Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!!

This Halloween has been my most favourite ever! It's so much better to enjoy these holidays when theres children around. Even though Luke is only 20 weeks, I still made sure I went that extra bit with the celebrations.
I hosted my first ever kids / Halloween party...and boy am I tired after that! :) The majority of my friends all have young children so thought it wold be nice to get them all together to sure in some scary fun. Luke has been a bit poorly and got a bit worked up half way through but other than that he was a trooper. He was joined by his best friends Aoibhinn and Ellie plus many more.
I picked up most of Halloween decorations in Aldi and Tesco along with some goodies, but this morning was spent in the kitchen baking. I made some fairy cakes, the Boy made biscuits and a coffin shaped cake and my right hand girl, Katie made some rice krispie cakes, it was a busy kitchen! We added some scary touches to our Halloween cakes with some food colouring and spooky sprinkles.
We are now finishing off the day watching Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters in front of the fire. ( I think I'll be more scared watching it than Katie and she's 11!)

It really was a lovely afternoon and it just made me even more excited about getting into the Christmas spirit...all for the kids obviously ;)




My very own pumpkin :)


He had too many outfits so it turned into more of a Halloween week!

He then decided he wanted to be a vampire of some kind and tried to eat his Daddy :)


xo

Monday, 28 October 2013

Where I Live

If you look at the map of Ireland, cast your eyes over the county of Cork and you might just see a teeny tiny island toward the south east...that's my home :)
I moved to Ireland from Slough, England when I was 6 years old. We moved to the bustling tourist town of Cobh, famous for the Titanic and the Mauritania.
This place is and will always be my home no matter how much I may complain about it sometimes. I've left to move to the neighbouring town when I was 19, for work reasons and also to have a bit of an adventure living away from home but still went back there one night a week. I took off again at 21 to travel to Australia for a year, turned into 7 months as the homesickness was overwhelming. I think that was when I realised how important home was to me.
Cobh is a bustling tourist town during the Summer months, we have the world's biggest liners docking here, bringing in lots of new visitors to our town. Most weekends during the Summer there will street stalls on street entertainment or kids activities going on in the promenade looking out into Cork harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Nearly all of my fondest memories are in Cobh, school days, teenage years, first love, first heartbreak, my oldest friends, my family, the local night club that we all tried so hard to get into underage and these days we'd nearly have to be paid to go in there! There's 2 squares in the middle of the town which is where the majority of the shenanigans take place - every year the the teenagers that have just completed their Leaving Cert meet in the square to gather for pictures and drinks before taking off for the end of school reunion or graduation. Every August during the Cobh Regatta, the square is the meeting place for the locals to get together to enjoy the weekends entertainment. The squares are the happening place after the club closes and we all spill out onto the street to grab some food and fight for a taxi! There's been plenty if friendships and relationships began on the "monument" in the square :)
I absolutely love living by the sea, it makes for a windy stroll along town during the Winter months but its so refreshing.
I lived in the countryside all my life here until this year when I took the plunge and moved out of home, nearer into the town, to start making memories with my own little family. Even being in the countryside, I'm a short walk from the sea. I used to park up by the water at night with an old friend, looking out into the water, talking for hours on end. Even now, when I feel I need some down time, parking up by the water is the first thing I think of to do.

While Cobh has seen some better days, its also seen worse and I do believe that there is huge potential and our town has a lot more to offer yet :)

St Colmans Cathedral

Cobh Town

The Promenade

Sea Views from "The Valley" 

Whitepoint

The Promanade, The Pier and Cuskinny strand

Happy School Days, even happier when we graduated ;)

Evening view from my front garden, well Mum's front garden :)


I was tagged in this post by Hurrah For Gin :)

xo

*Top 3 photo's taken by my Dad from a crane on a site he was recently working on in Cobh. All other photos taken and edited by me*

Bank Holiday Snippets

It's been a busy and fun filled bank holiday weekend that included shopping trips, sleepovers in Nanny's, new gadgets and celebrating my best friends birthday. Me and my bestie have been friends for 20 years, she's Luke's godmother and I would be absolutely lost without her :)

Someone was given a walker by his Aunty, he loves it!

Luke woke his cousin up bright and early to watch some baby tv with him :)

Rocking his new hat on a shopping trip with Mum

Wrecked after his busy weekend

Me and my bestie, Rosie celebrating her birthday

Girls just wanna have fun

Me and the Boy

Monday, 21 October 2013

"Is He Good For You?"

That question along with "Is he sleeping for you?" have become my biggest gripe of late. Almost every single person I speak to outside of my immediate family and friends asks me these 2 questions. I'm sure every other parent gets asked this as well but until I became a parent myself I never realised how ridiculous these 2 questions are actually are.



Let's start with "Is he good for you?" - Of course he is, he's a tiny little baby who doesn't yet know good from bad. He doesn't yet know how to communicate in any other way than to cry. I'm not sure if that means because he may cry a bit that he's not good?! There is so much going on for a baby all day every day, learning and discovering new sights, sounds, smells and now tastes, their poor little heads sometimes get too packed up with information and they just need to cry for a bit or give out. That's ok, it's what babies do, some more than others. So yeah if I must answer, he is good for me, he's great in fact - he makes my heart burst with pride each and every single time he smiles or laughs or gurgles or falls asleep in my arms or finishes his bottle with an extremely pleased with himself grin on his cute little face or when his chubby little fingers wrap around mine.....even when he's crying because he's teething, hungry, needs a nappy change, tired, has a temperature, is bored of his current play things, he is still good for me! (Even if he wasn't I wouldn't be discussing it with every person on the street that asks me that question!)

