And then you were six


Six. Actually six. I told him to stop growing the other day because I'm not sure I can really fathom the fact that I'm a mother to a proper child. I'll convince myself every year that this is the last year that he'll really feel like my baby still, but I feel like six is the last. Five was manageable, even though we had started our school journey it was just reception, he still needed me for lots, still retained a little baby roundness to his face. But that's all dropped away, he can read, he can write and he thinks he knows everything all ready.

Of course he still needs me, and there's that innocence still there. There's the belief, magic, wonder and make believe that's at it's peak but will all too quickly start to fade. He has such a curious mind, he wants to know all the facts, is fascinated by patterns and sums and he loves to tell you all that he knows.

This boy though, it's so hard to believe that I started writing this blog here because of the little bean that had started growing inside. All those thoughts and wonderings on how our lives would be once he was here. Then he arrived and changed it all and we spent those five years with just him. I can't believe how lucky I was to spend the majority of those years just being with him, showing him the world. To watch him grow has been a privilege. It's not been easy, and it's still not easy at all, in fact I feel like we're facing big challenges right now but he really is amazing.

I still find it so hard to take in that he's so grown up, to think back to him being just as small as Rohan is now. I long for more time with him when he was little, to step back in time and hold him when he was just a baby, or keep his little hand in mine for a while longer. It's that cruel reality that you wish away the hours in the day but before you know it years have sped by and you can hardly remember what their voice sounded like at that age or how their mannerisms have changed. I know I have all of this to come in one way with Rohan, it might not be the same of course, but I feel a little bit of mourning when I think back to Theo's childhood gone by. I want to do it all again, and yet I know when I was there I would miss this Theo now. But it's tough, five has been hard, but I'm really trying not to wish it away.

I feel bad that five has been difficult, it's been hard on him. He's had to adjust and learn to become a brother. His world of just us three was changed, and changed so dramatically. He had to see his brother, a baby, go through all that he did, experience us not being there properly for two months whilst he adjusted to all that change. He had to learn to share us after so long of it just being him. He's taken to it all so well, he loves his brother with so much adoration and care it makes my heart explode. Then we shook his life up once more and changed his school, we left the place where he's grown up, swapped the city for the countryside. He loves the countryside and being out here, and hopefully in the long run it will all work out, but two big changes in one year is a lot for an emotional five year old. On top of that we've been stressed and stretched thin, perhaps not being as patient as we can with all that we've been through this year ourselves.

But we'll get there. He's doing ok. There's a lot to take in with Theo, slightly different ways of behaving which are challenging and there may be a reason for that somewhere. He's incredibly bright and confident, people all seem to know his name and it just feels like he is open to learning so much. He can pick up computer games just like that, maths is his favourite and he loves making dens. He likes to dance, to build complex lego, to sit a read his beano to himself. He loves animals and learning facts about them. His favourite food is still pizza and filled pasta and we've still convinced him that he doesn't like fizzy drinks. He's not so fond of being kissed anymore, but will occasionally permit you to do so on the cheek and give you one back. He logical and literal, almost too much sometimes. He is kind, he likes to help people out and he loves to be given little tasks and instructions to complete (but that doesn't include getting dressed or putting his shoes on, because I don't think any child can do that when asked first time!). He has funny sayings and ways of speaking that he's picked up, his current favourite being "I'm deadly serious". He currently loves Harry Potter, Lego Nexo Knights, owls, star wars, furbys and angry birds.

But there we are, I'm sure there's a thousand more things about Theo that I could write, but it's hard to remember each individual thing, but they all add up to him. He's unique, not like other kids, and that can be hard, but amazing too. He's Theo and sometimes I can't believe that I've managed to document him growing up on here, but I'm so glad I have. I can't believe we've made it to six, six already! We survived those first five years and I think we've done a pretty good job. Theo you are great. And loved, so very much.



