18 months old today!

How?!

Kory, how are you 18 months old today?

I do not know where the time has gone! It seems like it was just two minutes ago since you were my tiny baby but at the same time I feel like you have been in our lives forever!

I have loved every second of watching you grow from my baby into a little boy.

Always my baby.

Love, Mum.

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How do you tell the difference between what your gut is telling you and what your anxiety is telling you?

When your child isn’t well or they just aren’t themselves, you may hear people say ‘you know your child best’ or ‘just go with your gut instinct’

But how do you tell the difference between what your gut is telling you and what your anxiety is telling you?

On Friday, Kory started with a raging temperature and a runny nose but he was still playing, eating and smiling, he was just a bit more tired than usual. Even though I wasn’t concerned, and part of me knew it wasn’t anything to worry about, the other part of me was googling his symptoms and convincing myself that it was something more serious.

I was right the first time.

It wasn’t anything to worry about, he was just starting out with conjunctivitis but as a Mum, you still worry. You don’t want anything happening to this precious little person that you love so much.

I wish I wouldn’t doubt myself, it is true what people say, you do know your own child better than anyone else but sometimes it is better to get a second opinion from a doctor just to be safe.

My New Years resolution

My New Years resolution is to get out more, do more with Kory as I find we do the same thing most days and instead of just saying I’m going to do something, actually do it.

If last year taught me anything, it’s that life is too short and time goes really fast.

I feel so guilty that the last time I took Kory to a play group was when he was something like 6 months old and in the blink of an eye, he’s now 17 months old. I feel like when I go to these types of things, I’m being judged, I think people are looking at me and assuming I’m ‘just another young mum’ (even though they’re probably not thinking that!) I’ve never had much confidence and I’ve always let it hold me back, I wish I didn’t care so much what people think of me but I guess that’s just the way I am.

I’ve decided that this year though, I want to do things differently.

By not taking Kory to play group, it’s Kory who’s missing out and I feel like I’m to blame for that. So, this morning i’m going to be brave and I’m going to take Kory to play group. This may not seem like such a big deal to some people but it is to me and who knows, this could become a regular thing for me and Kory!

#thankyoumidwife

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Tell your story today!

Here’s mine.

#thankyoumidwife I don’t even know where to begin. From pregnancy, right through to labour and even afterwards, I can’t thank all of the doctors, nurses and midwives enough.

Thank you to the doctors, nurses and midwives that reassured me when I turned up at the hospital in the middle of the night with my waters leaking and my baby not due for at least another 6 weeks.

For all the doctors, nurses and midwives that helped me during a scary labour.

For looking after me after I’d given birth.

For giving Kory the care he needed to get strong enough to come home after being born premature.

There are no words.

What you all do is amazing and because of all your hard work, care and dedication, I got to become the Mum I’ve always wanted to be and I have the greatest gift of all.

My happy, healthy son.

#thankyoumidwife

Transition from cot to cot bed


We moved Kory from his cot to his cot bed. After a bumpy start, the move has actually gone pretty well.

Kory seemed excited when he seen his new bed, however getting him to sleep in it was a bit of a challenge. He realised he could climb in and out of bed easily so getting him to settle for a nights sleep was difficult and I started to question whether or not we’d made the right decision. But after the first night in his new bed, Kory slept in his cot bed just as he normally would have in his cot.

Our reason for making the transition wasn’t because he was climbing up the bars of the cot or anything like that, it was simply because if I put Kory down for a nap in our bed he would sleep for like an hour and a half where as in his cot he would only have like a half hour nap. Also he’d started to wake in the night for no reason so we figured we’d try him in his own bed with a duvet and pillow and it worked.

There is no set time when to make the transition from cot to bed. Most toddlers make the transition between 18 months and 3 years of age. Kory is almost 15 months old so I guess he’s a little early. I was certainly in no rush for him to make the transition from cot to cot bed but it’s what was best and I feel like it worked for us.

Update


Sorry you haven’t heard from me in a while, we’ve been away on holiday and we only got back home the other day. Whilst away, I didn’t really want to spend a lot of time on my phone, Kory kept me way too busy to write anything anyway and since being home, I’ve just been really busy, sorting and catching up with the washing, that sorta stuff.

