The one thing my husband and I have problems with is picking a name we can both agree on, when we first met we chatted about future children and names that we both liked, I know that sounds really weird but it was a long time ago and I am not 100% sure how the conversation came up but when the time came to it, our first boy was always going to be Malachi (pronounced Mala-Kai) and after much disagreement from family members who kept calling him by his middle name of ‘Frederick’ Kai finally stuck and he suits his name..

With Amelia things were a bit different, during my pregnancy with Kai we decided and found out the gender.. but with Amelia, we did want to know and they tried to see but she had her legs crossed.. I was kinda glad we didn’t know because I worry a little about gender bias with certain people and was scared that if she was a girl, people would forget Kai existed so we sat for ages trying to figure out a girl name just in case.. and .. well she was a girl, around two weeks before the birth I was sitting on Wikipedia.. as you do.. and I was reading about a certain female aviator and suggested the name of Amelia and it stuck.

We then spent a good few years not even thinking about future names, our next boy was always planned to be called Dominic which I have always wanted to use as a name since I worked in a nursery and there was this sweet little boy with the name who really left a mark on my heart after all these years.. but we still had no name for a girl, after discovering we was expecting Robin and just after we found out her gender we settled on the name of Ruby, but there was a slight problem.. I started to hate the way people said it, something just didn’t sit right with me so I suggested to change it, keep with a R name and just not share it with anyone but the only problem was that there aren’t many R names that we liked..

While at a family dinner Mr S and I stood at the patio doors looking out at some birds hopping around in my aunts garden, those birds happen to have been robins, and it was decided a good month before her birth that the newest member of our family would be called Robin.

You plan and prep for this new tiny human to enter the world and often find like me that the hardest decision is just finding a name that’s perfect, I never liked my name, I still don’t.. I also hated the fact that my first name and second name share the same start letter, While we have Dominic for a boy, we are still stuck on any future girl names.. we cannot agree on anything but I guess that’s one of the fun things about being a parent… indecisiveness

What names do you have picked out for any future children, or are you a little like me and are completely stumped!

Until next time

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Welcome to this brand new tag, I love tags, I find them fantastic for getting to know other bloggers and learning new things about each other and this one is for the parent bloggers of the world, because lets face it, there aren’t many of these floating about that are for us lonely parent bloggers trying to make some waves in the world..

The tag has been created by The Mulberry Bush which is a fantastic little shop full of wonderful wooden toys and who support and love parent bloggers too.. but enough of my ramblings..

~ QUESTIONS ~

1. What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?– I honestly wasn’t expecting just how exhausted I was going to be, you are always told that its hard work and that you will be tired but I have been in tears over how tired I have felt and also just how lonely and isolated it can be.

2. What is your main piece of advice for new parents? – Just to not listen to anyone elses advice, parenting is a journey that you must make your own mistakes and paths and should never listen to what anyone says regardless of how good their intentions are.

3. How do you encourage family time at home? – I don’t think I do encourage it, it just sort of happens.. I feel like making them do something only causes arguments.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties? – I manage to fit it around nap times and quiet times which is few and far between haha.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up? – I had this stuffed cat called Twinkle that I won at a country fayre thing when I was 7, she came with me everywhere

6. Have you kept any of your toys from childhood? – I have kept two actually, one is a blanket that I have had since birth and the other is this bunny that has been stitched up more times than I can count.

7. What are your children’s favourite toys? – Amelia loves anything to do with my little pony, Kai is addicted to cars and planes and Robin just likes anything, although she does have a cute cuddly toy robin called Bob that goes everywhere with her.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have? – At the end of a school day I do let them veg in front of the tv for a bit but at weekends I do try and limit their time watching anything.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? – Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.? – this is one of the hardest things to do, because there simply is so much of it, we try and reuse any bottles we buy.

10. What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging? – Dont do it if you are only out to get money and be popular, make sure you are blogging for YOU and no one else!

~ I TAG ~

Becca

Vicki

Maria

Clare

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Its a dangerous thing, waking up around midnight to go make a bottle for a baby who cannot feed themselves they all care about the bottle.. or the boob and all you want to do is go back to sleep but the one thing I end up doing is getting my phone out and opening up ebay…

Mine was always Next, Shortly after Robin was born, expecting a bigger baby I had no newborn clothes.. or that was my excuse anyway, she was born tiny and needed a LOT of newborn clothes rather than what I got which was 0-3 month sizes, so the week after we got home from the hospital, around 1 am during a nighttime bottle I sat on Next and used up all my old gift cards from Christmas getting her a lovely little selection of clothes..

