Friday, 18 July 2014

Day Trip to Bangor

During the bank holiday this week, Jack, Daddy, Noah and I took a day trip to Bangor. I love a day in Bangor, or any seaside town really. We're all beach people. Oh to own a house by the sea someday. That's the dream. Here's Jack checking out the boats at the Marina. While I'm dreaming of a house by the sea, can I wish for a boat too? Check out Jack's class Ahoy Ladies tee. It was kindly sent to us by American based company, Ahoy Tees. They produce a gorgeous range of nautical themed clothing. I love every single item they stock! Check them out! Thanks so much to the guys over there for the top.

Actually, I'm kinda surprised he kept the top on. Jack is going through a phase where he almost refuses to keep his clothes on. He loves nothing more than to run about in his pants. No sooner have I got him dressed in the morning, I turn around and the clothes are off. He says he's too warm. Sometimes that's valid. Other times it's not. I think it's a boy thing. I remember my mother-in-law telling me my nephews were going through this phase. After his bath this morning, I asked him to put his dressing gown on. "I don't want to, I just like being naked" says he. N'er a truer word was spoken I reckon.

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

And then there were Four.

Hello friends! Sorry for my almost month long absence. My avid readers will know I was due a baby... I'm delighted to tell you, he's arrived! Meet Noah. He made his entrance into the world on the 18th June (right on his due date- a timely bundle) and we were so thankful for a straightforward and speedy delivery. He weighed a whopping 9lbs 5oz, which I suppose accounts for my huge bump this time round!

I have been in a state of newborn bliss. First babies are such a mystery, whereas I'm much more laid back this time round, allowing me to enjoy it all so much more. Life is once again a whirlwind of nappies, breastfeeding, and sleepless nights. But I love every second of it. He's such a blessing and I still find myself gazing at him in disbelief! 

And Jack, well. He is just the most amazing big brother. He adores Noah. He's always asking for kisses and cuddles of his brand new bro. It has been amazing to watch these two interact. I'm so proud of how well Jack has taken it all in his stride. Wee buns. Most of the time.

From the moment Noah was put in my arms, I thought he looked so familiar. Like I had known him all my life. Initially we thought this was because he is so similar to a newborn Jack. Identical in some ways! But as the days have gone on, he has developed his own little look, and we all think he's very like me. I'm pleased at this, of course, since I've been told that Jack is so like his Daddy.

Thank you to my clever husband for the redesign of my blog to include our new boy. And thanks for all the well wishes, gifts and congrats I've been getting from family, friends, sponsors and Instagram followers (if you don't already follow us, why not pop over to see daily updates and sneak peeks! @jackspapermoon) We're totally delighted with Noah. We feel so incredibly blessed and we've fallen in love all over again.

I gave myself a few weeks off to totally enjoy the newest little one, so my week that was has turned into the weeks that were. Here's a few snaps from the last four weeks. It's pretty heavy on the new addition, as you can imagine! 

1. Just a couple of days before birthday
2. Hello baby!
3. Chilling in the summer sun
4. Gorgeous Noah
5. Auntie Sarah visits from London
6. Kisses at bathtime
7. Grampa's legendary wheelbarrow rides!
8. Me and m'boys

Monday, 16 June 2014

And Fences made of Stone

Wee Jack and I had a wonderfully busy week last week. Playschool, playdates, and checking out Jack's new school were just a few of the things we got up to. He was very unhappy at the thought of leaving playschool and starting nursery this September, so I'm delighted that a short induction day has eliminated his fears and he seems to be looking forward to it.

After our super busy week, my husband and I understandably slept in on Saturday morning, what, with no alarm and all. Jack doesn't require an alarm. He is an alarm. He got up at 7am on the dot, as usual, and pottered into our room. I remember him trying to rouse us, but we dozed right through. I guess he gave up and decided to have a delve into my drawers and dressing table. I ignored the clinking of bottles and rummaging. The next thing I knew I was having a mixed up sort of dream that probably involved Britney Spears and awoke in confusion as the seriously strong stench of perfume wafted up our nostrils. Jack had sprayed half the bottle of my Britney Spears 'Fantasy' perfume over himself and was now standing by the fan pointed in our direction. It was a most unpleasant way to wake up. I had to give the fella a good scrub, (especially his perfume doused hair) our room still stinks, and I'm pretty sure those pyjamas will have to be thrown out.

I have a lovely new French sponsor called L'enfant Sauvage, who you can find on my sidebar. They kindly sent Jack a few items, including this happy yellow Crown Cardigan. Super sweet, and perfect for mild summer days like these. He's also wearing the Hip Hareem Pant from another great sponsor, Mini Mioche. The tee is from Cos, and of course his little high tops are Converse.  

