Sunday, 29 January 2017

{The Ordinary Moments 17} #1 'A Little New Year Catch Up and New Routines...'

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

Linking with Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and Donna at What the Redhead Said for The Ordinary Moments. 





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  1. Wow you have been busy - it sounds like a nice little bit of ordinary life was just what you needed :)

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    1. Ah I have barely caught my breath Carie! I'm looking forward to a quiet few months now! Thanks for popping over x

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  2. Oh my goodness that really does sound like a busy few months. Getting back into a sense or normality is always good though isn't it? #TheOrdinaryMoments

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    1. I love that sense of routine and normality for sure! x

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  3. Ahhh way too go he is growing up so fast nursery settled in and getting routines feels good. glad all is going well with the move new year and getting settled in too. Popping over from #ordinarymoments

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny, he really is growing up so fast, he changes every day. We thrive on routine and I'm glad to be getting one established as it's much needed! x

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  4. I totally get this. We moved house just before Christmas and life has been spent getting the house all sorted. We still have a lot to do. My youngest started preschool a couple of weeks ago and I now have Thursday mornings to myself, which I'm really enjoying. Its just lovely to have that time, however little it is to do something for us. x #theordinarymoments

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    1. Oh my goodness, moving house is so stressful isn't it? How did you do it just before Christmas?! Here's to our new thursday mornings! x

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  5. Wow you really have had a busy time! Fingers crossed for a steadier pace for you over the coming months x

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    1. Thank you! I think I need to sit down with a cuppa as I've barely had a moment to lately! x

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  6. So glad you are feeling a littlest bit more settled after such a busy time. I need to get Roma started in a nursery or preschool as she is asking every day to go but part of me finds it so hard too! X

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    1. Aw I didn't realise Roma wasn't at nursery. I'm sure she'd absolutely love it and really thrive but it is hard isn't it sending them those first few times x

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  7. Gorgeous photos lovely and such a nice catch up post. You have had the busiest time and I am glad everything is settling down. I know I will feel so weird sending W to nursery, we are going to do it around the same time, so just after one. He has to go at least two sessions though which makes me a little sad, our nursery won't do just one. It is hard leaving them. He seems like such a young nine months and honestly I feel like the time has just flown by. It is really nice that you get some time to concentrate on your blog though. xx

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    1. Thank you lovely- it's felt really exhausting lately and I've had days where I've been so worn out and run down. i think I've underestimated how much we took on but hoping for a quiet few months now. His new nursery are very over subscribed and didn't get organised with the days he was doing and basically only had a Thursday left hence why he's just doing the 1 day. Works out well for us but annoyingly he's having to go on a day when we had a really nice routine with groups and we've had to cancel all our original plans. I'm sure Wren will enjoy nursery but it is hard to send them. I was so teary on his first day :( xx

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  8. Welcome back! WOW, what a catch up! Troy is doing 15 hours at preschool too but goes every morning - I would prefer 2.5 days but the nursery is attached to Athena's school and only does mornings or afternoons so it makes sense that he has a similar routine to his sister and he'll be ready for school! I can't believe your little one is a year - where did that go? It feels like you had him so recently x

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    1. Thanks Donna! I'm really pleased to be joining in with The ordinary Moments again and how exciting that you're also hosting now! I find LO's Tuesday morning just whizzes by and L and I don't really have time to do anything so I'm pleased he does the two full days too. It's often the way that school nurseries only do am or pm- it makes it hard for parents and working hours I think xx

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  9. A lot happening in a short space of time, sounds like a well deserved/needed rest! Enjoy getting back into life haha x #ordinarymoments

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    1. Ah thank you so much- I feel Like I want to just sit and close my eyes for a few days now! I wish! haha. No chance with a baby who hates sleep haha x

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  10. Goodness you have been busy! And what gorgeous photos. I absolutely agree with you in that as rewarding and brilliant as parenting can be, it's important we carve out time for ourselves. I really hope you manage to do that. x

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