When this book first came out I really wanted to read it after reading lots of reviews on the book saying how good it was. However it is one of them books that I never got round to purchasing. I recently spotted it in my local library so I had to borrow it.
 
The story is about the love and bond between a brother and sister, a family, friendships and love in all many forms. It's a lovely idea but for me I just couldn't get in to this book at all, I found myself reading a little bit and then having to re-read it because I didn't quite understand what was suppose to be happening as the author kept flitting from one thing to another. The first half of the book was ok but then I got really lost in the second half, it seemed rushed somehow. Some of the descriptions in the book were lovely but they just couldn't keep me interested. By the end of the book I was finding it really hard to keep going.

I would love to know what you thought of the book if you have read it?

If you have read Thomas’s birth story (here) you will know things didn’t go according to plan in fact they were as far away from what I wanted as you could get. I had planned to have a nice calm natural birth in a nice birthing unit instead I was rushed for an emergency cesarean. Obviously I'm glad that everything went OK and Thomas arrived safe and sound as a cesarean was the only option for us in the end.

BUT a couple of friends have since given birth and have been lucky enough to have a natural vaginal birth and I can’t help feeling a little jealous of them, Silly huh? Some women opt to have a c-section but for me it was something that I never wanted to have. For me giving birth is a natural and special experience that as a women I wanted to go through regardless of how much it hurts. I wanted to experience giving birth, I wanted to see what it was like is it really like what you see on One Born Every Minute.

With my next baby I really hope I can go down the VBAC route so that I can experience a natural birth as but obviously if it comes down to it and it is dangerous for me and my future baby then I would have a caesarean.

What do you think? Have you had a Cesarean do you feel jealous of people who have natural births.

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I will say the same thing every month but I can’t believe how fast these months are going. My baby boy is 3 months old today. We last got him weight about 3 weeks ago so he is due to get weighed again soon but the last time he was 12lb10. Thomas is now on 5-6oz milk every 3.5 – 4 hours and his bedtime is now 9pm most nights and we now put him to bed on his own which is easier than I thought he pretty much just settles himself. Then he wakes around 4:30 and then wakes anywhere from 7-8am.

Thomas is growing up so fast just the other day he has started rolling he can get from his belly over to his back and then he can nearly get from his back to his belly if he would just keep his hands out of his mouth for long enough he would do it.

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That brings me on to the next new thing. Thomas has started teething he is constantly slobbering and his first or fingers are constantly in his mouth. Apparently it is quite common around this age although they probably won’t cut their first tooth for a couple of months.

Thomas is such a smiley little boy he has got a smile on his face all the time and he is nearly laughing properly now. We have lots of little chatter sessions and he has started shouting me and his daddy if we aren’t paying him any attention.

Thomas can now grab things, mainly my hair hehe but if you put one of his toys in front of him he can grab it and lift it up. He is getting to that age where we can start playing with him properly.
 
Yesterday we had our very first family day trip with Thomas David and his dad and sister. We took a trip to St Anne’s so that we could visit David’s Auntie and then we took a little drive over to Blackpool.

If you have never been to St Anne’s it is worth a visit its a lovely little town, there isn’t that much there if I'm honest but it’s nice to have a little walk along the front and with Blackpool just about a 10 minute drive down the road its worth taking a day trip there.

The drive up to St Anne’s was awful the rain was so bad at some points you could hardly see the car in front.

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Luckily by the time we got to St Anne’s the weather was lovely and the sun was shining down on us.

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Thomas shading from the sun in his pram. He spent most of the day being carried around as he loves to be carried around. I do have a baby carrier but it’s not that great.
We went for dinner at a carvery but can you believe I chose a Chicken Tikka salad over a carvery?!?

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The famous Blackpool tower, could do with a lick of paint.

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You can’t go to Blackpool with out some chips on the front can you?

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Back home after his first day trip.

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Nothing can break the bond between sisters …
When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life – and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.
The police, Beatrice's fiancé and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

I have been wanting to read this book for absolutely ages and when I finally found it in my local library. I couldn't wait to start reading it. The blurb tells you basically what the story is about and I don't really want to go in to anymore detail as it will begin to ruin the story. I'm normally more of a slushy chick lit sort of girl but I loved this book and was gripped right from the start. It's full of twists and turns which keep you guessing right until the last chapter so I never lost interest.

If you can get your hands on this book I would recommend it to anybody, I just can't wait to read Rosamund's next book Afterwards which I have already got on my Kindle ready and waiting.

