Smiths Room Reveal

I wasn’t able to do up a nursery for Smith before he was born, as we just didn’t have the space. With a four bedroom home, three bedrooms being used for us and the kids, and the other being used as a study / office space for my husbands business, we moved as much around as we could, but still had Smith in our room for his first 10 months.

My very clever Husby built into our existing roof space to make a loft style office / storage space. It is a beautiful space which I’ll post pictures of soon.

By doing that we were able to finally move the office furniture into that space and create a bedroom for Smith. I used the same colours that were already in our study, and decided to stick with white, timber, and bursts of mustard.

Not knowing what theme to go for, I took to Pinterest, and my search always evolves from there.  #thepinterestjourney 🙂 I found gorgeous animal woodland prints from The Crown Prints and I’d fallen in love with all the fox plush animals and teepees and more boho room looks, that I decided to run with the tribal / woodland theme.

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Shelves from the Timba Trend

Chair from Freedom

Knot Cushion from little.l.interiors

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Wooden mountains from Huddy and Me

Grey Marble Arrow Teether from One.Chew.Three

Wooden Worm from Seed Heritage

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Animal prints & Stag horns – The Crown Prints

Feather print – Stillblog

Frames – Kmart

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Mobile – handmade

Headdress Print from Society 6

Wooden Camera from Behind the Trees

Fox Pillow from Kmart

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Smith Name Arrow from Nest Accessories

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OYOY World Map Playmate

IMG_8427It’s been worth the wait with this room, especially being able to move straight to more of a toddler boy room space.  Smith loves it, and regularly toddles off to play with his toys on his own.

Hope you like it or may get ideas for your next boy space!

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Baking: Flower Garden Cake

IMG_8135IMG_8136IMG_8137IMG_8138Russian Piping Tips are so popular right now and I’ve been trying to experiment with them. They are just so pretty!  My Mum had her birthday in April and I decided to make this cake for her, combining her love for pretty things, pink things and flowers! It was five tiers of pastel rainbow inside. The recipe is the same one I used for my Easter Bunny cake, which I’ll link here ☺️ I actually used a Swiss Meringue Buttercream for the flowers this time, and it made them harder to pipe and I don’t think they look great. I’m still learning though and practicing, any other cake creations using these tips, please send them my way, I need ideas!

 

Judd’s Fourth Birthday

IMG_5320.JPGJudd’s Fourth Birthday was a lot of fun.  He was SO beyond excited to be celebrating it, and was obsessed with fire engines, so the fire engine cake was a given.  As it was an even birthday, it was another activity year, and we arranged with one of Mark’s mates, who is also a fire fighter, to visit the fire station and go on a tour.  Judd still talks about it, he was amazed to be at an actual fire station and get so close to a fire engine, and we were rapt to see him get his own personal tour of it all.  I can’t believe he is FOUR!  And finding all the photo’s and writing up about all four of his last birthday’s in a few days has really made it seem like it FLEW by!

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Ellie’s Second Birthday

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When Ellie turned two, I got really sick.  I had mastitis and some form of stomach bug as well, an eight week old, a two year old and an almost four year old.  I was so unwell we celebrated her birthday a few days afterwards, which was not ideal and a notch for my Mummy guilt scale (which let’s be honest, always feels like it’s unbalanced not in my favour!)  Because I was so unwell I don’t feel like I captured her birthday when we did celebrate, and the cake could have been a lot better, but I wasn’t able to go out and get everything I needed for it.  So it was a simple celebration, which we will make up for when she turns three I’m sure.  As I said for Judd’s second birthday, for even birthday’s we do an activity with the family.  We couldn’t decide what Ellie would love to do the most, and she didn’t speak very much at this stage.  She did however LOVE food, so we took her to a cafe for lunch and she loved every second of it!  It’s the little things 🙂  When we told people that that’s what we did for Ellie’s day they laughed and said ‘that is so Ellie’ 🙂  She’s a foodie!

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Judd’s Third Birthday

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So by the time we started preparing for Judd’s Third Birthday celebrations, he was well into the swing of things.  He was very excited, and wanted to have a party, which we were more than happy to throw for him.  He asked who to invite, asked for the theme to be an ‘intruction party’ and wanted to be able to help make his cake.

So with the theme sorted, I started on the invite, and Judd started scouring Pinterest to pick his cake.  Yup, times have moved up from the trusty Women’s Weekly cake book haven’t they!  Judd picked a three tier cake that he could help ‘paint’ and while I inwardly freaked out (I was three months pregnant while organising Judd’s birthday and not feeling well at all) we DID IT!  And we had the best time doing it too.  Judd was over the moon with his day, and still 18 months later, tells people about his amazing construction party.  Now that he can pronounce it correctly lol.

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Ellie’s First Birthday

IMG_4365So I was pretty excited to go super girly for Ellie’s First Birthday.  I found a beautiful cake on Pinterest that I wanted to replicate (which I will not show you because mine looks so bad next to it!) and as that was white, pink and gold I went with that theme. It’s super popular right now, as it was back then, so decorations were easy to find!

Ellie’s birthday was earlier in the week, so I made a small naked cake, and then the big cake for that weekend’s family party.  Ellie was only having one sleep a day, so we did a coffee and cake catch up for when she woke up from her nap.

Ellie dressed up in a tutu and had such a lovely day.

