Apr 20

#MySundayPhoto 20th April 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 20, 2014

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A week ago today, to the minute, my brother had just set off for the 26 mile London Marathon, only 18 months after having a heart attack. You can read his story here, it was a very scary time! Big T, Little T and I spent last Sunday on the sofa, stuffing our faces and watching the coverage of the marathon on the BBC, looking out of my big brother. We didn’t see him on TV but I was tracking his run on my phone, great stuff this technology! I wish we could’ve been there to cheer him on but my mum and dad and lots of my big brother’s friends were. It was such a fab day for them!

He finished the marathon in 4hrs16mins and we are all soooo proud of him. Little T is the proudest and was very happy to wear his big Uncle Lee’s medal! “He’s saying nah nah nah naaaah nah, I’ve got a medal” in this photo, cheeky!

Laura x

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Apr 18

Little T talks – Part 3

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 18, 2014

I absolutely love keeping track of Little T’s talking, it’s something that is so important and listening to him pick up words is so lovely. It kind of makes me feel like I’m doing something right, event though most of it won’t be down to me but the world around him. I don’t read up on how children pick up language or where he should be at at his age, that way you only feel disappointed when they’re not up to scratch. I don’t really have many concerns, I just think T might be proving to be a little bit lazy with his talking, preferring to point at things instead but we’re working on it.

I’ve written about Little T’s talking before, in Part 1 and Part 2. This is a catch up of where he’s at at the moment…

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“Hello Daisy” is something he loves saying, just because.

“Noooo” usually said whilst pointing at you!

“Lyla” when pointing at any cat. He still thinks all cats are called Lyla, including our Tilly. He won’t have it any other despite explaining that cats are called cats!

“Hiya” is still one of his favourite words although now he says it over and over again so you say it back to him. When you do, he says it louder, expecting you to say it louder, then he’ll say it again even louder… and so on and so on until you’re both shouting “HIYAAA.” It’s a game.

“Ta” which he will say with some coaxing. I thought I better start teaching him manners in an attempt to make a slightly amiable child.

“Peas” meaning please. Another of T’s words that will come eventually after you’ve said it about 20 times upon giving him something, usually food.

Animal noises:

T, what do ducks do? “Quack quack”

T, what do lions do? “Raaaaa”

T, what do crocodiles do? “Rap rap” (meaning snap snap) which he does with a snappy hand movement.

T, what do snakes do? “Ssssssssssss” This one is his favourite.

T, what do bears do? “Arrrgghhhh” Pretty much the same as a lion.

T, what do cats do? At this point he waits for you to go “miaow” and he laughs. I don’t think it quite works like that, T.

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He will eat something and look at you with his face in the air whilst going “mmmmmm.” Pretty sure he’s learnt that one from me, oops. It’s usually when eating something yummy, never veg!

He also loves you to sing “heads, shoulders, knees and toes,” and “dingle dangle scarecrow” to him and he does the actions along with you. This past month or so, his vocabulary hasn’t really broadened but he appears to be understanding things a lot more. He will follow simple actions if you ask him. I tried it out the other day to big success when I was washing up in the kitchen and I asked him to bring his bottle from the living room. It took some encouragement and a few times of asking but he got there in the end which was fab!

Like I said, I could go on Baby Center and look and see what children of his age should be doing but I’d rather he learnt at his own pace, which seems to be slow and steady at the moment. It really is lovely to see! There’s just one word that he still won’t even attempt to say and that’s… you guesssed it… “mummy!” Come on T!!

Laura x

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Apr 16

Five Songs

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 16, 2014

I’m guest posting over on The L’s Mum today whilst she is away enjoying herself on holiday (jealous!). My post is all about the five songs that mean the most to me.

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We all have songs like this, what are yours? I’d love to hear your stories.

Laura x

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Apr 16

One Song Wednesday 16th April 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 16, 2014

Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen

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#OneSongWeds isn’t one of Little T’s new favourites this week, it’s all mine. I don’t know much about these lads but I have heard this song quite a lot recently and it really takes me back to my 2003 Strokes days. There aren’t enough bands like this around any more so it’s a refreshing change to hear something dirty on the radio again rather than churned out dance r ‘n’ b stuff. If this comes on the radio, I turn it up. Simple!

What have you been listening to this week? Why not link up and share it!

