LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION.

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Hello my lovelies,

I hope you’re all well. I think that I’ve finally sorted out my schedule for blogging and I’ve decided on uploading every third day as opposed to a certain day of the week as I just find that easier for me. It gives me enough time to write new blogs, not run out of content and also not be writing blogs 24/7. What do you think?

This is going to be my one exception and I’m still going to upload tomorrow as I had one scheduled but I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely BECCALEEBEAUTY so go and give her a little look on her wonderful blog. If you’re wondering what the Liebster award is, it’s pretty much a nice little community thing where lovely bloggers acknowledge other lovely bloggers and give even more lovely bloggers and readers the opportunity to discover a bunch of new bloggers. What a cute little idea, ammiright. 

Here are the instructions for the lovely people I decide to nominate.

  • Post the instructions for accepting the award and passing it on.
  • Create a new blog post on your page thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog, and put in a graphic of the award.
  • Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
  • Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
  • Nominate ten others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their award!

So here are the questions that I got given.

  1. What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is mustard. I love everything Mustard with everything in my heart. Leo has got a large amount of mustard coloured clothes to the point that the other day Leo was wearing a Mustard coloured tshirt and I went to change him after lunch at my mum’s house into another Mustard coloured tshirt. I hadn’t even planned it. Just picked up a couple of cute tops. I just love it.

     2. What is your favourite holiday? (Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc)

I love Christmas so so much, it’s a time for family and giving and just enjoying yourself. I’m especially looking forward to this christmas because it’ll be leo’s second holiday. His first christmas he experienced last year but he was only one month old so he’ll be able to enjoy the festivities to the fullest amount

     3. Speaking of Christmas, what is your favourite Christmas song?

I’m not a massive christmas song fan, but I am a massive disney fan so i’m just going to have to say the frozen soundtrack all of them. I love a christmas film fan though and have been watching them from December 3rd (not before because we don’t acknowledge christmas before my birthday on the second.)

        4. Do you have any pets, and if not, what animal would you want if you did have a pet?

We don’t currently have any pets but I’ve told Rico that we can have some as soon as we have a mortgage. We plan to get two dogs, a bunch of chickens and an axolotl which we’ve really wanted for a while.

       5. What is your favourite TV show?

My favourite TV show is an unfair question. I love it’s always sunny in philadelphia, dexter, I love the american version of the office and anything trashy or on MTV.

Here are a couple of facts about me.

  • I don’t have any tattoos but I have 7 piercings all on my face and ears. I used to have close to 20 and 20mm stretchers but I grew out of them and have been left with ear lobes which look a little bit like cats bum holes.
  • I work as an indoor play assistant and have done for the last 5 years but I plan on going back to school when Leo’s older.
  • A lot of people think we named Leonardo because his Dad is Portuguese but in all honesty we didn’t even realise it was Portuguese and just liked teenage mutant Ninja turtles.
  • I wear my one pair of Doc Martens all day everyday and they’re my second pair. My first fell apart.

Here are my nominees.

Chloesblogthing: She’s my real life angel and we met years and years ago when she came into my work and been good buddies ever since. She blogs about mental health and LGBT topics and is a wonderful human in general.

Adventures of a mum with a wife: A fellow mumma blogger with super honest and interesting content which is uploaded daily. lovely!

Perfecting Felix: A fellow young mumma with a gorgeous little one and blog. Really thought out and wonderful blog posts.

EVERYDAYSACHET: One of the blogs I first followed and also one of my favourites.

Wears Rosie: A gorgeous fashion blog with beautiful vibrant photography. Deffo worth the follow.

Denisse Samantha: A wonderful beauty blogger with really informative posts.

BlushOfTheHaters: If the cute quirky name hasn’t made you want to follow enough then the lovely beauty blog is going to solidify the deal.

Here’s 7 nominations that I chose.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

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Trips out With a Toddling Baby.


