The Motherhood group lunch and goodies

I had the pleasure of attending The Motherhood group lunch and goodies event on Sunday, and it was such a lovely experience, as are their other events I’ve been too. The event was held at The Breakfast club and sponsored by Cantu. Meeting new mums and their babes and eating good food was fantastic but so were the goodies we received! We got a gift pack with Cantu hair products in and Nipper&co. organic kids tea. I actually use Cantu products on my natural hair already so best believe I was so excited to hear that they were sponsoring and we’d be getting goodies from them! I got the coil calm detangler in my goody bag and was very excited to use it. We all know how time consuming styling natural hair can be, when getting ready in the morning especially with a baby/kids around, so anything to make the process easier is always worth looking forward to.

The coil calm detangler worked wonders on my hair, made it so easy to comb through after getting out of the shower and my hair now feels super soft! I also didn’t lose my curls which I usually do when I dry comb. I recommend this product for any natural hair sisters, even those with the tightest curls/coils, it honestly works. I usually use this after washing with Cantu cleansing cream shampoo and conditioning with the hydrating cream conditioner. Perfect combo. But this time I used it on my dry, unwashed hair, and it worked just as well.

Now, let’s talk about this Nipper&co. Kids cuppa. Oh em gee. Right, so I’m not a herbal tea drinker myself, I’m more of a coffee girl but I thought I’d let israel try this (his tastebuds might be different from mine lol) and he actually really enjoyed it! I made it lukewarm for him in his sippy cup and he really actually enjoyed the fruity taste, he drank half of it and I finished it off (I liked the taste of this one lol) and I was actually quite surprised that Israel liked it too, it was his first ever time drinking tea! I love that this brand have a tea for kids, it’s a healthy alternative to juice drinks and when the weather’s a bit warmer, I’ll try it as ice tea and we’ll give it another go.

Thank you to The motherhood group for our goodies and opening us up to new experiences. Be sure to follow them on Instagram @themotherhoodgroup if you’re looking for some new mummy friends or days out with people like you.

A prayer for my One-year-old

I’ve been racking my brain for a while now, trying to figure out what to do for Israel’s one year update. He turned one a while ago and I still hadn’t blogged about it lol. It was between the regular update, on how he’s developing or I was going to write a letter, as I’ve seen a couple other blogger mums do. But each time I sat down to write something, nothing would come. It’s funny because, there’s so much I could put in a letter and even more I could write about his development but literally every time I went to write, I just couldn’t put my words down. Until today where I’ve just gotten this idea to just write a prayer for him, I pray for Israel all the time, I’ve done it since before he was even born. It’s something that’s very important to me. Obviously I’m not perfect and I do forget to pray sometimes which is exactly why when I do remember it’s so important to me.

As a Christian, I’ve grown up with a very prayerful family, and my Mum’s always prayed for me growing up and she still does till this day, and I believe a lot of the time when I forget to pray for myself it’s her prayers that keep the blessings and protection of God coming. God hears our prayers, he really, really hears a Mother’s prayers for her child, but not only that, a prayer is like a positive affirmation to your child, it reminds them how special they are and tells them all the hopes and dreams you have for them.

A prayer for my one-year-old…

Israel you are one year old now. A year that has been a blessing beyond doubt. I prayed for you before you were born and I continue to pray for you because that is the only way I know that God who has watched over me all my life will also watch over you for all the years to come. He has kept me and guided me and I pray He does the same for you.

You are truly a blessing, and I pray that you always remember that.

You are a born leader, and I pray that you’ll always be just that.

You are loved, and I pray that love radiates from you.

You are a special gift from God and I pray that you remember that too.

Israel, I pray you will be just as powerful as your name but remain humble, peaceful and joyful, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I pray that you remain protected under the shield of the almighty, that society doesn’t reject, use or neglect you.

Although storms will come your way (and I tell ya, they will!) you will overcome them because you are strong, you are brave and there’s nothing too hard for the Lord I pray you one day will serve.

I just pray that you will always be happy.

