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The story of Us...

Once upon a time a boy and girl met in Leeds and became great friends...

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Because they got on so well they lived together for a year but secretly (or not so secretly!) the boy liked the girl much more than friends...

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One day they decided to move in with other people and on the day they moved out of the flat they realised they had strong feelings for one another.  They kissed, became boyfriend and girlfriend and have been inseparable ever since...

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Over the years they have had lots and lots of fun...whether on nights out (of which there were far too many!)

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Or on holidays... (of which there have been far too many!)


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They have lived in Leeds and London before settling in Cambridgeshire.  In 2008 the boy popped the question on a surprise trip to Edinburgh and the girl of course said yes...

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In 2009 they got married which was one of the most amazing days they had ever had...

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In 2010 they found out they were expecting a little baby girl...

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She was born on Christmas Eve 2010 at 9.35am making them a family of three...

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Life has changed...there aren't so many nights out or as as many holidays but they wouldn't change it for the world...

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And that is the story of us...

Review: Next Jeans

 

I have a funny old figure and because of this I find it really hard to buy jeans.  I have ridiculously skinny legs that could be likened to those of a sparrow, a rather flat bottom and the good old muffin top and love handles.  This means that I am hard pressed to find womens jeans that fit me well- I only ever really buy skinny jeans but after a few days of wearing them they are baggy on the bum and legs with the added attractiveness of aforementioned muffin top.  To say I am particular about them is an understatement.

So when Next asked if I would like to review a pair of jeans from their collection I was excited but a little intrigued as I have been wearing jeans from just one shop for years.  Would I find my perfect pair of skinny yeans? 

I opted for a dark denim colour which when they arrived I thought looked lovely- I haven't got a really dark pair of blue denim, I have got black but no dark blue so I thought it made a nice change and would look slightly more dressy than my lighter colours.  

What I liked about Next was that they had a lot of different options for leg lenths and waist sizes and it was clearly set out so you knew exactly what size would fit.  I opted for a size 10L and was pleased to find they fit me really quite well- its funny how much dress sizes differ depending on where you shop as in another shop it would have been verging on the very snug size!  So thankyou Next for that!  The jeans fit really well all over- they were the perfect length, and were not so tight that my love handles were too obvious.

Mr E decided to treat myself and Mads to breakfast this morning so as we walked along the river to the restaurant I thought it would be a perfect time to take a photo of me in them.  Cue much embarrassment from me as I hate standing and posing for photos- I am alright if there are other people in the photo but I look really awkward on my own!

Here I am doing my best 'model' pose.  (And yes I didn't straighten my hair this morning and I need a good fringe trim)

 

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Don't think I will be stealing Kate Moss' crown anytime soon.

 

I was impressed with the overall quality of the jeans, especially when you consider the fact that these are cheap jeans- £24 is all they cost.  I think that is incredible value for money and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to a friend.

However I bet you are all dying to know whether the jeans passed the 'saggy bum' test as it is scientifically known.  Well I am pleased to say that although the jeans did become a little big baggier after a few days of wearing them, like you would expect with denim, they actually didn't stretch as much as other pairs I have had in the past.  Overall I was extremely impressed with my pair of Next Jeans- they fit well, looked nice, were a very reasonable price and were of a very good quality.  I can honestly say I will be buying jeans from there again in the future especailly as they have a very wide selection.

 

 

 

I was sent a pair of Next Jeans to try as part of this review but all opinions are entirely my own.

My Little Girl Turns One- And A Christmas To Remember...

The turkey has been cooked, the presents have been opened and we are all a few pounds heavier- Christmas is well and truly over until we fish out the decorations and do it all over again next year.  We have had a lovely Christmas and an extra special one as it was Mads first birthday on Christmas Eve as well.  Yet we have also had a scary experience over the festive period as well which has made me realise just how important family are.  Not that I didn't know that already.

We awoke on Christmas Eve with anticipation.  It was our little girls birthday and she was now one!  I wrote before about how I can't believe that I have a one year old little girl and although I was happy and excited about the day ahead, I couldn't help but feel a little sad that my daughter was growing up so quickly.  The three of us snuggled in bed for a little before Mads decided that it was time to open her cards.  Here she is reading some with her Daddy.

