We are over half way through the Summer holidays and it has whizzed by. There’s no way we can look back on this time and say we didn’t make the most of our time together. We have been so busy. Days out, play dates with friends, water fights, road trips, and everything in between.
Suffice to say, we’re knackered. We’ve still got another 3 weeks left. (as M doesn’t start school until 12th September!) So we’re going to start to calm things down from next week and get our routine back on track.
GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL
The uniform has been delivered. Sob! It’s just the school shoes to get. Which I’m struggling with. I do not like what’s on offer in the ‘go to’ school shoes store. And Mills’ feet have been the same size for over a year and a half so I’m loathed to rush into getting him anything until as last minute as possible just in case that growth spurt happens. You can guarantee as soon as the £40 goes out of the account that’s when it’ll happen.
We’re both ready for the school journey to start. The anticipation of how he’s going to cope with it has got me on edge. He talks positively about school, but he’s so easily effected by other people’s emotions and actions that anything could happen in those first few weeks.
We’ve met up with some of his new school buds over the holidays, which has been great. Thankfully, there are at least two lovely children in his class with nice families all on the same wave length as us. So it’s a good start.
I know he’s ready for this new chapter, his boredom at being at home is a sure sign of this, but every change brings some hurdles so we’re ready to have a quiet September and October while he settles.
GETTING READY FOR BABY
People keep asking me ‘are you ready?’ but second time around I feel like we’ve been ready since we decided to have a second child. We’ve got all the equipment we need, and some, and a wardrobe full of new born baby clothes that were barely worn the last time around. Plus all the extra gadgets and gizmos I know will make our lives slightly easier when the time comes.
So in answer to your question ‘yes we’ve got everything we need, thank you very much.’
But in terms of ‘being ready’ my tact has been focused very differently this time. I’ve paid more attention to myself. We went on a hypnobirthing course to help me overcome some fears I had of labour and I’m focusing much more on how I felt after having M and what I can do differently this time. I know the rest of the new born stuff will fall into place, so where as last time it was all about baby and I didn’t give myself a second thought, this time, I’m making sure I spend time on myself. Getting emotionally and mentally prepared for this huge change.
7 weeks till DD and I can’t wait to meet this little wriggler. For more reasons than one. I’m so uncomfortable. It’s so high up that it’s getting in the way of breathing, so every position apart from leaning over my ball or sofa is uncomfortable. Which means I’m not sleeping well at all. My hips are really painful. By the end of the day – no matter what I’ve done – I’m hobbling around like a 90 year old with a hip replacement. It’s painful. Sleeping is frustrating and everything is a huge effort. But I know it’ll be worth it, and forgotten, once this little one arrives. The final two months are tough aren’t they. But once school time comes, I’m ready for lots of R&R and baby prepping.
AUTUMN IS COMING
These last few days of rain have got me in Autumn mode. I love a new season and Autumn is top of the list. After the unpredictable summer months, it’s nice to see the ol’ faithful signs of Autumn. It’s giving me the sorting and organising buzz I always get at this time of year, but annoyingly this year we’ve been so on top of house stuff, there’s not as much to do. Around the house that is.
Instead, my attentions are turning to my wardrobe. 7 months of maternity wear will do that to you. I’ve already purchased my Christmas dress. Spotted in Look magazine, I’ve been stalking ASOS for it ever since and snapped it up as soon as it became available. Will share that one on Insta when it arrives.
When I had Mills I totally lost my identity, but since then I’ve discovered a new found confidence in fashion that I’ve never had before. I know what I like, what looks good on me and I go for it. I’m looking forward to some wardrobe refreshes over the next few months to take me from pregnancy to post baby bod and beyond. I love autumn/winter fashion THE MOST. My wardrobe will mainly be comfy jeans and thick knits for day time, but I do love to don the sparkle at this time of year. Sparkle, metallics and leopard prints will be a big part of my winter wardrobe. I can’t wait to get shopping.
Talking of fashion – Mills will be another one getting a wardrobe overhaul. He’s had the same summer clothes for 3 years! His legs are so tiny that he’s still in some 1-2 years shorts! But he’s shot up and his jeans are resembling ankle hangers. Which is fine when you can roll them up, but of course he doesn’t like them being rolled up. So I need to go shopping and I’m excited. Now he has a uniform for school days, I can go all out for his weekend wear. I’ll be looking at our favourite online boutiques for some stand out tops and hitting the high street for the old faithful skinnies and winter boots.
I’m looking forward to the next few weeks of just me and Mills time. The calm before the storm. And hopefully once he’s back at school I’ll have a bit of time to finish some of the posts I’ve started. That’s the trouble with hobbies, they take a back burner to life. Annoyingly. But there’s lots I want to share about this second pregnancy, so I will get on it once the craziness of the summer holidays have past.
I’m also going to bring back my ‘Mummy Monday’ feature – where I ask real mums questions about life and parenting. If you fancy being featured, get in touch via Instagram or Facebook – search ‘Mission2Mum’.
Wishing you a wonderful final few weeks of the summer. xx