23 November 2011

Give thanks

I know I know, I'm not American, and we don't celebrate thanks giving, but after reading a few blogs about it, and especially this one, it got me thinking about the things I am thankful for, and instead of just thinking of them, I thought I would share them with you.



The most important things:

- Even though I complain that it's hard when Theo is ill with a cold, I am thankful that he is a happy, healthy normal baby. I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to care for your child with a severe or life threatening illness. So even though sometimes is it hard with a runny nose, it's no where near as hard as it could be.

- Rob may not be perfect (haha!) but he is perfect for me. And even though sometimes he gets on my nerves I am so glad he is here with me, and with us as a family. I wouldn't change him for the world.

- We may not have much money, or own our own house, or have all the things we could ever want, but I am so glad for what we do have. We are able to live in nice, safe places, eat good food (and go out occasionally for it!) and above all have a roof over our head, clothes and warmth. Sometimes it's important to remember that a lot, a lot, of people don't even have a fraction of what we do, and we are extremely lucky.

- I am thankful for my family, and Robs family too. Everyone has been so helpful, giving and patient with us and our situation, and I really don't know where we'd be without them.

-Friends, new and old. Without them I'd be a blithering wreck by now! But thanks to old friends for still being there even though my life has changed quite a bit, and new friends for going through the whole baby thing together.

So that's the serious, most obvious things I should be grateful for, here are a few daily things that make me thankful:

- burgers
- clean washing
- moving house
- autumn walks
- lemon, ginger and honey tea
- Theo's sweet little laugh
- dinner being cooked for me
- cuddles on the sofa
- cold weather
- sleeping with two separate duvets

There are tons more, but I don't want to bore you!

22 November 2011

Out and about

Hello! So this may become a regular feature, especially as I will be discovering a new part of Bristol soon, so I thought I would try and document my old favourite and new places that I visit.

I thought I would start with the best of the best. The Burger Joint on Cotham Hill.

I discovered this restaurant nearly a year ago, on a cold December night which happened to be my Birthday. I went with my sister and two of my best friends, Rob unfortunately was suffering with the flu so couldn't join us, and he was gutted after our reports. Since it's nearly moving day we thought we would pay a visit for a sit in burger (they do take out too, like getting a Mcdonalds but 100,000,000,000 times better!) and luckily since I am an avid follower on twitter I snapped up the (great) deal of 2-4-1 burgers. I usually have my old time favourite: chicken burger, cheddar, djionnaise dressing and french fries. But this time I decided to push the boat out and get blue cheese instead, which was pleasing and tasty, but still not beating my favourite. Rob is usually a lot more adventurous, or just hasn't found his winning combination yet (there are so many combination choices to choose from!) Today he had Peri Peri Chicken with grilled chorizo and garlic mayo, and its safe to say that he inhaled the lot.    



Rob is sporting his third eyebrow for movember, dashing I know, and Theo slept right up until the point our food was placed in front of us, of course. But was as charming as ever for the rest of the meal, giving away some pretty cute smiles and waving at the waitress. I forgot to say that the staff are always amazing in there too, really friendly and accommodating for noisy babies! And they always chat to you and take an interest in the baby, which we love!


yum yum yum! Now I'm no food critic, but I must agree with them, when they say that they are the best burgers in Bristol.

On our walk home we stopped off at the Oxfam bookshop to stock up on a few more childrens books. I like slowly building up Theo's collection and try and get one or two every once in a while. They usually have a great selection that are in good condition and reasonably priced, and books are books and worth buying when you see them.


These are the two main things I'm probably going to miss when we move area, as it's great having these places on our doorstep (but not so great for our wallets!) But I'm excited to find more great places, and of course will always come back here specially for the burgers!


20 November 2011

Quietness

Sorry it's been so quiet here on the blog, to be honest it's felt a bit more like a chore than a pleasure to keep up with it recently. I think I've come to a bit of a dry spell and I'm a bit bored with it and it's direction. I feel what with all the change that is happening in our lives at the moment that I should shake up the blog and change it too. I want to do more regular features and blog about other things than just life with Theo.

He will of course still feature heavily on the blog, because like it or not he follows me around everywhere I go, and most of my days are dedicated to the little worm. And that is what the blog started as. But I feel I want to also explore and feature more things just about me and where I live and what I'm inspired by.

As Theo is getting older I feel I need to get a bit more of me back, not that I'm 100% sure who that is at the moment, so I guess I would like some time to discover that again! But now that I'm not going back to work I really want to use that time constructively, to make my blog productive and as a source of inspiration (for me!) and to have a few hours a week alone, to do things JUST for me. I fully believe that being a full time mum is a just as hard and fulfilling job as any other, and like anyone I need to have a break from that job sometimes!

I just had a great conversation with my sister, which after not speaking properly for months, has left me feeling inspired and excited for the future. She's coming to visit in a few weeks and I'm really excited. She's going to help me redesign the blog and we're going to plan plan plan. It's great talking to someone who has similar ideas and understands my tastes and where I'm coming from.