But the midnight shopping didn’t stop at clothes, I got some fake flowers, countless blankets, Pink Lining bags, mug… you name it, I was on ebay at silly o’clock while feeding a newborn and ended up buying things in the haze of those first few mad weeks of new baby

And it got me wondering, is this a thing? or am I the only one who would sit up with a phone next to a feeding baby (Dont judge!) and it turns out im not..

Siobhan from The Baby Boat Diaries saysMy most recent buys have been a memory stick (because my phone is full of photos and the memory keeps getting full meaning my apps can’t update) and The Boss Baby on DVD for my 2 year old as it is her new favourite film and makes a welcome change to Despicable Me 1,2 &3 

Zoe from Lycra Widow saysI have a collection of about 20 dresses. All Reiss, Hobbs, LK Bennet, etc. Pretty much all of them were purchased on eBay when half asleep with a maximum bid limit. I would only remember them when my phone would ping to say I’d won an item! I do love and wear them all though! 

Danielle from Tiny Tripping says –  Omg. So much nonsense. I’ve basically spent a lot of money on questionable ASOS clothing in the wee hours. My face is my “Saved by the Bell” swimming costume which looks like the 80s was sick on it. I’m feeding now and tabbing between Facebook and ASOS as I type.

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says – I love mugs and during the night feeds I would go on ebay and search for vintage ones I now have 3 crates of mugs in the loft ! Yes I didn’t sleep for 2 years.

Emma from Emma Reed says –  I did this week but it was actually quite sensible. I bought the pram clips because I keep seeing everyone with them and thought they would be handy but I did have to add a cup holder because these sleepless nights are killing me and I need tea with me all the time!! 

Veronica from My Parenting Journey says – I did! I used to day dream about achieving my before-having-a-baby-figure and got obsessed with workout stuff. So far, I haven’t used any of them.

Kelly-Anne from Mimi Rose and Me says – Thinking way back to the baby feeding days and I made some crazy purchases in the late night feeds. One of the most bizarre ones was a “must have” net to cover our daughter Moses basket with, something that I never actually used. A dream book (like I was going to get sleep), Charlotte Crosby DVD – did it once and it nearly killed me!

So as you can see, its not just me who sits and buys when they probably shouldn’t, but lets face it, having a package turn up at the door a few days later is always a joy when you are sleep deprived and in need of some self care.

Until next time

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The last time I shared what Robin could say she was the ripe old age of 19 months old and that was back in November of last year, She is now an extremely chatty 21 month old racing towards her second birthday without a sign of stopping, which as you can expect makes me extremely sad that this tiny little thing is now a fully grown toddler, tantrums and all.

Her vocabulary has improved so much in the last few months, she communicates with us fantastically but naturally as shes only 21 months gets frustrated at us because we don’t understand her needs completely, So I thought it would be lovely to look back and see how much has changed since the last time I did this post and will be adding little tip bits of things she can do.

Things she can say –

  • ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ – Gone are the days of dadada and mumumum, she now knows who is who and will address each of us with our names, she even will call for one of us if we are in a store and Mr S or I walk off and she cant see us. its equally cute and annoying at the same time.
  • ‘Dinotrux’ –  This is a show on amazon prime, and its her favorite thing in the world, whenever she knows that amazon prime is about to go on she will start to sing the theme tune and dance about the room.
  • ‘Bottle’ – Which comes out like ‘Bot bot’ and sometimes sounds like ‘Bob’ but after she pointed at her bottle it was clear what she was going on about.
  • ‘Hello’ – if its someone at the door or my alarm going off, everything is answered with a ‘hello’ or ‘hiyah!’ and will grab her little toy phone to say hello and ramble nonsense.
  • ‘Alright’ – This one shes copied directly from me, whenever I collect the children from school I always ask if they are alright and she has taken to saying ‘Alright Kai’ whenever she sees him.
  • ‘Again’ and ‘Up’ – Mr S and are a rough and tumble parents, so my children often go airborne and they have all loved it, she will jump up onto Mr S’s lap and demand to go ‘Up’ and start counting and of course, he happily throws her about with her giggling away