Israel you are one! And I pray you live to see and celebrate many, many, MANY more years!

Even though he may not be able to read this right now, he’ll always be able to hear my prayers and understand them more as he gets older, and one day he will be able to read this, understand it and pray it for himself!

My prayer to my one-year-old.

6 ways to keep your kids busy

Today’s guest post is from Brittnay, creator of The NutButter Hub. A lovely website full of delicious healthy recipes, travel inspirations and loads of food tips. Here are 6 ways to keep your kids busy…

Kids always need something to do and there seems to never be enough time to plan enough activities with your children. On the bright side of things it doesn’t take much to ensure your kids are not bored out of their minds during breaks and other times where they would be spending more time with their parents. If you want to know some awesome ways to keep kids busy and engaged read on for some simple tips.

1. Indoor Camp Out

What kid doesn’t love to pretend play and make their dreams come true? What they would love even more is actually bringing their imagination to life. Brining the camping inside is just the fun they may be looking for.

For this activity you will need a tent, a real one will do or one made from sheets is good too. Pretend to light a fire and eat freeze-dried foods. You could also make indoor s’mores very easily at your stove or in your microwave. Be sure to get the sleeping bags and ghost stories ready for a fun night under the ‘stars’.

2. Do It Yourself Slide

More often than not there is so much cardboard around the house for kids to get into that we forget to be creative with it. Give a kid a box and they will have a blast for hours. The next time you are about to throw out that cardboard think twice because it could make a perfect activity for your kids. If you have stairs in your home you can make the perfect slide.

Take the cardboard and completely cover the stairs from top to bottom. Make sure the landing at the bottom of your steps is made soft by layers pillows. Now you have a safe slide to go down and the kids will love to go up and down over and over.

3. Make Your Own T-Shirts

Let’s be real, kids will practically draw all over the house if you let them. Foster their creativity skills and design your own t-shirts. It doesn’t take much to get this done and can be made on new or old shirts.

Use any type of art medium your child likes such as crayons, markers, or even let them paint on their shirt. Make sure to hand wash and dry your shirts so that your kids can cherish their creations for years to come.

4. Rainbow Bubbles

Bubbles are a great activity for hot summer days when the kids have nothing to do and can be made out of things you are guaranteed to have on hand. To create big rainbow bubbles get an old sock, cup, food coloring, and dish soap to make huge colorful foamy bubbles. Any age would love this activity and you could give the older kid materials and have them guide the younger kids. Everyone will be amazed at out cool they turn out looking and will want to make them all the time.

5. Outdoor Pizza BBQ

Pizza is the ultimate kids food and can be customized for even the pickiest eater. Make some dough in advance with the kids and tell them they can invite their friends over for a pizza grilling party. Bring out the picnic tables and let the kids add toppings and decorate their pizza with funny faces.

While the kids are busy decorating have an adult attend to the gas grill the kids will be so busy competing with their friends they will be too busy to notice the grill. Just be sure to ensure practice gas grill safety whenever you have kids near a gas grill.

6. Reading

Reading does not just have to occur before bedtime and kids love to sit and hear their favorite stories. For younger kids you will need to read lots of short stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar that will keep them listening.

Older kids will sit and listen to longer books and would enjoy classic tales such as The Hobbit. Bonus if the book has a movie you can entice your kid into sitting and listening if they know they can watch a cool film once the book is finished.

Kids love to stay busy and will you love you so much for taking the time to have things for them to do. You will feel good knowing you were able to beat boredom with fun while encouraging creativity and learning in your children. Have fun and let loose with your kids they will thank you for it.

Brittnay is an Australian who lived in London for the past two years. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe and Africa in that time! She’s passionate about travel, health and nutrition, you will find her healthy and delicious recipes at The Nut Butter Hub.

A mother’s love

In honour of Mother’s Day, I’ve got a few mother’s together to write an honest piece on what a mother’s love is/means to them. A mother’s love, in short, cannot be put in words because in all honesty, it’s indescribable. And no one will understand a mother’s love until they too become a mother, I know I didn’t. And even now, if you ask me what a mother’s love is, I’d struggle to put it in words. I reached out to some mothers on Twitter and these wonderful super humans (because that is what we are) have been able to describe what a mother’s love means to them in just a few words (I know how hard that must have been!)

