Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

It;s been a busy couple of weeks trying to get organised for Christmas and taking Murray to various Christmas parties. It was all worth it though and we had a lovely Christmas at my folks. I had really hoped it would snow as it is a winter wonderland we it does, but unfortunately the weather turned milder and W.E.T. Al and I got out for a walk together on Christmas Eve and we got soaked through. We didn't care though as we were out together without a toddler or baby!!!!! We also got out in Boxing day too and it was just so lovely to chat freely.

Our walk on Boxing Day

We some how managed to get all of us out to 'midnight' mass at 7.30pm to save getting to mass in the morning at 9.30. The boys were both exhausted by the time we got home, but the up side was they both slept in the next day!

Christmas day was lovely. Before going to church the on Christmas Eve we had put out a biscuit and milk for santa, plus reindeer food with Murray. The biccy and milk were munched / drunk of course, but the food was spilt in a trail from the snack to the front door and out in the front garden. Murray's face was a picture! 'Santa's come!'
Messy Reindeer!

Santa Sacks Christmas Eve

Santa's Come!

 The opening of presents took all day as he wanted to play with each one, plus we wanted to get him out for some fresh air while it was dry and daylight given that it is pretty much dark after his nap at the mo'.

Out Exploring and feeding the Birds

Through The Forrest

He loved being present hander outer: 'here's a present for you' he'd say!

Harris was a wee star too and got some v cute little outfits.

Thanks Aunty Fi - I love the suit!

Mummy is tickling me and I'm giggling a little!

Love my Reindeer Booties - Thanks Aunty Helen!

Opening Presents is HARD work - Nanna and Murray relaxing in front of the telly!

Harris is Spark out too!

Lovely Bath time with Harris

We came to the conclusion as we tried to pack up the car that we made need to upgrade to a bigger model. It was packed to the gunnels!

Exercise + Routine

It was so nice having extra hands for a few days over Christmas and get the chance to get out for exercise. It has really helped kick start me wanting to get back to regular exercise. I've been quite happy to just heal and learn how to juggle 2 up until a week or so ago and that has coincided well with Al being off and Harris starting to develop a rough routine.

For a week and a half now Harris has mostly (fingers crossed) dropped the earlier feed at 2/3am and been waking at 5/6am with the exception of a couple of nights so not guaranteed yet, but looking like it's on its way. We generally get him to bed between 7and 8pm depending on when / or how long last feed is. In the am after his feed at 5/6am, he'll go back down for another wee sleep which is really useful as we can then get Murray up and dressed etc while Harris is sleeping. The rest of the day generally is starting to fall into 3 hours ish between feeds and every 2 hours needs a sleep. This starts getting a bit funny by 4pmish as he's getting tired at 6pm, but it is not a great time to nap or put him down yet, so is pretty cranky, plus he gets hungry too, so I end up feeding at half 3/4pmish, half 5/6pmish and 7pm rather than the 3 hours in between. Throw into the mix trying to get dinner and baths and it is a busy time. Mondays and Fridays, when Al is out of the house for 12 hours and so not home until 7pm, are exhausting days!

I rejoined the gym yesterday and Al came in as a couple membership, so yesterday I nipped out in the pm for a 30 min blast while Al looked after the kids - well Harris had just been fed and was about to nap, so Murray really! Plus this am I fed Harris at 6am, put Harris down for a sleep and headed out for an early swim. H woke up just after I had finished my breaky on my return so perfect timing. Just starting to get to know Harris' 'schedule' for now has made this possible as I'm able to leave advice for Al and feel a bit more confident that it should be OK. It felt good to get out and back to it although I'm not so sure my thighs agree!

Exercise this week:
Mon: 4 mile hike
Wed: 3 mile hike
Fri: 30 min gym (15 min xt +15 min bike hard with intervals)
Sat: 55 min swim - 100 lengths.

Harris' First Swim

As we are both members now we took the boys swimming today for Harris first swim. He was a wee star and seemed to really enjoy it, especially floating on his back. Murray was over the moon to get swimming again too. I suspect we'll be going again over the hols as it is open and makes a great change from soft play areas!

10 Weeks

Harris turned 10 weeks on Boxing Day! How? He is starting to almost be too big for his moses basket and it is too sad! Another week or so and we'll have to make the switch to cradle I think. He gets weighed on Monday and I so interested to see his weight. He feels loads bigger and  I strained my back a liitle feeding him has he's heavy getting latched on!


  1. Christmas sounds lovely.
    All the best to you and your family for 2013.