Well just a quick update on my time of “firsts” since my last post.
I guess the main news is the safe arrival of my amazing niece, Lily. She is a real beaut. And my little sis is a true trooper – just cracking on with the trials and tribulations of early motherhood with a LOT less moaning and worrying than I remember subjecting people to!
Welcome to the world, little lady!
My Dad, Jake and I took a family trip to Manchester to meet the little lady, a trip which involved a Fawlty Towers style hotel which I may look back one day and laugh about! It was a very sentimental weekend and I think we all felt my Mam’s absence acutely. She would have been so proud – not only of her new granddaughter but also the idea of her youngest daughter becoming a mother. My Dad, on the other hand, has shown his pride and utter joy in very different ways. He was genuinely choked when I called to let him know the baby had arrived safely and his first words were to ask if they were both ok. And he’s still yet to hold the baby and probably won’t for a while yet. You forget how little and fragile they are as newborns. Even I was nervous when I had my first cuddle of Lily and seemed to have lost the knack of holding them so gently!
On another note, my first ever trip to Wales was a delight, despite almost missing the plane due to a combination of one iffy phone alarm and a certain little person turning down the alarm on my backup phone! There were certainly very frantic scenes chez Taylor that morning with a smattering of choice profanities!
Thankfully we made the flight and therefore the wedding, which was a lovely, gorgeous and happy day in an idyllic setting just outside of Cardiff. Congrats once again to Mr. and Mrs. Atkins!
We even got the chance to explore Cardiff itself the next day – a sunny, vibrant city that I would love to return to one day.
In other news, we’ve enjoyed a great day at the Mouth of the Tyne festival with friends…
…I caught up with friends from Wales and New Zealand which saw the three of us together for the first time in over 4 years!
And enjoyed a HILARIOUS day out at the Races which I will still be laughing about for many months to come!
Next stop – a well deserved holiday. I think I need it!