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We then got up and got ready for all the birthday celebrations.  Mads wore a pretty dress and some very birthday orientated shoes!

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First of all my Dad and his partner came over to see the birthday girl.  Here she is unwrapping her first present of the day from her Grandpa and Nana.

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It was time for a quick cuddle with Nana and Grandpa before they had to go as we needed to get ready for her party!

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I had been really nervous about the fact that we were having fourteen adults and seven babies over to our house but I need not have worried.  We all had a lovely time and the babies played happily together.  The cupcakes and nibbles we provided went down a treat!  I started to feel quite festive while our friends were over and it made me think that Mads having a birthday at Christmas wouldn't be so bad.

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At around four our friends all left and we packed our suitcase and made the five minute drive to my Mums house where we were due to be staying for the next couple of days.  Soon Mads next party commenced which was great fun but I think she was a little overwhelmed by all the people wanting to give her a cuddle- there was my family including my Mum, stepdad, sister and two stepsisters plus boyfriends, my Grandma and Grandpa and then also another twelve of our close friends.  Mads got very spoilt but had no idea when it came to opening presents, in fact I undid them all for her.  She then had yet another cake and candle to blow out- it really is hard work being a one year old!

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Finally Mads was all partied out and after getting into her Christmas pj's, went straight to sleep in her travel cot upstairs.  That was when things started to get a little messy.  We drank copius amounts of bubbly and wine and decided to play the board game Cranium.  If you haven't played it before, I suggest you go out and buy it immediately- it is so amusing when you have had a few drinks and is a great party game.  We all began to get a little rowdy and stayed up till quite late playing it!  

I woke up on Christmas morning with a little bit of a headache but excited about the day ahead.  First thing we did was check to see whether Father Christmas had been, which of course with Mads being such a good girl all year, he most definitely had, and the stocking hanging up on the fireplace was full.  The morning was spent doing different things- first we helped get ready for lunch, with Mads in charge of helping her Grandma sort out the Brussel Sprouts! 

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We opened her main present from my Mum and Stepdad which was a Smart Trike so while everyone else got ready and prepared lunch, myself and Mr E and Mads went for a nice long walk with Bozlee the dog and took her new toy out for a spin!  It was very cold out but she enjoyed her new trike very much!

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Next it was time for some Bucks Fizz when my Grandma and Grandpa and step sisters arrived.  Here is Mads enjoying some time with her Grandma and of course me and Mr E!

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Mads wore another pretty party dress, this time red in order to tie in with the festivities!  She was a bit worn out from the day before but was a very good girl and really enjoyed everyone fussing over her.  The only thing she didn't want was her Christmas dinner- she pulled a face and spat it out.  She however managed to squeeze in a few chocolates!

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Finally it was time to open some presents- I have never ever seen a Christmas tree so full of gifts!

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Everyone was very spoilt, Mads in particular who got some lovely bits and pieces including some clothes and toys.  I got some fantastic things including some clothes, a new coat, some makeup and a lovely watch off my little sister.  I also got some very thoughtful gifts off Mr E- the first one being all my blog letters to Mads printed off on beautiful paper so I can keep them forever and the second one being a lovely bracelet from Merci Maman which I will treasure for a long time.

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After all the excitement of the last couple of days Mads was so tired so she went to bed only a little later than she normally would, but not before entertaining everyone with the fact that she was more interested in playing with a satsuma than her new toys.  After she went to sleep, a few of my family watched Eastenders while I read my book and relaxed.  All in all a fabulous Christmas Day!

The next day, Boxing Day, we got up and leisurely got ready before going home.  We spent a while tidying up and unpacking some of the pressies before heading off in the evening to my Dads to see him and his partner, my Uncle and my Grandparents for Christmas Part Two.  Here is where my Christmas goes slightly off course.  Everything was fabulous to start with and we really enjoyed seeing my Nana and Grandpa who live in Shropshire- I have mentioned them on here before, they are getting older, my Grandpa in fact celebrated his 90th birthday in the summer.  We had brought them a lovely album full of photos of Mads which they loved and we were generally enjoying our Boxing Day together.  Here is a photo of us all before it all went wrong.