A mother’s love. A mother’s love is out of this world, it’s unexplainable and it’s one you wont really come close to understanding until you become a mother yourself.

A mother’s love is your heart skipping a beat the moment you are handed your gift from God in your delivery room.

A mother’s love is when you are no longer the main focus in your life rather its your child’s, future, well-being, and happiness that is your top priority.

A mother’s love is that special and unconditional feeling you have for your child, to love and to protect your child.

A mothers love is being there for your child through thick and thin, being their security whilst teaching them to be the best people they can be.

A mothers love is putting your child before anything else in this world.

A mother’s love is sacrificing so much without any regrets.

A mother’s love is something I could talk about for hours but it will never end because a mothers love is like no other, it is endless.

Happy Mothers Day to each & every one of you.

Love, Itsmamaxo

(Check out it’s mama’s blog here)

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I’m laying here in bed and it’s 1.22am, I can’t fall asleep. My husband and baby, who is 9 months today are silently snoring but I can’t seem to drift off because tonight is the first night my son is sleeping in his cot since we took him out at 4 months and started co-sleeping (big mistake). I miss him sleeping next to me in his cradle pose and with my arm wrapped around him, we sleep facing each other. The crazy thing about it is that I never wanted to have kids. I was happy just being with my husband. Even when I was single, I was happy being alone, never saw a child in my future.

I got pregnant exactly a week after my husband asked me to marry him and for me I had to have this child even if it was never my plan. Now when I look at him, I can’t believe I was willing to pass on this feeling. This intense gut wrenching feeling that makes you feel like you’re going to burst, a feeling that is so magical and truly indescribable until you have looked into your baby’s eyes and he looks right back at you and you feel it deep down in your soul, “I can’t live without you, I don’t want to live without you. I have only had you for a few months but I can no longer do this life without you.”

I look at my mother differently now, so this is what she felt/feels for me… we are a chain of unconditional love, generation to generation. I get it now, a child is a gift from God. My life now truly has meaning.

– By Clytie Tammy (@thatgirltammy)

You see when I say mother’s are super humans, I mean it, Ms Tammy has got her own natural and organic skincare brand, be sure to check out her brand BQLONDON

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A mother’s love is the ability to love your tiny human/s unconditionally. It’s waking up every two hours when you become a mother, doing a night feed and changing smelly nappies on the hard shoulder of the M25. A mother’s love is the heart of the family. Being a mother comes with different obstacles daily, however I strongly believe mother’s are built to be strong, nurturing superwomen. Mums’ shower their families with love, time, care and attention always. In a nutshell homes thrive best with mother’s holding things together. Being a loving mother and being loved by your mother are two very special things.

– By Katrina (@mummydiaries16)

(Be sure to check out Katrina’s blog here)

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When I decided to do this Mother’s Day special, I didn’t have a specific target for mum bloggers or mumpreneurs but here are three wonderful ladies who are mothers, career women, nurturers, writers… which are all 24/7 jobs. And they are doing the damn thing! I mean, mothers deserve this day for how hard they work in every area of their lives. A mother’s love? A mother’s love is sacrifice. We sacrifice everything and more to make sure our children and our families get the BEST of us. That is a mother’s love.

Thank you to the ladies who contributed to this piece, may all your future walks in life continue to prosper ?

Now let’s go out and celebrate ourselves, happy Mother’s Day to you all!

Hannah xoxo

Mum life

It’s 5am and I can’t sleep. So here I am deciding to write a piece about having gone back to work full time in January.

So in January I decided to venture back into work life, not as a free, single young woman but now as a full time single mum. First of all, I was meant to have a year off for maternity leave but decided to go back just after 7 months. Why would you do that?! You ask. Well, I’ll give you my reasons. Truth be told,

1. I actually thought I was missing my super busy, fast paced lifestyle at that point

2. I needed money

3. I missed work. I missed work?!

Yeah, sounds insane but I did… until I actually went back.

