I figured it was time for another family update since it has been quite a while since the last one. So let’s pick up where we left off, which takes us back to the sunny days of August.
August was a fun packed month for us, as we took full advantage of the beautiful weather and planned lots of lovely trips. We started the month by heading down to Hereford, where we celebrated two of our friend’s beautiful wedding day with them. It was the first wedding Mr. C and I have attended together, but it was also the very first wedding Oliver had been to ever.
The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful and the most relaxed one I’ve been to. Our friend’s had the reception at the bride’s parent’s house. Next to a beautiful farm house, down a beautiful English country lane was a marque backing onto a barn kitted out with hay bales, fairy lights and a folk band. There was an open bar, a gourmet burger van and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It was lovely to celebrate such a special day with two of the most wonderful people we know, especially as the wedding had been the hot topic of conversation for months during our playdates.
While we were in Hereford we took a trip to the small breeds farm and owl centre (which you can read about fully here). Oliver loves animals and this was such a great day trip as he got to stroke some llamas, miniature horses and donkeys, feed some pygmy goats and sheep and even got to chase around after a chicken. I would highly recommend this as a day trip if you ever take a trip to Herefordshire.
Making the most of the long days and warm, summer sun, we decided to buy a zoo membership card and take a few visits to the zoo (which you can read all about here). Oliver absolutely loves visiting the zoo and is fascinated by the elephants, the giraffes and the chimpanzees. It is always a nice little day trip and something that we all enjoy, regardless of how many times we go.
Of course what is any English summer without a trip to feed the ducks. Oliver loved throwing the bread to the ducks and after a little while, the odd brave little duck actually took the food from our hands. These are the sorts of things I really cherish about being a Mummy, it really is about the everyday moments becoming special memories.
During August I also decided to cut off a lot of my hair and donate it to the wonderful charity ‘Little Princess Trust’. This wonderful charity uses donated hair to create wigs made of real hair, for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment. My donation even resulted in a few of my friends learning about the charity and opting to do the same by cutting off their luscious, long locks too.
Moving onto September…
As we reached September we became very aware of how close my due date was getting and so we spent a large portion of our time making sure the house was finished and ready for our new arrival. We finished the final touches in the nursery, got our carpets shampooed and cleaned and did a deep clean throughout the entire house. We even managed to make a good start on the garden, leaving very little left to do to ‘finish it off’ next spring. Oliver was a fabulous little helper with the decorating and the gardening, so we bought him his own gardening set (which you can read all about here).
Somehow amongst all the renovations and landscaping, we managed to take Oliver to an underwater photoshoot with his swimming school. The photoshoot was at a swimming pool Oliver had never been to before, so he was very unsettled at the start. Thankfully towards the end he was a lot calmer and we managed to get a couple of beautiful shots.
During September we visited a Cheshire fire station open day, where you could get to look around fire engines and meet the fireman. There was also a great soft play area for younger children and a bouncy castle, which Oliver really enjoyed. Oliver is a bit of a Fireman Sam fan, so he liked tottering around and looking at all of the fire engines, that was until one of the fireman sounded the siren, which scared Oliver out of his skin. He wasn’t so fond of going near the fire engines after that.
Since having Oliver I have really enjoyed learning about children’s development and I enjoy reading a number of parenting blogs that voice different opinions on different types of parenting. So I decided to create a blog that focused quite heavily on parenting from my very own viewpoint. Even with so much going on, I managed to launch this very blog and have been overwhelmed by the amount of growing support I have been receiving since the site went live. I was very lucky to come across the very talented Ellie Illustrates, who ran with a few of my ideas and created the beautiful blog header, which finally brought together months of hard work and left me with the finished product of my new blogging venture ‘Our Fairytale Adventure’.
Towards the end of September, Mr. C and I had our very first night away together since having our beautiful little munchkin Oliver. We stayed at the beautiful country hotel ‘Nunsmere Hall’ in Cheshire. We decided to stay in our home county because I was so anxious about leaving Oliver for the first time and I wanted to be within a 60 – 90 minute drive from our house. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and was set in some beautiful Cheshire countryside. It was nice to spend time just the two of us, where we got to talk over afternoon tea and a beautiful dinner. We even got a good night’s sleep in as well, something we felt was extremely needed before we had Elijah and the sleep deprivation kicked in again.
Which takes us to October…
October has been a rather magical month because we finally got to meet our beautiful little monkey Elijah. Elijah was born on the 10th of October and has really made our family complete (you can read all about the birth announcement here). Oliver has adjusted very well to the change -aside form the odd tantrum – and is enjoying being a big brother.
It’s been a very busy and life changing couple of months, with lots going on and all I can say is, that we are enjoying every minute of being a family of four and are looking forward to what the future holds for us.