Another year gone!

It’s that time again, New Years Eve, and I’m regretting letting my blog slip so far behind. I can’t believe my last post was in September, with my baby girl starting school! I’m going to try to do a quick roundup of things that have happened since, please bear with me… 😉

October
We found out at our 20 week scan we’re expecting another baby girl!
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One of MrV’s cousins turned 21 and had a fancy dress party to celebrate, of course we obliged, even bump got in on the action…
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… and our little Anabel won best children’s costume!!
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Millie and I started having the occasional breakfast date after dropping her sister off at school.
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She has really started to change, constantly talking and such a cheeky little monkey.

November
Bella was very excited about “Pudsey Bear day” at school, and she got to take a teddy in for a teddy bears picnic.
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Unfortunately I had a phonecall at lunchtime to pick her up after an accident in the playground…
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… my poor little sausage. She was more upset that I had to bring her home. We ended up in A&E that night for hours, she was ok, I’d cleaned all the grit out but she needed a little ‘stitch’ and some glue. Both girls were so well behaved, Millie even stayed awake, but Bella flaked in my arms 10 minutes before they sorted her out!
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The following week we were back in A&E as she’d been sick a few times so they wanted to rule out concussion. Yet again she was good as gold, and even got to “ride” in a wheelchair on the way to get a scan. Fortunately everything was ok, they said she probably picked up a bug which just coincided with the bump to her head.
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I had another ultrasound scan at 28 weeks, and I casually asked them to check the sex of the baby… “oh yes it’s still a boy…!!!” WHAT?!?! So, it appears the last sonographer was wrong, and we are going to be having a little Mr!! How exciting!!!
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December
The Christmas season certainly came round quickly, and it started with a little play called “Whoops-a-daisy Angel” at school. Our little Anabel was a snowflake, but as we were only allowed two tickets only Millie and I got to go and watch her. She didn’t have a speaking part, but the snowflakes had a song to sing, and she was adorable! (she’s the teeny one on the very right!)
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Poor little Millie developed a rash round her mouth which even though we cleaned them we put down to her dummies, so we made the decision to take them off her. She did so well bless her, and only asked for it twice (unlike when Bella had hers taken away!) but after a week we noticed a few little blistery spots on her hands and feet, turns out she had hand foot and mouth all along, how awful did I feel for taking her comforter away! Everything was fine though, it disappeared, nobody else caught it and the doctors said it was a very mild case. Apart from being a bit clingy it didn’t seem to affect her at all, and she still looked cute as ever.
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The middle of December saw both girls coming down with bugs again. Millie had a chest infection and Bella had an ear infection in both ears (which explained why she couldn’t hear a thing) so they both ended up on antibiotics, and Bella missing the last three days of school. She was so tired she didn’t care though, they both slept most of the week.
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Which brings us to Christmas! It was all going to be so much fun, until MrV got poorly with conjunctivitis and flu symptoms. Today is the first day since Christmas Eve he’s sounded a bit more human, though his eyes… eek 😞
Here’s a couple of my favourite photos from Christmas Day…
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If you managed to get to the end of this post, firstly well done! and secondly thank you! It’s been an eventful year, and I am so looking forward to this next year, for a start we get to meet our baby boy!!
If you’re still up, I hope you’re seeing the New Year in with lots of fun and games. For those of you that have retired to the warmth of your bed, good plan! I shall be doing the same in a few minutes.
To all of you though, a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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School!

Anabel started school 2 weeks ago today! Wow, I’ve just had to check my calendar to find this out, it seems much longer already. The first few days were only half days as a ‘settling in’ period, so she’s only been full time for a week, but my goodness what a week that has been!

My big girl!

How cute is that little face!!! Honestly, I’m sure she’s the tiniest little person in her ‘year’, her uniform is 3-4 years and even that’s too big for her.
I’ve not managed to get out of her what they actually do at school, all she tends to talk about is what pudding she had at lunch! Now she’s doing full days there’s definitely a difference in her behaviour, she’s tired by 4pm which is lovely but by 5pm she gets a bit grotty and could really do with going to bed!!

As for me, Amelia and I have been having a lot less stressful days, and she’s even started talking. I know this sounds funny as she is going to be 3 in January, and it’s not as if she didn’t say anything at all, she had words and grunts, but now, we have a little conversations, she talks in sentences and sometimes comes out with things I didn’t even know she knew!! It’s definitely a case of her big sister being the more dominant one so she tends to let her do all the talking!