Anyway, it may be a little quiet around here for the next week or so as we pack and move and no doubt be Internet less for a few days, but stay tuned for a few changes!


17 November 2011

A new leaf

I feel bad, I've been neglecting my blog too much recently. But I guess I haven't had anything too pressing that has been on my mind that I need to express and work through by writing a post. Also there hasn't really been anything too exciting going on here, enough to warrant any picture taking or writing about. But I feel bad all the same.

This week Theo is feeling a little better, but is still suffering with a cough. Once again I don't really know what i have done to pass the week, but it has passed all the same. Under two weeks until we move now. Today my mum came to visit to drop off some boxes so we can start packing, and I started to sort out all of our things. It felt really good to go through the boxes of crap that has no use but some how get kept and sort them out. Sometimes I feel a bit suffocated knowing there is corners of our flat that just have bits and pieces piled up, not being used, but just sitting there. It feels unorganised, messy and pretty pointless, so it was great to go through everything and really only keep what we use.

I have moved quite a few times in the last few years, about 9 infact! And have managed to collect a fair amount of junk along the way. We've signed a year contract for the new house, so hopefully this time we will stay in one place for long enough to get it really sorted and looking the way we want it to.

It feels like its the right time to be moving, sorting and changing. Everything is changing with Robs job, hopefully for the better, we are moving to a new area, a new house (a house!) and I'm officially not going back to work. Its going to be a new start and change for us all, and I couldn't be gladder! I just hope it all works out for the best, because hopefully change is always good.

I'll be back when I've got a few more interesting things to say!

13 November 2011

The child

ahh this weekend has been a funny one. Theo is ill, poor little sick baby. He's had a little bit of a stuffy runny nose for a few days earlier this week, but on Friday he came down with full blown baby cold and has been feeling sorry for himself ever since.

It's tough, poor little thing, he's been being sick and whining all day, and just not himself at all. Last night when he woke up in the middle of the night crying (well attempting to cry as he has no voice, so it's a bit of a whispering whinge) and after trying to give him some ibuprofen and him sicking it straight back up again I sort of felt completely useless. I didn't really know what I could do to help him, and I felt totally out of control. I felt like I was a child and there is this tiny person who is depending on me to make them feel better. For the first time I felt pretty out of my depth and forgot that I'm the one who's supposed to know what to do and to make everything better again. It's not a very nice feeling.

But anyway, we still managed to have a somewhat ok weekend. I decided not to go to the gig on Friday night, because I really didn't want to leave Theo, not that Rob isn't capable but I just didn't feel comfortable as he was feeling really bad.  I was gutted, but oh well there will be a next time I guess. On Saturday we went to look at the house again, as it's funny how much you forget in a few weeks. Its only about 2 week until we move, and I actually can't wait. Everyday we spend in this flat I just find more and more things that annoy me about it! But I guess when it comes to moving I will probably be sad. This was Theo's second home, and he's learnt and changed so much since being here! Mainly sitting, crawling, feeding himself and how to explore and get into EVERYTHING! I'm thinking it's going to be weird for him moving, as he knows his way around this flat really well and I guess he knows it's home. Maybe for the first week or so he might think that we are just visiting some place, but will be coming back to the flat, does this happen with babies, or do they just adapt really quickly? Will the new place feel like home? Or does it not matter to them, as long as he gets fed and put to bed?

Anyway, it was really nice going back and was bigger than we both remembered which is a good sign! We also went to the park which will be about 10 minutes walk away. I always really liked the area we live in because it's close to the Downs in Bristol and I will be sad about leaving them, but going to this park makes me feel really glad about the area we are moving too, because it's beautiful, and much more fun for a child. There's a great play area and a big pond, and just lots of space to run around. I'm so excited for when Theo grows up a little and taking regular trips there.



I then headed over to Frithas house for her baby shower. Theo wasn't really up for it, and was a sad baby for most of it and I felt bad for keeping him there, but it was worth it as it was a really nice afternoon. The food was yummy and there were some good games, such as guess the size of the baby bump and name the baby puree. Needless to say I wasn't very good at the latter as Theo hasn't really had much puree! She got some amazing presents which I'm very jealous of, I wish someone had thrown me a baby shower! oh well, there's always next time right?!

We returned home and Theo just slept on his daddy for most of the evening. Today has been mostly the same, with a dedicated lazy day. We watched Bridesmaids and I cooked a salmon en croute, which was yummy if I do say so myself!

Tonight will probably be spent nursing Theo and eating some pie. I hope everyone else had good weekend x

11 November 2011

A Theo update

I realised that I haven't really done an update about Theo lately, as this is really what this blog is about, him.

I haven't posted again this week and I'm not really sure where the time has gone, because most of the time there are a million things to do before I can even think of sitting down to write. But I did do a guest post for the lovely Fritha on her blog, so go and read that, and the rest of her blog whilst you are at it! She is getting closer and closer to meeting her little bebe that she has been growing, and I'm so excited!

