Weekly Reads: The accident season

I'm a little bit of a book worm, I have never really hid the fact that I am. I enjoy reading books, letting your imagination create your own take on the character you are reading. Personally for me there is nothing better than getting lost in a book. Since having Emily I kind of neglected reading, which is something I wanted to change, but it is difficult to make room for everything you want to do. I decided I would make some me time, I was sure that it would make me feel better, and it did. I'm the type of person who can and will pretty much read anything. So when I got offered to read and review 'The accident season' I jumped at the chance. 

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

Den building with Dunelm

Building dens offers a amazing opportunity for your children to be imaginative and creative. They have the freedom to build any kind of den they want, maybe there own little house, where they can invite a friend to dinner, or a castle they need to protect from the cushion monsters. When I was a child I used to love ripping off my bed sheets much to my parents dismay. There is something magical about having your own little fort made out of blankets. When you become a adult you loose the opportunities to do these things, but when you become a parent that opportunity is suddenly appropriate again. It is perfectly normal to make blanket dens, and eat your lunch in there with your little one. 

In The Night Garden Live Review

As you may have read on my last post (here) we were lucky enough to be able to go and see In the night garden live. Emily absolutely loves in the night garden, so I had really high hopes and I wasn't disappointed. I was slightly terrified that the magic would be ruined, by seeing a actor dressed in a Igglepiggle costume, or just the mere fact I had such high hopes. I was also nervous that Emily wouldn't sit through the hour long show, I worried that she would get bored and kick off. I'm pleased to say, this wasn't the case at all. We had a lovely family day out, and from the moment Emily saw the snowdome with the pictures of Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboo's she was so excited. 

Setting off on our journey to Birmingham
We decided to take lunch with us, Emily gets very stressy if she doesn't get her lunch. We had a little picnic in the park while we waited for the show to start. I was dreading having a picnic, just because Emily is a escapee, the whole time she is trying to run or crawl away. Surprisingly she was really well behaved. 

Emily's 10 Month Update

You can follow us on Instagram to watch Emily grow.

I haven't got Emily weighed recently, She's getting weighed next Thursday (If I remember I will come back and update). I had no worries about Emily's weight though, she eats really well. 

Emily is still in size 5 nappies. 

She is in 9-12 clothing, although the tops are a little long. 

Emily's eyes are still bright blue with a brown streak in the right eye. Her hair is starting to go a little more auburn. 

Introducing Our Dragon #netflixstreamteam

Last week Emily was sent a Dreamworks Dragon, ahead of the new series release 'Race to the edge' which is now currently streaming on Netflix. 

Emily absolutely loved her dragon, although she is a little small for the dragon as the age is 4+ she loves it, we didn't allow her to have the trainer but she enjoyed playing with Stormfly. Emily has enjoyed showing Stormfly the ropes. She likes to think she is the boss of our household, and enjoyed showing her dragon around! She has also enjoyed watching the show on Netflix, It is hard to get a baby to sit still for long, but she loves to sit and watch 'Race to the edge'. So I will let Emily take over and show you what she has been teaching her dragon. 

Emily's First Shoes!

Emily got her first shoes, her first little Clarks. On the June 27th we ventured out to get Emily her first pair of shoes, well they are pre-walkers. Emily loves to walk, she has been confidently walking around furniture for a good couple of months now, she will walk with her walker, and holding onto one hand. She is pretty confident and stable on her feet, but not quite ready to venture off by herself, although I don't think it will be very long before she does. I know that she doesn't need shoes, and it is sometimes advised to let them go as long as possible without them, but her pram shoes have quite tough soles. This means that she walks on her tip toes, and she is constantly trying to pull them off. We go out for walks regularly at our local park, and Emily enjoys holding onto our hands and walking, which isn't possible in her pram shoes. It also isn't practical without anything on her feet because what if she stands on a stone? or its a really hot day, the tarmac will be pipping hot, and I don't want her to burn her little feet. So we decided to get her a little pair of cruising shoes from Clarks, they will protect Emily's feet but they won't affect her foots development. The pre-walkers are made from the softest premium leather, and feature a secure riptape fastening. They're lightweight shoes which have a flexible rubber sole that allows Emily to explore. 

Bath time with Paddy's bathroom

We have always tried to make bathtime as fun as it can be for Emily, I'm a big believer in children learning to swim, and I want Emily to be confident in water, and learn a potentially life-saving skill. This means lots of bubbles, splashing, playing and toys of course. My brother used to hate going in the bath when he was younger, he was absolutely terrified and I don't want that for Emily. Luckily unless she's really tired, she absolutely loves her baths, and enjoys splashing around. 

