My Favourite Instagram Photo – #Blogtober16 Day 28

There are so many photos I love on Instagram, but following on from today’s earlier post (this one here) my current favourite photo is our first photo as a family of four. 

Here’s the link to my Instagram page in case newborn baby spam is your thing! There’ll be plenty of baby and toddler photos over the coming weeks…and possibly the occasional wiped out desperate for sleep selfie. But it’s totally worth it! 

Mrs H xxx

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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 

Place I would Most Like to Visit – #Blogtober16 Day 27

It’s probably cheating a bit to choose somewhere so big, but I’d love to visit America. 

There’s loads of different states and places I’d like to see. 

One big road trip would be amazing, but a complete dream. It would probably take years to actually visit everywhere I’d like to. 

There’s so many different places and things to see. The only time I’ve been to America is to go to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. It was absolutely incredible! Such an amazing place and the best holiday. I’d go back tomorrow, and still probably leave feeling like there was more to see. So fascinating.

For the rest of America, it’s a bit of an obvious choice for me, but I’d start with Florida and the theme parks. I’ve always (as most children have) wanted to go to Disneyland, but now I think I want to go more than ever! Harry Potter at Universal Studios?! I’d love to spend at least a week just in that one park! 

I’m a real thrill seeker when it comes to roller coasters too so it would just be so much fun. In dream world I would really love to spend a few weeks, taking in all the different parks, and having time to relax in the Florida sun in between. 

Also, who doesn’t want to do New York at Christmas time? The chance of snow in Central Park, and visiting the Christmas tree at the Rockerfeller centre like on Home Alone? Just magical! 

A sunshine paradise holiday in Hawaii? Yes please! Or Autumn and Halloween in Salem? Or skiing in Colorado? There’s just so many places to see, and a chance to enjoy all the seasons too. I think that’s what entices me the most, the fact that some places actually experience all the seasons. I love summer and I love winter…it would just be nice to have both unlike typical uk! 

Sometimes I think it would be nice to move to Indianapolis (I have a cousin there which is why I’d choose it) because they truly get to enjoy all the seasons, and the Autumn is just beautiful. Also, snow in winter! White Christmas?! 

Ok enough of my rambling about America! I think you all get the idea by now :) 

Mrs H xxx

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Top 10 Favourite Songs – #Blogtober16 Day 26

This has been ridiculously hard! Trying to narrow it down and choose just 10 songs has been so difficult. 

So many songs have special meanings to me, from childhood “classics” like the Spice Girls, teenage angst like Eminem or Christmas classics from Bubl√©.

In no particular order, these are 10 of my favourite or most meaningful songs. Some are just plain fun!

1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – our first dance at our wedding reception. We didn’t want anything too slow, the idea was for everyone to join in with the dancing, but no one did! 

2. Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden) – another song from our wedding, this is what I walked down the aisle to. We chose this as “our” song when we were younger. There are more songs now that mean more to us, but it’ll still always be special.

3. How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding) – this was played a lot when I was pregnant with G, and it was on in the car the first time I felt him flutter and move. 

4. Love Me For A Reason (Boyzone) – I mentioned in the post about concerts how much I loved Boyzone when I was younger. In fact cheesy 90’s pop was/is very much my taste! This is the first song I can remember being utterly obsessed with, and the video too. 

5. C’est La Vie (B*witched) – sticking with the cheesy pop factor, this is played at every party and gathering with friends, usually when there’s alcohol involved I’ll admit (though it’s not always necessary either!) We will always requested for this to be played, and we will always make a bad attempt at Irish dancing!

6. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) – this became a bit of an anthem for me and my Mum years ago. We don’t need it anymore, not to cheer us up anyway, but it’s still a good reminder, and we like to have a good song along and dance to it when it’s played.

7. Mysterious Girl (Peter Andre) – and I’m drawn back to the cheese again! I cant remember the exact time I found out, but many years ago I discovered that Mr H knows ALL the words, including the rap, so now he must (at force or bribery) sing it for me at every party/disco/night out whenever I can get it played. This is guaranteed to make me smile, and love him a little bit more everytime!

8. Who Loves You (Four Seasons/Jersey Boys Musical) – we went to see the musical in the West end a few years ago, and were familiar with most of the songs anyway, but the film version of the musical was out not long after we had G. It was our first date post baby. A few days later I heard Mr H singing this to G in the small hours and my heart melted. And now it always will when I hear it.

9. Half The World Away (Oasis) – I’ve mentioned it many times before, but I’m a TV addict. Many of my favourite shows to watch were introduced to me by Mr H, how I missed them before I don’t know! Probably the main one, and one of our favourite shows to watch together is The Royle Family. We’ve seen every episode more times than I’d know, and the Christmas specials even more than that. The theme tune always makes me think of cozy evenings in with Mr H.

10. I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) – as a child this was probably my all time favourite, and my first “car karaoke” song. My mum had the Bodyguard album on cassette in the car, and this was the best track to belt along with. Even now I can’t skip the song if it comes on shuffle, even if it’s not the mood I was looking for. And I have to sing along, it’s just the unsaid rule!

That is a very narrowed down list, I could have gone on forever!

Mrs H xxx

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What Super Power Would You Most Like Р#Blogtober16 Day 25 

This is a tough choice. 

As a mum I wish daily for super powers!

Flying – for all those times you’re running late. It can’t just be me?!

Speed – to catch up with pesky run away toddlers, and to get the cleaning done in a fraction of the time.

Invisibility – for five minutes peace! Honestly, they’re not exaggerating when they say you can’t even pee in peace!

Mind reading – I would only want this for babies and toddlers though, to decipher all those cries and babbles they yell at you frustrated, that sound nothing like actual words. I’d have to get rid of it by the teenage years! As lovely as it would be to know what they’re up to, I fear a teenagers mind is just too scary a place to be!

I think if I just had to choose just one it would be the speed. 

What would you choose?

Mrs H xxx

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