Living Arrows – 1/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which your 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 have decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by What The Redhead Said

Living Arrows will comprise of me sharing a moment of childhood from Aoife’s life each week (will include Baby Boat 2 when they arrive aswell).

Here goes week 1… Happy New Year and Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows. 

Aoife, 2.1 Years Old.

Today’s photo isn’t perfect but it certainly sums up my baby girl. Here she looks all innocent and as though she is resting. In actual fact that never happens haha! She was copying my 11 year old cousin (who was resting as he felt unwell) and pretending to be asleep and snore! She is really starting to become very observant of the mannerisms and behaviours of those around her!

Living Arrows

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Happy New Year my lovelies!

What a year it has been! Although a second child was on the cards I don’t think when I entered 2017 I ever thought for a moment I’d be finishing it heavily pregnant! I’m now 33 weeks pregnant and it’s all getting very exciting but terrifying at the same time… but then I don’t think there are many others of describing the fear of having to split yourself between two children! 

We spent our new as a family, with our extended family. Although, I may be recovering from the late night for a while!

Hope you all had a lovely New Years Eve and here is to a happy and healthy 2018!

Siobhan x

My Top Blog Posts of 2017

What better way to round up 2017 than by having a look at which posts you lot appeared to enjoy the most! There are a lot of posts relating to breastfeeding on this haha! What can I say it has been a big part of my life the last two years!
1. In the number one spot, from September we have “Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy: What it’s Been Like For Me so Far”

The title is pretty self explanatory, this post discusses continuation of breastfeeding throughout pregnancy. Just to add I am now 33 weeks and A is still showing NO sign of stopping! Tandem feeding here we come!

https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/breastfeeding-through-pregnancy-what-its-been-like-for-me-so-far/

2. In November I wrote about reaching our “goal” of breastfeeding for two years! Woo Diamond Boobies!

 https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/2-years-of-breastfeeding/

3. In February I wrote about being proud and uniting with other mother’s that continue to breastfeed “older” babies!

https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/you-are-not-alone-breastfeeding-past-a-year-mums-unite/

4. One to break up the breastfeeding posts! In May, I wrote some more about living with alopecia.

 https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/turning-the-negatives-of-alopecia-into-positives/

5. This one is from a couple of weeks ago! I wrote about beginning maternity leave and included a little list of things I’d like to do before Baby Boat 2 arrives!

 https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/let-the-maternity-leave-commence/

6. In November, I shared a post detailing my reasons for trying reusable menstrual products!

 https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/why-i-use-reusable-cloth-sanitary-products/ 

7. In February I wrote about A’s first visit to the theatre to see Mr Bloom’s Live Tour.

 https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/mr-bloom-visits-leicester-review-of-live-tour/

8. January saw me writing about celebrities who have been very open about breastfeeding!

https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/20-influential-breastfeeding-mamas/ 

9. In August, I shared another post about breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week talking about things I had wish I known when A was a newborn.

https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/my-top-8-things-to-know-at-the-beginning-of-a-breastfeeding-journey/

10. And finally, in January I spoke about car seat and safety and it’s importance! 

https://thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/parenting-why-we-choose-to-extended-rear-face/

HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELY PEOPLE

Siobhan x

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Bridie By The Sea

Project 52 – 52/52

A photo of my baby every day for a year

Aoife, 2 Years Old (25 Months)

Our final photo of 2017 is this one from Christmas day. This has been a very popular gift! The Grimms geometric stacker… I highly recommend (unless you have a thrower as the pieces are pretty solid!)

Not sure if I will continue this next year but either way have a very Happy New Year and see you in 2018 for more exciting posts! 

Siobhan x

The Christmas Tag 2017

I have missed posting this before Christmas but it is Boxing Day, therefore still part of the festive period and I still want to write this tag! I was tagged by Rachael of Tots and Tantrums. Here we go…
Whats your favourite Christmas movie?

In recent years the Christmas film I tend to watch on repeat is Arthur Christmas. I don’t know why! I just love it. As a child I loved Miracle on 34th Street!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

You know what? I can’t even remember πŸ™ˆ I’m going to go ahead and take that as a no πŸ˜‚

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Always with family from both our sides. We alternate each year who we spend xmas morning with and who we spend xmas evening with. 

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I realise this is probably a very clichè answer but my favourite is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope. It’s not a tradition I was brought up with although next year I am hoping to do a Christmas Eve box for Aoife just for the magic factor, as I imagine she’ll understand it a lot more next year!

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

I can try haha! I think there is 8? So… 1. Dasher. 2. Dancer. 3. Donner. 4. Blitzen. 5. Comet. 6. Cupid. 7. Prancer. 8. Rudolph.

I think that’s right! 

A quick google tells me I forgot Vixen!

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Spending time with family. 

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. In fact it pops up πŸ˜‚ we needed a space saving tree when we first moved in!

What is your favourite holiday food/treat?

It’s got to be Pigs in Blankets!

Be honest: Do you like giving or recieving gifts?

Both. I love buying gifts for people and then seeing their reactions! But it is also nice to recieve gifts, of course!

What is the best present you have recieved? 
This year it is going to have to be Cath Kidston x Disney baby changing back my mum and dad got me 😍 it’s gorgeous. Almost too beautiful to actually use πŸ˜‚

What is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Disneyland Paris is pretty high on the list and Lapland for sure!

Are you a pro wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Anything other than an object with straight edges all round and I definately fail miserably.

What’s your most memorable Christmas memory?

Aoife’s 1st Christmas. She was only 5 weeks old but it felt so special being a mummy at Christmas! 

What made you realise the truth about Christmas?

I couldn’t tell you… probably maturing and peers. Knowing the truth doesn’t make Christmas any less magical!

What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending quality time with family πŸ’–

That’s it from me! Hope you all have a wonderful Boxing Day recovering from the aftermath that is Christmas Day!

Siobhan x

Project 52 – 51/52Β 

A photo of my baby every week for a year.

Aoife Louise – 2 Years Old (25 Months)

Aoife carefully admiring her Great Granny’s (R.I.P.) wonderful Christmas decorations πŸ’–

See you next week for the final photo of 2017!

Siobhan x

Let the Maternity Leave commence!

It’s official I have finished work. I know it seems a bit early for maternity leave, i’m 32 weeks this week! Technically speaking, my maternity leave starts at the beginning of January as I have time off for the Christmas break πŸ™‚ 

 So with 8 weeks until my due date (5-10 weeks until a full term baby could arrive!) At this point in my first pregnancy I said something similar, well Aoife was born at 36 weeks gestation and I had only just finished work! This time I hoping that I have given myself enough time to get sorted, chill and spend quality time with my girl!

I have made myself a little pre baby maternity leave bucket list!

1. Quality time with Aoife. Cuddles and films, park trips, playtime!

2. Prewash and sort babies nappies and clothes!

3. A date night with Luke. Even if it’s just a takeaway at home!

4. Sort and declutter the house!

5. Go to the cinema! This is in the pipeline as my sister and I want to see Pitch Perfect 3.

There you have my little pre baby maternity leave bucket list! Minimal, but certainly manageable! Above is my latest bump photo! I’m huuuuge haha or at least I feel it! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Siobhan x