All Change

Well it’s been forever since I last blogged here. I’ve had real writers block caused in the main by the fact that we had lots going on but I couldn’t make it public yet. My blog is no longer a place where I can write anonymously – real life friends and family read here and I would hate for them to discover something here that I hadn’t told them in real life.

So what’s been happening? Well 1st things 1st, 2013 was a terrible year for us personally. We suffered miscarriage after miscarriage and by the end of the year I was focused on coming to terms with the fact that a second child may not be a reality for us. I think I’m close to accepting that now. We aren’t giving up, and will likely have a couple more tries this year, but it’s important for my sanity that I don’t put too much pressure on this. If one child is what we are meant to have, we are blessed to have her already.

But the bigger news is something else entirely. Husband has been working away from home more and more over the last year and finally we have decided enough is enough. We have decided to move across the country to be closer to his work so he doesn’t need to stay away so much. We will be moving from Devon to Derbyshire and couldn’t be more excited! It’s a big move but the right time for us as we should be settled before we need to apply for a school place for L for Sep 2015.

We made the final decision over Christmas, then put our house on the market a couple of weeks ago. And yesterday we accepted an offer on it. Our buyers would like to move in April so that gives us just a few months left here. We spent the weekend in Derbyshire looking at houses, and yesterday had our offer accepted on a lovely house near a good school.

Everything is happening very quickly now, I just hope it all goes smoothly!

Only problem is now I need to think of a new blog name! Hmm any ideas?

Bonfire Night…. not for me!

Today,  is Bonfire Night but I have to be honest, we haven’t really done anything to celebrate this year. Hubby is away working, the local display got postponed until next weekend due to high winds, and both L and I have been ill for a couple of days!

I don’t really think of Bonfire Night as a great time for toddlers. But maybe I’m missing a trick? To be honest, the combination of cold (and often wet) weather, being out after dark and loud noises isn’t really something that appeals with a 2 (I mean 3) year old! I guess if we had been feeling fine we would have tried some crafts or cooking (I like the idea of pretzel sparklers!) but not this time.

We have tried to take L to see fireworks once before. Some friends were having some at home just after L had turned 1, and there were about 6 other families with little ones the same age. We had all brought some fireworks with us, but at the start our friends had lit some that they had left over from a big display they were having at work. They were really enormous professional type fireworks and went off with such a loud bang that the children were instantly terrified and all crying and screaming! So the evening continued with the men outside watching fireworks, and the mums indoors calming the children! Maybe thats why I’m in no rush to repeat it….

 

Poorly Birthday Girl

The busy week seems to have caught up with L and she is poorly tonight. After the excitement of family being here all week and her Birthday on Friday she’s really not herself today. Which is a real shame as today was her Birthday Party!

It was a great day but now that its over I’m exhausted and off for an early night! The kids all enjoyed themselves and that’s the main thing! We hired a hall and a bouncy castle, and had crafty bits, play dough, toys and pass the parcel! And enough party food to fill 16 toddlers 🙂

She had fun but was really tired and crashed as soon as we got home. She has a sore throat and is off her food too which is not like her!

So off to bed now and a quiet couple of days planned for us all!

Cousins

As its half term my sister and her family have been visiting from Kent. It’s a long way from Devon so we don’t get to see them as often as we would like. L is completely in love with her eldest cousin and won’t let her out of her sight! It’s very sweet.

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This is my favourite picture from this week 🙂 L will miss her hugely when they have to go home tomorrow…

3rd Birthday Celebrations

It’s amazing to me that I am now Mummy to a 3 year old! Where did the time go? We’ve had a fabulous day today and the birthday girl has had loads of fun!

As its half term we have had my sister and her family staying with us, and my parents have come down to visit too. So this morning we went to the Donkey Santuary at Sidmouth for a few hours. It was a bit wet so we had to keep popping into the barns to keep dry, but we still had a great time. They had a Halloween treasure hunt running so we were in search of wooden pumpkins so we could write down the 10 names. We managed 9 pretty easily but then had lots of trouble finding number 10! When we had finished we took our answers to the shop to exchange for a certificate, magnet, badge and packet of carrot seeds! The kids loved it!

We also had a yummy lunch at the Donkey Sanctuary before heading back home for more presents.

All the family came over for a tea party and L had a Peppa Pig cake which she loved! Her presents included a new big girl bed (a proper single) and bedding which she absolutely loved! She’s fast asleep in it now at the end of a busy day!

Visit The Baby Show Earls Court this October

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be invited to The Baby Show and had such a great time that I knew I wanted to make the journey up to London again this October for the Earls Court Show. This one promises to be a great show as The Baby Show celebrates its 10th Birthday!

Running from Frirday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2012, the show is a must visit for mums to be and new mums, but don’t be put off if your children are a little older. There is lots to see and do for parents of toddlers (like me!). Pumpkin is almost 2 (eek!) but I know there  will be lots of toddler friendly products on display!

So what will you find at The Baby Show? Well first off is the shopping! I love getting the chance to see and try so many different brands, from the big names to some much smaller companies. There will be over 300 brands present at the show – thats a lot of shopping!

Also available are free changing facilities courtesy of nappy recycling experts Nappies2Go, a free Fisher-Price crèche (bookable in advance), Vtech Smart Play Zone packed with innovative toys to help development through play, a shopping drop off and collect by car service, so that you don’t have to lug your shopping around with you and for the first time you can take the stress out of shopping completely by booking a personal shopping experience with Baby Concierge! Now that sounds fun!

With leading brands such as Britax, Fisher Price, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, M&S, Stokke, Superdrug, The Gro Company & Trunki in attendance, you really could tick off your whole shopping list in one day!

A who’s who of parenting experts including Professor Robert Winston (Child of our time), Annabel Karmel MBE (The Baby & Toddler Mealplanner), Claire Byam-Cook (celebrity breastfeeding expert) and Dr Julie Coultas (baby development expert). will be on hand to offer their knowledge with events taking place on the stage all weekend.

You can also expect daily fashion shows, The Face of the Baby Show competition, giveaways and of course, lots and lots of opportunity to shop.

The Baby Show, Earls Court 26th – 28th October 2012. Advance tickets cost £13.50 each (Friday) and £14.50 each (Saturday & Sunday) or £20 on the door. http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/earlscourt

Hope to see you there!

Our forever home

This summer we moved house. In fact we moved towns too. We had a stressful house sale, full of crisis and tension and wondering if it would ever happen. We moved all our belongings into a storage place for a month, and then we went to stay with family for 3 weeks until we could purchase our new house. We were so lucky to have that option, a couple of spare rooms at my in-laws house for 3 weeks. It worked really well. But the whole thing was stressful.

So maybe thats why it feels so amazing to be here now, in our (dare I say it?) forever home. Well at least our next 20 years home (thats almost forever, right?).

We’ve only been here for 3 weeks, but already it feels like home. We have space, lots of space. And a garden to explore. And views, I’ve never had a view before! And a bustling High Street just 10 minutes walk away. A whole new town to explore and get to know, and get involved with.

My aim for the next couple of weeks is to get out and meet people. Find out what our community has to offer, and get involved! Wish me luck!

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