I have added a new blog on my related site:

This is on the Transitions Category which we all go through in our lives. Now Henry is now sleeping in his cot, but it has been transformed into a toddler bed.

Check my new blog post on this site now.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X


My Son Coming Up to 3 years old


My son as a wee little man in his first month home as a baby boy. 

How time has flown by, and now my son is coming up to 3 years old. Since the early years when we were all, including our son were getting used to each other, it has been a massive eye opener and learning experience.

Parenting is rewarding but there are still things that baffle me. Why my son still wakes up so early in the morning still, works out the tips and tricks on how to get our attention and is now singing or talking a lot. Not all making sense but you can hear that the language is there.


My son this year at 2 years old taken in our local park.

The words can be random. Like the other day when my mum said to him “I see you on Thursday” he suddenly he said Thursday. like out of the blue. Not having said that word before.

Bath times are challenging as he won’t sit down. I have no idea how him standing in the bath started. He did get a bit freaked when washing his hair, but then there was one point he did like it. So we have to wash his hair quickly and then make him see all is good. Nothing to be scared about.

Meals times are a mixture. Breakfast he loves. He will eat most cereals. He has I think gone off from porridge and Weetabix as last time I gave these to him. He wasn’t so keen.

Lunch and dinners a bit of a challenge as he will decide he will play us up still on occasions. I try to give him a variety the best I can. He had lastnight, baked sweet potato and baked beans for example and at weekends my hubby will do him like a roast dinner, but broken down so it is easy for him to eat. Plus he gets plenty of vegetables. He isn’t always feeding himself. We are working hard on that, and what I try to do is do more finger foods, so he has to feed himself. No excuses.

He loves yogurts, to the point he has worked out where we keep them and often gets them out of the fridge to give them to us, for us to feed him. We have now put a gate on the other door that leads to our kitchen. As there are two ways into our kitchen and sometimes it is a battle with the fridge, because he wants to go in there and take a yogurt.

If our son could live on yogurts he would.


This is a recent photo from a couple of weeks ago in the same park. Looking at this photo compared to the other, he seems to be changing everyday.

Even when looking at this picture compared to the other photo above. he seems so grown up and that is in the course of 3 months apart. He is having Occupational Therapy which has helped, see my other site, where I have written about this therapy. (Click on link below):

He has been amazing to watch. He has had a cold which has been a challenge but he is amazing how he works things out. He knows how to use my tablet better than I do. He recognises places and knows what a playground is as soon as he sees it.

He loves football, quiz shows, music and was watching Some “Mother’s Do ‘ave them” the other day, on BBC 2. Old UK Sitcom with Micheal Crawford, and he was in hysterics.


My boy from just last week on Tuesday 25th October 2016 when he got his hair cut. It made him look even more grown up.

Since the last photo of Henry in the Park, he last week on Tuesday 25th October 2016, got a haircut. This was done at our local Soft Play Cafe, where they have a children’s hairdressers, which is really reasonable and perfect as you don’t have to leave the soft play area.

So Henry had his haircut, thank you to his nanny, then had some lunch which you can purchase in the Soft Play cafe too.

He looked even more grown up once his hair cut was done. When he went to nursery the next day, even they were shocked by the transformation.

As Henry has so much hair, we do have to get his hair cut regularly as it can end up in his eyes.

Now we are about to change his cot at last, into a toddler bed.

I will post about this soon.

I am so proud of my little man, on how far he has come. When he was born it was a traumatic time, as we didn’t know what would happen him being born so premature, at 31 weeks, but he has boomed from those days.

He does have Development Delay, but I know like myself all children develop different skills at different times so not too concerned.

He is an amazing little boy that it really makes me proud of myself and my hubby for creating such a little gem in our lives.

Many thanks for reading,



Carrie X

You do whatever it takes

As I write this blog my little man is or should be a sleep now for the evening. However I do have that doubt as he will tend to wake up just as we are about to go to bed. Today I remembered to change his nappy before putting him to bed, but last night was a totally different story. I forgot to change him before putting him to bed last night, so I tried to change him whilst he was asleep, but every time I would delicately turn him on his back to change the nappy he would roll over to his front, so I lift him out slowly keeping him a sleep to see if I have better luck changing him on the changing mat in his room. No joy. Finally I get the nappy on and almost completed when he weeps.

Oh no I cry in my head, please don’t wake, I continue in my head, as I know he will now play up and not go back.

He did and then had to spend the next 5 hours trying to get him back to sleep, thinking each time I had been successful, as I leave the room he screams. So I think, let him settle by himself as he can some nights. He doesn’t. So I decide to get him up and have him sit with me quietly for a bit. Try putting him back this time thought, yeah done it. So I get ready for bed, as soon as my head hits the pillow out cries my son. OH NO I CRY IN MY MIND PLEASE NOT NOW.

However the guilt of feeling like I being selfish wanting to be a sleep myself I get up and check on him.

This just makes him worth and now he creeps up to stand on the edge of his cot holding on the sides wanting to play.

I know it says in the books not to speak to him, but as soon as I tell myself no talking to him, the urge to talk to him rises so I do. I put on his disney music which we use to help him go back to sleep, sorry to those mums who disapprove of this but sometimes you do whatever it takes to get your little bubs to sleep. We think we have thankfully by 23:30 after two decaf coffees hoping he will settle he finally quietens, which we can hear through the baby monitor and think right lets get to sleep.

Don’t be fooled, as soon as I get into dream mode I am awake my son is crying again through the baby monitor. Do I go in or do I allow him to settle? I am contemplating this lying in bed, hoping he will quieten down but he gets louder, so I get up and go in, he stops climbs, and OH NO HE WANTS TO PLAY.