So for those who don’t know, I’m an early years teacher and currently teach 2-year-olds, and I love what I do, always have. But going back to work after being at home for 7 months with my precious boy was a whole new ball game, totally unexpected. Firstly, I literally couldn’t remember anything, call it baby brain or whatever but I could not remember how to do anything, I forgot my computer login, forgot how to do the register, forgot the code to the front door of my classroom LOL. Believe me, I struggled. Even though I had a settling in period I still struggled for a long time. I’ve been back a full term now (which was 5 weeks this term) and I’m pretty sure I only JUST got my head round (most) things.

Before I became a mum, I loved (okay, no. I didn’t mind) getting up for work in the mornings and spending a day with a bunch of 2-year-olds, and I loved those kids like they were my own but since having my own child, after the first week back, I missed him SO much, my heart would literally ache when I thought about being at work with other children while mine was at home. Obviously every parent would miss their baby after coming off maternity leave but this pain I felt was like no other and I think it hurt more because I’m surrounded by children, playing learning, doing all the things I should be watching Israel do. And it did throw me off my game at work to be honest, it took a long, long time for me to just suck it up and understand that I need to be where I am for both of our futures. To be honest I’m not totally over it, I just sound content because I’m on half-term holiday at the moment lol.

Although I did miss my fast paced life, going back made me realise what the most important thing in my life is right now, and that’s being a mum. I’ve read so many blogs and other things about oh you know, a woman not forgetting herself when she becomes a mum and I totally get it, I definitely haven’t forgotten myself but I actually just want to be a mum at this present moment. As stressful as it is being a mum, it’s even more stressful being a full-time working mum, and what’s stressful about it is, being tired when you wake up, being at work all day missing your baby but then coming home and being too tired to do things with your baby! It’s a vicious cycle! Yes I missed work life but now I miss (on maternity) mum life, I guess there’s a balance and I’m currently on a journey to find that, then that becomes the new mum life.

This is the beginning of another journey for us, Israel’s in great hands while I’m at work so at least I don’t have to worry about that, and going back was really the perfect timing because we just got a new flat and it needed a whole lot of work, so the money was definitely needed.

I think as parents we will miss our babies every time we’re away from them and I just have to keep reminding myself that what I do is for both our benefits and he will appreciate what I do in the future. Also unlike some, I get all the school holidays to spend loads of time with him <<< this is me giving myself a pep talk lol.

Until next time guys, all my love,

Hannah xoxo

Raising Israel… 9 month update!

We’ve hit another milestone and I can’t believe how fast time has gone! 9 months already?!

I’m so proud of how Israel’s developing and growing. It makes me so happy to see how far we’ve both come, there’s too much I could say about how much progress we’ve made and how far he’s come along but I’m not going to say too much, Israel’s taking over today ?

If Israel could talk, this is what he’d tell you about his development so far and everything he loves!

I’m nine months now and I am becoming so active! I can’t crawl just yet but I am trying really really hard, when I go on my hands and knees, I try to move so I know I’ll get there soon! I also love standing while holding onto something.

I am teething now! Still have no teeth just yet but my gums have been really sore and I want to put everything in my mouth! Mummy’s got me loads of different teethers to try but they just won’t do! I’d rather eat everything else.

I’ve just started drinking my formula milk from a beaker, mummy tried giving it to me in a bottle but, yuck, I don’t like those, so she was so excited when I finally drank from my sippy cup. I’m getting used to drinking formula milk now BUT I’m still breastfeeding, mostly at night (obviously haha)

My favourite things are: My dummy, my bedtime blankie, the wooden spoon for cooking, my keyboard and my shape sorter

I love: dancing every time music comes on, listening to stories, eating from everybody else’s plate and being tickled!

My favourite songs are: round the garden, zoom, zoom, zoom! and twinkle, twinkle little star

My favourite tv show is: Baby Jake on cbeebies, I also like In the night garden sometimes

My favourite foods are: I’ve been really picky with my food lately but I like eating chicken, rice pudding, cerelac and anything sweet!

