Our Week 8-14 June 15

I’ve been noticing that a few bloggers have started a weekly catch up lately, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon! I struggle with writers block a lot, so this is a great way to help with that and also keep a bit of a diary of what’s going on in our lives, not just the ‘big’ blog posts.

Monday – I’m still struggling to keep on top of the house work. I’ve posted before about new schedules or ways of de cluttering that I found (usually on Pinterest) but it’s not working. And with G now one I don’t feel like I have the new baby excuse anymore! 

So now I’m trying something else…again…Monday is now cleaning day! So not the most exciting day, but I cleaned and it felt good!
Tuesday – A bit of a mummy and son day. Relaxing (in our pjs) most of the morning, and then out to the Play Loft to burn energy, work on his walking and climbing…not too sure why we’re encouraging this though! After Play Loft was a quick visit to my parents where I got G changed ready for a birthday party. 

He had a fantastic time at the party! It’s the first birthday he’s been invited to since he’s been walking and he so enjoyed being able to walk around with all the other children instead of just watching. 

He did however have his first fight with some concrete. G tripped over the leg of a slide and got a little graze on his arm and chin, but some bubbles and party food soon fixed everything!

New favourite snack pot

Wednesday – this was a less fun day. It started with being woken up at 7.30am by the neighbours having their chimney removed. When you live in a terraced house and are attached to said neighbours’ chimney this is particularly bad! It’s fair to say I was less than amused with our wake up call. Surely after 9am would be a more sensible time to start work!? 

The day didn’t get any better for poor G…one year jabs. To be fair to him he did pretty well, the crying was over pretty quickly, but the nurse got one hell of a stinking look off him! All memories of her knowing what his sonic screwdriver was, was thrown out! 

He was his usual self by the time we saw the health visitor (the nice one. There’s two and one I can’t stand) and was fine until bedtime, he had a slight temp, but calpol fixed it.

Recovering with a little help from Fireman Sam

Thursday – our original plans fell through, so we just enjoyed a quiet family day at home, just the three of us, until Mr H had to go to work. We dropped G off at Nan and Grampy’s house for the night, ready for us both to be at work Friday. 

Thursday evening is my turn to host #bepbb on Twitter, if you don’t know, it’s a great way to remember the good stuff even if your day wasn’t the best.
Friday – I had work. It’s not my favourite place to be, mainly because I miss Mr H and G like crazy. After work and a quick change I went to a work colleagues wedding party. Stayed on the soft drinks all evening and felt better for it. Work looming the next day.
Saturday – again not very exciting! In work for the day, but I did get a surprise McDonalds’ breakfast bought for me which was gorgeous! Not at all healthy eating plan friendly. Failing.

G spent the day at a fete with his Nana, Uncle and cousin and had the best time! Bouncy castles, Thomas the Tank and puddles were some highlights. I’m very jealous!
Sunday – again with the work. Seriously getting in the way of the fun! After though was back to my mum and dad’s, reunited with my beautiful boy! A scrummy chicken simla for tea (delicious mild curry-like sauce served over pasta, no one ever knows what it is but it’s a family fave) and sat down to work on the blog, join a Twitter chat and watch the Indy Car race! 

Feet up to watch the Indy Car

Hope you’ve had a good week!

Mrs H xxx  

Dear G: Happy Birthday, You’re One!

Everyone says it, and I’m sure it’s something we’ll say every birthday, but how fast did that year go!? Last year you were a tiny bundle who barely filled size 1 pampers, and now you’re toddling around and shouting like a tiny drunk person!
You can say – Dad (a lot!), Mum, yes, fish and cat. There’s a whole load of other noises that could be words, but you’re usually babbling so fast and loud it’s hard to tell!
You can sign – finished and more. Usually when it’s about food!
You can – walk! You’ve been walking between me and your Dad for a little while now, but the last day or so you’ve been walking off things by yourself and going further by yourself! We are so proud of you and you’re so proud of yourself too, there’s never been a bigger smile! As well as being proud we’re also a little scared…you get up to a decent speed when crawling let alone running!
You have – 8 teeth, and more on the way. Teething is cruel for poor babies to go through, but your Amber anklet, bongela, calpol and lots of cwtches are helping.
You like – lots of stuff! Cheese and pasta are your fave foods but there’s a lot that you like to eat, and on holiday you tried lots of new things like calamari and sardine pate. You love the swings and climbing the wrong way up a slide. You’re always looking for birds to wave to in the sky (they’re no good unless they’re flying, the birds at the zoo walking around you weren’t that interesting!) and you love waving at people walking past and waiters in restaurants. You like to watch Charley Bear, In the Night Garden (especially Upsy Daisy) and Mr Tumble. You love music, you clap and smile and dance. If you’re standing you bob up and down to dance and if you’re sat down you kick the one leg. You love theme tunes and adverts too. Your favourite song is Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars, but there are loads that you like.
You don’t like – raw veg or salad, ice cream (how am I supposed to bribe a child who doesn’t like ice cream!?) You don’t like to be stopped moving! Car seats and baby gates are the enemy, but the pushchair is allowed.
You’ve been – to lots of places! Your first holiday was camping in Oxwich when you were 3 months old. Then at 4 months Nanny and Grampy took us to Tenby for a week. They also took us to Portugal when you were 11 months old. Your first trip to the beach was Barry Island when you were very little; we went with Nan and your cousin. Your first pub was the plough in Whitchurch when we went for Daddy’s birthday, you were 8 days old! You saw lots of animals for the first time at Folly Farm, your favourites were the penguins and the meerkats, and you loved the dolphins, sea lions and fish at Zoomarine in Portugal. And you loved riding the Ferris wheel. Your first time swimming was when we went camping, it was too cold for you to stay in for long so we put you in an inflatable boat and you fell asleep!  
You are – the most amazing little boy, you are clever and funny, you’re happy and you’re serious, and we think you are so handsome! You’re loved more than you could know.
Love you Baby Boy xxx

