Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Life Love Laura: "Share your nursery"

I'm over on Life Love Laura today talking about Holden's nursery as part of her "Share your nursery" feature.

I hope you enjoy reading and would love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Holden: 22 Months

Holden's 22nd monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 22 months old on the 1st of December while we were on holiday in Florida. In November we continued with things in the house, getting prepared for our holiday and also organising Christmas. My dad very kindly wallpapered out living room wall for us, we put some things up in the loft while Holden tried out climbing the ladder and we finally got our Internet access. We had to do quite a lot of shopping this month to get organised for birthdays, Christmas and our holiday before we went. The start of the month was busy with two fireworks displays, one in the town Graham's parents live in and the other in our town, both of which Holden loved. We spent a day up at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore to see the polar bears which was great, although it was freezing! We went to a family birthday party for Holden's second cousin Amy, visited Holden's great granddad and met our NCT group at a children's play cafe. We also had a couple of lunches and dinners out and at my parents as well as a couple of trips to the soft play with friends. Holden then got to spend an extra day with my mum while I did an extra day at work before we went away. The last weekend before we left we celebrated Christmas in November with all of my family, since my parents were going away for Christmas just before we went away. Unfortunately, Holden hadn't been too well for a couple of days so we then had to take him to the Sick Kids for a checkup the next morning. Normally we would have just went to the doctor but with our holiday just a few days away we wanted to be sure it was nothing serious. Thankfully it was just a virus so we were then able to have lunch with Graham's gran as planned. We flew to Florida on the 28th and went down to our villa in Rotonda West. The first couple of days we braved the black Friday sales, went to a car show and visited Punta Gorda for lunch.

We spent most of this month getting organised for going away and Christmas so that we didn't have too much to sort out once we got back. Holden's nursery photos also arrived so I got some printed to put in with our Christmas cards to family. In December we will be away for most of it then have Christmas to look forward too.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I used a chair at our holiday villa instead with his new tiger as we forgot to take bunny with us & I missed out the standing ones as he was not impressed with having to stop playing to get his photo taken.}

Monday, 3 February 2014

Holden: 21 Months

Holden's 21st monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 21 months old on the 1st of November. We finally got proper Internet access at home at the end of November but after a busy month getting ready to go on holiday, going on holiday, Christmas and Holden's 2nd birthday, its been a busy few months, which is why I am so late with this monthly post, and the ones to follow. In October we made more progress in the house getting the loft prepared with some flooring and buying wallpaper and lots of other things, then the builders came to do their 28 day visit. We also continued to explore our new town with walks and a visit to the soft play centre. We've had lots of lunches and dinners with family and friends including a family meal for my cousin's birthday. Holden enjoyed visiting Almond Valley, a heritage park, again with Graham's family and we've also been to Dynamic Earth and had a visit to Holden's great nana. I've started going to a bodybalance class which I hope will help with my back and so far I've been enjoying it. I went to a lovely baby shower for Daydreams in Lace and also got to meet some friends for an Indian. I even got to finally get my hair cut, while Holden got his done too. At the end of the month we went to a Halloween party at our friends who live two doors from us.

Holden has continued with his new routine at night, just getting put into his cot, and he is doing really well with it. Some nights he talks to his toys for a while but usually he just falls asleep after a short while. He's still only got ten teeth but we think more might be coming soon. Graham spent a few days away in Denmark for work which required a few changes to our routine the two days when I work and Holden goes to nursery. Luckily my parents were around to pick Holden up one evening then the nursery were happy for me to collect him slightly late the next day. Holden also got his nursery photos taken this month and they turned out really well so we ordered them all on a CD.

