Here we are in America. Sitting in my parent's office, on my mother's laptop tapping out (and editing) my internal monologue as Peaches snoozes away.
I have not been keeping DD up to date or ontime as most bloggers should. I could rattle off a lot of excuses but instead will go with the main one : I did not want to.
A lot has gone on inbetween post 23 and this - so it isn't for lack of subjects. I have just grown very tired of myself. It has all gotten a little too much and when things get on top of me I tend to draw into myself. Not getting out. Not talking to others. Not asking for help. I just stopped being me and went into Mum autopilot.
It is no way to be.
Luckily, my parents hopped the pond for a visit! My husband and I finally got to go out to dinner together. We got out and did things daily. I had people to constantly converse with. It has really boosted me out of my hole.
Now we are here in America. I am back in my comfort zone. And let me tell you folks - so much easier parenting from your comfort zone. You have help, you know the lay of the land, you know people who know people and all of this makes life so much easier. My goodness! I get it now - why everyone doesn't up sticks and decide to start a family abroad - because it is just easier!
I am hoping that this rejuvenates me as a mother, as, a friend, as a person and as a writer for our ultimate return to England.
I hope, I hope, I hope!
First vacation as a family.
This month's entry is going to be a little different. Currently I am starting the post before the activity I hope to write about actually occurs. In a few weeks time my husband, child and I are embarking on our first family vacation.
After months and months of staring at the same ''four walls'' - I need this! For some reason (money) I have been obsessing (insanity) with the idea of going camping (damn you Pinterest).
So we're renting a car, renting a pod & heading up slightly North to Essex.
We did it! (Not sure how).
Peaches behaved pretty well for the long car trips (thank you baby snacks).
She slept well in her travel cot (we stuck to her usual routines as much as possible).
She loved the outdoors (we let her explore the new terrain).
We loved having a car for a change (hello independence)!
It was great cooking out for ever dinner (just the two of us).
Being mostly technology free was refreshing (reconnecting as a couple with no distractions).
The wider open spaces of the countryside was such a refreshing change of scenery (Essex is very lovely). This was the first time in months that we were able to spend more than just week-nights and weekends as a family together.
Could not have asked for more!
Future vacations have a lot to live up to.
Not an instructional blog but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - so help me Mom.