Last week

Last week I chose to spend my time completely devoted to Olive. So much housework, small jobs and getting places take over our days together and with the way I have been feeling lately I just really wanted to take it slow and enjoy moments together.
After Olive's bout of sickness etc last week she has been completely out of sorts. Her routine is off, my routine is off and honestly we have both been very grumpy. I'm extra hormonal, she is extra stroppy and demanding and we're both probably fairly exhausted.
On Wednesday after a little dancing to the radio and blowing bubbles first thing, we got dressed and left the house. I took Olive to the small soft play area in the centre and let her run and bounce some energy around. Thankfully it was quiet so I could just peacefully watch her from the side.
We then walked to the coffee shop hand in hand for a little quality time together. We both had coffees (she had a babyccino but as we're "big girls" she calls it coffee!) and shared a buttered toasted teacake. "Cheers"ing after every other bite. Whilst I was still sipping my vanilla latte she sat cross legged on the floor reading the shop's books and occasionally coming back to finish her colouring in. 
It was one of those 'Proud Mama' moments. She was being so well behaved and lovely and kept saying "Thank you Mummy!". My little aching heart had started glowing a little - like the Grinch's. It was the best date I had had in a long time. My little friend, my little sidekick.
We then went off to buy some fruit and went home for a little sticker book fun before naptime.

Olive had a long 2 hour nap (thank you universe!). After a cuddle on my bed, she had an ice cream whilst we chatted. She helped me to put the washing on the airer and then we painted in her magic colouring book. We had a lovely afternoon of colouring in, free play and dancing together around the living room after dinner. Such a wonderful day. We were both less grumpy and just enjoyed each other's company.
Thursday went a little differently. Olive was not her best self at all, and in turn neither was I. The best part of the day was when we went out for a walk to meet her Gramps and Nanny Leanne for lunch.
On the way there we befriended a cat, smelled some flowers and spied some pigeons. We met my Papa at work and then sat in the park and it was such a lovely hour. Olive was sweet, well behaved and an all round super cutie. However when it was time to go home she was too tired to walk and wanted carrying for most of the way (eek!). The afternoon was very much the same as the morning - a little bit grumpy. After dinner we both did some colouring in and I let Olive have a long play in the bath.
On Friday we popped into town first thing to get some supplies and back home for an early lunch and silly living room dancing together. After nap time and some book reading on the sofa, we popped back out to meet our lovely friends for a playdate. It was a good idea to let Olive run around and let off some steam before heading home for a mini jacket potato and broccoli.
And a good idea for me to see a friend whom I always feel completely at ease with, especially when not feeling my best self. The kind that doesn't out-rightly ask if you're okay, but does it in a way that makes you feel like you want to answer... if that even makes sense! It probably makes zero sense but I know what I mean. She's a kind hearted Mama whom I feel I can cry in front of if necessary.
Saturday, Sebastian took the little lady out to the soft play area and left me at home to get ready in peace. I made us all some lunch and met them in the park where we all sat nicely on a bench. We spied a robin and were surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. It was the perfect lunchtime with my two favourites. We let Olive run around a bit as she just loves it when we go to a big open space- it makes me feel a little guilty that we don't have a garden for her to explore in. However it does nudge me to take her out more often! ...(and to manifest the heck out of my dream of having our own garden one day!).
We came home and had a chilled afternoon of napping, free play, and cuddles on the sofa. And yes, that is the same outfit as the day before - turns out 2.5 year old's are pretty persistent with their choice of outfits!!
My mama came over on Sunday, whilst Sebastian went to the studio to work. We did a lot of catching up until Olive woke from her nap and then we got started with the baking. We made cheese scones (where Olive mostly whisked the egg wash, played with the flour and ate all the grated cheese!), then whilst she helped me with the washing up my mama basically whizzed up TWO batches of muffins in a flash! We had a batch of blueberry muffins and the other was cherry and white chocolate. SPOILT!
It was a dream afternoon! And honestly I've never seen Olive more excitable. She just loves to help... and to eat!!! "are they ready now, are they ready now!?!" when the buzzer on the oven went for the cheese scones. "Yay! Wahoo!" I love this little darling. She was in a lovely mood. But then again so was I - with the delicious smell and the tupperware boxes stacked high full of treats, it was hard not to be!!

It was so lovely to spend some quality time with Olive this week. She has been so out of sorts over the last few weeks. Clingy too. I suppose she is probably going through some sort of phase or maybe she just feels like she needs to some extra love or attention or both. I keep reminding myself that we all have our 'off' weeks and that we need to be there for each other through all of them. It just so happens that both Olive and I were having one at the same time. But that's okay because there is no one I'd rather hang out with when I feel like this!


  1. It's so lovely to read about your adventures with Olive, she is a beautiful little girl 🙂
    I understand about your mama struggles, at times toddlers can be very hard work- especially when we're ill and run down! x

  2. I hope you're feeling a bit more yourself Charlotte. And how cute is Olive - she may have insisted on the same outfit twice, but she does look cute in it!

  3. Ohhh you both are the dream, I can only hope I have the same relationship with my daughter when I hopefully have one! Alice xxx


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