catherinecbrown August, where are you disappearing to? 8h
  •   helen_anne_love I know right!!! Gotta get Spencer's birthday invites out!!! ;) keep your eye out my dear!! 8h
  •   pizzazzerie Gorgeous! 8h
  •   alfiewildloves Isn't it scary! It's my sons birthday on the 31st and trying to organise things from the sofa. August is zipping past 8h
  •   murderingtime I know! I was too slow with my Jasmine calendar at the beginning of the month and planned to do a shot just like this too. great minds la de da! 7h

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catherinecbrown Sick little boys have berry smoothies & bear pikelets for afternoon tea 1d
  •   squeakandsquirrel I'm in bed and its only 7.12pm!! @catherinecbrown been a rough six days but slowly coming good. Had forgotten how bad it is to have the flu thanks for the biscuit offer, hehe. @nianeve sent me a stash a few weeks ago and I still have some in my freezer for emergencies 1d
  •   nianeve Oh you poor thing @squeakandsquirrel! I feel ya though - I too, have been sick with the flu and I've forgotten how bad it is being this sick! Hope you feel better soon and take that cookie stash out xxx 1d
  •   squeakandsquirrel @nianeve it's the worst, nia. I hope you are on the mend in time for your tropical getaway! I'm just living for the 20C weekend after a brutal winter of frozen pipes and frozen bones!! Seriously, spring, come quickly. We need an email sesh!! Xx 1d
  •   nianeve Feeling much better today after a solid few hours of sleep (thankfully it's daycare day!) but I still need to get rid of this nasty cough I have oh gosh it must be so much colder where you are! Rug up, keep warm, get a girly DVD out and relax @squeakandsquirrel. Will email you tomorrow xx 1d
  •   kjshields92 I'm sure your boys think you rock it everyday :) and as they grow into adults they will look back and appreciate every little thing you did for them! 1d
  •   catherinecbrown Thanks @crystalfrost! Be warned, hard to stop at just one 24h
  •   catherinecbrown So easy @tifanie_samala and pretty yummy (I may have added more Nutella to mine - haha) 24h
  •   catherinecbrown Bahahaaa Ollie has the beginnings of it but the doctor said he's fighting it without needing meds, Will however has bronchitis so we have antibiotics on the go @helen_anne_love I keep waiting for Spring to kick in! 24h

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catherinecbrown It's been two days of rain. A bright ray of sunshine was meeting sweet @xpam_dugganx's beautiful Lily - hope the romper fits! 4d

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catherinecbrown I'm sure my collection of Dick Bruna books is whispering for Miffy to join us on our literary adventures @talointeriors #talogiveaway 5d

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catherinecbrown Dear Oliver,

As your Mother I worry about you all the time. You came into this world a bit earlier than most and sometimes I worry when you aren't doing all things others your age are doing. Sometimes I need to be reminded that you will do everything in your own time, in your own way.
I will always worry, that's something I can't help, but I promise to enjoy you everyday, to not hurry you to grow up, to celebrate every milestone when it happens, to encourage and teach you, give you space to make your own decisions and help you learn from your mistakes & most importantly love you unconditionally.

So just come as you are.

Happy 12 weeks my beautiful boy

Always and Forever
Your Mum
1w
  •   catherinecbrown We've known from the beginning that God will work wonders in his life @katcarpenter91 we are so blessed to call him ours xx 6d
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you so much @rock_your_baby absolutely you can 6d
  •   xpam_dugganx He is so gorgeous @catherinecbrown! I don't know if Mother's worry ever goes away..isn't it good that we have a loving Father to help us!! We can trust that He has big plans for Oliver :) 6d
  •   ninaclairec I could have wrote this! My son came 3 weeks earlier than planned and I am CONSTANTLY worrying about the most ridiculous things. Everything happens for a reason and our boys were just SO excited to meet the world. They will learn everything when it's their time - don't worry ️ ps. He is ADORABLE! 6d
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you @xpam_dugganx God has made it clear he has control over Ollie's life and has great plans for him, we are so excited! 5d
  •   catherinecbrown Why thank you so much @ninaclairec being a Mum is a tough gig. My oldest was 6 weeks early so when Ollie can 8 weeks early I thought I would be a bit more relaxed about the milestones but the worry creeps in. Your little man is so sweet! 5d
  •   sarahrochford Beautiful words, he is one gorgeous little boy! It's hard not to worry but kids will always do things when they are ready 2d
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you @sarahrochford I have to keep reminding myself that he'll catch up. I can not complain though, he sleeps through the night, he has done so for the past fortnight! 1d

