2017 …we got this…

Its a new year, the Crimbo Limbo of cheese and chocolate scoffing is over and 2017 has rollllleddd around, and traditionally this means my least favourite month has too…

January oh January, the month I usually associate with a bit of a sinking feeling..how can anything compare to the fun and build up to Christmas, I love everything about it, the anticipation, the jumpers, the parties, the family meet ups and mostly the magic and excitement since having my own children ( slightly replacing the food and merriness of past Christmas celebrations!) So January usually arrives with a bit of a cloud (and a lot of rain…), and it is notoriously the month that Mr H and I usually book a sunny holiday for the Summer…but not this year, as this January will change forever with baby no.3 due in a mere 2 weeks. So next year we will be planning a first birthday party! It also means no sunny holiday this year as Mr H and I have decided that perhaps 3 under 4 on an aeroplane could even be a bit too much for us, so 2017 brings our first proper UK holiday aswell.

So 2017, a new baby, a Summer  (UK) holiday to look forward to, the rumblings perhaps of a house extension (which I am VERY excited about) it will be the year of being a complete stay at home Mum (albeit a small amount of admin for my Dad’s business) to three children under 4, including a newborn and 16 month old. I’m sure this year is going to be full of sleeplessness, lots of coffee fuelled toddler group trips and soft play visits, and I am going to embrace it with that smugness of knowing this is baby number 3, I got this (kind of) and I know this whirlwind of milk, nappies and madness will be short-lived. We’ve got years ahead of us to get back towards doing the things that we enjoy, (and to my career) and get some more holidays and travelling in. We know that those nights out and festivals can wait because this year is going to be about the little people. The days are long but the years are short.

This is going to be our last baby and I am going to enjoy it as much as I can, I’ve got experience on my side and I know that tears from exhaustion about breastfeeding, formula, dummies babies that don’t sleep and weaning WILL happen, but having come out the other side , twice, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks, you will know whats best at the time and all you need to do is do your best, and your little person will turn into a loving , happy little person, and I should know because I have two of the best!!

I’ve absolutely loved the photo projects I took part in over 2016, I don’t think you can quite beat the Me and Mine monthly portraits, they are great, and the siblings photos also especially when your babies are so little and growing like weeds, so I am determined to carry on with both of these hosted by Lucy @ Dear Beautiful Boy, and I am also going to make sure I make more time for looking at other bloggers posts too.

The Me and Mine Project
The Me and Mine Project

I think I would really like to have a go at join in the home life project aswell, although perhaps not every month, I think it will make a great contrast of being all about non – posed photos, a series of home life photos ,12 photos over 1 day, hosted by May Bush Studio.

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So thats its, playing the waiting game for baby no.3, as I write this 38 (wowsers!) weeks pregnant, and ready to embrace 2017 the year of 3 littlies and not much sleep anticipated!

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{The Me & Mine Project} December 2016

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!

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(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.

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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!

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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!!

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The Me and Mine Project

 

 

 

 

{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#52 ‘A first big boot beach stroll’

This little man has only really walking for about a month, but has mastered running about the house like a loon with little D very quickly! He loved to run on the beach in his wellies, he doesn’t have many words yet but did an amazing shhhh… whilst little D was on a bear hunt!

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The Siblings Project {December 2016}

So this is it! A Year of siblings project photos, which has seen D lose her toddler chubbiness and turn into a proper little girl, and little F from a chubby baby who we used to lay next to D to a walking, jabbering proper whirlwind toddler.  This month, since F has really found his feet,  has meant there have been multiple games of run up and down the hall way as fast as you can while D shouts ‘your it!’ and giggles her head off and F schemes the highest pitch scream.

This month’s photo just gives me a massive smile, my two beautiful, not so small babies, in their Christmas pyjamas  smiling from ear to ear.

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So here it is, this years siblings project roundup! Its absolutely mad to think that there might be a number 3 by the time next months photo comes around, and definitely by February, who knows how tricky its going to be to get photos of a newborn, a 1 year old and a 3 year old together!

 

The Me and Mine Project

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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#47 ‘Meeting the Big FC’

This was just one of those days when it all just worked out ok, little F napped when we wanted him to, nobody had a tantrum or a nappy disaster or threw up, everyone ate their lunch (more pasties as you do when in Cornwall) and we just had a fab family time at Eden meeting Santa, you can see in D’s little face she can’t quite believe its him! I Love these photos we took in Eden cafe before we met the big man, you can’t really see but my bump is enormous and making a perfect  seat and everyone just looks so happy in the moment soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.

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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS}#46 ‘Writing to the big man’

This is the first year little D has really got the big FC concept and we have used every opportunity to tell her the robins are watching to make sure she is being good!! So good for speeding up all the boring bits of life like cleaning teeth and getting dressed!  She was pretty pleased with her letter asking for ‘some toys’ and loved an outing to the post office for a stamp and to the post box (and a park detour obviously as when you are 3 the park is always first choice!) Its the simple things…..

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