6/25/2017

My Sunday Photo - 26/52



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6/24/2017

Project 365 - Week 25/52


 18th June - 24th June

18th June 2017


19th June 2017


20th June 2017

21st June 2017


22nd June 2017


23rd June 2017


24th June 2017

Seriously, these weeks are flying by! We are halfway through the year already and Ava is 3 months old, well nearly four months now! I'm currently typing this one handed as she sleeps in my arms, it's pretty much how I do everything these days! This week has been good! We spent Sunday at one of our favourite places, Bowland Wild Boar Park. It was a beautiful warm day, not too hot and Noah had such an amazing time, just like he always does. Even Ava was happy to be pushed around in her carry cot staring at all the tree's. The rest of the week was back to our usual routine, which I mentioned last week has had a bit of a mix up recently as Noah now attends nursery every weekday afternoon. He absolutely loves it now and I think it's because he has so any friends there. He's always coming home and telling me the names of all the children he's been playing with, he's always making new friends and is so very sociable. My Mum visited on Wednesday, which was lovely as ever and we all enjoyed the warm weather whilst it was here.

What have you been up to this week?


6/22/2017

Ava - 3 Months Old



Okay, I'm ready for time to slow down a little now. How is my little newborn baby now three months old? I could cry because she's growing so quickly. I feel like I just have to blink and she's changed a little bit more and it's so bittersweet! As much as you want your row, to bloom and to witness every one of their milestones it's also sad how quickly it all seems to happen. As I type this she is fast asleep in a rugby style hold after having a feed. I'm looking down at her as she makes the sweetest noises in her sleep. There's nothing better than this. Anyway, lets get to it. Here is my sweet Ava's 3 month update.


Character
She is one of the happiest babies I've ever known or come in contact with, I only have to look at her and she coo's and smiles from ear to ear, she's so lovely. She needs constant physical contact, is very social and doesn't like to be on her own for a second. She can go from perfectly happy to screaming in the flick of a switch and that tends to be when she's in the arms of someone else and she realises she wants to be back with her Mummy. She's very much a Mummy's girl and I absolutely love it. 


Size
My little chunky monkey now weighs around 14lb, she's a whole stone in weight! She fits into mainly 3-6 month clothing now but some 0-3 sleep suits still fit her, she's already in size 3 nappies too! I can't believe how big she's gotten in such a short amount of time, maybe being 9lb 4oz at birth gave her that big head start!


Health

Nothing to complain about this time on the health front. She's had the sniffles a few time, caught off her brother but they quickly subsided and didn't bother her at all. She's had no nappy rash, cradle cap or dry skin.


Feeding
We are still breastfeeding and Ava is thriving, I'm so happy. We don't have a feeding schedule or anything, everything is baby led but I do find her wanting a feed at set times every day. I've really enjoyed our breastfeeding journey so far and really hoping we can do it for a long time, till whenever she wants to wean from it. 



Sleep

Ava can be a monkey when it comes to sleep. She won't nap anywhere other than in my arms or in bed with me, the minute I put her down or walk out the room she instantly wakes up and cry's her eyes out. So nap time is very hit and miss, unless I hold her! At bedtime she will stay awake or doze in my arms until I go to bed myself, she then feeds and usually sleeps between 4-5 hours, feeds and then goes back to sleep for another 4-5 hours. Sometimes she has one feed during the night, sometimes two. When Noah was 3 months old he was sleeping through already but he wasn't breastfed so I can't expect that of Ava just yet.



Milestones and new tricks
*Ava had her first holiday, to Marbella with all her family.
* She also giggled for the first time on holiday! At the moment she will only laugh but only when tickled! She isn't laughing socially just yet. 
* Last month she discovered her hands and this month she's discovered her feet! She loves grabbing a hold of them and talks to them too! We are just waiting for her to pop them in her mouth now.
* She's almost rolling over and I think in the next week or two that she'll master it. I think she will be really quick at reaching her milestones, quicker than Noah anyway as he really took his time. 

* She is so good at grabbing things, our faces, hair, her toys.
* She's really interested in her toys and loves to lay on her play mat or activity mat.
* Ava is a lot more vocal now and is using consonant sounds and not just vowels.
* She's very steady when doing tummy time and controlling her head and neck.



