Another photo Mum??

Yes Amelia yes I’ve got the camera out again!! Well my phone for that matter which seems to take better quality pictures than my rubbish camera! I absolutely love taking pictures of Amelia and having pictures of me and Amelia together. Its such a great way to document her life and not only that; since having Amelia I’ve gotten quite into photography. I like to collage the pictures or edit the lighting etc. I’m absolutely no expert at it at all but its just another new thing I’ve come across since becoming a mum.

My photo reel is just fuuuuulll of pictures of Amelia and the things we get up too. I’m taking part in the 100days happy challenge which is great (just an excuse to post another daily picture really). Most of my pictures are on my Instagram so it would be great if you could follow me: aliceyoung8

It does also help that Amelia is pretty photogenic. She even knows what the camera is now, maybe not a good thing could have a future selfie queen on my hands but still its great fun now!

Here are a few of my most recent photos, let me know what you think!

Thank you xx

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100 Happy Days

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I am an Instagram addict which brought me to this challenge!

Especially since having Amelia as my camera roll is just filled with pictures of her and so is my Instagram. I’ve seen lots of people with the #100happydays hashtag and thought I would sign up. I think this task will be easy as lots of things can brighten my day even if I’m having a bad one. It will be good to see which specific things do that (they will probably be Amelia most days!)

Follow me on Instagram to see my progress: aliceyoung8

Sign up yourself and have a go: 100 Happy Days

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Quote of the day…

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I’ve seen this quote circulating my Instagram and twitter this evening and I feel it really means something now I have a daughter. Things like the love you have towards family friends and partners are all experiences you can’t buy and that a the same with Amelia the bond and relationship we have is something that cannot be replaced.

It really is true when they say that best things in life are free and this is one of them and one that no amount of money could even come close to.

Couldn’t imagine life without Amelia xxx

Change.

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With Amelia being 5 months old now (crazy right?!) I have been doing some serious reflecting the last few days. I cannot believe where the time has gone and how different my life was a year ago. I was living in Brighton at uni and now I’m back at home taking a year off bringing Amelia up. I honestly couldn’t imagine things being any other way. As I have always said having Amelia has just given me such a drive for the future and for where I ultimately want to be in my life.

At what to most people seems like barely any time at all 5 months really is long, the bond I have created and the relationship I’ve developed with Amelia is incredible. It is a bond you cannot imagine until you have it. I can see her relationships with my family and friends and its overwhelming. I’ve been so blessed with the support I’ve had which has enabled me to be as confident and happy as I am with my life and this is a support that just keeps growing as the months go on. Amelia is nearly sitting up on her own and so much more interested and aware in toys and things that are going on around us.

We have been testing out loads of new baby classes and sessions and now our week is just so busy! With 2 classes on a Monday,1 on a Tuesday, swimming on a Wednesday, 1 on a Thursday and then a day off on a Friday! It its lovely to be so busy and to be meeting people with babies of a similar age to talk to and get advice from. In between all that I see my close friends a lot and when they are back from University. Being busy with a baby is key as it can be a lonely lifestyle with newborns and young babies and I would advise anyone to just suck it up and have the confidence to go to new places and meet new people; and if you hate it just fake a phonecall and leave and you never have to go again ha! (I actually haven’t done this, advice my dad gave to me before going to an under1’s that I thought I wouldn’t like).

With it being January I have obviously made some new year resolutions beginning with the classic lose weight, be healthier, better with money, yada yada. But one important one for me is to be grateful and to appreciate what I’ve got. I have a gorgeous healthy baby who couldn’t make me any happier and wonderful people to share her life with, I came across this article on a blog and loved it things constantly overlooked that EVERYONE should be grateful for; http://tinybuddha.com/blog/60-things-to-be-grateful-for-in-life/

Change can come into peoples lives uninvited or unasked for and for some people it can be a negative thing but it is something you have to accept. Life is constantly changing and you are never where you think you are going to be in a year or can never imagine how it is possible for life to be where it is .

I watched the film About Time the other night where he has the ability to travel back in time and to begin with every-time he does something wrong or when something doesn’t work out exactly like he expects he goes back and redoes it. I’m sure if we had this power everyone would use this thousands of times a day. Eventually he realises that he needs to live his life as it is and what will be will be. Or what you do is what becomes.

“And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

I think ultimately to be in the place I am right now, I have fully accepted the change that my life took and realised as cliche as it sounds that ‘everything happens for a reason’.