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Parenting Highs…


Baby J’s birthday has been and gone in the blink of an eye! We spent the morning opening presents, playing with her new toys and in the afternoon we visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. YWP is a great day out for all the family (I love zoos!), if this sort of thing is up your street I highly recommend it!

It’s a cliché, but time really does fly. It seems unbelievable that Baby J has been with us for a whole year, and that in that time Little E came along and made our little family complete. There have been so many things that have made this year so memorable, far too many to list them all! So here are my top five memorable moments from our first year of parenting:

1. Their arrivals- technically this is two moments but I’ll merge them together!  I had two very different birth experiences with good and bad elements to both.  Neither make me want to do it ever again, but birth has to be my top memorable moment(s) of the year! 

2. Finding out I was pregnant for a second time so soon – Little E was planned, maybe a little naively, but planned nonetheless. Six weeks passed after having Baby J and suddenly I didn’t feel quite right. Even though we were trying for a second neither of us expected it to happen so soon, we were a little shocked but really happy! I think both of us knew deep down that it would be our last pregnancy, so we enjoyed the excitement of a positive pregnancy test for the last time! 

3. Sleeping through – I talk about sleep a lot but this one definitely sticks in my mind.  Those first few week with Baby J really seamt to last forever.  She was colicky, had reflux and often cried until the wee, small hours. Then one day she slept through, I’m talking 10-6 but it was AMAZING! After that she went from strength to strength and now we have our selves a little sleeper!  Let’s hope her little sister follows in her footsteps! 

4. First words – ‘Catch’! Yes Baby J’s first word was ‘catch’.  I had convinced myself that her first word would be ‘Joe’, the name of our Border Collie.  Let’s face it those collies are crazy and we shout his name at least twenty times a day! It seems though that her favourite game is catch as is her favourite word!

5.  Crawling – like most parents we spent months willing Baby J to move from the same spot where we had left her. We would put toys just out of her reach, beckon her to us and crawl at the side of her. She spent those months looking back at us like we had completely lost the plot. The first time she moved by herself was a little army crawl across the carpet.  She giggled all of the time and we cheered and praised so much, our first proper milestone, #proudparents! 

Now we are into our second year with Baby J and our first with Little E, I’m sure this list will grow and grow. We all know that parenting is tough sometimes (a lot of the time), but these moments and thousands more make it all worth it! 

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  • manstayshome June 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    So exciting to recah thoose milestones, first words, crawling… It’s something that I’ll miss, (knowing that three is the limit!)

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • thesingleswan June 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Ah lovely. There is a saying that the days are long but the years are short with regard to parenting. For me this is so very true. thank you. Pen x #KCACOLS

  • mumzilla June 5, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is lovely. You are amazing having two so close together! I can barely cope with my (admittedly rambunctious!) one 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • thetaleofmummyhood June 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t know about amazing, daft maybe! Haha! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Amy June 6, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Lovely post! Parenting definitely isn’t an easy task, but I am so thankful to read how others feel the exact same! #MarvMondays

  • crummymummy1 June 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    My post today is about milestone moments in the first year – there are so many it was hard to narrow them down! #marvmondays

  • Kaye June 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    What a beautiful post. I hugely admire those that have babies so close together! A will be 2 years 7 months when our second comes along and I feel as if that will be difficult but 2 under 2 must be hard work but also SO rewarding. I hope my two are close enough in age to still have a good bond. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • thetaleofmummyhood June 7, 2016 at 7:50 am

      It is hard work, but rewarding as you say! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • organisedjo June 6, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Lovely post to read. You are going to have some lovely moments with both your little ones. Enjoy them. #MarvMondays

  • themotherhubblog June 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Wow – you have your work cut out for you, two in one year! They will be great pals. Those big ‘first’ moments are great arent they? #kcacols

  • Savannah (@HowHesRaised) June 8, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Happy Birthday to sweet Baby J! Those milestones really are incredible. To see this little being grow before your eyes is something special. I remember when my son first crawled, oh boy was it exciting! (: #KCACOLS

  • A Moment with Franca June 11, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Aww what a lovely post! You really had them one after the other one. That is actually very practical. I’m sure they will be super closed. I, in the other hand had my girls with a 4 year gap, so the opposite than you. It has its advantages and disadvantages but overall it has been fine. Thanks for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again tomorrow, 🙂 xx

    • thetaleofmummyhood June 11, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Ah thankyou for reading! I hope they grow up to be close, like you say there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Thanks for having me 🙂

  • theparentingjungle June 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Its so nice having them so close together they will grow up never lonely, the first birthday is always such a shock…probably because you are so tired you blink and a year has gone by! I love catch as a first son’s was bus…no idea why! Its lovely to keep a record of all these amazing things that happen, I wish I had! What a lovely read #FortheloveofBLOG

    • thetaleofmummyhood June 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      That first year really has flown! Ah I hope they stay close that would be lovely. It seems they pick up on the relay random words! Thanks for reading 🙂


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