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17 November
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Buzz Becomes The Fastest Crawler Who Ever Lived…

Okay, I might be slightly exaggerating with that title, but our cheeky little monkey has been flying across the room with the biggest grin on his face this week. He’s loving exploring and wants to touch everything that he can put his hands on. It’s amazing to witness him loving life, but it’s also a little bit terrifying! Everything in sight has become a potential hazard waiting to happen… Let the baby proofing commence!

With that in mind, it won’t come as much of a shock that we’ve visited the idea of a playpen. I’ll be honest, I was in two minds about putting Buzz in something that resembled a cage, but seeing as he can dart across the room very quickly now (making doing anything impossible) I thought it was worth having a little Google. After all, Christmas is just around the corner and they’ll be lots of shining things around that he’ll want to put in his mouth… and a Christmas tree for him to pull down. So, on my search to find something that wasn’t oppressive, boring and depressing, I came across the TikkTokk range. Made for nurseries (yes, I know… I went big and bold), the colourful plastic is fun, strong and extendable. So I bought to kiddykare pen and an extension pack to make Buzz’s play area as huge as possible. It’s so flipping easy to put up that it really is possible to just get it out when needed.

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Also this week…

We’ve been sick! So sick! Last week I mentioned how Buzz had been vomiting over the weekend and that the doctor had said it was due to teething…. However, I think the fact that me, my mum and brother Mario have all graced our toilets with our heads this week would suggest otherwise. All I could think was ‘poor little bubba’ at the thought of little Buzz going through the same thing. I can’t lie – I’m pretty glad that week is behind us!

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But in better news… WE’VE ORDERED A DISHWASHER! I agree, mundane info that you probably don’t want/need to know… but it makes me so happy to know we’re finally on the way to replacing our old dishwasher that broke several months ago. Three cheers for the new dishwasher that’s on its way – hip hip, hooray, hip hip, hooray, hip hip… HOORAY!

Yep. Other bloggers give you updates on their glitzy outfits to snazzy celeb-filled events – I tell you about kitchen appliances we’ve ordered. I lead a riveting life sometimes.

Thanks for sticking with me and reading this blog each week. Your support and kindness really is wonderful.

Big love!

Gi. Xxx

10 November
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Christmas, my novella and a babyshower!

When looking back at the last week the two images that spring to mind instantly are me typing away at my computer getting started on book three and then being sat at my desk hidden under a pile of receipts as I worked on my tax return. Yeah, riveting stuff! But, actually, there have been some gems this week too…

Christmas With Billy and Me has been published! Hurrah. It’s always lovely to have feedback on something that you’ve put a lot of time, effort, energy and love into… So I’ve loved hearing from everyone this week as they’ve downloaded my little novella (or gone into Waterstones – it’s physically exclusive to them). Plus, in further book news, it was announced this week that Billy and Me is being translated into Portuguese for Brazil (published 10th December). How flipping awesome is that?! That’s now four countries the book has officially reached (UK, Italy, Germany and Brazil), I wonder where else my creations will travel!

I got into the Christmas spirit early this year thanks to writing my novella, but now Christmas has really arrived in the Fletcher household. Okay, not really, but yes really. Ha! We have a deal in our house that Tom’s allowed to play Christmas songs once Halloween and bonfire night are out of the way. So Thursday morning I was woken up to Michael Bublé crooning out some festive greats… I’m not complaining! There are far worse things to be woken up to. Ooh, and let’s not forget the arrival of the John Lewis Christmas ad… how emotional was that?! Yet again JL have come up with a corker. Although it’s no surprise as to who cried over it the most in our house. Tom. Obviously.

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Also this week, I threw a surprise babyshower! Cath (mummy to Martha who featured in last week’s blog) is ready to pop, so us friends decided to shower her with love and cake before she welcomes hers new bundle. I’ll be honest, I was hoping that she’d go into labour and I’d have to make a mad dash to get the hot towels before delivering new baby Last, but sadly that didn’t happen. But what DID happen was that we all had a lovely time and ate lots and lots of cake! Most of Cath’s family came down from Liverpool for the afternoon too – something that really shocked her!

