Outdoor Christmas Displays that make you stop

It’s Day 8 of #12daysofparenting blog, and today’s theme is the obligatory Christmas pic. Thanks for hopping from Having a Baby and Living at Home if you did. ūüôā Entries (UK¬† residents only) for the fab giveaway, which includes a Cuddle Dear from Cuddle Dry, are via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Check out the 12 Days of Parenting page for the terms and conditions of the giveaway .

I take pictures as it occurs to me, and this time of the year is no different; so, no particular obligatory Christmas pic.

My little man and I suited up and went walking the other day, to check out one of the Christmas traditions that I enjoy in our traditionless non-Christmas season.

Residential Outdoor Christmas Displays walk

 Bring on some outdoor Christmas displays that make you stop, stand, and stare!

Residential Outdoor Christmas Displays

First we saw this reindeer with a moving head, I’m not sure what the other animal is; through a gate on our way from home, and over the gate on our way back.

Residential Outdoor Christmas Displays reindeer

Then we saw the most spectacular one I’ve seen this year so far. Oh my word! Whilst the other one was a ‘look at that’, this was definitely a, ‘WOAH, CHECK THAT WOWSER OUT’. I moved back and parked the buggy for us to get a better view. It just felt good to be there; I could see myself sitting on its front lawn and chilling for¬† while. My picture doesn’t do justice to the display.

Residential Outdoor Christmas Displays lights

And then this one, with quite a few Father Christmas figures, with different moving lights, including running reindeers.

Residential Outdoor Christmas Displays figures

May – my #12daysofparenting code word – I assume that the house owners don’t mind these pictures being taken? I figure they know it will draw more attention than usual and that folks like me might take some pictures.

I must say that I’m quite chuffed with what my camera captured; and thanks to picmonkey for their ‘exposure’ editing tool.

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My Sunday Photo 26

It was the last day of our toddler group in the Summer and we had such a lovely time. Precious Sparkle had a ball jumping up and down in the bouncy castle, and I totally enjoyed watching him stumble and stand, laugh and giggle. I mean, what a privilege to watch him improve in his mastery of this humongous bobbing toy. Continue reading

Breastfeeding my Baby to Sleep: Reaching Acceptance

I can’t quite remember the first time it happened, but I remember my confusion about breastfeeding my baby to sleep.

At the start, I didn’t think about breastfeeding Precious Sparkle to sleep, sleeping was just part of the feeding process. In the early months when I had the thick dark cloud of inadequate weight gain hanging heavily over me, I found this to be an unfortunate part of feeding. Continue reading

Wednesday Without Words 10 | Father and Son in the Sunset

Wednesday Without Words 10 | Father and Son in the Sunset

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Wednesday Without Words 9 | Toddler on the Beach

Wednesday Without Words 9 | Toddler on the Beach

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Wednesday Without Words 8 | Tiptoe Toddler

Wednesday Without Words 8 | Tip Toe Toddler

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Caption My Capture 1: @ the bottom of the slide

I never knew it was possible to have so many, ‘I wonder what he is thinking’ moments, until I became a mother. I have never felt that much interest and known such extent of intrigue, watching another person running around or being still, until I gave birth. These moments are so special and my days are filled them.

‘Caption My Capture’ is my little attempt to explore what goes on in Precious Sparkle’s head, as he decides what to do and lives his life before my eyes. I know I’ll never know what his unspoken thoughts are, and those thoughts he express in ways I don’t understand. Even then, it’s fun wondering what he is thinking, and I thought it would be interesting to read what you think he might be thinking too. ūüôā

So on Saturdays, I’m aiming to share a picture of my little man in action, for you to caption. I can’t wait to read what you think, he is thinking in the captured moments I hope to share.

1. PS bottom slide I took this picture earlier in the month at our local playground. As usual, it was such fun watching him having fun. My focus was largely on his safety as he ran here and there.

However, I occasionally wondered how he decided which equipment caught his fancy, and how long to stay on one before moving on to another. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to stay on the swing longer than he did, though he had shown interest in it.

I was baffled about why he ran moved away from the roundabout many times, only to come back to it again and again.

The slide didn’t get his attention until another toddler showed interest in it, and then it was up and down, and up and down, on and on for ages. I took the picture above during this time.

So, what was he thinking at the bottom of the slide when I took this picture. Here is my caption:

‘O my word, what fun; I’ve got to go slide down again!’

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So, what’s your caption of my capture? What do you think he was thinking in that moment?
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Wednesday Without Words 7 | Dad and Child Climbing Up

Wednesday Without Words: Dad and Child climbing up

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Finding Confidence To Breastfeed in Public

Thanks for hopping over from My Thoughts On Things and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
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Breastfeed in public?

I wish I could write that our first latch was an indicator of how our breastfeeding journey would proceed. I wish I could say that the breastfeeding honeymoon that it was, lasted. Fancy being in this wonderful place with the first fruit of your womb … the nurse helping you when needed … your husband and a few other professionals in the background … enraptured in your first breastfeed … without a care in the world. Continue reading

Our First Latch

Thanks for hopping over from Musings from a Northern Village and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 1: The Start of My Journey sponsors today include  Boobie Milk with a £50 voucher, Cherub Chews who are offering a breastfeeding necklace and Loveyush who are offering a breastfeeding scarf for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

MAM Baby UK and MulitMam are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with my readers and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 1 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts: MAM Breastfeeding and Steriliser Set | a MultiMam New Mum Pack and Loyon | 50% discount on a MultiMam New Mum Pack and MultiMam balm with the code aNoviceMum from August 1 – 31

 Right now

Writing about our first latch fills me with a range of emotions I can’t quite describe. I find myself absent-mindedly smiling from the depths of my belly; catching myself doing this, only to knowingly smile some more. Continue reading