Last week, we had some hot weather and I actually got my legs out for a bit. Look, I had to wear one of my only two pairs of trainer socks! That was exciting. Sort of! Hot weather is all very well but I’m lacking the wardrobe for it right now. Thank you for your comments on my last post. I really am happy in my decision to be a stay at home mum and I’m fortunate that I’m able to do it. My pre-children salary wasn’t enough to pay for one child in full time childcare so decision might not be the best word for it, but you know what I mean. Sometimes I just have wobbles: I was missing my mum, who’d gone home the previous day, and just generally tired. Being tired happens a lot right now!
I’m rather excited to show you that I have FINALLY made a quiche! If you’ve not been reading long or haven’t committed every word I’ve written to memory (don’t blame you, I wouldn’t have done), back at the end of 2013 I was determined to learn how to make a quiche and then a few weeks later my oven broke and we didn’t have one for a year. Well, last Friday I succeeded in making a quiche in our tiny mini oven. It was delicious and I was proud. It was spring onion, red pepper and feta with some asparagus on the top which was arranged in a pretty pattern until I put it in the oven and it all moved. I didn’t make my own pastry because I wasn’t sure if I’d manage the actual quiche part so I figured that shop bought pastry was less of an investment of my time if it went wrong.
The quiche was part of a picnic that we took to Hesketh Farm Park last weekend. Tiny Tin Bird had a whale of a time: there is an old John Deere tractor that you can sit in and he pretty much sat in the seat pretending to drive for the whole time we were there. As he was entertaining his Granny and Grandad I did the only sensible thing and wandered around taking photos. Look, here’s me and TTG with a horse. It was a very friendly horse and enjoyed having it’s face stroked.
And here we are under a tree. I was doing a lot of that rather special bouncy-pat walk trying to get TTG to sleep at this point. I’m not sure why babies like to be patted on the bottom to get them to sleep but it seems to work. I like both of these photos because I’m enjoying babywearing so much. I didn’t do it much with TTB but I wish I had done. This sling is a Connecta Integra and apart from being really pretty it’s very comfortable to wear. I like having her so snuggled up to me. She does most of her sleeping in here and she just seems really happy and content generally. Plus we’re always ready to go! She needs a nap about an hour after getting up so I just make sure I’m dressed and ready, pop her in the sling, and then she can stay asleep while we go out, doing the playgroup run or whatever.
I realised yesterday that as she is my last baby (and she really is, I know I said that last time but that was in the haze of post-birth trauma. She really IS my last one! We have no more space in our house and the consultant said no more caesareans for me. Boo. I rather like having a baby.) anyway I realised that as she is my last baby, I’ll never again get the chance to try all the different ways of babywearing. So I ordered a ring sling! I’m ridiculously excited about it! It’s a Wearababy Northern Lights Ring Sling and just about the most wonderfully stripy one I could find. When TTG was born I was given some money to buy something good with and I used that. I was thinking of selling a couple of baby blankets that I’ve made to fund it though so if anyone is interested in me doing that let me know because I’m a bit shy about it. Maybe I should do a separate post about that. That’s a better idea.
Anyway, ring slings. The sensible option would probably have been to borrow one from a sling library (there’s one in a nearby town but I don’t drive and it’s a big hassle for me to get anywhere at the moment) or something like that but I was just seized by the need to have one and I just bought it. I’m not usually an impulse buyer so this is heady excitement for me. I dunno, quiches and impulse purchases in the same week? I’m going to need a lay down!
Ok, calm down Heather. Here’s a friendly lamb from the farm the other day. Baaaaaa. Maybe it’ll make some nice yarn one day?
My mind is chockablock full of yarny thoughts at the moment. I have a project that I need to finish soon and then I can start new things! I’m going to attempt to make a stripy snug thing to go around my connecta sling, like a little wearable blanket to go around the outside to keep my girl warm when I don’t want to wear my hideous old unbreathable raincoat around us both. I’ve seen a gorgeous knitted one on Pinterest that buttons onto a coat but as I don’t have a coat with buttons (nor am I that good a knitter), I’m going to try and invent a crocheted one (stripy of course) to go around the connecta. I only thought of this last night so my idea needs work. I’ve got the yarn colours sorted though – important bit first eh!
Right, my crochet is calling me. Have a lovely weekend! x