January has been a strange month, on one hand it feels like Christmas was ages ago, but on the other hand the weeks seem to have gone quickly. One thing I do know, it’s been really cold. Like bitter cold and I pleased that we are getting another step close to the warmer weather.
It has been a month of a few milestones for Holly, with her starting preschool. She is only going one morning a week, but she absolutely loves it and skips in every time. I really miss her and I can’t believe my baby is at preschool. I’m getting into a routine of having a couple of hours to myself, something that hasn’t happened on a regular basis for nearly five years.
The other milestone was moving Holly from a cot to a bed. We waited until we moved house to make the transition and her new furniture arrived a couple of weeks ago. Which saw Andy and spending the day getting it all ready for her. Her first night in the new bed didn’t quite go to plan with her falling out of her cot as we were putting the finishing touches to her room. Yes, I know ironic really!
Anyway, when bedtime arrived she got into her bed and went straight to sleep. She looks so little in her big girl bed and I am still mourning the fact we no longer have a cot in our house.
January has been all about getting our house sorted and made into a home. I decorated Alice’s bedroom with fairy wall stickers and some new curtains. I’ve made a start on Holly’s room too and just a few more to put up. With every step we make, we feel more and more at home.
In fact since moving here I would say that as a family we are a lot happier. It wasn’t that we weren’t happy in our old house, we loved it and have lots of lovely memories there. But it also was a place that held a lot of times that I know that I would like to forget personally. The place were I lived with post natal depression behind closed doors.
I feel so much more calmer here and whilst the actual move was really stressful, I feel like I am coming out the other side of that. I’ve opened those doors and I know that I can get to a better place.
The girls are already so settled here and I love seeing them run around the house, laughing and joking together. Their bond growing day by day.
Whilst we were all excited about the move, I don’t think that Andy and I thought it would have such an impact of us, as it has. In a good way.
January you have been a good month for us and I am excited for what the rest of year will bring…
Because we’ve been really busy at the weekends doing things for the house or seeing my parents, as they jet off to Australia tomorrow for a whole month! I know how jealous am I and how much am I going to miss them. I left these photos right up to the last minute and took these when Alice got home from school.
The light was non-existent on a late January afternoon, but thankfully the girls were in a playful mood and happy to go along with it. As it turns out they are some of my favourite photos. You can see the different characters of my girls coming through in each one. I think my favourite thing is Andy being professional (or not daring to look away from the camera!!) and keeping his head forward, whilst the craziness unfolds.
So, for the first month of this brand new year, this is us. My beautiful, crazy family…