And then you were six


Six. Actually six. I told him to stop growing the other day because I'm not sure I can really fathom the fact that I'm a mother to a proper child. I'll convince myself every year that this is the last year that he'll really feel like my baby still, but I feel like six is the last. Five was manageable, even though we had started our school journey it was just reception, he still needed me for lots, still retained a little baby roundness to his face. But that's all dropped away, he can read, he can write and he thinks he knows everything all ready.

Of course he still needs me, and there's that innocence still there. There's the belief, magic, wonder and make believe that's at it's peak but will all too quickly start to fade. He has such a curious mind, he wants to know all the facts, is fascinated by patterns and sums and he loves to tell you all that he knows.

This boy though, it's so hard to believe that I started writing this blog here because of the little bean that had started growing inside. All those thoughts and wonderings on how our lives would be once he was here. Then he arrived and changed it all and we spent those five years with just him. I can't believe how lucky I was to spend the majority of those years just being with him, showing him the world. To watch him grow has been a privilege. It's not been easy, and it's still not easy at all, in fact I feel like we're facing big challenges right now but he really is amazing.

I still find it so hard to take in that he's so grown up, to think back to him being just as small as Rohan is now. I long for more time with him when he was little, to step back in time and hold him when he was just a baby, or keep his little hand in mine for a while longer. It's that cruel reality that you wish away the hours in the day but before you know it years have sped by and you can hardly remember what their voice sounded like at that age or how their mannerisms have changed. I know I have all of this to come in one way with Rohan, it might not be the same of course, but I feel a little bit of mourning when I think back to Theo's childhood gone by. I want to do it all again, and yet I know when I was there I would miss this Theo now. But it's tough, five has been hard, but I'm really trying not to wish it away.

I feel bad that five has been difficult, it's been hard on him. He's had to adjust and learn to become a brother. His world of just us three was changed, and changed so dramatically. He had to see his brother, a baby, go through all that he did, experience us not being there properly for two months whilst he adjusted to all that change. He had to learn to share us after so long of it just being him. He's taken to it all so well, he loves his brother with so much adoration and care it makes my heart explode. Then we shook his life up once more and changed his school, we left the place where he's grown up, swapped the city for the countryside. He loves the countryside and being out here, and hopefully in the long run it will all work out, but two big changes in one year is a lot for an emotional five year old. On top of that we've been stressed and stretched thin, perhaps not being as patient as we can with all that we've been through this year ourselves.

But we'll get there. He's doing ok. There's a lot to take in with Theo, slightly different ways of behaving which are challenging and there may be a reason for that somewhere. He's incredibly bright and confident, people all seem to know his name and it just feels like he is open to learning so much. He can pick up computer games just like that, maths is his favourite and he loves making dens. He likes to dance, to build complex lego, to sit a read his beano to himself. He loves animals and learning facts about them. His favourite food is still pizza and filled pasta and we've still convinced him that he doesn't like fizzy drinks. He's not so fond of being kissed anymore, but will occasionally permit you to do so on the cheek and give you one back. He logical and literal, almost too much sometimes. He is kind, he likes to help people out and he loves to be given little tasks and instructions to complete (but that doesn't include getting dressed or putting his shoes on, because I don't think any child can do that when asked first time!). He has funny sayings and ways of speaking that he's picked up, his current favourite being "I'm deadly serious". He currently loves Harry Potter, Lego Nexo Knights, owls, star wars, furbys and angry birds.

But there we are, I'm sure there's a thousand more things about Theo that I could write, but it's hard to remember each individual thing, but they all add up to him. He's unique, not like other kids, and that can be hard, but amazing too. He's Theo and sometimes I can't believe that I've managed to document him growing up on here, but I'm so glad I have. I can't believe we've made it to six, six already! We survived those first five years and I think we've done a pretty good job. Theo you are great. And loved, so very much.



Gift guide!


