I totally get it. The missed periods? The weak pelvic floor? The sickness? The acne? The mood swings? I must have known. It’s a difficult one to explain because I think most people assume that those signs are obviously linked to pregnancy, which makes sense, but they aren’t so obvious when you aren’t looking for them.
“When you’re older, you can count your friends on one hand” is something my mum always said. Something I couldn’t quite understand whilst sitting in a common room full of friendships. One hand? Surely not? But yes mum, you were right!
When Amelie was teeny tiny she used to absolutely love drifting off with white noise in the background. I used various apps, even Spotify, and they seem to do the job okay… But white noise in bear form?! In the words of Amelie – “Please Ta”! She’s got a lovely caring nature and enjoys looking after her four thousand and eighty one teddies so I knew she’d be a big fan of the myHummy Lena bear*.
Weaning was such a breeze with Amelie, but she’s turned into a downright fussy madame since then. Snacks are easy – fruit, yogurts, rice cakes… Chocolate buttons. Breakfast is easy – she loves cereal, toast, pretty much anything. But lunch. Well, wasn’t that a struggle!
I just bloody love talking about skincare. There’s something about jotting down (or even talking aloud) about ~those~ products that your skin loves.
Moving to Wiltshire certainly hasn’t stopped us from date night-ing in Bristol. Me and Cy have been together for just over 2 years now and we’ve had our fair share of date nights (most of which were in Bristol). Ranging from a romantic breakfast at The Ivy to a chilled afternoon at Allstars playing pool, Bristol has most couples covered. Date nights have become especially important since having Amelie as it’s a rare time where we get to spend quality time being Chlo and Cy and not mum and dad for a few hours!
It goes without saying that teething is one of the worst things to watch your baby go through. After their vaccinations, of course. In all fairness, Amelie has powered through the last four teeth but the first two really got her down (we’re only 6 teeth in at 16 months). I thought I’d do a quick round up of the products I swear by for when those pesky little toothy pegs are poking through, and hopefully they’ll work for your little one too!
It’s that time of year again where I’m up to my neck in unticked lists of things to do, but I have got Amelie’s Christmas Eve box sorted! As I mentioned in my post last year, my family are really into small gifts on Christmas Eve just to heighten the festivities so I made Amelie a box that can be used year after year. Please don’t feel like you have to include this tradition just because every other mum does, it’s just something I’ve chose to do!
Besides the bobble hat and unlimited long-sleeved vests, there are a few other bits and bobs that I will always make sure Amelie has in her wardrobe. She has countless pairs of leggings and a dungaree dress for every season, but there are few extras that I add in for the colder months. I’ve gone through a few of my favourite sites for baby clothes and rounded up my top three items for each category.
After an impromptu story on how to creatively stop your toddler from having a meltdown, I thought I’d write a good ‘ol blog post on my tips and tricks. Well, more so – Amelie wanted my hair grips, I took them away, she had a tantrum, I improvised. Since then, I’ve experimented with a few other at-home goodies to help with her development and thought I’d share a few!