Luca is 5!

5 years old, that’s come around quickly. How on earth did Luca get to five years old already? It’s madness I tell you. I can hardly remember him being a baby anymore.

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At five years old Luca is pretty awesome.  I’m so proud of him and the little boy he’s turned into.  He’s kind, caring and shows lots of empathy towards his friends and others.  He’s doing well at school and really seems to enjoy going and learning new things. His reading skills are fab and recently we started to read some Roald Dahl books together at bedtime, which he loves.  So far we’ve read George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Magic Finger. Continue reading

The Dreaded Working Mum Guilt

When I fell pregnant I never realised that for the rest of my life I would be riddled with parenting guilt.  From telly watching (does he watch too much) to tooth-brushing (we’ve all forgotten to brush them a few times right?) and everything else in between.  Parenting guilt creeps up in the strangest of places.  I didn’t realise that everything I did as a parent, I would end up questioning. Every decision I made I would second guess. I certainly didn’t realise how guilty I would feel for being a working mum. Working mum guilt is the worst for me. Continue reading

14 tips to help your 4 year old cope with school

When Luca started school in September I added a reminder to my editorial calendar to write a post once we got to half term.  You know the kind, a little update on how he is getting on.  Well in all honesty, it’s been tough for all of us.   Luca loves school, he’s thriving in the learning environment, asking loads of questions about letters and numbers and pointing out shapes wherever we go. He’s doing really, really well.  He has even started to bring books home with words in already!  I couldn’t be prouder of him to say he is a July baby.  I’m so happy that, so far, he is enjoying learning. Continue reading

Time away from Motherhood

Tonight I am leaving for London to attend an autism conference.  Although I am looking forward to going I am also filled with a slight sense of dread.

You see I’ve never left Luca for longer than a night.  We have only ever been apart for a day at the most and this weekend will see me leaving him on the Friday afternoon and not getting home until Sunday afternoon.

 

I’m going to miss my little ball of chaos a ridiculous amount, I miss him when I’m working so two full days without Luca is going to be really hard.  He is literally like my best friend, we have so much fun together and even though he’s a monkey at the moment I love spending time with him. Continue reading

The countdown to pre-school.

As I write this it is four sleeps until Luca starts pre-school. How crazy is that?

My tiny little boy will be going to pre-school. 
The thought of it makes me feel sick and like I could burst into floods of tears. He’s just not old enough or big enough to be going is he? He’s still my baby and the thought of him going to pre-school terrifies me.

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Flutterbabies Swimming Lessons

As someone who is nervous in water and has missed out on many water based experiences I wish I had been brave enough to take part in, I decided from very early on that I do not want Luca to grow up with the same irrational fear as his mummy.
My ridiculous relationship with water is nothing to do with my upbringing, I’m convinced my mum was a fish in a previous life and my little brother definitely has amphibious qualities, and although I started to learn to swim from a young age I didn’t ditch the arm bands until I was about 10 years old. 
This has meant that over the years I have missed out on many experiences such as snorkeling from a yacht in the middle of the Caribbean sea and swimming in the Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica (part of the sea the glows at night when the water is disturbed due to microorganisms), purely because I daren’t get in the water.  As an avid animal lover I have managed to force myself to swim with dolphins after an initial panic attack and I can’t tell you how proud I am of myself for this.  


All of this is utterly stupid and really annoys me, so when I came across Flutterbabies, an organisation that teach swimming to babies from a very young age, it was a no brainer for me to sign us up to the course. 
I emailed ahead of our first lesson to let the tutor know I was a nervous wreck, just thinking about taking Luca swimming had me verging on hyperventilating.  Samantha, the instructor, emailed me back straight away to reassure me I wasn’t her first nervous mummy and we could go at the pace I was most comfortable.  I took Luca’s Nonna to his 1st lesson with me in case I wussed out so she could take over.  At his 1st lesson I was a shaky mess but Samantha was so lovely to me and really put me at ease.  Not only that I knew I had to put on a brave face so Luca wouldn’t think something was wrong and panic himself.5 lessons later and I am happily floating Luca around on his back supported by only one hand on the back of his head and doing different submersion’s with him.  I actually look forward to taking him to his lessons and have signed him up to the next term already.  Plus we have a underwater photo shoot soon too.  Despite the odd protest at being ‘dunked’, which are getting fewer and fewer, Luca loves his swimming lessons and has helped mummy overcome her fear of water (to a certain extent anyway).  He has also got his 1st certificates, Level 1 and Level 2 Starfish.

I am a super proud mummy and would recommend all parents to start their children swimming early.  Apart from Luca loving it, it is a vital skill that recent statistics show many children are inadequate at and could save his life at some point.  Swimming also helps your baby access the five pathways of the brain and therefore babies who learn to swim develop faster  than those who don’t, so it is an all round winner. 

So dig out that swimming costume and get your little one signed up to a course.  It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done.

From Bump to Baby in a Flash!

When I first found out I was pregnant it didn’t take long for me to realise I wanted this amazing time of my life and the very beginnings of my future sons life capturing forever. 
It was also clear who I wanted to capture these special moments, our future wedding photographer, Sarah Mason.

We decided to use Temple Newsam, a Tudor-Jacobian mansion set in over 1500 acres of land near to where we live as the backdrop for the ‘Bump Shoot’.  We chose here as it holds a special place in my heart as I’ve spent many hours there growing up as it is literally over the fields from my parents house and we now frequent Temple Newsam for big family picnics and romantic dog walks.  Therefore, it seemed the perfect place to take the Bump. 

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8 weeks to go until L Day!

Well I am now 32 weeks pregnant, 32!!! That means only 8 weeks to go assuming he comes on time.
 I can’t believe how fast it has flown by so far.  Everyone told me it goes so slowly but for me it’s zipping past faster than I can actually believe and I keep having ‘Oh my God, I’m having a baby’ moments. 
At this stage now we are pretty much ready for his arrival, we are just waiting for his cot and pram to be delivered at the start of June but everything else is in place for him which is getting me ridiculously excited.   I have even washed all his clothes and bedding ready.

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It’s a blue peanut!!

So it finally came around, the big day when we got to find out the colour of the baby.  After a short wait the sonographer finally came around to show us baby’s sex, there was no denying that we are most definitely having a little ‘baby boy’!  I am unbelievably excited about having this baby and it’s even more exciting now we know what baby is.  Somehow it seems to make it a bit more real! 

 

The only downside of finding out it was a boy is that we had not come up with any boys names, absolutely none, zero, zip, zilch, nada!!  This resulted in the rest of yesterday evening being mainly a discussion about boys names whilst we had a meal and the rest of my family and friends drank copious amounts of wine in celebration.  Let’s just say that they weren’t much help with their suggestions of Goliath or Bertrand, we like unusual names but seriously!!
However, we do now have 2 names that we like that were both suggested by Ant but we are keeping them a secret for now, as you always find someone who tries to put you off.  I’m sure we will get there in the end, we still have another 20 weeks to prepare for little ‘baby boy’s’ arrival.

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