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My April in a nutshell (2021)

As I sit down to write this post, and think back over the month as a whole, I realise that it’s been a really good one! I do feel as though I was owed a good one after March so hopefully this is the beginning of a nice long string of good luck…fingers crossed. Keep reading to find out my highs, lows, and standout moments for the month.

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As you know I usually save the standout moment for the end of the post but I’m too excited to wait so I’m going to start with it instead this time. In mid April the travel restrictions in and out of Wales were lifted which meant for the first time in six months I could head to Bristol to see my parents. I was like a kid at Christmas the night before, I couldn’t settle because I was so eager to get to the next day. It was as lovely as I knew it was going to be. The sun was shining and we had both lunch and dinner in the garden and managed to squeeze in a trip to the park for my daughter to have a play. Actually, I say my daughter but both me and my dad had a go on the swings…because why not right! We also managed to finally exchange Christmas presents which was a long time coming, although I was cursing myself for not wrapping them at the time that I picked them up, to do them all the day before was beyond tedious. Do you like wrapping presents? I hate it! My sister stopped by briefly as well which was another highlight so I could give her her Christmas and birthday present at the same time. This seemed silly bearing in mind her birthday is four months after Christmas – yet another reminder of how long these restrictions have been in place. I’m so hopeful that the restrictions regarding travel remain lifted because the thought of another long stretch apart is horrible.

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Bit of a random one, but as I mentioned last month it had been pretty up and down with my daughter and her sleeping. I’m thinking now (judging by her clothes) that she may have been having a growth spurt because she has shot up in the last few weeks. I’m happy to report that she is back to normal now, which in turn means that I’m sleeping again and not relying quite so heavily on coffee, although I am of course still drinking loads of the stuff.

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My stepson turned 15 (unbelievable!) on the 21st. As it was a school day we just had a quick present exchange and pizza, but on the weekend we (I say we but I mean his dad) did a barbeque for him. It was perfect weather, so warm that despite covering myself in sun cream I still caught the sun on my arms. There were actually quite a few birthdays in April with my sister rounding it off on the 27th – we are having a get together for her tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to, I’ll let you know in the next wrap up how that was.

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My daughter said her own name for the first time, granted it sounded more like So-e-ah than Sophia but in my eyes it counts! We’ve been trying to get her to say it for ages but for whatever reason she hasn’t wanted to, she usually just laughs and says no. I hasten to add that she hasn’t said it again since but it’s still progress!

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My daughter had her first haircut! What a wonderful experience that was! I was concerned that she would kick off but she was absolutely marvellous. She came away with a certificate and some of her hair cuttings which just made it that little bit more special – in true parent style I stuck it to the fridge when we got home. Here’s hoping every hairdresser trip is this straightforward.

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This final one doesn’t really belong to any category so I’ll put it here on its own, and that is that I went back to work in April, not fully I might add, I’m still on flexi-furlough but I am back. I did my first 8 hour shift since returning from Maternity leave, and whilst I didn’t enjoy being away from the little one for that long, I did manage to do it without any meltdowns. I’m actually quite grateful to not be back full time yet, it gives me the chance to ease myself back into it first. It is hard to leave my daughter but I’m so ready to get back any normality that we can, so if going back to work is part of that then bring it on.

Now for the more random bits from my April. We finished watching Modern Family – I loved the final season but the last episode was a bit disappointing I thought. We’ve found a new comedy to fill the void, it’s called Superstore and it’s on Netflix, I don’t think it’s as good as Modern Family but I am enjoying it.

My reading has been a bit up and down this month, I was either reading every spare second I had or I wasn’t picking up a book for days. It really was one extreme or the other and I don’t know why that is but I’m hoping to read more in May. I had another five star read in April which was definitely a highlight.

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I increased my posting to twice a week because I had a backlog of book reviews that I wanted to get up, it’s been nice to post more regularly and I hope I can continue with it but I’ll have to see how things go now that I’m working again. I have found that the extra posting has made it more difficult to keep up with reading all of your blog posts so that’s something for me to keep in mind.

If you did miss any of my April posts here they are:

My March in a nutshell (2021)

A book review: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Mr B’s Reading Subscription Box (April)

A book review: The Long Long Afternoon (ARC)

A book review: My Dark Vanessa

A book review: Knight in Paper Armor

How was your month? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

18 thoughts on “My April in a nutshell (2021)

  1. Wow, a month full of highs, well done to you Jess. I love “the first haircut” and “said her name……..” It’s always fun with little ones; they’re so cute and they grow so quickly, so enjoy every moment πŸ™‚

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  2. It’s wonderful to hear you had such a good month, Jess! I’m glad you could finally come to Bristol to see your family 😊 And so exciting that your daughter is starting to say her name!! Hope May is just as good for you.

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  3. Lovely post that really highlights how wonderful it is that we’re beginning to get back to a little bit of normality! I’m sure this last year has made us all appreciate the things we used to take for granted. πŸ˜€

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  4. Great to hear that you have finally been able to see your family again. As you say, it has been such a long time now we have all been under restrictions. I am with you with the present wrapping though – it can be such a slog when doing it all at once! It’s good to have some barbeque weather again too.
    Really pleased to hear you are back at work and that the pattern is not taking you away from your daughter too much. How lovely that she has started to say her name!

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    1. It was a long time coming that’s for sure! I’m glad you can relate to the present wrapping – such a chore! It is good to be back working again, but I forgot how tiring 8+ hours on my feet can be πŸ˜‚ yes she seems to be saying more by the day, a right little chatterbox 😊


      1. I think not being able to do things certainly makes us appreciate them more when we can. I love that you and your Dad had a go on the swings too! I have been swimming today and I’m really appreciating the ‘me’ time it gives me. Work wise I imagine being on your feet 8 hours must be a shock to the system πŸ˜‚. It’s great to go back though isn’t it?! I miss my boys being babies. It all goes too fast!!

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      2. Yes absolutely, things that seemed so small are such a big deal now and far more memorable! We aren’t able to swim here yet, it’s May that we can I believe, it’ll be nice to go, like you say the me time is much needed. Yes, definitely great to get some normality back 😊 I know, it’s like you blink and another year has gone!

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      3. I agree. Sometimes it’s the small things that are the most memorable. Of course, you’re following different changes in Wales. Hope you enjoy it when you do get to go. It certainly is good to get some normality back 😊

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  5. At last … Someone else who hates wrapping presents..
    I can mess up even e-card wrapping, but our ‘ Christmas in April’ celebration was so wonderful, my dressed in the dark presents didn’t matter. Opening them was the best Christmas ever. In the far North, the weather’s decided it’s Christmas.- heavy snow forecast.
    Hope we never have to bear that separation again . Next week, my husband will be
    ‘ allowed ‘ to see his sister. .

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    1. It’s the most boring chore I find, glad to hear I’m not alone! I’m so glad you had a lovely celebration, it’s all the more precious to get together when allowed these days. Wow heavy snow?! I’m so surprised to hear that!


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