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Eleanor’s First Birthday.

IMG-20180831-WA0013Firstly, I’m going to apologise for my lack of online presence, it’s been such a busy eight weeks and to round it all off, the past two weeks have been full of celebrations and joy. Celebrating all things family and all thegood in life. With a lot of blogging to catch up on and some spare time to kill on the drive back to Amsterdam from Bruges, I’ll begin with the first in the run up of events. Eleanor’s first birthday, one of the best and most exciting days I have ever had. What a buzz around a First birthday, we had an absolute blast and I’m now more in love than ever.

Yes, you read correct, on the 31st of August my baby Daughter turned one and I don’t quite know how to handle that. A year has past so soon, so sudden and I’m not sure that I am ready to let go a little more. Motherhood, It’s a process and it’s an emotional challenge. It can be lonely, it can be scary but most of all  it can be so, so rewarding and the love that consumes you is something quite euphoric. My baby girl has brought so much to the World that I live in within in such a short year and had made the process of becoming a Mother so very easy for me. She leads the way, and I follow.

There are few words to explain just how Eleanor has changed my life in such a short space of time, all for the better. This tiny little baby appeared and suddenly everything becomes so different and the life you knew is no more. We have to change and adapt, grow and nurture, it’s not easy to get to grips with but before you know it parenting is second nature and I wonder if we need these tiny babies more than they need us. Or at least in some respects. What a crazy year it has been and I can only thank Eleanor for the life she has brought to me and the joy she has filled me with.

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As a new Mum, I’m so grateful to have the time that I do with Eleanor to raise and watch her as she grows. Keen to capture it all and document her firsts, her achievements and her happiness is just so important for myself and my Husband, Euan. Oh, yes, you read that right.. Husband. I’ll elaborate later.

To celebrate the first year of Eleanor’s life and the good she has brought to us all, we decided to have a morning of present opening followed by Eleanor’s favourite breakfast, pancakes and Yogurt. Messy but absolutely delicious, she is a girl after my own heart and our love of pancakes will bond us forever more. I picture life with Eleanor ahead and can see us sitting around a cafe table washing down our favourite food with different juices and coffees, it makes me smile to have all of these images and ideas of happy family life full my head and I feel warm.

My baby has brought so much to our lives and her soul is just so alive and pure. Charismatic, friendly, loving, cheeky and more, Eleanor really does make for quite a special little girl. I’d be lost without her and life would certainly not be half as bright. I can’t believe how such a small person can have such a big presence, Eleanor lifts and lights the room, I love her.

Looking like my big little girl, all dressed in her pink Birthday dress which I had purchased the day prior, what follows was a family day trip to a local family soft play center and outdoor play area, den in the Glen. A coffee stop on the way was essential however as without coffee i wouldn’t have made it.

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A place familiar to myself from childhood play dates. We walked around the grounds as it was a lovely and sunny day, pointed out each artefact and piece of nature to Eleanor and just went at our own pace taking it all in. I think I was trying to digest my baby being one to be honest, something that I am still trying to get my head around.

After a walk around, I nursed Eleanor in the car before heading into the soft play area for a wee seat, a spot of lunch and a play in the open space that was suitable for both babies and parents. The hall was busy, families were enjoying lunch together, babies were nursing or snacking and of course, the play area was full of small children and adults, running around, splashing about in the ball pit and having a good day to themselves.

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Having not been to soft play previously, I didn’t know what to expect really. A lot to take in and afterward Eleanor was so exhausted that we went out in a drive to Stonehaven to kill time and allow for a car nap. If left without a nap and over tired it can be an absolute nightmare and I wanted Eleanor to be able to enjoy her day as much Euan and I were, after all it was a day all about her.

In the evening we heading up to my mums to enjoy a birthday tea full of everyone’s favourite snacks and nibbles, Eleanor included. There were sandwiches, pizza, chips, falafel. You name it, we had it. An exceptional spread hosted by my Mother. I brought the birthday cake which I had baked the previous day, a lemon sponge cake in the style of a Victora sponge with buttercream..

The whole family had a great day of celebrations and feasting and Eleanor had a blast. Turning one hasn’t ever looked so good, our baby was spoiled rotten with love and attention while being catered for with all of her favourite foods. I’m usually quite strict with treats and snacks but a birthday is an exception and an excuse to go all out.

