Sunday, 16 May 2021

Five Happy Things // May Edition


It feels weird to still be in this strange Lockdown limbo again - a little part of me did think it may all be over by December and how wrong was I? Now we're tentatively making our way towards indoor dining, soft plays, and seeing more people I'm feeling a little overwhelmed while also trying not to get my hopes up just in case it all goes wrong again. The ups and downs of lockdown eh?

One thing I think we can all agree on is that the last year has taught us a lot - for us especially it was to value the small things, make memories where we can, and make the most of family and friends. Happy moments don't have to be a huge, momentous thing, they can be just about anything - be it a chocolate bar you treated yourself to or a long walk listening to an audiobook.

I've really been trying to do this myself recently and so in the spirit of just that I'm sharing five more happy things.



A New Routine 
Things have changed a little at home - Arran is back in the office for the moment after a year of working from home while our son is at pre-school and having this new routine has been much more pleasant than we thought it would be. I won't lie, I was terrified of parenting alone again, worried how J would react to Arran not being there all the time and the house and more falling to me again Monday - Friday but I think it has done us some good. We have more to talk about, we have a stronger routine again and it has been nice to have some "normality". Let's hope the positive feelings around it lasts!

Feeling Movements
The baby bump is all out front and I'm feeling her move so much more already - it has been really lovely. There's nothing more reassuring than finally feeling those flutters especially as both Arran and J have felt her kick now. I'm 24 weeks now so the movements have become much stronger and it's so strange seeing my belly move again.



Flower Power
I decided to renew my Bloom & Wild subscription which means fresh flowers each month and it has been such a perk. There's nothing quite like a fresh bunch of flowers to brighten up a room and with wildflowers, meadow blooms, and peonies galore it has been a pretty colourful few weeks!

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Baby Clothes 
I've started sorting through all of J's old baby clothes so we can work out what we need to buy. Thankfully, we don't have much to get at all - we kept practically everything so it is only the odd baby clothing we need as well as some decorative pieces for the nursery. We've picked up a few bits from H&M Home so far and I can't wait to see it all come together. 



Family Time 
Being able to see family again has made a huge difference to all of us - we're a close family, I talk to my parents every day and J absolutely worships his grandparents so time together is incredibly important to us all. Even just sitting in the garden and sharing a cuppa has been so special - I can't wait for it to just be totally normal to be all together again. I've missed that so much over the last year.

What things are making you smile at the moment?

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15 comments

  1. Such lovely writing and it's so wonderful to read your positivity. I love Bloom & Wild and have been thinking about subscribing for some time now! Fresh flowers really brighten up the place don't they?

    How amazing that you're starting to feel your baby move too. My best friend is 9 nice weeks away from her due date and I'm honestly so excited for her and to spoil that child like it's my own!

    Thank you for sharing such joy this morning x

    Kate | kindlyk.co.uk

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  2. Hi Alice. I completely agree, these strange times that we find ourselves in have at least given everybody the opportunity to consider what things in life are really of value. Of course, not everybody takes the opportunity! But for those that do, I think they invariably find that it isn't the materialistic things, its the simple things. A hug, a kiss, a walk with the dog. Good luck with Baby 2.0 ;)

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  3. It's real strange times we're living in now! It's great to see places back up and running again though and seeing people sat outside with a drink in their hand! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  4. Aw this was such a happy and positive thing to read! Your photos are so beautiful and it's really lovely you've all felt baby kick - congrats on your pregnancy xx

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  5. I’ve enjoyed lockdown because I’ve got to do so many things round the house I wouldn’t have done at any other time x

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  6. I think the adjustment to one of you being back in the office is a big one. I'm grateful that my husband is still WFH but know that things will probably change over the coming months. How lovely that the baby is kicking away, and that you know that new life and another fresh start is on its way x

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  7. This is such a lovely post and what great photos too! I love that things are starting to return to normal somewhat and have been enjoying spending time with family.

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  8. It's so lovely that things worked out better than you expected with your new routine, what a relief. And how wonderful to be able to really enjoy the family time you have. My simple joys are much the same: family time and being out in our garden, which is always my solace at any time of year :) x

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  9. This is so lovely! Covid has seriously changed so many routines for everyone. For an ln introvert like me, I've been loving just being home, to be honest.

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  10. What a lovely post to read. This has really made smile. Your May sounded absolutely idyllic!

    Rosie

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  11. Love posts like this. It's so lovely to reflect upon the good things that have happened isn't it as sometimes we don't quite focus on them enough. I'm so glad you seem to have settled into a good routine, it's definitely daunting! Being able to see family has definitely been one of my positives of the month.

    Claire.X
    www.clairemac.co.uk

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  12. Your May sounded absolutely incredible! I love that you're feeling bump move more! I'm so excited for you, Arran and Joshua to become a family of 4!

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  13. Awww what an exciting time for you! It's great being able to see more of family at the moment too - I'm definitely appreciating it

    Jasmine xx

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  14. Such a wonderful post, the world is slowly going back to normal but also is a worrying place! however I had no idea bloom and wild did a subscription!

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  15. I agree on the fresh flowers. I spend some time in the garden with my dogs every morning. I've been working from home for 1.5 years now, and it can be alot when as you say most house things fallnto me during thr week.

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