Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 21-24

pregnancy-diaries-xmas-day-20-weeksSequins and the bump // 20 weeks pregnant, Christmas Day 2013

This was a bit of a lull time pregnancy wise, after the 20 week scan and over the Christmas break. Fortunately I was feeling a lot better by Christmas so had the energy to sprinkle some festive magic and enjoy the season. I was still suffering on and off with sickness though and had a constant horrible taste in my mouth which I didn’t experience first time around. I woke up with a headache on Christmas morning, promptly bringing back up the water I drank too. Pretty much like a hangover without the fun the night before! I guess I was dehydrated having had a busy Christmas Eve. We had a lovely, albeit quiet, family Christmas.

The post-Christmas blues kicked in a little in January, not a great combination with pregnancy hormones! Seren took a tumble on the way into nursery one day and we both ended up blubbing on our way through the door. I also started to feel overwhelmed at the task ahead of completing and handing over various work projects before maternity leave.

On a more positive note, I started an ante-yoga class once a week at the beginning of January with Jackie from the North London Yoga Studio. The class is a 5 week course (I’ve now done 3 courses!) which focuses on strengthening, breathing, positions for labour, relaxation, pelvic floor exercises (regretting not doing these first time around!) and tips for using birthing balls too. I’m absolutely terrible at sticking to an exercise routine but I have enjoyed these yoga classes so much. I wish I’d done the course in my first pregnancy but I think I’ve especially appreciated having a dedicated hour each week to focus on the new baby and prepare my mind and body for labour, amongst the mayhem of day to day family life. Jackie is absolutely lovely and peppers the lesson with amusing anecdotes! 

Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 17-20
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Little Star Number Two!

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Willows Farm Village, Hertfordshire

We finally made it to Willows Farm a couple of weeks ago! It’s only a 20 minute drive from here and pretty much everyone I know locally with children has been. The entrance fee is a bit on the expensive side compared to other local farms which put me off a little and made me think that we needed a “special occasion” to visit. We decided to add it to our pre-baby “to do” list as a special treat for Seren as who knows when we’ll get the chance again when the baby comes.

The day we went was a beautifully sunny Saturday at the end of March. Being the weekend, I was worried it might be crowded but it really wasn’t – perhaps it gets busier at the many special events the farm puts on but we didn’t have to queue for anything on our visit.

We started with the Bouncy Haystacks followed by an attempt to go on one of the fun fair rides before Seren changed her mind at the last minute (which happens often according to the guy operating the ride – by the way, all the staff members we came across were super friendly)!

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So we walked over to the outdoor Animal Feeding Area and saw some sheep, week old baby lambs, donkeys, camels and a miniature horse. You can buy animal feed if you like though we didn’t, I was keen not to get too close to the animals, especially sheep, lambs and goats as per the advice to pregnant ladies.

Willows-Farm2 Willows Farm Willows Farm Willows Farm Willows Farm Willows FarmAfter a sit down to work out what to do next, we got the last middle seats on Tristan the Runaway Tractor for a ride around the back of the farm which was fun, though I’d try to sit at the side next time to make it easier for Seren to see out.

Willows Farm Willows-Farm4We then walked back through the outdoor animal area to find somewhere to eat our picnic. Food is a little on the pricey side so we took our lunch with us and there are plenty of picnic tables, Seren was particularly keen on the tables with animal drawings around them.

Willows-Farm3After lunch we spent a long time playing in the Under 5′s Play Area. Seren loved pretending to drive the combine harvester whilst singing “The Wheels on the Bus”.

Willows-Farm5 Willows-Farm6 Willows-Farm7 Willows FarmThen we went to find the indoor animal area, the Stables, getting distracted by a little carousel ride on the way which Seren was brave enough to go on – twice! The rides are included in the entrance fee as is pretty much everything with the exemption of animal food, a couple of games and, of course, refreshments.

Willows-Farm8In the Stables we saw rabbits. baby chicks, pigs, piglets, horses and more lambs. Seren got to hold a guinea pig too which she was absolutely thrilled about!

Willows Farm Willows-Farm10 Willows Farm Willows-Farm9When we left we popped into Woolly’s Showtime Arena and caught the end of the “Meet Woolly” show. There are different shows throughout the day and I guess that makes a good wet weather option. After an ice-cream, the last activity was JCB driving in the JCB Young Drivers Zone, we actually have one of these at home, but no where near as much space to drive round!

