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Things my toddler can say…

As the weeks go on R is improving so much with her speech, she’s now super expressive and it honestly continues to amaze me how much she’s improving in such a tiny space of time,

It still feels like yesterday that she was a tiny little squeaky newborn but we are now slowly reaching her second birthday and it’s sad but wonderful seeing her grow and learn.

So now that we are at 19 months I felt like it would be great to give an update on what she can say now. To view what she said at 17 months you can find the post here.

  • Loki’ – she used to just say ‘cat’ repeatedly but lately R has started saying the cats actual name which is so cute! She will now stand at the baby gate yelling ‘Loki!!’ to get his attention.
  • Socks‘ and ‘shoes’ – she doesn’t fully say those two words but more of a shuuee sound which is directed at her shoes and socks so it’s pretty clear what she’s attempting to say.
  • Amelia‘ – we never expected this one, much like ‘shoe’ she’s attempting the sound and will say ‘amelma’ which is always directed at our middle child.
  • Dadda‘ – everyone’s first word, but it’s now shouted to get Mr S’s attention and sometimes followed by a ramble of sounds like a conversation.
  • Mumma‘ – another surprising one, not often uttered but is aimed at me, when I prompt her to say it she will say ‘dada’ out of spite but I do get shouted at on occasion haha
  • Nana‘ – Nana is nice and easy, she squeals it when my mum turns up at the house.
  • Taaa‘ – this has been going on for a bit but it’s now obvious what she is saying, said when she’s either wanting something or giving something, manners at their finest.
  • Bye’ and ‘night night‘ – she’s always waved but now she will wave and say bye to anyone who’s getting a coat on, and when it comes to her bed time she will go around the house saying ‘naai’ to everyone which is her way of saying ‘goodnight’
  • Copying us when we count ‘one two three‘ – Mr S got her to start this one, she has no clue what she’s doing but will gladly and proudly repeat back at us ‘un, tooo, feeee, foooor’ she’s happy and the other two children love making her repeat it back to them.
  • Bum‘ – pretty self explanatory, said whenever she sees a nappy because we call nappies ‘bums’ after saying ‘change your bum’ many times.

Each month is something new and I can’t wait for what she will learn to say next which I will of course update you on.

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Me, Being Mummy
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Photograph Sunday

This week I have been working hard, I’ve upped my flatlay game to make my photos of things look better than ever.

I am starting to look like an actual blogger haha, this was my workspace on Monday, on the floor with my laptop to one side and my camera to the other taking and editing photographs for future posts!

Who can beat a bit of flatlay porn!?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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A to Z – R is for Rainbows

Rainbows –

They mean so many different things to many people, but to me they mean two things, one being ‘Over the rainbow’ from the film Wizard of Oz, 

I would watch that film whenever I had a chance  at my nanny’s house, she would always watch the beginning but never the end having needed to get up and go get dinner ready. When she died the family was stuck on a song to have at her funeral so I suggested Over The Rainbow and it stuck.

It took us all a very long time before we could listen to that song again but now we don’t feel sad hearing it.

A is my rainbow baby, I don’t often call her that but that’s what she is, before we conceived her we had a positive pregnancy test, not sure how far along I was but within the week of finding out about that pregnancy, I lost it and I later found out I had suffered a chemical pregnancy which is a lot more common than people think.. the next month A was conceived so really any sadness I felt from the loss was gone and I continued with my pregnancy with her.

I honestly don’t call her it, but she was a rainbow after a storm and if I’m honest it made me realise how fragile pregnancy can be.

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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The Supermum Myth – Book Review. #blogtober


‘Ever had that feeling of ‘not being good enough’ as a modern mum its so easy to fall into negative way of thinking, feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure are all too common. Especially if you’re aiming for an unrealistic goal’ 

The Supermum Myth by Anya Hayes and Dr Rachel Andrew is a sort of ‘self help’ book to help and guide you through motherhood, its not all roses and sparkles and its important to know that its okay to not only feel bad about it, but know that you don’t NEED to be a supermum and that there is of course no such thing.

In the 8 chapters, it covers all things from emotions to expectations during pregnancy and beyond, as we are all a huge pot of hormones swelling around, my anxiety was through the roof with my third pregnancy and I honestly didn’t know how to cope with it.

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Throughout the chapters it has little activities to help cope with various problems you experience, for example writing yourself a pre-mum self and create a memory box ritual, I honestly wish I had this when I was pregnant with R, its got so many good tips and advice!

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I love the final few chapters where it talks about school and how to deal with teenagers, something that’s been sitting on my mind for a while now as K is racing towards 10 quicker than I like.

Would you recommend? – YES! if you deal with anxiety this is such a big help, it reminded me sort of those ‘For Dummies’ books you could get for technology.

