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Sleepy time… 

I realise I’ve been quiet for a while… Far too long in fact. It’s been a bit busy at our end. Work has picked up massively meaning less time to blog in the office! (Hope my boss isn’t reading!)

However sitting on Little K’s floor at 11pm, I find myself with time to spare…

Apparently the horror that we’re currently dealing with is the ‘2 year old sleep regression’. Now I have to be honest, as a new mum I read about sleep regressions and had all the apps that would notify me when they were coming… Lucky I did because they didn’t make the blindest bit if difference to Little K. She has always been a wonderful sleeper (takes after her mum!). But maybe being smug for too long is at last coming back to bite me. I can’t remember the last time she slept through a whole night. 

In the past week alone we’ve had wake ups at 1am followed by not sleeping until 5.. The next night waking up at 4am as of that’s a normal time to get up! I think my maximum so far is four wake ups in one night so I know I don’t have it as hard as some but my goodness I can feel the difference!  

It’s now 11pm and we’re on wake up number two of the night. 

She used to go to sleep so well on her own but for the past few weeks I’ve had to literally climb into bed with her (she’s no longer in her cot… getting such a big girl!) until she fell asleep which was killing my neck and back so the last few night’s I have been slowly moving myself away and now hust sit next to the bed. Obviously the long term goal being that she can go to sleep by herself. 

For now, though I may be ‘making a rod for my own back’ I would rather she had positive sleep associations rather than screaming herself into a lonely sleep. 

I will provide a full update soon… Since my last post we’ve been on two holidays, Had her first experience of flying (not as bad as I expected!), a new found love of Frozen (“More Anna!!”) moved into a big girls bed, started ballet classes and started potty training… not to mention that its her 2nd Birthday next week! 

So much to take you through… but it finally seems that she’s gone back into a deep sleep so I can attempt the fatigued mother silent creep out of the bedroom… wish me luck! 

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Great North Run 2017

I’m sure you’re all pleased to hear that I am still alive! Three days after my half marathon I am still hurting all over, but I am alive. AND I made it to the finish line!

Two hours 42 minutes was my final finish time, and I am absolutely thrilled with that! From so little training I managed to pull it out the bag on the day. The last time I ran in 2013 I completed in 2 hours 33, so to add only nine minutes, with little training, and having had a child in the meantime, is one hell of an achievement for me.

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I love running.

Four years ago today I ran a half marathon. I vowed never to run again! My toes bled, I couldn’t walk for days…

So what am I doing this weekend? Yup. You guessed it! I’m running another half marathon!

On Sunday I will be joining 57,000 others at the starting line of the Great North Run in Newcastle City Centre, before dragging myself through 13.1 miles of blood, sweat and tears to the seafront in South Shields.  (Can you tell I’m looking forward to it?!)

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An Overdue Catch Up!

Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while, it’s been a pretty hectic few weeks!

Happy Back to School week to all those mummy’s and daddy’s with school aged children! 6 full weeks to entertain those little darlings? I salute you!

I haven’t got a themed post for you today, just a little catch up on what’s been going on since I was last here…

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Alone time

When I first started this blog, my best friend gave me a suggestion for a post:

‘How does it make you feel during moments to yourself? Do you enjoy them? Do you feel guilty about enjoying them? Do you try to plan them? What is your dream 15 minutes alone. Being a parent but wanting time alone. How does it make you feel?’

I have been saving this for now, as I am about to have 2 WHOLE DAYS to myself.

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Resolutions

At the start of the year, as many of us do, I list out my resolutions. My list for 2017 looked something like this:

  1. Stop biting my nails (this has been at the top of my list since I got teeth and learnt what resolutions were!)
  2. Lose 10 pounds (HA! Gave up on this around day 3)
  3. Reduce screen time (May have done, but am not actively tracking…)
  4. Drink more water (Don’t think one glass a day counts as a success…)
  5. Read one book a month (I’ve read three so far… not doing so well!)
  6. Get up earlier (LOL)
  7. Start a blog (At least I can tick one off!)

Now, I learnt a long time ago that I probably won’t keep any of my resolutions. But I never worked out why I would fail so quickly.

Having done some reading, I have realised the trap I fall into every time. My goals are too wide, and there are too many of them. I cannot stick to ‘Drink more water’ for a whole year. More water than when? Yesterday? Last Monday? If I keep drinking more than I did the day before I’ll turn into a puddle. And how am I meant to keep track of all of the above things at any one time?!

Not only this, but why am I tricked into feeling like I can only make these resolutions on January 1st? Do I now have to wait another 12 months before making any further attempts to create better, healthier habits?

With this in mind, I’ve decided to make myself monthly resolutions. Like those ever popular 30 days challenges. The theory being that a habit is formed in two weeks and that 30 days isn’t too long to focus on one thing. Focus on one area of personal development for 1 month, if it works, great, I can continue it, as a habit not a focus. If it doesn’t, I’ve given it a try and can let it go.

I am currently undertaking my 30 days ‘No Poo’ regime and my new morning routine so those are my personal developments for this month. Alongside this I am going to set myself a parenting resolution. Something that can enhance my time with Little K and can build our relationship, and improve our time together. For August, I have decided upon:

Be More Creative in Play’

I find that whenever I am playing with Little K, I always stick to the same things. We always play with the same toys, sing the same songs and read the same books (currently the classic ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ is a favourite, along with a singing Winnie the Pooh book). She loves playing with dry pasta and bowls, and generic household items. I want to encourage creativity and ‘outside the box’ thinking in her and at the minute, but I don’t really feel it myself! Last weekend, we had a picnic in the living room with all her toys, which was lovely for both of us and she really enjoyed it, especially ‘sharing’ all her food with her cuddly friends. I’m going to make her a drum kit out of pots and pans this week and have some noisy fun… Neighbours, beware!

 

 

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What a difference a bag can make!

After months of moaning about how much I can’t stand our changing bag, I have finally treated myself to the BabyMel Frankie bag in navy stripe and I’m already excited to use it! It’s just arrived and I love it!

Buying all the gear before you have the baby makes you feel so prepared, but since having Little K I can’t help but feel like most of it was useless or not as practical as we thought. As far as I was concerned before she was born ‘A changing bag is just a changing bag… it doesn’t matter what one it is…’ Oh how wrong I was! Continue reading “What a difference a bag can make!”

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Transitions – Moving to the ‘Big room’

Little K started nursery when she was around 11 months in preparation for me going back to work. Since then we have been caught up in a whirlwind of snot, coughs, sniffle and eye gunk (what a pretty picture I paint!), but she loves it. From day one we have not had a single tear (on either side!) and since Day 2 she is practically running from me when we arrive.

Last Friday, when I left her, she ran off to start playing, turned around and blew me a kiss, I blew a kiss back, said goodbye and walked out. And I cried. (We’re not talking full blown sobbing, but there was definitely more than a single tear!)

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Mummy Wins – Intro

When Little K was around four months old I came up with the idea of a ‘Mummy Win’. It was a little pat on the back to myself when something went right. I felt like I was drowning a lot of the time, and just needed to acknowledge that it was all OK, and in amongst all the crazy, we were heading in the right direction!

Sometimes it was the big things; she slept through the night, she managed to self-settle and other times it was much smaller; I have brushed my hair and my teeth and it is before noon! Ah, the joys of early motherhood. Continue reading “Mummy Wins – Intro”

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A New Morning Routine

I hate getting up. I have never been a morning person. I remember when I was at secondary school, my friends would knock on my front door to pick me up to walk to school, just as I’d be getting out of bed. I was never late though. My morning routine is a finely tuned machine. Continue reading “A New Morning Routine”