Hello Again!

Wow, it’s been a long time. It seems that life just continues to get in the way of blogging. I started writing this post on the 30th of May and good ol’ WordPress promptly lost most of it… it’s taken until now to get round to finishing. Recently I’ve found myself thinking of lots of things I’d like to share so I think it’s time to get back on the horse. Its been so long though, I think it’s time for a little catch up first. And I’d love to hear from you guys as to whats going on with you?

Going back a little further than the last 2 months, I started working a bit more in January. I used to do 2.5 days of seeing patients and another half day was admin time. It felt like a really great balance as I did 2 full days and friday afternoon, but I’d go in on friday morning to get some work done and keep my admin up to date. Because we are generally understaffed and workloads are getting greater all the time, I offered to increase to 3 full days of seeing patients and do my admin from home (because I don’t have or want childcare for the extra time the admin would require.) I have full access to my desktop from home but it means I’m squeezing paperwork in at home in Bea’s nap times or usually at night, and its really tipped the balance in a negative way. My work days are way busier because I’m trying to pack extra in, I’m staying later and still have stuff to do at home. And that ends up just making everything feel worse. At the moment we still need it at work, but I’m thinking all the time about whether to change things back.

The house is also being a bit of a mental drain, if not a physical one. We started one of our main bedrooms back in January – stripping the walls ready for the mammoth job of replacing the wooden windows, re-plastering, putting a new (old) fireplace in and then getting to the fun part of actually decorating and filling it. Its going to be a playroom for Bea and then in the future will become her big girl bedroom when we need the nursery again. Its been somewhat of a false start however as we have been messed about by the company we ordered our windows from and as I write they are promising they will be fitted next week. Funnily enough, I’ve heard that one before from these guys, more than once, but I’m not going to write any more about it otherwise I am likely to swear. A lot.

We have also got another super exciting house project on the go but that one deserves a whole post of it’s own. ;)

I finally started doing some exercise recently, well in January. I found a running buddy, my friend Meriel, and she basically kicked my behind into making it out of the front door for a change. Being brutally honest I have done pretty much no exercise since Bea was born (another blog post in the making,) and there have been lapses when life didn’t allow or I lost my motivation, but I’m pretty proud that over all, I feel like I can call myself a runner now. I get out at least twice a week and my ‘minutes per kilometre’ number is falling all the time. More than anything the regular exercise has actually made me crave more. I miss it when I don’t have opportunity and I feel good when I have managed to do something, even if it’s a short run. High fives all round!

I’m feeling pretty sad I’ve let things slip around here, partly because I miss the posts I wrote about Bea – the last one was when she was 11 months – almost 12 months ago now and she’s turning into a little rock star. I guess part of the reason I don’t get time to post is that I prefer to focus on her fully, but I miss documenting all her little changes and cuteness. Despite the odd very trying day (hello toddler tantrums!) motherhood is still the best adventure I ever embarked upon.

So I’m going to leave it there, because I want to write more, be here more, and if I waffle on much longer I won’t manage another post!

Now what have you been doing so far this year?

Rebecca
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14 thoughts on “Hello Again!

  1. Good to have you back. Life is full on here too. Lots of toddler tantrums. We miss Bea too – it was always good knowing what was coming in a few months!

    Working 4 days has been hard – lots of family time at weekends as compensation but its got on top of me and I’ve really struggled. Its a big decision to work more or less but in hindsight, three days a week would be better for me. I hope you find a solution that works for you guys soon. I currently have Wednesdays off and whilst its a good balance I sometimes think working three consecutive days and then really kicking back for long weekends would be better for my mental health than worrying and stressing about work on my day off. Luckily, I’m due to start a second batch of maternity leave pretty soon so, you know, I’ll have looooooads of time off to chill **laughs manically through rose tinted glasses**.

    Oh and we’re moving. But I basically can’t cope with the logistics of that in my head just yet. Even though we’re doing it pre-baby (so, in a few weeks) and, you know, we have no where to live and only a very rough idea of the areas we like.

    I spent the early half of the year feeling like pants over exercise but not summoning the motivation because I put on so much weight the first pregnancy that I just didn’t see the point in losing it whilst planning a second. I’m going to be on a real kick post second baby.

    Holiday planning. Lots of UK trips. I need some inspiration for holidays abroad. That’s a really unsubtle hint by the way…

  2. Whoop! You’re back!

    I’m busy with my 21 month old, building my wedding stationery business and starting a blog with my Step-mum-in-law. And i don’t have any childcare. It’s all done around nap times whilst my big one is at school. Speaking of which, i better go and get her. Good to have you back :)

  3. Hello there stranger, I missed you! Here, our two 3/4 year Old son has been joined by a beautiful little girl who I can’t believe it’s already 11 weeks old ! Life is, as a consequence, busy and I’m not getting a huge amount of sleep, but its all fun and I’m enjoying being on maternity leave again. Looking forward to some more blog posts and that I can read during night time breastfeeding sessions! Xx

  4. Hello! Have missed you too. Lovely to see your pictures and do miss the little monthly Bea posts- now that Silvia is 15 months she has overtaken them which feels so strange as they were amazingly helpful when she was very small.

    So glad to see you have your running mojo back- we have been on a health kick since early May as I have sort of decided to do a triathlon and as a result am now below my pre pregnancy weight and feeling fit, strong and positive. Which is lucky really as I’m starting a round of job applications so preparing for rejection while simultaneously asking myself why I want to go back when it’s not a financial necessity and I love the vast amounts of time I have with S doing fun things- the beach yesterday. I guess what happens is in the hands of the academic job gods, fickle creatures.

    Love to hear more about your time in Italy with Bea- it looked glorious on IG.

  5. Lovely to have a Florence Finds post pop up! Baby no 1 due in a couple of months so have been re-reading all your pregnancy and early baby posts, so handy. Also trying to get lots of renovation done before baby’s here and sort work ready for handover so it’s all go!

  6. Welcome back – missed you. Was actually going to tweet you and ask where you were and once on twitter saw you announced a post. I so needed a fix! Love your garden btw.

  7. lovely to have you back,please could we have a post about your summer wardrobe and Italy,it all looked fab on instagram. Iam in a different phase with 3 boys, two of whom are teenagers and one age 10,working part-time so different challenges!We are planning a trip to Italy in October.Have enjoyed your blog but didn’t start reading until after the Florence meet up- do you think you might have another one, one day ?

  8. Hi Rebecca,
    Great to have you back, I’m the same as Lexie, baby number 1 is due in July so have been rereading your pre-baby posts! Trying to get organised with what to buy and decorating the nursery. All tips greatly excepted! By the way your garden looks great now it’s developing. That one thing i want to try and get sorted while i’m off probably a bit unrealistic with a new born, but at least i can make a start.

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