This is a few days late, but the Easter weekend messed up my days I forgot when the end of the month was! Couple that with the fact I barely know what day of the week it is anyway, and be grateful I’ve actually managed to write a post!
Another busy month for us. In fact March just whizzed by so quickly! I’m still trying really hard to get into the groove of being a mother of two, and all that entails, but we’re getting there. I’ve discovered that as hard as it is getting out the house with two kids (it was hard enough with one!!), we have such a better day when we go out so that is what I’m trying to do. Here’s what we’ve been treasuring this month:
This month was a good month for special occasions! First, it was my birthday. The last of my 20’s! We didn’t plan too much to celebrate as Henry was still pretty new, and we were getting used to being a family of four but we did spend the day with our friends celebrating their little girl’s first birthday, so it was a pretty awesome day in the end. I got the most gorgeous necklace from Craig and the boys. It has the boys names engraved on two hearts – a big one for Alfie and a smaller one for Henry. It almost didn’t arrive on time because of the dreaded snow, but I got it just before we left to go out for the day and it is beautiful. A really special gift that I will treasure forever.
It was also Mother’s Day this month! Mother’s Day is a really big deal for me. Although I know that Craig appreciates me as a mum all the time, it is nice to be showered with that bit more love on this special day. This year was especially important to me as it was my first one with Henry. Again, Craig didn’t disappoint on the present front and got me a beautiful charm for my bracelet – a special Mother’s Day rose (even more appropriate because my middle name is Rose). He also got my bracelet restrung so I can actually wear it again as it had gotten too loose. We then had my parents and two sisters round with my nephews and Craig cooked us a lovely lunch. It was a really special day.
This month the boys and I met up with Mrs Lighty and Baby Lighty of All Things Spliced. We haven’t seen each other in person since BML in September, so it was lovely to catch up again. Alfie and Baby Lighty hadn’t seen each other in over a year but I don’t think they remembered each other. Alfie was unusually shy that day and didn’t really want to play which was a real shame, but not unheard of when he’s somewhere he’s not been before. Baby Lighty however was very chatty and I loved hearing all about his up coming trip to Disneyland and all the characters he was going to meet – it was adorable! Hopefully now I’m on maternity leave there will be lots more meet ups in the coming year.
Alfie’s nursery is brilliant at organising events for parents to attend. This month they organised a nature walk in aid of Mother’s Day. It was lovely that I could attend with me being on maternity leave. It was a *tiny* bit stressful as I had Henry as well, and Alfie was slightly hyper and not using his listening ears, but it was late in the afternoon and he was tired so I understood. It was lovely to see him with his nursery friends though and also talk to other parents. Because I rarely did pick up, I didn’t often see other parents so it was nice to put some faces to names! I’m really looking forward to the next nursery event.
Craig had a day out with his brother this month to watch a rugby game, so I spent the day with my sister in law and the boys cousins at a local National Trust garden. There happened to be a special bunny hunt on which was great timing! It wasn’t a particularly sunny day, but we were lucky it didn’t rain. Alfie wasn’t too impressed with the bunny hunt – I think he was too young as you had to follow clues and look for certain posts but my 4 year old niece had a fantastic time. Alfie was more interested in his packed lunch and decided to sit down in the middle of the path and unpack his lunch at 10.30 in the morning! We eventually made it to the end of the hunt and collected our prize after eating our lunch and stopping off at the park before the end. It was a really lovely morning and Alfie had a great time playing with his cousins.
I have been looking forward to this weekend all month! I love Easter – all.that.chocolate! But more importantly, family time! Craig had to work on the Friday, so I took the boys to the zoo…yes on my own!! Yes it was stressful…really stressful but Alfie was pretty good on the whole and we had a lovely morning. As we have zoo passes, I can go for a few hours and not feel like I have to stay all day to get my money’s worth (and a few hours on my own is more that enough!) I did some babywearing with Alfie for the first time in about a year and it was so nice. I felt like we really connected and I’m definitely going to start doing it a bit more again – I just need to find a better sling as he’s very heavy.
Alfie then got some quality time with Daddy on Saturday as they went swimming together. I had planned to use that time to tidy the house ready for Easter Sunday, but Henry decided he just wanted to feed all morning, so instead I drank tea and watched Grey’s Anatomy so it wasn’t a wasted morning all together…
Easter Sunday was a brilliant family day. We had our annual traditional egg hunt – Daddy hides the eggs and Mummy and Alfie find them. The weather was a bit crap so we had to do it inside rather than outside like we’d planned, and Alfie didn’t need Mummy’s help this year! But he loved it and quickly dove straight in to eating them – he was too quick for us and had eaten 3 before we could take them away. Craig cooked an amazing lamb roast dinner for us and then we went for a walk at our local promenade. It quickly went downhill from here (too much chocolate and too little sleep resulted in an overtired/overhyped toddler that took THREE HOURS to put to bed). But on the whole, we had a brilliant weekend and I am sad that Daddy has gone back to work today and I’m on my own again!
But it’s a new month and we have lots planned. I’m feeling much better and stronger now, so I’m hoping this month will be full of fun times and new experiences for us as a family.