Posts tagged Family Life
So back to my review of 2011 – I covered Jan – Jun in Part 1 so now it’s time to cover July – Dec so settle back with a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit (or if you’re reading this after 6pm then with a G&T) and enjoy.
July saw us going on our first family holiday as a 4 (well it was a couple of days gatecrashing my parents holiday really), we took MissB to the seaside for the first time and had her first experience of paddling in the sea and I shared my guide to Life with a Baby and Toddler
August was a pretty quiet month on the blog, with it being school holidays it meant my husband was home and so our days were filled with trips out and about. These included Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands and Adventure Valley, oh and I got a new car and had to change my views on School Run Mums!
September saw MasterB meeting a Dragon, one of my favourite posts of the year as I admitted I Don’t Like Babies. I caught up on our summer holiday adventures and shared our experiences on days out to The Alnwick Garden, Blue Reef Aquarium, South Shields and The Seaside and Durham Botanic Gardens.
October saw lots of reviews and competitions on the blog as I launched my Knees Up Mother Brown Christmas Guide, we had a fantastic time testing lots of toys and gifts and I’d like to thank all the PRs and companies for allowing us to feature your products.
November saw MissB turn 2 years old and I wrote her a letter, I expressed my concern over the Mammy, Mummy, Mam, Mum issue, I shared MasterB and MissB’s first nursery photos in My Beautiful Children, I shared the story of how I made my husbands Birthday Wish Come True, we went to Durham Lumiere Festival, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Beamish Museum and I shared the fun we had making our Annual Christmas Cards.
After a really busy year of blogging, it was time for Mother Brown to take a blogging break in December.
I’ve had great fun looking back through all my blog posts in 2011 and I hope you’ve enjoyed looking back at them with me. It was a crazy year but a fantastic one. Stick with me for 2012 to see what adventures the Brown household gets up to next….
This post is this weeks entry for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers
The prompt this week is Green.
I’ve decided to post this photo this week as it’s one of my favourite ever ones of MissB. She was sat outside in the garden playing round and round the garden on her hands and I just love how she is sat there in a sea of green
We all know those emails right? You know the ones that tell you by week 9 your baby may even be able to roll over and should be able to do…etc etc I really need to unsubscribe to them or stop reading them as it’s been getting me down recently.
It was great with MissB, she was always miles ahead of what the emails and books said and I used to get a rush of satisfaction knowing my baby was doing everything that was expected. She was always strong from the start and could hold her head well, she smiled early followed quickly by laughing. Ok so she was a bit slow on the crawling and walking front but not too late really.
MasterB however is a whole different matter! He was 9 weeks old on Monday and is still very much a newborn. He can’t control his head yet, isn’t really very responsive and I’m sure most of his “smiles” are due to wind. He spends most of his time just feeding and sleeping and doesn’t show any interest in the world around him yet.
By 9 weeks MissB was sleeping through the night and MasterB is still feeding like a newborn and showing no signs of increasing the gap between feeds and I’d been finding myself wanting to push him somehow as 9 weeks of having a “newborn” baby is exhausting work and the lack of progress is very frustrating at times.
It’s only when I got thinking that I really came to realise that there was actually a 7 week age gap between when MissB was born at 41 weeks and MasterB born at 34 weeks! So really in comparison terms I should only be expecting MasterB to do what MissB was doing at 2 weeks old (ie being a newborn!). It makes 100% sense really, MasterB spent the first 7 weeks of his life doing on the outside what MissB did on the inside – growing! He has over doubled in size from his lowest weight so it’s not like he hasn’t been developing at all, just not necessarily in the way it tells you on the emails or in the books!
So today I am going to unsubscribe from all those emails and put away the baby books and just let MasterB develop in his own time. So what if he can’t juggle with flaming clubs whilst riding a unicycle yet
This May The Baby Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC to offer must have products, free expert advice and an unrivalled shopping experience for parents and parents-to-be.
In just one day visitors can shop for everything they need from the widest range of products including all the baby brands mums love. Shopping at The Show means huge savings can be enjoyed on 1000s of must have baby and maternity products as The Baby Show offers tons of exclusive deals and unbeatable prices. What’s more, new and expectant parents can try before they buy ensuring peace of mind.
At The Show world-leading experts will be on head to offer complementary sessions giving out professional advice and tips. Breastfeeding specialist Clare Byam-Cook, nutrition expert Annabel Karmel and the British Red Cross will all be on hand to dish out their professional expertise. Plus, Next will be offering maternity wear consultations to ensure all mummies stay yummy before, during and after pregnancy. The Baby Show is great day out for all the family.
Last year I went to The Baby Show at the NEC with my sister and we had a great time, this year we are also planning on going as between us we’ve had another 2 babies since then! The Baby Show have asked me to write a guest post for their blog on life with two small children and you can read it here The Baby Show Blog . They are going to give away a pair of tickets to one person who comments on the post so pop on over there and leave a comment giving me some advice or even just offering me some sympathy The winner will be selected from all comments on my guest post on Weds 20th April at 8am so hurry as you’ve only got 24 hours to enter!!