Laura x



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Apr 15

Share your nursery: Gaynor & Holden

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 15, 2014

Welcome to “Share your nursery,” the feature where mummies and daddies give other parents and parents to be tips, experiences and nursery decor inspiration! This week we have my lovely Twitter pal, Gaynor.

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Hi, I’m Gaynor, wife to Graham and mum to Holden, who is now 2. I’m an Architect and we live near Edinburgh where you can usually find me posting lots of pictures of Holden on Instagram. I love spending time with my family & friends and seeing the world.

Being a mummy

Being a parent is fantastic, amazing and incredibly rewarding. I love watching Holden grow and develop and how he changes every day. However, the first six weeks were definitely the hardest especially recovering after my section. I’m not sure we quite knew what had hit us that first night we got home from the hospital.

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

It’s definitely made we wonder what on earth I used to do with all my spare time! I like to think that it hasn’t changed us much otherwise; we just do everything we used to do with Holden in tow, except the nights out! We recently took our first city break with Holden and we just made sure to fit in plenty toddler activities along with the tourist attractions and buildings! When I went back to work I changed to part time which I love as it gives me a perfect balance of working 3 days a week but still plenty time at home with Holden.

The question on all new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

We were very lucky with Holden and he started sleeping for 7 hours overnight when he was just 8 weeks old and he’s continued to like his sleep, which is good, as the first 6 weeks just confirmed that neither of us do well with little or interrupted sleep!

Share Your Nursery

life love laura share your nursery gaynor and holden our day by design

life love laura share your nursery gaynor and holden our day by design

life love laura share your nursery gaynor and holden our day by design

life love laura share your nursery gaynor and holden our day by design

life love laura share your nursery gaynor and holden our day by design

Where did you get the inspiration for your nursery décor?

Holden’s nursery nursery is grey and white striped. I spent hours trawling Pinterest and blogs for inspiration. I pinned things as I was going along then chose which things I wanted to have and spent hours searching for things on Etsy and eBay as many of my inspiration pins came from America.

Did you decorate whilst you were expecting or did you wait until your little one arrived?

Holden’s nursery was originally the spare room in our flat so we cleared it out and painted while I was pregnant and bought almost everything beforehand.

Which is your favourite part of your nursery?

My favourite bit was definitely the grey striped wall. We’ve since moved out of our flat and I’m desperate to paint it again in Holden’s new room. However I also loved his penguin, blanket, mobile, cushions, shelves, prints, letters and drawer knobs! All the details for everything can be found in this post on my blog.

Which three items in your nursery have you found to be the most useful?

I loved the Ikea expedit unit that we put his changing mat and storage baskets on top of. It meant we didn’t need to buy a specific changing unit and now we just store more toys there. The baskets were also perfect for keeping all the nappies close to hand. His cot is also great as it has a drawer underneath to store bedding, blankets and towels and the colour matched the wall perfectly!

Which items (if any) have you discovered to be something that you don’t really need?

I think we used everything that we bought. As you can see, apart from the cot, we bought very little that was specifically for a nursery. We probably didn’t use the chair in his room as much as we thought we would but it was great to have in there and now we use it in our living room as we made sure it was the same colour as our sofa. There were some things I didn’t finish or get a chance to put on the wall, especially once we knew we would be moving, so they will all go in to his new room. These include the same height chart Laura has for T and some punch collages I’ve still to finish. We do also have his full name in large letters which I always intended to paint grey.

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I don’t think there was anything else I would have wanted; I loved the process of finding everything we wanted for his room and have used everything again his new room.

Thank you so much for taking part Gaynor and Holden! I love an Expedit too! You can follow G&H’s adventures on Twitter at @OurDayByDesign or on their blog, Our Day By Design.

If you’d like to “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you!

Laura x

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Apr 13

Run Uncle Lee, run!

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 13, 2014

This week’s National Sibling Day has given me the perfect opportunity to write all about my big brother and the MASSIVE challenge that he is about to take on today…

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My brother has always, like me, been a chunk that loves his grub but after spending time quite literally all over the world working on super yachts he decided that not only did his image not quite fit the glamour of the job, he should get healthier and fitter. Back in 2011, he was stationed in Miami and, drawn to the allure of the beach and its babes, he started to run by the ocean. What a place to start eh?! Slowly at first but, as with everything, practice makes perfect! Three years later he has lost over four stone and he is running his very first marathon TODAY!

