You may have noticed Miss Barlow’s ‘radio silence’, and if you have put two & two together you will have realised that I have finally had my ‘bundle of joy’…or ‘bundle of snot’ – it depends what mood you find me in. Yes, I have given birth to a bouncing baby boy, born at the end of September little Wilfred James Whale has kept us all very much on our toes.
The days are flying past like minutes, I turn on the washing machine more times than I brush my hair and I can’t remember if I showered this morning or not?! Oh well, twice is better than nothing, right?
Despite the memory loss, sleep deprivation and dishevelled look I now have we’ve still been managing to get out to enjoy these first few weeks of parenthood. Keen to make the most of paternity & maternity leave we have been enjoying lots of walking in the beautiful New Forest and along the Hampshire coastline. We even manged a trip to Snowdon, followed by Pembrokeshire – hiking, road tripping and visiting family in Wales when Wilf was just 2 weeks old!
Mr & Master Whale – Snowdon
Winter is well and truly upon us and with this comes new exciting adventures. With family birthdays throughout November and Wilfred’s 1st Christmas it’s sure to be a year to remember. It’s important that we don’t forget our own family or those that don’t have the luxury of family with them. This November my family and I will be taking part in one of Bisto’s Together Projects – Spare Chair Sunday. Did you know that 1 in 7 people find Sunday the loneliest day of the week? In conjunction with Contact The Elderly, Bisto are putting families in touch with the elderly in their community so they can join them for a good old fashioned Sunday Roast! If you would like to participate then check the link above on 15th November and let someone join your dinner table this Winter.
In December, amongst Christmas preparations, we will be taking an 8 hour road trip to Scotland’s Crieff for a family mini break and to explore a little part of this exciting country. With incredible mountain walks and glistening lakes we will be enjoying some of the best scenery the UK has to offer – even the drive up itself goes through the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales – what more could you want on a long drive?! Myself, Sean and Wilfred will also be taking with us my lovely Nanny, known as Nanny G she can’t get enough of Wilfred as her 1st Great Grandchild. Nanny G comes from that typical generation where travel was a luxury rarely enjoyed and apart from one trip to Spain many years ago she has only enjoyed Cornwall and a few parts of Southern England. I’d do anything to show her the world and was more than happy to have her along with us for her first trip to Scotland – being in her 70s she is ecstatic to be going on this adventure with us!
Also in the pipeline is of course our trip to the Channel Islands with the wonderful Condor Ferries. We’re so excited to explore Guernsey in the new year with the little one and look forward to seeing all it has to offer.
I never knew just how demanding a child would be – everyone prepares you for it, offers advice (even when its not wanted) and tries to help. It’s all consuming and completely takes over your life. That being said, I still stand by everything I said before he arrived – it shouldn’t ruin your plans and it shouldn’t stop you doing everything you want to do. It means you’ll just have to be ten steps ahead of yourself, as organised as Kim Kardashian’s PA and you must also be a psychic. With all those – you will succeed!