Monday, 31 August 2015

How we ditched the dummy

Motherhood seems to be full of milestones, the first roll & smile turn into the first day of school and the first bike ride without stabilisers,  but there are so many more inbetween. I was so proud last Summer when Ava nailed potty training but this year we had a bigger beast to tame, getting rid of her beloved dummy or dodi as Ava called it.

Let me just say that I have nothing against dummies, I had one myself as a child (until I was 5 so I'm told) and I think they're fabulous little contraptions, they certainly helped me soothe Ava on numerous occasions. Although Nath and I were beginning to notice that she had her dodi in her mouth more often that not, she would talk with it in her mouth which has given her a bit of a lisp and she has a slight overbite which I'm guessing is a result of sucking a dummy. I wanted to get rid of her dummy last year but with potty training, the wedding, a house move and a new school it never seemed to be the right time. I'll be honest and admit that the idea of getting rid of her dummy completely terrified me. So much so that I enlisted the help of the dummy fairy. After a bit of research I found The Dummy Fairy Workshop online which sounded like a great idea.

For £19.95 I was sent the Magical Bits & Bobs kit which is just as exciting as it sounds. Ava received a personalised letter from the Queen of the Dummy Fairies asking her to donate her dummies to babies who don't have any, she was given an Enchanted Bag to place the dummies in and some fairy dust and a magic spell. The next day she received her special treat along with a Certificate of Generosity and a letter of thanks.

I honestly don't really know what came over me but a couple of weeks ago, after a lovely day out tinged with whines from Ava throughout the day for her dodi I decided to bite the bullet and use The Dummy Fairy as my partner in crime. In short, it was awful. Thank god for Nath or else I would have cracked under the screeching pressure. We persevered and she eventually drifted off. It's been almost two weeks since that fateful night and although she very occasionally asks for her dummy, it's been great! It's so lovely to see her little face without her dummy being in the way!

To anyone thinking of ditching the dummy, my advice is just do it. Don't put it off like I did! I'm so glad that we finally managed to ditch it!

Does your child have a dummy?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

One year

A year ago today I was at my auntie's beautiful farmhouse, getting ready for the best day of my life. I was full of nerves, excitement and anticipation, hoping that all of the hard work we'd put in for the 2 and a half years that we were engaged, had paid off.

The day was such a whirl of emotion, I still remember waiting outside my auntie's house with my dad and uncle (my chauffeur for the day), when everyone else had left for church, having one last glass of champagne together, the butterflies in my stomach reaching fever pitch.

The day couldn't have been more perfect and I love that our friends and family loved it as much as we did.

Fast forward a year and I'm sat watching cartoons in my dressing gown with my toddler who has been up since 6am and has decided to take all her clothes off.

Nath and I have just returned from a night away. Nath has always been the spoiling type, I can't complain. We spent the night in The Hilton in Manchester which was just lovely, cocktails in the highrise bar, a meal in one of our favourite Italian restaurants, San Carlo followed by a pornstar martini (my favourite) in The Living Room.

I wore one of my favourite LBD's from Missguided and some new shoes from New Look. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll know that I actually hadn't planned to wear new shoes at all. I'd hastily grabbed a pair of black shoes, luckily took them out of the case in Manchester and realised that I'd grabbed two odd shoes! What a dope! At least I'd taken one left & one right! I ended up having to rush to the Arndale centre to buy a new pair!

I'm very lucky to have someone like Nath, he's so easy going, hardworking and is the most amazing daddy! We'd not been together for very long at all before we found out that we were going to be parents and it could have all been so different for us. He's been my rock through the toughest times and I could never be more thankful to him. I know it sounds soppy but he truly does treat me like a queen and always puts mine and Ava's happiness first. I don't tell him enough how much I love him and how proud and lucky I am. I can't wait to spend my life with him!

Later on we're off for some drinks with friends to celebrate and tomorrow we're having a meal with family. We definitely know how to drag out celebrations in this house!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hello, I'm still here!

Hi everyone! It's been almost a month since my last post and although it's been lovely to have a break I have so much to tell you!

In my last post I told you that I'd taken on a new job, a full time role that I was looking forward to getting my teeth into. Well, after careful consideration and weighing up all my options, plus going in for some training, I realised it wasn't the job for me. The role wasn't what I thought it was going to be, the days were longer, I was going to lose two weeks holiday and after putting Ava into pre-school for an extra day I wasn't really going to be that much better off money wise.

So I spoke to my manager, cap in hand, and asked if there would be a possibility of reviewing my current, part-time role (luckily they hadn't recruited for mine) and he agreed. I have to wait until September to see if there will be any changes to my job, if any, but I think the whole experience has given me a new perspective. I'm awful for comparing myself to others, something that I really need to stop, and I had lost a lot of confidence, but being offered another post have given me proof that others do want to employ me. I just need to think things through before I jump out of the frying pan into the fire. The grass isn't always greener after all!

House wise, we're getting there, slowly. All decorating is now finished, for now, but we still have a lot of bits and bobs that still need doing, mainly in our front room. Our mantle piece still needs to go up and we want to create a picture wall behind our sofa. I've seen so many gorgeous bits and bobs from Not on the Highstreet and Etsy that I want to buy!

We've had a lot of fun days out lately, The Ice Cream Farm, swimming, our local Summer fair and I've been down to London. We've also had the slight dilemma of our washing machine breaking. Luckily our new machine was delivered today but I never knew how much I relied on it!

Tomorrow Nath and I are heading to Manchester to celebrate our first wedding anniversary-how has it already been a year?!- we are staying at the Hilton and dining at San Carlo, one of our favourite restaurants in the city, I can't wait!

We are heading to Cyprus in just over two weeks for a family holiday so we will be on the hunt for some last minute Summer bits too.

I have a few posts in mind to share with you! I can't wait to get back to blogging!
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