Freddie is 11 months old

Freddie is 11 months old!  We are officially on coutdown to having a 1 year old!

Freddie is 11 months old

We are now pretty settled in to life with Arthur being at school, Freddie is still having a two hour nap in the mornings but he then has time that’s just me and him!

I’m so happy to have some special one on one time with Freddie.  I feel like I’m getting to know a whole other side to him and it’s really amazing.  He seems to be relishing the mama time too.

One unfortunate side effect of Arthur starting school is the bugs!  Poor Freddie already had a snotty nose once and is now struggling with a cold again.  This time it’s hit him at the same time as a tooth coming through so it’s been a particularly tough time for us all!

This tooth popping through brings him up to 7 pearly whites, 4 up top and 3 on the bottom.  I think number 8 is not so far behind too!

Despite being poorly again, Freddie’s sleep has been much better this month.  He’s back to sleeping through consistently again at night.  Nap times have occasionally been a little disturbed, but if his morning nap has been short then he tends to make it up in his afternoon nap.

Along with great sleep, Freddie is a very impressive eater! This kid seriously loves his food!!  It is unbelievable the amount of food he can put away!

This month we have really noticed Freddie starting to engage and be happy interested in the stories we read at bed time.  I hope he loves stories as much as Arthur does!

Freddie is still the ultimate charmer, and people person.  He loves attention and is not shy of strangers, he is more than happy to give a big smile to anyone he meets!

We are about to head off to the UK and I know he’s going to make his grandparents very very happy!!

Next month our tiny little guy will be 1.  I should probably stop referring to him as tiny, but I’m not quite ready to do that, just yet!!

My Expat Family 24

Hello and welcome to My Expat Family 24 the 2 year anniversary of ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up.

A big thank you to everyone who linked up last month if you missed it take a look there are lots of fab posts there to read! !

An extra thank you for continuing to link up for the past 2 YEARS!!!  I have honestly absolutely loved getting to know you all and your blogs through the my expat family link up and I hope that you all continue to enjoy joining in too!

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Arthur is 3 years old

Arthur is 3 years old.

Arthur is 3 years old

Here comes the clichés (you’ve been warned):

The time has totally flown.  These past 12 months in particular has just felt like such a blur!

It truly doesn’t feel like any time ago that our tiny little baby Arthur arrived, and now he is not even a toddler any more!
Arthur is 3 years old

He’s a full blown pre-schooler!

Arthur has started school

This last year has seen so many changes for Arthur and to see how he’s taken it all in his stride has been unbelievable.  He became a big brother, he potty trained,  we moved house, he started going to school!  All huge events in a tiny persons life.
Now at 3 years old, Arthur is becoming more and more of a chatterbox, he comes home from school singing a different song pretty much every day too.

Arthur loves his brother and just wants to make him laugh and be around him all the time!  More than anyone it’s Freddie he asks about the most when he’s at school!  I hope that Arthur always has this much time for his baby brother!  Its amazing to think that we were ever worried about having another baby, Freddie makes Arthur so so happy!

Arthur is 3 years old. arthur and freddie

It’s not just Freddie though, Arthur really is a lover!  He is really affectionate with people he likes!  I’m getting stories from school of him giving hugs to all the girls in his class, such a smoothie!!

He is definitely cheeky though and knows how to get what he wants!  Its scary how often he outsmarts us all!!

When he wants to do something that he knows he’s not allowed to he will say “bye bye mummy” to try to get me to go away!!  He also rather cleverly will wait till I am changing Freddie’s nappy or something that means he doesn’t have my full attention to go and do something he knows he’s not meant to!!

 

We spent the weekend of Arthur’s birthday on La Digue where we had a leaving dinner for one of our best friends (more on that soon) and then Sunday was Arthur’s birthday.

Arthur is 3 years old

He was delighted to spend it with all our friends, who as far as he is concerned, are his friends not ours!

Arthur is 3 years old

We came home early afternoon so that we could do Skype with the grandparents!!  Unfortunately, Arthur fell asleep on the way back to the house, we left him for a nap but he was pretty grumpy when he woke up and wasn’t really into opening presents or performing for the camera!!

 

 

I can’t wait for this Summer in the UK, he is going to absolutely love everything about it, but particularly getting to spend time with our parents.  He will undoubtedly be spoiled rotten but he deserves it…..They have a year of spoiling to catch up on with him, he will be sure to take full advantage of that!!

