It’s Mother’s day and the beginning of British Summer Time. Although I was up feeding Felix a total of 5 times between 7pm-8am and lost an hour of sleep thanks to the clocks jumping forwards I’m feeling thankful and happy!! I’m really seeing what I have around me and I’m so so grateful.

Thank you Violet.

My trailblazer. My firstborn. My only daughter. My curly-haired wonder. Thank you Violet for bringing friends into our lives who I wouldn’t otherwise have met. For growing into such a smart and enquisative girl. For trying hard and succeeding. For overcoming anxieties and pushing yourself.

My Nan always told me that I only had to “try your best, dear”. It’s my moto in life and I can see Violet has taken it on board. She’s trying so hard at school, with her reading, writing, drawing and numbers. And she has been recognised for her efforts. Violet makes me so proud to be her mum!

Thank you Ezra.

For being my first son. For living up to his middle name Onni (happy). For being our comedian and bringing us laughs every day. For his open spirit. For accepting new people readily and for his kind nature.

Ezra has a special spark. He lavishes his awesomeness on those who give him the time of day. He may think everything is the colour purple and only recognise a circle as a shape but it doesn’t matter! He has a wicked grin, the squeakiest laugh and when he hasn’t seen me for a few minutes he asks me “how doing, Mummy”?

Thank you Felix.

For being our second son. For being the smiliest baby ever. For bringing us joy but also everybody else we meet when we are out and about. He is one of ‘those’ babies who everyone stops to coo over! For gifting me the joy of breastfeeding. For allowing me to be a gentler parent. For being my home-birth baby…I will always be so grateful for having had that experience.

Today is about us Mums. But without my tribe I wouldn’t be me. So I am thankful to them every day.

Happy Mother’s Day 2017!!

So to non-parents a trip to Tesco is just that. Do your shopping and get out. But when kids come along it turns into a full on trip out. We have just spent over 2 hours in Tesco and we didn’t even do a big shop!

There’s the unloading of the car. You know… buggy, millions of children, drinks, nappies, random toy which is super important right now and goodness knows what else.

Then we get in the store and head straight up to Costa. Our trip to Tesco had the big promise of cake so we better make it happen. Over excited Violet and Ezra drive Joe a little crazy with “I want I want” but he made the fatal error and bought them DIFFERENT cakes! Never buy different cakes or drinks or anything. Because they always want what the other has. But if you mention swapping then it’s met with howling.

“No, I want my one. And that one”.

For some reason Violet turned into an animal and ate her crispie cake in the messiest way possible. And Ezra decided with each mouthful that he didn’t really like cake after all.  <sigh>

It all got too much for Felix and he demanded boob and went to sleep. Once enough cake had been eaten Violet and Ezra decided to run about feral. I guess they were buzzing from the sugar. At one point Ezra careered into Costa with a Paw Patrol hat squeezed onto his giant head. As ridiculous as it was I did laugh. Feeling self-conscious of the other people trying to enjoy their Lattes in peace we left.

There were a few things we needed from Tesco. We pick them up no problem. Onto the escalator down to the main shop Violet scurries ahead to the bottom. It’s one of those escalators you can take shopping trolleys on. Anyway, it suddenly comes to a halt with about 30 people and their trolleys which are magnetically stuck to the escalator. I look down to see a skinny 4 year old with floppy curly hair shuffle away from the emergency stop button. That moment where as a parent you imagine a giant arrow appearing over your head saying:

“THE ONE WHO HAS CAUSED YOU ALL GRIEF BELONGS TO THESE IDIOTS”!!!!!!!

Violet legged it back up the escalator to us, clearly feeling a bit shaken that she had messed up. A security guard came over after about a minute and restarted the escalator and everyone carried on with their days.

I took Violet over to the security guard and asked her to apologise for stopping the escalator. She actually did say sorry which I thought was immensely brave of her. The guard was lovely and said it’s OK and gave her a hug.

We are home now. Violet is chilling with a movie and both of the boys are taking a nap.

I think Violet learnt a lesson today. I’m just pleased she owned up to it and was able to say sorry.

My gorgeous Ezra is 2 years old! Those 2 years have flown by and yet it feels like Ezra has always been in our lives.

One of his middle names is Onni. It means ‘happy’ in Finnish. Our choice of middle name was completely inspired as it sums him up perfectly. He has happiness and joy coursing through him and he always seems to be looking at things from the sunny side of the street.

When you meet him, he may seem shy but it only lasts a minute or two. If you give him the time of day he will reward you with smiles, chatter and the squeekiest laugh you’ve ever heard!

He has his funny little ways, like when he dances on the spot with stamp stamp feet, or he finds a feather he has to blow it, or the way he screws his face up to smile for a photo. He has learnt to run and jump and I love seeing his massive blonde head bobbing up and down while he’s having fun!
Ezra was a little slow to find his words this year, but now he’s got the hang of it he loves talking! The pronunciation may be a little off and you’ll hear the word “bump” about 300 times a day. But he makes himself heard and understood very well!

His relationship with Violet is intense. They adore each other so much it’s almost stifling sometimes and fights and bickering are frequent in our house. But I do not doubt that they will remain as close as they grow older. Violet talks about missing Ezra while she is at school, and if one of us takes Ezra to the supermarket he will sit in the trolley and ask about Sissy the whole way round the shop.

I feel like I’ve always had a special bond with Ezra. There seems to be an understanding between us both which I can’t really describe. I just get him. It’s been tested with the arrival of Felix. I can see that Ezra has gravitated to Joe for comfort whereas previously he would always come to me first. But this is healthy and I am pleased he will go to his Father. We still have our special bond and I love him more than I can even explain.

So, this world has been blessed with our little (actually he’s massive!) Ezra for 2 whole years. He is one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Happy Birthday to our wonderful boy!

As I’ve said previously on the blog, I am quite particular when it comes to the children’s clothes. I like bright, colourful and practical clothes. Much to Violet’s dismay I’m not into frills and embellishments. And I really don’t like slogans! I like soft fabric which is comfy and durable. The Scandi style is my favourite. Effortlessly cool and beautiful.

So to have a school friend who recently launched her own children’s clothing label which fits all of my key criteria is just the bee’s knees!

Mary is the brains, blood, sweat and tears behind Bear & Babe. She’s mum to a 3 year old boy (Bear) and 1 year old girl (Babe) and lives in Sheffield. She started off making clothes for her daughter and then decided to set up her own business. The brand is quickly gathering momentum, orders are coming in thick and fast. I wonder how Mary finds the time between looking after her family and her job as a nanny!

At the Bear & Babe shop you’ll find leggings, harem pants, rompers, bibs and hoodies. Mary is always coming up with new designs so this isn’t an exhaustive list.

The cotton jersey is super soft, the seams are strong and the elastic is not too tight. Violet can be hard to please when it comes to clothes. She has sensory issues with sleeves, seams and elastic. So for her to put on her leggings and just run off and play is a testament to how comfortable they are!

They wash beautifully and the seams have all stayed intact. The colours have remained bright despite the wear of young children and regular washing. I absolutely love seeing my children in bright, fun clothing which is so comfortable.

So go and have a browse on etsy. You can’t go wrong with handmade leggings for £10 or a hoodie for £15! By supporting a small business you are helping make dreams a reality!

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We were sent these clothes in return of an honest review.