Sunday, 31 December 2017

Me and Mine - December 2017

The year is almost over, I can't believe it. I feel like I blinked and 2017 passed by so quickly. I'd say we've had a good year. Paige turned 5, Parker turned 3 and Harleigh 1. We've had two family holidays and one to look forward to next year. We've had some lovely days out and spent some great quality time together. I feel like we've been ill quite a lot this year which included chicken pox for the kiddos that lasted a whole month and three sickness bugs.

We have spent most of December ill too, the girls also had a stomach bug over Christmas which wasn't fun. We still had a lovely time but less sick would of being perfect. 

I'm hoping that 2018 will give us a little more good health. Parker will also start primary school which is very exciting! He can't wait. Hopefully we will also have some more exciting things happen too!

I do love having a whole years worth of pictures to look back on and can't wait to see next years!

Nicola Xx
The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

My Sunday Photo - 31/12/2017


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Mummy and Me - December 2017

Another year over. 2017 has flown by. I can't believe how fast it has gone. Its ended quite rubbish to be honest. I feel like since August the kids have been constantly sick, apart from November. Very frustrating, especially over Christmas. They still enjoyed it and have a lovely time but without the sickness we could of had a lot more fun and food!

This months picture is a very Christmassy one. We are all decked out in our Christmas outfits and jumpers. The kids have got so big this year. They've all grown and changed. 

Harleigh has changed the most but I think that was always going to be the case.  The big two have too but in less obvious ways. 

I can't wait to see what 2018 brings, hopefully some nice things. We don't really have anything specific planned and with Harleigh's first year over I feel like we aren't in the baby stage at all anymore, I can't wait to see her take her first steps and I'm hoping that happens before the end of 2018, lol!

Nicola Xx
Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Siblings - December 2017

Another year of Siblings over and done with. This year has flown. The kids have grown and changed so much this year. There relationship is still as amazing, maybe even more so.

This past month wasn't all that easy. We were all ill, Harleigh more than anyone else. The big kids were so lovely to her and tried to cheer her up so much. It was so lovely. Parker and Harleigh's relationship has grown the most this month, he is so lovely with Harleigh, they've played so well when Harleigh has felt up to it.

Now Parker has a sickness bug and I am praying that we all don't catch it this close to Christmas. We've already had one Christmas when we had a sickness bug, we don't need another.

Apart from the illness we've had some lovely family time, we've watched loads of Christmas films, eaten lots of yummy food, seen Santa and spent time with our family and friends too.

Since it's the end of the year its only fair to do a little recap of the year and how they have grown and changed.

I love having these pictures to look back on and can't wait to join in for 2018.

Nicola Xx

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Life Lately December 2017

The past few weeks have been quite rough. After Harleigh turned one she went into the next leap, I love The Wonder Weeks if you're wondering what i'm talking about. 

This one was by far the worst one. She was so grumpy, clingy and cried more than I've ever know her to cry ever! A few days before this happened I took the dummy away, not the best timing but I didn't check the app, won't be making that mistake again. So she had to deal with losing her dummy and going through a leap both together. She did do really well but it was hard, hard work. 

She wouldn't sleep, she had to be constantly touching me, she was so grumpy and just not herself at all. Typical leap behaviour. But that doesn't make it any easier to deal with, especially as I was ill myself. 

Then she had her injections and got poorly from them as well as having a cough and a cold. Its pretty typical to get ill after the injections, she had a rash and a horrible fever. She's really had a rough few weeks, we all have.

The older two have also had the cough and cold as well and none of us are completely over it yet. 

I also found out that i'm lactose intolerant, great timing for the holidays and all the chocolate! I'm trying to adjust to that and sort all that out which is quite rough too, I never knew milk was in so many things but I am feeling a lot better from it.

We are all so excited for Christmas and can't wait. I can't believe how quickly the time is going. The kids don't break up until December 22nd which I think is super late. They get two weeks off and I'm so excited to not have any school runs for two weeks.

I'm hoping that we will all be feeling a bit better by the weekend, we have a birthday party and are hoping to see Santa. Next week is really busy at school and nursery for Paige and Parker.

I also recently opened up a new Etsy shop, Nini Lola Design so that is taking up a little bit of time too. I'm trying to promote it and get my name out there but with Christmas I think that's a little hard. I'm hoping that in the new year I can pick that up a lot more and I can't wait.

My blog... I'm not really sure what to do. Maybe I need a little break and a fresh start in the new year. I still love the blogging community but I feel like it's taking a different turn and i'm not sure if i like that. I started blogging to track my pregnancy and now another two later I'm still here but i'm not sure where I want to go from now.

I just felt like a little update was overdue. 

Coming in December will be siblings, hopefully some Christmas pictures, mummy and me, me and mine and Harleigh's 13 month update. I wasn't sure if i should continue but I feel like shes still a baby. She isn't talking much and isn't walking so I feel like she will still change a lot from month to month. 

