Saturday, 21 March 2020


What a difference a week makes.  This time last week I was enjoying a family outing to the seaside.  We had a long walk along the clifftops and down through the lovely gardens to the pier, stopping for a picnic on a park bench.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Stormy weather

Time flies with a baby.  The little chap is 11 weeks old now, and has more than doubled in weight - and cuteness!  The social smiles have started, and he had a proper chuckle for the first time.  It's lovely to be able to be more interactive with him, though he still has a tendency to nap whenever we go anywhere.  People keep asking me how much he sleeps.  More than me.  He wakes two to three times at night to feed, and that could be after 2 hours sleep or after 4, it's still variable.  He slept for a whopping 6 hours the other night, from 8pm until 2am,  Of course, I woke up far earlier, sat watching him intently, wondering if he was okay and waiting...

Otis the Aardvark was a children's BBC character from 1994

I've been making a big effort to get out and about more, and that's definitely helped me feel more energised.  I'm still exhausted, but I'd rather be exhausted and out somewhere than exhausted sat at home.  The hardest aspect was waiting 6 weeks after the birth before doing any proper exercise.  I found that frustrating, as I felt fine physically after the birth, but knew that muscles, bones and ligaments all needed a bit of healing time and that if I rushed it, I could do more harm than good.  Ideally I would have done a lot more gentle walking to ease myself back in, but the weather was so bad that I couldn't.

I don't mind going out in "a bit of rain" but I draw the line if it's also freezing cold or very windy.  Or if there's flooding.  The Rhondda valley was hit badly by Storm Dennis.  Pontypridd high street was submerged, a landslide came down, and many homes in the village up the road were flooded twice in three days.

Anyway, I probably have about another 60 seconds before the baby wakes up, so here's a pictorial roundup of what I've been up to in the last few weeks!

Baby's first trip to the seaside, on Penarth Pier

Supporting Wales in the rugby

A rainy walk around Roath Park in Cardiff

Mastering breastfeeding in public!

Unimpressed with the supermarket

Testing out the baby carrier

A walk in the calm after Storm Dennis

It turned out after I typed that last sentence that I actually only had 30 seconds before the baby woke up, so this post has taken yet another day to publish!  Let's hope that March brings calmer weather and some sunshine for us all.

I love this shot because it looks like Otis is the one holding the selfie stick!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Actually Leaving the House

It seems such a simple thing, leaving the house.  Mornings now are a little slow to say the least, after waking every hour or two during the night to nurse.  This is very alien to me as pre-baby I was a morning person and bounded out of bed and out the front door, ticking off 10 things from my to-do list by 9am.  In the mornings now you'll find me groggily sat still in pyjamas, cuddling Otis and not getting to drink the tea I made.  It's taken me days to find the time to write this blog post, in snatched moments in between feeds, nappies and cuddles.  Newborn days skip by quickly, so I'm embracing this precious time.

We all need a bit of sunshine and fresh air though, so with the weekend's fine weather we thought it was about time we took Otis for his first visit to a National Trust property.  We headed to local house, Dyffryn.  It was a chance to put the pram's off-road capabilities to the test in the gardens.

Expect to see me in this red coat for the forseeable future, nothing bloomin' fits anymore!
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