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"I'm so scared"

Maybe it's because I know what I'm in for this time. 
I obviously have the worry that everyone does at this stage of pregnancy - that it won't work out. But I try to put that to the back if my mind. What will be will be. I think in reality, because we had no problems last time and because I haven't had any problems in the past, that this time will be fine too. 
I'm really scared because of all the changes that are going to happen. I was getting quite used to my life - having my independence, going out with friends at the weekend while Jacobs dad looked after the little man, sharing responsibility for him with his dad, wearing what I like, eating and drinking what I like, staying up late and not being scared that I might not be allowed to sleep and getting pretty good at taking Jacob wherever, being prepared and being able to look after him. What will happen when there are two?! I'm going I need a double buggy! A two year old still needs to go in a buggy right? 
I …

I think I'm pregnant...

.. well, now I'm writing this I know I am! It's very early stages at the moment. We found out 2 days ago but I've been having very strong suspicions for about 3 weeks. Last time I had no idea but this time I think my body remembers the subtle feelings that early pregnancy brings. My boobs have been aching now and then, I've been getting headaches, feeling a bit queasy and my belly has hurt loads when I really need a wee. I am really thirsty and have gone off sweet things and am craving salty food, which happened the first time round too.

Doing the test and seeing the result was no real surprise to me. I didn't feel anything. I have however had enjoyable pangs of nerves each time I have told anyone. Unlike some people we have told our close friends and family even though we are so early on because should anything not work out we would tell them anyway. 
Day two of knowing about this new life beginning in my belly was more of a roller coaster. Most of the day went by a…


Sometimes only a girly day with friends will do. 
All last week I had been looking forward to a shopping day with one of my besties. Sometimes I really believe in "retail therapy" and this weekend I needed it badly.
(When I reflect on it I can feel quite guilty indulging myself when there are so many people with so little, but for now I suppose that's my downfall and I do support various charities. I guess this feeling is a symptom of our unfair world and something serious and important but not something I'm going to dwell on today.)
Despite all this I had really been looking forward to our girly date and getting something to wear for her birthday next weekend. Then I had such a bad Friday I really couldn't wait to see my buddies.
A bit about me - I work with young people with autism and challenging behaviour. I've been doing this a long time and find it an interesting, lively, fascinating and rewarding place to work. Of course there are difficulties but the bene…

Día de los Muertos - Saturday Stylings

I've been feeling very reserved about Halloween this year. It just seems a bit wrong to celebrate scary things like zombies and other dead and scary things around a little boy who is so small and impressionable. It also seems to me like Halloween has lost it's meaning. If it had Christian origins I feel like they have been lost now.

These are all reasons that I wasn't too up for celebrating this year until a good friend of mine who's birthday is the 31st October decided to have a Día de los Muertos themed party. I started researching on Pinterestand discovered the prettiness, flowers and sugar skulls all involved in this positive celebration of Mexican Day of the Dead. The Huffington Post describe the differences between Halloween and Mexican day of the dead like this "Dia de los Muertos is a holiday with Mexican origins that is celebrated on November 1 - 2. While some imagery might be close to that of Halloween, there are significant differences between the two. …

The day that Mummy, Jacob, Daddy and the rest of London all went to theaquarium...

... started out well enough. We got up relaxed from a good sleep and got ready to drive to London, in no great rush but making good time. The journey was uneventful and we parked the car at my sister's and got the bus to the Southbank. Jacob was very excited about being on the bus (busses are one of his favourite things at the moment-  in pictures, in books, on TV, on the road..) so he was happy to be on one and all the way there all we heard was "bus" "bus" "bus!". Having got the tube around London before with the little one and knowing the crowds and escalators are pretty difficult the bus was brilliant! We used an app called Citymapper which was brilliant, it showed us where we were and where to go to get the right bus! Easy peasy and fun!

I love YO!Sushi and there isn't one near us so every time I go near one I love to have a munch on some of their yummy grub. We got off the bus, walked towards the SEALIFE London Aquarium and hey presto there …

Special words

Our little man is 16 months old and he is running and climbing and drawing and exploring and 'reading' and most of all talking like there's no tomorrow.

