Thursday, 29 October 2015

What was the origin of Halloween? Are you a fan?

I absolutely love Halloween but was not aware of its origins so decided to search.  Most websites have a lot of waffle but basically it appears to be the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November) and the eve of the pagan Celtic festival known as Samhain.

The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined and is about superstition , religious belief and nowadays all the fun associated with dressing up, trick or treating and ghosts!!!! Oooooooh!!!!

Bonfires also became associated with Halloween in the past as a way to frighten the spirits away and a way to get through the long dark winters.  In England bonfires are now largely on 5th November Bonfire Night and most towns have firework displays to celebrate the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

So Halloween is actually a long established festival & not just an American gimmick as some people believe.

I'm looking forward to the Halloween Strictly Come Dancing which is always fab. My daughter is going to a Halloween party & my son is super keen to go trick or treating. We still don't know many people in our new street so might just knock at a couple of doors so he can participate before returning home to hand our sweets to any trick or treaters that come our way. Last year I handed out 40 packets of sweets before running out!!!

Tomorrow rain permitting we are going on a pumpkin hunt which should be fun & a good way to get some fresh air over the half term holidays.

It seems to be getting more popular with every passing year with many parks, farms, shopping centres etc getting in on the action.

Whether you love it or hate it have fun this weekend.

Happy Halloween. Sleep tight & don't let the vampires bite.

Emma x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Baby Bore

Back when I was first pregnant blogging wasn't really a popular thing & Twitter was in its infancy.  However I've always loved writing and drafted mini posts as an outlet which never saw the light of day as I had no forum.  I've decided to dust some of them off and share.
These posts are from my early motherhood days and I hope they might help, humour or connect with some mums out there.

Baby Bore
originally wrote September 2007
When your new baby is born you are filled with feelings of love, worry and extreme tiredness.  You spend the first two weeks wrapped up in trying to look after your new bundle of joy the best you can and learning to recognise the hungry, tired, or poorly cries.  You are besieged by visitors all wishing you a long and happy life and then your partner returns to work, the visitors stop coming and you are left by yourself. 

You suddenly feel a little bit lonely and worried you are doing everything right.  People sympathise with these feelings but what people don’t discuss is that sometimes you can actually also feel rather bored.  Looking after a small baby can get quite monotonous the chores become the same, bath, change, feed, wind, make bottles, try and get your little one to sleep, fill the washing machine for the third time and finally wash and make some more bottles.

A lot of mothers say they love nothing more than watching their new baby but to be perfectly honest I don’t know how they find the time.  When my little one was sleeping I was either manically doing housework or trying to sleep myself.  I really did not have the inclination to watch my baby for hours on end and they really don’t do much in the first few weeks.  People seem to think you are less maternal or perhaps just slightly strange if you do not find every single thing your new baby does enormously interesting but sleeping, eating, burping and farting are not interesting after the 100th time.  Some babies do not do much and there’s nothing wrong with more mothers admitting that your new baby is the most gorgeous thing in the world but slightly dull.

I actually found the change from full time work with adults and adult conversation to full time mother with only a small baby to talk to quite strange and it took a little while to adjust.  It made me wonder if I’d made the right decision in extending my maternity leave to a whole year.  However when my daughter reached 4ish months she started to interact more and we started solid foods (I know the rules have changed but my health visitor said it would be fine as Lily was a big baby) she also started taking more interest in her toys and would actually stay on her play mat quite happily for half hour or more.  Everything seemed to slot into place and I realised how happy and lucky I was to have a year of work. 

My daughter is now nearly 8 months old and seems to be changing daily.  She babbles away and can sit up for 25 minutes before finally toppling over.  She’s also finally learnt to roll over something I thought she just would never do as she hated being on her tummy and she loves her food.  I can now say that motherhood is no longer boring but know that even if baby number 2 came along I would still find those first few months exhausting, full of visitors and love and then perhaps a tad boring.  I would just like to say its ok to feel like this and all mothers and babies are different and it doesn’t make you any worse than the mum round the corner who loves nothing more than watching her new born sleep, lie, eat and burp for the 100th time.

Friday, 2 October 2015

The School Run!!! Argh!

Any mum with children at primary school will know the horror that is the school run.

Leaving the house on time is a small achievement each day.

Remembering book bags, lunch boxes, coats, school letters, PE kits and homework is another small victory.

I only have to travel 1 mile in the car. Its a bit too far for the kids to walk & I drive to work directly afterwards.

This journey per Google maps takes 4 minutes.  On a good day in rush hour it takes 10 & on a bad day 20!!!

The other day it took 9 minutes to get out of my road.

Even the calmest person develops some level of road rage.

Parking is the next issue. I am notoriously bad at parallel parking & will avoid at all costs. (I know I'm an idiot - I would never pass my test again.) On the bad days we end up so far from the school I wonder if we should have just walked.

The reverse journey is usually quicker but stress levels increase due to the amount of people (mostly adults) who just wander in front of your car whilst you are MOVING!!!

Oh well its Friday & only 3 weeks until a weeks respite for half term before it all starts again with the added joy of winter & having to remember to add a further 5 minutes on to de-ice the car & horror or horrors the possibility of snow!!!

Emma xxx