Madly in love with my Husband Adam and proud Mama to our son Brodie James Basil & our rainbow, Ari Rupert. Here you will find me chasing happiness & surviving life after Baby loss.


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Mrs Carrick x



Saturday, 31 December 2016

Our Year 2016




Twenty Sixteen...where do I start. I lost a few people on the way but I gained something incredible. I gained the same surname as my two boys, fell in love all over again and married my childhood sweetheart. I watched Brodie grow from a baby to a little boy and I am so proud my heart could burst!

I have loved looking back on this year as it made me realise that although we went through some tough times, had our fair share of tears and trouble. We also had some unforgettable moments, holidays and adventures. And the best part....we survived !



January

We started January in our favourite place...Center Parcs. It was the best start to the year, a mini stay-cation with my two boys, enjoying time away as a family. Although January is my Birthday month it is pretty miserable time of year and I begin counting down the weeks till summer! 









February

In February I had my first wedding dress fitting. There is something really special about standing in your very own wedding dress for the first time! It really got me excited for our wedding day!






March

In March I had my first Mothers day. A whole day to celebrate being a Mum with my two boys! Perfect excuse to be spoilt ! We spent a lot of March at the seaside enjoying the beautiful spring weather, you cannot beat a bit of sea air!







We also started the kitchen renovations and had to move out of our home and into my parents house for three weeks. I was so excited as we had been planning our new kitchen for years and finally it was happening!





April


April was a really busy month. We moved back into our home as our new kitchen and patio was complete! I still now absolutely adore it and although it involved a lot of work it was worth it all! You can read about our kitchen renovations here. 





 We enjoyed another trip to Center Parcs this time with my whole family...13 of us in total! It was the first time all my brothers and sisters had been together in the same place for years. It was so much fun being able to spend some time with them all!



We had our Hen and Stag do's which was soon much fun! 


I also had my final wedding dress fitting and collected my dress ready for the big day! Our honeymoon to the Domincan Republic got cancelled two weeks before we were supposed to depart and this was really stressful but luckily Mr C managed to book as an even better Honeymoon to Mauritius. Happy Wife Happy life! 



May


May has and always will be my favourite month of the year. Its the most beautiful with all the pretty blossom trees and late evenings. It is also the month that saw me first ever get with Mr C, engaged and then as of this year Married. 






We had the most beautiful day and Im still now blown away! I feel so lucky to be married to my childhood sweetheart and to have had a wedding as beautiful as ours.  You can read all about our day here!



Two days after our wedding we jetted off to Mauritius on a family honeymoon and it was incredible. SO beautiful, so luxury and so lovely to be in our own wedding bubble! Read about our Honeymoon here.



June

In June we celebrated our baby's first birthday. We had a small party at our house with a bouncy castle. Unfortunately it rained most of the day so my idea of a BBQ, paddling pool and garden party quickly got blown out the window but he still had the best day!




Our baby also learnt to walk in June. Which was a massive milestone and an emotional month for Mumma. My baby really was no more!


July

In July we discovered we were expecting baby number two. We also booked a last minute holiday and flew off to Crete for a week. It really was one of the best holidays we have ever had. The spontaneous holidays are always the best!




We had the most beautiful weather, complete sunshine every day and Brodie absolutely loved the swimming and exploring somewhere new. I loved our holidays as a couple but nothing beats sharing our holidays with our little one. He brings fun to a whole new level!




August

I adore August as Mr C always manages to take a lot of time off! We came home from Greece and a couple of days later went off to Center Parcs. We had the best time cycling, swimming and soaking up the time together as a family.




August was also the month we gained our angel baby and experienced our first miscarriage. Although this was really painful its something I don't want to be forgotten. You can read about it here


September

After our Miscarriage in August Mr C booked for us to stay in the New forest. I absolutely adore the New Forest and is one of our favourite places and it was extra special being able to take Brodie. Although it wasn't a happy time, we made the most of our time away as a family, switched off our phones and enjoyed being away together.




October

October is another really beautiful month, especially this year as it was really warm. We enjoyed a lot of Autumnal walks and our first experience Pumpkin Picking which can be read about here.






November


November was another pretty month and we enjoyed more frosty walks together as a family and had some National Trust adventures. We also started a new family Christmas tradition, pick your own christmas tree which was really enjoyable. You can read about that here.








Brodie also got accepted on to the books of a modelling agency and had to get his photos taken. He was really good and made us both so proud! We also managed to get some super cute photos out of it!



December


December is always an exciting month as its Christmas! This year it was more exciting than ever because we had Brodie and although he wasn't completely aware with what was going on he really enjoyed the christmas adventures. We met Father Christmas twice, went ice skating, cut down our christmas tree and decorated the house. 




On Christmas day he was so shocked and excited to see all the presents under the tree. He really loved opening and playing with each and everyone and got utterly spoilt by our friends and family. 





I started the year as a Miss and I'm ending it as Mrs Carrick. I have never been happier and so content with life than finally being married to my best friend. I absolutely love being Mrs Carrick and know 2017 will bring a whole load of new adventures and new fun!

