Real Nappy Week 2018 – What Is Real Nappy Week?

Tomorrow marks the start of Real Nappy 2018 Week and as a way of doing my bit to raise awareness I thought I would tell you all a bit about Real Nappy Week.

Real Nappy Week occurs every year in April. This year it is running from Monday 23rd April until Sunday 29th April (although retailers may extend offers past these dates). It is a chance to raise awareness and also grab some deals from retailers at discounted prices or on promotions! Either way delving into the world of real nappies is not only beneficial on your pocket in the longterm but also on the environment.

For my household we have saved on disposable nappies, I am using cloth nappies on Cassius that I used on Aoife! Did you know that it takes as long as 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose… that means that every single disposable nappy ever used is still in landfill! That is a pretty terrifying thought! Quite often I met with remarks of how gross cloth nappies are but tbh the idea of all those disposables still about is even more unappealing to me than having to chuck a dirty nappy in my washing machine!

Are any of you on the lookout for some RNW bargains? Are any of you considering making the switch? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Project 365 – Week 16

As part of my goal to take more meaninful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in project 365. Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week. Here we have week 16…

Day 105 – Sunday 15th April 2018

A lovely Sunday after a busy day yesterday celebrating my birthday. Today, I went for brunch at a local restaurant with my friends. The restaurant was fab and very accomodating to the fact I can’t have dairy products at the moment! I had this bacon buttie!

Day 106 – Monday 16th April 2018

Not the best photo but Aoife is very happy to have matching shoes with mummy! The bonus is they have Minnie Mouse on and Aoife loves Minnie!

Day 107 – Tuesday 17th April 2018

No photo today 🙈 Aoife hasn’t been herself at all today. She has been very irritable (and whiny) bless her. Hopefully, she feels better tomorrow!

Day 108 – Wednesday 18th April 2018

Today was our last baby massage session but very much looking forward to starting baby yoga next week with the same lady. I did both classes with Aoife and loved them!

Day 109 – Thursday 19th April 2018

You know when the toddler goes quiet and you wonder what they are up to! Caught Aoife climbing into her brothers pushchair! Today, I had to take Aoife to the doctors as she has been unwell the last few days. Turns out she has a sore throat which explains why she isn’t eating!

Day 110 – Friday 20th April 2018

Popped round to see my dad after we’d been to a baby group. Caught Cassius giving his Grandad the biggest smiles.

Day 111 – Saturday 21st April 2018

Another lovely morning weather wise! One of my favourite views is seeing the nappies on the washing line! A shame thunder storms are predicted this evening!

Hopefully the weather is just as lovely next week!

Siobhan x

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The Siblings Project (April 2018)

Another month that seems to have gone by in a flash! I can’t believe this is the 4th Siblings Project of the year! A quarter of the year gone by already! Aoife has changed and grown so much in the last few months… did I mention she fully potty trained in a week without me even having to do anything? And of course, Cassius is constantly changing! They are 29 months and 14 weeks old! I look forward to seeing how their relationship will progress as Aoife really does adore her baby brother!

Thanks for stopping by!

Siobhan x

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Living Arrows – 16/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which you children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by Donna over at What the Redhead Said.

The Living Arrows project will comprise of me sharing a photo of displaying childhood from both Aoife and Cassius’ life each week!

You may have noticed I have changed it to out of 53 weeks, that is because there is an extra Monday this year and not because I don’t know how many weeks there are in a year!

Halfway through April already! It’s been a very busy week full of birthdays including my own 27th Birthday!

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.4 Years Old

Aoife’s photo this week was taken at the Forest School sessions we have started! She loved the hammocks the best!

Cassius, 14 Weeks Old

Cassius in a lovely bright rainbow outfit! The brighter the better haha. I find most high streets shops the boys clothes are just so dull its all various shades of grey and navy with a bit of blue!

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!

Siobhan x

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Project 365 – Week 15

As part of my goal to take more meaninful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in project 365. Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week. Here we have week 15…

Day 98 – Sunday 8th April 2018

Evening cuddles with my big girl. It’s been a long weekend for me but thankfully Luke is back from the stag do tomorrow!

Day 99 – Monday 9th April 2018

Cassius is his new tots bots nappy! I just couldn’t resist this print!

Day 100 – Tuesday 10th April 2018

Birthday treats from Luke. I was very much in need of some colour in my wardrobe!

Day 101 – Wednesday 11th April 2018

More clothes for Cassius. These are the next size up. The sharks are my favourite!

Day 102 – Thursday 12th April 2018

Today was our first Forest School session! It was very cold and very muddy but fun nonetheless! Aoife enjoyed the crafts the most!