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The night before the babyshower was quite eventful though… After spending the night with Tom, Katy and Charlie baking cakes (we made a rainbow cake – it was delicious) and blowing up dozens of balloons – we walked into Buzz’s room to find him totally covered in vomit. He then was sick throughout the night and had to see the doctor the following day. Luckily it wasn’t an infection – the doctor couldn’t be sure, but thought it might be connected to teething. Poor thing. So, while we were all eating cake downstairs at the babyshower, Buzz and Tom stayed upstairs and chilled out for the afternoon. Apparently he slept for most of it – which isn’t surprising as he was up the majority of the previous night. I’d have to say the worst part of him being sick was the look of fear in his eyes when it was about to occur or while it was happening. He didn’t understand and was so scared. He’s totally fine now though. I think all the sleep did him good.

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Right, off to give the little dude a big cuddle!

Big love,
Gi. Xx

27 October
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One Anniversary, One Flat Head and One Cheeky Announcement…

This week Tom and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary of being a couple! I know we should probably stop celebrating this one now that we’re married – but it’s always nice to have an excuse to go out and have a date night, isn’t it?! Plus, eleven years!!! So, this year Tom took me to a gorgeous vegetarian restaurant in Holborn called Vanilla Black … Oh my gosh, the food was amazingly delicious. It was great going somewhere that I could eat everything on the menu. I think people think all vegetarians eat is a lump of boring vegetables at every meal, but this restaurant proves how creative veggie dishes can be – and how moreish, pretty and naughty, too! Munching on fab food with a glass of bubbly with the hubby – a perfect way to celebrate how far we’ve come.

 

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My novella (that’s short story to you and me) Christmas with Billy and Me is set to be published November 6th. Originally it was going to be an ebook exclusive, however those lovely folk at Waterstones asked ever so nicely to have the exclusive physical format. So now it’ll be available in eBook and also physical! Hurrah. Two copies unexpectedly arrived the post this week and I’m thrilled to say they look amazing! I can’t wait to see them in stores (I think they’ll be at the till points) in ten days time. THAT’S SO SOON!

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Remember I mentioned a little while ago about Buzz’s flat head? Well it’s nowhere near as bad as it was, but our doctor referred us to a physiotherapist just to check everything was okay. We met a lovely lady who gave Buzz lots of toys to play with while she checked out his development. The main thing she noted was that he wasn’t sitting up… But not because of anything sinister – he was just too laidback to bother. She helped him find a strong base to balance on, and he’s basically spent hours sitting in that position ever since. Turns out he just needed to be shown that it required far less effort than he was using to hoist his toys above his head when rolling around the floor with them. Now he has both hands free to play and explore… And reading is much easier when you have two hands to bash a book with!

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Another week, another birthday – although this time it was the turn of my wonderful sister-in-law Carrie to blow out those birthday candles whilst saying ‘hello’ to a new chapter of her life. I’ve known Carrie since she was a little girl and I’m so proud to see the gorgeous woman she’s become…

Right, Tom is off on a radio tour with the McBusted boys this week (rather excitingly they announced they’re releasing an album on the first of December) so I’d better go get him organised.

 

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As ever, thanks for all the comments on here and Twitter – I love hearing your views on my ramblings!

Big love to you all!
Giovanna. Xx

20 October
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Crawling, Cake and Fancy Dress

As the title suggests, Buzz is crawling! For weeks he has been toying with the idea (before shuffling backwards in a diagonal direction), but this week he’s officially become a crawler. Yes, yes, yes… I know what you’re all going to say – time to get baby proofing. If anyone has any recommendations on products they’ve used or just general advice, please leave a comment or tweet me. I’d love to hear the thoughts of others who’ve moved onto this stage of their baby’s development. It’s a tough balance between letting them free so that they can explore the world (living room) and containing them to keep them safe from all the hazards in the room, but we’ll get there! Needless to say the highlight of my week was coming downstairs one morning and having Buzz crawl over to me with a massive grin on his face. What a way to start the day!

