Hello, hello! Is this thing on?
I feel like I’m coming home, or back to school, catching up with an old friend after several months apart. Returning after the longest holiday- excited and raring to go, but also not ready- may never be quite ready- to carry on where I left off either?
Either way, I can’t quite believe that after nearly seven months (!) I’m back tapping away, ready to start a new term, but most importantly- a new chapter over on this little corner of the internet. Even typing out a blog post feels surreal, and I know I’m a little dusty when it comes to forming articulate sentences (be it typed or IRL), but HELLO! It’s me! Did you miss me? Because I most definitely missed you.
So, so much has happened in the last few months, it’s almost tricky to know where to begin. Honestly what they say is true, blink and you’ll miss the first few months- because it truly feels like time has flown by. But firstly- there’s someone very special I’d like you to meet. Little A, baby Arlo. Our little moon, sunshine and stars and everything in-between. He arrived a couple of weeks after I hung up my laptop charger and settled into a serious re-watch of Sex and The City, alongside Junior Bake Off (just to add in some pure wholesome to the mix).
Just as the snow came, and just as the paint on his bedroom walls had dried. It was, and still is, the most magical time, and although I know looking back it felt mind-bending, deliriously overwhelming and beyond surreal- it was the most special time, and getting to know him, spend every moment with him, smell his heady baby smell, hear his mischievous little laugh, see his sunshiney gummy smile and see this special little soul become a proper little person has been the most magical time of my life; and god am I grateful for it. I’ll be chatting a little more about my birth story this week, and also have a few other posts lined up about motherhood and having a baby; so keep your eyes peeled for those very soon.
But obviously if that isn’t your cup of tea, which is more than ok, there’s lots of your usual programming resuming too which I’m so excited about. There’s a couple of travel posts, some autumn style cooking, and a little (deep) chatter into my driving journey which has come on quite a fair bit since I last checked in around here. As I type this I’m just over an hour away from collecting my first car (*wipes clammy hands*) and I’m so, so excited for the freedom and experience this will bring! More exploring the UK? Yes please! Adult supermarket trips without walking back from Sainsbury’s carrying 400 bags?! YOU GOT IT! Crikey I’ve really grown up in more ways than one over the last few months haven’t I?!
Anyway- this is just a little hello from me, or a welcome back to myself if you will! I hope you’ve all been taking care and being gentle as the big wide world opens back up. I know I’ve found it incredibly overwhelming at times, so I hope you’ve been taking it easy on yourselves, and putting one foot in front of the other- however quickly or slowly that looks for you. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the last few months, and one thing I’m going to try and hold myself to going forward, is that it’s okay to not have things done perfectly. I’d hyped myself up thinking about getting this blog post perfect. ‘She’s back!’ It’s gotta be punchy! Sentimental! Maybe even tear jerking!’ But going forward if I’ve learnt anything, it’s that it’s okay to not have it all sussed out- and waiting for things to be perfect will stop you or slow you down before you’ve even begun. It’s okay to be soft, messy, learning and not holding myself to impossible standards all the time- whether that’s in work, parenthood, being a friend, doing more for the planet or even just being human- and I hope I can take that into the new term with me too.
Anyway- thank you for hanging about, I’m so excited to share this new chapter with you all, and if there’s anything you’d really love to read about or see around here do let me know!