14.11

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After almost seven years of Sunday mornings in our little white house overlooking the pond, this Sunday was our last one here. And I’m feeling…so many feelings about it!

Emotional that we’re about to say goodbye to the place that’s been our home for so many years, happy and excited about the move ahead of us, sad to say goodbye to the community of sweet neighbours we have all around us here, and so, SO ready to be living in our new home with a field of lovely sheep right next door and a bigger garden for the dogs and Ottie to play in and more space so we’re not all on top of each other!

The last few weeks have been crazy stressful for a myriad of reasons, and adding a move into the mix has just about sent me over the edge. But we’re so nearly there! I just have a to-do list as long as my arm to get through this week, then the packing is being done Thursday (it’s costing way less than I ever expected to have packing done, and is saving my sanity right now!!) and then on Friday we’re off!
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We spent this last weekend in our first family home just enjoying some quality time, with a slow start (thank you Ottilie for sleeping in late!(ish) and then breakfast all together downstairs. Coconut porridge is my new favourite thing right now, and I can’t work out why it’s taken me more than two and a half decades of life to realise that adding desiccated coconut into your oats makes the best bowl of porridge imaginable! Topped with apple compote (made with apples scrumped by our eighty year old neighbour, thank you George!) and a dollop of peanut butter, it’s the perfect winter breakfast.

Ottie demolished her own porridge, and then some of mine, and THEN a slice of toast, because she’s completely ravenous at all times now ever since she started walking! Seeing her toddle around the house still completely blows my mind. Fellow parents, will I ever stop thinking my daughter is the most incredible being on the entire planet?! ;)

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With breakfast over, and our whole family up, showered, and dressed, we rounded up the dogs and headed out for a walk. Oh, and check how grown up my baby looks in her new car seat! This is the last product we’re trialling from Graco’s range, and it’s a wonder product.

The Milestone carseat goes from newborn to age 12 (yep! 12 years of use from one single product!), and is completely adjustable to grow with your baby. The carseat has such an intuitive design, and the smooth mechanism of each lever makes so easy to alter things like the height of the straps and headrest and the recline of the seat, all of which ensure that your baby is held safely and securely as they travel.

Since Ottilie is now over 9kgs we’ve put her in the forward facing position, which she absolutely LOVES. I’ve honestly never known her so content in the car! And having her forward facing makes it so much easier for me to keep her happy on longer journeys if she does get grumpy…usually by passing back a handful of snacks to keep her busy!

These little flapjack bites were way more sugary than anything I usually allow her, but she did get a little nibble and I’m not sure she’ll ever be content with her sugar free baby oat bars ever again…

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^ Doesn’t she look so snug and happy in there? We were so unhappy with the baby carseat we bought for Ottilie to have as a newborn (not a Graco one, might I add!) and so I’d already decided that we’d replace it for baby number two (not pregnant, might I ALSO add!!) but now we’ve got this one we won’t need to!

The seat reclines through a range of positions, and again is easy to adjust as your baby grows. We’ve got Ottie semi-reclined still, and it’s just far back enough that she can nap comfortable but upright enough that she can see what’s going on. ^
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The light was so beautiful when we got up to the woods, golden and green-tinged as it shone through the trees. And bitterly cold too!! The weather’s snapped round here in the last couple of days, so much so that the pond outside the house was frozen in places early on Sunday morning.

But with a human hot water bottle strapped to my front keeping me toasty both with her cosy body heat and through the effort of hefting a 14 month old baby along on an hour long walk, I soon lost the chill in my fingers!

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These photos of Ottilie and me might be some of my all time favourites of us. She was completely obsessed with the flip-top lid on my flask of tea, and wanted to open (‘opeeee opeee’!) it over and over again. It’s always the simple things that captivate a child, isn’t it?

This age she’s at right now is absolutely my favourite so far. Seeing her personality shine through more and more every day is just a complete joy, and her being able to communicate so well with us now makes life so much easier! She’s the cheekiest, noisiest little girl, and we just adore her. <3

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07.11

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The relationship between these two little cousins is just the sweetest, sweetest thing! There’s about a 9 month age gap between Ottie and Bea (I was 6 weeks pregnant when we went to visit Beatriz in hospital the day after she was born!) and they absolutely adore one another. If either Jason or I ever go over to visit Jason’s brother and wife without Ottilie, the first thing Bea asks is ‘Ottie? Ottie Dots?’ and looks so disappointed not to have her playmate there for a visit!

