My Birthday at Raffles

Last week was my 28th birthday!

I was treated to a lie in as Arthur had gone for a sleepover at my Mum and Dad’s apartment. ¬†I say lie in but we are talking 7am, yes that is a lie in for me, sad isn’t it!!

My present from Mark this year was my PADI advanced divers course, i’ll talk about that in a separate post!

Mum and dad got me a pretty play suit and an iPad mini and my brother got me a lovely case for it.

Daddy   Arthur got me some earrings I had my eye on!

So I had been suitably spoiled!

 

We then went out to a mystery location for my birthday lunch which turned out to be Raffles!  I had been wanting to go for ages so I was delighted when we pulled up!

We went to the pool bar it was gorgeous!

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The waiter asked if we lived here‚Ķ‚ĶWhat!? ¬†Don’t we look like we belong in Raffles, what gave us away???!

We had a starter of Sushi and a mixed platter with things like samosas and mozzarella sticks….yum!

For lunch my dad had a smoked Marlin wrap which he said was delicious but honestly I think he made a bit of an error because the rest of us had the burger and it was the best‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ.I’m not talking any burger here though this was a Wagyu burger.

I can now write this like I know what I’m talking about, I don’t, but I looked it up and apparently it means something along the lines of the cow was fed Beer and Sake and it gets regularly massaged, lucky cow!

So anyway the burger tasted awesome, it was massive and cooked how I wanted and it came with chips, what more could a girl want on her birthday?

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Cocktail and burger, they don’t come classier then me!

Oh right, yeah, cocktails of course!! It’s kind of obligatory to have some kind of ‘sling’ cocktail since it was Raffles who invented the Singapore Sling (the Raffles in Singapore obviously!). ¬†I went for the Paris sling, but I of course also tried my Mum’s Singapore sling, oh and we had to have a Margarita, it’s kind of our thing!

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After lunch it was swim time.  Where we had so much fun splashing around (only partly cocktail induced), jumping in-between the two layers of infinity pools, making a built in sun bed thing into a slide.  Arthur slept until Mark decided to do a bomb into the pool!!

At around 4 it all clouded over and the heavens opened, we took it as our cue to leave!

The evening was spent having sandwiches and a big yummy birthday cake! All in all it was an awesome day!

My Mother’s Day weekend

So I’m sorry as I’m sure everyone is totally over Mother’s Day by now but I haven’t had chance to write about mine yet, and it was my first one so I’ve gotta get it written down!

As far as I can gather Mother’s Day isn’t celebrated in Seychelles. If it is there is certainly no big deal made of it and no holidays here are commercialised like they are everywhere else I’ve been! ¬†There are no special mothers day cards, gifts etc!

Despite it not being a big deal here its something we still celebrated and I was lucky enough to have my mum and dad here too so we could all celebrate together!

On Saturday, Mum and I went to the gorgeous Waterfront Spa at the Black Parrot Suites in the Coco de Mer Hotel. ¬†The view from the treatment room is absolutely amazing, we both had the ‘Signature¬†Scrub’ which was made up of honey, sugar and orange. ¬†After the scrub you have a shower which looks right out onto the Ocean its so so beautiful I didn’t want to get out. ¬†That’s followed by a massage using an oil that is suited to your “element”. ¬†Apparently I’m fire‚Ķ.that didn’t surprise anyone too much!!! ¬†I didn’t take any pictures there, but here is one from their website.

Waterfront Spa treatment room

 

On the Sunday we all had a lovely day when we went for Lunch at the Beach Bar and Grill in the Constance Lemuria Hotel. ¬†It’s a gorgeous place to have lunch. ¬†It is built into the rocks and overlooks the beach, the food was absolutely incredible. ¬†Dad treated us all to a lovely bottle of champagne! ¬†Arthur had a little bit of everyones food but mostly he loved the chocolate Ice cream!!!

 

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Pretty view at the Beach Bar & Grill

 

chocolate ice cream treat!!

chocolate ice cream treat!!

We went onto the beach and had a swim afterwards. The weather was pretty overcast and in the morning we had some pretty epic thunder which was really needed to break up some of the humidity! My mum is a big lover of storms so she loved it! Arthur’s little Billabong swim/sun suit is so cute. Mum and Dad brought it out for him, we’ve been getting lots of use out of it already, he seems really happy and comfy in it too!

Cuddly boy

Cuddles with mama

Swimming :)

Swimming ūüôā

 

So that was my mothers day weekend, I loved it!  I hope you all had a lovely time with your families!

9 months

I’m a little bit late with this one, but my little guy is now 9 months old!!

 

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This months stats

Weight 8.815kg (19lb 7oz)

Teeth: 6

I’ve loved this month with Arthur. ¬†He has really become such a funny little guy and is really coming into his own. ¬†Crawling is well and truly weighed off now and he’s becoming pretty confident with walking along holding onto the table, sofa or whatever he can!