Willows Farm Willows Farm Willows FarmThen it was time to go, but the only way we could get Seren to leave peacefully was by promising her she could buy something in the shop (terrible, I know). She chose a farm fuzzy felt activity and clung onto it in the car on the way home.

Willows FarmMrS likened the farm to an amusement park with animals as opposed to a farm with some extra attractions – there really, really is so much to do. We were there from 10am to 2pm and only left as Seren was really overtired by this point, we could have stayed until closing at 5pm. There were quite a few more activities and attractions we didn’t have time for including gold panning, falconry, puppet shows, arts and crafts, an indoor toddler play area and a sandpit play area. We will have to try to fit them in next time!

Willows Farm Village currently has an Easter Extravaganza running until Easter Monday.

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Books Lately // Me

Books Lately // April 2014Reading has been off the agenda for the last couple of years – I don’t commute by public transport anymore, we haven’t had any long relaxing holidays and I’m generally shattered and collapse into bed at the end of the day. I’ve been making more of an effort lately though and have read a whole 3 books since January (go me!) with the most significant being ToddlerCalm: A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith.

I can’t reiterate enough how useful I’ve found this book! I’m not really one for parenting manuals and this is the first “behaviour” type book I’ve read. We were blessed with a relatively calm, sleeping OK, eating OK baby so perhaps I never felt the need for any manuals before but life with a toddler is generally tricky at the best of times. Mum of four Sarah promotes a “gentle” approach to parenting based on empathy and trust. She is also refreshingly honest about the ups and downs of her own parenting experiences. The book starts by explaining how the toddler’s developing brain works and how society’s expectations that toddlers should sit sill, share, sleep through the night are rather unrealistic when you look at the cognitive limitations of children that age.

Sarah believes that traditional toddler parenting tools used such as the naughty step, reward charts and over-used or non-specific praise can actually promote longer term undesirable behaviours. She uses a CRUCIAL framework to base her guidance around – Control, Rhythm, Understanding, Communication, Individual, Avoidance and unconditional Love. A couple of tips that I’ve picked up that are really working for us are to let Seren control some aspects of day to day life such as choosing what to wear, repeating back to her some of the things she says when she is angry or upset so at least she knows she is understood (even if she cannot have another biscuit!) and allowing myself to avoid situations that really don’t work for us. I feel much calmer as a result and a friend commented the other day that Seren seems calmer lately too!

Last summer I wrote about how much I was enjoying The White Queen TV series and associated books written by Philippa Gregory. I’ve now read the follow on book, The White Princess, which tells the story of Princess Elizabeth of York who marries Henry VII following his defeat of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as the earlier ones in the series but I blame the factual events for that as opposed to Philippa’s writing! I always found Henry VII the dullest Tudor monarch when studying history and was keen to get past him to the more interesting Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The book does bring the historical figures to life well though and I empathised with Henry VII’s vulnerability and paranoia whilst he tried to keep hold of the throne against a backdrop of plots and betrayal. There’s no great love story between this King and Queen, perhaps to be expected given it was an arranged, dynastic match made by their mothers (the White and Red Queens). Legend has it that the couple are the King in the counting house counting out his money and the Queen in the parlour eating bread and honey in the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence.

On that note, if you like useless historical information and also London then you’ll enjoy I Never Knew That About London by Christopher Winn. Possibly the best “stocking filler” type book I have read! The book takes you on a journey through different areas of London telling behind the scenes stories of buildings and landmarks and what happened in them. I think my favourite story was about the 18th century traffic becoming so congested on London Bridge that the Mayor decreed that all traffic going into the city must keep on the west side of the bridge and all traffic going out of the city to keep to the east. This is the supposedly why we in the UK drive on the left hand side!

I’m now reading Bumpology: The myth-busting pregnancy book for curious parents-to-be by Linda Geddes with a view to finishing it whilst still pregnant. Let’s see.

