Sea Air

 Sometimes these cold Winter days can make you want to do nothing more than snuggle under the duvet and plough through your Disney DVD collection but other times when the skies are blue and the sun is shining there is nothing better than wrapping up warm and heading out. Fresh air is such a good addition to your day and tires out the little ones too!

I love nothing more than heading to my favourite place, Sandbanks beach. I’m sure I’ve said before how fortunate we are to live so close to one of the most gorgeous beaches and I really could never not live by the beach. Nothing better than a bit of sea air, watching the waves roll in and feeling the sand between your toes (or wellies in today’s case!)

It could have easily been a summers day down at the beach bar the 2/3degree temperature. The skies were blue and not a cloud in sight .

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Obviously I took some photo’s of our little stroll and thought I would share them with you.


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The beach is mine, what’s your favourite place?

Thanks for reading!xxx

Baby’s first trip into the Sea!

Living on the coast fortunately means that a trip to the beach is possible pretty much whenever. Although Amelia has been to the beach many times and felt the waves she has never been in the sea and experienced it properly.

It has been so hot this last week that a morning at the beach seemed inevitable. I’m really lucky that my parents have a beach hut at Sandbanks beach so it provides great shade and a place to store the mountain of stuff that comes with any baby day out.

The weather was so hot and sunny that it was probably warm enough to take Amelia down to the sea and see what she thought. I always thought I would just put her in a swimming costume and never really liked the idea of the SPF wetsuits but since having this hot weather I’m much more conscious of Amelia’s skincare so they provide great cover leaving only her hands and feet out. Also it helps to keep her warm. This one that Amelia has is from Jojo Maman Bebe and looks so cute on. Amelia isn’t usually one for leaving a hat on but I think with all the people and things to look at she was distracted and pretty much forgot it was on.

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We went down to the sea and it was so nice! It was quite choppy but it was so refreshing; I walked in and dipped her in and out and threw her up when the waves came. It was quite noisy so I wasn’t sure what she would think but she seemed to enjoy it. But the best bit for Amelia was sitting on the shore line splashing in the wet sand. She loved picking it up and feeling the waves coming up to her legs. Amelia got quite overexcited and was pretty much covered in wet sand after a few minutes.

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I’m so pleased she loves the water and isn’t phased by the beach as it’s somewhere I have always spent a lot of time and want to continue to do. Safety wise after a couple of hours it really was just too hot for Amelia so we came home. We are really lucky that we are able to essentially just ‘pop’ down to the beach and enjoy it.

Here is a video of Amelia enjoying the beach:

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Pretty excited by the sea 👶🌊☀️

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What did your little ones first think of the sea?

Thanks for reading!xxx

It might rain…

This is our second vlog, slightly delayed due to having a poorly baby! Actually managed to figure out the camera a bit more for this weeks but still not as happy with it as I could be. Would love to have some feedback either commented on the youtube video or as a comment on here.

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Have a lovely day x

An afternoon at the beach

This afternoon we went to an underones group the one most local to me and as soon as we got there Amelia just was not herself. She was being so clingy and then when we went up to take part in the craft she completely burst into hysterical tears and could not calm down. After twenty minutes of attempting to calm her down with milk, water a snack, walking round and toys I gave in and left thinking that she probably just wanted to be at home or due a nap.

We came home and I tried to get her down for a nap but the tears just continued. I decided we would go for a walk and so we drove down to Sandbanks beach and played in the sand. The car journey was long enough for her to calm down (thankfully). I was running out of options but thought some fresh air might do the trick which it did. She spent ages trying to pick up the sand and crinkling her toes in the sand! It was really sunny but still quite windy but lovely for about half an hour.

Here are some pictures I took!

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As you can see from the pictures Amelia absolutely hates keeping a hat on; so summer is going to be fun!! I feel really lucky to live so close to the beach so that it is possible to just pop down without any hassle!

Have you taken your little ones to the beach?

Thanks for reading! xx

Amelia’s 8 month update!

It’s the 15th April which means that today Amelia is 8 months old!! That is just absolutely mad! Cannot believe how fast the time is going (however cliché that is to say). This post will just be updating you on what Amelia is up to.

8 month walk! Getting a bit heavy for this now Amelia!

Getting a little bit heavy for this now Amelia!

