Happy 1st Birthday Erin

happy birthday erin! A whole year since my baby girl was born. Okay, I may have moaned about it the other day when I posted ‘This time last year…’ but when I look at Erin, I forget about everything that was bad. I thought I’d do a year in photos to celebrate her birthday today as there will be more posts to come over the next couple of days! I am just going to pick one photo for each month because otherwise this post will be huge! january february march april may june july august september october november december Considering I’m

This time last year…

Sometimes it seems like 2 minutes ago that I went into hospital to have Erin. It actually all started this time last year, sort of. On 29th December last year I had a final hospital appointment to see how Erin was developing and to decide on what was going to happen. During that appointment I got told to go to the delivery suite to be induced. I actually refused and told them I’d go back in the morning, a year ago today. I wanted to go home and get myself sorted out before being induced! So, this time last year

Ella’s Kitchen Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner

Although Erin has been eating since she was 4 months old, it has only been a couple of months since she started having finger foods. Erin loves food but it really does depend on her mood as to what she’ll eat. If she doesn’t fancy eating with her hands, she won’t eat. As John and I were eating a proper Christmas dinner, the plan was to get Erin to have this too. Apart from the parsnips, which were apparently amazing, Erin was not into eating Christmas dinner. She all all sorts and didn’t want any of it. Thank goodness for

A very spoiled little girl!

Well, Christmas is over and I hope everyone had a wonderful day! This year was Erin’s first Christmas and ours as a family in our own home. It was absolutely perfect! Erin was a very spoiled little girl and got some amazing presents. Erin treat us to a lay in, getting up at 7:30! The one day we wouldn’t have minded her getting up really early and she decides not to. Oh well! We all headed downstairs together and got Erin some breakfast before John took her and the dog to the park. I managed to get myself washed and

Erin’s Christmas Eve Box

I knew before Erin was even born that I wanted her to have a Christmas Eve Box every year. I don’t really know why though. I never had one. I guess I just like the idea of them. I ordered Erin’s box months and months ago, back in August I think it was. I saw them advertised on Facebook from loads of different companies but I eventually went with one from Chickitty Bridge. The box is absolutely beautiful and is so well made and finished. Although I haven’t seen any others, I am so happy that this is the one

Teaching Erin about Santa

This is Erin’s first Christmas and John and I have been trying to figure out what we want to tell Erin about Santa. It’s really hard because there are so many things we don’t agree with but we still want her to know the magic of believing in Santa. naughty or nice? Something both John and I are very adamant about is not telling Erin about the ‘naughty or nice’/ ‘good or bad’ list. I don’t agree with ‘threatening’ a child with something along the lines of ‘if you do (insert here) Santa won’t bring you gifts’. Obviously these are

Personalised letters from Santa

With it being Erin’s first Christmas I wanted to go about creating a whole new set of traditions, not only for her but as a family. Something I don’t remember getting as a child was a letter from Santa. Maybe I was on the naughty list though! There are so many companies offering letters from Santa, even Royal Mail are able to sort one out. However, ours came from Lapland Mailroom and I couldn’t be happier with it. It has been possible to order these letters for months now but Lapland Mailroom wait to send them out but make sure they

Meeting Santa and a Christmas party!

Last Sunday John and I had our one and only day off a week together. We decided, as it was quite early in the month, to take Erin to see Santa for the first time. I chose to go to our local garden centre because it was the easiest place to go seeing as we don’t drive. I’d heard good things about Santa there anyway though. We arrived really early, about 10:15 because I couldn’t be doing with long waits. There was actually no one there and we were the first people to see Santa! I had seen pictures of my