30 January 2013

theo's daily outfit

another week over! What an eventful week it has been as the little boy turned a whole massive two years old! So I've made it through a whole month (very nearly!) of doing a daily outfit portrait of the boy, not as easy as I originally thought, trying to get him to stand still long enough to take his photograph, it usually involves a bribe of some kind...

we'll see how the rest of the year goes ey?

28 January 2013

the second birthday

so here we are, the boy turned two years old. I had a little thought the other day about how when we decided to have Theo all I thought about was having a baby and raising a baby, it didn't occur to me that we would one day have a child to look after, run around after them, do the whole school thing, then the teenager thing...it suddenly dawned on me that this is what our future looks like. A baby is for life not just for Christmas after all! But I'm excited, Theo has changed our lives for the best, he brightens up our days and makes us proud. He's a little monster, that much is true, and i'm a little worried for the infamous terrible twos, but I'm also looking forward for this next year of his life, what it brings us and the little boy that he'll further blossom into.

We had a small little party for his birthday at home again, with two out of three sets of grandparents, his (sort of) godmother (he's not christened!) and his little best buddy from up the road! I made a butternut squash chocolate cake and our house had a toy explosion...

I managed to score gold with Theo's birthday present, as I found a play kitchen in a charity shop with a box of food for a grand total of £3.95! They had a few extras such as the microwave and kettle for a few extra pounds, so in total I spent less than £10! I also picked up a Thomas puzzle and we bought him a few new books.

all in all we had a lovely day, and Theo sure was a happy little boy with all his loving family and friends around him. I'll update later about our little trip to see his danty (aunty) that we took over the weekend!

But for now we are one pooped family!

and p.s those of your with beady eyes may notice that he is wearing a very similar outfit to that of his first birthday outfit...that bow tie vest still fits!

27 January 2013


A portrait of my my child, once a week, every week in 2013

A special photo today! Our little boy turned a whole two years old today, hip hip hooray!

I can't really describe how quickly these two years have gone, and what a funny little boy we now spend our days with...happy birthday my sweet little captain poo-pants!

Here's a little flash back:

24 January 2013

theo's daily outfit

another week has flown by! Theo's been mainly wrapped up in millions of layers, and I don't think his wellies have really left his feet this week. Wishing for the Spring to hurry up now, winter can do one...

22 January 2013

speed dating

 no no, don't worry I'm not single and ready to mingle, far from it, but have just been thinking lately about being a mum and making friends, and how it weirdly feels a lot like dating.

I can't really remember how I used to make friends pre baby, but it probably went along the lines of them being in the same class/workshop group/year group/colleague type of thing, and then we'd go and get drunk. Isn't that how most friendships are formed? Once you've made a tit out of yourself in front of them once, and they still want to hang out with you - friends for life...

But now it's a little different, I can't really rock up to playgroups drunk to enhance my chances of making friends now can I? Online friends are a little different because you can find out so much about their lives (or how much they share of them) before you even speak to them..that sounds a little creepy doesn't it? Not that I like to stalk my prey before I attack but you know what I mean. People share glimpses into their lives, personalities and tastes online through blogs and instagram or whatever, and it's easier to know whether you're likely to get on with them before you take the plunge to befriend them. I'm terrible at taking the plunge online as it is, there are so many awesome people who I wish I had the guts to make contact with...but I don't.

So when it comes to real life, and meeting new real life people I find it to be a little strange. Now that I've moved to a new area I really need to make some new friends, as I currently have one friend who I see regularly and a few others not so much. Most of my friends who I made through pregnancy and early baby life have moved away (hope it's nothing I did?!) and I feel I should probably make the effort once more to make some new ones. I've been going to a few new places to 'meet' new friends (gosh this sounds so desperate!) such as a children's centre near me and a few new playgroups. There are lots of friendly looking mum's there, it's just about making the first move...

I mean we all have at least one thing in common; we're mums, but then how do you know where  the similarities end? This is where the game begins...you have a scout around the room, pretending you're looking for your child hoping he's not biting someone in the corner, and try and pick out who you think you'd get along with and what you might have in common. Yes it's totally based on looks and I guess you do judge people on that, well on their looks and the way act as parents. I hate that it is, but then you don't have much else to go on do you? So when you eventually spot someone you think looks agreeable, you try a smile and a little eye contact (flirting?) and wait for an opportunity to make conversation. Perhaps it's stopping a fight breaking out over a toy, or a compliment on their child's looks/outfit/behaviour...you cover the usual ground of how old are their child is, what's their name, do you come here often etc (I guess you could try some other chat up lines at this point?) and hope that the conversation takes off! If it does, success level one complete!

But then it gets tricky, how long do you keep the conversation up for, you want to put effort in but all the while watching your little darling out of the corner of your eye edge a loaded paintbrush closer to his open mouth, and have to be ready to leap up at any second therefore breaking the conversation. Do you go back? If you do, do you pick up the same conversation or try another subject? So say you get through all of this successfully, and you feel like you get along, you start to wander if they think you are nice too, and then you wander if you'll see them again next time (and if you'll remember what they look like/their name/child's name) I feel bad if I don't see them leave and say goodbye, but you know, you want to keep it casual too. So fast forward a week, you see them again have another few conversations, still get along...but when is appropriate to ask for their number for a coffee date? Then maybe a play date? Do you need to do a few more sessions of bumping into each other and small talk? Going to each others houses is a long way off, but you have it in your head anyway. This really sounds like I'm a weirdo doesn't it?

Obviously I'm not this neurotic and weird when attempting to make new friends...or maybe I am that's why I don't have any?

But you get what I mean right..........right?

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20 January 2013


-a portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013 - 

Theo: enjoying his first taste of snow. He has an adventurous and fearless spirit...

I had quite a few different photos to choose from this week, but my offer had to be from our day of playing in the snow, since it's been the highlight of our week and one to remember for sure.

19 January 2013

baby it's cold outside...

So finally it happened, we got the snow I was hoping for! This winter, like every winter, I've been like a child slyly peeping through the curtains every morning to check whether it's snowed or not. Even though I'm an adult and can check the weather (which I do constantly) I still check just to make sure it hasn't by suprise! I hope this is something that Theo does as he grows up, as it really is the best when you peep through and realise that your world has been coated in white.

Luckily it was Rob's day off work anyway yesterday, so we wrapped up warm and headed out into the fluttering snow and made our way to a cafe to have breakfast.

 After breakfast Rob had a much needed haircut, before all the shops shut! We headed back home, dumped the buggy (bad idea in this weather!) and swapped our mode of transport for a sledge. Round the corner from us is the perfect sledging arena, and when we arrived it had already been well used!

We made snow angels, sledged down the hills and pushed around the giant snowball!

There's quite a few photos, but please click on to see them all!
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