Night wakings, daycare fun and afternoon strolls

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This blog is Day 19 of my 30 days of motherhood blogging challenge. Every day, for 30 days, I’m sharing diary-style snippets of my life as a working mum to one cheeky toddler. Consider this part creative experiment, part self-therapy. Feel free to play along at home! You can read days one to 18 here.

“I don’t know what to write about today.” I just said to Tom, who shrugged sympathetically and took another sip of his beer.

It’s Friday night and my brain is tired. I’m looking forward to a hot shower and some Netflix and (hopefully) an early night.

So, I guess I’ll just tell you about my day.

Zoey woke up multiple times last night, which is unlike her, so I woke up feeling pretty knackered. She was in good spirits, though, and was excited to go to daycare.

Our morning went pretty smoothly, probably because I was too tired to stress about anything too deeply – she ate breakfast on my lap instead of her high chair and I let her play with my make-up while I was getting ready. We haven’t had to resort to The Wiggles in a couple of days, so that feels like a small win (even though I love The Wiggles and am forever grateful for them, it’s nice to know we can get through the day without telly breaks).

Zoey was the only girl at daycare today (there are 10 toddlers in her room) and I think she was in her element. Her teachers joked that she very much took charge of all the boys! They often say things like “she knows her own mind” and “you’ve got a strong-willed one, there” which makes me smile. It’s strangely comforting to know she won’t take crap from anyone (even though it can make for challenging times when I’m trying to get her to get dressed).

I had a great, productive day at work, so I feel like I can head into the weekend with a sense of accomplishment. Hopefully that means I’ll actually relax!

I picked up Zoey about half an hour early so we could go for a walk together in the sunshine. She was in her pram for most of the walk, but towards the end I let her out for a run around in the autumn leaves. She loves running free! We’re really lucky to live close to a walking and cycling track, so I can let her roam without worrying about cars (although I’m always alert for cyclists and dogs).

The walk was so great, I really needed the fresh air and Zoey always enjoys being outside. But I probably pushed her just a little too far, as she was exhausted by the time we got home and pretty much grizzled until dinner (and then didn’t eat a thing). She’s been crying on and off since we put her to bed, which usually happens when she’s overtired. I’ve been in to give her lots of cuddles. I think she needs extra physical contact after two days at daycare, except she doesn’t really like cuddles when she’s awake (she’s too wriggly!). So my theory is, she makes up for them overnight or when she’s really sleepy.

I’m looking forward to spending lots of quality time with her this weekend. I feel like she’s growing up every day and my tiny toddler is disappearing before more eyes and becoming more child-like with every sunrise. Of course, I know we have a lot of toddlerhood in front of us, but the more her language develops, the older she seems. It’s pretty cool to witness.

Until tomorrow,
Jess x