Life lately…

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Time between posts is starting to get a little embarrassing now, I just don’t understand where the time goes! Andee is 3 months already, nearly 4 and it feels like about 2 days have passed since she was born!

Anyhoooo, life has been great lately; testing, but good and very very busy! Life with two kids is quickly becoming the norm around here and it feels like we have almost accustomed completely now, with the odd minor hiccup ;). Andee has been progressing brilliantly; she’s getting so strong with her head and is almost almost rolling over. She loves her baby bouncer and her Bumbo and has finally started grasping things so it’s everything and anything in her mouth at the moment. Her weight is still soaring and she is a little monster with rolls everywhere, her 3-6 month clothes are a squeeze already!

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I’m hoping it’s just a faze, but she is all kinds of grumpy lately and she sure knows how to cry! It’s mainly when she’s tired and I’m thinking it’s a mix of a growth spurt and just getting frustrated that she can’t do things; she’s so ready to just be able to move, I can see it’s bugging her and she has such a little fiery temper which she has no qualms in showing off when she’s not happy, you have never heard a baby cry so loud! I have no idea what the neighbours must think! I feel like we didn’t fully appreciate that Ava never cried as a baby and because of that it has been a complete shock to the system this time. Last night she cried continuously from around 7pm-10pm just because she was tired (and my word does this girl fight sleep). Needless to say by the time Hubby got home I was ready to board a plane to some far away location and never look back. Hah!

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Apart from the crying from fatigue she really is a little gem, although everybody is a little sceptical to believe this once they’ve heard the set of lungs on her! 🙂 She is such a happy baby the rest of the time I swear ;). She loves to smile and her little giggles are to die for! We gave her her first banana a few days ago too which she was a little confused about but sat suckling on it for the best part of an hour. Sleeping is still going great (at night only) and she is sleeping through with the odd feed. She loves to lie in and it’s impossible to wake her before around 10am, probably because she is so exhausted from fighting sleep in the daytime!
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You’re probably looking at this picture thinking everything I’m saying is a lie right! Butter wouldn’t melt…

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Ava has been a doll recently, the crazy teenager style behaviour seems to be calming down a lot and she’s sleeping though the night again (for now). She just get’s better and better the older Andee gets and I love watching them together. I know once Andee gets to an age where she is moving around and can interact with Ava, they will be playing all day long.
Andee and I just flew to Spain for my company’s annual retreat so Hubby took Ava up to Scarborough camping and my word, she was in absolute heaven. It’s all she could talk about for weeks beforehand then every time I face timed whilst I was away she was just ecstatic and could barely tell me how much fun she was having, they were up at 7am every morning and were off out flying kites, building sandcastles, riding on ponies, visiting aquariums, you name it, they did it. I think it was all sorts of overwhelming and having Daddy to herself every day was perfection for her.
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This beauty is growing up far too quickly! I know I’ll blink and she’ll suddenly be having boys over and stealing my clothes.

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Spain was wonderful and I am so incredibly lucky to work for the most accommodating company. I was debating whether to attend or not for a long time beforehand, but with Andee being so great travelling to Portugal and Ava desperate to go camping with Daddy I thought what the heck. It was also the first time most of us were all meeting too with most employees working distributed, so I really didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. And it was so much fun, everyone had a great time and got along together awesomely. We had the most amazing accommodation set on a cliff edge which looked down to the gorgeous coastline below with an incredible view of Morocco in the distance. Andee was perfect on the way there (I was so so nervous about travelling by myself) and for the first 3 or 4 days was a little angel, I don’t think she cried once. But, on the last day she woke up with a fever and we ended up being in A&E with her for hours. She was absolutely fine (just a temperature) but because she was so little the Doctors wanted to be sure and they carried out so many awful tests on her. It was definitely one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever been through and I can’t imagine how Hubby was coping not being able to be there. But, at least it happened at the very end of the holiday and not the beginning and I have to say, as horrendous at it all was, I was amazed at how great the Doctors were and how quickly we were seen (although they did not speak a word of English and if I hadn’t of had two of the girls from work there helping I would have been completely lost).

