the other half of turning One…

as usual, I’m late writing about milestones and Piglet is now nearly 14 months! ooppss

Here’s my memories & snapshots of piglets 7-12 months

Month 7

Lots of things happened this month, for milestones, she really began to change even more…

Piglet & I started a fitness class called ‘sweaty mama’ if you follow me on insta, I regularly post our weekly shots. She loves it, bouncing around, listening to the music & watching the other babes that are strapped to their mamas.

This month brought us a pretty big milestone, not one i’m happy about as you know I only grew her, birthed her, fed her… she said DADA for the first time! I know, I know! Its the easier word to say haha

This month marked her first time in her cot, she was a star, like her big bro was, she took to it straight away. Was very strange for the first few nights, kept waking up to check her beside me, and she wasn’t there! Thank god for monitors

She began to master tummy work, by going around in a circle, she also started to sit, but still slides.

Another major milestone, is due to weaning, shes gradually not wanting boob as much, you may of seen my blog post about this. “Our Boobing journey”

Towards the end of this month, our breastfeeding journey, came to an end!

 

Month 8

She ROLLED…. yay

She mastered it, finally! shes even grasping sitting on her own, far more, she can go from sitting to on to her belly!

Piglets love for food, is crazy, she will try anything, she loves most things, she LOVES fruit, mainly blueberries, she loves cheese, to be honest, anything you give her, she will likely to love it.

 

Month 9

She started to CRAWL…. eeekkkk

Life as we knew it was over, she’s mastered it and can now get anywhere she wants, she doesn’t have to wait for someone to listen to her UH OH

I had noted, that her teeth looked like they were on their way, you will soon see that was not correct, apart from the fact of the signs! Dribble, irritated, broken sleep, the nappies… oh the nappies! why do they smell so chemically… eeww

Month 10

Literally every month shes having Major milestones and this month brought..

Standing up at things.. massive uh oh haha

And yes still no teeth

She is quite frankly into everything, especially if its not for her, or not even a toy!

Month 11

She’s pretty partial for grass & sand and the occasional stone as part of her diet, it doesn’t matter how many times we say No! Guess we have to wait for her to get bored of it!

This month took us on her first holiday, and she loved it, she loved swimming, the water, the sand! obviously!

She started to stand more by herself, a whole 8 seconds that I noted.

Pointing has also become a thing! Points at everything

Month 12 

Birthday Month

We moved this month and Piglet finally has a room of her very own, Monkey and Piglet quite enjoyed sharing, more monkey, but its fab for them to have their own space

She was born this month eeekkk

A whole year of this beautiful, clever, determined little lady, she made us a four! I cant quite believe how fast it went, def goes faster with number 2! But boy does it feel like she’s been here forever!

AND

SHE GOT A TOOTH………. YAY she wont be a gummy bear.

 

This year has been truly awesome in so many ways, I am truly lucky to have such funny, good natured, determined children and I cant wait to share with you

Our Journey

x

 

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Fathers Day.. My Top Picks…

So we are midway into 2018 and 7 days from Fathers day.

I have put together my Top 7 buys for the men in your life!

Dadmin

I’ve recently come across this business and straight away wanted everything for the Hubby, these two products, would be a fab idea for a gift, especially for those awkward men in your life.

Dadmin book £9.99 Author Kevin Pettman is the proud owner of two little people and his days are full of Dadmin duties. He’s somehow mastered the art of making spag bol, putting up a shelf and painting the shed all at the same time. Every other Bank Holiday he’s allowed an afternoon off from Dadmin, purchase here

A hashtag poem £26.99 for parent’s that are doing a great job. Written by Dadmin.

Presented in a high quality black photo frame this will look great on any wall or shelf. A fantastic gift, to remind all the dads of what great jobs they do to help. Purchase here

First Man In

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You must of come across this legend! From the fabulous SAS Who dares wins series… don’t know about you, but my hubby & I have been hooked on that show and the main man, Ant Middleton since it began… OK well I have been hooked on Ant haha

He has brought out a book ‘First man in’ £10 (Hardcover) and it looks amazing. Over the course of his career he has served in the Special Boat Service, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces. Purchase here

My 1st Years

These Tee’s from My 1st Years, are a fab pressie & team with your little person for that extra cuteness.

‘I’m exhausted’ matching dad & baby set £32 100% ultra soft cotton, and in a range of sizes, all gift come in a free gift box, that can be treasured. Purchase here

‘Best dad ever’ matching set also £32, purchase here

Beer Hawk

 

Now, what guy doesn’t love a beer or two? £20 Purchase here

This fabulous gift set from Beer Hawk, has all the feels, Featuring five amazing beers, a packet of classic crunchy nuts and a Dad’s Beer glass, it’s the best way to say ‘Cheers Dad!’ on June 17th.

So what’s in the box? Here’s the complete run down: 1 x Victory Headwater Pale Ale- Pale Ale, 1 x Goose Island IPA- IPA, 1 x Hoegaarden- Belgian Wit, 1 x Roosters Yankee- Pale Ale, 1 x Magic Rock Dancing Bear- Lager, 1 x Bier Nuts, 1 x ‘Dad’s Beer’ Glass

OHSO Box

If you are local to Surrey and love beautifully curated sets for your loved ones, OHSO box are for you.

