First Birthday cake smash

Right back from even before I was pregnant I seen others doing a cake smash for a first birthday and I always knew I wanted to do one if we ever had a baby and so we did!

The photographer who took Orans newborn photos also does cake smash photoshoots so back in April I booked him in for one just before his birthday so that we could publish the photos on his birthday itself. We had so much fun and I love the shots we got of him.

The one where the baby turned one!

How on earth do we have a one year old?

One whole year of this little bundle of joy and mischief. How time flies. I still regularly have to pinch myself that we were ever lucky enough to have him, we are forever grateful that things changed for us how they did and we wanted to celebrate with all our friends and family.

The last of the monthly milestone cards were used. I’m so pleased I took the time and effort to do these photos. It was so amazing to look back over the months and really see how he’s changed. It’s so easy to forget.

All his monthly photos looked great on the bunting on the wall and they got so many comments.

We had lots of fun opening presents. It was lovely to see him showing interest in what was in the presents, though I do think the wrapping paper still won.

His birthday was a Thursday so we just took a family trip to soft play as the weather wasn’t great. It was his first time in soft play and I definitely think it was a hit, he such a daredevil, just throwing himself into the ball pit and giggling.

On the Saturday we threw him a party at home with all of his friends (and Mummy’s) who we met right back in the early days and have been through all the ups and downs of the first year with. It was meant to be an outdoor garden party but the Scottish weather put a stop to that! We all had lots of fun though.

There were ball pits, toys and an indoor picnic and a cake made and decorated by me!

I can’t believe our baby is one! Here’s to another year of adventure. We love you so much wee man 💙

Its the small things ~ August Edition

And it is finally back!!! It’s time for the small things that made me smile in August.

August started as July ended with a trip to Ireland and the boy wearing his Ireland top for the first time.

Time spent with the extended family at this gorgeous lodge.

Finding Ladybirds

Dinners out with this cool dude.

Pre birthday celebrations before heading back to Scotland.

Becoming obsessed with the washing machine.

Time out from birthday prepping.

Babies turning one!!!

Birthday ball pit fun.

We survived a year!

Large gin to celebrate!

Making thank you cards.

Spending time with the fur baby.

Chilling on a Saturday morning.

Enjoying a lovely afternoon out with the family.

And that was August! Mostly spent preparing for our boy turning one! I’m going to do another post just got that.

Claire XX

It’s the small things ~ May Edition

It’s time for the small things that made my month of May.

Hearing my boy say Mama for the first time 💙

Relaxing at the in laws

Family selfies on forest walks.

Enjoying peaceful naptimes in the sun.

Feeling grass for the first time.

Finishing a lovely weekend in Ireland being thankful.

Getting nursery ready.

Waving 😍

Blossom spotting.

Ending the day with gorgeous sunsets.

Visiting little horses and big wheels.

Enjoying first settling in session at nursery.

Al fresco dining in the park.

Celebrating turning 9 months old.

Coffee and cakes enjoyed outside.

Enjoying calming canal walks.

Loving how cute crossed baby feet are.

Sunshiney evenings enjoyed.

Sending the boy off to nursery.

Being welcomed back to work.

Making my desk a brighter place to be.

Enjoying new book day.

Snack time in the park.

Bag hooks at nursery.

First masterpieces from nursery brought home.

Finally capturing all the teeth!

Finishing the month off at arty messy play 😍

And that was the small things that made my month of May. Bring on June.

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ April Edition

It’s time for the small things that have made my April.

Enjoying our first Easter with this little one.

Having Easter bubbles whilst enjoying my sister visiting.

Doing our first Easter Egg Hunt.

Making Adult and Baby portions.

Reading books.

Making the baby a playlist of his favourite songs from Baby groups.

Printing some family photos for the new hallway display.

Dressing the baby up (again!) at his music group Easter party.

Enjoying a little bit of playtime before getting dressed.

Falling in love with these blue eyes and smile more and more each day.

Being interviewed and appearing on STV news at 6.

Enjoying some down time at nap time.

Booking the husband is ideal Father’s Day activity.

Hunting for new cars.

Making this little ones day with a trip to the swing park.

Celebrating 8 months of O.

Making Daddy’s day.

Living his best back garden life.

looking up and only seeing blue skies.

Enjoying beers in the sun whilst the baby napped.

Collecting a hidden disabilities lanyard for travelling through the airport.

Stopping to admire the daffodils.

Spending Saturday afternoons riding horseys.

Trying to make the front of the house look pretty, next step repainting the front door.

Loving this boy more every day and wondering how I’m going to leave him in a few weeks to go back to work.

And those were the things that made my April.

Claire xx

Baby and Me ~ MS Diary

17 months ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

16 months ago I found out I was pregnant.

9 months ago my little boy was born.

What a whirlwind that all was!

I’ve not really written about what it has been like over those months of getting my head around having MS and then finding out that after 5 years of trying for a baby we were finally pregnant. There are many posts I should have written and maybe I will do still as I struggled to find others that were in my situation and writing about it. But the fact that it is MS Awareness Week this week has prompted me to write a post about how I’m managing my MS, new parenthood and the demands of my 9 month old.

Gosh even writing that feels weird, my baby is 9 months old (well nearly!) I have survived 9 months of him being in and 9 months of him being out alongside dealing with MS.

How’s it been? Good days and bad days, but isn’t that living with MS but also parenthood? Part of me is glad I got pregnant so close to diagnosis, I didn’t have time to dwell on it, I just had to get on with things. MS brings fatigue, New Baby brings extreme tiredness, where one starts and one ends is hard to tell sometimes but having my little boy to look after means that I have to dig deeper than I ever thought I could to make sure I’m there for him.

Day to day I still have a lot of residual symptoms from my major relapse post diagnosis. I find that I can only really focus on one thing, the baby comes first and I do find that I probably am doing a disservice to the rest of my life but currently I’m okay with that.

I’ve learned to adapt quite well, I have a particular way I can lift him up from the floor, a way to carry him down the stairs, a style of clothes that I know I can deal with without getting frustrated my fingers aren’t working well. Poppers on babygros are the Bain of my life but I can manage as long as I don’t try to do things in a hurry!

I organise everything for him the night before, write everything in my diary and have reminders set on my phone for important things on the days that brain fog sets in.

I am still breastfeeding him, something I never actually thought I would still be doing. It helps not to have to remember formula but is hard because I can’t just hand him to someone else.

Tiredness is probably the hardest part. If he doesn’t sleep or has an off day/night with no naps or lots of broken sleep then I really feel it, all my residual symptoms are exacerbated. Like today, he didn’t sleep so well last night for no real reason but today my left sided weakness has gone crazy! Today is a day where I know I have to be more careful, a day to not rush things, a day to get to bed early!

I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby and not have MS, what I do know though is it is totally possible to have a baby and have MS. We are prove of that.

Claire xx

MS Diary ~ MS Awareness Week and me

This week is MS awareness week. The hope being to raise more awareness of what Multiple Sclerosis actually is and how it affects people.

I have to be the first to admit that I never really paid much attention to it, I didn’t know anyone with it so why would I bother understanding what it was like for people to live with.

However if you are reading this then you do know someone with it! You now know someone that lives with this every day, slowly I am trying to find my way. I went quickly from diagnosis to pregnancy which brought with it lots of other things to think about. My MS has had to be put to the back burner quite a few times but it is always there. There is not much that others can do to help, apart from to understand that from the outside everything may look the same but from the inside things can be far from it at times.

Please take a moment this week to understand Multiple Sclerosis a little more, it will mean more to that person living with it than you will ever know.

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. Afternoon and dairy free afternoon tea.

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