Two Girls…Now a Boy. (And Some Exciting Brand News)

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When we found out at a sixteen week private gender scan that we were having a boy, both myself and Mr E were utterly shocked. When I pictured our family, I always imagined us with little girls. I presume that is because that is all we have known. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to admit, but at some point if we were lucky enough I knew I wanted to have a little girl, so I was thrilled that at our scan with Mads I found out she was a girl. I wanted to experience having a girl, mainly because of my own relationship with my Mum and sister. At that first scan with Mads I was so shocked to be having a girl as I really thought beforehand that we were having a boy. That was the same at my littlest lady’s scan, I thought she was a boy as well. So this time around, I just assumed we would be having another girl and therefore I was shocked when the sonographer said it was a little boy.

It’s funny how your mind persuades you of something, even though you don’t have a clue either way. And the reality is that my ‘feelings’ have been wrong all three times now, with the girls me thinking we were having boys and finally with me thinking we were almost certainly going to have a another girl for our third baby.

A baby is a huge blessing either way and whatever our family makeup was destined to be, we were always going to be thrilled, after all we would be our family. But we genuinely feel incredibly excited to be having a boy on what is almost certainly, all being well, going to be our last child. It feels like a whole new adventure for our last time going through this exhilarating period of raising a small human.

And I can’t help but wonder if it will be different this time round or indeed whether a baby, boy or girl, is just the same but with different bits so to speak. At the end of the day all they need is love, but I can’t help but imagine what our little boy will be like. Will he be more of a Mummy’s boy unlike my Daddy mad girls? Will he sleep as well as them? Will he walk sooner? Talk sooner? Be more hyper? Be super affectionate like his big sister? Have the same blondy/brown curls? It all feels so different to me and I am so excited to be experiencing what feels like a whole new adventure.

The other day we gave away ten huge bags of clothes to charity- beautiful dresses with frills, little flowery rompers, lacy shorts and pink baby grows galore. It seems that back in the baby days I was obsessed with very gender specific clothing and I loved anything that was as girly as can be. We are effectively starting again- those baby boy sections in the shops that I previously neglected are now at the forefront of my mind- I absentmindedly walk around looking at the cute little outfits and I imagine what our little boy will be like. The reality is I have two little ‘tomboys’ so I rarely buy anything pink or frilly anymore and in fact Mads often buys things from the boy section, but still I am excited to be dressing a newborn little boy in those teeny tiny outfits.

We genuinely thought we would stop at two children and although a much planned and wanted little person, we have forgotten about what baby things we actually need and a lot of our bits and pieces for the girls will need to be replaced, having either been sold, donated to friends and forgotten about along the way, or just generally are a bit tatty after two children. Our baby monitor is on it’s last legs with its missing buttons so that will need to be replaced, our borrowed moses basket went back to a friend a long time ago, and our bright pink buggy (told you I went a bit pink crazy!) was sold years before. All the baby items in the shop seem really new and exciting, it seems the world of babies has moved on since I shopped five years ago, (we didn’t buy much for LL as she mostly had her sister’s hand me downs) so I am loving seeing what is out there for our little blue bump.

You may be able to see from photos on this blog that we love colour in our family. Our house is not for stepping into when you have a headache, for from the second you walk in and see our mustard print wallpaper in our living room, or head upstairs and see our girls bright rainbow bedroom, you will see that we just love bright colours. I’m a huge fan of happy colours and bright prints and I love dressing our girls in clothes that exude happiness and cheer even on a dull and grey day. A while ago an email popped into my inbox from Cosatto, a brand that I have long admired, asking if I would like to work with them over the remainder of my pregnancy and once the baby is here.

