Here are the small things which have made me smile this week, my Happy Days:

1. I have started my secondment and I’m enjoying it so much! The volume of work to get through is a little daunting but it feels so great to get stuck in, come up with new ideas and try to put some of my creativity into my work. I have 5 weeks left and I know it will fly by. I just hope my colleagues around me are happy.

2. Violet has just got over ANOTHER vomiting bug. That’s 3 in 3 weeks (thanks very much pre-school!). So while I’m absolutely fed up of dealing with sick, I’m happy we are through the latest one!

3. Ezra got his first shoes. More about that one later….

4. Ezra is saying Mama on request. It doesn’t have meaning for him yet but I love hearing sounds other than “uh”! He also sings a little tune which we have sung to him from birth.

5. We have had a few weekends now with no plans. As much as I love seeing friends and family, I really crave time where it’s just the 4 of us. Our weeks are a blur with the daily grind. So to have had so many weekends where we have pottered around the house, gone for walks, explored new parks has been really perfect.

That’s what’s been keeping me happy over the last week, what’s been making you smile?  Tell me about your Happy Days.

What Katy Said

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I’ve been a little absent from my blog for the last few weeks.  Life just came at a million miles an hour and took over any attempts I made to write a post!  But I’m feeling more settled again now and so I’m back with a whole new look!  What do you think about my new banner?  It’s been created by the wonderful Angie Spurgeon at Artwork By Angie.  I gave her a very broad brief and she has come up with my new blog identity.

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I just love it!!  I can’t rate her highly enough and she’s gone out of her way to help me out along the way.  I have the same image on my Facebook and Twitter so please come and have a look.

I can summarise the last few weeks in one word.  VOMIT.  Sounds grim and it was grim!  It started off with Ezra getting yet another nursery bug.  Coughing like nothing I’ve heard before from a baby and copious amounts of sick every day for weeks.  We got antibiotics quite quickly however he point blank refused to take them.  We tried every trick in the book but he would not take them and it was really starting to stress all of us out.  His cough just worsened (if that’s possible!). After a particularly horrendous night I called 111 who made him an OOH appointment at the hospital.  The Doctor prescribed a different antibiotic and an inhaler.  The inhaler has been pretty useless as he will not have the mask on his face, however he has taken the medicine from a spoon.  Lo and behold his cough has gone and he hasn’t been sick for 7 whole days!!!!!!  I can’t tell you how relieved I am…we are all feeling more rested, I’m not mopping up vomit all the time, Ezra smells nice and most importantly he is well!  So just as Ez was turning a corner Violet brought a d&v bug home from nursery which spread through our house and my parent’s house quicker than wildfire!  It was brutal and we dropped one by one in dramatic fashion!

But right now, we are HEALTHY!!!

I have started my new secondment position and I am really enjoying myself.  The mountain of work in front of me to complete the project is quite daunting but I’m feeling good about the challenge and am happy with what I have produced to date.

I will save some of the other things for another post but safe to say things are feeling much rosier now than they have for a couple of weeks.

Great to be back!

 

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Here are the small things which have made me smile this week:

1. I have a start date for my secondment position. I start on 1st February so only a week to go. I’m feeling thoroughly energised and positive about the role so I really hope it does end up being as good as I anticipate!

2. Ezra is now saying da-da. He could make the sound before however now he will do it on request. I’m still not convinced he knows it could mean Daddy but we’re working on that! I’m desperate to hear “Mummy”.

3. Violet’s development is coming along so fast. Last night when we got home I had the task of getting dinner cooked, eaten, baths, bed and sleep for 2 children in under 45 minutes. Ezra was cross and tired and looking for comfort. But I had to get the dinner on. So I asked if Violet could help me with Ezra. She immediately ran off and got a noisy toy he likes and sat with him pressing buttons. Then she started dancing and pulling funny faces to keep him entertained. A few weeks ago she would have either joined in with the whining or refused to have Ezra anywhere near her toys. It’s wonderful to see them interacting and Violet getting the reward of smiles and laughter from her little brother.

