On Friday I was lucky enough to be given free tickets to the Baby Show at the NEC in Birmingham and I took my mum, 8yr old daughter and 3yr old daughter with me. We had a lovely time, although mum and I got separated when it was time to leave. She went to the toilet and I waited for her by the exit but somehow she passed me without me seeing her and went to the train station. After a while I realised I must have missed her and went to the train station but the lifts were out of order and with 2 prams, and 2 daughters there was no way I could risk using the escalators so we had to wait for the replacement bus service, which meant that we missed my mum again when she walked back to the Baby Show. I didn't have her mobile number so in the end I phoned my dad and asked him to ring her and tell her we were waiting at the train station and eventually we met up again. Unfortunately this meant we missed the train we had planned to catch home and meant we had another 2hr wait for the next one. Not to mention the 4hr journey and the 1/2 hour wait whilst we changed trains in Machynlleth. Despite the long journey and my 8yr old getting upset when we were separated from nanny, we had a lovely day and I want to go again in October, this time with my new baby!
We have been given a Quinny Zapp Xtra buggy to review in the unique Kenson design (named after the Belgian designer who came up with it). My 3yr old looked very comfortable sitting in it as we walked around the baby show and once I've bought a Maxi Cosi car seat and a newborn inlay, the pram will be suitible for the baby when she arrives in August. Of course the hard part is teaching my 3yr old it isn't her buggy!
I also received a letter on Friday to say that my 3yr old has been offered a place in the nursery class of our local school (which is also the one her older brother and sisters attend) and that she can start mornings only in September.
On Saturday we took the kids to a nearby park for them to play and burn off some energy. My 3yr old wasn't feeling very well so she was sleeping in the car whilst everyone else was playing and it was nice to have a Saturday off work. I needed it after my long day at the Baby Show the day before! We then had a picnic tea sitting in the lounge (usually all meals are eaten at the table in the kitchen) so we could enjoy the series finale of Doctor Who (which I really enjoyed, apart from the one spoiler I had seen which did spoil the cliff hanger ending). In fact it was the best episode this series, which doesn't mean much as haven't enjoyed this series as much as previous series'. My favourite series finale is still the end of series 4, when the 10th Doctor is reuinited with all his companions and their friends from the two spin-off shows Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures to save the Earth from the Daleks.
Sunday it was a nice day so hubby packed us a picnic lunch and we went about 10 miles away for a walk along the river and a chance for the children to have a go at skimming stones (part of my 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 years old with the National Trust Wales). We then walked a little way along the river before heading into town for an ice-cream. It was also a nice way to remind us what a beautiful area we live in, something that you do take for granted sometimes.
|My family with Cader Idris in the background|
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