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Mother’s Day

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I was pretty spoilt this Mother’s Day – B and R (and Eoin!) had been busy working hard behind the scenes.  They surprised me with a lovely bouquet of flowers on Saturday, and on Sunday Benedict presented me with my very first hand-made present he’d made at pre-school; a framed-picture with stickers carefully placed around the edge! He’d also drawn a picture of me on the card – if you look closely there’s two eyes, maybe a body, a smile and some hair haha! I was very touched!

I think the best part of the gift was the quote inside the card which read: “I love mummy because of the buttons.” (I gave Benedict chocolate buttons when he first started pre-school as a well done!) That’s definitely a keeper…

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Eoin and Benedict disappeared to the car on Sunday after Mass and came back with this lovely mug and a Mother’s day card, and then Eoin cooked the dinner! All in all, I felt very special this Mother’s Day!

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24 hours with the McCarthy’s {phfr}

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Joining Like Mother Like Daughter for this week’s {pretty, happy, funny, real}.

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This lovely vase arrived in the post today –  Anthropologie had a sale and I couldn’t resist… it’s a bit different and adds a lot of colour to the room – very happy with this one!

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Benedict made some welsh cakes with daddy this morning while the girls had a ‘quiet’ morning out!

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In the week we went to Ikea to get Benedict a table and chair set. I’ve wanted to get B a table for ages so he had somewhere he could stand at to play, and he uses it a lot already – this morning he was busy making play-doh cakes…

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{funny}

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This afternoon our sitting room turned into an amateur film set for a film my brother was making for his uni course. We had a good laugh with my twin cousins who were playing a future Benedict and Rose, although the whole film was about me and Eoin dying… (!)

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We ended our day by putting up some shelves in Benedict’s room for his books. Eoin and I keep coming back to the same topic of conversation – our lack of storage space. And our solution is always the same – shelves!!! Use every inch of wall space!

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Something about Rose

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Rose will be four months on the 8th December… already! The time has really flown by and yet it is as if she has always been there.

I have been very lucky with this one – she’s been one of those easy babies that I used to envy when Benedict was a baby! She’s a good sleeper at night and she spends most of the day either in her bouncy chair or kicking away on the rug. I’ve been there with the difficult baby so I know how lucky I am!

Her relationship with Benedict is really growing too. Benedict is so fond of her and he copies the way we speak to her which is really cute. He teaches her things too, for example he’ll turn to her in the buggy and say: “Look, Rose – a nee-nah car!” The funniest one which made me laugh out loud was when I was changing Benedict’s nappy, and Rose was lying nearby and he turns his head to her with all sincerity in his voice and says: “Look, Rose – poo” and he points to the nappy I’m changing! So that’s what big brothers are for…

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I think Rose will learn pretty quickly how to be a tough cookie as Benedict is not the most delicate when it comes to babies… But then what 2 year old boy is?!  He wants to play rough and tumble with her on the floor, and I sound like a broken record when I hear myself say “she’s too young for that!” over and over again.

I’ve found it’s a real balancing act knowing when to let him “show his love for her” and when he might actually hurt her. I don’t want to be always hovering over the two of them telling him to be more gentle! So I find myself watching from a distance out of the corner of my eye. But it’s so nice to know he’s actually interested in her, and to see him interact with her in a real older brother way.

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Oh happy fault

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I did an online Tesco delivery in the week, and instead of giving me a punnet of nectarines they sent me 3 punnets of plums. I’ve never been that fond of plums so I decided to bake them with a bit of butter and brown sugar on top and they turned out really scrummy.

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Keep calm and carry on

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If only this photo summed up what actually happened that day! Eoin had the week off this week which has been such a treat. We started the week off by visiting my parents, and one thing I really wanted to do this time with Benedict was go to some woods where I used to go as a child…

In my head, I had a lovely idyllic vision of Benedict running through the trees kicking the leaves with his wellies… But sadly we hadn’t gone further than the car park before my idyllic vision quickly vanished. Benedict, being two, had one great tantrum. We ended up driving away. But after a bit we thought we’d have a second attempt, certain that this time would be different, so we drove back to the woods. We barely made it out of the carpark before another tantrum emerged. So we went home…!

Not the greatest start to the holiday. But things began to look up that afternoon. We went to the Arboretum down the road from my parents and had a much more successful and happy trip.

I guess the only moral to this story is keep calm and carry on with these little ones.

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