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My Grandparents and Mr E were sitting in the living room waiting for dinner to be served and all of a sudden I heard Mr E and my sister shout 'Grandpa has fallen over.'  I have never seen my Dad run so fast, he was in there like a shot and my Grandpa was just lying on the floor.  I won't go into details of what happened as it upsets me but an ambulance was called and they arrived within a few minutes which was fantastic.  Myself and my sister and Mads just stayed out the way cuddling in the kitchen but I did look in there and I will never forget what I saw.  At first we thought that he could have had a stroke or a heart attack and he was so pale but thankfully almost as soon as the paramedics arrived he seemed to come round.  It was terrifying and awful but there is no need to mention it any further.  He ended up going to bed and as none of the rest of us were in the mood for dinner, we just went home.  I have never had experience of anything like that, and it was very scary but luckily he is ok.  It does make you realise just how important your family are, and the situation was just horrible.  However he is 90 years old and it is important to remember that and enjoy the times we do have.

Boxing Day didn't end in the best way but after ringing my Dad in the morning and hearing that my Grandpa was feeling a lot better, it soon started to improve.  We ended up doing some sale shopping on Tuesday which was pretty horrendous as it was so busy, and on Wednesday evening we had a Christmas Part Three at my Dads again, only this time instead of turkey we had an indian takeaway!  We had a lovely time with lots of yummy food.  Here is Mads finding my Uncle pretty amusing!

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And here she is with my Grandpa.

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All in all we have had a wonderful Christmas.  Yes we had a little scare on Boxing Day but now everything is ok I can look back and say that Christmas 2011 was a good one.  We have all been thoroughly spoilt and more importantly than that, have enjoyed spending time together with both parts of my family.  We have had such great fun, firstly celebrating Mads first birthday and then all the festive celebrations too.  Now poor Mads has got a cold and cough and is a little under the weather- I think she is partied out!

What 2011 Has Meant To Me...

On Saturday people all over the UK and the rest of the world will be saying goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012.  A brand new year, filled with anticipation and excitement- I for one, can't wait to see what 2012 will bring.  On Saturday night rather than going out as in years gone by, I will be staying in with my little family.  We will put Mads to bed and then probably cook a nice meal and have some bubbly and see 2011 out in more of a low key fashion.  I saw 2010 in while I was on honeymoon in Mexico and I saw 2011 in at my Mums house with an eight day old baby- actually I didn't I was asleep and missed the countdown!  But however we celebrate it, I always like to look back and think of the year that has passed and what it meant to me.

I saw 2011 in as a Mum to a brand new newborn.  In fact Mads was due on the 1.1.11 but arrived on Christmas Eve.  On 31st December 2010, Mr E was designated taxi driver for my family as we were still staying there after the birth of Mads.  We had a quiet New Year, just me and Mr E at my Mums and went home to our house the next day to start our new life together as a family of three.  


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Having her first bath the day we brought her home.

2011 didn't start in the best way- on the 2nd January we had a terrifying scare with Mads when we went to wake her from her nap to give her some milk.  She just wouldn't wake up, and we had to rush her to hospital.  I have no idea why at the time we didn't call an ambulance but I think we just panicked- I will never forget sitting in the back of the car and shaking her to wake her up but with no response.  I handed her over to a doctor and she was unresponsive all the way down the corridor of A and E- seeing my tiny baby lying on a bed with 10 doctors and nurses around her is something that will stay with me forever but thankfully they roused her.  We stayed on the childrens ward for a couple of days and they ran loads of tests but everything came back clear.  Since then we have never had any other problems and she has been the picture of health, bar the usual bugs that all babies pick up.  However it certainly affected me as a parent and I think it tarred the first couple of months of her life as I was so paranoid about her being asleep.  

