It’s been a while…

Hello my lovelies, hasn’t time just flown! I am still adjusting to work and home life at the moment and I’m finding it hard to get a good balance.

On my days off I like to cram as much in as possible, whether that be seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, going to baby classes, going to the park or spontaneous days out. I really haven’t just sat down and had me and Thea time because we are always on the go. I find it quite hard at the moment as Danny often has to work late which means we only get to spend quality time as a family at weekends, and there’s always something that needs doing like decorating or cleaning and before you know it, it’s Monday again.

Anyway I digress, I really want to make time for my blog as its something that I love to do. It’s how I unwind and relax. I have some ideas over the next few weeks so I hope I will be on here real soon with some updates!

In the meantime here are the most recent photos of Thea ❤

Much Love

Keira x

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Recap of January and February

Its been too long since i did a blog so im making up for it!

January for me is always a really busy month. There are so many birthdays and we are still getting over Christmas. I always feel like the first week of January is a bit of a breather but I come back to realisation and life goes on and with it brings all the hectic and fun stuff!
Because of all the busyness I didn’t really blog as much as I would have liked, I had little notes of what I could write about but it just didn’t happen, some days I was just so rushed off my feet before I could even grab my computer my head was on the pillow. Some days I just don’t feel in the mood and that’s okay. I had also started back work in January (blog for another day) and I wanted to spend my time with Thea and Danny, grabbing my computer to blog was just not a priority at the time.

Today though my mum is entertaining Thea while Danny watches the rugby (WIN!) so here I am.
I did so many great things in January and February that i felt it was a bit of a shame to just brush over it, so I thought I would do a bit of a recap.

At the beginning of January we spent some time as a family going to the beautiful Bradgate park. This was especially lovely because Danny was still off work and I was yet to start work.
We also celebrated my 29th birthday! me and my brother spent some really great quality time together which we don’t usually get to do.
We had a couple of other birthdays too, one of them being my Brother In laws 21st and a few 1st birthdays too. We spent a weekend in Stamford celebrating little Olivia’s first birthday which was super lovely.

Here are some pictures from our little break, we stayed in an Airbnb called the ‘The Buttery‘. I would highly recommend! such a lovely and cosy place to stay and Julie the host was super accommodating, she knew we were bringing Thea and she had the high chair and travel cot set up for us and had some toys and books out, absolutely brilliant!

 

While in Stamford apart from Olivia’s birthday party we didn’t have any plans.

We decided to drive around and look for somewhere to eat. We came across a lovely place called the Golden Pheasant ran by 2 amazing hosts!

They were super lovely and friendly, the food was amazing and Kirstene who was our host (also runs the pub) was so lovely and gentle with Thea. nothing was too much for her. They have also been ranked number 1 pub restaurant in Peterborough!

If we go back to Stamford we will definitely be coming back to The Golden Pheasant!

We really enjoyed our time in Stamford and would love to go back in the future.

 

February was a special month for us, this was the month that Thea turned 1!

We had a joint birthday party with Joshua who is 1 day older than Thea and me and my friend Cheryl had been planning for months! We had a jungle themed party that involved lots of toys, a soft play area and a Baby Sensory party.

The big day came and we got in the hall early to set it all up. We were so excited!

The party was an absolute blast and all the kiddies had so much fun, there were no tears from Thea or Joshua and they really enjoyed themselves.

To end this brillaint month we went to Thomas land with Thea’s Godmother and a big group of friends. It was Thea’s first time at a theme park and she behaved so well. she loved the rides and was really well-behaved in the queues.

I didn’t know if she would like the rides as she had to sit next to me instead of on my knee but it didn’t bother her at all!

We have had a lovely beginning to the year and can’t wait for the fun to carry on.

Thank you friends and family for making it so special!

Love Keira x

 

The Buttery AirBnB

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18357485?guests=1&adults=1

Golden Pheasent

http://goldenpheasantetton.com

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First week of the New Year

Ok so this is probably going to be a long post, Sorry

New Year’s Day

So, to start off with I thought I would say that 2018 was a memorable one. On one hand I’m heartbroken about what I lost in 2018. Last year didn’t start off as a good one, my dear Grandad passed away and this upset me deeply knowing he wouldn’t meet my little one. I knew he wanted to meet this little bundle of joy so much.
On the other hand, I want to thank it for what it gave me. My Thea, this little human that I made. She completed me. I didn’t realise how quickly you could fall in love and feel so protective of this little person.

I don’t tend to do New Year’s Resolutions as I tend not to stick to them. It usually starts by me breaking my resolution and then I feel bad, I feel like I’m a terrible person and that I’m a failure and then for about a week I’m just depressed/stuffing my face with chocolate.
Instead of a resolution I’m going to set myself a couple of goals.

I decided to get the definitions of a resolution and a goal and here it is:

resolution/rɛzəˈluːʃ(ə)n/nounnoun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions

1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. “she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”

goal/ɡəʊl/nounnoun: goal; plural noun: goals

1. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. “he achieved his goal of becoming King of England” – (What a goal!)