I cant wait to do so many more fantastic things and tell you all about it!

I am just the proudest mum ever of this little boy, I’ve gone back to work full time and it has been so hard being away from him, I miss him so much everyday and wish I could be with him every minute of the day! I come home from work some days and he’s doing something new, it’s just so amazing and I’ve been thinking recently, I wish I could be a stay at home mum (I never thought I’d say this LOL) but it’s just not possible right now, there are bills to be paid and a brand new flat to furnish (exciting stuff, but we’ll talk more about that later!)

Anyway, this is where Israel’s at right now, I really enjoyed writing this in his voice, because he won’t remember any of this, it’ll be really nice to look back on when he’s older and it did make me wonder if he’ll love writing as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young King.

Until next time x

OddMumOut is six months!

As the year comes to an end, I’ve been doing some reflecting (as you do) and I realised, oh my gosh! I’ve been blogging for six months now! This definitely has to be celebrated, no? And what better way to celebrate than to write about it.

These past 6 months spent starting up a blog have been pretty eye opening and I’m very proud of myself for sticking to it although not as consistent as I’ve wanted to be with posting. Along the way I’ve actually helped new mums, mums that have been for a while and future mums, women in general and it honestly makes me so, so happy. I don’t have loads of followers but to know that people are reading my stuff means so much more to me.

When I first started my blog, I was beyond nervous, so anxious, I kept on thinking, ‘will people like the stuff I post?’ ‘Will people even read them in the first place?’ ‘What if my blog posts aren’t interesting enough?’ ‘BUT WHAT IF I GET WRITERS BLOCK?! ARGHH!’

But I prayed, and you know, just asked God to guide me and we’ll see where this goes (if you believe in God, one thing I’ve learnt this year is that it’s really important to pray about EVERYTHING you’re putting your hands into) and 6 months later here I am, still going. There are times where I’m stuck on what to write about and other times where I’m just so busy, I don’t have time to sit down and write, but that’s okay. That’s something I’ve had to tell myself, it’s okay to not have time, but it doesn’t mean you should quit. The time will come if you can’t make it right now, and don’t let the issue of time stop you if you’re thinking of starting up a blog in 2018. I always thought I would never have time especially with a baby, but honestly if it’s something you love doing, you will find time.

What I’ve learnt & experienced through motherhood & lifestyle blogging:

1. It’s okay to be open and honest about personal experiences, in fact, readers can relate more to those kinds of posts so will find them more helpful

2. Welcoming people to talk about their own experiences, also helps me deal with some stuff I’m going through

3. I’ve met so many mums through this blogging experience, such amazing strong women

4. You will make time for the things you love

5. Negativity will always be a part of being in the public eye, take it with a pinch of salt and choose your arguments wisely

I didn’t start this year with the goal of starting a blog and seeing it through, it wasn’t in my plans at all. I was too busy worrying about how I was going to handle being a single mum! And as I reflect on my blogging experience, I also want to take this time to just reflect on how proud I am of myself for doing such a great job raising Israel, like, it’s okay to celebrate yourselves! I feel like mums don’t give themselves enough credit for the great jobs they’re doing, forget about all the stress for a minute and forget about all the help you might have needed or asked for. Essentially, we are still here, raising these wonderful little bundles of joy and doing so many other things on the side and I believe we should celebrate ourselves. I’ve loved every minute of being a mum, and without him I wouldn’t be blogging right now. I’ve always wanted to start a blog ever since finishing my journalism degree but I never had anything that I really enjoyed or had enough interest in, to sit and write about. Motherhood literally gave me new life, I found passion, I found someone that I love so much, I could write about everyday of my life and not get bored (I always say this but babies are honestly the most fascinating beings, just watching their growth process is amazing) and me as a mum, as a woman, I’m growing alongside this little being and I’m just so grateful and proud of my growth.