Finally it is midnight and yes he finally goes off to sleep for the night and yes I did play his music, but as said when tired you do whatever it takes.

I am relieved that I didn’t have to get up to do the 6:30am breakfast feed this morning, at least I get a lie in. Sorry to daddy but he gets the lie in the next morning.

To all mums and dads out there, you are fabulous and are doing a fab job, even though I know myself it feels like you can never win.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

My son at 15 months

My son is now 15 months old and it is amazing to see him grow and see him changing it seems everyday.

He is almost saying mummy now, but knows very well how to say Dadda and says it as soon as he sees him. I though today I heard him say hello to the workman today, which I know it’s just a little word but the feeling is indescribable. He can run around in his walker, stand a little without holding on to anything, walk pushing his other walker. I love the big smiles I get and hugs, when I have been out as for example last Saturday I had a job interview and daddy looked after Henry. It was so lovely to see him give me that beaming smile as I walked through the door.

Fingers foods is getting tricky, he knows what food is when he sees it starts clapping his lips together in eagerness saying “Yes please” and he will happily eat most foods. He just won’t pick up the food to his mouth, he will play with it and then throw on the floor. As like most things it is a working progress, I am sure we will get there.

I am gonna try and put some food in his hand and show by taking the food in his hand to his mouth, but I know this won’t be easy as it will probably end up being a tug of war.

Weaning was tough at first as I would make fresh as well has already jar and pouch foods, and did feel disheartened when some of the fresh foods or more puree’s I had made he would turn his head away in protest. However I have come to realise that this is all part of his development and learning. They are human beings after all and won’t like everything. They learn to make choices at a very early age.

I would not replace it for the world, it was challenge at first being awaken every two hours, and then he did sleep for longer for a time, but then he began teething and it was back to short sleeps again, now though apart from a few nights as our boiler packed in and so had been very cold in the evenings and early morning, so had to buy and borrow a few heaters to warm our house up and his room, and yesterday he slept soundly until about 5am, which was fine, had to do 6:30 feed anyway and he had slept through the night and back to sleep this morning until about 10 this morning.

I am sorry now to those mums not so lucky, I was one of the babies until I was 6 years old, who cried and woke up every night.

I still struggle to sleep now but the person who has me moaning and nagging is my husband, sorry love.

It is ok to feel a little frustrated at times, and can feel that you are on a constant battle, of “Am I doing the right thin? Am I not?” but a lot is instinct and improvisation. I recommend joining a Mother and Toddler group as it is good to speak to other mums as you can feel a little isolated.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Coming back to wordpress

Hi everyone, I am back onto wordpress to blog.

I share this page with my other blog called The Parenting Adventures which is on WordPress and I have my own blog website I will combining these together.

So coming up in 2015 I will be taking Henry to a Mother and Toddler group tomorrow and see how it goes. I am a little nervous, plus I am starting a new Part Time job which I am looking forward to, and I also enjoy exercising, mainly running, training indoors and walking. I post about my training on the carrieshomemadelife website and on my wordpress site Sports Fitness Passion.

I do think it is important as a mum that I look after myself and set a good example for my son. Exercise trust me doesn’t have to be hard, going for a leisurely walk is exercise and really helps clear the mind. Since I have taken up running, walking and training indoors, which I do a mix of weights, abs, core, yoga and pilates, which I mix into an aerobic routine, I haven’t looked back.

You can go to the gym that is how I started but due to my budget being tight I haven’t been able to afford the gym and adapted my workout routine at home. I will give advice on how to work at home without spending any money at all.

Doing 10 minutes of exercise is still getting the blood pumping and will help with making gradual steps for you to be more fitter and healthier. Same with changing your nutrition too. A good diet is not doing a diet at all, but educating yourself on food, and this is where I think kids and adults who are not able to cook should be taught as this will help change your eating habits and see that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and you can still have the things you love too.

There is nothing wrong with comfort food, but it is about moderation, how you cook the food and learning how to change your comfort food to a more healthier comfort choice.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

When Henry meet Jasper

Sunday 2nd February, my son meet my friend whom I have grown up with Hayley and Justin’s, baby son Jasper for the first time since they were both born exactly 1 month after apart. Henry on the 11th November and Jasper on the 11th December 2013. Uncannily they were both supposed to be born on the 9th, Henry the 9th of January and Jasper on the 9th December, and still they managed to be born one month apart from each other.

Here are some really lovely and sweet photos.

Henry unfortunately decided he would be grizzly through out most of the day, until we drove home afterwards. However it was so nice to have both babies meet at last.

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SAM_0271   Henry meeting Jaspermums with babies

I can’t wait for them to meet again soon to see if they have caught up in size, it is amazing how two babies could be so different.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Henry at 3 months old and smiling


Today my son Henry James Challoner is 3 months old and what a 3 months it has been. He had grown and progressed everyday, he is now over 8 pounds and should be now almost coming up to 9 pounds. He is very vocal and demanding as he wants a lot of attention now and sleeping better through the night for about 6 to 8 hours which is amazing.

The loveliest sight in the world is when I first saw my son Henry smile and proper wide open toothless cheeky smile one early morning after his early morning feed. It was a special and powerful moment for me and words can’t really describe feeling.

From the baby who started his life in an incubator to the bouncy baby boy he is now has been a challenge but a joy at the same time and looking forward to the rest of his first year.

I would like to say thank you to all those whom have sent messages on Facebook, sent cards and gift for Henry in his first year, thank you for welcoming my son in his first year of life.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X