Posted on 8:33pm Monday 26th Nov 2012
This weekend the rain fell. And fell. And fell. So after almost surfing through the country lanes that surround our local villages at the weekend, it was no surprise to find that many of the roads were closed this morning due to the rivers breaking their banks and the lanes being flooded. We certainly dont live in the middle of nowhere but apparently close enough to lakes and rivers for them to affect our ability to get anywhere easily.
So the man on the Lilypad decided to work from home today, rather than risk his car floating away down the Blythe River. This was a novelty for the little one and I as we have our routine of eating, playing, sleeping (her, not me) cleaning (me, not her) and working (again me, not her), so it was strange having someone else in the mix.
Having a one year old around isnt really condusive with making sales calls, well any calls really unless she is asleep, so he had to lock himself away while she was awake. I got asked not to put the washing machine on because it is too noisy and I kept chuckling to myself at how "different" our working from home theory is. Dont get me wrong, it was really lovely to have him at home and the little one kept peering round the door saying "da da da da da" but I had to smile to myself over the amount of times its been said "its easy to work from home isnt it?" when being at home with the children can be the hardest job in the world, even if it is the most rewarding.
There are lots of work from home opportunities in the UK, with a huge increase in direct marketing and whilst staying at home with your children is definately a life choice, it isnt always the easiest one, no matter what anyone else says ..... just ask my other half!
Posted on 1:53pm Monday 26th Nov 2012
Ho,ho ho! Did you know that it is only 29 days till Christmas? Our Christmas countdown told us so!!
So with Christmas time just around the corner, bringing with it tidings of shopping, cooking, worrying about money, fretting over keeping everyone happy, and maybe enjoying a first Christmas with a new baby, comfort and joy may seem like a million miles away from the chaos that ensues. It doesnt have to be stressful though, even for those of you who have guests coming to stay, keep positive and there will may even be the offer of babysitting one night, so you can go and let your hair down! The best thing to do is to prepare your home beforehand for your guests, making sure they are comfortable and welcome, and that is half the battle won.
Sleeping in the nursery with your child, will mean you are on hand in the night, and can hopefully jump in with a feed or a cuddle before baby wakes up the whole house! Having something to sleep on is, of course, imperative. Obviously it needs to be decided where the guests will be sleeping. If baby is already in a nursery, and there is no other spare room, consider the benefits of having the guests sleep in your bedroom, especially if they are close family members, there shouldn’t be an issue. However, this is purely dependent on the relationship you have with your guests!
One of the best ideas for that extra sleeping space is to invest in a sofa bed. Perfect for a nursery, the sofa will be a useful place for rocking or feeding at ungodly hours, without being too uncomfortable, in fact, keep a throw on the sofa bed just in case you both fall to sleep on there! There are many styles of sofa bed to choose from, be it a futon style or a fold out bed with a sprung base, if this is something you are interested in purchasing for the nursery or guest room head over now to see some examples of sofa bed and guest bed choices.
Of course, giving up ones own bed is just not an option for some. It is understandable, maybe your guest isn’t close family, or perhaps you just don’t like the idea of somebody else in your bed, whatever the reason, it’s normal, and not a problem. Just bring baby’s cot into your bedroom, not forgetting to stock up on an evening with essentials out of the nursery so your guest isn’t disturbed! As long as your guest has a comfortable bed and warm room to sleep in while they are visiting, the choice is yours as to which room they have.
Christmas is a time for friends and families and if you are anything like me, you love a house full of people and I do everything possible beforehand to make sure that we all enjoy the festive season. Dont put too much pressure on yourself, bear in mind the guest is there to visit you and your family, as long as they are made to feel comfortable and welcome, the whole household will have a very merry Christmas!
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