She’s going to be three πŸ¦ŒπŸ»πŸΊ

My baby is nearly three years old. I’m still coming to terms with it, I feel like having a 2 year old sounds like she’s still so small but having a 3 year old sounds so much bigger she’s not a toddler anymore she’s a actual little girl now. 🌻

As much as I miss her being small, I am really enjoying her age now. She’s found her own personality, she makes me laugh everyday and she melts my heart. She’s the funniest, cheekiest, most caring little girl she makes me so proud.

I am looking forward to celebrating her 3rd birthday with all our family and friends. She’s obsessed with paw patrol so this year is a paw patrol themed birthday party, I cannot wait to see her face when I have set up her party and she sees Skye and chase everywhere, she is going to be so excited.

I feel slightly sick that this time next year she will be getting ready to start school, I’m trying to pretend it’s not happening because it breaks my heart a little. She’s going to be going to nursery for extra days from September so I am hoping she can gain confidence and become a even more beautiful little girl ready to start her next adventure at school.

I just want to tell her to stop growing up, but she will always be my little 6lbs 3oz baby cub 🐺🐻 🦌

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Potty training journey

I’m not ashamed to admit when it comes to potty training my toddler I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. I didn’t know the right age she should be when I start or how to even do it so she understands.

I’ve never wanted to be too over the top about it because I want her to enjoy being able to use the potty rather than pushing her to do it because she’s hit a certain age now. I feel like if I let her do it in her own time she will be more willing to do it because she thinks it’s really fun, which she does.

Some people might read this and think I’m really late on doing it and she should be completely potty trained by now but for me I haven’t gotten to a point yet where I think she’s totally ready to tell me every single time she needs the toilet. Every child is so different and for me I think the age she is now is the right time to properly start. She will be 3 in 6 weeks time so I am now on a mission to potty train her by her birthday.

Don’t get me wrong, she’s had her potty for over a year now and she uses it a lot. I wanted her to get used to it as a seat first which she did then over the past few weeks she’s used it as a toilet which I am so happy about and I’m most happy because she’s so proud of herself every time she uses it. I just don’t know how to help her learn to permanently use it as a toilet. The thought of her being out of nappies scared me for some reason I can’t imagine how she will understand fully that she’s not wearing her nappy and she needs to use her potty or the toilet if we are out somewhere, especially as we are always out in the woods walking! where do I take her when she needs the toilet?

How does she sleep every night and not wee the bed? I know she will have accidents but how do I teach her to have a full nights sleep without wetting the bed? I think I might be overthinking it and underestimating her she’s so good at using it and I think after I spend this full week potty training she will surprise me but I can’t help but worry! I don’t want her to get upset when she has an accident because she hates being dirty or wet I know she will freak out

I’m going to spend this week showing her she is meant to use the potty throughout each day and see where it takes us. I know she is definitely at the appropriate age where she should be starting to get out of nappies I just want to take it at her pace and not rush her because she’s getting to a certain age!

I feel like the past 2 years I haven’t had to really teach her something so time consuming, it was more talking and playing and showing her different things. This is the first thing I’ve come across in a while on my parenting journey that I’m slightly worried about but i just hope it goes smoothly and she understands.

Wish me luck mama bears 🐻

Life of a toddler πŸ„

I’ve always said throughout my blogs how bittersweet it is watching my daughter go from a tiny little baby who depended on me not only for love and comfort 24/7 but also food! To now becoming this independent, amazing little girl. I will of course forever cherish my memories of her as a baby but recently I have just realised how much I love her age now. She’s finally at an age where she has her own mind, she can make her own decisions which make me laugh especially when it comes to food choices or even picking her own clothes. She is so funny, the things she comes out with and copies from people around her make me laugh all the time. I can take her out to some of my favourite places and she now enjoys them and can understand a bit more such as going to our local farm or even a walk through the woods. My favourite thing to do with her is go on woodland adventures through our local woods I always want her to enjoy being out in nature and so far she does.