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That’s us up to date I think, back to busy busy life as we now know it. Adam has just gone freelance and is now hiring himself out for small private events, dinner parties and such and it’s been great since it happened as it’s all just gone crazy with the amount of interest he’s had and he’s already booked a ton of events for the next couple of months. It’s super nice for us girls too as it means he’s at home in the day a lot more and it’s been really exciting for him finally being able to work for himself.

I really will try to post again soon

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Andee Rae – 10 Week update

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How is our teeny tiny little baby 10 weeks old already!? And let me tell you she is not so teeny tiny anymore either! They really aren’t little for long and the cutesy, cuddly newborn stage comes and goes far far too quick! Not that I’m not enjoying her grow; It’s been wonderful experiencing all of the precious first moments again and I can’t wait for all the firsts still to come. Seeing her smile for the first time was just beauts and since she’s started she smiles constantly; watching her eyes light up and that little grin spread across her beautiful face is truly heart melting. She is so fascinated with everything at the moment too and watches us all (especially Ava) so avidly. She’s also just started doing mini little giggles this past week and my word, that sound! Utter utter perfection!!
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All in all she’s doing great. Her weight is soaring! (and I truly mean soaring!) She was 13lbs, 3oz at her last weigh in. Almost a stone! A STONE! she has rolls upon rolls upon rolls and her chunky little thighs are to die for. It makes me so proud when we take her in for her weight checks that she is doing so well. She is boob obsessed though, as was Ava and is most definitely getting all she needs (and then some!). She’s great at sleeping too and I’m getting at least 8 hours sleep at night so I definitely can’t complain. She’s sleeping 3-4 hour stretches between feeds now but seen as though we co-sleep and she is right by my side all night I’m barely disturbed when she does route for me in the night. I remember this time with Ava all too well before we decided to co-sleep with her. I was just in a constant state of sleep-deprived eughness and if I got 4 hours in total I remember thinking that was great. But co-sleeping is a true god-send, especially for someone who LOVES to sleep. And everything is better with sleep, EVERYTHING.

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Ava has been a doll with her. Their bond just gets deeper and deeper everyday and watching them together makes my heart burst. Ava adores her, truly, and dotes on her every move. I always find her at Andee’s side in her rocker or when she’s on her mat and she’s forever whispering the most adorable things in her ear. She tells her she’s her best friend constantly, that she can’t wait till Andee can play with her. She shares all her toys with her, making sure to show Andee everything she does or any toys she’s playing with. If Andee is upset she is straight by her side shushing her and saying ‘it’s ok Andee, I’m here Andee, I’m here.’ She loves the responsibility of being an elder sister and watching over her. It is just too cute! It took her a few weeks to really start interacting properly but now she is, Ava is totally smitten. I’m so so excited to watch them grow together.

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The girls in their adorable Born Savage tees ❤

IMG_2787The main difference this time around is just how busy we all are. It’s crazy having two. I think back to what I used to do all day long when Ava was a little babe and I honestly cannot remember doing anything. I think I just sat around pretty much doing nothing all day long apart from sitting, staring for hours at this amazing little human that had suddenly entered our lives. Where as this time there is zero time for sitting down 🙂 ZERO. But, Andee has slotted in perfectly and nothing seems to fazes her. She has such a calm temperament; when we were in Portugal last week I was so incredibly anxious about travelling with her so young and disturbing her routine, but she was not fazed one bit.

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It’s funny seeing her personality coming through and she is so different to Ava already, even though they look so alike. Andee is, so far, super chilled, very content, loves watching everything, LOVES to sleep (no bad thing), hates people invading her space (this is the opposite of Ava; you could smother her with kisses and cuddles all day long) and she has a little fiery temper that comes out on occasion (if every evening means on occasion ;)) if she doesn’t get her own way (mainly if your not standing up rocking her!). My moby wrap is a godsend for this as she really does not like to be put down, and it means I can still get everything done that I need to. It’s also her favourite place to be all snuggled up close to Mama<3IMG_1306I haven’t had any time off work this time either and am lucky to work for the most amazing company in the WHOLE WORLD ❤ which allows me to work wherever, whenever so I can fit it in around Ava being at nursery and Hubby being off work. He is so great with them both and I have no worries at all leaving him to look after them. He is seriously going to have his hands full as they get older. I have no doubt Andee will be just as much of a Daddy’s girl as Ava and did you ever meet two girls who weren’t completely Daddy obsessed!

