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How lovely to see one of my posts has featured on MummyBearsBlog in her favourite posts of the week ‘Shout Out’. It features my post, ‘Emergency Section V Elective Section’.

I wanted to write this post to highlight the differences for new and expectant mums who might have to go through the same thing or who are put in the situation where they have to choose whether to have a elective or not. I would have appreciated reading about an emergency cesarean section during my healthy pregnancy so that I could have been more prepared if and when this actually happened for me.

It’s always so lovely to hear or see that a post you have written has been well received but when it is so personal, it’s even more lovely. So thank you! You can see Mummy Bear’s Shout Out by clicking here.

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Fab, fun, educational book series

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That horrible moment of taking your child for their jabs, however old they are, can be a heart wrenching time for the parent as well as painful for the child! When my 3 year old went for his pre-school Booster jabs, we told him that the lovely nurse was going to put soldiers into his arm to keep him safe from nasty bugs. Luckily he brought it; he now proudly tells anyone who will listen that he has soldiers in his blood!

Fortunately, we have never had a nasty accident and had to make a hospital trip but if we did, I would have to do some quick thinking of how to eliminate some of the fear. The range of resources which I was recently sent from Monkey Well being , is absolutely fab for doing just that: eliminating some of the  fear which automatically comes along with going to the hospital.

The storybooks centre around a monkey who goes into hospital for an operation.

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Family Bike Ride

Most of you will know by now that all my 3 year old wants to do is be outside on his bike. It’s pretty much daily that he’s peddling somewhere, whether it be in the garden, in the cul-de-sac, over the Heath or along the beach. Sometimes, I have to drag myself out when I’m so tired from doing the night feeds just so that Harley can enjoy riding his bike. I don’t want to suppress his enjoyment for it and of course the opportunity for us all to get a bit of exercise.

So when I saw this month’s Tots100 and Centreparcs challenge of enjoying a family bike ride, it really was made just for us because we didn’t need an excuse to dust off our brakes and don the saddle!

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Human or Machine? Inside the mind and body of a Triathlete

On Sunday,  my brother in law, competed in the Forestman event in the New Forest: a Triathlon made up of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. I woke at 7am and my mind immediately turned to David, who had already been up for hours, mentally preparing and who had started his race with the swim in the lake, at 5.30am. I am totally in awe of his commitment, dedication and determination to succeed and have the up most respect for the discipline that such a sport requires.

Image courtesy of Athlete

Image courtesy of Athlete

It’s such a fun albeit a rather tense race to watch, filled with nervous excitement when you know an athlete competing. I wanted to see what it was like from a competitor’s viewpoint and so David has kindly taken over my blog, to relive the race.

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Alphabet Photography ~ G

G is for… Gorgeous

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This week, I hold my hands up for being completely self-indulgent and very biased but when thinking about the letter G, gorgeous is a word I immediately thought of when I took this photo of Lola last week. She has just turned 5 months and is turning into such a character already. She still has the big blue eyes that she was born with and the masses of hair have thinned out on the sides and started to curl on top. I think she’s going to be a curly locks. She’s simply adorable and the apple of all our eyes. She is one well looked after little girl with 3 big brothers.

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We took this photo in Lola’s room when she was newborn. We bought some £1 chalkboards and it was the boys who decided what to write on the boards. Lola is wearing a vest saying ‘I am the little sister‘. The boys all looked good, for once and the staging depicts everything about their relationships,with each other and their sister. They are so protective of her, long may it continue although she may well resent it when she’s older!

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Thank You

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It was lovely to see, this morning that my Fro-Yo Fruit Pops have been given a special mention in this week’s Let Kids Be Kids Linky over at www.letkidsbekids.co.uk.

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I’ll be popping over to link up again this week but if you’re browsing, you may want to head over and take a look at some other fab ideas for your little lovelies.

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Emergency Section V Elected Section

When Harley met Lola. xx

When Harley met Lola. xx

I often get asked about the labour and delivery that I experienced with both my babies. In truth, both experiences were so completely different even though I had a Cesarean Section for both of them; the only difference being that one was an emergency and the other, elected. So I thought I would share my experience of both, for expectant mums.
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Babies don’t come with a Handbook but what if they did?

I was so excited when I found out that I was pregnant. I spent all 40 weeks willing away the time so that I could have my baby here, safely in my arms. However, when that precious moment did actually arrive and my beautiful baby was placed in my arms, life paused for a moment, I looked longingly and hopelessly at my husband and said, “S**t, what do we do now?”

2 days old

2 days old

When we brought him home, and we were away from the comfort of the midwives and the professionals, it was then that reality hit. I looked at this perfect bundle of joy and realised that this helpless little baby was dependent entirely on me keeping him alive. So where’s the Handbook? Where’s the book that I can follow to the letter that tells me what to do? It didn’t appear to be on any bookshop shelf when I went looking! Well, there isn’t one. You learn as you go. Babies don’t come with a Handbook, but if they did, I reckon this is what should be inside…

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Alphabet Photography ~ F

F is for … Football Trophy

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This week, we had a fantastic opportunity to see the Barclays Premier League trophy. Living  in a house of football mad boys this was too good an opportunity to pass up. The trophy was actually brought into the school where my husband and I work so as I’m currently on Maternity Leave, I took Harley in for a rare photo opportunity. We donated some money to the Julia’s House charity and he donned his England football kit for the occasion.

The trophy is so shiny; to the person who polished it, please come to my house, I can provide the duster! It is apparently cleaned 4 times a year costing £6,000, each time.

