Category: Parenting

The Siblings Project – February 2017

 

This last month there seems to have been a growth in the boys’ relationship. G is just as lovely with him, wanting to share toys with him, pass him stuff and talking about what they’ll share when B is bigger.

“When he get bigger he can share my toast. But not now. He too little”

“When he get bigger mum he can go on the BIIIIIIIGGGGGGG slide with me!”

“He too little to play. But when he get bigger he share with me”

My. Heart. Is. Melting.

Don’t get me wrong I am fairly certain that I will be reading this back in a few years and scoffing at the idea that they’d “share” and wander off to break up another fight over who’s toy it is they are fighting over, but I can live in hope!

The biggest change this last month is in B. He will of course, change so rapidly over this next year. And this month he has started to become more interactive with G. His eyes follow G around a room, watching where he goes and what he’s doing. And he is giving G huge smiles when he comes over to talk to him. Which means he actually wants to talk to his baby brother that bit more. I guess it’s nice to have some proof that he’s listening to him.

G can almost always make his brother stop and listen, and cheer him up if he’s a bit grumpy (not a full blown crying strop.that’s a job for boobs!). 

We often joke that B isn’t a mummy’s boy or a daddy’s boy. He’s G’s boy!

Mrs H xxx

The Me and Mine Project

The Siblings Project – January 2017

I’m so excited to join in with the Sibling Project! 

Oh how wonderful it is having two fantastic children. After an ectopic pregnancy in 2015, there was a short time I wondered if we would have any more children. We were, of course, really lucky to have G, but it’s been so fantastic to add B into our little tribe.

We talked about the baby throughout my pregnancy, explaining to G that his baby sibling was growing in my tummy, and as the due date neared we talked often about the baby coming out and coming home. G was so lovely, cuddling my bump and saying ‘aww! baby!’ and making cradling actions. He was really excited.

I was sure that he’d be great when the baby arrived at first, but the novelty was bound to wear off, and poor baby was in for a few digs or sly pinches. After all, it’s not easy to share your toys at 2 let alone your parents!

But honestly? G has been amazing! Any jealousy or frustration has been taken out on us and not the baby. Which isn’t lovely, but it’s better than it being taken out on B! And he’s just so loving towards him. Wanting to cuddle him and give him kisses. He tries to share toys he thinks are appropriate for a baby to play with, soft toys etc, and talks about what he’ll share with him when B gets bigger.

He is such a great big brother.

Now that B is 3 months old, his personality is coming through a bit stronger.

He clearly adores his big brother, giving him huge smiles whenever he’s near, and often lets out a big cry when he goes away.

He’s never phased when too big toys come playfully towards his face, or when the cuddles are a little bit smothering. 

I’m so excited to watch them grow together, and hopefully become the best of friends. And to record their special relationship through this linky. 

We love our boys so much!

Mrs H xxx

The Me and Mine Project

Little Angels Festive Nappies

It’s not too late to add that extra little bit of Christmas magic to your day by getting a pack of Asda Little Angel festive nappies. 

Featuring a ‘Santa’s little helper’ Christmas design, each limited edition Supreme Protection nappies will add an extra element of fun to his Christmas time! 

I’m one of these people who needs to go completely overboard at Christmas. I don’t mean budget wise, I’ll be bargain hunting even harder than the rest of the year. These festive Little Angels are as affordable as the rest of the range. I just mean that I love everything to have a festive touch. Wearing Christmas socks and jumpers on a trip to see the lights, wearing tinsel in my hair on shopping days etc. I love that these nappies will let me do that for G too. Unfortunately they only come in 4+ 5+ and 6+ so they don’t come small enough for B yet, he’ll just have to wait until next Christmas.  

They have been given a sprinkle of Christmas magic, but you can rest assure that Little Angels Supreme Protection nappies still provide the same protection, and there’s less chance your little ones will wake up soggy when Santa arrives. 

 

Anna Plester, from ASDA Little Angels, says:
“At ASDA, we know nothing brings more joy than seeing a child’s face light up on Christmas morning. 
“Adding a touch of seasonal magic, ASDA Little Angels Supreme Protection will transform your child into ‘Santa’s little helper’, so they can enjoy every second of the festive period.”

Does anyone else like to go a little bit overboard like me? What festive touches have you got for your day this year?

Mrs H xxx

Adjusting to Our New Normal

It’s been 7 weeks since the newest member of the Herniman tribe joined us, and it’s been a whirlwind few weeks adjusting to our new normal.  

In one sense it’s like he’s always been here. He’s slotted into our lives as a perfect little addition. I’m finding the sleep a lot less harsh than first time round, as I’m already sort of used to it, even though G was sleeping through quite well most of the time, I’m used to the mornings getting up and on with the day, and the rough schedule we have. 

Though saying that, I do remember G being a fab sleeper for the first 8 weeks, regularly sleeping 5-6 hours straight from midnight to 6am, which suited me just fine. But the after his first set of jabs it went downhill for a long time after that. 

B is slightly less reliable to have those hours but isn’t too bad, letting me get in about 4-5 hours sleep in one block, which is lovely. I’m bracing myself for the first jabs to put a stop to that again though. 

B is looking very much like his big brother, which at times, sleep deprived, hazy times, is just a tad surreal. It’s like flashbacks! He’s also long like his brother. By the time these kids hit nursery they’re going to be taller than me! I got the weirdest look from the woman at soft play yesterday, when I told her G was 2…I may have to start carrying his passport around just to prove I’m not trying to scam 2 quid off the entry price, he is actually 2! B looked the same size as a 9 month old baby waiting for swimming lessons last week, so I’m pretty sure he’s growing the same way. 

A big surprise for me this time round has been breastfeeding. It just didn’t work with G, I expressed for 5 weeks and topped up with formula, but it wasn’t for us. I felt a little bad and guilty at the time, but ultimately we were happy and healthy, and G was getting fed so it was all good. 

I’d decided to try breastfeeding again this time, I wanted to try and find help if we were finding it difficult but on the whole had a very relaxed attitude of “whatever works”. I was taken completely by surprise when he latched on with out any trouble at all, and 7 weeks later is still permanently attached! 

I’ve been asked about my plans for feeding, how long I’ll breastfeed for, and until what age, but to be honest I’m so shocked it’s even happening I’d not put any thought into how long. I’m just going with it for now and seeing what happens. 

It’s been a hectic but wonderful few weeks, and I know that it’s only going to get weirder and wilder! We’re still very much on a steep learning curve with G, let alone adding another to our roller coaster! But I guess that’s parenting full stop, right?! 

Mrs H xxx 

Introducing…Super Hero News!

A few of you will have seen that we have had a bit of news this week, but I thought it was about time that we announced our newest little superhero officially! 

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of our beautiful son Blake! 

Our second little superhero arrived with a successful VBAC birth, a story that I’ll share in the future but not just now, weighing in at 9lb 5oz. 

We were lucky to go home just 2 days after he was born, and we’re learning to adjust to each other. G loves his little brother, and is really lovely and gentle around him, and comforts him when he cries “it otay baby bake, daddy got you!” Serious heart melting stuff! 

There has of course been some tears (mostly from me), and I’m certain they won’t be the last. But mostly we’re enjoying getting used to each other and loving our newest little addition. Newborn cuddles are the best. 

We’re really excited to share our newest addition to The Herniman House with you all. Posts everywhere may be a little slower or random or uploaded at silly o’clock in the morning, but be warned, plenty of baby spam is coming! 

Blake <3
Mrs H xxx