I hope you all had a lovely Easter break! One of my favourite things about having my own child is getting to enjoy all the holidays through the eyes of a little one! We had a fantastic long easter weekend, it was so lovely to have 4 days off together as a family and fill them with fun!
On Good Friday, we went over to my grandparents for fish and chips. We normally do this every year and the whole family goes round, this year was different though as some of the family were away on holiday and so it was a quieter Good Friday.
I'm sure next year, LJ will be tucking into some fish and chips! This year, he settled for some cheese sandwiches and his usual lunch bits. The weather was finally warm enough for his new romper suits! I just LOVE seeing those arms and legs! It's been a long winter.
My brother managed to come home for a visit and it was great for him to see LJ and spend time with him. LJ has two uncles and two aunties but only one lives in our home town. I'm sure he must look like he's grown loads each time they come home and see him.
He also got to play with his (my) cousins and had lots of fun knocking down the towers they built for him. They are all much more interested in him now that he wants to play with them and is less likely to throw up/fall over/cry at them.
Ever wondered why I loved babies so much?
I grew up as the oldest grandchild on both sides and apart from my brother and sister, I didn't get a cousin until I was 7 and then they arrived one every year after that for the next nine years! I had lots of practice with babies rather than cousin play mates.
This was a couple of weeks ago but I thought i'd better throw it in the Easter post. My cousins in America always have their little ones pictures with the easter bunny and i'd never seen it here. So you can imagine how beyond excited (much to Ali's embarrassment) that there was a bunny in our shopping centre! Now baring in mind LJ is going through some separation anxiety issues at the moment, I figured the bunny could go either way. The whole he'd love the bunny or he'd be traumatised for life.
He LOVED the bunny. The bunny also loved him. I ended up doing the whole So... we better get going LJ... while thinking - give my baby back you easter baby stealing bunny.
He was so chilled out! Remember this baby is NOT a chilled out baby. This may be one for the record books, he sat STILL for 5 minutes.
We then got involved in a easter egg hunt around the shopping centre that involved me dragging a baby and a daddy into each shop in excitement. The reward was a chocolate bunny which of course I
So back to the easter weekend.
On the Friday evening we picked up my best friend from Uni - Nel, or to LJ 'Crazy Auntie Nel'. She isn't really crazy, she just gets herself into some situations that make you think she might be crazy (When I was 37 weeks pregnant, we went to the beach and her and Ali were throwing a frisbee about and it ended up in the sea, so she went in FULLY CLOTHED to get it.)
(She'd broken her thumb
playing Ultimate Frisbee and it turns out
you have to have quite the extreme cast for a thumb break)
The plan for Saturday was to take LJ on two 'First' experiences - A train for the first time and on the beach for the first time. We started the day with a Toby Carvery 'All you can eat' breakfast (Yes, who knew they did breakfast?!) and it was YUMMY. It set us up for the day and fried breakfast ranks in my top 10 foods.
So we got to the little train station near us to get the train to the coast. We stood all excited and got LJ out of his pram and we waited, and waited and then another man on the platform announced that the train had been cancelled (and we totally did the whole - do we take his word for it?).
Well, lesson one of trains for LJ, they don't always run on time or at all.
So back in the pram he went and we walked the short distance back to Ali's parents to wait for the next hour train. It all worked out well as LJ really needed a nap and I was worried he'd be asleep for the whole choo-choo train experience.
He LOVED it! I think he was curious as to why he wasn't belted down, why he got to sit on mummy's lap and that he could see out the window. He got a little bit too excited and tried to grab the hood from the person sitting in front of us. I'm not sure if they were just tired or hungover but they did not look happy. The journey is really short, we were just taking the train instead of driving for the fun of the train but it was lovely to see LJ's face!
Don't let the sunshine in the following photos fool you. It was BLOODY FREEZING on the beach. I'm so glad I packed LJ's coat as the wind was so strong but the sand was quite warm, so we all kept close to the ground.
You can see that LJ was far too involved in sandcastle building to partake in the family photo (a rare occasion anyway). It's always lovely to see him experience new things and watch how excited he gets (wrists and ankles rotate and lots of happy noises, we call it the 'helicopter').
His first reaction to the sand on his bare feet. You'll have to excuse the camera work, this is why there is hardly any film of LJ and I... Daddy can't work the camera, he also cut it in half.
Excuse the runny nose, we were in the height of teeth cutting at the time (His two top ones have FINALLY cut now). He did really well and we had no sand eating issues until the end when we were leaving and his teeth were hurting and he tried to touch them with his sandy hands.
So much fun. It was one of my favourite days and experiences seeing him play with the sand and he isn't half bad with a spade either.
We discovered that he gets very upset if you fill the bucket with sand for a castle. It also took a lot of attempts for us to get a good castle and then he loved to stick his hand in the middle of the castle after. I guess he really is the king of the castle.
This is now my new favourite photo of the two of them. Sunshine, happy baby, happy daddy. So much love! He rules the directions in walking now, he is very strong for such a little baby and he will refuse to walk in a direction and twist you until you are going the way he wants. If you don't then he'll throw his head back and cry (like he did about 10 seconds after this photo)
Turns out he just wanted to see what that noisy (although familiar noise from all the white noise we played him as a baby) mass of water was. I love the start of the video 'Do you have spare clothes for him?' ... 'Yep' ... walk baby into sand and water.
