Why I miss my newborn – already

Newborn, Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson

My Sonny Jim when he was brand new!

So newborns are *hard* work. They’re tiny, fragile and as a new mum you have absolutely no idea just how exactly you’re supposed keep them alive!

But now my Sonny Jim is a whole six months old – and even though he is a complete delight at the moment – there are a few things I miss already about those newborn days…

  • The staying put. When he was new to the world you could put the little lad down – and he basically stayed where you put him. Now Sonny Jim is capable of getting himself into all sorts of pickles if you take your eyes off him for half a second. Wriggling his way under the cot? No problem. Pulling chunks of grass up and trying to eat them? Easy. And this is only going to get worse when he’s properly crawling and walking!
  • The cuddles. Sonny Jim and me still have tons of cuddles of course, but nowadays he is normally also trying to pull my hair, poke my eyes, and/or clamber over my shoulder at the same time. When he was newborn, he’d just curl up on my chest and snooze.

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Mummy lessons learnt – six months old

Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson

Six months old and super cute!

I truly, truly cannot believe my little guy is six months old. He’s a proper little character now and seems to be doing new things every single day.

And while Sonny Jim is busy discovering the world around him (toes are endlessly fascinating now as is his, um, winkle – I never knew the obsession started so young!!) I’m also learning new things all the time. Here are just a few of them…

  • I spend all day chatting away to Sonny Jim, sometimes he squeals in response, sometimes he falls asleep while I’m mid-sentence. This practice (great for teaching him to speak apparently) means I am now unable to stop the running commentary. Even when he is in his cot asleep, I find myself downstairs babbling away to myself. I fear I may do this in public too.

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Today we’re loving… baby swimming lessons

s2s Swim School class, Katy Pearson

Sonny Jim and his buddies at his first s2s Swim School class

I grew up on an island. So for my parents it was super important that I learnt to swim as soon as possible. If you’re going to be surrounded water it’s best you know what to do if you find yourself in it!

The early lessons for me paid off – I’ve always loved the water. In fact, I probably spent the majority of my childhood splashing about some place or another.

And now I’ve got a little one of my own, I want the same for him. For him to be happy and confident as a child in water. For him never to be scared of the sea, or frightened when he sees an expanse of water.

I started looking for swimming classes for Sonny Jim when he was about eight weeks old. But my goodness what a mission! Most baby swim schools in Leigh-on-Sea and the near vicinity don’t take babies under six months – and those that do take them younger get booked up scary fast. Continue reading

A staycation in the UK’s happiest place to live… Leigh-on-Sea

Life in Leigh-on-Sea...the UK's happiest place to live

Life in Leigh-on-Sea…the UK’s happiest place to live

So the little Essex seaside resort that I call home has recently been named as the happiest place in Britain to live.

Leigh-on Sea (it’s just up the road to Southend for those of you that aren’t Essex-based folk) gained the accolade from Rightmove, after scoring highly on a range of stand-out features, including community spirit and a strong sense of belonging.

The hubby and I moved to Leigh-on-Sea two years ago. I’d grown up not far from the fishing village (on Canvey Island) and missed the seaside after eight years of living inland (in the TOWIE mecca that is Brentwood) so dragged my London-bred mister closer to the estuary side.

We’re super fond of Leigh-on-Sea so were not surprised that it was ranked so highly by the property website. But we fell in love all over again when we decided not to head abroad this summer and instead holiday at home with our baby boy. Continue reading