This month we started thinking about getting organised for our holiday at the end on November. We have also started our Christmas preparations so that we don't need to do everything once we get back and since we are sending my nephew and niece's presents with my parents, who go away at the end of November. In November there will be lots more holiday and Christmas organisation.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Holden: 20 Months

Holden's 20th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 20 months old on the 1st of October. Most of September was spent unpacking the rest of the boxes in our house. As progress was slow while Holden was around, Graham's parents looked after him for the day which we unpacked some more of the boxes from the spare room and our room before the removal company came to pick all of the empty boxes up. Holden started his new nursery at the beginning of the month. We've spent some time exploring our new town with visits to the high street shops, the park with the aviary which Holden loves, bookbugs, the swimming pool and both soft play centre's with friends. We've also had lots of lunches with friends and family and had visitors to our new house, including My Spare Thoughts. Like last month there have been many shopping trips to buy things we needed for the house and new shoes for Holden but we also managed another day at the zoo. We've also got the train in to Edinburgh a few times to shop and meet my parents for lunch. We went to see the start of the tour of Britain cycle race with Graham's family in rainy Peebles one weekend and I had a chance to meet friends for coffee after work and we also had a night out with friends while Graham's parents babysat. Due to a few public holidays in September, Holden was only with my parents for a few days but they had lots of fun including a day just with Granny and another with my parents friends when Holden loved the extra attention.

We think Holden now has around ten teeth but he doesn't really let us look. He had been getting better at not using his dummy as much but has still had it quite a lot in the last month with all the changes and starting at his new nursery. The biggest change in the last month has been Holden's bed routine; he is now going to bed himself. He used to fall asleep sitting on someone's knee then be put in his bed but we decided it was time to start trying someone new, especially before our upcoming holiday. He wasn't that sure the first few nights when Graham took him straight up to his cot and he didn't seem too impressed but Graham just sat in his room till he fell asleep. He very quickly got used to it and within a week he was going down fine himself, which has been great for everyone, and we feel it was definitely the right time for him to learn. We lent Holden's jumparoo to a work friend of mine so its nice to see someone getting some use out of it now Holden has finished with it, however he did insist on going in it once he saw it coming out of storage. We've met up with our neighbours so Holden can play with his friend a few times and Holden has continued to love the new house, his new favourite thing to do is hide in the kitchen cupboards.

This month we got settled in to our new house and Holden started at his new nursery. After a couple of weeks when he wasn't too happy when I left him, he is now enjoying it and he only goes for two days a week. In October we will have lots more things to do in the house and we need to start thinking about our holiday at the end of November and Christmas.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I didn't get a chance to take all of the photos until the 3rd and as you can see, he's losing patience with them!} 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Holden: 19 Months

Holden's 19th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 19 months old on the 1st of September, which was over a month ago! As I mentioned in the last post, we finally moved in to our brand new house in the middle of August, so we have been quite busy getting organised the last few weeks and we still have no internet access! At the start of August we spent time with family and friends including lots of lunches, visited a new play cafe and a local farm, Holden had a birthday party and I even had a night out at a festival show with my friends. We enjoyed more of the summer with another family birthday BBQ and spending time in the garden. Once we had the keys to our new house we took a week off work and got everything delivered from the storage company and moved from my parents' house. We managed to unpack some of it while Holden was with my aunt and at nursery, before we officially moved in on the 21st of August. Since then there were a lot of shopping trips for the house and visitors coming to have a look. We did manage a trip to the zoo and a lunch with Holden's great gran and great aunt and we have also started exploring our new town. At the end of the month, Holden had his last day at his old nursery and had a couple of settling in sessions at the new one and he also got to see a puppet show at the festival, which he loved, on one of his days with Granny & Grandad.

Holden is getting more teeth and we think he now has 8 although he doesn't like to let us look. He's started jumping this month and is getting better at not using his dummy during the day. One of Holden's friends (we met at our antenatal classes & discovered we lived in the same block) has moved in just two doors along from us so it's lovely that they can play together and have enjoyed spending time together in their garden. Holden has loved the new house, especially his new room with all his toys, and he particularly liked playing in the empty wardrobes before we moved in. He's settled in really quickly and it hasn't affected his sleeping at all which has always been really good.

This month we have been concentrating on getting our house organised and all 65 boxes unpacked. In September, we will start settling in properly and Holden will start his new nursery.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Holden: 18 Months

Holden's 18th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 18 months old on the 1st of August, which was almost six weeks ago. I was so late with his 17 month post and then we got the keys to our new house, with no internet access, which is why I'm also very late with this post. We had quite a busy July with lots of lunch meetings with friends and family, getting personalised coke zero bottles, some new house shopping at Ikea and enjoying all the lovely weather with a trip to a country park, a couple of BBQ's, time in the garden with the water feature, a trip to Portobello beach, a botanics walk, trips on his trike and a few park visits. We also spent another day at the zoo, visited Auntie's new house again, did some holiday shopping for Holden and visited another country park with My Spare Thoughts. I also managed to meet My Spare Thoughts & Daydreams in Lace for a lunch trip to the museum. Holden got himself a great new chair from my aunt, all the way from Oz and he also enjoyed the Sealife Centre touch pool at our local shopping centre on one of his days with Granny & Grandad.

