He left this morning for school trip to the seaside with his classmates. “I am going to miss you, Mama. Don’t worry I’ll be good. You do good too, alright?” , then he kissed my hands and waved from the window of the bus. Oh I do miss his sweet face already 💔 #bw#firstborn#picoftheday#mamarazzi
Dinner time with this one is pretty much like a race against time these days.
Just how many things can I chop up before she’s either pulling on my leg, whining, or trying to climb the kitchen bench?
I usually have about two minutes in between distractions.
And by distractions, I generally mean Peppa Pig or treats.
And by treats, I really mean some form of berry, 'cause we all know that no sane parent gives their child sugar anywhere near that glorious time of day known as bedtime.
Luckily for me dinner is super quick and easy to prep thanks to @hellofreshau. I’m still offering 50% off your first box, just enter the code “LEAH50” at checkout.
| Olivers Birth Story | excuse photo quality its a screen capture of the midwives video she took for us 😍
2.14am it all started a moment you wait 9 months for... I wake my partner.
My waters had broken.. at least I thought it was that or I had wet the bed, with the towel between my leggs I rolled over to head to the bathroom thats when I knew it was for sure waters and it wasnt letting up!
I called the midwives to let them know and we agreed I would head in in the morning as Tahlee was in bed and I didnt want to wake her for nothing.. as I wasnt getting any pains or anything else as yet.. 3.08am I got back into bed after having a shower, charging my camera battery and emptying a memory card as I hadnt yet done it thinking I had a little more time... Chris " well? Are you labouring cause Im tired and I want to go back to bed " Men right!? At 4.00am I was hitting my partner again, while I wasnt in much pain contractions were coming quite close together.. We had 30 minutes to the hospital so I said I think we should head in.. Tahlee was only a 6 hour labour and its already been 2 since my waters had broke.
We packed Tahlee a bag, packed the car and woke up Tahlee and headed to the hospital!
110 the whole way, ( someone was scared to deliever the baby road side ) and soaking wet pants we arrived just after 5 and headed straight to Maternity.
A few contractions as we walked that I needed to stop for and we met our midwife and were lead to the birthing suit... this was it.. the moment just before you met your baby!
Tahlee was nothing but amazing already to this point, still not in tooo much pain I hoped on the bed while the midwife turned on the bath, she come back and to my shock I was 8cms!!! 8!! Things got bitey from there, I hoped into the shower as Tahlee started un zipping her zippy to join me in the bath that was still filling up.. with the shower handle on my front and the bath handle on my back I rocked side to side through the next few contractions. The bath had just enough water to squat and cover my hips so I got in... **continued in comments**
After a 1am and 4am wake up from this monkey walking into our room, the 6.15 wake up wasn’t massively appreciated! However we were getting up early anyway as Oliver had a surprise early morning visitor, his Granny from Wales! She was up here for the night so was popping in on her way back home. •
I now feel like I’ve got a long day ahead of me because we’re already up and ready for the day which doesn’t usually happen!
GinGin insisted I took a pic of this to upload here. It's not the dot-to-dot that she's proud of. She wanted everyone to see how she turned this plain old bear into a swashbuckling pirate. Yep that eyepatch and pirate hat are all totally GinGin's own handiwork. She just loves pirates at the minute 💗
Special shout out to my #stomptober partner in crime,@sweetcreations_bybeth. Her post yesterday was so sweet, and supportive of both of the boys in my life! She’s an amazing woman, with a heart of gold. If you don’t follow her already, you should.
Even though we were walking this life in opposite directions, on somewhat different paths, God aligned us on the same track 5 years ago, and for that, I thank Him every day! I don’t know where I’d be without her! .
Join @sweetcreations_bybeth and I for #Stomptober ...a call to action to Stomp Out Hate, and insert some much needed L❤️VE into this world. Every day in October 🗓, we will be posting pictures of our feet stomping some leaves 🍂🍁 as a reminder to spread love, even to those you've deemed unlovable.
For every like that each of my Stomptober photos gets, I will be donating $.10 to @gobeloveintl, an amazing organization dedicated to visiting orphans & widows in their distress, (James 1:27) including caring for families & communities, orphan prevention, and missionary care.
Most of our friends would lament that their babies would not let them put on hats, sunnies, headbands, etc on them. Not M3, she would insist on wearing BOTH her headband and hat as pictured 😂
When The house is quiet and Hanalei's soft sighs are the only sounds I hear, that's when I like to go to my office, open up my daily list, and allow God to move my fingers and create. It could be 8pm it could be 3am, it doesn't matter. It's just me, the screen glow, and the incredible hopeful and excited list of customers that are awaiting their D&D keepsakes. It's my favorite time to illustrate. ☺️
Our Preorder Season is ending in just TWO DAYS! I hope everyone that has been wanting to order has been able to do so and enjoy all the promotions that come along with this season. Who is looking forward to a D&D gift giving season. I know I am! Everyone is getting a Hanalei engraved ornament. 😍 Even my bible study. Haha. No no probably not them though she is oh so cute 🙈😻💕