1 - Adventure begins mug // 2 - Bicycle cufflinks // 3 - Bear bottle opener // 4 - Chatty feet Kloss the clown socks // 5 - Bicycle anatomy poster // 6 - Beard care set  // 7 - Mens manicure set 

As it has just been Rob's birthday I thought I'd put together a little gift guide from some inspiration I found whilst looking for a present. Rob is fairly 'typical' when it comes to his tastes; he likes football, beer, whiskey, bikes, comics and games, so without buying him a PS4 or a season ticket for Spurs I need to think about some different (and cheaper!) options when it comes to buying him presents. I like that there are tons of options for him, but finding something that is a little different and not what he would expect is fun, and supporting small companies and local shops and boutiques is also so important to me! With Christmas fast approaching I need to think about more presents! 

Gift guide!


1 - Adventure begins mug // 2 - Bicycle cufflinks // 3 - Bear bottle opener // 4 - Chatty feet Kloss the clown socks // 5 - Bicycle anatomy poster // 6 - Beard care set  // 7 - Mens manicure set 

As it has just been Rob's birthday I thought I'd put together a little gift guide from some inspiration I found whilst looking for a present. Rob is fairly 'typical' when it comes to his tastes; he likes football, beer, whiskey, bikes, comics and games, so without buying him a PS4 or a season ticket for Spurs I need to think about some different (and cheaper!) options when it comes to buying him presents. I like that there are tons of options for him, but finding something that is a little different and not what he would expect is fun, and supporting small companies and local shops and boutiques is also so important to me! With Christmas fast approaching I need to think about more presents! 

sandcastles on the moon

Last weekend, all three of us filled up to the eyeballs with cold, drove to visit my sister in Kent for a little extended birthday treat. You may remember last year we made the same journey to see the wonderful Oily Cart. We were all blown away by it last year that we decided to make it a little annual trip (well until Theo is five as he will sadly be too old to go!)

 This years performance was equally as amazing. It was called Mr and Mrs Moon, and was about the lady who lives in the moon, who comes down to earth (via long stretches of fabric from the ceiling none the less) to visit all the children and see them make sandcastles. The whole set was featured around a giant circular sandpit, where the children sat for the performance with their bucket and spades, free to start building whenever they want. The story features travelling up to the moon by a ladder drawn in the sand, a giant balloon containing all the wind from the moon, aliens and a real wind machine. It was amazing. There tour is coming to a close now, but if you want to take little ones to some spectacular theatre that is made for them, around them and to engage them properly then don't bother going to an over priced cbeebies sort of thing, go see Oily Cart, you seriously won't be disappointed!

So enough of my gushing (but seriously, just GO!) we spent the rest of the weekend having more adventures.

After a horrendous night of rain and wind Saturday turned out to be gloriously sunny, and bitterly cold. Even so we took a little trip to the lovely seaside town of Whitstable. We took our time whilst Theo napped wondering the small streets peering in lovely looking shops and browsing in charity shops. We weaved our way to the seafront where the wind picked up and the rain threatened to come in. Even so we enjoyed finding pebbles and rocks and hurling them back into the sea, trying to skim them over the surface. Soon our tummies began to rumble to we headed to the harbour for some fish and chips, obviously.

 Theo took the photograph of me standing next to the fisherman. He took the camera and instructed me to stand next to him and say cheese. So of course I obliged, and the boys got skillz...

The next day after our little walk to the woods  we took a trip to the wonderful Badgers Hill to meet up with my dear cousins who were visiting for the day. We of course ate one of the amazing ploughmans that they offer, had a good catch up, snooped around the shop with all its delights and fed the animals roaming around the grounds. We then said our goodbyes and hit the road for the long journey home. Once again we had such a wonderful time in beautiful Kent, but as usual the weekend went way too fast.


sandcastles on the moon

Last weekend, all three of us filled up to the eyeballs with cold, drove to visit my sister in Kent for a little extended birthday treat. You may remember last year we made the same journey to see the wonderful Oily Cart. We were all blown away by it last year that we decided to make it a little annual trip (well until Theo is five as he will sadly be too old to go!)

