Happy days

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This blog is Day 27 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 26 here.

Today was a wonderful yet busy day. We left the house at 8.30 am and only just got home (6.30 pm). We went shopping for a birthday present, out for coffee, to a 3rd birthday party, then Zoey went to her grandparents while Tom and I finalised wedding plans with the venue and had a ‘meeting’ (pub lunch) with our MCs.

Some Saturdays just leaving the house feels like an achievement! So today feels like a big win. Will be interesting to see how Zoey holds up tomorrow (often it’s the day after a big day that she crashes).

Zoey had a great time at the 3rd birthday party, chasing all the older boys around and climbing all over the playground. We dressed her in a special party outfit (a cute dress) but ended up tucking it into her tights as the dress totally impaired her ability to climb and chase! #girlproblems

Apart from the tantrums, I’m really enjoying this phase of parenthood. I love watching Zoey become more confident and independent. When she was under a year old, I would look at toddlers with awe – I couldn’t fathom that Zoey would one day be able to climb playgrounds by herself or hoon around with three-year-olds on a tricycle. Those toddler activities seemed so far away when she was a newborn.

I feel like many of my posts throughout this challenge have focused on some of the challenges of being a parent – the exhaustion, the battle of wills, the uncertainty (am I doing the right thing?), the adjustment.

I suppose writing about the good stuff feels less urgent. So often we write to make sense of challenging situations, rather than to reflect on the good times. But there are many, many good times. Most days, my heart feels like it could burst. There are moments that test me and exhaust me. But every night, when Zoey is in bed and the house is finally quiet, I look forward to smothering her with kisses and cuddles the next morning.

Happy days.

Until tomorrow,
Jess x