Friday, 1 August 2014

Preparing For Nursery

As you know this Sunday is my first day back at work after my 9 months maternity leave. I'll be working Mondays and Fridays as well as weekends so we needed to sort out childcare for Indiana. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll know we made the decision to put Indie in nursery for those two weekdays.

Jack is one of those rare few men who works in one. Whenever I tell people they are shocked and surprised, but for me it just seems so right. He's amazing with children and I'm a lucky lady to have someone who is used to being hands on... some days he probably changes more nappies than me haha! We're also extremely lucky that it means we can take Indie to the nursery where he works.

For the past two days we've been taking Indie in for her settling in days. Wednesday we were both there for an hour whilst she got to meet staff, the other children and play whilst we filled out bits and bobs. Then yesterday was the first time I've had to leave her. My sister said it was exactly the same as leaving her to go out for the evening, but it didn't feel the same at all! I felt like part of me was missing, and it felt wrong not being with her when I could have been. It was only an hour and a half, and I admit I really did enjoy having a quiet Costa with a magazine by myself. But I was glad to have her back after.
As I type this Indie's at her final settling in. She went in with Jack as he started at 8am and it was me she waving to as she left. She's there until 3pm when I'll go and meet them. It's the weirdest feeling being here on my own without my little lady giving me cuddles, or zooming around the floor to get the toy she wants. I know it will feel different when I'm at work as I'll be leaving her for a decent reason, but right now I just feel sad haha. 

We're happy with our decision though. Nursery may not be for everyone, but I think it will really benefit Indie. She'll get to see a lot more children and have a whole load of new toys to play with! She'll also see Jack throughout the day so she'll be reassured that everything's okay. Jack's also happy as he gets to play his music to Indie on the way there and back... poor girly haha!
Enjoying the last few days of Maternity Leave
How did you feel about putting your little one in nursery?
Emily xx
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Enjoying The National Trust: Knole Park

Saturday was another roasting hot day, so what better to do than enjoy the great outdoors! We're lucky to live local to many National Trust locations and I even get free entry with my job at John Lewis... bonus! Knole Park is one of these so we thought we'd go for the afternoon.

We started off the day with lunch out at Harvester, as no weekend is complete without a meal out haha. I'm pretty sure the waitress was willing to take Indie home she loved her that much. Making a quick escape we made it to the park and started our walk. 

Knole holds so many memories for us and me especially. The last time we were there I was 39 weeks pregnant and trying my hardest to walk the baby out haha. It was freezing cold and I was the size of a whale and pretty miserable, yet looking back it's a great memory. The park is also known for it's deer that wander free around the place. I have many pictures of me and my sisters when we were younger feeding them and exploring the area.
The deer are still there today and are definitely not afraid of people. They were literally wandering in and out of picnicking families and were even happy to let people touch them, although I wasn't very happy about that. Jack got some great photos from the day and I definitely felt very grown up. I used to moan when going to these kind of places with my parents, yet here I am with picnic blanket in hand and my own baby, suggesting we go there haha, how things change!

Here are a few photos from the day:
What places do you like to visit as a family?
Emily xx