#Blogtober17 Day 22 (Villains & Superheroes) – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Face of Parentingย 

Today’s #blogtober17 prompt is “Villains and Superheroes”… I have made my own variation of this and it links to parenting (of course!).  Today I am going to talk about “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” faces of my parenting!

It’s easy on social media to portray the good that goes on in your life! Of course, that’s what it is for but life is not always picture perfect!

I love being a parent. It has honestly made me a better, stronger person! But I don’t enjoy it all the time. Some days I just want 10 minutes to myself as I feel overwhelmed by constantly being chatted at and touched! Some days we just spend the day irritating each other (Aoife has a very similar temperament to me, unfortunately for Luke!) I’m only human (albeit an irritable, tired, pregnant human) and we are all allowed good, bad and ugly parenting days. I do my best to follow the idea of “gentle parenting” and for the best part I stay calm but sometimes my voice does become raised (not that it fazes Aoife haha) and I instantly feel guilty. I hate being a shouty, grumpy mama! But for the most part I would say I am a happy mama and so full of love for my baby I could burst!  

Anyway, I think that’s enough of my rambles for today haha!

See you tomorrow! Less than 10 days of #blogtober17 left!

Siobhan x

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Project 52 2017 – 42/52

A photo of my baby every week for a year.

Aoife Louise – 1 Year (23 Months)

This weeks photo of the week is from our visit to a pumpkin field! Bit harder getting photos of her this year compared to last year! This time last year my little bub wasn’t crawling, walking or half as defiant  haha!

Thanks for reading!

See you next week!

Siobhan x

#Blogtober17 Day 21 (Unusual Crushes) – 3 Weird Celebrity Crushes

Today the prompt for #blogtober17 is Unusual Crushes! So here are my 3 weird crushes!

1. Mr Bloom… yes that’s right from the Cbeebies programme ๐Ÿ˜‚

2. Russell Howard… yeah, I have no idea why but there is just something about the goofy looking comedian!

3. Last but by no means least… Cillian Murphy ๐Ÿ˜

See you tomorrow!

Siobhan x

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#Blogtober17 Day 20 (Teenagers) – 5 Things the Teenage Me Loved!

My teens actually weren’t that long ago really (okay, it’s been like 6 years since I last had “teen” in my age!). I was a “teenager” from 2004 – 2011 so thought I would share some of my favourite’s from way back when! It’s all very different now!

1. Myspace and MSN

Oh the days of spending evening chatting to friends via MSN messenger! Putting all your besties in the tag line ๐Ÿ˜‚ Arranging your top 8 friends on Myspace. Perfecting the “myspace pose” knees bent, camera up, arm stretched, looking upwards, stood on a bed ๐Ÿ˜‚

2. The O.C.

My favourite TV show as a teenager! Seth and Summer were my favourite teen couple ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

3. Pop Punk and Indie Music.

I was a big pop punk fan! I also spent a lot of my teens at gigs in various music venues around Leicester, namely The Charlotte and The Shed!

4. 13 Going on 30 and Mean Girls.

My early teens were the years of some excellent girly chick flicks! 13 Going on 30 and Mean Girls are still two of my fave films! 

5. Britney’s Curious Perfume.

I think if my teens had a smell it would be this perfume ๐Ÿ˜‚

There you have it some of my favourite things as a teen and some embarrassing photos of me in my teens haha! I often reminisce about how care free I was but hey ho that’s life isn’t it!

See you tomorrow! 

Siobhan x

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#Blogtober17 Day 19 (Secrets) – What I secretly love about Bing!

Some of you may be sat there looking at that title and thinking “What the hell is Bing?” and others will know full well what I am talking about!

Aoife is Bing mad. And when I say that I mean not a day goes by that she doesn’t look at me and say “Bing, mummy?” Over and over again (this normally goes on until I cave and accept the fact she only wants to watch Bing and not my preferred choice of Octonauts or Peter Rabbit).

Back to the title of my post! Why I secretly love Bing! I can tell you first and foremost it not because of the wet and whiny bunny that gives him name to programme! My god he’s annoying but it is in fact Flop that I love most about Bing!

