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Monday, July 27, 2015

Alex's Eight Month Update

Hey dolls,

Milestones: Alex can sit up on his own! I am such a proud momma!! Last Monday week I came home from work and decided to sit Alex up with some cushions around him to get him used to sitting up. All of a sudden he was just sitting there, no wobbles or tilting over, he was just sitting. It was so cute and amazing to see, I totally wasn't expecting it :)

Sleep:Ahhh, he used to be such a good sleeping baby! So I had Alex in Cork at my parents house for the weekend. It was up to me to do all the nighttime feeds (all being normally one). Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night I was up 3-4 times with him. Whether it was he rolled over in his travel cot and got frustrated and woke up because he was stuck on his front, or he was just hungry. So each night around half 1 in the morning I ended up just bringing Alex into the bed with me because I was so tired I couldn't be dealing with hopping in and out of bed every 2 hours :( He wakes about 2-3 times a night, once for bottle and twice for either dummy or he's stuck on his belly. It's so tiring but hopefully just a phase.

Best Moment: I have to say seeing him sit up on his own! He has the tickles a lot more too. I went back to work this month so Alex gives me big smiles (most days) when I get home and they just make all the shite that happened during the day just melt away :) Alex seems to be a lot happier now that his stress ball of a mommy is gone away for a chunk of the day - it may sound awful but I know he picks up on my impatience, stress and anxiety and it's not something I want to pass onto him. I do try my best but it's all still new to me 8 months in!
Mommy and Alex celebrating my 26th Birthday
Worst Moment: Alex had a phase of dirty nappies and he would leak out of almost all of them! He would soil his clothes which can get messy especially when your out and about! Alex soiled himself in the creche and we had only given one set of spare clothes and a second spare vest. Luckily there was a spare vest but the poor baby came home in toddlers size 2-3 pyjamas because he had no clothes :( lol.

To explain the above image - my mom, Alex and I decided t o go for a walk in the park. We had just pulled up to park and my mom noticed Alex had a dirty nappy and leaked out (all over the cream car set inserts!). We had to change him in the boot of my car on a sunny but windy ish day! It was so awkward and hilarious! He was having a great time rolling around naked in the middle of a car park! 

Health: He has been pretty good this month, other than the suspected bug in his system causing the dirty nappies. His teething has only flared up again in the last week or so, poor bubs gets tormented sometimes he'd chew anything (like earlier chewed my work badge!).

Eating: We have been giving him Ella's Kitchen Stage 2 (7+ months) textured meals. He absolutely loves the flavours and just wants more all the time. The Ella's Kitchen range has some amazing flavours I'd never have thought to mix together. It's disappointing that I can't get access to the full range in Tesco or Dunnes nearby or near my parents house.

Things I Want To Remember: I want to remember all the smiles, and giggles, and his excited gasp! The sounds he makes from trying to talk to laughing, it melts my heart with warmth to hear the noises he makes! Just love him so so much and all his little sounds and movements :)

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Lots of Love
xoxo

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quick Update

Hey Dolls,

I am literally falling asleep writing this post I am so tired.

I wanted to give a quick update about this weekend. So I had a shopping drink and girls night out planned with one of my besties Caroline but due to a death in both our families we had to cancel the trip.

I am just home from a long tiring 2 days, haven't seen my baby since Thursday night which I am so sad about but he is on the way from his Aunties house and I plan to give him major cuddles and spend the rest of the weekend with him so no post will be up :( I did go to Penneys, Dunnes and Tesco F&F so may have a haul post up during the week.

Now that I'm back at work full time I want to spend as much time in the evening with my son as I can before he goes to bed as time is precious!

Lots of Love
xoxo

Friday, July 3, 2015

Baby's First Holiday

Hi Dolls,

Last week I've was away in Tullow, Co. Carlow, with my parents, boyfriend and son. I planned to put up some new posts but unfortunately the wifi situation isn't great (explained further down). We stayed in a house lodge on the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.

All my pictures below are all mixed up so I'm just going to fly into the week! We arrived around 4pm on Saturday 20th June, my parents had just arrived before us. We unpacked the car and headed off for a food shop. We then sat around and chilled for the evening :)

Sunday, we went to Rancho Reilly's Pet Farm. They are only open Saturday and Sunday during the year, and weekdays then in July and August (school holidays). We got there around lunch time and we headed inside to pay the admission fee of €3 per adult (€6 per child over 1). There were 4 adults and 1 baby under 1 we were allowed go in for €10 as the lady at the till offered and said we wouldn't be doing much on the grounds anyway! 

When we left the indoor area (playzone and cafe/shop) it started to rain a little so we dashed straight for the petting house, in here were reptiles and rabbits etc. This is where the 'outdoor staff' decided it would be a good idea to put a huge snake on me and Daniel! He overheard me saying to Dan I wasn't going near the thing! It was HUGE! Luckily the snake's head just sat in my handbag and wasn't wiggling around the place! Then he put the snake on Daniel and then tried to put a baby snake on Alex's leg when my dad was holding him! Alex started to read for it and nearly had him when we warned the staff Alex would put the snake in his mouth, a bit silly of him to try to give a baby a live snake to touch - Alex is strong and would tug the snake too hard.

