Last weekend I enjoyed an amazing couple of days at Britmums Live – meeting up with lots of fab fellow bloggers and attending some very interesting sessions. I even ended up being wrapped from head to toe in toilet roll as part of a successful Guinness World Record attempt to make the most mummies by wrapping people in toilet paper in three minutes (our final total was 51 beating the previous world record by just one). I had a wonderful time but what really surprised me was that instead of inspiring me to take my blog further, it did the exact opposite. Instead of coming home determined to be the best blogger I could be, I realised that what I really wanted was to take a big step backward and focus on being the best mummy I could be instead.
I’ve had a few days of trying to switch off more and focus on giving my children my full attention instead of being distracted by social media all the time and it’s been wonderful. I’m seeing more of the little things that I was often too distracted to notice before, getting more cuddles and kisses from my girlies and really just enjoying the moment without trying to capture it in some way. I’ll still be blogging, but I’m taking the pressure off myself and focusing on what matters most to me – my two beautiful girls.
Out and About
We had a lovely afternoon with Nanny at Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sunday. For me, the highlight of the day was seeing my mum showing the girls how to skip with the skipping rope! Not something I would have expected to see but she clearly loved it and the girls did too!
Jessica took part in her first ever sports day yesterday and I was so proud of her. She might have come last in every race she entered but she crossed the finish line with a big smile on her face, announcing “Look, Mummy, I’m the winner!” and to me, that’s exactly what she is.
Fun at home
Grandma and Grandad came over one afternoon. We enjoyed sitting out in the garden in the sunshine while the girls had fun playing.
Sophie’s been having fun at bedtime over this last week. We’ve had a few marathon sessions of trying to get her to go to sleep. She likes to do a few laps of the cot, followed by a session of cot gymnastics and finishing with singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to herself before she finally gives in and decides it really is bedtime!
Time for me
It was wonderful to have two days for myself and go to Britmums. I really enjoyed the Instawalk from the London Eye to the Brewery (although did regret wearing shoes with a bit of a heel!) and met some lovely bloggers along the way including the lovely Dawn from Dear Mummy and Sarah from Run, Jump, Scrap. It was lovely to catch up again with Mel from Le Coin de Mel, Stacey from Mummy M’s Memories and Tracey from Mummyshire. I also got to meet lots of other lovely bloggers for the first time including Reneé from Mummy Tries, Fiona from Coombe Mill, Sara from Mum Turned Mom, Sophie from Sophie is…, Fiona from Free Range Chick, Sam from And Then The Fun Began, Lisa from Mummascribbles, Tim from Slouching Towards Thatcham and Jane from Our Little Escapades. I even got to meet the Twirlywoos (Jessica and Sophie were quite excited about that one!) I chatted to so many lovely people that it is impossible to name them all but I had a wonderful time even if what I took away from it wasn’t what I expected to!
On the blog
I have a giveaway running on the blog for an A4 personalised character print which will be running for a couple of weeks – you can enter here if you’d like the chance to win one.
The second post in my Parenting Pep Talk series featured the lovely Sarah from Run, Jump, Scrap sharing her happy moments and words of encouragement and advice.
My happiest moment
The squeals of excitement and look of joy on my girls’ faces when I got home on Saturday evening. Those little shouts of “Mummy, Mummy!” were the most wonderful sounds in the world.
Next week I would like to…
Continue to enjoy spending time with my babies!