I don’t think I did an actual blog post on Leo learning to walk but it’s here, he’s been toddling about unsteadily for the last week and genuinely is so proud of himself. I’m pretty proud of him too in all honesty. He’s so happy and proud of himself and wants to walk literally everywhere and seeing him doing something which he really wants to do is lovely, usually he get’s quite frustrated because he’s so close to so many milestones but just needs that little bit of extra help so seeing the joy and pride on his face if either my friends, Ricardo or myself praise him is everything that I enjoy about being a mumma.

The day after he officially started toddling ,I went out and bought him some lovely little trainers and Desert shoes instead of the slipper canvas shoe he had before so he can toddle outside and it was so worth it. I pushed him in the buggy to his dads bus stop yesterday whih is probably a 5 minute walk, slightly less and let him walk home holding my hand. I was kind of worried that he’d want to walk off without me but he held my hand so nicely and walked in the direction which I pointed to. Granted, it did take 40 entire minutes to walk him home but we did have to stop to wave at every single car which passed, watched the bin man empty the bins by our local shop and attempt to pick up every single leaf which had fallen off one tree so all in all he did quite well I had to pick him up for the final 50 meters and when we got home he climbed on my lap, curled up and fell asleep watching trolls. I genuinely loved every single second of it and seeing him reaching all of his milestones makes my heart burst with pride.

In the evening we decided to go for our monthly trip to Wagamamas and I took my friends Courtney and Danielle for their first experiences with Rico meeting us there after work. Leo toddled all of the way from the car park and seeing the encouragement from my friends (who he literally adores) was even more sweet. Unfortunately now he’s walking he doesn’t want to sit still, so our usually quite easy trip to wagas was  quite difficult until the food came out because Leo just wanted to show off.

 

Here’s a before and after shot of Leo’s dinner in Wagamamas. I had to apologise whole heartedly for the amount of mess hes made and the thought of all of that rice on the floor made my mumma heart break.

We’re going to go to the Dinosaur Park on Thursday which Leo has been to once before. If you want to read that blog then you can click HERE and see but it’ll be the first time that he’s been able to walk and hasn’t been confined to a pram or a hip for the majority of the journey so that’ll be fun. I’ll deffo be blogging about it so look out for that.

speak soon,

Hannah x

Day out at the Norfolk Show.

I have never been to the Norfolk show before and I feel quite honestly if I’d have gone before I had Leo I would have dragged my feet the entire way around in a mood, so it’s worked out nicely. Since I’ve had my baby I have realised what’s important and that’s my family and Leo. I appreciate my parents and jump at the chance of going out with them now, especially on days out which Leo is starting to enjoy more and more. So the Norfolk show with my mum was a chance I jumped at and it was wonderful.

There were hundreds of stalls and shows and it exceeded my expectations massively, there was even a stall that my work had hired out which I didn’t even realise.

Leo’s still quite little so he didn’t find the main events particularly entertaining, he found entertainment in all of the scaffolding which surrounded the different events and ended up constantly wanted to lick the metal. each to their own. We also watched the horses going around and Leo’s just learned how to clap so he found great enjoyment in clapping and getting praised everytime everyone else clapped. There was such a variety of different activities, it was really wonderful.

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There were multiple tents for all of the different animals which included, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, and cows. Fun fact, I have actually always wanted chickens in my garden but have a bit of a phobia of birds (and after proof reading this blog I realised I actually don’t have a garden right now, just a balcony) I really like the silkie chickens though they’re so little and cute and fluffy, I think that they’d be made for me.

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And then it came to the tent that I was looking forward to, the food tent which was actually the busiest. It was full of every kind of food and I managed to grab probably more than a dozen different samples which was the highlight of my day actually. There is a definite finesse that you have to learn when you are trying to take all of the samples of food without buying anything which includes having the best small talk ever.

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Have any of you guys been to the Norfolk show?

speak soon,

Hannah x

An open Letter to my Fiance.

To Riccardo,

So today is actually fathers day and I know that in an ideal world this will be written, edited and posted today we definitely don’t live in an ideal world. So I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this on the day that it is posted then I hope you had a really lovely Tuesday.