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This girl has smiles and giggles all day long but as soon as I point the camera her way she immediately turns all serious.

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Pregnancy update – 34 weeks <3


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Third Trimester
“Your baby now weighs more than 2.2kg and is 45cm from top to toe. She’s filling out and getting rounder – she’ll need her fat layers later to regulate her body temperature once she’s born.

Weeks Pregnant: 34

Baby Size: A cantaloupe melon

Gender: I don’t know if it’s everyone else’s opinions creeping in but I have been doubting myself a little this week on whether the baby is a girl or not.

Weight gain so far: 25lbs. I’m definitely ready to have this baby now and start shedding all the extra weight. I feel like a whale.

Maternity clothes: Still living in the leggings.

Stretch marks: None. The stacks of empty moisturiser pots are though, as my husband says ‘ridiculous.’

Movement: Movement has become at least a little less ferocious. I can tell even she knows there’s limited room to move around so it’s mainly just sticking her bum or hands in the air when she’s stretching that I can feel. Every now and again though it feels like she tries to do a summersault and my word is it painful! Feet getting stuck under my ribs is also becoming more common than I’d like. It’s not such a pleasant feeling.

Cravings: I’ve been incredibly hungry this week, much more so than usual; growth spurt perhaps.

Sleep: Sleep is kind of impossible at the moment, how did I ever get comfortable before, it’s like a distant memory of curling up in bed and sleeping for hours. Now I’m lucky if I sleep for more than a couple at a time and I’m constantly tossing and turning trying to find an accommodating position (did I mention I feel like a whale!) I know I’m getting much more than I will be once Bambi arrives though (ha!) so I’m not complaining 🙂 (much).

Mood: It’s all a little overwhelming that this little bump is going to be here in 6 weeks time. 6 weeks!!? I’m so freaking excited and super scared all at the same time. Even though I think I know what to expect, deep down I 1) know I’ve totally forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn and 2) it’s obviously going to be a completely new experience having a newborn and a toddler running around, that terrifies me a little. Either way I’m feeling totally ready to have her home and wanting to cling on to these last few weeks just us and Ava at the same time.

Exercise: I feel like I’ve become a little too lazy these past couple of weeks, I can count how many times I’ve made it to the gym on one hand in that time which is making me feel a little guilty. My energy levels are definitely not their usual perky selves though so this is my excuse ;).

Birth Plan: So I ordered the pool but I feel I still have a crazy amount of other stuff to do. I still have basically the entire nursery to finish, but have been way too indecisive on decor so am tempted to wait until we know he/she is a he or a she :). I finally ordered the baby-bay co-sleeping cot which I’ve been meaning to do for a while and was one of the few remaining items we needed. As for other supplies I think we’re about there, with the exception of a couple of bits and bobs.

Highlight: I’m really enjoying pregnancy at this stage (with the exception of sleep and whaleness ;)). I’m just trying to enjoy these last few weeks as much as I possibly can. I love feeling so close to her and it feels much more real now I know she is basically a full grown baby just below the surface. Ava has so many kisses and cuddles with her everyday and I love seeing her connect with her little brother or sister so much already. Hubby is definitely getting nervous too, he’s started asking lots of questions and I can tell he’s thinking ‘shit’s about to get real! We’re actually having another baby and it’s going to be here pretty damn soon!’ It was totally the same with Ava, for the first 8 or 9 months he was so nonchalant about the whole thing then a few weeks before she was due he totally changed and I could tell he was only just realising life was about to become drastically different :).

Will check in with another update again soon ❤

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Pregnancy update – 31weeks <3

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Third Trimester
Your baby weighs about 1.5kg and looks more than ever like a newborn. He measures about 41cm from crown to toe. His arms, legs and body continue to fill out – and they are finally proportional in size to his head..”

Weeks Pregnant: 31

Baby Size: A Coconut

Gender: I’ve now decided everyone is mistaken 🙂 I KNOW this baby is a girl ;).

Weight gain so far: 21lbs! I hate the weight gain at this part of pregnancy! Every week I’m a pound or two heavier. Although baby is definitely growing! I feel like I have zero space left in there and my tummy literally feels like its going to pop when she’s kicking me!

Maternity clothes: I’ve avoided buying anything else maternity and am basically living in my leggings.

