Family Life:

After declaring that November would be the month of a healthy family, we took a rapid decline into the depths of coughing, vomiting and sleepless nights!  I took Ezra to our local hospital twice due to his latest bout of Bronchiolitis and Violet kept us up a few nights through croup!  So that’s really it, ok?!  We have had our lot.  NO MORE GERMS * !

At the start of November we did our Northern Family tour and stopped off to visit one of my best friends who is also Ezra’s Godmother.  She took us to see Saltaire which was a textile mill and village built by Titus Salt.

The rest of November has been fairly quiet, we have stayed at home and just trundled on through the working week.  On Saturday it was Ezra’s first birthday.  We had the best time celebrating and felt like it really was the perfect family day.  On Sunday we put up the Christmas decorations!!  I know it’s slightly early but with Ezra’s birthday falling on the 28th, it felt like a lovely new tradition to start Christmas straight after.  Joe put up some blue LED string fairy lights on the outside of the house and I positioned 3 LED toadstools in our garden!  Joe had been very dubious when I bought these mushrooms, it was definitely a stray away from the usual reindeer and Santa we see in people’s front gardens!  But he agreed with me, they look fantastic!!  Certainly a little different, which I like.
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I was right in predicting that Ezra would not take his first unaided steps by his birthday.  He is still cruising really well and can walk with the walker however he still seems quite a way off balancing by himself. He has learnt to point and clap in November.  And he says “dah” which means something to him.  We haven’t figured out what though!  Ezra is really discovering how to show if he is frustrated.  He will deliberately throw himself onto the floor with dramatic tears or he will pick something up and just throw it!  My super chilled out boy is starting to display some personality traits I think he has learnt from his sister!!

Violet has been a really good girl in November.  There have been occasions where I am ready to pull my hair out, but overall she’s been great!  She is going to be an Angel in her pre-school nativity this week.  She’s been singing the songs for weeks at home – I just can’t wait to see her in the play!  Both sets of Grandparents are coming to watch!

 

Blog Life:

I have seen a first draft of my new logo and banner for my blog.  I absolutely LOVE it!  It really captures what my blog is about and the influences in my life.  Hopefully i’ll be able to get my mitts on the finished product in December!  I feel like I’ve settled into my groove a little more in November, I’ve got 2 regular posts; My Sunday Photo and Happy Days.  It feels good to have a couple of anchor points in the week which can otherwise be difficult with working full time and raising a young family.  I also posted my first collaborative post.  The process of working with the client was much smoother than I expected.  I have a few more collaborative opportunities in December so I hope they are just as good.

Most read post: Best Newborn baby Buys. I enjoyed looking back to when my kids were born and thinking about the products we used to make life a little bit easier. I think I’ll have to write a top baby buys and toddler buys post some day soon.

Favourite post: Babywearing – Carry them Close. This post meant a lot to me. I am a huge advocate of babywearing and have helped many friends with their babywearing journey.

My favourite blogger: Run Jump Scrap is a fabulous blog by Sarah about life with her daughter. I love her honesty and thought provoking posts. And she has the most adorable little Gremlin who never fails to make me smile on my Instagram feed!

 

My targets for December:

  1. To get my logo finalised and uploaded – I hope I can figure out how to do this!
  2. To work out how to block so much spam from my comments
  3. To be more active on Facebook

 

Thanks for reading and sticking with me during November.  I hope you have a lovely festive December!

Vix x

* Ezra may or may not have just been sent home from nursery with diarrhoea…

 

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October was my first full month of blogging.  I have thoroughly enjoyed developing this little space of mine.  It’s been fun chatting to other bloggers and reading some really wonderful posts.  I like the idea of a monthly round-up so here goes.

Family life

October was the month of germs in our house.  Both kids had chicken pox, Ezra got Hand Foot and Mouth, I had sinusitis and now Ezra has a cold.  We have had very little routine to our weeks with the children needing to be off nursery at various times.  I really hope November will mark the start of a healthy family!

Ezra learnt to cruise along furniture.  It’s so sweet watching him shuffle over to see you (and try and pinch something off your plate!).  Next I guess he will learn to stand without support and then take his first steps.  Sometimes it seems as though his development is moving along so fast that the next milestone is imminent.  However I would be very surprised if he took his first steps by his first birthday.

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Violet has been loving pre-school so much.  She has some really good friends there and the staff tell me she is totally relaxed now and no longer anxious.  This makes me so relieved as I do worry about her nervousness.  In the new year we will consider sending her in for another day as she enjoys it so much and in the lead up to starting school I think this will be really beneficial.

I had a fabulous time on my 2 day crochet course.  I am putting my new skills into practice and have been trying to interpret patterns I am finding online.  My aim in the next couple of months it to make a teddy.  Please don’t laugh when it turns out looking more like a slug or something!

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Joe and I are very overdue some time together.  We have booked in babysitters at the start of December so that we can go out for a meal and to the cinema (Daniel Craig as James Bond anyone?!?!)

 

Blog life

I’ve been trying to work out what I want my blog to do for me.  First and foremost I want it to be an online journal of our life.  Time moves so fast and we will no doubt forget many things so I hope I can preserve some of those memories here.  I am trying to work out which posts get the best response and why they were successful.  I’m not yet happy with the ‘look’ of my page.  It needs a lot of improvement and currently I am trying to develop a nice banner for the top.  This will all come in time, I’m still settling into the blogging groove!

The most read post: The Promise Fairy – a tactic for toddler tantrums  – I got a really good reaction to this post.  Lots of people saying they hadn’t heard of such a tactic and it could work for their own children.  I even had a few mums sending me photos of their new Promise Fairy Doors in their homes!  The idea could be adapted in many ways to suit a child, I just hope it helps any parents out there who are looking for new ideas!

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My favourite post:  Skin-to-Skin from Birth  – I felt very emotional writing this post.  Remembering Ezra’s birth was really special and I am pleased I have it written down.  I doubt I could ever forget meeting him for the first time but I am glad I have it recorded here forever.

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My favourite blogger:  My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows  – A hilarious blog written by Mama about raising Baby in Thailand with Mummy.  Mama’s little drawings accompanying each post never fail to make me smile and perfectly capture the slightly crazed look parents can get bringing up their kids!

My targets for November

  1. To continue enjoying writing posts and taking photos
  2. To improve the look of my page with new banner and logos
  3. To make more time for my Facebook page

 

Thanks for reading and supporting Another Mum In London during October.  I hope you’ll come back for more in November!

Vix x

 

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