Likes and dislikes
Being held, talked to, kissed, cuddled and sung too. Having her hands held or stroked. Sleeping in Mummy's bed. TREES! Mummy and Daddy. Her cuddly toys and play mat. Lamaze toys. When Noah is being silly and performing for her. Baby TV and Peppa Pig. Teethers and anything she can chew on. Feeding. Her snuggly jellycat bunny's. She doesn't like getting dressed, being put down or left alone for two minutes! 



6/21/2017

Kingdom Of You Personalised Book - Review & Competition



Lost My Name, the personalised children's gifts company have gone and done it again! Following on from their last release The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home they have just released a brand new book called The Kingdom of You and it's just as good, if not better than all their previous releases! 

I was given two voucher codes to order personalised books for both Noah and Ava which I liked because it allowed me to get face to face with their ordering system and I can happily report that it was very easy (and quite enjoyable) to order from them. 
For the purpose of this review I'm going to use Ava'a book as the example as I don't want to flit between the two different books and confuse you all. 



To order Ava's book I simply headed to the Kingdom of You section of the website entered her name and gender, then selected the character I wanted to use for her. I chose the little blonde girl because although Ava has dark hair at the moment I can see strands of blonde coming through, beneath the baby hair.

Personalising doesn't end there as and the choices you make when creating the book can really change up your story. The kingdom is named after them, you can choose your cast of characters (from dinosaurs, superheroes, animals, princesses and vehicles) and pick your child's favourite mouthwatering treat (pasta, pizza, ice cream, chicken and fruit.) You can also write a personalised dedication at the back of the book which I think is a lovely touch.


The story begins with the protagonist sulking in her room, she's fed up of being told what to do and above all, she's not going to tidy her room! Let's just say, she's a bit of a monkey! Beneath all the mess a laundry genie appears and grants her three wishes, which certainly turns her frown upside down!

For her first wish she asks to become a Queen of her very own kingdom because that way nobody would be able to tell her what to do anymore. Next up she wishes for princesses because she loves them just as much as she dislikes being told what to do. 


The characters had so much fun in her very own Kingdom, surrounded by hoards of princesses that she forgets how hungry she is. With that in mind her third and final wish she asks for a monster cone of ice cream and that is what she gets, literally! An ice cream monster appears and takes over the kingdom, creating utter chaos and bedlam! After lots of protests from her citizens she comes up with a master plan, to attack the ice cream monsters weak point, it's cone! Once she's won the battle with the ice cream monster she looks around and realises that everything is such a mess and she has to clean it up, it's her mess after all. She then takes off her crown and realises that she wished things were back to normal and thankfully the genie had a secret fourth wish up his sleeve and grants it for her.



Being able to personalise the book in so many different ways is so exciting for both parents and children alike. For Ava's book I chose her kingdom to be full of princesses and I chose ice cream for her food and for Noah I chose superheroes and pasta, his two favourites! These different choices make both stories quite unique from one another, both visually and story wise.

Noah thinks it's so cool (his words, not mine!) that he's a king in his story, that his kingdom is full of superheroes and that there was a monster made from pasta! It's his favourite book at the moment and we've not put it down since it arrived. Ava on the other hand, although she's small she's already enjoying books and I know that as she gets older she will love her Kingdom of You book just as much as her brother.


Kingdom of You is so much fun and one that can be read and enjoyed for years to come. It follows your child on a wild and wonderful adventure, with lots of twists and turns, I can't recommend it enough. It's also visually stunning, have you seen the illustrations?! It's suitable for up to 10 year old's and costs a very reasonable £19.99. 

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6/19/2017

Siblings - June 2017



You can't tell by looking at them but this months Siblings photo's were taken on our holiday in Marbella last month. I took so many of the pair of them during that week but decided to go for these three because I love how they flow and have the same colour temperature. I also love how it shows them bonding and just being themselves as this is what Noah is like with Ava every single day, he just seems to love her more and more as the months pass by. Can you believe she's now 3 months old? It's absolutely flown by! We are looking to book our next holiday abroad for next year sometime soon and it's so surreal to imagine how big they'll both be by this time next year and I imagine there will be lots of squabbles and not as many cuddles between them by then!




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