And then he was two! Having a mummy moment!

So my little baby Beau is now two!!! Where has the time gone. I have had the best two years of my life and thank him each night that I put him to bed for being mine!

Toddler, turning two, 2nd birthday,

I’m pretty rubbish at printing out photos even though I have thousands of pictures and videos on my phone. I have also not really kept my record book as up to date as I probably should have (I find myself flicking back through my phone and backdating things!) So I decided that each year I will make a little video on Flipagram of his past year and write him a letter of all of his achievements, experiences, likes and dislikes and the things he does that makes us laugh! Tears are shed as I watch / read them back but so lovely to see how he has changed and relive some memories in a five minute video.

I feel so emotional about how fast he’s growing but equally excited about what each new day brings as he turns from baby to toddler to little boy.

Did anyone else get a huge lump in their throat as they hung up their baby changing bag and transferred its contents to a handbag? Or put the gro bag away and gave their babe a quilt and pillow for the first time? Just me being an over sensitive first time mummy?! Well these are two of my recent mummy milestones and it’s making me really think about how quickly the time goes and just how amazing the rate of a child’s development really is! At no other point in your life do you achieve so much on a monthly basis as you do in those early years. Although every year of a child’s life is important, the first five years is the period when a child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in their life.

Growing up, baby to toddler

Beau is just changing so much every week even. As I watch him climb a much thought out, man made tower of precariously balanced objects and dive into his ball pit like a stunt man, I think back to this time last year. He was only just crawling then and yet now I’m sure he runs faster than me, he definitely has more energy! He tells me his wants and needs rather than me guessing, eats with a big boy fork, has mini conversations and constantly makes me wonder where my baby has gone (while feeling super proud of his daily achievements.)

And now the change of bag and bedtime arrangement has just tipped me over the edge haha! Of course I thoroughly enjoyed spending hours and hours internet shopping for the perfect bedding but the reality of putting it on the bed and folding away the baby gro bag really tugged at my heart strings! Not sure why I actually bothered with the quilt though as Beau sleeps upside down, side to side, on top of the quilt or kicks it off anyway and the pillow forms more of a hat! (Is this normal?) I also now panick (something I do way to much) that he will be cold, or pull it over his face, or I won’t be able to see if his chest is moving up and down as I spend my awake hours watching his monitor! Get a grip I hear my husband say!

Toddler bed, toddle interiors, nursery interiors, nursery decor, cot bedding, toddler bedding, fabelab, Scandi bedding, kids room, Scandi interiors, Big stuffed whale

Changing bag to handbag – I never knew I had so much treasure lurking at the bottom of my changing bag and how hard it was to fit it all in a regular handbag! Boxes of raisins, toys, broken crayons, spare clothes, every type of cream, gloves, hats, sunglasses and packing for every eventuality has had to be seriously cut down!

Mulberry bag, oversized bag, baby changing bag, handbag, alternative baby bag

I opted for this large mulberry bag to carry my life around with me and keep a canvas bag of all Beaus bits inside so that I can separate his and mine when needed which works perfectly.Mulberry

Topshop oversized bag, alternative changing bag, baby bag

There are also some great cheaper versions of this oversized bag, like this one from Topshop

So with turning two comes a handful of more Mummy questions…

When shall I take the sides off his cot?

When shall we give up the dummy?

When shall we start potty training and how?!

Should I send him to nursery yet or just enjoy our free, no time restraint days at home together for a little longer?!

And when will he ever sleep past 5am?!

A Peppa Pig tea party celebration with his little friends marked his second birthday. Some fake grass, rubber ducks, and muddy puddles, homemade bunting and a cake so big we are still eating….. Happy birthday beautiful boy, thank you for another amazing year.

Peppa pig, peppa pig party, peppa pig cake, diy party, 2nd birthday, diy peppa pig

The most magical day at Lapland UK!


So this weeks Sunday Funday was slightly more special than normal, we went to Lapland UK! It was such an amazing day and we are all now feeling very Christmassy! The invite arrived in the post in a beautiful presentation box with a wax sealed letter. Beau obviously read every word and completely understood where we were going haha (but I was very excited!) 

From the second you arrive in the car park there is a sense of magic in the air. Walking through the woodland path through the enchanted forest and into the first log cabin to check in, we had no idea what to expect. This was way more than just a visit to santa! We checked in at the desk with a very friendly elf and were given passports and badges. We also exchanged our money into Elf Jingles so that our whole experience was themed from start to finish. 
Upon entering a tunnel of lights, we sat down in the enchanted wood to be told the story of Father Christmas by two cheeky elves. We all joined in on a magic rhyme to open the giant doors to Lapland where we were greeted by snow. Log cabins and little elf houses are dotted around the snowy woodland, there is something to look at in every direction. 