A big thanks to both my sponsors- do check them out! And as I mentioned in a previous post, Mini Mioche are offering my readers 15% off an order with the code moon15

Last week we received an exciting parcel from a company called Almondella. This company delivers a monthly box of goodies for you and your child, tailored to the age and gender of your little one. It was very exciting - like an early Christmas present! It's definitely a little bit of luxury to treat yourself to, or you can buy a subscription for someone else. Wouldn't that be the gift that would keep on giving? Anyway, I hope I'm not spoiling any surprises, should you decide to sign up... but I wanted to share what we received in our box this month.

Jack was obviously totally delighted with the tool set. It was just his bag. I was particularly pleased with the gorgeous designer leggings, and the organic shampoo. Thanks so much to the guys from Almondella. It made our day!

1. Leggings by Finnish label, Papu
2. Postcard by Finnish designer, Paapii Design

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I scream for Ice-Cream

I had been dreading today for a while. Today was the day Jack had to go for his MMR vaccine. I had been trying to explain the concept of this for a few months, using the term 'jabby' to make it sound less intimidating. Every time I brought it up Jack would get very teary and upset. I had been trying to soften the blow of this unpleasantness with the promise of ice-cream afterwards, but it never did the trick. I wondered how I was going to manage to hold him tight as he got the jabs, and worried I wouldn't be able to sufficiently console him and possibly carry him out of the doctors crying with my great big bump. So, I talked Daddy into putting down his pencils for an hour or two to come with us. 

As we sat in the waiting room this morning, we watched numerous young un's go in for their injections. My husband and I looked at each other in horror as the howls and cries of these poor kids echoed down the corridor. Luckily Jack seemed oblivious as he played with his toy cars. One lady came out in tears, with her upset little boy, and told me how awful it was. My husband and I thought this was going to be even worse than expected!

Well, as it happens, I have one brave little soldier. He sat up on my knee and whimpered quietly at the idea of what was coming. But when it came time, he squeezed in to me tight and we counted the imaginary sprinkles on the ice-cream he would soon be redeeming. His wee voice cracked as the injection entered his arm. Oh the poor pet. But no crying. Surely this was beginners luck? Now he knows what's coming there was no way he wouldn't kick up a stink for jab number two? Well, this time round we counted imaginary marshmallows. Afterwards he rubbed his arm with tears in his eyes and said "That weally hurwt." But that's all. So the title of this post isn't at all accurate and for effect only! There was no screaming. Boy, I was proud. The nurse said he was the best patient she'd had all day. It was only 11am. But still. 

He was awarded a sticker, and a certificate of bravery. But most importantly of all he finally got the much anticipated and oft spoken of ice-cream. It was yum.

 The bravest little kid on the block.

Monday, 2 June 2014


It has been a week full of fire engines for my little Jack! Last Monday a fire engine, and a couple of firemen visited playschool as part of 'People who help people' month. Jack was very excited. I wasn't there, but I'm told they turned the siren on, one of the firemen was called Harry, and Jack didn't want to sit inside the fire engine, preferring to look at the hatch. That's what he told me anyway.

Then, we attended our local churches fete on Saturday, as we do every year. They too had a fire engine for the kids to gawk at. Granny and Grampa took Jack for a look whilst my husband and I milled around the book stall.

To top off his fire-engine-filled week, we received this beautiful Tapete Holy Smoke sweatshirt, all the way from France, from our newest sponsor, Kidshop. I really really love this sweatshirt! I particularly love the fabric, which is lovely and soft. It's nice and fitted too, so it really suits Jack's skinny wee frame! Of course, Jack loves the block fire engine print. So do I - Simple, bold, and perfect for a boy who loves fire trucks. Kidshop are very kindly offering my readers 15% an order with the code JPM15. They stock so many great brands of kids clothes and deliver worldwide, so check them out! Thanks so much to our chums over there for this awesome top.

In other news, Jack has become very interested in the alphabet. He just took this notion himself. My husband and I have been reading him an old book of poems (that my Nanny read to my Mum when she was a youngster, then my Mum read to me when I was just a cub). It has large letters throughout and when Jack started to learn these as we read and re-read the book, we were amazed. Now, he knows the whole alphabet. As we walk and drive about he'll tell me all the letters around us. I'm a proud Mama. 

Despite being massively pregnant now, I took us on a walk through my father-in-laws fields yesterday. They look so beautiful at the minute. It's always such a shame when he cuts them to make silage. Not for the cows, obviously - for the photographer! I am so huge now, if I get down on my knees to photograph, I have to rely on my husband hauling me up by the oxters, less I just roll about on the ground like a beached whale. With a couple of weeks to go I'm not sure if this one will make an early appearance like big brother Jack here (who decided to turn up 5 weeks early) or if I'll go overdue. 

