Tuesday, 22 August 2017

3 MONTHS OF ALICE


On 13/08/17, our little girl turned three months, and I just cannot get over how quickly that has gone. I know everybody says it, but it really does fly by. You blink and the day is over, then the week and then next thing you know it she's s teenager...well not quite, but I bet it will feel like that! 

Over on Instagram, I've started my AliceWithTheFlowers series to mark each month (up until one) and I thought I would do a little blog post every so often to go with it. Although I hate the thought of her growing up, I must admit I am enjoying her even more now she is more alert. She's holding her head up, smiling, laughing and making gurgling sounds like she's trying to talk. We get told all the time that she is very alert for her age but I only know her as a baby so I can't really comment. Maybe it's because she looks small for her age that people are shocked when they see her laughing, but she has been smiling and holding her head up since only a few weeks old. I actually have a picture of her smiling at six days old! Now though, when she sees me the has the biggest grin on her face and it melts my heart. 

She's finally in her 0-3 sized clothes too! Everyone always comments on how tiny she is, but she's actually in the 75th percentile for her height (she was in the 95th), so I think she's quite long and slim which makes her look smaller...definitely doesn't take after me then hah! She also has a petite little head which is full of hair so I think that confuses people too. She is now nearly rolling over which terrifies me, it's getting harder and harder to leave her alone!  

Our little peach is a champion sleeper! She's slept through the night since about four weeks old (I will be doing a post on this soon), and only has a rare night where she wakes up at 4:00 or something crazy. However, she went through a stage of not sleeping AT ALL throughout the day, which kinda drove me a little insane. But recently she's been loving her day time naps too, and it's made me one happy bunny. I also love love dressing her! She definitely has a better wardrobe than me. 





Morgan Alice 
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A DAY AT PIN MILL, SUFFOLK


This week, instead of doing a snapshots of the week I thought I'd share some pictures from our day trip on Saturday to Pin Mill in Suffolk. When I went on maternity leave I made it a goal to explore more of England. There are so many beautiful parts that are just a drive away, yet I seem to stick to only the familiar turf. So, after a quick google search we decided to do a mini road trip to Pin Mill, a tiny little hamlet right on the river Orwell. It's an area of outstanding natural beauty and famous for its national trust walks, which I need to go back for in a few months! Anyone else slightly excited for autumn?




We set up camp on an outside table at the famous Butt & Oyster pub and chatted over wine and olives for a few hours. It is soooo nice sitting by the water. It's something I associate with being abroad on holiday but you can do it just as well at home! The pub was so cosy inside, with little fireplaces and rooms, I will definitely be going back in the cooler months. After we'd had enough time at the pub we went for a walk along the water and checked out all of the pastel coloured cottages. Picture heaven!


Morgan Alice 
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

20 THINGS I WISH I COULD HAVE TOLD MYSELF BEFORE HAVING A BABY


I've been thinking about writing this post for a while now, as I would say I am finally getting the hang of this motherhood business. It has however, taken a lot of trial, error and tears! When you are pregnant, you get a whole host of ideas in your head, but the reality is so much different, and I now know things that I wish I had known earlier, and am so pleased I know them for next time! This is a list to my past self but also to any pregnant woman or new mum. 


1. It's OK to lock the doors and not allow any visitors, or just a few that you're closest to. The first few days are the hardest, and the last thing you want is a stream of coffee cups to wash up and people interrupting feed times. 

2. Don't expect your body to bounce back straight after giving birth. You've spent nine months growing so it won't go back after a few days. Your body has done an amazing thing, so give it a break! 

3. It's OK if you cry a lot during the first week, and it doesn't mean you have postnatal depression. Your body is going through a whirlwind of hormones and emotions, especially on day three when your milk comes in. I remember crying for absolutely no reason. I even cried when Alice's umbilical chord fell off! Just go with it and try not to read too much into it. Lots of cuddles with your baby and partner will help.

4. This one is probably my most important...don't put too much pressure on yourself! This applies to lots of areas. Before I had my baby I read loads of blogs, watched youtube videos and looked at instagram at this picture perfect motherhood scene. It painted in my head this ideal picture of motherhood which is so unrealistic! I'm not digging into those mums that post that kinda stuff, heck I'm one of them now! I'm just saying don't fix yourself on it. Social media doesn't show the hormones, the difficulty to feed, the lack of sleep, the poop explosions, the reflux and the screaming babies...but THAT is what most of those early days look like. 

5. Getting out of the house is tough, so always have your changing bag packed with spare EVERYTHING the night before. Preparation is key.

6. When changing nappies, always put a fresh one underneath as they WILL wee and it WILL go everywhere. 

7. Another important one, and probably the most apt for me, is don't put too much pressure on yourself to breastfeed. We are bombarded with it at the moment, and whilst we all know it's the best way (this isn't a breast vs bottle feeding debate), it's not always possible. I couldn't breastfeed, but was determined to make it so and that made my first few weeks hell (read more about this here). As soon as I went to the bottle I was so much happier, and most importantly so was my baby. Fed is best!