Holden is still doing really well with eating, he will happily eat quite a lot and enjoyed his first taste of meatballs at Ikea. He is really fearless on slides and things at the park and always wants to go on things that are too big for him. He particularly likes his friend Emily's scooter, even if he doesn't know how to go on it yet, which is great as he's getting one for his next birthday. He also loved the sea when we were at the beach and had no fear at running in.

This month I found a new nursery for Holden, which he will start in September. In August Holden has another birthday party to attend and we will finally move in to our brand new house.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I didn't get a chance to take all of the photos until the 2nd!}

Monday, 12 August 2013

Holden: 17 Months

Holden's 17th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 17 months old on the 1st of July, which was over a month ago. I'm trying to catch up with my monthly posts as like last month I'm very behind with this one, considering he was 18 months a week and a half ago! June started off well with a trip to the local festival in Haddington, a community lunch with all the neighbours at my parents shared green area then coffee with my friends. However, I then got ill with a stomach bug which lasted ages and after a week with no change, I had to visit the doctor then the hospital. I ended up being off work for over a week which wasn't great either. I'm the midst of it, when I thought I was improving, we met up with our NCT group but I didn't get to stay for long. Finally when I improved we had a trip to the zoo with Holden's nursery, we celebrated fathers day with Graham's family then lunch just the three of us before Grahams birthday, when he took Holden to Deep Sea World. There was more coffee with friends, the very last toddler group since we wont be returning next term, a trip to the safari park, visiting Auntie Hazel's new house, swimming and Holden's second haircut. I also managed a trip to meet a dizzy girl, This Girl Is... & Daydreams in Lace while Holden stayed with daddy.

Holden finally has his bottom front two teeth which makes a total of 6 teeth, which seems crazy for 17 months. Its definitely not affecting any of his eating and he continues to have two dinners on the days he's nursery, once with them then again with us. Since I was so ill at the start of the month and couldn't feed him, and he'd not always needed fed at night the week before, it meant our breastfeeding journey came to an end. He still doesn't take any other milk but he seems to be doing fine with all of his yoghurts and milk in his morning porridge. Since he'd almost reached 20lbs at the end of last month, the time came to buy the next stage car seat for him which he absolutely loves as he can now see what's going on.

This month we watched lots of progress on our new house and I received Holden's 1st Year photo book which I love. In July we are going to be looking for a new nursery for Holden, nearer to our new house, which he will hopefully start in September.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I didn't get a chance to take all of the photos until the 4th!}

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Holden: 16 Months

Holden's 16th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 16 months old on the 1st of June, which was over a month ago. I spent the first couple of weeks of June ill from a stomach bug, which is my excuse for this post being so late, although I have no excuse for after that, especially since he turned 17 months three weeks ago! May seemed to be quite busy. We were at toddler group, visited friends, went swimming, had a day at the botanic gardens and another at the butterfly farm, dinner out with my parents and a visit to a soft play centre with friends, as well as enjoying time in the garden. We had lunch with auntie Hazel, then met up with adizzygirl and her husband for coffee. We spent the first May bank holiday at Almond Valley heritage park with my parents, aunt and uncle, seeing lots of animals which Holden loved and playing on the trampoline and in the large sand pit. The second bank holiday was spent visiting my aunt and uncle who had come up from Wales for the week. Holden went to another birthday party where Minnie Mouse came to visit, thankfully he loved her which will be good for our trip to Florida, and afterwards we stayed to enjoy a barbecue and drinks with our friends. Holden loved running around with all the older children until quite late. The next day we had a lovely lunch with auntie Hazel, uncle Jake, Graham's gran, Graham's cousin and her two boys, Holden's second cousins. We also managed to have two nights out this month, which was lovely. The first was to Martin Wishart, to use our Christmas voucher, which was fantastic. We enjoyed the tasting menu while my parents babysat for the evening. The second we joined friends for a quiz night in our hometown while Graham's sister & dad babysat.

