Thursday, 20 February 2014

Moccs, Retail therapy, teeth, eight month miracle and half done projects.

What does the fox say?!

He says if there is something with a fox on it, mummy will properly buy it.


These are amazing! I discovered them via a giveaway on a Facebook Page I had liked and immediately fell in love with them and ordered a pair.

Remember how I said I was in love with the Freshly Picked Moccs from America at $60 a pair? Well these are by CherryKids and they are £9.99 a pair! Yes, you read right! So good!

They have amazing designs and i've already spotted about 5 different ones I really want (for LJ of course...). Oh and do you know it gets even better? No delivery charge! They arrived really quickly and LJ loves them! 

He's just starting to stand up and hold on to things and he loves to hold your hands and walk about the house. These mean he can stroll through the kitchen and conservatory without slipping on his socks. It also means his socks stay on in this chilly weather and he loves looking at the bright foxes on his feet and he can't pull them off but they fit comfortably on his feet and our easy to put on a wriggly baby.

These ones are size 6-12m and fit him enough that they aren't overly big on him at 8 months old but they have a little room to grow and so will last him for months to come. I'm going to order a pair of 12-18m ones for his birthday! I'm thinking the moustache ones or maybe the pirate ones! 

Here are a selection of the girl and boy ones! 

The Prince Frog ones are a favourite too! Basically I want them all! The link to their website is up above but they also have a Facebook page too, click here to keep up to date with new designs. I've got a couple of months to make my decision on which design to get him for his birthday! Maybe he'll get two... 

So LJ turned 8 months on Sunday! wow. 8 months?! I actually can't believe I have an 8 month old! Where has the time gone?!

As usual, the monthly photos were a stressful time for mummy... my daredevil is getting seriously close to making me give up taking them! 

Next time i'm going to have to have daddy on set to prevent baby mishaps. At least LJ's still in the frame for the moment...

I still need to edit most of the previous month photos. Here is the first one I took at one month.

He pretty much is as big as the monkey now! I'll try and remember to take his 9 month photos with the monkey again. I've forgotten for the last two month sessions!

Oh, here's the #sundaymorningmadness pictures from Sunday. Mummy took them on her own again as daddy was out cycling. 

I had some great light coming through the window and he stayed still long enough for me not to have a blurry iPhone photo! yey. Those eyes, I die. 

Now, for those who have read the last month, you'll know that I had a 7 month old who cried a lot when I left the room, when I held him...when I didn't hold him. He woke numerous times through the night for no reason in particular and wanted mummy to stay awake and be with him for hours from 3am and who cried and kicked up a fuss every time I had to change his nappy or get him dressed. Basically I was a pretty upset mummy and very very tired. 

Well i'm liking eight months a lot better.

After teething for four, yes FOUR months, LJ has cut his first tooth! I thought i'd seen the two bottom ones under the gum the day before and we have been putting on some teething gel as part of the bedtime routine for a few weeks now and so luckily the little sharp fang was discovered by my finger before feeding time! 

I think I was more excited than when he could stay sitting up for the first time on his own. THATS how much I wanted teeth.

Of course I know this is not the end, for there will be many more teeth. However maybe his teeth have all moved into position over the last 4 months and now they will shoot through with no problems?! A mama can dream.

There has been a lot more of this.

No actual crawling yet but he's got all the positions and then he rocks back and forth and sits back down and cries at what a mean mummy I am for not bringing the toys closer. 

He can move though, but you never really see it, you just notice he's somehow turned round and across the room like a ninja. 

There has been a lot more of this. Sleep, glorious sleep.

I've officially had more sleep in this last week than in the last year. I cannot begin to explain what a feeling it is to hear the monitor and check the time and it's 6:00am. I've even been able to get into a deep sleep state to dream again! It's been strange for sure. 

He also has been taking longer naps sometimes. To the point that I accidentally woke him up on Sunday because I was concerned he'd been asleep for TWO HOURS. He was so happy when he woke up too! Like i've been telling him for all these months, EVERYONE is happier when we all get some sleep.

Notice that little belly?

Well that's LJ's first bit of 'chub'. He's a skinny baby and has never had rolls or chub as such, well now he's getting such a belly that when he wears a t-shirt, the bottom rolls up to his chest sometimes. hehe.

The cups are a big favourite. Ali started the game of saying a sound into the cup and then putting it in front of LJ's mouth and he copies. Adorable. Nothing I like better than daddy and baby giggles. Now LJ will pick up the cups himself and just chatter away into them.

So this week marks my last official week of being a full time mummy. I'm sad that I won't ever have this much time with him again, especially as things just got a whole lot better and happier. I am looking forward to work though, I actually do enjoy my work, it's just the thought of my baby doing lots of cool new things while mummy's not there to see. 

So we had a nursery trial day on Monday morning. We had one last week where I went and stayed with him for 2 hours there and that went well, so I wasn't really worried about him being on his own for 2 hours, more so as to how i'd FEEL about him being there for 2 hours on his own. 