You'll hear in the video how windy it was. Hopefully in the Summer we will be able to bring him back and he can have even more fun with less clothes!
My little crab baby heading out to sea. Yep we still have the crab zombie crawl going on.
I'm glad he wasn't freaked out by the sand (I admit I get a little freaked out myself, sand gets EVERYWHERE)
I had to snap some baby sandy toes. He always curls his toes at the end, it was very hard to get the sand out of those tiny spaces.
It wasn't all fun and games for LJ, mummy got to have ice cream too!
So as the day came to a close, we waved goodbye to Auntie Nel back on the train to London and LJ pointed at where the train had left. Pointing is his new thing of the week, well last week now, they move through things so quickly. If he isn't pointing at birds, it's toys or daddy.
#sundaymorningmadness 44 weeks. Ok, I admit in the excitement to give him his easter gifts that I forgot all about Sunday Morning Madness. It was that mad. I did discover that he hates anything on his head now and my dream of a cute easter bunny photo went out the window. Oh and the tongue out is the new thing this week (Can I have pointing back?).
I might have gone a little overboard on the easter presents, not that I spent a lot, just that it looks a bit OTT. Who cares? He is my baby and we'll be happy holiday people!
You can see from the picture that he found the one small bit of chocolate that I hid in the bag. This kid had his first taste of chocolate over easter and he went CRAZY for it. I'm talking he was coughing and still shoving bits in his mouth in a crazed i'm never going to get another chance to get chocolate again kind of way. Chocolate is still reserved for special occasions (and really poopy nappy changes when I need him to lay still, yes i'm already using it as bribing material) and he has only ate the ears off the cow so far.
We got him the bunny and then a couple of books with sound buttons that made chick and bunny bouncing noises. He was quick to learn how to make the noise go off. I was quick to learn not to buy my own child noisy toys.
He loved the books and there was also a basket of coloured eggs that he liked to shake too (they had chocolate eggs in for a egg hunt).
A few of my family were staying an hour away at a Haven holiday park over the easter break and so the rest of the family decided to go drive and spend the day with them. LJ slept the whole way and was very excited when we got to the park. There was bubbles, the dog, lots of children. He loved all of it.
LJ was very lucky and got more easter gifts. It was like a mini birthday for him and I love seeing what other people get for him.
You can see LJ always goes for the food! Mum thought smart and got him a bowl of fruit snacks that look like sweets.
The place had a swimming pool and we headed there in the afternoon with my cousins. LJ loves a pool! My cousin Chloe took some great photos of him and us in the pool and this one just cracks me up! I think everyone had a go at a good caption for this photo.
It's safe to say that the swimming tired him out and he had a nice snooze with his new Bradley bear from the Haven shop.
Soon it was time to go home, after a bit of play in the motor home, LJ got changed into his Pjs (I love a baby in PJs!) and Nannie gave him his milk and we hoped he'd fall asleep in the car on the drive home.
Oh how wrong we could have been. He didn't fall asleep the whole way home and to make things more difficult, he did a poop on route!
So we got to experience our first lay by nappy change. Not bad for 10 months in!
On our way back from the beach, we found a second hand toy shop in the train station. We spotted a pack of Biro train track and some trains for £10 and we just had to get it for LJ. My brother had loads of this stuff when he was little (and has now sold it - great!) and I love that it's wooden and simple and lots of fun as they grow. This was LJ on Monday morning looking pretty excited at the new trains, right before he pulled all the track up but thats to be expected.
The weather was a lot better on the Monday. LJ got to sport the bright coloured shorts I picked up for him last week in H&M (I'm all for bright and bold!).
My dad was working in the garden so we had bacon sandwiches outside in the sun while LJ played with his trains on the (fake) grass. The above picture cracks me up because LJ looks majorly confused and I think he looks like a little alien in a spaceship.
I had one last attempt at the bunny ears, which ended up being broken bunny ears and LJ would rather risk standing on his own than having them on his head.
I hid the bright coloured eggs for a egg hunt but LJ wasn't that interested. So we just played in the garden with the eggs and the much loved trolley.
It was the perfect way to finish off the long weekend. To add to a weekend of firsts for LJ, we decided to go get him his first shoes. I know, I know, he's not walking on his own yet but coming from someone who has a baby that wants to walk everywhere inside and out, no matter what the weather, I needed a solution to damp scuffed moccs. When I heard about Clark's 'cruising shoes' collection, I thought this would be the solution.
LJ decided he'd sleep through this first experience. I'm kinda thankful as I can imagine the trouble to get him to stand still long enough to have his foot measured. We picked out a pair of summery type shoes to make him through the warmer months until he's walking and can get some walking first shoes.
LJ seemed to love them! I was a little sad it made him look like a toddler but happy that he can now walk around anywhere outside and I don't have to worry about him hurting his feet or getting wet feet.
Talking of all the easter bunnies, here is Bonsai and Cloud, our easter bunnies! You'll hopefully see a lot more of them towards the summer months. They used to be house bunnies before we moved back with my dad and then they were outside bunnies!
We finished off our easter Monday with a lovely meal out with my dad and Sheila and I enjoyed this yummy dessert!
I've got a few posts in the pipeline and I still need to do my designs for Logi Bear Prints but i'll get there soon! Thanks for reading, I hope you've all had a good week back to routine!