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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Girls Day Out

I can't remember the last time I spent time with my friends. Not as in popping out for a drink or seeing them by chance in our town... I mean a proper girls day out.
So on Saturday, we all took the bus into Bath and got ourselves a picnic (with a few G&Ts!) and sat in the sun, catching up and having a laugh. 
We then played Crazy Golf which was a lot of fun before ending the day with more cocktails and a delicious Mr Whippy ice-cream! 


Monday, 2 July 2018

Introducing food

We are now at the 6 months mark with Norah and so far, introducing food has gone down well!
She loves carrots, peas, strawberries, banana and porridge. She is not keen on broccoli or cauliflower though. I have been giving her the little puree pouches from Ella's Kitchen. Not only is the fruit/ veg organic, but so tasty and smooth.

So far our new routine looks like this:

6.30am - 8oz bottle

Nap time

9-10ish porridge (I tend to eat my porridge at the same time too)

11 - 8oz bottle

1pm - Vegetables (carrots, peas, parsnips etc) and water

3pm - 8oz usual bottle

5pm - Fruit (banana, strawberries, pears etc)

7-7.30pm - Bedtime 8oz bottle

8pm - Sleep

Norah used to have five 8oz bottles a day, but has recently dropped this as she's gradually having more food and water.

I'm really enjoying introducing new foods to her and so far, she's taken it all in her stride!

Her faces are picture perfect too!

What are your babies favourite meals?

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Can you have it all?

This afternoon I sent my letter off intending my return to work. Leading up to this has been a bit of a challenge. I've had days where I don't want to go back to work at all and others where I feel like I can do it, and have it all. I've spent lots of late nights pouring over my calculator and hastily adding up numbers, trying to reach some sort of solution.

I played with working 3 days but then realised I would only have about £100 spare every month after bills. Then I thought I could work 4 days with having to accept a 20% pay cut. Plus, it's more than likely I would end up working that day anyway and not getting paid for it.

So I have reached my final decision, to go back full-time but with a very strict working schedule.
My mornings will consist of 3 early mornings, in at 7.30am and two late mornings, arriving at 8am. This allows me sufficient time to organise my day, get resources together and print any planning I need that day. Two of these early mornings will fall on an early home time, so I am not burning the candle at both ends (to which I am famous for), and the other early morning being a Friday. There is always so much admin to do on a Friday (certificates, learner of the week etc).
My late mornings will correspond to my late nights...
I'm only going to work late (6/7pm) two nights a week (including staff meeting) and to sign out of work emails after 6pm. Two of the other evenings I am going to be out the door by 4.30 with the last emails being checked at 5pm, and on a Friday, leave at 3:45pm after setting up for Monday morning.
I am also going to have a working lunch 3 times a week so I can catch up on marking from that morning. The other two lunchtimes I will be going to the staff room (after setting up for the afternoon) and enjoying some adult conversation!

So far this seems like a fool-proof plan. But of course, there are going to be times where I have to stay late on extra days, such as; parents evenings, Christmas play etc. Times on the early days may be altered depending on data and reports too.

My aim is to not work on the weekend at all and instead, book some family days out and make the most of my weekends. This might seem a bit 'over the top' planning wise, but I know if I write this all down, then I am better at sticking with it. It allows me to prioritise my jobs instead of doing everything. In the past I have stayed up way past midnight laminating phonic cards, maths numbers, word mats....and for what reason?!

I didn't have the best start to my teaching career due to an awful school placement and course leader which completely destroyed my confidence. I almost gave up my idea of becoming a primary school teacher altogether. 5 years in and I have built up a good career and deserve to give it a shot.

Now that I have finally made this decision, I feel really at peace with myself. I am going back to work on Monday 23rd July, to which I am only working three days then it's the summer holidays!

I hope I can pull this off and really 'have it all'. 


Monday, 2 April 2018

Dear Norah

My darling Norah, 

I cannot believe you are 15 weeks old today. These past weeks have been truly amazing. You have taught me so much already and everyday I learn something new about you. Your wonderment and amazement at the world is so innocent and captivating, I wish I could bottle it up forever. Your little personality is definitely beginning to shine and you are a little bundle of pure joy. 

I love that you find having your nappy changes hilarious - blowing raspberries on your tummy and hearing you laugh is the best sound. I love the fact that you have now discovered that you can hold your own hands and you spend ages staring at them, moving them around each other and chomping on them whenever you can. 

I also love how you have now discovered your toys, bashing them and stroking them to see what they feel like. You make me laugh by getting cross at them too! The way you frown and shout at them for not doing what you want them to do is something to behold! 

My darling I just know you’re going to love books as much as me. You enjoy listening to stories and love looking at the pictures. Your favourite music is Ed Sheeran and you love ‘wind the bobbin up’, ‘row row’ and ‘horsey horsey’ nursery rhymes. 

You are desperate to walk, even though you are still so small. I think you may skip crawling and go straight to walking when the time comes! Daddy and I have to wrestle you just to sit on our laps to feed you your milk as you love to wriggle! Your new trick is to wriggle yourself around your play mat to reach your toys! 

Our darling Norah, we couldn’t imagine life without you. Everyday you bring us joy and so much happiness. We love you unconditionally and know that you love us too 💖 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A big life update

Who knew that my last blog post would be my last pregnancy related update as my waters broke just after midnight on Monday 18th December.
Cue a lot of drama in the form of severe dehydration, infection, burst valves, my mum fainting and my boyfriend vomiting, resulting in my darling daughter making her appearance via emergency c-section at 7:06pm that evening!

And do you know what?!

I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm not going to do a detailed birth story as it's something that I would like to keep quite private, plus, it is not as positive as I was hoping it was going to be. It's taken me some time to accept that my beautiful plan of having a natural waterbirth using hypnobirthing techniques just didn't happen.

However, it is true what they say... once you see your little baby for the first time you are so overcome with love and for me, relief! You don't quite forget the pain straightaway but nearly 8 weeks on, it is definitely beginning to fade.

Having a baby and making it to 'full term' delivering at 39 weeks was and is the most proudest moment of my life.

I am certainly one lucky lady.

Welcome to the world Norah May
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