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Mother's Day 2017

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Just a quick post to record this year's Mother's Day. The first with Baby R - he was just a bump last year.


It's been such a low-key day, but really lovely. It started with a little bit of a lie-in and then a lovely breakfast in bed. The kids brought in the things they had made at nursery this week including some fab cards.




Mr MoaB surprised me by telling me that he was working from home today which was so nice as I didn't particularly want to be on my own all day. I've shed a few tears for my Mum as I miss her deeply. 

I'd already booked a 'Paint a Pot' session at a local garden centre for Little Miss A so I took the kids off to this, which gave Mr MoaB the chance to do some work in peace. We decided to make the pot for Mr MoaB's Mum who is in hospital at the moment. Little Miss A did a great job painting it. We then had a wander around the garden centre to kill time whilst the pot dried before potting it up with a plant. I hope she likes it.

We got back for lunch with Mr MoaB and then a play before Mr MoaB said that he'd done enough work so we headed out to enjoy the sunshine to a playground that has a skate park. Little Miss A had such a fun time scooting around. She's so fast now - she's definitely gained a lot of confidence since going to all the Scoot Fit Discos! We were so proud of her resilience when she managed to knock herself and bite her lip - after a very quick cuddle, she just got back on her scooter and went straight back up the ramp to try again. 

When we got home Mr MoaB went off to visit his Mum in hospital and I put the kids to bed. Bedtime reading was a few 'Mummy' themed books of course!

I couldn't be prouder to be Mummy to these kids. I try my best every day to be the best Mummy I can. They are my world and never fail to make me smile, even at the lowest points and there have been many over the last year and will continue to be more I'm sure as my cancer treatment continues. I want to say a massive thankyou to them for making me a Mum. 


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My Sunday Photo 26-03-2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


On Monday, we took part in a Giant Wiggle sponsored walk for Action for Children with one of the playgroups we go to. It was such a shame that it was pouring with rain so the turn out was pretty low but we braved the elements. The Very Hungry Caterpillar headbands we made weren't going to survive the rain so I took this picture at home before we set out.

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A Look Back At When Little Miss A Turned 3!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Little Miss A turns 4 at the end of the month and I've just gone to look for a post about what we got up to last year and realised that I never posted one! Have no idea why and as this blog is a primarily for the kids to look back on, I want to rectify the omission by posting now.

I do remember that Little Miss A's birthday celebrations seemed to go on for weeks last year! Her birthday is at the very end of March, but she was still opening presents a couple of weeks later!


As with the previous year we decided not to have a party for her, opting for quality time with family instead. There's plenty of years ahead when she can have parties with her friends from school etc.

It started with a birthday treat a week before her actual birthday as my parents paid for us all to go to the Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes. We all enjoyed the experience and Little Miss A loved having the chance to meet the Gruffalo!

Then for her actual birthday we were in Brighton. We were staying with our friends so we put up a small '3' banner and had her presents waiting for her to open when she got up. We'd just taken a few token presents down with us rather than the bulky ones.

I feel a bit bad that she didn't have lots of decorations etc. like I've done in previous years but she's still of an age where she doesn't really understand what a Birthday really is. She does of course enjoy the presents and cake part of it all!

A few days later, we visited my parents for the weekend so Little Miss A was spoilt rotten with more presents and cake. She actually had 3 cakes (2 edible) this year - I guess very apt as it was her 3rd Birthday!




Finally, we visited Mr MoaB's family up North in mid-April where there were even more presents waiting for her. Her Frozen 'Elsa' dress was one of her favourite things and still gets worn a year later so think we're going to have to invest in a bigger size one soon!

So though low key Little Miss A had lots of fun with family and friends for her 3rd birthday. 

We did have a bit of a belated party for Little Miss A as we were offered the opportunity to host a bowling party at Hollywood Bowl in Milton Keynes. It was nice for her to try bowling out for the first time with some of her friends and for her to have a bit of fuss made of her for the day following Baby R's arrival!

And so now to plan her 4th Birthday!




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My Sunday Photo 19-03-2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto. A rare shot of Mr MoaB and I!


I haven't taken many pictures this week as it's been a treatment week for me and I've been pretty wiped out, but this was taken on Monday night before my treatment. Mr MoaB and I went out on a date night - yeay! It was just for dinner at a local restaurant but it was so nice as we rarely get the chance to go on dates.

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Siblings - March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R. 


I love this photo and their big smiles. It's rare to catch them together actually both smiling. Usually one or other is moving or squirming about which means blurred body parts! 



This picture makes me smile as Baby R has such a look of affection for his sister. It's so lovely to see. And so he should as she really cares for him. She always asks for a 'Good Morning cuddle from him' and is so good at looking out for her baby brother. She really proved this when Baby R started at nursery recently as she asked to see him and was also allowed to call down to his room to make sure he was ok. When they meet up with each other in the nursery garden during the day apparently there are massive smiles from both them.


It's lovely to see them playing more and more together. Little Miss A wants to get Baby R involved in her games. This picture was taken when they were having fun in a large sandpit at a garden centre and she wanted to bury Baby R's feet, before having her own buried. She thought it was hilarious whereas Baby R was nonplussed about being buried! Little Miss A does have her moments where she gets cross at Baby R for trying to take a board game piece or getting in the way whilst she's playing, but these moments are few and far between which I'm relieved about. 

