We have had such a fantastic week!

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery but Violet still wanted to go to the final week of summer Boppin Tots. It was treasure hunt themed and there were plenty of chocolates and sweets on offer!

    Joe had the week off work so in the afternoon I concentrated on packing for our little holiday!

    Tuesday

    Having loaded the car we set off to Joe’s parents house. It’s a 2 hour drive and we timed the drive to ensure Felix would sleep in the car. He is awful in the car (even the 5 minute journey to the local supermarket has previously had him in a screaming sweaty mess) so I was quite nervous. But it went perfectly and we made it without any tears!

    The afternoon was relaxed. Thanks to the biblical rain we stayed indoors.

    Wednesday

    Such a bad nights sleep! I was sharing with Violet and Felix. Whilst gently shushing Felix back sleep after his eleventy-billionth feed Violet had the cheek to tell me to “stop making that noise mummy!”

    Our plans to go to the local zoo were thwarted by the rain so we headed to a soft play. Thankfully this experience was much better for Ezra than last week’s!!

    Thursday

    Another horrendous night. Felix was unwell, spiking some horrid fevers and refusing point blank to feed from my left side. Joe took him to the GP who confirmed an ear infection. Poor boy šŸ™ We dosed him up with pain relief and then all set off on our drive to Norfolk.

    We drove straight to Wells-Next-The-Sea. A really pretty quayside town in north Norfolk. There is a fairly long estuary which had the most beautiful expanse of sand beaches.

    Joe took Violet and Ezra to paddle in the water while I introduced Felix to his first sandy beach!

    Violet enjoyed burying her legs in the sand.

    And Ezra tried to bury Joe.

    It was such a glorious afternoon and the sun was very welcome! We got a miniature train back to the town where our car was parked and then drove to our airbnb in Great Ryburgh. It was the most oldy worldy cottage I have ever stayed at. The winding staircase with its uneven steps was tricky to navigate with children but apart from that it was completely perfect.

    Friday

    After a delicious cooked breakfast we set off to Sheringham which is another seaside town.

    The beach here was pebbles which suited me perfectly as I’m not a huge fan of sand.

    We enjoyed ice creams whilst sat on our beach towels with our backs against the sea wall. It was such a typically British seaside setting!

    Once the tide went out a sand beach was exposed which was fantastic for Violet and Ezra to do some digging!

    I didn’t get to explore much of Sheringham but from the little that I did see it is a really quaint and pretty town.

    Saturday

    Hooray – Felix slept really well!!!! It was our last morning at the cottage so we packed our things and then drove to Morston from where we were going to take a boat to see seals in the wild. I didnt really know how many seals we should expect to see but I can say that I never thought we would see hundreds!!!!

    The children loved seeing their faces pop up from the water and watch how they moved on land.

    The trip was really worthwhile.

    Then we had a 3 hour drive home. After all of the driving I think Felix had had enough and he spent much of the journey unhappy. It was a relief to reach home and get everyone to bed!

    Sunday

    It feels as though we have summer back so I managed to steam-roller my way through 4 loads of washed and line dried washing! Then we had a really delicious bbq.

    And that’s week 3 over!

    Week 2 of the holidays are over and we have had another busy and fun week!

    Monday

    Ezra was at nursery as usual so in the morning Violet and I baked cinnamon rolls! They were sooooo tasty! I am a fairly awful baker so Violet doesn’t get to do it too often. But the whole family agreed that these were yummy.

    Then in the afternoon we went to Christmas Tree Farm. The last time Violet went she was so anxious about feeding the animals. She wanted to but the fear of them nibbling her fingers (fair enough!) got the better of her until the end. With tears practically streaming down her cheeks she made herself feed a sheep some carrot! This time she marched up to the animals and fed them without a single worry! I was so proud of her for overcoming her fears and feeding the animals so confidently. We stayed there for ages and also managed to stroke the baby goats and ponies.

    We then had some carrot cake from the shop.

