Louise 💕 Mum of Boys & Mabel

@mumofboysandmabel

Writer - Blogger - Yawner - Coffee Drinker Mama to Stanley, Wilfred and Mabel From expat life in Dubai 🐪 To winging it in the English countryside🐄

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2017/10/22 01:54:56

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Head over to Insta-stories to find out what we've been up to today, inspired by @thatmumblog - I had to throw them in the garden afterwards to use up some energy. I'm pretty sure she's looking at her brothers in this picture, saying 'guys, what you doing? wait for me!' #autumn #mabelbeatrix #mabelwearstoday #13monthsold
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2017/10/21 21:25:00

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When your Mum says 'stand there for a picture with your little sister' and you hear 'stand there and physically restrain her' instead 🤷🏻‍♀️#babiesareannoyingtho #esapeartist
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2017/10/21 15:00:44

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Anyone fancy it?
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2017/10/21 01:53:13

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Happy half term! We have a Daddy shaped hole, but we're ready to have some fun 🍂 #halfterm #twoweeksoff #bringbackdaddy
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2017/10/20 18:43:11

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A few things I am loving right now.... Autumn leaves - I mean, come on. I know I haven't seen them for about 7 years, but how amazing are they?! (especially when they fall from a tree and do amazing dances to the ground and you wish you'd caught it on Insta-stories). Also the amazing new book 'The Daily Struggles of Archie Adams' by the very clever Katy of @hurrahforgin - to write this book, Katy snuck into my house and observed for 24 hours. Because Archie is basically Wilfred (and trust me, you will HOWL as you read it). Also Sleepy Body Lotion by @lush - I use this on Mabel every night and it's the bomb. She smells dreamy and she sleeps well (although that is probably the sleep training I did recently with @slumbertots - but worth a try nevertheless). Also my stash of teething necklaces by @blackandbeech, because I have a grouchy baby and these are amazing for her gnawing. They also look super stylish (wearing this number with a stripy breton top today and I'm not even with the baby) Watch out for a new collaboration between me and the brand soon. Also now that I'm painting my own nails again (so long @thenailspa_me) I'm reminded by how incredible these nail polishes are by @barrymcosmetics - as a beauty journo, I can verify that they last about 5 days longer than Chanel and they cost about a third. That's all for now...
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2017/10/20 02:18:24

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13 months old and walked nearly the length of this beach. Her brothers didn't even walk until they were 14 months. Occasionally I'd pick her up and run as fast as I could to pick up some pace (we were slow as tortoises) but she struggled to get back down after a few steps. She loved walking on the sand, licked lots of pebbles, and tried to follow her brothers up the highest sand dunes. Determined little soul!
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2017/10/19 20:36:10

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We are having a very rare Mummy / middle child day today, as Stanley is at school and I had to make up a few days at the childminder for Mabel with half term around the corner. To be honest, it half feels like two of my limbs have disappeared and half feels like absolute bliss. Two hands and two eyes for one child? What a luxury. But I digress, because spending time with this one just affirms what a brilliant little imagination he has - especially when it comes to all things spooky or scary (his current obsession, which I'm fully blaming Halloween for). Take our conversation on the way over to soft play in the car this morning, for example. 'Mummy, I just saw a field and there was 20-hundred wolves in it and there was one man and they were surrounding him.' 'Oh right Wilfs, that's bizarre, poor man'. And then it went quiet for a bit as he admired the autumnal countryside, before suddenly:'Mummy, there's a spider crawling over the back of your seat and over to your head.' 'Ha ha I hope that's a joke Wilf!' as I laughed nervously. Silence. 'Is it a joke Wilf?'More silence.
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2017/10/19 01:32:16

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When your Mummy drags you out far too early for the school run - and you'd really rather Netflix and chill in your pyjamas (Peppa, always Peppa).
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2017/10/18 19:48:54

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Move on, kids. Move on.via @notsomumsy
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2017/10/18 17:24:58

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Dubai Mummies, this one is for you. I don't know about you, but I’ve always been a bit jealous of the kids and their gummy multivitamins, which is why I was very happy to get my hands on a bottle of Adult Gummy Multivitamins by the brand T-RQ (especially given my kids have been bringing colds, coughs, and sneezes home from school every day). I keep my bottle next to the kids' vitamins to remind me to take them – and it’s reassuring to know that they are made with the highest quality ingredients. I’ll be telling you more about these vitamins over coming months – and you’ll soon be able to get your hands on bottles at most pharmacies across Dubai. Visit www.t-rq.com for more information or follow @trqadultgummies #DubaiMums #mobamreviews #ad
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2017/10/17 23:12:35

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Happy birthday sister! Consider this boomerang of us both looking a little deranged on our no-kids day out together your present*. Mwah 💋*joke of course, you got @scampanddude and I'm jealous
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2017/10/17 01:50:05

