Who else loves a good notebook? Hubby (sorry, Ethan) bought me this for Mother’s Day and it is so much more than just a notebook! You write in it with the MAGICAL pen and it saves it to your phone for you - it will even transcribe your handwriting so that you can copy and paste into a document. It’s amazeballs and makes my note-taking from meetings and events so much easier and more efficient 🙌🏽 I especially love that it’s embossed with my name and Mums Off Duty. Thank you hubby, you’re a ⭐️❤️
I'll never forget the first time it happened, I'd just finished changing her nappy. The world of epilepsy was a foreign one, I had no idea there were many different types of seizures or that the waiting lists for EEG's were over 6 months long. Yet that day will forever be etched in my memory as the day we were plunged head first into that world.
On the blog today I'm talking about ellie's forst seizure and how I make things a little easier for myself.
Hi everyone, I’m Erin and I am 23 years old, and Mum to 14 month old Ethan. I found out I was pregnant with Ethan when I was 21 - he’s my whole world !🌍 I hope you enjoy following us this week through our takeover 😊
So today is our 2 year wedding anniversary. Last year we spent it sipping champagne, eating a 3 course recreation of our wedding meal and staying over at the lovely @staindroplodge1806 which was our wedding venue. This year I will be spending it with one child constantly attached to my boob, the other clambering for my attention and asking a thousand questions about superhero’s while my husband is at work. I am just as grateful for my family today but I must admit I am looking forward to next year being more like last year 😂
“Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of” ⠀
💕 🦄 🧚🏼♀️ 👸🏻 🌈 🧜🏼♀️ 🌸🍄 🎶 ⠀
Our Pink Honeycomb Bumpa Mat is arguably the cutest Bumpa Mat design!⠀
The softest pink colour, the modern but classic honeycomb pattern, and the fairy tale land on the reverse side make this a popular choice for all those littles who just can’t get enough of all things pink and pretty! ⠀
Happy Birthday to me! Look at this fab cake my eldest made for me. Love her so much. Today I was going to mooch around and please myself, maybe go for a coffee and cake, but instead I have youngest girl off school and eldest is having her HPV jab at school so she may be back early this morning too 😣
Sasha was knocked over by the big witches hat swing at school on Friday; she was pushing a boy in it and having fun but then sounds like she was distracted and it came back and hit her so hard she tumbled in the dirt and now has huge bruises in several places. She also bumped her head again on a post or wall or something later that day. Sadly, because it was the day before her birthday and in her mind it should have been a great day at school, it’s hit her hard (excuse the pun) and made her very anxious again. I’m hopeful that a day at home will smooth the pain though. We’d had such a positive meeting with her teacher on Tutor day the day before, a great chat about how much Sasha is achieving now she’s feeling more settled and confident in her new school. So fingers crossed she can get back to that soon!
Oh well, it’s just another day I guess. Maybe I’ll go and sit in the hot tub which we rented for Sasha’s party from @tubs4hire. Pray for me that the sun comes out 😎
That number on the cake is creeping scarily higher every year.... I don’t feel it until I see it! How do you all feel about getting older?! 🌈
Forest fun 🌳🌳 We were actually hoping it would rain because Finn was wearing wellies for the first ever time! And these @grassandair beauties actually change colour when it rains (I want them in my size!) ☔ but, alas, a sad little drizzle was all we got. I think he enjoyed wearing them anyway 😂. Weird, but ever since I found out I was having a boy I have been excited about getting him his first Welly boots. I loved mine as a kid and I had a book about a little girl who loved to splash in puddles. #toddlerstyle#wellingtonboots#wellyboots#finnstagram
My dear little Andreas seemed to have the Monday morning blues this morning 😫💙
For the first time in over a year, he wasn’t excited to be at nursery!
I don’t know if he was embarrassed because I’d not done his hair and his trousers are looking too short 🤦🏽♀️ or if he’s overtired from the weekend but I had to go into the room and give him an extra kiss & cuddle before I left 😢
Luckily he wasn’t crying and the lovely staff took him to see his sister & the other babies (he loves babies) for a distraction...
What's better than a baby bathing in a sink? A baby bathing in a bidet! This was the easiest way for Rex to have a bath in our hotel room in Spain a couple of weeks ago - although he won't fit in one for very much longer.
