Starting My Day At 5.30am

I’ve always been a morning person.  Even if I have the opportunity to lie in, I tend to struggle to.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t often spring out of bed, singing along with the birds.  I still have to drag myself up most mornings, especially if I’ve been up to the girls in the night (haha, ‘IF I’ve been up’!!  There hasn’t been a night in a long time that I haven’t got up to one or both!!).  But I find I’m better first thing, and tiredness creeps in as the day goes on.

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Date Night at wagamama

We haven’t had many date nights recently.  The girls have both been poorly, and I feel hard of asking anyone to look after them when I can picture them crying for us when we’re out.  Plus, life has been busy!  I was really pleased when we were invited to try out the relatively new wagamama at The Trafford Centre, as it meant we HAD to get out together, just us two.  So, last night, that is what we did!

Wagamama opened in The Trafford Centre in October 2015.  It’s the largest wagamama site in the company, and has a mezzanine floor.  They’ve recently released a new menu, including build your own ramen, so it was great to be able to try it out.  I actually haven’t been in a wagamama since I was a student, ten years ago!  And Sean has never been!!  I think it’s easy to get in to a comfort zone, or to rule something out as ‘not for us’.  But now we’ve broken the wagamama seal, I can confirm it definitely is for us!!!

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getting rid of dummy

Saying Bye Bye To The Dummy

When I was pregnant with Ella, I didn’t really make a conscious decision as to whether I’d give her a dummy or not.  I guess I thought we’d see how we got on without one.  Day 6 in hospital (we came home on day 7), and Ella was very unsettled.  I kept feeding her, but it just seemed constant.  With hindsight, I should have just fed and fed and fed until she settled, but I wasn’t clued up enough about breastfeeding and the whole supply and demand thing.  So instead, I lay her in her crib beside me and put the knuckle of my little finger in her mouth.  She sucked happily and drifted off to sleep, and this worked throughout the night.  So, as soon as we were home, I sent Sean off to buy some dummies, and that was the start of Ella becoming a dummy-sucker!

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Me and Mine July

Me and Mine (July ’16)

July has been a funny old month.  We started the month with Ella’s birthday.  I really enjoyed her birthday this year.  It’s the first year she’s been fully aware of what a birthday is, and mainly that it involves presents and cake and lots of attention on you – all things that Ella loves!!!  We had a BBQ and, while it wasn’t the sunniest of days, it was nice enough to sit out and celebrate our little girl being with us for a whole three years!

We also had the mini heatwave that actually felt like summer might be here finally!  And, we all moaned because it was too hot!!  I didn’t mind at all during the day, but it’s the night time when it’s difficult.  We all struggled a bit for sleep that week, and that seemed to be the recurring theme of the month – no sleep!!!!

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sibling July

Siblings (July ’16)

My girls both seem to be growing up so fast at the moment.  Ella is so tall, and easily looks like she’s starting school in September rather than pre-school.  I’m sure she’ll be one of the tallest in her year, despite being one of the youngest.  And Sienna suddenly seems much less baby like.  She is also a tall girl.  They seem to have found a tall gene somewhere between their ‘average height’ mum and dad!

Sienna is still not walking.  She’s getting much closer though.  She can walk holding just one hand, will happily launch herself from one person to the next, taking a few falling steps as she goes, and pushes her walker along confidently.  But let go of her hand as she’s walking along, and she’ll instantly drop to the floor.  She just hasn’t quite got the courage yet to go for it.  She’ll be 14 months tomorrow.  I have a tendency to say to people that I’m in no rush for her to walk, but it is a mini lie.  I think that hers and Ella’s relationship will bloom once Sienna is up and walking.  Though I have no worries about when she’ll hit any milestone.  Each child is different, and I do believe they do things when they are ready to, and there’s no point trying to push them in to it.

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missing in action

Missing in Action

It would see I’ve gone a bit AWOL recently!  Where once upon a time, this blog would have at least one post a week, sometimes three a week, there suddenly seems to be a lull.  A post when I feel it is essential, such as Ella’s birthday letter, rather than when I want to write.  I’m sorry if you’ve missed my ramblings.  For some reason, the blog has taken a bit of a back seat over the past couple of months.

And I’m not entirely sure why.  Having been blogging for about three and a half years now, I think I’ve just hit a bit of a point where I stopped thinking about the blog.  Ideas for blog posts stopped popping in to my head.  I stopped having the desire to just sit and write.  I think it’s just a case of needing a bit of a break from it.  The photo taking, the writing, keeping up the social media, the whole thing really.  As with any hobby, I think you can get a bit of hobby fatigue, where you do it for so long that you start to not want to do it.

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Third birthday

To Ella, On Your Third Birthday

To Ella,

Wow, am I one proud mum!  Ella, you are one brilliant little three year old!

I can hardly believe it’s been three years since you made me a mum, though I can also barely remember my life without you as part of it.  You’ve changed so much over the past year.  You’re really growing up and are showing really grown up characteristics like empathy, patience (sometimes!), and putting others first.

You are at an age where you know what you want.  You can’t have it all the time (especially if it’s chocolate for breakfast!), which you sometimes struggle with.  You know what you want to wear, where you want to go, what you want to eat!  You are definitely opinionated!  You adore being around others, especially other children, and get really upset when you have to leave their company.  You are a sociable little lady, though it does take you a little while to warm up.  You tend to hide behind my legs, fingers in mouth, until you feel comfortable to get stuck in.

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Summer Days, Jumpoline and #EnjoyMoreWater

I’m loving the summer so far.  I really think summer days come more alive when you have young kids.  Mine have been in the garden constantly since the sun started showing its head a bit more.  We leave the back doors open in the kitchen and living room, and they’re in and out constantly.

One thing in particular that has proved a hit this summer was choosing to get a trampoline (or ‘jumpoline’ as Ella insists on calling it!!).  Ella is forever leaping up and down on it, or running round in circles.  And throwing her baby sister around with her jumps!  Sienna can’t walk yet, but she will crawl all over the trampoline, and lie down enjoying being bounced around by her sister!  They also love to load it up with all their toys, and spend ages on there playing with them!

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Siblings June

Siblings (June ’16)

Hello!  Do you remember me?  I write on this little ‘ol blog now and again!!!

I’m really sorry I’ve not been around much recently.  Life has got a bit busier, and sometimes the blog has to give.  And sometimes, I just don’t feel the blogging joy and don’t make time for it.  But then when I write, I realise I love it, so I’m sure after this post I’ll be back on track!

Every month since Sienna’s birth I have written a siblings post, joining in with Dear Beautiful’s siblings project.  Usually, they’re published on the 15th of the month, or maybe a couple of days late at worst.  This month, I’m a good few days late, but thankfully still getting it out there before the end of the month.  These posts are important to me, particularly as they push me to take pictures of the girls together every month.  Pictures which now adorn our walls!

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one child day

A Day With Only One Child

Yesterday, I had a very very rare day with only one child.

Ella went on a nursery trip to the farm.  She doesn’t usually go to nursery on a Monday, so it was a change to our usual routine, but a very welcome one!  When Sienna was born, Ella continued to go to her nanna’s one day a week, and nursery another day a week.  I got a good bit of one-on-one time with my little newborn.

I can’t really remember those days now, but I do know they weren’t what I’d call easy!  Sienna was an unsettled baby.  And so our days, just us two, were spent with me trying to settle her, as were our days as a three!  I was struggling from sleep deprivation, and any moment I could get, I would snooze.

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