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Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 17-20

Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 17-20The bump during my 17th and 19th weeks

Two lovely things happened at around the 17 week mark, my bump began to pop out and I started to feel the first baby flutterings. Both of these were a couple of weeks earlier than in my first pregnancy, I guess my tummy muscles are weaker than before and they say you feel the baby move earlier in subsequent pregnancies simply as you know what the feeling is! In the crazy busy world of life as a working mum with a toddler, I really began to relish the quiet time first thing in the morning when no-one else was awake but me and the growing baby fluttering like a butterfly. I could still dress my bump in my roomier pre-pregnancy clothes for a few weeks yet.

Something not so lovely also happened – half of one of my teeth fell out! I guess that’s what you get when you are relying on Polo mints and lemonade to deter morning sickness! Fortunately my dentist could see me quickly and made as best she could with the tooth until post pregnancy when I can have some more robust work on it. My morning sickness had definitely started to ease off by around week 18 but continued nonetheless.

Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 17-20

The week before Christmas, at the end of the 20th week we had our 20 week scan. This one was slightly more tricky than the 12 week scan and the sonographer couldn’t see the baby’s spine as clearly as she wanted to. So we went for a walk and a coffee and came back for another go. Baby was more co-operative that time and everything seemed fine, another anxiety reducing pregnancy milestone passed. We opted not to find out the gender again as we hadn’t first time around, hugely tempting as it was.

Around this time we started to drip feed the news about the baby to Seren and she took to pointing at my décolletage and saying “mummy’s got a baby in her tummy”. Of course, she thinks that she has a baby in her tummy too, sometimes three babies! Writing this at 35 weeks pregnant, I’m still not quite sure what she thinks about the baby who seems to have forever been in mummy’s tummy – I guess we will find out soon.

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Little Star Number Two!

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Van Hage at Great Amwell

Garden centres don’t seem to be just about gardening anymore. Not round here anyway, we have ones that we go to for soft play and to meet Father Christmas. Van Hage’s in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire certainly takes the “frills” up a level and we headed there for a Sunday trip out in late February. It was the end of half term and the centre was playing host to a visiting circus. I thought the circus show might be too long for Seren to sit through but I’ll keep an eye out for it returning in the future.

We started our visit with a ride on the miniature railway which is operated by the East Herts Miniature Railway Society and runs on weekends and some week days during school holidays. Tickets are £1 and under 2s are free.

Van Hage 4 Van Hage 5Seren and daddy were supposed to take the ride with me holding on to the bag and taking photos but she wouldn’t settle and wanted to sit with me so MrS and I switched places at the last minute. We spent the first part of the ride with her clinging to me but by the end she was confident enough to sit facing forward! Though still not looking too happy about it! Of course as soon as we got off she wanted to go on again though.

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We then made our way to the Animal Gardens, although someone was hugely distracted by the amazing playhouses on sale! The Animal Gardens is a little licensed zoo and, surprisingly, entrance is completely free. You can buy animal food if you wish. We saw rabbits (Seren’s favourite!), meerkats, mamosets, tortoises, a variety of birds and a couple of goats.

Van-Hage-3 Van Hage 9 Van-Hage-2 Van Hage 9 Van Hage 9 Van Hage 10 Van Hage 11 Van Hage 12 Van Hage 13 Van Hage 13Our own tummies were rumbling by this point so we headed to the (very, very busy!) cafe for sandwiches and cake (though they did have Sunday roasts on offer too for those looking for something more substantial). Then it was my turn for a treat and I got to browse the different shopping sections whilst MrS entertained Seren. She kept him on his toes with her latest favourite game of running off whilst shouting “you can’t catch me!”. They have a pretty impressive range of cookware, clothing, toys and gifts, not to mention gardenware too. I was very restrained and came away with, brace yourselves, some eco-friendly slug and snail deterrant stuff! There seems to be an abundant number of baby snails in our flower beds, I guess the mild winter has helped with that. Seren is thrilled with this development, I on the other hand, not so much!

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Nursery Inspiration – Duck Egg, Grey and Yellow

I wrote a “home improvements” introduction post last summer and the first proper update I have to write about is the new nursery! Nothing like a new baby deadline to get things moving! The nursery used to be a spare room, untouched since we moved in and full to the brim of boxes and “stuff”. It’s a similar size to Seren’s room which I am hoping will reduce future sibling bedroom squabbles!