50 Things That Make Me Happy

I was tagged by the lovely  Cardiff Mummy Says to share 50 things that make me happy and to pass it along! So here are the completely random things that make me happy. It was great to sit and list them all out, made me remember its all the little things in life that make me happy, and I probably could have gone on for a lot longer :) 

My boys – my husband and son are my everything






Family time

Going to the beach

Random and unplanned day trips

Going to curves gym

Finding a £10 note in forgotten purse/bag


Fairy lights


Singing and dancing 

Being pregnant – I’m not, but I loved it, and look forward to it again

Lists ;) 


Bedtime snuggles


Disney films


Clean bedding

Walks to the park (and playing of course)


Eyebrow wax

Getting my hair done

Birthday parties

Cloud watching 

Sleeping through the night!

Trips to the cinema (and popcorn!)

A lamb roast dinner

Coke cola

New nail varnish


Mountain views 

A pool in the garden

Autumn leaves

Pugs and Frenchies

Joe’s ice cream 

The Gower

Sleepy babies stretching

Thunder storms


Eating out

Date nights

Too much tv

Polka dots

Baby wearing


Now I want First Time Valley Mam and anyone else who wants to join in to share their lists and spread a little happiness!

Mrs H xxx

Holiday Wish List – Baby’s Carry On Edition

*disclaimer: none of the products/brands in this post have asked us or compensated any purchases to write this post. This is purely based on what we have bought and use as a family.

With just a few days until our holiday we’re getting stuff packed and ready to go. All of G’s new holiday clothes have been washed, pressed and packed, most of Mr H’s is done too and some of mine, although I still need to do a little bit of shopping! 

If it’s not packed it’s probably on a list. So here’s my list for what’s going in my carry on bag for little G. 

Food – if you know me at all you won’t be surprised this is top of the list! Although, for a change, it’s not about me eating (much). Our flight leaves around 7 o’clock in the morning, which means we’ll be at the airport a couple of hours before. Assuming G follows a rough idea of his normal schedule, breakfast is due mid flight, and rather than risk needing to feed him high salt packet sandwiches or worse nothing at all, I’m going to take his favourite porridge in a Nom Nom Kids pouch to have ready to hand whenever he decides it’s time for breakfast…about 4 am I’d guess! I’ve also bought Koko spoons that screw onto the pouches, which is really handy and leaves out the need for a separate bowl. Less to pack and less risk of being launched onto a poor unsuspecting air hostess! 

I’ll also be packing a pot or two of G’s favourite snacks, most likely Cheerios or some Organix cheese and herb puffs, as they’ll keep better for longer. We picked up some great Nuby snack pots in an Aldi baby event a little while ago which have been perfect for keeping my little guy eating on the go. 

Drinks – this one will be pretty easy, we’ll empty G’s Nuby cup before going through security and refill with water once we get through to the other side. The only thing we’ll be taking through is a SMA carton of ready to drink milk, incase of a nap emergency! Checking the airlines liquids policy we can take sterilised water and milk powder through, but the thought of a tub of milk powder exploding over everything was too much. Plus there’s slightly less equipment needed with the ready milk. 

Toys – I’m planning a small variety of toys to interest/distract G, some noisy (airport lounge, away from people!) to guaranteed favourite cuddlies. Although if it does go worse than imagined on the plane, people are going to need to decide between upset child and Upsy Daisy catchphrases over and over! However, G is so nosy and interested in public places I can’t imagine him having time to be upset on the plane, more than likely will be too busy staring people out…it means he likes you or is intrigued, but generally it’s just unsettling to strangers lol. 

There’ll be a favourite highchair toy, not too nosy and can be fixed to the pull down tray on the plane. A light up, sound making rattle…it has an off switch! Waddles the penguin, his favourite friend, and Upsy Daisy, his close second favourite friend…who doesn’t have an off switch. Both of these I’m hoping to make some kind of reins for…can’t imagine anything worse than losing a penguin mid dash to check in! And I’ll take a book or two, even if he’s not interested in listening, turning the pages will distract him for a while. 

Incase of extreme emergency I’ll be looking to download a few child friendly games/apps to my iPad mini.  I’m not against kids using technology for playtime at all and don’t see it as a ‘lazy’ option as often is suggested. But I don’t want him to get too used to playing on it rather than playing with his toys, reading  books or watching what’s going on around him. However he is an extremely active little dude, and if some screen time is needed to persuade him to sit still a bit longer I’m all for it! Please tell me Mr Tumble has an app?! 

Spare Clothes – I’ve been lucky to never really need to carry spare outfits. I did when G was really little incase of puke/poopsplosions, and lately I carry an extra jacket or jumper for a change in weather, but I just know if I don’t pack one this once, that’s when it’s going to be needed! So an extra pair of leggings, vest and tshirt are going to be packed into a ziplock bag “just in case”. 

The essentials – you might think it’s strange that the ‘essentials’ are at the bottom of the list, but only because I’m so used to packing them into the changing bag that they’d almost be added on autopilot! 

Nappies and wipes. I really want to get one of those pretty clutch style bags that hold a pack of wipes and a nappy or two for quick trips to change. 

Sudocream, Vaseline and bongela. The holy trinity of my grab box, although I may need to get smaller pots due to the liquid restrictions. Pastes, creams and gels all count as liquids.  

And of course the all important Ouch Pouch, stocked up with Calpol incase of poorly ears! 

What else am missing? What could you never fly without when traveling with a baby/toddler? 

Mrs H xxx