It’s been a few weeks since the McWags got together for a little chinwag, so we decided to all head to Café Royal for tea and cake (aka afternoon tea). Firstly, I was worried that in my new world as a vegetarian I’d be left with just egg and cucumber sandwiches – but Café Royal REALLY puts on a great spread no matter your dietary requirements. Our group consisted of two vegetarians, two gluten free ladies and two ‘normal’ eaters (we’re a fussy bunch) and ALL of us were full to the brim with satisfying deliciousness by the time we left. I certainly hope there are more girlie afternoon teas put in the diary soon – it’s always wonderful to spend time with those fab ladies!

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This week brought with it birthday celebrations for three beautiful ladies – my cousin Sam, niece Isla and primary school friend Sarah. I met my friend Sarah when we were both nine years old. I can remember being sat in my new school and seeing her goofily smile at me across the room. She won me over instantly and is my oldest friend… well, my oldest serving one, but I like to freak her out by calling her my oldest. Anyway, it was Sarah’s 30th this week and to celebrate she held a ‘S’ themed fancy dress party. After much deliberation I decided to go as The Snowman. I’ve never been so comfortable at a party before… it was like going in my PJs!

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Onto Sam and Isla’s birthday party and Buzz played pass the parcel for the first time. He couldn’t keep his eyes off the parcel as it went around the circle. It was so adorable. The wrapping paper kept him entertained for hours afterwards too, as though it was the most interesting, complex and desirable thing ever… that’s his Christmas present sorted, then!

Also this week, I was sent the luxurious Sydney Pacapod changing bag to try out… I LOVE being organised so you can imagine how excited I got packing the separate compartments of this bag – there’s a pod for changing bits and bobs, one for Buzz’s lunch and snacks, a compartment for spare clothes/toys/muslins and then a whole section just for ME! Plus, this HAS to be the least ‘mumsy’ item I’ve acquired since being a mummy – it looks so blooming stylish. Yeah, okay, I’m totally fan-girling over a bag. Ha!

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Right, I’ll see you all next week… I’m off to pack my Pacapod for Buzz’s trip to his Nanny Fletcher’s tomorrow. Fun times!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

18 August
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What made you YOU?

Over the past few years I’ve become fascinated by childhood and how, in their sponge-like manner, our young brains absorb everything and mould us into the adults we become – I’d say it’s a fairly huge theme that runs through both of my novels actually. The people we grew up with, the toys we played with, the books we read, the films we watched – they all go a long way into making you YOU. As a mum, this is obviously something that plays on my mind when it comes to Buzz whose personality is developing rapidly along with his skills set (he’s sitting up this week – see, I told you he was a clever one). I observe him daily as he watches the world with interest and I wonder who my little boy will grow up to be.

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I can’t help but look back at my childhood and think of what I was like growing up – here’s a brief insight:
· I loved the camera and having my photo taken – in fact, I searched out that flashy little contraption and was ready with a cheesy smile whenever a photo was about to be snapped.
· I loved people and being liked. I had an overwhelming urge to be accepted, something I’m sure came from being badly bullied at a young age.
· I loved reading and would go off into my own world whenever possible.
· In addition to that, I wandered around the playground singing to myself and making up little scenes in my head – my imagination was my best friend back then.
· I dressed like a boy. Not for the whole of my childhood, but for a large chunk of it. High-waisted jeans, denim shirts, DM boots, suede waistcoats… I looked a total sight!