We moved into our house 2 months before Seren’s arrival and her nursery, whilst being perfectly adequate, was a bit thrown together in a rush with a lack of budget. It’s been lovely to put more thought into the new nursery and spend hours on Pinterest getting ideas (ok, perhaps too many ideas!). We have opted for a duck egg blue and bright yellow theme (I’m hoping it will be calm yet cheery) and are re-using Seren’s nursery furniture. This is a non-expensive range from IKEA (discontinued) which I am not in love with but will do. Seren is also having her room decorated and she gets the new furniture (more on that soon).

We’ve finished the big stuff in the nursery – wallpaper stripped, walls and ceiling re-plastered, radiator moved, walls, ceiling, coving and woodwork painted. Seren has moved in there temporarily whilst her room is being decorated and when she vacates it we can finish it off. Here is the inspiration board behind the room:

Nursery-Inspiration

The circles along the bottom are the paint and fabric choices. Left to right: Homebase Sanctuary Eggshell paint for the woodwork in Cosy, this looks more off white in real life; Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey which I’m going to use to try to paint an old IKEA Expedit unit. In the tin it’s more of a putty than a grey but I think it will look more grey on the furniture; Laura Ashley Duck Egg Matt Emulsion for the walls; Acacia Hummingbird fabric in Honey. I am in love with this fabric! I’ve used it to make a little cushion so far and plan to make a lampshade using my new found skills. I am considering using it to make simple curtains too as I cannot find any off the shelf ones I like. We have a blind in there too so I don’t need to rush this. 

The squares down the left hand size are inspiration photos I found on Pinterest. The top square (source) uses an Expedit unit the same as ours and I love the greyish walls, bright yellow curtain combination. I’d like a similar rocking chair too for night feeds. On the middle square (source) shows some little shelves which I’m considering. We will have less surface space in this nursery for decor and practical items so some shelves make sense. I love the grey wardrobe in the bottom square (source) and have considered painting the one we have but have not reconciled that idea to being a valuable use of my time and energy as yet.

Moving onto the overlapping squares on the top right, these are photos from the same nursery (source) and I’m going to have a go at fabric filled embroidery hoops and the felt mobile if I have the time!

The product pictures further down the right hand side are: Cot – a similar IKEA cot to the one we have (which matches the wardrobe and changing station) to give you an idea; Hooded towel – grey star baby towel from H&M; Box – cheap and bright yellow storage box from H&M; Blanket – I love this grey, white and yellow chevron baby blanket from Mamas and Papas; Cushion – bright, patterned cushion from H&M, for sitting on the floor cooing over the new baby!

You can see more ideas on my Pinterest nursery board. I will share photos of the nursery very soon as things start to come together.

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Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 13 – 16

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At the end of my 13th week we had our 12 week scan (I was 12 weeks and 6 days) and got to see our new baby for the first time! I was nervous and slightly over emotional in the days running up to it. Pregnancy has always seemed a bit hypothetical to me until after the first scan, but the scan went well, there was definitely a baby in there! It only took one attempt for the sonographer to see what she needed to see too – we had to have three attempts at Seren’s 12 week scan which involved power drinking coffee and water to fill my bladder in between attempts and star jumps in the car park to shift her into a better position! This time I was more prepared and had followed the hospital’s instructions to drink 750ml of water in the hour before the scan (a balancing act of course, you don’t want a too full bladder or you’ll need to empty it!). I’d swiped a Crunchie too from our Trick or Treat stash to give the baby energy to move around.

The baby was face down for its photo (the one above), exactly the same as Seren was for hers. And I was measuring 4 days ahead too, exactly the same as with Seren again. However, this time around the due date should officially move to reflect the scan date but the midwife I saw at 16 weeks let me keep my original date. If Seren’s due date had moved forward, my labour would have been induced – a scenario I am keen to avoid and am hoping that a few days here or there won’t be an issue this time.

