Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Sunday Thoughts #10


To be honest I didn't think I'd get a chance to do my weekly blog post this week, so better late than never! I knew it wouldn't be on Sunday because we were away in Liverpool but it's a busy week too with the kids needing taking here, there and everywhere and Aled's shifts so I'm squeezing this in while I wait for him to get back from the gym so I can nip to Tesco's to do our food shop! Talk about being back down to earth with a bump after our weekend away, I've been straight back into potty training, making lunch boxes and fixing Ollie's lego masterpieces. Plus today I washed Elsie's Wonder Woman costume after superhero day at nursery.... and the glitter off it has spread to all the other clothes in the washing machine #niceoneemma. But it's kinda nice to be back to the normalities, we needed the mini break and I'm feeling all refreshed now.
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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Sunday Thoughts #9


I've spent the whole afternoon cleaning the house and I feel so good for it. I'm definitely a tidy house, tidy mind person and I've needed that more than ever recently. Having a couple of rooms clean and tidy is always nice but the whole house is just bliss 🙌 Hardly every happens these days though as it's bigger than the old house so takes much more time, but today was a write off with the weather so I played games with the kids this morning and then they've just been chilling watching films whilst I cleaned! Plus Aled was working anyway, but he's off for three weekends now so let the fun family days begin.
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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sunday Thoughts #8


Well wasn't today just beautiful?! Everything feels so much better when the sun is shining! I used to love Winter before I had kids, now it's just a huge inconvenience to having days out as it tends to rain (a lot) here. So I'm definitely a Spring and Summer lover now. We can pack lighter, not come home soaking wet and have picnics more often. We went for a walk up Marl Woods with my Mum today and it was so beautiful at the top. I could have sat there all day, it was around 17 degrees! Crazy! I hope this today is a glimpse of whats to come this year, roll on the BBQs.
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Monday, 18 February 2019

Sunday Thoughts #7


Sunday thoughts.... on a Monday as I was too engrossed in painting the downstairs loo last night that I totally forgot about my blog post until 11pm when I got into bed! So yep, I spent all of last night painting the cloakroom and OMG I love it!! Just need the loo, sink and radiator fitting and that room will be all done. The bathrooms still a while off but my amazing Dad's getting there (and there's no major rush as the kids are just using our shower anyway). Definitely going to order some Lush bath bombs this week though, in preparation for that first soak in the new bath 😍
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sunday Thoughts #6


Apart from both myself and Aled having stinking colds, we've had a pretty good weekend! The biggest news is that the downstairs loo and the kids' bathroom has been ripped out and Dad's been busy working away starting on the new ones. I honestly can not wait to see them both finished. They're the last rooms to get done in the house for a while now. After they're finished, there's just the hallway/stairs carpet to replace and then we'll have to save for a while to get the garage converted into a room and then a new kitchen and utility at some point too. But we are getting the garden done this year which will be amazing. The only part of the old house I miss is the garden because it was perfect for the kids to go out and play in, there were pretty flower beds and we had something to actually sit on! But the garden here still has one section of decking to pull up and then levelling, slabs, new turf, plants, furniture....  the list goes on. But it'll be worth it by the summer 🌣🌻
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Friday, 8 February 2019

Life with a Fussy Eating Toddler


Before I was a parent, I had assumptions of how I'd be as a mother and how my kids would be. I was naive, we've all been there right? I'd see a child playing on an iPad at a restaurant and think 'I'll never do that'.... we do that most all of the time. I'd see parents losing their shit in Tesco and think 'just calm down'.... christ, if it was only that easy! And I'd hear people say that their child is a fussy eater and think 'that's probably your own fault'.... I know, I want to go back and give pre-kids me a slap too. She was clueless and you really never do know how much of a challenge being a parent is until you're actually doing it. So did I ever think that I (someone who lives for food 🙌) would end up having a child who's a fussy eater? Did I hell.
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Sunday Thoughts #5


I'm not ready for the weekend to be over at all. Not only has it flown by (doesn't help when I work Saturday morning either) but I love nothing more than spending time with Aled and the kids or doing interior jobs in the house, and this weekend has had plenty of both which makes me all kinds of happy. Sunday night blues are not the one guys. Anyway, fingers crossed it's a quick week as work starts on the bathroom and cloakroom on Friday! My amazing Dad is coming round on Friday to rip it all out and then make a start on tiling and all that over the weekend.
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Sunday Thoughts #4


