Good Morning

Good morning! It’s only 7am but TTB and I have been up for an hour officially, an hour and a half if you count the 30 minutes that he climbed on my head and I pretended to be asleep for. He’s having breakfast and I thought I would come and chat on here. I realised I haven’t really “chatted” on here for ages. It’s hard to find the time sometimes, and I worry that my chat is really boring as so much of my time is toddler-focussed. For example, most of the photos I am using in this post are of he and I walking together. Because that’s what we do at the moment! We are walking! He needs to walk more and by gaw he’s keen, always wants to walk and rarely accepts the pushchair now. Last week he walked all the way to Tesco and back and we had to stop and pick up all the dropped leaves that he found. I had to get him a carrier bag from Tesco in the end for him to carry them all in.

Of course he wanted to do the same thing again the next day, only he noticed the buses in the bus station on the way and we had to go and watch them for ages. Meh, why not? We had the time. The way I see it is that I am training him up to walk and behave properly in town and shops. To hold my hand when we walk, not to grab things off the shelves, not to pick up every single thing he sees. How to cross a road (he loves to tell me when the man goes green). That kind of thing. So we may as well take the time!

We got thoroughly caught out a week ago, thinking we’d caught a gap in the rainy weather to nip out and get bread. Of course, he refused the pushchair and it’s hard to “nip” when he’s walking and we got caught in the most torrential downpour. Everyone was hiding in shop doors and under the market stalls and I tried to do the same but he just shrieked that he wanted to walk. We were wet anyway so I thought we may as well just carry on. The rain was bouncing off the ground, which was swimming with water, and we got so wet that we both had to strip off in the hallway when we got in and have a full clothing change. It sounds awful, but you should have heard his laughter! His delight at the feel of the water on his (sandalled) feet and how it was rushing down the hill and around his toes. It’s hard to be frustrated about being soggy when it made him so happy.

Ironically when we went out later in the afternoon to splash in all the puddles that I was sure would be there, it was so hot and sunny that we only found a couple and were very hot in our wellyboots. Which I’d had to wear because my shoes were still full of water from the morning! Splashing in puddles is a top toddler activity and now we even have to go through them in the pushchair.

My father in law visited the other week and we went to the clay painting place in town to put TTB’s handprints on a mug for him. I’ve been training him up (TTB, not my father in law) for this moment for months, practising at home with paint and paper. He can now spread his fingers and place a handprint on command! Good lad. We were super fast: paint on hand and then SPLAT press it to the cup. Wipe hand quickly with babywipes, and repeat with other hand. I am planning a pre-Christmas trip to do something Christmassy too. I am also planning to consult Pinterest for ideas beforehand.

Thank you for all your Frozen Blanket love – it makes me so happy a) to get something finished and blog about it b) all your kind comments and c) seeing it pinned on Pinterest. I love that!

I like to use Pinterest when I haven’t had time to make things myself. It’s like being creative by proxy. I see lovely things and feel really inspired and satisfied despite not having made them myself. Quilts particularly make me feel like that! I like to have a quick browse on my ipad before I go to sleep so that my thoughts are filled with colourful, creative things. There are some awful things on there too though! Sometimes I see people pin things and think … really? You really like that/think that’s a good gift/ would eat that? Ok I admit, Pinterest makes me feel creative AND a little bit judgemental ;-)

I remember a time after having TTB that I realised I hadn’t laughed in such a long time. I can’t remember when it was … maybe a month, maybe two, maybe more? after having him. I’d been so tired, so unwell, so absorbed in the responsibility of caring for him, so tired, so exhausted (you get the picture) that I just hadn’t laughed. And I went onto Pinterest and I found “texts from dog” and “damn you autocorrect” and I just laughed and laughed for what felt like the whole evening (probably less than that as I imagine he woke up before long). It felt like the biggest release!

Admittedly this time of year is not inciting the same thoughts and fears and worries as it did last year (which I know I went on and on and on about at the time) but I have been thinking a lot about little Mr Newborn Tiny Tin Bird lately as in a few short weeks (5 and a half) he turns TWO YEARS OLD. I keep waiting for myself to be shocked by this revelation (that’s why I used capitals) but no, if someone was ever ready to turn two it’s he. Nearly all of his friends are six months older than him so we’ve done lots of second birthday parties already, which is really nice as it subtly prepares my mind in advance! He’s a wonderful little boy and I just delight in being his mum.

