When Max was born last November at 40 weeks, he was apparently the size of a pumpkin (see ‘evidence’ below). My personal horror story (labour) also kind of started on Halloween itself, by my body evacuating every ounce of EVERYTHING, other than the baby, right after I carved my first ever pumpkin (at the age of 30, I KNOW!!).
So pumpkins have a new, very special meaning to me, and what better way to celebrate this special time of year than by capturing my little pumpkin’s first ever pumpkin picking sesh.
New Mumma Photography is a Southport-based photographer who specialises photography of babes and kids in their own home, but she also does location shoots, just like this one at Hightown Pumpkin Patch. I snapped up a half hour slot for a bargain of £25, which included one digital photo, and we hot footed it down to the patch one rainy Saturday morning.
Max was a pro, working the camera despite the wind and rain, and while he seemed a little grumpy at the time Sarah managed to capture some uh-mazing photos, including some cheesy grins we didn’t even realise he’d cracked and some smouldering ad campaign-worthy shots (in my biased Mum opinion), plus one of him walking a few steps which was really special for us.
There was no way we could have picked one so chose our favourite seven and gladly paid the additional £10 per picture – these are Max’s first professional photos as we weren’t organised enough to do a newborn shoot, and as they’re digital photos we can have as many printed as we like for ourselves and for family (Christmas presents, check!)
So baby bore, alert, but how adorable are these pics!…
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Max’s first birthday is fast approaching, something I still find it hard to wrap my head around (this has been the quickest year in all of time, right?) and I’ve been looking for the perfect tipi (teepee?) as his gift.
One of my absolute favourite things to do is hunt down unique finds for my home, in particular for Max’s nursery. It’s a tiny room so I have to rein myself in at times, particularly now that everything has to be out of arms reach from tiny curious little hands.
I can’t quite believe it but the time has come to update Max’s wardrobe, again. Another three months have flown by and his 3-6 month clothes are getting a little snug, so it’s time to kill two birds with one stone and buy him some summer threads in his new big boy size.
To say I’m a Sleepyhead advocate is an understatement. It saved our bacon four and a half months ago when Max finally took his first sleep away from our arms, but now I have one question. How the frig do we get him out of it?
Month five passed in a blur, and it was without doubt my favourite month with Max so far. Without even realising it we’d passed through the newborn stage, and suddenly we were reminiscing on the days when we were obsessively Google colic symptoms, getting up every two hours during the night and taking Max to bed with us at 10pm, when Master had woken from his late evening nap and we were free to finally collapse into bed.
As always, a quick stop at Mamas and Papas this weekend ended in a bit of a spree – thanks to their up to 50% off sale (which I hadn’t realised was even on, honest) – and Max’s super Spring wardrobe has been expanded once again.
My first Mother’s Day coming up next week, and I have to say I am looking forward to it! Other than breakfast in bed (and ideally a little lie in), I have no expectation about what the day will bring for me, but I’m excited to reach this first milestone and celebrate being Max’s Mum for the first time.
So in honour of the impending day, I thought I’d round up a few of my favourite gifts from small shops – the kind of thing I’d choose if I were going to buy myself a Mother’s Day present (I’m not, so I won’t be getting any of these.)
Upcycling and Max’s nursery – two of my favourite things to ‘do’ and even better when the two collide.
If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen me making full use of the my upcycled picture shelf which I found as a ruined plank of wood at HomeSense and DIY’d into the tribal inspired piece that it is now.
Max had some seriously cute baby clothes. My heart broke a little when I was packing up all of his newborn and 0-3 clothes to go in the loft (you know, just in case), and it reminded me how pleasantly surprised I’ve been over the quality and style of the boyswear I’ve found so far on the high street and from some fab small businesses which I seek out/stumble across on Instagram. Read more!