Jacob met a pony on Sunday and as "hoirse" (horse) was one of his first words he was pretty excited! 
He has so many words and repeats everything we say. It's so much fun talking to him and knowing that he understands and he can tell me what he wants and he even says "peese" (please) when he wants something!
I was chatting to a friend the other day about all this talking and she said that now her little one is talking so much better she misses the unusual ways that he used to say certain words that only she could understand. This got me thinking and there is something really special about talking to a little person who you know so well - it's almost like a secret language that you share and I'm definitely making the most of it now I have realised it's not going to last long. 
Here are some o…

Back to reality & 15 months

After 6 weeks off together as a little family the daddy and me are back to work. It's been a glorious summer full of parties with friends, quiet time together, lots of fun at the beach, many trips to the zoo, catching up with family and generally enjoying each other's company. Now that we are back to work the little man is spending three days a week with my mum and dad again and me and the daddy have lots more to think about and get done.
It's stressful but we are just so lucky to have our oasis of calm in the middle of the year to spend together. I don't know many families who have the chance to do that and it makes me think about how fortunate the three of us are. 
I do find it really hard to juggle 3 days a week teaching and the rest of the time being a mum (goodness knows how people do it with two or more! And hopefully one day I'll find out!). The week can be quite stressful with Jacob's dad hardly seeing him at all some days and some days me the same and t…

I <3 red - Saturday stylings

Well I've been a little bit in love with the colour red for a while but my love affair got to a whole new level this week. 
After having feeling kind of down and grumpy lately I thought some retail therapy was in order so I dragged my mum and the little man to Canterbury for a mooch around.
This lovely red medley was what I came back with and sad as it is it has made me feel a bit better to wear some new colourful threads! 

According to the shop assistant I was 'bang on trend' (haha) buying all of the same colour in different textures, I didn't really care too much about that but I love it all.
As you may know I'm a Cath Kidston fan and although I don't think I own that much my husband has kind of 'banned' me from there. (I have to say he hasn't succeeded as two of my purchases this week were from there!) But despite this he ventured in this week to buy me a little present to cheer me up! I love this spotty posh brio and I'm looking forward to using…

Adventures and A&E

We are having a fab time in Pembrokshire. We went on a fast boat trip across to a small Island to see wildlife and caves. It was amazing, the sea was a glorious blue and Jacob and the rest of the family had a great time spotting seals and jellyfish (yuk!) and looking a crabs caught in lobster pots. I was surprised to find out that the organisers allowed children of any age onto the boat (called 'Aquaphobia') but really pleased as it meant that we could all go together.

After the trip we stopped in St Davids, the smallest city in the UK for yummy fish and chips on the green. The sun was beating down and we were all chilled and happy. The little man is walking around all over the place now and is getting much more steady but unfortunately he fell down a tiny step and hit his mouth on the floor, he did catch most of the impact on  his hands and seemed quite ok apart from the scary amount of blood coming out of his mouth. I was beside myself as it looked like he had bitten the in…

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My Edinburgh Fantasy

This blog post is my entry into the Foodies100 competition as part of Premier Inn’s Festival Fringe campaign. If I win my ideal 48 hour Edinburgh Festival Fringe weekend, I’d love to stay at the Premier Inn on Princes Street in The City Centre.

I once stayed in a Premier Inn for a week when on a training course for work and it really was nice, just like Lenny says. Staff were lovely, rooms were great and beds were so comfy. So I have found that the Premier Inn are a brand that I can trust.

I would choose the Princes Street location as they have great views of Edinburgh Castle and 'The Kitchen' restaurant looks good too. They also have a score of 4.5 / 5 from their customers so far which you can's argue with!

Now onto  how I would spend my 48 hours and 500 fantasy pounds at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ...

Having never been before I have only been able to have a look online at what the festival has to offer and as the largest arts festival in the world there is A LOT!

Feeling HOT HOT HOT with the Charcoal Challenge

So I recently had the opportunity host my ultimate BBQ...

MoneySupermarket sponsored some bloggers to write about how we would host a BBQ spending £50. What with this recent heatwave I couldn't wait!

I am a teacher, as is my husband and a few of our best friends are too (we met during our training). Schools have broken up this week for the summer holiday which means the party and BBQ season has started! Now that we have the little man, hosting a party at home is a really good option as he can sleep soundly upstairs while we have fun. When I saw that MoneySupermarket were giving away £50 and challenging bloggers to host a barbeque I was really excited and chuffed to be given the opportunity...

For £50 we bought...

