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Week in Pictures #40 - Ivy's first few weeks of life



We did it! We survived October half term with a 7 going on 17 year old, a pre schooler and a newborn!

Ivy is now 2 and a half weeks old, James' paternity leave has ended, the older two are back at school and nursery and I'm at home with the baby trying to navigate our new normal.

We're getting there. Slowly. There's beauty in the chaos and all that!


Here's what we've been up to during Ivy's first two weeks of life.

Worth the wait


Baby Ivy.

23.10.19
7lb 4oz

I feel complete.



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Dear baby girl

I'm so sorry I haven't blogged your pregnancy in the way I did with your big brother and sister.

See, your pregnancy has been different to my others in that it's been 9 months of upset. To put it bluntly. Medical conditions that have drained me to the core and for my own sanity I haven't been able to talk about never mind write it down on here. I just haven't felt ready and I'm not sure if I ever will be. I hope you can understand.

It's not the way I envisioned my last pregnancy going because I so wanted to enjoy the journey this one last time. But isn't that just the way life works? Things can go tits up. And they quite often do. And this pregnancy has been the very definition of that but do you know what? It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter one little bit because you're happy and healthy in there and I'm so in love with you already I cant even begin to describe.

Behind the Business with Artemis and Bess


As a serial 'small shopper' I decided to start a new series focusing on different small businesses by chatting to the often over looked faces behind them. Not only is it lovely to learn more about the businesses that I purchase from regularly it's also a great way of recommending these exceptional small shops to the wider parenting blogger community.


This week I am chatting to Nicola from Artemis and Bess. Artemis and Bess is a gorgeous online shop selling timeless gender neutral dressing up pieces for children old and young, a shop I would most definitely recommend for those children with big imaginations!

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The summer holidays are officially done with for another year! Lily's happily back at school and Archer is all ready to start his first ever pre school next week, eek.  

The whole six weeks zoomed by in a blur of sibling squabbles, soft plays and the occasional bout of good weather, Actually I tell a lie, we've been pretty lucky with the weather this summer - plenty of sunshine and even on the greyer days its been hella warm, although that might just be my pregnant self talking ha ha. 

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The weeks really just morph into one when it's the holidays don't they?

We've not been doing much lately thanks to my hyperemesis and the weather being a bit all over the place but we have headed out for a few short trips on the rare rain free days we've had.

Kids bedroom renovation - Before and After



Here we are at long last with an actual renovation post! I honestly was beginning to think that we'd never get here but here we are mid August with the majority of the house done, it's nothing short of a miracle!
Besides the living room the kids room is the room we wanted done the fastest and has been done for the longest so this is the one we'll start with. 

If you read my previous post on our upstairs house plans you'd know that we'd already decided that the kids would have the biggest bedroom to share, due to two beds needing to fit in along with the sheer amount of stuff they have between them!

We tossed around ideas of a theme for a while before deciding to stick to a neutral white and grey theme complete with wooden accents. That way they wont outgrow the room and it's style, and they can add their own personalised bits to the room as they go along.

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Well it's been a bit bloody warm this weekend hasn't it? 

After weeks and weeks of down pours and even the odd thunder storm, (!) on the last day of the month we finally received the weather June has owed us all along.

I woke up on Saturday morning and the air felt tropical. Not suffocatingly so in the slightest, full of opportunity would be more apt. Like we had woken up in some place far far away from Leeds. And with it I felt a desire to go outside that I hadn't felt in a long while.

Hello baby


Here we go again. One final time!

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