My heart was in my mouth at one point, when Harley lent forward to try to touch one of the Manchester City ribbons. I could feel the eyes of the big, burly security men on us so we quickly made our exit. But a very special photo nonetheless.

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Linking up with The Alphabet Photography Project at www.podcastdove.com

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Newbie Showcase

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It was so lovely to see today, that I have been featured in a New Blogs Showcase by Love All Blogs. You can click here to see mine and the other fantastic blogs which have been featured.

So I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you 700 lovely people who currently follow my blog, be it via Email, Twitter or Facebook or who enjoy seeing us unfold in pictures on Instagram. MyLifeMyLove is only 9 weeks old and I didn’t for a minute think that anyone would be interested in what I had to say, but you have humoured me and it seems that I’m doing an ok job.

I started the blog for myself. I enjoy writing and it was ultimately a way for me to document those all too precious moments of my children growing up. It seemed to be a way of me freezing those cherished moments in time, albeit only on a computer screen, with a few poems and reviews thrown in along the way.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave comments on my posts. I love reading them. Here’s to more blogging!

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On my Soapbox!

I will very rarely speak out and openly disagree with the words and opinions of a so-called ‘expert’ but quite frankly, the news I have heard today has infuriated me.

Ironically, on the day after Father’s Day, Psychologist Penelope Leach, says that as a general rule, if their parents are separated, children aged four and under should not be separated from their mother and sleepover at their father’s house. She goes on to say that sharing young children puts ‘adult right’s above ‘children’s rights’ and if young children are separated from their mothers and have to sleep over at their father’s house there is “undisputed” evidence that this “reduces brain development”.

I couldn’t agree more with the belief that the rights of the child should be put before the adult’s but where is the sense in stopping children from sleeping over at their father’s house? How on earth could that be seen as the wrong thing to do?

I completely understand that in some situations, it is indeed in the child’s best interest to not stay at their father’s but sadly, Penelope Leach is not saying that, she is making a sweeping statement that applies to all children under the age of 5.

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An Ode to Our Daddy

Daddy if your ears are red and feel like they are burning

That’s because we’re talking about you,

Read this; you best get learning.

We want to tell you why you’re so fab,

why we are proud to say,

that we have the King of Dads,

in every single way.

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Fro-Yo Fruit Pops!

I can’t tell you how much happier I am to see the long awaited sunshine. They said today was hotter than Rio, wow that’s hotter than hot, I love it! The hot sticky trips out in the car, attractive sweat patches and the baby who can’t sleep because her room is like a sauna, is by the by. I still love Summer.
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My Son, the Oil Painting

Well… you’ve probably heard of the idiom, ‘he/she is no oil painting’  but how lucky am I to actually say, my son is quite literally, an oil painting.

I was contacted by a lovely man, Karl who explained about his work as an aspiring artist and he asked my permission to paint Harley from a photo he had seen on my blog. In the photo, Harley is captured mid-air jumping off a sand dune. It’s a photo that I love and so jumped at the chance to see it as a piece of art work.

A few days later, I was sent the finished piece. I think I actually stopped breathing for a second when I first saw it because the quality and attention to detail exceeded all of my expectations.

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Work in progress, on the easel.

The finished piece

The finished piece

This was the photo of reference

This was the photo of reference

 The colours are so bright and vivid. I love it.  Karl had said that he wanted to focus on Harley rather than the background and I think you’ll agree, he has captured the emotion; the movement of his clothing and the position and flight through the air absolutely brilliantly.

You can take a look at Karl’s gallery, if you click  here. He works with a whole range of medium, oils, pastels, acrylics, pencil and charcoal. His pieces are very real. My favourites are ‘Watching the Wave’ and ‘Two Boys on a Beach’. 

I really am impressed and humbled that such a raw talent has produced a genuine piece of artwork of my little boy, that just so happens to be a brilliant reminder of one of our favourite family days out, that I can treasure forever.

Thank you, Karl.

When I started writing this post, it never intended to be a review. I just wanted to share how lucky we were that a brilliant artist wanted to paint one of our photos however I can’t think of anything more Tried and Tested than this, that I wholeheartedly endorse. Please do check out Karl’s gallery as his artwork is truly fantastic and very reasonably priced.

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Hooray, for a fab new kiddie snack!

Without wanting to run the risk of always putting the inevitable in Harley’s lunchbox, I am always on the lookout for variety. He will always have a sandwich, a yogurt, fruit and some sort of snack but it is this ‘snack’ which can be the catalyst for the latest mother/child mini-war. There is so much on offer in the crisp and chocolate aisle that I tend skip happily past, if Harley is with me; he’s always far too eagle-eyed for my liking!

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Alphabet Photography ~E

E is for… Enrichment

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Many children’s favourite book is ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. This is a book that we tend to read over and over and over and over ….

Harley would often ask me whether the Gruffalo was real and what would we do if we met him? Without wanting to scare the living daylights out of the poor boy at the prospect of meeting this creature with purple prickles, a poisonous wart and sharp claws, it’s nice to keep some element of creativity and imagination when they are still young enough for it to potentially be believable.

This week we went to Moors Valley Country Park and when looking for a picnic spot, the boys found something peaking through the trees! How wonderful to see a spectacular Gruffalo hiding in the forest. Harley and Bailey recited lines from the book which described the Gruffalo, checking all the features were really there.

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The first thing Harley said when we got home was “Daddy, daddy, I saw the Gruffalo today!” We read the book at bedtime, followed by ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ and he went to bed with his cuddly toy Gruffalo.

When a book or a character in it, can quite literally come to life, it’s a magical way to enrich learning and I personally think that’s invaluable.

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