Six months old!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Hello friends!

I have been MIA - because I have been raising the cutest baby known to man. He is six months old already and I have loved every second. I have decided to dedicate a bit more time to the blog again - I have missed it and I have so much more to blog about now!


Firstly - a little about Luke :)
He rolls, he crawls, he stands, he eats!
And he is only 6 months old. How is this possible??!


I cannot believe my baby is so big. He now weighs over 18lbs - over double his birth weight!
His smile and laugh gets me every time.


His dad is just incredible - they gang up on me already! But I wouldn't have it any other way (I'm sure I won't be saying that soon!).


The only real negative I have come across so far on my parenting journey (that doesn't include dirty nappies..)?

Luke has developed an intolerance to peas! Of all things, peas. Can you believe it? Apparently, it is more common than you'd think and he will hopefully grow out of it. We discovered it with the glorious projectile vomit he produced each time he has had them. The last time was an accident and confirmed that his tummy is not a fan of peas.. Yay..


Meanwhile..
A little update on life!

I am fully recovered from my cesarean - yay! And I have started to include a little exercise here and there to try and get some sort of body back (and then I'm sure as soon as I am almost happy, I'll get pregnant again..)! I would be dieting but quite frankly, I love food too much! Now Luke is eating, I do try to not eat badly, especially in front of him. I don't want him to pick up bad habits from his mum! Also, junk food can wait until he is in bed..

My house looks like a toy shop/bomb site. I would love nothing more than a day to tidy - but the second I get any time to myself (when Luke is napping or hanging out with his grandparents), I just sit and do nothing - and I love it! The tidying will happen at some point - for now, I am just dealing with it!

When I was pregnant, I got made redundant - that was not so fun..! We have made the decision that I will not be returning to work for a little while, so that means that I have some brilliant one on one time with my boy! It also means that I have be thrifty. I have some posts coming up about money saving and being thrifty. I have become quite the bargain hunter!


Having a baby has made me realise that I have the best friends and family ever. Some say that having a baby makes you realise who your real friends are. Well I really do have some amazing friends! If anything, having a baby has strengthened my friendships. There is nothing better than seeing the friends you love, love your baby.

Special Announcement...!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

So for the last nine months, I have been keeping a secret from social media and the internet!

In April, I found out that, in my tummy, was the most amazing thing I could ever imagine - a baby!

Although this was planned, we were not expecting this to happen as quickly as it did - so finding out after a huge shopping spree was definitely worrying! But we were so happy.

The first time we saw our baby was 6th June and everything about this little person was perfect! Look at the thumb sucking! We had our due date confirmed as the 12th December.


The next time we saw our baby was 29th July for the anomaly scan. Still sucking the thumb!


We asked the sonographer to write down the gender so we could give it to a friend to make us an announcement cake for a gender reveal party! I said to my husband that he was more than welcome to peek in the envelope, but I had every intention of waiting until the party - little did I know that my husband was so bad at keeping the secret, I would find out in an hour! And I'm so glad I did - I would have burst!!!



The party was the next day and we had an amazing time and announced to all of our nearest and dearest that we were expecting.... a beautiful baby.... BOY!


Call it mothers intuition, but I knew from the second that test was positive that I was having a boy - and I was so happy to have it confirmed! A son!

The next time we saw him was at a private scan. I say a scan.. He wouldn't cooperate, so we had four in total! And he got cuter and cuter each time (when he showed his face)!




When I was 34 weeks, we had to have another scan to check that everything was where it should be and that I didn't need a scheduled c-section. It was confirmed that all was safe and we got to see that he was definitely a boy (definitely a show off!) and he was looking perfectly healthy and measuring right on track!


On the 13th November, my wonderful friends and family threw me a surprise baby shower. I was so surprised! It was amazing. Our baby was so spoiled. It was amazing to see how loved he is already!!





My due date came and went.. From 37 weeks pregnant, we were 100% ready for him to make his appearance, but he was in absolutely no rush at all!

On Christmas Eve, I started the induction process, and eventually I went into labour naturally! Our little man was born at 10.37am on Christmas Day via emergency c-section (I will post my birth story another time - it is fairly long!). He was absolutely perfect.

Luke James Britton - 8lbs6oz



Watch this space..!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Hello my darlings!

Apologies for pulling a disappearing act on you all.. I will be back with some exciting news towards Christmas.

See you soon,
Rowan xox

Amsterdam

Friday, 1 April 2016

For Greg's birthday, we went to the Netherlands - and wow. I loved it! I have started to learn Dutch via the app "Duolingo" - seriously, check it out, it is the only app I have ever found that is half decent for languages. 


On a serious note, all I have learned to say so far is "The boy eats bread" and believe it or not, I didn't have to use it...

We had a short but sweet break in a lovely little hotel in the centre of Amsterdam.

 

My gorgeous hubby at the airport :) and breakfast - what a way to start the day!


Ohhh the shopping...!


This is officially the best drink in the whole world. I LOVED the lychee flavour - I am so gutted they don't do these in the UK :( 

It has little pieces of coconut jelly in it - YUM!


Cocktails at the Hard Rock in a cafetiere! It was loveeeeely!


I think these were handprints of the athletes that had come from the Netherlands - I maaaay be wrong as my Dutch isn't amazing..


Everywhere in Amsterdam, there is hot food vending machines - how do I not have one of these outside my house?! They were awesome!!


Hamburger and bacon from a vending machine - and it was bloody lovely!
I would definitely recommend Amsterdam for a get away - the shopping was amazing - the sites are incredible!


If you are tempted to go to Amsterdam to indulge in the cannabis scene, please, please, PLEASE remember that it is only legal to buy in the coffee shops, where alcohol is not also on sale. People have been selling false cannabis and people have been dying because of it.


The only other thing I would flag is the red light district and the prostitutes...

We accidentally stumbled down the red light district twice (I'm not going to lie, curiosity would have got the better of me and I would have had to have had a look anyway!). Honestly, we didn't have any trouble - we did walk passed the women that were stood in the windows, trying to get customers - however, it made me feel very uncomfortable. 

If I genuinely thought the women had chosen this path because it is what they wanted to do, I wouldn't have an issue with it - (it's your life, live it your way) but there were a lot of men outside, trying to get people in. It just made me feel very uncomfortable and it made me worried for the young (18 year old) male tourists.


If you go to Amsterdam, you will have an amazing time. Be safe and enjoy!

Monthly Tea Favourites!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

This months favourites...



Brewhaha not only have the cutest name ever, but they have the nicest rose tea ever! My mum has
always loved rose tea and that has brushed off onto me. I love this tea so much because it reminds me of hanging out with my mum :)







Jasmine tea is so yummy - I think it is almost chemical tasting - but in a good way.. Yeah I am odd... My favourite so far is the PG tips - however, this cannot be brewed for longer than a minute because it is just not nice after..!













Now this one, even if it didn't taste amazing - I would make myself love it. Mainly because it is so bloody cute! Luckily for me, I love it - there isn't a flavour I have tried yet that I don't love. My friend got me a variety of these teas for Christmas and they had the cutest packaging ever - this was my favourite. So delicate and yum.