Monday, 28 July 2014

Milestone alert!

It honestly feels like yesterday that Annabelle was a newborn in my arms and now her most recent milestone has knocked me sideways, not only with sadness, but with complete and utter pride. 

A few weeks ago I was toying with the idea of removing the cot rails and giving her a cotbed, but I wasn't sure if she was ready. But my darling man and I took the steps to make that move when we felt it was right. We bought her a super cute Sofia the First bed bundle and even though my search for a bed rail that would fit Annabelle's cot width came up empty, a few Mums gave me the idea to use a pool noodle. Cheaper than a bed rail and apparently worked just as well! So I popped out and bought one, the last one in the store - phew!

At first I think, "a pool noodle? Really?" but then I thought about it and I reckon it would work just grand, but I suppose actually using it would reassure me that it works!

So with the bedding bought, delivered and waiting patiently to be opened and the pool noodle bought...I got to work! Annabelles cot swiftly went from this...
...to this...
Once this was done and Annabelle was brought upstairs to see it, I couldn't do anything but just sit, stare and well, quite frankly be an emotional wreck! I think when a baby's cot gets changed into a proper bed they are officially leaving behind their baby days and that was hard for me and the darling man to witness. 

Annabelle loved it though! She got straight up and in proper child-like style starting trying to jump on her bed. Even though she hasn't mastered jumping with 'two' feet off the ground yet, that doesn't stop her from trying!  
 Then, once it was time to put this gorgeous little bundle into bed. She went into bed perfectly, lay down, had her bottle and off to dreamland she went. I did find her like this though...
But...after fixing her and putting her the right way up...tucking her in and laying pillows on the floor...she was like this...
..and as I walked out of her bedroom, with a skip in my heart and a smile on my face. I could not of been prouder of our little muggle. Leaving her baby days behind and leaping right into the next chapter of her childhood. 


Annabelles monthly update!

I sit here shocked that I am even having to type up this post, and as I sit here, Annabelle is perched on the chair next to me chatting away. I adore her chatter, it's such a glorious sound to listen too. She's really trying and I am so excited for when she turns that final corner of actual words. No doubt a time I'll then be wishing she'd be quiet for just two minutes, lol. 

So where do I start about our toddlers progress? Gosh...well first of all, her highchair is being phased out and seems to be heading further and further into the corner of the kitchen. Annabelle now likes to sit at the table like her older siblings *makes a mental note to remember to buy a booster seat*. So our poor highchair will be getting fired up to the loft this weekend, or taken to the charity shop. 
Annabelle at four months.
Annabelle at a year & a half.

When it comes to her older siblings, the cuteness just unravels. They cosy up together and enjoy programmes like Pokemon, How to Train your Dragon on the iPad, and they even play games with her on it too. She loves hanging out with them and I truly hope that bond they all share never fades. It's too precious. 
When it comes round to meal/snack times, Annabelle still adores her food. She'll always go for veg before the staples and would choose a yogurt above all else if offered to her. We've started to give her a little bowl of her own cereal each morning too. She loves this! Although nine times out of ten she'll toddle over to steal Daddys breakfast, then once his is finished she'll go back and devour her own! 

Playtime is a bit of a stickler at the moment. She'd rather run around with her siblings than actually play with many of her toys. I think half of them she is too old for now {must do a clear-out!} and she's not got many that she finds engaging. So roll on the Big C this Winter as I've lots of *whispers* Happyland products lined up for her to fall in love with! But ssssh no spoiling it for her! ;) 
Lately and to my glorious surprise, Annabelle has taken quite a shine to having some colouring in pencils and some paper to scribble on. I am LOVING this and she really enjoys it. I remember trying her a few months back and she really didn't have any interest whatsoever. But now...she loves it. She may very well be a little lefty like her big Brother Jacob too!
If Annabelle loves anything, its going outside for a walk. She gets so excited when we put her Lindam safety harness on! We're lucky if we have it clicked on her before she makes a run for the door. Its so lovely how much she loves the outdoors.
But when the days are coming to a close and bedtime is looming, Annabelle loves nothing more than having her jammies put on, being given her bedtime dummy {naptime/bedtimes are the only times she gets it}, River gets placed into her arms and she snuggles down for the night. We adore that she sleeps all night now! Those sleepless nights are now well into our past and they can stay there! Waking up after a good nights sleep {bar the 5am wake up calls we've been having recently} you feel like you can face the day with a toddler that's always on the go!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Our week in Photos 20th-26th July 2014!

