The Explorer

A few weeks ago, we moved house.  It actually wasn’t anywhere near as stressful as people make it.  And it feels like we’ve been in our new forever.  The majority of our ‘stuff’ has been packed away, though I’m sure much of it will be moved around in the coming months.  There are a few bits I’d like to decorate.  But for now, we’re just settling in to our new environment.

I’ve spoken numerous times on the blog about one of our daily habits – walking the dog.  Moving house means we now have a new area to walk the dog in.  We’re actually only about 5 minutes drive from our last house.  And just over the road from the field we used to walk Ned in.  But it’s very muddy in winter, and so we’ve been trying out another park that is near us.

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six months of memories

The Ordinary Moments #46 – 6 Months of Memories

Sienna turned six months old last week.  It has absolutely flown.  And yet at the same time, the newborn days seem so long ago now!!  I can’t believe how much Sienna has changed over the six months.  I’ve noticed it far more than I did with Ella.  I think because her temperament has changed so much, as she has grown, and she seems like a different child to her newborn days.

My memory has really collapsed over the last 6 months, thanks in no part to not having enough sleep.  My brain really struggles to work any more!!!!  So, I really just wanted to document a few memories from the six months of Sienna!

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The Ordinary Moments #45 – One-on-One

Since Sienna was born, I’ve enjoyed lots of one-on-one time with her. Ella goes to nursery one day a week, and her nanna’s another day, which gives me a bit of time to devote to Sienna, and to crack on with some work!

What I haven’t really had is any one-on-one time with Ella in the five months that Sienna has been here.

This week, Sienna stayed at her nanna’s one night. She’s been sleeping pretty poorly thanks to a constant cold, so my mother-in-law offered to have her for the night to allow me to catch up on a bit of sleep. I’ve got to admit, it was nice to not have to be up and down in the night, though I did really miss her too.

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The Ordinary Moments #43 – Miss Independent

Ella is so independent.  She has been since she was a baby.  She’s never really shown much clinginess towards me. She’ll be a bit shy in new circumstances, and cling a little while she warms up and figures it out. Then she’s off!

As a baby, she would go to anyone. She would be comforted by anyone too. Of course, she loved a mummy cuddle, especially when poorly or tired, and still does, but she’s quite confident in being around others. I’m seeing a marked difference with Sienna, who very much wants her mummy when she needs comforting.

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The Ordinary Moments #40 – Horseys

Ella loves animals. Her favourite song is Old Macdonald.  Her favourite videos to watch on YouTube are animal videos.  She loves trips to the farm.  She loves spotting cats, birds and squirrels when we’re out.  And she adores the horses (hor-hees) we see on our dog walks. 

Round the back of our estate, there is a narrow strip of land.  And from about March onwards, it’s inhabited by several horses.  Quite rare when you live in the city suburbs rather than out in the countryside.  And they are very friendly horses. Chancing their luck that you may be bringing them treats, so trotting straight over as soon as they see you at the gate.
Ella would happily stand all day and chat to the horses.  She points out to them where their water is. She counts them. She loves spotting the baby horse. And when it’s time to say bye to the horses, there’s lots of protesting!

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The Ordinary Moments #39 – Sleep or Lack Of

What parent isn’t obsessed with sleep?!

Recently I’ve been asked by lots of people whether Sienna is sleeping through yet. The answer is a definite no. I think it will be a while yet until she does. Ella had been sleeping through for a good month or so by this age. But every child is different and for now, Sienna is happy to have a bit of mummy time in the night!

To be honest, I don’t really mind getting up to her in the night. It’s so peaceful and always nice to have a sleepy cuddle. But I don’t mind if it’s only once in the night. The nights of multiple wake ups are not so lovely!

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staying in

The Ordinary Moments #37 – Staying Indoors

Since having Sienna, our weeks are pretty routine.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I have both girls all day.  Tuesday, Ella goes to her nanna’s, and Thursday she goes to nursery.

This week we started potty training on Monday.  So far so good on that front (update on that here… Potty training has now stopped since writing this post!!)! But one thing I decided was that I really wanted to get it somewhat cracked before we took the brave steps beyond the house!  I figured Ella would have her day at her nanna’s and at nursery to give her a bit of a break from our four walls.

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