We then strolled around and looked the geese and pigs. Alex didn't like the geese when one started squawking at him, my dad didn't realize until I said it to him that he was starting to get upset. We moved on, there was a sand pit, a playground for older kids, a 'wheels zone' that had tricycles, bikes, and a few cozy coupe cars. We sat Alex into one but he was too small and tried to eat the wheel! We then moved onto the disco bus, I had to admit the music was a bit too loud for my liking for a children's place. There was a Shetland pony and donkey (they looked disheveled :( ). We strolled around, there is a barrel train, trampolines, more animals (sheep), more playground stuff and that's pretty much it. Inside then they have a cafe and an indoor playzone. I think it's great for children, lots of space to run around and play. I would definitely recommend not taking young babies and toddlers because there isn't much for them except a swing! Despite this we had a good day out.


From here on everything will be pretty mixed! We went to Rathwood and The Chocolate Garden. The Chocolate Factory of Ireland was a big let down in terms of what we were expecting. We thought it was a tour around a chocolate factory. When we walked inside there are chocolate moulds of different things on display, like footballs, and other chocolate treats. They have hot drinks, milkshakes and sundaes. I got a mint chocolate sundae which was delicious, it had a scoop of mint ice cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips sprinkled and a dollop of cream on top. Daniel for a milkshake, my parents got a coffee and a scone. The food and drinks were delicious, my mouth is watering over the ice cream, it was amazing! You can make chocolate in moulds for €10 (with a free scoop of ice cream) but we passed!

 

We went outside to the play area, sand pit, slide, boat, head slots and took some photo's with Alex. We then walked up a path to the Rathwood centre. Rathwood is a lovely modern shopping place, it has unusual brands and shops within the centre. There is a garden centre, furniture for sale, stone, sheds, the maze of Ireland, a falconry, a teddy bear picnic, a playground, a restaurant, and lots of lovely bits. 

We went back to Rathwood a second time and went to the Restaurant and playground as we hadn't done the first time. We went to the falconry but it was closed from 1-2pm. We wanted to pick up some pressies/gifts for family the second time.

  
 
 
 

We went to Greenan Farm Museum and Maze. They have a lovely nature walk, a treasure hunt, farm museum, a house with old Irish stuff inside from 1920's. There is a tea room there but only open weekends until July and August. We really enjoyed this day out. Alex got to see horses, a donkey, chickens, turkey, a peacock, rooster, pigs, butterflies and more. He is such a nature baby. He loved walking through the nature walk in his daddy's arms exploring and looking around at all the tree's. He tried reaching up at all the tree's and loved just looking around.

We went into the maze, maneuvering a buggy wasn't the easiest thing considering other people were walking around, a couple with a big dog and another family with a buggy! My mom has this trick with maze's that if you decide to go left or right, stay going that direction the entire time and you'll get to the centre/exit. Alex didn't mind the maze but once we got into the centre he got fussy! Mom and I left with Alex, as we all had a plan to get out of the maze! My dad and Daniel both got phone calls so ended up dragging behind! We got lost and dad found us and got us out, Daniel was still inside but found his way out, luckily he found one of Alex dummies and strap on his way out because we'd have never found it if we tried!!

My parents at the entrance to the farm museum









We went for a stroll to the playground on the hotel grounds twice. One evening I went with my parents and Alex and the second time Daniel, Alex and I went. Alex went on the swings, a motorbike roundabout, slide (with me) and on a few bouncy things! He was a bit small to get the full advantage of the playground but he still giggled and smiled. There was also a basketball court and tennis court there too.




The hotel has a leisure centre, gym and pool. We took full advantage and went to the pool every day except Wednesday, to give Alex a break. We went swimming for 30-45 minutes a day. We had a blow up swim chair for Alex to use some of the time, but because of his swimming lessons he loved being in the water without it. We brought in some squirt bath toys for him to play with a chew on (these were great fun for the adults too ;)). This was the first time I went swimming with Alex so I took full advantage and loved it.



We went into Carlow town to have a stroll around, I broke the bank in Penneys and New Look. My mom heard the Penneys in Carlow is great and has some sort of student price thing but it wasn't any different to any others! Another night me and Dan went to Carlow to go to see Jurassic World. We bought Alex a new toy and a book, and I got my mom a new eye shadow palette ( a cheaper version of Urban Decay's naked ones) - cheaper because she's not a huge makeup pro but it may be good to get her into smokey eyes ;).

The boys
The ladies ;)
Couple selfie
I love how my hair looks in the sun ;)

I know Alex won't remember the holiday and won't remember the things we did but the memories made will be treasured forever! We will definitely return to the hotel because it is great for families and I highly recommend it for families. You could stay in the hotel all week if you wanted because there is great places and activities for children. There is a soft play room, teen room, family den, activities room, high tea (3 course meal) for children, a spa, golf course and gorgeous decor :D It is a bit expensive for the lodge but it's well worth it!

Lots of Love
xoxo