Why do I Breastfeed?

Before I start, I would like to say that this is not a discussion about breastfeeding v formula feeding or a sermon on breastfeeding because this issue has caused so much controversy in recent years and I do not want to be adding to it!

This post is simply a reply to a friend who asked me why I am still breastfeeding Baby Girl. She isn’t a parent and therefore doesn’t know what it is like and was curious. It made me think about why I do and why I intend to do so for at least two years as the World Health Organisation recommends (Baby Girl permitting!) Continue reading

Baby Girl 6 months on

My beautiful princess is getting so big. I can’t keep up with how fast it has all flown by. When you are experiencing something so amazing as watching a child grow you can never imagine you will forget all those little moments of joy but sadly the memories fade quickly. This is one of the reasons I started blogging, to record those special moments and everyday moments that melt my heart. Continue reading

Life with two – one week in

Its been 8 days since Baby Girl graced us with her presence. This time 3 years ago the Boy was 3 days old and baby blues were about to set in leaving me in floods of tears each day alongside a feeling of inadequacy, loss of self confidence and utter confusion about this whole parenting malarkey. It was a really difficult time and it took me a while to get used to life as a parent. I was very worried about how things would be this time, there would not only be a newborn in the house but a toddler too – double trouble! Continue reading

Millets Farm and Maize Maze

We have just returned from a lovely day out at Millets Farm and Maize Maze. I am knackered and content as the Boy is in bed after saying “I have a fun time today” and I am going to treat myself to my weekly glass of wine and go to bed early. But first, the key details: Continue reading

>My amazing boys

>I have been working late a lot recently closing a deal at work and have had to miss the Boys bedtime on too many occasions. I am very lucky not only to have a wonderful supportive husband who takes care of the Boy most nights but he also does this…

I am keeping this for whenever I need a pick me up!

>Sharing an obsession

>My name is ChocOrangeCityMum and I am a bookaholic.

I love reading and I want the Boy to love reading which is why, at the tender age of 2, he has about 100 books in his room. I can’t help myself: I see, I want, I buy. We do not discriminate against purchasing location so we buy them from Waterstones, Smiths, Independent Bookshops, Library sales, eBay, Amazon, charity shops but we only accept good copies. I’m not entirely sure why as they often end up with raisins stuck between the pages or over-zealous tears in the middle but I have book standards.

I prefer to buy books on recommendations so I thought I would list of our favourite books to read:

The Gruffalo

I love all of Julia Donaldson books but this is the Boys absolute favourite book and we have a lovely video of him reading the whole book (with a few prompts). The story is a brains over brawn tale about a clever little mouse who outwits a fox, an owl, a snake and a scary-big but somewhat dim Gruffalo. Personally I like rhyming books best as they flow off the tongue so easily. The Boys second birthday party was a Gruffalo theme and I was rather proud of this cake I made.

Little Beauty
This story is a lovely story about friendship, the Boy loves the beautiful pictures where the gorilla and the cat do everything together. It highlights the differences in the two animals but brings them together as they are united in their friendship. I love the way the pictures relay the feelings of the animals so clearly.

Don’t Let Go
I love this book, the Boy really enjoyed it too but this was one of my bedtime choices again and again. The story is about a girl learning to ride a bike and her dad teaching her, but when she learns to let go and ride on her own, her dad realises that he was also scared to let her go. It is such a clever book about the relationship between parents and children and the very real fear that I feel that the Boy will one day not need me. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be one of those overprotective, you can’t leave me type of mothers but I’m still not looking forward to the day where I am not his number one person!

Hug
If anyone had told me that I would enjoy reading a book with only one word in it (almost) I would question their judgement so I probably wouldn’t have bought this book, but we got it as a Christmas present and it is fantastic. It is a beautifully told story about a monkey who wants a hug, he sees other animals in the jungle cuddling and he just wants one. This is a lovely book to read with the Boy and he really understands the storyline and simple joy of the monkey when he finally finds his mum and gets a hug. This is a book he often chooses to read on his own, and he can read it all by himself!

The Ravenous Beast
This is a story about a very hungry hungry hungry set of animals who each explain why they are the hungriest animal of all by eating all sorts of non-edible items such as circus tents, ringing bells and buckets and spades but are all beaten by the Ravenous Beast who gobbles them all up. The repetition of the theme throughout is good for small children to keep them hooked and uses a lovely variety of animals (a mouse, elephant, crocodile, cat). The ending is simple but effective with big words splashed across the page for impact and a very full and contented beast. A very satisfying story.

So, if you love reading or would love to read more, I hope this list helps in some way.