Big Girl Painting

 

For Christmas Amelia got her first paints and paint brushes. We’ve used odd bits and bobs before but she has never sat up at the table like a big girl and just experimented!

A perfect addition to painting or any kind of messy activity is Amelia’s new painting apron. It’s another one from My 1st years, who I have mentioned before. It’s wipe clean and has large velcro on the sides making it adjustable. It is a tiny bit big for Amelia but is so great to put on when doing messy things! Plus how cute is it!!

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She had different sized brushes and a few different colours but her favourite were the sponges. These were in the shapes of different animals but Amelia just loved dipping them into the paint then wiping them across the paper.

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Her knowledge of understanding sequences has improved recently; she knew she needed to go paint brush- paint-paper-repeat. It was interesting to watch her figure out and see what she would do next. We did go through lots of sheets of paper as after a while there was just too much paint on the paper.

It made for a lovely Sunday afternoon and she concentrated for about 30minutes which I was really impressed with! I could tell she lost focus when she started screaming with excitement and scooping the paint up with her hands…That was when I feared for a paint covered toddler running around and decided to stop.

It’s so fun now Amelia is big enough to enjoy and start to do things like this learning and exploring as she goes! You could really see the concentration and determination in her face, so cute!!

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I know painting can be messy but I just laid down some newspaper and the table was protected and then 5 minutes of washing up afterwards. The painting apron just wiped clean and managed to get most of the paints off of Amelia’s hands and arms with a quick wash in the sink.

I don’t know about you but I think I’ve got an artist in the making…

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Thanks so much for reading!xxx

Play At Home Teacher

Playing catch up!!

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in so long, feel a bit terrible really! But I have had a really busy summer and Amelia’s first birthday and numerous other rubbish excuses that don’t make the cut but I’m here now to catch you all up!

  • So…Amelia is now 1!!! It was her first birthday on the 15th August so just over a month ago, it was such a lovely few days, we had a big family/friends garden party where I fully embraced the crazy party host and Amelia was thoroughly spoilt by everyone. Having a one year old hasn’t made too much difference as babies are constantly changing anyway but she definitely looks older.
  • I go back to University in a couple of weeks (ahhhh) which is exciting/daunting. After having just a year out of learning I think it will be quite a shock to my system but I am excited to get back into the flow of things and get my degree!
  • Whilst I’m at University Amelia will be going to nursery *cries*. I am pretty sad about that, but can’t exactly have her sat next to me whilst I’m in a lecture and it will be really good for her to be around other babies and people without me there. She is quite confident most of the time and happy to be without me so I’m sure she will get on fine. A huge bonus of the nursery she is going to is that it is on university site so if there ever was a problem I am only a few minutes away and that will probably be quite comforting knowing how close we are. The fact that we are both going to the same place should also make it a bit easier rather than having to drop her off somewhere then head off to Uni. I can simply drive there, drop her off, go to my lectures, pick her up and go home.
  • Still have a crawler. Amelia is more than happy to pull up on things, cruise along the furniture, walk with her walker and push things along she just isn’t confident enough to gain her balance standing unaided. Think she knows that she’s a pretty speedy crawler and that’ll do for now.
  • Currently Amelia has been super poorly with tonsillitis. Last week her temperature hit over 39degrees which was scary and she was so out of character she literally spent a day laying on the floor doing nothing, which is really unlike her. We ended up at the out of hours clinic at the hospital and found out she has tonsillitis. She’s been put on antibiotics for the first time ever! But they are seeming to work although getting her to take them is so difficult as she hates the taste and 1 year olds are stronger than you think when they don’t want to do something. Now all that we have left is a bit of a cough and snotty nose, bless her and a ruined sleep pattern. She was waking at around 10:30pm most nights at the end of last week to have medicine and a drink and now she thinks that’s what happens every night…not ideal but at least she is getting better. Its actually really horrible when your baby has a temperature and seeing them so out of sorts, so I am super pleased that she is on the up. Also for my sanity…we have pretty much spent a week in quarantine, house bound. I’ve not wanted to make her any worse or give it to any of her little friends so apart from the odd walk down to the park we pretty much haven’t left the house in 6 days.