To wind down at the end of the day, we headed home and it was straight to bed. Yes, 8.30pm and my baby and I were off to enjoy a cuddle and a snooze together while Euan sorted out some bits and bobs. I don’t know how much longer my baby will nurse from me, accept my cuddles and hold my hand as she falls asleep but for now I’m not ready to wave goodbye to those special moments. I’ve let go of our first year together and that’s quite enough for right now. It’s been challenging, hard work and an emotional roller-coaster.

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There’s been good days, bad days, days where everything just falls out of place and goes wrong but I would do each day all over again if I could. As they all say, blink and you miss it and I can fully say that the statement is so very true. A moment will pass at the blink of the eye but a memory can last a lifetime. That’s what I’m keen to continue to do as Eleanor grows, to make memories and capture as much of our time together as I can.

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Happy birthday baby girl, for I love you so.

Dad’s day off. Trip to Camperdown wildlife park.

Hey guys! A busy spell over here with us so I thought I’d share a little of what we have been up to. On Thursday, Euan had a day off so we were up and out at 7am ,ready to adventure on a day trip down to Dundee and hit the animal park at Camper down.

DCIM100GOPROG0040237.JPGI’d not been for years and we have rare opportunities to do such activities during the week with Euan working, it’s just too busy. Sure to make the most of a sunny day, we set about with a plan and followed through.

We arrived in Dundee early, before 9am, and took advantage of a wee browse around the local shopping centre. Or at least I did, I left with a second set of ear lobe piercings.. talk about inpromptu. I blame a mum life crisis if that’s such a thing? Anyway, we grabbed picnic style snacks, some food for Eleanor and headed off to the park around 11AM.

The sun was out, the park was busy and the animals were out to play for the best part. We had the gopro set and ready to go, to capture any moments from the day. Waltzing around the park with Eleanor in her dad’s arms, watching all of the animals in their daily life was quite nice. A chilled out day going at a pace of our own and making me ever grateful for the little family that I call my own and everyday life.

GOPR0243_1532027445953_high.JPGEleanor wasn’t fully aware of all that was going on but she did enjoy watching some of the wild birds and the bears having a bath in the sun. I was quite impressed with the park, small and nothing crazy going on but enough to make the most of your time there. With it being a nice day, we took a slow jaunt around and stopped to look for the wild animals.

Come 2pm we decided to head back home and walk our dog Fern into the centre to grab an ice cream. It is of course so crucial to make the most of the nice weather back here when we have it and ice cream is never a bad idea.

A scoop of blueberry panna cotta for Euan and cookies n cream for Eleanor and I to share. My baby loves ice cream, in fact, her favourite word right now seems to be “Mmm”  a foodie in the making with a definite love for anything sweet. Definitely takes after myself with the food department for now, so long as she picks up a love for pizza and Hallomi we are onto a winner.

Back home, we sat down to a glass of wine and some chill time before preparing for the working day ahead. It’s nice to take a day off together and utilise as a family day now and again as time flies so fast, these moments are precious and not to be wasted. Family is the best part of my life and to take time out together makes my heart so fuzzy and full, I just love it.

G0030235_1532027445953_high.JPGBesides, what is better than watching your Husband (to be) play and interact with your baby? It’s just too bloody special.

I hope that you guys are all good. Does anyone have any ideas of family activities with a small child? Particularly outdoors, as we just love to get up and get out.

 

Keren x

 

Couples Christmas day out/Cineworld 4DX 3D review.

On a couples day out while the Grandparents babysat Eleanor, myself and Euan decided to take a trip out for a good lunch and some cinema screen time. Yay!

A favourite past time of ours has always been the cinema but lately with the circumstances and Euan working extra with a second job, it is quite tough to find the time to get together and get out for a few hours to the cinema. Finding a babysitter is a hardship, we have my parents but with my mum working nightshift, to find a time that suits us all is no easy task.

Lots of planning goes into a day out, if you have a young baby at home, I’m sure you will know what I’m talking about. If not, come the time, you will. The thing is though, the whole run up to a couples day out, the planning and preparation, makes it even more exciting. Previously we took time together for granted. Now, with a baby and a serious lack of time, each moment we have of quality time is just so precious. I look forward to the little things, fifteen minutes for cuddle time?! Holla.

Anyway, for our Christmas day out, we hit up the Christmas stall outside the local shopping centre and indulged with a hot chocolate and mulled wine. Baby free, you bet I was hitting up the wine.