Her speech is getting so good now, I can have normal conversations with her and just about understand her replies to me. Other people still struggle a bit but as her mom I know exactly what she wants or means when she speaks now. She is becoming an amazing little girl she’s definitely not a baby anymore. I am just so proud of the little girl she is becoming ❀️

Don’t get me wrong she is not a happy good girl 24-7, she definitely has a sassy/diva streak in her which she sadly gets from me. We have a lot of little arguments and fall outs when she tries to act up. She’s never been one of those children who throws themselves on the floor and has a massive tantrum (yet) she just cries and tells me ‘No’ and stomps her foot to try and get her own way. When she finally calms down and realises no means no i can talk to her and make her understand why I said no.

She can now put herself to bed and sleep, she likes to read her teddy bears a bedtime story, she wakes herself up and now wakes me up every morning, she picks her own breakfast and tell me what she wants to do most of the time. The interaction I now have with her is amazing I can’t wait to see her grow more and become even more vocal.

She’s the most loving, caring little girl. If she is around my friends children she’s constantly making sure they are okay, always trying to make them drink water and wanting to hug them. If she’s sat next to me she will cuddle me or put her arm around me and kiss my cheek. She honestly makes my heart burst ever day.

I often watch her whilst she doesn’t know just to see what she does when she’s alone, Most of the time she is either reading to herself, or looking after her babies by feeding them and patting them to sleep. I love watching her play and see what type of things she likes to do when she thinks we are not around. Everyday I see her develop on her own it’s incredible to watch ❀️

On another note I have slight anxiety over he fact she’s 3 in 3 months time. How has this happened? I’m starting to plan her party and order decorations and I’m just in shock she’s actually going to be 3 years old. That sounds so old! She’s not a toddler anymore she’s a proper little girl. It’s happy and sad for me as I thought by her third birthday it wouldn’t be long before she was going to be a big sister, I wanted a age gap of around 3 years so I’m that’s sense it also is a reminder that she’s going to be a lot older than I wanted her to be when she becomes a big sister one day. But on a happier note I know the more she grows and the more love and attention she gets from me, ant and everybody around her it will help her grow into a even more loving big sister one day and she will understand even more when it eventually does happen.

My sweet baby girl, you are literally everything 🌿🌻

Oh how time flies πŸ•Š

I cannot believe my little baby is going to be turning 3 in a matter of months. This past year has gone so fast, it honestly feels like yesterday I was giving birth to her. It will forever be bitter sweet watching her grow up. One on hand in am so excited to watch her develop, these past couple of months she has come a long so much with her speech we can now have real conversations which I love but on the other hand I’m really starting to notice just how much she is growing up like it’s happening in a heart beat 😩 especially as I am starting to plan her third birthday. Three just sounds so grown up she’s more of a little girl now than a toddler πŸ€

As any 3 year old she is obsessed with paw patrol so this year is a paw patrol themed party with an added bit of ‘young, wild & three’ thrown in there (I have to put my own spin in her birthdays) I am obsessed with woodland, rustic themes as you will know if you read my blog so each birthday as much as I know I should let her have the themes she wants I can’t help add my own special touches to her party’s πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸŒ²πŸŒ»πŸ°πŸΆπŸ¦ŠπŸ»πŸΊπŸ•Š

I will always remember her being a baby and thinking about how much I cannot wait for her to be walking around and talking and to hear her shout mommy to me. She’s now doing all of this and some days I hear ‘mama’ a million times a day.

I’m finding it so hard as she gets older to have to let go a bit and let her grow and become her own little person, I’m very fortunate I only work 3 days a week at the moment so I still have so much time with her, however it is really difficult leaving her still I always have that pit in my stomach knowing I’m going to be away from her especially when she goes to nursery. She’s amazing when I drop her off at nursery and I can tell how much she has come along from going there and being around other children. I just find it difficult she’s my little baby I want to just be with her all the time however I know that’s not possible and I know I’m so lucky to be able to have 4 days a week to spend with her.

