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The New Forest Fairy Festival

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Last Saturday we paid a visit to The New Forest Fairy Festival in Burley. We’d taken Darcie last year when she was four months old when she was too young to really appreciate what was going on but the excitement of having a baby girl to take to a fairy festival was too strong for me to resist! This year however she was able to enjoy the day a lot more. As she is now walking, she just loves having space to roam and explore and all the bright colours and music at the festival were an added bonus too. Continue reading “The New Forest Fairy Festival”

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These Shoes Were Made For Walking 

A month ago we went out to get Darcie her first pair of shoes, she’d just began walking and I’d seen the most perfect pair of pink bunny shoes on the Clarks website and was thrilled when they had them in our local branch. 

At first she hated them. She’s always been a barefoot baby. Partly because I couldn’t see the point in shoes and socks until she was walking and she didn’t want to wear them anyway so it made life easier to not even try.

Gradually I convinced her that shoes were fun. Putting on shoes meant we were going on an adventure. These days she will even try to put them on herself and I know that means she wants to go outside. She loves being outdoors and would happily live in a tent at the bottom of the garden of I’d let her. 

There’s something very special about that first pair of shoes. I can be sentimental about the most ridiculous things so there was no doubt that I’ll be keeping these shoes to get out and show her when she is older. I had visions of us getting out these beautiful shoes and showing her how dainty and sweet they were.

What I didn’t count on was the dirt. The mud, the sand, the water. These shoes are not going to be a perfect pretty pair of baby shoes to hold onto. But I will hold onto them. Because they will remind me of the adventures she had in them. Her very first adventures.

Her first visit to the farm when she confidently walked around outside for the first time, where she brushed the goat and shouted ‘duck’ at everything she saw.

Her first proper trip to the beach. When Daddy tried to share his chips with her and she ended up with seagulls advancing on her from all angles. She loved playing in the sand but the sea was too cold so we had to make a hasty retreat to rescue those chilly toes.

Our first trips out without the pram, to go on ‘adventure walks’. Taking a Tupperware pot for her to pick up stones and leaves to carry and take home. Except she couldn’t hold the pot the right way up so ended up clutching a leaf in one hand and the pot in the other.

The countless hours we spend in the garden. When she will happily carry rocks around for ages, transferring them between her sandpit, swing and sand and water table. And every time she hands me a rock it’s as if she’s passing me the most precious thing in the world to her. Somehow the shoes (and her feet) have so far escaped having a rock dropped on them. 

Every water mark and scuff holds a memory, each discolouration on the leather tells a story. About these days that she won’t remember but that are the best times of her life so far.

The shoes tell a story of an explorer who has endless energy and enthusiasm, who stops to look at every flower and to admire every stone, who loves being outdoors and messy in nature.

They might not be pristine, but neither is my daughter. She’s a nature loving, scruffy haired wild child and I’m glad that the shoes tell this story instead.

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Mum & Toddler Monthly Faves// July

I love reading other blogger’s round up posts of their monthly favourites so this is my first go at creating one of my own.
Darcie is at an age now where she has a new favourite thing almost daily but I have tried to just round up the best of the bunch otherwise we would be here all day, and I’m sure we’ve all got more productive things we could be getting on with! You might notice that I’ve called her a toddler properly for the first time on this blog so I think we all need to take a minute and have a little cry about that.

I’ll start with Darcie’s favourites:

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Peter Rabbit
I try not to have the telly on too much while Darcie is awake but when she does watch it she absolutely loves Peter Rabbit at the moment. If she’s having a grumpy five minutes or is feeling poorly, you can guarantee that Peter Rabbit will cheer her up. I like it too because as children’s TV goes it’s quite sweet, and it reminds me of reading the books when I was younger.

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The Paddling Pool
The sun seems to have gone off on his own holidays over the past few weeks but at the beginning of the month we had the paddling pool out almost daily. She will spend ages in there, splashing around and playing with her bath toys. I usually get five minutes to relax in the sun too so everyone’s a winner!

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Walking!
This has been the big one this month. She is officially on the move and now spends more time walking than crawling. She loves going out for walks and generally strutting around the house. She’s even grown to tolerate her shoes as she knows that when the shoes go on it means she’s off on an adventure.

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Cuddly Toys
She’s showing a really caring aspect of her personality recently. She can often be found trying to feed her cuddly toys pieces of her snacks or trying to get them to drink from her sippy cups. The best part of any day out for her is going into the gift shop and giving all of the cuddly toys a hug. She gets so excited every time we hand a different one to her and just loves having a cuddle. Thankfully she doesn’t mind that she doesn’t get to bring them all home!

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She’s loved parks for a while now but up until recently has been limited to the baby swings. Now she can walk she loves exploring the whole park, going through tunnels and trying to climb up on the climbing frames. For anyone local to Southampton I would highly recommend the park behind Primark in town, it keeps Darcie amused for hours!

 

Some of the things I’ve been loving this month are:

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My beautiful new changing bag
Technically not a changing bag, just a regular rucksack. I’ve never felt the need for an expensive all singing and dancing changing bag and to be honest it’s always been a mystery to me what Mum’s have in their bags which are bursting at the seams. This rucksack (Primark £10! Go, go go!!) does the job perfectly for me. It has enough pockets to keep dummies, snacks etc separately and the main compartment is big enough for everything we need for the day.

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Getting creative
Somehow I have found the energy to get back into making things this month. I feels so much happier in general when I have a creative outlet so I’m making sure to find time to spend doing these things. I’ve been working away on an exciting new venture and I’m enjoying every step of the journey so far. Watch this space!

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We were kindly sent some water wipes to try out this month and I have to say I am impressed with them. I try not to use products for Darcie that have too many chemicals in them so these wipes are ideal. They are 99.9% water and the remainder is a drop of fruit extract so you can be sure that no chemicals are coming into contact with your babies delicate skin. I particularly like using them for her face after meal times as she has a tendency to try to chew baby wipes so I know she isn’t ingesting anything more than water.

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Recently I’ve been making a real conscious effort to take time for myself and for my friends. I’ve caught up with a lot of old friends this month and been out for lots of lunches, often with Darcie in tow but it makes a nice change from our usual trips to soft play and the park. I’ve left her with Dan a couple of times too, to really ‘have a break’ and take some time to just be Hanna.

 

I really enjoyed taking this time to reflect on the last month and intend on making this a regular monthly post. Maybe next month I’ll actually get around to posting it before the 7th of the next month, you never know!

What have been your favourites for the month of July?