I write this blog because I enjoy blogging, not for commercial reasons but because I like to talk. I try to be as honest and open as I can about my life (within reason) and so I am truely proud that some of my lovely readers have nominated me for MAD Blog Awards I’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU! to those of you that have nominated me and I’m pleased that you find my blog interesting
Of course being nominated isn’t the end of it, only the 5 blogs that receive the most nominations in each category go through to the finals and so if you haven’t already nominated yet and are still considering who to nominate then I would be very grateful if you could consider nominating me for any of the following awards. These are the awards that I have currently been nominated for:
- Best MAD Baby Blog
- Best Family Life MAD Blog
- MAD Blogger of the year 2011
If you’d like to nominate me or any other blogger for the MAD awards then click on the badge below to be taken to the nomination form.
This post is this weeks entry for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers
The prompt this week is Mother Love. I don’t get to see my family much so dont have many photos of my mum and this is a rare one with me, my mum and my daughter all in the same photo. Motherly love in all directions
A conversation on twitter last night got me thinking. As most of you are aware I’m now a mum of 2!! MasterB aged 7 weeks and MissB aged 16 months and to say I’ve been finding it difficult is an understatement.
I’ve always admired those natural mothers, you know the ones you see that can handle 5 children simultaneously without messing up their hair, can change a nappy one handed whilst drinking coffee and organising charity events. The mums who never seem to ask for help, they instinctively know exactly what to do with their children and have probably never had to look on the internet or read a book to find out what they need to do. It seems these mums are everywhere and I can’t help but feel inadequate when I compare myself to them. It’s probably one of the reasons I stopped going to baby and toddler groups as everyone else seemed to be finding motherhood a piece of cake and there was me with a screaming MissB who did nothing but scream unless I took her home for a nap.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, you see I am a mum and motherhood may not have come naturally to me, but like everything in my life I try my hardest and I work bloody hard to make sure I do something well. I’ve spent the last 16 months studying books, the internet, asking questions and quite often tearing my hair out but you know what? I’ve survived and I think I’ve done a pretty good job.
It’s only when I look at MissB now and I realise I’ve actually done a bloody good job of raising her. She is intelligent, curious, independent, social, eats brilliantly, sleeps well and is a joy to be with. Nursery are always telling us how great she is to look after and how she is such a clever little girl for her age and this makes me swell with pride. I look at her and can’t help smiling when I think “I did that!”
And now the fun really begins because just as I’m getting used to being a mum, along comes baby number two Although looking after MasterB seems to be much easier this time, looking after 2 is probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. I really don’t know how I’ll manage it, the thought of being left alone with both of them (we are lucky to be in a position where MissB continues to go to nursery during the week for now) terrifies me. I mean how on earth do you manage to deal with a newborn screaming for a feed and a toddler screaming for cuddles because her teeth hurt when you can only have one pair of hands. It’s a logistical nightmare and all careful planning seems to have gone out of the window. They just don’t write books about how to cope in this situation so I’m making it up as I go along I know the next few months are going to be hard and unlike some mum’s it won’t come naturally to me but you know what, I’ll work bloody hard at it and do my best and maybe that makes it all more rewarding
Seeing as it’s Census 2011 time I’ve been having a think about all the changes in my life since the last Census in 2001 and I thought I’d try and list 10 things that have changed in my life over the last 10 years so here goes:
1) In 2001 I was living in Hull, since then I’ve moved in with hubby in York, then we moved to rented accomodation in Durham before finding the house of our dreams in Bearpark 3 years ago.
2) In 2001 I was single and living alone, since then of course I met my husband in January 2006 and got married in August 2007.
3) Of course back in 2001 I was also childless, since then MissB arrived on 29/11/09 swiftly followed by MasterB on 14/2/11.
4) Back in 2001 I had a Fjord horse called Aida and I spent 95% of my free time at the stables or out riding, since moving to Durham and having children I haven’t had chance to get back in the saddle although this is something I plan on doing at some point. I can’t wait until MissB is old enough to ride!
5) In 2001 I was just starting my qualification as a Chartered Accountant, 10 years on I am building up my own Accountancy company ABC North East It’s still small but I am gradually building up a very nice client base.
6) Back in 2001 I was saddled with debt from student loans but these are all paid off now and a distant memory
7) In 2001 I was still a meat eater, it wasn’t until I met my husband who is a vegetarian that I turned veggie myself. I don’t miss eating meat at all.
8) In 2001 I didn’t own a house, I was renting a one bedroom flat in Hull now we own a lovely house and a rather scary sized mortgage
9) Back in 2001 I had 4 nephews, over the last few years we’ve had a baby boom in the family and I’ve now got 5 nephews and 2 nieces and if we include MissB and MasterB then my parents have had 5 more grandchildren since the last census was done!
10) Back in 2001 I think I was a bit of a lonely recluse and not particularly happy with my life, now I’m still a bit of a recluse but I have a wonderful family and find myself smiling all the time when I look at my wonderful little family and all that I have achieved over the last 10 years!
I considered making this post a MeMe and tagging people but I’m not very good at that but I’d love to know what changes have happened to you since the last Census so feel free to post me a link to your blog if you do something similar or just comment below