Adventures, Yoga

Yoga… Day one with mum

I’m not very good at yoga… & by the accommodating nature of yoga its self, to not be very good at it takes a lot of effort. I have abandoned my yoga practice in the last year or so and that’s been due to baby and my own laziness and ability to make excuses or always finding something else to do instead. I am in need of some self-care now. Labour and birth of our beautiful daughter have taken its toll on my body and 11 and a half whole weeks after her birth I’m just about at a point where I feel that I might be able to sit cross-legged on a stack of cushions without something popping out!

So on a wet and windy Thursday morning after a difficult night and half a gallon of coffee I decided there are no time like the present. The baby and dog had other grand plans of their own…

Waiting until they were both asleep isn’t an option for me, Eve now likes to be in the thick of everything and unless I take her out for a walk I have no hope of her falling asleep… So she’s tucked up in her baby bouncer… The dog, safely installed on the sofa will be the least of my troubles of course.

Ambitiously I am attempting 30 days with Adrienne, a you tube accessible yoga routine that I hoped would break me back into the practice and help me find my head space, my calm and what was left of my inner strength within this shredded post partum husk of what I now call a body. The fourth trimaester is definately the most difficult.

I was surprised after putting baby into bouncer and gearing up my you tube this morning how comforting it felt to be sitting on the floor and grounding myself again… I had long given up hope of finding my yoga mat under the piles of wood and tools that had been rammed on top of it in the mini dumping ground under the stairs so a baby blanket and cushion was more than adequate.

Nothing was going to stand in my way of getting 5 minuets peace and the badge of honour to say I tried…

On goes the video…

shuffle shuffle… cushion under butt… breathe, center, tell dog off, pause video, tell dog to get out, breathe, centre, turn video back on…

Hit in face with stinky dog toy….

Laugh (first time this morning)

Try again, make it to stretching up in the air… F*&K me that hurts! What the F**kadandilly have I done to my shoulders and arms?

White noise on to settle the now grumpy baby… and a push in her bouncer.

This really isn’t happening for me today. First set I managed an indulgent 7 minuets before I gave up and had to focus my attentions elsewhere… Back to motherhood and the now fractious baby. However after a feed and louder while noise played through my now dying phone, I managed to get back to the rug (never did find my yoga mat) and the baby blanket on the floor to complete my yoga practice.

I DID IT!

Completed the whole practice amazingly enough. There is a part of me that knew this would be a challenge which is the main reason that I wanted to under take it at home and not in a class. I know that I would need to take it easy, to really feel the differences within my new body. The thing that I really didn’t expect was the intense emotional release that hit me after finishing the practice… Why did I want to cry and cry hard? I denied myself the cry… opting instead for more coffee and to find a pair of socks for my now frozen feet (Hadn’t realised quite how draughty my floor is). Was it the release of muscle tension…? Of all of the memories and stress that I’ve been bunching up deep in my muscles. Or was it simply the joy of finally managing to carve out a full 34 minuets and 56 seconds… Just for me, to care for myself and honour myself enough as much as i do others, to think of myself as a human being again and one that needs to be cared for. To trust that baby (in front of me dozing) my Husband (sleeping off a night shift) the dog (now having given up trying to join in yoga and curled up asleep next to my husband) and everyone else that I hold in my heart and worry about/feel I need to care for… that they will all be okay for the sum of time that it takes me to do this one thing.

I didn’t expect that at all. Wonder what I will learn about tomorrow.

Adventures, Knitting

Yarndale… Pre-Show Wish List

1 Week To Go

To say that I’m excited is an understatement… I’m starting to plan and put together a list of projects that I would like to buy yarn for as well as notions that I need/want! Next year is going to be full on new baby and I’m really looking forward to it but I would love to have some yarn and projects lined up so that I can treat myself in those fleeting moments of peace when I’m not too tired and worn out.

I’ve never been before… I’ll be helping out and staying in a B&B with Becci, her husband Marcus and their son Bryn who together make up Riverknits. It’s going to be so much fun! I’m going to miss my boys but I whole weekend Friday to Sunday of knitting, knitting chat and stash acquisitions what a way to spend a weekend!

Shopping List so Far – 

Jumper quantities –

I have decided that I would like to knit my jumpers and cardigans from now on rather than buying them so I am looking for some DK and Fingering weight yarn to add to the stash in the right quantities to make a couple of items. Light Trails – 4 Skeins Fingering weight. Flax light for me -1600 yrds

Westonbirt Leaf Shawl –

I’m currently working on a shawl version of the falling leaves cowl that I will be publishing later this year… It’s going to need more DK yarn than the cowl and I would love it to be a really big hug of a shawl so probably somewhere in the region of 3-400g of yarn… That’s a lot of yarn! But it’s going to be so worth it!

Cricket Jumper for Bean –

My husband is a cricket fanatic… Every Saturday if he can get the time off work he’s playing, he just loves it and so I would like to find some super wash yarn in his cricket colours so that I can make baby a wee cable knit jumper or blanket to take with me to the cricket on the Saturdays I go to watch him play next year.

