For those of you who read my previous post, you will know that for the last 28 days I have set myself the goal of writing down one thing every day which makes me happy. Although it was sometimes a huge challenge, and even when I wasn’t ok, I got there! And here are my 28 days.
21.1.17 – Getting weighed and losing 2lb (even after having a crappy week with a sick baby and treating myself to a Dominos lunch on Wednesday!)
22.1.17 – Exploring ice in the local park with Amelia. She was so enthralled with the frozen pond and seeing her little brain tick over as we looked at ice formations in the grass was priceless. To see something which is usually an irritating symptom of the cold winter months through a child’s eyes reminded me how amazing it is to help her explore and learn about the world every day.
23.1.17 – Wills is 6 months old today. Looking back over the last 6 months was a really good way to remind myself of the joys of motherhood, even if it doesn’t always feel joyful!
24.1.17 – Today was hard! Our bus to nursery got stuck in loads of traffic, getting the train home took forever because of yet more delays and cancellations, and Mr C is off work with a virus which totally threw me out of routine. BUT! I am designing some new stationary including a journal and diary, and stationary makes me very, very happy!
25.1.17 – This conversation at 6:40am with my nearly-3-year-old;
“Do I have to get up for nursery?”
“Not yet if you don’t want to, it’s still a bit early”
“Ok I just want to stay in bed for a tiny little bit then”
“No problem, I’ll come and get you when it’s time to get up”
—about 3 minutes later—
“Mum! I’m finished in bed now. I’ve been asleep for hoooooours!”
“You have been asleep for hours! Shall we get ready, then? Teeth then breakfast.”
“Yes, ok. No actually wait… I need a cup of tea first before I can start today”
—literally started the day crying with laughter!—
26.1.17 – Cake. Just cake.
27.1.17 – The “I’ve got this shit down” moment when both children plus an extra toddler that we were babysitting for the weekend were all in bed and asleep by 7:30pm!
28.1.17 – A child-free morning, however selfish this may sound, was pure bliss! Being able to pop out and do what I needed to do without worrying about nappies, feeds and tantrums reminded me how important it is to have that time occasionally.
29.1.17 – Getting a brand new phone really made my day today after a phone free weekend, even if it was a bitter sweet gain (I managed to both break and lose my phone in one weekend!)
30.1.17 – As sad as this is, I had a mini spring clean today which instantly made me feel great (the after, not the doing!) It’s amazing what a difference it makes to how you feel when your space is thoroughly clean and organised and there are no more chores left!
31.1.17 – Just this when Amelia got home from nursery; “Hello mummy, I missed you soooo much today”. I have been so full of cold this week that this cheered me up no end!
1.2.17 – When I dropped Amelia off, her nursery teacher told me that she’s the only child in their room who always without fail says ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’. Cue mum bursting with pride (and feeling a bit smug). Needless to say there was a bit of a swagger in my step walking to the train station to go home.
2.2.17 – Waking up to a notification that the wonderful Meagan over at The Mum Project had chosen me as her featured blogger for the week’s #StayClassyMama bloggers link party. Bloody hell, I might actually be ok at this blogging thing?!
3.2.17 – The proof of the 2017 Family Blogger’s Diary arrived (albeit late, but whatever, this is a happy moment!) And even better, only one correction to make before it is ready to go!
4.2.17 – Watching Amelia tell Wills a bedtime story about going to the moon to find love was truly priceless.
5.2.17 – Chatting to fellow mum blogger over at The Greenwich Mummy about one of my blog posts reminded me that I am not alone in sometimes feeling and behaving like a shit mum. Knowing that something I had written had resonated with someone else, and that I wasn’t alone really helped to make me feel better about things.
6.2.17 – Slimming Worlders don’t judge; I had a big.fat.doughnut!! I’m not going to lie, it was gorgeous, and really cheered me up on a drizzly, crappy Monday.
7.2.17 – Watching my boy’s face when I introduced him to music via in-ear headphones (he kept grabbing them so I though I would let him have a little listen) was awe-inspiring. It made me think about all of the things that babies have yet to discover in the world, and how even the simplest things that we take for granted as adults in this modern world are new and wonderful experiences for babies and children. He was mesmerised!
8.2.17 – No #SouthernFails today! I managed to get from Croydon to Cheam to drop Amelia to nursery and then back to Croydon and all before the shops opened! #Winning!
9.2.17 – Thinking about my amazing Grandad today on what would have been his birthday reminded me of the magical relationship he and my Nan had, and made me think about how truly amazing and soul fulfilling a good love can be. I thought about my grandparents as parents as well as their relationship, and having had a hard time for the last couple of weeks, I realised that I have the most important things in my life; love and my children. Everything else can do one.
10.2.17 – Mr C was given the go-ahead to trial part-time working from home today,hopefully with a view to making it a full time deal. I am one of those people who can be quite difficult to read; excited looks mostly the same as tired! But you know I’m excited when I build things! I went straight out to Ikea, bought a desk, a cool lamp, and some totally necessary office accessories, and created us a little work space. Not going to lie, I was totally more excited to have an excuse to create a little work space that I can use too!
11.2.17 – It snowed again today, and Amelia was so excited. We had to take a bus trip to a birthday party, and she couldn’t wait to get outside and catch snowflakes. She reminded me how kids literally think their parents are the most magical and powerful beings in all the land when she asked me “Mummy, can you make the snowflakes fall bigger?”.
12.2.17 – Wine. That is all.
13.2.17 – Having Amelia at home unexpectedly because she’s poorly would normally throw me all out of routine, but we actually had a lovely day. Amelia wasn’t feeling great so we spent a lot of time snuggling (well, I snuggled, she had her headphones and Kindle on the go, so I don’t really think she was bothered!) We had a nice quiet one, and I felt like I had quite a productive day too. Win!
14.2.17 – Although we don’t really do Valentine’s here, Mr C’s gift to me was to do the nursery run this morning, meaning that I had an extra couple of hours this morning. This extra time resulted in cake. What more do I need to say?!
15.2.17 – We met a friend for lunch today who is an ex-colleague of mine. As much as I hate to say it, hearing him talk about the trials and issues at work made me so happy that I don’t have to deal with any of that anymore!
16.2.17 – An impromptu visit from a friend and her two girls turned what was most likely going to be a pretty crappy boring day into a great one! We barely saw the kids all afternoon as they were off playing, had a cheeky Prosecco at lunchtime, and ate mountains of Spaghetti Bolognese together. #GoodTimes
17.2.17 – I did it! Finding happy moments in every day for a month has sometimes been a huge challenge, but it has definitely helped to cheer me up after the days that have felt rubbish, and helped me to see the good in even the worst of days!
Today was AMAZING! I had a fairly standard day with the kids, looking forward to night out we had planned for tomorrow (fist night without both kids since Wills was born nearly 7 months ago) and then my babysitter fell through. Gutted. Then I got a call from Mr C at 5pm – I’m still in my PJ’s at this point! “Get yourself sorted babe, get bags packed for the kids, I’ll be home asap and I’ve got a babysitter for TONIGHT!” So today’s happy? Drinks with Mr C, getting tipsy, followed by lots of (kids turn away now!) loud and uninterrupted Mummy Daddy sexy time!! For just a night we felt like the young, free, and single us of many moons ago!
Try it for yourself – you can grab the 28 Days of Happy journal here. If you do decide to embark on your own 28 days, I’d love to hear how you get on. You can drop me a comment below, and tweet or hit Insta with the hashtag #28DaysofHappy