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!
I decided to pop some pyjamas in again this year as nothing feels quite as festive than wearing your most Will Ferrell jim jams whilst watching a movie! I swapped last year’s bibs with a plate from Matalan that Amelie can use for food on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the next few years.
Last year, I popped two books into the box so I thought I’d mix it up this year and I’ve put a little crafty activity from in there which she can do on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (take a shot for every time I type Christmas –
that one counts). And then lastly, my Nan picked up this lovely little reindeer teddy for Peacocks which I’m sure Amelie will absolutely adore and will be sure to Christen with the name ‘bear bear’. Oh, and of course I had to chuck in some white chocolate coins!
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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!
If I’m going to be honest, isn’t it the most common misconception that having a baby makes your relationship stronger? Romance and parenthood certainly hasn’t come in the package that me and Cy were expecting.
During my mad search for mum accounts when I found out I was pregnant, I stumbled across the lovely Laura (laura_and_isaac) and I had a nosey on her gorgeous little boy, gorgeous home, gorgeous photography, gorgeous… everything! We’ve been in touch for as long as I can remember, and when she announced that she’s going to be starting off with newborn and children’s photography, of course I was set on her doing Amelie’s cake smash shoot.
I can’t quite believe that I now have a ONE YEAR OLD. Eeek. I always feel cliche saying it, but time has flown by! Loving Amelie has been so easy since she is the most friendliest and lively little baby I’ve ever known, and each month has just got better and better (with teething and tantrums aside).
Contraception. The good, the bad and the ugly. Except, the only good thing seems to be the fact that you can prevent unwanted pregnancy. I get quite a few questions about how I fell pregnant and what contraception I’m using now. So, what better way to answer than a rambley blog post?!
Eeek. The last update before my baby turns one! I honestly feel like in the past few weeks/months, I’ve seen the fastest changes in Amelie. She’s developing every single day, and she’s becoming more and more like a little girl rather than a little baby.
Things are starting to get slightly more surreal now. Like, how am I already planning my baby’s first birthday?! I mean, who am I trying to kid… I’ve been planning it for months BUT STILL! Ten whole months with my little Amelie, and I couldn’t be more proud!
This month has been a firm wave of goodbye to sleep, and a (not so) warm welcome back to the eye bags.