Yoga mama {The ordinary moments} #22

Okay so usually my Ordinary Moments posts are all about Arthur. This week I’m switching things up a little because this one is about me!

We’ve been back in the Seychelles for just over a month now, since being back I’ve really got into my Yoga again. I’m becoming a Yoga mama!!

I used to go to a class when we first moved here that was done at the school,but had to stop after being put pretty much on bed rest at 7 weeks pregnant.

Later into my pregnancy, when all was safe and well, I downloaded a pregnancy yoga DVD and did it every day. Despite it being pretty dated, the woman on there being totally crazy, some rather weird chant-y stuff and way too much soft focus, I found that I actually quite enjoyed it. It was nice to have some pregnancy safe exercise.

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I’ve been having some issues with my back and hip and saw a physio when we were in the UK this summer. I Decided that as well as doing cardio I needed to make sure I was looking after my back, and well, my body as a whole. I found a yoga app and the reason I downloaded it was because some of the videos on there were specifically designed for runners. (It’s called Yoga Studio if anyone’s interested).

So anyway, on to my ordinary moment……

Arthur has his nap around 11 and sleeps for a couple of hours. It’s at this time I roll out my yoga mat.

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I do a video from between 20 mins and an hour long depending on what else I’ve got to do. There are lots of different ones (not just for running) and I’ve been loving it. I try to do a harder one during the day, like a strength building one, and I feel so good afterwards.

In the evenings I also quite often do a shorter one that’s focused on relaxation, which is always nice after a busy day.

Im kinda loving becoming a Yoga mama, I’m feeling stronger and after I do a video I always feel really good for it and more relaxed (always useful when spending the day with a wild 15 month old!). I feel like I have more energy too (again useful!!!).

So that’s my ordinary moment for this week, a little bit of me time for this Seychelles mama, aka yoga mama!!

As it wouldn’t quite be an ordinary moments post without Arthur in there somewhere here is my little yoga baby doing his “downward dog” pose!!

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15 months

Yesterday our little man turned 15 months old

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15 months

This month has just flown by. Which is weird because I feel like we have been back from the UK for ages but a month it is!
Anyway, a lot of this month has been about getting back into routine again after our trip. Getting back into Mark being back at work, and therefore it being mostly just Arthur and I during the week days. Also getting back into looking after a house again, 5 weeks away is a lovely long time to take a break from housework but it’s been sucky going back to that!!

Anyway, I digress….back to Arthur.

I’m delighted to say that signs of fussy eating that seemed to develop a little last month have disappeared *touch wood it stays that way*
At the moment he is in fact quite the opposite and appears to be on a bit of a frenzy with eating, his legs have apparently hollowed out!!
Arthur learned while we were away where food is kept, (I.e the fridge or a cupboard) and now, either goes into the cupboard and brings you what he wants for you to give him, or takes you to the fridge until you open it and get him something!! At our house most of the food is kept in the fridge freezer to avoid attracting ants, pretty much only tins are kept in cupboards and they are up high….so mostly we are getting dragged to the fridge!! It’s quite cute but if anyone is at the house they must think we don’t feed him!!!

Arthur has been sleeping mostly fine (because our definition of “fine” now is 5:30am *sobs*) but this last week or so nap time has been pretty funky. He has been waking up at least once during his two hour nap. There has been a tooth come through, one of his canine teeth (mark tells me that’s what it is anyway….the pointy-er ones (not like vampire ones, obviously!) ) so I’m hoping that things will settle out again now it’s come through.

Arthur is so chatty now, lots and lots of mama mama mama…..only when he warns something though haha. We have dada, a very clear “cat” we’ve also had “dog” a couple times but not super clearly. He is saying lots of “yes” but it’s more just “sssssss” with lots of nodding.

He is such an affectionate boy and loves to give kisses (big open mouth sloppy ones) and cuddles/stroking accompanied by lots of “ahhhhhh ahhhh ahhh’s”. I love that he’s like that.

Since we’ve been back I’ve done my best to keep busy with Arthur. I’m not going to deny that I’ve had a few battles with myself over Arthur watching TV. I’m coming to terms with the fact that it’s ok, there are times when I need to get stuff done or I’m just knackered and in need of 5mins or so!
On the whole though, we’ve really done lots. I’ve been getting out practically every day for a walk with the pushchair, I’ve even thrown some running in with the pushchair too!
I’ve taken him swimming and for a walk round the vallee de mai.
We’ve also had some fairly pants weather and so I’ve taken to the wonders of the internet and looked for play inspiration indoors….I’ll write a separate post about those adventures I think! But on the whole I’m happy with how it’s going during the week when it’s just me and the boy!

