We love going on holiday and that was one thing we vowed wouldn’t change just because we were having a baby. To make sure we stayed true to our word, when I was 8 months pregnant we booked a trip to Italy for the coming June. This meant we had a holiday to look forward to, leaving on the day our baby would turn 4 months old.

We were so excited. We had booked to return to Verona for one night, then travel onto Lake Garda to a small town called Lazise for 3 nights. We did this same trip at the end of our honeymoon 4 years prior, and the fact we would be away for our wedding anniversary made the trip even more exciting.

I put a call out on Instagram for tips on travelling with a baby. I follow some great accounts so I knew I’d get some help if I asked. My inbox was filled with helpful tips from other mums and dads encouraging us to embrace travel. Alongside the helpful messages were more than a few people telling me that we were crazy to even attempt to go away with a baby. Helpful! We obviously knew this would be different to other trips as we would have a baby in tow, but we were ready to give it a go and create new family memories.

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The last time I posted on my blog was way back in February after we had finished our nursery transformation, excited and ready for our little bub to join our family. I was 38 weeks pregnant and pretty convinced I was going to give birth any day, well before my due date. HA! How wrong I was as I was made to wait until I was 41 weeks and 3 days until we finally became parents to a little boy called Brodie. I say little… he was actually a whopping 9lb 6oz!

As we approach our son turning 9 months old, I have been reflecting on our time with him given he’s almost been out and in our lives as long as he was cooking away, all cosy in that bump of mine. This made me think of all the things we’ve experienced and learnt in the short space he has been part of our lives.

When I was pregnant I read ALOT of blogs about becoming parents and the journey we were about to embark upon, this then continued once I had given birth, so I have decided to start a little series of posts detailing our experiences. Our best (and worst) buys, some of the things we’ve learnt, travelling with a baby and in our opinion top tips for taking the leap from a married couple of two, to a little family unit of three.

To start this little series of posts off, here’s a summary of our pregnancy journey and the day Brodie burst into our world!

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Right for the moment we got our positive pregnancy test, I started to plan our dream nursery. Being an instagram addict I already had ideas up my sleeve and I couldn’t wait to start redecorating. Since moving in, our back spare bedroom just housed a sofa bed for when we had more than two people staying over but as we always hoped that one day we would use it as a nursery we’d never bothered to decorate it.

In September we started turning this room from dull spare room into the scandi inspired nursery we really wanted!

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It’s now been over six weeks since we got back from our beautiful four day trip to Venice, and I wish I could hop back on a plane and be sat back on the Grand Canal sipping on Aperol Spritz (THE best summer drink, and it tastes sooo much better in Italy.)

It’s no secret that my Husband and I love Italy. It is hands down my favourite country in the world. Its many regions differ so much from one another that each time we go; it’s a different holiday experience. We have been lucky enough to visit Naples, Milan, Turin, Sicily, both Lake Maggiore (you can read about that trip here) and Lake Garda, Verona, Sorrento and Amalfi in the last few years. All stunningly perfect places, but Venice is completely different, not just to other places in Italy, but to anywhere else in the world.

Its secret canals and arching bridges mean there is a photo opportunity at every turn. Annoying for my husband when I am obsessed with taking photos….

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Almost two whole years after getting the keys to our house, we have finally done it… we have a brand spanking new, super shiny, bathroom of dreams!

We had to endure months and months of our awful 70’s bathroom suite and a hideous artex ceiling whilst we decorated other parts of the house and then saved up for the bathroom we really wanted but I can confirm it was more than worth the wait.

I wrote a post back in January detailing my hopes for our house in 2017 and it mainly focused on our bathroom. You can read that here.

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When Craig and I were in New York earlier this month, we vowed to join the gym on our return and start to live healthier. It seemed a fair idea at the time –as I remember it was the day I ate 2 chocolate muffins for lunch. The best of days.

I half thought Craig would forget about our little pact once we got home and back to the daily grind of the working week. But nope! Literally on the first day back I found myself at the gym being shown around and before I knew if we were handed our new membership cards.

Now when it comes to exercise, I am not the greatest. My idea of a work out is prancing round the living room to my trusty Davina DVD, and usually getting bored half way through. I am unable to do any of the floor exercises as my cat thinks my pony tail is a new pet and goes into full on attack mode. A particular low point of mine last year was lying on my sofa just watching the Body Coach do multiple HIIT workouts on YouTube – I didn’t even attempt to get up and join in. It made me tired just watching (and lets be frank, he is quite nice to watch).

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{PLANS FOR 2017}

I had good intentions of sitting down with a cup of tea and some left over Christmas chocolate on January 1st and writing all about what exciting plans we have for our home in 2017. But this went out the window as life got busy and I really haven’t had a chance to just sit and type away like I so much enjoy!

Fast forward to tonight! A chilly Sunday evening, sat in bed in my PJs still working my way through that left over chocolate (my very clever way of justifying eating it every single day is the sooner its gone, the sooner I can get healthy. Simple) and I am finally getting the time to note down my ramblings.

In summary, 2017 has been busy so far in the Canavan household.

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