Ok so he's not really a baby at 2 and 4 months but I have been a Mama to 3 amazing kids and a toddler this week-and I've loved every minute!
We lived in London for many years before relocating to Leeds a year ago and like to head back and see our friends on family breaks when we can. I still often work in the Big Smoke but this break was purely for family time and fun and the little man loved every minute.
Wohoo, it's tropical out there (get those maternity hot pants at the ready)- OK maybe I'm not rocking the hot pants with a bump band but with highs of 24, I'm one happy Mama, absorbing every single last golden ray and totally loving the summer style that's hitting the high street.
No don't get too excited-I won't be attending this year *weeps. You see being up the duff is not ideal for party going Cannes plus I have writing commitments to get on with (must stop procrastinating and writing this blog, instead) but Cannes is AMAZING.
So today was my 20 week scan and if you haven't guessed already...it's a boy! Am totally thrilled as I always imagined myself with two boys (although I appreciate I will be utterly outnumbered in the house and Arsenal might never get turned off the box)!
Check out my little heart melter!! From the moment they're born they melt your heart. This week Oliver has been utterly adorable planting kisses on me at every opportunity and telling me I'm beautiful. He's a charmer, alright. I wanted to share this picture of him with you all. I'm so proud of what a fine and funny young boy he is growing into you. He sure makes me a better person by the day.
For those who don't know, I'm a freelance writer/director directing drama, documentary, shorts, promos and music videos. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the leading production companies in the world and for diverse broadcasters from the BBC to film company Lionsgate UK- and I've even scooped some awards to boot along the way. I love my job-truly, I feel like I get to play and get paid for it.
Last year I produced and directed a short film (wavering all fees) for the charity OC Support UK which supports people affected by the pregnancy liver condition Obstetric Cholestasis. I myself had the condition with my first pregnancy and was determined to make a short educational film to help as many women and unborn babies as possible.
My child is British but his ethnic origin is half Greek and the other half is well mostly English with a dash of French, Dutch and Welsh.
Two days ago my beautiful and intelligent Grandmother, Vikentia turned 95. Amazing. My Dad's family live forever thankfully-his Grandmother died at 113. For real. It's that naturally organic food and sunshine. Good for the soul.
I understand that the tantrumming, moments of mad frustration, yelling, kicking and pinching are all par for the course for a terrible two year old 'undergoing the change': the tumultuous journey towards independence. But what of the sanity of the 31 year old mother?
Woop Woop! Today I had a three month scan as there is most definitely a little bun in the oven: a sibling for my 2 year old. We are all very excited. On hearing the news, said 2 year old (and 2 months) stated, "Where is it? Want to see it? Cut it out".
I pondered as to whether I should write this or not. What happened yesterday was pretty upsetting. Ultimately I concluded it was for the best to write it down. Might help another mother who takes her eyes off her child for one split milisecond.
My otherwise healthy little toddler suffered from chronic ear infections (otherwise known as Glue Ear) from June last year until December but has seemed to have knocked them on the head (for the longest time) anyway in the last couple of months.
I remembered something I read on facebook a few months back, today and it really grated on me. A woman I barely knew but met through other mothers, commented after her 20 week scan that she was, "relieved she was having another girl". It startled me a little.