4. It was our second wedding anniversary on Monday. 2 whole years of being married!! I got Joe some cotton socks as a token gift 🙂

5. We have a weekend of no plans. As much as I love being busy I also love lazy free weekends.

That’s what’s been keeping me happy over the last week, what’s been making you smile?  Tell me about your Happy Days.

What Katy Said

Yesterday was our second wedding anniversary.  Without a doubt 18th January 2014 was the best day of my life and I don’t see any way of topping it.

 

Joe and I said ‘I do’ at Cooling Castle Barn in Kent.  A series of interconnecting barns and castle turrets on the drive make this place quite magical.

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I clearly remember every detail of the day… I stayed at a local B&B the night before with Violet, my parents and in-laws.  Hair and make-up arrived in the morning and it was a sudden frantic bustle of rollers, brushes, pins and powders.

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Time started to run away with us and at midday we finally piled everything into the cars and sped off to the venue.

 

Butterflies were kicking in but my main concern right then was that I was half an hour behind schedule and still in my normal clothes!!

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Once we made it to the venue guests were arriving and I had to sneak into my room.  I didn’t have a bag or dress on me, just myself, my maid of honour and Violet who had filled her nappy.  The photographers were tapping their watches but all I could think about was that I needed to change a nappy.  Frantic phone calls to my mum who for some reason had ended up with the nappy bag were made and eventually I was just ‘normal mummy’ again but with make-up, hair and pretty nails!  Phew!

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Once that minor hiccup was sorted, Caroline helped me into my dress.  It did feel absolutely wonderful to put that dress on, it will always be the best thing I’ve ever worn.  It fitted beautifully, pulled me in at all the right places and made me feel incredible!

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After a few photos we walked over to the barn.  The weather was perfect, the sun milky in the sky and no rain.  The Master of Ceremonies was a lady and she talked me through everything that was about to happen.  In truth I felt like I was starting to have an out of body experience by this point but Violet was a wonderful grounding force.

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I could almost deflect my nerves by making sure she was ok and fussing over her rather than feeling like everyone was fussing over me.  Once Caroline, my dad and I had been to see the Registrar and complete the last formalities we stood in the upstairs corridor.  We were ready.  Nothing else needed to be planned or sorted.  All I had to do was go and get married!

 

The music began and I had an instant surge of emotion.  Caroline spoke to me calmly while I tried to compose myself.  Then we walked in.

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I gripped the bannister as I walked down the stairs.  “Please don’t trip” I was telling myself!  This photo is very special to me as on the window ledge you can see a photograph of my dear grandparents.  They were everything to me and would have loved to have celebrated our day.  I glanced over to the photo as I walked down the stairs.

As I started to walk down the aisle I saw so many faces of our friends and family.  Everybody was here to celebrate with Joe and myself.  As I looked down the aisle I saw Joe smiling.  I had to keep a lid on my emotions!  We were ushered onto the platform and the ceremony began.

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Violet could not have been sweeter, she toddled around looking at the decorations, was lured back to my mum with the promise of chocolate buttons but ultimately came to sit at our feet as we said our vows.  It was so poignant to have our daughter at our wedding.  Perhaps we had not done things in the most traditional order but I can say that I will forever feel honoured that our first born witnessed our special day.  Once we were married and had signed the register we walked out to have a brief moment to ourselves and then some photographs.

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The rest of the day was a wonderful amalgamation of dancing, food, photographs, drinks, laughter, friends, family and fun.

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1545771_10152259637411654_1508918045_nFor our first wedding anniversary we stayed at home with Violet and a 7 week old Ezra.  I got Joe a print of our first year together.  This year after work we stayed in again and indulged ourselves with Homeland on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s icecream!  We will go out in a few weeks time for cinema and a meal.
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Being married is wonderful.  An absolute union and formalising our family unit.  I look back at our day with a smile and also wistfully wish I could fit into my wedding dress again one day!!!!

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