This is a collaborative post with My 1st Years…
Gosh where does the time go? Last September when I took the following photos I had big ideas of writing an update on Emilia. At that time she’d just turned three and I always find Emilia’s birthdays a great time for reflection. But then I got sick, like really sick. Hyperemesis Gravidarum sick. But luckily, as I sit here at writing this post at twenty five weeks pregnant with her brother, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and the sickness is long gone with only a few days of nausea here and there.
So what has Emilia been up to during this time?
Immediately after her third birthday Emilia started preschool. She absolutely loves it and every time I go to collect her I wait for her to run over to me, give me the biggest hug along with all the gossip from her day. She tells me what she’s been up to, what she ate for lunch (the food sounds amazing in the ‘cafe’ and she usually starts by telling me what she had for pudding) and every time I say ‘would they mind if I came and joined you all for lunch?’ to which she’ll reply ‘no silly Mummy, you’re far too big!’. Along with all the amazing stuff she gets up to, there’s usually gossip surrounding who misbehaved that day, who didn’t share or who took the trike she was on during break time and I must without fail be armed with snacks ready for the walk home.
As a result of pre-school she has grown up in so many ways, one thing I’ve really noticed is she likes having little jobs to do. She helps me with the washing, tidying up of her toys and her favourite? Setting the table!
Actually Emilia was potty trained waaaay back in August of last year. I’m going to be honest here and say it was a mad rush to get her trained before starting pre-school in September but I’m proud that in true Emilia style, waiting paid off as she took to it like a duck to water and was fully trained within about four days. There are times during her twos where I’d had a little half hearted try at potty training but quickly realised that she just wasn’t interested, and with Emilia I’ve learned that if you just wait that bit longer (especially physical milestones) she usually initiates these things and they happen pretty quickly.
Being Patient With Mummy
There was a period of about three months between September and December last year where I was literally bed bound or worse, in hospital on a drip. Emilia was a little star every minute of every day, sometimes spending all day in bed next to me watching CBeebies if help wasn’t available, and when it was, spending all of her time with Daddy or Grandparents. Not being able to take her or pick her up from her first days in pre-school were pretty hard (I have the most unfortunate of similarities with Kate Middleton) but we all got through it and it’s made Emilia so much more independent as a result of having to rely on others for help.
There’s a baby on the way – and it has to be a girl!
This was an interesting period, the excitement of having a little brother or sister on the way, only it had to be a sister! In the beginning there was no entertaining the possibility it may be a brother and only sheer determination that the baby would be a girl… Well guess what, we’re having a boy! We paid for an early gender scan as a way of me feeling a bond to the little one (one of the many evils of Hyeremesis is that in the throes, it completely robs you of any bond with the little one). I knew straight away at the scan it was a boy, just call me a skull theory whizz and when the sonogropher said the words ‘it’s a boy’ I couldn’t look at Emilia. But immediately she did a full 360 and was elated! Phew…
These gorgeous items were very kindly sent by My 1st Years to review as part of this post, but before I mention the brand and products I must firstly thank them for their patience and for waiting for me to feel better before writing this post with absolutely no pressure. They truly are the best!
My 1st Years is a fantastic brand offering timeless personalised gifts (personalisation is complimentary!) for newborns through to young children and Emilia was sent a gorgeous fluffy pink Child’s Hooded Fleece Robe personalised with her name. It’s absolutely gorgeous, has little fluffy ears in the hood and she loves the colour. The feel of it is so soft against her sensitive skin and aside from looking so cute it’s totally practical as the waist tie is sewn onto the robe so it’s super safe for little ones. It’s available from 0-5 years and can be personalised with up to 15 characters.
We also received a gorgeous personalised Ditsy Print Backpack which Emilia now uses as her pre-school bag! Roomy and durable enough to fit her school essentials and those ever important after school snacks, but lightweight enough for Emilia to carry on the walk to school herself. We use it when we’re out and about and it will easily fit an outfit change, snack, drink and the front pocket is perfect for a small colouring book and crayons for entertainment!
In Emilia’s bedroom sits the Large Pink Star Storage Bag as the style and star pattern is a perfect match with her bedroom decor. Admittedly, Emilia is not a natural tidier upperer, even her old nursery once commented on how she was pretty happy to just leave things lying around and switch on her selective hearing when the tidy up song came on! No excuses here though as any toys in her bedroom can be thrown into this toy storage bag, which is huge, everything is tidied quickly and it looks really stylish! Clearing up every evening has never been easier! The pattern is classic and will last Emilia many years to come.
As I take this blog forward I will resume my monthly round ups of what we’ve been up to, now that there are once again stories to tell and keep you in the loop on how Emilia’s doing, where we’ve been and what we’re loving!
With thanks to My 1st Years for getting in touch and sending us such wonderful items. All thoughts and opinions are my own.