Weekends we always make sure to have at least one good trip out as a family whether that’s to the pool, the beach or wherever and it’s always the best time of the week for me!

That’s it for now I think! As always I’m excited to see where this month takes us, I’m loving life with our little toddler.

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Our UK trip {Plymouth}

So this post is pretty late in coming but better late then never right 🙂

After a lovely time in Leamington Spa with Mark’s family we headed down to Plymouth to see mine 🙂

The trip was about 4 hours in the car and Arthur was really good, that’s the longest by far he’s ever been in the car for! (We did take a break half way down for the obligatory gallon of Starbucks!!)

It was so nice to see mum and dad and to be back at their place again. Arthur of course, made himself at home right away and was charging about all over the place!! There were three floors to explore and he loved it!

A nice little treat for Mark and I was that mum and dad wanted Arthur in their room with them (fools!!!) so we got nice lie ins the whole time we were there!! Arthur was a bit of a monkey with getting up early but I think he was just very excited to play with his nana and grandfarji!!! He’s not used to being in a room with other people and whenever he is he tends to wake up earlier!  We also took advantage of grandparents babysitting again and went for a nice dinner out one night! I also took a night out with my best friend Hannah to a wine bar (very sophisticated of me I know!).

While we were in Plymouth Arthur had lots of time at the park and he became a bit of a slide fiend!!

A lovely day out we had was at Pennywell Farm. Arthur really loved it there and I was made up as I got to cuddle a micro pig!!!!! It was a really great day, loads of activities going on to keep kids entertained and lots of lovely animals!!
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We went to Paignton Zoo, it’s a little bit obligatory to go there whenever we are in Plymouth….there’s kind of a story where I might of definitely did throw up around (possibly on) some goats, and a few other animals (yes I was very hungover and not the more acceptable excuse of being pregnant)…my dad even told that story on my wedding day (thanks dad). I can confirm that there was no throwing up this time by the way!!
Obviously the animals were amazing but a highlight was that SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH was there doing some filming for an upcoming show, however We created a conspiracy that he’s never actually left the UK and has done all his filming in the UK!!! Anyway he smiled and so I’d say we are definitely friends now!
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Something really cute that day was Arthur and my brother in matching outfits!
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We went to the National Marine Aquarium which was great, Arthur loved it but it was so so busy which was a bit annoying but that’s the school summer holidays for you I guess!!
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The aquarium is on the Barbican, a place I absolutely love!
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It then leads on round to the Hoe which is also really really nice, it’s so pretty and there’s so much history there! I was really looking forward to being there with Arthur and of course getting fish and chips (actually I have sausage in batter but that’s not the point!!)

Mark and I went down to the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe one day and met up with Hannah and her daughter. We had a really nice couple of hours there. You pay once and get a years ticket, it wasn’t expensive and you can see that the monkeys have a really good life there. They are mostly ex-pets (people are crazy thinking they could have a monkey as a pet!) or have been rescued from some dodgy circus of some kind so it’s lovely to see them having a much better quality of life!

We headed back down to Cornwall again and went to mount edgcumbe to play frisbee golf. I have to say I wasn’t sure about going as I’m rubbish at gold and frisbee so my prospects weren’t good but we had so much fun there I can not recommend it enough.   Check out their website here. It was a really fun day out, a great walk round the beautiful mount edgcumbe with a competitive element added and of course some exercise too! The guy that runs the place was super helpful, friendly and amazingly passionate and his love of the sport is truly contagious!
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Perhaps my favourite day out was to Slapton Sands where we wrapped up warm and took Arthur to the lovely great big pebble beach….a little different to the beaches he’s used to but he loved it, after all he loves the water and he loves playing with stones so what’s not to love for him!!
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Okay this is getting pretty lengthy now. Anyway I’ve got most of our big outings down here but also we had what felt like a lot of really nice quality down time as a family. And of course Arthur loved spending time with his Nana, Grandfarji and Uncle Will in Plymouth!

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Daddy’s breakfast {The Ordinary Moments} #21

This week is a short little ordinary moments post that peeks at a tiny piece of our weekday mornings….Daddy’s breakfast.

