Last weekend some very good friends of ours came to visit from Newcastle. Annabel and I worked together for just a few months nearly 10 years ago and somehow, wonderfully the friendship has lasted. There have been times when we haven’t seen each other for a long time, or have barely spoken, but when we get together it is always as if no time has passed. There has been girls nights out in Manchester and catch ups in London.
What’s really great though is that our lives have gone in pretty similar directions now. While I am settled with Hubby and Monkey, she also has a lovely husband and an 18 month old Doodle who is lovely. If anything mummyhood and the challenges it brings has brought us even closer together, although we have never lived so far apart before!
We both struggled with our little boys in their first months, with breastfeeding difficulties and then with colic (and in their case the added trauma of reflux poor things) and having been through it all so recently I tried to be there to support her as much as I could. We then went for a visit last August and had an absolutely amazing time together. We had planned to meet again earlier this year but life does get busy sometimes and they have had a particularly busy year and moved house not long ago!
This weekend we finally met up again and had the loveliest weekend. They arrived Friday night so they could transfer Doodle from car to travel cot, which went off without a hitch. This also meant we could have a full day of fun and catching up on the Saturday. It is a friendship that is just so easy. We all get on so well and are very similar. We have extremely similar views when it comes to parenting and food etc. so it is just so easy to all be together in one house!
Monkey did really well with the additions to the household and we had no stresses over Doodle playing with his toys etc. and actually as the weekend went on they gave each other some lovely cuddles and kisses
We spent Saturday at a very local country park which has a fantastic sand and water play area and the kids (and Dads) had a fab time in there.After lunch at the cafe there we went over to one of the fields and ran around chasing bubbles, balls and each other! We had such a lovely time and there was one moment in particular when Annabel and I were sat watching our boys run around, talking about how far we’ve come and how lucky we are with all of our boys, and our happy little families. We were so lucky with the weather too and it was a gorgeous day!
It was lovely opportunity for both of us to get a family shot too, as any parent knows it is not always easy getting a family photograph! Monkey wasn’t hugely obliging to start with and there was a lot of wriggling but we got a lovely shot of the 3 of us in the end (though I am definitely looking and feeling preggo and chubby in it! :)).
On the Sunday the wet weather set in and they headed off with plans to pop in and see Annabel’s brother on the way home. It was an absolutely wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing them again when we are a family of 4 (eek!). It’ll be lovely to see our families grow up together over the years too.