“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran

These children grow far too quickly. One minute you are urging them to smile by pulling ridiculous faces and making silly noises playing peekaboo behind a blanket and the next they are playing on their own. Riley is more than happy to sit and play with his toys without much encouragement.

Last week didn’t present me with many opportunities to take photos. A busy week with work and a weekend of cleaning meant a weekend spent pretty much indoors, apart from a brief interlude to get the boys hair cut. Riley spent most of the time undoing all of my cleaning and taking the toys out that I had only just tidied away. Children are so frustrating!

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In amongst his destruction of my clean drawers and shelves he found the box of fuzzy felt which we got for him when we went on holiday in January last year and had never shown an interest in before. He was very keen this time to get stuck right into it. He spent almost a whole hour making different types of dinosaurs with different colours, different heads, feet, and bodies.

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It does remind me that sometimes spending time at home is just as good as spending time outside. Not going out every week and exploring or doing different things isn’t the end of the world, its the quality time you spend with your children that makes memories.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran

What a glorious weekend we have just had. The sun has been shining and it even hit 17 degrees.This is almost unheard of in Dundee in March! With beautiful blue skies we had to make the most of it.

We now have a new favourite park – Monikie Park, we went there last weekend and Riley asked to go back again this weekend. I decided to take a picnic with us this time. Riley, as always refused to eat the sensible food and tried to plead his way to a packet of crisps. We compromised and eventually he ate half of the roll.

The sun had brought lots of people out and the park was much busier than it was the previous week, but even still Riley had lots of fun running free.

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Last week we didn’t make it much further than seeing the ducks and the adventure playpark so this time we took a walk down to the reservoir. We took a walk up one half of the reservoir and had to head back. It was lovely, but the nice weather had brought out the midgees, at points it was almost unbearable to walk through, although Riley didn’t seem bothered. I am still a bit itchy from the bites, they do like to feast on my blood!

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I travel quite a lot with my job. Back before I had Riley it was common for me to be away weeks at a time and just stopping in at home for a quick day and a half before hopping back on a train for my next week away. Thankfully 2017 has only seen four trips from home for more than a day. Each time though, I still get wracked with that god awful “mum guilt.”

It’s been a routine part of my life as a mum ever since Riley was 7 months old. I was only back at work two weeks before I had to travel. The first time I felt the most crushing guilt and upset about leaving my little baby with dad for two days. Obviously not that I didn’t trust good old husband to take care of him properly, but it was the first time I had left him overnight. I sobbed in my hotel room for a good hour looking over pictures of my baby on my phone.

So when I met someone whilst I was away this week who was on their first trip away from their baby I felt I had to impart some of the awesome things she would learn to love after a few more times away.

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  1. Remembering that an alarm clock actually has a purpose!

I have lost count of the number of times I have crapped myself with Riley over my head looking intently at my face. Not being woken by a small child hovering over your face in the morning two hours earlier than you need to get up is a huge appeal to work travel.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran

We had a really quiet weekend this time round. Kevin was working on Saturday so I decided to take the little out for a haircut and a walk down to the beach.

I am not really a beach person, I hate getting the sand stuck between my toes and finding it still in my shoes two days after my visit. Riley on the other hand loves it, well the whole three times we have been to a beach anyway. We live right by the sea and have access to a beach only 15 minutes away, yet we have never been to this one! We have been to the pebble beach plenty of times (the lack of sand really sells it!) but never the real beach with the sand.

Riley took his little vetch camera with him, this kid loves taking pictures, and of course is also partial to a selfie! When you check to see what he taken pictures of afterwards however, it is usually one of his feet, his forehead, or the ceiling, but occasionally he can take a good picture.

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He took his photography role very seriously this weekend however and told me he had to take pictures of every dog he saw. Him running about going “Cheese wee doggie!” sure made a few of the owner’s chuckle.

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His favourite photo from the day

If there is one thing I would love to instil in Riley it is my love for capturing memories. If he still loves taking photos even half as much as I do as he gets older, I will be a happy mummy!

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This one has been a quiet week. I actually managed to finish on time at work for the majority of the week so I have been feeling a bit more relaxed and chilled out in the evenings.

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Riley has been relatively well behaved at nursery too. I am hoping that now we have had two good weeks in a row, that the behaviour chart is now working for him and driving his improved attitude. We shall see how it goes next week too!

At nursery Riley is learning about “People who help us” just now and Riley loves this topic. They have previously discovered everything about Doctors and I am so impressed with how much he is taking in. He knows how to put someone in the recovery position, how to phone for an ambulance and he can tell you the contents of a first aid kit. I have been blown away with how much he retains, can repeat and demonstrate back to me after he gets home.

They are now focusing on Police for the next month and they took a trip to the local Police station. They posted some of the pictures on their facebook page and Riley’s face in each of the pictures is beaming. It is so amazing to see something he takes such an interest in.

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Kevin has finished his last shift as a manager at work on Saturday. His shifts have been crazy all year which has left me feeling like I’ve carried the burden of everything when it comes to household chores and all things childcare. His shifts ranged from an 8am start till a 9pm finish and included nearly every other weekend, very rarely did he do a normal 9-5 working day. When the weekend is the only time you have to enjoy to enjoy with your family together, having that taken away from you is horrible. We weren’t able to plan as his shifts were likely to change with not much notice.

He is now going on secondment to another job which we are both hoping will turn into something more permanent. We will be fully taking advantage of his change in hours though, I will be able to get back to the gym (which is awesome as currently I feel so unfit!) and we can plan weekends again; I’m so excited!

Whilst Kev was busy working Riley and I headed into Broughty Ferry which is a lovely little fishing village in Dundee. We headed to get his haircut as it has been quite out of control and decided to head down to the beach afterwards. Broughty Ferry beach is somewhere I have never been before! Having previously lived on the opposite coast I have so many fond memories of long walks at the weekend from my parents’ house to the beach and playing there, I felt I had to take Riley. We spent a good two hours there walking the length of the beach, climbing the sand dunes and jumping out of the way of the waves.

On Sunday we had a lazy day where we stayed in our jammies till almost lunch time before heading into town. We were buying some new clothes for nursery for Riley when he found himself a minion umbrella that he absolutely “had to have.” He walked home with it up, twirling it about with the biggest smile on his face, despite the lack of rain.

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Riley wanted to play with his Toucan Box when we got home. I do love a bit of crafty time, so we got it out and Riley made his spider and spiders web.

I decided tonight Riley was going to bed on time so after the spider was made I went to run his bath. When I got back he had put his brolly up and was hiding under it with his ipad. How many years bad luck do you get for an umbrella up inside?!

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I’m currently listening to him reading books to his teddies in his bed so an early bed tonight has clearly been in vain!