For those of you that have never watched Bing, Flop is basically a little stuffed, walking, sack man that cares for Bing and has the patience of a saint! He is my gentle parenting hero! Flop is the parent we all aspire to be (just me?)  He encourages Bing to “blow his angry at the clouds” during tantrums and that “its just a clumbo” when he knocks a bowl full of cereal to floor! Things I must remind myself of when I have little to no patience left haha! 

Aoife this morning watching tv with Bing (surprisingly not watching Bing she was watching her other favourite Something Special, yes my child would choose the two most annoying programmes to be her favourites)

Aoife giving Bing googie ๐Ÿ˜‚ No idea where she got her technique from… I certainly have never nursed in that position!

Just to finish off this post here are my top 3 Bing grievances…

1. Why does Pando take his trousers of and run around in his pants?

2. Why is everything a bloody Bing thing?

3. Anyone massively disturbed by the butterfly episode!?

Thanks for reading… see you tomorrow! 

Siobhan x

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#Blogtober17 Day 18 (Relaxation) – Ways To Find Time to Relax as a Parent!ย 

Day 18 of #Blogtober17 and our prompt is “Relaxation”. For me, my absolute number one way to relax is by having a bath (on my own) and reading a book! I turned to the world of facebook for this one and asked other parenting bloggers what they do to relax aswell! 

Jemma over at Mayflower Blogs has a similar way of relaxing as me. For her a hot bath and face mask. Natalie at Mumworthy is also a hot bath fan! With the addition of candles! I’ll admit i’m a sucker for a scented candle! 

Alex at Better Together Home enjoys long outdoor walks as part her relaxation time along with her camera and a takeaway coffee. Folakemi over at Peacocks Can Fly is also a fan of going for walks as part of her relaxation! 

Some bloggers like Jen over at Just Average Jen prefer a more active route of fitness. Jen uses running as a way to relax. Arabella over at Exeter Baby Activities uses yoga to relax! I’m with Arabella there I cannot wait to start my pregnancy yoga sessions next week! 

Victoria from Lylia Rose enjoys treating herself to a massage or facial every couple of months. Sophia at Tattooed Tea Lady enjoys taking some time out in her day to read a book to relax.

Finally, Pete from Household Money Saving and Christy from Welsh Mum both enjoy taking some time out with video games!

What ways do you like to relax?

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow!

Siobhan x

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#Blogtober17 Day 17 (Quotes) – Hypnobirthing Affirmations

Day 17 and our prompt is “quotes” and I have decided to share some of what I have learnt about Hypnobirthing. This time around I am ensuring I do my research into birth, with Aoife as a first time parent I was very much of the mindset of what will be will be but ultimately I now realise that was completely the wrong way to look at it! This time I am into birth with a Birth Plan (an A, B and C!) So all bases are hopefully covered!

Alongside this preparation I am also looking into hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga. I bought a hypnobirthing book during my pregnancy with Aoife but never got the chance to read it as I ended up having Aoife 4 weeks before my “due” date. 

Hypnobirthing is used a form of pain relief by many women (including celebrities such as Giovanna Fletcher). Hypnobirthing teaches simple self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to support birth to happen in a calmer environment. The calmer and more relaxed we are the of the OBEM style screaming we have to endure!

A big part of hypnobirthing is birth affirmations. Positive phrases to help keep the mind positive and the body doing what is made to do! Here are some of my favourites:

1. MY BODY knows how to have this baby just as MY BODY knew how to grow this baby.

2. I have everything it takes to birth my baby.

3. Each surge brings my baby closer to me.

In hypnobirthing positive words are very important the word “surge” is often used tp refer to a “contraction”.

4. Breathe baby down.

Some women use the term “breathe the baby down” as opposed to “push the baby out”.

5. I birth my baby with waves each one bringing my baby to shore.

The term waves is also used to describe contractions.

Remember hypnobirthing techniques can be used no matter what type of birth you have!

Thank you for reading and see you tomorrow for more blogtober!

Siobhan x

 

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