Even through that initial tough period, I settled into my role as a Mum.  I adored everything about those early days and I loved bundling her up in her pram and taking for a walk in those cold winter months.  I felt like I was the only woman in the world who had ever had the right to push a pram- I used to walk along with my chest puffed out with pride when someone would peer in and tell me she was beautiful.  I loved all her first milestones- her first smile, her first giggle, the first time she tasted something other than milk, and her first crawl. I enjoyed everything about being her Mummy.

March was an incredibly important month for me.  On the 7th I celebrated my first birthday as a Mummy- it was a low key affair, during the day me and my Mum took Mads to the hospital for a hip ultrasound (she suffers from mild hip dysplasia) and in the evening I went over to my Mums and shared Dominoes pizza with my family.  Still it was a poignant day celebrating my first one as a Mum- our birthdays will now pale in comparision to hers but I wouldn't want it any other way.

On the 28th March I was sitting at my computer and I decided to create a blog.  I have no idea what made me start doing it, I didn't really read any religiously but start one I did and 'Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three' was born.  I had no idea what I was doing but after a bit of research I started up a twitter account.  If I had known then what I knew now I would have created a blog with a slightly shorter name but to be honest I didn't think I would stick at it as I am most certainly not known for my 'staying power.'  My first post was hardly worthy of a literary prize but I soon got bitten by the blogging bug and started to find my feet a little more.  In May I decided to take the plunge to a self hosted page and I loved designing and laying out my new blog.  

Blogging really has changed my life, it may sound cheesy to say but it has.  Not only am I documenting the life of my daughter which I love doing, I have also got so much else from it too.  I love writing and taking photos, and blogging has definitely helped relight an interest in them.  I have been to some wonderful blogging events, from my very first Cybermummy back in June, to the most recent the Tots 100 Christmas Party.  I have met some lovely people, some who I now class as 'real life' friends as well.  I have got to work with some fantastic companies and brands and review some great items.  I have even managed to get some freelance work from blogging as well, including my recent trip to Brussels with Coca Cola and have helped my hubby set up a business too.    I am still so new to the blogging world but can't wait to see what 2012 will bring.

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A few of us at Cybermummy back in June

2011 was the first year I hadn't been abroad on holiday since I was young- travelling is one of my passions so it felt very strange not to be going away but we enjoyed exploring all that the UK had to offer going on long weekends, and visiting friends, and generally enjoying time together as a family.

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Here we are on a long weekend to Bournemouth in September

2011 has brought laughs, tears, triumphs, new skills, mistakes but above all a hell of a lot of happiness.  I fell unconditionally in love with my little girl, and learnt what it was like to know that you would literally die for another person.  I have made new friends, both through blogging and through having Mads, and also renewed old friendships.  Being a Mum has made me realise how important friendships are, and I now make sure I make a lot more effort with the wonderful ones I do have, even though they may live away and be at a completely different stage in life to me.  I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime, and that is a joy to experience.  

We have had some tough times financially, with Mr E's job not being too stable.  It still isn't and money is tight for the moment as our mortgage is so high but luckily I have had some freelance work to help us out.  Still I hate living each month not knowing and money has been a big worry for us.  At times it has pushed us both close to the edge but the love we have for each other and for Mads has seen us through.  Yes, it can be hard sometimes but we look at our daughter and realise how lucky we are to have her, and no money in the world would make us change that.  Parenting and sheer exhaustion have tested our relationship at times but I look at my husband and know that he is one in a million and how much he loves us.  I love him more than I could ever express.

This year really has been incredible and one of the very best so far.  

So what on earth do I want 2012 to bring?  Above all, all I want is health and happiness for my little family and for my family around me.  As long as I have that I have everything I could ever want.  

But if you were to ask me what else I would say...

I want 2012 to be the year that we get ourselves sorted financially.  I want Mr E to get a job he deserves and that will fulfill him, like he so desperately wants.  He loves his current job but unfortunately he has had to take a pay cut.  My husband is a talented and a incredibly creative designer and I hope that someone sees that in him.  I would love to not have to worry about money as much as we do.