He has got my mum and dad here at the moment¬†and he’s absolutely loving it, when we met them at the airport he was so smiley straight away, I really think all those Skype conversations have helped him with that!

Arthur has said “dada” a few times now which is really exciting! ¬†Not particularly aimed at Mark or anyone really but it’s great he’s started to make the sound! ¬†He’s really becoming quite the chatterbox and loves ‘singing along to any song but old McDonald and the wheels on the bus seem to be the favourites at the moment.

We have had more and more time outside with Arthur this month. ¬†We’ve had a first proper successful ocean swims with him and although he’s not as confident as he is in the pool he seems to be enjoying it!

He is now sleeping through the night, hurrah!!  Waking up at around 5 usually although we have had some earlier wake ups which is no fun!!

Arthur has now had fish and eggs and seems to be loving both (not sure there’s anything he doesn’t like at the moment!)

This next month I think we will see more and more changes in Arthur as Mark is off for Easter Holidays for 3 weeks (yay!) and Mum and Dad are here until 18th April so we’ve got lots of family time together to do lots of fun things ūüôā

MIA

Just wanted to do a quick little post to acknowledge that I am a little MIA here at the moment!  

 

We are having a lovely time with my parents being here, Arthur is loving spending time with them and they are of course loving every second with him!

Mark has been working this week so in the mornings once he goes I have been off up to where they are staying and spending the whole day together. ¬†Arthur’s been spoiled rotten and we have already had some fun times swimming!

As of Thursday Mark finishes for Easter holidays and he will have three weeks off so we can do lots of fun things together.

On Friday I’m booked in for a dive with my mum and dad which will be amazing as the last times they have been here I have been pregnant/first few weeks after having Arthur so it will be great to finally be able to go together.

On Saturday Mum and I are booked into a spa for our Mothers day treat which will be lovely!

 

I’ll try to make sure I don’t go totally off the radar and keep in touch about our nice family times!

They’re coming!

My parents arrive on Saturday! ¬† I’m so excited! ¬†We haven’t seen them since Arthur was a month old.

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Muuuum where are they?!

They will be here for a month and are staying in a really nice (like nicer then our house) self catering apartment. ¬†Of course we have said that they can stay with us but really there isn’t the space, we’ve got two bedrooms and I love Arthur but I don’t want to have him back in our room again!!!! ¬†Anyway it will be good for everyone to have their own space.

This week I am mostly trying to keep really busy (you know because running around after an 8 month old doesn’t keep you busy enough!) so it doesn’t drag. ¬†Its not been really keeping busy with fun things though. ¬†I’ve been doing all those horrible jobs around the house that you put off forever. ¬†Theres nothing like your parents coming to visit to make sure you have a sparkly clean house!!

So this is a quick one as now I need to go and remove dead geckos from door frames and windows…………….still jealous of Seychelles life?

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A sleepy change

It’s been a week.

Last Sunday night Arthur slept through the night for the first time ever.

It was amazing.

But, it had a twinge of sadness attached.  Arthur had been having a bottle for all his feeds except the night feed.  Him sleeping through meant it had been 24 hours of no breastfeeding.

I decided that I would make up a bottle of water and try him with that on Monday night. ¬†I prepared myself that he in all likely hood wasn’t going to sleep through again but the fact that he had done it meant that he probably didn’t need to be fed in the night any more.

So Monday night I made up a bottle of water for him and when he woke up at 3am he drank the lot and then settled back down to sleep. ¬†However he woke up at half past 4 and wouldn’t go back to sleep ūüė¶ Little monkey!!

48 hours no breastfeeding.

Tuesday night, Arthur woke a couple times in the night he wasn’t fighting the bottle and I didn’t feel like he was desperately trying to feed from me but he didn’t drink that much water.

72 hours no breastfeeding.

Wednesday he woke once, had a little cuddle and a little water and then back to sleep.

Ummmm 94 hours….okay thats enough, it had been 4 days not breastfeeding.

Thursday he decided to wake at 4 in the morning, this isn’t little monkey territory this is little monster territory!

5 days.

Friday, he slept through again HURRAH!!!!!!  Its now Monday and he slept through all weekend, three nights in a row!

I feel like a different person.   I feel like an actual human again!

On Sunday we were in the car and I said to Mark it had been a week. ¬†We realised that this was the end of breastfeeding. ¬†I was actually pretty sad about it. ¬†Even though I’ve been phasing it out since Christmas, it’s been 8 and a half months. ¬†I had a rocky start but on the whole I was one of the lucky ones who found it not so difficult to do. ¬†It had been over a month where the only feed I had been doing was at night. ¬†I had been thinking about the best way to stop it but in the end Arthur made the decision for me, which I guess is the best way for it to happen. ¬†I enjoyed our late night/early morning snuggles just us. ¬†But I must say I didn’t get any less enjoyment giving him a bottle of water at this time, we were still snuggled up and it was still our special time. ¬†In a truly selfish way the full nights sleep have made me get over any sadness pretty quickly!

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