Big Uncle Lee

Big Uncle Lee

His time losing weight and getting a healthier body hasn’t come easy by any stretch of the imagination. In October 2012, just weeks after Little T was born, whilst out running he experienced some chest pains. He brushed it off at first thinking it was a bit of indigestion and it would pass if he carried on running but it got worse. Little did he know he was suffering quite a serious heart attack! Being as addicted to social media as I am, I actually found out through Lee’s Facebook as he was being blue lighted to hospital! As soon as I read Lee’s status update I got a phone call from my mum who told me what was happening and I was straight to the hospital to meet my mum quicker than you could say “dodgy ticker.” Lee was in the cath lab having an emergency angiogram when I got there and as I got there before my mum I was sent to a waiting room on my own wondering what the hell was going on, fearing the worst. Mum arrived soon after and about an hour later we heard somebody being wheeled down the corridor past the waiting room followed by a cheery “hello.” It was Lee, laid up in a hospital bed with wires from head to toe but taking everything in his stride as per usual! Mum and I were so pleased to see him. Lee was only 37 at the time and well and truly followed in my dad’s footsteps, he had one at 40 which resulted in him needing a triple heart bypass a good few years ago. Thankfully dad has made a full recovery, just like Lee. My dad’s heart attack was under very different circumstances though, he had been a very heavy smoker and led an typical unhealthy sea man’s lifestyle whilst in the Merchant Navy. Lee, on the other hand, was living a very healthy lifestyle, running and losing a lot of weight in the healthiest of ways – eating less and moving more.

Post heart attack recovery with a teeny Little T

Post heart attack recovery with a teeny Little T

Despite Lee’s heart attack he was determined to not write himself off to his pipe and slippers, he wanted to get back out as soon as possible doing what he now loves the most – running and cycling. To him it seemed like a long and slow recovery but being under the cardiac rehab team really helped him regain his fitness sensibly and only 12 months after heart attack day he ran his first half marathon in Bridlington.

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The London Marathon 2014 is happening only 18 months after T’s Uncle Lee’s heart attack which is an amazing achievement for him, that’s without even running it. Just getting there and the training is amazing in itself. We are all so proud of Lee, he’s an inspiration, especially to me. I am well aware that I need to get off my arse and move a bit more to get rid of some of my timber, just like Lee did. I’m on it, honestly!

Lee is running for the RNLI, a charity close to our whole family’s heart. He’s even on the front page of their website! We are from a seafaring background, our dad being a Merchant Navy navigation officer. Growing up Lee, my other brother Paul and I used to spend our school holidays on the ships with dad which was so exciting for us. Lee and Paul also went to Trinity House Nautical School in Hull, where Lee was a school officer. We’d love to follow the Pops tradition and send Little T there too, if only for the uniform – look! Just like dad, until recently Lee also made a living out the sea, as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and then as a crew member on super yachts. So, as you can see, RNLI was a no brainer for Lee. They are a charity that need a lot more recognition based on the amazing work they do risking their own lives to save others out at sea.

T absolutely adores his Uncle Lee. We would’ve loved to have been down there today cheering him on from the sidelines but unfortunately we couldn’t make it. My mum and dad will be there though so we will be joining them in spirit! Lee will be running at 10am and we will all be watching out for him. Keep your beady eye out for number 46321 and help Little T and I cheer him on!

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There is still time to sponsor my big brother in his marathon run here. Let’s face it, he doesn’t half deserve it! You can also wish him a big “good luck” on twitter at @LeePop1975!

YOU CAN DO IT UNCLE LEE!

Laura x

 

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Apr 10

Togs of T

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 10, 2014

It’s no secret that I take pride in Little T’s clothes. Yes, him and mummy have pj days when we’re playing in the house or don’t have any plans but when we’re out and about I like him to look smart. I think it comes from my parents who were both always the same with my brothers and I, they loved us to be smart and presentable, however old fashioned that may sound! I don’t hide the fact that I’m a traditional old fart at heart!

Of course I like him to be comfortable too, I don’t ever go for style over practicality, he is a toddler after all and he needs clothes that will stretch with him as he climbs and crawls his way around the world. I absolutely adore some of Little T’s outfits and put snippets up on Instagram sometimes but I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing some of my favourites on here every now and again. So here goes, here are some of my most loved togs from the past few days…

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This cute little outfit is by Frugi and was a Christmas present from Grandma and Granddad. T has only just grown into it and it looks so sweet. I adore the farm animals, everyone loves a cow and a pig! The soft organic cotton is lovely and thick and feels like really good quality too.