I want 2012 to be the year that I take on new challenges and succeed at them.  I want my blog to continue to grow and for my writing style to continue to develop.  I would love to get some more freelance work as well.  I have already set myself the resolution of learning to cook properly and I hope that I stick to it- I want to cook my hubby some fabulous meals and make Mads some nutritious and healthy dishes to help her grow big and strong.  I would like to exercise more and get rid of the excess weight that I have on my tummy since having Mads but this is a challenge in itself considering I hate doing anything that resembles working out.  

I want 2012 to be the year of fun.  I have to work two and a half days but on the rest of my time off I want to make sure that Mads and I have a huge amount of fun.  I can't wait to see how she will grow and develop in 2012.  2012 will be the year she learns to walk and talk, and I want to be with her every step of the way.  I want to relish and enjoy every single moment with my little family.  And who knows maybe towards the end of the year we could start 'practicing' for another little addition?

Thanks and goodbye 2011, its been fun, its been emotional, its been tiring, its been testing, but above all its been bloody fantastic.

All I can say now is 2012- Bring it On!

The World's Best Advent Calendar- Hotel Chocolat!

It's Boxing Day and if you are anything like me you will have eaten far too much over the Christmas period!  Even the most hardened dieter can't help but be tempted by the wonderful selection of festive treats in all the shops. 

One wonderful part of my Christmas this year has been enjoying a little treat courtest of Hotel Chocolat.  The one thing that is guaranteed to cause arguements between Mr E and myself is chocolate- when it comes to chocolate we are polar opposites.  Mr E likes to savour his slowly and spread it out so it lasts a long time, whereas I munch them down as quickly as possible.  Therefore when I saw this advent calendar from Hotel Chocolat I just had to have it!

My absolute favourite type of chocolate is truffles and the advent calender is made up of all different types of truffle.  But best of all?  There are two truffles behind each door meaning that you can enjoy and share in peace and harmony, no bickering involved!  Or you can just have two to yourself every day if thats what you would prefer!

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Myself and Mr E have been testing the truffles over the festive period and we have really enjoyed them.  They came in a variety of flavours, including Gingerbread, Cinnamon and Praline.  I must admit that although I love chocolate, I am very much a plain chocolate girl so if I am honest I didn't enjoy some of the flavours in the advent calendar as they were a bit strong for my tastes.  I loved the caramel and the milk chocolate ones though.  However Mr E is much more exciting than me and he loved all the flavours.  

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Hotel Chocolat chocolate is just incredible- if you haven't tried it you really should as it really does taste luxurious.  I am a huge fan of some of the creative and clever ideas they come up with, the advent calender was no different.  Best of all one of their factories is literally just down the road from me so I often pop to their factory shop for a treat.

I can't wait to see what they come up with in 2012!  

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Goodbye Baby...

To my wonderful little girl,

Tomorrow you will be one.  Twelve months.  You have been here with us for 365 days tomorrow- I really can't believe it.  365 days of pure, complete happiness.  On 9.35am on 24th December 2010 you came into the world shouting with all your might- never has a sound been so magical and amazing.  From the moment that we found out we were having you it felt like you were never going to arrive- time seemed to go so slowly and I seemed to be pregnant for ever.  I loved having a bump and I loved feeling you kick inside me but I was also nervous and wanted you out safe and sound- that first cry really was the most wonderful sound I had ever experienced.

You were born on Christmas Eve, truly the best Christmas present I have ever, and will ever, receive.  You didn't come in a box, wrapped up with a bow or fancy paper- but that didn't matter.  I could never ask for anything more special and incredible and from the second you were placed into my arms you changed my life forever.  

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I knew that I was going to love you.  From the second we found out that we were having you I loved you with all my heart.  But I didn't realise just quite how much.  When I looked into your tiny little blinking eyes for the first time I truly realised what it was like to feel unconditional love.  I fell completely and utterly in love with you and I knew right then what it felt like to be a Mum- quite simply I would die for you.  I would give anything to make you happy, to help you achieve your dreams and to give you the best life in the world.  The way I felt scared me a little, I just wasn't prepared for the bond I had with you- you were, and are, my baby and there is literally nothing I wouldn't do for you.

