On your marks…get set…! Oh wait, he’s awake. 

I vaguely recall a time when I did housework (or anything!) at a leisurely pace. Or, if not leisurely, at least not at the super speed it happens now. 

Quick, Sam has decided to stay asleep for long enough for me to have a shower, get dressed and is STILL asleep! 

It’s amazing how much you can get done when you have no idea how long you have or when you’ll get another chance. 

Given 10-15 minutes I can easily tidy our room, put a wash on, put the tumbler on, put the clean clothes away (since there’s a never ending cycle of clothes in the washing machine and tumbler), empty the dishwasher, tidy the kitchen and make a cup of tea. Which is when he then wakes up. If I’m lucky, I’ll get him up, changed and dressed in time for me to reacquaint myself with said tea just as it reaches drinking temperature. 

What am I talking about? If I’m lucky, he will stay asleep while I slip out of bed ninja-style and if I’m really lucky he will do me the courtesy of remaining asleep until I’ve at least had a shower. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve really achieved anything during a morning. Generally, he wakes either as soon as I think about getting up, or he waits until I’m half dressed. Both of which lead to me finishing (or starting!) my norning routine at breakneck speed. 

This is what happens when you have a baby who doesn’t nap in the day and isn’t yet able to entertain himself, so your full day is spent feeding/holding/playing, with limited time for anything else. 

I need to get my Fitbit charged. I’m intrigued as to how many steps I take in a day…and how quickly I teach my target when I’m running around! 

The importance of women

For the last couple of days I have been surrounded by my girls. Aside from those hours being full of tea and giggles, this female time is crucial.

Yesterday, a friend popped round for a cuppa and, amazingly, brought lemon drizzle cake with her!! In the evening, I saw another friend for dinner with her and her daughters. Today, I set off to London for lunch with a school friend and her adorable 1 year old son. Tomorrow morning one of my besties is coming round.

Light reading at lunch - I read a whole book today!

Light reading at lunch – I read a whole book today!

Aside from simply enjoying female company (makes a change from talking to our – male – cats all day), a change of scenery is good for the soul. However, when that scenery is also filled with laughter, a healthy dose of catch up ‘gossip’ and women who all have children so are full of knowledge yet refrain from giving advice, I forget how tired I am and feel like I’m more than a nearly 37-weeks pregnant woman who bears a passing resemblance to a whale! At lunch today I genuinely forgot I was pregnant and tired for a while, wholly enjoying watching my friend’s 1 year old entertain both himself and us throughout the meal.

Once habits are set, the control freak in me will continue with them. Routine is my friend! So I am making time for my friends and making the effort to visit them where possible, in the hope that after Bud is born I will remember how wonderful getting out of the house is and how friends make me laugh and will be happy to help me out!

Plus, they bring or make cake!

Afternoon tea with the girls

Tea and cake

Tea and cake

Even if you’ve finished work, if you’re friends with your colleagues then make sure you keep in touch. Today, 5 of us set off to Gorgeous Gerties in Dorking for a spot of afternoon tea – the perfect way to spend a Friday lunch. Some tea, sandwiches, scones and amazing cakes were definitely a great way to end week 2 of maternity leave, especially when coupled with a girly catch up! Unfortunately, they had to go back to work….but I followed them back to the office to continue chatting for a little while!

Before the baby comes, make sure you get out of the house and socialise, just keep plans flexible and local in case you’re exhausted on the day.

Of course, I only went out for 2 hours and returned to find a stack of a parcels waiting! Baby bath, cot bed mattress (since it had £40 off in the Mothercare sale we ordered it well in advance!) and a load of other boxes. Once the nursery is decorated we will be pretty much ready for Bud to arrive…goodness me.

Have a good weekend all, enjoy tea and cakes; that’s an order! x

Uh oh, the 2 week blip

After nearly 2 weeks at home, today is the first day that I’ve thought “would it REALLY matter if I just stayed in my pjs today and didn’t bother to have a shower?”.

In the grand scheme of things, no, it wouldn’t matter at all. However, I promised myself that I would stick to some kind of routine until Bud is born and it’s a slippery slope once you start slobbing out!

Fortunately, I was half way through trying to make a decision when the postman rang the bell. Once you’ve managed to get out of bed and dressed in 5 seconds flat…well, you might as well just get up and shower.

Still, it is hard to motivate myself today; especially when my house job for the day is doing our filing. Hardly the most stimulating task! Also, I was meant to be meeting a friend for lunch in London today but the train station was flooded so no trains were stopping. I’ve been looking forward to it all week so it put me at a bit of a loss.

On the other hand, I just won a gorgeous little all in one suit on eBay, our pram arrived last night (and was immediately claimed by the cat) and the crib bedding has just arrived!

Well, there’s no putting it off…time to do some filing. Or maybe I’ll have a cuppa first….x

"A new bed for me? Thank you!"

“A new bed for me? Thank you!”

eBay bargain of the day

eBay bargain of the day