Sunday, 12 July 2015

08.07.15 - A day in the life

I was asked to take over my friends' blog's Instagram account @craftedsisterhood for the day as the founders Jody and Carrie have been super busy lately. I decided to show a day in the life of me and Joseph, and I also thought it'd be nice to save it here for my records too! Make sure you have a peep to see lots more 'days in the life' of our other friends... Lots of whom so far have featured on Mummy Time!

1. Good morning! This is 14 month old Joseph eating his second breakfast of the day! He's so excited to be taking over the CS Instagram today and can usually be found over at @onthechangingmat.
I, his mum Nicki, work 9-5 in an office managing online marketing four days a week, and Wednesdays are my day off with Joseph. (We haven't actually got any plans for the day so this could turn out to be a really dull, so apologies in advance and good job I'm only taking over for one day) P.S. This is not our house... Tell you about it later!

2. I can't believe Joseph's changing mat used to be his happy place (hence the name of my blog). I can barely get him to stay still long enough for a photo on it let alone a nappy change these days... A real battle of wills. Today we wore party hats. Just because. Does anybody else's baby hate nappy changes?

3. I was hoping Joseph would nap now so I could have a shower, but play time is far too much fun... He started saying 'cockerel' yesterday! Of all the words!! Let's hope he doesn't get in the habit of shortening it!

4. You've been up since 6.30, why you no nap?! Yeah, Joseph has loads of teeth. Those have been fun! Anyone else got a sleepfighter today?

5. Joseph is napping so I am reading my book, Mind Over Mood by Greenberger and Padesky. I have had episodes of depression throughout my life and the most recent incredibly low point came at around Joseph's first birthday. I was struggling with the concept of going back to work and feeling like a failure in so many respects. I ended up seeking help; going back on medication and I self-referred myself to receive cognitive behavioural therapy offered at Kent University. The course of treatment was 8 weeks long and has been extended to 12 weeks. I usually have it on a Wednesday but my therapist is on annual leave for two weeks so I'm reading this as homework. It's actually a workbook to challenge your own unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that perpetuate the feelings of hopelessness you may feel. It aims to equip you with tools to help you dig yourself out of the pits of depression when you find yourself in it. In all honesty I've had this book for years but I have never felt like reading it. Something had to change when this latest slump happened, so I dusted it off and am working through it slowly. CBT is a lifesaver.

6. I could pretend we went on an exciting woodland walk, but really we just went to a nearby garden centre for a cup of tea and now we're going swimming.

7. Joseph fell asleep in the car on the way to swimming and I didn't have the heart to wake him up as he woke up from his nap all upset earlier and I ended up giving him calpol. I am now sitting in my car, waiting for him to wake up again, so here's a denim-clad garden centre selfie. Hair's a mess/in my eyes. No make-up. That's how I roll! (Thank God for filters!)

8. Underneath the highchair... We did baby-led weaning. Never used my dustpan and brush as much before in my LIFE. Bathtime now then hopefully he'll sleep in the car and we'll have a smooth transfer to bed. (We're visiting Grandma in Canterbury right now but we're living with Granny in Ashford whilst we're doing building work on our house which is between the two.)

9. Heading home now and will hopefully get to work on my blog, www.onthechangingmat.co.uk.
It's a personal blog about my life as a mum and documents the things Joseph and I get up to. But on Thursdays I feature other mums it in a thing I call 'Mummy Time' (a lame play on 'tummy time' because I suck at naming features!) It started because I just wanted to know how other mums cope with the day-to-day of having a new-ish baby.

Anywayyy... Tomorrow I have the honour of featuring the brains and beauty behind the incredible @redtempleprayer; @nadineanddolly (pictured). The post will go up first thing in the morning if you want to read about how Nadine balances motherhood with running her own business after quitting her literal high-flying job.

I have featured Carrie and Jody in the past, so be sure to have a peep if you haven't already! And give me a shout if you'd like to share your story!

[Read Nadine's Mummy Time here]

10. Thank you all for having Joseph and I today- I've had so much fun just sharing what we normally do. As you can see we don't really do anything special but I do love my week-day off with him (and highly recommend having Wednesdays off if you can!)
I am back to the grind tomorrow, Joseph is in nursery and I'll be responding to your comments from my personal account when I can.
Thank you to the girls behind @craftedsisterhood for having me and trusting me with your account!
Tomorrow the hilarious @oh_merde is taking over, sharing a day in the life with Rudy and Edie, so stay tuned for lolz and beautiful photos.
See you at @onthechangingmat, I hope!

Nicki & Joseph xxx
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  1. I love reading day in life of posts, Nicki. It's nice to get a glimpse of blogger's lives and get to know them a bit better. I've never written one myself though as I always think it would be a bit boring for people to read!!

    I always adore your instagram photos - how are you so blummin' good at it?
    Tips please!

    I'm so pleased you have joined in with our #HappyDaysLinky - hope to see you again next week? :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    1. Hi Jenna,

      Thank you for your comment and sorry for the slow reply. Instagram tips; I honestly think success is largely related to how much time you spend on a particular network. I very rarely go on Twitter therefore my Twitter engagement and follower numbers are far lower than on IG - whereas I think you're the opposite to me and thus your numbers are the other way around. I've noticed that a lot of bloggers with thousands of Twitter followers rarely have as many on IG and vice versa. Your photos are fantastic, and mine are rubbish, so it's certainly not related to picture quality!

      I was really slack at blogging this week but will hopefully join in next week. Look forward to catching up xxx

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  2. What a lovely snapshot of your days, it sounds beautifully relaxed and precious and ordinary in the best possible way - and I know what you mean about dustpans and brushes and baby led weaning, I treated myself to a new one just before we started Pip on food!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your kind words! Sorry for the slow reply; going to have a peep at your blog in a mo! xx

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  3. Looks like a wonderful day. I also love how garden centres are all mum's secret activity. Cafe, fish tanks - they rock x

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    1. Hello! Yes, garden centres really were frequented on my maternity leave - Joseph LOVES watching the fish! Hope you're well - sorry for the slow reply xx

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  4. Loved seeing a snippet of your day to day life Nicki, it's so real, ordinary, special and honest. Your instagram account is by far one of my favourites, indeed that's how I found your blog! x

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    1. I'm so sorry for the incredibly slow reply, as per. Thank you so much for the kind words, they really mean a lot! My 'gram is nothing compared to yours - absolutely stunning captures! Hope you and the family are well xx

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  5. I think your day is just lovely, it's great to capture those little moments which are just as significant as the others. Looks like baby-led weaning is a lot of fun ;) X #TWTWC - I blog at Boo & Maddie

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Baby led weaning is fun if you don't mind sweeping up, or if you have a dog haha! Sorry for the slow reply xxx

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  6. How exciting you took hold of someone else's account for the day, and lovely photos to share too! My favourite is under the highchair- something so many mums will smile at! Thank you for joining in with our #HappyDaysLinky x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, commenting and hosting the linky with Jenna - I love both of your blogs! Will try to join in again next week; don't know how you both manage being such regular bloggers! xx

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  7. Ooh love the crochet rug! I know what you mean about changing nappies - nightmare aged 2!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xx

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    1. Hi Hannah, I hope all is well! Can't believe you stopped by when you have your hands so full! Sorry for the slow reply; sending love to you and the fam xx

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  8. Great post love the concept and you do amazing job so please don't dumb it down, garden centre can be amazing places for tots! X

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Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. It really means a lot! Nicki x

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