Did these little snippets of me as a child offer clues to the adult I’d become? Perhaps. I still love photographs – although now I’m the one taking them (it was time to stop stalking the camera), want people to like me (I’ll admit that this desire is something I’ve never been able to shake off), love reading (there’s no debating that I wouldn’t be so creative now if it weren’t for the days I spent with my nose in a book or talking to myself in the playground) and I still have a questionable fashion sense (you should see what I’m wearing while writing this). It’s no wonder I look back at those early days with fondness – that little girl is as much a part of who I am now as my adult self is. Her decisions created me. I owe her a lot.

It’s that little girl who lives inside of me who wept when she heard the news of Robin Williams’ death this week. He never failed to capture her attention or put a smile on her face. What a fascinatingly funny man he was. Even though that little girl never met him, they shared a bond – she was sure of it. How deeply saddening to hear that his own world was full of so much darkness that he longed to escape. I know there’s a tendency to put those who’ve passed on a pedestal unnecessarily, but in this instance I think it’s fully deserved – for my generation he was our Genie, he was our Scottish Nanny, he was our Peter Pan. He was the adult we all trusted with our imaginations and he never failed to take us off on epic adventures.

Following on from the original theme, this weekend we took a trip to sunny Victoria Park and then to the Museum of Childhood with my sister Giorgina and Lee. A lot of the toys dated back to way before my time, but there were gems in there that brought memories flooding back – plus it’s pretty amazing to see how toys have changed over the last century or so.
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I was a very proud sister-in-law this week after seeing Tom’s sister Carrie in Les Miserables in the west end – she’s been in it for over a year now (time flies) but being pregnant and having Buzz has meant that I’ve only managed to see her a few times in the role. She’s blooming fab, though – such a star!
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Me being out meant that Granddad Falcone and my brother Mario could have some fun with Buzz – something they both relished. I’m not sure what they do with him, but the mornings after he’s been with my dad Buzz is always extremely chatty – like he’s trying to tell me all about his adventures with granddad. It’s so cute… and LOUD!
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Big Love,

Gi. Xx

14 July
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The trials and tribulations of breastfeeding

Before having Buzz I knew that I’d like to make a good attempt at the whole breastfeeding malarkey. After all, it’s rammed down our throats that ‘Breast is best’, so in my quest to be the bestest-ever-mummy-in-the-stratosphere I went for a breastfeeding class (previously talked about and no, I didn’t need to show the teacher everything – this was my main concern). It all sounded so easy – get the baby into the right position, tease him so that he opens his mouth nice and wide and then, with your boob shaped like a burger (sounds weird, but makes sense when you see it), wait for the optimum moment and draw the baby in with maximum breast in his mouth. Easy peasey! What’s so difficult about all of that?! Well… A lot! What the books don’t tell you is that neither of you know what you’re actually doing, or that there’s no way for either of you to communicate what you’d like the other one to do. Seriously, you’d think those little bubbas could be given a crash course on the topic before coming out of utero – it would make everything so much easier! One of you cries in the face of the other with starvation, while the other cries with frustration – leaving you to wonder where the magical bond that breastfeeding supposedly brings is hiding out. And that was another pre-Buzz-selling-point to me! The connection I was told it would bring between my child and I. If someone had reminded me of this enchanting promise a few weeks in I’d have laughed in their face. It’s hard to associate something that makes you yelp in pain, curl your toes in apprehension and cry with despair as something that’ll generate an overwhelming sense of love and unity.

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And, of course, you’re shattered. In those early days you’re so knackered that you find yourself delirious on multiple occasions. I can’t tell you how many times I woke up with my hands frantically searching for Buzz, thinking I’d fallen asleep mid-feed – only to eventually spot him peacefully asleep in his crib where I’d placed him a short while earlier. Sleep deprivation is so disorientating.

When you’re feeding a newborn baby every two to three hours (counted from the start of one feed to the beginning of the next) you can’t help but feel like a walking milk machine (or a human cow), especially when feeding can take a couple of hours in itself – meaning you have an hour off before the whole saga starts again. It’s relentless. It took more patience than I was aware I possessed to get through the first couple of months. And then, as if by magic, it just clicked into place one day. It was as if we both suddenly knew what we were doing – the feeds became super quick and a sense of teamwork fell upon us. Hurrah.

