Last week, I celebrated my third Mother’s Day.
Having suffered from recurrent miscarriages, I know how blessed I am to celebrate this day at all. Having children is much harder than it looks. Not the process of child rearing (although that has its good and bad days) but the process of creating, making and baking a baby.
That is why I never take my family for granted and I am so grateful that they are a part of my life.
And this year’s Mother’s Day seemed extra special, as it was only a few days after our 20 week scan. When we had got to see our second rainbow baby again and find out whether they are a girl or a boy.
Knowing that this desperately yearned for baby is squirming in my belly (and they are a real fidget, just like their big sister) is beginning to fill me with such joy and excitement. And after 20 weeks of almost constant worry and thinking the worst, it is so wonderful to begin to relax and actually start to enjoy my pregnancy.
But Mother’s Day was also ideal because Mr H and Little Miss H went to huge effort to make sure that I was spoiled rotten.
As I had such a perfect Mother’s Day, I thought that I would share it with you all.
I decided that the best way to do that would be to link up with My Captured Moment, a beautiful linky run by my gorgeous friend Heledd who blogs at Running in Lavender. Where the idea is simply to share photographs that have captured a special moment in life.
A perfect Mother’s Day
The day started at 06.00, as pretty much every day does.
At first, Little Miss H knocked quietly on her bedroom door wanting to get out. Then gradually the knocks grew louder and were accompanied by shouts of “knock, knock.” And eventually, yells for mummy and daddy.
So I trundled off downstairs to get her some milk, whilst Mr H went to her room and carried her to our bed.
We then had snuggles as a family. And I was presented with a lovely card.
I was told that my gift is an hour-long pregnancy massage at Champney’s City Spa in Tunbridge Wells followed by lunch with my two (and a half) favourite people. This is happening on the first Saturday in April and I can not wait.
Mr H then took Little Miss downstairs and I was left to have a blissful lie-in.
After a few hours, I was gently wakened with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun in bed.
And once I’d had a relaxing bath, dried my hair (a novelty in its own right) and put some make-up on, we bundled into the car and headed to Groombridge Place for a lovely day out.
Groombridge Place is amazing. There is so much to see there and it is a great place to visit. Little Miss H, Mr H and I had a lovely day.
The house and grounds may look familiar to some of you, as this was the location of the Bennett’s house for the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. The house also featured as Birlstone Manor in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale The Valley of Fear.
We spent a merry hour wandering around the gardens before heading into the cafe for a spot of lunch. The gardens are stunning.
They are filled with little streams and a moat. There is something new to discover around every corner. Including the idyllic and secluded Secret Garden and the Drunken Garden which is filled with bizarrely shaped topiary.
After lunch, we took the short walk to the Enchanted Forest. Little Miss felt that it was obligatory to jump in all the muddy puddles on our way. And so the short walk took much longer than needed. However, we weren’t in any rush and it was lovely to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. And as we followed the path we saw the steam train from the Spa Valley Railway chugging past.
Once we had reached the Enchanted Forest, there was so much to see and do. There are play parks for younger and older kids, huge swings hanging down from the trees, modern art trails, fairy towns, teepees and traditional gypsy wagons.
We spent a couple of hours wandering around the forest. A lot of that time was spent trying to coax Little Miss H out of the teepees and off the swings.
Eventually, we walked our weary girl back to the car and headed for home. Once there we all snuggled on the sofa and ate cake, accompanied by a big mug of tea for Mr H and I and a cup of milk for Little Miss H.
It was the perfect end to the perfect day.
I hope that you all had a fabulous Mother’s Days. I’d love to hear what you all got up to.