• MONDAY • would very much rather be here right now but instead I’m already sat at work. I would love some further recommendations on life and style books. I’m really getting into streamlining my wardrobe and having fewer nicer pieces rather than loads that I hate. Anyone else have a capsule wardrobe? #mondaymotivation#capsulewardrobe#wardrobeessentials#style
• Monday •
I could totally do with another nights sleep I am shattered ♡ and why is it kids wake up the happiest on a day someone else looks after them 🙈 Happy Monday everyone, if that can even be a thing 😂
This is me 👆🏽, a full time working mum of a toddler approaching the terrible twos who is totally WINGING IT 💖
Last night we went for dinner and he threw his crayons on the floor, ripped the menu, refused to put his bib on whilst eating, got his food EVERYWHERE (!!!!!), whilst feeing as though all eyes on us 👀. Why is it when that happens, everyone else’s children around you behave impeccably?! I sipped (gulped) my wine and wished the ground would swallow me up....... BUT, what i have to remember is...... we’re all totally WINGING IT, and can never predict what kind of mood they are going to be in........ 🤷🏽♀️ To top it all off, I thought I was going to have at least 8 hours sleep when I got into bed at 8pm - how wrong I was! The little monster joined us at 10pm!!!!! PS totally in LOVE with my new jumper from @thefmlystore @selfishmother for helping me see the bigger picture! #terribletwos
Father’s day was actually quite lovely and relaxed. Tim surprised us with an early finish, I was expecting him to work all day, being a chef and all that, but no, we had most of the afternoon to ourselves. I decided to make a bacon, cheddar and caramelised onion quiche with homemade pastry and a cookies & cream cheesecake. The quiche was particularly popular with little Theia! She is turning into a right foodie, that girlie, just like her mumma & dadda! Shame about her mood swings though, she has been so grumpy and hard work recently, why can’t teeth just come through at once? Couple of month of struggle and then peace, instead of struggling in dribs and drabs. Oh well, what can a mumma do? Hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating with your baby daddas and let’s not forget our own special dads! I wrote a poem for my dad and he messaged me saying how touched he was, how he always wanted somebody to write about him or make a movie, so I said for his 50th birthday, I’ll make a movie all about him 😂
Anyway! Gotta go! Catch up on last nights Poldark! Adios Mamacitas! ❤️ #mumblogger#pbloggers#joyfulmamas#dailyparenting#instamum#matkapolka#9monthsold#polishmum#bloggeruk#littleangel#parenthood_moments#babyblog#luckymama#documentyourdays#mumlife#dailyparenting#instamatki#clickinmoms#momswithcameras#foodie
1 5 W E E K S • So it feels like this stage is going really, really slowly. It’s been three weeks since our last scan and we have five from the next one, so I am planning a waiting game to see the first sign of baby, aside from the obvious bump! No wriggles or fluttery feelings just yet, but the odd twinge or other feeling which I think is my tummy doing some stretching. Peanut is the size of an avocado, yellow canary or a Crayola box of crayons apparently 🥜
I came out swinging hard last month. I was bound and determined to get my life back in order, and I was going to chronicle that journey with you. I think that was on about May 5th. Yes, it was, because it was one month after my father died.
I thought I’d be posting weekly blog posts and sharing daily in the Your Mom Squad Facebook group, or going live on the Facebook page, or something. But none of that happened.
Because LIFE happened.
Read more about how I'm still making improvements despite life craziness!
Pictured: a moment so rare it had to be documented to be believed. These two boys love to push each other’s buttons anytime they’re in the same room, but I know deep down they’re best buds and they know it. Anyone who has a toddler knows that play dates are far from relaxing and anyone who says otherwise is a liar or a wizard. Check out my latest blog post about the anatomy of a toddler play date. Link in bio!
Happy fathers day to the best dad/step dad to these two munchkins. I fall more in love with you by the day, watching how amazing you are with them both and I am so glad they have you as their role model. You really are the most caring and selfless person I have ever met - sarcasm and annoyance aside... You're pretty awesome 😏😍
Happy first father's day to my rock, my better half and the only thing that keeps me sane. You're an amazing role model to Ayala and I couldn't be more grateful to have such a loving and genuine boyfriend, partner in crime and father to our little girl. I love you more than words can describe 💕 👪 @raising_ayala
We kind of rushed through dinner to catch Love Island on +1 only to find we don’t have a plus 1 in our hotel room 😫 We had a lovely meal and spa day but are missing Bon now 😭 I am however looking forward to my lie in in the morning 😊 #pbloggers#datenight#cotswolds#weekendaway
An oldie but still one of my favourite photos ever 😍 Happy Father's Day to this guy. We had a lovely relaxing day ending with a wonderful meal (including cream tea for pudding 😋) at Nana and Grandad's. The boys are staying there tonight as they have an inset day tomorrow. Hope everyone else had a great weekend 😊
The NICU nurses made Noah’s first Father’s Day card for Daddy and it featured his little footprint 👣💙 so this year, I made another footprint card with Noah so that we could see how much he’s grown. Look at how tiny he was 😵🤯 #mindblown#fathersday
• F A T H E R S D A Y •
5months ago this one made you a daddy and completely changed our life.
It’s quite possible that in the last 5 months I have fallen more in love with you because seeing you love her is honestly the best thing.
I love hearing you chat away to her on a morning when you change her nappy.
I love the giggles she makes when you fake sneeze for her.
I love the smiles you get when you get home from work.
I love that even though there has been so many challenges you have just got on with them with so much love and patience.
Most of all I love that not only are you the best husband but you are also the BEST dad.
Thank you for loving us.
I love you and I know more than anything Norah loves you too. 🖤