December, beginning to be written on the 12th of January! But seriously, December you were just the craziest month!
Picture the scene, a house move, Christmas, and a whole lot of family and friends descending upon us. In themselves no big deal but put them all together, factor a house move to a new area which meant a new school for Tiggy’s brothers of which there are 3, so a house move, Christmas, 4 small children, a whole new home and area to settle into.
Oh yes, the house, well it’s just fabulous or at least it will be as the house needs some work, and we had lots of people in turn come to stay and visit most days. All in all it wore me out and to boot, I dislocated my knee which made everything that much tougher as getting about has been difficult and I’m not one for “taking it easy”, “taking things slowly” or “putting my feet up”, so add into the mix my frustration as I wanted everything to be picture perfect for Christmas and had so many plans which just didn’t happen.
Christmas here was wonderful in terms of the children but in itself just seemed like a complete inconvenience and to be truthful something I wish I’d been able to postpone. Anyone wanting to move home just before Christmas please think twice about it!
The only positive about moving home the week before Christmas is that the children were so pre-occupied with Christmas that they took the house move in their strides and have taken to our new home and their new school like ducks to water.
A few pics of our new home…
Of course with moving to a new area I wanted to get out and explore but not a great deal explored thanks to the knee but we managed a trip to the beach on Boxing Day with our new pups in tow. Oh yes, did I not mention that in addition to all the chaos mentioned above that we took delivery of two, yes two, cocker spaniel pups on Christmas Eve!! Yes I know, we’re mad! Still, the children absolutely love them and Tiggy well she just adores the “wo wo’s”!
So December saw all of the above plus lots of unpacking, painting and decorating, new carpeting and of course juggling the demands of a large family but as everybody told me, “You wouldn’t have it any other way”. There were times though that really I would have. One such time was when we ran out of gas. Yep that happened here too! We’re “off grid” with gas so there’s a tank concealed within the grounds here and we ran out! Whilst running a bath one evening for Tiggy and her brothers there was no hot water and then we quickly realised there was no heating either and that continued for 3 nights and 4 days typically over some incredibly cold weather and whilst my husband joked that it was “character building” I was all for checking into a hotel! I won’t bore you with my rant over Calor gas and why it took so long save for they wanted us to submit paperwork as we were new owners here before they delivered any gas despite my telling them that there were 4 small children here. Unimpressed is an understatement and I could have kissed the delivery driver when I returned home here to find the lorry on the driveway to fill up the tank!
Given all of the above it’s almost not worth a mention the fact that every appliance here in turn it seems gave up the ghost over the past couple of weeks and has had to be replaced. Trying to dry washing when the weather is poor so can’t be dried outside, you’ve no heating and a broken tumble drier is certainly not “character building”!! But then I guess when the washing machine packed in too that solved that problem. The icing on the cake came one evening when I’d been using the kettle to boil some water to wash in (as in to fill enough water in the bath to wash the children) and I went to make some teas and coffees and the kettle wouldn’t work! Seriously you couldn’t make this past few weeks up!!
So to Tiggy and the reason for this blog, she has been a little star! Like her brothers she has taken the move in her stride, it’s not affected her sleeping or anything at all and she is clearly quite a trooper when it comes to getting on with it. There have been so many moments this month where she has made me smile with pride, not so much the cutting of the back teeth moments, but that aside, wow to her developments this month. She is clearly understanding a great deal of what I’m saying as she can now respond to whatever it is that I’m saying albeit her vocabulary is limited but then she is only 18 months old. If I ask her to pick something up for example then she does and when I say it’s time to clean our teeth, she’s the first one into the bathroom eager to reach for her toothbrush.
Perhaps the sweetest thing Tiggy now does is to fling her arms around your neck and squeeze when you ask her for a cuddle or at various moments throughout the day when I pick her up. It’s just the best and if I ask her for a kiss she’ll lean in for one.
There have been plenty of moments where as we’re walking along be it at home or out and about where I’ll pop my hand down for her to catch hold and she cannot run quick enough to grab it. Plus when she does all these things she does so with the biggest smile and now that she has all her front teeth she looks so beautiful and so much more like a toddler now than a baby, growing way too quickly and hitting milestones fast.
One of my favourite moments of the day has to be very first thing in the mornings when I go into Tiggy’s room to collect her from her cot and she’s stood there holding onto the side with the biggest smile and shouts “Hi!” at the top of her little voice which is just the cutest although she’s also learned how to say “mummy” which after about the 300th time of saying I do wish she’d say something else but know only too well that the day will come where I’ll give anything to hear her little voice saying “mummy” again.
All in all, a wonderful but super busy and crazy month and having written this half way through January I already know that we’re going to be just fine in our new home and there is so much to do and see on our doorstep, all of which so far make me keep pinching myself that we now live where we do. If I can write the January round up in January you’ll hear all about our recent discoveries very soon. xoxo