How are we already at mid March? This year is flying past although I can’t say I’m upset. I’m not a huge fan of winter I admit, Christmas YES, winter NO. I do love being indoors and getting snuggly with hot chocolates and our favourite books and movies, but when you have children that just doesn’t really work as a 24/7 arrangement. These kids need to get outdoors once a day, they are like dogs that need to be exercised and to be honest, I just don’t like being cold. I’ve tried to embrace it as much as I can this year, but honestly I am so happy to see a bit of sun sneaking back in and the temperatures starting to rise. A bit of greenery on the trees and some spring flowers poking through the earth is also a very welcome sight at the moment and I’m genuinely starting to feel excited about the changing seasons and saying goodbye to winter. It’s funny how becoming a Mum has made me slow down and appreciate so many little things that I just took for granted or worse, barely even noticed before. I’m not sure that pre-kids me would have felt a little flutter of excitement at seeing the daffodil buds starting to appear, or noticing the evenings getting lighter (we can almost eat our dinner without putting the light on now!). But Mum-of-three Louise lives for this stuff.
We took these photos on one of those amazing bright, fresh but mild days that are full of the promise of Spring. The track was muddy and the puddles were deep and plentiful, but the sun was streaming through the trees above our heads and it was warm enough to leave our big coats in the car and even consider an ice cream as a reward after our walk.
This year, Spring seems even more full of promise for me because I’m not pregnant and I don’t have a baby, there’s nothing to slow us down this year. I know that sounds awful and I love making babies I really do (you never know, I might do it again), but it feels so good knowing that we have that little bit more freedom than the constant nap/feed cycle of a newborn that we were tied to last year. Not only that but 15 months on from having my last baby, I just feel so much more like myself and ready to get back out in the world again… and not just at the weekends with Carl, my walking talking comfort blanket on hand.
This gorgeous trio are such a delight at the moment (Teething, nappy rash and teenager-like attitudes aside). Ernie is just at the best age and the girls are enjoying him as much as I am I think. He’s starting to pick up words and he has his own funny little things he does. Like wanting to ‘boop’ your nose approximately 1436 times a day and he is slightly obsessed with Paw Patrol and the Teletubbies. Mabel and Greta like all the same things, as per usual. Currently the focus is on Trolls and Ever After High and most of their role play and creative pursuits centre around one of those themes.
I can’t believe next time I write a Siblings post Mabel will be five! I don’t want to jinx anything, but life is pretty good at the moment, I can’t complain! It’s amazing what a bit of sunshine and pretty flowers can do for your mood!
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