8. Use lavender oil to help with sleep and relaxation. I only discovered this on week four and it changed everything!

9. Don't listen to everyone's advice. As Baz Luhrman once said 'advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth'. OK OK, I know this post is technically more advice, BUT i'm saying ignore it! Or at least take from it what you will. As said above, you get so so much advice when you're pregnant, and even more when you have a baby. 

10. Trust your own instincts! You know your baby better than anyone, so always do what you think is best and ignore everyone else. 

11. Don't worry too much about what the health visitors say... for example, they advised me not to get a sleepyhead - best baby purchase we ever made! They said not to use nipple shields - without them I wouldn't have been able to feed Alice myself at all. 

12. Do as much selfish 'you' and 'couple' time before the baby arrives. I know that's difficult when pregnant but even just chilling out in bed, watching netflix. I'm not saying you can't do these things when you have a baby, because we get out and about loads with Alice, it's just you can't be selfish with your time any more. Once baby is asleep or content, that's when you have to rush around cleaning or preparing things. So enjoy being selfish!

13. Buy a steam steriliser before the baby arrives. 

14. Sleep in the day when you can! You need as much rest as you can get, especially if your baby isn't sleeping through the night. 

15. Start a baby photo series straight away! I started an alicewiththeflowers to track her monthly updates but only started this from month two! I wish I had've started from one day old. 

16. Spring clean your house (or hire a cleaner to do it) before the baby comes. It's the last thing you want to be doing when you could be catching up on sleep, cuddling baby, relaxing. 

17. Take all of the help you can get! When you first have the baby, people (usually family) will probably say to you 'if you need anything let us know'... well take them up on it! Don't be too shy to accept, or too proud to ask. At first we were hesitant to accept and only really started asking for things after the first week, but the first week is when you need it the most. We had washing done by my mum, ironing by Jason's mum and meals on wheels from a lot of family. It made everything so much easier and more bearable!

18. Don't think the first few weeks are an indication of being a parent. I remember being so sleep deprived and crying thinking 'what have we done?! I can't have any more children if this is going to be my life'...but it gets easier, so much easier! Your baby has only known your cosy womb so being in the bright, loud and cold world is scary for them. They don't know the difference between day and night and the only way of communicating is through crying. Eventually, they get use to being in the world and you get the hang of it to! By week 4/5 Alice was sleeping through the night, I was so much happier and we were a fully functional little family. It was amazing and still is!

19. The flaps on the top of baby bodysuits are for pulling them down. Oh if only I had known this before she did a poo explosion all over her clothes and I was trying to pull them up over her head resulting in poo face!

20. Enjoy it! Enjoy every single day as it goes so quickly. I've only had Alice for 12 and a bit weeks but that has flown by. Everyday is precious!

Morgan Alice
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Monday, 7 August 2017

SNAPSHOTS OF THE WEEK 07/08/17


Judging by the tiny amount of pictures I took this week, it would seem like I didn't do that much. Quite the opposite actually, I was busy running around a lot and also spending lots of quality time with my little girl. Sometimes I just forget to get the camera out and enjoy being without it. We had baby sensory, lots of time with my parents, town trips, lunch with Jason, mum meet ups and I met my manager to discuss going back to work in March. I always thought i'd never go back to work, but I love my job at Jo Malone so much, it's just working weekends that's the issue. If I could just work one day a week that would be perfect...but somehow I don't think that's going to work hah!

All ready to start the week at baby sensory, wearing her Paper Crown Shop socks and bow






Looking so cute in her gorgeous new bodysuit from Organic Zoo. The best baby clothes!

She loves her Nana so much


I won this gorgeous personalised hooded towel from Baby More from Sally Fazelli's instagram giveaway! I never win much so I was very excited about that.

She love love loves her these muslins from Little Blue Nest. I don't know how they make these things but all I have to do is put it near her face and she'll fall asleep!


Meeting my friend at Hall Farm who had a baby a few weeks before me. It's amazing how much your  friends change when you have a baby. 


Meeting Jason for lunch mid week. I pretty much always have something with Brie in after 9 months of not being able to have any

Weekend breakfast in bed from Jason...I love slow mornings with my family




 On saturday evening, my parents had a little poetry evening at their house. It sort of an annual tradition now, and my friends come down and stay for it. It's definitely not as high brow as it sounds (as you'll know if you saw my snapshots)...it's more of a jokey evening really! There were fun poems like Ernie and Roald Dahl's revolting rhymes, serious ones like do not go gentle into that good night, from Interstellar, and some songs too. My friend Dean, my dad and I did a rendition of shape of you which was fun! I didn't take a picture of all the food but it was soooooooo good. I only took the above picture of a parma ham, mozerella, nectarine and rocket salad for my stories as I got the idea from blogger Hannah Gale here. I made my classic two tiered sponge cake and my mum made a delicious mille feuille. Sunday we just blobbed and watched the Nolan batman trilogy! 

Hope you've all had a lovely week!

Morgan Alice 
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