The Papa gift box edit is gorgeous £48

This gift box has been curated for the modern Father.  A handcrafted tan leather key ring with your choice of either DADDY or PAPA, as well as a 12oz Frank Green coffee cup combining function, form and sustainability, making this a perfect gift for Father’s Day, Birthday or a Daddy-to-be.  Packaged and delivered in a simple white gift box and ribbon. Purchase here

 

ALL by MAMA – check out here

This is a new business, I have come across and its fantastic, a market place for creative parents to showcase their businesses. Take a look, there is so much choice & wonderful gift ideas, here’s a couple from them.

by FromLucy 

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Dad Challenges £9.95

This is a clever & lovely gift, 36 pre written cards, with challenges & ideas to spend more time with family & friends. Purchase here

 

by In The Box Gifts

Sponsored by Coffee gift box £30

When I came across this, I thought yes yes yes, I love the milestone cards for dads, this is a great gift, especially, if like me you love photos & keeping memories, plus the added bonus of coffee and a gorgeous mug. Purchase here

In the box

  • Papa Bear Mug by Pushka Home
  • Daddy Milestone Cards by This Mama Does
  • Breakfast Blend (ground) Coffee by Black Mountain Roast Coffee

 

Happy shopping

B x

What we get up to now Piglet goes to bed….

I’ve intrigued you haven’t I ?

Well sorry to disappoint ha ha, well actually some of you, might actually find it interesting.. hmm

So Piglet at 7 months started to go down at an actual bed time, in her crib….

We started this off with a celebratory Maccy D’s, the nights that have followed, you would think we would use this time to get through some box sets maybe, or have a conversation about our day…

Erm nope.. so far

  • Boxed up some unnecessary clutter
  • Dusted shelves and bookacse
  • Folded clothes
  • Cleaned kitchen floor
  • Washing up
  • Reminisced about the nights, where piglet would be on me, asleep on the nursing pillow, until 1am.. sob sob
  • Not once have we, got an early night to get a full night of zzzz, I think the earliest is 11.45pm.. when will we learn!
  • Hubby completed a 1000 black & white piece puzzle, so rock n roll…hmmm
  • Catched up on Homeland
  • I’ve tried to read more, you should see the pile of books awaiting my attention, all of which found by the fab squares on insta
  • Scrolled the squares on insta
  • Cleaned the bathroom
  • Watched piglet intensely on her monitor..

 

Please tell me, that everyone’s evenings are like this and I’m not completely alone.. in the most boring life contest ha ha

If anyone has any suggestions (clean suggests please.. wink wink) that myself or the hubby can do with our well deserved evenings, then comment below 🙂

Easter fun at Bocketts Farm

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Its a wet and windy Good Friday, what else would you do, then venture to a farm for Easter!

Bocketts is a great farm, south of Leatherhead, in the heart of Surrey, 5 mins from junction 9 of the M25.

It wasn’t as busy as we thought, but I suppose, the weather does put people off. Luckily we managed to get a car park space by the entrance, they do have lots of parking. (if you do find yourself in the field car parks, be prepared for a little walk).

Its £11 for adults, Free for under 2’s, £9.70 for 2 years and £11.50 for 3 years – 17 years, for more information on prices including deals like after school prices check out there website here

In true piglet style, she wanted food the minute we paid, so I went to sit and feed, while Monkey and daddy went to the young drivers zone for under 5’s, lots of vehicles, mainly tractors to race around. Then a cheeky brew and yummy egg cupcake mmmm

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It was time to go see some of the animals, we had timing to a T, as it was petting time! Gorgeous bunnies, guinea pigs, ducklings and a goat! I was more excited than the kiddies there! haha

 

We then ventured outside to the Big animal barn, at this time of year its where the Lambing happens, again we had our times spot on, Martin the Shepard was about to talk to everyone about the process and give an insight into such a lovely time of year!

He explained that ewes (name for lady sheep) are pregnant for 5 months, you could say its pretty lucky! although i’m not sure once I had given birth to my babies, that I would of appreciated 20 or so adults and kids, watching, taking photos and holding my new born!

The sheep are coloured at time of conception so they know which batch they are (roughly know what time they will give birth), they also have a colour given once they have been scanned, so the Shepard knows what they are carrying, single, twins etc.

He asked everyone questions, I was right in there, eager to answer away, didn’t get any right, I might add, but the 6 year old next to me was smashing it! she clearly listened better than me, ha ha

Then for the best bit, cuddles with a gorgeous lamb, Monkey was so excited, its definitely different to holding a new born! Some of these lambs were only hours and some days old!

Piglet got to see the gorgeous animal that her nickname came from, look at them all snug together keeping warm, too cute!

Piglet again wanted some boobing, so we went back to the main area.

So you know there are amazing things to see outside, lots more animals, but also 2 massive play areas, including the floor trampolines (jumping pillows). They have Pig races, tractor rides, pony rides and feeding times, check out the website for more information.

Inside before giving piglet some food, Monkey, Piglet and I went on the indoor trampolines (free) you get 3 mins, depending on how many people are waiting! The kids loved it, was great having a bounce, felt so young again, ha ha

Monkey went in the soft play (the play barn) they have, while I boobed piglet, there is so much to do, to keep them entertained, it had quietened down, so he pretty much had the whole soft play to himself.

As a last activity, before we headed home, and as its Easter! They not only had an Easter egg hunt, but a craft corner, my inner child came to life! OK well not as much as Martin, boy did he get competitive! They had badge making, Easter hats, and making animals out of cups! Each of us made two each (free) lots of sticking and cutting. I said we made two each but where monkey and I managed two in the time, Martin took that long and was so particular he made one, ha ha

Wonder if you can guess who’s is who’s !!!

 

We had such a fab day, there was so much to do! I’m glad its turning into a little tradition coming here at Easter! Can’t wait until piglets bigger to appreciate all the animals.

I would highly recommend coming here, regardless of weather, but you can do more when its that little bit nicer!

 

( These are my own thoughts and views, I haven’t been paid or gifted to write this post)