Saturday, 24th Jun 2017

Today baby woke up 7 times in the night, and the worst one was for 2hours long. In the day we went to Banbury Hill Farm for lunch, but we were tired and cranky and Owen was annoying.

Friday, 23rd Jun 2017

Today I slept for less than 3 hours as baby Harriet was waking up too much in the night. In the daytime she was equally bad. Filling up the passport application forms seems to be the hardest thing to do now.

Thursday, 22nd Jun 2017

Today we again got turned away when applying for the kids' passports due to some issue with paperwork. I started more than a month ago. How complicated can this be? 

Wednesday, 21st Jun 2017

Today was very hot again. I got angry with Peter for taking Harriet out in the heat (due to some misunderstanding). She did in the end go to bed at 9pm and we got to watch iZombie and Veronica Mars. I found a way to get my Pebble watch to track Harriet's sleeping hours to a spreadsheet at a click of a button.

Tuesday, 20th Jun 2017

Today was very hot again. When Owen got back from preschool we just let him play iPad games and watch TV as it was too hot to do anything else. In the evening there were finally cool breezes, and Harriet fell asleep when I was feeding her in the garden before I could bathe her or put her in her sleep clothes and nappies. Whatever.

Monday, 19th Jun 2017

Today it was even hotter than the day before. Harriet was napping easily but again wouldn't go to sleep for the night till late even when I made sure to end her naps by 5pm. Another evening gone. Want to watch telly!! I hear myself throwing tantrums like Owen.

Sunday, 18th Jun 2017

Today I was the mum in the cafe with screaming kids whom everyone was staring at. It was the hottest day of the year and we went to Blenheim Palace. Owen tried hard to be a PITA, and Harriet was hot and fussy. Harriet had been wide awake in the night from 3 to 5 am, so both Peter and I were tired as well.

Saturday, 17th Jun 2017

Today it was super warm again and Peter wanted to stay home to relax. Played with Owen a lot and he's been very happy. We had a BBQ and baby Harriet had been napping too long. In the evening she wouldn't go to bed till nearly 11pm! It's getting worse!

Friday, 16th Jun 2017

Today we put the kids to bed early and I was thrilled about the long evening ahead, trying to decide on which movie to watch online. Sadly baby Harriet woke up just 30mins later and wouldn't go back to sleep for the next 2.5hours. One day I'll get my life back.

Thursday, 15th Jun 2017

Today I still get little sleep. Owen didn't want to go to nursery, and I only managed to persuade him by reminding him how much he liked the food there. Indeed he ate all of the macaroni cheese for lunch including the sweetcorn (he never touched those at home). When he came home, his hair was full of sand. He'd put sand in his hat, he said. I wondered if he's been bullied.

Wednesday, 14th Jun 2017

Today Harriet slept horribly in the night, and so I had very little sleep and had to make Peter take her when he takes Owen to preschool so I can have extra snooze.

Tuesday, 13th Jun 2017

Today Harriet slept and slept. I was annoyed with Owen when he again refused to eat dinner for some spurious reasons (he didn't like having the food stuck in his teeth) and was quite mean to him after dinner, making him cry. I then felt very sorry and apologised.

Monday, 12th Jun 2017

Today we stayed home and I decided to restart my previously abandoned '365 Things That Make Me Happy' photographic project. 

Sunday, 11th Jun 2017

Today we attended a combined birthday party for Owen and the NCT friends' children. Owen was quite fussy though, and Harriet was all smiley and happy.

Saturday, 10th Jun 2017

Today was Peter's birthday. His parents came down to celebrate with us at Blenheim Palace. Owen had a great time, but unfortunately Harriet was cranky all day. In the evening when I could finally put Harriet down to bake the quiche for tomorrow's party, I finished at 1AM!

Friday, 9th Jun 2017

Today we got the election results. We went to apply for the children's passports and were advised to return again with more paper work. Harriet was still not napping or sleeping well, we may have broken her. Did I boast that it was easy the second time round?

Thursday, 8th Jun 2017

Today was elections day. Harriet was still napping and sleeping badly. I lost my cool with Owen when he had a meltdown while we were bathing Harriet. Everything's much harder when you're tired!

Wednesday, 7th Jun 2017

Today Harriet was still sleeping and napping badly. Poor us. It's been cold and wet as well, the heating was even on!

Tuesday, 6th Jun 2017

Today baby Harriet had been sleeping badly in the night again, wanting to feed every hour, and so I moved her back to sleep in our bed as I didn't want to keep getting up.

Monday, 5th Jun 2017

Today for the first time, Harriet slept for 5hrs without feeding in the night. I was still exhausted all day though, from housework and playing with Owen, and accumulated tiredness from the past week. Owen came up to me and told me he loved me, which made it worthwhile.