Sometimes when I think about blogging, or read other people’s blogs, I worry that I’m boring, not creative, don’t take enough beautiful photos, don’t make as much yarny output as I should. But not for long really, because I have always wanted to be a mum, and these young years just fly by, honestly, you don’t really believe it until it happens. I want to make the most of being a toddler-mum! I like taking him out on slow rambly walks, I like drawing round our hands and feet, I like blowing bubbles for him and chasing him in the playground or spotting him for endless goes on the slide. I like reading the books he brings me, over and over. And I think to worry about not doing enough crochet or knitting or blogging right now would be ridiculous. There is so much time for creating isn’t there! Sometimes I feel like I should apologise to you for not writing much very often here, but really, at the moment I do think the balance is about right.

I need to sign off here as aforementioned almost two year old needs me to get him dressed now. Nice to talk to you x

26 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Candace says:

    Really lovely post. Sure your FIL will treasure his mug. Forget worrying about how much you blog, it’s what suits your life right now. Right now all you need to concentrate on is that little boy and having fun together as a family. Time really does fly so enjoy today.

  2. Sue T says:

    Heather your blog posts are lovely and full of the little things that sometimes people miss or take for granted. It is lovely to read the posts of TTB having such a lovely time doing all the stuff he loves to do without having to be told, “don’t do this” don’t do that” “no you can’t go out it is raining” etc etc. He really is a lucky little boy to have such a great mum who is allowing him the freedom to grow and learn all the positives of the world out there including getting soaked in the rain.
    I love reading the blogs and seeing the pictures, and my, 2 years already, that has gone so quickly.
    Love reading all the posts whether crochet or TTB centred, and as he grows I am sure the focus will change. If people don’t want to read them I am sure they have found out how to skip past.
    never apologise for being you and loving your life. I for one think you seem to have the balance perfect.

  3. Not a boring post at all. I’m sitting here reading about TTB’s adventures with a big grin on my face. You have truly brightened up my day. The thing I loved most about being the mother of small children is their wonder and joy at just about everything. It made me see the world through new eyes. My most recent toddler has transformed into a surly lump festering under the duvet, too bored to get out of bed but I’ll cut him a little slack today as I’m now reliving the memories of him tottering about with his constant ‘woss dis, umma?’, and what a dirty laugh he had and the way he used to laugh until he fell over and gave himself hiccups :) And after 20 years of being a mum, I’m still taking a deep breath and reminding myself that it’s only a phase and this too, will pass!

  4. Karen says:

    As others have said: enjoy this time with your little one. The years pass so quickly. (My younger son graduated this year ) Have loads of family time together to build up those happy memories. Thanks for sharing when you can, it reminds me of when my boys were little. We spent hours in our local park, it is great to get outside. Enjoy

  5. Oh my, Heather, never worry about not doing enough crochet/cleaning/reading/nail painting or WHATEVER when your baby is small (and by that I mean less than 10 or 11 years old and happy to spend time with you). The time for MASSIVE crafting will return, but these golden days of puddle jumping and bus watching, mobile crane gazing (Have you had the chance to watch a big mobile crane in operation? It’s a good hour of free fun) painting, collecting every bit of rubbish or nature we see, reading fun books, even sitting on your head for half an hour while you pretend to sleep (and they know you’re only pretending) will pass until time spent together will mean sitting in the same room and watching them click keys on a keyboard. That’s your chance to do big craft, when your clicking needles and their clicking mouse race each other.
    Wow. Long comment. Sorry. I just wanted to say, like every other mother would, don’t try to do it all, do enough and prioritise because the CUTE STAGE DOESN’T LAST FOREVER, and you will get the time back but you will look back with happiness or regret at time well spent together; ask yourself which will you regret, the unmade quilt or the fact you were too busy planning ahead to stop for the puddles on a rainy day?

  6. Oh my, Heather, never worry about not doing enough crochet/cleaning/reading/nail painting or WHATEVER when your baby is small (and by that I mean less than 10 or 11 years old and happy to spend time with you). The time for MASSIVE crafting will return, but these golden days of puddle jumping and bus watching, mobile crane gazing (Have you had the chance to watch a big mobile crane in operation? It\’s a good hour of free fun) painting, collecting every bit of rubbish or nature we see, reading fun books, even sitting on your head for half an hour while you pretend to sleep (and they know you\’re only pretending) will pass until time spent together will mean sitting in the same room and watching them click keys on a keyboard. That\’s your chance to do big craft, when your clicking needles and their clicking mouse race each other.
    Wow. Long comment. Sorry. I just wanted to say, like every other mother would, don\’t try to do it all, do enough and prioritise because the CUTE STAGE DOESN\’T LAST FOREVER, and you will get the time back but you will look back with happiness or regret at time well spent together; ask yourself which will you regret, the unmade quilt or the fact you were too busy planning ahead to stop for the puddles on a rainy day?

