A mother's love.
So I wrote a post a month ago on feeling broody with the fitting title Maybe Baby?
The kind folks at DFS recently gifted us a new sofa and coffee table, after our last sofa got rather wrecked (warning, never buy a cream sofa with a young family-what was I thinking?)
Sunday saw this family get wrapped up in our winter gear and head for the stunningly Autumnal Golden Acre Park in Leeds, where we met with my friend and fitness trainer, Caroline, and her three gorgeous boys, Barnaby, Ralph and Henry, for a walk around the lake.
Sarah Turner is a freelance writer and Sunday Times bestselling author. Her first book, The Unmumsy Mum, has its roots in her parenting blog by the same name. Sarah lives in Devon with her husband, James, and their two boys, Henry (4) and Jude (1).
Now, I'm not going to lie, my interest in football is pretty limited.
Boys, as with girls, are individuals, their personalities and interests vary from child to child based on character, along with socio-economic and cultural influences- yet both sexes are frustratingly so often confined and limited, made to conform to stereotypical gender-specific notions (many archaic and not relevant to today) with children being defined by their sex, homogenised by assumptions and labels.
My mini fashionistas, Oliver and Alexander have excitingly been signed to become ambassadors for exquisite kids' shoe brand Pisemonas and as you can see here, they're certainly HUGE (little) fans of their new shoes.
I want to start by writing how incredibly grateful I am that this blog means wonderful travel opportunities for my family and I which allows us to see and experience parts of the world we've not visited before, both near and far.
We're big fans of little kids' shoe company Bobux, who offer boys and girls stylish, comfortable, well made and long lasting shoes ranging from summer sandals to winter boots.
I'm so incredibly proud and besotted with my boys Oliver, 5 and Alexander, 2, so this post is first and foremost for them: my darling sons, so they can one day reflect on the blog and know how loved they are and how much they enrich mine and my husband's lives.
I actually blogged this post on what the experts stated was the hottest day in July since records began!
This weekend was not just exciting for the Royals as my family had epic celebrations of their own to toast.
I can't believe today is mine and my husband, Peter's 10 year wedding anniversary. A whole decade. Wow!
I don't have a daughter but I know that lots of my readers do, and being a big fan of heidi klein, (the UK’s first luxurious one-stop beachwear destination) I had to share their exclusive swimwear collection for girls ages 2-10 years. They are utterly beautiful!
So this morning we took the cute pictures of my toddler Alexander, just 2, in his nursery uniform, the same nursery that his older brother Oliver attended (and pre-school) and loved dearly- and we all smiled sweetly as my nerves were building...another day, another huge milestone for us all (after Oliver started school only last week)!
Oliver loves cars almost as much as baby Alexander adores footballs... the playroom is literally bursting with them (both).
I shall let the pictures do the 'talking'. OK, most of the 'talking'...Baby A turned 1 last Friday and we celebrated as a family (here he is with his great family friend Papu Andy (Grandpa Andy) with his beautiful birthday cake (made by a brilliant professional cake maker, not I, I'm afraid).
Another post, another beautiful shot captured by my husband Peter. I simply can't resist: my boys are my greatest co-production. Wrapping my arms around my baby boy makes my heart swell. He's my living doll. Look at that face!
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.