There is one more thing I’ve noticed, although the girls don’t always get on when they’re together, Amelia definitely misses her big sister, and vice versa. They had a moment last week when they just sat on their sofa together, cuddling. My heart melted. x

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One more sleep!

I cannot believe it’s finally time… Anabel starts “big school” (aka Reception) TOMORROW!!!

She had a great first year at preschool (though she only did three half days and one full day each week) but these last eight weeks have been so challenging, she is so ready to go back to seeing her friends and getting out of the house!

Today, like most days of late, she has pushed my buttons since the minute she got up. I’m seriously hoping that if anything, school will tire her out so she hasn’t got the energy to be naughty.

The minute I put her to bed tonight though, my excitable little girl showed she was still there, she literally wouldn’t shut up about school; who (by name!) she was going to see, what she was going to do, and that she would miss me. I’m not sure about the latter, we shall see tomorrow!
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#babyVnumber3!!!

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Oops, I just realised I’d not shared our news on here… Here was our announcement from 11th August! 😀😀😀

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Curse of the 4 year old monster

I’m currently sat in my living room, surrounded by mess and (my own) screaming children. I cannot count the number of times I have told Anabel off today, how many times she has made me cry, or made her sister cry. This is a regular occurrence lately, almost every day. When did this become acceptable behaviour? I hear so many excuses from other people, which quite frankly I’m sick of. It should be me making excuses if anyone, she’s my daughter, but I have no words, I just want to cry.

Yes, she is 4, but this is not how all 4 year olds behave. Even if it was, how does that make it ok?
Yes, it is the school holidays, so she may well be climbing the walls, or getting bored, but I am in no position to be taking us out so she can embarrass me in public as well.
She won’t misbehave in public, they say. Oh, how wrong they are. Just this morning she was so incredibly rude in the middle of a shop, we left. I am not putting myself through the embarrassment of having ‘those’ looks, and nobody else should have to listen to her shouting at me, or me telling her off.

I feel like this is a never-ending battle that I am losing, every day. When does it get better? When she goes to school? That would be typical, we have just over 4 weeks left. I’m hoping that Amelia won’t take over the role in her absence… I can dream right?!

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A brand new year! Woop!

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There’s so many things I want to do this year, so I actually need to write them all down so I won’t (hopefully!) forget. In no particular order…

1) I need to get my blogging mojo back. I love the physical act of writing, as I did last night – writing this up in my blog book – but sometimes it’s nice to have a fresh perspective, which is why I like to share my ramblings! I must make sure I set some time aside to type up my notes, if only once a month.

2) Cut down the number of crochet projects I’m working on. I tried writing a list of all my WIPs once, so I could tick them off as I finished each one. The only problem I had with that was that all I seemed to keep doing was adding more and more projects! I dread to think how many unfinished things I have laying around! (note: since last night when I started this post, I’ve started something else, oops!)

3) Blogs to start and/or finish;
– Bella at preschool
– Christmas 2014
– Millie’s 2nd birthday (very soon!)
– more reviews, including my new Kaweco fountain pen which should be here soon too!

4) Take Millie swimming more, on a Wednesday when Bella is at ‘school all day.

5) Get my Bella Crafts weebly site updated. Put it back on facebook if necessary, but definitely need to add more pictures to include all the recent ‘woolly’ stuff!

6) Blog about crochet bits – my favourites – add pictures and links back to patterns / ravelry.

Who knows, I might actually do one of these… don’t hold your breath though!

A long overdue hooking post!

I’ve been crocheting now for a couple of years, thanks to MummyV getting me started, and YouTube keeping me going! If I remember rightly, I think my first project was a baby blanket for Amelia, which took far too long to finish!!
Since then, I’ve managed to get considerably better, and although I am only 30 (as MrV like to keep reminding me!) I enjoy it a lot! Hooking is a very good stress buster I’ll have you know! 😉

For the past few months, I’ve heard a lot about a “road trip scarf”, and although I have soooo many projects I’ve not finished yet, I wanted to give this one a go. I found the pattern through Ravelry (naturally!) but here is the link to the original source, Zooty Owl’s blog.

