Monday, 9 July 2018

Girls Summer Wishlist

Same as with Jackson, Florence doesn't need much in the way of clothes. She got a huge amount for her birthday! Last year she was mainly in babygrows though, so it was so much fun looking for proper girly bits this time. 

Again, my first destination was Zara, and they had some gorgeous dresses. Florrie lives in dresses nowadays and she looks totally cute in them. The first one that grabbed my attention was this rainbow print one. 



This is another pretty one, the palm trees scream summer holidays!



One of the reasons that I love dresses is because they are an outfit in one and the same goes for playsuits - so easy in morning and for holiday packing.



I love this jumpsuit too, from Matalan this time!!!!! Amazing print and now she's so quick at running around it would make her easy to spot, when I turn my back for 20 seconds, haha!



I brought this for a party recently and she looked so cute in it! I love the matching nappy cover.



This set from Next is so affordable for 3 outfits. I really like the frilly sleeves and the bunny ears on one of the tops, uber cute. 



Sunsuits are my go to item for holidays, as they protect their young skin and means I'm not so worried about them being in the sun. I also like them to be separate so that I can change nappies easily if need be. I also use them a lot when they are playing in the garden, saves ruining their outfits because they are always filthy when they come back in from the paddling pool! This print is so in at the moment too. 




Where are you shopping for your little ones this Summer? 

Love Sophia xxx

Friday, 29 June 2018

Boys summer wishlist

Jackson doesn't really need any new clothes at the moment - most of his bits from last year are still fine and he got quite a bit for his birthday but it doesn't mean that I can't look!!!!

The first place I looked was Zara and I have already bought a few pairs of leggings that I like but the rest I wasn't a huge fan of (I know, crazy seen as I'm normally a massive fan of Zara!). One of my favourite's were these ones: 


I did love these shorts though, they are quite a neutral colour but with a print which makes them a little different:



This one had to be in my list as Jackson would love it! I also love the bright colours so I would be able to spot him in the playground amongst the sea of children. 



Jackson had a similar one last year and loved it! He is definitely the best big bro!!! 



Jackson is a massive Buzz fan. He already has a dress up outfit and a couple of PJ's, so I know he would love to wear this around the pool. Although i'm not sure the white would stay white for very long! 



A friend of mine has always said that she loved Matalan for her little girl but I never found boys bits that I liked. That is until recently, now they have got it going on!!! And the best bit is that it's so cheap as well. This shirt just screams holiday and I may have already bought it, oops! 



And of course, to match I bought some pink shorts, which he looks just adorable in!!! One thing I found was the older boy bits were much better and I couldn't really see much difference in the sizes so brought him the age 4 and they fit him just fine. 



Now this is my type of hat! I love him in a trilby hat and the palm tree design is too cute. 



Where do you like shopping for your little ones? 

Love Sophia xxx

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Open letter to Florences - March 18

Dear Florence, 

This is my first letter to you and I thought that, now you are one, it was about time I wrote to you. 

First of all, how are you already one!? It felt like you were little for a lot longer than Jackson was but at the same time, you seem so grown up now. You have so much character, even though you barely talk, which is fine as I know that you will in your own time. However, when you want something or want to call someone over you just grunt loudly, which is so funny. 

Just like your brother, you are into everything! This time around, at least we have everything already childproofed but if I leave a kitchen cupboard open you are in there like a flash and giggle the entire time knowing that you shouldn't be doing it! 

Music and dancing has to be your favourite thing. As soon as I put any music on you start bopping and grinning. I think your favourite has to be Red Hot Chilli Peppers, which would have made you Grandad very proud. 

I have been working quite a bit recently, so you have spent lots of time with Yaya who, just like with your brother, I am a bit worried you are starting to prefer more than your Dada and I, haha! After the Easter Break, Jackson will be going into pre-school so you will have some real 1-2-1 time with Yaya, which I know that you'll both love! 

Next week we are off on a skiing holiday. We have had lots of snow at home to get you used to it, which at first you hated but not sure if it was because I wrapped you up in loads of layers and made you wear big snow boots. You have definitely started to enjoy it now though and I can't wait to see you both playing in all the snow! 

Keep being your happy, gorgeous little self! 
Love you loads
Mama xxx 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Florence's one year update

Dear Florence,

How are you one already!? It went so quickly with Jackson but this time seems even quicker!!! What an amazing year it has been.


