#littleloves the holiday edition

#littleloves the holiday edition

I’ve missed a couple of weeks due to our first holiday as a family of four. We are very lucky that my in laws have a beautiful caravan in Anglesey. It really is like home from home. We were able to decide at a few weeks notice that we were ready to go away and got back Tuesday evening after a lovely 8 days away.


I finished a book! Any one who reads my little loves posts regularly will know this is a big deal to me. Before children I read a lot. Now I’m lucky if I read 3 novels a year. Despite this I can’t help reading books reviews and adding them to my ridiculously long must read list. Strictly between us by Jane Falcon might not be the best book I’ve ever read but it was an easy read and I enjoyed it enough to keep making an effort to pick it up. Now I just need to start another book while I’m still motivated and keep finding the time to read now I’m home.

I set up two story baskets for the ladybird the week before we went away. One for the gingerbread man and one for dear zoo. She loved both.

Setting up some story baskets for the next few days. We're just missing a camel from dear zoo!

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The Olympics of course. We’ve been watching the Olympics most nights once the ladybird is in bed and whilst the tiny one feeds on and off. I’m not really a sports fans but I’ve really enjoyed some bits like the diving, gymnastics and velodrome cycling.


Sand castles with the ladybird. She’s loved spending time on the beach building sand castles and paddling in the sea.

I made an effort to set some activities up for the ladybird before we went on holiday. I enjoy doing sensory play and arty bits with her. Our favorites were a fairy land I made for her out of play dough and various loose parts and water beads.


Water beads and dinosaurs! I enjoy the texture of water beads as much as the ladybird!

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The ladybird singing and chatting a lot.Some favorites from our holiday include “blinking eck” (picked up from her grandad), “like in the olden days?” no idea where this came from, “where’s my garden gone?” when we arrived home in the dark. She is a bit a performed sometime (in complete contrast to the shy timid side that some times comes out) and one night she was singing twinkle twinkle to the couple in the caravan next door who were eating their dinner on their decking. Luckily they have grandchildren and joined in with her.

She has mostly loved this holiday. I’ve mentioned before how she is struggling to adapt to the changes a new baby has brought (despite clearly loving her). It’s been lovely to see her enjoying herself and being more like she was before the tiny ladybird came along. She’s still more clingy with me but she’s definitely been happier and I hope it continues now we are home.


Everything I own that fits! The only problem with going on holiday with a newborn is how many clothes I have gone through especially as I don’t have that much that fits and is breastfeeding friendly.

My sister is a beauty therapist and before we went away she painted my toe nails. I’m loving the glitter.


And lastly ……

The tiny one is having her first set of immunisations this lunch time. I’m quite nervous if I’m honest as I know most babies get a fever with the meningitis one. We have no plans for tomorrow but I’m hoping she is better for Sunday as a friend who moved away earlier in the year is visiting.



  1. August 19, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Wow sounds like you’ve had a busy time. I love all your planned activities I’m never organised enough. Glad to hear ladybird has been more herself this week, I’m dreading how LB might be when his little brother/sister arrives in 7 weeks X

    • August 21, 2016 / 9:25 am

      I find the day much less stressful if i have something planned for my eldest. I have to say her change in behaviour is the hardest thing about our new baby. LB might be absolutely fine though. X

      • August 21, 2016 / 9:58 am

        I definitely think that’s the way forward! Try and keep them entertained and happy and the rest you can go with the flow. Yes that what I’m worried about-we have seen a real mix in behaviour so far and baby isn’t even here yet-eek! X

  2. Mummy Hearts You
    August 19, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I love water beads! They feel so nice in your hands {and between your toes too!} The olympics has played a huge part here and has been on continuously, GB are doing so well! Hope little ones injections went ok x Popping over from LittleLove

    • August 21, 2016 / 9:27 am

      GB have done really well. Glad I’m not the only adult to enjoy waterbeads! X

  3. August 24, 2016 / 9:20 am

    We had the Olympics on all the times too, even my girls got into it!
    Loving the story baskets and activities you set up, I wish I’d done more of that when my two were little. xx

  4. August 25, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Love your glittery toes. Your story baskets are great. I might do something like this for my new reception children when they start school.

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