What I’ve learned this week #47 – a bit of a life update

What I’ve learned this week #47 – a bit of a life update

After five weeks of not bothering with these posts I’ve decided to return them. Quite frankly I was fed up when I stopped publishing them. Fed up as in tired and pregnant. And fed up with the perils of potty training, which since I last wrote five weeks ago, we have stopped. I felt like I was just recording my moans and didn’t have the energy to write.

Then the other day I happened to read a few old “what I’ve learned this week” posts and I realised what a travesty it was. There are so many cute and funny things Miss Belle is doing that I’m now not recording. And although these posts are really only read by me and probably my mum and a handful of friends, I thought bugger it. My blog, my records. So this is less of a “what I’ve learned this week”” post and more of a “what’s been going on for the past month” kind of post…

What I’ve learned this week/month…

  1. As I said in my last update, potty training was causing all manner of problems so about three weeks ago we gave up on the advice of the health visitor. I felt a bit gutted after investing TWO MONTHS of my life in mopping up wee, taking a travel potty everywhere, and constantly asking Miss Belle if she needed the loo. But three weeks of seeing your daughter yoyo between being fine for a few days and then chronically constipated for the rest of the week, made the decision for me. In a way I felt bad we didn’t give up sooner. But safe to say since she’s been back in nappies she’s been much happier, I’ve been less stressed, and I’m now resigned to the fact she’ll just be one of the ones who does it a bit later.
  2. Since we went back to nappies Miss Belle has also bounced back into loving her Tumble Tots classes, which is a big relief as I really thought we’d got to the end of the road with it. It’s not really surprising that the meltdowns were always when she was feeling poorly, the day after nursery and not being able to poop for a few days. Since she’s been back on form she’s even approached the big red cylinder thing that used to scare the living daylights out of her. So that’s great progress. After the first class back where she was ok again, she walked out saying “I LOVE Tumble Tots!”
  3. The “I LOVE…” phrase is adorable yet ever so slightly unbelievable. Whoever we see on a day is her “best friend” and whatever we’ve been doing she loves. Yesterday we went to a pumpkin patch for the first time. As she walked back to the car she said “I LOVE the pumpkin patch!” Today we went to Pensthorpe. Again as we left I got “I LOVE Pensthorpe!” So sweet.
  4. Miss Belle is also now in her new bedroom which she loves. The Frozen bedding helped! I could do a post on it I guess. But I just don’t seem to have the time to keep up with even three posts a week, let alone plan any for the next week!
  5. In a few weeks time Miss Belle will be doing an extra session at nursery. It will give me time to a) rest (!) b) do something for myself like actually go swimming, which I haven’t done in weeks, and c) get organised with my blog. I feel a bit guilty about it, but we wanted her to get her used to going an extra day before the baby arrives.
  6. Miss Belle had her friend stay over last weekend for a little sleep over. They were in separate bedrooms and went to bed fine so I was pleasantly surprised! Unfortunately my friend’s little boy was poorly so it wasn’t completely plain sailing! But we coped and it was a good trial run for having him again in the future. I then had him another day this week and wow, I have full on respect for people who have toddler twins! Managing “sharing issues” was slightly tiring! I did resort to Finding Nemo and CBeebies by mid afternoon! That night I slept the best I have in months and slept through till 6am even without getting up to pee. (Unheard of for me!) So I must have been tired!!
  7. This week Miss Belle has decided to call her baby doll Richard. Which was quite funny. She then resorted back to just “baby”. I caught her reading one of her books to “baby” the other morning and it was really sweet.
  8. The other day after all was silent for a while and I was in the bathroom I shouted out to her “what are you doing?” to which she replied “I’m just reading a story”. Shock horror! I walked into her bedroom and there she was sat with some books in her bed. So adorable and possibly the first time she’s entertained herself so easily. Long may that continue!
  9. She also now, every day, usually even before breakfast, asks me “Mummy, what are we doing tomorrow?!” It’s so sweet, but she then asks me a billion times over the rest of the day. I’m finding myself having to count to 10 under my breath… oh, the patience required to be a mum!
  10. Finally, this week she’s told me that she loves the baby. She “tires to hear it” and puts her head to my bump. She then cuddles me and gives it a kiss. So lovely….Hoping she feels the same when baby arrives!

In other news I’ve now sailed into the third trimester and as I approach 30 weeks I’m starting to get that slightly itchy feet feeling. You know, where you want to start writing lists and get organised! At what point is it acceptable to get the old baby clothes out of the loft!? I think we’ll be doing that in a couple of weeks. Now that Miss Belle’s out of the nursery I can get that all ready to store all the baby things again. Exciting!! No major problems other than I had my glucose tolerance test this week so we will see what the outcome of that is. Hopefully it’ll be fine. I still do feel big so hoping things even out!

On that note, hope you have a great weekend. We are going to try and do something Halloweeny as a family on Saturday. I couldn’t really be bothered last year. But now Miss Belle is a bit older she’s more into it. Until yesterday I think she thought that pumpkins just came from Tesco! So although I was totally swayed to do the pumpkin patch thing because they are all over Instagram, it was at least, sort of educational!!


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  1. 29th October 2017 / 11:41 am

    There’s nothing more lovely than when your older children snuggle your bump! Hope the rest of the third trimester sails by for you (btw now is totally acceptable to dig clothes out of the loft, do it earlier rather than later when you’re too knackered!) xx

    • thisismenow
      29th October 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Aw thanks so much! Yes that’s very true.. next weekends activities I think! Thanks for reading x

  2. 29th October 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Aw, I think she and Matilda are at about the same stage with so much – we get lots of “So-and-so is my BEST FRIEND” and “I LOVE [completely random thing]”; she’s been trying to listen to the baby’s heart by pressing her ear against my belly, too.

    We got her old baby clothes down from the attic about halfway through the pregnancy – I couldn’t wait any longer!

    • thisismenow
      29th October 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Aw how cute! It is a lovely stage (when she’s not telling me to go away!) That’s it right I’m nagging my husband to get the boxes out the loft this week then! X

  3. 31st October 2017 / 9:43 am

    Sometimes a little time or space is just what we need to see and think clearly! Honor your needs, especially while you have the bump! You are a great mama and you deserve it! M’wah! #thesatsesh

    • thisismenow
      31st October 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Ah thanks so much!

  4. 2nd November 2017 / 5:52 am

    #thesatsesh a doll called Richard sounds perfect! lol. Bless her – I can see why you need this post, It will make a fab look back for your kids when they are older. I agree also about twin parents, I literally fall to my knees thinking about the juggling? Thanks of linking lovely.

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