This month we had your 10/12 month check which you aced! We also had lots of your friends birthday party's this month. 

For your birthday Dada had the day off, so we went to Jo jingles, as we normally do, and then, afterwards, we went to a new Soft Play, which both you and your brother loved. Then at the weekend, we had the family over for some food and of course lots of presents - you were so spoilt. 

A couple of weeks after your birthday we had a birthday/naming ceremony for you. It was so much fun and you were so well behaved! Gigi came over to celebrate with you, which is always amazing to have her over. 

You had a reaction to eggs when you were about 7 months, so we had an appointment with the allergy testing department but you got the all clear, which is brilliant news. 

Milestones

You now have 12 teeth. You got all 4 molars at the same time and you were really not yourself! We felt so sad for you but hoping that you'll have a break from teeth now.  


At about 11 and 1/2 months you started walking and you are now pretty much running! It was so lovely to see you walking around at your birthday party. 

You haven't got many new words but you have started saying 'Hiya'. 


Just like your brother was, you are into everything!!! Luckily everything is baby proofed already but if I leave anything out or the door to the hallway open, you are out or up the stairs like a shot! 

Routine

8:00am - Wake up

8:30am - Breakfast; porridge, toast and banana
9:00am - Get dressed and play
10:00am - Nap; often in your carseat as we go out
11:00am - Wake up
12:00pm - Lunch; sandwich thin and cucumber
12:30pm - Play
1:30pm - Bottle
2:00pm - Nap
3:30pm - Wake up and play
5:00pm - Dinner; some of whatever I make Jackson
6:00pm - Bathtime
6:30pm - Bottle
7:00pm - Bed

You sleep all the way through which we are very happy about!

Weight

You are mainly in 9-12 month clothes but you got so many 12-18 month bits for your birthday, so I am rolling up legs and sleeves so that they fit you! You now weigh 17lbs 8oz and are on the 9th percentile. I know that you shouldn't compare but your brother weighed 25lbs 2oz at this point, which makes me laugh - how can my 2 children be so different! Haha!

Love you so mu
ch. 

Mama xxx









Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Why I blog

I have never really thought of the reason why I blog, it is just something that, one day, I decided to do. I once saw a post on Facebook saying 'I've become a mum so I have started a blog', and that pretty much sums me up.

Part of the reason I do it is because of the fact that my family is scattered around the world and especially for my Yaya, who is at the age that means she isn't really an IPhone fan, but is more than capable of looking at Facebook and I can really tell how much she appreciates it. I also think that she thinks I'm famous because of my youtube videos, ha!

Another reason is that I am and always have been a busy body. Don't get me wrong, I do like to relax and watch TV but even then I like to be looking on the internet, meal planning or looking at holidays that I want to go on. My friend Kirsty, who is sadly not with us anymore, used to say that I always have 101 things to do, which is very true!!! I took a year off for maternity leave, which I loved but I needed to find something new as a hobby that I could also do with Jackson being around.

I have to admit, the main satisfaction I get from blogging is not only have I got a hobby, I have these amazing memories to look back on. Why don't you write and not share I hear you say? Basically, it makes me do it and gives me deadlines to get posts done by. I think up titles or topics and make myself write about it - if I wasn't doing it for a blog, something else would surely get in the way and I would never get them done!

The whole reason that I chose to write this blog was because I was looking at my stats, something I really don't look at very often, but I was wanting to see which were my top 5 post and the one that was amongst them was an open letter to Jackson, when he was 14 months old. I read it and cried, I cried because not only do I write about how much I love him but also I cried about what I had forgotten about. His smile that used to greet me when I got him up in the morning (I am now greeted with either a bogey he wants to give me or him telling me he's done a poo, which I am sure will be another memory I will cry about in the future. I also forgot about his crying when he teethed, something at the time I wanted to forget but now I remember the cuddles and naps he had on my chest, when he needed comforting.

Thank you so much for reading my little blog posts and for commenting and sharing.

Love Sophia xxx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Florence's 11 month update

Dear Florrie, 

Another 2 months have flown by and you'll be turning one next month!!!! 


You had your first sleep over with Yaya this month, who told me that you and your brother were so good! I went back to work too and you've adapted so well to the new routine. 

You also started swimming lessons again, which we had stopped while I was training for my new job. 

