We’ve had a brilliant week this week! Although our coughs are lingering, Rosalie has been in good spirits for most of the week and we have been getting well and truly stuck into Christmassy fun.
Out and about
We went to the Christmas Tree Farm to chose our Christmas Tree at the weekend – with Rosalie around I wasn’t sure if a real one was a good idea, but we’ve always had a real one and I would really miss the gorgeous pine smell, so we decided to just go for it. Rosalie was quite intrigued by her spiky friend riding alongside her in the car!
We had a trip to the library to exchange our books and I managed to get a couple of new Christmas ones as well as one about birthdays which I thought would be fun with her first birthday coming up. I don’t know if they do this in all libraries, but in ours they sell off books that have been withdrawn from circulation and I managed to get two board books for 20p each! They’re a little tired but perfectly usable.
It was the last Jolly Babies of the year so we had a few festive songs, some balloons and Rosalie tried her first chocolate coin! It’s a lovely little group of mums and babies, and they’re all so close in age it’s lovely to see them develop together. I did have a bit of stress as Rosalie threw some mini tantrums at 1) the instruments being put away 2) being put down after the standing up songs 3) having her coat put on 4) being put in the pushchair to leave.
We also braved a chilly morning at the park – jack frost really was nipping at our noses! Rosalie enjoyed the swings as usual and also the slide for the first time on her own. I sat her at the top and crouched at the bottom encouraging her to wriggle, wriggle, wriggle. It took a few minutes but she got it and whooshed to the bottom all smiles.
Fun at home
We put up all our Christmas decorations on Sunday afternoon. Our tree does look a little unbalanced with all the breakable decorations high up and out of Rosalie’s reach though.
I attempted a sort of Christmas photo shoot with Rosalie, but she wasn’t playing ball; I did manage to get this shot though which I think is quite jolly!
I’m gradually ticking things off my Winter Bucket List too – this week we watched the Snowman Animation and made mince pies. I let Rosalie help with cutting out the star shaped lids, she found it quite fascinating but ultimately decided the best thing to do was to eat the raw pastry! Yum.
We also had fun making a ‘Rosalie’s Mistletoes’ card for daddy – he loved it!
I’m trying to be strict with myself and not look at my phone once I get into bed. I feel so buzzy if I am on the internet/working last thing at night, then I can’t sleep because I have a million thoughts and ideas going round my head; so I’ve been reading my kindle every night before going to sleep to unwind, and it’s really helping. The amazing hot chocolates Jim makes could have something to do with it too – perhaps I’m just slipping into a marshmallows and cream induced coma..?
I also got back on with my baking challenge and made some delicious (if I say so myself!) Blueberry muffins
My happiest moment
So many happy moments this week – seeing Rosie’s little rosy cheeks when we were out in the cold; going on a family trip to choose the Christmas Tree (I was heavily pregnant when we chose our tree last year); putting up the decorations and listening to Christmas music!
Next week I would like to try…
I am really looking forward to Rosalie’s birthday tea party – so much party baking to do! Wish me luck with her birthday cake. I can’t believe she’s nearly one! What a year.
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