Theo this week has been on pretty good form, except for a bit of a cough and cold he is still managing to be sweet, lively and inquisitive. That's something I've come to realise about Theo recently, he is incredibly active and inquisitive and interested in everything. I love this about him, but it's tiring! I love seeing his little brain discover and work things out. He is always busy looking for the new thing to discover and work out.

Suddenly this week, probably after having a play date with a few of his older friends and seeing them do it, he has decided he can walk with his little walker.

It's so sweet and funny to see his little legs walking, he's getting to be more like a real little boy everyday.


Everything with moving is still going ahead, and happening really soon. I feel I just want to get there as soon as possible now, and have more space and feel a little more settled.

Just a quick update as there's lots to do today! I'm very excited as this evening I'm going to go see Bon Iver. My lovely friend Jo asked me if I wanted to come along with her, as she had a spare ticket because she is reviewing the show. I jumped at the chance as it's sold out and when I last saw him/them at Greenman 2010 they blew me away. Rob is having his first real evening of looking after Theo by himself, so fingers crossed it goes ok! Its going to be so weird going out in the evening to something like this, by myself without Theo. Hooray, I might even treat myself to an alcoholic beverage to feel really wild!

Hope you all have a great weekend x

07 November 2011

a little early, but Christmas!

I usually get pretty angry and riled up about all the christmas adverts and everything being so early, I mean it's not even December yet!? but, but this year I'm actually quite excited about it.

We will be in our new house, and it will be our first ever proper family Christmas. And that's what Christmas should be about right, family? My family Christmas's of past have been interesting to say the least, some enjoyable, some not. But I still hold that nostalgic happy feeling of Christmas, of warmth, coziness and being with people you love. As a child I have very happy memories of this time of year. Now that I have a little family of my own, I hope that I can recreate the magic feeling that Christmas brings for Theo. I hope that he is happy and understand that it's not just about presents and new toys, but about being with the people you love, giving and being thankful for what you do have.

Not many of you may know but it's my birthday two days before Christmas too, which is good and bad. I usually get fobbed off with the whole 'two presents in one' or it gets forgotten about altogether, but usually it's a nice excuse to get everyone together just before Christmas day. I'm hoping I can see some of my friends from home around that time too.

So even though I don't really believe in asking for lots of presents, as that's not what its all about,  there are a few useful things that have caught my eye:

Mainly this watch, which would be very handy indeed:


It's a Swatch 'New Gent' watch in Rose, in case any of you are taking note...

Also nice things for our home like this:


and a new cutlery set would be good too:



There are a few clothes and books and other bits and bobs I've got my eye on, and of course more things for our new home, but I'm not going to list all of those.

As for Theo I'm going to keep my eye out for some sweet new toys, mainly for when he's a bit older, and of course clothes! He will need lots of clothes, probably all of H&M's stock would be great!

That's all for now, hope everyone else is well and is getting excited about Christmas!

05 November 2011

The end of the holiday

So its officially the end of Rob's holiday, and mine. We were very lucky and ended up having about two and a half weeks off together. Which was great.

We ended the holiday by going up to my mums for a few days. On the way up we stopped at my friends to see her new baby girl, who is gorgeous! I completely forgot how to hold a newborn, and when I did she was so tiny and just had a sweet scrunched up sleeping face. Theo looks like a full blown CHILD compared to her, no way is he a baby anymore!

We arrived at my mums late afternoon and had tea and cake and sat around chatting. After dinner Theo had a bath and a feed but wasn't ready for bed, so my Mum very kindly suggested that we went out to the nice pub down the road, whilst she stayed and looked after Theo. It felt strange to be stepping out into the night without Theo, and going to a pub like a normal couple, for a few drinks. It was great, I've had a few cravings recently to go to a proper old pub and drink ale, and this is what we did.

The next day was really great too, it was a beautiful sunny day, and the boys were working out in the garden all day, whilst my Mum and I went on a nice walk and visited a house clearance shop to hunt for a few bargains. I got a nice mirror and a few pictures. I love this time of year, and it was the first time going for a walk and seeing all the trees properly changing now.






Theo spent the morning crawling about and playing outside too. I love that my Mum has lots of outside space, and can't wait for Theo to be able to run around there and explore and get his hands dirty! He already was up to mischief...







That evening we had a yummy roast whilst Theo had a really early night!

The next morning we were planning to leave earlyish, but my Mum decided to give me a much needed haircut. (I got quite a lot cut off eek!) and we wanted to go on a nice walk. So we didn't end up leaving until the late afternoon, but I'm glad we stayed, as time always seems to go quickly and I don't get to see my family enough.

We went for a really lovely walk up one of the hills in Malvern, which had stunning views and was very autumnal!






 


















What a lovely few weeks we have had. I'm gutted that Rob has to go back to work, as it's really useful having him around! I just want the time to go quickly now, so we can move.

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I hope you are all having a nice weekend!
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