All about JD

Baby JD is now an eight month old crawling-standing-cruising baby.  In the last week, tooth number 3 has arrived with toot number 4 about to make an appearance.  It is a painful process so he has been a bit ill with lots of cuddles required to get through the past week.  Irrespective, he is a much much better sleeper than he was in much earlier blog posts. I should write a separate post on that to help other parents struggling with baby’s sleeping pattern.  During the day, Baby JD can often be found clinging on to my legs (which always makes housework tricky when we’re alone), others you’ll find him being merrily entertained by his Number 1 fan (Missy) or being lulled to sleep by Daddy Bunny.  Yesterday, JD and I had a lovely lunch with my colleagues at Harris & Hoole. As he slept in the back seat of the car on the way home, I thought about my sweet little boy everyone was co-ing over yesterday.  He has nothing but love to give. we have nothing but love for him.

I love him even though he headbutted me so hard last week that I had a badly bruised lower lip for days. I love him even though when he does the occasional massive poo, I secretly wish that someone else, ANYONE else, was home so I could pass on nappy duty (muhahaha).  Missy loves him even though he’s always eagerly dashing towards her or her orderly ‘big girl’ toys when she just wants some quiet study time or play time. My mother loves him even though he enters her home, wrecks her living room, crawls over all the barriers put in his way then leaves (her glass top coffee table is a big attraction at the moment).  Daddy Bunny is always, cool as a fan and takes the big poos, ankle grabbing, in his stride and talks to his little boy about all sorts.

Sweet little boy. and a shout out to him for sleeping longer between night feeds.  So glad those sleepless nights are largely over.

MBx

These are a few of my favourite things

On my 2014 to-do list for this year (yep, that one I mentioned in this blog post), I plan to clear out the items we have in storage, and have had for years. We aren’t hoarders (well I don’t think we are) but with Missy’s arrival 5yrs ago, I’ve clung on to so many clothes, books, toys etc, just in case we have another girl. Well, we now have a boy, JD. Daddy Bunny has had me see reason and I am more than happy to let go.

I put off starting this task since January, but with spring in the air, I sprung into action (get it?) this month. First up, is a clear out of all her old clothes, withholding a few unisex items for JD and sending the rest out door. Well, that was my initial plan until a friend suggested I might want to hold on to a few items for, keepsake. Sound advice cos oh my, there are some things I struggled to part with. Not in an emotional blubbering broody sort of way. Nah. I’ts just that some items has invoked flashbacks to moments in time, events we attended, holidays we’ve had, birthdays celebrated etc. I am being ruthless though and only holding on to just a few bits. From Missy’s keepsake collection, here are just a few of my favourite things.

One of the outfits Missy wore for her first birthday party,

One of the outfits Missy wore for her first birthday party,

Fab Union Jack dress bought ahead of London 2012 Olympics. Wore this so often that year and its last outing was to the Olympic Stadium for the Paralympic Games

Fab Union Jack dress bought ahead of the London 2012 Olympics Wore this so often that year and its last outing was to the Olympic Stadium for the Paralympic Games

Missy started ballet just after she turned 2. I haven't found her very first ballet dress and shoes, hope it's still in one of the unopened bags.

Missy started ballet just after she turned 2. I haven’t found her very first ballet dress and shoes, hope it’s still in one of the unopened bags.

Missy's very first pair booties (hand knitted) from a friend of mine and her first pair of adult-like boots which she wore around Age 2.

Missy’s very first pair booties (hand knitted) bought by a friend and her first pair of adult-like boots which she wore around Age 2.

Lovely silver metallic dress she wore to our friends' winter wedding in London

Lovely silver metallic dress she wore to a friends’ winter wedding in London

Missy's christening dress, a very special day

Missy’s christening dress, a very special day

What childhood item of yours do you still hold on to?

MBx

How do you do it?

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This is soo going to be us soon. Heck, its already like this when Missy joins us sometimes at the weekend!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about sleep here, in a sleepy haze. 3 weeks later, the situation has not much improved, but I am thankful that JD has gone back to napping much better during the day so I am less worried about his lack of sleep. Generally, he’s still a happy, cute and healthy bunny, so can’t be mad at him.

Anyhooo, since the last post, we’ve introduced one formula feed at night (well, every other night). This doesn’t help much, except that he wakes every 2-3hrs, not every 1-2hrs (yaay, lucky me!). I saw a health visitor earlier this week who suggested we start weaning him – at 4mths! Not sure how I feel about introducing solid food much earlier than the recommended 6mth age, I’ll give it some further thought before I do. I still feel really tired sometimes but still find the inner strength to get things done, inside and outside our home. Someone recently asked how I manage to fit it all in. I honestly don’t know but don’t we all? That annoying account you’ve landed that has you working 60hours weeks; The sickly child that wails and wails That intense project that zaps the life out of you. I remember my most challenging and complex project, I literally had my first grey strands of hair working on that memorable project, although it did help my career immensely.