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Judd’s First Birthday

 

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Now that I am in full swing of kids birthdays and cakes so, so many times each year, I thought it would be good to blog about the birthday’s that have been. Judd’s first birthday was over three years ago which is insane!  But I thought it was worth having these memories in this little place.  Judd is really big at the moment on talking about each of his birthday’s and what theme they were, so this is really front of mind for me right now.

Judd’s First Birthday was a plane party.

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little love: smith – month ten

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– Closer to 9 kgs and still at 71cms
– 00 and 0 clothing.
– We moved Smith into his own room this month (head over to my instagram – lauren.loves.xox to have a look!), and he has been loving it!  He has a great sleep stint now at night, where I think we were disturbing him for that time when he was in with us.
– Letting us feed him consistently now – YAY – and eating so much himself as well. He is loving biscotti, cucumber and anything that contains butter.  He is fabulous at eating and he tends to rip harder things with his front teeth.  It’s clever and as a parent, a bit cringeworthy.  It was also Easter this month and we learnt very quickly that he LOVES chocolate and that he will eat through foil to get to it.
– Pulling himself up (as with last month) and walking along furniture. Standing on the flats of his feet, which is major progress for this twinkle toes. Walking from ottoman to couch, coffee tables to couches, any short little distances.
– I think he has anywhere from six to eight teeth now. I’ve stopped looking, and my nipples just know by feel. I’m pretty sure I have eight teeth marks on each side. Waah!
– Parrots us. Honestly, the words he says when he is repeating us, sound scarily the same. I have him on camera repeating ‘I love you’ as an example.  He says Ta, Yeah, No, Don’t, I Do, Mumma, Dada, Ga for Granny, Boofa (which he says cheekily when I’m telling him he’s a boofa lol), Aaaah Boo (for peekaboo of course) scone (yes random, but he does and Judd eats a lot of pumpkin scones), Uh Uh (when he is heading for something he isn’t allowed to touch), Bubba, Yay, Ooooohhhh (is his wow – he did this this month when he saw we were having mash for dinner one night and now that he thinks we think it’s hilarious he does it ALL.THE.TIME), Roars, and when we ask him what sound a doggie makes, he tips his head back and woofs.  It’s pretty funny.
– Getting a bit of a mullet back there.  He has the blondest hair out of all of our kiddies at the same age, but it is curling like their’s all did.
– Loves the oven.  Loves turning it on and changing the temperature on me while dinner or baked goods are in there.
– Really snuggles into your chin for cuddles.
– Gives slobbery kisses.  THE BEST!
– Temper is out and it is fierce.
– LOVES incy wincy, seriously screams with happiness when it is sung.
– A bit more shy than the other kiddies were with loud noises, not a huge fan of the vacuum cleaner and needs lots of warning.  Any kitchen appliance though, the louder the better.
– Loves having his hair brushed or his head scratched.
– He started pushing Judd’s fire trucks and cars along the floor this month, making the siren noises.  The boy gene is strong in this one.
– Loves being in the swing or racing around on Daddy’s shoulders with the other kiddies.
– Goes a bit crazy shaking his head no!  Thinks it’s super funny.
– Is wriggling so so much for Daddy in the bath, it’s a struggle.  However, LOVES the shower.
– He really is just super happy so much of the time.  And I really think he is the daggiest of all our kids, and Mark and I combined 🙂  He just likes to clown around and make you laugh.  He loves making Judd and Ellie laugh and will belly laugh along with them.  It’s a really gorgeous personality.
– He thinks Judd is hilarious, and when Judd makes him laugh, it’s the gorgeous belly laugh that usually gives him the hiccups.  Very contagious.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, the past three months especially, have been really hard.  When your baby gets to that point of waking easily and you have two very loud little people in the house all the time it is difficult to feel like you are ever going to be able to make a good sleeper, or when you have school runs that completely mess with routine, it has that carry on effect into night time.  Sometimes I just want to have just one baby again so this constant guilt might go away.  But the bond between these kids is amazing, and I feel very very grateful to not only have been given them, but that I get to watch them grow up together.  Now I’m trying to work on not feeling like I’m catastrophically failing everyday.  Three little people and two hands, does not a good mother make.  I desperately don’t want any of them to feel overlooked ever,  and it feels like it happens to each one of them, at least once, every single day. And I desperately want to give my husband a break from the chaos at home and the chaos from work, and that doesn’t happen either. I think I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like I’m not the mother I was with one – that I’ve had to adapt to survive – and at times I feel I’ve failed – Judd especially, and the other kids in that sense.  Time is just not on my side.  The daily guilt about everything is real.  Maggie Dent and her articles and parent resources have helped.    Our lives have really wound down, even more so than they did while I tried to get Judd into a routine from when he was a bub.  And that’s ok.  We go slower and we spend a lot of time being together at home.  There is still lots to do and get done, but this way the kids aren’t pulled from pillar to post and they get a chance to play and learn.  I can do everything at a slower pace, from baking to craft, to nature exploring and imagining.  As I’ve always said, it won’t be like this for long.  I’m loving these days of cuddles and simple moments filling my days.  I’m so lucky to stay at home with them, I want to enjoy every minute, as the days are ticking past so quickly.

Next post I am going to showcase all of the kids past Birthday’s, as we start to get ready for Smith’s big ONE!

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