5 Happy things #8

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January always tends to feel like such a slog, doesn’t it? I’m not a lover of the winter months – as soon as Christmas is over it feels like the dark days can really bring you down, but I have daffs and hyacinths dotted around the house to try to reinforce the spring like feeling. Which does the job until I look out of the window and see all of the snow dotted about! We’ve had a lovely weekend – we braved the snow to visit Hampton Court Palace (shown in the picture above looking rather grey!), where we managed to beat the maze (I hate mazes, the thought of being lost fills me with horror, but my husband loves them, and seems to have passed that particular gene onto Max).

>> This week I’ve noticed that Max’s speech has really come on in leaps and bounds. I’ll admit that it’s been something that has given me a lot of worry over the past few months – he didn’t babble until 10 months, and until fairly recently his only words were ‘Dada’ and ‘Guh’ (for bird, obviously!). My concerns were exacerbated by the Health Visitor, who told me at 18 months a child should have 20 words! But at 21 months, Max has finally stepped it up a gear and the words are coming thick and fast! Train, Mama, chocolate, potato, plane… I’ve felt for a long time that he’s understood so much, but it’s so reassuring to hear him finally start to voice words.

>> One thing I always tend to do in January is to book a holiday – I love to have things in the diary to look forward to. We’ve already booked our main holiday this year to Tuscany (favourite place ever!), but as I was very generously given vouchers for the Bath Thermae Spa for Christmas by my parents, we wanted to have a baby-free few days in Bath, so have booked a trip to The Pig near Bath. Our last attempted baby-free trip was marred by a very nasty ear infection, so this time I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep, as well as some walks in the countryside, some relaxing spa time, and of course visiting the Roman Baths!

>> I had a little spending splurge via Boden, courtesy of some Christmas spending money – I went through a stage after having Max where I spent very little on clothes and lost my way style-wise a bit, so it’s lovely to be excited about clothes again. I love all the bright colours and prints that Boden bring out every season – here is a selection of my latest additions 🙂

Boden purchases

>> It’s been Max’s second week back to nursery, and the adjustment has been hard for us all. The Christmas break had seemed so long, and it had been lovely to spend so much time together as a family. But as a result, he’s been full of spontaneous hugs – we’ll be playing together on the floor and out of nowhere I’ll get his little arms flung around my neck and a full on hug! No doubt about it, one of my absolute favourite moments of being a mum!

>> For 4 months now I’ve been trying to grow out (or rather, grow in!) my eyebrows and have been visiting a beauty salon to trust the job to the professionals. My main problem was that I’m a big overplucker – I just love to fiddle – and I would probably pluck my eyebrows once a day which led to quite a lot of growth, as well as the fact that my brows were far thinner than they should be. To try to establish a more natural growth pattern I’ve been told to leave my brows alone between threading appointments which I’ve been doing (almost! One or two particularly pesky hairs may have been plucked – shh!) and it’s finally paying off! I can see that I’m having to fill in less with the pencil in the sparse areas and the shape is definitely becoming less arched and more natural.

What have you been up to lately? Are you making any travel plans at the moment?

 

What Katy Said
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  • Sarah Christie
    January 17, 2016

    I love winter but I get what you mean about January, although I try to plan a little weekend away to brighten the month. But I too have been filling my house with flowers x

    • Katy
      January 17, 2016

      I think florists must do a roaring trade in January as everyone tries to cheer themselves up with flowers 🙂

  • Katy
    January 22, 2016

    I am with you on the brows, I obliterated them as a teenager. Brow pencil is my best friend haha! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Katy
      January 22, 2016

      Glad to hear I’m not alone – I tend to go through an eyebrow pencil a month, it’s crazy!

  • Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid
    January 22, 2016

    Ah my eldest was the same with his speech, he didn’t say many words at all and then he turned 2 and his vocabulary grew day by day! I haven’t been to Hampton Court Palace since I was a child, that photo is impressive! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Katy
      January 23, 2016

      Thanks Sian, that’s really reassuring! They just like to worry us I think 🙂 I reckon he’ll be a real chatterbox once he gets going!

  • Heels and hooves
    January 24, 2016

    Great to hear Max is coming on with his speech. And I know exactly what you mean about losing your style post partum, I have about four outfits on rotation at the moment xx

    • Katy
      January 24, 2016

      Thanks, his speech has been a real worry (and clearly an unnecessary one too!) I hate being that stereotypical ‘mum’ that loses interest in fashion, but the stereotype is there for a reason – there’s so much more important things to focus on when you have a small baby! I used to consider it an achievement if I was wearing a different set of clothes to the previous day 🙂

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