Fun in Matlock

A couple of days ago, The Boy and i found ourselves with an empty day ahead of us. As the weather was nice we decided to head to Matlock park for some Mummy/Son fun!

We parked in town (it was very busy as I hadn’t realised that the new M&S food hall was opening that day!), but we got a space and headed towards the park.


We love the park at Matlock. It’s a great size for the younger ones, and fenced in which is always a bonus with a curious toddler! We played on the swings, slide but this bouncy thing was the favourite!

There is a splash park in the main play area which The Boy wanted to go in, but mummy decided it was too cold! We will have to come back on a sunny day for that!


All that playing is hungry work! Matlock Market was on as it was Wednesday so we treated ourselves to a few treats including a delicious punnet of strawberries which didn’t even make it home! Despite the look on his face in this photo he really did like them!


No more photos Mummy!

It was lovely couple of hours in the sun. I’m so excited for more adventures while Girl is at school. He is becoming such fun to take out and very good company!

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

I know, I know its the 12th of January so its far too late to share a Christmas photo….

 

….but guess what, I’m going to anyway!

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These are my lovely children, The Girl (5) and The Boy (15 months) in their matching Christmas onesies over the Christmas break.

We had a lovely, although busy break, travelling and catching up with family and friends. There was fun, laughter, food, drink and presents. And these two little monsters were at the centre of it all.

A very late Happy New Year to anyone reading!

My Newborn Survival Tips

The Boy is just over 2 weeks old now and we have survived the first phase of life as a family of 4. Hubby is now back at work (today is his first day) so its only me at home with the children now.

These are a few tips that have helped me with the first few weeks…

The Boy newborn

  • Accept Help When Its Offered. This doesn’t come naturally to me, but this time around I’ve decided that I need to accept help. My mum and my Mother in Law have both been great at helping out around the house, whether its running the hoover around, folding laundry or cooking meals. Its been a big help.
  • Involve Older Siblings. The Girl is almost 4, and so excited to be a big sister. I’ve been taking advantage of this to get her to help out with things. She is great at nappy change time. She passes me the wipes, finds a clean nappy, and talks to The Boy when he cries. She loves this and it is a great help to me too.
  • Rest Rest Rest I know everyone says that you should sleep when the baby sleeps, but that’s not necessarily practical, especially with an older child. I hate napping in the day – I always feel worse when I wake up than I did before the sleep. But there is definitely a case for resting through the day. Settle down on the sofa and watch a film, read a book or catch up on the soaps. Just take the weight off your feet and rest. It will help you cope with the sleep deprivation.
  • Set Up Changing Stations. I have 2 changing stations one upstairs, one downstairs. Each has a change mat (I just use this straight on the floor – I don’t use a change table), and a box or basket full of nappies, wipes, bags, nappy rash cream and a change of clothes. This means wherever I am, everything I need is easily accessible. I also make sure that every room I use, has somewhere to put The Boy down. There is a swing in the kitchen, a play mat in the lounge, and of course the crib upstairs. I keep a blanket with each of them so if I need to put baby down, perhaps to deal with The Girl, I can easily.
  • Always Wash Your Hair. Ok bear with me on this one. But I have discovered that a hairdryer is a great way of calming a baby. I pop The Boy in his crib and sit down to dry my hair each morning, and he enjoys either 20 minutes of peaceful awake time, or sometimes the noise even sends him to sleep. I had forgotten that we used a white noise track with The Girl when she was a baby so this is the same idea. It also means I feel relatively human each day and look fairly presentable. The same is true for the hoover if you feel like it….

Do you have any top tips for surviving the early weeks with a newborn? Feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

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