 

The other day I was walking round a Car boot sale with Thomas and my mum and all the way around I was talking to Thomas and pointing things out and my mum commented and said I talk to him as if he can understand what I am saying and I expect him to answer me. Well yes I do (well I don’t expect him to answer back or have a clue what I am on about) I talk to him as I would anybody else even though all I get is a little smile or some baby babble. I think it is so important to constantly talk to your babies after all that is how they will learn how to form words by watching your mouth and listening to the sounds you are making. Also by pointing things out to them your baby will begin to learn about the environment around them.

There is nothing cuter than when me and Thomas have our little chats, I will sit there and talk to him and he responds by babbling back, sometimes he babbles for ages about something and he gets so excited and smiles and squeaks and flaps his arms and legs about as if he thinks he is telling me a really exciting story.

Also I think it’s so important to read to your child from a very, very young age even though they don’t understand what you are saying now they will soon learn and after all you still talk to babies even though they don’t understand you so why not read them a quick story. “Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3.” So even from a very young age you are giving your child the best start in their learning journey.

Babies also just love the sound of your voice and they find it soothing, Thomas loves to lay with me and will listen to me read him a book and he just looks at the big colourful pictures it’s another way to have cuddles and special time together.

So now you have finished reading this if you have 5 minutes to spare put your feet up have a snuggle with your little one and read them a story or just have a chat.




Thomas was given this book yesterday by my cousin she was getting rid of some of her baby books and decided she wanted to give them to Thomas and one of the books she gave him was The Velveteen Rabbit, now if you have watched friends in the past you will have heard it mentioned when Chandler bought it for one of Joey’s girlfriends and ever since then I had been curious to read it.

So a couple of nights ago it was my bedtime reading. It’s a cute story of a rabbit that was bought for a little boy at Christmas and he loved it for a couple of hours until he had bigger and what he thought were better presents, the rabbit soon got forgotten about and he waits around until the day the little boy choses him to play with again. The rabbit soon meets a little horse who begins to tell him how toys can become real. It’s not how toys are made that make them real it happens when toys are loved for a long time.

This book is such a sweet, beautifully written story with so many beautiful lines in it. I can’t wait to read it to Thomas when he is older. It is definitely a book I would recommend you buying and reading to your little one. Or even just get it so that you can read it yourself because as a grown up it was a lovely book that I enjoyed to read and it put a smile on my face.

 

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You Are My Sunshine
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away

Before Thomas was born I was planning on doing a Project 365 for his first year. But in reality that proved harder than I first thought I didn't have time for blogging in the first few weeks and I lost tract of all the photos I was taking but I still wanted to record his first year so instead I decided to make a scrapbook and each month I am printing the photos off and creating this little memory book.

This is a few photos from the first month.


 
Do not ask why these pictures have turned out like this I can't for the life of me get them the right way round.




I didn't buy a normal scrapbooking book I just bought a sketch book from The Range it has quite thick pages so it's pretty good for this time of project.
All of the embellishments in the scrapbook such as the lettering you can see are all off different sellers on ebay and we all only a few pounds for little packets full of stuff. I am building up quite a collection of things in my craft box now.

I am a little behind on month 2 at the minute I have all of the photos printed and ready but so far I haven't really had much time to get stuck in as Thomas doesn't have long naps anymore like he did when I did month 1 so I will have to find sometime when Daddy is around to get stuck in because before I know it, it will be time to get started on Month 3!
And give your beautiful baby a massive hug and a big kiss as they are the most precious thing in the world.

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After hearing the devestating news that Gary Barlow and family have lost their beautiful baby girl it made me realise how truely lucky I am to have a healthy baby boy. He is the most precious thing in my life. We may not have tonnes of money a massive house and lots of pretty things but what I do have is worth so much more I have a beautiful son and a husband who loves us both. I thank my lucky stars.


RIP Beautiful Poppy
Dear My Beautiful Boy,

I just thought I would write you a little letter as I haven't for a while. You are currently sitting in your chair keeping yourself amused by talking to yourself and kicking your legs around, everyday you are growing and changing from a little baby to a little boy. You are developing your own cheeky personality when me and your daddy talk to us you give us a very cheeky little smile (I've just looked at you and got a massive smile you are such a happy smiley boy) and we have lots of little chats, you have definitely found your voice.
Your day time naps are getting shorter and shorter now which means you want to be kept occupied a lot more now so we spend lots of time playing in your doughnut with your little toys and we have lots of smiles together and little chats you make me so so happy!

I am so proud to be your Mummy you are such a good boy and whenever we get stopped by anybody when we are shopping and they talk to you, you give them a big smile and they are totally taken by you. It's difficult to get around now without being stopped.

Anyway you have just woken up from your morning nap so I had better get your bottle ready for you plus I want a cuddle :)

Lots of love
Mummy xx