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How often do you feel proud of your mothering? I'm the worst for this. I don't think it's any exaggeration to say that I can go years without a 'well done me' moment. Years. But today, I kind of had one and I wanted to share. It came on my way out of the supermarket with a giant pack of nappies in my hand. I thought to myself 'good job I only have to buy one of these now' and it led me to think about potty training the two bigger children for a while. I potty trained Wilfred at the same time as keeping a newborn alive (and their older brother) and it kind of passed in a blur. If someone asked me how I did it, I would have no idea what to say. I'd kind of forgotten I'd ever done it, but I remember it wasn't the easiest time with either of the boys. For a moment, stood there with those nappies in the middle of a supermarket carpark, I felt proud of myself. For potty training both boys singlehandedly. For getting through it. For the wet clothes, the dashes to the toilet, the frustrations and the jubilations. And as I drove home a few minutes later, I thought about that fleeting moment of pride and acknowledged that I rarely give myself credit. I am so busy tending to the needs of three small humans that I forget I am intrinsic to the little people they've become. And I think they're pretty awesome little people, give or take the odd screaming tantrum and broken night sleep when they come in to tell me their pillow doesn't feel right. It's hard, but I know should give myself more credit for that. So consider this post a pat on my own back - and I'd love it if you gave yourself one too after reading it, if only for a fleeting moment. Because I think we all deserve it. I really do.
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2017/10/16 21:20:18

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It's starting to look a bit spoooooky over here (my Dubai born kids are obsessed with all things Halloween!) and wanting to tell you about the amazing Halloween Party at @littlestreamnursery next week gave me the perfect opportunity to get them dressed up early 🎃 The party is at the Al Manara based nursery next Thursday (26th, 4-7pm) and it sounds spooktacular! It's completely free to attend, but make sure you RSVP. Head on over to my Insta-Stories for full details - or click the link in my profile, which will stay up until the end of today. I hope your little ghosts and ghouls enjoy it 👻 #DubaiMums #Halloween #AdOutfits by @hm
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2017/10/16 05:41:07

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And just like that, I am back to solo parenting #byebyehusband #missyou #arrgghhhhhhh
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2017/10/15 19:34:26

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Getting ready to be virtuous again 👼🏼
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2017/10/15 15:41:21

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My pregnant self said: 'Girls are way quieter than boys aren't they? It'll be so much easier this time round, surely?' And Mother Nature replied: 'Are you ready, lady? I would like you to meet Mabel...' #13monthsold #mabelbeatrix (sidenote: she was a lot quieter than the boys at the beginning and I have found her a lot easier - but 13 months later and my goodness, she's just as vivacious, just as energetic, and just as loud as they have been. And do you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way).
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2017/10/14 23:23:03

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I never realised how much I missed the sea, until I took them back 💦 I have lived very close to the sea for 7 years. In fact, until we moved to a villa in February, I had a view of the sea from every room of my apartment. It was staggeringly beautiful to watch the Arabian Gulf as I sipped my coffee, but it quickly became the norm. And I didn't realise how happy it made me, until it was gone. Today, with my three babies and my husband around me, we sat in the autumn sunshine while they played in the sand and ran up dunes - and I listened to the sound of the sea. And I finally felt at home 💦 #stanwilfandmabel #home
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2017/10/13 22:05:25

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I love spending a couple of days every week with these two. I very rarely had time with the two of them on their own in Dubai, because Wilfred was at nursery the same days as his brother went to school. I've seen them bond so much as a twosome, when it was always about the two boys together before. They have a feisty relationship, where Mabel knows exactly how to wind up her brother and vice versa. But yesterday, Wilfred said to me: 'Is Mabel at home today too?' And when I said yes, he punched the air and said 'YES!' I think he wants to keep her 👦🏼👶🏻 #siblings
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2017/10/13 17:37:13

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COMPETITION (worldwide): Win a pair of @mindkoobrand Wireless Kid's Unicat Ear Headphones 🐱 I've teamed up with MindKoo to give away a pair of their brand new Unicat Headphones to one follower on Instagram and another on Facebook (clickable link to my FB page over on my profile for a second entry). My boys love these headphones - no wires (they attach via Bluetooth), comfy cushion ears, secure fit so they don't slip, and they light up too with the click of a switch. And when a child is as obsessed with cats as my middle child, you know you're onto a winner. Perfect for car journeys, flights, quiet meals out, or just when you're home and don't want to be disturbed by the irritating tones of YouTube Kids ✋🏻You can get your pair (in black, white or pink) over at www.mindkoo.com from the end of the month (sign up for an early bird 40% off) 🐱To enter to win a pair: 1. Follow @mumofboysandmabel (if you haven't already) and @mindkoobrand and like this post.2. Comment below with the answer to this question: 'What is the name of the cat in the famous cartoon: 'X and Jerry?' Terms: This competition will be open for one week; with the winner picked and notified shortly afterwards. You can enter from anywhere in the world. This competition is in no way sponsored, affiliated or associated with Instagram or Facebook.
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2017/10/12 21:50:23

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Me: 'Hey kids, watch this! Mummy used to be a gymnast! Isn't she clever!'Kids: 'Whatevs'.