We were led to santas workshop and each child was given a bear to stuff in order to help the elves who were getting behind with their toy making! Next it was time to help mother Christmas in her kitchen who read the children a story before decorating gingerbread xmas trees. Beau ate more than he put on the tree but enjoyed it all the same! We received a stamp in our passport for each task completed in order to earn a Christmas bell which we then collected from an elf in the village. 

After this was some free time in the elf village which was the cutest place full of elf style houses, shops, post office and restaurant. Huskys and elves wondered around greeting all the ‘small folk’ and the ice skating rink added to the festive atmosphere. 

We went to the post office and wrote our letters to santa and Beau enjoyed going in and out of a tiny ‘small folk’ door in one of the shops! It was soon time to leave the village and head through the magical snowy pathways that weaved into the blacksmiths workshop. Here you could meet the reindeer and mix some magical reindeer food. 

We followed the path through the woodland over bridges and passed the elf homes before arriving at Santas home. It was such an amazing experience, Father Christmas was as charming as expected who spoke to Beau all about his pets, favourite toys and recent accomplishments. Beau sat like an angel and listened intently (a different story to earlier in the day when a screaming tantrum would occur when asked to wear his coat or the last crumb of food was gone from his snack box!) We checked the special book for his name on the “good list” before being given a present from santa, a lovely husky dog. 

We enjoyed every second. Nothing was rushed or drawn out, there were no pushes to purchase anything, the elves were chatty and cheery and there was nothing tacky at all in sight just pure Christmas magic! Was Beau to young? He joined in with everything except ice skating, he enjoyed everything from the lights to the tiny houses, reindeer, snow, bells and crafts. Will he remember it? No, but we will and we have memories as a family that we will treasure forever. Hopefully one day we will go back, if I could go every year then I would! Yes it is expensive, but you do receive a number of things to bring home and there is really no need to spend money when you are there unless you want to. For us, it was worth every penny! Merry Christmas! 

Love it!

I hold my hands up, I’m a baby shopaholic! (Buying stuff for them not actually buying babies haha.) This week we took a trip to the big smoke to visit a few of my favourite places. 

Molly-Meg Islington, children's shop
http://www.mollymeg.com the most beautiful little children’s shop!

I have followed a number of independent stores on instagram since I was pregnant and always wanted to visit http://www.mollymeg.com It didn’t disappoint, it’s filled to the brim with beautiful things. I mean floor to ceiling children’s treasures. If you are in Islington you should definitely check them out or give them a follow http://instagram.com/molly_meg_ 
Santa will be filling Beau’s stocking from here I’m sure!

Fortnum & Mason children's department, baby shopping
Fortnum & Mason children’s department, love it!

My favourite children’s departments have got to be at Liberty and Fortnum & Mason. They host some great names in children’s fashion, toys and interiors and you can be sure to find a little piece of luxury or something you’ve not seen anywhere before. They are both also set out beautifully. Beau had a great time running around F&M filling his Olli Ella luggy shopping basket and flirting with the shop assistants! He also loved the ice cream parlour there too!

Fortnum & Mason ice cream parlour, treats
Beau enjoying the Fortnum & Mason Ice Cream Parlour

I love to get him the odd special piece and I definitely spend more on his things than my own but do mix it up with lots of pieces from Zara and H&M. I also take note of the brands I love and look out for them on eBay to see if I can grab a bargain! 

Toddlers first shoes, more expensive than mummy's, ricosta boots
When your toddlers shoes are more expensive than your own!

So what do I love more than buying the clothes and accessories? Organising them, folding them and taking pictures of them. Haha little things give me great pleasure! When I was pregnant I would spend most evenings sitting in his nursery just staring at everything and I haven’t really changed. As he grows out of each age group of clothes, I box them away and rearrange the new bits as if I’m playing shops and I LOVE IT! 

Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Zara, Next, Birdies & bear cubs, baby fashion
And his Autumn / Winter wardrobe is better than Mummy’s! Featured: Zara, H&M, Birdies and Bearcubs
Autumn Winter wardrobe ready, H&M, Bonnie mob, Miffy lamp, baby fashion
Because every autumn wardrobe needs fox socks! Featured: H&M, Bonnie Mob and of course Miffy!
Organised wardrobe, organised nursery, playing shops, baby clothes
Throw back to when I was waiting for my little Beau to arrive, playing shops with his tiny baby clothes, sooo excited to meet him!