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Getting Rid Of The Dummy At 12 Months Old

Before I became pregnant for the first time I wouldn't say I was against dummies but I wasn't a huge fan. Its more the three year olds that still walk around with them in there mouth that bothered me. Paige and Parker never took one but Harleigh felt different. I felt like she needed one. She took one and we didn't really think anything of it. When she turned one she had her first dentist appointment. I won't lie the dentist scared me once she knew she had a dummy. So I decided to get rid of it. 

She only really used it for nap times and bed times but would have it occasionally during the day if she was teething as it helped calm her. 

I decided to go cold turkey and take it away completely. I didn't want to try nap times first and then give it her for bedtimes as I didn't want to confuse her. 

The first few days were rough. I was used to placing Harleigh in her cot and having her fall asleep on her own, with the dummy this became a lot harder. The first nap she took 1 hour 10 minutes to go asleep, this was with me going in to comfort her every few minutes. She slept 40 minutes whereas usually she would sleep 1.5 hours. The second nap was better. She only took 20 minutes to go down but slept 1.5 hours. Then  nighttime came and this is what I was dreading the most but she only woke up once around 2am for half an hour and then went back off.  The naps went very similar for the next few days, sometimes she would skip her morning nap all together but then have a good afternoon one. The second night was one of the worst nights we've ever had, she wouldn't settle at all and wanted to be held all night. 

Since then things are still a little up and down. She has just finished a leap so maybe my timing wasn't the best and I should of waited until after the leap but I can't change that now. She hasn't had her dummy since November 22nd and the picture above is the last picture I have of her with her dummy. Its such a bittersweet moment. She looks so much more grown up sleeping without a dummy but we thought it would be best to get rid of it now rather than wait a year and try get rid at 2. 

I am happy we got rid but it'd been a little rough. When did you get rid of the dummy?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

12 Months PostPartum After Baby #3

Harleigh is now 12 months old. A whole year ago since I had my third baby. 

My last postpartum update was at 9 months. Since then not too much has changed. I feel like overall I healed really well and really quickly. The baby weight came off a bit slower than it did compared to Parker. I feel like for some reason after having my girls the baby weight tends to cling to me whereas after Parker it fell off really quickly. The weight is all gone now and as for measurements I am more or less back to where I was. My waist is exactly the same as before, my stomach is actually smaller and thighs are half an inch bigger but I’m fine with that. All my clothes fit as they did and I would say that some are actually bigger than before. 

As for exercise me and my best friend are going to a class once a week, when we remember to book on! It’s really fun and we are both enjoying it. It’s nice to unwind a little there. I don’t do anything else except run around after three kids.   

Since giving birth I’ve actually become lactose intolerant, or it’s gotten much worse. We aren’t really sure which but I am now lactose intolerant. It’s meant a big change in what I eat and I’m slowly getting used to that. I honestly think that's why I lost those last 3lbs that i had at 9 months.

My hair is growing back nicely after postpartum hair loss and my nails are just as before. 

My body isn't perfect but it grew and gave birth to three babies and that makes me so proud of it!

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Me and Mine - November 2017

Yet another month gone. How are we almost in December?!

This month we celebrated Harleigh's 1st birthday and our 4th wedding anniversary. I can't believe that Harleigh is already one!!!1 Its gone so, so quickly. 

We've had a good November and can't wait for December to come. We are so excited for Christmas, the school holidays and lots of family time together. 

This months picture is our yearly anniversary picture we do holding a frame with all the previous years pictures in. I love doing these each November and seeing how much everyone has changed. Harleigh has changed the most by far. She was only 4 days old in the last years and is now 1 year 4 days in this years. 

Nicola Xx
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

JD Williams Coat and Knitwear Review

I was recently sent some items from JD Williams to try out. I picked a coat and two jumpers. In autumn and winter I live in coats and jumpers because of the million School and nursery runs I do each day I need to be warm. 

I love parka style coats. I just think they go with everything and are super cosy. I love this one in the black. The gold details make it look really nice and stylish plus it matches most of my bags and boots! There is also a handy little drawstring around the waist so you can pull it in and add some shape. It’s really nice quality and still looked brand new. I’ve worn it in sun, wind and rain and not had any problems. It isn't the thickest I've had but it still warm if you wear a jumper under it. I got it in a 10 which is the smallest size they do. 

This first jumper is probably my favourite. It's an Oasis colour block jumper. It’s big, comfy and so very cosy. It’s lovely and soft too. I love the black and white design. The sleeves are perfect with the added pop of white on the ends. I got a size small which is a 10 and it is quite big and oversized but perfect if you like that style. I would of gotten an 8 if they had it available. 

The second jumper is a burgundy roll neck jumper. I love wearing these in winter as they really do keep you nice and warm. This one is super soft and a nice fit. It isn’t too tight and is perfect, I got the 8-10. I love wearing these with jeans or even a black skirt and tights. A simple autumn/winter outfit that looks great. 

Both jumpers can be found in the knitwear section! I have loved trying these items out and can't wait to get more wear out of them throughout the winter.

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*
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