(Boring!)

but I’m back now. Back to reality!

We had a fantastic first family holiday, we made a lot of memories and we had a great time.

Going on holiday with a 1 year old wasn’t always easy but I knew it wasn’t going to be. I wasn’t expecting to lie on a sun lounger all day with a drink in my hand when I have a toddler to run around after but it was totally worth it. Kory touched the hearts of many during our time in Greece and I got a lot of enjoyment exploring the island of Crete with him, just watching him see new sights and learn new things.

I say this all the time but he really does make me so proud. I’m not gonna lie, there was times when I felt like I could’ve pulled my own hair out, like on the plane back home when he woke during flight and just wouldn’t. Stop. Crying. But there was also times when I was watching him play with his bucket and spade on the beach and I still couldn’t believe that he’s all mine.

If you are thinking of taking your child on holiday, I have this to say…

DO IT!

Taking Kory on holiday has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and I also feel like it has brought us closer together as a family. We really needed that time together, just enjoying each other’s company. No stresses, no social media, no phones, just us.

Would I travel with a child again? Absolutely! I’m already looking at booking our next holiday!

Well, that’s all from me for now. I just thought I’d give you guys an update and explain my absence.

Here’s some pictures from our holiday 🙂

I realised something today 


I realised the house work can wait. 

Everything can wait.

I’ve always liked to keep a nice, clean and tidy house. In fact, I like to keep everything in my life neat and organised.  I’m known for being quite a particular person.

When I was pregnant, people would always tell me ‘you’ll have to get used to mess when the baby arrives’ but that wasn’t the case for me. After Kory was born, I still managed to keep on top of the house work and keep my home looking nice. It’s only been recently since Kory has dropped his naps during the day and has started sleeping only at bedtime that finding the time to do the house work has proven difficult. Finding the time to do anything has proven difficult.

And at times frustrating.

But you know what? It can all wait.

I don’t want to lose my patience with Kory because there are dishes in the sink or because I haven’t managed to hoover yet. It was much easier to keep up with the house work when Kory was a baby because he slept a lot more but now that he’s 1, he doesn’t sleep much at all, he’s always on the go and just wants to play and I’m fine with that.

His first year has already gone by so fast and I want to treasure my time with him. He isn’t going to be my little boy forever and one day when he’s grown up and doesn’t want to play with his mum anymore, I’ll feel sad and have all the time in the world to tidy the house.

When Kory looks back on his childhood, I don’t want him to remember a mum that never had the time for him, a mum that would always brush him off because she prided herself more on what her house looked like. I want him to remember a mum that made him laugh and smile.

I want him to remember all the mess we made and all the fun we had making it together. 

Little dish Review


Little dish are a UK based company who specialise in nutritious meals for little ones aged 12 months plus. Little dish work with the best suppliers and only use 100% natural ingredients in all of their products, never adding salt, sugar or preservatives. Each and every one of their products are fresh, healthy and packed full of goodness.

I’d heard lots of positive things about Little dish so I got in touch with them and asked if I could try and test some of their tasty meals with my little one.

I was so happy when they said they would send me a package in the post filled with Little dish goods!

Here’s what we recieved:


1 x Little dish baked beans

1 x Little dish macaroni cheese

1 x Little dish spaghetti hoops

1 x Little dish tomato soup


2 x mild korma cooking sauce


1 x Little dish bib 


1 x Little dish wooden spoon

I had never tried the Little dish meals before but after trying them with Kory we are both now big fans of the Little dish range!

Kory especially liked the Little dish Macaroni cheese, it was so creamy and full of flavour. The Little dish mild korma cooking sauce was great as I’d never thought to try Kory with curry as the sauce we normally use at home isn’t mild enough for him but we served him up his own portion of curry using the Little dish mild korma cooking sauce and it was a hit! Mummy also had a taste of the Little dish tasty tomato soup and it was very yummy!

What?! 

it’s for big kids too!

You can find Little dish at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and most other leading supermarkets.

You can visit Little dish at: http://www.littledish.co.uk

Or via Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/littledishuk

Thank you Little dish for sending me some of your products to try with Kory. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future!

Please note, I recieved these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.

I love being a boy mum!