I’ve treasured my relationships with my own cousins all my life, and feel so lucky that those relationships have developed and strengthened as we’ve grown up together. I mean, cousins are basically just extra siblings aren’t they? I really hope Ottilie and Bea treasure each other just as much :)

And judging by the spontaneous hand holding and looks of love between them going on in these photos from last week, they certainly seem to! <3

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19.10

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1. A week of beautiful Autumnal weather! Crisp air and bright sunshine, what could be better?

2. ‘Ottilie what does the dog say?’…’WOOF’. (Cutest thing  E V E R !)

3. The bag of caramelised nuts that Jason’s Aunt made him as a birthday gift the weekend before, that I’ve been slowly demolishing ever since. I think my body is made of at least 50% cashews and sugar at this point…

4. Getting 8 straight hours sleep on Tuesday night. I’m writing this down because a few months ago it felt like I would never get more than a couple of hours sleep at a time again, and so I want to remember and savour how great it is to have a baby who sleeps right through before we start thinking about adding to our family and returning to the sleeplessness once more!

5. Tania’s cabin music Spotify playlist. The best!

6. Online browsing for interiors inspiration for our new house. I’m so excited to get crack on with the redecorating and styling!

7. The bottle of Kiehl’s Magic Elixir that Jason picked me up in London this week after I’d been complaining about my scalp and hair being so dry now that the weather’s turning cold. I’ve only used it a couple of times but it seems to have worked already!

8. Watching Ottilie eat broccoli with more gusto than any other food I’ve ever placed in front of her. She is OBSESSED. And I’m happy about it!

9. Toast. Butter. Marmite. Enough said.

10. Getting out to gym classes twice a week. The drive there and back feels like a bit of peaceful ‘me’ time, and the classes are bring back muscles in my body I forgot I ever had!

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19.10

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Now, I’d like to head up this post with a little disclaimer that Ottilie’s facial expression in the vast majority of these photos is in no way a reflection of the comfort of this pushchair. ;) She’s at that awkward stage right now where she’s just started taking her first few independent steps (just this weekend, woohoo!!) so now all she wants to do is walk, but isn’t anywhere near steady enough to toddle along with us when we’re out and about for any length of time. And so, pushchair rage ensues!

Anyway! We snapped these photos whilst in Haslemere over the weekend, which will be our closest town when we move next month. We’re so, so ready to get going now…though I do of course mean ready in the emotional sense, and not a practical one. I’m still yet to book a removal company and our loft is crammed full with 7 and a bit years worth of crap…but we’re basically pretending that doesn’t matter and are busy selecting paint colours instead! Some great adulting going on over here in the Chappel household…

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Haslemere’s such a pretty little town, and is where we’ve dreamed of moving nearby to for a good few years now. I’m so excited to explore the area, so any tips for places to visit will be welcome!

And I seriously cannot wait to show you around our new home! Though thinking about it you might never get to see photos or anything given that the internet is basically non-existent and I’m not sure the mobile data situation will be any better. (Basically, pray for me!!)

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We got to Haslemere bright and early, and after swinging by our new house just to say ‘hello’! to it, parked up in the centre of town and went for a mosey up the high street with coffees in hand and Ottie in the pushchair.

Now, let me talk to you about the Featherweight

When I was pregnant one of Jason’s cousins advised me that there may come a time when I’d be more concerned about having a lightweight, one-handed folding pushchair than the ginormous fancy one I was about to order. I privately thought she was crazy, and that it really wouldn’t be all that big a deal, but now? I TOTALLY get it!

The real genius about the Featherweight for me is the fact that it’s just so, so easy to put up and collapse. It weighs a mere 3.7 kilos (the lightest pushchair in the UK!), and with just the press of a button on the handlebar and one simple action, it pops up and is ready to go! And when you’ve got a baby on one hip, not having to faff about sorting out a chassis and then clipping on a seat is a total lifesaver!

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Above we have a photo of an angry mouse, totally unimpressed by her Mum’s attempts to use a dried up old leaf as a way of coaxing a smile out of her…one to frame, for sure!

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The other feature of the pushchair that’s just complete genius, that I mentioned a little in this post here, is the fact that because it’s so light and comes with an attached carry strap, you can carry it on one shoulder!

Which would be ideal if you’re travelling in a city and want to hop on and off buses, or go on the tube without having to worry about step-free access, or, if you’ve got a baby like mine who has an aversion to being strapped into anything for longer than she deems truly necessary, you can give in to the inevitable and let them come out and walk whilst you carry the pushchair like some kind of long suffering mule! ;)

Alternatively, you could just let them use the pushchair as a walker which, it turns out, is a great game and will keep your babe happy long enough that you can sit and drink your coffee whilst it’s still hot! Bliss.

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