Firstly I want to say Thankyou, Thankyou for being such a caring and considerate person. Thankyou for being there for me throughout everything over the last 2 years and most of all Thankyou for sticking with me when times were tough and we had to work super duper hard for us to reach our own personal piece of bliss. I am a lucky girl to be able to wake up every day to not one but two beautiful boys ready to greet me and make it so much easier to get up in the morning.

There have been times over the last couple of years when we have both found it difficult, an unexpected pregnancy, moving 200 miles and having to create an entire life together in only a number of months and I admire you so much for being able to leave everything you had to start a life you could have no idea about. Even though we squabble like children, we will never go to bed angry and the times that you have held me for hours whilst I have been shaking and cried from anxiety attacks.

Seeing you with our son is the most heartwarming image and knowing that he loves you just as much as I do fills me with joy. I pretend to be annoyed when you’re paranoid if he’s got a temperature or glands are swollen but in reality it’s adorable. I could not imagine spending my life with anyone else and I’m grateful for you every day.

Love from,

Hannah x

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Leo’s First Petting Zoo.

We have finally reached the milestone in Leo’s life which I have been most looking forward to. The  time that we can take him on days out and it feels like he’s actively enjoying himself as opposed to just pushing him around and not being interested in the slightest.

Today we went to Leo’s first petting zoo with my parents, Rico was at work so it was a nice to spend time with just us and to have days out like we used to when I was younger with Leo replacing my little brother who was at school.

When we started the day, we had all slept in and Leo had a bit of a temperate, a bloodshot eye and was so so grumpy so already I wasn’t expecting much for the day. Apparently the petting zoo that we went to was one that I had previously visited a number of times when I was younger. I love being able to take him to places that I loved (the first being the dinosaur park which I loved when I was little, there’s even a photo of me when next to one of the dinosaurs when I was 3 or 4 that we have a photo of Leo sitting next to now, it makes me so so happy.)

I really wasn’t expecting much when with the animals at the petting zoo, maybe a couple of rabbits guinea pigs and a tired looking donkey which is how It usually works out but the only word that I can actually use to describe where we went as glorious. We saw miniature ponies, goats, alpacas, pigs, emus, rabbits, snakes, turtles, meerkats and actually quite a lot more. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if they called it a zoo for babies.

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The Meerkats that Leo was completely uninterested in haha.

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The emus that weren’t emu’s but I’m going to call them Emus for ease that came charging at us when we saw them.

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Some cute ass miniature Ponies.

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The goats that had obviously been conditioned into realising if they stick their heads through the hole they get food.

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Leo’s reaction to the Goats sticking their heads through the hole to get food.

So as you can see we saw a lot of animals, I didn’t actually get a lot of pictures of the rides we went on as I went on most of them with Leo but it was such a nice atmosphere because all of the activities were made for children Leo’s age up until around 6 or 7. Leo was completely infatuated with watching the train going around, slightly more intimidated when going around but he still enjoyed the Alice in Wonderland theme. It was so sweet, we also went on baby teacups ride which Leo stayed extremely straight faced about but he didn’t cry so I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it.

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There was also multiple playgrounds and activities for young children and it was so sweet watching Leo become involved in everything.

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The cute little sandpit Leo played in which was convenient because if Leo could sit in sand all day, he probably would.

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My little Bob the Builder.

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Crossing the rope ladder.

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He went down multiple slides, so who can really complain. Today was probably one of the best days out I’ve ever had (This was actually Friday but I have all of my posts on timer so I can have time to write).

Have you been anywhere recently?

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

 

Day out at the Dinosaur Park.

Up until now most days out have consisted of things which either myself or Rico wants to do or activities we assume Leo would probably enjoy if he wasn’t too young to understand but we have finally gotten to the point where he can go on days out and he will actively enjoy them.

That’s actually what I’ve been really looking forward to, being able to plan trips, pack a packed lunch and get on the bus’s for the day. He’s the perfect age and summer is just beginning (I don’t even care that I went through the majority of my pregnancy in the baking hot summer a year ago because we’re able to go so many more places now).

