Likes and Loves of April 2018

April has been and gone in such a flash! At least it has left us some sunshine behind!

This month has been a very busy month full of birthdays! Here is what I loved this month..

At the beginning of the month we had a lovely family day out at TwinLakes in Leicestershire.

We also started our first Forest School session and it is great! Aoife loves being outside so it is perfect for her!

I also bought my a new wig. I haven’t had a new one in well over a year! I love it and it is almost like how my hair used to be!

Hopefully the lovely weather continues in May!!

Siobhan x

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Project 365 – Week 18

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 18…

Day 119 – Sunday 29th April 2018

A family meal out at Chiquito’s. Aoife particularly enjoyed the sombreros!

Day 120 – Monday 30th April 2018

Today I tried avocado and egg on toast for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it!

Day 121 – Tuesday 1st May 2018

Watching Aoife attempt to eat her wraps the same way as her Dad. She definately gave it a good go haha!

Day 122 – Wednesday 2nd May 2018

A synchronised nap from these two was a perfect chance for me to watch something other than Paw Patrol or Peppa Pig!

Day 123 – Thursday 3rd May 2018

We had a lovely Forest School session today! Here we having a snuggle in one of the hammocks!

Day 124 – Friday 4th May 2018

A lovely visit to our local museum ans art gallery. Couldn’t resist getting this picture. She is so unbelievably sassy sometimes!

Day 125 – Saturday 5th May 2018

Always a pleasure to be greeted with this face in the morning!

See you next week!

Siobhan x

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The Me and Mine Project (April 2018)

This months Me and Mine is a tad late as I’ll be honest I nearly forgot about it! The picture above was taken earlier in the month at Twinlakes Theme Park in Leicestershire. We were lucky that on the day we went Peppa Pig and George Pig were going to be making appearances! Although Aoife wasn’t quite feeling it when we saw Peppa, she warmed up to George!

April is always a busy month for us with birthdays (mine, my mums and brothers all are in April plus more) and ending the month with a close friends wedding!

This month, Mummy has loved…

  • Reading. It’s been a while since I took the time to read a book! This month I managed to read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and I have now moved on to Room by Emma Donoghue. If you have any book recommendations let me know below!
  • My Birthday. I was really spoilt for my birthday recieving some lovely gifts and using money gifted to me to buy a new wig!

Daddy has loved…

  • Stag Do. Luke was best man for his best friend at the end of the month and of course there was a stag do involved!

Aoife has loved…

  • Playing Outside. Aoife has loved playing outside thanks to the weather getting nicer! Need to invest in more outdoor toys! Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments!

Cassius has loved…

  • Baby Massage. Cassius is loving getting massages before bedtime!

I wonder what May has in store for us!

Siobhan x

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Living Arrows – 18/53 (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!

I know I say this everytime but I can’t believe we are heading into May have already! Where the last 4 months have gone I don’t know!

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.5 Years Old

After thinking Aoife was better, she went downhill again and after some sickness we realised she had Slapped Cheek! Thankfully, she is much better now! Here she is earlier on in the week when she was feeling better in her helmet and slippers for a trip to the shop. There is no arguing with a 2 year old haha!

Cassius, 16 Weeks Old

After worrying for months about attending a wedding without Cassius (the wedding was on Saturday) he was absolutely fine! He was away from me about 7 hours in total and took bottles of expressed breastmilk! We had been trying him throughout the week and had no luck! I the fact I was in the house may have played a part in that! As you can see in the photo above he was fine without me!

Thanks for stopping by,

Siobhan x

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Project 365 – Week 17

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 17…

Day 112 – Sunday 22nd April 2018

I love this photo. Cassius finally settled at bedtime and was giving the boob a cuddle! Today, Luke was working so I went to his parents house with the kids for Sunday dinner. I then attended a lovely baby shower in the evening!

Day 113 – Monday 23rd April 2018

Making the most of the dry weather today, I managed to get the kids sorted in time to be able to walk to Aoife’s toddler dance group. It’s supposed to rain this afternoon and for the rest of the week, so we decided to make a quick pitstop at the park before popping into Aldi!

Day 114 – Tuesday 24th April 2018

A busy day and unfortunately I forgot to take a photo! Today we went to playgroup in the morning, I usually try to walk to this playgroup but unfortunately the weather didn’t want to make that happen. We then went for lunch at my partner’s parents, I accidently ate some butter! I feel terrible but I suppose this will confirm my intolerance suspicions if Cassius reacts to it!