 This years performance was equally as amazing. It was called Mr and Mrs Moon, and was about the lady who lives in the moon, who comes down to earth (via long stretches of fabric from the ceiling none the less) to visit all the children and see them make sandcastles. The whole set was featured around a giant circular sandpit, where the children sat for the performance with their bucket and spades, free to start building whenever they want. The story features travelling up to the moon by a ladder drawn in the sand, a giant balloon containing all the wind from the moon, aliens and a real wind machine. It was amazing. There tour is coming to a close now, but if you want to take little ones to some spectacular theatre that is made for them, around them and to engage them properly then don't bother going to an over priced cbeebies sort of thing, go see Oily Cart, you seriously won't be disappointed!

So enough of my gushing (but seriously, just GO!) we spent the rest of the weekend having more adventures.

After a horrendous night of rain and wind Saturday turned out to be gloriously sunny, and bitterly cold. Even so we took a little trip to the lovely seaside town of Whitstable. We took our time whilst Theo napped wondering the small streets peering in lovely looking shops and browsing in charity shops. We weaved our way to the seafront where the wind picked up and the rain threatened to come in. Even so we enjoyed finding pebbles and rocks and hurling them back into the sea, trying to skim them over the surface. Soon our tummies began to rumble to we headed to the harbour for some fish and chips, obviously.

 Theo took the photograph of me standing next to the fisherman. He took the camera and instructed me to stand next to him and say cheese. So of course I obliged, and the boys got skillz...

The next day after our little walk to the woods  we took a trip to the wonderful Badgers Hill to meet up with my dear cousins who were visiting for the day. We of course ate one of the amazing ploughmans that they offer, had a good catch up, snooped around the shop with all its delights and fed the animals roaming around the grounds. We then said our goodbyes and hit the road for the long journey home. Once again we had such a wonderful time in beautiful Kent, but as usual the weekend went way too fast.


the birthday

This year we had multiple celebrations for Theo's third birthday, trying to fit in as many people as possible and without having a big party. He had two cakes, sang Happy Birthday numerous times, had three days of present unwrapping and was generally lavished lots of attention. Like it should be!

On Saturday we visited Puxton Park with his little friends so that they could all enjoy having fun together and running around without having to invade our house or fork out money hiring somewhere. There is soft play, animals, a mini train, adventure playgrounds and a few little rides all of which kept them pretty entertained despite it being pretty hectic and very windy! We stopped by the restaurant to warm ourselves with coffee and hot chocolate (and made a mental note just to steer clear of the other cafe and visit the restaurant instead next time for a much quieter and relaxed atmosphere!) and gave Theo his cake!

Sunday arrived and we had plans to meet with my Dad and family and also Rob's parents. We went for a lovely Sunday Roast at a pub nearby, where Theo opened a few small presents and returned home for cake number two (which I'd made that morning!) We enjoyed a cup of tea, ate the cake and then ventured out again to go bowling!


As usual the weekend flew by, and we spent Sunday evening wrapping presents and putting up a few decorations ready for his actual birthday on Monday. We all got up in the morning and went downstairs to open presents, and with Theo being a seasoned present opener he'd demolished the small pile in a few minutes! He'd already seen his main present, a bike, as he was there to test it out when I went to look at it and got a bargain through gumtree. The rest of his presents were puzzles picked up in charity shops and a Mr. and Mrs Potato head bought on ebay before Christmas!

We got dressed and headed out early to meet Yaya and Andy for an Ikea breakfast and a play before going into the centre to visit the SS Great Britain. The weather was pretty terrible so it was good to plan something that was mainly indoors, and we'd been wanting to visit for a long time. The great thing about the SS Great Britain is that once you've paid to go once then you can visit as many times as you like in the following year!


