Sunday, 11 January 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #2 'Hibernating'

We really are in the full swing of the New Year now. Mr F has had over a week back at work and we are finally adjusting back into our little routine that we had become so accustomed to before Christmas. I can't say it's been all that easy though. Little One hasn't enjoyed his nursery drop off on his two days this week and Mr F and I have both been feeling rubbish. This windy weather we have been having hasn't helped and January can often feel a bit extra bleak after the magic of Christmas has vanished.  

This week, after trying to get back some sense of normality and routine, we decided to have a really quiet weekend and just hibernate. I know a combination of the cold weather, central heating and running around after a feisty toddler seem to have really taken it out of Mr F and I. We both feel so exhausted and we have enjoyed nothing more than sitting and watching Little One enjoy all his new toys, especially his play kitchen. He has become so independent and seems quite happy to toddle around, giving us cups of tea and pieces of toast from his little kitchen and sit and read books. 

One of our ordinary moments on this wet and very windy weekend has been hibernating in a big fleecy blanket on the sofa. When we are all exhausted and he's had enough of cooking in his kitchen, there's nothing we have enjoyed more than curling up in the huge soft blanket for a cuddle in front of the TV. When we have a whole weekend, we often put pressure on ourselves to go out and do something exciting together as a three. 

But actually we are coming to realise we don't need to be out all the time, and sometimes it's these moments at home which we actually cherish the most. Moments which can sometimes go unnoticed in the muddle of our day to day lives, such as having a cuddle in a blanket, having your toddler make you a cup of pretend tea and bring it to you with the biggest beaming smile, or your toddler walking over to you to sit on your lap and read a story. Days out can be amazing and hugely enjoyable but often it's these moments at home which are sometimes the sweetest. 



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  1. Hey I just found your lovely blog! Definitely one of the best ways to spend the weekend. I think we don't do this often enough. Over Christmas we did this so much and it was lovely. What a sweet photo of the two of you x

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    1. Hi Tanita, thanks for stopping by to read my blog :) If only we had a few more of those kinds of 'at home' cosy days! Thank you- my husband took it on his phone while we were snuggled up watching TV :) amelia x

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  2. Ahh that's so nice and such a gorgeous pic!! Those quiet snuggley moments are definitely some of the most special! X

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    1. Aww thank you Chantelle :) I still treasure some photos of me and my brother snuggled up as toddlers with my mum. Lovely moments x

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  3. I feel you- January weather and illness is not a great start to the New Year! I agree with not 'having' to do something every weekend, sometimes we all just need time to recharge, or potter around the house and get a few jobs done. Snuggling on the sofa is one of the best things to do, and something I think all little ones will fondly remember doing as they grow up x

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    1. Hi Becky, thank you for stopping by! I found your lovely blog the other day :) This horrid weather is making us just feel so cold! Cannot wait for spring to arrive so we can head down to the park to play. Definitely agree- snuggling on the sofa is something I loved doing when I was little. Amelia x

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    1. Aww thank you Kay. It's lovely of you to say. We don't stay in often as we go a little stir crazy and end up at some soft play place but these days are definitely moments of lovelieness! Amelia x

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  5. Beautifully written, and i agree so much. We love to be outdoors, but snuggles on the sofa are the best for sure. x

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    1. Aww what a lovely comment, thank you Natalie :) We also love going out to see places and be active, but you're so right, some days it's just nice to recharge your batteries and hibernate :) Amelia x

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  6. Ah this is so lovely, reading it is like getting a hug from that blanket! And very true too. We did a lot of travelling over the Christmas period and it is both lovely and necessary to hibernate at home together. Our toddler seems to totally agree - you ask him whether he wants to go to the park and the answer is invariably 'no'. I think they feel the tiredness and bleakness too and like the restful periods of pottering about at home as much as we do.

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    1. Aaw thank you. What a lovely comment. You're right, toddlers can wear themselves out and sometimes I cn be guilty of trying to fill every minute of every day with activities for him to do, but actually it's nice to let them potter about and enjoy home too x

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  7. I often see friends going out every single day, whatever the weather, as they think they have to otherwise they're bad parents etc. Kids love time at home too and I love nothing more than a bit of hibernation, especially at this time of year! :) Thanks for linking up x

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    1. I so often see this too- and we totally have weeks like that too, sometimes we go a little stir crazy if we stay in too long, but now we have a few more toddler toys and his play kitchen, we are loving home time too x

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  8. Oh such a gorgeous gorgeous photo. I think it is definitely the weather for hibernating. We got back from holiday on Friday and I have been freezing ever since so this weekend has been a lazy one for us too. x

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    1. Aaw thank you Katie, we have been snowed in a number of days over the days since new year. I love this photo of him- he looks so relaxed and he always chews his hand when he's tired x

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