An update // Joyful June

Hello June, hello summer!

June sees us attend another wedding and this time in France! It’s our first wedding abroad, our first time abroad in a couple of years and most importantly, Wilf’s first trip abroad! We are hoping to also squeeze in a catch up with one of my oldest friends who now lives in Geneva and is yet to meet Wilf. We are going for a long weekend and are staying in a chalet with friends.  

I am definitely more anxious about it than looking forward to it. I just don’t want the flight or the holiday to disturb Wilf’s routine of sleeping through! And I guess I’m always anxious about the unknown and there are so many things that could go wrong. I need to just take it a little easier I guess! The anxiety was definitely lowered once Dunc sorted our three new passports out at an urgent appointment a couple of weeks ago, thus enabling us to book flights!

June also sees me reach the end of my 5k running app. I am six weeks in and am kinda actually loving it. I did a 20 minute straight run the other day and it was nice to not be concentrating on stopping and starting. Instead I could let my mind wander and before I knew it I was three quarters of the way through! If you haven’t read about my journey so far, you might wanna catch up here and here (spoiler – six weeks ago I struggled to run for one minute).

I am also hoping for some quality friend catch ups this month. What with all the little ones birthdays and of course Wilf’s, my concentration on friendships has somewhat been lacking. So I need to get on that.

Dunc has some time off work because of our trip which will hopefully mean some quality time with him too. I am really looking forward to that. It is so easy to just meander through the days and weeks, especially when you have a little one, and on the few occassions that we have had some us time, it has been fantastic. It is good to step back and remember why you had that guys baby, you know?!

Finally I need to catch up on some long overdue life admin. Yukky boring grown up stuff that is so easy to put off. Must. Get. Better. At. Prioritising. It.

What have you got planned for June? I’m obviously also hoping for some low key family fun including BBQs, walks, enjoying our evwr improving garden and mini adventures!

T

An update // A day in May

Well here we are. May. A very special month to us. Wilf arrived on a day in May which means we are soon to have a one year old. What the frig?! 

I’m already feeling very emotional at the thought of him turning one and of us reaching the anniversary of the day our lives changed. I will dedicate another post to this and also perhaps further one about his birthday and his party as I could go on for ages!

So, putting aside the biggie in May, what else is happening? Well I’m hoping to get a bit fitter. I have downloaded a running app focused on reaching 5k and am determined to see it through! You run three times a week for eight weeks before reaching the 5k goal. I might even write up a post on this as I feel I have some stuff to get out of my head around being embarrased to go running and overcoming my running demons!

This month is also the month we finally sort the garden out! In April we made huge strides to get a tidy, clear garden and now we need to make it pretty! We have a wall to paint, probably some more grass seeds to sow as the last ones haven’t yet come to much, we have plants to dehead and pots to tidy. We have a patio to lay and a shed and seating to sort. Although the shed and seating might come later… Wish us luck!

Another job that keeps getting out off is that I need to get some photos printed and sort the photo frames and pictures we have that are still waiting to go on walls, so I guess we need to crack on with that.

Dunc is also away one weekend, back for two nights and away for a further night. I’m hoping I can handle solo parenting for three nights!

I am sure there is more on but all my focus is on the little man and soaking up every last second of him whilst he’s still my baby!

T

An update // April has sprung

After a very slow March, April is finally here, hopefully with sunnier skies, warmer days, plenty of Wilf chatter and all the Spring flowers.

So what does this month have in store for us? Well, we have a few busy weekends full of catching up with friends and family and even a wedding on Easter weekend (poor timing people, come on). The wedding is a few hours drive away in Surrey and as Wilf wasn’t invited we will be having our first whole night away from him. Aaaahhh. Not quite sure how I feel about it to be honest.

Speaking of Wilf, April sees him turn eleven months old, his last milestone before turning one! How is that even possible? We need to start planning his birthday party pronto.

Said party will be held in our garden which means we need to crack on with tidying up all the mess left over from the wall being sorted (hurrah), painting the wall, buying and erecting a shed, painting the shed and sowing grass seed as I am fed up of looking at ugly ‘borders’ we inherited that we can’t really afford to fill with lots of pretty plants. Lots to do so we need to get a move on!

The garden needs some attention this month

Of course Easter has rolled around again, I feel the need to do some Easter baking, mostly to blame for this is Jane’s patisserie as she just keeps cranking out loads of amazing looking bakes that I NEED to recreate. I also need to eat some mini eggs stat as no Easter chocolate has passed my lips so far this year. I wish we were having another Easter gathering as I loved last years.

Last years Easter goodies
I also need to renew my passport and get a new one for Wilf as we need to get flights booked for another wedding, this time abroad, later this year (though not far away now).

And I feel a major spring clean coming on, I had a big clear out a few weeks back and need to get some stuff on Ebay and get a load of stuff off to the charity shop. It always feels so good to de-clutter and tidy. I feel a lot more ruthless about my ‘stuff’ since having Wilf.

I do need to buy some Spring/Summer clothes though. After being pregnant last year I haven’t really got much that suits me anymore/fits me/has aged well so an Asos spree might be on the horizon.

So a busy and expensive month awaits us then! Oh joy!!