2 disposable barbeques (£2 each!) 18 burgers (great quality Scottish Angus beef), 12 sausages, bread rolls, cheese, different fun sauces and dressings, salad, marshmallows for toasting, a small party keg of lager, coconut liqueur for cocktails, orange juice, cranberry …

My toddling, waddling boy

I can't believe that my baby is 13 months old already!! 
He is now walking (taking quite a few bumps along the way) but walking! He loves his shoes and says "shoosh" at any opportunity.
He is such a little chatter box saying 'hiya' to everyone and now 'b bye' too! He uses a fork and is getting really independent already, he definitely knows what he wants. 
When I put him to bed I still cuddle him like he is a tiny baby but he's almost too big and heavy to fit in my arms that way! When did this happen? 
It is so strange to see your tiny little baby grow into a small person and soon enough he'll be a big person and what will I do then!? It's so strange I almost have to not think about it! Every day with him is a gift that I treasure. I want to do my best for this amazing little man and just hope I can. 

He said 'mama'

Today was the first day since going back to work that I didn't get back quick enough to see the little man go to bed, when I got in he was already snoozing in his cot. I was really sad not to have seen him since this morning but happy that he can get on without me sometimes. 
This follows my first night leaving him last weekend and precedes my first weekend leaving him this weekend! Definitely a lot of firsts and we are both getting more independent, although I'm not sure either of us is 100% happy about it I know it is the best thing for both of us. I really enjoyed my night away last week and I know I'll have fun this weekend too. 

(A lovely picture The Dada sent me when I was away last week - they get on just fine without me) 
Jacob is 13 months old now and everywhere he goes people comment on how good his language is. He says 'hiya' to anyone that we pass, gaining us lots of smiles and making us lots of friends too. He can also say horse, clock, shoes, fish, dada,…

Mummy's night out.

For the last couple of months I have been organising one of my besties hen night. It was on Saturday night and it was FAB! We had a pamper day at hers before going out for a meal cocktails and dancing. It was the first time that I have been out and stayed away from home since Jacob was born and I had such a good time. Just hanging out with the girls, chatting and being me was great - and the next morning was too. I did wake up at 6 like usual which wasn't much fun having gone to bed at 4am but getting up and having girly chats over tea and cake (we ate the 'willy cake' I had made for breakfast as we didn't get to munch it on the day) was so wonderful.

We did an Irish theme as a surprise for the bride to be as that's where she is from and it was a lot of fun!

I got really pretty nails done - something that when you're a new mum you don't get much of a chance to do, I love them and they make me feel really special (sad but true). The lady that did it was lov…

Make me a MoNsTeR competition!

This competition has now closed.
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!! to Ms Reading from who won for this lovely sketch and got her 'Eliza' monster brought to life. 

I had great fun looking at all the  entries so thank you to everyone who got in touch!! 
Recently I made Jacob and his little friends who turned one a personalised little monster each. I had lots of fun doing it and the boys loved them too!

Would you like to WIN one of these personalised  monsters for a special little monster in your life? Would you  like to design your own monster that would be made and personalised just for you?

Entering my competition couldn't be easier! Just follow these steps..
follow @beingmebeingmum on Twitter and like my Facebook page  then tweet or Facebook me a picture of your monster sketch using the hashtag  #mymonster and add the name you would like it personalised with. Your sketch can be as simple as the one below or with more details! Please add a comment to this post o…

Saturday stylings - feathers and wedges

I've been looking forward all week to writing my second #satursaystylings post. We had a wedding to go to yesterday and it was the perfect excuse to dress up again! I had bought a cool midi ring on e bay and I was going to go for a Aztec inspired tea dress which would've looked really cool with my new ring. But I wore the ring for a day and it broke! Sad times. I'm waiting to hear if I can get a replacement. I'm very into my silver and jewellery in general and losing or breaking something makes me very sad, especially when I loved it and it wasn't all that cheap!

So I ended up in a red shirt dress and the gorgeous wedges again feeling like a superstar in the sunshine from my knees down! 
I even managed to dye my hair, paint my nails, slap on a bit of sparkly tan and get ready in about 50 minutes which I reckon is good going for any lady getting ready for a wedding! 
Another happy Saturday 
Tweet me @beingmebeingmum #saturdaystylings with your Saturday styles!  x