We are all up between half 5 and 6 every day (dictated by Arthur not us!!). First thing in the morning Arthur drinks some water and then he has his bottle of milk.
During the week Mark is out the house by 7am to go to work, so he has his breakfast before Arthur and I have ours. Ever since he was small Arthur has realised that this is an opportunity to get an early snack (actually this is how Arthur got his first ever taste of food stealing some of Mark’s porridge!).  He knows he can have some of Daddy’s breakfast and will do all the kissing up required to do so. That or he will kick off until he gets some, but either way he gets some!!

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I love watching these two together, in this little routine in the mornings!  Arthur always looks so pleased with himself every time he gets a mouthful of whatever happens to be Daddy’s breakfast that morning!  It’s like a little victory he chalks up every day!  The annoying thing is that he really will eat whatever it is but then if I serve him it for his own breakfast he will sometimes turn his nose up at it, cheeky monkey!!

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Things I found strange – Our UK Trip

So it had been two years since we had left the UK and we were really excited to go back for the summer to visit friends, family and places we hadn’t seen in a long time.
Of course we had a wonderful summer, but, there were a few things I found strange while we were there!

Firstly, we left the UK as a just married couple and now, what seems like no time later, we returned with our 1 year old son…the two years passed so quickly!!

Driving from the airport to Mark’s parents house I felt like we had never left, it really was strange it’s like we slipped into our old lives right away. It was like we had two seperate lives, our UK life and our Seychelles one….

That is until we went to the shops, any shops whether it was the supermarket, clothes shops, toy shops even a halfords. Everything was MASSIVE and there was so much choice!!! We really aren’t used to that here, if we can get something at all there’s not going to be different brands to choose from. There’s certainly no offers like buy one get one free!! We found ourselves just stood in a shop and kinda freezing not really knowing where to start!

We were reminded just how much people live through their phones in the UK. A walk outside anywhere you will see people’s head buried In their phones. I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing but you just kind of forget that’s how things are there….this is my phone now and I hardly use it, in fact days can go by where I don’t look at it, we see most of friends on a daily basis even if it’s just in passing and so most things are organised that way! **I will say that I have my iPad at home and I would be lost with out that!!**

Smoking is still pretty popular!! Not so many people smoke here and so you don’t really come into contact with it very much!

I noticed a few things that affected me too:

I realised just how humid it is in the Seychelles as back in the UK I had that feeling of being completely dried out, my skin and my nose….that kind of feeling you get from a ski trip!

As a contrast to that my hair reverted immediately to how it was before we moved away….I had to wash it every day to avoid it being greasy, very annoying!!! Here I do every other day sometimes even a couple of days!

Another realisation was how much make up people wear. On a day to day basis here I wear no make up but I instantly felt the need to throw on at least some mascara before leaving the house when we were back in the UK to avoid feeling like some sort of leper!

 

These were all things that I found strange and definitely not expected!  Are there any things that you find strange when you go back ‘home’ ?

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My Expat Family 2

Hello and welcome to the second ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up.  I’m sorry that this is late happening, I ended up taking a bit of an impromptu blog break over the summer while we were back in the UK but I promise from now on it will be a monthly thing!

Lets make it the second Thursday of every month *adds to calendar* 

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Trips to the Park {The Ordinary Moments} #20

Something that became an ordinary moment for our little family this summer was trips to the park.

For the first couple of weeks the weather was mostly kind to us (despite the fact that Mark and I were freezing in the mornings and evenings…..wooly socks and hoodie freezing!!).

The first time we went he had a nice time wondering around, to be honest he wasn’t that interested in going on anything. He definitely didn’t like the swings! We have a swing for him at home and he’s yet to really warm to it! He was excited by the roundabout but didn’t like it too much when it was going round!!

By the time we had been there a couple of weeks Arthur was getting a lot more confident at the park and was really enjoying it there!
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He had started to really like going up into climbing frames and was starting to show a bit of interest in slides but didn’t seem to like going down them particularly!

We then headed down to Plymouth and Arthur got to go to different parks! Mum and dad got him going down slides feet first on his belly which he loved!! Arthur was getting really confident with climbing up and around climbing frames (wooden ones). The weather was not as nice for us but we could bundle Arthur up warm and he still had a great time!

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There is a little play area for kids at Mark’s school and I’m going to try to get Arthur down there as often as I can. He’s really enjoyed the little trips to the park and I’d love to keep that little ordinary moment going!

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