The forces had been working the magic through the night and for our day out we got to enjoy the Snow. I’m not crazy for snow but at this time of year it really does make everything feel magical and special, I do believe that snow does make Christmas, along with family of course. It was lovely to sit outdoors in the open bar and enjoy a conversation with a hot beverage as we watched the snow fall and the Christmas shoppers rush past (I love to people watch and we had a great spot for doing so. I really like to watch people as they go about on their daily business. I wonder what people think and do. I wonder where they are off to)

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This was a pre lunch snack so to speak, we had a voucher to utilise at Pizza Express and our next stop was lunch from the comfort and the warmth of  the indoors.

Eating out is always such a treat, we don’t get the opportunity do so often so when we do, it’s a special occasion regardless of the day. I opted for a rose wine with a vegetarian classic pizza, topped with olives and sultanas. Delicious! Euan, went with a coke and a spicy pizza. Equally delicious. We both almost cleared our plates, but were cautious to save room for cinema snacks. An essential for any trip to the cinema.

It was so good to have the time to appreciate one another’s company without the background noise of a crying baby or a fiesty dog. Us time, I love it. Though, on saying that, I believe we spent a lot of the time chatting about our little snuggle bug and wondering what she was up to. I called my Mum twice to check up on her and see that she was doing okay. Yep, I’ve become the over protective Mum type. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing a limb without her around. It’s as though she has always been with us.

Having ensured Eleanor was good and that my Mum was coping (she has raised four children of her own, I still feel the need to check she is managing, this is probably quite the insult to her) we headed to the cinema and collected some 3D specs and snacks for the screening. CINEMA SNACKS! AHHH. I bloody love a good cinema snack. This was not just any regular screening, we decided to go and see Jumanji in the new 4DX screen at Cineworld.

As a big cinema fan, this was quite the big deal. We are crazy about the cinema and a day out is spent better in the cinema than going to a pub to get Merry. What a pair of geeks, I’ll be the first to admit it. I just love the cinema, we both do. Now, the important part..  I went with my classic scoop of ice cream, pralines and cream topped with a hefty load of sprinkles, Euan went with a large popcorn. Mixed of course.

I had high hopes for the screening and those hopes were fulfilled. The screening took us through all of the motions. When there was a lot of action going down in the movie, the cinema would become more like a roller-coaster ride. The chairs would move around, water was sprayed at you, smoke came from the screen and you could feel the cold or hot air hit during parts of the movie.

Jumanji itself was quite fun, I didn’t know what to expect in comparison to the original but the cast really made it. It was a funnier version of the classic and definitely kept you entertained throughout. With the added extra of the 4DX, there was no hope of catching forty winks. I had a great time and a really good experience with the screening in 4DX, it was a good touch and great to do something different together that neither of us hadn’t experienced before. I wouldn’t rush to see every movie in that view but for action movies with a bit of an impact, I think it’s a great way to spend your time. Next on the hit list, Star Wars.

Having left the cinema on a high note, we stopped past Krispy Kreme to pick up some treats to take for my parents as a thank you for allowing us to have the day out. It really was a great day and we had so much fun together. I truly was wined and dined. So much so, I left no room for dinner in the evening. Oops.

Euan collected Eleanor and the evening tipple. Start as you mean to go on right? I got the flat organised and tidy before winding down with my family while having a mulled wine which Euan tracked down from Tesco. What a gem. I was delighted to end the day on a high note with my favourite festive drink in one hand, baby in the other.

The evening was spent on the couch with Eleanor and Fern snuggled up next to us as we watched Deck the Halls. A family fun Christmas movie. Can you tell that we are feeling festive? The Christmas spirit is in full swing over at the Ross household. There is something about babies and Christmas that just makes it so much more exciting. Family time is the best time and I just can’t wait for the first Christmas as a family of three, or four if you include our four legged friend, Fern. Family makes Christmas.

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I had such a brilliant day out that I had to docunent and share this with you all. I certainly believe that time is precious and I am not taking any of these special moments and days for granted. If you get the chance to see a movie in the 4DX screenings, I would definitely recommend trying it. Unless of course you suffer motion sickness. That could be risky business.

I don’t know when the next time we will get to enjoy a trip out together, however, Euan has some time off over Christmas that we are looking forward to spending as a family. I’m sure that we can pack in lots of movie days on the couch with snacks and cuddles. Next up, Christmas!

I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend and feeling relaxed on the run up to Christmas. It is busy out there. I’m on my own with Eleanor now after having spent the afternoon out at coffee with my Mum and Sister. It’s all quiet on our side and I am looking forward to Euan coming in from work at 10.15 to sneak on some bed time hugs.

Keren x