Last weekend we spent nearly all day Saturday and Sunday away from Miss Belle because we were at a wedding in Reading. The wedding celebration was lovely and I think it did me good to have some child-free time, even if I do now feel at a bit of a loss as what to do with myself, without her. It felt very odd not to have to constantly entertain a child in the car and to have time to leisurely get ready and paint my nails etc. The best part of the weekend was sleeping in until gone 9am! I’ve asked my in-laws if they’ll have her again for a weekend some time in the future, even if we have nowhere to go, because it’s done us the world of good. Luckily they jump at the chance of having her, so I need to make some plans! As for the rest of the week, it’s been a bit quieter for us, but we baked, saw some friends we’d not seen in a while, and had a day out at the Dinosaur Park near Norwich with my best mate and her kids.

What I’ve learned this week:

 

1. It’s almost impossible to go to IKEA and not go off piste, and buy something not on the list, but that you are sure you need.

2. And when you realise you absolutely do need it, you buy it without fully knowing your measurements. And this happens…

Ikea kitchen drawer

Balls!

3. That lovely refreshed feeling that comes with having a night away and the most epic lie in, has the ability to disappear in an instant. Just wait for your toddler to be thrilled to see Daddy back, whilst only mildly aware that you have returned. Oh, and after you finally manage to get a cuddle, they whack you round the face. Welcome home Mummy!

4. Halloween is much less exciting in year 2 of baby’s life. Last year we bought the obligatory pumpkin outfit and posted pictures on Facebook like everyone else.

baby dressed as pumpkin halloween

This year we’re not bothering. Perhaps it’s a bit scrooge like, but Miss Belle won’t have a clue what’s going on anyway. And last year a stranger thought she was a boy. It’s not her fault, orange is just not her colour. (And yes I know that pumpkin is green – it was home grown, but not by us!)

5. Despite the scrooge like tendency, I have still bought Halloween chocolate for the Trick or Treaters, living in hope that we get none like last year, and I can scoff the lot watching Strictly.

Happy Halloween! (Though really, who says that?!)

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