Happy Days #15

As usual, I’m joining Katy at What Katy Said and Jenna at Tinyfootsteps for their Happy Days linky, which encourages us to look back over our week and focus on the happy times.

Out and about

We have done pretty well with getting out and about despite the weather being miserable towards the beginning of the week. We had a really good time at Jolly Babies on Tuesday and after a whole term together last year the mums have finally swapped numbers! So we’ll be having some new play dates to look forward to.

Last weekend I emailed the local church playgroup for some info, and following a friendly response I made my mind up to go along. I was feeling a little apprehensive so mentioned I would be trying it to one of the other mums at Jolly Babies; we agreed to go together, and I’m glad we did. We went along on Thursday – it was very busy, probably around 30 families, and children of all ages between 0-5 years, so it was pretty chaotic! Rosalie seemed to enjoy herself, she loved the rocking animals, and enjoyed watching the other children. We will definitely be going back next week! I’m glad I didn’t let my worries hold me back.

On Friday nothing was going to stop us from getting out for a walk in the lovely frost. We walked over to the canal and along the towpath to the first lock. We met a couple of friendly dog walkers (is it just me, or are the only people out walking during the week dog walkers? I’ve never seen another mum ‘off-road’), but apart from that it was a very tranquil stroll. I adore how the frost makes everything look so pretty. Rosalie fell asleep in the carrier which is just the best feeling, she looks so peaceful, and I love that she is within kissing distance!

Fun at home

We have had some fun with water (outside the bath tub) this week. We tried to make monkey float in a littler Tupperware boat, and Rosalie finds it funny to try and grab water between her fingers.

Apart from that we’ve just been playing with her regular toys – her favourites at the moment are her stacking rings and her drum. She’s also just learnt to climb onto the armchair in her room and looks so pleased with herself sat up like a big girl. Not so pleased when she dives off…

Time for me

I’ve been beavering away on my freelance work, but I suppose that’s not really ‘me time’, but it is time when I get to be Jess. Following on from my triumph of finally watching the Call the Midwife Christmas special last week, this week I watched the first episode in the new series, accompanied with tea and cake; can’t ask for more than that.

My happiest moment

Now this is tricky; a personal triumph this week would definitely be braving, surviving and enjoying playgroup. But my truly happiest moment was on our walk – I just love quiet time with Rosalie, no distractions, in the fresh air. In those moments I feel like the world we’ve brought her into isn’t so bad after all.

Next week I would like to try…

To meet up with some new mummy friends.

Check out my other Happy Days posts so far and join in too.


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    Aby Moore
    January 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Good for you going to playgroup, I am not keen on that sort of thing either, but it is usually better than you think. #HappyDaysLinky x

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    January 24, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    sounds liked a great week, well done on braving playgroup, I used to go to loads with my first, but don't go to many at all now, I should really, but I just can't face it. #happydays

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    Katy F
    January 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    It is so weird that it takes so long for mums to swap numbers but it always happens that way! Glad you had a nice walk, she looks so cosy all wrapped up. Your Call the Midwife tea and cake session sounds blissful!
    Have a good week! xx

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    Vickie Rich
    January 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Oh Rosalie looks adorable all snug and cosy in the carrier! Well done for plucking up the courage to attend the church playgroup and it sounds like you've made a good friend in that other mum too.

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    January 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week, especially that walk along the canal – looks so pretty with the frost and I just love the photo of Rosalie asleep in the carrier, so adorable. Well done for braving the playgroup and catching up on Call the Midwife – which reminds me I need to do the same! πŸ™‚

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    January 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Such a lovely post Jess, I love having sling walks with Oliver and when he falls asleep it melts my heart! Well done on going to playgroup and I'm glad you managed to swap numbers, it takes me ages to pluck up the courage! I cant stop thinking about last weeks call the midwife and the neglected children, I need to remember its just a TV show.

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    It definitely helps to go with someone that's for sure! x

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks! It was chaotic, but I'm sure it will be good for Rosalie to see the older ones. It's amazing the number of people who aren't keen on playgroups though x

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I know, I think it's because we all assume everyone else has loads of other mummy friends, but 9 times out of 10 they don't, it just needs someone to make the first move! xx

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Hee hee, thanks Vickie! It really helps to have a friend to brave playgroup with that's for sure x

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks Louise πŸ™‚ It really was a lovely walk, winter is not so bad when it's cold but bright, and even better with the frost! x

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    Jess Eliot
    January 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks Becky πŸ™‚ I know exactly what you mean about melting your heart, you just want to stay in that moment, gazing down at them… Re Call the Midwife, I actually cried for those children, it's so sad that sort of thing did go on.

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    Jenna Richards
    January 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I adore our walks together with the carrier – they are the best kind of snuggles!

    Well done on trying out the new playgroup – hope you continue to enjoy going to it. πŸ™‚

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    Jess Eliot
    January 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    My only kind of snuggles! Rosalie isn't a cuddly, snuggly baby πŸ™ x

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    Cocos Mamma
    January 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Such a lovely post, I miss being able to walk with Pops in a sling. Well done on going to the new play group, pleased that you enjoyed it, long may that continue x

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    Jess Eliot
    January 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you πŸ™‚ I'll miss carrying Rosalie when she gets bigger, I love having her within kissing distance! x

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