{The Me & Mine Project} October 2016

This month there has been such an obvious shift in the weather, and although its not been really cold our bear snowsuits, dinosaur hats, Peppa Pig wellies and coats are out! Our weekends have been full of Autumn walks and we have well and truly settled into our routines of nursery, ballet, swimming and toddler group.

My bump has really gone pop and unfortunately the dreaded pregnancy reflux is back. I have been trying to sneak in some cheeky afternoon sleeps when F naps and D watches Paw Patrol but it doesn’t usually work out…

We have had a half term full of adventures, including cinema dates to see Trolls (which little D is now obsessed with) ice skating, magic shows, Eden project trips, Creative caterpillars and ending with some Halloween fun.

This month has seen little F begin to attempt some steps and also his sleep to regress a little bit. Little D has seemed more and more grown up with tantrums becoming less and less frequent, and turning into a lovely (if a little mad?) little girl. There has been lots of talk about the arrival of baby number 3 in January and lots of caffeine fuelled days ( thanks F!)

I should probably point out that life has been pretty exhausting recently, big bumps, babies that don’t sleep,toddlers with endless amounts of energy, trying to do some admin work on the side has meant my blog has , well had two months of posts added today… but hopefully November will be a month of more energy!! (And blog post link ups)

We took our photo at the Eden project and in true Howeshold style we have temporarily misplaced our tripod ( we could lose anything in this family…) luckily the Gorilla Pod on a fence worked out just about ok. We had been ice skating, magic show spectating and pasty eating and we were on our way home, Little F is losing his baby looks all the time and D turning into much more of a little girl than chubby toddler. My bump is hidden which is a shame as I actually look like I am smuggling a pumpkin up my top!

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I am loving this month: crocheting like mad for two new arrivals, glugging Gaviscon for reflux, seeing my bump go pop, GBBO cake nights, carving silly pumpkins.

Mr H is Loving: walking the dogs at night for some peace and quiet, taking little D ice skating at the Eden project, dressing up as a skeleton for D’s entertainment.

Little D is loving:  Trolls…talking about trolls, playing with trolls, looking for trolls..driving us all a bit mad about Trolls! Going on a cinema and Nandos date with Mummy, doing really well at swimming lessons, putting on her own shoes and nearly being able to get herself dressed/undressed, apricot (apringcot) yoghurt,  dressing up as a ghost, watching a Squirrels Tale at the theatre.

Litte F is loving: taking a few first steps, having a little hair trim (by Mummy), weekly swimming lessons, a first taste of chocolate pancakes, playing with his Toot Toot garage from aunty G.

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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#42 ‘A spooky weekend’

A Pumpkin day followed by a Halloween party has made for a great weekend.  LOVE that D chose her own costume this year and really got into the spirit of making silly faces for the photos. We did have a mini melt down between the pumpkin carving and worm digging because, lets face it, life with a one year old and three year doesn’t always go so smoothly but all the fun we have is definitely worth the odd tantrum! Little F looks like a little angel fast asleep in the pushchair  and I just love our family selfie (minus F who was already in bed!)

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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#41 ‘When your Dad is your best friend’

Before you have children you always imagine what it will be like to be a parent, thinking about all the great bits of your own childhood and how you are going to re create them, but what I never really considered is how great it is to watch the two people you love the most do those things together. Apparently sorting your My Little Ponies with your Daddy is just great, as Mr H will do anything little D demands, including pony naming..carrying random objects, swinging her round at any moment, numerous piggy backs and that puzzle….again…..again and again…..

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{The Me & Mine Project} September 2016

September for me is a bit of a strange month, in what seems like a past life ( before little D when I was a primary school teacher) September arrived after 6 weeks of freedom and usually came with SUCH a heavy workload it would fly by in a blur of teaching exhaustion. This year it marked the end of Aunty G’s month long visit, the end of spontaneous days at the beach and getting back into the nursery / toddler group / rhythm of working weeks. I’m not going to lie, I have ALWAYS dreaded the end of the Summer, yes Autumn has it lovely bits too but nothing tops the sunshine and the sand and feeling of freedom that I feel in the Summer holidays.

On a more positive note Little D & F are both September babies so lots of the time was taken up planning and organising the Roarsome birthday party, we had a great day and made some super fun memories. Little D got SO into dinosaur singing and roaring and little F couldn’t have looked more dapper in his bow tie. Turning one is such a huge milestone, its almost like waving goodbye to the baby days and i’m not quite sure I am ready for that…

This month also marked the arrival of our 20 week scan, which showed baby number 3 is just perfect and another of the blue variety. I had always pictured in my head being a Mummy to two little girls (I think this stems more from growing up with a sister than anything else) but this means a perfectly aged buddy for little F, and two little brothers for D to keep in line!! Little D’s reaction … ‘we can have a girl next time Mummy’ made me realise i’ve been pregnant for a huge proportion of her life! but I think we can safely say this is going to be our final baby, I LOVE the baby stage but its all so exhausting physically, and we really want to go on some round the world adventures so need our tribe just to grow up a little bit more. Little D adores F and gives him lots of cuddles (headlocks) and is always bossing him around with her toys. She is the first to tell us to be quiet when he is asleep in the car and always keen to get him up to play after his nap. She keeps telling us she is looking forward to him walking, and I think she is right, running around together will be a lot of fun.

With turning 3 comes the opportunity to start some new adventures and little D started big girl swimming lessons and ballet this month and she cannot get enough of it, and we couldn’t be prouder watching her.

We took this months photo before the birthday party with D & F all dressed up ready to party.. (typically I had approx. five minutes to get ready in comparison but thats pretty standard in our house now!) Can’t get enough of F’s little curls and just how flipping happy D is to be having a party with all her friends and cake!

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I am loving this month: getting back into a weekly routine, a little bit of one on one time with F when D is at nursery, drinking lots of Becks Blue, weekly baby swimming with little F, candle lit evenings with GGBO eating cake.

Mr H is Loving: Lots of Dad scootering, watching little D’s swimming lessons, watching Archer on Netflix, Playing Uncharted 4 on the Playstation, one on one time with D each week whilst F swims.

Little D is loving:  having a dinosaur party with all her friends, starting swimming lessons without Mummy & Daddy, getting dressed up for ballet lessons with Grandma, telling anyone who will listen she is 3! Collecting more My Little Ponies, collecting Stickie Monsters from Lidl.

Litte F is loving: still eating everything and anything, charging around at toddler group with out even a care for where I am, sitting at the big snack table at toddler group, a new Winter wardrobe full of dungarees (thanks Grandma!) Trying to get hold of phones and remotes when nobody is watching. Climbing on D’s bed and trying to steal her drink.

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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#36 ‘A Roarsome Birthday Party}

With birthdays only a couple of weeks apart this year we decided to attempt a joint party for Little F & D, I think it would be so great if these two could be best buddies and share parties for a little while longer and this year was a great success. Little D LOVES dinosaurs at the moment, (alongside My Little Ponies) which makes me feel like we are doing just right with D, she can’t get enough of those expensive, plastic, glittery ponies but is equally excited by  big roaring dinosaur toys.

This years cake making was as stressful as the last two years (who would have thought there could be so much pressure on making cakes…and why do Youtube videos always make it look so easy) but Little D absolutely adored her dino cake  and is at just the right age to really enjoy having a party. We had an arts and crafts dino party in the garden and just like last year the sunshine made a last minute appearance and it turned out to be fabulous!

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