A “broken” routine {The Ordinary Moments} 19

Before we went away we knew that we would have a “broken” routine for Arthur.  We were totally okay with that. It would be hard work when we came back here, but it would mean that everyone would be able to have a good time with Arthur, and that was the most important thing!

At the moment there is only a three hour time difference from here and the UK (changes when the clocks go forward/back there as they don’t change here!) so considering how far away we are that’s not so bad! It meant that jet lag wasn’t a huge issue!

We arrived to the UK in the evening and we had forgotten how light and long the evenings were! By the time we got to Mark’s parents, given Arthur his dinner and bath it was WAY past his usual bed time! He then woke up at 4am which was a bit of a killer!!

Following that first night a new little routine was established reasonably quickly, for the evenings anyway! Arthur would still have his dinner around 5:30 followed by a bath (he loved the baths we don’t have one here so it was a mega novelty for all of us!). Then it would be PJs on and a little run around with in the night garden on in the background! Bed time ended up being between 7 and 7:30 in the evenings. Mark and I let everyone else do story and bed time with Arthur while we were there. Even though it’s our favourite time of the day with him it was really nice for everyone to get that time with him.

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While we were in Leamington Spa with Marks parents Arthur was in the spare room and in general he slept pretty well, waking up at normal time 6ish sometimes a bit earlier and sometimes a little later.
In Plymouth, mum and dad wanted to have him in with them and he ended up being a bit of a monkey, he would stir around 5ish, see they were in the room and that was it, he wanted to be up playing with them! Of course they were very tired but I think they loved having him in since morning snuggles are the best 🙂

Nap times were pretty hit and miss, he would always sleep during the day but pretty often it wasn’t his usual 2 hours. He started falling asleep in the car a lot too which he hardly ever does here! I’m not surprised naps weren’t totally normal there was lots of fun to be had so sleeping would be low on the priority list for him!

Arthur went through a little bit of a fussy time with eating while we were there too, I think that was down to lots of grazing throughout the day!

Anyway we have been back home in Seychelles for 5 days now and we have been surprised at how quickly Arthur has adapted back into normal nap times! Fingers crossed so far he hasn’t been as fussy either with food!

I think that having the routine a little out the window for a while has been really good for us! I know that I for one can be a little bit crazy and obsessive with Arthur’s routine and so it’s been good to see that our little man hasn’t broke by going to bed a little bit later or not getting a full two hour sleep every afternoon!!

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14 months

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I’m not sure why but 14 months sounds and feels very grown up all of a sudden!

This whole month we have spent in the UK and Arthur has loved every day!

Something that has made us incredibly proud this month is how much Arthur truly has taken everything in his stride. We’ve been staying in new places, meeting lots of new faces and doing lots of new things. He’s not missed a beat! I thought that it would take him a couple days to get used to our parents’ houses but he certainly made him self at home straight away! Within no time he was bossing everyone around and had everyone wrapped round his little finger!

Sleeping is a little out of sync right now I guess it’s no surprise with lots of days out and staying in new beds!

Food has started to become a bit of an issue for the first time ever. Arthur has started to become a little bit picky and also is favouring grazing small amounts throughout the day as opposed to eating full meals. I’m hoping that when we get back home and get back into a proper routine we will get back to better eating habits again!

His speech is improving so much too! He makes a noise for drink that we all know what it means but I’m not sure how to write it down it sounds pretty alien….it’s kind of spitty in the back of his throat with a bit of a ‘K’ sound in there!
When he wants something he says what sounds like ‘please’ which is pretty cute! Now I’m sure it’s more give me that now than please but I’ve no problem pretending that we just have a super polite little guy!!!
A super exciting new thing he’s saying a lot too is mama (yayyyy!!) it makes me so happy to hear him say it!!

Arthur now gives big sloppy kisses and is becoming very cuddly which of course is lovely! We still occasionally get a bite in there but we think it’s more of an over zealous kiss than a deliberate bite!
He’s been doing this face which we find hilarious where he scrunches up his nose gives a super cheesy grin and closes his eyes! It’s gorgeous!!  Here he’s kind of doing it but will have better pictures uploaded to the computer once we are home!!

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Today we left Plymouth which of course I’m really sad about and we head back home on Wednesday. I’m excited to see how he is back at home, whether he remembers our house, we’ve been away for 5 weeks and he’s changed so much!!

 

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The Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Last Saturday (2nd August) we were given the amazing opportunity to visit The Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

As the first part of our trip we are staying with Mark’s parents in Leamington Spa this was perfect for us as it was literally only 10 minutes in the car to get there.

I must admit I hadn’t heard of this event before but Mark’s parents discovered it when looking for things to do while we were here. I went on to their website here and it looked perfect for us as Arthur absolutely loves animals! It is the largest National pet event in the UK!

With our little animal lover in tow we knew we would have a great time! There would be animals there that we don’t have back in the Seychelles so we were keen that he would get to see those too!

As the weekend approached we got a little nervous as the weather report for Saturday looked a little grim.

Saturday arrived and sadly the weatherman was right, rain was definitely around! However this in no means put a downer on the day. There was LOADS to see and do inside.

There were the Micro Pigs which were super adorable. You could go in and brush them which lots of kids were loving the chance to do, Arthur was a little bit too small to do that I didn’t fancy explaining to the pig owners that he had beaten up their prize pig with a brush!! Secretly I’m a little disappointed as I’d love to have gone in there and got my hands on one of those little cuties!!

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There was areas designated for dog and cat lovers (separate from each other of course!!) and there were some really gorgeous types of both, I certainly fell in love with lots and wanted to take so many home!!! Dotted all over were stands with lots of great information or products for any pet owners needs but specifically there were lots for cats and dogs.

The skies did clear for a while and we made the most of it and got outside.

We saw the lamb national which was definitely entertaining!! I loved that the sheep had riders on their back, so cute! Now I must say that I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on the whole time but it was very very good fun!!!!

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Also outside there was ferret racing and the birds of pray display.
Arthur really loved both of these.
The people at the ferret racing were really lovely and came round with all the ferrets and let Arthur smooth them. The ferrets were all pets and you could see that the people really really loved them!
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As a super bonus for me I got to meet the wonderful Em at Brummymummyof2 the super lovely Sian over at Pottymouthedmummy and the gorgeous Katrina at CoolBananas .
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I was so excited to meet everyone but I was nervous too, everyone was so lovely was great to meet them!!

Special thanks to Katrina for contacting the lovely people at the Pet Show and arranging our free tickets. Despite us having received these tickets all the views are totally my own, we really did have a fab time and would have attended regardless!

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