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catherinecbrown Thank you for all your tips and advice! After the most epic meltdown after dinner it's safe to say we did not start tonight ... 1w
  •   delishbaking These things take time, but all happen eventually. Some days it's best to just go with the flow and start again another day. :) 1w
  •   sapa My biggest tip...don't push them too early....just more cleaning for you!!! 1w
  •   mamaessy I've attempted toilet training with Rupert several times since the beginning of the year. He's 2 1/2 now and we still don't have progress... And he does NOT like the potty, makes him anxious! 1w
  •   catherinecbrown I think most days will be go with the flow, the more stressed about we are the harder it will be for him! Thank you so much @delishbaking x 7d
  •   catherinecbrown I'm all about minimizing the mess @sapa! Haha I think I'll let him take the lead, he'll know when he's ready 7d
  •   catherinecbrown Will is just past two @mamaessy and I think in truth he's not quite ready but we'll give it a try and see if he's interested. Poor Rupert! Growing up is hard 6d

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catherinecbrown Attempting to begin toilet training our two year old boy. Feeling like it may be a long, smelly road ahead. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 1w
  •   ishouldbecleaningup (Ps, my sisters girl caught on to the fact that every time she went on the potty she got an m&m, and so started breaking up one pee into like 5 or 6... She's go about every 10 minutes to get more m&ms!) 1w
  •   catherinecbrown Will is all about Emmett from the Lego Movie @kacileemuller so that's a great idea! Thank so much xx 1w
  •   catherinecbrown I have a feeling Will might be a few months off @cmwedel but Chris is keen so it's worth a try I think you are right about Summer! xx 1w
  •   catherinecbrown It gets warm up here pretty early @beebees80 might be best to wait a few months. Thank you so much for your help! 1w
  •   catherinecbrown Oh Kath that gave me such a laugh!! I could totally see Will doing that - he loves chocolate! @ishouldbecleaningup All three of us (Will, my husband & myself) are quite stubborn so we might try a week at a time, if he's ready just leave it a while. Thank you!! 1w
  •   helen_anne_love I'll make you a pair and if you want and you can see if you want more!! :) 1w
  •   katcarpenter91 good luck :) I keep thinking I need to train Jonah but everytime I try he freaks out... I am waiting for him to lead him.. Hopefully it will happen before December :) 1w
  •   sunshineinkstudio Advice? They will be trained when they're ready. I pushed my daughter way too early for her. One day like magic, she was trained, through the night with no wet diapers and wanted to wear underpants. Never thought it would happen. Also, pull ups did not work for us. I bought way too many packs convincing myself they would be a good in between and they just turned out to be expensive diapers. Good luck! He will make it happen, just follow his lead! 7d

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catherinecbrown Happiest of Birthdays to the two most important men in my life, le husband @mantastique & little brother @bennnn_jamieson, how fortunate that you share the same birth day! All our love to you xxx (sorry I don't have a fancy photo for you, I ran out of time & light so had to make do) 2w

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catherinecbrown Mr. Serious waiting for Daddy to come home 2w

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catherinecbrown A little bit of 'quailty control' never hurt anyone 2w

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catherinecbrown Birthday baking in progress 2w

