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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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.

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

Hooters!

Me and my friend Cheryl are currently planning the babies 1st Birthdays, we decided to go to Hobbycraft in Nottingham (it’s near the Cheesecake Shop ;p) to get some bits together.

We had a very productive day and wanted to get some lunch. The nearest place was Hooters of Nottingham. We got in to the car park and sat in the car for about 5 minutes wondering if we would be bad parents for taking our babies into Hooters. Honestly we were so hungry we just thought screw it and we went in.

We were greeted by a lovely lady called Sophie and she was absolutely amazing with Thea and Joshua. She got us some high chairs and showed us to our table, she then bought some balloons over for the kiddies and they just loved her.

The babies couldn’t resist a cuddle and a dance and they had a blast!

I would recommend going and we will definitely be going back.

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

What a Weekend!

This weekend has been bloody amazing!

I had made plans with one of my best friends Alice who I don’t get to see too often so we jump to any opportunity we can. We decided to go to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and spend the day with together.

I decided to get the train as I thought that would be easier (boy was I wrong!) The train was packed and I hadn’t taken Thea’s Pushchair as I thought I would put her in my carrier and wear her around Birmingham. The amount of people that didn’t care that I had a baby and just didn’t want to give their seat up, so I was having to hold her in my arms (she wasn’t in the carrier at this point), luckily on the way there a lovely man gave me his seat and I sat next to a really delightful lady who helped me keep Thea entertained and was just my hero for the train ride. I got off the Train and Alice was already waiting for me, we went for a coffee first and Thea got to have Auntie Alice snuggles, Thea actually fell sleep her knee. We put her in the carrier and headed to the Sea Life Centre. We had a great day out and afterwards went to grab some dinner and chilled out for a bit while catching up. It felt good for the soul just to chatting away.

When we first started heading towards the Sea Life Centre we passed an amazing bakery called Medicine. They were giving away free nibbles of donuts and bread and we decided to go back after dinner to have the real deal!

We had an amazing donut each that was so moreish and caught up a little bit more before we headed back to the train station. I got on my train with literally a minute to go and stood for about 25 minutes, I honestly thought my arms were going to fall off. I managed to quickly get a seat when some people got off thankfully!

Apart from the train ride we had a wondrous day!

See my next post for more weekend adventures!

Keira x