 

arthur is 3 years old
Our beautiful, happy, silly, adventurous boy.  I wish I could express just how much happiness this amazing little person brings into our lives every single day.  I wish I was good at mushy emotive writing, but I’ll never be able to do justice to show just how amazing he is.

Review: Bargain Buys For Busy Mums

Its only ten days now until we will be in the UK for the Summer.  It’s our first trip as a family of 4 and we are really excited!

Traveling with children does of course increase the stress levels a little in that there is a WHOLE lot more stuff to organise/worry about!  Being away for 6 weeks means that there is lots of things we will need for the boys!

I am notoriously an over thinker and  panic-er when it comes to planning trips away and so when Bargain Buys for Busy Mums (BB4BM) contacted me I was REALLY happy to check out their site.

Review: Bargain Buys for Busy Mums

 

Who are Bargain Buys for Busy Mums?

As the name suggests they are all about finding us busy Mums (and Dads of course)  lots of bargains!! As I’m not living in the UK I hadn’t actually heard of BB4BM before and so I assumed before looking on their site that there would be deals for different baby items such as nappies, formula, baby food etc.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t just those things, but all kinds of different things; including adult fashion and health and beauty products!

Bargain Buys for Busy Mums started as a Facebook group in 2013 and has exploded in popularity since then.  There are now over 300,000 members making it the biggest UK Facebook group of its kind!   The website was launched within 12 months so that everyone was able to get access to great deals, even if (shock horror!) they are not on Facebook, like me!!

What’s the catch?

I’ve been looking over the site and wondered where the hidden catch was.  There really isn’t one:

  • There is no fee to join, in fact you don’t even have to join to get access to the deals on the website!
  • You can sign up to the newsletter or join the Facebook group (still for free) and get the best 6 deals emailed to you every day.  You are then also eligible to win prizes weekly, monthly and in their free-prize give away events!
  • You don’t pay any more for the deal by going through through their site – I checked!  They really are just sharing the great deals with you!

 

We usually use cloth nappies but we have decided that we won’t be taking them with us to the UK, purely because they take up too much luggage space.  Therefore we will be using disposables.  There is a whole section on the BB4BM site dedicated to sharing the cheapest priced nappies in all the different sizes.  This is updated every day which is great!  I’ll definitely be using this to pre-order and keep stocked up on nappies while we are there.

I love the Sale Events section.  There is nothing more annoying then missing out on an exciting sale event and so this keeps you up to date with all sorts of different sales going on!

 

I found the website is really simple and easy to use with fantastic deals ranging from Nappies right through to designer clothes for Mums and Dads!

Review: Bargain Buys for Busy Mums

It’s a great resource of amazing bargains for any parent!  I will definitely be using the site regularly.

 

This post was written in association with Bargain Buys for Busy Mum’s however all views are my own and I really do think its a great website!

Reduce the stress of moving house: 5 ideas you should try

Reduce the Stress of Moving House:

5 Ideas You Should Try

Making a large move from one house to another can hardly be easy. It takes lots of courage and planning to make the big decision. And once the decision is made, it takes plenty more preparation to ensure the transition happens without any major hiccups.
It would be prudent to consider and research well before moving. Think well and then make your decision. It’s quite easy from there on. Want to reduce the stress of moving house, follow these 5 tips:

Reduce the stress of moving house

  • Planning is the Key

Once everything is ready, plan your move. Begin weeks earlier by packing, shipping and selling the stuff you’ll not be taking along with you.  Inform everyone who needs to know about your move. If you wish to take your pets with you, be responsive and learn all about their requirements from the official sources.

 

  • Organise your tasks and make a budget

Fretting about it or making castles in the air will hardly help you. If you really wish to plan the move, then it’s time to get real. Sit down and make a game plan. Make a schedule and plan a budget; list down everything that needs to be taken care of. List down all the tasks that you need to complete, divide them into weeks, to allow yourself enough days to complete them.

 

  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help

Some people shy away from asking others to help them out. However, it is a good idea to take help from people who have been through the moving or relocating process as they can help you simplify the process. Reach out. Ask your close relatives or friends if they can spare a few hours to help you sort out, pack and move. If you are relocating to a faraway location, this could be one of the best ways to spend some memorable time together.

