It’s the small things ~ March Edition

Wow I am late publishing my small things this month! I must work harder!

So here are some of the small things that made my month of March.

Daffodils that always make me smile.

Decorating the house for St Patrick’s Day.

Celebrating my first ever Mother’s Day.

Celebrating 7 months of O.

Babies first ever St Patrick’s Day.

Schnauzers looking cute on hair cut day.

Seeing the first signs of spring.

Decorating the house for Easter.

Making Easter bonnets.

Family shadow photos.

Coffee and Cake dates.

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Making new family photo shelving in the hall.

Enjoying beautiful roses for Easter.

Enjoying the best Easter Saturday morning brunch.

Loving my Easter decorations in the living room.

And that was the small things that made my March.

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ February Edition

It’s time for the small things that made me smile in February.

Sitting by ourselves for the first time

Coffee dates with my boys

Followed by a visit to the fishies.

Moving into our own room.

Gently reminding myself.

Having the most precious reminder of the day we finally could announce our dreams came true.

Loving the bond between father and son that is developing.

Enjoying wine at the end of long days.

Scruffy pups

My little valentine

Turning 6 months old

Getting ready for a birthday weekend away!

Pre birthday drinks.

Enjoying Edinburgh Lumen

Fun with Birthday photo props

Enjoying long vodkas

And dairy free pizza!

Dressing the boy up and doing the obligatory laughing.

Getting teether stuck on faces and thinking it’s super funny.

Making snow angels but unhappy with snow in the face.

Ending the month with the arrival of the #beastfromtheeast

And that was February! I’m going to do a little extra edition post for my very special birthday celebrations!

Claire xx

It’s this small things ~ January edition

I must get better at remembering to actually publish these posts! I still love taking photos of our day to day small things, these posts got me through many a tough month, now though most of my small things revolve around our own small thing (who is getting so much bigger by the day)

Anyway, better late than never, here are the small things that made January.

Starting the year off by enjoying the Fire & light show at the Helix Park.

Moving up into the big boy pram.

Turning 5 months old!

Taking first flights in his stride as we flew back to Ireland for a long weekend.

Having basin baths on holidays.

Enjoying the taste of Home.

Having first food tastes.

Being surprised by great friends when times were a little hard.

Deer spotting at the canal.

And that was the small things that brightened up my January.

Claire x

It’s the small things ~ December edition

It’s time to share the small things that made December (disclaimer, it’s santa pics heavy!)

Babies first reindeer feet.

Celebrating our baby boys christening.

Receiving our first ever santa letter.

Meeting Santa for the very first time.

Twinning for the Schnauzer doggy Christmas party.

Christmas trees going up.

Robin spotting on frosty walks.

Rocking first Christmas jumpers.

Turning 4 months old.

Meeting Santa for the 2nd time.

Putting the best pictures of all on our wall.

Seeing cards I never thought we would receive, with stockings I never thought we would hang and the baby I never believed we would have all in one picture.

Meeting Santa for the third time ?

Posing in the cutest gift.

Enjoying vegan Baileys

Carrying in Christmas traditions

Enjoying wine and twinkling lights.

Stealing precious kisses.

Espresso martinis by the tree on Christmas Eve.

Reading Christmas Eve stories.

First Christmas Eves enjoyed

Waking up on Christmas morning to the best gift ever.

Enjoying our first Christmas as a family of four.

Sunset canal walks enjoyed.

Coffee dates enjoyed with my boys.

First glimpses of snow captured.

New diary with New plans started.

And that was a glimpse into December.

2017 changed our world forever. I can’t wait to see what new memories we make in 2018.

Happy New Year everyone.

Claire xx

Medication and Me – MS Diary

Medication and to take it or what to take has been a thing that was pushed to the back of my mind when I discovered I was pregnant. There was no licensed medication at that point that was safe for pregnancy so the decision was made to wait until I was later on in my pregnancy and relook at it then for planning for post birth.

My MS team were great and we discussed at length medications that I could start post birth but these were only if I was not breastfeeding. We decided that we would arrange a prescription that could be filled if I was to stop feeding and decide to start the medication.

Roll on 4 months post birth and I’m super proud to say I’m still breastfeeding but unfortunately I am also experiencing a relapse. I’m unfortunately not one of the lucky ones that get protection from exclusively breastfeeding though I do still feel that this one is milder than the significant one I had last year.

