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Marnie at Three

Hi there,
I cannot believe that my baby girl, the one who made me a Mummy, turns 3 today. She is so grown up and still amazes us every day. Here's a little round up of how the last 6 months have been for Miss Marnie.

I've said before, and no doubt I'll say it again, Marnie is super stubborn and strong willed. She certainly has her moments but on the whole she is a lovely, good-natured little girl. She is very funny, she's got such a sense of humour and knows how to make us all laugh!

Marnie started pre-school back in September and it has been brilliant for her! There is so much for her to do and experience, more than I could give her at home. It's so lovely to see her flourishing and she has made a lovely group of friends there.

Most of the time, she is a lovely big sister to Polly! She often looks at her and says 'aww she's so cute!' Now Polly is more mobile (I'll do a one year update on her next month but she is very nearly walking!), Marnie can …

Where have you been?

Hello again!

How are you? I'm sorry that I disappeared for a while but I have been rather busy! I thought I would launch myself back in to blogging by explaining what I have been up to the last 6 months!

Where have you been? After having Polly I began thinking about returning to work. I knew I wanted to go back to my job because I do really enjoy it, however due the the commute I knew I wanted to reduce my hours. Less hours equals less money, so I decided to look  into ways I could earn a bit extra each month.

Before I had Polly I had attended a webinar with Digital Mums about their Social Media Management course but had decided that it wasn't the right time (as I was pregnant!) to start studying. So I decided to use my remaining maternity leave to train, with Digital Mums to be a Social Media Manger.

I signed up and joined the April Cohort with a bunch of other lovely Mums that formed my peer group the 'Mother Pukkas'! Throughout the 6 month course I learnt all about…

BLW Review: Bibado

Hi there,

So next up in my series of posts about baby led weaning is a review of the fantastic Bibado! We were very kindly sent a Bibado to review when we started weaning with Polly. Please note this post does contain an affiliate link.


The Bibado is the only bib that straps to the high chair, this means that pesky gap where endless bits of food get dropped is covers. The Bibado is brilliant because it...

- Saves you time - less washing, cleaning, changing, sweeping and mopping is involved when Polly wears her Bibado! When she is done eating, I remove the Bibado and put it in a sink of warm water and washing up liquid to soak.


- Is baby safe. It is free from free from BPA, Phthalates and Azo-dyes.

- Catches all spilages meaning your baby is ready to go as soon as they have finished eating.


- You can take it anywhere with you. It folds into a small internal pocket. This is particularly handy if you've been eating out, you can just fold away the mess until you get home!

- Works with…

Getting Started With Baby Led Weaning

Hi there,
We have recently started weaning Polly, as with Marnie we are doing baby led weaning, so I have decided to do a series of post about this. First up, getting started with baby led weaning!
(This is the Bibado - full review coming soon. Click here to order one - affiliate link)
So, what is baby led weaning? Baby led weaning is encouraging your baby to self feed from day one. Traditional weaning is spoon feeding your baby mashed up or pureed food, with baby led weaning you give your little one the same food that you are eating and allow them to explore it and eat it by themselves. Obviously you may have to adapt your meals slightly, for example not putting salt in your cooking and I now tend to cut fruit and veg into finger shapes instead of small chunks.

Be prepared for mess. You are giving a tiny person who is not totally in control of their limbs at all times food. They then have to aim the food towards their mouths. It's going to be messy! But it's such good fun! S…

Guess who's back?!

Hi there,



Firstly, I must apologise. I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I recently started studying again and that has been taking up a lot of my time. I'm starting to blog again now and have an exciting series of posts coming up about baby led weaning, so please do come back for that!

A few weeks ago, a lovely friend of mine, Rachel from Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles tagged me in a getting to know you post. I thought this would be the perfect way to ease myself back in to blogging. Do go and check out Rachel's blog, she posts about activities she does with her children and has recently started a new series called 'all about the blogger' which is really interesting.

So on with the questions!

When was the last time you cried?
I'm not much of a crier, but the other day Marnie decided she wanted to be a mermaid. We dressed her up (both legs down one leg in her pj's and one of my bras!) and she lay on the floor doing the funniest pose. I could not stop l…

Marnie at Two and a Half

Hi there,


Today, Marnie turns two and a half! I thought I would dedicate this post to her.

Personality
Marnie is super stubborn and strong willed. I know this will stand her in good stead throughout her life but right now it can be a real pain in the bum! She knows exactly what she wants and a lot of the time there's no reasoning with her. But, she is also the funniest child, she has me laughing so much!

Speech If you have met Marnie or if you follow me on Instagram you will know that she literally never stops talking. Her speech is so good, it is like talking to an adult. I absolutely love that I can have proper conversations with her. Her memory is also amazing, which means she'll start talking about something that happened 6 months ago but she remembers it in perfect detail.

Physical
Marnie absolutely loves to sing and dance. She is quite shy about it though so tends to reserve this for when she's at home with us and we have disco's in the kitchen! Shes been walking…

'It should be a head' - Polly's birth story

Hi there,


Today Polly turns 5 months old! I love reading a birth story, so I thought it about time I shared hers...
Sunday 26 November. Six days before my due date and it felt like any other day in the last few weeks of pregnancy. You wonder if today will be the day, but then you realise you've felt like this for the last 27 days. Marnie was 11 days early, so I'd convinced myself if this baby wasn't that early it would be really late.
We'd booked tickets to take Marnie to the cinema that morning. We went to see Olafs Frozen Adventure, the Frozen short and after that the full film was shown. We gave Marnie her compare the meerkat Elsa to take with her, a toy she'd had for a while but not been interested in, however Elsa Meerkat has not left her side since.
We had a lovely time at the cinema, we ate chocolate and had lots of cuddles. After the cinema we went home. Marnie had a nap and I can't remember what I did. Probably had a rest, watched some telly. When Mar…

Day in the Life with Nanny and Grandad

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We are very lucky because all Marnie's childcare while I have been working has been either with us or her grandparents. Since she was 10 months old Marnie has spent 2 days a week with my Mum and Dad, Nanny and Grandad. Whilst I am on maternity leave Marnie is still spending one day a week with them so I can take Polly to a class.

This week I asked my mum to write a guest post for my blog about her day with Marnie as they were going to do something very exciting...



I'm delighted to be acting as a guest blogger for The Haymans today to tell you about a lovely morning we've had with Marnie now the Spring weather is finally here.
For Christmas I bought the girls a wooden flower trough each, which I personalised with their names. Marnie was very excited to arrive this morning and find them indoors, immediately spotting the M for Marnie.
Once mummy and Polly had headed off for their baby class, Marnie and I walked to Hook Garden Centre to choose flowers for their boxes. A…

Day in the Life: A Typical Monday

Hi there,


I don't know about you but I absolutely love watching day in the life videos on YouTube. I'm not ready to be on the camera (maybe in the future?!) so I thought I would do a day in the life blog post. If you enjoy this post let me know as I may make it a regular thing!

My husband got up at 6am to go swimming so Polly and I had cuddles in bed for an hour or so then another feed before she went back to sleep.


Marnie slept in until about 8am, so when she woke up we headed downstairs and Marnie put on her new Red Riding Hood dress to eat breakfast in. She had a bowl of wheatabix whilst watching 'bob the train' on YouTube. It's basically a load of children's nursery rhymes sung by a train.


After we got dressed we popped to the shop to pick up a few bits. Marnie was so good walking around the shop and helping me that I let her sit with 'bear'. She absolutely loves this Rupert car, I don't think she knows that if I put money in it moves!



We then p…