Bar all the little things I think that is mostly all the interesting things I have to fill you in on! I’m thinking I will do a belated birthday party post so you can see the decorations and food we had and maybe do a post on Amelia’s Autumn/Winter wardrobe as she got given a lot of lovely bits and obviously I’ve been shopping and put up some pictures of some of our fun summer days out!

I promise I won’t leave it so long next time…here’s what we look like in case you forgot.

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Thanks so much for reading!!xxx

Our Week in Photos

I love taking photos so this is just a quick post to show you what we have done this week in photos; 9th June-15th June.

Monday- Messy Play

Monday- Messy Play

Monday- Selfie

Monday- Selfie

Monday- Dog walk

Monday- Dog walk

Tuesday- Little & Big breakfast

Tuesday- Little & Big Breakfast

Tuesday - Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Tuesday – Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Tuesday- Getting Strong!

Tuesday- Getting Strong!

Wednesday- Homemade Cheese Scones

Wednesday- Homemade Cheese Scones

Wednesday- Being cute before bed!

Wednesday- Being cute before bed!

 

Thursday- Garden Princess

Thursday- Garden Princess

Thursday- Fun in the Garden

Thursday- Fun in the Garden

Friday- Girls in Blue

Friday- Girls in Blue

Sunday- Lambretta & Jammscoot buddies

Sunday- Lambretta & Jammscoot buddies

Thanks for looking, hope you like some of our pictures from this week!xx

10 Month Update!

Today is the 15th June which means that Amelia is ten months old!! This is crazy!! I cannot believe she is ten months meaning that she is very nearly one; I say this every time but time is just going too fast.

A lot has changed since her 8 month update.

Amelia & I just this week (June2014)

Amelia & I just this week (June2014)

She was previously in a pavlik harness after being diagnosed with shallow hips at 6 weeks old. Amelia completed the 16 week program in the harness, having physiotherapy and ultrasounds and is now just an outpatient. She had her second outpatient appointment at the beginning of May consisting of an x-ray and a consultant check. As I suspected seeing as she is moving around (still not quite crawling) and baring weight she is still all fine which is a relief. We now don’t have an appointment for 6 months! Movement wise like I mentioned she isn’t crawling but she can definitely move. A combination of rolling, bum shuffling and pulling along the floor and Amelia can definitely get to where she wants to. She is still slightly frustrated with not moving as quick as she would like but I feel like it will happen soon. She absolutely loves being stood up; leaning on the sofa or up against things, she can very nearly pull herself up and once she is up she does not want to be sat back down…tears usually follow!

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On the topic of tears with the last few months her personality has continued to grow. She has really become her own little person and can go from being the cutest angel to screaming because she can’t quite reach something or doesn’t want to be sat there. She still spends a lot of her day smiling and chatting away but she really lets me know if she isn’t happy about something!

In the last couple of months Amelia has got teeth!! She now has three. The bottom right followed by the bottom left cut through about 2 weeks ago and just this week the top right has cut soon to be followed by the top left I think. Teething really has not been our friend and you can read all about the nightmare few weeks we had here. Quite exciting that she has got some though as I was beginning to think she didn’t have any!

Food is going really well. We have recently moved to having sandwiches for lunch which she absolutely loves! She also looks mega cute eating a mini sandwich. I think she was ready to move away from being spoon fed for all three meals as she used to get quite stroppy and shake her head a lot. She likes feeding herself so she has more finger foods and bits she can eat herself. Amelia eats quite a few of the meals we as a family have for dinner just cooked a little different and then I still freeze it up as obviously there ends up being extra.  Amelia will mostly drink water if she wants it but since the weather has gotten hotter I have started carrying her beaker around wherever we go offering it to her more. She will happily drink quite a lot which is really good and a relief to make sure she is hydrated in the heat.

