Oh hello May, how is it possible that you have crept up on us so quickly? Surely it was only just Christmas last month?
So much happened in April that I feel like I blinked and it was gone and I hate that feeling. I just want to press a big pause button and hold on to each day (just the good ones actually…) so this month I’m putting together a round up type post as a way of taking stock of all the fun had, being grateful for everything and keeping hold of the memories for a while longer.
Fortunately, we escaped without too much injury or illness (bar one head to head collision for my eldest during a PE lesson) and that’s a miracle as Sophie has finally started nursery. *Wails*
If I’m being honest, I wasn’t ready to let her go to nursery but for one reason or other it was the right time for her and us as a family I guess. So let her go I did. Up until now she’s only been in the care of Grandparents and we’ve all loved and appreciated that so it has been tough for me to hand her over to the care of strangers. She did take a few weeks to settle in and there were tears (not just mine!) when we dropped her off for a few weeks but as she only does two days I think the transition has naturally taken a bit longer than if she was in full time if that makes sense? Having said that, we’ve chosen a Forest School Nursery for her and couldn’t be happier with the ethos and care she’s experiencing there. More on the Forest School approach in another post I think as I have a lot to say about it – all of it good!
I think because of this new start and losing the extra day with her, I’ve made a much more concerted effort to enjoy the days we do spend together. We visited Bowland Wild Boar Park and lots of play parks and soft play areas this month which has been really lovely. More than just going to different places however, making the most of our time for me means trying to take lots more deep breaths and be a lot more present and patient in the moment. Let’s be honest, toddler mum life is often a challenge but I’ve definitely been learning to slow down, put my phone away(!!) and enjoy the little moments a lot more during April.
This included bouncing into the Easter holidays and all April would bring with a mini break to the Lake District. There’s basically no mobile data and definitely no WIFI where we were so it was a little like a digital detox and I blummin’ well LOVED it. We laughed, chatted, watched movies together all cuddled up under blankets, went swimming in the campsite pool, hiked a bit, biked a bit, jumped in lots of very muddy puddles and ate far far too much cake. Pretty dreamy stuff and definitely high up there in terms of my happy place.
Luckily, April has pretty much continued in this way – the sun came out more often than not and the temperatures reached balmy 23 degrees at one point, which has meant so much time outdoors. Much needed after a gloomy March wasn’t it?
We are in the process of having our back garden landscaped (more on that in another post) so it’s basically a totally unusable space. Or so I thought…Sophie was happier than ever pottering about on the small stretch of habitable patio, picking dandelions from the edges of the gardens, pouring her tiny blue watering can over the potions she was no doubt making and generally getting grubbier by the minute. So we have spent many happy hours after nursery getting muddy in the garden after all. That said, I cannot wait to get out there once it’s all finished and done to grow our own veggies and play in a more open space.
So that’s April all wrapped up I guess and I will leave you with a few snaps from our family adventures, the little moments and the big ones.
Have a great May