 

  • Mentally prepare yourself for a little chaos

During this period you may feel that your life has become a little chaotic -boxes everywhere and things going out of control. However, if you mentally prepare yourself for a little chaos and maintain your cool while you follow your list of tasks to be completed, it will help you a great deal. And remember, even after the move, it may take a little time for this new space to feel like your own.

 

  • Hiring the Services of a Moving Company

Moving to a new house requires an individual to plan everything out beforehand. The first thing on their list should be to book a moving company. Hauling everything, from furniture, kitchen supplies, to toys, will not be an easy task, to another location is a task best left up to professional movers. It is always better to hire a professional moving company that has the expertise to make your relocation hassle-free and much more convenient.

If you do not want to go through the hassle of packing and unpacking larger furniture pieces, you can ask the moving company if they provide a service to do that for you. Once you have secured professional movers to help you relocate to your new house, you need to choose a day to move.

 

 

If all the above tips are kept in mind, your relocation will be hassle free and without any trouble

Happy Moving!

in association with www.walkmove.com.au

Our first crop!!

It’s taken almost 4 years but we finally have had our first crop of Bananas!!
We have attempted to grow bananas once before but it failed….which is pretty impressive considering they grow wild here!

When we moved into this house there were already banana plants growing here so I don’t think we can take too much credit for these, but hey we didn’t kill them so I think we will take that for now!

About three months ago we noticed that one of our plants had flowered and there were teeny tiny little bananas growing.
After a quick search online we discovered we would be waiting for around 3 months until they would be ready to eat. It seemed like a really like time, and a lot of time for something to go wrong!

This Friday, Mark came home from school and very excitedly proclaimed that there was a yellow banana so it was time to chop them down!
We had learned that you just have to wait for one banana to be yellow to chop them down, not all of them!

Our first crop of bananas

So we got the machete and the camera and we headed out to the garden- yep it’s totally normal to have a machete here!

Our first crop of bananas
The bananas here are about half the size of ones you get in the UK but with twice the flavour!! They are so so delicious and are a perfect size for baby led weaning! The boys absolutely love them!

Our first crop of bananas

Arthur has been giving a running commentary on the bananas pretty much every day since we first spotted them and loved to tell us about the “green bananas” so it was cool to show him that they had now started turning yellow!
Our first crop of bananas

After they had been chopped down, we showered off the bananas to make sure there weren’t any beasties living in and amongst them – luckily there weren’t!   Arthur had the honour of having the first banana from our first crop.  We have all since had one and they are so good!

Bananas are super cheap to buy here so it’s not like having them will be saving us lots of money but it’s definitely satisfying to know that these have grown in our garden!  It’s been fun to show Arthur how they grow (and for us to learn about it too)

There is already another lot of bananas growing in the garden, we think they will be ready just in time for us coming back after the summer!!

 

Freddie is 10 months old

Freddie is 10 months old!

freddie is 10 months old

This little guy is most definitely becoming his own person this month.  He’s started to assert himself more and more.  He most certainly is not a baby any more (cue sobbing from this mama!!!)

Freddie is 10 months old

Freddie is now walking round all the furniture like a little pro!  We’ve had plenty of bangs and bumps though, but luckily nothing as bad as we had last month!

He is so chatty now, he loves to let us know how he’s feeling, particularly if he’s not happy about something!!  We have a most definite ‘Mama’ happening now which is so nice, although he generally uses it when he’s upset about something and wants my attention!

There’s been a pretty big shift in the household dynamic this month with Arthur starting school.  It’s the first time ever that Freddie and I have had any real consistent time just the two of us; he’s most definitely lapping it up!  We get back from dropping Arthur into school and we have been going for walks, reading stories and generally just having a nice time together!

In the last week Freddie picked up his first cold.  This can’t be a coincidence that it happens to be just after Arthur started school!  It’s been tough, he’s not slept well and has been a bit of a grump with it.  It’s been really hard as he’s always been so laid back.  He’s been sure to still give plenty of smiles to everyone at school though!
His grumps have caused him to be a little less tolerant of Arthur’s sometimes over-zealous affection which is kinda sad but maybe good to show Arthur that Freddie is not his dolly!!

Luckily Freddie is bouncing back well from his cold, and it’s nice to have our happy boy back again!

freddie is 10 months old