23.3.15

Sophie Update - 21 Months

I thought I would just do a quick update now Sophie is 21 months old!


Firstly, she doesn’t stop talking now! She can say so many words; her favourites recently being “don’t worry”, “oh dear”, "alright" and “no!” haha.

She is really friendly and says “Hi!” and “Bye/See ya/See you soon” etc. to anyone who passes her – even cars!

She loves books; most nights at bedtime she will get out of bed and go over and pick out a couple of books. She opens her bedroom door (we think she uses the light from downstairs) and sits in bed and reads through her books until she falls asleep. So sweet!

She loves to count too; with a bit of help she can count from 1-10. We encourage her as much as we can and she just picked it up as every morning when we go downstairs; we count the stairs as we go.


Like most toddlers; Sophie is very strong willed. She is quite independent too and when something doesn't go her way you will know about it! We try and distract her if we can. I think it's just the fact she can't communicate fully with us yet as she can't say what she wants to.
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19.3.15

Postnatal Depression (PND)

I'll be honest; I wasn't sure whether to write this post as it's a very personal subject. However, I decided since this is a parenting blog it made sense to write about my experience with Postnatal Depression after becoming a mother.




It started in September 2013 when Sophie was 3 months old. My family had noticed I hadn't been myself for a while; I didn't have the motivation to do anything, I felt isolated but didn't want to go out, I was always tired and I would cry at the slightest thing. I've always been a very sensitive person, but this was different. I couldn't control my emotions at all.

That was when, along with the encouragement of my family, I went to see my doctor. After describing what I was feeling, he said it sounded like Post Natal Depression (PND). He prescribed me some anti-depressants which he said could take around 6 weeks to start working. 4 weeks later on my next visit to the doctor, I felt no different whatsoever so he changed my medication. He prescribed me something different (I won’t mention the name of it) which seemed to work and I have been on/off it for 18 months now on different doses.

In my opinion, being a Mum is hard work! There are times where I have felt so worthless and that Sophie deserves better. But the worst thing you can do is compare yourself to other mums. At the end of the day; your child loves you no matter what and I would do absolutely anything for Sophie. I can't put into words how much I love her.

I’m still suffering with PND – I guess it doesn’t just disappear overnight. I’m still up and down, I feel like I'm always tired and sometimes dread waking up in the morning. But, hopefully I can overcome it. On my last visit to the doctor, which was last week, I mentioned counselling. I thought talking to someone may be able to help me understand the reason behind it. I have had some personal issues which I won’t go into but I’m willing to try it so I'm just waiting for a referral now.

I didn't realise how common PND was. It affects around 1 in 10 women after they've had a baby. It's nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. You really don’t have to go through it on your own. Having PND doesn't make you a bad mother and I hope my story can help in some way; whether you have suffered with it or if it gives you the encouragement to ask for help.


If you have any questions or just want a chat; please email me at sophieellaandme@hotmail.com
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18.3.15

It Feels Like Spring!

Now that we're in the middle of March, the weather is definitely starting to improve. Some days are still quite cold where we live but the sun is actually shining and it is starting to feel like Spring!



This week Sophie and I have been for walks to different parks local to us and we have both really enjoyed getting out of the house. The fresh air seems to really help my mood too and it tires Sophie out which is a bonus as she rarely naps now.


If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a few pictures I've posted recently of the walks we've been on.

I thought I would also post them on here to show you what we've been up to so far this week. I'm really looking forward to Spring/Summer now; going for walks, trips to the park and days out.

What have you been up to this week?
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17.3.15

Sophie's Easter Basket 2015

As Easter is less than 3 weeks away, I thought I would share what's in Sophie's Easter basket.



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16.3.15

Mother's Day 2015

This post is going up a little bit late.. but I wanted to let you all know what we got up to on Mother's Day (Sunday 15th March).