Day 115 – Wednesday 25th April 2018

Now that Cassius and I have finished the weekly baby massage class we were attending, I have now signed us up for baby yoga. As you can see Cassius really participated haha! In the afternoon, a friend I met aftet having Aoife came around with her little one who is 9 days older than Cassius. It was great to have some time to talk to another adult!

Day 116 – Thursday 26th April 2018

We managed to make it to Forest School today! After missing last week because Aoife was under the weather. Although Aoife was not in the best mood bless her. Hopefully she isn’t coming down with something else!

Day 117 – Friday 27th April 2018

After wondering if Aoife was under the weather again, last night ended in a raging temperature and Aoife being sick on me twice! Ahh the joys of motherhood! Today, I went to get my nails done. A rare treat!

Day 118 – Saturday 28th April 2018

I had to snap a photo this morning of my babies sound asleep. Most definitely the calm before the storm!

Thanks for stopping by,

Siobhan x

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Real Nappy Week 2018 – How Is The Reusable Life?

The first Real Nappy Week I celebrated was in April 2016. I made a slow transition with Aoife starting when she was 3 months old and only using cloth at home and in the daytime. We soon managed to switch to full time cloth by the time she was 9 months. Now Aoife is potty trained, Cassius is my only one in nappies so thankfully I’m back to washing nappies every other day!

My intentions with Cassius was to cloth bum right from the start but unfortunately due to his size and being 6 weeks early it was a couple of weeks before I could get the newborn nappies to fit without leaking! Now he is fully cloth bummed although I am yet to make the transition to using cloth wipes full time! The majority of my nappy stash are ones that I used with Aoife! How awesome is that!

My current stash is made up of a number of brands; Bambino Mio, Tots Bots, Little Lamb, Tickle Tots and Milovia to name a few!

I love using cloth and couldn’t imagine using disposable nappies! My favourite thing about reusables (besides the amazing prints!) is the fact I never run out and don’t have to remember to pick up nappies from with the weekly shop!

Here are some quick top tips if you are new to cloth!

  1. When you are just starting out it is a good idea to look out for a local nappy library. Most cities/counties have one, these are an excellent place to get a feel of what make is suitable for you and your baby/toddler.
  2. Take out a trial kit from your local nappy library, for these you normally pay a deposit and borrow for a certain amount of time.
  3. Try (or buy) a couple of different brands (there is a minefield to choose from) of nappies and wraps. Try them out and stock up on your favourites. If starting from newborn get a few newborn nappies and then try out birth to potty (these tend to fit from around 3 months). Both of my babies have been small at birth and fit in btp by the time they were 3 months old.
  4. Wet bags are a good investment, as opposed to buying a bin. Fill the bag with the used nappies and turn it inside out straight into washing machine. Then chuck the bag in with them. This way you don’t have to handle the messy nappies.
  5. Reusable wipes are another way to clean your child’s bottom and save waste. They are easy enough to use and can go straight in the wash with your nappies.
  6. When washing your nappies it is best to use a powder detergent, using liquid and gel forms seems to clog up the fibres in the inserts.
  7. As soon as they are dry, make up the nappies before putting them away with the liners already positioned ready for when you need them. I should really listen to my own advice here haha!
  8. Fleece liners (or disposable liners) go in the nappies to create a layer between baby’s bottom and nappy, protecting their bottoms from wetness.
  9. Hang nappies out on the line to dry after washing, even in the rain. The rain softens the nappies and sunshine is magic at getting out soiled stains.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and if you are considering cloth bumming I hope this advice helps. Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!

Siobhan x

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Living Arrows – 17/53 (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!

Well what lovely weather we have been treated to this week! Hopefully it sticks around and if it doesn’t I’m hoping its good riddance to all that snow we’ve had!

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.5 Years Old

Aoife has unfortunately been unwell this week. Although she seems to be on the mend, I’m just hoping her appetite comes back soon! Aoife has loved the warm weather and especially loved getting her sunglasses out!

Cassius, 15 Weeks Old

Couldn’t resist sharing this snap of Cassius laughing at his Grandad a.k.a Gaga as Aoife calls him. I’ve loved dressing him in these rompers this week!

Thanks for stopping by!
Siobhan x

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