When I found out I was pregnant, I was convinced I was having a girl. I am such a girly girl myself and just couldn’t picture myself with a son.

But now that Kory is here, let me tell you, I couldn’t be happier!

I was once the girl who couldn’t ever picture herself with a son and now I’m the girl who feels like she wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a daughter!

I love being a boy mum!

I love how fun Kory is. He is so silly and so funny. It’s just the two of us a lot of the time but we always have a blast together.

When I found out I was pregnant with a boy, I imagined him being a ‘typical’ boy. Rough, ready, likes to play in the dirt and always on the move and that’s exactly Kory! If he falls off the couch, he just gets back up and gets back to having fun. If he sees an opportunity to get dirty, you just know he’s gonna take it.

Kory makes me laugh. All. The. Time. He’s my best friend.

From what I’ve heard, boys love their mamas. I’m sure daughters love their mama’s too but I’ve heard boys are a lot more soft where as girls are a lot more independent. There is an extra special love between boys and their mums and let me tell you, I feel it. Kory always wants mummy cuddles, he stops what he’s doing just to come over and kiss me and he follows me wherever I go.

I love that he’s such a mummy’s boy.

I could go on and on all day about everything I love about being a mum to a boy but I’m guessing you can probably see why I love being a boy mum so much.

It’s the best. 

Child’s Farm review


Child’s Farm is a UK brand that supply a range of products, particularly bath time products especially for babies and children with sensitive and eczema prone skin.

I recently came across Child’s Farm on Instagram after hearing so many prositive reviews from other mums.

If you would like to check them out yourself, here is the link to their Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/childsfarm 

After a quick email to Child’s Farm, they kindly sent me some of their products to try with Kory and shortly after, we recieved this fantastic bundle of Child’s Farm products in the post!


1 x Nappy cream

2 x biodegradable baby wipes (1 x fragrance free and 1 x grapefruit and organic tea tree)

1 x shampoo (strawberry and organic mint)

1 x conditioner (strawberry and organic mint)

After hearing so many positive things about the Child’s Farm products, I was keen to try them out. So over the weekend I tried and tested them all with Kory and I have to say, I was very pleased.

The first thing I noticed about the products was their design. As you can see from the pictures, their design is very cute, quirky and child like. The second thing I noticed was the smell of the products, they smell simply delicious! The strawberry and organic mint shampoo and conditioner has to be my favourite scent of all.

Mums are okay to use this too, right?

Kory’s hair smelled so yummy and was left feeling so shiny and soft after using the Child’s Farm shampoo and conditioner.

Next up are the 2 packs of biodegradable wipes I recieved.

When using the wipes, straight away I noticed how mild and gentle they are on baby’s skin. One of the packs was unfragranced and contained aloe vera which is soothing and repairing on skin. The other pack was fragranced with natural grapefruit and contained organic tea tree making them smell divine.

And last but not least is the Child’s Farm Nappy cream.


Since trying the Child’s Farm Nappy cream, I now use it on Kory after every Nappy change. It gently moisturises and soothes the delicate, sensitive skin and any redness. It definitely helps to prevent any future Nappy rashes too.

Kory doesn’t suffer from eczema but what’s great about these products is that you know exactly what is in them. There is 98% naturally derived ingredients, organic essential oils, their products are free from parabens, SLS’s, mineral oils and artificial colourings. But as an infant, Kory still has sensitive skin that I want to take care of, I know I wouldn’t want to risk using anything that may cause irritation and my mind is put to ease knowing that I can safely use Child’s Farm products on my child’s gentle skin.

The Child’s Farm products can be found in stores such as Boots, Asda, LLoyds Pharmacy and Superdrug. Or you can just order their products directly from the Child’s Farm website.

Here is the link:

http://www.childsfarm.com/

The shampoo and conditioner mentioned above costs £3.99 each.

The fragranced wipes I used cost £2.49 to buy and the unfragranced wipes also cost £2.49.

Lastly, the Nappy cream costs £1.75.

I would just like to thank the people at Child’s Farm for sending me some samples to try and for creating such a fabulous range of products that are just perfect for taking care of my little man’s skin. I will certainly be buying more of the products from the Child’s Farm range in the future.


Please note, I recieved these products in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.