To me it was a no brainer, a goal just seemed more achievable, I don’t have to feel bad if I slip up.

My Goals are:
1. Drink more water – This seems pretty lame but by the end of the day I am so dehydrated and thirsty and I when I think back to what I drink in the day it’s pretty bad.
2. Be more organised / use my diary – I buy a diary every year and use it for like a month and then forget about it. I aim to use it more to stay organised.
3. Keep up with my Blog – I would love to be able to make time to blog at least once per week, this is my biggest goal.
4. Get Healthy – Ok so I know this one is a biggy. I am still with Beach Body on Demand and being as I pay for it yearly, I want to make the most of it. I also want to make healthier meals for me and my hubby. This will also benefit Thea as she will have healthier parents
5. Be present – So this to me is a few different things. I am a worrier. I sit there randomly worrying about little things so much so I forget what I’m doing and get consumed by it. I don’t mean having a break down or panic attack or anything luckily, but the moment gets eaten up and I quickly get into a bad mood. Also, being present for me is enjoying Thea. She is growing so fast that I want to remember the happy and sad times with her. As much as I hate getting out of bed at 3 am when she’s crying, I know this won’t last forever and I will actually miss these times, these times when she needs me.
So, they are my goals, safe to say I’m pretty on track.

Mid-Week

We have tried to make the most out of this week. Danny had to go back to work on the 2nd. We spent some time as a family and stayed at home on other days just to chill out.
Thea also started back at Nursery and from now she is doing one full day per week in preparation for me going back to work.
My brother had Thursday off and as Thea was at nursery, he wanted to take me out as he was also off work. We don’t get to spend much time together just the two of us, so it was really lovely. We had such a laugh. He wanted to treat me and wanted me to choose where we should eat. I decided I would like to go to a Greek street food Restaurant called The Olive. I had been  there in the past and loved it. My brother is a real foodie and he really knows his stuff. He was not disappointed, the food was amazing. We ordered Haloumi Fries, with tzatziki dip. Greek Salad, Chicken and Pork Souvlakis and a spicy sausage. We were stuffed. The portions were a good size and it’s not too pricey. I think our bill came to around £18 which included our 2 drinks. Afterwards we went into Lush and did a bit of shopping. Afterwards we headed around town looking for somewhere to have a coffee. We found a café called Bean Gaming. It’s basically a café that has a ton of boardgames that you can play while having a coffee, they also do delicious food.
Alan (my brother) decided we would play the IQ game. Obviously thinking he would win (spoiler, he didn’t :D) I really enjoyed my day and to top it off when I went to get Thea from nursery, they said she was brilliant. She was really enjoying herself and playing with all the toys.

 

 

 

Weekend

After a chilled week, I realised that there was a mound of washing piling up (as usual) and little things around the house needed doing. We still needed to take the Christmas tree and decorations down, but I also wanted to make the most of the weekend.
We got up early and started doing odd jobs so that later in the evening we could sit and relax. We go around Danny’s parents for a fry up on a Saturday and we decided that afterwards we would go for a walk around Bradgate Park. It was a pretty cold and fresh day, but I like it when it’s like this. Firstly, there are not as many people around and you can really appreciate your surroundings, especially at Bradgate Park. We walked up to Old John and the views are amazing. We took Poppy with us and it was a bit difficult with the pram, in some areas we had to lift it, but it didn’t stop us. We got to use one of Danny’s new Christmas presents, so I don’t think Danny really appreciates my sparkly changing bag so I bought him a really stylish black changing bag from Max Ezra LDN. I will do a separate blog on this.
We had a lovely family day out but by the time we got home it was quite late. I really couldn’t be bothered to take the Christmas tree down, I was super tired and still had to get Thea to bed. She’s just cut her first tooth, so I was hoping for a better night sleep (What even is sleep)
My flipping amazing Danny took everything down and put it in the attic whilst I fed Thea and got her down for her sleep. YES!

 

To top the weekend off it was the lovely Freddie’s First Birthday! We went to his little party where there were loads of toys to play with, food and yummy cake! Thea thoroughly enjoyed the music as she was bopping away. Happy Birthday Freddie!

 

Much Love

Keira x

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When Thea met Santa

It has been a really busy few weeks on the run up to Christmas (isn’t it always) anyway we have had a lot of festive fun!

At Rhythm Time we were very surprised when Santa walked through the door! Thea even got a little present. I have been really looking forward for this Christmas as it is our first as a family of 3. It will be Thea’s first Christmas and I just want it to be so special for her. I know she won’t have a clue what is going on but I just can’t help myself and want to please my inner child.


It was obviously very tiring for her 😀

My friend Cheryl also held a little Christmas themed gathering around hers, there was mulled wine being warmed on the stove and yummy food to go around. It was so lovely. I love watching Thea playing and interacting with her friends, it really does fill me with joy.

