everyone but your Daddy that is. But I don't care. That's another mistake I made with your brother. A mistake that made me stronger this time. I might not be breastfeeding you anymore. But I will provide your milk.

Dearest Niall, I tried, I failed, but I have not and will not fail you. Ever!

Getting outdoors with the boys!

Monday, 18 August 2014

The one thing I love about being a mum to boys is that they love being outdoorsy, exploring and letting off steam. The Yorkshire weather has gone from being too hot to go out with a newborn to torrential rain in a week. So when I saw it wasn't going to be bad on Sunday, I just had to get them outside. Not just them, me too. It takes a lot of effort to get out the house on my own during the week. By the time the weekend comes I'm like a caged animal just needing to get out and do something!

The tree climbing has begun!

The weather changed for a little while and we took cover in the woods from the wind and rain. I'm so glad it did because without that change, we wouldn't of found this little gem!

I am in love with wild flowers and luckily for me my local council seems to be springing them up everywhere. Unluckily for me, their usually by the side of a main road so taking photos is a no go. But the park we went to had them at the entrance. Sadly the rain meant we could sit and set the tripod up for a family photo like I wanted but hey-ho. I might have to get Craig to buy me some to fill the bottom raised part of our garden with next year.

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