I feel like life is currently flying by, the weeks are fast, and all of a sudden it’s Friday again. I’m sure many of you also feel this way. As I’m now pregnant with Baby #2, I don’t want to forget this precious time with Toddler H so I’m aiming to keep a happy list every week to remember our lovely moments each week.
Last year, I really wasn’t prepared for the reality of hubby returning to work, but this year has worked out much better.
What did we enjoy this week?
1. The reality
We had a fab Christmas and really felt the impact of hubby going back to work, but the whole H was really good. Yes she’s a bit demanding, still requesting chocolate coins, and being a monkey, but a little threat of “that’s daddies” seems to make her immediately put it down, or “daddy will do it after work” will sometimes keeps her placated. Looking back I think I kept her occupied and on the go making the week easier for both of us. What a relief for a week I was beginning to dread!
2. Friends have been amazing this week
It’s such a hard week for everyone after the holidays, the excitement, no routine and daddy returning to work. We’ve had a play date at out house, coffee out, a visit to a new play area and a park trip. It’s been lovely catching up with friends, and the little ones have been so excited to see their friends. It’s funny, they’ve all talked about their friends all holidays and wanted to see them. I think next holidays we’ll definitely have to have a play date to keep them going.
3. Visiting a new play area
How amazing is it when you find somewhere to go that means you can sit and have coffee and little ones can play nicely? We finally tried the ‘new’ Gloucester motorway service station on the M5 which has a play area for kiddies. It’s really clean, new and is separated from the main cafe which makes it nice and safe feeling. Some bits were a bit big for our 2 year olds, although we came to he conclusion it was probably mummy anxiety more than anything as they all coped well! In fact H’s one friend did everything with gusto, which shows just turned 2 year olds can do it, even at a height that scares us!
4. Home time
As a SAHM, sometimes I do find myself counting down to daddy arriving home from work. However, this week, it’s been Toddler H asking all day long, she’s missed him so much. Hearing her super excited squeals of “daddy home” has been very sweet, and a welcome relief. She’s just been a bit more excited than before Christmas, and greets him with huge hugs. It’s been lovely to watch. I do think she’s become a bit of a daddy’s girl recently, she really misses him and loves how much fun the have together.
I’ve been relieved by all the new toys, given all our regular classes and routines (apart from swimming) haven’t started back yet, the new toys have provided some extra stimulation in what is a bit of a boring week (aka hard work for mummy!).
6. New Year
Of course last weekend was Hogmanay and the first day of 2017, so we had some lovely family time walking up our local hill, some fake (non-alcoholic) sparkling wine and yummy food. That was definitely a happy moment!
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#Toddler H hates hates HATES her wellies getting muddy. You'd think with her love of #PeppaPig she'd be fine with it, but no. No, it's a big deal. After yesterday's rain we delayed our traditional New Years Day walk and (along with the rest of Gloucestershire) headed to the same hill! It was rather muddy, a bit slippery and rather cold. H insisted in walking the first bit which is steep, and then we eventually managed to get her into the carrier with a snack. She got slower and slower at walking, but we'll definitely carry her the first steep bit in future and then let her walk as normal. How have you spent your bank holiday? Lynne x
7. Baby Kicks
Baby #2 has decided to make their presence known and is rather enjoying kicking. It’s a relief to be in that stage of pregnancy where I don’t just have an ever expanding tummy and regularly forget I’m pregnant. In reality, I still forget I’m pregnant for most of the day, something I assume is to do with chasing a toddler all day? But these evening kicks give me time with baby, which I’m loving. This is definitely a happy list moment!
8. Reviewing 2016
I really enjoyed writing my top blog posts of 2016 post, and also reliving a few other posts that I really enjoyed writing as well as those that brought back lovely memories from the last 12 months. Likewise I’d really been looking forward to writing this year’s blog aims and personal goals post, it’s exciting being pregnant, and also planning where my blog is going. You’ll note that in both I mention some favourite blogs as well as favourite bloggers I’d love to meet in 2017, and those I had the pleasure to meet in 2016, and those blogs really are worth following, so please hare the love. Don’t you think that stopping and taking stock, and really figuring out what’s done well gives you that real happy boast that you need.
Hope you enjoyed the celebrations and didn’t find he first week back to reality too hard?
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Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you health, happiness and good fortune for 2017 👪 We're munching our #NewYear pick'n'mix snacks, drinking fake (non-alcoholic) fizz and scoffing the occasional chocolate (or five) in our PJs. This is New Year parenting style, and without the worry of taxis or walking an hour home! #lovingit Watching @robbiewilliams on #BBC and waiting in the bells. Happy #Hogmanay everyone and fingers crossed you're not stuck with a sore head and a toddler in the morning! #pblogger #mblogger #mbloggers #parenting #2yearold