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catherinecbrown Tagged by hot mumma @rebygirl to share #whatsinmyhand. I just finished the last book in a series and feel a little bit lost. I'm hoping this one lives up to it's reputation. Has anyone read this?
I tag @samphireandseasalt & @starlilly_star if they would like to share
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  •   the_evilly Thank you lovey lady! Putting these on my list now. I've just finished the second Hunger Games book, about to tackle the 3rd one 2w
  •   catherinecbrown Prepare yourself for the third, it's not quite like the first two - I enjoyed it but not as much as the first two & I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the ending! @the_evilly 2w
  •   the_evilly I shall prepare myself. I have been wondering how they are possibly going to resolve it all. Will let you know my thoughts at the end. 2w
  •   catherinecbrown I finish TFioS a few days ago @the_evilly it was a good read Funny, snarky, moving & emotional. I felt it was a little predictable but I'd recommend it! 1w
  •   the_evilly Thank you! You made it through that very quickly! I will have to pick up a copy 7d
  •   catherinecbrown It's only 300ish pages, if you have rainy day in your pyjamas in bed you could finish it @the_evilly 7d
  •   catherinecbrown *finish it in a day @the_evilly 7d

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catherinecbrown New favourite word: Bikkie 3w

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catherinecbrown Milk, Cookies & Balloons - I proclaim myself the best mum ever! Well, the best mum for Will. 3w

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catherinecbrown Monday afternoons call for chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven. 3w
  •   catherinecbrown I had white & milk chocolate chips, so they all went in @elli890! Might have to add them to the shopping list 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Oh no @kpayne13! A temperamental oven is the worst for an avid baker you are welcome to use ours 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Sending some virtual cookies your way @dunnewithstyle 3w
  •   kpayne13 I think I might take you up on that offer when I'm on leave! We could bake up a storm. 3w
  •   elli890 I kinda had to get hubby to stop off and grab me some choc chip bikkies. Buuuuut they were disappointingly hard :( 3w
  •   catherinecbrown I was exhausted in my third trimester @kpayne13 see how you go, but if the mood strikes feel free to bake your heart out 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Oh no @elli890! This recipe produces cookies with a light crunch on the outside and soft & chewy in the middle. I thought of you when I was doing the groceries & stocked up on chocolate chips! 3w
  •   elli890 That's what I was craving! I got desperate today and popped a couple in the microwave for 20 secs, did the trick! Clearly my hormones are still going nuts! :) I will think of you tomorrow night in the baking aisle :) 3w

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catherinecbrown When you are 4 months late sending a birthday present it should probably include confetti. Also DIY confetti gift wrap is super easy - and fun! 3w

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catherinecbrown here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (I carry it in my heart) •

Gorgeous photography of my littlest love & I by @charleegirl18 of Charlee Photography
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  •   catherinecbrown You are so kind @alfiewildloves that poem speaks of such wonderful love, right to a Mummas heart x 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you so very much @leeamckenna I hope you enjoyed your IG break, though I'm glad you are back 3w
  •   leeamckenna Hehe - thanks @catherinecbrown! Our 3rd child just had his 21st - and looking at you with your little ones I can tell you are enjoying every moment... they are such special years! You are making great memories with those gorgeous pics :) 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you so much! One of my favourite parenting quotes is the days are long but the years are short - it's so true! @leeamckenna this is such a short season, I'm trying to soak them up! 3w
  •   catherinecbrown Oh Tina you are so sweet! I was hoping for something a little left of centre, we did get traditional ones too though @ladychatterleysaffair xxx 3w
  •   sweetapolita Oh my goodness. 3w
  •   thelovelybird Beautiful! 3w
  •   marisa_veerman Oh this is divine xx 2w

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catherinecbrown My Boys • captured by the ever patient & lovely @charleegirl18 of Charlee Photography 4w

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catherinecbrown Stripes, florals & bed head - my favourite 4w

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catherinecbrown Today was Oliver's due date, instead he is 8 weeks old & was vaccinated - time to party! 1mon

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