31 August 2012

Charlie B @ 4 months

Look how busy my boy has been! Unbelievably he is now 4 months old. I haven't been great at documenting our journey here but I have been busy snapping as many moments as I can [much to his annoyance] on my phone.

Charlie is whizzing through his 4th month of life and is picking up new skills left, right and centre and it's been exhausting. The growth spurt/developmental leap that babies go through at this stage of life is pretty mega. They are learning and changing fast and it has a huge impact on their temperament and sleep pattern for several weeks and all of these changes come at a cost. 

To me. 

Mostly because so much change makes for an unsettled baby which makes for a lot of long nights and early mornings and if I am honest; I AM TOTALLY AND UTTERLY KNACKERED. 

The sleep deprivation has started to take its toll on me and whilst I'm hoping the worst of it will pass quickly, the exhaustion is beginning to effect my ability to enjoy my time with my boy. Thankfully we are headed off on holiday in 7 days' time and, as we will have some family and friends with us, I'm hoping I can sneak off for a few 'catch-up' naps because enjoying my little boy is my number 1 priority.

Sleep deprivation aside though, it is incredible to witness this little boy figuring out his ever-changing world. With the ground and boundaries constantly shifting beneath his very feet; it's been a tough few weeks [for us both]. But each day the little man cracks a new skill. Bouncing, rolling, grabbing, pulling, twisting and turning. This little boy is getting to grips with his body and he is working out just what he can do with each of the chubby fingers, arms, legs and toes he has been blessed with. He is working on his voice -perfecting his high-pitched screech - ready to put into place once he reaches tantrum phase no doubt.

All of these achievements make me one heck of a proud mama. He is learning about the world and faces a new challenge each day and my heart swells when I see him tick another one off his list of achievements. But most of all to see him happy and smiling and so chilled [most days] makes me feel a sense of achievement. All I want is for my boy to be happy and pleasant and so far, he's just that. I cant take all the credit for this but I like to think I have played a part in it somewhere.

He is my proudest achievement to date. It is worth every sleepless night, every tear of exhaustion shed & every curse word muttered under my breath at 4am.


19 August 2012

This day last year...

..I found out I was going to become a mother. What an incredible journey we've had.

From this;

To this;

To this;

It really has been remarkable and a complete pleasure. My son is a joy [and an immense challenge] to behold, despite the utter exhaustion you feel as a new* parent, I wouldn't change a thing.

Chuck - you are my everything my sweet little boy. I love you.

*from what I hear, this exhaustion thing might last a little longer than 'new' parenthood. ho hum.

9 August 2012

Catching up..

..while my little one sleeps a lot [during the day only] I thought I'd try and catch up on the last 3 month's worth of fun. it'll be sporadic and random - we have 1000s of images in some kind of crazy order to sift through - but you should be able to get an idea of the kind of fun and frolics we've been having together. I'm starting with a couple of snaps from father's day. Hopefully I'll be able to expand on this visually as I know there are some images that are mysteriously missing..namely ones of my two boys together enjoying the day..but for now a couple of snaps of the gift that my boy got his father for his very first father's day.....

MB was lucky enough to have a son who knew about his penchant for spicy, sticky, flavoured meat. So CB was very pleased to have stumbled upon the California Rancher range, found via the ever popular NOT ON THE HIGH STREET

Mummy helped out a little by getting a card for CB to dictate a message into, she might have helped a little with the wrapping and purchase of the gift too!

Needless to say we didn't waste any time enjoying the rich flavours of this box of goodies. A meat feast was enjoyed by all that evening.

nom nom.

We think Papa Bear enjoyed his first father's day.


ps my favourite is the oaky & smoky. Makes a bad-ass chilli...mmmn

8 August 2012

Today's the day my little boy became a...

....British citizen. How proud am I?

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