We also booked to see Santa at Palmers Garden Centre in Enderby. I had asked mine and Danny’s parents to come along with us so we could make a bit of a day out of it. We could only go in the week and unfortunately Danny’s dad had to work, but it didn’t stop us. I kinda just expected to wait in a queue and then see Santa and that was that. But to my pleasant surprise we were greeted by elves and went into Santa grotto which was a lovely warm den.

There were a few benches that surrounded the middle part of the room which had big fluffy cushions on the floor in front of a fireplace. Santa was sitting in his big arm-chair and Mrs Claus was there too, It was brilliant! We sang songs and laughed and had lots of fun. Thea got a Golden ticket so that after seeing Santa she could exchange it for a little present. Santa had a little chair next to him that I sat on so we could have a lovely photo together. I wasn’t quite sure how she would react so thought we could get a good photo at least. As I anticipated she cried as soon as I handed her over.

D364BF96-A8EB-44BF-AC0F-0D89A3BD587D.jpegThis one is definitely going in the photo album 😀

As soon as I picked her up she acted as if nothing had happened, we went and picked a present and then headed out to see the reindeer! This was such a great touch we loved it and will definitely do it again next year. Hopefully Thea might even smile for Santa!

As if you thought the festive fun was over, It’s not!

We had also booked a Christmas Baby Sensory class so that Danny could also join in.

This too was excellent, all Christmas themed and very festive. All the baby’s were dressed up and there was a prize for best dressed Baby and Adult. There is so much effort put into it and it was amazing. From puppet shows to dancing snowmen it was so much fun.

I will probably not post again before Christmas now as I have a few busy days ahead. My amazing friend Alice even came round to look after Thea for an hour today so I could do a food shop. Honestly what would I do without my friends!

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and that it brings you peace and happiness.

Much Love

Keira x

Nursery

This week has been so busy! I know the run up to Christmas always is but honestly I’ve had no time to just sit and breathe, it’s been go go go.

So this week Thea has had her introduction days at nursery for when I go back to work. I don’t actually go back until February but I wanted to get her use to it. The settling in days were two days that were for an hour and a half and I decided to stay with her on the first day. Not only for Thea to get use to this new surrounding but for my peace of mind too.

The staff seem really lovely and wanted to know more about Thea and what she likes and dislikes. We had a very good first day. Her second time I decided to leave her, it was harder than I expected. I felt like I had lost a limb. She didn’t cry as I left and I knew they had my number just incase.

I headed over to my friend Cheryl’s house to give her a hand with a few bits but also occupy my own mind. I kept thinking to myself she is fine. I drove back to the nursery just short of the full 1 1/2 hours and I went in. She was sat on the floor in one of the lovely ladies arms whilst she was cuddling her as she was crying, this is when I knew she would be ok.

Today she had her full half day. I was so nervous! I decided that I wasn’t just going to leave while she was playing as I felt like I was abandoning her, instead I decided I would give her a kiss and say goodbye and that I would be back in a few hours. This was prime opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done. I headed in to town and whizzed around like a bit of a looney. I took a step back and decided to get a coffee and just take this moment for myself. I have to admit I felt a bit lost without having Thea there. I didn’t really know what to do with my hands as I’m usually pushing the pram(silly I know)

I headed back over to the nursery and was so relieved to see her. The staff said she had been a bit teary so she had lots of cuddles. But I felt that Thea was in safe hands. All in all I feel relieved.

One thing I did love was this little goody bag that I got given when I dropped Thea off. I was so taken back by it I thought I needed to share it as it was such a lovely touch (it’s the small things)

Much Love

Keira x

Story Imagin-ory

I’ve been taking Thea to a baby class for a couple of months now that really interested me as it is all about stories and imagination!

Freya who owns the business is so lovely, she is really friendly and engages with all the children really well. I love how the kiddies sit really nicely in front of her when she is reading and acting out the stories.

We always start off with a sign song to say hello, and concentrate on one letter per week, which is then incorporated in the book. Thea absolutely loves it! I thought because she is so young she might not engage very well but she sits and listens intently.

After the story we have some active play which is also based on what the book is about, one week we had the letter V and the book was called ‘What I do with Vegetable Glue’ So afterwards we had some vegetables to play with and “vegetable glue” and vegetables to match with cards.

Thea and myself have made some lovely friends and we love reading books!

We are really enjoying Story Imagin-ory! I really recommend doing these classes and getting your little kiddo into books from an early age. It’s great for language and cognitive development!

Much love

Keira x

Spooky!

Last week my friend Steph held a little Halloween party round her house for the babies. I was so excited and bought Thea a little witch outfit (very scary). Danny had booked the day off work so we could take her together. Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan. I came down with a really bad sickness bug so Danny took Thea on his own (well done daddy!) while I felt sorry for myself on the sofa.

I could tell Danny was enjoying it as he was gone for a few hours. He came home and was really happy to have seen everyone and catch up.

Steph had done a brill job with the party, they had games and lots of cake and took lots of photos. I just wish that I could of joined in 😦

Much Love

Keira x