Even before having Ollie I loved going to Kent Life Farm, a Kentish country farm & museum complete with picturesque oast houses and afternoon tea. Seriously what’s not to love? Luckily we live just down the road and often visit Kent Life for an afternoon. It’s definitely one of my favourite places to go and here’s ten reasons why:
Living a super busy lifestyle as a working mum to a very active toddler I often struggle to find some ‘me’ time.
My thoughts everyday are organised around Ollie’s schedule and how the day’s activities will fit around that, throw in work, dinner and housework too it’s often non stop from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night.
Over the last few years having suffered with bouts of stress & anxiety I know I need to take time to get ‘centered’, hit refresh and carry on. I take this time either by doing mindset training, yoga or more recently meditating.
Since the weather is still super cold at the moment I’m letting Ollie get a good amount of wear out of his Winter jumpers. And this one he’s wearing today is uber cute!!!
I can’t believe that Ollie is over 1 year old, he is in fact now 13 months, wow the last year has flown by in a sleep deprived haze of nappies, baby grows and a realisation that all my clothes are now covered in spit up of some sort – urgently need new wardrobe!
Becoming a mummy has absolutely changed my life, completely, in every way.
It occurred to me at somewhere between 3am and 4am this morning whilst cuddling my 10 month old to sleep after two and a half hours of ‘partying’ between his cot and my bed, that this moment was in fact sacred. Despite being sleep deprived, having a banging headache and a dead arm, this is what being a mummy is all about. It’s being ‘there’ for your baby no matter the circumstances. Although these sleepless nights are well horrific, its a phase and I’m sure one day when I’m no longer needed I’ll long for a midnight cuddle.
So with these thoughts in mind I decided to write a somewhat thrown together poem of thoughts about what motherhood means to me, here goes.
I can’t believe Ollie is over 9 months old and has now been in the world for as long as he was growing in my tummy – utter madness! Ollie is developing at a speed faster than light at the moment and literally changes everyday. He is very much growing from a baby into being a toddler and it’s so lovely to see.
I’ve done my first full week back at work albeit three days but the important thing is I survived. That’s not to say it wasn’t hard or that I wasn’t emotional, especially on that first morning. I should have hung a sign around my neck – don’t ask if I’m okay, I will cry!
The fateful day has arrived, I am on my last day of maternity leave and due back to work tomorrow. (Casually throws up) I dropped Ollie off for his last settling in session at nursery today and was official baby free for four hours.
While at certain times I have longed for an hour to myself to sleep, eat or paint my nails or generally do all those mundane things which become a ridiculous challenge once you have a baby, I do find myself lost when he’s not there and keep looking around or trying to listen out for him. One thing which I find really strange is going out without a pram, I can get places so much quicker.
I am a bit late posting this blog post as Ollie actually turns eight months old today which is just crazy! But I feel that so much has happened over the last month that it was worth waiting.
When you have a young baby the first year seems to be set out in milestones from the the first bath, the first time they smile or the first time they roll over, the list goes on.