We opted to have the nuchal testing which aims to detect chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome on the basis that if something was detected then I’d like to be aware. From friends’ experiences, I knew I’d receive a call a couple of days later if the scan had picked something up (you get a letter with results a couple of weeks later if you are deemed low risk). I did get a call from the hospital 4 days later which sent me into a slight panic but it was only to go over some of the questions relating to the test – did I smoke, had I had a baby with Down syndrome before etc. The call wasn’t handled in the best way with the midwife firing the questions at me, only stopping to explain why she was calling (a form hadn’t ben filled in correctly) when I asked her repeatedly if there was a problem. I was in a cafe at the time with people I didn’t know very well and was also running round after my toddler - not ideal! I got home to a voicemail from the head midwife asking me to call her back urgently and that she was calling about the nuchal test – another slightly heart stopping moment but she had crossed wires with the original midwife who had called me and didn’t realise I had already given the answers to the questions. A couple of weeks elapsed and still no results letter so I rang the head midwife and she was able to give me the result on the phone – a low 1/9700 risk of Down syndrome which meant I could finally relax about it. I’m not very good at living in limbo and not knowing these things! I do appreciate though that these woes are no comparison to those who receive worrying news at this stage.

A few days after the scan we shared our news with friends and family and could finally stop hiding it! As I mentioned earlier, at 16 weeks I had my first community midwife appointment which went well although I didn’t get to hear the heartbeat this time. I heard Seren’s at 16 weeks but not all midwives like to check for it that early as it can be hard to detect at that stage.

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Little Star Number Two!

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Jacob’s Pizza Express Party

Jacob's Pizza Express PartyJust before Christmas we headed to one of our local Pizza Expresses to celebrate Seren’s friend Jacob’s 4th birthday. Birthday parties up to now have typically been either house or soft play parties so this was the first one Seren has been to with a defined activity. I was slightly nervous she might be too young to “get” it – and she certainly doesn’t sit on her chair for very long when we go out for a meal – but fortunately she really got into the pizza making spirit of things!

Jacob's Pizza Express Party

When we arrived at the party there were aprons to put on and a little paper chef’s had to draw on and decorate with stickers. The children had their starters – the usual Pizza Express dough balls and vegetable crudite smiley faces. Then the chefs brought out plain pizza bases for each child to decorate followed by a variety of toppings – tomato sauce, cheese, ham, pepperoni and olives.

Jacob's Pizza Express Party Jacob's Pizza Express PartySeren had a bit of each topping and scoffed most of her olives too. The pizzas were then whisked away to be cooked. By this point, I was ravenous (I blame pregnancy!) so ordered a Veneziana to share to with MrS. After the children had eaten their pizzas they ran around for a bit (we were in a private room), chasing balloons and playing games before tucking into ice cream followed by some of Jacob’s amazing Incredibles birthday cake. Lots of fun!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Little Star and Me: Willows Farm: March 2014

We’re having a low key one here – my only requests have been a lie in and to have a day free to myself to potter about. I was initially super impressed that Seren had laid in until 7.45am before realising that MrS had already put the clocks forward so it was really 6.45am in old money. Anyhow, a lovely first read of a 3 week old magazine, breakfast and some lovely cards and presents later, it’s not too shabby. MrS was a star and helped Seren pick up some Mama Mio Lucky Legs cooling gel for me! I love this and the tingly, energised feeling it gives but it is a little on the pricey side so not something I’d buy for myself.

The photo above was taken yesterday at a lovely day out to Willows Farm in Hertfordshire. I’m usually behind the camera but have been consciously trying to get more photos of Seren and I together.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and mother-to-bes out there! I’m currently on eye covering duty watching The Gruffalo’s Child but hoping to tackle some crafting later!

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Life in photos, late winter 2014

Hello spring! I thought it was about time for a photo round up of some of the things we’ve been up to since Christmas – things that I haven’t written about already or aren’t in my to blog pile! Most of these photos are taken with my iPhone so the quality is most definitely variable.

late-winter-2014In January we went to a soft play party to celebrate Seren’s friend Elizabeth turning 2. Seren’s soft play confidence levels have increased a lot over the last couple of months and she will happily go round the course without adult help. Phew – this allows me to sit and have a cup of tea whilst keeping an eye on her and will no doubt be much appreciated when we have the new baby in tow too.

late-winter-2014-2Another birthday party! We went up to Northamptonshire to celebrate our friend Beth’s 40th. There were lots of children’s activities – lovely garden to explore, dancing, a treasure hunt, pass the parcel, cake (of course!) and fireworks too! The photo on the right is of Seren looking up in awe at the fireworks. After bonfire night and some Christmas display fireworks, Seren has a bit of thing about them and she asks us to find displays on YouTube for her to watch. She has 2 stock conversation starter phrases: 1) “I saw the animals!” 2) “I saw the fireworks in the sky!”.

