A super sunny Springtime day, a scrumptious breakfast with an amazing view (and coffee) with Grandma and Grandpa followed by scooting and rides on the Hoe!
March came and flew by in a complete blur. Partly because of the distinct lack of sleep going on here, and partly due to the surprise visit at the beginning of the month from Aunty G! Nothing quite like the shock when you’ve been surviving on a few hours sleep a night to walk downstairs and find your sister, who is supposed to be at home in Australia, standing in your living room! We had a crazy couple of weeks, filled with the good stuff, good food and good fun. Aunty G became bedtime extraordinary and wayyyy to much takeaway was eaten. Couldn’t have asked for a better couple of weeks to brighten a sleep deprived, very rainy March.
Our photos this month were taken on a trip to the beach with my family, it was a bit of a gloomy day but no rain, which was a rarity this March.
A girls fish and chips trip (boys fast asleep)
Tummy time with little G (those cheeks!)
A new ballet outfit from Grandma
A puppet show by little D
This month I am loving having Aunty G to stay, eating too much takeaway, enjoying fish and chips with both boys asleep (winning!) whole family trips to the beach, little G’s bedside cot, pinning for the new extension, face masks and giggles with aunty G and Mr H, a first mother’s day as mummy to 3 with a beautiful necklace, breakfast and scooting trip on the Hoe
Mr H is loving singing the chicken tikka buna song, eating far too much takeaway with aunty G, doing the assault course with little D at the farm, working too hard
Little D is loving having aunty G to do bath and bedtime stories, loads of treats from Aunty G, Paw Patrol figurines, collecting Trolls and Paw Patrol albums for her sticker book, riding a pony at the farm, writing her own name! Her giant stuffed Poppy Troll from aunty G
Little F is loving playing with new cars from Grandma and Aunty G, hand feeding the goats at the farm, saying ‘wow’ and ‘wheeeeee’, saying thank you and good night, cleaning his teeth and giggling, dancing to Trolls music, playing in the garden sandpit
Little G is loving all the cuddles, listening to white noise at night time, giving little smiles, growing like a weed!
This month’s post is a little late… but not without good reason as on the 1st February we became a family of five! 9 days late and eventually little G arrived at 4:15 pm after A fairly quick labour. So February has been and gone in a flash, full of long sleepless nights, busy busy days which have disappeared in a baby bubble of happiness and exhaustion!!
With our new arrival we have spent a lot of time at home this month trying to adjust to being a family of five with three under four. There’s been the inevitable trips to soft play and for coffee and cake but with a new baby and a rain filled garden there has been lots of sofa time!
Little D has for the most part been a little star with G, having the odd cuddle and being really gentle. Little F, still a baby himself, has not given him too much notice which has made things a little easier. There has been far too much TV time this month and we are looking forward to getting used to our new normal next month and getting out on some more adventures!
This month’s portrait was taken in our living room, where I feel like I’ve spent most of this month!!! I am picturing an out doors spring sunshine shot for March!
This month I’ve been loving being in a newborn baby bubble, staring at the many faces of little G, taking billions of photos of G and trying hard to get lots of sibling photos, eating huge amounts of cheesecake! Window shopping for our new extension.
Mr H is loving all the cheesecake I keep buying, having paternity leave time off, starting swimming lessons againwith little F, making plans for our house extension.
Little D is loving watching Trolls over and over and over again, talking about Trolls! Playing with magnetic letters and spelling all our names, cuddling G before bedtime.
Little f is loving watching Stickman, Room on the Broom and the Gruffalo, getting new cars from Grandma, saying thank you in the cutest voice, getting some more teeth ( finally!)
Little G is loving making his appearance Earthside! Not sleeping at night… swinging every evening in his Joie swing chair, growing like a weed!
January! You came with high expectations a new baby due date, unfortunately you came and went……. with no sign of baby no.3
I feel like January is always a month that drags on for me, saying goodbye to the fun and excitement of Christmas and hello to those tricky Winter months when the rain never seems to stop! This has been a month of waiting waiting, the last month of pregnancy lasts FOREVER!
We were waiting to take this month’s portrait with high hopes of being a family of 5 but we ended up taking an emergency photo in my Dad’s garden on a rare sunny day at the end of the month as a ‘just in case’ but this baby wasn’t coming and saved his entrance until the 1st February, but that’s another story!
This month I am loving getting everything just so in the house ready for the baby, cosy evenings on the sofa with plenty of candles and snoozing, slow weeks of just enjoying the calm before the storm of the new baby, afternoon AND evening naps!
Mr H is loving watching Stickman with both children on his lap after tea, drinking lots of alcohol free beer just in case of a mad hospital dash! Watching Sherlock while Mummy sleeps, scoffing chocolate biscuits! Using our annual pass to visit the zoo and penguins
Little D is loving her little brother starting nursery, holding little F’s hand wherever we go, wearing Paw Patrol pyjamas EVERY night, watching Stickman cuddled on the chair with Daddy and F
Little F is loving starting nursery for one morning a week like an absolute champ, no tears and a bye bye, high fiving everybody, climbing on the dining room chairs, eating billions of raspberries and watching the whole of Stickman over and over and over again!