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I can’t tell you how many times I almost gave up. I didn’t have a smooth ride with breastfeeding – I wore nipple shields (never felt so attractive) and got a lovely lactation consultant over to try and help me and Buzz on our merry-breast-way. I was determined and stubborn about the whole thing – I hoped we’d get it right eventually. And we did.

The kindest thing a midwife said to me about breastfeeding was that it took a good two weeks to establish… I was told this when I was a week in and feeling pants about the whole thing. It took more than that little week for me (in fact it was more like eight weeks), but her admission that it wasn’t something that everyone took to instantly gave me some hope. Remember, I’ve already blogged about my woes in the first month of motherhood, and breastfeeding was certainly one of the things I’d started beating myself up over, so her words offered me such relief. I needed to blast away my expectations and remind myself that Buzz and I were on our own little journey of discovery – with no right and wrongs.

Now Buzz has started sleeping through the night from 7pm-6am (heavenly) he’s cut out his night feeds altogether (for ages I still expressed his 10pm feed each night and now have a freezer fully stocked of emergency milk – I guess I went a little overboard! Ha!). His daytime feeds are down to 25 minutes long and are something that happens so quickly and effortlessly that it’s usually over before I’ve had a chance to check my twitter, revel in the latest gossip online or caught up on the latest episodes of Big Brother or Real Desperate Housewives of New Jersey. We both know what we’re doing now – we’re a little tag team in a milk relay…

There is obviously another fear-inducing-scenario within this whole topic though, and that is feeding in public… I’m sad to say I just don’t feel comfortable doing it. Yep, I certainly won’t be taking a breastfeeding selfie anytime soon. I feel paranoid, sweat profusely and become a nervous wreck. It’s not good. In fact, there was one day early on when I told myself I was going to give Buzz his next feed in a coffee shop – I was feeling adventurous. Moments later I got recognised. Needless to say my boobies stayed hidden away in my bra when I got to the coffee shop and ordered a takeaway.

But let’s not forget my Eurostar achievement I blogged about on the way to Disneyland Paris. A disgruntled Buzz wouldn’t take his bottle of expressed milk (he spat it in my face while screaming his head off), so I had no choice but to feed him from source. I felt extremely proud of myself afterwards, though I stand in awe of women who are confident enough to do it wherever they please. Obviously, there are also loads of clothes out there with quick boobie access for discreet feeding – www.mamaslittlesecret.co.uk, for instance, has some great tops that don’t leave you feeling exposed. Maybe one day I’ll get over my fears, but my little set up works for us, and that’s all that matters.

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Like last time, I hope my confession gives comfort to mums who are struggling out there. As with everything in life there’s not a one-size-fits all with regards to breastfeeding and what works for some won’t work for others. Likewise, you’ll find your own fears and trials are different to those around you. I know I persevered – but it’s down to the individual to choose what they want to do. I know how exhausted, vulnerable and unhappy the whole debacle can make a new mum… but NOTHING can compare to the love and joy a HAPPY mum can bring to her baby. Yep, go for happiness. Let’s not underestimate feeding your baby love instead of losing yourself under a cloud of resentment and frustration. So go forth with your breast or bottle with pride. You’re taking on the greatest task of your life – nurturing a human. Let’s not let a little spilt milk overshadow the epicness of that achievement.

On a separate note, I just want to say that I love my endlessly supportive family. Tom’s been away for a few days so Buzz and I took a little trip to Essex for the weekend. Sea air, vegetarian food (yep, still going strong) and lots of laughter… BLISS!

Have a great week you lovely lot.

Gi. Xx

07 July
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The Wood Wedding and McBusted at Hyde Park…

This week brought with it two massive summer events – the wedding of Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood and then McBusted headlining at Hyde Park… what an exciting week!

