You may have noticed that things have been a little more quiet on my blog lately than usual, and quiet for a few months in fact. Life has been a little more than hectic lately, and only now do I feel that my feet are firmly back on the ground and that I can continue life as normal. We obviously had our house move back at the start of November and I think I underestimated how difficult, tiring and life changing such a big move would be. We were living in chaos for ages and we needed to dedicate any spare moment, mostly when the boys were in bed, to unpacking boxes, sorting through things, finding new homes for our things and just generally sorting out the post-move chaos.
Then came Christmas, and for some bizarre reason I thought it'd be a good idea to do vlogmas, where you film your daily life every day through December until Christmas Day itself. I loved doing it and thought it would be a really nice way to capture and document life in our new home, but I totally underestimated the time it would take to edit and upload videos each evening. I'm really proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone with the vlogging and doing something a bit different but in retrospect it was totally crazy to do it so soon after a big house move.
Shortly after we saw in the new year we celebrated Little L's 1st birthday on January 5th, just after we'd all caught our breath again after Christmas. We didn't make any big plans as such (I've yet to document anything about his 1st birthday on my blog so more about that soon...) and just had a nice quiet family day at home. Two days later we jetted off to Tignes in the French Alps for our family ski trip (I'll be starting to post about that this week too).
We had a really amazing week away together but it's only now that we are back that it feels like 2017 has properly started for me. The holiday laundry is done, the ski wear has been put in the loft ready for our next ski adventure and we have this past week started afresh with a whole new routine. LO began at a village preschool playgroup at the end of November and I only sent him for 9 of his 15 hours each week (three mornings) just until he got used to it. After our ski trip, he started doing the 15 hours, which equates to two and a half days which I think is a good balance before he begins full time at school in reception in September. The full days are 9 till 3 and the day goes by so quickly. I can;t wait until we have warmer light evenings when we can still make the most of that late afternoon together.
Another change in our new routine is that L started going to nursery last week. He did technically already go to nursery briefly before we moved, but that was only on a Thursday for 5 weeks so we could sort the house move. He has now properly started, and while it's only every Thursday, I found it really hard to send him. I think in my heart he really doesn't feel 1 yet. He seems quite a young 1 year old really (despite being much larger than the average 1 year old) and in many ways I feel like his first year flew past me too quickly. But when I think back, LO started at nursery for two days a week at 10 months old as I had to go back to work as a teacher. L is so ready to have a day a week at nursery and I think it will do him the world of good. But it's also allowing me to have some much needed time where I can work from home.
I had my first official 'work day' at home last Thursday where I can work on all things blog related. It's been a long time coming and I am so pleased to finally have a day where I can feel like I am working, doing something for myself. It's felt like a really long time since I have been in a situation where I have been able to say I am 'working' and I look forward to dedicating more time to my little corner of the internet, as I really do love it. In my opinion it's really important to have a bit of time to yourself. Parenting is wonderful but it's intense and very tiring, especially if you have a baby who doesn't sleep or has a very erratic sleep routine like L. I am so excited to be able to finally have some time to truly dedicate to my blog, my YouTube and my work with brands and I am excited to see where this blogging journey takes me now after starting it nearly 3 years ago.
We are such creatures of routine and habit in our house and it's been such an exciting and overwhelming few months for us all. We are really only now finding our feet after the excitement of Christmas, our baby boy's first birthday and then our amazing ski trip, but we already feel so settled. We have totally fallen in love with village life and everything that comes with it (it really is a small village, and we drive literally everywhere but you get used to it) and this week we are planning what to start doing with our house, with new furnishings and decor, ad just generally make it feel more like us.
2017 has already been so exciting for us and I can't wait to see what adventures we have in store over the coming months. But more than ever, I am excited for all the smaller, more ordinary moments together in our new home and I'll be sure to document them along the way...
A few quick photos we took this week before preschool and nursery