Christmas Time

I wanted Thea’s first Christmas to be special and it definitely was. We had such a busy run up to Christmas, Thea had the last of her baby classes and at her baby sensory class we had the chance to do a mini photo session with the lovely Jules.

Jules was brilliant, considering there were a lot of babies all having these photos she kept so calm and engaged with each one. She was amazing with Thea, she kept making her smile and even though it was such a short time frame she managed to capture brilliant photos. She had her Daughter in Law with her to help go through all the images and she was so lovely to chat to. There were so many to choose from so I decided to buy them all! Here are a few after about 20 minutes of choosing 😀

Photos credit to Little Creases ~ Jules Photography

Christmas Eve was a bit mad, We still needed to wrap a few presents but had plans to see as many people as we could. So as with every year it was a big rush around but it was so nice to see everyone. It was the first year without my grandad so there was a Christmas Eve BBQ around my grans and it ended up being a right laugh! Because we spent so much time there, by the time we got home we ended up wrapping present until about 1am, I was so exhausted!

Christmas morning came and I had to go and wake Thea up, Typical the one day she didn’t wake her herself. I wanted it to be like when I was a kid as this was the first year that we were going to be staying at home, So my parents and brother were coming round to open presents with us. I know Thea is too young to understand but I just wanted it to be a special day for her.

We had Danny’s parents and brothers come over too so it was nice to have both sides of the family around at the same time. Thea got so many presents that we decided to open some throughout the day and on Boxing day too.

We also had my Cousin Rhea for Christmas dinner so she came around while we were opening presents too, we were hoping that Dan (Rhea’s Fiancé and our friend) would be coming too but he was having to work on Christmas day… until I received a phone call about 10 minutes before Rhea arrived to say he would be here, yay!! I knew this would cheer Rhea up so we didn’t say anything to her.

It was so brilliant having Rhea, while I was cooking she was keeping Thea occupied and playing with her new toys. I couldn’t wait for Dan to walk through the door to surprise her, Plus I was trying to cover up the tonne of food I was cooking!

It was so lovely when Dan walked in, It was such a nice surprise. We sat down for Dinner (which took me way longer than I expected) and it turned out quite yummy. Although I didn’t really feel very hungry after all the cooking, When I sat down to eat I just picked at my food, is it just me or does this happen to others? I did have room for pudding though hehehe.

What a brilliant night it was, We went to see my gran and exchanged gifts. She had done some more food as usual, so we tucked into that whilst listening to her new Album that I got her. She had more family arrive and we all caught up with each other. The night went lovely and I slept really well, Probably because of all the food!

We spent Boxing day round Danny’s family and Thea got to open her remaining presents. We had another yummy dinner and we stayed til midnight. We had such a laugh playing His and Hers board game. It was a draw in the end but I think there was some cheating going on 😀

So my Christmas went brilliantly, we have way too many toys that I don’t actually know where to put them, im kinda dreading taking down the tree but cant wait to have a bit more room, and im in real need of a food detox because there was ALOT consumed.

How was your Christmas?

Keira x

Photography by https://littlecreases.com/

*Not sponsored, Photos were paid with by my own money.

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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

Ho Ho Ho… Merry Christmas

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas, I sure did!
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The run up to Christmas has been so lovely, every year me and 4 of my dearest best friends meet up on Christmas Eve and exchange presents. This year we decided to do Secret Santa which was just hilarious. We live all over the UK so it’s so delightful to have some time together and have a catch up. Honestly these ladies are the best!

 

I also did Secret Santa on the Facebook group I’m on (the one for pregnant ladies). So I managed to go out shopping for that. I went over the £10 budget, it’s so hard to get nice things and not go over!

I met up with the brilliant NCT Ladies and can definitely call them friends. They’re a lovely bunch and I love the fact my baby is going to have some beautiful little friends.

I also went out for my works Christmas do, It was so great to see everyone, feels like its been ages!

We spent Christmas with my parents and grandparents this year, he is still very poorly and stayed in the living room most of the day as he keeps hallucinating but perked up a bit in the evening. I love him so much, he is usually so cheery on Christmas Day. He loves to help my grandma in the kitchen on Christmas Day. He makes lovely honey glazed carrots and parsnips and roasties in goose fat. It saddened me that I couldn’t pull my Christmas cracker with him.

The day did get better though and he was in his wheelchair in the evening so he got to open his presents and join in with the fun.

Merry Christmas everyone!

two champagne glasses near baubles
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Cheers *clink*

Much Love

Keira x