I had a little fashion dilemma before leaving the house for the wedding as the dress I was planning on wearing got stuck in the machine at the dry cleaners and badly ruined. I found out an hour before I was due to leave. Major buzzkill! Needless to say, I cried. Well, I have just had a baby – planning outfits isn’t as easy as chucking on something from a plethora of gorgeously fitting clothes and picking what you liked the most – no, instead it’s trying on pieces and seeing what hides the lingering lumps and bumps the best while still making you feel a little bit beautiful. A frantic search through my wardrobe ensued. Luckily I’d bought a cream and coral dress from ASOS a few weeks ago that I was thinking about wearing for my interview on Lorraine before opting for something else. It was perfect for a summer wedding… Thank goodness!!!

 

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The McFamily were out in force to join Fearne and Jesse’s beautiful celebrations and party the night away. I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos from the wedding online so I really don’t need to tell you how stunning Fearne looked. We were trying to guess what sort of dress she’d be in before she arrived. We were all wrong. Elegant, feminine and floaty – she looked like an enchanting princess. The evening was filled with romance and LOVE! It’s wonderful to see two people so engrossed with one another declaring their love so unabashedly. Weddings are awesome.

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McBusted playing Hyde Park was always going to be a spectacular event. It was a flipping huge gig for them! Seeing as it was so important we decided to make it Buzz’s first ever show. I’m not going to lie, I was blooming nervous at how he’d react to the whole thing, but he was extremely chilled thanks to his Banz ear protectors and me carrying him around in our BabyBjörn carrier. He barely slept during the whole thing, preferring instead to giggle and smile at my best friend Katy, but he was content and happy, so I couldn’t really ask for more. The boys were all kinds of epic! I was a very proud wife.

 

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Also this week, I continued to juice for a further five days. Can’t tell you how great I felt at the end of it – although it feels weird to be eating again. I sort of liked the ease of taking my juices out the freezer and knowing my nutrition was sorted for the day! Now I need to think about what I’m putting into my body. I’ve continued to watch food documentaries – including Food Inc, Vegucated and Earthlings. Well… They were enough to make me never want to eat meat ever again. And that’s coming from someone whose favourite meal is steak and chips! As a result I’m going to try life as a vegetarian for a while… Possibly even a vegan as I can’t see myself wanting milk for a little while either. The upshot to this is that it’s got me back in the kitchen surrounded by cookbooks and experimenting with different recipes. Also, on the milk front – I’ve started making us homemade almond milk… It’s flipping amazing!

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Big love to you all this week!

Gi. Xx

23 June
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A Little Touch of Disney Magic…

We’d always planned for Buzz’s first Disney trip to be when he was old enough to take it all in and really enjoy the magic. However, when team Disneyland Paris got in touch and invited us along to experience their newest attraction (the same weekend Tom was in Paris with McBusted as One Direction’s special guests) we could hardly refuse.

As Tom was travelling up with the McBusted boys the day before, me and Buzz kicked off our adventure with a trip for two on the Eurostar. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried how I’d cope, but thankfully we managed to pack fairly light as Tom took the main bulk of our stuff with him. All I was left with was the car seat, pram frame (handy adaptors meant Buzz could be transported around the parks in this too), and a changing bag. Easy!

 

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The staff on the Eurostar were incredibly helpful and helped me get on and off – not as easy as it sounds with a three-month-old. And, on the whole, Buzz was a delight and slept the majority of the way. He did have a meltdown at the beginning when he decided he was no longer willing to be fed from a bottle (he actually blew a massive raspberry and spat a mouthful over my face. Lovely!). Instead he wanted milk from the source. Wonderful. So…along came my first public breastfeeding experience. Something I’ve always dreaded. To be honest, if I was on my own I’d have persevered with the bottle, but I figured a loose boob in the carriage was better than a wailing baby! To my surprise, I felt fine doing it and no-one batted an eyelid. That being said, I would like Buzz to get friendly with the bottle once again… I know breastfeeding is natural and something to be proud of, but I’m just uncomfortable doing it out and about. Sad, I know. I’ll ramble more about my thoughts on boobies in a few weeks time.

