Those first tiny flutters that turned into fully fledged somersaults, you really show me what you’re made of between 1-3am, unless I try to video you that is.. I think you hate the camera (we will have to work on that baby girl mummy wants to capture everything 🙊) I will remember waking up at all the hours of the night and waiting for that comforting nudge reminding me I’m not alone. Putting my hand to my stomach and feeling the rise and fall from when I think you must be practising your breathing, shortly followed by that rhythmic hiccuping that can be oh so infuriating but equally just as comforting in my sleepy haze. You love the water, every time we go for a swim you become so active in there, I hope you’ll be a little water baby 💕You react to the sound of rustling paper more than any other white noise and you hate any medical instruments on my belly, especially a stethoscope (we’re going to have to talk about this one, healthcare runs in the family you know 👩🏻⚕️). You take your time getting to know people, you completely freeze when it’s someone new.. eventually though when they’ve said hello a few times you’ll give them a playful little nudge👣 We have so many incredible moments and milestones ahead of us, but these are the things I will miss from the very beginning of this beautiful journey we’re on ❤️
Funny story - Ive been only able to find like 3 pairs of Ava’s shoes for the past maybe 2 months 🤣 today I open the bottom draw of this cupboard and find about 6 pairs of shoes I’ve been looking for including socks and headbands 🙊 Toddlers and their hiding spots hey! I’m sure some of you could relate lol
You know who they are… the little boy with the runny nose knocking at your car window, the girl with the braided hair selling books at the traffic signal and the boy at the cusp of teenagehood working at the neighbourhood eatery. Sometimes, you offer them food, sometimes money and very often you turn the other way. You see them everyday, and yet they are #TheInvisibles .
Invisible in our census and policy, invisible as citizens of our country, invisible as rights holders, invisible in schools and playgrounds, invisible in public discourse and decisions, invisible in our minds and conscience.
@savethechildren_india set out on an important journey – to make #TheInvisibles , visible. In collaboration with government, civil bodies and the public, #TheInvisibles is committed to campaign for and with the 20 lakh children living on the streets of India. This week, we share with you success stories of little humans living on the street, who are testament to the ambition of this campaign. #littlehumans
#ourtreasuredsundays ⬅ This hashtag I chose to document our Sundays has me really wondering today...Will I look back and treasure the memories of pulling my child from nursery during Sunday school hour because he was screaming nonstop? Will I treasure the memory of wrestling my boys in the pew and hearing only one or two sentences here and there of the sermon? Will I look back and enjoy the memory of lifting, buckling, unbuckling, lifting, herding, and reminding my boys to act like gentlemen as we walk into church? I hope I look back with fondness. I hope I truly do treasure the chaos of this season. I hope. I'm encouraged when I'm reminded that wrangling these three rascals to meet with the body of believers each week is what God has called us to do. He will bless our efforts. And I will treasure that truth.
The unspoken magically work of motherhood
The clothes magically transition from summer to fall, the shoes that are too small get swapped out for new ones, the permission slips get signed, the lunches get made, the outfits get chosen, the bedtime stories get read. These are the unspoken works of a mother. These are the things that don’t get the hooray, the thanks, the WOWs. These are the things that just magically get done. These are the things that keep everything going, everyone happy, and everyone sane. Listen mama I just got done rallying through the house and checking off all those boxes (well at least most of them). I’m here to say... good job girl!! Your work has not gone unnoticed! I’m sending you a supportive smile and cyber hug from me to you!
Monday mornings. It’s very different than that rush and gungho that I was used to. But through simple moments that make up my life now, I realized I don’t need much. Only these. 💙 #everythingisgrace#thesamsons
(Make no mistake though. These #littlehumans are chaos. You win some, you lose some. 😅)
Would you look at these two 😍 Seriously who are they 🤷🏻♀️ definitely not my kids but I will enjoy it whilst it lasts 😂
These two usually have a cat & dog kind of relationship #SiblingRivalry is always there but moments like this do happen in small doses. As #AutismSiblings they are both affected differently by autism but both have the same issues with control, routine & change so Day 1 of the school holidays always has its challenges but we get through them let’s hope by the end of the two weeks I can share another moment like this one 🤞🏻
How are you managing Day 1 of the school holidays?
Good Monday morning everyone. I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine started with a bang (literally), when my 18mo fell down a flight of stairs and ended up at the a&e with a possible concussion. He’s okay thank goodness. Kids! They keep you busy.