This year was my second Mother's Day which is nice. I got a lovely card from Sophie and a box of chocolates and we went out at around 1pm for afternoon tea with my Mum, Sister, Nan and of course, Sophie. There were sandwiches, cakes, chocolate strawberries, scones, strawberry milk etc. and tea & coffee. Although I don't drink either, so I just had Diet Coke haha. 

I like Mother's Day as it gives you the opportunity to let your mum know how much you appreciate her. Not that she doesn't already know that, but it's nice to have a special day where you can tell her and buy her nice gifts too.

It also makes me think about how grateful I am to be a mum. It isn't always easy but it is so rewarding. It's kind of sad that Sophie isn't a little baby any more (she will always be my baby) but it's so amazing watching her grow up and learn new things everyday. She's so beautiful, funny and clever and I feel so lucky to call her my daughter.
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8.3.15

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015

As Mother's Day is only 1 week away (Sunday 15th March) I thought I would share some gift ideas with you which may just give you some inspiration.


Chocolates
You can't go wrong with chocolates! You can pick up this box of Cadbury Milk Tray for just £3 at Asda.

Yankee Candle
I love these candles, my favourite scent is 'Soft Blanket'.

Fresh Flowers
Such a lovely, pretty gift which she is sure to appreciate.

Print
This print is from The Angel Gift Company, I think it's lovely and will make a perfect gift. There are also other prints to choose from which can be personalised.

Photo Frame/Album
An inexpensive gift but very thoughtful. You can pick up plain photo frames from Asda for around £3 or this 'Mum' photo album for £6.

Other ideas which aren't pictured are; a mug, cushion, keyring, book, CD or DVD.
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5.3.15

Messy Play - Cloud Dough

So I was browsing for toddler activities on pinterest earlier when I came across 'cloud dough'. I had a quick read and thought it would be a good idea to try with Sophie as she loves messy play; we have previously played with jelly and yoghurt but I wanted to try something different with her.

I thought I would share with you what you will need and how to make it, it was so quick and easy and Sophie really enjoyed it!

You will need: flour, olive oil, food colouring, a cup, bowl and spoon. As it happens, I had those things in the cupboard and I couldn't wait to try it so I gave it a go.



1. The ratio is 1:8, so 1 cup (I used a measuring cup) to 8 part flour.

2. Measure 8 cups of flour and put them into the bowl

3. Measure 1 cup of olive oil and some food colouring, mix them together then add to the bowl

4. Stir everything together then use your hands to mix everything together properly

That's it. You might want to put it on a mat as it does go everywhere but it does hoover up easily. You can repeat the process as many times as you like using different coloured food colouring for more sensory fun! Please let me know if you try it!


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1.3.15

Sophie Update - 20 Months

I can't believe how fast time has gone. Sophie is 20 months now (this post is a bit late but never mind) and every day she is learning something new. She really isn't a baby any more! The main thing we have noticed recently is she is talking a lot more and picking up words really easily. I don't have a clue what she's trying to say sometimes although some of it does make sense.


Words/phrases she can say so far are:

Hi, bye, see ya, Mama, Daddy, Nana, Papa (her Grandad), Peppa (Pig), no!, boo, cats, woof woof, quack quack, aaw, uh-oh, oopsy daisy, oh dear, sorry, please, ta (thankyou), gone, more, cheese, nice, home, beep beep, sit, sweeties, shoes, seesaw, I did it, I see you, it wasn't me, what's this/that, see you soon.. Etc. im sure there's more but I can't think of anything else at the moment. 

She can also run, spin around, stamp her feet and is practicing jumping.. Although she doesn't actually leave the floor yet haha.

Her personality is also changing and you can tell her imagination is developing too when she plays with her toys; she pretends to feed her beaker of water to her teddy bears and her Baby Annabell doll. She also chats away to herself when she's playing with her ELC Happyland toys. They're used every day and definitely one of our best investments and I can see them being played with for years to come. 
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