I forget just how many yogurts we go through in this house but the yogurt shelf currently looks like the dairy aisle at the supermarket.
And that doesn’t even include the cheese!
So this little lady has been full of beans all weekend – a real joy to be around.
It hit us last night that it was probably because she had both mummy and daddy around her all weekend; a luxury now restricted to the weekend unfortunately. WOW did the mama guilt then kick in (who knew when you had kids, you feel this guilty over EVERYTHING!)
But then we have to remind ourselves that the weekend is so great because we are not together every day. It makes us plan things in as a family, it makes us cherish every moment, it makes us appreciate the little things (even if that’s changing nappies…yes you read correctly!) It makes us enjoy our time together and not wish to be anywhere else other than where we are right at the moment. Together.
So yes, unfortunately we do not get every day together as a family but what it does do is make us appreciate what we have and gives us a beautiful baby bear who loves every moment spent with us – even if we are exhausted by the time Monday morning rolls back around!
I adore weekends and this one was no exception. As working parents we have to make every one count and we do our best to cherish every moment.
This weekend was a lovely mix to activity, people and time at home. It’s been a mad month or two so we had double swimming this weekend with the first session on Saturday followed by some time with GG (Great Grand) who had a birthday in the week. 83 years old and looking amazing. This man is so fit, he seriously puts us all to shame !
Today was similar with swimming in the morning, some errands this afternoon followed by a scrummy lunch out. Then back gone for some lovely chill out time enjoying the back garden before bedtime (which is when the chores commence!)
Absolute bliss …. the only issue is it goes so quickly!! There are no words to describe how much I do not want it to be Monday tomorrow, I keep having to remind myself that to truely appreciate the weekends together we have to experience the working week. It doesn’t quite cut it but it’s worth a try!!
Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you’ve had a good one! Xx
So I posted this article on Facebook about how a new study has shown that working mums raise more successful children. Now I don’t necessarily agree with any of this research but it was nice to see something fighting the corner of the working mummy – the first I’ve seen over the past 12 months from the MANY articles that have passed my way during that time.
Since I made the decision to go back to work full time is amazing how many people felt the need to comment, including my own health visitor…a few of my personal favourites: “Oh, you’re going back to work full time?”, “You do know you get a full year off right?”, “Oh I loved staying off with my boys, they’re only young once you know!”, “You do know you’ll miss her first words and steps right?” (*please note the first words have been said and both my husband and I were present!*)
While incredibly helpful as these comments may be (or not!) my lesson from this is that it’s incredibly sad how defensive everyone becomes when faced with a choice someone has made which is different to theirs. Yes I chose to go back to work full time as not only is my career important to me and not only is the money (extremely!) useful but I also wanted to teach the bear that as a woman you CAN have it all. Home and work – it’s bloody hard work but it is possible. Do I miss her? Absolutely but this is the best choice for our family and we make sure that every moment we do spend together that me make it count and cherish them all.
Does this make it the right choice for everyone? Hell no and I don’t even want to try and convince anyone that my way is the “best” way (let’s be honest that doesn’t exist – one size DOES NOT fit all).
Mummies, whether they be stay at home or working, work hard no matter what and make the best choices for their family. As long as these babies are well loved and provided for in a safe, loving and secure home what does it really matter?
The point of this post? Well, next time a mummy friend shares their plans post maternity leave, just understand its their choice and not a judgement of anyone else. We do what we can for our families in the best way we know how.
Today was pure luxury as the bear and I headed out to meet the girls in true ladies that lunch style.
I’m lucky that two of my closest friends had babies within 9 months of the bear being born so that not only do they get to be in the same school year, but it means that my lovely ladies get to share this chaotic journey of motherhood with me.
It’s also a great bonus of sharing the “baby bore” stage, as let’s face it, she is my favourite topic of conversation. How can anyone resist this face??!!
Add in a third gorgeous lady (far too brown for my liking from a recent holiday) plus pre-teen and we had 9 females around the table in various age ranges!! You can just imagine the noise right??
The food was great, the gossip was flowing and the time flew far as too quick as some of us (ok just me!) had work to get home for.
Bloody love these girls though. Let’s not leave it so long next time!! Xx