Stretch marks: Not yet.

Movement: Oh my goodness, When she moves now it takes over everything and I almost have to grab on to my tummy every time. even though my bump is particularly big (I’ve definitely seen a lot bigger at the same stage as me) it feels like there is just no moving space in there. Her feet and hands have started being visible bumps when she’s kicking and it looks kind of freaky! I had a few Braxton hicks too over the weekend which I never had with Ava so Hubby thought I was going in to labour!

Cravings: Cravings have pretty much completely gone. Eating habits at the moment have changed though, I’m definitely not feeling hungry much (no doubt because of the severe lack of space!) and ‘little and often’ is definitely the way to go from here on out.

Sleep: Ava’s sleeping pattern seems to improved (slightly) and I seem to be sleeping ok, minus the countless trips to the toilet during the night again (I feel like I’m 12 weeks again!) and back ache is still giving me trouble when I wake up.

Mood: Even though it feels so completely crazy when she’s moving around (which is a lot!) I love it so much, she’s taking up every little bit of room in there and when she moves its such an odd thing thinking she’s right there! Like a cm or so below the surface. It feels like I’m getting to know her little patterns and behaviours so much more nowadays and I feel much more connected to her/him.

Exercise: I’ve been taking it a little easier after having a bit of a scare in hospital last week (everything was fine). We went in because I couldn’t feel little bambi moving, which was extremely scary, I don’t remember having any periods with Ava where I was worried about her movement. Anyway this little munchkin is so damn active all night long when I couldnt feel her through the night nor in the morning I started panicking. It’s definitely the most terrified hubby and I have been and it was a horrendous journey to the hospital, but as soon as she hooked me up to the monitor off she went kicking and squirming! We both just burst into tears when we heard her little heartbeat fill the room. These little monkeys really do give you the run around! Even before they’re here!
Anyway, I’ve been doing gym workouts still but taking it a lot slower.

Birth Plan: I finally ordered the pool! Yey! It feels so surreal that its all going to be happening in 9 weeks time! I’m a little scared just because I have so much to do before she arrives but I cannot wait to have her at home. I’ve read so many beautiful inspiring home birth stories recently which has got me rather excitable. I love reading what you other amazing mamas go through and the experience sounds amazing so I definitely can’t wait to bring bambi into the world.

Highlight: My highlight this last few weeks has just been the increase in movement and how much more connected I feel to her now. It feels like I could give birth and minute so its going to be a strange 9 weeks! Time is though, once again, going incredibly fast and I know she’ll be here before I know it!

Will check in with another update again soon 🙂

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Snow Queen.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We had such a lovely day; filled with absolute mayhem, tonnes upon tonnes of presents and the most scrumptious food!

AND WE GOT SNOW! Finally! Ava was so excited on boxing day when she woke up and it was completely white outside!

She had this adorable little outfit for Christmas so couldn’t help getting her dressed up to go out and play this afternoon.

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We brought her these cute as pie mini Timberlands back from New York and I’ve been desperate to get them on her since. She adores them because they’re her ‘miniature Daddy boots!’

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Her hair is getting pretty long these days and I’m having a real debate with myself whether to take her to get it cut or not. We had it into a little bob last time which was adorable and really suited her but I did regret it afterwards. I just love it long and cutting those blond bits off of the ends would probably break my heart a little 😉

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She’s such a grown up little madam now, I still have no clue where the time has gone! I know people say they grow up so quickly but it really does feel like yesterday when she was a tiny little baby. I know before we know it we’ll be shipping her off to university or something saying exactly the same thing!

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My absolute favourite xmas prezzi this year from my beaut of a husband was these gorgeous Steve Madden boots.

Dress: Zara
Leggings: H&M similar here
Boots: Timberland available here in Rust.
Vest: Zara, similar here

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Pregnancy Update – 24 weeks <3

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since my last post! :/ Where has the time gone!

Weeks Pregnant: 24

Baby Size: An ear of corn

Gender: This week we’ve been trying to come up with baby names and deciding on just one that we both mutually like is proving impossible! I’m finding girls names much easier this time around where as thinking of strong contenders for a boy is seemingly much more tough! I’m hoping we start agreeing on at least a couple soon or I have the feeling this baby might be nameless for the first week or so!

