It has been almost a year since my last post and to say that a lot has happened in that time would be an understatement. The past twelve months has been a learning curve like no other, but thankfully I have come out of it with a greater sense of who I am and what I want, and as a more aware mother. As you may have guessed returning to blogging is a part of this. The truth is that about this time last year, I got a bit lost.
I've been a little absent from my blog lately, having started a new job and having a lot of other things going on. I have no intention of abandoning the blog, even if I only post once a week or every fortnight and wanted to give you a quick update on everything that has been going on over the last month or so.
Bobby is bigger than ever! He's 19 months old now, 92cm high and weighs about 2 and half stone. He is a chatty, playful, funny and slightly bonkers child (but that was to be expected seeing as I birthed him.) He is coming on in leaps and bounds and is nicely settled at his childminders. We all had a great Christmas together and he got lots of car themed presents (his current obsession.)
November has gone by in a flash. I know I have said this about other months, but I really don't know what has happened to November. At the same time, Halloween seems like a long time ago. Before I knew it, it was time for my November favourites post - luckily I actually have some favourites to show you this month. Bobby's current favourite is cars. He is obsessed with cars (and pretty much anything with wheels.) He likes to watch Mr Bloom: Here and There, I think just because there is a car in the opening and ending credits - he likes to point at the tv and shout 'CAR!' whenever it is on. Besides planes, trains and automobiles, here are some other things that we have been enjoying this month.
A while ago I wrote a blog post about starting a craft business and taking the leap into becoming a 'Mumrepreneur'. Several months later and I have had my first stall at a market.
I meant to write a monthly favourites blog post today, as I usually do at the end of the month. But then when it came to writing it, I realised ... I got nothing. Or at least nothing new that I have tried for long enough to be able to include it here. So I thought instead that it might be nice just to do a general round up of the month, especially as there have been a lot of changes for both me and Bobby lately.
Bobby is developing at a rate that I can't even hope to keep up with. He is running around very happily and copying a lot of what we are saying (so we need to be more careful now.) He is becoming more independent by the day - I know that people tell you they grow up fast, but you don't believe it until you see it.
October has been a particularly busy month for me. At the end of September, having been studying a Masters for a couple of weeks, I decided that I was not happy on the course and dropped off. This has been quite a drastic change as I am now figuring out what to do next. As you have probably seen from my Instagram and previous blog posts, I have had some ideas. I feel that I have now come to a decision, which is hopefully going to give me a chance to do something that I have wanted to do my entire life. I don't want to say too much at the moment in case it falls through, but I will keep you updated where I can. It is just a relief at this stage to have a direction, as there is nothing worse for me than not knowing what I am going to do.
I set up my own craft business in July and had my first sale last weekend. It was a bit slow going, but I don't think I did too bad considering that it was a quiet day (probably down to the bad weather.) I have my first public sale coming up in two weeks at a local makers market and will be talking a bit more about this in my post coming up on Wednesday. I can't help but feeling a little flat now that my first sale is over, as I was getting ready for it for so long - but I am looking forward to the next one and have been considering selling online. All of this will hopefully keep me occupied whilst things develop for me over the next year. I also have other freelancing plans - again I will keep you updated.
I am sorry that this post is only short - I will be posting about the craft fair and Halloween over the week (along with revealing Bobby's Halloween costume) and I also have some exciting posts planned for November. So until Wednesday, I hope you have a fantastic Halloween. A happy Samhain to you all. :)
Autumn is such a beautiful season and it is not a surprise that for many people, it is their favourite season. I am definitely one of those people. Having said that, it isn't just Autumn I like, but this time of year as a whole. For me, it starts with the Autumn Equinox celebrations and goes from there. It's true that one of my favourite things about it is the change in the season - as it gets colder I love the warm colours of the changing leaves and the changing light as the sun sits lower in the sky. There is also a particular smell in the air, I'm not sure how to describe it, perhaps it is the smell of the leaves as they wilt on the ground, but either way I love it. There is also nothing better than kicking through a pile of crisp leaves and I can't wait to start doing this with Bobby this year. A lot of people might not agree with me, but I like it when it gets colder. I love winter and have always wanted to visit Lapland at this time of year, but the thing that I love the most is the excuse that the cooler temperature gives us to snuggle up with a duvet, a cup of tea and a good book. I don't get the chance to do this too much these days, so when I do it makes it extra special. Along with all this, there is so much more that I love about his time of year.
The first thing that I need to do is apologise for the complete lack of blog posts recently. I have been doing a Masters at university, which has left very little time for much else beyond my family. For now I will be back to posting regularly for a while - but more on this is a minute. I wanted to write this post to give an update on what has been going on, but also to tell you about my September favourites (if a little belatedly.)
A couple of weeks ago I start a masters degree, having graduated from my BSc in Broadcasting. However, after a couple of weeks on the course I realised that it wasn't for me - I wanted to do a masters, but I wanted to take my learning in another direction. This is fine though, I am happy that I gave it a go - you don't know until you try. So my plans at this point are to properly launch my business, Little Raincloud and sell the things that I make at local craft fairs (I am also considering Etsy.) As Bobby is back in child care I'll have time to work on this properly along with my usual house jobs. As well as this, I am hoping to expand on the article that I had published in the current issue of Juno and will be looking for some freelance writing opportunities.
In terms of the masters, I don't want to say where I am applying at this stage just in case I don't get in. I am going to be concentrating on my application over the next few months and will hopefully have some news for you in the new year. I am sorry to be so cryptic, but I promise it will make sense soon.)
Now we can get to our September favourites! Bobby is loving sitting on little chairs at the moment. We realised that he needed a chair when he kept sitting on the very bottom of step of the stairs and he seemed quite happy there. He now has a little table a chair set at home as well as at his caregivers, and enjoys sitting at the little table with the other children at the childminders when they eat. Here are some other things that we have been enjoying in September.
Today's post is just a quick one in celebration of my article appearing in the Autumn issue of Juno magazine. To be published in a national magazine is amazing, but to be published in my favourite magazine is a dream come true. I wrote the article back in May and originally intended to post it to my blog. It was almost Bobby's first birthday and I was reflecting on what his birth had been like. I had come to the conclusion that communication between the mother and those around her was vital for a calm and happy pregnancy, birth and post-natal period. I had learnt a lot from my own birth and wanted to share what I had learnt with others.
August seems to have been a slightly slower month than some of the previous ones. It feels like every month when doing my Favourites post I have started by saying that I can't quite believe how quick the month has gone. But I started to compile items for this post in the first couple of weeks of August and couldn't believe it was only halfway through (not that I'm complaining.) I've had so much going on with starting my craft business, but it feels like the pace of life has slowed right down, so I am able to truly appreciate the long, hazy late summer days. Bobby's favourite of the month has been spending his Twirliwoos interactive boat. He loves the show and this toy equally. It has been a great toy for developing some of his skills. He can now open and close the little door on his own (after throwing all of the characters in), press the button to fill the fruit tea machine and spin the wheel at the front of the boat. He has also started to use the cord to pull it along behind him, I can't believe how steady he is with his walking now. Here are some other things that we have been enjoying this month.
Today was one of those days when I had a post planned, but then something else occurred to me at the last minute. Instead of noting it down like I normally would, I couldn't resist sharing this one straight away - I hope you enjoy it. :) It was one of those ideas that occurs to you in the bath (like most good ideas), but I was thinking about parenting blogs. There are many blogs coming from the parents point of view, which I obviously love to read, but wouldn't it be fantastic to read a blog post from the child's point of view?