This week we've been blessed with sunshine so hot that it was kind've hard to stay out in it for too long! However, that's not to say we weren't loving it all the same! Being from N.Ireland, sunshine at that magnitude isn't often seen over here, so we made the most of it with homemade fizzy ice-lollys, swimming pool fun, garden picnics and so much more! Here's our week in photos!
As you can see the children had some seriously fun times in the pool. We went for lots of walks to the shops and local veggy shop at the bottom of our street, to stock up on ice pops, and Ellie has taken charge of 'walking' Annabelle wearing her harness, lol. 
Ellie needed some new clothes last week, so off out shopping we went and she chose this lovely jumper with a necklace attached saying 'LOVE' on it.

I bought the girls matching trainers, aren't they cute! They have glitter on them too so they sparkle in the sunlight, making them extra pretty!

We've started having Warcraft monopoly nights on Sunday with the kids. We bring out snacks, make pizza and just spend some fun time together.

Annabelle's toddler bed bundle arrived! Super exciting to be using that! We went out to lunch, had a delivery of some fun new toys for Miss Belle and enjoyed some date nights!
RARE TEEN PHOTO ALERT! I swear some people think my eldest two don't exist half the time as they are never ever in my photos, as they hate having their pictures taken! But when I see an opportunity, I snap it up! Mwahahah!

Annabelles joining in with her older siblings in playing fruit ninja {very funny!} and our craft box was replenished!

Annabelle having some snuggle iPad time with her older Brother and Sister, and I was even brought in a flower for my toddler this week too!

So, that was our week! How was yours? 




B&W Photography Project

Aside from being ninjas and full on 'mini' kung fu mastaass! My children also love to think they have water bending abilities. This will be all thanks to their love of the show Avatar: The Legend of Aang, and if you've ever seen it, you'll understand what I am on about.
But through snapping away at the children just throwing water up in the air and letting it fall onto their faces I managed to capture this shot. I have to hand it to Ellie, this freeze frame actually looks like she is commanding water droplets to rise from the pools surface.
And she thinks that is pretty darn cool! And I have to admit, so do I! It seems I have a little water bender in the family ;)

I am linking this up with Podcasts B&W Photography Project.

Silent Sunday - 27/07/14

Friday, 25 July 2014

Happy Sunny Days

Being from the beautiful lands of Northern Ireland, we're not exactly partial to much sunshine. Certainly not to the degree we've been blessed with lately. The weather has been glorious! So after getting a short heads up on our impending good weather, we popped out to buy a new paddling pool for the children. The Argos Sale was a blessing and I pick up this beauty!

I knew Ellie & Jacob would love it, but I wasn't sure how Annabelle would be with the pool as she isn't exactly a fan of the swimmers, mainly because she cannot be left to just toddle about on her own. But in this one she could & she knew it. Once she was up from her nap and had a little splash around with her hands, she climbed in before I got her nappy off her! 
The water was freezing but the children really didn't care! Kids are funny like that aren't they, they never feel the cold like us oldies do! 
The kids never budged from the pool the entire afternoon! We brought out random kitchen bits to add to the fun and before I knew it the kids where making waterfalls with colanders and Annabelle enjoying some pouring cups.
I'll give something for this toddler, she knows how to kick-back and relax! I adore the above photo as she is in full chill-out mode. Those arms splayed out, the feet floating in the cool water as the heat of the sun warms her back. Love it. 
And then excitement kicked in....and her little chunky monkey legs followed! Hahaha!

I think my blog is going to be filled with glorious summery photos over the next few days! After all they say a photo speaks a thousand words, so I figured I'd let my little snaps of happiness take over for a few days instead of me waffling on! ;) x


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Scooter Giveaway with Skate Hut!

When I was younger I remember wishing {from Santa} for a Scooter reeeaaaallly hard, and do you know what? I GOT ONE! Now, back then the scooters where a little different and so not the stunt wheeling, trick masters they are today! But through the years children have loved them and I think over this last year or so, that love has EXPLODED into such a craze, as now all I ever see are children on scooters! Including two of my own!
Now these are just wee cheap ones I'll admit, as I could never afford the costs of buying both scooter loving kids a fancy one each! Soooo I have teamed up with the fabulous Skate Hut to offer YOU a chance to win a Slaam Rage Classic III Scooter in either blue or green! RRP £67.95
These Slaam Rage Classic III Scooter is must have for all of those little stunt riders out there. This is an upgraded version of the Rage Classic II and has everything from hardened nylon core wheels, rubber BMX style handlebar grips, a quick stop rear brake and more!

So if you'd like to win this fabulous scooter and be the BEST parent in the world then just fill out the widget below!

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