Of course I jumped at the chance, with their dazzling prints, super bright colours and bold patterns, aw15_shadowthey were right up my (colourful) street. Their mission is to ‘save the world from boring baby stuff’ and that couldn’t be more true. I will be writing a series of posts on my blog for Cosatto, as well as having the chance to review some of their amazing collection once our little bump has arrived in the world. Having followed Cosatto on social media for years, I can vouch for the fact that they are a super friendly bunch, but I am so excited to finally be able to try out the brand for myself.

A couple of days ago the most exciting delivery arrived at our house and I was so excited when I saw the lorry pull up that Mr E wondered what was wrong with me. Inside a couple of large cardboard boxes sits the future chariot for my little bump- a gorgeous duck egg blue Cosatto Ooba. Having had friends who have had the Ooba travel system, almost every single one of them have told me that it is the best pushchair they have owned, so I am really excited to try it out once baby is here. I didn’t have a pram with LL, just a stroller type buggy, so I am so excited to push a teeny tiny newborn in a pram again. I am just am counting down the days till, all being well, he is here safe and sound and ready to try out his new wheels.

I often have to pinch myself about the opportunities this blog brings me, not least to be able to work with like minded brands. Cosatto couldn’t be a better brand for me with their love of colour, prints and pattern and I literally am over the moon to be owning one of their pushchairs, as I feel that I can really share in their mission and passion. Plus they are one of the nicest and friendliest brands around and so I am thrilled to be working with them over the current months.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some of my new favourite recent colourful photos of the girls, taken last week when there was a frost on the ground and the sun was shining in the sky. They have shiny red noses and look so happy and close- they really are the best of friends. I can’t wait until there is another little person in the photo joining them…

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NB: We are working with Cosatto on a series of posts over the coming months, plus reviewing some of their gorgeous products. All words and opinions are entirely my own. 

37 Comments

  • I totally understand how you are feeling as I have two girls and then a boy, I too guessed wrong on all their genders. I have found having a little boy so different to a girl in some ways but then so similar to having my girls at the same time, if that makes sense. I have found that he really does prefer me to his daddy though which is nice, as we all know little girls have daddy’ wrapped around their little fingers. I love Cosatto as are buggy broke on Sunday I contacted them and they came and collected my buggy on Tuesday and it is already fixed and on its way home today (Thursday), amazing customer service! xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thanks for this comment, it is lovely to hear about your experiences with girls and a little boy. I am so excited to have all this to come. And wow that is amazing customer service- well done Cosatto! x

  • Absolutely perfect brand match for you all. Going to fit in amazingly and I look forward to reading and drooling over the pictures :) xxx well done for snagging such a great brand

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Ooh the ooba is so lovely and the duck egg looks so gorgeous for a little boy. Well, all of cosatto stuff is gorgeous isn’t it? :)

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It does look lovely, I am really excited to get to push him around it. We decided not to bother with a pram for LL and I totally missed having one, so I am really excited about the pram part too. x

  • The Ooba is gorgeous and I love the colour, perfect for a little boy. We have three stroller buggy type things but not really a proper pram but hoping to borrow my brothers Stokke for the first few weeks. They’re in it for such a short amount of time we can’t really justify the cost of a new one, or so my husband tells me (he’s such a spoil sport). Gorgeous pics of the girls, can’t wait to see them with their little brother! xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely, I am so excited to get it out and really experiment with it. No you are completely right, although we didn’t have a pram for LL for exactly that reason, but I really missed one, so I am really excited to have one this time. x

  • Donna says:

    We loved our Cosatto Supa Dupa when Little Man was teenie – it helped me get out of the house with two under two and I’ll always have fond thoughts for Cosatto for that alone. If I were to pick a brand that suits your family perfectly it would be Cosatto. I cannot wait to read more about your partnership x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely. It sounds silly, but they really are the perfect baby brand for us. I love their colourful prints and I am not normally the type to get excited about prams and buggies, but I literally couldn’t be MORE excited to get the Ooba. x

  • Jenny says:

