A Long Overdue Life Update

July 10, 2019Hels

“I need a chapter break.” 
― Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

These last couple of months have been completely surreal, absolutely hectic and above all, overwhelming. I haven’t had the energy or the motivation to do really do anything, not even to take bookstagram photos or to check social media most days.

I’ve completely neglected my blog, and I thought a life update was long overdue…


Sam, Dougie and I moved house at the beginning of May. We knew the house needed work, but we didn’t think there would be quite as much to do. We’re replacing our windows, the floor, the carpets, the kitchen…We’ve knocked down walls, pulled up flooring… There’s been a lot going on, including having to deal with builders who have basically taken us for a ride. The majority of our stuff is still packed into boxes – I haven’t been able to even get to my books, let alone read any!

At the moment, we’re staying with Sam’s family, which is great, and hopefully we’ll be able to go home at the end of next week, to a fully-installed kitchen and brand new floors! I’m ridiculously excited, because once all the technically, builder-y stuff is done, we can really start to personalise the house and make it our own.


We spent a week in Portugal at our favourite place, Carvoeiro, and while it was wonderful to get away for a week with Sam and Dougie and leave the stress of the house behind, it was an exhausting trip. Dougie isn’t great when he’s out of his routine, he was a bit under the weather for most of the trip, I had a cold and Sam had a couple of days of feeling rubbish too, and a lot of the trip felt quite stressful and overwhelming – I appreciate how lucky we were to be able to get away for a few days, but we always underestimate how hard travelling with a toddler will be!


Speaking of Dougie, he has been an absolute trooper. He’s adjusted to being in a new house, he’s quite happy on the days when we decide the house is too stressful and we’re going to Nana’s for the night. We’ve managed to potty train him and I’m SO proud of him, he’s doing so well, and his big change is that he’s had to start a new nursery. We had a month where he was at his old nursery, which involved leaving our new house at 6:15am and getting two trains across London to get him to nursery for 7:30am – exhausting! I was really sad that he had to change nurseries, but his new one is brilliant. He was a bit quiet on his first settling in day, but he gave me a hug and off he went, now he runs off without a backward glance and he chats about it with so much enthusiasm when we pick him up. His speech is improving every day, and I can’t believe how much he’s grown.

Saving the best news for last, and to top off the absolute craziness of the last couple of months…

Sam and I are having a baby.

I found out I was pregnant about a week after moving, dressed Dougie up in a “I’m going to be a big brother” t-shirt to tell Sam (who gave SUCH a good reaction!) and I’ve spent the last couple of months in a sick/exhausted/anti-social bubble. I’ve been much sicker than I was with Dougie, and I cannot explain how tired I’ve been – possibly due in part to having a toddler who thinks 5am is morning, but Sam has been brilliant in letting me nap when I literally can’t keep my eyes open, doing the nursery runs and generally keeping me calm when I’m in a “oh my gosh there is way too much happening” overwhelmed state!

So baby #2 is due in January, so I shall enjoy being extremely huge over Christmas, and right now I’m just making sure to enjoy every second of it being the three of us, before we become four…

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