Day 103 – Friday 13th April 2018

Ended up with a punctured tyre! Luckily I had only just set off from my mum and dads so I could stay at their house whilst I waited for breakdown cover! Turned out to be a drill bit. It was as long as my hand!!

Day 104 – Saturday 14th April 2018

It’s my 27th Birthday today! Luke is working this morning so it was just me and the kiddies! I have a day of spending time with the family planned. Bowling this afternoon then cake and a barbecue!

Thanks for stopping by!

See you next week!

Siobhan x

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Mum Guilt… What’s the Deal?

Mum guilt… I don’t think I have ever met a mother that doesn’t feel guilty about something or other to do with their children!

Some of the things I feel guilty about are miniscule and some are huge.

I felt ridiculously guilty when I was pregnant with Cassius for turning Aoife’s whole world upside down, especially as she was too young to even understand what was going on. Now though I feel anything less than guilty about it because she adores her baby brother!

I feel guilty about not always being able to attend to them when they need me. Like when I’m feeding Cassius or when I’m helping Aoife brush her teeth! I wish it was possible to split myself in two sometimes!

I feel guilty when I become frustrated or can’t cope but I know it is important to look after myself too!

I feel guilty for leaving them. Although I haven’t less Cassius the time is coming when I will but I need to remember I need some time to be me and not just be mummy.

I’m not the only one though. Here are other causes of mum guilt.

Technology…

Kate of Ever After With Kids often feels guilty for “using the television as a babysitter. Thank you Elsa!”

I don’t think I’ve met many parents that don’t do that one. Ryder and the gang help out a lot here!

Epril of Eps and Amy also feels similar! She says she feels bad for “giving my kids too much screen time and iPad just to get things done and not having quality time with them as I’m always busy. I feel bad for their development.”

Food

Rebecca of My Girls and Me says she feels guilty for “giving jars when she really wanted to give all fresh, home made meal”.

No one is perfect but food choices are often a huge source of mum guilt. I know I feel massively guilty when I end up doing beige dinners for Aoife!

Staying Indoors and Being Exhausted

Lianne of Ankle Biters Adventures says she feels guilty when “having a chilled day in as they should be out having fun”.

Yep, so guilty of this especially after a rough night with minimal sleep!

Ayse of Arepops feels guilty for “Being too tired to constantly play dolls. Especially when you get told off because you’re not playing right”.

Child Free Time

Jess of Tantrums to Smiles says she feels guilty for “going out! Honestly, when my husband suggests doing something I think ‘oh the kids would love that too!’ I feel guilty if we go anywhere and they didn’t get to come”.

Natasha of Kiddo Adventures relates to this too. She says she feels guilty for “wanting me time. It’s so needed but I feel so crappy leaving her with her grandparents just so I can do something fun for myself”.

Working

Claire of This Mummy Rocks told me of how she felt guilty for “at one point working two jobs and lots of hours when my children were younger to make ends meet. Until I decided to go self-employed and work from home so I could be there for them”.

Michelle of What Mummy Thinks also felt work related guilt! “I felt guilty for going to work! How silly is that? My daughter would hate having to go to breakfast club and afterschool club so as a compromise, I cut down my hours. Thankfully she is much happier now I can do all but one pick up.”

And then of course there is the guilt you feel when like Kate at Five Little Stars you feel guilty for eating their treats. She says she feels guilty for “Eating large proportions of the kids chocolate. But the guilt is brief”.

I agree it is a brief guilt and under a certain age they won’t even realise haha!

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for sharing their feelings and thank you for taking the time to read!

Siobhan x

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Living Arrows – 15/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which you children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by Donna over at What the Redhead Said.

The Living Arrows project will comprise of me sharing a photo of displaying childhood from both Aoife and Cassius’ life each week!

You may have noticed I have changed it to out of 53 weeks, that is because there is an extra Monday this year and not because I don’t know how many weeks there are in a year!

Last week was a pretty busy week for us! It was my mum’s birthday on Monday so we spent pretty much all day with her, bowling and eating cake! We also visited a theme park in Leicestershire called Twinlakes which is aimed at younger children, Aoife had a blast! I was then solo parenting over the weekend as Luke was away in Slovakia on a Stag Do. Wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it be and we survived haha!

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.4 Years Old

Aoife’s photo is from our Twinlakes visit! She loved these rides and must of gone on each one she saw haha.

Cassius, 13 Weeks Old

This weeks photo of Cassius is from when we had some alone time. I didn’t think it was possible but I fall in love with him a little more every time I see his smile!

Thank you for stopping by, see you next week!

Siobhan x

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