a second (and third) haircut

Collage - March haircuts”14 months after his first visit to the hair salon to tame his crazy curls and neaten up his fluffy baby hair E got his second professional haircut. This time a home visit by Nicci so we could all be trimmed without me having to endure the discomfort of the car. I’ve trimmed his hair a few times in between hair cuts but the last few months Es curls have dropped and a mummy cut is not as flattering as it once was!”

So began the blog post drafted in March when I was 37 weeks pregnant.  Fast forward 3 months and with a 2 month old babe in arms Nicci knocked at our door again for a summer cut to lighten the load on E’s sweaty head and neaten up my postnatally lack lustre hair.
Collage - Haircut July 2016 4B
22-6-16 - new haircuts 4B

July 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

boys in a bucket

Our 5th summer with a boy in a bucket.
How lovely to have company, even if it is a bit of a squeeze!
17-7-16 - boy in a bucket E with 12 week old Luca* 4B
17-7-16 - boys in a bucket_cuddle 4B
What a difference one year makes…
Boy in a bucket 2015 4B
and two, and three and four…
Collage - boy in buckets 4B

July 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm 1 comment

look what we made #2

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities” – Eda J. Le Shan

8 weeks old - brothers* 4B

11 weeks ago E bounced ‘bum to bum’ with his brother for the last time before I went into hospital to be induced.  Two days later beautiful baby Luca arrived weighing 9lb 1oz. We’re all besotted with our gorgeous, sweet natured boy and can barely remember life without Luca.
1-7-16 - Luca in bouncy chair 4 4B

He’s 10 weeks old now but E has loved him with a passion since we first told him we were pregnant. Some said that would change when the novelty of having to share Mummy and Daddy wore off, that jealousy would inevitably set in, that the baby was sure to get bopped on the head eventually! These pictures tell a different story; one of unconditional love and devotion and the beginnings of a beautiful sibling friendship.
Collage - Brothers
I’m so proud of how our beautiful, kind hearted, forthright 4 year old has risen to the challenge of being a big brother. What a lucky boy Luca is.

ps. for anyone thinking how like E Luca is – you’re right! Check out E’s birth announcement here

July 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm 2 comments

how time flies

Goodness, it’s 3 months since my last post for E’s 4th birthday in January. I guess a lot has happened in that time but in a rather ordinary, not very blog worthy way (or perhaps I’ve just been too tired!) Es birthday card - inside cropped
I celebrated my birthday in February and for the the first time in about 5 years (and the last probably for another 5 years) G and I had a meal out and overnight stay in a hotel. It was lovely but we ate too much and didn’t sleep well in our too-hot hotel room. We spoke of hopes for a blissful lie in. We woke at E’s usual 6am and were ravenous by the time we found ourselves first in line for the breakfast buffet at 7.30am. It was lovely of course but like many parents we were more keen to get back to our little fella than lounge around reading newspapers. (that’s a 30 week bump by the way not too much dinner!)
6-2-16 - birthday bump 30 weeks 4B
E’s being enjoying extra park dates with Daddy, grandparents and friends as I’ve found it increasingly difficulty to spend time standing around (oh the joy of a small frame and a big bump!)
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park 9 4B
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park  4B
15-2-16 - E at Deans Way park 5 4B
Last month we visited the local primary school we want E to attend and this week we were lucky enough to find he has a place there for September.
24-2-16 - E visited Kingsholm Primary 4B
And once April arrived we had the excitement of waiting to greet our new baby.
And waiting. And waiting. Despite our best efforts to help him along, including ”bumping bums” with his big brother, the baby is just too snug.
We’re hoping today is the day we finally meet him. We waved E off to playgroup this morning after taking this photo and the next time we see him will be when his baby is here (well that’s the plan, currently awaiting a call back from the hospital that they have a bed for us!). Bring it on!!!
41+2 weeks bump - brothers bumping bums 4B

April 22, 2016 at 9:16 am 2 comments

a fourth birthday weekend

16-1-16 - birthday cake making_licking spatula 4B
16-1-16 - E eating ice cream 4B
16-1-16 - E with birthday cake at Nanas 4B
Euan's party invite 4B
17-1-16 - E buddies party bags 4B
17-1-16 - E eating jelly in the park with buddies 4B
17-1-16 - E opening present 4B
17-1-16 - E playing keyboard 4B
17-1-16 - E and Nana 4B
18-1-16 - E lego cake with chocolate figures 4B
18-1-16 - E with lego cake 4B
18-1-15 - birthday boy in big glasses 4B

February 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

wordless wednesday

29-1-16 - E in lion hat 4B

February 3, 2016 at 7:37 am 2 comments

Days 10 – 13 with the Kindness Elves

A belated round up of our last few days with the Kindness Elves
Day 9 task 4B
13-1-2016 - Kindness Elves giving away toys 4B
Day 11 task 4B
Day 12 task 4B
Collage Day 12 cat food 4B
Day 13 task 4B
Day 10 – surplus toy cars donated to local playgroup, Scout dog and stories sold for piggy bank pounds (saving for yet more lego!)
Day 11 – woops, no photo of the postman’s card
Day 12 – donating cat food at Morrisons for New Start Cat Rescue
Day 13 – an ongoing part of the festive season!

January 25, 2016 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

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