January is notorious for seeming like a very long month and it certainly seemed to live up to its reputation for us! Despite having illness in the house for over three weeks we still managed to fit a lot in and feel pretty busy, although I think that is just our status quo from now on with three children; even when we’re having a ‘quiet’ day at home I seem to be rushing around trying to keep on top of chores and jobs! Here’s what we’ve been up to this month:
// Ivy didn’t go back to school until the 10th of January so we spent the first few days of the year exploring outside and trying to sort things out after a hectic Christmas. Despite feeling completely fatigued we managed quite a bit of socialising that week which was nice.
// It turned out my ‘fatigue’ was actually the start of flu and a horrible throat infection so that wiped me out for almost two and a half weeks. I had about four actual ‘sick days’ when I needed to be in bed but the rest of the time I tried to look after the kids while moving as little as possible!
// By the middle of January I was feeling a bit more normal and started to find more of a rhythm in our new area. I sorted stuff at home and tried out a new baby group. Josh has been really busy with work, but is really enjoying it.
// We had a week of normality before Ivy got gastroenteritis for five days so that changed plans once again and was really horrible for her.
// Josh also had someone crash into the back of his car the other day which is an annoyance that we could do without in our already crowded diary!
// Despite all the illness, the dark days and endless rain I have enjoyed exploring more of our area and re-discovering the simple joys of making our own bread (in a machine!) and cleaning products. Having said that though this month has just felt like a slog without much fun. It’s hard when you’re ill or have to sacrifice a lot to look after the children who seem particularly needy at the moment. I am so ready for warmer weather; there isn’t a lot to do around here and it’s hard to do much in the wet and cold with the children. Roll on spring!