So we decided to go the the Dinosaur Park on Sunday and it was one of the nicest days out that I have ever been on (even though we had to go home early as Rico was ill). Leo was so involved and active and you could just see him taking in everything throughout the day whether it was the giant dinosaur statues or the indoor play area which was perfect for him. He’s such a boisterous and rough and tumble child, all he wants to do is walk and throw himself down which is frustrating for us both and I have to put him in his walker when I’m doing odd jobs as he literally throws himself off anything. He hates not being able to crawl and explore so full days at home are usually long and tiring.

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I quite like this photo that Rico took even though I usually don’t like taking Photographs with little to no makeup but it was too too hot for foundation or eyeshadow or ANY face makeup apart from the basics.

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Leo Playing on the play area.

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I actually have a photo next to this Dinosaur from when I was 3 years old which is super cute and I can’t wait to bring leo back when he’s the same age so we can compare.

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It’s so important for me to be able to do as many things with Leo whilst he’s young and growing but it’s quite difficult during the week as Rico works 40 hours and I don’t drive so the weekends are so important but it’s so nice when we do get that time together, especially when the weather is beautiful. We’re actually going to Portugal in 2 months which is exciting as all of Leo’s dad’s side of the family is Portuguese which makes Leo Portuguese and it’s so important for me for Leo to be brought up with as many links to all of his family as possible.

Have you got any plans for Summer?

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Babies First: Trip to the Beach.

Hi guys,

So by now you’re probably really bored of my babies first series but to tell you the truth these are my favourite blogs that I have written so far. I am able to look back and see all of Leo’s firsts in detail and recall the emotion that I felt at the time as opposed to just a fleeting ‘oh yeah’ that happened.

So Yesterday I had a super exciting Babies first, it was his first trip to the beach. Now ever since I first found out I was pregnant I have been super excited to just take him to the beach and let him touch the sand watch the colours of the funfairs that regularly follow the coasts or even having a family to sit on the beach with a big old portion of fish and chips.

So when the opportunity to go to Yarmouth arose of course I had to chase it. To be honest we live so close to the coast I really don’t know why it took us so long to take him because he loved every single thing about it. We decided to baby wear (ended up being a great choice) as with 8 of us in the car we couldn’t fit a pram in but it gave him the opportunity take everything in. He loved being held above the waves and running back when they fled up the sand. He loved jumping on the dry sand and watching it kick up into a dust cloud and he absolutely loved looking at all of the lights and colours as we walked through the funfair.

Here are some snaps we took during the day.

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For a 5 month old (5 month update coming tomorrow, sorry always late) he always wants to be involved and knowing what’s going on which has helped him develop his fine and gross motor skills as he is motivated to grab things and hold himself up. All in all it was a success and I had a wonderful time with my lovely family.

If you want to read Leo’s other Babies firsts then I will leave links to all of the other ones down below.

Babies First Snow Day.

Babies first Injections.

Babies First Tooth(ish).

Babies First train journey.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

A Trip to the Castle!

Although it is Valentines day today it’s a day which we have decided not to celebrate, so instead we decided to go to our local castle. It’s a beautiful Landmark in Norwich that I have visited since I was a young child. In fact one of my first memories was when I was in nursery when I was about 5 years old and we all went as a class.

I remember numerous times I went with family and friends and each and every time I go it brings back nostalgia and great memories. Ricardo on the other hand has only been living in Norwich for around 8 months and only been once when I was 6 months pregnant and Leonardo hadn’t been at all (unless you count when he was still a sprog in my stomach).


I know that Leonardo won’t remember it but I want to be able to tell him that it’s a place that we’ve taken him since he was young and for him to have the great memories that I have and for when he is older to still feel excited and warm to visit, remembering every exhibit off by heart but still feeling like it’s brand new.


It also is accompanied by an incredible view of the city and the view of the castle from below is pretty beautiful also.



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Speak soon,

Hannah x

My Waterbirth Story (First Youtube Video)

Hi guys,

I know that I say this a lot but I’m trying something new today. I filmed my first Youtube video detailing my birth story. When I started this blog I had no intention to make Youtube videos but I have tried writing about this and a number of other stories and it just doesn’t have the same appeal as verbally spoken.

If you’d like to give that a watch then you can click Here.

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