I want her to grow up seeing her parents work hard so she will as well but I also want her to have the most amazing family childhood memories. Most weekends ant is at work so I take her places with my dad even if it’s to go and feed the ducks or walk through the forest near our house I want her to always remember how we had adventures 🌿

I really am trying to save every moment with her before she a stroppy teenager like I was! I’m so excited for her to grow up and to take her in family holidays to see the world, I’ve always wanted to travel especially to places full of history. America is my place I need to go to, I’ve been obsessed with it for so many years. I would move over there in a heart beat I truly believe I was not meant to grow up in England. I can’t wait to see the world with my family but I want her to be old enough to understand and appreciate it.

Right now I am enjoying every minute of her, she has recently started to want me to lie next to her in bed and read her a bedtime story which I have been waiting so long for her to want me to do. There is no better feeling than your baby cuddling you in bed whilst you read them a bedtime story πŸŒ™ she really is the most incredible, loving, well behaved little girl I am so lucky to be her mommy ⭐️

A sad loss makes a stronger mama πŸΊ

I have been thinking about writing this blog for weeks now, I have been so undecided whether or not I wanted to share this publicly, I really want to because I think it’s something that happens to so many families and is so common but on the other hand It’s hard to think that everybody who’s knows me or sees me will now know and I don’t want it to look like I’m doing this for attention because that’s definitely not why I’m sharing this.

As this is a blog from a mother I think I want to be strong and share my story and hopefully other mothers/families that have experienced this can relate. Motherhood should be a community where we keep each other strong rather than judge.

So ever since Ava has turned 2 I’ve always known that within the next year or so I would definitely want to try for baby number 2. I never wanted my children to be far apart in age but I definitely wanted to wait for Ava to be a little older so she understands more. I know she will be an incredible big sister, she’s the most caring and sweet girl and I know all she will want is to help and be apart of the whole process. And of course I want her to grow up with a sibling and have the strongest bond ever.

So in late January 2018 I found out I was pregnant. I was so shocked but as soon as I saw that second faint line on the test I couldn’t even describe how excited I felt, it was so surreal like oh my god I’m going to have another baby. I couldn’t wait to tell ant! And of course me being me I can’t keep anything from my best friends so I immediately made some announcement pictures to share with them, I wouldn’t of told everybody but I see it as my best friends would know of anything bad happened anyway so I couldn’t keep it from them.

A few days later I surprised them all and told them, it was such an exciting moment. I felt so happy that I had so many people around me that were so excited to watch me become a mommy of 2.

It was around a week later, I had a busy weekend with work, I woke up early on Thursday and went to the toilet as normal, and a tiny bit of blood was there. My heart dropped into my stomach. I think I was in shock so I got ready for work and carried on with my day… as the day went on the bleeding got slightly stronger. I reluctantly rang my doctors and got an appointment for the following morning. He sent me for a blood test and booked me in for a early scan on the Sunday morning. It was an exhausting few days but I just tried to stay calm and carry on my normal routine.

The Sunday morning was the worst, the bleeding has slowed down, I think every mom knows when it’s a miscarriage, you hold onto that hope in the back of your mind that some miracle is going to happen and your still pregnant but I knew I wasn’t. We got to the hospital and the nurse gave me a test to take. As we waited for the results I was preparing myself for a internal scan as I was early on (5 weeks, 4 days) she then appeared and asked me to go into a private room… I didn’t realise the news I was about to get so I went alone. She then told me the test was negative and I broke down. I knew it was going to be but the reality definitely hit me then.

I don’t know if I’m just such a strong person in myself or if it was the fact I know my body can carry and deliver a healthy baby but I cried, I got ready for work and I carried on my day. I can’t sit and home and dwell on the sadness I have to keep going.