We couldn't be prouder of how well they have both adapted to our new house and surroundings. They've both settled in to nursery really well which has made the whole transition up here so much easier. Mr MoaB is getting to spend a lot more time with these two as it's now only a 15 minute drive to work instead of over an hour. Cheshire is starting to feel like home.



The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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My Sunday Photo 12-03-2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Little Miss A is clearly having such a fun time on the carousel with her Daddy! This picture was taken yesterday on the Carousel at Southport Pier.

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Toddler Trampolining - Urban Air Cheshire Trampoline Park, Winsford

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A first experience for Little Miss A today as we went to a trampoline park.


Little Miss A used to love the trampolines at the Gym she used to go to in Aylesbury so we've been wanting to take her to a trampoline park for a while. We now have quite a few around us to choose from here in Cheshire.

The good thing is that they all have Parent Toddler sessions. Today we tried the UA Toddler session at Urban Air Cheshire in Winsford.

The session runs from 10.15am - 12pm so it's a good, long session. Everyone has to watch the safety video and then it's time to bounce! There is plenty of opportunity to just jump around and then at intervals the UA instructors get the kids active with lots of games. Little Miss A's favourite was 'What's the time Mr Wolf?'. Most of the games are on the trampolines but there was a bit of time off them for some play time with a parachute. Baby R enjoyed getting involved with this bit!



The session is just £4.95 per child with one parent/guardian free. You have to purchase a pair of special socks but these can be used again for future visits. The session is really good value considering you get over an hour and a half bounce time, plus there's a break for a free squash and biscuits for the kids. The session is exclusive, just for kids so no danger of them getting bumped into by larger kids or other adults.

It's really great that parents can go on the trampolines with their child. Thankfully Little Miss A was equally happy to bounce a bit on her own and with the instructors so I could have a rest. It's been a long time since I've been on a trampoline but it is great fun. I definitely burnt a few calories!



It is worth finding out if your nearest trampoline park has a toddler session and giving it a go. It's a great way for toddlers to burn off a whole lot of energy! The pricing does seem to vary greatly between the different parks, but the session at Urban Air Cheshire is fantastic value for money. Little Miss A is already talking about the next time we go.


Babyfoote



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My Sunday Photo 05-03-2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Little Miss A met the Stormtroopers this week! She's never seen Star Wars so doesn't know who they are but still looks so pleased to meet them! It was lovely to receive this photo from Mr MoaB of them having a fun day out whilst I was in hospital this week.

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Me & Mine - February 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with this photo of our little family for February.


Very cheesey smiles from Mr MoaB and me. Baby R has no idea what's going on but at least we got a natural smile from Little Miss A for a change!

Now we've been here 3 months, I'm starting to feel like Cheshire is home. I don't have to put my sat nav on so much to get anywhere which I think is a sign. We've got into more of a routine now that both kids are at nursery and I'm starting to meet a few Mums at various playgroups etc. It is hard not knowing up here at all but I know it just takes time. Mr MoaB is really enjoying his job and it's so nice that he's just a 15 minute drive away so he's getting so much more time with the kids in the mornings and especially in the evenings.


February Highs:
  • - Baby R started nursery and has settled in really well just like his sister. Little Miss A has been keeping an eye on him.
  • - On a couple of occasions this month I've taken Little Miss A to a Scoot Fit Disco. She loves being able to whizz about on her scooter and I love it as it's indoors so perfect for this time of year. 
  • - It's been a long time coming but Little Miss A finally got to be like Daddy and go up in the trees on the Go Ape Junior Course as she's now tall enough. A few wobbles on the first go round but she gained in confidence massively by the second go and unsurprisingly loved the zip wire! 
  • - We met up with my niece at Cannock Chase for a lovely walk. It was great to catch up with her and nice for the kids to spend time with her.
  • - We now live only 20 minutes away from Chester and everyone says how nice it is so it's been high up our list of places to visit. We managed to visit this month on a gloriously bright, sunny day. Can't wait to go back and explore more.
  • - Mr MoaB took Little Miss A swimming for the first time in months. She definitely hasn't lost any of her confidence in the water.
  • - Mr MoaB and I spent a rare childfree day with a trip to Cheshire Oaks. Somehow Mr MoaB ended up buying quite a few things and I ended up with zilch. Next time it's my turn! We even treated ourselves to lunch at Wagamamas. It was like a date day and really nice. 

February Lows:
  • - I ended up in hospitalwith neutropenic sepsis. I felt absolutely fine but had a raised temperature so they kept me in and gave me antibiotics. Thankfully they released me after 2 nights with antibiotics to take at home. The hardest part was being away from the kids.
  • - I've had another round of chemo - Number 4. It was a frustrating day at the Cancer Centre as we had to wait over 4 hours just to see the consultant. I just wanted to get on with the chemo, but it's just one of those things. The chemo always wipes me out for a few days and I'm trying to make the most of the two days that the kids are at nursery to rest.
  • - We all had colds at some point this month. Baby R definitely had it worst though with conjunctivitis thrown in for good measure so we had take him to the doctors for eye drops. Thankfully it didn't affect him too much at night and he was still sleeping well. 
  • - We had to say goodbye to our dog - Sassy. We were struggling to look after her with my cancer treatment etc. so she has gone to live with my niece. It was hard to say goodbye to her and it's strange in the house without her. 
The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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