Sunday, 11th Feb 2018

Today grandparents came to visit and the children were elated. Owen had a really good time and went to bed after 10pm!

Saturday, 10th Feb 2018

Today Harriet cried for hours in the night again so we were all exhausted in the day and Owen was so tired he fell sick and went back to sleep in the afternoon so we couldn’t go out.

Friday, 9th Feb 2018

Today Harriet cried and cried for hours in the night, so I went to work feeling exhausted. I blame it on the nursery skipping her afternoon nap.

Thursday, 8th Feb 2018

Today I formally went back to work. Harriet was quite good in the night, and even enjoyed her nursery today.

Wednesday, 7th Feb 2018

Today Peter went to help out at the preschool, and Harriet was at the nursery for settling in, so I had the morning and most of the afternoon all to myself. Harriet was finally happy at the nursery and even came home learning to say 'daddy'.

Tuesday, 6th Feb 2018

Today Peter took Owen to Maddie's house to play, and Owen had a great time. In the evening after putting the children to bed, Peter and I continued fighting, but eventually resolved it after shedding some tears. Afterwards I did some sketching till late. Harriet was terrible in the night again.

Monday, 5th Feb 2018

Today I went to bed at 4:30am from being too angry and a combination of Owen waking in the night, waking Harriet up, and Peter losing his temper and shouting at me, and Harriet continuing to cry for 2 hours even after breastfeeding. Someday I’ll look back at this with nostalgia.

Sunday, 4th Feb 2018

Today I decided to go on the ski trip with my company in March. Owen was very good, keen to help out with clearing the moss on our patio and other gardening chores. It was nice to be out in the sunny garden even when it was cold. Harriet was very happy and talking a lot. I baked another Pandan chiffon cake for Owen.

Saturday, 3rd Feb 2018

Today we went to the garden centre to get bird food. Poor Harriet has got another cold again and didn't sleep well. Owen amazed me by being able to do Word Search on his activity book. I spent the evening painting with watercolour.

Friday, 2nd Feb 2018

Today I went to work and conducted a training session for some clients. It was exhausting! And the children woke up 4 times in the night between them. Disappointingly we still didn't have the fireplace as the appliance hadn't arrived in time.

Thursday, 1st Feb 2018

Today we took Harriet to nursery for settling in again. The builders came to build the chimney breast for our new fireplace and we hid in our room, and then escaped to the library.

Wednesday, 31st Jan 2018

Today we took Harriet to the nursery for her first settling in session. We only left her for 40mins. She wasn't too upset, and even waved us goodbye.

Tuesday, 30th Jan 2018

Today Harriet has fully recovered from flu and had become extremely playful as if to make up for lost time. In the evening we cleared out stuff from our living room to make way for the builders. I met Peter today 10 years ago!

Monday, 29th Jan 2018

Today I went to meet the children and Peter when the toddler group finished. Later, I helped Owen write a letter to his best friend who lives next door. In the evening I ruined yet another sketch with my bad watercolouring, but I learnt a new trick. 

Sunday, 28th Jan 2018

Today we took both children to the Charlbury Kids Runaround. Nice to meet other parents there. Both Owen and Harriet were very happy. After dinner Owen made Harriet laugh hysterically by feeding her bananas. In the evening I allowed myself to cheat and sketch from a photograph (instead of from real life).

Saturday, 27th Jan 2018

Today we went to watch the new Pixar film, Coco. Harriet's been ravenous all day and eating lots. Owen had a haircut.

Friday, 26th Jan 2018

Today I worked in the day and had a sinus migraine in the evening. Harriet was looking better finally and her appetite picking up.

Thursday, 25th Jan 2018

Today Harriet was finally better from her flu and started eating more again. She's suddenly taller and managed to steal a sheet of stickers from Owen's desk and got herself covered in them.

Wednesday, 24th Jan 2018

Today we cancelled Harriet's settling in session at her nursery as she was probably still contagious and feeling poorly. Owen was very happy and cuddly and cute. Both children were extremely talkative, I made them talk among themselves.

Tuesday, 23rd Jan 2018

Today the fire place people came down to look again to give us a quote on building a chimney breast. Harriet woke very late so we skipped the second nap and put her to bed much earlier. I went to bed at 8pm feeling feverish and chills. Harriet woke up many times in the night, giving me no rest.