I hope to continue blogging next year, to inspire mothers everywhere, dads too, new bloggers and bloggers who want to blog but aren’t sure. My advice to anyone who wants to start blogging or already is, is don’t put pressure on yourself, let your ideas flow, don’t write for the sake of writing. At the end of the day, blogging is about what you’re passionate about so don’t lose that passion just for the sake of followers or satisfying people’s needs. If you really want to boost your followers, you definitely need a social media presence but honestly, if you write about what you’re passionate about, it will reach someone somewhere. Oh, and it’s okay to take a break!

Hope you’re enjoying this festive period, and I’m wishing you a wonderful new year! See you in 2018 my loves x

Hannah xo

Our weaning journey

It’s been just over a month now since we started weaning and I’m having so much fun doing it! I mean, there have been some absolute fails in terms of what Israel just won’t eat but I thought it would be nice to write up a little bit on his likes and dislikes. Professionals say to wait 6 months before weaning your baby but I started a little earlier with super smooth purees to see what Israel would like.

We’re now on three meals a day, *yaay!* and with the help of the baby nutri bullet which we got as a gift, I’ve been able to make Israel’s lunches from scratch! With just a few ingredients and a freezer, we’re set for a week of ready made meals!

Breakfast likes:

Organix banana and mango porridge (made with aptamil follow on formula milk)

Ella’s kitchen Banana baby brekkie (his absolute fave!)

Breakfast fails:

Cow and Gate fruity porridge (he really didn’t like this and to be fair it did give him a rash around his mouth every time he ate it, and made him heave a fair bit, so in the end I thought he might be allergic to something in the porridge mix, so we left that one alone.)

Lunch:

Israel loves lunchtime! It’s so funny how he opens his little mouth so wide when he sees his spoon coming his way. He eats everything I make him and when we’re on the go, he also enjoys Ella’s kitchen mac and cheese and cheesy veg pie.

What I’ve made from scratch so far:

1. Sweet potato, chicken & carrots purée

2. Peas and pears purée

3. Sweet potato, lamb mince & broccoli purée

4. Apples, spinach & broccoli purée

All I did with these ingredients was peel, chop and steam (added half a knorr Maggie cube for flavour to the meats) then blended them together with the baby nutri bullet and froze them in small portions using the soft silicone portion trays. He loved all of these and I found them really filling, it’s also a bonus knowing exactly what he’s eating without all the added preservatives and extra ingredients.

Dinner:

We struggled a fair bit with dinner, I wanted him to have cerelac, rice pudding, baby rice, all that kind of stuff, so he’s full for bedtime but at first he didn’t like cerelac (wheat with milk flavour) or rice pudding so it was a battle, especially now he’s mastered the art of storing everything in his mouth then spitting it out. *sigh*I just continued giving him small portions every other day and now I’d say we’re getting there, he’s eating a lot more of each of them (even though it does take a while.) Sometimes I let him have a fruit mix, which he loves or something like the pears and peas mix I made from scratch. It’s fair to say Israel is a tiny baby, but he loves his food!

I will not lie to you, going from just breastfeeding 24/7 to actually having to time when he needs to be fed solids, getting the food ready, getting him ready (bib on, sat in high chair, sippy cup on the side) AND still breastfeeding in between meals hasn’t been a walk in the park. I feel like the real hard work has now begun! But I’m getting used to it, the same way I have to feed myself, he needs to be fed right? Plus he’s growing everyday and he needs those important nutrients. There are so many guides to weaning, how it should/shouldn’t be done, when’s the right time to start etc. but ultimately, as parents we know our children more than anyone and I’ve just gone with the flow throughout this period and it’s worked for us, obviously if I had any concerns about his weight or anything I’d speak to my health visitor, but so far so good!

I’m going to start trying to give him finger foods now, not sure how that’s gonna go down especially because of the inevitable mess that will be made, but I really really just want this to be an enjoyable journey for both of us, he loves being super independent so this should be interesting!

If anyone’s currently weaning or has done before and/or makes meals from scratch too, I’d love to hear about some of the meals your baby loved, maybe we could try some!