Theo went to nursery for a few hours in the afternoon before we headed home for more cake and presents. I'm pretty sure he had a very fun couple of days, seeing his friends and lots of family! He certainly seems to get the concept of birthdays, and whats not to love...cake, presents, attention and fun days out!

ps Theo's amazing jumper is from Tootsa MacGinty and is in the sale! (I want them all!)

the birthday

This year we had multiple celebrations for Theo's third birthday, trying to fit in as many people as possible and without having a big party. He had two cakes, sang Happy Birthday numerous times, had three days of present unwrapping and was generally lavished lots of attention. Like it should be!

On Saturday we visited Puxton Park with his little friends so that they could all enjoy having fun together and running around without having to invade our house or fork out money hiring somewhere. There is soft play, animals, a mini train, adventure playgrounds and a few little rides all of which kept them pretty entertained despite it being pretty hectic and very windy! We stopped by the restaurant to warm ourselves with coffee and hot chocolate (and made a mental note just to steer clear of the other cafe and visit the restaurant instead next time for a much quieter and relaxed atmosphere!) and gave Theo his cake!

Sunday arrived and we had plans to meet with my Dad and family and also Rob's parents. We went for a lovely Sunday Roast at a pub nearby, where Theo opened a few small presents and returned home for cake number two (which I'd made that morning!) We enjoyed a cup of tea, ate the cake and then ventured out again to go bowling!


As usual the weekend flew by, and we spent Sunday evening wrapping presents and putting up a few decorations ready for his actual birthday on Monday. We all got up in the morning and went downstairs to open presents, and with Theo being a seasoned present opener he'd demolished the small pile in a few minutes! He'd already seen his main present, a bike, as he was there to test it out when I went to look at it and got a bargain through gumtree. The rest of his presents were puzzles picked up in charity shops and a Mr. and Mrs Potato head bought on ebay before Christmas!

We got dressed and headed out early to meet Yaya and Andy for an Ikea breakfast and a play before going into the centre to visit the SS Great Britain. The weather was pretty terrible so it was good to plan something that was mainly indoors, and we'd been wanting to visit for a long time. The great thing about the SS Great Britain is that once you've paid to go once then you can visit as many times as you like in the following year!


Theo went to nursery for a few hours in the afternoon before we headed home for more cake and presents. I'm pretty sure he had a very fun couple of days, seeing his friends and lots of family! He certainly seems to get the concept of birthdays, and whats not to love...cake, presents, attention and fun days out!

ps Theo's amazing jumper is from Tootsa MacGinty and is in the sale! (I want them all!)

birthday party

Since it's Theo's birthday in a few week we have been thinking a little about how we are going to celebrate, luckily Theo is still young enough for us to get away not really having to fork out loads of money to hire out somewhere and fill it full of screaming, sugared up kids. I dislike the fact he's a winter baby and our options are limited when it comes to locations for parties, how lovely it would be to have a summer baby with parties in the woods or picnics at the park etc (actually scrap that, it would probably rain on his summer birthday anyway), anyway anyway I just have a feeling that in the next few years our options are going to be slightly limited.

I remember as a child having shared birthdays with my sister, in church halls, the leisure centre, home and even one year a place with lots of big trampolines. I remember having themed cakes and dressing up as pirates and it was always lots of fun. I don't remember them being extravagant, usually just some party food, balloons and a few simple games such as pin the tale on the donkey, musical chairs and pass the parcel. I don't know about you, but I haven't hung out at that many children's birthday parties since so I'm not really sure if kids still do these sorts of things...I hope they do!