‘Weeeeeeh!’ – Robin

Things she can do –

  • Jump – Something we take for granted now that we are adults but shes mastered it over the past few weeks and proudly shows it to anyone who asks her to do it.
  • climb – Robin is short, compared to other 21 month olds shes at the bottom of the line in terms of height so climbing was one of those things that she took a while to grasp, and now shes always up at the window watching the world go by.
  • Brush her teeth – These all sound so basic and easy but for children the simplest thing can be the hardest, and after watching us do it and have me show her what to do, she will gladly scrub away
  • Brush her hair – I have to hide my hair brushes or she will sit endlessly on the carpet brushing her hair and its very sweet to catch her in silence brushing away.
  • Give the best kisses and cuddles – No description, they’re just lovely and give me all the warm fuzzies.

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It just wonderful to see how much change has happened between now and the last update I did and it continues to make me sad that in two months time she will be two years old, my tiny little bird getting closer to preschool and other things I am just not ready for yet.

Signing off feeling very sad.

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One of the things about parenting which will forever get to me, is the great lack of sleep that can occur, over the last month, Robin has been waking up throughout the night almost every night, its usually been around 1 am or just before my alarm went off at around 6 am .. my alarm goes off at 6:30..

BUT.. for the past week or so, shes been refusing to sleep at night almost completely, at least without sleeping on top of my chest and thus keeping me awake.. but its lead to not only me being very exhausted and grumpy.. I have made so many mistakes here and there, from something tiny like putting my knickers the wrong way around to completely forgetting food in the oven.

While exhaustion isn’t fun, the stupid stories I now have of me putting a kettle into the fridge or forgetting to put a ham in the oven for two hours which I feel like I need to add was a rather big disappointment will be fun to share in years to come.. or use as ammo when my children bring home any future partners and I can do the typical embarrassing parent and share tales of their childhood..

The wonderful thing about this time of life is that all mums and dads deal with the same sort of sleep issues, because no children sleeps at night completely.. and we all have some wonderful tales of when during the haze of tiredness we did something utterly stupid.

Emma from The Money Whisperer says ‘Refer to myself by my maiden name – it’s like my brain’s default setting when I am exhausted. We’ve been married over 7 years.’

Pete from Household Money Saving says ‘Spent 10 minutes searching for my car after a night shift. Then remembered I had got the train to work because my wife needed the car’

Victoria from Healthy Vix says ‘I once poured juice on everyones cereal and milk into my glass! Oops’

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says ‘Taken my little ones to nursery in the morning when they were in fact on afternoons’ (Ive done this more times than I can count!!!)

Laura from Five Little Doves says ‘I once came out of the supermarket, realised I hadn’t locked my car, got in to see somebody had stolen 2 of my 3 car seats, lifted the boot to see they had also switched my pram for an old one….and only then realised that it wasn’t my car at all….or even the same colour’

Amy from A Mum Full of Dreams says I left the bath running… turned it on to pour a little bit of water so I could soak some clothes I stained. Two hours later I went out to use the loo and there was a wave of water running underneath the door  Whoops! (I’ve done that too!)

Kate from Confessions of a New Mum says  ‘I tried to return some clothes in Mothercare, spent ages at the counter with the staff trying to find them on the system… only to realise the clothes weren’t from there but from Boots instead. Later the same day, we went for lunch and my 2 month old did a massive explosive nappy. She went through literally everything and I’d managed to forget the spare babygrow. This was in the middle of October, we had to rush down to the nearest shop with her in her nappy and wrapped up in a thin blanket and my cardigan. I was mortified at the looks I got as I dressed her in the shop (I wasn’t taking her back out in the cold without clothes!)’

Jodie from Maiden Head Mum says ‘I run out of vocabulary. I start a sentence and then trail off as I can’t remember the actual words for everyday things. When my little one was a baby, any attempt at conversation with actual words after about 8.30pm was impossible: total vocabulary fail!’

So as you can see, its not just me who is a complete scatter brain when in a sleep haze!.. I hope all these silly stories have made you chuckle a bit, because lets face it… its the only way us parents cope most days.

Until next time

Me, Being Mummy
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