It's unusual for me not to feel like photo-snapping, but like I say- I'm ever so with child. That's why my week that was series has slightly fallen by the wayside. However, I've made the effort this week, and here's what we've been getting up to:

1. Local church fete
2. The cow jumped over the moon
3. We love Mrs McCanns car
4. "I don't want to wear these and I hate you for making me"
5. Cattle grid pro
6. Meeting second cousin - gorgeous baby Archie!
7. Maisey gets a wash
8. Swishing through Granda Bill's fields

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Rites of Spring

They told me that once Jack started playschool, he would bring home everything. They were right. The absence of a post last week was because this little one was under the weather. He had hand, foot and mouth disease. Are you gasping in horror? Don't. They should downplay the disease bit to 'infection'. Because that's all it is. A nasty, annoying, highly contagious little infection. It would stop people looking at me in utter repugnance when they think I'm actually telling them he's suffering from mad cow disease. So, anyway, he was feeling pretty rotten last week, and was sporting an icky rash. He's feeling much better now. Unfortunately my husband caught it, which resulted in two days off work, feeling awful, and tucked up in bed. His rash has now appeared and I'm totally paranoid I'm going come down with it too!

To top it all off, there's a bit of a viral cough thing going round, but despite sore throats all round, we went for a walk today. Jack wore his trusty Zara kid skinnies and Stella McCartney high tops. He's also wearing the Mini Mioche Ball Storm organic sweater, sent to us by a great new Canadian sponsor, Mini Mioche. Every piece of clothing they stock is designed and ethically made in Canada. They ship worldwide too! Show them some support and take a look... Like what you see? They're so very kindly offering my readers 15% off an order with the code moon15

Thanks so much again to Mini Mioche. We really love this top quality sweatshirt. See y'all soon! 

He's a boy what likes his butter, so he is.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

And so, to bed.

Just like my Dad, when I arrive home from some time away from the house, the first thing I do is slip on my slippers. I love it. I'm a real lounge wear fan. So, I like to do the same for Jack. After playschool, for instance, I take off his shoes and put him in his little slippers. Then, a few weeks ago, this lucky little one was kindly sent a pair of the most gorgeous Cashmere slippers from french brand, Collegien. Oh my word, these just aren't any slippers. They're a wool cashmere blend, with a soft breathable, non-slip sole. He has pretty much had them on non-stop since we got them. They have the most fab range of colours and designs too - and you can get them in adult sizes! You should definitely check out the brand if you fancy a pair of luxury slippers. Jack's Paper Moon readers get a 5 Euro discount. Quote COLJPPM14 at the checkout to redeem.

So, I get the loungewear thing from my Dad, but have inherited my Mum's affinity for old threadbare teddies. I came across this fellow in a junk shop last summer. He's kind of falling apart. His hay stuffing is visible, his button eyes are just about hanging in there, and his fur isn't really fur anymore. You would think a 27 year old woman could walk away, but I fell in love with him and even after bartering as hard as I could, he didn't come cheap. Still, I think he's a beauty. He lives in my bedroom, beside the rag-doll my Mum made me when I was wee. I like to think his existence is much happier now. Listen to me. I'm not even the sentimental type.

Jack is off to bed now, wearing a pair of Cath Kidston footballer pajamas. I can already guess which chapter of Jolly Stories he'll choose. 'Little Brown Bear' no doubt. It's his favorite. Who needs to buy books when you can borrow them from Grannies library? She has millions! Plus, it's a trip down memory lane for me.Thanks so much to Collegien for the slippers! Goodnight all.

 Sleep tight, my darling.

Saturday, 3 May 2014


This boy is a total rascal. Honestly. The things he has started to come out with. He loves nothing better than to tease you. I think he likes to get a rise. This week he has taken to calling me Daddy and then he calls his Da, Mummy. What a wee so-and-so. But he does make me laugh. His sense of humour is a mixture of Pappy Jack, me and my husband. So how could I not? What a boy he is. Toilet humour is his very favourite topic. For goodness sake, don't get him started.

This week we went for a walk in the woods. Is there anything as beautiful as wildflower in spring? We really ought to stop letting this fella play with sticks, but I think it's very boyish nature to pick it up and pretend it's a sword, a wand, or a gun. Which is exactly what Jack was doing. Do you remember in a previous post I mentioned that Jack had accidentally poked Daddy in the eye? Well, Dad got a full blown eye infection after that. Eeesh. 

 Look at Jack's sweater. It was generously sent by one of my favorite sponsors, One We Like. I love a bit of the macabre, so the skull print is right up my street. I can't tell you how soft the fabric is! It is just so comfy on him. We really love it - thanks so much to our lovely friends at One We Like.

 I really appreciate all your nice comments and encouragement on my Week That Was series. So, for now I'm keeping up with photographing the little moments. Here's what we got up to this week.

1. Tinkering with the bike
2. A family walk
3. Do you reckon your kid would like to design their own shoes? Jack got the chance when he got to try a pair of award winning Skribbies. More on these soon!
4. Great mates
5. Hamsters!
6. A walk among wildflower
7. The last Easter egg! My precious...
8. Time for a hair cut!