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This lovely weather we have had recently we have really made the most of! Lots of garden activities and fun in the paddling pool. Amelia loves splashing in the pool and playing with her toys and is a great way to cool her off. With the nice weather however often brings a sweaty baby!! Trying to keep a hat on Amelia’s head has been great fun the last couple of weeks; it manages to last a maximum of 5 minutes and then it just becomes a repetitive game of throwing it onto the floor which is not good from a sun safety point of view. Amelia is not a huge fan of the hot, humid nights and has taken longer to settle for naps often waking up with wet sweaty hair (eww) and for her big bed-time sleep. We have been really making the most of sunny days as you never know when they might disappear (fingers crossed they don’t!).

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Amelia is actually pretty funny for a 10month old baby. When she does something that is clever/good and hears people cheering, clapping and getting exciting she screams with excitement and mimics the noises she hears. If she makes people laugh she repeats what she has just done knowing it will get a reaction and this can go on for a while! Her talking is really developing; she has finally said “mama muma” which as you can imagine was a really exciting day. And she refers to the dog as “woo woo” whenever he comes into the room which is really cute. She points at him gets so overexcited and just shouts “woo woo, wooo wooo”.  Amelia has also started waving which is another thing that seriously adds to cuteness!!

The last couple of months we have had a few activities and trips. We went to the oceanarium for the afternoon which Amelia really loved seeing all the fish and sea animals as it was something she had never seen before. We had one of her little friend’s first birthday which was super fun and I dressed Amelia up like a princess! Obviously she looked uber cute. We have done some messy play, been out for some walks and had a couple of trips to the park.

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Amelia’s next update will be here 12 months update; so when she is 1! That sounds absolutely mad but I have already started mentally planning her birthday party already.

Thanks for reading! xx

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TMI Tag!

This is the Too Much Info tag and I was tagged by the lovely Jessica from Lilypod and Sweetpea. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her post which can be found….here. So here is mine and hopefully you will learn some things about me that you don’t know already from reading my blog!

1. What are you wearing?

Pyjama bottoms and black strappy top

2. Ever been in love?

Yes.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yep, unfortunately!

4. How tall are you?

5ft 3 on a tall day!

5. How much do you weigh?

About 9stone; lost a stone since having Amelia 8 months ago so pretty pleased with that!

6. Any tattoos?

Yes, one an infinity symbol on my neck

7. Any piercings?

I have two piercings in each ear, but I very rarely wear earrings. I had my nose pierced until about a year ago.

8. OTP?

Thankfully I read this previously on Nicola and Baby J’s TMI otherwise I would have had noooo idea what it meant. One True Pairing for anyone reading who doesn’t know and I would say Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl.

9. Favourite show?

I’m a bit of a series addict I start watching and then stay up all night watching it for the next couple of weeks until its over. Love things like Gossip Girl, Revenge, Vampire Diaries, Suits, Scandal, Prison Break etc (American shows really!).

10. Favourite bands?

Tough question honestly depends what mood I’m in but love most of what’s in the charts on Radio 1 but love a good sing along and a good power ballad to scream my lungs out too!

11. Something you miss?

My girls! My sis is living in London so a few hours away and most of the girls are at uni in a variety of places. I miss the days where we did nothing at school other than lounge out in the common room, singing and gossiping. Can’t wait until we are all reunited during Easter/Summer!

12. Favourite song?

At the moment my fave song is Pnau Changes (serious summer vibes).

13. How old are you?

20

14. Zodiac sign?

Pisces

15. Quality you look for in a partner?

Ummmm got to be funny and understand my sense of humour and sarcasm. But sensitive as well as I’m a girl and do like and need a bit of a cry every now and then. Lust for life and not being phased by other people’s opinions (something I have only recently learnt).

16. Favourite Quote?

“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take”.

17. Favourite actor?

I think this changes depending on what film I’ve seen recently or what I’m watching at the moment its Ian Somerhalder who plays Damon in Vampire Diaries and is extremely good looking. He was also in Lost!