It’s a few months later now, I feel okay in myself and as a family we are moving on and looking hopefully into the future as we definitely know we now want to expand our family. And I also know everything happens for a reason and it will happen when it is supposed to happen.

I think my conclusion of the whole experience is that I will always have a sad place in my heart for my little September baby- I will always wonder what gender they would have been, and I will always miss them even though its crazy because the baby wasn’t even a baby but it was to me, it was my baby and I think that because I have now technically already been pregnant twice so my next baby will be my third pregnancy. I find comfort in always remembering my little September baby and it has made me an even stronger person and a even better mama to my beautiful baby girl.

I am so unbelievably grateful for my baby girl she is healthy, happy and loved and I know when the time is right I will have another baby and that baby will be just as loved and my family will be complete.

I hope mamas out here can read my story, relate to it in some way and know that you are not alone and that this happens to so many woman in life, it’s such a heart breaking thing to happen but it’s something to make you stronger and more determined to create the family you want ❀️

From one mama to another 🧑

Toddler Happiness 🌸

Ever since Ava has turned 2 I’ve seen such a difference in her development, I obviously would do anything to have another day with her as my tiny newborn again but I absolutely love the age she is now.

She is such a loving little girl, she always hugs and kisses me and her daddy and she likes to look after us, in the morning she comes upstairs and kisses me to wake me up, how could you wake up to anything better than that. She then tells me ‘Mama up’ and gives me my phone. She will then go around to ant and give him some clothes to try and get him up. It’s amazing to be woken up by her like that

She’s becoming extremely independent, she doesn’t let me put her shoes and socks on anymore, and she has to pick her own pyjamas at night. She’s definitely got a diva streak in her… she knows what’s she wants, god help me!

If she wants my attention and I’m doing something she will physically pull my face to look at her or stand with her hands on her hips and say ‘Mama’ very seriously it’s hilarious she’s so sassy

She’s coming along so well with her speech she can now put short sentences together and even if she can’t say a word she will try her best to tell me or show me what she is trying to say. Her little voice is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. Granted all I ever waited for was for her to call me mama…. now she says it a million times a day. As much as I adore it, when I come downstairs after she is in bed I do sit for a minute in silence.

She’s also amazing at bed time. She’s always been hit and miss with bed time routines she would be brilliant at going to bed or be a nightmare, since she has been in her toddler bed she just climbs in, lies down under her blanket and says night mama and daddy then she will fall asleep on her own, it melts my heart every time. It’s also nice she doesn’t mess around anymore.

She’s an extremely helpful toddler, whatever I am doing around the house she likes to help whether it’s washing up, mopping the floors or cooking. She always drags a dining room chair to the side to help me prep food and cook it and she always puts the timer on the oven and gets excited when it rings.

I’ll forever miss her being a baby but watching her grow it’s the most amazing thing and I cannot wait to see what she learns next πŸ’œ she’s such a daddy’s girl and mommy’s girl I hope whatever age she gets to she never stops being our best friend

Oh how my baby grows πŸŒ²

The past few weeks it has dawned on me how much my baby has grown up and how much she is developing. Like I’ve said in previous blogs it’s always going to be bitter sweet watching your child grow up, she makes me so proud every day with how much she’s coming along however if I could I would rewind and make her my tiny newborn baby again ❀️

Her most recent updates are:

β€’ she’s sleeping from 7pm until 8am in her big girl bed

β€’ she can communicate so well now, she’s really coming along with her talking and starting to put sentences together

β€’ she sits on her potty every night- we haven’t had successful nights/days with potty training yet as I don’t want to rush her but we have started and will continue with it

β€’ she is SO independent now, she hardly ever lets me put on her shoes and socks she likes to do this herself, she likes to brush her own teeth, she loves helping me and daddy cook, she will drag a chair to stand on so she is stood next to us watching and helping.