No Nylon Sock Yarn –

I really want to add to my BFL stash! I love a British BFL yarn they really are the best to make socks out of… They wear beautifully, keep your feet so toasty warm and don’t make your feet sweat at all! What’s not to love! Oooo and my brother has requested a pair for Christmas so that’s one preside down!

Baby –

There are a couple of things I would like to knit for bump, A blanket and some more cardigans or jumpers would be great… We’ve decided not to find out the gender so I’ll be looking for some superwash for a brioche blanket and something soft and squishy for some clothes too… Might even venture more into the DK – Aran territory! I’ve been a 4ply/fingering weight knitter pretty much exclusively for the last couple of years. Looking at using the Flax Light patterns for baby jumpers in 0-6 months.

Notions –

Ooh some more Chicago Mini sock knitting needles would be amazing, as well as keeping an eye out to see if anyones got any of the new Addi needles! I’ve decided that I much prefer my socks knitted in 2mm… they look nicer and are probably going to stand up to more abuse!

Excitement is mounting!…

Adventures, Uncategorized

Holidaying with Bump & Boggit

10.56am…

So we are 24 weeks pregnant today… I don’t know where the time has gone and how we are now over half way in what seems like the blink of an eye!

Last night was an early one, well early to the hotel room… I’ve been suffering with crippling indigestion and so sometimes only a bottle of Gaviscon and some feet up in front of the TV will cut it!

Today however we are planning a day for the Dog, he has boundless energy and loves to explore so we have decided that we are going to walk to the beech and then across the sands to Rhossili… It’s going to take a couple of hours each way especially as I have little to no energy at the moment but it’s important to stay fit in your pregnancy (or so I’m told). In reality it might end up with me shedding layers as I climb steps and having to wait a few hours to recover! Normally this recovery time would be spent in a pub with beers that would fuel the Dutch courage for the climb home… That’s not going to happen this time round (well not for me anyway!).

So as I type this and bump is happily kicking away and turning summersaults blissfully unaware of the exercise we are undertaking today while all tucked up in its watery cocoon… Am I regretting my decision to suggest this? Not yet but the day is young and I have a feeling that I will change my mind before lunch!

18.09pm

We walked…. and walked and walked! I’m amazed we made it quite as far as we did A total of 12.6km walked and the equivalent of 60 floors climbed… with was quite a personal achievement. I’m not going to move very far tonight though…. Not going to lie quite sore!

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Running Through Sand Dunes

Hutch loved it!… He ran for pretty much the entire time he was off the lead… I wish I had his energy!

We stopped for lunch in the local Rhossili pub which I’m afraid to say I really would not recommend, especially not with a dog. In fact most of Rhossili seem to be adverse to dogs. The pub only allowed dogs out side with would have been fine had it not been so incredibly windy… We did ask if, on this one occasion and seeing as there were no other dogs in the pub or on the terrace if we could sit inside but the rules were not to be bent or broken. I do wish we hadn’t have bothered… The food was expensive for what it is and terrible! I’ve never had chips quite as bad as that.

We have in the past tried the Bay Cafe too (just round the corner) very lovely cafe but once again, no dogs inside… So if you find yourself in Rhossili with a pup in the rain…. Best get a takeaway and eat in the car (this is what we had to do on our first evening visit).

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Rhossili Beach

For a top tourist destination I was really surprised to find we weren’t welcome anywhere with the pup but that said I was very relieved to find that the beach wasn’t closed to dogs. One of my favourite beaches and Hutch just loves it too!

Until our next adventure,

Love

Nu & Hutch x

 

 

Adventures

Silly in Rhossili

We are on holiday at last! Finally we managed to carve out a few days for ourselves as a family before the arrival of bump. We’re staying in a charming hotel that Tom and I stayed in 2 years ago (a week before we picked up the dog). Hard to believe that Hutch is now two and we are here visiting again with him… coincidentally they’ve also given us the same room.

First order of business after checking in was food! It’s was only a 2 hour drive but being pregnant I need to eat regularly, we all needed to stretch our legs too so we headed for Rhossili, grabbed a take away from the Bay Cafe and headed out along the headland for windy walk.

To say that Hutch enjoyed himself would be an understatement, I don’t think all four paws touched the ground for the whole time we were walking… Wet, windy and incredibly good sniffs to be had he was over excited to the max! I am still in awe of quite how well behaved he is when it matters. The cliff edges on the right as you’re walking along the trail come up on you abruptly and each time he came back when we called. Can’t wait to take him down to the beach tomorrow and give him a good run through the sand and waves.

A storm is heading for us tonight which I’m quietly looking forward too… I love watching the stormy sea and listening to the wind & rain buffeting the windows when I’m safely tucked up in the warm.

Tomorrow is another day and we’re planning a gentle walk with doggit and bump to the beach. Can’t wait! I love spending time with my boys.

Have a lovely evening!

Nu x