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!

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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.

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New finds – a few of my favourite things….

Do you ever wish you could just relive a whole month again and again? Well that was December for me! Not only did we have our magical trip to Lapland UK (see previous post) and Christmas which was made even more exciting by watching our Beau open his presents, but we also squeezed in an amazing honeymoon to Dubai!

So back to reality now but thought I would share some of my new favourite things, some from Santa, some from the sales and some from experience!

For the babe….

So of course Beau ended up with far too many things for Christmas even though I was convinced I hadn’t bought that much! I will share some of the fun things next time but here are a few of the new additions to his nursery and wardrobe!

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Whale: by BigStuffed but also available from some of my favourite shops such as Liberty, Molly -Meg and Smallable

Camera trousers: Lottie and LyshCamera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

Camera trousers: Lottie and Lysh

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Tiger stripe jumper: Stella Mccartney Kids from the Liberty sale.

Squirrel jumper and checked shirt by Gocco

Dinosaur shirt: by Hatley, bought from my friends lovely little shop Bells & Whistles

Cool kids socks, Mayoral, Melijoe

Socks: Mayoral from Melijoe

Jax and hedley, sale shopping, baby bargains, toddler fashion, kids clothes, monochrome babyJax and Hedley have an amazing sale at the moment full of monochrome loveliness!

For the home….

Monkey wine bottle holder, Graham and Green, Home accessories, quirky interiors

Say hello to our new friend, Mr Monkey! Fulfilling a purpose for my husband and adding a bit of quirky interest to the kitchen counter for me! I don’t know how many times he throws the sentence “style over substance” at me but with this wine bottle holder from Graham and Green, he has nothing to moan about!

Alternative sugar bowl, quirky kitchen accessories, bits and bobs, succulent love, urban garden, house of disasterWhen you add “unusual sugar bowl” to your Christmas list, there’s no telling what Santa (or your sister in law) may find but we were pretty chuffed by this little cutie! My love of succulents makes it even more perfect! Urban garden range by House of Disaster

TK Maxx, interesting shelf, Shelfie, geometric shelf, interior accessories Excuse the unpainted walls but I was so pleased with this geometric find from TK Maxx that I bought it in two different colours. Their website is definitely worth a browse for home bits if you can’t make it into the store as it is often a case of when it’s gone it’s gone in there!

For myself…

Abigail Ahern, design masterclass, interior design

So I had the best surprise Christmas gift from my mum, to spend the day with one of my favourite interior gurus Abigail Ahern at a design masterclass in February. I cannot wait and will definitely be telling you all about it next month. In the meantime check out her website and swoon over her super cool instagram page full of amazing faux plants, daring colour pallets and eclectic accessories like my pelican friend lamp.

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Dungarees…

So I don’t often buy myself new clothes anymore, when I do, I tend to wear that item every other day for weeks as if I have nothing else and until I get sick of it! Thought I’d spend my Topshop vouchers and treat myself to a pair of dungarees! They are sooo comfy I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to get a pair. However I do keep questioning if I’m too old for them… any other 30 something women rocking the dungarees?!

For an extra special family holiday….

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisI cannot recommend Dubai enough for a family holiday, especially in mid December. It was quiet, a perfect temperature for Beau (24-28 degrees,) full of things to do for all ages and interests, clean and felt safe. The Atlantis hotel was perfect for us. Lounging by the pool or on the beach and looking out across the city skyline. Walking past sharks and rays on the way to breakfast each morning, amazing restaurants and yummy cocktails from various bars (with happy hours!) There was also free entry to the water park and aquarium. I have not been anywhere else where you can have the best of both types of holiday (beach and city break) all at once. You can even get your snow fix at the mall! Oh and the shopping is great too! We will definitely be saving the pennies to go back!

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, holiday with toddler, Dubai review, Atlantis review, Dubai for children, luxury family holiday, AtlantisSo that was our rather eventful and expensive December. It is safe to say that January has been relatively dull!