Holden is still eating well and even though the nursery give him dinner, he still then has dinner with us when we get home. Two more teeth are finally coming through on the bottom but very slowly and its not the front ones yet. I still fed him in the evening for most of the month but by the end some nights he was going to sleep without it. I took him to get weighed at the end of the month when he was 19lb and 73.5cm. He is running around everywhere now which meant we had to get him some new shoes as well. He's still got tiny feet, a size 3, so there weren't many choices.

This month we were making mortgage arrangements for our new house, which is now probably going to be ready in August. I also finally made Holden's 1st Year photo book, using a groupon voucher from photobox. In June we don't have many things planned.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I didn't get a chance to take all of the photos until the 2nd!}

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Birth Announcement / Thank You Cards

Rather than doing separate birth announcements when Holden was born, I decided to add his birth information and a photo to the thank you cards we sent for all of the lovely baby gifts we received. Knowing that I wouldn't have any time to actually make the cards myself, I decided to order photo cards from foto.com.

I chose two different photos of Holden; one wearing his 'been inside for 9 months' suit and the other when I caught him smiling. Using photoshop, I edited and cropped the photos before adding a grey banner beneath each. I used the grey banner to add his birth information including his full name and the date & time of his birth and his weight.

I ordered 60 cards, 30 of each, thinking that would be plenty but we only ended up with two left, which I've kept for his baby book. All of our family and friends were incredibly generous and gave us so many gifts when Holden arrived, some of which we still haven't used as some had thought ahead and bought much bigger sizes.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Holden: 15 Months

Holden's 15th monthly photo, taken on the 1st of every month.

Holden turned 15 months old two weeks ago. We celebrated our 3rd Wedding anniversary on the 3rd of April with a quiet night in with a takeaway then the rest of April was quite busy. We went swimming, to toddler group, bookbugs and met friends at the park, enjoyed a lunch with my aunt then a dinner with Grahams family. Once my parents returned from their trip to Australia, we enjoyed lunch with Grandad one day then dinner with Granny too after taking them to visit the show homes at our new house development. Holden went to a superhero themed birthday party wearing a batman t-shirt as we couldn't find a costume small enough. I got to have a night in with my friends where we enjoyed a few cocktails and also enjoyed a coffee after work with friends one night, which I hadn't done for a long time. We spent the day at a farm with My Spare Thoughts and her daughter, then met them again the week after in Glasgow for coffee, cake and lunch with This Girl Is... too. We visited the zoo again, for Auntie Hazel's birthday then enjoyed a lovely dinner in South Queensferry. The next day we had a birthday lunch with all the family at Nana's house. At the end of the month, my parents kept Holden for the night and we went out to celebrate Graham's Grans 80th birthday.

Holden continues to eat almost everything the nursery give him and we have discovered that he hates anything bland and prefers strong tastes. Taco mince and curry have been recent hits and baked beans are probably his favourite thing just now, along with porridge, fruit pouches and cheerio's for breakfast. The only thing he isn't great with are sandwiches so I'm trying to think of ideas for quick lunches. I've not had him weighed and there are still no more teeth but I think some are about to come through. I stopped feeding Holden in the morning after the 21st and now only feed him in the evening. He is walking really well now and attempting to run when he can, which is interesting. He's started properly waving and still loves to clap. I ended up having to take him back to the doctors as his cough was still there three weeks after we had last been at the doctor. Again, it was just a virus, probably from nursery, so nothing can be done.

This month I finally finished making and writing all of Holden's Christmas and birthday thank you cards and got them all sent and I eventually posted photos of Holden's Nursery. We also booked our flights for our trip to Florida at the end of November with Graham's parents, sister and brother in law, which we all cant wait for. In May we are going to have dinner at Martin Wishart with our voucher from Christmas, Holden has another birthday party to attend and we hope to see family from Wales who will be visiting.

I'm going to take the same photos every month if I can, beside his bunny and standing beside his penguin. {This month I didn't get a chance to take all of the photos until the 3rd!}