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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
Going to the park
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:
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.
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!
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.
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?