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We Did It!

Hello!
At last, it feels like we have finally found the right balance of work, Bebe, home & play...
It's been a tiring few months of trying to do far too much, while coping with Bebe, who after the initial honeymoon period - has struggled to settle. We realise that she will never truly feel at home & instead, she talks of going home on a daily basis. 
We have thought on many occasions since Bebe moved in with us that we have perhaps made a mistake bringing her here & that she would in fact be happier in a care home with people her own age. When she's with us, she often tells us that we are boring & that she is bored... She doesn't want to get involved in anything & her ability to concentrate is very poor. There are fleeting moments when she snaps out of her misery & 9 times out of 10 - it's because we put her music on. 
We decided that for Bebe's wellbeing & our sanity, she needed to increase her days at daycare. First she did 3 days a week, then 4 & now she does 5! We get to spread our work out from Monday to Friday, which means we have a couple of gaps each week to do something nice during the day... Just the two of us!
Bebe thrives on routine, so weekends can be tricky & she likes our full attention. We try to get her out as much as possible, she's enjoyed the sunshine lately - but she is restless & always wants to do something else! She hardly sleeps, not even in the day... So we do try to encourage an early bed time. She wanders in the night & twice now has got dressed in the early hours & attempted to leave the house... Luckily, Sime's one step ahead & the door key is out of her reach! She does go for regular respite, but often refuses to bathe & change her clothes while there & even slept in her clothes last time! It's not easy, but we try our best & we do manage to have lots of laughs when she's in a good mood.

Anyway, on a lighter note...We finally had our family holiday with the kidlets! 
We had been saving like mad for over a year, inspired by Saving For Travel. It was a struggle to find something to suit all of our work & college dates, but we got there in the end. 
We chose to spend a week in Dorset & found a lovely old cart house in the middle of Wareham Forest. Our holiday started on Valentine's night & as the date got nearer, we felt relieved that we weren't going too far. We travelled through terrible stormy weather & were greeted with flooded roads, fallen trees & lots of diversions.
To cut a long story short, we had a thoroughly splendid time - although the storms took down electric cables to the house... We were without power for 3 days, but it just made it more of an adventure!
At the end of the week, we all caught an overnight ferry to St Malo in Brittany & had a fabulous day strolling around the old city in the warm sunshine.

Leaving England...

There were 7 of us on our last family holiday, which was 6 years ago & now there are 8!
Hugo's girlfriend, Jess joined the full clan for the first time & like Ryan & Asa, is very much part of the family!

Hope you are all well.

Bye for now,

Kay & Sime
xx

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