But seeing as Theo's only going to be three, and only has about 3 or 4 friends he see's regularly I think we're safe this year from the big party. But I still want to make it fun. I asked him what cake he would like this year and he said the enormous crocodile, and that got me thinking about having perhaps a little book character themed party. I have seen some great book week fancy dress costumes for children that would do the job as well as some teachers fancy dress costumes for book week too if I felt so inclined to dress up myself! I'd love to get creative with a costume too, perhaps making him a gruffalo costume, but more than likely he'd want to dress up as spiderman or something like that much to Rob's comic book geek delight! (Actually he does have a pretty awesome Iron man onesie!)




birthday party

Since it's Theo's birthday in a few week we have been thinking a little about how we are going to celebrate, luckily Theo is still young enough for us to get away not really having to fork out loads of money to hire out somewhere and fill it full of screaming, sugared up kids. I dislike the fact he's a winter baby and our options are limited when it comes to locations for parties, how lovely it would be to have a summer baby with parties in the woods or picnics at the park etc (actually scrap that, it would probably rain on his summer birthday anyway), anyway anyway I just have a feeling that in the next few years our options are going to be slightly limited.

I remember as a child having shared birthdays with my sister, in church halls, the leisure centre, home and even one year a place with lots of big trampolines. I remember having themed cakes and dressing up as pirates and it was always lots of fun. I don't remember them being extravagant, usually just some party food, balloons and a few simple games such as pin the tale on the donkey, musical chairs and pass the parcel. I don't know about you, but I haven't hung out at that many children's birthday parties since so I'm not really sure if kids still do these sorts of things...I hope they do!

But seeing as Theo's only going to be three, and only has about 3 or 4 friends he see's regularly I think we're safe this year from the big party. But I still want to make it fun. I asked him what cake he would like this year and he said the enormous crocodile, and that got me thinking about having perhaps a little book character themed party. I have seen some great book week fancy dress costumes for children that would do the job as well as some teachers fancy dress costumes for book week too if I felt so inclined to dress up myself! I'd love to get creative with a costume too, perhaps making him a gruffalo costume, but more than likely he'd want to dress up as spiderman or something like that much to Rob's comic book geek delight! (Actually he does have a pretty awesome Iron man onesie!)




the second birthday


so here we are, the boy turned two years old. I had a little thought the other day about how when we decided to have Theo all I thought about was having a baby and raising a baby, it didn't occur to me that we would one day have a child to look after, run around after them, do the whole school thing, then the teenager thing...it suddenly dawned on me that this is what our future looks like. A baby is for life not just for Christmas after all! But I'm excited, Theo has changed our lives for the best, he brightens up our days and makes us proud. He's a little monster, that much is true, and i'm a little worried for the infamous terrible twos, but I'm also looking forward for this next year of his life, what it brings us and the little boy that he'll further blossom into.

We had a small little party for his birthday at home again, with two out of three sets of grandparents, his (sort of) godmother (he's not christened!) and his little best buddy from up the road! I made a butternut squash chocolate cake and our house had a toy explosion...

I managed to score gold with Theo's birthday present, as I found a play kitchen in a charity shop with a box of food for a grand total of £3.95! They had a few extras such as the microwave and kettle for a few extra pounds, so in total I spent less than £10! I also picked up a Thomas puzzle and we bought him a few new books.

















all in all we had a lovely day, and Theo sure was a happy little boy with all his loving family and friends around him. I'll update later about our little trip to see his danty (aunty) that we took over the weekend!

But for now we are one pooped family!

and p.s those of your with beady eyes may notice that he is wearing a very similar outfit to that of his first birthday outfit...that bow tie vest still fits!

the second birthday


so here we are, the boy turned two years old. I had a little thought the other day about how when we decided to have Theo all I thought about was having a baby and raising a baby, it didn't occur to me that we would one day have a child to look after, run around after them, do the whole school thing, then the teenager thing...it suddenly dawned on me that this is what our future looks like. A baby is for life not just for Christmas after all! But I'm excited, Theo has changed our lives for the best, he brightens up our days and makes us proud. He's a little monster, that much is true, and i'm a little worried for the infamous terrible twos, but I'm also looking forward for this next year of his life, what it brings us and the little boy that he'll further blossom into.

