The past few weeks have been a little up and down to say the least. In all honesty though, I think it may have all seemed a little tougher given that usually we don’t tend to have a lot of ‘drama’ and life is normally all good. By no means am I boasting, just trying to look at things positively and realise that we’re pretty lucky most of the time. In light of that, I thought I’d note down a few things making me smile this week.

Lighter Evenings

Okay, so the rain hasn’t exactly made this as good as it could be, but how lovely has it been to not be dark at 5pm?! The promise of barbecues, watering plants and paddling pools is on the horizon and I cannot wait to be out in the garden, embracing warmer weather and laughing at Daisy, who will likely be naked and looking slightly feral most evenings.

Reading

I go through phases of reading; either I struggle to get past the first chapter of anything, or I devour one book after another. Months pass between the phases, but I’m definitely in the ‘reading at every chance I get’ camp at the moment. It has always helped me to nod off to sleep and with the amount of disturbed nights I’ve had recently, it’s definitely proved better than browsing Instagram at 3am. I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s Origin, although I’m normally a grisly thriller kinda gal.

Baby Movements

I’ve blogged before about how active this little one is, but it’s really been making me smile recently. Whenever things are a little stressful or it’s just been one of those days, taking five minutes to feel and watch all those movements instantly perks me up. Every time I see my bump wriggle or feel kicks and prods, I feel incredibly lucky and in awe of how amazing the human body really is. Like, there’s a real little person in there!

Hot Cross Buns

As much as I love hot cross buns, I’m pretty sure my hips will be glad to see the back of Easter. I’ve become something of a connoisseur the last few weeks; Jon has been bringing me home all the ‘special’ flavours he’s come across. ‘Blueberry and Maple’, ‘Extra Fruity’, ‘Apple and Cinnamon’, ‘Chocolate and Fudge’… I could continue but I’m starting to salivate and I don’t want to drool on the laptop. By this point, I’m 90% hot cross bun and I fear I’ll need to wean myself off them. I can confirm though, M&S Salted Caramel and Chocolate are the best…mmm…

Daisy’s Songs

I’ve previously mentioned how much Daisy’s speech has come on in the last year and now we quite literally can’t shut her up! It’s true what they say, kids really do say the funniest things. Daisy has loved singing songs for a while now and picks nursery rhymes up so quickly. She’s regularly coming out with a verse or two of something she’s heard at school or on TV, but this week she literally made my heart burst. Sat on the settee together, she started singing ‘Rockabye Baby’ and told me she’s going to sing it to the baby! Apparently she learnt it in school and it’s THE cutest thing ever. All the mama feels! Emma x

I’ve seen so many posts and articles lately about happiness (probably because it’s been January and the twinkly Christmas feels are gone for another year). It got me thinking about how the normal day to day stuff gets lost in a bigger picture sometimes. It’s easy to say “oh I’ve had a terrible day” when something went really wrong, but you may be forgetting the good morning cuddles from your little one, the delicious meal you had for dinner or even finding a new TV show that you know you’re going to love.

Granted, everyone gets those days where it seems like EVERYTHING has gone wrong, so that’s why I think it’s important to focus on the little things that made you smile amongst the chaos of a crappy day. So I’m going to start listing some things that made me smile. Maybe not every week, but every now and then, I’ll note down a few things that ordinarily may be easily forgotten

Daisy’s Speech

A year ago when Daisy had her health visitor check up, we were told that by her age, they expected her to able to say around fifty words; we couldn’t even think of twenty. While it was never a worry as she fully understood what we were saying and could carry out instructions, it was a huge cause of frustration to both us and her. A year on and we literally can’t shut her up! Lately, it’s like having a mini person giving me a running commentary on the entire day and the questions… oh the questions; “Is this your pillow mam?”, “You like Peppa? I like Peppa.” “Do you wear your boots to jump in puddles?” “We have cheesy pasta for tea? You like cheesy pasta? I’m going to use a spoon and have my Minnie bowl.” She’s come so far and it’s unbelievable to think how little she said less than a year ago.

Signs of Spring

Whilst the weather may stillĀ  be bitterly cold with spatters of sleet and snow, there are little signs of warmer weather cropping up. Don’t get me wrong, I rolled my eyes when I saw the Easter eggs immediately replace the Christmas aisle in Tesco, but I’ll let it slide seeing as Mini Eggs are back on the menu. I picked up a bunch of daffodils whilst shopping and just today tried the M&S Kentish Apple Hot Cross Buns; if you’re a fan of HCB’s then get your butt down to M&S now. Deeelicious!

No Nausea

If you’ve read my last pregnancy update, you’ll know that I saw the return of some pretty bad nausea recently. Well, this week I haven’t had any at all (fingers crossed it’s gone for the foreseeable) and have managed to eat whatever I want, without feeling like I’m still eating it four hours later!

New Pillows and Duvet

You know when you use the same thing over and over and when you finally upgrade it, you wonder what on earth you were doing with your life before? Yeah, that. We had some new pillows and a duvet that I put on the bed yesterday and now, I’m fairly sure we’re sleeping on a cloud. Acceptable to send your child to bed at 5pm? I’ll be popping a little bedroom reveal up in the next few weeks.

Planning a Nursery

When I was pregnant with Daisy I was so excited to decorate her little room and this time is no different. We knew we were having a girl with Daisy but we’re having a surprise this time so a more neutral room is on the cards. I’ve started looking around for some inspiration and can’t wait to get started. You can have a look at my ideas by clicking here.

I’d love to be one those people, who are able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Jon is like this and I often find myself lying there, silently turning green with envy. Even after the longest of days, I still find it difficult to nod off. Ironically, the best sleep I ever had was when I was pregnant. Granted the numerous nightly bathroom trips and feeling like you’re shifting a wardrobe towards the end didn’t mean it was consistent, but for the most part it was fantastic.

That all ended after having Daisy and if you’re a mama, you’ll know that sleep goes out the window for a little while. With lie ins a thing of the past, I try to stick to a relaxing bedtime routine, that helps me fall asleep quicker.img_9937I’m a huge fan of cosy interiors and our bedroom is no exception. We always have a few cushions on the bed and at least one throw (I have a problem!). With a few different textures and layers, this makes for the perfect spot to curl up in. I like to light a scented candle upstairs while Daisy is bathing (usually lavender), so that everything smells cosy and inviting when it comes to bed time. This one smells gorgeous and was a Primark bargain!img_9938I always make sure to remove my makeup at the end of the day, as my skin has always been prone to flare ups and acne. I’m using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at the moment and can honestly say, my face feels cleaner than ever. I vary my night cream between a Lidl one I currently have or the Homebargains version of Bio Oil. I don’t use the oil every day, but it really helps to heal any breakouts I get and has improved previous acne scars.img_9943I’ve recently been using this works deep sleep pillow spray and it really makes a difference to my sleep. You only need a few spritzes on your pillow or duvet and it smells amazing. I’m not sure whether it’s an association thing, but as soon as I smell it now, it relaxes me and makes me feel all cosy and sleepy. I highly recommend this if you have trouble switching off before bed.img_9942I’ll normally have a read to unwind, but if I’m still quite awake I listen to a short mindfulness meditation. There are lots of free apps available and I’ve tried a few, but my favourite is Breathe. There’s a two minute sleep meditation which really helps to clear your mind and relax your body. Once I’ve listed to this, I feel super chilled and drowsy and I’m able to drift off much easier.img_9939What do you do to help you get a better sleep?

Emma  x