Summer has arrived all so suddenly here and I am taking advantage of this great weather and spending time in my garden pottering about. Pruning the roses, taking cuttings to have in the house, catching rainbows, keeping cool in Elliott's paddling pool and dinner in the cooler evening air.
Elliott and Lee haven't been very well so whilst Lee hides inside resting, I have been getting Elliott outside for a few minutes of fresh air. Watching the clouds roll by and the light peep through the blossom tree. The outdoors is a great big sensory for babies and I love showing Elliott all the flowers I have grown and letting him feel the leaves and grass on his toes.
I love our garden, the over grown shambles that it is. I have really started to tackle it and next February I intend on planting wild flower seeds and trying my hand at growing my own. Learning online about hot to grow them yourself and what soils etc are best. Its really interesting.
Elliott has been in the world just over 4 months . I still can't believe how fast he is growing. Every day he surprises me with how much he is learning. From finding his voice, which is rather loud, to trying his first piece of banana. Although I don't intend on feeding him food just yet, but I wanted to see how he felt about the texture. No rush of course and I want to try baby led weening so the closer to 6 months the better.
I thought today I would share some more of Elliott's likes and dislikes.
Things Elliott likes:
1. Falling asleep snuggled into your shoulder
2. Elliott loves his Jumparoo
3. Being naked (he used to hate it)
4. Watching Disney movies with Mummy
5. Charlotte and the girls
6. Bath time
7. Being picked up and put up in the air by Daddy
8. Calling him poopy pants
9. Laughing at everything
Things Elliott doesn't like:
1. Being on his back
2. Being craddled
3. Being crowded
4. Really loud noises
I stood here for awhile just looking into the distance. I smiled to myself and whispered, WOW. Just being in that space in that moment, on my own, I felt free. Free to sing, free to run and free to think all the happy thoughts I wanted.
I felt beautiful... because beauty isn't always about looking your best on the outside but also feeling your best on the inside.
I am so pleased with this series I have started so far and even more pleased that over on instagram, other mummy's and non mummy's have started to tag pictures to my little hash tag. I am pleased that I could inspire them to share a time when they felt truly beautiful. All girls should feel beautiful.
My wonderful friend and Elliott's pen friend, Forest's mummy Steph as also joined in with this series. Her photos are truly wonderful and of course she is beautiful in them. Please do take a peek here: The Reymond Tribe
'All women are princesses, it is our right.' - A Little Princess
I have always been one to worry. Big things, small things, it really doesn't matter. I worry about it all. My mind is a jumble of all the things I am trying to do and be, if you could step inside my head it would be like walking in to a battle. I long continues battle that some days ease but at the best part its loud. So so loud.
I want to start a change my mind, master the art of just being. No trying to be anything or do everything. To calm this storm that consumes my thoughts. I want to dive into my stitchings, watch my childhood movies, take long hot bubble baths when Elliott has gone to bed, write and just remember what it felt like to not have all these worries.
Tomorrow I am going to start these changes. Stop pushing myself to be a success in all that I imagine will make me a better person and just take myself as I am because really I am the best at what I hold dear, being a daughter, friend, wife and most of all a mother. Elliott is my future and what ever that entails I must put aside my insignificant worries and be strong for him, for he is mine, my sweet little wolf who loves me for all that I am, including my worries and battle field mind.
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
As a mummy, I am always on the look out for great products to protect my babies skin. I've used Bepanthen and Burts Bees nappy rash cream, but for me Sudocrem is by far our favourite cream for protecting Elliott from nappy rash. Good old Sudocrem. It was used on my tiny butt as a baby and now we use it on my little Elliott's butt. For some Sudocrem might be a little thick but now with this new version its a lot easier to apply as it is more of a ointment. I also love that it comes in an easy open bottle, ready for those more energetic nappy changes.
Over the past few weeks we have been testing this new product from Sudocrem. Elliott has never really suffered from nappy rash but as soon as I notice a slight change out came this bottle. Only a small amount is needed to cover the affected area and we noticed a change the next time it came to changing Elliott's nappy. It really is a great product that I highly recommend to all mummy and daddy's and as you can see Elliott loves it, so head to your local chemist or supermarket and grab your own bottle of this wonderful product.
(This is a collaboration and review post.)
We just celebrated your first Fathers Day. We went for a lovely picnic and I slept amongst old ruins right next to the river, whilst you and mummy ate sandwiches and talked.
I am so lucky to have a Daddy that always makes me laugh. I like that we have matching hats and that you say Whassup in a funny voice and it makes me laugh. I love looking at the funny pictures on your arms and your funny faces you pull. I love watching Sport with you and playing with my toys with you. I am sorry I puke on your shoulder some times and that I have pooped over you more times than I should.
My favourite thing to do with Daddy is sleep in the nook of his neck and shoulder.
You are my best friend, my hero and my Daddy. xxx