Isla Jean, Living Arrows

Living Arrows 7/52

Living Arrows 7/52

We’re on week 7 now of linking up with Living Arrows over at What The Redhead Said, and I’m loving it. I love that it encourages me to take photos of Isla. When she was first born I would take loads of her. Like hundreds! After she hit around 5-6 months or so, I think I tended to slow down a lot with taking photos though. A day or two could go by without me taking any. Partly I think as it was getting difficult, she would be constantly grabbing for me phone, or she wouldn’t sit still for long enough for it not to be blurry. Linking up with Living Arrows though has encouraged me to start taking photos again, and to appreciate the day-to-day things we do in our family.


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A sleeping Isla Bear – this is not getting ready for nursery!

Today is Isla’s third settling in session at nursery. She will be attending a local nursery to us for two half days a week at the moment. It really is a wonderful nursery, and has such a good feeling to it. We know a few of the babies that already attend their, they’re either the children of friends in our village, or of friends from our NCT group, so at least Isla knows some friendly faces there.

Attending nursery does mean however that we’re having to be a bit more strict with naps in the day. At the moment her settling in sessions start at 2:30pm, but when she starts properly next week she will start at 12pm and 1pm. This mean that Isla will have to say goodbye to her long lie ins (as will Mummy 🙁 ) as she will either need to be ready to go down for a nap when she gets there, or have had one and had a bit of lunch by the time she gets there. Eeep! This is going to be fun.

So I’ve started trying to put Isla down in her cot once she’s fallen asleep, so she doesn’t just get used to sleeping on me all the time. Plus it gives me a bit of time to do a few things round the house. Most days she seems to go down to sleep alright, but there isn’t the time pressure that there is on nursery days, so if she takes a while longer to get to sleep, so be it. It seems however, on nursery days, Isla thinks its more fun to play that to go to sleep. Today she didn’t go to sleep until about 1pm. So in the end I had to wake her up at 2pm (I know, I’m a horrible Mummy!!) so that I could give her a quick bit of lunch before piling her in the car for the really long (1 minute drive!!) to nursery! (Yes, I know I’m lazy! But it’s cold out. When the weather is nicer we will walk!)

I hate having to wake her up when she’s asleep, but needs must sometimes. Am I a horrible mother as well in the fact that I don’t feel guilty leaving her there? I’m actually quite excited to have a bit of time to myself to be able to do bits around the house, and catch up on blogging bits.

Does anyone have any useful suggestions on how to encourage Isla to go to sleep better/easier/quicker? And also some suggestions on how to get her to go to sleep without having to have cuddles with either Mummy or Daddy, or a feed would also be helpful!


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  1. Stacey- A Mums Blind Love

    February 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    What a peaceful photo, i hope she enjoys her time at nursery.

    1. Sophie

      February 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      She did for the first hour, then I had to pick her up a bit early as she had a bit of a melt down! Let’s hope tomorrow goes better!

  2. tippytupps

    February 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Don’t feel guilty – it’s good you want to reclaim a little bit of ‘you’!! However not advice on the sleep….we’ve never been able to crack that one ourselves! #livingarrows

    1. Sophie

      February 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Me time has been great… but at the moment I’m constantly on edge expecting a phone call to say she’s got herself really worked up again and can I pick her up early.

  3. Kate Tunstall, The Less-Refined Mind

    February 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This is so sweet – and I adore those beautiful tights! x

    1. Sophie

      February 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Kate. The tights are from M&Co!

  4. Donna

    February 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I never really had to get A or T into a routine like this but once she’s settled it will be good for both of you. It’s definitely nice to have time away sometimes and she’ll love socialising and learning from more people too. Love her outfit! x

  5. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    February 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Definitely not a horrible mother! I love the time I get to myself and nursery helps them thrive!!! I can’t wait until my youngest heads off to nursery in April #LivingArrows

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