Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health and Happiness Day. I thought there was no better time to talk about my own mental health and what makes me happy.
I trust anyone out there who is a parent can sympathise with me when I say how lovely christmas was and how generous everyone was with your kids but the aftermath of the reality now is we have mountains of toys and nowhere to put them! Every corner I turn there is shape sorters here, Anna and Elsie dolls there and book everywhere! The new year challenge for us is how we can contain all these new toys etc in one place.
Not sure how everyone is feeling but I certainly was not feeling all that festive…..that is until the snow made an appearance over the weekend. After collecting Olivia from nursery on Friday she insisted that we go into the garden to build our very own ‘Olaf’ which then turned into me having to make four snowmen to represent each member of our family, bless her!
June 2016 was the month we decided to put an extension on our house. Having a baby on the way just wasnt enough we had to extend our home too 🙂 The plans were drawn up, submitted, planning permission granted and the contractor well…. contracted. Once the foundation were put in I realised the actual size of the room was a lot bigger than I had expected which I was a bit nervous about but now its complete I love it.
Its been baby fever around here lately so its crucial that we still as parents and a family remember there is still a little 2 year old girl with us who is about to celebrate a great Christmas with lots of festive parties to attend, a tree to decorate and Santa letters to write. We can so easily be consumed by the pending arrival that we forget it’s a magical time for Olivia too and its our job as parents to make that happen.
I have had a couple of people email me about the pictures I have up in my bedroom and how did I go about making them. While I wish I could claim they were originally thought of by myself I did see them on both Pinterest and also Instagram but I cannot for the life of me remember which account it was so if you spot this post please let me know…credit where credit is due of course 🙂
In the last few weeks my folks, along with my grandmother, have sold my grandparents home. My grandfather passed away 3 years ago and over the last year my Nannie has been unsteady on her feet and not great by herself so she made the decision that it was best for her to go into a care home which is sad but at the same time she loves it there as she has so much company and the care staff in it are out of this world which is a blessing to us all that she is in good hands.
Picture the scene, December 2014, me standing in my kitchen sobbing my heart out! I had just left Olivia off at her childminders for a settling in period and I had howled the whole way home. So much so in fact that when I realised I had to go to Tesco before I collected her again I panicked as I of course knew this would be the time I would meet everyone I know and they would think I was a lunatic!
The funny thing about this was had you asked me at the 4 maybe 5 month mark of maternity did I want to go back to work I would have yelled” YES” before you had even finished the sentence. At that age babies aren’t up to much and quite frankly I was bored, not every day but days seemed to just roll into one at times. That’s just me.
Can you even believe it is January again? Christmas was all rush rush rush then over in a heartbeat. I literally felt like we had just put the tree up and then we were trailing it through the house pine needles everywhere to tip it out in the back garden! The living room is now tidy, empty looking but tidy nonetheless. All except for the Toys R Us section in the corner that Olivia has dominated from Christmas day…thank god for bay windows!!
How has December been going for you? Pants…thats how mine has been! I started off the first week of December confined to my spare room dying of the flu; not just a bad cold I mean full-blown FLU! I had to take the week off work and just to paint the picture for you….I was even too ill to watch This Morning or Jeremy Kyle…I mean thing.were.bad 😦