18. Favourite colour?

Green

19. Loud music or soft?

Loud, always!

 20. Where do you go when you’re sad?

Beach! Best place to clear you’re head.

21. How long does it take you to shower?

Quite in and out unless I’m washing my hair then like fifteen. Much prefer short showers and long baths.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Depends on what I’m doing. Some days I can be ready in ten others I end up faffing around forever and take ages.

23. Ever been in a physical fight?

No.

24. Turn on?

Sense of humour.

25. Turn off?

Arrogance.

26. The reason I started blogging?

A friend suggested it and since then it has developed into much more. Great to use as a diary of mine and Amelia’s life and to see where we started and how far we come each day!

27. Fears?

Clowns. Eugh. Don’t!

28. Last thing that made you cry?

Can’t remember the last time I cried. Probably at the tv!

29. Last time you said you loved someone?

About an hour ago when Amelia went to sleep!

30. Meaning behind your blog name?

Newyoungmum- I’m a new young mum so thought it was easy to remember. Alice and Amelia- I’m Alice and my daughter is Amelia…I think you get it.

31. Last book you read?

Miranda Hart’s autobiography

32. The book you’re currently reading?

Mary Berry’s autobiography

33. Last show you watched?

Suits

34. Last person you talked to?

My Dad.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

One of my best friends Holly.

36. Favourite food?

Steak! Love a good medium-rare steak!

37. Place you want to visit?

New York.

38. Last place you were?

Swimming pool with Amelia.

39. Do you have a crush?

Many celebs!

40. Last time you kissed someone?

Kissed Amelia goodnight about an hour ago.

41. Last time you were insulted?

Not something I tend to remember!

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?

Haribo Strawbs!! Or Jelly Cherry’s.

43. What instruments do you play?

I played the Clarinet in Middle School if that counts (haha).

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?

My Michael Kors watch, got it for my 18th birthday.

 45. Last sport you played?

Pah!! Sport and me do not mix. I danced from the age of 3-18 ballet, tap, modern, jazz, etc but now just do a bit of exercise and swimming to keep mildly fit!

46. Last song you sang?

Amy Winehouse Valerie was on the radio so sang along to that.

47. Favourite chat up line?

Erghh cringe.

48. Have you ever used it?

n/a

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?

My mum this afternoon (does that count can you hang with your mum??) If not I saw some friends over the weekend

50. Who should answer these questions next?

I would like:

http://www.emmaandalfiesworld.co.uk/

http://chicgeekdiary.blogspot.co.uk/

http://radkareg.blogspot.co.uk/

http://pollyslittleworld.blogspot.co.uk/

http://thelsmum.co.uk/

Thanks for reading!xx

Amelia’s upcoming Spring wardrobe

Thought I would do a post on Amelia’s upcoming wardrobe from 6-9months and 6-12months. Its bits I’ve bought myself, been given as gifts or had for a while that have only just started to fit but I thought I would show you all some of what I’ve got and some of the outfits she will be wearing.

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The bits on the far right were from GAP. A few weeks ago I went in there (GAP castlepoint) and honestly it was one of the best shopping experiences I have ever had. The manager greeted me and my sister on the way in and as we started to look through the baby things he came over with a top in the correct size and told me that he wasn’t sure exactly what size my baby was but this top was just £1 and they had lots of sale items, which he showed me toward. There was lots of great stuff and I managed to get an all in one with a cute collar with mint green bows on as the design reduced down to £7 in the sale!

The manager then asked if we had Grazia this week as inside was a 30% off voucher but not to worry if not as he would send another member of the sales team over and I could sign up online and I would get 30% off my shop today and receive further discounts whenever I shop with them. So from GAP I got a couple of the tops in the sale that were just £1 a pair of jean leggings, the bow all in one and the most gorgeous pink floral jumpsuit which is part of the new Paddington Bear range; all of which came to £24!!!

A-MA-ZING!

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Paddington Bear range floral jumpsuit- GAP

I was so pleased with this and couldn’t justify buying anything else that day because I had got so many bargains all great quality and beautiful clothing plus amazing service and great staff! (Thanks GAP!!)