Here’s what I used to make the first of many scarves, I’m sure…
Cream: Sirdar Baby Snuggly DK
Purple: Razzle Dazzle DK by Woolcraft
Hook/s: 4.5mm and 5mm

It took me a while to get started, but once I’d got a few rows into the pattern, which is free by the way, it was really straight-forward. I had to ask for MrV’s opinion in deciding the number of rows to do each colour, which I’m sure you can imagine he was thrilled with 😉 and it didn’t take long at all to get to the right size. The second row of the border threw me quite a bit, even after watching Zooty Owl’s tutorial video, but I cracked it eventually! I added a tassel to each end, but didn’t add flowers to this one, I think the sparkle in the purple yarn was enough to prettify it, what do you think?

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Millie wanted to model it first!

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TMI ALERT……. Potty training!

This had always been one of the stages I was dreading, but we bought a potty for Anabel when she was around 2 years old, and MrV even bought a ‘fancy’ travel one with a lid for when we’re out and about. Occasionally it was sat on, with Bella using it as a chair rather than it’s intended purpose. She’d never particularly liked the idea of the potty so we bought a little toilet seat so she could use the ‘big’ toilet, but she didn’t seem too fussed with that either. I’d heard from so many people that you can’t push your child, that they would let you know when they were ready, so I did just that. Every so often we would ask Bella, and when she said “no” we left it again for a while.

Last month, a friend on Facebook mentioned that her little girl was taking the big step, and I actually joked about getting her to show Bella how it was done! At that point, I think the idea of not wearing a nappy was a little too scary, and she didn’t seem at all ready, until a few days later.

The girls had just had a bath, and as usual Bella was bouncing around in her Tigger dressing gown, then she asked to sit on the potty. Within minutes of sitting on it, she shouted “Mummy, you hear that noise?!” and oh my god was she pleased with herself, she’d done a wee like a big girl!! She eventually let me tip it away, and then followed a huge explosion of excitement; about 20 minutes of her jumping up and down, squealing, giggling and being completely adorable, and getting lots of cuddles from a very proud mummy! (She’d also insisted that I kept it to show daddy, but as MrV had not long left for work, I managed to talk her out of that idea!!)

‘Today was the day’ I decided, so we went into town to buy her some pretty big girl knickers. It didn’t take Anabel long to find some she liked, with some ‘help’ from Amelia, but it took me a while to find the right size. Not many shops sell knickers small enough for my dinky 3 year old! We ended up buying 12-18 months, which isn’t particularly easy to find, but she was super happy with them and had to try them on as soon as we got home!!

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I also decided to do her some sort of reward chart. Originally it was going to be on a big sheet of paper that I could tape to the bathroom door, but then I remembered about a tiny notebook I had (yes, I buy pretty ones before I have a use for them!) so I made her a special little book so we could have it with us even when we went out (she helped decorate it!) …

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She was getting so good, we started running out of space for her stickers!

Bella’s managed to give me warning when we’ve been out in the car, or out shopping, or other people’s houses. She even wakes me in the middle of the night, and brings me the potty first thing in the morning! And now that she’s at pre-school (blog coming soon!) she gets to use the dinky toilets, which has helped her massively, she always tells me when I pick her up!

I guess I had nothing to worry about after all, I just needed to wait ’til she was ready! 😊

No longer a bookworm!

I know this sounds silly, but I always forget how much I love reading! When I first read the Harry Potter books, I couldn’t stop, as soon as I finished one book I’d have to start the next, and then they ended!?!
Of course, that was all a few years ago, and I’ve since had my girls! I’m also really into my crochet things at the minute, so I never seem to have time when the girls aren’t around to read.
I’ve read all kinds of books; autobiographies, horror/crime, romantic comedies, fantasy (Harry Potter & Twilight!) so I never know what to read next, this is where you lovely lot come in handy…

What are your favourite books?? What would you recommend??

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Turning 30!

Looking back to when I was little, I can still remember how weird it felt, imagining myself all ‘grown up’. I can clearly remember one instance when I was walking home from school one day talking to my friends about how ‘cool’ it would be to get my tongue pierced (which never happened) or even getting a tattoo (I have a few!). I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in my 20’s, or get married, or even have a baby!

A lot has happened since then. Here I am, 3 weeks before I turn 30 and I have a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful daughters. The friends and family I have in my life are those I’ve chosen and that I’ve married into. I am very lucky to be surrounded by such loving, caring people, which makes my girls very lucky too.

I wonder what the next 30 years have in store for us!

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