β€’ she is still such a loving, caring little girl. She comes upstairs every morning and wakes me and her daddy up with kisses. I can’t think of a better way of being woken up in the morning

β€’ she is a bit of a diva when she wants to be. When she doesn’t want to do something she will stand still and tell me ‘no’. It’s extremely frustrating especially if we are out in shops and she will refuse to walk, I never really know what to do I just pick her up and make her move to avoid any tantrums!

I am just so proud of her, I think going to nursery has definitely helped her with her speech and her communication. She’s so content she loves sitting and playing with different toys. She loves to colour and draw, and she still likes to play with her play doh. She also still loves her dolls which I think will be a constant favourite toy of hers.

She is definitely growing up fast, she is such a beautiful little girl I am just so lucky she is mine ❀️ I could not be more proud of her, I cannot wait to watch her grow more and watch her develop even more πŸƒ

As she growns I am also trying to add different things to her bedroom to make it more of a little girls bedroom. As I have mentioned a lot throughout my blogs I am obsessed with rustic, woodland, bear/deer/lumberjack themed decor so I want to incorporate that into Ava’s bedroom which I have tried to do a bohemian girly theme. I want to make a miniature photo wall in her bedroom. I have ordered some little prints to put into cute frames and I will add little bits as I find them to make a mini rustic picture wall for her

I do want to do a blog on her room tour which I will upload once her bedroom is complete πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸƒπŸ»πŸ¦ŒπŸΏπŸŒ±πŸπŸ¦Š

My beautiful little baby bear 🐻

A day in the life of a mama πŸŒΏ

My day to day routine since becoming a mother doesn’t really change that much, I try to stick to a schedule so Ava gets used to her routine, especially now she is getting older

We recently turned her cot into a toddler bed, i was really excited to do this for her to see how she reacted, I had no idea what to expect! Thankfully it has been going really well, she loves being able to climb into bed now. She looks like such a little girl in it makes me sad and happy at the same time. So every morning she gets out of bed and comes upstairs to wake me and her daddy up… of course she comes to my side first, she always wakes me up with a big kiss! There is no better way to start my day.

I will then take her downstairs and make us breakfast, I’ll give her some water and make myself a tea. I’ll then change her nappy, put some cartoons on for her whilst I sort breakfast out. If she’s having toast I will let her eat it at her little table in the living room, anything else she will eat it in her high chair and I will eat mine at the table with her.

If it’s Tuesday or Wednesday I will make her breakfast, let her eat it upstairs whilst I shower and get ready to go to work, if it’s a Thursday she won’t have breakfast as she has it at nursery so I will get ready and take her straight to nursery. Any other day we will usually relax until around 10am depending on what we are doing, I will then go and shower and get ready for the day.

We will then have some lunch around 12, I usually try to make something easy for lunch like a sandwich or pasta as we usually are out and about during the afternoon so I like the make the most of the afternoon before dinner time.

I like to make a cooked meal for dinner so I know she’s full up before bed time. I am on a mission this year to cook her different meals and to eat healthy. She does eat healthy anyway she loves her fruit but I do let her have sweets and chocolate probably a little more that I should.

Around half 4-5 I will make dinner and we will sit at the table and eat. If ant is home we will all sit together, if he is at work we will watch some YouTube videos of family’s we follow. I always want to have family meals at the table as she gets older.

After dinner I always like to wash up and tidy the kitchen and living room, so when she is asleep I can come straight downstairs and relax rather than tidy up! At half 6 we will then go up and I will run her a bath, she sits on her potty (doesn’t do anything yet) and she will brush her teeth. I then get her bathed and clean! One of my favourite parts of every day! After that I’ll get her dry, moisturised and ready for bed.

We recently bought her a hot water bottle which she loves so I now fill that every night and put it in her bed so it’s warm for her, I always worry during the night she’s cold as she always kicks the sheets off herself! She will then have a cuddle and a kiss and get into bed! She goes down a lot better for ant than for me she likes to fuss a bit when mommy puts her to bed she’s such a monkey! But she usually falls asleep after around 3-4 minutes because she doesn’t nap during the day.

