Monday, 26 July 2010

A letter to my 16 Month old Baby Belle

To my darling daughter,

You are 16 months old now, a whole year and a half!  I can't really call you a baby anymore, you are a walking talking toddler, but you will always be my baby.

You amaze me every day.  You understand so much now.  When I tell you it is "din din" time you go and get a bowl out of the cupboard for me.  When I ask guests if they would like tea you go and get your little teapot and cup.  These little things mean so much and make me so happy.

You do not crawl anymore, you walk everywhere and it still feels surreal.  I was watching you last night, toddling across the room, chatting away in your little play world.  You were tired as it was nearly bedtime and you were a little wobbly on your feet, I admire how you fall down and get straight back up again, you don't even acknowledge the fall.  You are so cute!

You are a little angel at bedtime, always in bed by 7 and you sleep through the night, but you are a little morning lark.  You wake at 5:30am every morning without fail!  Daddy brings you downstairs and gives you your morning bottle. He loves this time with you, he always has so many stories to tell, even if it does sometimes involve falling asleep and waking up to you covered in chocolate (You managed to break into his Thornton's birthday box you clever girl!) When I come downstairs you are always so happy and try to tell me what you have been up to in your lovely baby babble. I will miss you having these morning adventures with daddy when you start to sleep a bit longer

You scared me today honey, I was looking for you everywhere.  I had gone upstairs to put some washing away and I came back down and you were gone!  I called your name and looked in the kitchen, conservatory and downstairs bathroom. I went back through the lounge and saw a movement out the corner of my eye; there you were sitting in your cosy coupe laughing at me! You are a little monkey, you must have seen me looking up and down, I must have passed you 4 times at least! I grabbed you and tickled you, you always make me smile.

I love having you with me everywhere I go and seeing your face when you experience new things. There really is no greater joy.  I can't imagine life without you. You are so independent and strong but I cherish those moments where you come up to me and collapse in my lap for a cuddle or climb up me for a kiss.  You do this with Grams too and I often come home on your 'Grams days' to find you all cuddled up to her. I love the relationship you two have already.

You are such a comedian!  You like to dance in funny ways or walk with flannels over your face just to make us laugh, and it certainly does the trick.  We laugh so much we cry.

You have an amazing appetite and there is not one food you dislike! Your favourite foods at the moment are Olives and Gherkins ("GerGins").

You love animals.

I love your zest for life, your hunger for knowledge and your eager mind. I hope I am nurturing all these things and giving you everything you need. I will always try my best to give you everything you need.

I guess I want to thank you really, for coming into this world as my little girl, for brightening all our lives with your energy.  When me and daddy put you to bed at night we sit down with a cup of tea and still cannot believe you are here.  We laugh about the day, things you have done and new things you are doing.  Then we thank God for such an amazing little girl.

Love Forever and a Day

Mummy x

Thursday, 22 July 2010

A quick Post for all you Mummy's and Daddy's

Seeing as I haven't a lot of time on my hands this week I thought I would give you two poems. I'm not sure who wrote them but they are lovely...

I hope my child looks back on today

And sees a mother who had time to play.

There will be years for cleaning and cooking,

But children grow up when you’re not looking.

Tomorrow I’ll do all the chores you can mention

But today, my baby needs time and attention.

So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep,

I’m cuddling my baby, and babies don’t keep


One day as I was picking

the toys up off the floor,

I noticed a small hand print

on the wall beside the door.

I knew that it was something

that I'd seen most every day,

but this time when I saw it there

I wanted it to stay.

Then tears welled up inside my eyes,

I knew it wouldn't last

for every mother knows

her children grow up way too fast.

Just then I put my chores aside

and held my children tight.

I sang to them sweet lullabies

and rocked into the night.

Sometimes we take for granted,

all those things that seem so small.

Like one of God's great treasures...

A small hand print on the wall

Saturday, 17 July 2010

This Week Carly Loves....

Cute Shabby Chic/Retro TeaCups
Multi coloured '100 Years of Royal Albert' five piece tea cup & saucer set (1950-1990)
Available from Debenhams

Lippy - YSL
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté
My Favourite colours are Lingerie Pink and Frivolous Pink (both a pale nude pink colour)
Available from John Lewis

Perfume - FlowerBomb

My mum got me this last week and it is such a gorgeous scent.
Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb

Blue Hydrangea's

Having decided on our wedding reception colours for next June I am looking everywhere at Blue Hydrangea arrangements.

Our colour scheme is Ivory/Champagne with Hydrangea Blue accents, let me know your thoughts :)

Indian Sun Parasols

I absolutely adore these at the moment, they aren't cheap but so beautiful!

*Photo Credits (pics courtesy of):
Image: Hydrangea Centrepiece

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

I recommend...Parable Candles

Let me first tell you this is not a sponsored post, I simply felt the need to tell you about these amazing pieces of candle art.  I first came across Parable Candles whilst watching Channel 4's Kirstie's Homemade Christmas last year and so I decided to purchase one for my mum.

I love how unique the candles are and the time and effort that goes into them.  They also have a little bit of history in their wax as they are made using moulds taken from century-old wallpaper printing rollers. 

They are, if you like, the Lamborghini of the candle world!  Hence the price tag does reflect this, but believe me when I say they are an investment as they last for ages! Here are some pictures of the beautiful one I bought my mum

It looks even more beautiful in my mums house.

I was also really impressed with the packaging, it reflects the quality of the product perfectly.

They do every colour you can imagine and taller pillar candles too, which come to think of it would look lovely for my Wedding Reception next June...Parable? :)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

To Nursery or Not to Nursery

Baby Belle is 15 months old and hubby and I have been talking about Nursery.

We go to Playgroup and Baby Group once a week and BB is not really interested in the other toddlers.  There are no other babies in our close friendship group or family so I am starting to wonder if it will do her good to go to Nursery for a half day a week and maybe work up to a whole day?

So we have been looking at the possibilities and in true 'me' style there are only two in the whole of Peterborough that I am really happy with.  One is Peterborough High School Nursery and the other is opposite them.  We are waiting to hear back from both and see how long their waiting list is but until then I would love your thoughts.

Do you think half a day would be good for her?  I know it will be very hard for me at first and I will probably not get anything done in that time for worry, but perhaps she is at the age now where she will enjoy it and it will benefit her?

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Cybermummy: A few hundred women in a room

I am sat in my hotel room right now enjoying some quiet time, with my iPad.  Shoes off, feet up and I can see lots of little twinkles outside in the black blanket sky.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the day, the whole mummy blogging community had been hyped about this day for months and I couldn't wait to meet some of my fav bloggers. Well let me tell you the day did not disappoint!  After my relaxing train journey in 1st class, a minor excursion to the wrong meeting place for Muddlings Tube Station Pre Cybermummy meet up (sorry if we held you up guys and thanks for waiting) we finally arrived at the Ibis Hotel and the buzz of the place was immense, it hit me like a wave upon walking through the doors!

The CyberLabs and talks were amazing througout the day, the brand PRs were just lovely and I have a hotel room FULL of goodies right now. My husband will get a bit of a shock when he picks me up in the morning I think.  The organisers Jen, Sian and Susanna did such an amazing job, thank you ladies!!! Every single person I met was just lovely!

I will of course go into more details later but it is rather late right now, I have just left the remaining hardcore Cybermummy girlies to it downstairs.  My bed is calling.

Night Night x