    Tuesday

    On Tuesday we went to summer Boppin Tots! It was a Wild West Theme and Violet loved it. Ezra wasn’t so keen, I suspect because it’s a bit bigger and crazier than the usual term time classes. Felix really enjoyed watching the dancing and singing and then loved playing with the toys.

    We got the bus home and Violet harvested another crop of carrots. She’s doing very well with her growing!

    Wednesday

    We headed over to the Dolce Vita cafe in Petts Wood for kids baking and lunch. I used to go alot last year so it was lovely to go back! The children made jam tarts. And then ate them! So I have to assume they tasted good!

    Thursday

    Violet went to an all day holiday club with a couple of class mates. Meanwhile I took Ezra to Bromley soft play. What a disaster that was!!! He literally cried the entire time and I spent far more time in there rescuing him than sitting down and chatting with my friends. After another dash to guide him down the steps I said we were going to leave and get lunch. We stopped at a burger restaurant and sat outside so that Ezra could run around and make as much noise as he fancied. Our friends who we abandoned at soft play came to join us later on and the children ran around in the gardens.

    Violet had an absolutely brilliant time at her club and said she wants to go again!!

    Friday

    After a really terrible night with Felix I had a lay in. It was necessary! Joe took the children for the morning. In the afternoon Violet and I went to a local playground to meet some of her class friends. The sun shone (I’ve been missing the sun, please come back for the holidays!)

    Saturday

    We met up with some family and went to the Science Museum. We were first in the queue waiting for the doors to open! It really was a fantastic day. There was so much space to move around the museum and the children especially enjoyed the interactive displays. 1 tip is to bring a packed lunch as the food in the museum cafe was astronomically expensive.

    We then went to the Rainforest Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue for dinner. We came home with these two monkeys!!

    Sunday

    Today has been a lovely one for me as I got to catch up with some of my school friends. A lovely, civilised roast lunch with no children!

    Thanks to Ezra’s nursery day falling on Bank Holiday Monday we were able to swap him to Friday this week. Joe decided to take the day off work so we headed out into Kent with Violet and Felix. Out of our children Ezra is the trickiest to take on a day out at the moment. He still needs a pushchair but prefers to walk at his pace, which involves him ambling along in a world of his own and then wanting to get on Joe’s shoulders! I think he needs another 6 months and then he’ll be out of the buggy and able to walk much bigger distances. He also struggles to sit down at a restaurant for a whole meal (understandable for a 2 year old) so visits involve him getting up and down like a yoyo, running off and bickering with Violet. With him having a fun day at nursery we took the opportunity to visit the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks.

    Well, we picked a wonderful day to visit. The sun was shining and the flowers were truly at their best. Earlier in the Spring the hillsides are carpeted with bluebells but now in June the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are blooming.

    Stunning!

    We explored the paths snaking up the hillside. Constantly finding new spectacles of colour around every corner.

    Violet did really well with her walking and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gardens.

    We found our way to the maze. Violet lead the way and found her way to the centre! I was really impressed as this isn’t a small maze!

    We then went to the playground where there’s a tall swirly slide, numerous things to climb on and a den made of sticks! After a play we finally climbed up the last bit of the hill to the viewing point.

    It was so worth the climb! There are a few picnic tables and some benches so next time we will bring food with us.

    We took in the view and had a breather before heading back to the car. We could have happily stayed longer as there’s a cafe and several activities for children. But we had a booking at one of our favourite pubs for lunch. It’s a little tradition of ours to bring the baby in our family to the White Hart pub in Sevenoaks when they can sit in a highchair so they can join in the meal with us. It was Felix’s turn and he absolutely relished the opportunity to scoff his meal and charm the staff.

    We had such a super Friday and plan on visiting the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for much longer next time.

    When Violet got her first wobbly tooth after Felix was born I couldn’t believe it!! She wasn’t even 4 and a half. It came out, followed by 4 more! 2 adult teeth have grown through beautifully but I cannot see any sign if the other 3 yet.

