I have read numerous blogs and posts lately about ladies that are due around the same time as me that are bursting to be off on maternity leave and are done with work and ready to put their feet up. While I do feel like this at times and I am definitely ready to put my feet up I am actually going to miss my 3 days in work. Simply put I skip into work on a Tuesday. It’s not because I cant wait to get rid of my daughter although you may think this after my last post about Olivia (read here) 🙂 I actually enjoy my job and the people who I work with. The adult conversation can be a lifesaver at times.
The last few weeks have been extremely busy for us as a family with plenty more coming up but what I really want to talk about is as parents have seen so many changes in Olivia in the last maybe 2 months that have knocked us for six. I genuinely thought we had got away with the “terrible twos” but they have struck with a vengeance that we just were not prepared for!
After getting cleared up at work and home to pack up on Thursday evening we were ready to rock n roll to the North Coast on Good Friday. We got up first thing, had some breakfast and on the road for 9am. After about 40 mins into the journey we heard a painful cry from the back seat and when I turned around poor Olivia went bright red and then threw up everywhere! She went white as a sheet then all the colour came back into her cheeks and she was laughing away…ermm..what?!
As soon as the 1st March rolled around my stress levels went into overdrive! I knew the busiest month of the year had rolled around for us in terms of birthday parties (we had 3 to go to) our anniversary (6 whole years woohoo!) milestone birthdays (my dads 60th and 2 friends 30ths) and our little daughter Olivias 2nd birthday, mothers day and my father in laws birthday to round the month off. And Breathe. Busy might not cover it infact maybe totally manic might be better 🙂
After the events of last year celebrating Olivia’s 1st birthday, Chris and I decided to do something fun this year for her so that just the three of us could celebrate on the day. After going back and forth on ideas we eventually decided to go to Dublin overnight and visit Dublin Zoo on her actual birthday. For anyone who lives here in Northern Ireland/Ireland im sure you can appreciate that the weather can be hit or miss at the best of times let alone an outing in March but we thought lets just go for it and keep our fingers crossed. Thanks fully we weren’t disappointed 🙂
We are so lucky that Olivia only ever used a dummy at nap times and bedtime to sleep; it never left the bedroom and she didn’t rely on it all through the night really just to get her over, especially on those days she decided she didn’t need a nap during the day so when bedtime rolled around she was clinging to life and the dummy helped knock her out within minutes.
While I myself had a dummy as a child I am not that keen on them simply because I believe I have seen them used in the wrong way.
I am not really a big drinker in terms of alcohol especially now I can’t afford to have a hangover and a 19 month old, the combination just doesn’t work, gone are the days you could spend all day Sunday snoozing on the sofa watching stupid movies on Channel 5. Even when I was pregnant I didn’t really miss it, well maybe at Christmas time when I had to then be everyones designated taxi driver! I was more daydreaming about medium cooked steak and my mother in-laws delicious pate that makes an appearance at Christmas…even now my mouth is watering at the thought of it :):)
My job involves working for a sports brand which not only gives me massive credibility with my husband (and friends) but has created a genuine interest in sports particularly Rugby. I’ve really enjoyed watching the rugby world cup and along side this I found a fabulous sparkling rose in Tesco which compliments the Saturday/Sunday early evening matches for only £3.50! This has since gone on the shopping list as “Mummy Juice”.
I have been fortunate enough this week to be off work with my hubby and little one and what a great week it has been…here is a mini round up of events
- Bushmills salmon and whiskey festival
We went to stay at our house up the north coast after work on Friday. On Saturday we were lucky enough to be blessed with sunshine so headed of into the village to enjoy the start of the festival weekend. There were lots of cute little market stalls and food stands selling whiskey related treats like sausages and fudge etc yum yum!
After researching every living tree possible I finally found one that I wanted for my front door step that I didn’t have to re- mortgage our house for. A topiary tree in B&Q was £70..WHAT?! for me to kill probably?? no no that’s ridiculous!
The front of my house is like a borefest (is that a word?!) anyhoo.. we live opposite a landscape gardener so as you can imagine we have to up our game. A bit like the Griswolds in ‘National lampoons christmas vacation’ but with trees/plants not christmas lights..you get the drift. The minute our neighbour cuts the grass im throwing hints left right and centre for the Hubby to get the lawnmower out pronto.
Well we circled around the outdoor area of B&Q for ages finally picking out the nicest but cheapest plants to pot. My track record with the survival of these aren’t great so I decided to not spend big bucks until I see how this goes. We then went to a local garden centre to get some advice on the tree situation. I wish we had gone there first instead of B&Q as we got way more advice and everything was better value. Once the owner caught a glimpse of Olivia and her love of smelling the flowers on demand we got a create deal; just typical. I will definitely be going back there if this proves to be a success.