I feel like life is moving forward at an alarmingly fast pace these days - I can't believe we are midway through July already!
Between work, being with Alfred, trying to exercise, eat, sleep, maybe trying to fit in a bit of OITNB on Netflix, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to fit it all in.
Everything just seems so BUSY all of the time. I am going to try this Summer to have more slow days, where we take our time and I don't look at my phone as much.
Speaking of phones, I am definitely guilty of spending too much time on it and I'm starting to feel bad about it. I am worried that all Alfred sees is me on my phone and I don't know how that will shape him for the future. I don't want him to feel as though he is competing with my phone for my attention all of the time... I don't know, maybe I am over thinking it and am worrying too much, but the fact that it is even crossing my mind at all probably means that I should make some changes in that area.
The other day, we went to St Albans again, one of our favourite towns.
It was a lovely day, spent looking at ducks, walking through the Roman earthworks in the park, eating some delicious burgers and ice cream and laughing lots.
Alfred loved it for the most part, he got a bit grumpy at the burger restaurant and managed to climb out of the highchair and onto the table (how does anyone keep their kids in those things?!), but he loved people watching in the busier parts of town and playing in the park.
Okay, another photo of the burgers... they were amazing.
Alfred also went through his first ever tunnel and I think he was pretty chuffed about it!
Alfred seems like such a little boy now, rather than a baby.
He is walking a lot of the time now and only crawls when he wants to get somewhere really fast. He is also climbing everything, which is pretty scary. Yesterday, he climbed onto the ottoman and managed to reach the light switch to turn on the lights. Now he wants to climb it all the time!
He is also trying to talk, I think. He says lots of sounds that sound more like words, like "geeennn" for "again", which he usually says at the end of a book. He also said "hello the other day, which sounded like "heeewwllooo". I haven't been able to get him to say it again since, but he definitely said it!
All of this development has unfortunately contributed to Alfred's sleep going AWOL. About a month ago, he started waking up every hour, which was exhausting. Things have started to settle down again and he is sleeping much longer stretches, but now he has started getting really upset when he realises bedtime is imminent. I think he is loving life too much and doesn't want the party with mum and dad to end.
The other weekend, Alfred and I went down South to visit my family for my Grandpa's 80th birthday. It was the longest car journey Alfred has ever experienced, but it went so smoothly! He only got a bit bored in the last 45 minutes of the journey, but luckily my sister was travelling with us and could entertain him in the back.
It was so nice seeing everybody and Alfred was a hit with everyone! He loved all of the attention and especially liked eating a bit of cake and strawberries.
We finished the day well too, as we decided to drive back in the night and I managed a good car-to-cot transfer!
The only drawback that day was that I had a meltdown on the QE2 bridge, whilst driving. It has never happened before, although I have always been uncomfortable driving over that bridge. Is anyone else scared of it? What do you do, to stay focused as you cross over it?
Anyway, I think I will stop there, as I could ramble on for years... so much is happening, changing. Life is a bit crazy, but it is also pretty wonderful.