img_2601I’m a sucker for a celebration. If I can hang bunting and blow up balloons, I’m there. I also think it’s great to get your little ones involved with some themed activities, however big or small. We did a few things over the last few days that we would do anytime of year, but with a little valentine’s spin.

I bought a few new craft bits so we could make some valentine’s cards, which Daisy really enjoyed. Based on experience, a word of warning; do not go for a quick pee whilst your 3 year old has a pot of multi-coloured sequins to hand! I returned to the kitchen to find her not placing them on the card so gently as she had been, but showering herself in them instead, holding her very own mini confetti party. I’ll leave you to laugh at how long it took me to get those out of her hair!img1When Daisy was finally sequin free and looking less like she’d a night on the tiles, we decided to make some brownies. After several baking attempts in the past, I have no shame in saying that until Daisy appreciates ingredients need to be weighed and measured correctly, we will be using a ready bought cake mix. Just add an egg, water and butter you say? All hail Betty Crocker! img 2img_2604img 3img 4Finally, we had a little valentines themed breakfast on the weekend. If you’ve followed me for a few months, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of weekend family breakfasts; you can read a little more about what we do here. As always, it was nothing complicated and just thrown together in the morning. We all sat around the table, ate warm pain au chocolat and berries and laughed at Daisy dancing to Leon Bridges. img_2557img_2560img 5It just goes to show, you don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate and the impression it leaves lasts a long time. I’m sure Daisy will be asking to make brownies regularly and I’ll be finding sequins all over the house for weeks to come!

Emma  x

So last week started off much better; aches and pains were to a minimum, no nausea and more energy… hello second trimester, we finally meet again! I’m starting to feel those little flutters far more (as long as I’m sitting still or lying down) and no wonder; baby is the size of a croissant this week apparently. Sidenote: I LOVE the Ovia Pregnancy app! Anything that tells me the size of our baby in reference to Parisian bakery treats, is a winner for me.Unfortunately, our house quickly took a turn into germ city half way through the week and Daisy came down with a really nasty cough and cold. This quickly led to Jon being unwell too, although (touch wood) I’m germ free at the moment. I had the flu jab a couple of weeks back, so hoping that keeps me feeling good whilst the lurgy hangs around.

Spending the back end of the week and weekend with a 3 years old on my chest and lap for most of the time however, hasn’t helped those fading aches and pains. I pulled my stomach muscles badly through the night too, sitting up to get Daisy a drink or more medicine. Fingers crossed she’s through the worst of it now, and we can all get a good night’s sleep in the next few days.I had a good clear out of my wardrobe too and packed away things that aren’t going to fit me for a while now; goodbye high waisted jeans! I’ve ordered some pregnancy jeans and have one or two other ‘maternity’ bits, but for the most part I’m trying to only buy regular clothes that will see me through the next few months and can still be worn afterwards. I’m just looking forward to warmer weather for all the floaty dresses and flip flops. Ultimate comfort!

Emma  x

I’m not going to lie, this has been a tough week. Those stomach pains are still lingering and my nausea returned with a vendetta; cue Monday meltdown!

I had an antenatal appointment on Monday (everything running smoothly) and got to hear this little ones heartbeat; he or she is proving to be an energetic little wriggler already!

Once we’d got home and Jon was about to go to work for the evening, I started to feel really unwell and couldn’t move without feeling sick. At 17 weeks I hoped I was over nausea, but that definitely wasn’t the case early on this week.

I hadn’t slept great on Sunday night either, so a mixture of tiredness, hormones and sickness led to one of those marathon crying sessions; you know the kind, where you cry on and off for a few hours whenever anyone asks if you’re okay. I even roped my lovely brother in to get Daisy a Happy Meal for tea (the sickness was real guys!).

Thankfully, Tuesday was a little better and I’ve only had mild nausea in the evenings again. I even managed to wolf down this bad boy that Jon brought home (he knows the way to my heart!).Apart from nausea, everything else has been pretty normal and I can feel this little babe more and more everyday. Daisy has started looking at my growing bump regularly and telling me that I have a baby in there too; she’s going to be such a good big sister.We have a weekend full of celebrations now as it’s Jon’s birthday on Monday, so there’s lots of food and family time on the cards. Hope you all have a lovely week guys!

Emma x

How do children accumulate so much junk? Like, seriously? Daisy hasn’t long turned 3 and the toy situation was getting out of control. When Daisy started ‘playing’ with her toys a lot more, we decided to move the dining table into the kitchen, to give her (and the toys) a space of their own. This was great for a while, but gradually as more toys appeared, the room got cluttered and meant there was less and less space for her to actually play.

Everything was mixed up in a few large storage bags, so Daisy would end up tipping everything out and not actually playing with anything. As you can see, it started getting a bit out of hand.Just before Christmas, I decided enough was enough and armed with black bags, I started going through what felt like a real life version of pages 300 – 350 of the Argos catalogue. I threw out anything broken, separated anything that could be sold or donated and then split all the keepers into categories.

One mama and Daisy trip to IKEA (whilst wearing my very apt ‘Girl Power’ jumper), I picked up some storage units, boxes and obviously the essential napkins and candles; in our family, you don’t leave IKEA without them!I bought two of these units and eight storage boxes (similar here). I put them all together within an hour and already the room looked so much better. Label maker in hand, I popped one above each box to say what goes where and filled them up. The units themselves are the perfect height for sitting too, so a few pretty cushions made it a cosy reading spot.Daisy has so much more room to play now and it’s also helping to teach her to tidy her toys away; win, win! It made our Christmas shopping easier too, as we could see exactly what she has and what she loves playing with the most (as well as knowing what we can store and where). The blinds are a little squiffy and I’m planning on adding a few rails on the main wall for her arty stuff, but for now a few easy changes have made a huge difference to the little lady’s playtime.Emma  x

So this week marked 16 weeks of pregnancy and if it’s anything to go by, this one is totally different to Daisy. By now in my first pregnancy, I felt like a superhero; loads of energy, motivation and the only sign of pregnancy was my growing belly.img_2280This time however, my body is reminding me constantly that I am indeed ‘with child’. My belly has popped out way quicker this time, I’m still getting nausea (although only in the evenings) and tiredness is at a high. The biggest thing is the stomach pains I’m getting. I’ve tried everything from pregnancy yoga to Epsom salt baths and have even bought a pregnancy pillow, but nothing seems to ease it.img_2366Of course, having a toddler in tow this time is definitely going to change things; gone are the days of putting my feet up and watching box sets for days on end. Now, I’m picking Play-Doh out of the rug, having luke warm, shared baths with all the foam letters and trying to baby wipe my house clean, all whilst having “Johnny, Johnny” stuck in my head (if you know, you know).

Admittedly mind, I wouldn’t change it for the world and all the tough moments are immediately forgotten when Daisy declares me her “best friend” or I feel the little flutters of baby number two. img_2379We knew we wanted another baby and leading up to the wedding, I was kind of wishing time away so we could start trying. After trying for a year for Daisy, never did we imagine falling pregnant within a month of getting married! We feel incredibly lucky and honestly a little shocked!

I’m due 7th July and it’s absolutely flying by. We’re already at loggerheads on finding out what we’re having (we found out with Daisy), but I’m adamant on a surprise this time and given I’ll be the one who’s pregnant and going through labour, I’d say I have a strong argument haha! img_2352I’m going to keep posting some pregnancy updates, even if it’s just a reminder for us. I didn’t take a lot of photos or keep a diary whilst pregnant with Daisy and can’t believe how easy it is to forget it all. This time around, I’m going to record much more so we can look back on all the exciting times ahead.

Emma  x