• Toddler pushing a walker outside on the Mother and Son Birthday Weekend on Family Friday 8

    Mother and Son Birthday Weekend – Family Fridays #7

    Baby E’s due date was 2 days away from my birthday so I kept my legs crossed on my birthday! Although everyone kept reminding me that first babies are usually late anyway! He was 3 days late. A part of me was relieved that it wasn’t on the same day but I also think it would have been quite cute. We’d decided to do a joint birthday barbecue on Saturday. Which meant a stressful Friday for me – not that I could do much about it as I had to entertain the little one! The day started with a trip to the great outdoors (aka our back garden) where he…

  • Toddler in ball pit on daddy-son day for family friday 6

    A Fun Father And Son Day – Family Fridays #6

    Mr G had a week between jobs so he took over Family Friday responsibilities. Yay! I had to do a full week’s work. Boo! We made sure he had a plan for the day to keep the little one occupied (and Daddy too). There was one obvious choice of activity – Soft play. This would be our first visit into the world of slides, ball pits and other unthinkables. Yes, I had mainly heard the horror stories about soft play. The day started with a look in the Wonder Weeks app at 6am. The current leap indicated that my baby was fast becoming a toddler. Great emotional start to the…

  • Family Fridays #5 – Baby Brain,  Craft and Pizza Express 

    I’ve been back at work for just over a month now but yet to find a regular Friday activity for me and the little one. Mainly because I want to nap when he naps and most of the activities are during his nap time. However, I was determined to make more effort today! I searched online for suitable, local Children Centre activities and found something that could possibly fit in with our schedule. It was one of those 1st and 3rd Fridays malarkey so I made sure we’d got the right week – which isn’t as easy as you might think when running on little sleep! Before setting out, I finally got…

  • Family Fridays #4 – Drums, Family Visits, Corn at Nando’s

    Morning Frolics This was a particularly exciting Family Friday for us! We were meeting up with family we hadn’t seen for years as they live in New Zealand. Anticipating how over-stimulated my little one might get with new faces and the attention from 8-year-old twins, I decided to take have a fairly easy-going morning. We did our routine walk down to the shops and one of our finds was a drum kit which I immediately offered to buy for the grandparents 😀 They declined. Afternoon Fun Back home after our ramble, he found a loo roll and for once I let him go wild with it. He had so much…

  • Family Fridays #3 - The Growing Mum

    Family Fridays #3

      Daytime Frolics (or lack of) Having been back at work for just over 3 weeks but still getting very little sleep at night, I’m glad to have taken Fridays off for a bit. We had to wait in for the plumber to fit a new shower so didn’t get up to much fun outdoors. Ta-da Here is the short exchange with my other half after I sent him the above:   Evening Another reason for the lazy day was that I was going on my first ever night out for over a year. I had planned to nap, get my outfit ready and take it nice and slow leaving…

  • Family Fridays number 2

    Family Fridays #2

    We went for our statutory morning walk. Daddy had taken the pram to work so I had to use a carrier with Baby E. Thank goodness he’s a skinny 10 month old! Unfortunately I didn’t take any usable pictures on our walk which is so unlike me. While he was having his morning nap, I quickly whipped up two July graphics for the churchs’ social media account. I didn’t really have a “July” inspiration so I went down the random route. I also had to finish crocheting the mum-to-be’s present which I started in January but ignored until last month! I had to admit that there was very little chance…

  • Baby E and Holly the cat stare

    Family Fridays #1

    Filling in my maternity leave form, I was certain I’d be ready to go back to work around the 6 months mark (I was so wrong) but I was undecided on the full-time or part-time. I returned to after 10 months of maternity leave and I requested Fridays off for the next couple of months. This was an experiment to hopefully help me decide my working hours. And that’s how Family Fridays began.  For me, it’s a time to spend with my son, maybe meet up with some mummies and whip up a nice meal for date night with the man in the evening.  And while I’m still sleep deprived,…