Amelia had her 8 month check couple of weeks ago so before she turned 8 months but hey ho! The health visitor came over just to see how she was getting on. She checked through her red book to see if her immunisations were all up to date, Amelia was weighed and measured. She is now just over 17lb and is 69cm. She is following on the 50th centile and has followed this line since she was born. She also wanted to see if she had reached all the milestones that she should of by 8 months and she had!

For the last month Amelia’s vocabulary has really developed. She’s obviously not reciting Shakespeare but she experiments more with the different sounds her mouth can make. Recently there has been a lot of “bob” “baba” and “blub”. She still says a lot of the “a” sound with “lala” and “rara”. It is quite funny when she makes a new noise/sound as she seems to repeat that then for the next few days. On the same lines as speech she is just sooooo noisy!! From the minute she wakes up to the minute she goes to bed she does not stop jibbering, singing and chatting away. It is so cute but she is actually really loud. There have been a few times when she actually drowns me out of the conversation because I can’t hear what other people are saying or she is making noises over me.

Amelia has also learnt this high pitched scream. It is horrible!! Sounds like she is in pain but she does it and has learned that it gets a very quick reaction from anyone who is around. It is usually attention seeking or used when she doesn’t want to do something. Sometimes when going into her car seat or when she is bored playing with a particular toy.

Amelia does a lot more “playing” now. Rather than just chewing everything (still 70% of the time) and bashing it she actually concentrates on taking the rings off the cone and if we are really concentrating she can stack them back on. This only happens very occasionally and is done with a lot of dribble and a very serious face. She has some plastic spoons which she loves to play with and to hit them onto her stacking cups. Amelia loves looking at the detail of things; spinning a wheel on a toy car or poking at the little buttons on things. This has really become noticeable in the last month. She recently got a toy drum from Nana which makes a drum noise when you bang it and the music button plays a fast forward version of the Macarena (which is a bit weird). She can only do that for a little before she wants to tip it over and look underneath and fiddle with the legs.

She is not yet crawling but does a lot more rolling now and is looking more and more like she is ready to move by the day. She reaches for things and quite often does a bit of a head first action into the floor but isn’t quite strong enough to be on all fours yet!

Trying to crawl is too much!

Trying to crawl is too much!

Food wise we are experimenting more and more as time goes on and the lumpiness of the food is increasing. She had roast beef the other day and tried salmon for the first time; both of which she really enjoyed. She is getting better with finger foods but gets quite distracted by the dog and enjoys dropping food on the floor for him. So finger food can be a little bit of a nightmare. At around 7 months she started having 3 meals a day and enjoys having water with lunch and dinner which I am really pleased with. She can now hold her own milk bottle but isn’t quite there with the water cup!

Sleeping is still very successful most nights. Amelia will go down about 7:30pm and mostly sleep through until between 7-8am then she has a bottle first thing and goes straight back to sleep for anything as little as half an hour to two hours! But like most babies there are some nights with early morning wake-ups for no reason.

This was one of those nights...

This was one of those nights…

We have a few friends with babies of similar ages and a month or two older that we see quite a lot of and she enjoys playing with their toys and spending time with them. Plus it is great for me to have made some friends with babies! Very soon it will be the beginnings of first birthday parties!

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Playing with her friend Amber.

Her personality is just developing constantly and I cannot believe how much of a little person she is at just 8 months! Amelia is getting better at recognising people but is very serious with people that she doesn’t know, if you’re lucky you might get a smile! She knows when she is being cheeky and she definitely knows when she is doing something she shouldn’t (I can’t believe they learnt this so quickly!?)

Being a pirate for a treasure hunt!

Being a pirate for a treasure hunt!

With the nice weather we have been outside a lot more on walks which Amelia loves. She is so nosey so enjoys peeping her head out the side of the pram to see what’s going on. Most of the girls I went to school with are back for Easter at the moment and soon it will be the summer holidays so I am really looking forward to some days at the beach and picnics in the park. Some of them haven’t seen Amelia for a little while so she will basically be a giant to them! Plus Amelia’s wardrobe is ready for some warmer weather; pretty summer dresses with little socks and sunhats!

That is probably about it….oh other than it is possible she is getting cuter as the months go on!

Would love to know what your little ones were up to by 8 months.

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Loving a bedtime story.

Thanks for reading xx