Weight gain so far:
14lbs. I ate so much amazing but also unhealthy food whilst on holiday in New York last week! (blog post to come soon) so feel like a bit of a beached whale at the moment, and with Christmas around the corner I’m a little worried the weight gain is going to shoot up over the next few weeks.
Maternity clothes: I’ve finally given in and ordered my first pair of maternity jeans so I can stop living in my leggings!
Stretch marks: Still managing to avoid them with what feels like my body weight in moisturiser per week 🙂
Movement: Lots of movement nowadays, it’s amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it too, it’s just a normal (but still incredible) part of my day now. They have become a little stronger and when she’s having a good wriggle around you can see my belly moving which Ava finds fascinating. Nothing hubby can feel yet though 😦 I swear he has no feeling in his hands (which, actually for a chef, is probably true).

Cravings: Not really feeling the cravings much at this stage, I’m guessing the hormones have probably died done a bit which is no doubt contributing.

Lusting after: We had our staff Christmas meal this week and I gave in and ordered a steak ;/.

Sleep: As bump is getting bigger it’s pretty difficult finding an accommodating position to sleep in, but I seem to be sleeping pretty heavily and the activity of little bambino has stopped waking me so I feel I am getting a solid sleep all the way through.

Mood: I’m so excited for Christmas! I feel like a kid again, I love having Ava to spoil. I have already bought her far too much, I seem to have forgotten I’ve been buying and stashing in the cupboard since September and then I hugely added to that in New York so when I finally wrapped the bulk of her presents a couple of days ago I was a little ashamed of how much she has! But I cannot wait to see her little face on Christmas morning. She’s so much more aware this year and has written her letter to Santa and all that jazz so is really looking forward to it! (She did however, ask for a kitten! Which we have tried to explain Santa may not be able to bring!)

Exercise: Since arriving home from the states I’ve been absolutely rubbish, I went for a workout session yesterday for the first time in over a week, I really need to push now to get myself back into the habit of it. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes 😉

Birth Plan: I need to get around to actually booking our birthing pool and all the other equipment, I know it’ll be that time before we know it so I really need to be a little more organised.

Highlight: New York was obviously my highlight of the last few weeks. We had such an amazing time! I Can’t wait to write a blog post about it, I just need to sort through all my photo’s.
Most of all it was great to just have a family holiday and for hubby and I to spend some quality time together with Ava before the little one arrives (and before the mayhem begins!)

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Toddler update

“And though she be but little, she is fierce”

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This quote is little miss Ava to a T, she is such a dot but my word does she know her own mind. I’m often saying she is a little madam, she is. But she is a constant ball of cuteness overload, so it’s pretty hard to be mad at her for it. However, with the next one on the way and this pregnancy flying by we’re trying to make a conscious effort to curb some of her, shall we say, less admirable behaviour and trying to pave the way for some big changes once the new baby is here.

She has definitely gotten used to having Mummy’s constant and undivided attention over the last couple of years. I’m sure it’s going to be a challenge no matter what but I definitely want to avoid her feeling like she’s less important somehow when the new arrival comes. I can imagine it’s going to be difficult accepting it all at first but in general getting her excited about the baby and involving her in all our plans and changes we’re making seems to be really helping and for now she’s adorable about the little one, still kisses my belly, and now says it ‘absolutely must be a girl Mummy’ and currently wants to call her Penelope, which will no doubtably change next week.

The past couple of weeks I’ve just been trying to enjoy our ‘quiet’ days together just me and her and savour them as much as possible. It’s so hard to imagine another little being in the midst after so long just us, she’s been the centre of our universe for such a long time it feels strange to soon be adding another to the mix. I’m so excited for us as a family though, I cannot wait to be sharing all this with him/her.

Hubby often says he’s scared he won’t have enough ‘love’ to love another as much as Ava, but I know as soon as he/she arrives it will just be, and he’ll wonder how he ever thought that. Before Ava, we both had no idea we could possible love another this much, but they’re born and you just do.

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This girl loves her scooter more than anything and is a mini speed queen on it, but recently we’ve been practising on her balance bike and (fingers crossed) she seems to be getting the hang of it pretty quick.

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Snuggle buggle ❤

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This girl rarely wears pink but she is obsessed with these Mini Melissa jelly cuties and Sunnies

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