I wouldn’t have thought that 2015 would be our first year for Father’s Day! So much has changed just in the past year!
But I love everything about our life!
I love that I have a husband who is a fantastic father. He is so patient with both me and Harvey. He is strong for us both when we aren’t, and he’s been so supportive of my non-traditional ways of parenting. He has calmed me down and reassured me when Harvey falls over or I’m worrying too much about a little red mark or mysterious bump.
And he loves being with us! I’ve heard too many heartbreaking stories of dads who do not want to be involved and find great pleasure in Mondays because they can return to their jobs and escape the constant family time.
FATHER’S DAY 2015
Harvey woke up spot on at 6:30am which is very normal for him. I took him downstairs and slipped him into the Tula while I cooked Tom his new favourite breakfast: bacon sandwich with peanut butter and maple syrup. It tastes like pancakes and bacon- for real!
I made him stronger-than-normal coffee [just the way he likes it] in a cafetiere and popped that on a tray along with a mug, napkin and his breakfast. We brought it to him at 7. While I wish I could have let him sleep in longer, 7:00 is sleeping in for us at the moment… and I honestly just wasn’t up for trying to juggle breakfast, cleaning, changing Harvey and entertaining him by myself for probably hours! It would have been nice for him though, but I wasn’t up for it.
We had planned to go to a local park and have a picnic and take some pictures, but we changed our minds on our walk to the Underground Tube. We decided to go into London for some lunch. We went to Yo Sushi… one of our favourite places to eat. It’s one of the best places for babies we’ve found. Harvey was very entertained by the belt of bowls going around the tables and by the staff preparing the food. He’s never been a picky eater, so was fine eating what we ate.
I think we were enjoying ourselves too much that we didn’t realise how many bowls we had gotten. Our bill was much more than we thought, but it was worth it!
We of course had to be back for Harvey’s afternoon nap time, which turned out to be bizarre. He slept for about twenty minutes! He hasn’t slept less than 1-2 hours for his naps in months! We let him play around in his crib while Tom and I relaxed. I swear Harvey had a song stuck in his head because he was dancing, bouncing and shaking his head so much during his spontaneous afternoon playtime in the cot. Tom and I watched him bounce around on the baby monitor laughing away.
For the highlight of the day, we met Tom’s family in London for a lovely afternoon tea at Villandry’s. It was such a quaint place. I’ve never had proper British afternoon tea before, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Afternoon tea includes sandwiches, scones, cakes and champagne, tea and/or coffee. The amount of cakes far outnumbered the rest of the food [as it should!].
But better than the food was the intentional family time we had. It had been awhile since we’d all been together, so it was really special. [Sadly, Jess hadn’t arrived yet when we had the picture taken]
Even with Harvey’s incredibly short nap, he was happy and content! Most of the time, if he’s around lots of people, he’s happy.
After afternoon tea, we had to leave early to get Harvey off to bed. Heather offered to stay at home with Harvey while he slept so Tom and I could go to the cinema. We watched Jurassic World. We both thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Even with staying home during Harvey’s nap times, we still were able to spend a lovely day with family and enjoy London.
Thank you Tom for being the perfect daddy for Harvey and a great teammate as my husband.
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