    One of her top middle teeth was so wobbly yesterday it had gone crooked! Joe tried to twizzle it out but it was hanging on. Then this morning it came free!! But we weren’t met with her usual excitement that it had dropped out. Instead she said to Joe;

    “I have some bad news Daddy”.

    She had swallowed her tooth!! To say she was distraught was an understatement. She even asked Joe to check it hadn’t dropped into her bowl of rice crispies! He actually had to sieve her breakfast!!

    We reassured her that all she needed to do was write a note to the Tooth Fairy to explain what had happened and she would still get a coin. She set to it immediately. Even claimed she could feel the tooth in her tummy, just to the left of her bellybutton!

    Here’s what she made:

    Isn’t it brilliant!?

    There’s the Tooth Fairy at the top carrying the coin (just in case she forgets what she’s meant to be doing!) and Violet looking shocked as she swallowed the tooth!!

    I think the Tooth Fairy is very happy the new Ā£1 coins are in circulation now as they are extra shiny! Very much deserved for writing such a beautiful note!

    Unbelievably Felix is now 2 weeks old. Time has flown and I really cannot imagine life without him in it. He feels like the most special baby, I just adore him! I felt the same with Violet and Ezra but I am so relaxed this time it’s reflecting really positively on my outlook. Before these newborn days become just a memory I need to record how Felix has got to grips with life on the outside.

    Feeding
    Felix is a little pro at breastfeeding! After the complications, worries and difficulties with Violet and Ezra I really hoped my third baby would just get it. At the hospital a student midwife took the time to help me with positioning and the latch. She helped me so much and I felt really confident that Felix also knew what he was doing. He fed every couple of hours for the first 48 hours and before I knew it my milk came in. The sense of achievement was immense!

    On the 4th night he fed from 11pm until 5am! This hasn’t been repeated thankfully and nights are going pretty well. On day 5 Felix had lost 6.5% of his birth weight. The midwives told me this was really good and to carry on as we are. On day 10 he had gained 120g and on day 14 he gained a further 240g (8oz)! These figures are so rewarding and give me confidence every day that we are succeeding.

    Being able to go out without bottles or concerns that he will not feed well from me is so liberating. So far I have breastfed him in a pub, in the park and during our registering of his birth appointment. As tiring as it is taking up the feeding responsibility all myself, I am really loving our journey so far.

    Sleeping
    The first week was pretty exhausting. Night time cluster feeds, sore breasts, a baby who wanted to be held all night…. But Felix and I have now found our way and I think we are getting maximum sleep at the moment.

    Generally our routine in the evenings is for me to feed Felix until he goes to sleep some time after 9pm. I then give him to Joe while I go to bed for a couple of hours. It’s nice for me to have a bit of baby free time and also lovely for Joe to have a cuddle with his son. Joe then brings him to me when he wakes and I feed him. Felix settles nicely when he is swaddled so I do this and then we cosleep. Cosleeping was not something I planned to do but it seems to be working really well so for now this is best. He wakes around 3am and 6am for feeds. I can’t complain.

    During the day Felix loves cuddles but he also sleeps really soundly in the Sleepyhead. He doesn’t seem as keen to sleep in it during the night though!

    Violet and Ezra
    Violet and Ezra adore their baby brother!! There hasn’t been a hint of jealousy and both have been really gentle with him. Violet asks to hold him quite a lot and if he is unsettled she sings him songs and holds his hands. It’s adorable!

    Ezra asks to “see Fee-ix” all the time. He strokes him and says “ello” in a high pitched voice when he wakes from a nap. Sometimes he even wants to give him a “cuggle”.

    I hope this happy state remains and Joe’s return to work next week isn’t too hard on Ezra (or me!!).

    So we are happy. Life is wonderful with Felix in it. This baby moon has been blissful and I really believe I have soaked in every moment. I’ll remember these first days forever.