Happy or sad, he's still good for me!


"Is he sleeping for you?"  - Erm, yes he does! What they really mean is if he's sleeping through the night or not! This question is ok when not taken literally but these days it almost feels like a competition every time someone asks me it! I get somewhat pitying looks when I say yes but he wakes at around 5am every morning and will toss and turn until he finally decides to wake up properly around 7.30am. This is something he has done since birth, a phase or not, its ok, we can handle it. Some nights he might wake on the hour every hour, that's ok too, again he's a baby, his little head is full with new things all the time. I feel not enough is said about the growth spurts and developmental stages for babies, particularly around now for L. At 4 and half months he has been having a bit of a learning curve, trying to sit up, trying to talk and learning to roll over so of course it's hard for him to switch off at night. I figured this out after some online research but really think these are things the doctor and nurse should discuss with us parents more, if at all.
We have had a bedtime routine since day one and for the best part, at the moment, he sleeps form 7pm - 2am when he wakes for his bottle. He may stir looking for his dummy before this time but nothing major. He then will, without fail, wake at 5am as mentioned above. I think this is good...he's 4 months old, its unrealistic to expect him to sleep through the night just yet or to have people think he should've been doing that from the first week we brought him home. It just makes me so mad when I hear "Oh my baby has been sleeping through the night since 3 weeks" or along those lines. It's not good for them to do that so young, I'm sure I don't need to spell out the reasons, but good for you if your little one is sleeping through the night at this age, enjoy the extra sleep. But there's no need to feel sorry for me because L isn't yet, he will get there when he's good and ready. It's not a competition, it's not pitting one baby against another. It's giving a a baby a chance to find his feet and own pattern for sleeping.

Yes he sleeps, see :)



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday Snippets

My first Sunday Snippets post - a little look into how we spend our Sundays :)

An afternoon in Nanny and Grandads...

Uh oh Mum has her camera out again! Luke's new favourite place, Nanny's kitchen table.

Hanging out with Grandad in his shed

There's so many things to see and do in Grandad's shed...but my fist is still so much more interesting!

Luke and his cousins Katie and Jade, he loves all the attention!

Hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing Sunday :) xo

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Mum Knows Best #1

I've decided to start a new series for all the things my Mum was right about and I really should've just listened to her first time around because as always she really does know best!

Sterilisers

While busy nesting and preparing for the arrival Luke all those months ago, me and Mum had many a discussion about sterilisers. She was all for the old fashioned Milton cold water sterilisers and I was not. God no, I couldn't be dealing with the hassle of emptying and refilling that with water every day and then I'd also have to buy the sterilising tablets, nevermind the smell from it!
So off I trotted to get my Avent microwave steriliser, 2minutes and they were done, ping, sat in the microwave until I needed them. Smugly I perched it on the counter top ready for use.

Ugh boy was I regretting it a few weeks in! Unless I wanted to have the microwave on the go all day, I had to wait until I could fill the steriliser with 4 bottles and then put it on. If I wanted to take out one bottle it meant the rest wold only remain sterilised for 24 hours, so if I went to get a bottle after that amount of time I would need to re sterilise them. Not to mention that I really didn't think 2 minutes in the microwave was really giving them a good sterilising session.

So after lots of "I told you so's" from the Mothership off I went and got myself exactly what she had recommended from the start! So much easier, I can just pop the bottles in once I'm done and take them out as I need them...and the smell has actually grown on me! (Luke not so much, the face he pulls when he first tastes the milton teat is quite funny!)

And the winner is...



Monday, 14 October 2013

4 Months Old...Already!

Where on earth have the last 4 months gone?! It seems like only yesterday that I brought my little Luke home from the hospital all teeny tiny and helpless. Now he's not so teeny tiny and already well on the road to independence.
He has grown and changed so much in the last 4 months, sometimes I just wish I could press a pause button, freeze him in time for at least for a day or two...this boy literally grows in his sleep. There was one night he went to bed in a baby grow that fitted him and woke up the next morning with his feet about to pop out the end. All of his 0-3 months clothes are now stored in the spare room and he is fast working his way through the 3-6 month pile. Thank goodness he was given so much stuff from other people that there is plenty there for him to work his way through.

He is almost ready to sit up unaided, well actually he did it yesterday in Nanny's house while perched on the kitchen table and playing with a bag of sugar but he's wobbly still.

The hungry monkey that he is meant we started him slightly earlier than the 4 month mark for introducing solids, we did seek advice from the public health nurse! At 14 weeks we were giving him a little bit of baby porridge which he devoured. He is now on 3 meals a day, albeit not huge ones but it keeps him full until the next bottle. He usually has porridge for brekkie, prueed veg for lunch and he loves Banana Bedtime for his tea. He was on 6 to 7 bottles of 8oz of SMA Hungry milk and we really just felt that that was a bit too much milk to have sloshing around in his belly so thats why we decided to start a tad earlier with some solids. He's liked almost every taste so far except for his first taste of jar food yesterday...he was not impressed with Heinz Sunday Chicken Dinner!!

The poor bub has been teething since 3 months old, if he could eat his whole hand he would but thank goodness for Nelson's Teething Crystals, they work a treat!

He's doing ok at night, well for most of it. He usually is in bed for 7 after his bath and bottle and would have one bottle during the night. He does have a thing of waking between 4 and 5am every morning, but not fully awake just tossing an turning and crying out, but once he gets into our bed he goes off again until half 7. Although we had a few nights last week where he was waking every hour on the hour....cue 2 tired parents!


1 month, 2 months, 3 months....4 months!! :)