…and I’m not referring to the weather, which continues to be unseasonably soggy for June.
There may have been grey sky’s overhead but but I’ve felt more sunny than I have in a good long while… Friday was a great day!
First off, I’d woken each morning this week completely exhausted – partially my own fault as I always go to bed much later than I should. Partly it’s because I’m getting more bump-tious and less comfortable – so more restless at night, and partly it’s these damn allergies! (to various things; mainly something seasonal but also to dust and a little to our cat)
..but this morning I was treated to a blissful hour and a half extra sleep, as lovely Papa Moon took over despite having to work late into the night ahead.
I woke feeling much happier, refreshed and less allergic.
One breakfast smoothie later and I was ready to take on the day!
..and there was A LOT to take on!
We rent our home and the letting agency come around to do fairly regular inspections.
I was mortified at the last one, as the place was such a mess. I’d let things slip a great deal while I was wiped out during the first few months of this pregnancy, but to be honest it wasn’t too brilliant to start with!
So this time I was determined to have the place looking lovely and clear and approaching some kind of orderliness. We were already getting there after a full couple of weeks of sorting, blitzing, and rearranging.. but this morning there was still HEAPS (pun intended) to do!
My wonderful mother-out-law arrived to occupy Mooncub, and I got stuck in, and like a woman possessed (or possibly a feistier version of Mary Poppins), I managed to create a relative wake of order and cleanliness as I moved through the house.
Papa Moon caught another couple of hours of sleep before getting up and chipping in, and his mum sprinkled a little of her magic in the kitchen.
By the time the agent came around in the afternoon the place was transformed, not the perfection I’m still aiming for.. but better than it’s been in years..possibly ever!
I was, and am still, totally delighted!
My lovely friend (mother of Bump-buddy) had Mooncub over at hers for lunch, while we applied the finishing touches. Then they all came back over for celebratory hot chocolates all around!
It was so great to watch the boys have more space to play, and then sit at Mooncub’s reinstated little play/drawing station, first with their mugs of lukewarm organic hot-chocs. and then to enjoy playing with aqua-beads – one of Mooncub’s favourite activities.
They also played cheerfully for a while with some dried runner beans that we all collected together just before spring, from what was left from our gardens last crop. It’s funny how those beans have provided just as much, if not more concentrated play time than any of his other actual toys. Hurray for the simple things!
Then my friend and I left the boys having fun with Papa Moon and Nanny-C, and hurried off to do a rare treat – a quick bit of supermarket shopping sans kiddo’s (honestly THIS is what it comes too!)
What joy to hurtle around the isles being able to think undisturbed.. to just concentrate on the task at hand and be done!
This supermarket sweep proved even more delightful for me though as I found three things which made me very very happy.
No. 1, They had own-brand Organic Cornflakes – I don’t normally do cereal but I’d really been craving cornflakes lately, however GM corn gives me the heebie-jeebies so this was a real find!
No. 2, They had own-brand Organic Granola – I didn’t know that I fancied this until I saw it too of course.
No. 3, They had own-brand Organic Ginger biscuits & Shortbread biscuits! - I’m ALL about biscuits at the moment.
We got back and I was able to feed everyone nice and quickly with some pasta I’d cooked a little earlier, which meant that, as neither of the boys had napped earlier, they were both set for an early night.
We said our goodbye’s as bump-buddies left, and then Papa Moon got set for work.
Mooncub & I then had a lovely peaceful time getting ready for bed.
First he spent some time giving our cat some much appreciated fuss as we watched the rain from the attic room window. We got his lovely little hands and face washed, teeth brushed, pottied and pyjama’d before climbing onto his little bed and cuddling up for a few books.
Next the sweetest cuddles before I reclined back on the other end of the bed, legs cradling his little form over the covers as he drifted easily into sleep… perfect!
It is rarely this easy, this sweet, or peaceful, but mainly it’s rarely 7.30pm!
Mooncub has inherited our ‘night-owl’ natures and is rarely able to settle before 9pm.
Having a whole evening to myself is a seldom luxury indeed, so I was keeping my fingers crossed that this good fortune would hold and I might have a much needed relaxing hot soak in the bath without interruption…. and it did! Bliss!
Then one last gift of the day..
I’d been the winning bidder the day before on a cot on Ebay with just £3.80!
This was because not many people would want a cot with the rails missing to slide the front up and down on, but for us this is perfect, we wont need one side, as we are planning to ‘sidecar’ it to our bed to turn it into a co-sleeping arrangement, to find out how to do this check out this great article by Dr. Momma.
The real treat was finding a message from the cot’s owner saying that they would be coming to our city the next day and could deliver the cot to our house, saving me driving 20miles and back to go pick it up.
After that I knew I was pushing my luck to try to watch a whole film on TV before retiring to bed, and so wasn’t too surprised or disappointed when little one awoke half way through the movie… besides he had the sweetest snuggles for me as he re-located (as he does every night) to our bed and we both settled back down to sleep… a very fine sleep.
(We had a great morning this morning too, I created a cute little Cooker in 10 minutes that kept Mooncub occupied for 2 hours!)