T

In my head // What happiness is to me

I’ve had a wierd few weeks. My emotions have been all over the place and I haven’t quite felt, well, very me. After hearing it is national happiness day I thought about what makes me happy to help me remember those little nuggets of pure elation.

Wilf looking at me, smiling at me, holding his arms out to me

Dunc sneaking up and giving me a surprise kiss and a cuddle

Monty’s white paws

Pulling a perfectly baked cake out the oven

Hanging clothes out on the washing line

Folding up clothes washing

Timing starting a tub of ben and jerrys with good trashy tele

An afternoon walk in the fields behind our house

Finding a new piece of clothing that fits like a dream, is comfortable and looks great

Standing in a warm shower

Keeping plants alive

Curling up into fresh bedding

Not having money woes hanging over our heads

Dreaming of holidays

Remembering how I grew a teeny Wilf inside me and how I gave birth to him and how flipping amazing that is

Having a spare bulb waiting when one blows

Reverse parking like a dream in one take

The moon shining brightly into the bathroom

Crouching in the garden, eating the first fruit of the crop

Having a clean and tidy house

Drinking a crisp cider in a field whilst funk music plays

Realising the book you are reading is ruddy fab

Finding parent and child parking at the supermarket

Walking home in the rain

Remembering there is chocolate in the house

When Dunc looks at me and everything else seems so small

There are so many amazing things in our lives that make us happy and it is lovely to step back and remember that. 

I would love to know what would make your list.

T

Digital life // Pinterest inspo

I used to bloody love Pintetest but I haven’t done much scrolling for a while. I feel like my feed is full of the same old chuff that I’ve seen for ages, or, loads and loads of pins dinstantly linked to one curveball that I once pinned.

I used to find people from my notifications but since they merged it all I find it hard to do that now.

I really need some new accounts to follow on there and would love to know your accounts and even anyone that you follow.

Please leave your usernames in the comments below and I will hit you up. I would also love to know if anyone else is also experiencing this Pinterest dip (sideways smile emoji).

T

Parenting // Nine months in, nine months out

Last Sunday Wilf reached the big nine month mark. I still can’t get my head around how fast time is going. I can’t understand how nine months have passed. People always told me that it would go quickly, I just never imagined it would be this fast. I think it has been emphasised by my friend having a baby in February, seeing how tiny and still he is, then turning to see Wilf crawling everywhere, pulling himself up on everything, just sitting up even. I can’t picture him being so tiny.

It also seems crazy that he has been here as long as he was tucked up inside me all safe and sound. My pregnancy was not fun and it felt like it went on forever, definitely more so than the time that he has been here.

So where is my little man at? Well like I said he is all over the place, crawling at great speeds and pulling himself up on everything, even if there isn’t much to grip onto he still finds a way onto his feet. 

He smiles all the time, even when his teeth bother him we can still get some amazing smiles and giggles. Mostly with kisses, making silly noises or singing like a loon. But he has started to get a bit upset if I leave the room, more so than in the past. 

He still loves to put everything in his mouth and his socks are a current favourite. He loves to play with Monty’s cat toys which confuses Monty greatly and he loves Monty loads. He still squeals with delight each time he sees him and enjoys chasing him around. 

He is really inquisitive and notices everything, he wants to have a look at whatever you’re holding and is still obsessed with any electronics. He also wants to eat everything. If he sees you eating, boy will he be upset if he can’t have some!  He has taken food from the hands of his friends on several occassions. 

We have had over a month of 12 hour over night sleep stints and his daytime naps are improving all the time. Hurrah, parent win!

To us he is amazing. He is so cheeky and happy. He is beautiful. He is intelligent. He is our incredible little boy and I can’t believe we are already planning his first birthday. I hope that he knows how much we love him and how important he is to us. Our lives our so much better for him being here (even if I occassionally crave some baby free time just to get shit done!).

T

An update // It’s all change in March

So, it is finally here. The dredded month in which I return to work after I walked out of my office at the end of April last year, not having a clue how much our lives were to change.

I feel like I should be positive about it, but I am really struggling. I thought after all this time I would be craving work, but the truth is that I’m not. I love spending time with my beautiful boy. I love not knowing what we will do at the start of each week yet be exhausted by the end of it. I love having a sit down with a hot drink and watching him play, before I join in and get some gorgeous smiles out of him. 

I am going back three days a week, and have less than two weeks to go. I need to man up! If anyone has any tips, please share!

Next week brings Wilf’s two first taster sessions at nursery before he starts the following week. I feel good about the nursery and am excited to see how much Wilf grows in confidence from his time there.

March also brings the first wedding of the year, and Wilf’s first wedding ever! Still need to sort out what Wilf and I are wearing. Dunc is an usher as it is one of his oldest friends who is getting married at the famous River Cottage. I am really looking forward to it and hoping I can juggle Wilf and all baby bits whilst Dunc does usher duties as I don’t know anyone there who isn’t in the bridal party!

And at last Spring has sprung, hurrah for daffodils which are already blooming in our garden. I am so looking foward to warmer weather and longer days. It means more time out and about and more enthusiasm to do stuff in the evenings. 

I also want to start planning our Spring and Summer. We have some trips to take and a special birthday to celebrate. I need to sort our passports and just make some decisions.

So it seems like a quiet month but we’ve not planned much on purpose as we are gonna have to settle into a new routine soon. Eeeeeek, wish me luck!

T