Anyway, shall we talk about magically wonderful and enchanting Disney? You probably are aware that we fricking love all things Disney (must repeat here though that we did NOT name Buzz after Buzz Lightyear) – it’s brilliant. I could walk down Main Street soaking up the atmosphere all day long. There’s just something dreamlike about the place with an underlying feeling of endless possibilities.

 

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Not only were me, Tom and Buzz there to experience the magic, but so were the Willis gang and Danny and Georgia. It turned into a mini group holiday! As a massive treat, we were kindly given time with Mickey in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Well, he’s a sweetheart. He kept kissing my hand like a true gent… On reflection I think he was flirting with me. Ha! We did try and get him to do a McBusted jump to form the ultimate, ULTIMATE supergroup – MickBusted – but I think Minnie may have warned him against being silly with those naughty boys, let’s not forget he is a role model to millions…of mice.

On to the reason we were there and Ratatouille L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Remy – a brand new area of the park dedicated to a rather special little rat with exceptionally good culinary skills. This ride is so different to any other ride I’ve been on in a Disney Park, so I’m not surprised there’s such a big fuss being made of its opening. I’ve been trying to think up a way of describing it… all I can say is that I’ve no idea how it actually works, but with the use of some Disney magic you become a rat, running around Gusteau’s kitchen. It’s brilliant. A huge thanks to the Disney team for the great weekend!

 

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This week I’m juicing! Yep, being a new mummy has led me to eat far too much cake – it’s time for a detox! I’ll let you know how I get on next week. In fact, I’ll write a little diary each day and put it all together for the next blog post. Should be an interesting read!

Love to all!

Gi. Xx

16 June
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Buzz Goes Swimming…

You may remember that whilst pregnant I loved swimming. Well, now that our little Crumb has arrived in the shape of Buzz, it was time to go back to our local Virgin Active for a little more time in the pool – only this time it was the baby pool, and Buzz, not me, going for a splash.

We’ve always known that we’d want to take Buzz swimming as soon as it was possible to do so. I had problems with my ears as a child and therefore couldn’t put my head under water until I was around ten years old – as a result I was a fairly poor swimmer (still am) and until recently panicked if I got too much water splashed in my face. I want Buzz to be comfortable in the water like his dad, so what better way to start than at three months old with his daddy by his side.

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Buzz loves bath time – he floats around and visibly relaxes once he feels the hot liquid surrounding him (after panic crosses his face for the first two seconds as he works the situation out), so I couldn’t wait to see what he’d be like in the (in his mind) vast and never-ending water of the pool. It was a lot for him to take in, but he seemed to enjoy his first swimming experience. Only towards the end of the session did he start getting tearful, but two minutes later he was fast asleep… in Tom’s arms in the pool. Cute.

We also started Baby Sign classes this week, which will hopefully calm the frustrations Buzz could feel before he’s able to talk. Baby sign gives babies another form of communication. Rather impressively another baby in the class had already picked up TEN different signs – a baby in the older group knew over a hundred! Wow!

Buzz totally loved the class. He was engrossed with the teacher Louisa, and his eyes were glued to her for the majority of the hour – the rest of the time his attention swayed towards his fellow baby peers. I’m sure a huge part of his development will come from watching other babies in the classes we’ve been attending. He’s like a little sponge at the moment – his eyes wide, absorbing as much of the world as he can. I often wonder what he’s thinking as he looks around at his surrounding. He always looks so deep in thought.

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Also this week…

· Tom won the Marvel Celebrity Dad of the year award! Hurrah! I think he is blooming awesome (as does Buzz), so it’s rather nice to know that others think highly of him too.

· Buzz had his 12week immunisation jabs… They weren’t as bad as I feared they were going to be – he’s a little tough nut.