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I would have been thrilled with whatever baby I was having, but when the sonographer told me at my twenty week scan I was having a girl I was so happy I cried with happiness.  I would have loved a boy just as much, but secretly I had always wanted a girl and I feel now the pressure is off for when we have another baby as I have got you- my little girl.  I hope that we will be best friends like me and my Mum were, and still are.  You already are my best friend and we have so much fun together.

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Over the last twelve months we have had some of the most incredible times and forged the most unforgettable memories.  I wish I could lock them away in a little box and replay them again and again.  The first time you breastfed and it didn't hurt and we lay and snuggled for hours, your first smile, your first giggle, the first time you crawled, the first time you leant in and gave me a kiss- all of these moments are etched in my mind forever.  Of course it hasn't always been easy- being a parent most certainly isn't an easy job.  I remember in the beginning howling and sobbing with pain when you were trying to breastfeed, it hurt so much and you were crying cause you were hungry.  The first time we had to rush to A and E because I lay you on the sofa and you fell off- I felt like I had let you down, you were in pain because of me.  Even now when you fall over and hurt yourself, it makes me feel awful as I would do anything to take your pain away.

However I would experience all of those scary early days a million times over to have you here.  Our lives have changed for the better and it is all because of you.  We are now a family.  I look at you with your Daddy and my heart swells with happiness.  He didn't have such a happy childhood as me and he doesn't have a Daddy of his own as he left him when he was not much older than you.  Now we are parents ourselves we look at each other and wonder how anyone could ever do that to a child.  I look at him cuddling and playing with you and the way he gets tears in his eyes when he looks at you sometimes and I know that he would never, ever do the same to you.  He is a wonderful man, an exceptional husband, but he is completely and utterly made to be a Father.  He is quite simply dedicated to you, as am I, and when you are old enough to understand you will realise just quite how much your Daddy loves you.  When I watch you both I am so proud to call you mine.  Times can be tough financially but as long as we have each other we have everything that we could ever ask for.

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I have been so proud of you this year.  You are absolutely gorgeous, and a real cheeky monkey.  You certainly have a temper on you and we worry you are going to be a madam when you are a bit bigger, but we can't hold it against you as that cheeky character makes you who you are.  You are constantly smiling and are so sociable- you hold out your hands to everyone to give them a cuddle.  You have not only changed our lives but those around us too- your Auntie Anna, Grandma and Grandpa love you so much, as do the rest of your family- you are such a lucky girl to have so many Grandparents who love you, as well as Great Grandparents too.  I love watching you with my Mum and Dad, as I get a glimpse of what they must have been like as parents to me.  Everybody loves you so much Mads, you are going to grow up with such a network of support around you that you are so incredibly lucky to have.

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So on this the eve of your first birthday, I better draw this letter to a close.  I have a lot of presents to wrap and the house to sort out for your first birthday party tomorrow.  I could write about you for hours, but let me finish by saying how incredibly proud I am to call you my daughter.  Thank you for choosing me to be your Mummy- it is the biggest joy of my life to watch you grow and change and become who you were meant to be.  I will always be there for you, and I will always hold your hand.

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Mummy loves you more than anything, and will do forever.  But as always, you knew that already.

Happy 1st Birthday to my one and only baby girl.

Love always,


 Your Mummy xx

Never Too Young...

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Reading to my Little Girl.

Ever since I was a little girl I have adored reading and I can't remember the last time I didn't have a book on my bedside table.  There is something magical about a fiction book- the way in which the words and the storyline draw you in and the characters almost become real.  There is nothing better than a book which you wish hadn't ended because you are just desperate to find out what happens next.  Or when you can't put one down so you stay up really late in order to get it finished.  I love nothing more than pouring myself a glass of wine, running a bath full of bubbles and having a nice soak with a good book.  On my honeymoon I took twelve books with me and read every single one- people chuckled and observed as to how I was going to have time to read them on my honeymoon, nudge nudge wink wink, but I managed it.  I used to love nothing more than roasting myself on my sun lounger, with a ice cold cocktail in one hand and my book in the other.

