The Week We Found Out {Ordinary Moments 23/4/17}

This week seemed to take forever to pass. With the Bank Holiday on Monday we always expect the 4 days to move quickly but they often drag, and seemed to even more after we found out about school places for J on Tuesday morning

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Traditions {Ordinary Moments 16/4/17}

This is the 6th consecutive year we have spent Easter with our York based friends. Every year we set the time aside for each other, making no other plans while we decide what part of the country we’ll be seeing each other in. As we all have young children and it’s such a long journey the 4 day break is the ideal opportunity for us to get together

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New Glasses {Ordinary Moments 9/4/17}

I remember so vividly the day J first got her glasses, after months of chasing the health visitor and orthoptics reviews it was finally confirmed that she needed them and at 2 years and 2 months old she received her first pair. When she was being tested they put a pair of glasses on her with a lens blacked out and her eyesight was so bad she struggled to make out what the images in front of her were. I remember having to leave the room in tears as I couldn’t believe how bad it was and I couldn’t bear to see her struggling

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Reconnecting {Ordinary Moments 2/4/17}

We have returned from the most amazing week away in Devon, a much needed family holiday away from the day to day worries and stresses, a week in the countryside with cows in the field next to us and muddy wellies at the door. We have spent so many years holidaying with other people that we wondered if we’d actually be able to do it, our first holiday with J and no other friends or family around, just us two adults, her and Lexi. I won’t lie, we entered our week away with a bit of apprehension wondering if we’d come out the other end as one happy family

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Away for Mothers Day {Ordinary Moments 26/3/17}

Last week I wrote about being a working mum and forever questioning myself. This weekend sees Mothers Day, a day where many declare their love for their mothers, a day where many may mourn their mothers who aren’t around anymore, and a day where many mothers reflect on their years as a mother. It’s a day for me that I am both grateful for my mum in my life, the ability to be a mum to my daughter, and my lovely mother-in-law too

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A Working Mum {Ordinary Moments 19/3/17}

I work full time, one evening a week allowing me to spend a day with J, and 4 full ‘normal’ days. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but forgetting the financial requirement mentally I need it. I take my hat off to stay at home parents as I really struggled with the day to day activities of bottles, dummies, nappies and not using my brain I had become so used to before being a mummy

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A Grown Up Bedroom {Ordinary Moments 12/3/17}

When you get a phone call when you’re 200 miles away asking what colour you want the bedroom painting (completely out of the blue) you tend to panic and wonder what on earth you’ll be coming back to. I’ve been moaning about the upstairs of our house for a long time and the hubster had decided my weekend away with my best friend was one where he would redecorate it and surprise me

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Pancakes {Ordinary Moments 5/3/17}

Every year we have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and every year it’s the hubsters job to prepare, make and flip the pancakes ready for us to eat – historically it was my dad’s job and his dad’s too, so it was only natural for him to take the lead when becoming a father

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Adventures {Ordinary Moments 26/2/17}

We have always been an outdoorsy family, we love nothing better than to put our wellies and walking shoes on and go and visit the great outdoors. We often find that when one of us is ill or overloaded we all get a little stir crazy through not being able to roam around as much as normal and after a rough January we’ve been desperate to get back to what we love doing

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The Girls {Ordinary Moments 19/2/17}

At school I had a small group of friends which was always a mixture of male and females and my current profession isn’t a stereotypical female one, I deal with engineers, facilities and projects on a daily basis which I love but historically this has always been a ‘mans world’. While females are becoming ever more present it was less so in my twenties and the girly groups of gossip, hair and nails at work weren’t really something I found myself doing

Fast forward to motherhood and as a new mum I didn’t get the ‘mum gang’ that so many people developed through antenatal classes and things like baby sensory. Quite simply because I couldn’t build up the courage to meet new people or let them see me in the cloud of darkness over me in my depths of postnatal depression

But…

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