What Emily Wore #20

I am so happy its Friday! It feels like this week has been dragging so much, Sam is off next week, which I am really looking forward to. It'll be nice to have some quality time. Also my best friend and Emily's godmother is down from up north. I can't wait to spend time with her and her two babies! I haven't seen her since November so it is well overdue! Emily seems to have had a growth spurt this week, shes been in lots of summery clothes, but her leggings seem more like 3/4 lengths, so I'm looking at getting leggings in the next size up. Although 3/4 lengths don't look too bad with dresses right? Emily has got so cheeky over the past couple of weeks, whenever you try and get a picture of her she sticks her tongue out, or runs away. The little monkey is also keeping us up all night, her two top teeth have both come through at the same time, and I think they're causing her a bit of pain. Ouchy!

Huggies Little Swimmers Review

I don't usually share our weekend antics, but this weekend we had such a lovely time, and lots of fun in the sun. So I wanted to share a few pictures with you. Emily absolutely loves being in the water, we go swimming every couple of weeks and she has lots of fun in the water. One thing I have always wanted when I has children was for them to have confidence in the water, I think it is really important for children to be able to swim. By starting swimming at a young age, you are starting them on a habit that will last a lifetime and teaching them an important and potentially life-saving skill. 

Swimming is a fun and rewarding experience that helps build the bond between you and your baby. It is also a good way to exercise, I have also found that when we go swimming Emily sleeps so much better. It did take me a while to take Emily swimming, I built her confidence up in the water at bath time first, we had lots of fun splashing in the bath. I gave her lots of guidance and reassurance while she was in the bath, and she soon become used to it.

Why Won't My Baby Sleep?

We are having serious problems with sleeping, I'm so tired its unreal. Emily was such a good sleeper when she was a new born she would go down at about 10, and sleep all the way through the night till 7. She wouldn't even wake up for a bottle, she was brilliant. I thought I was lucky. Then Emily got poorly and she just backtracked. We started co-sleeping because she wouldn't settle at all, she wouldn't take a bottle, she wouldn't sleep, and definitely wouldn't go in her cot. In March I felt like we were in a good place, Emily moved into her own bedroom, and she started sleeping through again, with the heatwave we seemed to have strayed off again. I seem to have so much patients when it comes to Emily, I don't ever get mad or frustrated, because I know this wont last forever. I wanted Emily for so long, I longed for her before I fell pregnant, and finally it happened. So I just can't be mad with her at night times.

Baker Ross Crafts

We recently become part of the Baker Ross Blogger Network, and I am absolutely delighted about it. Emily loves messy play, arts and crafts, and sensory play. I've always been a big believer in doing activities with children, I don't think that age matters, there is always something suitable to do with them. The box of crafts included lots of different things, which I am looking forward to using with Emily. 

In The Night Garden Live!

I have some really exciting news, we are off to see In The Night Garden Live next week, it always amazes me the opportunities that I get through my little old blog. Emily is going to absolutely love seeing the characters on stage. Upsy Daisy is her favourite, it is the only program that Emily will sit the whole way through and giggle along with. She would watch it all day if she could (don't worry we don't let that happen). 

That's Not My Cow Review

We love Usborne books in our household, well as a matter of fact we love any books. I am a real book worm, there is nothing more calming or magical then loosing myself in a book, I find it theroputic, and relaxing. I understand the importance of reading, I want Emily to love reading, and not feel like it is a chore. Babies are like sponges, get them into books and you'll help them for life, I hope that Emily will always have a love and a passion for reading, she certainly does at the moment. 

What Emily Wore #19

I've recently been looking back on pictures of Emily, and I can't believe how much she has grown. This week she really shocked me, I always get her clothes out of the wardrobe after breakfast while I am holding her. One day this week, she decided she wanted to pick her own outfits, She grabbed a little top, leggings and a bib, and it all matched and went together well. I am so proud of her, she is becoming a little independent person. She will sure let you know if she doesn't like something. 

First Fathers Day

I just thought I would share with you what we got up to on Fathers day. When you become a parent there becomes so many firsts, babies first Christmas, first steps, first laugh, and first fathers day amongst many more. I previously wrote a post about Emily and her Daddy's relationship (here), I love the special bond that they have, knowing that Emily will always have a man to rely on in her life means the world to me. As much as I love Emily, I will always want Sam to be as equally special to Emily as I am. I want there relationship to blossom, and grow stronger as she gets older. I also want him to know just how much I value his opinion. I want him to has just as much say in raising Emily as I do, just because I was the one that carried her for 9 months doesn't make him any less of a parent. I hate it that fathers get overshadowed and pushed out. 

Party Bags & Supplies Review

We recently were given the opportunity to review Party bags and supplies. Emily's birthday isn't until September, but I agreed to the review because Emily was having a tea party. In the end we didn't end up using these little bits, so they will be kept until her birthday.
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