Soo, this morning? I’ve been awake since 5am as JD decided he’d lie wide awake happily chattering away till around 7am. My family will all nod in agreement that 5am is way too early for me as I’ve always crawled out of bed at 7am or later. Thankfully, Daddy Bunny was on school run duty today so I planned to crawl back into bed after kissing Missy goodbye. But as soon as she left, with JD now fast asleep, I thought it’d be the perfect time to do the bakes for this Saturday’s school Easter Activity Day + my sisters birthday and also to get my home in order. And I did just that. The house with its freshly baked goods smells much better too. yummmmy. Just hope I don’t doze off in pilates again tonight!

How do you feel today?

MBx

Wednesday & Friends

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Happy Wednesday all!

Quickly recovering from yesterday’s cool and cloudy day, the sun made a much welcome appearance for a planned day out at our local park & then our award winning gallery. I met up with my two good friends & their babies who are a few months older than my bunny, JD. Catching up with the ladies both looking fabulous with shades on, I was inspired to kick off a new project, rethink an existing idea and left remaining unconvinced that #groufie (group selfie) was a real word/slang. It’s nice that our older kids are the same age and Missy is really good friends with both. Wouldn’t it be grand if JD becomes good friends with the fellow younger siblings too? No pressure bunny.

Speaking of friendships, JD was very giggly and chatty with a baby this evening. He giggled as the baby giggled, babbled as the baby did the same etc. Sounds silly but it was absolutely hilarious to watch. This new friend? His reflection in the mirror.

What was the highlight of your Wednesday?

MBx

Z is for ZZZ

My bunny JD is having a bit of a rough patch (though a rough patch would infer a brief occurence, which this isn’t). Now 3.5mths old, he wakes every 1-2hrs to feed at night. As a treat, he’d sometimes let me sleep for 3 straight hours before rousing. (Jeez, thanks bunny!).
As a mother to a little baby, I accept the interrupted sleep during these early days is part of package, particularly for a baby who is exclusively breastfed (well, until 2 nights ago). Doesn’t take away from my body’s desire to shut down and reboot. In conversation with a dear friend recently, she joked that for mother’s day, dads should take the kids away to give us a break. We laughed at this suggestion but man, I need a break, and the thought of a break would certainly be welcomed.

By the way, would you believe I literally dozed off towards the end of my pilates class tonight, might have been just a few seconds, or perhaps it was minutes as at the end of the class, our instructor asked if I was okay. Hope I didn’t snore!

Any tips on how to get JD to sleep for a longer stretch at night?

MBx

Pancake day

Pancakes feature regularly on our weekend breakfast menu, perhaps more regularly than a traditional English breakfast. Soo when pancake day (or Shrove Tuesday)comes round, I do try to serve the pancakes a little different to our usual fare. Here’s this year’s attempt.

A few weeks ago, while feeding JD (I still seem to be doing a lot of feeding), i thought I shod make some fun shaped pancakes. I’ve attempted these in the past, turning the batter into our initials, or minnie mouse etc but this year, I thought I’d make it even more exciting for Missy. So I contacted one of my closest friends, Google, and asked for inspiration. My dear Google never fails me so I had all the inspiration I needed to get this pancake day started.

Roll on 4th March (Pancake day/ Shrove Tuesday). I find myself wide awake at 6am, no thanks to JD who woke me every hour during the night to feed (what was up with that?). He too lay wide awake at 6am, way too early for me. Luckily for all, I had big pancake plans on my mind on this morning, so the horrible night’s sleep was not the subject of conversation that day. How refreshing.

Missy woke up at her usual time of 7.30am, and ready for her, was a choice of the pancakes below. She was truly happy, which probably explained the extra kiss I got on the playground when I dropped her off (the sort that isn’t an ‘absent-minded -yeah-whatever-mum’ kiss, but the sort that is deliberate and makes you feel very special and loved.)

How did you mark the day?

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MBx

The Art of Gift Wrapping

Missy joined a great private nursery at 7months old and moved to larger nursery the year before she started school. We have kept in touch with some friends from both nurseries, have new friends from school and still maintain friendships with kids we know outside these settings. Why do I mention this? Well, lots of friends = lots of parties and my gosh, kids do have a lot of parties. What was my grand plan for my birthday last year? A day home alone, on the sofa, phones off, watching TV all day. That’s exactly what i did, but I digress.

If her diary’s free, we’d usually attend the ones that..:
a) …Missy really wants to go to
b) …are parties hosted by our personal friends

This brings me to my next thought, presents. I now have the whole gift-giving process down to a science and I have shared this on forums in the past. I now no longer need to panic buy at last minute. Some kids get generic (but nice) gifts, closer friends get something a bit more thoughtful. No issues on any of the above.

The issue is gift wrapping. I have wrapped one too many presents and now seek inspiration for new simple gift wrapping techiniques. My skills aren’t bad but almost every child, at some point, has been given my signature style wrapping which I learnt from Missy’s Godmother almost a decade ago (yep, before Missy was conceived). I do know the wrapping gets tossed aside and for larger/ busier parties, the effort goes unnoticed but I do love Missy trotting off to her friend’s party carefully bearing a beautifully wrapped gift.

Here’s my signature style. Do share any ideas you have, I think it’s time to make gift wrapping exciting again.

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MBx