Friday Focus 14/09/18 – Adjusting to new routines

With Sophie at school, I’ve been adjusting to being at home on my own during the day with Thomas. The house feels so very quiet without Sophie and it’s been a very long time since I just had a new baby to look after. It’s very strange being back at this stage again. I feel like I’m almost having to re-learn what to do with a baby – other than the obvious feed, change and cuddle.


"adjusting" - this week's word of the week


Hubby is away working a lot at the moment so it’s been mostly just me with the children. I’m getting better at juggling and getting through the busy moments in the morning and at bedtime. The quiet moments during the day can be hard at times though. I think a lot about Jessica and how much I miss her. Despite the fact that she wouldn’t have been at home with me at that time, her absence seems most noticeable during the school day.


Sophie is adjusting well to being at school. She runs into class quite happily in the morning and always greets me with a big smile at pick-up time. I’m glad that she seems to be enjoying it.


Things that have made me smile this week

  • Taking Thomas to his first baby signing class.




  • The delight on Sophie’s face on being reunited with her friend C at Girls’ Brigade having not seen each other all summer. I loved watching them running around together and holding hands.


  • Doing the flower arrangement at church and choosing pretty pink and purple flowers in honour of Jessica’s birthday.


A flower arrangement with pink and purple flowers


  • Watching Sophie having fun on her scooter at an indoor skate park birthday party while we caught up with friends.


Sophie on her scooter at an indoor skate park


  • Being given a couple of photos of Jessica and some more of her schoolbooks. Having “new” photos and seeing things of Jessica’s that we hadn’t looked at before is such a precious gift.


A photo of Jessica dressed as a cat with face paint at school


  • A lazy day of being mostly glued to the sofa cuddling Thomas while binge-watching The Crown.


  • A visit from my sister, brother-in-law and niece.


My niece cuddling Thomas


  • The way Thomas is really starting to look at us now and is becoming more aware of what’s going on around him.


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18 thoughts on “Friday Focus 14/09/18 – Adjusting to new routines

  1. It sounds like you’ve been adjusting really well, it’s such a huge change of routine isn’t it. The flower arrangement is beautiful I bet Jessica would have loved all those colours. Sophie seems to be enjoying school and she looks really happy on her scooter x

  2. congratulations in becoming a Bibs finalist x
    It’s hard to adjust but it sounds like you are doing so well. Your flowers are beautiful x

  3. It’s great that Sophie’s adjusting to school, it sounds like she’s doing so well there. It must feel strange to have quieter days at home, and returning to baby days – I sometimes feel I dreamt mine and I wouldn’t know what to do with a baby again now! So lovely to get new photos of Jessica, as you say, like seeing moments afresh. And congratulations on the BiBs! x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. It must take some getting used to just having Thomas at home. It sounds like you are getting into the swing of things.
    I am glad Sophie is settling in well at school…
    When I saw you were a BiBs finalist I squealed with delight! You totally deserve it.
    Those flowers are beautiful and how lovely to have some new things that were Jessica’s. x

  5. Congrats on being a finalist. So exciting. I love the flower arrangement. You are clever. I’m not sure I’d have done so well. A nice way to mark the day. Glad Sophie is finding her feet at school and you are indulging in some feet up time. You deserve it. I love that photo of Thomas and your sister. Perfect. #wotw

    1. Thank you Cheryl. It is quite nice having some time just sitting and relaxing while Thomas is feeding 🙂

  6. Huge congratulations on the Bibs Louise, and this photos must have been wonderful to receive. And well done on getting organised its so hard going back to the baby stage, I honestly found it all a bit of a shock doing it all again x

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