Your Gigi came to visit and we had your first Christmas, which was so special. We all spent the week in Hensol, Wales, and had an amazing little holiday together. You did become very attached to Dada while we there though but it was lovely to see your bond grow.

For the lead up to Christmas, we went to see Santa at Odds Farm, had many Christmas parties and also had an early 'Corbitt Christmas' with the rest of the family, for which, just like the real day, you were spoilt rotten! 

When we were on holiday, we also celebrated my 30th birthday, which you and your brother got me loads of amazing prezzies for! A few days after coming home, we saw in the New Year at a friends house, where you were so well behaved. 

Milestones

You now have 8 teeth, which we see all the time as you are always smiling. 


You have taken a few steps now - you can stand by yourself very well but need to work on your walking. 

You also don't stop talking - you say mama, dada, bubu and baba... all the time! 

You have finally started eating properly, which the dogs are very disappointed about, haha! You are now completely on formula too, which I was very upset about but I love that other people can feed you now. 

Your favourite toy is the kitchen that your Dada and I got you and your brother for Christmas, although your favourite thing to do is mess it all up, haha!!

Routine

8:00am - Wake up
8:30am - Breakfast - porridge, toast and banana
9:00am - Get dressed and play
10:00am - Nap - often in your carseat as we go out
11:00am - Wake up 
12:00pm - Lunch - sandwich thin and cucumber  
12:30pm - Play 
1:30pm - Bottle
2:00pm - Nap
3:30pm - Wake up and play
5:00pm - Dinner - some of whatever I make Jackson 
6:00pm - Bathtime 
6:30pm - Bottle
7:00pm - Bed

You sleep all the way through which we are very happy about! 

Weight

You had a few months where you didn't put on any weight and even dropped a tiny bit but this month you put some on, yay!!! You weighed 17lbs 1oz and are now on the 9% line. You are pretty much completely in 9-12 months clothes, although some 6-9 months still fit you very well. 

Love you so much but you need to stop growing up so quickly! 














Love Mama xxx

Monday, 8 January 2018

Florence's 8 Month Update

Dear Florence, 

Wow what a whirl wind the last 2 months have been. We all went on a family mini-break in somewhere near Oxford, where we stayed in a really cute little cabin on a farm and you were such a good little girl! We all ended up sleeping in the biggest bed ever most nights, which was so lovely for your dada and I, getting to have cuddles with you and your brother. Shortly after our little holiday, I then had to leave both you and your brother for a whole week, which was so hard but it was all for the family!! I am starting a new job, which I think will give us the best work/family balance, and had to go on a training course for it. When I came back, I heard all about how you were so good for your Dada, Yaya and Grandma. 
Straight afterwards, we got to go on another holiday to Spain too! You absolutely loved the beach but you ate so much sand that you were pooing it for days, haha!!! 

Milestones

We have missed a few months of updates, but you are now crawling, pulling yourself up and down and you have 6 teeth. 

One of your favourite new things to do is scream at such a high pitch! Every time you do it, Jackson turns to you and says 'wow', which cracks me up!! You also say 'bubu' and apparently 'mama', although I haven't managed to hear it in real life yet - Dada's got a video of it. 

We mainly do baby-led weaning, as you just don't seem to like spoons!! You love toast, grapes and peas. Occasionally, I can get you to eat porridge but some days you're too independent for a spoon. 

You have really started playing with toys too and you love when we get the ball pit out. But you also really enjoy playing with the dog toys, which isn't so good!! I have to make sure that they are out of reach all the time! 

Routine

7:30am - Wake up and boob
8:30am - Breakfast - Toast and banana
9:00am - Get dressed and play
10:00am - Nap - often in your carseat as we go out
10:30am - Wake up and a bottle
12:00pm - Lunch - Sandwich thin and cucumber  
12:30pm - Play 
1:30pm - Bottle
2:00pm - Nap
3:00pm - Wake up and play
5:00pm - Dinner - some of whatever I make Jackson 
6:00pm - Bathtime 
6:30pm - Boob 
7:00pm - Bed

You generally sleep through the night, although sometimes, at about 11pm, you wake for your dummy.

Weight

You weighed 16lbs 2.5 oz at the last weigh-in. You did really well this month, jumping up to nearly the 25% line. You are pretty much completely in 6-9 months clothes. 

Love you so much and I love seeing you grow into your own personality!








Mama xxx