Wishing you all a Happy New year! 

Mrs Carrick xo


















Thursday, 15 December 2016

Brodie's 18 month update



Last week Brodie turns 18 months old. I have been a mother for a whole year and a half and often wonder where the heck time has gone. Brodie is 100% out of the baby stage now and we are in full blown toddler. I miss the newborn cuddles but life with a toddler is so much fun. He is always off at full speed and never stops. From the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep. Getting him to sit through a five minute TV programme is never easy! Not that its a bad thing!




Brodie is an extremely active boy and has always been a confident walker and climber. The other day I walked into his room to find him sitting on the window sill. Our windows are really high and he somehow used the radiator to climb up! He is really big for his age, currently on the 99th percentile for weight and height. He's beginning to wear aged 2-3 year clothing, mainly in jumpers and 18-24 in trousers as although he's tall, he's really skinny! He's got size six 6 feet and they seem to be forever growing.

His development has come on leaps in the last few weeks. He understands so much more, can follow simple instructions and is surprising me with new words everyday. He can confidently name his important family members, (although he still calls me Sarah the majority of the time) and is able to ask for what he wants which makes life a little bit easier. He's pretty good at saying 'Please' and 'Ta' and his new favourite is to purposely do something and shout 'Oh dear!'.





He loves cars, trucks and trains and spends most of the time charging up and down our hall ways with his trucks. He demands that everyone chases him and joins in and he loves to take guests upstairs to his new bedroom to play with his trains. A simple walk can end up taking hours as he likes to stop and shout 'Car' and then wave 'Bub bye' at every one that drives past and stops to point whenever he can hear an aeroplane!

Brodie is such a social little boy. It is one of his special little traits. I guess we are lucky that he is surrounded by so many children daily as it is honestly amazing to see. He is so advanced because of it, especially with the eating/drinking using the correct cutlery and a cup, and holding a pen to do colouring. He has always had really good fine motor skills which is something he certainly doesn't get from me! He is getting better at sharing his toys although we still have moments where he will lash out if someone has a certain toy he wants. However, I understand that it must be hard having to share his house, his toys and his mummy with so many other children so I think he does pretty well!

When he's taken to other social situations with other children he is not at all fazed and always really keen to join in and make friends. I was thinking about starting him in Nursery next September. However I have changed my mind after seeing how advanced socially he is. He can stay at home with Mumma for a little longer!

He is really into his books and dancing at the moment. He does the cutest little dance moves to the Thomas theme tune and gets so excited. He loves to sing row row and walks around singing without even realising he's doing it!  He is always happiest when outside and I do my best to make sure he has at leat one walk outside a day! He is such an outdoors little person and I can't wait till he is old enough to start at the local forest school. He will be in his complete element!




He loves animals and is lucky to be brought up with a dog, rabbits and guinea pigs. He has the best relationship with our dog Chalky and he adores him. He walks around shouting Chalky if he can't find him and has a habit of sneaking dog treats out the cupboard and feeding him. After our trip to the New Forest in September he adores Horses and gets so excited overtime we see one.


One big development is in his swimming! He has always loved swimming from the moment I first took him at 12 weeks. However, I never expected a year later he would be as advanced as he is now. He spends more time out of my arms than in my arms and is becoming SO confident at swimming alone. He can swim to the side of the pool climb out and jump back in all independently. He can also swim under water, grab a hoop and then swim up to a pole, climb the pole and put the hoop over the top...independently! Honestly he amazes me at every single lesson. His swimming teacher cannot believe how able he is for being the youngest in the class by a good few months!

Above all else he is the most affectionate loving little boy I have ever met and I've met a few! He adores his family, and loves to be cuddled and to give cuddles in return. He still loves to fall asleep on my chest whilst I stroke his cheek and the first thing he does in the morning is give us all a kiss. My favourite is when you say 'love you' and he blows you a kiss. He has got pretty cheeky though! He will go to give you a kiss and then blow a raspberry in your face. It has me in hysterics overtime he does it. He still loves to Co-sleep as much as we do and I love nothing more than my sleeping baby lying on my chest.




Overall he is the happiest little boy on earth. Always smiling, always laughing and always up to no good. I hate to say it but *touch wood* we rarely have any issues with tantrums or tears. He can be extremely stubborn and SO strong willed but is also a pretty laid back little boy but that doesn't mean it won't all change. I feel extremely lucky to be at home everyday to watch him grow up into the sweet little boy he is! Our days together are the best and although tiring, I wouldn't change it for the world. He really is my best friend!




Thank you for the best 18 months of my life B! Continue being happy and healthy and may all your dreams come true. Mummy and Daddy love you more than anything in the world. Always....


Monday, 5 December 2016

Brodies New room



Last month we decided to move Brodie from the nursery into the spare bedroom. We decided that having a spare bedroom was just unnecessary and It would be so much better for Brodie if he had more space to play and store his ever growing collection of toys! He's really enjoying trains and the Brio train track at the moment so giving him space to have a track out permanently has been amazing!  He takes everyone upstairs demanding they play trains with him! Its so cute!