    I love this Katie and so fun getting to pick from the other side of the shops now I can relate. I love that I get to shop in both sections of all kid’s clothes. lol You will have fun. You could have made a killing on all your girls clothes hunny you should have sold them on ebay or set up an instagram selling page they would have went like wild fire!!! I sold all B’s clothes for so much! :) But nice to give to charity too! Bet it was hard to part with but exciting times too. I love cosatto! How exciting. They have fab patterns.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      A lot of people said that to me but I felt better in giving them to charity. They do have gorgeous prints don’t they? x

  • I’m excited to see this…what a perfect fit! We have one of their 360 high chairs and love it! Yay for blogging! x

  • Mary says:

    Oh my i LOVE it, im a colourful person too and love bold, bright things in my home and life. I love the girls clothes and im sure your new little man will be equally as funky – especially in his new wheels!

    I love this countdown phase where things are coming together and its more of a reality! x

  • Morgana says:

    You and Costatto are a match made in heaven. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this partnership. I am SO going to get pram and pushchair envy, and as you know I’m not even pregnant, haha! xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I think big, bold bright colours are the best! He definitely will look the part in his new wheels. And you are right, it definitely is an exciting part. x

  • Suzanne says:

    How exciting Katie! You are very lucky but you know that and that’s why we are all thrilled for you :) These photographs are gorgeous. Your words made me smile because I was exactly the same with my three bumps – thought the first two were boys (my husband is one of 7 boys!) and the third was a girl. How wrong could we be?! Very exciting to see photos of your little boy. So precious.x x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thanks Suzanne, I love these photos of them! It’s funny how you can get your predictions so wrong isn’t it?! x

  • Katie, what exciting news! You and Costatto are the perfect match! Really looking forward to hearing more about your partnership and seeing all the pics of your little boy (!) in his super swish pram. X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Kate. I am really excited to be working with them- and thank you, so excited to get the pram up and have a baby to put in it! x

  • Hannah G says:

    This sounds like such an exciting opportunity! I am a huge fan of both your blog and Cosatto so this is a match made in heaven. I am really looking forward to your reviews of their products, and I can’t wait to see your little man enjoying his pram when he’s here x

  • Lots of exciting times ahead, can’t wait to read all about it. I can’t wait to see how you match your little boy in with your girls clothes x

  • Aw Katie your pictures never fail to make me smile. They are full of joy and wonder from your little girls and I am sure they will be the bestest big sisters to your little boy when he arrives. Great news on working with Cosatto, they couldn’t have picked a nicer family to work with xx

  • Ah that is great news, how exciting! You know I was so thrilled to have a boy and a girl, I was convinced my little Flo would be a boy but I was delighted when I could cuddle my daughter! I loved that as well that it would feel like a different experience, even though all babies are different, I knew it would just be a different path and I liked that. They are so close too, just as your three will be! xx

  • Sherry says:

    Oh how lovely! Cosatto are a great brand and I was really stumped between them and another brand when mine was born. Such a beautiful pushchair x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It really is gorgeous, I am so excited to get it all up and ready for his arrival. They are such a friendly brand too- really lovely. x

  • Gorgeous pics. It will be wonderful having a boy. You just need to get used to changing a nappy filled with a willy (that’s what I was most scared about, but it’s not so bad). x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Hehe that is the bit that everyone tells me about- I am just scared about him having a little willy in general! 😉 x

  • becky says:

    Oh what a great brand match, Cosatto totally make me think of you and your gorgeous family! :) X

  • What a perfect partnership! I’ve just been off googling your new wheels and it’s gorgeous!! The duck egg blue one is stunning and makes me wonder if we should have gone for more colour?! I can’t wait to see what you and Cosatto have planned for the year ahead.

    Also, love the pictures of your little ladies on the frozen grass, with their red noses. So cute!! xx

  • Ooh so exciting Katie, Cosatto is a great brand! We had one of their lovely highchairs, and it was worth every penny- got lots of compliments about it (from other parents, obviously!). x

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