I then get to go and sit and do nothing for a good few hours which I LOVVVVVE! I’m obsessed with box sets and tv series so I’ll always have something to catch up on. Then I’ll drag myself to bed ready for another day!

Pretty simple routine from day to day, obviously on weekends I take her out and about during the day so we eat out and some evening I’ll take her to my weekly catch up evening with my closest friends! Or if shes poorly (which is often due to nursery) she will stay up with me on the sofa and sometimes even sleep in bed with me and ant!

I wouldn’t change my mommy days for the world I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this routine in my life and have her to depend on me day to day. As exhausting as it is some days trying to juggle life as a working mother I would not change it for the world, I just look forward to the future and how she is going to grow and we can change her routine as she gets older!

🌿🌻🌿🌻🌿🌻

Hello 2018 🍾

As Christmas is now over I thought I would finish 2017 with a blog talking about my most memorable moments of the past year.πŸŽ„

Christmas has been amazing, I’ve had so much fun celebrating it with family and friends and Ava’s enjoyed it so much this year! We have all been spoiled especially Ava.

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is year my most proudest moment was of course watching my baby girl grow into this beautiful 2 year old toddler! I can't believe how much of a little girl she has become, it's fascinating how much she can grow in the space of 1 year. She's talking so much now, she's becoming so independent, she's so loving and caring for others she's just incredible, I still sometimes can't believe she's mine ❀️

<<<bst thing that has happened this year is definitely buying our first home. We now have our own proper family home for Ava to grow up in and to build our family memories in for years to come. There is still so much we want to do so I am excited for the new year so we can start concentrating on the house more.

<<<bwelcomed 3 beautiful boys this year. Ava has 3 more boys to have as best friends to grow up with and look after her. Watching 2 of my best friends become mothers has been so special!

<<<bw snow for the first time in 2017, which will be something I will never forget. The excitement on her face when I let her run into the garden at 7am to see the snow was just amazing. We got to build snowmen and play outside as a family, it was a white December and such a special one ❄️

Taking Ava pumpkin picking was amazing, definitely a tradition for us now to do that every year in October, and this year was more special as we got to take the boys as well and do it with our closest friends πŸŽƒ

I could go on forever but they are the main memorable moments for this year, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings for me, my family and friends ❀️

HAPPY NEW YEAR 🍾❀️

A White Christmas β„️

We have had the most amazing weekend….. it’s finally snowed in December! This never happens we have not had proper snow in so many years. It was especially special because Ava has never seen snow before.

I wish I would of filmed her first reaction when I took her to the window and first showed her the snow, she was amazed! It was incredible watching how excited she got, nothing makes December more special than having snow ⛄️

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n't think she would like it, she's very picky and doesn't like to be messy or wet like if she drops even a drop of water on herself she makes me change her she hates it! I thought once she went outside and realised how wet and cold it is she would hate it! To my surprise she absolutely loved it and helped me and friends make snowmen, we played outside for ages. It's been amazing ❄️

It’s been extra special also because Anthony actually managed to have a day off work due to them closing because of the snow. We rarely get days off together as it is let alone in December. We went on a snowy walk around our estate and we built a snowman with my dad, it was so much fun being able to do something festive together as a family and we created some amazing memories for Ava to look back at ❀️

As winter is my all time favourite season anyway and with how much I am already obsessed with Christmas this snow was such an added bonus! However I am hoping it’s melts slightly as I have lots of places to go and people to see before December ends and driving in snow with Ava gives me lots of anxiety! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

When we first bought this house I had a vision of cuddling on the sofa and watching the snow through our French doors, I can’t believe it has actually snowed it’s been amazing πŸŽ…πŸΌ I’m just even more excited for the rest of December πŸŽ„

This December is one we will remember forever- the December Ava first saw snow ❄️