I used to consider the remarkable and memorable moments in my life as events that I had built up to; a birthday, a holiday, a wedding, buying a house, a big night out etc. etc. Although these things are all still great, I realised that today I had the most amazing day and felt total contentment and yet nothing out of the ordinary happened. Instead this is what happened on my perfectly ordinary day…
Grace woke up at 6am for a feed (I consider that a night feed, anyone who knows me knows I’m far from an early riser!). Grace came into bed with me and I fed her side lying; snuggled up and cocooned against me, we drifted off until 8:30. She stirred with a coo, I looked at her and said good morning in a high pitched sleepy voice and in return I got a beaming smile and an adorable stretch. We spent the morning at home in our pj’s playing, singing, feeding and napping. I’ve recently discovered blowing raspberries on her tummy reduces her to hysterics and she loves doing ‘row your boat’ now that she’s started to sit a little. There was a serous ‘poonami’ situation but we’ll gloss over that.
Daniel finished work early so we decided to go to the lido as it was so sunny. We’ve taken Grace swimming once before and she loved it so we were confident it would be a hit and it was! I’d recently bought a very adorable swimsuit for her and loved putting her in it. The three of us tentatively splashed and paddled in the pool and relaxed in the sunshine. By now it was 5pm, Grace was still in a happy mood and we were feeling brave so we went for it and took her with us for a meal at a restaurant on our way home. She slept the whole way through our meal (amazing!) and Daniel and I enjoyed some couple time – something that is easily taken for granted pre baby.
Once home, we had bath time which is always fun for both of us. I love seeing how excited she gets when I turn the taps on. It then took 2 hours to get her to sleep – not so fun but all part of mummyhood. Once she was eventually asleep in her cot I just stared at her pouting in her sleep and soaked in the feelings of love and contentment. It had been a perfect day.
I collapsed on the sofa with a cold bottle of beer and decided that today had been one of the best days of my life. Even though it isn’t all cute outfits, pouty smiles and sleepy cuddles, spending my days with Grace is so special and I want to treasure every single one as I know this is such a short but sweet period of my life.
love Hannah x