late-winter-2014-3I had a work trip to Brussels at the end of January, which would turn out to be my last trip before maternity leave. The first photo is the view from my hotel room, which doesn’t look like much but I was thrilled to stay in the city centre as all my trips last year involved an airport hotel. The second photo is a divine pancake in lieu of lunch at Brussels Midi station before getting on to the Eurostar for the journey home.

late-winter-2014-4Whilst I was away, Seren had a Pirates and Princesses day at nursery and daddy dressed her as a pirate. Dress-up has now become a big thing with fairy costumes being the favourite at the moment.

late-winter-2014-5I had a couple of extra days off work in February and enjoyed taking Seren to Jack and Jill’s Music Club which we aren’t usually able to get to. I used to take her when she was a baby (despite the noise she used to always fall asleep) and we both enjoy it – it’s fast paced with lots of interactive songs, instruments and a cuppa for the grown ups afterwards. I’m hoping to get there more regularly now I’m on maternity leave. Here is Seren after the group with her friends Molly and Lola.

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Walking is another big deal at the moment. We haven’t ditched the buggy completely (the couple of times I did ditch the buggy, I ended up carrying her which isn’t great for either of us) but Seren prefers to walk for part of our journeys. So we now have to leave a lot of extra time – she loves to sit on walls, pick up sticks, pine cones, daisies and stop to look at trains, buses, postmen, dogs, ducks and other children. After a couple of nerve wracking trips which involved me shrieking about road safety and grabbing hold of her, she is now pretty clued up and will follow the rules. Which are that she is not to run ahead, not to teeter on the edge of the pavement and to absolutely always stop when she gets to a road and hold my hand when we cross it. She shouts at me now if I’m too near the edge of the pavement! Buggy-wise we are still using the Bugaboo Bee that we’ve had since she was born but I’ve been lent a Phil & Ted’s double buggy to use when number 2 arrives. I’m going to get a buggy board for the Bee as well and can alternate between that and slinging the baby and Seren sitting in the buggy. Luckily, the Bee is so flexible and converts quickly and easily!

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Scabble! My Valentine’s gift to MrS, I decided to get something to try to keep our brains active over the next couple of months! We’ve played it once so far and I had a jammy last minute win as MrS graciously let me have viva. First sign of spring in the garden – daffodils! We now have hyacinths and tulips too. I’ve been trying to focus on them and not the missing fence panels and general post-winter mess! We did manage to have a bit of a garden tidy last weekend, though I over did things as ached the next day. I am keeping our gardening plans very low key this summer.

late-winter-2014-9Lunch bear idea from Pinterest! Bread slightly rounded, with peanut butter on top (you could use Nutella) with banana and blueberry ears, nose and mouth.

late-winter-2014-10My amazing belated birthday cake! MrS did well – meringue, rose cream, jam and strawberries. I did wonder how on earth we would manage to eat it all but 3 days later it was all gone.

late-winter-2014-11Family visit and a trip with the scooter to Grovelands Park. If I thought walking with Seren was nerve wracking then scooting is another level! Hopefully we’ll get to take it out more now the weather is looking up and she’ll get the hang of it. She loves to do a flamingo pose on it at the moment – pushing off then sticking one leg out to the side. I have no idea where that has come from.

late-winter-2014-12We went to a great party to celebrate Erin’s 3rd birthday at the beginning of March. Bouncy castle, soft play, face painting, party tea then pass the parcel. A lot of fun. And look at the cake! Erin’s clever mummy Charlotte made it. Seren had her face painted for the first time but was a little unsure of the process so we went for a little cheek butterfly. She was disappointed when she woke up the next morning and it had flown away!

late-winter-2014-13 late-winter-2014-14Pancake day! After a couple of mouthfuls of Nutella from the jar, Seren wasn’t too interested in her pancake. But she was excited about flipping it in her little toy frying pan! Then she grabbed a tea towel to turn into a picnic blanket and got some of her soft friends together to have a pancake picnic. The party culminated in her reading them a made up story about Peppa Pig. These photos are terrible but it was such a sweet moment I couldn’t leave it out!

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