It is pancake day and we are stuck inside awaiting a courier, a locksmith and a washing machine repair man. It is only 3.30pm and it has already been quite a day, but luckily we have eggs, flour, milk and strawberries so we have been making pancakes. Whisking and tossing with one hand was interesting…Max insisted on being held throughout the pancake mixing and cooking process, like a mini David Attenborough, he wanted to be up and close to the action as it happened.
After the last few months of turmoil the Mr and I decided we would tag team the bubba and treat ourselves to a relaxing 25 minute massage at Brighton’s Treatment Rooms and it was pure heaven.
Since landing in the UK it has been non stop and we have had to unpack, pack, move, manage, develop a new routine with Max, entertain, host, play, research and we have had many, many sleepless nights with Max whilst he was teething. We finally reached breaking point this past weekend and decided our poor backs needed some help, the Treatment Rooms in Brighton has always been well recommended so I was really excited for my first visit.
Life with a baby apparently means I am now late for everything so I ended up running to my appointment in the rain so my shoulders were under my ears with tension as soon as I arrived, which was a great start to my relaxing 25 minutes. Luckily the staff were very welcoming and sorted me out with a tea whilst I waited for my therapist. Really….is there anything TEA can’t do? I prayed my therapist was good at kneading dough.
After a gentle and blissful 25 minutes I was done, my shoulders were where they were supposed to be and I stood a little taller. I did not hesitate to say yes when I was offered another cup of tea whilst I rested in the relaxation room, which I had to myself. £39 later and the weight of the world off my shoulders I sprang out the door, only to head straight to Mothercare to get some curtains and Calpol. It was so nice while it lasted.
Warning! This is a picture heavy blog post because the sun was shining at the weekend and we are very lucky to live in beautiful Brighton.
We are still having work done to our new house so we are currently renting a lovely Air BNB in Hanover. We will move into Bailie manor in a few days, so this past weekend was all about making the most of our current little neighbourhood and so we took a stroll around Queens Park, which I had never frequented before. I have been missing out (obviously), because it has everything…regency architecture, gorgeous gardens, quacking ducks in a pond and a huge playground and it was THE place to be to soak up some vitamin D and have a buggy adventure on Saturday.
The first year with your newborn child is a magical time in any woman’s life. It can also be the biggest struggle you will ever face, and at times, very lonely. The Mothers’ Collective, a new private members club for new mothers-and-baby aims to make the most of the best bits of maternity leave whilst tackling the worst bits head on, with the focus on the mother’s wellbeing and happiness.
Away from the usual draughty village halls and noisy family centres, The Park House in Bepton near Midhurst will host weekly meet-ups in their chic, stylish but relaxed private space, where you can chat, breast or bottle-feed and enjoy a snack in peace. With expert advice from guest speakers, pampering treatments and delicious treats, you can enjoy it all with your new baby in your arms.
As a member of the Mothers’ Collective you’ll enjoy:
Weekly meet-ups at the beautiful Park House in Bepton, nr Midhurst with special refreshments.
A programme of guest speakers, plus resident experts in sleep, nutrition and childcare.
Pampering treatments like head, foot and hand massages.
Goody bags packed with gorgeous treats featuring Intensae, Bloom & Blossom and L’Occitane…
Exclusive discounts on baby brands and products.
Access to expert advice.
As a Mother’s Day Gift, you are invited to a free taster session on Wednesday 26th March at 11am or 12pm. Register for your free tickets at www.motherscollective.wordpress.com or for more information, email the lovely Grace Timothy (founder of The Mothers Collective and my very best friend) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A gal pal just sent me the link to this lovely online shop called Bear in the Hood and I had to share the lovely products with you. If you want something for your child that is fun, unique and creative then look no further than Bear in the Hood for fancy new threads like the hoodie below or some cool nursery inspired art. I personally love the bear balaclava and Max needs a hat in this mad weather that he cannot tear off and chuck on the floor…no matter how funny it is when I have to retrace our buggy steps looking for said hat.
I always used to miss out on successfully getting a seat at Bills in Brighton because it is so popular with the people and at the weekend everyone often queues come rain or shine for the food, ambience and colourful displays. It is THE place to be, whether you are recovering from the night before or just fancy a tasty bit of cake over a catch up with a pal. Nowadays I have Max and we have all the time in the world and in the week too, so Adios weekend suckers!, our bottoms always have a chair and unfortunately for my purse, Bills in Brighton is on our way into town so a quick fuel stop is a must before we embrace Brighton’s high street and our chores.
Bills in Brighton is located in the North Laines and not only is it full of yummy dishes and good coffee, but it has been my haven place to go with Max when he is bored of the buggy and more often than not…hungry. As well as all the culinary delights you can introduce to your grateful tummy, the displays and fresh produce are huge, colourful and totally absorbing for a bambino so you can quite literally have your cake and eat it too (even with a baby). My favourite dessert of choice is the cinnamon rolls, which are warm and served with fresh strawberries and hot melted chocolate.
The staff are so friendly and always make such a fuss of Max even when they are heaving with customers and I come in with a buggy, requesting a table at the back with a highchair and Max throws all their lovely food around us.
You know how the boy in ‘The Sixth Sense’ can see dead people? Well, all I can see is the many, many different choices of grey paint colours on offer by Farrow & Ball when my eyes are open and when they are closed. We are deciding on colours to paint the new Bailie manor and we are taking it very seriously indeed. Ay Carumba!
Here are our current contenders, they have all reached the semi finals and now we just need to make a decision, which is proving to be a harder task than we imagined. In other Manor news…a wall has been knocked down and even though the dust is having a party it looks amazing already and it is crazy how much space and light we suddenly have. Knocking down walls and ‘getting the painters in’ has always been something that ‘other people’ do, so apologies, but this blog is probably going to be renamed ‘Hysteria Interior’, because I am so excited about our new dwellings.