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IRIS, IT'S OKAY TO BE SKINNY AND IT'S OKAY TO BE CHUNKY.


Some advice I wish I could accept myself is love the body you're in. My body is amazing it truly is. My body wasn't meant to carry children like it did, it wasn't meant to conceive easily but it did and i'm truly grateful for that. My body nurtured, grew and nourished two beautiful littles. My body kept them safe, kept them warm and made sure they got all the nutrients and were well cared for. 

My body grew from a size 6-8 to a size 24 in my first pregnancy. After having Lucas I shrunk to a size 18 then to a 16 after a while. I managed to shrink down to a size 12 just before I had my miscarriage in October 2015 and stayed that way until I fell pregnant with Iris. 
My problem was I was a hungry pregnant woman and now battle with my weight and food.

EXPLORE MY DAUGHTER FOR YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING



So we've reached that milestone, the crawling milestone. You're on the move and eager to go. You want to explore, learn and see things. You're so inquisitive and eager to follow your big Brother. You want to put things in your mouth and find new textures, smells and sounds. I feel like I've forgotten what this all like and how different things become. Your eyes light up when you see something across the room. When you want to get to you Brother or me you get so excited you squeal; it's too cute.

FIREMAN SAM: ALIEN ALERT AT SHOWCASE CINEMA


Yesterday we attended an event at the new cinema in West Quay. The new cinema is called showcase De Lux and it was such a lovely and comfortable experience. 
When visiting the cinema nothing is more annoying then uncomfortable seats. Little moving room, a bad back, numb bum, feet on seat in front (only empty ones) and a cup holder thats usually broken; Showcase is far from this.

Leather reclining chairs, built in cup holders, big enough to squeeze my bum, Lucas' bum and have Iris on my lap too. It was absolutely wonderful.

THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE STICKERSCAPE


Lucas and Iris have a Disney themed room. There are MANY Mickey and Minnie items and other Disney character things in there. We have always incorporated Rainbows, Flamingo's and floral into Iris' "side" of the room and with Lucas it's been trains and cars.

Now I'm not your typical "pinterest" Mum when it comes to my house. Our house isn't overly 'insta' worthy and it's not ours, It is rented, which leaves us limited to the decor we can do.
This means that we try to make it as homely as we possibly can and make it feel like ours. Lucas has a huge love for Thomas the Tank Engine so adding some wall stickers on for him was something I didn't mind doing but still having that slight pinterest expectation in my mind I wanted some that I didn't feel were tacky or became an eyesore.

MY LITTLE PICCOLO


Having a second baby for me meant that I have done a lot of things differently. You learn and have taken different paths. Lucas was formula fed and Iris is breastfed. Lucas was weaned at 4 months old by a recommendation from health visitors (due to his reflux and other things) and with Iris I knew she didn't need to be so we waited. Lucas had homemade puree's and with Iris we ventured down the baby led weaning route and use pre-made pouches. 

When buying pre-made pouches I'm a snob. I hate the glass jar brands, they're cheap for a reason, stain highchairs and clothes orange and I dread to think of the amount of additives and crap in them. There are 3 brands of pouches I buy for Iris and the best one is Piccolo. 

LA FAMIGILA - PREZZO

Brad and I never go out on dates anymore, it's such a rare occurrence. The last time we went out was back in February for a valentines meal and cinema date. I miss the old times of dates and pre baby days but having children is a new journey in our lives and although from the day Lucas was born our lives changed dramatically, they changed for the better and it really was worth it.

Last week we headed to Prezzo as a family to try their new La famigila sharing bowl and it was just the best time and I loved being out with my family.