Category Archives: Motherhood

A blossoming Season of Motherhood

With just a few days before my boy turns two I can’t help but think about how much my life has changed since he has been in it! He is such a blessing, not only has he shown me what it’s like to love unconditionally with my whole heart, but he has given me a whole new perspective on life, creativity and all that surrounds us, being a mother really is the most wonderful job.

Two is by far my favourite age, although, I am quite sure I have said that about every phase and milestone we have reached so far. But, oh my goodness being two is just magic! New words are being learnt every day and his imagination is alive. He seems to have grown all of a sudden, his legs are longer and those chubby thighs Iv kissed a million times are fading fast (thank goodness his little hands are still as chubby as they alway have been). It is a joy and a reward to see him grow, especially when the day leaves me feeling exhausted and wanting nothing but my own bed and a good night sleep. Each night when I tuck him into bed we talk about all the lovely things we have done – a gentle reminder to myself that we are both growing together.

I left my job as a designer in favour of being a stay at home mum. Before Arthur was born I knew I didn’t want to miss a minute of all of this and although I do often miss my old job and the creativity that came with it, I’m so glad I made this decision. For me, as a mother, I often try to find play ideas which satisfies my creative needs as much as it does Arthurs – things that will keep us both happy and content. After all, a happy mama makes for a happy baby, right? Something I have always tried to foster in him is a love of creativity and allowing the freedom to explore without putting boundaries around him (off cause I’m not talking about boundaries of safety or discipline here purely the ones that allow him to grow). Recently we played with flowers and our cameras, it is my guilty pleasure and it’s so lovely to see that it has also captured his imagination too. We laid out some blooms on a sheet of paper and took some pictures together – the poor petals got a little bruised as Arthur played with them, but, hey! Nevermind we both had a lovely time playing together. It fills me with such pride to see his curiosity grow, I feel like the luckiest mama.

Do you find your creativity needs to be nourished alongside the needs of your child too?

Afternoon Tea For Mum

Where would I be without my mum? I owe everything to her, all that I am and all that I know. I don’t think I truly appreciated just how wonderful the bond between a mother and her child could be until I became a mother myself, all those feelings of unconditional love are pretty amazing. My mum has taught me so much about life and she has been there through the happiest and the saddest times, always encouraging and never judging. Her mothering is inspirational and off cause she is the most wonderful granny to our son too, who totally adores her. I couldn’t wish for anything more from her.

I am very lucky that I get to see my mum on a regular basis, it’s lovely that we can pop in to see each other whenever we fancy, but we don’t often get the chance to sit down and enjoy tea and homemade cake together, so that’s just what we planned to do recently. A simple lunch and get together was the perfect way to treat my mum to let her know how special she is to me.

Steamer Trading recently asked if I would like to take part in their Mother’s Day campaign – Afternoon Tea for Mum, which sounded like such a lovely way to treat my mum I jumped at the chance to get baking a special cake. There really is no excuse for cake! I used a Mary Berry all-in-one sponge cake recipe in my heart shaped baking tin and got Arthur to help me decorate it with fresh fruit and flowers. (OK I decorated it whilst he helped himself to the fruit). We also made some cucumber sandwiches and a pot of tea. Just perfect for celebrating Mother’s day and spending time with my mum.

Thank you to Steamer Trading for inviting me to take part in a little afternoon tea celebration for my mum we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
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Bringing nature into a child’s room

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As Arthur grows, I feel it is really important for him to learn about the seasons and about the nature that surrounds us and our little home. For me, simplicity is key when it comes to imaginative play and I really value the idea that natural and simplistic toys and found objects have a great and positive effect on a child’s development and exploration of self.

After a little walk at the weekend, where we gathered a few leaves, pinecones and seed heads, I decided to set up a little woodland inspired corner in Arthurs room where we played and explored together, talking about the way they felt in our hands and burying little woodland animals under a pile of leaves, sorting them into different containers and reading stories which hopefully made a few connections for him. If nothing else it was a fun little afternoon spent together.

Here are some of the things I have included in our nature corner:

  • Treasures found whilst out and about, such as leaves, pinecones and seed heads
  • Baskets and containers for sorting
  • Simple wooden woodland animals
  • Tactile pompons in various shades of green and blue to make a garland
  • Leaves threaded onto string for bunting, hung above the changing mat
  • Nature inspired prints. These are from Sarah and Bendrix and are so beautifully illustrated.
  • Books about nature. Our current favourites are, How to be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy, Natures Day, Slow Snail by Mary Murphy, Owls and Our Garden Birds by Matt Sewell

A moment in time

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We went for a walk across the fields at the weekend and sat a while amongst the long grass whilst the sun popped in and out of the clouds. I do love adventures like this together as a family, time spent away from the business of the everyday, breathing in fresh air (thank goodness my bout of hayfever is over for another year) and hunting for treasures – we collected leaves to recreate a little woodland scene back at home.

Arthur is still a little wobbly on his feet and kept tripping over and landing on thistles which lead to tears, oh the tears, and his little hands reaching up to me calling ‘mama mama’ I lifted him up onto my hip and carried him awhile. I treasure each and every moment those little hands reach up to me for love and reassurance . When we reached the soft grass he was brave enough to go exploring with daddy close by whilst I captured the moment both in my heart and with my camera.

We are so lucky to have fields to explore right on our doorstep, each time we visit they look and feel different, I love the perspective open space gives you. I was surprised at how faded the landscape looked in comparison to the pictures I shared here just a little while ago, a reminder of time moving ever forward, I think that is why I love to capture little moments and document them so I can look back on in years to come and remember with vivid colour.

Thank you to the lovely people at TRIWA who gifted me the beautiful Falken Rose Gold watch. They are offering readers of We Made This Home 15% off their collection of beautiful watches and sunglasses so do pop over to their site and take a little look. Enter the code WMTH15 at the checkout.