We made it! One whole year of blogging and photo projects, 12 monthly family portraits, lots of wriggling children and bickering parents but we did it! This month has absolutely flown by in blur of crazy Christmas excitement (me mainly..) and a an intense surge of de-cluttering and organising for the arrival of baby no.3 in January. Not forgetting I turned 31 this month (how!? ) and enjoyed a rare night out for some food and film watching, not to mention a super yummy virgin mojito. It really doesn’t seem such a long time ago that I was sipping the real thing in the Watergate Bay Hotel, with a tiny little F celebrating my 30th! Its hard to believe a whole year has passed and we will soon have another tiny squish in the house.
We have absolutely loved Christmas this year with little D, we had a magical Christmas Eve, she love leaving Santa’s snacks out by the fire (and got so cross with F for trying to eating the mince pie multiple times….look at his face!) and staying up late to watch the Bear hunt! I have felt pretty much exhausted the whole time (thats the last month of pregnancy for you) and its only today, on New Years Eve that I think can finally say that the Christmas decs are away, the house is sparkling clean (ish!) and we are ready for our new arrival.
I am loving this month: my new camera strap, new perfume, HP sprocket and sticking photos all over the house, the magic of Christmas, Christmas songs on at ALL times, new heartburn meds from the doctor (phew!)
Mr H is Loving: his new playstation game (zzzz!) his new Amazon Dot (sucker for a gadget) a week off work and finally get a few lie ins (new age lie ins that is until 7:30) scoffing Christmas chocolate!
Little D is loving: going on Christmas light hunts, her Paw Patrol pyjamas, her new scooter and Dinosaur helmet, taking her Trolls Poppy doll everywhere, wearing Christmas outfits everyday, staying up late on Christmas Eve to watch the Bear Hunt with Daddy
Litte F is loving: eating bananas all day long ( no change here) running around and hiding in the curtains, saying night night, playing on the rocking horse, his new Converse trainers, climbing EVERYTHING!
(According to Mr H a can of carling and a mince pie is all Santa wants?)
Christmas Day flew by in a blur of food and fun as it always does and as we discussed on Christmas Eve we are always terrible at taking pictures on the big day! This year was no exception, but we did manage a few.
Our picture this month was taken on Christmas Eve, we have embraced the charity stripey pyjamas and we were determined to get the dogs in too, not an easy task!
So here it is the 2016 Me and Mine monthly portrait round up and I absolutely love it, this is something I am determined to continue, although I am not sure its going to get any easier with a newborn to factor in too!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
This month has absolutely whizzed by in a blur of busy weeks and slow weekends. It has felt like this month, since we enjoyed a family Fireworks night out has been all about getting prepared, for the big C and baby no.3 in January. Having done this pregnancy thing twice before you think I would have remembered what month 7 & 8 feel like, a whole lot of sleeplessness, heartburn and backache in my case! This has all improved in recent weeks with some new medication and thankfully little F’s sleep is back to where he was before and we have even been treated to a few nights of complete sleep recently, unfortunately with a newborn arriving in January this is going to be very short-lived.
We absolutely love the run up to the big C in the Howeshold and I have been using the excuse of a January baby to kick things off a little early this year ( with the intention of packing it all away pretty early) and as I sit writing this the tree is up and Buble is on! ( Mr H not so convinced by the music…) Little F has so nearly mastered walking and little D has been on her very best behaviour with the promise that Santa (and his robins!) are ALWAYS watching…. not to mention that she will literally do ANYTHING for Trolls stickers..hehe
This month’s photo was actually taken by my Dad ( Grandpa!) which is a miracle as he is not the most techy person… but we managed to set it up for him and despite the sky being very grey he got some good ones of us all. We are on our annual breakfast and tree shopping day (yes very early!) but I will save the rest of that day for anther post!
I am loving this month: baby swimming lessons with little F, snuggling on the sofa in the evenings with blankets and smelly candles, watching the fireworks with D, getting all the children’s cute winter clothes out, our annual Christmas tree buying trip with Grandpa, meeting a friends’ brand new squishy arrival.
Mr H is Loving: pretending not to be into Christmas already! sneaking extra Troll blind bags in the shopping to make treasure hunts for little D, watching The Missing (finale tonight!!) a little bit more sleep, a new pint glass for evening beers!
Little D is loving: her Trolls sticker album (which she announced to Mr H makes her feel VERy happy) playing with glowsticks on fireworks night, eating clementines, playing with the Christmas fuzzy felts and playmobil that came out the loft (oops a bit early)
Litte F is loving: eating bananas and blueberries, walking around the living room with his arms in the air and a big grin on his face, sleeping ALL night, his new pillow, playing with any toys with wheels, saying uh ohhhhhhhhh………