Price? – You can pick up The Supermum Myth from amazon for a good price of £12.38 for paperback and £7.19 for a kindle, its average price and I would probably grab it if I saw it advertised to me

Anything Else? – Not much else, as I said it reminds me of those ‘For Dummies’ books, I was picking it up and looking through the book to find the advice I needed rather than sat down and read it from cover to cover.

If you would like to read The Supermum Myth yourself you can find it on amazon and any other book stores!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer – This was sent to me for review purposes only, all thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not paid for this review.

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Life.


I have been so busy these few days, a combination of getting the flat back to normal after the summer holidays (so much washing!) and a really blue mood which has has been hanging around since Tuesday, I know why I feel like it and I am trying to not let it get into my head but it’s hard…

On the plus I am due back to my doctors next week for my second anxiety appointment, I am less nervous this time around for it but I feel that I should mention my low mood and ’empty’ feeling that’s hovering around, I feel now that the best course of action is to be medicated, the doctor suggested I use Rescue Remedy which did help a little but while Mr S was away in Germany I suffered anxiety attacks and full blown panic attacks every few hours or so, I actually lost count (it wasn’t due to him being away but it didn’t help he was in another country) and the drops didn’t really do much to calm me down and I spend most of him being away close to tears.

Right now, as I sit in my bath (it’s a purple, sparkly Lush bath) I am thinking of the future, to October and Halloween, and of course December and BLOGMAS!!! my daughter is turning 6 shortly and I know things will get better, life will be better..

I can’t keep letting little things upset me and bring me down, learn from the mistakes and grow to be a better person for my children and their future.

BUT coming up on the blog soon will be a review from Organix and some fun craft items which I received in the mail the other day, more A to Z’s which a few have been written by Mr S and maybe another guest post series!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Guest Post – Parenting Fails – Bringing up the Berney’s

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Welcome to the final guestpost in my series of Parenting Fails, Up next we have Becky from Bringing up the Berneys

I’ve had many moments as a parent when I’ve thought FML.

Many times I’ve questioned whether I’ve been the only one to fail so spectacularly at parenting, and then I talk to other parents and realise I am not alone in it!

To this day, this particular fail still haunts me, but I am 100% blaming it on pregnancy-baby brain. Okay, so there’s me trying to be really organised by having a calendar at home on my kitchen wall, and a diary in my handbag so I can make plans whilst out and about. It was going really well for a time, and I was loving life.

Then a birthday invite was handed out. Fine, fine. I thought. I popped the information on the wall calendar and thought no more about it. I’d also written it in my diary, but here’s the catch…I’d written two different times down…And being *totally organised* as I was, I’d RSVP’ed verbally AND I’d lost the original invite. FML. So, with a 50/50 chance of getting it right, I took a punt and went with the time I’d written in my diary.

Can you tell where this is going yet?

I got Lily ready for the party, wrapped the present up and we headed off to the party! (Which, I might add, was at an indoor soft play.) I boldly walked in, and found all the children eating their party food. “Hmm, they’re eating first…They don’t usually do it that way round here, it’s play first and then eating. They must’ve changed it round this time.” I then wondered if perhaps this was a different party and walked up the stairs to see if we recognised anyone.

We did. This was the party alright… I’d only gone and picked the wrong bloody time and brought Lily to the end of the party! As the realisation sunk in, I could feel my face going red with embarrassment and then the awkward explanation of how I managed to mess this up so royally.

Lily still got a party bag and some cake (there’s always a silver lining) and I paid for her to have a couple of hours play. After all, we’d come all this way…might as well make a day of it!

A lesson learned from this, I have a special hook for party invites, and I have other mummy friends to double and triple check with now!

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Becky x

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A to Z – I is for The Internet.

The Internet –

Its my favorite place in the world, I feel like I can be myself on the internet, I have found many many friends thanks to the internet, including that amazing group of women who I met up with last month..

I have seen it from the time of AngelFire websites and to the birth of social media, I love this place, sometimes I am not to keen on the people who use it, many of my friends have dealt with bullying on social media including myself, but thankfully there is that good ol’ block button.

I remember when I made my very first email, back in 1997, I lied and said I was 16 to get it, and I kept that email for a very long time until I stupidly forgot the password.. but I will never forget that amazing freedom the internet made me have, it still does.. however when I look back at my timehop I am a lot more worried about what I say on the internet..

I wasn’t as private as I am now, possibly because I know what others are like on it, one of the reasons why I keep my children’s images off it.. but I cannot wait for when my children get old enough to use it and explore what the World Wide Web has to offer..

Do you remember what your first email was?.. I really wish I still had it haha!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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This is for everyone – Tim Berners-Lee