Raising Israel… 6 month update

My little man is 6 months and I literally cannot believe it. Time’s gone so fast and he’s grown so much! In just another 6 months he’ll be a whole year old. So I’ve decided to do a little update on how things have been, focussing mostly on how this little champ is developing…

Let’s talk milestones:

Weaning;

We started weaning a little earlier than six months, just to test the waters and see what he’d like. So far, he’s eating 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner, and still has breastmilk in between, he’s not too keen on breakfast but chows down his dinner (he loves the Ella’s kitchen purees) which is great for me, because that means he’s full before bed and will sleep better. I’ve started giving him baby biscuits (Farleys Rusks) to chew on but they usually just get moved and squashed between his hands, I think adult led weaning works for the both of us to be honest.

Mobility;

Sitting up independently? Yes, well just about lol. He’s still a little wobbly at times but he can definitely sit up on his own for a period of time with me on standby just in case he decides he wants to lie down or slide to the side. Hand eye coordination? Israel is definitely using his hands loads more now, one day we woke up and he just started grabbing everything in sight! I definitely was not prepared for this lol but I love how mobile he is now, he’s learning to shake his rattles purposely and kicks his legs freely when lying down (oh, and grab my phone out of my hand!) and put everything straight into his mouth! He also follows sounds and movement very well, he’s so alert and he’s actually been that way since he was born lol.

One thing he’s not a fan of is tummy time, lol he literally lasts a minute then starts whining, but that’s something that we’ll keep working on ??

Talking;

Talking?! Lol yes, that’s what I like to call it when he babbles, and he babbles LOADS! When I read up about which milestones a baby should be hitting at 5 months and I saw ‘your child might start making sounds like ‘dada’ and ‘mama’ ‘ I literally laughed, thinking, how?! but lo and behold Israel makes so many sounds now, babbling is his favourite thing to do and I just love the sound of his little voice. I’ve caught him so many times trying to imitate me and others when making sounds or talking. The other day, I roared and he roared back! I couldn’t believe it, so I did it again and he did it back! Ahh it was such a proud mummy moment!

This past 6 months have been such a blessing, he’s developed so much, he’s happy, he’s healthy and such a playful, funny little boy and you can really see his personality coming through now. I’m so proud to be his mummy and couldn’t be more thankful to God for giving me this opportunity. I’m so looking forward to the many more years of raising my King Israel.

Only God sees your heart

Today’s society is so conformed to making an impression. Impressing people on social media, people at work, friends, family, even people we don’t know. That when change or something drastic happens in a persons life we feel the need to explain to the whole world, and allow people to put their two pence in, let me tell you something, you don’t owe anyone that pleasure unless it affects them directly.

What I’ve come to realise in this life is, people will hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe. Upon becoming a mum, I was so scared of what people would say, I would constantly overthink everything. As if it made a difference to anything lol.

Since having a baby however, I’ve been battling with so many changes in people, both good and bad, but more recently I’ve come to accept things for what they are and people for who they are. No matter what you might say to someone, they’ll only hear what they want to hear, it really doesn’t matter what you have to say lol. Nothing surprises me anymore, people can think the worst of you regardless of how nice you are, whether they know you or not, it doesn’t even matter. On the other hand, people you never expected can really step up for you and be there when you need them the most.

This is just a reminder that the only person in this life worth trying to ‘impress’ or prove something to is God, he’s the only one who sees your heart at the end of the day and I strongly believe that God has a plan and a solution for every situation.

It’s just a shame that society has a way of breaking us down, making us feel bad, like we’ve done something wrong, by questioning any and everything, especially as a single parent. I find it astonishing that someone can question why you’re a single parent, as if you did something ridiculously wrong to get you there. I wish more people would realise that they don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why they’re in ANY kind of situation whether good or bad, whether it be through social media, personally, whatever. And I wish people would mind their own business and not believe everything they hear and see. But this is 2017, social media rules the world and being ‘nosey’ is just the norm right? Crazy. Just remember social media’s only a fraction of an insight into people’s lives.

Have a blessed week xoxo