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4th Birthday, Peppa Pig World & Being Poorly

Saturday, 24 September 2016
I have a FOUR year old, I can't believe it, this year has flown by!
I remember counting in weeks how old she was when she was first born, couldn't believe how slow time was going on my sleep deprived state and wished time would hurry up just a little bit so I could start to get just a little bit more sleep! 

Saturday night once she was in bed, I decorated the fireplace and living room as I do every year, balloons, bunting, presents, more balloons and made sure everything looked perfect for her! After a busy few days of planning before too, I actually got into bed myself at 9.30 and that was it till the morning!

As always she woke up with a smile on her face, we had our usual morning snuggles and she asked if we could go downstairs, I asked her if she wanted to open some presents and see all the balloons, she was VERY excited about both! And for the first year EVER, she actually opened ALL her presents herself, the pure happiness on her face as this is the first time she's understanding this is HER BIRTHDAY! She got so many lovely presents, including a Woody & Jessie doll, Ukulele, many many puzzles and her current favourite book she's watched on CBeebies story time, Frederick, she's able to read the whole thing out to me too!

She played all day, with her toys and games and had such a lovely time! Little did she know we were off to Peppa Pig world the next day to carry on the fun!

Monday started off well, we hopped on our train to Paultons Park, traffic was a nightmare on the drive to it too, but we did it. We were expecting it to rain a little bit, turns out it was going to rain the ENTIRE time, a bit of a pain in the arse actually, but what can you do? So in true Peppa spirit we embraced the "muddy puddles" and got completely soaked, yay?

Abbie's mood suddenly changed and I wasnt sure why, so we decided to get the train an hour earlier than planned as she was clearly feeling poorly! We sat in the waiting room where she then threw up, I totally wasn't prepared so just held my hand out for her to be sick into, a lovely guy then came over and handed me a load of tissue and some baby wipes too (there really are some lovely people out there!), and we headed home on the train!

To cut a long story short, took her to the doctors who were actually really lovely, they guessed it would probably just be a bug but to keep an eye on off we went, back home where she then decided to nap for over 4 hours! It's now Saturday and she's just beginning to be Abbie again, poor thing, it really did take the wind from under her. Hopefully we won't have one of these for a long time (or possibly ever, please) ;) Despite the poorlyness, Abbie had a fab Birthday and got lots of lovely presents, next year she will be celebrating her 5th Birthday at SCHOOL ahhhh!

I'll write another post specifically on an update on Abbie, theres quite a few differences since her third birthday so will be fun to compare the two ages!

In the meantime, here are a bunch of photos from Abbie's birthday weekend!

Stepping out of my comfort zone..

Friday, 2 September 2016
For those that know me well, I'm one of those people who likes a plan, I like to know timings of things and I like to have a routine. But just recently i've been feeling a lot more relaxed and have been wanting to try new things. For as long as I can remember, i've suffered with anxiety but up until a few months ago, I don't quite know what happened, but I feel different, i'm suddenly more relaxed. I can't explain how or what but I suddenly had this epiphany. I've been stuck in the same cycle of things for a good few years and this year I have really begun to explore and get back out into the big wide world again. It's a work in progress, I can't just cart myself and Abbie off to the other side of the world just yet, but all the little steps i'm doing are really doing wonders for my confidence. Realising that I CAN do what I really want, it's an amazing feeling.

I know what i'm about to say might not be a big deal for some people, it might be your daily life, but for me, who's always been held back by anxiety, it's such a big step. So this past weekend Abbie & I jumped on a train to visit my Sister for her Birthday. A year ago I would
be panicking about how I was going to get there, how would Abbie be, the journey, when would I stop, would she sleep ok somewhere else, would she be clingy etc etc, constant anxiety! Abbie isn't the greatest traveller in a car because she gets the worst car sickness, so taking the train was the next best option. I was a little apprehensive, I didn't want her to be poorly and then have to worry about the journey home too..

Aside from a new nerves, I was surprisingly calm, an oddity for me to say the least. I don't want to go on about how proud I am of myself, (although if anyone has any gold stars to hand, I won't turn that down....), I have to put all my calmness down to the absolute perfection Abbie was the ENTIRE time, firstly, it was her first time on a train, ever, she took it in her stride, sat in her seat quietly and watched out the window, we even had a half hour wait for the second train as well, and she was amazing with that, didn't bat an eyelid on that train either and coming home was even better, I can't even find the words to describe just how proud of her I am, I'm so so lucky to have such a wonderful little cherub!

We had such a lovely time away, Abbie thoroughly enjoyed herself, she literally didn't stop all day, playing with the other kids, enjoying the amazing toy room her Auntie has and also trying to steal the neighbours cat..sorry Alfie. I took a few hundred photos whilst I was there too, so nice to take my camera out again, it's been far too long, so i'm gonna leave you with some of those now, hope you all have a good weekend :)

The morning after....

Twenty Five.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016
I'm not just saying this, but I think it's actually law now, where if your birthday falls on a Friday, you are entitled to celebrate it for the entire weekend, possibly even Monday AND the Thursday if you want to be really greedy, which is exactly what I did!

So with that in mind, I had a super busy and fun weekend to celebrate my (ugh don't want to say it...) 25th Birthday. Every year I tend to not want any fuss or anything big happen, but this year things feel different, for one, i'm actually socialising again, I know, i'm being serious. Two, the sun actually came out for the entire time so had to take advantage of that, I might have moaned a few times that it was too hot but there we go..and three, I'm now 25, from now on I really am an adult, a proper one this time, not just a young adult. When I was younger and I knew someone was 25, I would think wow, I can't wait till I'm a grown up, they can do whatever the hell they want...Oh childhood innocence. 

I pretty much just ate this weekend, spent it with some awesome people and got very little sleep. But it was the best birthday i've ever for a while, so thanks to everyone who made it so fab for me!

As tradition, I headed off to Longleat on my actual Birthday, typically it did rain a little in the morning but completely dried off by the time we got there. Abbie actually got involved in the safari part this time, giggling at the monkeys and not moaning until the very end, bonus. 

Here are a selection of photos from the past 5 days, as I mentioned above, mostly food, but also mostly out and about too, which compared to my life last year, is completely different..

Hope you all have a great week :)

Yesterday I headed off to my favourite little cafe in Bath, The Green Rocket, you might've seen a few posts ago that I went on and on about how amazing it was, and this visit was no exception. The roast dinner was once again flawless, and I even demolished a vegan flapjack too, which by the way was THE BEST flapjack I have ever had, gonna need to try and recreate the recipe I think! The plan was to have ice cream but my eyes were too big for my belly and I probably would've exploded if I would've stuffed anything else down my gob.

So a little retail therapy did the job instead, a stop in LUSH, Primark, Boots, Superdrug and a few other places too, I do love Birthday money, means you shouldn't feel guilty about buying yourself new things...I say shouldn't, because I still did. I can easily spend money on Abbie but anything for me and I can never justify it..i'm sure it's a parent thing though, I certainly had no problems before she existed..

Bath is one of my favourite places, it's so beautiful and picturesque, there's always things going on and now I have found my new favourite cafe, I think i'm gonna find myself there a lot more...Oh and also, I WORE A DRESS, if you know me well, you'll know that's a rarity, I'm one of those awkward people who constantly plays with their outfit and pulls on it all the time. But it was far too hot to wear my usual jeans and t-shirt so I just went for it, wasn't too scary actually ;)

Thanks to everyone who sent me Birthday messages too, I had a wonderful few days, kinda looking forward to the next one too now ;)


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