We had a small little party for his birthday at home again, with two out of three sets of grandparents, his (sort of) godmother (he's not christened!) and his little best buddy from up the road! I made a butternut squash chocolate cake and our house had a toy explosion...

I managed to score gold with Theo's birthday present, as I found a play kitchen in a charity shop with a box of food for a grand total of £3.95! They had a few extras such as the microwave and kettle for a few extra pounds, so in total I spent less than £10! I also picked up a Thomas puzzle and we bought him a few new books.

















all in all we had a lovely day, and Theo sure was a happy little boy with all his loving family and friends around him. I'll update later about our little trip to see his danty (aunty) that we took over the weekend!

But for now we are one pooped family!

and p.s those of your with beady eyes may notice that he is wearing a very similar outfit to that of his first birthday outfit...that bow tie vest still fits!

One Year Old

So it happened, Theo turned one today (well at 2.30am to be precise, but we slept through that)

I think I still can't really believe it, that a year has passed so quickly, and that we all survived! It has most definitely been the best year of my life, the hardest yes, but the best. I think my heart has melted and burst a million times, and I'm very proud of what we've produced and achieved.

I just keep looking at Theo and reminding myself that he's not a baby anymore, he's a boy, a child and totally his own little person. This fact freaks me out more than anything, but also makes me incredibly happy. As amazing as this year has been watching Theo grow and learn and change SO much, I just can't wait for the future, and for the adventures we will go on, the things we shall share and the memories we will make. I love this little man more than anything.

I have one wish for this next year, and that's that Theo remains a happy and healthy little boy.

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So here is the second installment of Theo's video, hope you enjoy it!


One Year Old

So it happened, Theo turned one today (well at 2.30am to be precise, but we slept through that)

I think I still can't really believe it, that a year has passed so quickly, and that we all survived! It has most definitely been the best year of my life, the hardest yes, but the best. I think my heart has melted and burst a million times, and I'm very proud of what we've produced and achieved.

I just keep looking at Theo and reminding myself that he's not a baby anymore, he's a boy, a child and totally his own little person. This fact freaks me out more than anything, but also makes me incredibly happy. As amazing as this year has been watching Theo grow and learn and change SO much, I just can't wait for the future, and for the adventures we will go on, the things we shall share and the memories we will make. I love this little man more than anything.

I have one wish for this next year, and that's that Theo remains a happy and healthy little boy.

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So here is the second installment of Theo's video, hope you enjoy it!


Out and about: the birthday edition!

So yesterday was my birthday! Last year I was heavily pregnant and spent a good part of it alone, then  Rob came home ill from work with the flu, and tried to steal my thunder by feinting. But my sister and friends came in the evening and it was a nice day in the end.

But this year Rob had the day off and my Mum lives in visiting distance, so I decided I wanted to do something fun for all of us. The weather forecast was set to rain all day, and it did, so we decided to go to the Aquarium. I love Aquariums and thought it would be something that we could all enjoy, especially Theo. (Because basically everything revolves around him nowadays anyway...!)

In the morning I opened cards and a few presents, then had a lovely relaxing bath before my Mum and Andy arrived, then we set off on our adventure!

(warning, this post has LOTS of photos!)


The aquarium hasn't been there long, and Rob was telling me about what it used to be, so I'm glad we visited as it was something new for all of us. Luckily it was really quiet too, so for most of it we were alone in the dark and quiet watching the fish.


and I must just add, that a few weeks back we bought the Ergo carrier, and for days out like yesterday it was perfect! Theo was at a great level to see everything properly and it was so easy to get around, and he gets really bored in the pram and much prefers to be carried, so it's prefect especially when there is someone to carry him that isn't me!


