Baby Number 2? The Ordinary Moments.

A question that wasn't even questioned by most midwives (literally hours after I'd given birth to Noah) It was merely assumed that everyone will have another baby. And after the traumas that can be childbirth, this isn't always the case. Some people do only want one child, or can only have one. For some people it isn't a choice and it's just a given, so I find it almost ignorant for people to ask the question 'When are you having another?', it's often nonchalant but none the less alarming that most people seem to have decided a family with one child isn't acceptable.

That being said, for me it's always been hard to picture Noah as an only child, seeing as I was one of 4. John being one of 2, and a man, was a little more comfortable with the idea. Pregnancy was enjoyable for me, labor not so much, but the recovery was pretty harrowing so for a long while I was also very comfortable with Noah being an only child (selfish maybe). But as Noah has grown and become such a caring, kind little soul, I definitely feel he'll miss out on so much if he doesn't have a sibling. We both want him to have someone to pretend to feed his latest concoctions too, someone to squabble over who gets the last Yorkshire pudding at Sunday lunch and more importantly someone who'll be there when we no longer are. After deliberating all that, it was easy for us as long as nothing comes in our way - we would like another baby. So then it poses the question of when, and how big of an age gap? Between my older brother and I is 5 years, 3 between my big sister and I and then 8 between me and my younger brother. So I have experienced all ends of the spectrum, John has a 2 year gap between himself and his brother Andrew. Me and my older siblings all grew up playing with the same friends, on the same street, we could visit LegoLand and Themeparks and all find something to do, and even now we have all moved out of the Family home, we can visit each other and expand our own families. This is something I want for Noah. I want to be able to take him and his siblings to places, and find age apt activities for all, I want them to attend the same schools at the same time and be able to talk and relate to each other. I was fortunate to get to experience all of that and I hope to be able to pass it on to Noah. But again, that being said, you never know what can happen in life. If we have our way, Noah will have a sibling before he goes to school.

When exactly though, we'll just have to see. Do you want another child, if so when?

Toddler Travel Toys.

So as you'll be aware if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, we went away for a couple of weeks with Noah in August. As mentioned, it was a totally different ball game than it had been the previous year, as Noah was now a toddler - one who doesn't like to sit still. However thanks to a couple of these handy toys, both plane journeys were smooth sailing and I hope these can be of help to you.

This was the game changer, and even still now over a month later, now is obsessed with it. It kept him occupied for so long, not so much now where he can buckle them all within about 10 seconds. But at the time we flew, it took him a good 10 minutes to do them all. It's fantastic for fine motor skills too as well as learning colour matching! I would advise buying this to anyone travelling, I think it retailed at around £6 on amazon as a 'Child buckle toy'

My next to purchase list was this fantastic Etch-a-sketch style toy. It worked out so well compared to taking pens and paper, (which is something we use when in the supermarket to subside Noah), because on a plane the last thing you want is pens and pencils falling and rolling under seats to unforgiving passengers behind. The pen on here was attached by string so also avoiding it being launched into the row in front. This was something I just picked up in one of our local bargain shops. They cost nothing more than a couple of pound and most and again can be used for an age after as it never gets old for him.
The last set of toys that ended up being super useful were these cute wooden transports. Again off amazon for less than £5. They were perfect, tiny for hand luggage and I managed to shove them all in one sealable bag so I wasn't rummaging around the bottom of his travel bag for them whilst he's screaming 'BUS' at me. I kept these away as with all the toys so they were new to him when I produced them on the flight. He spent a long time 'brummmm'ing them around the arms of the chairs and backs of seats before one somehow ended up 2 rows in front (whoops). So beware if these are dropped, they do tend to scoot around a little.

I hope this can help any of you travelling with a toddler approaching the 'terrible twos'. Please let me know any toys you found useful on your travels?

Our Week In Pictures 27/9

This week has been a usual week for us, work, work and work, we don't usually get home till around 6 and after leaving the house just before 7, means there isn't really much time for anything till the weekend. Noah has really started enjoying more advanced puzzles now, (you can find the video on my Instagram here) he can do all of his simple wooden ones very easily, so was needing a little more of a challenge. He seems to have got these fantastic ones by Orchard toys  all wrapped up now so I might have to look at purchasing some more. I'm so pleased there is a company out there catering for children younger than 3 interested in Jigsaws.

Friday night saw us all snuggled on the sofa watching Home Alone 2, YES, I am aware it's September, but it was on the television and Noah was engrossed. We let him stay up a bit later than the usual 7 o'clock as he was a pleasure to be around and we wanted the extra cuddles. And how could I resist putting up this cheeky smile? Noah's become slightly obsessed with 'Papple' he loves Granny Smiths apples just like his Mummy, because they're very crunchy. And of course we teamed it with a bowlful of banana which is his ultimate favourite.

What have you got up to this weekend?

Toddler Room Decor

So Noah is to turn 2 in less than 3 months, let us skip past all the 'oh my goodness how is nearly 2' and get to the point where he is now officially a toddler. That being said, he definitely needs an updated room and as most have, I've fallen in love with the black and white decor I have seen floating around the blogosphere. I like the idea of having a little colour though, as it'll definitely stand out amongst the contrasting monochrome. I intend to get his room completely updated by his birthday and will be posting a full tour once I have done so. Until then, I'll fill you in on the bits I have already or intend on purchasing for him.

  1. First is this beautiful Light box, it's perfect for Noah especially as he grows because we'll be able to leave little messages to each other, but until then I can put whatever I like on there.
  2. I aim to fill his whole nursery with little prints like this, just as a reminder every now and then to sit back and enjoy him whilst he's young. They're also really cute and quirky.
  3. Thirdly are these fascinating night lights. Noah isn't bothered about the dark, but he's not potty training and within the next 6 months should be into his 'big boy bed'. Therefore he'll begin to toilet himself in the night, or might want to find us. These will be perfect so he can still see, as he wouldn't be tall enough to reach the lights.
  4. I LOVE this colourful garland, it will add the perfect pop of colour I'm wanting.
  5. These storage bags are so affordable and handy, they can store anything from toys, to laundry or rubbish. Anything will look stylish in these.
  6. And lastly are these wall stickers. I really don't fancy painting Noah's room with any black, so the closest thing are these cute wall stickers, they'll add that little pop to tie the walls in with the interior design.
Has your little one had a room update now they've grown? 

Weekend OOTD

I absolutely love Noahs outfit this weekend. It's becoming Autumn which I love as I can really layer up his clothes to make sure he's as comfy and cosy as possible. His whole outfit is currently in stock on the Zara website, I adore their winter clothes because they're affordable and practical. I particularly love the turtle neck t-shirts, as Noah suffers with chest infections easily - these are perfect for protecting his little chest from the cold.

Coat - (Zara £22.99) 
T-shirt - (Zara £2.99)
Leggings - (Zara £6.99)
Boots - (£27.99)

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