We hardly ever have a&e visits, but when we do it’s always over the weekend and in the evenings. Anyone else have this unlucky timing?
I managed to film the black bean brownie recipe video yesterday so keep an eye out for it tomorrow. The boys managed to get some in their lunch boxes today. They turn very “fudgy” when they’ve been in the fridge. Yum!
Today the boys are having:
🌺 Chicken Mayonnaise Sandwiches 🌼 Black bean brownies 🌸 Veggies (🥕🥒 and capsicum)
🌻 Fruit (🥝🍊🍎, blueberries and raspberries)
Have an amazing day and week everyone! Only one week left before the school holidays 👊
We took a little road trip up to the North Coast at the weekend and found a little dragon lurking below the dark hedges! I confess, I have actually only watched up to season 4 of Game of Thrones but I do plan on catching up when I get the time. Any huge fans out there?
| happy sunday ⛈| It’s been a rainy weekend here in TX so we will be relaxing this afternoon to some Sunday football 🏈 The rain really has me in the Fall spirit because it is making the weather a little cooler 😍How are you spending your Sunday?
Along with being like a second home to our little ones, Nana & Grandpa’s House is also the most beautiful cottage with countless picture perfect little spots everywhere you look. A perfect candidate for a spread in @betterhomesandgardens magazine. In the daytime and in the evening their home feels warm, welcoming, and cozy. So many years of hard work went into making this old fishing cabin into a beautiful cottage. Absolutely picture perfect inside and out. My husband grew up in this house through the years of remodeling and transforming and now his kids get to go out and enjoy the beautiful cottage finished and complete. The story of this house is pretty amazing. We love going to Nana & Grandpa’s House. #tonanaandgrandpashousewego
Is there such a thing as a fall without apples??? 🍎🍁🍎 Last year around this time, this little handsome wasn’t quite here yet, but this year, the apple picking is that much sweeter because he is....
We bought an apple cider press last year, and it’s the first time we’ll be trying our hands at making some. Im a sap for family traditions, and this has the makings of one for sure. ❤️Stay tuned to my stories to see how it goes! Do you have any fall traditions that you love???
We spent the first day of fall playing @hersheypark. The weather actually felt like fall making it the perfect day for roller coasters and other fun rides. How did you spend the first day of fall? #hellofall#fall#HERSHEYPARKHAPPY
Today was officially last day of summer, autumn starts tomorrow, so we made sure we got to the park to enjoy the afternoon sun. 🌤 ‘Let’s get a nice photo to mark the end of the beautiful summer we had’ I said. It seems what my children heard was ‘act like you are auditioning for a horror film about child snatchers’. We did have a fantastic summer though and there is a new blog post up now which is my love letter to 2018. How was your summer? Was it just us or did it feel like summers did back in the ‘good old days’?
“OMG YOU’RE HUGE” • “You’re carrying REALLY small” “Your scar has gone so big/wonky/stretched” • “That’s definitely a boy/girl bump” • 😂🤷🏽♀️
Some of the things I’ve been told over the past nine months and many other women experience. When people find out you’re pregnant the world and their dog likes to get their two cents in.. it’s almost human nature, pregnancy is a curious and incredible thing, I think it’s quite cool that people are still so fascinated with it ✨
However it can sometimes be hard on you as a mamma, sometimes it feels like people forget you might be uncomfortable with how much your body is changing or the fact all of a sudden people think they’re entitled to comment on it, some women LOVE talking about their growing bump and some find it completely invasive (like the whole bump touching debate), there might be a worrisome reason their bump is the size it is and that can often affect how comfortable they are with those comments. Or some just get fed up of having the same conversation with everyone they meet 🤷🏽♀️
For me I haven’t minded the chit chat so much, it’s all been fascinating to me and it makes me happy to share that with people, but I did go through a week or two where the medical team were worried about baby’s size.. she was measuring four weeks under (and still is) and I have to be honest any small bump comments during that time we’re NOT received well! But if you look at these pictures, it’s sometimes all about angles/perspective/clothing.. how much you’ve eaten that day the list goes on!
I’ve been fortunate to have four or five friends and family expecting around the same time as me, they’ve all experienced AND reacted to these comments differently. I guess the point I’m making is I don’t think anyone ever means harm or offence when they say these things, normally they’re genuinely excited for you and fascinated by the life you’re creating but sometimes people can forget to think. There’s nothing wrong with (politely) informing them you don’t feel comfortable with their comments, at the end of the day it’s your body and your baby and if you don’t want to discuss it with the world you don’t have too ❤️