For lunch we decided to check out this new restaurant in Bristol, which was luckily right next door. It's called Zaza Bizarre, and is a HUGE buffet type place, with food from all over the world. I'm not usually a fan of buffet places, as usually the food is pretty dire, but here they have chefs preparing things freshly in front of you, and often to order. They had Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, English (haha) texmex and so much more! It's safe to say we got our moneys worth, and were really stuffed, and I didn't even get to try the Indian food! Theo had a fun time too, walking round and being shown everything.


We then headed back to the aquarium as you can go in and out all day. We definitely needed to walk off our lunch!


We also managed to catch two feeding sessions, and the fish were going mental!


This bit was my favourite, with all the pretty coral and tropical fish, and the rays...I love their funny little faces!


eeee! Was such a fun day!


We then went to do a little shopping with some birthday money I got, and I bought a pretty dress. We were all so tired by this point that we got the bus home and had a cup of tea! My mum had made me a lovely birthday cake too, so this was also enjoyed!


Yes that's right, I'm now the grand old age of 25! I can't believe I'm actually 25...and I have a baby..!

So I had a lovely day indeed. Thanks to my Mum and Andy for coming to visit, and thanks to everyone who messaged or sent cards and gave presents. It is very much appreciated, and nice to have a day that is about me (for the most part) and not about the baby! (haha I'm a birthday brat, there I said...ok?)

Roll on Christmas!

Out and about: the birthday edition!

So yesterday was my birthday! Last year I was heavily pregnant and spent a good part of it alone, then  Rob came home ill from work with the flu, and tried to steal my thunder by feinting. But my sister and friends came in the evening and it was a nice day in the end.

But this year Rob had the day off and my Mum lives in visiting distance, so I decided I wanted to do something fun for all of us. The weather forecast was set to rain all day, and it did, so we decided to go to the Aquarium. I love Aquariums and thought it would be something that we could all enjoy, especially Theo. (Because basically everything revolves around him nowadays anyway...!)

In the morning I opened cards and a few presents, then had a lovely relaxing bath before my Mum and Andy arrived, then we set off on our adventure!

(warning, this post has LOTS of photos!)


The aquarium hasn't been there long, and Rob was telling me about what it used to be, so I'm glad we visited as it was something new for all of us. Luckily it was really quiet too, so for most of it we were alone in the dark and quiet watching the fish.


and I must just add, that a few weeks back we bought the Ergo carrier, and for days out like yesterday it was perfect! Theo was at a great level to see everything properly and it was so easy to get around, and he gets really bored in the pram and much prefers to be carried, so it's prefect especially when there is someone to carry him that isn't me!


For lunch we decided to check out this new restaurant in Bristol, which was luckily right next door. It's called Zaza Bizarre, and is a HUGE buffet type place, with food from all over the world. I'm not usually a fan of buffet places, as usually the food is pretty dire, but here they have chefs preparing things freshly in front of you, and often to order. They had Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, English (haha) texmex and so much more! It's safe to say we got our moneys worth, and were really stuffed, and I didn't even get to try the Indian food! Theo had a fun time too, walking round and being shown everything.


We then headed back to the aquarium as you can go in and out all day. We definitely needed to walk off our lunch!


We also managed to catch two feeding sessions, and the fish were going mental!


This bit was my favourite, with all the pretty coral and tropical fish, and the rays...I love their funny little faces!


eeee! Was such a fun day!


We then went to do a little shopping with some birthday money I got, and I bought a pretty dress. We were all so tired by this point that we got the bus home and had a cup of tea! My mum had made me a lovely birthday cake too, so this was also enjoyed!


Yes that's right, I'm now the grand old age of 25! I can't believe I'm actually 25...and I have a baby..!

So I had a lovely day indeed. Thanks to my Mum and Andy for coming to visit, and thanks to everyone who messaged or sent cards and gave presents. It is very much appreciated, and nice to have a day that is about me (for the most part) and not about the baby! (haha I'm a birthday brat, there I said...ok?)

Roll on Christmas!