If you saw my last post on the blog, you’ll know we spent the weekend out in our garden, welcoming the first spring flowers and preparing for warmer, longer days to come. I think there is some ancient part of us northern Europeans that is always relieved by those first, bright little promises, that winter is coming to an end and new beginnings are on the way – and it happens to fit in very well with my reasons to be cheerful this week:
1- A New Baby!
I have a lot of friends with babies on the way, and on Friday we got the wonderful wonderful news that my sister-in-law is expecting! Yay! We’re so excited for her and her husband and it will be lovely for E to have another little cousin to play with. The news came at the end of what seemed like a very long week steeped in other peoples negativity so it really did cheer me up!
2-A New Job
Fred started a new job this week, it is in a school which means he shouldn’t be working so late and will have school holidays. The downside is that he is loosing his Wednesdays with E. He has been working compressed hours since just before E was born, doing a full weeks work in four days and having Wednesday off to look after E while I’m at work. It’s meant very long hours on the other days (very long, think after my bedtime never mind E’s), but has given him a great opportunity to spend time alone with his daughter and has saved us the cost of an extra day at nursery. I’ve been anxious about how it’s all going to work out, but we hope the extra time in the evenings, and perhaps some designated Daddy time at the weekend will make up for the Wednesdays. It’s still too early to tell overall, but seeing how delighted E was when Daddy arrived home at tea time on Monday and Tuesday and how pleased I was that we could all sit down and eat a meal together (on a week night!) was a very good start.
Having a peak on Google analytics this week – I discovered I’d had my highest ever number of unique visitors over the last month and I’m sure a lot of that is down to the Reasons To Be Cheerful linky! So thank you everyone who has read this – you’ve all made me very cheerful indeed!
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