Due to feeding myself I can’t opt for steroids to try to manage the relapse so it’s been a case of just trying to adapt and get on with things. Having Oran has made me have to do it rather than dwell on how rubbish I’ve been feeling but it’s also meant that I’ve not put myself first either and I feel that that may be working against me and prolonging the relapse.

This week I had another appointment with my MS team and they discussed medication that earlier this year was licensed for pregnancy, they weren’t sure if it was the same for feeding but it turns out it is. So after much discussion and soul searching I have decided to start it. The reason for the soul searching was mainly due to the fact that this medication is only available in injection form and will mean I need to self inject three times a week.

We are going to use it as an interim medication, so that I’m on something now which will hopefully help me to not relapse again – unfortunately MS medication does not stop you from your current relapse nor does it help with any residual symptoms you’ve had from previous relapses but works to stop your lesions from being so active in the future.

Here’s hoping it helps and I get on well with it.

Claire xx

MS diaries

I have decided to do some new posts on my blog. I’ve been neglecting things on here for far too long but am hoping that I now have a little extra time to focus back on here again.

I’ve wanted to write a little about my MS and pregnancy, labour and delivery and life with my son for a while and thought it would be good to write some MS diaries, so look out for them coming to the blog soon.

Claire x

It’s the small things ~ November edition

Better late than never, finally here are my small things that made my November.

Family walks.

First laughs

Mummy cups

Christmas cups

My boys name forever etched on the wall of his Dads favourite football club.

Rocking children in need ears

Star baby

Single swans a swimming

Holidays are coming

Picking Granny up from the airport

Loving having is Granny visiting

Big wheels and carousels

Enjoying Edinburgh At Christmas

Spending quality time with my Mum

Making memories

Enjoying some last walks in the autumn leaves.

Laughing so much at the face my boy pulled when he was made to dress up at music group

Sparkly nails preparing for a special day for our little boy.

Maybe next month I might be more on time! Lol

Claire xx

It’s the small things – October Edition 

It’s time for the small things that have made me smile this month.

Smiles that melt your heart.

Beautiful, thoughtful gifts.

Halloween decorating.

Never a truer word spoken.

Time spent with new friends.

Stumbling upon a real life quidditch game.

A boy who only has eyes for his Daddy. 

Six years together celebrated.

With a boy who was super happy it was Mummy & Daddy’s Anniversary.

And got all dressed up for the occasion.

Autumn river side walks. 

Celebrating first ever Halloween.

And those where some of the things that made me smile in October. 

C xx 

It’s the small things ~ September Edition 


Oops! Who forgot to hit publish on September small things!

Here are a few of the things that have made me smile this month.

Such a thoughtful gift that made me cry. A special star to look down on my boy.
Doggy baby bums

First we had each other, then we had hope, now we have you. 

Celebrating one month of this little man being in our lives.

Best friends.
Plenty of walks with my boys.

Heart bursting moments 

Husbands dreams coming to life

Capturing the most beautiful little face

Wearing my heart on my wrist.

Enjoying the first ‘fall’ of the autumn 

Hanging out with my boy.

And that was September, well only a little bit of the actual amount of baby photos I took! 

C xx 

It’s the small things – August Edition (Special Announcement Edition)

 Wow this is a very late it’s the small things! But someone appeared mid month and life changed forever!

This post is going to mostly be pictures of the little thing that’s turned our world upside down and made our lives complete.

Here are the small things that made my August.

Finishing the nursery all ready for our little man and now finally being able to reveal his name! 

Enjoying last bump and dog waking days

Taking my final bump pic.

Making the final hospital run….
Waiting patiently.

He’s here!!! Welcome to the world Oran ?

Coming home.

Our welcome home.

Our first family walk.

 My world in one picture.

Let sleeping babies lie.

Being spoilt with personalised jewellery with my boys initial and birth stone.

Getting amazing handmade presents. 

Sitting back and taking it all in. So many times over the last five years I dreamed of this exact picture.


Enjoying our first bath.
Making the little man all official.

Finishing the month just chilling out!

And that was August. A month that our lives changed forever. After 5 long years our dreams came true and this little man made our lives complete.

C xx