Our little angel is now becoming very confident with her walking which is great! But it has led to a lot of headbanging. Her little wobbles have ended in lots of tears and bruises.

So far this week she has fallen out of our back door (cue bruised forehead), fallen into a door (cue bruised cheek), walked into tables thinking she could fit under them and had so many more knocks that I’ve lost count. This happens and toddler’s do get bruises but I can’t help feeling I have to explain the bruises incase someone thinks I’ve hit her. Particularly the cheek bruise. Let’s hope I learn to get over this.

This weekend we’ve got a family wedding so lets hope there aren’t too many bumps and tears to disrupt that.

Swimming bad luck

So now that our little one is walking I feel like getting out and about is even more important. I’ve always been one to need to get out of the house but it’s even more important now. Not only does it tire her our but it keeps me sane. Without my little walks or coffee dates I would not be the slightly sane person that people know.

So today we went swimming which is great but my friends and I do not have a good track record with parent and baby swim sessions. We choose these because they have toys out for them to keep them happy. Unfortunately the first time we went to one we made the mistake of turning up at the start time. What a stupid mistake as the session was then full but spaces would come up as people left. So we waited and eventually did get in, because if anyone has a toddler knows telling them we’re going swimming and then not is not an option.

So this morning we turned up 20 minutes before the session to make sure we got in only to find out their baby pool was shut as it’s heater had broken. We decided to wait until the adult pool opened to go in there. Cue 50 minutes of trying to entertain to 1 year olds with teletubbies (lasted 2 minutes), another childs push along trike parked in the reception (they broke it) and their display of swimwear and toys which Beatrice wanted to climb on. We even tried to entertain them with the touch screen vending machine, in the hope that if they pressed enough buttons and confused it we’d get some free food (didn’t work). But we eventually got swimming and had a great time. Maybe next time we’ll be able to arrive and just get in the pool without any hassle.

Mental health day

So we’ve had a hectic few weeks. It has been non stop. I’ve been to Liverpool and Blackpool with Beatrice and this last week we got to celebrate the wedding of 2 of my best friends in Cumbria before I whizzed off to Manchester for my sister in laws hen do. All in all an exhausting but fun few weeks. So today, a day I should be working, I’m taking a mental health day. 

A day to myself where I can do what I want. Beatrice with the childminder and a lunch date with the husband. I couldn’t think of a better relaxing time. I have absolutely nothing planned. 

Your mental health is just as important as your physical. I’ve been feeling the decline in my mental health these last few weeks and luckily have avoided any triggers but they are only round the corner. Today gives me a chance to reset and hopefully get back on track for not only myself but my family. 

Baby into toddler

So my precious little baby is no longer a baby and is firmly cementing herself into toddler phase. She is independent and know exactly what she does and doesn’t like and is very vocal about them (definitely mine). Sometimes I feel bad for Ian having to put up with both of us. There’s a few things that are new experiences for us all:

– she has started walking which we are all super excited about. 

 – she now has tantrums. Full on lie down and scream tantrums and I have to say I struggle not to find them funny. 

 – she now wants to eat like a big girl with a fork and woe betide anyone who tries to feed her with a spoon.

 – growth spurts = amazing nap times. 

 – talking is something she now loves to do and she tries to copy what you say. 

 – and stairs are the most fun she could have. She loves to go up them and bounce down on her bum. 

Although all these things are also exhausting I wouldn’t change them for the world. 

Veg patch withdrawal

We’re back from holiday now and here’s a purely gardening post. I’ve been desperate to get back to my vegetable patch to see how it’s doing and there is great progress. 

The pumpkins are finally coming through! 

We have our first butternut squash. 

Lots of tomatos growing! 

And our first harvest of peas.

The joy growing our own food has been amazing. It’s so satisfying to know you grew it and seeing what you get.