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life love laura togs of t zara baby ed's diner

T wore this outfit for exploring around Meadowhall at the weekend. Of course he had to have his Little Life dinosaur backpack with reins, he’d be off otherwise but he hasn’t quite gathered the concept that his “baby lead” is to stop him running away! His coral “music makes the people come together” T shirt is from Zara Baby with a matching coral H&M long sleeved vest underneath. His black and white harlequin leggings were £2 in the H&M baby girls sale. I call them his Freddie Mercury leggings as they rock!

life love laura togs of t h&m baby circus top purple trousers

h&m baby circus top

I absolutely adore this H&M circus top, so much so that I got it in the next size up from when I first bought it so T so he has been wearing it for quite a while now. It goes with almost every colour of trousers but I love to team it with T’s purple H&M joggers. They look funky and they’re comfy for running around the house, the park or softplay!

I have always preferred T in bright colours, baby blue never cut it for me. Can you tell?

Laura x

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Apr 9

Grab a badge!

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 9, 2014

Thank you to my very talented pal Natalie, otherwise known as I am Nat, Life Love Laura now has a loooovely new blog badge! If you have featured in any way or you’d just like to spread the love, please feel free to grab a badge for your blog. It’s tres pretty!

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Thank you Nat, you clever lady you!

Laura x

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Apr 9

One Song Wednesday – 9th April 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 9, 2014

OK Go – White Knuckles

Ok, so this week’s favourite song with Little T and I hasn’t really deviated that much from last week’s but let’s face it, these guys make the best videos! This song came as a recommendation from my friend Amy from Reflection of Us. She shares mine and Little T’s love for music and I’m soooo grateful she told us about this video. The bit where the retriever runs through the bins makes Little T laugh every time. If you love dogs, and good music, watch it!

Link up and let us know what you have been listening to this week!

Laura x

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Apr 8

Gogglepops

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by LifeLoveLaura on April 8, 2014

I’ve been getting blurred vision, especially in an afternoon, horrid hazy headaches and nausea for a while but it never even crossed my mind that I might simply need an eye test, all sorts of awful things have been going through my head thanks to Dr Google. I haven’t had my eyes tested since 2010 when I spent more than my monthly mortgage payment on two pairs of specs – a black and diamante Tiffany pair and a plain-ish tortoiseshell and purple Marc Jacobs pair. Soon after buying them, Daisy managed to get hold of the Marc Jacobs box (with them in!) whilst I was at work one day and chewed them within an inch of their life. Needless to say, I did think about sending her to the sausage factory but thought better of it, she’s too skinny. The glasses Daisy chewed were going to be my every day ones, the others a bit too expensive to risk wearing. I don’t even know why I bought them, I think the sparkles won me over. So I never actually got round to wearing either pairs which is probably why, four years later, my eyes are making up for it.

Little T and I went for an eye test today. Thankfully he was on his best behaviour and was mesmerised by the lights, dots on the wall and watching mummy wearing silly things on her face. He did get a little bit frustrated at one point but thankfully the optician had colouring books and crayons at hand and he happily sat on the floor decorating a picture of a boat that he found. It was actually really cute! I find eye tests strangely relaxing, they could send me to sleep. Maybe it’s the dark room and the fact that I don’t often get to sleep…

It turns out I still need glasses. I’m long sighted which means I can see for miles but close up ain’t happening. Because I can see forever, my eyes work a bit too hard (the only part of me that does!) so that’s probably why I’ve been getting the blurry eyes, headaches and nausea. Never sleeping well and doing 12 hour shifts on 4 hours of sleep doesn’t really help the eye situation either. I am ALWAYS tired but it’s hard to switch off and when I do try to switch off I wake up at the sound of a pin dropping, it’s a no win situation!

So… I have been roped into buying yet more glasses. I can’t afford them but if I’m going to have to wear them daily when my eyes are feeling tired then I want some that I can pull off, not just any old thing! I’ve decided to order these two pairs to try on and compare: some violet Ray Bans and some black and green Michael Kors. The lady in the shop made the huuuuuge mistake of telling me that you get a second frame and lenses half price. Well, a mistake for her to tell me that but probably a massive box ticked for her as I will no doubt not be able to choose between the two and end up getting them both. I’m a salesperson’s dream customer!

What do you think?

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These but black instead of tortoiseshell?

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These but in the same solid violet colour as the arm?

Laura x

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