I dragged my mum along with me for support (mainly so I wasn't sat crying to myself in Costa for 2 hours) and we dropped LJ off. He was fine, he had new different toys to play with and even though he stared and watched me walk all the way down the steps to go out (this is what set me off crying) they inform me he was fine and only cried when they wiped his face (no change there then). 

My bank balance however might have suffered.

What better way to not think about being childless for 2 hours than spending more money on that child?! 

They were totally all things mummy wanted he needed. 

The Tip Top vest was my favourite find! After having it sat in my Gap Online Basket for weeks (Gap LOVE to tempt me with sales and money off online shops ALL THE TIME) and after very nearly buying it about 3 times (I always add loads of things to the basket, then get all the way to confirm payment and think I CAN'T SPEND THIS MONEY) I found it in the Gap store for £1.99!! Happy mummy. Of course I HAD to buy it then, right?

The other two tops are from NEXT and they are t-shirts and for 9-12m. My mum got him the red one as she got into the spirt of LJ NEEDS these things. I love when it's time for the next size up clothes! It's like preparing for a new baby all over again, you get to take everything out of the draw and stare at it and unfold it and refold it and organise. This was the first age group of clothing that I didn't have much for. It turns out that when people buy bigger clothes for a new baby, they only go up to 6-9m usually, I guess that's because 9-12m looks like clothes for a toddler and they aren't so cute anymore (Lies). So I usually make a list of what i've got of what. LJ Ended up having 18, yes 18 vests in 3-6m and 6-9m and I didn't buy one of them. Crazy, huh? 

So it turns out he needs t-shirts, pjs and bottoms for 9-12m, so mummy must hurry and spend money and provide for baby, yes? 

The leggings were a pack of 2 from M&S and they have little anchors on the ties. I'm a big fan of leggings! Especially when babies are learning to move about and obviously if I could live in leggings and pj bottoms everyday, I would (I nearly do, sad that I will have to wear real clothes to work). So I had to purchase these because 1) It's hard to find boy leggings that aren't baby blue (which i'm not such a fan of) and 2) aren't jogging bottoms (as apparently only girls can have leggings and boys must look like grown up children already) so yes, a must have. 

We also bided time having lunch and purposely chose a restaurant thats not buggy friendly so that I could enjoy something I wouldn't normally have. Mizu! Duck noddles. They were good! I felt strange not having to juggle eating my food and placing more food on a highchair while brushing off mushed up sandwich and carrot puffs from my clothes at the same time.

I ate it all. While it was still fresh.

Oh and I also spotted this in NEXT. Sadly they only do 3 years and up. When I text Ali to say look what I found - shame it's not in baby size. He simply text back, forget about baby size, do they do it in Adult size? 

we're a bit LEGO crazy.

Which is why we were sad when we went food shopping and they had sold out of LEGO movie mini figures. It seems its much the same story in a lot of stores. 

Oh well, I'll guess we will just have to buy two next time we see them, you know, to make up for it. Maybe 3 for the sadness?

I was good this weekend and also did a tidy up and rounded up the last of the 3-6m clothes that were hanging about, for storage and decided that the playmat has done it's time and is ready to go up to storage, along with the BF pillow. I'm not ready to part with the bouncy chair however, not since it's revival in help with nap time. 

We got one project checked off the list. Finding some frames for two of the prints we had unframed. I picked up these weathered looking cream frames from Sainsburys for £2 each for 10x8. They had cream, grey and a light blue and they were all in the sale. 

So I could finally take down the movie men pictures dad had up in the guest room, which is currently our room. 

I still have 3 12x16 prints to frame but i'm not in a rush as I don't actually have anywhere for them to go, except maybe standing them up against the wall in my room. 

I had all good intentions on finally getting round to decorating my glass jars for my craft supplies.

I washed all the jars up and got the labels off.

I got out all the different craft pens and materials that needed to go in the jars.

I then discovered that the pens I was going to use to decorate the jars, actually didn't work on the jars, so I was then stuck with just 4 colour choices.

I realised the little dot design took a long time! 

but I do like it.

I then decided to try out my nail varnishes on some jars to see what it would look like, and I was pretty impressed and it was the more bright patterns that I was going for. So I completed two designs and started on two more.

Then LJ developed a random bad cough in the evening and after stopping and starting and resettling him, I decided to just bring him downstairs (not in the same room as the nail varnish, don't worry) and abandoned jar painting, and they have sat where I left them two days ago. I'll post better pictures once i've finished them all.

I also used the little baby food jars to start painting the lego men heads as I saw on Pinterest but I just used yellow paint I already had and after 5 coats, it's not going to cut it, so I need to go find a sample pot of paint to use instead.

I've really been taking advantage of my last week with no work by going on many lunches! My brother came to visit from London to spend some time with LJ and we went out to lunch. They watched Thomas the tank together and both ended up asleep! 

Did I mention this boy loves his food?

I'll leave you with a little crawl strike video. He's so close! 

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