Proud Mum On Sports Day and Watching Them Grow

It's been a long while since I wrote a post about 'Watching Them Grow.' I started writing about the girls and the last time I wrote a post about watching them grow was last year before Freddie was born. The year has flown by, and I couldn't imagine life without our baby boy. He's definitely taken into our crazy little family. On the last post, I was really sad seeing both girls grow so quickly and now, I'm sad that all three are growing too fast and that it's quickly coming up to Freddie's first birthday. I feel lucky that I'm able to work from home and watch all three grow and be a part of everything that they do such as parents evening, new milestones, sports day and the rest. Although it's exhausting most of the time, I do feel lucky that I'm not missing out on things. 

Super Saturdays - Brand New Linky - #1

You may remember that I used to run #justanotherlinky and I really enjoyed running it but it all got a bit too much when I fell pregnant due to being super exhausted and emotional. Then Freddie came along - the worst baby for sleeping ever, so I was even more exhausted and couldn't keep up with the linky. However, I've decided to bring it back with a new name - Super Saturdays. I'm really hoping it will be somehow successful like it was a couple of years back. Even though Freddie is still pretty much a bad sleeper for me, I'm kind of getting used to it.

So what is Super Saturdays and what can you post?
Super Saturdays is a weekly linky for most bloggers. There are a few guidelines below - not too strict but I would really appreciate it if you could follow the ones that are written in blue bold. I am hoping Super Saturdays will have a mix of posts and a way we can all discover new blogs and support eachother.

G u i d e l i n e s 

+ The linky will open every Saturday AM and close Tuesdays 11 PM
+ Do not link up more than two posts per week
+ Feel free to grab the badge below to add at the bottom of your linked post (or just a link back)
+ Comment on the post right before you and another post to make it fair
+ Leave #SuperSaturdays at the end of your comments - otherwise I can't count you for 'top commenters'
+ By linking up you are giving me permission take use one of your photos IF you are chosen as my featured post
+ Feel free to tweet me and I'll retweet you - @lifeasmumblog

F e a t u r e  P o s t  &  T o p  C o m m e n t e r s
Each week I will choose my favourite post.
Each week I will see who are the top three commenters. So make sure you leave #SuperSaturdays at the end of your comments!

Jake Shoes Review

Both girls are now at the age where they have their own personalities, and one thing Mia absolutely loves having new shoes. Elliw is slowly getting to the stage where she has an interest in shoes too. When we were asked by Jake Shoes if we would be interested in reviewing a pair of shoes each for the girls, I instantly said yes. There's a great range of shoes to choose from, from shoes to trainers and different brands to choose such as Converse, Uggs, Heelys and more. They also sell shoes for kids and adults, as well as accessories too. The site is really easy to search for what you want to find. I knew both girls needed new trainers and so that's what I went to find. Mia got the white Converse trainers, and Elliw received some pink sparkly, light-up Sketchers that are super cute.

#CyclingAdventures with Inntravel

We were recently asked to take part in a #CyclingAdventures campaign with Inntravel. As we love to be outdoors, we were keen to take part and read more about what Inntravel do. Inntravel are a Slow Holiday company that offers cycling holidays in Europe. They have something for all 'amateur' cyclists. Not only do they offer this to 'amateur' cyclists, but very occasional cyclists can also enjoy a cycling holiday with them too. Inntravel arranges the hire of a high-quality bike and gives you a detailed map of the routes you can go from one hotel to the other. There are a few routes you can pick from each day. There is no need to worry about luggage, as your luggage will be transported from one hotel to the next.

The cycle holidays are for individuals, so you are free to pick on which route is suggested to you each day. I find when you're in a group, you can miss out on a lot of things because everyone has different interests and you may miss out on the things you want to do because the others want to do something else. As it's a cycling holiday for individuals, it makes it that little better. Inntravel carefully plans out all their holiday routes. They make sure all their routes are on quiet roads and country lanes as well as being interesting and enjoyable routes with stunning views. Each route has been tried and tested.

Personally, I would love this kind of holiday. I think it's perfect for having that little break every parent deserves. Cycling down planned routes from hotel to hotel, with no worries of carrying your luggage, and enjoying the beautiful sceneries is definitely my cup of tea. Inntravel wanted us to visit our local cycling route, and it's a route we take a lot. In fact, our closest cycling track is literally two minutes from us. That's one of our reasons why we bought this house. We take the route very often, especially when the weather is nice. The girls wanted to take turns on their bike and scooter, so that's what they took with them when we went on our route. The cycling track is a long track that goes on for miles. With the kids, we are happy to go for around 5 miles in total.

The day we decided to go down on our local cycle route the weather was really hot and so we decided not to go too far from home. One one side of the cycle track is a busy main road but as you go further along it gets hidden by all the trees, so it's a lot more peaceful. On the opposite side, there's stunning scenery to see as your cycling or walking. Many people went past us, a few on their bikes, walking and others running. The girls always enjoy themselves when they go on the cycling route, they feel free as they're able to run ahead without any danger such as cars.

We tried learning Elliw to ride a bike a few months ago, a few times but she never got the hang of it. We decided we would take this opportunity to try and learn her again. She's taken much longer to learn that what Mia did but I'm not comparing as each child is different. We kept encouraging her that she was doing well and eventually she did it! She actually rode a bike - for the first time. She actually pushed the pedals the right way instead of backward. She couldn't do it for a long time, but she did it. Now we are just going to take her for a bit on the weekends until she can do it properly.

* In collaboration with Inntravel.

Freddie's Sleeping Update and Why We Decided To Mix Feed

It's been a while since I wrote the last sleeping update and since then Freddie did have his first full night sleep at around 8 months old. I can happily say he has had another 2 or 3 full night sleep after that. The sleep has been a big issue for me since he was a few months old and I noticed that he was just a baby that didn't like to sleep or a baby who would just sleep if I was there holding him. It was getting too much for me in the end, especially when it was coming to around six or seven months. That's when things started to change - a lot. I began to feel really down, mostly with exhaustion. He seemed to be getting worse and worse each week. He came to a habit of waking up within 10-20 minutes of me putting him down after his feed. The frustrating the thing was, it took around 45 minutes to an hour (sometimes more) to feed and settle him each evening. Then for him to wake up and only settle back again if I picked him up and feed him. Again, another hour or so on top. It was getting too much for me. To top it off that he was waking up every 1, 2 or 3 hours through the night too.

Siblings in June

I knew being a Mum of three would be more of a challenge than a Mum of two, especially that there is a four year gap between Elliw and Freddie. It felt like I was starting Motherhood all over again, as in having to do night time wake ups, pushing a pram, changing nappies and all the rest. Although I was super excited, I was really nervous too. This time last year I wrote my 'Siblings' post about two sisters, for the last time as I knew in July, Freddie was going to join our little family. It makes me sad that Freddie will be a one year old next month, but I'm also excited too. This year has flown by, and I can't imagine life without our little boy now.

Bedroom Makeover Plans and Brightening It Up

We've been living in our home for over three years now, and I'm still not happy with how our bedroom looks. I hadn't redecorated our bedroom at all, only when we moved in. The previous owner's carpets are still down and looking quite horrible now. The fitted wardrobes are also still an awful blue color from the previous owners. I think as a parent, we just concentrate more on getting the kid's rooms done and never have time to focus on our own room. Although, our bedroom should be a place we can relax in. But at the moment, I never feel relaxed as it's not how I really want it.