It's amazing how some 'me' time can make you feel so much better. I absolutely love being a Mum, it's everything (and more) I've ever dreamt of but I have no shame in saying it's nice to have 24 hours off once in while. Oliver and Elsie stayed at my Mum and Dad's on Saturday night and although I missed them like mad it was so nice to have some couple time with Aled. We dropped them off at about 10ish in the morning and headed straight to Sychnant Pass for a walk. I've never been far up there as the kids can't really go that far and it's not somewhere we normally go either. So we walked for just over an hour and then had a little lunch stop before heading back down. The view was unreal 😍 Luckily we got back to the car just before it started chucking it down!
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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Sunday Thoughts #3


What a week. You've probably seen our main news from this week (if you haven't, you can read about it here) so I won't go into all of it again. But that has consumed our whole week really so we haven't got much else to report. I've been completely blown away by everyone's comments and messages on Instagram (you guys are the best 😘) and I'm doing better each day, just focusing on all the good things. Plus Elsie has needed my full attention since Friday as she's been so poorly bless her. We though it was a sickness bug as she was sick 4 times on Friday but we're thinking it's flu now and it was the high temperature that was making her sick. She's a little bit better now, no sickness since Friday night but her eyes and nose won't stop running and she's so tired. Hopefully she'll be feeling better in the morning otherwise it'll be another day off Cylch!
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Friday, 18 January 2019

Baby #3 That Wasn't Meant To Be

I'm sure there are some people who are wondering why I would write about this on my blog. But why not? It's not something I either want to, or should have to hide. And I'm happier to talk about it than not. After all, I share most things about our family life on here, so feels natural to share this with you all. Plus I feel like I need to write it all down to help clear my head after what's been a really shit week.

Early last week we found out that I was pregnant. Although it shouldn't have been, it was a shock. We hadn't been careful for a few months but nothing had happened so I didn't think anything would come of it (silly I know). So when we realised I was, panic set in. How would we cope with three children? It seems like such a step up from having two. We thought tirelessly about everything, from would we need different cars, how will we afford another episode of childcare, will my body recover well from a third c-section? It was panic stations, but after a couple of days we calmed down and realised that everything would be ok and we'd adapt, like many others do.

No sooner had we come around to the idea, I started taking my vitamins and getting excited about a new bundle joining us in September, it was all taken away. I had some spotting on Sunday which I know is very common so tried not to panic, but it was new to me as I didn't have any with Oliver or Elsie's pregnancies. However on Monday I started getting cramps too and then it got progressively worse from there. The midwife referred us to the Early Pregnancy Unit in our local hospital and a scan and blood test yesterday confirmed that the pregnancy had sadly ended. It was the news we were expecting but it doesn't make it any easier.

We're looking at all the positives though to help move on... thankfully it was very early on (no doubt a few more weeks along would have been even worse, both physically and mentally), my body has done everything it needed to (I was really nervous about having to have any sort of medical procedure) and we're lucky enough to already have two happy and healthy children at home (which I'm forever thankful for and my heart goes out to those who don't).

A few people who know have already asked if we'll try again. The answer is I don't know. We're happy as we are but there are moments when I long for just one more. To have those newborn snuggles, giggles and another sibling for the kids to love and play with. To be honest, I get exhausted thinking about it sometimes, weighing up all the pros and cons. I'm sure if it's ever meant to happen, it will.

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Thoughts #2


I very almost forgot about this weeks 'Sunday Thoughts' post... wouldn't be a good start would it! Only because I was ready to go and watch a film in bed and get a super early night. This week has beaten me, I am one tired mama. The kids weren't back in school until Wednesday so they were in Nursery on Monday and with Aled on Tuesday. So along came Wednesday (at bloody last, the Christmas break felt longer than the Summer holidays!) and off went Elsie to Cylch (9-11 every day now 🙌) and Ollie to school... only to be sent home at 1pm as the water had stopped working in school *eye roll*. I'd have more sympathy but this isn't the first time it's happened and the school is brand new, you'd like to think you could rely on the water working in a brand new building. 
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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New House // Oliver's Bedroom


We finished Oliver's bedroom 4 months ago now and I'm still as in love with it as I was then. It was the first room we did in our new house, soon followed by Elsie's, so that the kids would feel a bit more settled. I hadn't long done a mini makeover of his room in the old house so already knew what sort of colours and theme I wanted to use but definitely needed to rethink his storage as his new room is slightly smaller and more square. So I'll guide you through everything we bought and add as many links as I can along the way.
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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Sunday Thoughts #1


So I thought I'd start doing a weekly post on here so I can at least aim for one post a week... so here's my Sunday thoughts! It's a good day to pick as the house is normally pretty clean and tidy ready for the week ahead, we all have tea together at 5 (no 8pm tea for me and Aled) so a night on the sofa with a brew and a film is totally justified. It's been a bit of a funny week, I'm only just sure of what day we're on after the Christmas/New Year festive limbo!
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