Today I’m loving…these crochet baby shoes!

Crochet basketball shoes for babies

Crochet basketball shoes for babies

A few years back when rather a lot of my friends were having little ones I had a bit of a crochet phase.

Quite a lot of those babies spent their first weeks of life snug in a tiny hat lovingly crocheted by me.

And even though I’ve not actually got round to crocheting one for Sonny Jim yet (sorry babe, but you were a spring baby) I’m still a sucker for sweet knits for babies.

So I’m totally loving these crochet baby basketball shoes (from Baby Shoes to Crochet, by Lucia Förthmann, £7.99, published by Search Press)  – even if it is totally unlikely that my little guy will actually get these made for him by his mummy!

What to give it a go? Here’s the pattern… Continue reading

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Why I’m full of awe for single mums

Sonny Jim, Gary Pearson, cousins

Sonny Jim with his daddy and big cousins, Ethan and Carter

A couple of weeks ago my husband took the baby out for the day. Without me.

It was a mere six-and-a-half hours, but I fretted about it rather an inordinate amount beforehand.

This was despite the fact I know Gary is just as capable as me at soothing our little Sonny Jim should he get upset. Despite the fact the little guy smiles for his daddy more than he does for me. Despite the fact Gary was taking him to his parents to spend time with his cousins, doting aunties and uncles and grandparents who would all lavish the little lad with so much love in my absence.

Despite all of this, my heart was aching beforehand. It was to be the longest me and the boy had been apart since he was conceived. Prior to this I’d only been away from him for a couple of hours – and never in an actual whole other town! Continue reading

Today I’m loving… Sparrow & B children’s costumes

Sparrow and B children's costumes, Katy Pearson, Dino costume

Awesome Dino costume by Sparrow & B, £39.47

Admittedly Sonny Jim is a *little* young to start rocking this, but OMG how CUTE is this Sparrow & B dino costume?!

Sparrow & B was founded in 2013 by creatives Sandi & Belinda and the pair are designers and creators of gorgeous children’s costumes and accessories.

All products are 100 per cent ethically handmade in Melbourne, Australia, by the pair and a small team – but, yay for us here in the UK, they ship worldwide. Continue reading

Today I’m loving… baby sensory rooms!

Prior to having Sonny Jim, the Megacentre Rayleigh was not exactly top of my list of places to hang out.

The flagship facility at Rayleigh Weir offers Megazone laser tag games and softplay sessions on a massive climbing frame/ball pit thing.

Though there’s a cafe there, it’s clearly as place for people with little folk in tow. And I thought I still had a couple of years – at least – before I’d be joining their ranks. Continue reading

Today we’re loving… baby massage for dads!

Gary Pearson, Sonny Pearson, Sonny Jim, Basking Babies, baby massage

Daddy gets to grips with some baby massage!

By the husband (Gary Pearson)

I have to admit I was a little dubious about Basking Babies’ Baby Massage for Dads class, I thought it very much sounded like something “for Mums”.

Nevertheless I agreed to give it a whirl, and I’m glad I did, as the little lad loved it!

As part of the Basking Babies holistic health and happiness programme the 90-minute session took place in instructor Becca’s front room in Leigh-on-Sea. Fellow instructor Lianne ran the session. The mums can come along too and enjoy a cup of tea and cake (and a chat) in the kitchen while the dads get down to business. Continue reading