That is why I am so excited to be able to enjoy reading with Mads when she is older and I do hope that she enjoys it as much as I do.  We already read a bed time story each night and she really enjoys books which have a touch element to them- her particular favourite is a wonderful book called Millie Moo- for anyone with young childrem it is a must have, the book is so silly with fabulous interaction and things for babies to touch.  Yet obviously at the moment she doesn't really understand what I am actually saying, she just enjoys cuddling up and listening to her Mummy or Daddy.

When the time comes for her to actually understand there are so many books which I want to share with her and I can't wait to relive the magic of my childhood through reading them to her.  Forget Harry Potter, I can't wait to read such classics such as The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, The Naughtiest Girl by Enid Blyton and of course all the books by Roald Dahl- my favourites were The Twits, Georges Marvellous Medicine and Matilda.  I love the fact that you can still purchase all these books online- I still remember my Dad reading me a bedtime story most nights with a glass of milk.

Just like music, I think books transport you back to the place you were when you first read them.  I had a poem that I used to love when I was a little girl- it was called 'Forgiven' by A.A Milne.  I used to make my Mum read it over and over to me, again and again, I am surprised I didn't get sick of it.  Randomly remembering it the other day, I typed 'beetle poem' into google (ah the power of google!) and low and behold the first link was to my favourite poem as a child.  Just reading it made me feel like a little girl again, I can remember my Mum reading it to me and how much I loved it.  There are so many wonderful books out there and I can't wait to transport Mads into a world of make believe- full of witches, animals, love and magic.  

I will leave you with my favourite poem- as delightful now as it was when my Mum used to read it to me all those years ago.  Does anyone else look forward to these kind of things as much as I do?

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day ...
And Nanny let my beetle out -
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out -
She went and let my beetle out -
And Beetle ran away.

She said she didn't mean it, and I never said she did,
She said she wanted matches and she just took off the lid,
She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.

She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind,
As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find,
If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid -
And we'd get another match-box and write BEETLE on the lid.

We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
"A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"

It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say:
"I'm very very sorry that I tried to run away."

And Nanny's very sorry too for you-know-what-she-did,
And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
So Nan and Me are friends, because it's difficult to catch
An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.

Two Years Ago...

Two years ago today I woke with massive butterflies in my tummy after a very restless and troubled nights sleep.  The first thing I did was look out of the window and let out a sigh of relief, there was white snow on the ground and not a cloud in the sky- although it was December and absolutely freezing, the sun was still shining away.  I stood staring out the window for a brief second, contemplating the day ahead.  It wasn't quiet for long, soon the room was awash with activity- chattering, giggling and lots and lots of happiness.  

 Fast forward a few hours and it was time.  I stood waiting to make that journey with my Dad and he gave me a big hug and a kiss.  The harpist started playing 'Fields of Gold' and we started walking.

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It wasn't a long way but it felt like an eternity- I was walking towards a new life as a Mrs.  Little did I know then but a year and four days later we would no longer be a family of two but a family of three when our beautiful little girl was born on Christmas Eve. I was surrounded by all the people I loved most in the world but I still felt so nervous I hardly took a breath.  But I power walked up the aisle and soon I was there and the nervousness evaporated when my wonderful soulmate held my hand.  

We said our vows, and even in the ceremony there were a lot of tears and even more laughter- typical of us!

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The day passed in a blur of happiness.  I know that some people say that their special day could have been better or there were things they would have done differently but I can honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing.  I have written about our day before here but on this our second wedding anniversary I want to tell my wonderful husband who I know reads my blog (as he wrote a cheeky comment on my previous post about learning to cook!) how much I love him.  He is truly an incredible husband who looks after me more than I could ever know.  Since Mads came along he has been an incredible Daddy and there is nothing he wouldn't do for his family.  He makes me proud to call him ours.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband- Thank you for being you. xx

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