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These dresses were all gifts over Christmas but have just about started to fit; the pink one will be great for a party dress or a special occasion, I’m thinking Amelia will wear this one for my birthday which is in a few weeks!. The checked blue is another from GAP, the bright blue and white spot is chord from H&M and the purpley spotted one was a Christmas present from The White Company which came with some matching tights; it is actually sized 3-6months but has been slipping off her shoulders so decided to wait until it fitted properly to wear! All really cute Spring-time dresses.

My biggest problem that I didn’t realise until over this weekend was that sleepsuits stop integral scratch mits on baby grows in Next, Mothercare, Marks and Spencer etc. This for me is a nightmare; Amelia just cannot get off to sleep with her hands out (too many distractions) and will not keep the separate mits you can buy on. I managed to find some sleepsuits that do keep the integral mittens on them. Jojo Maman Bebe; this was a shop a friend of mine introduced to me as she got Amelia a few bits from here as gifts at my baby shower but there wasn’t one local at the time only online! But a store was located in Westbourne just fifteen minutes away at the beginning of 2014 which I was SO excited about. I love all of their clothes for babies and they stock some great toys and baby essentials. Now the pricing may seem slightly more expensive but its definitely the best quality baby clothes I have. Baring in mind Amelia’s clothes get washed constantly I have some sleepsuits that basically look brand new haven’t shrunk or bagged or discoloured at all which is a mega plus. So I went on a slight splurge and got 5 sleeptsuits. They have some really gorgeous patterns which made it difficult to choose but I did eventually. Also a plus on these is that they are 6-12 months rather than 6-9months so even though a slightly more expensive purchase at the time I think I will definitely get my moneys worth out of them!

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Jojo Maman Bebe also have some really lovely summer dresses that I couldn’t bring myself to buy just yet but I’m sure I will be back in for those very soon!

http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/

Just after Christmas I received a late present for Amelia it came with a few bits but included in these was the cutest little leggings and top set from M&Co a shop I hadn’t heard of but have a few items for Amelia that have come as gifts from there. This is 9-12months but I already know that Amelia is going to look gorgeous in this combination.

M&Co- Leggings and Top Set.

M&Co- Leggings and Top Set.

The final bits I wanted to share with you were some things from Mothercare. In Mothercare they stock the Little Bird range by Jools Oliver which again is some really really lovely stuff. I was really tempted by their cot bedding when choosing but they didn’t sell it as a bundle at the time so didn’t go through with it. But its all great patterns and really stylish designs for children and babies which I love. Amelia has a pair of dungarees which look super cute with different coloured vests and tops on underneath but she has grown out of them and I wanted to get her a new pair so managed to get those from this range and these are proper dungarees with the clasps at the top and the pinstripe inside (just like what I used to wear!!)

Little Bird by Jools- Lightwash dungarees- Mothercare

Little Bird by Jools- Lightwash dungarees- Mothercare

I think these are great and will go with a variety of things although they might need rolling up at the ankles until Amelia decides to get a bit taller!!

Got another item from the Jools Oliver collection;

Floral Ditsy Blouse- Jools- Mothercare

Floral Ditsy Blouse- Jools- Mothercare

lb4217_1These three tops came as a set and thought they would be great under the new dungarees or just with some jeans or leggings; these were £9 for the three which is good and more flowers! Flowers are definitely a Spring time pattern!

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Few other tops from H&M reduced in the sale! (Cat print and cream ruffle)

I was also in luck as the local Monsoon was closing down so managed to get some sale items there too!

All of the bits I get in bigger sizes just go in the bottom of a washing bin I have in my room for storage. Now clothes are getting a little tight for Amelia and the new purchases this weekend prompted me to have a bit of a cull again and sort out bits to sell and to put the new bits into her wardrobe.

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New and organised wardrobe!

Hope I haven’t blabbered too much but I love dressing Amelia up in cute outfits especially new clothes!

xx