Work angst

I've been back at work for 4 months now (working 3 days a week). At first it all went swimmingly but now I'm finding teaching 3 days a week has its own challenges and my work brain sometimes wishes that I could be full time again or at least go in early and stay late at work like I used to. Now I have to get in at the last minute and leave to pick up the baby as soon as I can quite often (although Daddy picks him up too) and it's really hard. My Mummy brain wishes I didn't have to go in at all! And my rational brain knows that its best for us all the way it is but sometimes its just not easy.
I've always been a very conscientious worker and I still am but now I am having to find new ways to get it all done.
I'm waiting for a laptop from work with all the right programs on it so i can work more at home, which I think will help. I'm just surprised at how strange it is now to have to share my life out between everything that I use to be and fitting in being a mu…

Sunday cycle

Today I broke free at 8am (having put the little one down for his morning nap and left him with a sleepy daddy - I know it seems early for a morning nap but he was up just after 5am -  eep!) I went round to borrow a bike from my mum and cycle! I didn't know how far I would get but I headed out over the fields towards the sea. 

I made it to the sea, along the front to the end of the prom to the castle AND back! Phew, jelly legs and a bit of a sore crotch aside, feeling fab! 

It was a glorious day today and the feeling of the sun on my shoulders, wind in my hair and the sparkle on the river and the sea was incredible. It felt like another world. It was a brilliant start to a great day.
We went on to spend some time in the garden, at the beach with family (the little man going in the warm sea for the first time) and to end the day having a BBQ in the garden just us three. 

It was a great day made even better by the sunshine.

Saturday stylings

I'm not the most fashionable girl in the world but I do like to wear cool stuff now and then. Since having the little man a year ago I've been trying to find my own style again as my body has changed a bit and my wardrobe needs to be a bit more functional too.
Like lots of ladies I think I've got too many clothes and loads that I never wear so I think it's time to say out with the old and in with the new. 
This month I got some gorgeous new red wedges from Next (£30) the platform makes them really comfy as it's really big at the front so I can wear them in the day and the night.  The style I'm going for is a bit of retro brights, the wedges make me feel all vintage and look cool with my pale red / orange lip gloss and the bright yellow cardi really brightened up my morning after a shaky start. I saw a yellow cardigan like this in a really cool shop where I live, it was a Nice Things one and was £69 but really lovely and the girl in the shop was saying how it re…

Family resemblance

Just had to share this... 
My mother in law showed me a picture the other day of my husband and his older brother as kids. I remembered a photo I took a few weeks ago where our little one and his cousin's resemblance to their dads is incredible! 
Get your eye peepers around this... 

I think the resemblance might be more to those of us who know them but what do you think? Nice similar pictures anyway and we didn't pose it either... 
PS look at this gorgeous pic of Jacob's dad - if Jacob looks like this in a couple of years he'll be a handsome chap!

I love the quality and vibe about these old pictures, it's kind of a shame that these days we take so many snaps that each one has slightly less significance, although I do love them all. I might have to choose some to print and make into a photo album. They're easier to treasure that way aren't they? 

Our little man Grows Wild!

We've entered another competition with which meant we got sent a free gardening kit! (Handy bag, watering can, gloves, fork, trowel and seeds!) I know the little man is a bit young for really understanding  gardening but he loves messy play and this was an ideal opportunity to get outside and spend some fun time together.

Getting this kit provided us with a new and fun activity that we can continue with as he gets older and it meant we had some structure to our play which was really great and different (It can be hard knowing how to occupy a baby / 1 year old on your own sometimes!). Without being given this kit I don't think I would have done gardening with Jacob, I just wouldn't have thought of it on my own. So I really enjoyed this one and the pickle did too!

First we found and cleaned an old planter that had been neglected then we had fun digging around in the soil and getting it ready for the seeds.

When the soil was thoroughly dug we sprinkled on…

Playhouse & Parties

This weekend was our little man's FIRST birthday party. As a first time mum I was finding the prospect of having a kids party a bit daunting. Luckily most of the babies, being around 1 year old, don't expect too much and the other kids were pretty forgiving too!

The star attraction was the little one's new Elms Valley Cabin Playhouse. I have become slightly obsessed with it over the last month or so, lovingly and painstakingly painting it, finding pictures for it and getting my Dad to build a base and floor for it (with carpet)

The kids of all ages LOVED it. The babies were excited by the surroundings, the one year olds enjoyed crawling in and out, playing with the toys, opening and closing the curtains, peeking out of the windows and checking out the posters and pictures inside, the 3 - 7 year olds had great fun with role play and using it as their little den to hide from the grown ups!

The house is recommended for children from 3 - 10 years but it has been (and will be) …