Sunday, 23 June 2013

A family fun day

Janette got us tickets to a bbq and fun day in Belfast today.
It was rainy and windy but thankfully everything was set up inside a great big marquee. 

The kids are still too small to enjoy the bouncy castles, slides and ball games, 
but Amy enjoyed watching the other children and babies. 
She also seemed pretty excited by the 'old tyme' carousel. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

How a typical day looks with an almost 8 month old Amy

Somewhere between 6:30 and 7:30 Amy wakens. I hear her 'chatting' and squealing on the monitor and I try to ignore her and hope she falls back to sleep again. (Ha! Some chance!) I try to open my eyes but they feel glued shut, I shuffle downstairs and stick the kettle on for a cuppa tea. Amy's still upstairs chatting to her bunnies. I go in to her and say 'good morning' and she grins and squeals. She has her milk and we cuddle on her chair and then we play with her toys on the mat in her nursery.

(Somewhere in there I manage to shower and dress myself)

Around 9:00 we go downstairs for breakfast. Amy has half a weet-a-bix with milk and fruit. I eat and pour more tea into me.

9:30 is morning nap time. Amy has more milk and falls asleep listening to her lullaby cd she got from her aunty Janette at Christmas or her African lullaby's granny bought her on her first trip to South Africa or her 'Rockaby Baby' Foo Fighters cd from Carri-Ann.

I go downstairs hoping she naps for longer than 30 minutes. She does! She naps for 40 minutes...Oh Amy.

10:30 I dress Amy and we read a story, sing some songs and play on the mat downstairs. We sit in the garden and watch the windmill go around and go for a walk to the shops. Amy has a little snack or more milk.

13:00 Afternoon nap time. Amy has more milk and she cuddles up with bunnies in her cot and goes to sleep...for another 40 minutes. That's not long enough for a nap Amy!!

14:00 Lunch time. Amy has something I've cooked and frozen followed by some toast fingers with hummus/cheese or some fruit.

14:30 I put her toys in the lounge and she plays on the mat with some Baby tv on in the background.

15:30 Another nap because she doesn't sleep for long enough! Amy sleeps for 30 minutes. Sigh.

16:45 Lee comes home and we have our dinner. Amy plays in her high chair at the table and samples what we're having. Lee plays with Amy. She loves sitting up on his shoulders while he 'gallops' and she kicks and squeals. We play 'peek-a-boo' and 'this little piggy'. 

18:00 Amy has dinner, something I've cooked for her, followed by some fruit or yoghurt. Play time continues.

18:45 Bath time! Such fun! Amy baths and we sing 'twinkle twinkle' and 'wee willie winkie' and she gets her pyjamas put on. We read another book together on her rocking chair, she has more milk and listens to her lullaby's.

19:30 Amy goes to bed.

23:30 - 6:30 Amy wakens around twice in the night for a feed/a cuddle. Although I'd really like a good uninterrupted nights sleep, I think I'll miss the night time cuddles with our snuggly little girl. I reckon as long as I'm breastfeeding, she'll continue to waken during the night. Ah well.

On Tuesdays Lee's mum visits and we usually go out. Nana plays with and baths Amy and she goes home once Amy is in bed.

On Friday's we'll be going to the baby/toddler group in the village hall and on Monday's we'll probably go to a few baby music classes at the Library when they start up again.

Ja, so that's our routine at the moment :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Beach day!

On Saturday we went to Ballintoy to see Lee's mom and dad and take Amy to the beach. There was a thick mist over the beach and harbour so we drove over to Ballycastle where the mist wasn't as bad.

Amy loved playing in the sand but was less keen on the cold water. Lee dipped her toes into the sea and she cried! 
We spent the rest of the day back in Ballintoy. It was packed with holiday makers, a bus load of Game of Throne fans, a wedding party getting photos taken and children with buckets and spades playing in the sand. The water there was a bit warmer, but Amy was still unimpressed. 
Northern Ireland has the prettiest beaches, it's just too bad about the weather!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

My birthday weekend

Summer has officially begun!

We've been having braais, exploring the neighbourhood, walking along the loughshore and just spending as much time as possible sitting outside in the (glorious) sunshine. Hooray for warmer weather!!

It was my birthday on Sunday. On Saturday evening, Lee's cousin Donna came over to look after Amy while we went out to OX in Belfast for a meal. The food was delicious and beautiful but the portions were tiny (and I'm not a big eater [unless it's chocolate]) and we both left still kinda hungry. Kerri and Stephen gave us a lift back home, and once I got Amy in to bed, we all sat outside and had a little party around our picnic table.

Donna went home on Sunday and we napped and stayed in our pyjamas until lunch time and ate chocolate and drank tea and it was a wonderfully lazy day. We visited with Aidan and Carri-Ann and had another little braai and drank pimms and I got more presents!

And this afternoon when Lee gets home we're having more left over braai :)