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Sun & Smiles at the Park

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Spring is my favourite time of year – when the sun comes out and everything seems that little bit brighter. It’s been my first winter with a baby and to be completely honest I’ve felt a bit restricted in what we can do each day. Ordinarily I love going for walks, especially as we live by the sea, but there was a few weeks in January where every time we would go out in the buggy, even rugged up with snowsuits and woolly hats, Emma would catch a cold and would struggle to sleep and go off her food too (something I’m always keen to avoid!).


So the appearance of the sun has made my soul sing and yesterday was the perfect day to go out to the park. We met up with a mummy friend of mine whom I met when I moved to Brighton; I didn’t really know anyone when I arrived and it’s been so lovely to meet someone like-minded. The girls also love seeing each other and are becoming best buds each time we meet up.

There were a few things that made me really happy – seeing Emma watch the older kids play and watching her size it all up. Also seeing her really enjoy the lying down swing – I first took her to the swings at 6 months old and looking back she wasn’t quite ready for it; she’s actually only just started crawling properly so that makes sense now!

Afterwards came my final triumph of the day, as Emma ate her dinner in the cafe with no fuss at all…the first time ever! Sometimes it feels like I’m always rushing home so she can eat in the house. Because that’s what it’s about with these long days – it’s the small improvements that show you that we’re doing good, even if tomorrow’s is a different and unpredictable story.



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  1. March 23, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Hi lovely. It’s nice to “meet” you! Lovely post and gorgeous pics. I remember our first successful meal our with the tots. It’s a huge milestone. Welcome to new adventures in lunching! 🙂

    Dawn x

    • March 23, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Lovely to meet you too! Ahh I’m very excited about the prospect of lunches out…:) thanks for commenting xx

  2. March 25, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Hello! I found you via #familyfun – what a lovely post! I can totally relate to the appreciating the small steps part – I’m still doing that too and my boys are 4 and 2!! Keep going with the lunching – its (usually) worth it 🙂 xxx

    • March 25, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you for commenting – isn’t it lovely to appreciate the small steps! Very excited about the lunching, just have to make sure she’s not too tired or too hungry while we’re out hehe 😉 xxx

  3. March 25, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Thank you very much – it’s so lovely to have someone to chat to and go with the babies, funny how isolating it can be with a young baby. Thanks for commenting on my post 🙂 Bridget x

  4. March 28, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Oh, I can totally relate to the ‘baby steps’!! It’s the small things that bring the biggest triumphs! I always used to rush home so that mine could eat at home, and now we are at a stage where they can both eat out, and its a huge win for me! I know what you mean about winter too-I had my first baby the week before Christmas, and a couple of weeks later, it snowed for about 3 weeks. I was so desperate to leave the house! Even after the snow went, it was far too cold for a newborn to be out for too long. This winter has been an awful washout! We have been enjoying lots of park visits and outdoor play in this better weather!
    I’m glad you have some like minded mum friends, and you have such a gorgeous little one there!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with #bigpinklink, I look forward to seeing more of your posts!

    • March 28, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment – really enjoyed joining in and reading blogs I’ve never come across before! x

  5. April 1, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    You really do notice the winter more as a parent, I am so with you with your heart singing for spring – I am loving the sunshine! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:14 am

      Thank you for hosting, love your Happy Days Linky! x

  6. April 1, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I love that the weather is getting nicer now, it makes such a change to my mood and gives us so many more options to do with the children. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Thanks so much for hosting, it is getting so much nicer now the sun is shining much more! x

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