Word Of The Week – Birthday

This week saw my youngest, Jake turn three. On Sunday we celebrated his birthday a couple of days early with a little party at home. We were so lucky as the weather was beautiful meaning we could take the party outside into the garden.

We don’t have a large family so having them all come together to celebrate with us meant a lot to me. Jake doesn’t have any little friends of his own yet but I’m sure that will change once he starts nursery.

Jake had a wonderful time, playing outside, eating pizza and cake. He even got to open some of his presents early. He was well and truly shattered once everyone went home.

On Monday night Jake went to bed as a two year old for the last time. Tuesday morning came quickly and he couldn’t wait to race downstairs and open his presents. He soon got to work tearing off the wrapping paper and opening his cards. He loved his balance bike and the Batman and Spiderman Duplo we had chosen for him.

After a quick whizz around the living room on his bike he was ready for his birthday breakfast of pancakes. In our house you get to choose a special breakfast on your birthday. I did feel a little sad as Daddy had to work and it was a school day for Daisy so Jake was stuck at home with boring Mummy for the day.

Once home from the school run, we got to work building the Duplo together. The rest of Jake’s birthday was spent playing and he even got to have another birthday cake which made him very happy indeed.

So now he is three and we eagerly await news of an early nursery place. He is more than ready to start his next big adventure.

Birthdays have also been the topic of conversation between Chris and I this week. I turn 40 in November and I’m still undecided as to how I want to celebrate (commiserate). I’ve settled on a night away on my actual birthday and family meal on the Sunday. I’m leaving it up to Chris to book somewhere nice.

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Now You Are Three

Dear Jake, today you turn three. I hope you have a happy day and enjoy the presents that Mummy and Daddy chose for you. It feels like only yesterday that you arrived in to the world. You weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and had the most beautiful head of thick hair. You were not happy to leave the comfort of Mummy’s belly and you let the whole room know with your angry cries of protest.

I won’t sugar coat it, the first year was tough. You suffered with colic and we couldn’t put you down for a moment. The angry cries continued and we didn’t know how to help you. Time moved quickly and before we knew it you were sitting, then crawling, then walking. We blinked for a moment and you grew in to a spirited toddler, full of fun and mischief.

There have been some challenging times, I won’t lie. You have brought us joy and frustration in equal measures. There have been days when every ounce of my patience has been required. Days where bedtime couldn’t come too soon.

But there have also been many more days where my heart has almost burst with pride. You are clever, independent, funny and oh so loving. You do this funny little side glance that you know makes Mummy laugh so much. When you wrap your little arms around my neck and tell me you love me I know I did a good job.

The last couple of months have seen us turn a huge corner with you. You seem to have grown up overnight. I am happy but I do wish time would slow a little, you are my last baby after all.

Now you are three the next big adventure awaits. Soon you will leave Mummy for a few hours and go to nursery. There will be friends to make, games to play and lots to learn. I have no doubts you will love it as much as your sister did.

Happy Birthday, my spirited blue eyed boy. We all love you so much.

Mummy x





Daisy’s Fifth Birthday Celebrations

I’m so happy that Daisy’s birthday fell on a Saturday this year. It’s almost impossible for Chris to get time off work in December so we were really happy he could be home to celebrate. Daisy is at that wonderful age where she gets so excited by celebrations. I’m sure she didn’t go to sleep straight away the night before her fifth birthday.

She asked for her birthday presents to go under the tree so of course I obliged. There was much excitement when she opened the living room door to find presents, balloons and a giant unicorn waiting for her. Opening of presents commenced, and although Jake was rather put out when he realised they were not his he helped pass them to Daisy. I don’t think there’s anything better on earth than watching an excited happy child opening presents. 
Once everything was opened there was just enough time for a ride on the giant unicorn before breakfast. Later that morning we surprised Daisy with a trip to visit Santa. We booked tickets for a local garden centre that has a grotto and little train ride. Both Daisy and Jake loved the experience and spent ages talking to Santa and putting in their requests. Daisy had requested lunch at the pub as her birthday treat. We visited a newly refurbished pub and had the most delicious meal. The birthday girl was over the moon to be allowed a fizzy drink the same as Mummy. With full bellies we went home to await the arrival of the special people in our lives. It’s lovely that they wanted to come and celebrate along with us.

Daisy got some lovely gifts from everyone, there were lots of crafts and activities for her to get stuck in to.Birthday cake was distributed and once everyone went home operation tidy up commenced. Daisy had a lovely day and we all went to bed shattered, we even missed family film night.

Next year we have promised she can have a party although I think we will host that out of the house and let someone else tidy up.




Now You Are Five

Five years ago today you almost refused to come in to the world. You’re stubborn little hand was placed firmly on you head and no amount of contractions would convince you otherwise. A very unexpected c-section later and you were born weighing 6lb 15oz, a tiny pink bundle of warmth.I never thought I would have another baby, I had already watched your big sister and brother grow into teenagers. But I knew deep down in my heart that I wasn’t finished with the baby years and you came along and proved me right.

From the moment you were born Daddy and I fell in love with you. Watching your little personality grow is a pleasure. You cemented our little family and brought us joy and laughter every single day.

You have grown in to a very clever, kind, loving and confident little girl. I’m so excited to see what the next five years bring for you. Every day is an adventure to you.One of the things I love most about you is that you view everyone as a potential friend. You have such a warm and welcoming personality which is a rare and special thing.Enjoy your day my little lovely, we will celebrate your birthday with a surprise visit to Santa and a pub lunch (as requested by you).

Being your Mummy is an absolute pleasure, love you always, no matter what.



Word of the Week – Birthday

This weeks word is Birthday. My eldest daughter and I both celebrated our birthdays this week. She was born the day after my 20th birthday and I wrote a blog post called ‘Now you are Nineteen’ for her.

My husband being the lovely man he is booked a couple of days off work so I could indulge in a few treats. On the morning of my birthday I didn’t have to lift a finger. A bacon butty with brown sauce was made for me and I enjoyed a leisurely morning.

I got some lovely presents which included a Smiggle advent calendar from the children and two brilliant Pop Funko figures. I also received some money as I love choosing some things for myself.img_30241 img_30271 img_30331In the afternoon we finished the Christmas shopping. I spent some of my birthday money on some candles, a lovely soft blanket and a few other things.img_30291In the afternoon I climbed under the duvet where I binge watched ‘Gilmore Girls’ and entered some competitions. I had my traditional birthday tea, corned beef mash followed by a slice of black forest gateaux. A strange combination but my absolute favourite foods in the world.

Tomorrow my daughter and I are off to town to treat ourselves with lots of goodies. Primark, Paperchase and Lush are all on the agenda. We don’t get to spend a lot of time together so planning a trip to town for our birthdays is really special to us.

This year is the last in my thirties and I intend to make it a good one.celebrateWhat do you do to celebrate your birthday ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you. I might not always reply but I do read and appreciate every single comment.