Sunday Funday

Woburn safari park monkey, toddler day out, family fun
Helping himself to a souvenir from the zoo! My little monkey!

Sunday funday!

So Sunday is our family day. It is often the only day my husband gets to spend with Beau as he’s working in the week and I am a cricket/rugby/golf widow on Saturdays! 

Some weeks we love to just do nothing and use it as an opportunity to play with Beau or have him demonstrate his new tricks to Daddy, (he seems to be changing and learning so much at the moment that each week he has a new talent to perform!) But we also love the odd treat day! With his most popular party trick currently being an array of animal sound impersonations, this week we opted for Woburn Safari Park. We also took my four year old nephew, Frankie and a picnic and set off nice and early. 

Woburn Road Safari lion enclosure, day out, Sunday funday
Look out lions! Woburn Road Safari

If you go I definitely recommend arriving about 20 minutes before they open so you are one of the first in the queue for the Road Safari. For us, it meant that every possible animal was out and ready for breakfast rather than hiding or lazing around. So the boys both loved it, Frankie checking off each stage on the map and Beau being restrained from opening and closing the windows whilst driving through the lion enclosure! We didn’t get a monkey on our car but enjoyed watching some sunbathing on the bonnet of another. 

Sea lions at Woburn Safari Park
Sea lions!

My nephew was like the dream child, Beau on the other hand was more mischievous than any of the monkeys and the temper tantrums were back in force today after a calm couple of weeks! Do anyone else’s toddlers have a spate of really naughty days and then seem to remember how to be lovely again?! Today was a naughty day! 

Lemur selfie, zoo fun, group shot, Woburn Safari Park
Our only group shot, my tired face and Beau mid tantrum. At least the husband, nephew and Lemur knew how to selfie!

The foot safari is ok but for us it was all about seeing the animals do their own thing in the big open spaces as we drove past. However if you do go in then definitely do the elephant talk as they bring the elephants right up to the fence at the end for people to stroke. 

Elephant up close, Woburn Safari Park, zoo fun
Elephants up close!

Oh and I forgot to say, I mentioned in my first post that I love a bargain and the thrill of the hunt so here’s my tip! Use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for your tickets. Just £7.50 worth of vouchers gives you an adult ticket (worth £22.99) 

Cousins day out, zoo fun, sea lions
Cousins day out!

So that’s Woburn ticked off the list and we now have a very tired little man fast asleep in bed, but for how long….

The Mummy Hat!

 

Baby clothes Mini Rodini
Beau is wearing Mini Rodini
So I am lucky enough to be mummy to beautiful Beau and it really is the best job in the whole world! However, I have never questioned myself so much about if I’m doing the right thing, is he too hot or cold, am I feeding him enough or too much. When I was pregnant I read every book, blog and forum I could but it all just seemed to go out of the window when he arrived! I quickly realised that every child is different, there is no right or wrong way and as long as my baby and I were happy, safe and well that’s all that mattered! Someone gave me the best piece of advice, listen to everything, pick your favourite bits and do it your way. Both he and I are learning together. Each day he teaches me something new and he is my greatest adventure!
So not only does being a mummy mean I get to experience all of the pleasures and rewards of watching a little piece of us grow and change each day but it also opens up a whole new world of shopping! Nursery interiors, playroom ideas and baby clothes now fill my internet search history and I have become quite the expert at hunting for something a bit different. While the everyday high street shops have some great bits and are becoming much more varied with their range, I do find myself getting annoyed with how hard it is to find boys clothing that is not bright blue, with pictures of cars or cartoon characters on.
When it comes to toys I vowed never to have colourful plastic everywhere, however that’s what he seems to be drawn to (although he’s more than happy to empty the kitchen cupboards and spend hours putting OXO cubes in and out of the box!) So I spend all of my pennies on lovely wooden toys and bits for display and put all the fun plastic stuff in carefully coordinating storage baskets!
I absolutely ❤️ instagram for getting ideas and finding independent shops or makes of bits and pieces that I’ve not seen before. I follow some great people so have a click through and see if anyone tickles your taste buds! However I do find that lots of the brands I love seem to be from across the pond, (I love Scandi style toys and interiors and Australia seem to have some super cool baby clothes) meaning they are difficult to get hold of or just takes a little more hunting down!
So if anyone has any favourite places for something different then I would love to hear!

Zara baby fashion
‘Life is wonderful’ – yes it is! Zara and H&M

Summer fun at the Mud Kitchen - wearing Noe & Zoe
Summer fun at the Mud Kitchen – wearing Noe & Zoe

Ferm Living wallpaper, Naken interiors
Mini Piano vs Giant Lego – Ferm Living wallpaper