· We’ve had THREE BBQs – talk about making the most of the weather while it’s here. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like a burnt sausage and a nice juicy burger. Ha! BBQs are the nicest way to relax with family and friends – luckily I got to see all my family and a few of my lovely friends this week. It’s been a sociable one… for once.

I’d like to wish a belated Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. My dad is the wisest man I know – he’s always there to lend an ear and to offer support, whether I ask for it or not. I’m a very lucky daughter. Obviously, it was also Tom’s first Father’s Day as a dad. I’ve no doubt that Buzz knows just how lucky he is too to have such a fun, silly, caring, talented and loving daddy.

Right, have a fantabulous week you wonderful lot!

Love Gi. Xx

09 June
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Two baby classes and one fabulous wedding!

At the end of last week’s blog I was rushing off to take Buzz to his first ever baby class at Daisy Baby. Regular readers might remember that I took Lazy Daisy classes when pregnant. This is an extension of those but with the addition of all our gorgeous babies there to join in the fun. I’ll be honest, I was incredibly nervous before I went along. I was sure Buzz was going to scream the place down and be the only baby not sticking to the lesson plan… Well he did grumble a fair bit at the end but he was hot and tired and fell asleep fairly swiftly when I picked him up and gave him a pat on the bottom – amazingly, babies like this because it reminds them of being in the womb and having their mum’s heartbeat thumping against them. Fascinating.

Back to the lesson – it seems there are many nursery rhymes that I simply don’t know or have forgotten the tune to. As the other mums delightfully sang to their bundles I mumbled at Buzz cluelessly (but with a massive smile on my face). It seems I have a bit of homework to do in that department… mummy must work harder. Regardless of my flawed performance, Buzz loved the new experience. Having never seen other babies before he had a good gawp at the ones in his class, although he was particularly taken with our teacher Beth. He wouldn’t stop staring at her – even when we were meant to be bonding and having mother/son eye contact. Little monkey.

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After that successful trip we went along to a baby sensory class on Wednesday – and this time Daddy came along too! Yep, Tom was the only dad to attend the lesson, but I don’t think that bothered him. This time it was his turn to sing the majority of nursery rhymes to Buzz – needless to say, he did a better job than I did. The great thing about baby sensory classes is that they give you ideas on what you can do with your baby at home. I never realised a blue pompom and green piece of silky material could bring Buzz such delight.

This weekend Tom and I attended the wedding of our friends Tom Hopper and Laura Higgins. It was the first time we’d taken a trip together without Buzz in tow since his arrival. It felt weird to be belting along to tunes on the radio as we made our way up the motorway (instead of keeping things hushed to protect Buzz’s ears… and sanity), but we knew he was having a whale of a time at home with my mum and brother Mario. He even had a visit from my dad and his partner – everyone making the most of a day with Buzz without us around.

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Whilst he was being spoilt with love, we were catching up with friends in Misterton and witnessing another kind of love being declared. And the fun didn’t stop there because Tom was also part of the wedding band. I know I’m biased, but even after only one rehearsal (busy people with manic lives), they sounded awesome and the dance floor was packed with people busting out their best moves – although dancer of the night has to go to the groom. I’ve never seen Hopper get his groove on so enthusiastically before. He was clearly having the best day. Thankfully the sun decided to make an appearance for the newly weds – blasting away the soggy day we were promised and making the gorgeous English setting even more glorious. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hopper!

And the week ended with the Fletcher family in one of my favourite places – The Doll’s House, which is perched at the top of Harrow-on-the-Hill and is the inspirational spot behind Tea-on-the-Hill in my debut novel Billy and Me. I love it in there and the cakes are delicious!

Also this week, Buzz developed his giggle – it seems his favourite time to practice it is when he’s meant to be having a nap. I’ve found him laughing to himself a few times, leading me to wonder what’s so funny about the side of his Moses basket. He’s so entertaining – one very cool little dude.

Hope you all have fantastic weeks!

Love, Giovanna
Xx

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