  7. Cherish the time with him. Make all the memories you can. Children grow up so quickly, at least in the mind’s eye they do. Sometimes I feel like I should still be rocking my youngest, snuggling up on the couch to read to her, brushing out her ‘morning’ hair. Alas, she will be turning 15 at the end of September. My oldest turned 35 in April. Yesterday she was just this little girl with pigtails that would sleep under her new sisters’ crib at night. It goes by so very quick.
    Hugs,
    Deb

  8. So lovely to have “chatty” Heather back again!!! I had a quiet giggle about your love of being a mum cos I think we all go through those years of just relishing in our children, not feeling guilty about housework, long rambly “no purpose” walks and just seeing the wonder of the world through toddler eyes! So very very special! I have to admit that it was those years that persuaded me to become a preschool teacher – then you get to do all the fun stuff but you also get to give the kids back at home time!!! Much love. x

  9. I read often. Don’t comment too much. You know, it’s funny…I’ve had my blog since probably 2005? and I have now 2 posts. Well here’s the story about that…I have written hundreds of posts. But always delete in chunks. Thinking others get bored of me or what I have to say. I say just WRITE. who cares if someone’s reading or commenting. and it’s for YOU and YOU only. right? lol. But I do enjoy your blog. :) I’m a quilter and crocheter. so I can relate to much of what you post.

  10. Don’t worry Heather – I think there are lots of us who followed before the baby days and will still be reading for ages. It’s nice as it’s real life. My blog is evolving as I’m not a manic crochet head anymore!

  11. Gillian McM says:

    Oh Heather, PLEASE don’t think that your blogs are ever boring. You are blogging about the important things in life; walking with your toddler is special in every way. It’s a sweet reminder for me of when I used to do that. I’ve missed your blogs, always happy when you reappear. I’m so grateful for what you share, and I’m quite sure I’m not the only one! Love and peace to you.

  12. Anna-Marie says:

    Hi Heather, Lovely post and don’t ever feel you need to apologise for spending time with TTB!!! My kids are all grown up and I miss being a toddler Mom so much and this is precisely why I enjoy your post so much!!! You are a wonderful Mom and remind me so much of me a long time ago!!!! I stopped working and spend all my time with them but still I wish I had spend more time with them!!!! I really miss it!!! Have a fun and happy weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie xxx

  13. Perfectly said Heather. Never worry about your blog and writing or yarn creations, you are right where you should be and want to be! Enjoy all your beautiful family moments and every day with TTB. Hugs xoxo, Robin

  14. Well, I know what I would say to you as your little boy is nearing 2 years old. Savour EVERY moment because they grow up especially when they go to pre school and school. They find new friends and you miss those times when it was just the two of you. My son will be 21years old in September, he has 2 older sisters and it just does not seem possible. Remember you are very lucky to be able to spend quality time together xx ENJOY IT!!!!!! Xx

  15. Heather, your blog is so refreshingly honest and real. Don’t change it. And keep enjoying that little boy of yours. It’s a pleasure to watch him grow up through your posts and a pleasure to see your happiness in being his mum.

  16. They go from tiny to big so quickly, don’t they? I can barely remember when Stashlet was as little as TTB is in that last photo. Before I had my baby, I thought babyhood went on for ever and ever, now I know it’s just the blink of an eye.

    Love the hand print mug, by the way. I would really like to make some of those myself but i don’t think there are any pottery painting places near me. There was one down the road but it closed years ago; the sign is still there but the only thing in the shop window now is a heap of dead flies. Euck.

  17. Liz Cumbo says:

    Hi
    Just thinking, Christmassy crafts and hand prints, in my days as a reception teacher I used to do reindeers with hand print faces and Christmas trees from hand prints. Sure you could find some examples somewhere on the web. Always went down well as Christmas cards.

  18. That was a lovely catch up :) I really wouldn’t worry about not being creative you know, you make more blankets than any other blogger I follow and more cool things that anyone I know, and with a toddler which is uber impressive.

    I like reading about TTB and how you’re all getting on even though we’ve never met. I guess I wouldn’t normally read a blog about being a mum (although I did once come across a blog all about an American couple who adopted two Russian children which really facinated me!) but if I didn’t I wouldn’t read about all the great and difficult things that I’ll probably face if/when I have children :)

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