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My May in a nutshell (2021)

May is an insanely busy month for my family. We have a total of 5 birthdays so there is always lots going on! With that said I am of course about to say that the month went by quickly, in fact it was all a bit of blur to be honest, but still it was super fun, and one of the best months this year so far! Keep reading for my highs. lows, and standout moments.

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I’ll start with birthdays – as I said above there are a lot! I really enjoy getting together to celebrate and with an equal split of birthdays over my side of the family and my partner’s, it meant that we got to have multiple get togethers. We were lucky with the weather for all of it which meant lots of getting outdoors to play with the children and go walking/exploring, which are some of my favourite things to do. It was probably just as well that we got out and about because there was a huge amount of cake calories to burn off! It was full lockdown last year so it seemed extra special to get together and celebrate.

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Soft play! I took my daughter to soft play with a friend of mine and her son for the first time, and let me say how wonderful it was to just do something normal with the kids. My daughter took a while to warm up to it all, I think she was quite overwhelmed, but by the end she didn’t want to leave. I loved it as well, having a child to take to soft play is a great front to act like a big kid. I was running around and climbing everything with probably more enthusiasm than all the children put together, although I was worn out afterwards!

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I had my first Covid jab at the beginning of the month – here’s hoping this is a sign of normality resuming! I was lucky enough to avoid any major side effects, my arm was sore the following morning but that had disappeared by the evening. It was a surreal experience to be sat in a room with a load of people all exactly the same age as me – I found myself trying to work out how old I looked in relation to everyone else, but that’s pretty impossible with the masks. It was a straightforward process though, and very well organised. I hope it goes as smoothly next time.

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Unfortunately the little one appears to have inherited my clumsiness. She fell and chipped her front tooth, the poor thing. I took her to the dentist and they said that its condition was the best possible scenario. The tooth hadn’t moved up into the gum or down and away from it, it wasn’t discoloured at all, and so there was no possibility that the tooth was dying or at risk of infection. They told me that milk teeth don’t take too well to fillings so as it wasn’t bothering Sophia he would prefer to leave it. She isn’t fussed by it at all luckily and it really isn’t noticeable to look at either. Ironically I fell and chipped the same tooth in the same place when I was slightly older than her. Hopefully she’ll grow out of her clumsiness as she gets older.

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My daughter turned two on May 29th. Cue the clichรฉ – but my goodness time just flies by! I can’t believe I have a fully fledged child now – she seems to have lost all the baby in her, and is getting more grown up by the day. She’s her own little person now and it is both lovely and fascinating to watch. She wants to choose her own outfits for the day now, help when I’m vacuuming or putting shopping away, and I’ve noticed she mimics scenarios in her creative play now. I know I’m biased but she really is fantastic!

Anyway, back to her birthday. We wanted to take her to a place relatively local to us called Folly Farm. They were fully booked on her birthday (no surprise with it being a Saturday), so we opted to go on the Wednesday before instead. We had a ride on a tractor, saw animals ranging from insects to birds to baby lambs to lions and giraffes. It was a fabulous day, and surprisingly the highlight for Sophia was the Owl – she asked to return to see it more than once, which of course we did. I must admit it was pretty impressive even whilst sleeping – it looked just like Hedwig from Harry Potter! On the big day itself we went to toddler hour at a local soft play/trampoline park – she hated the bouncy section (to be fair it was very big for someone her size) but loved the trampolines, so it was definitely a success overall. We also went for a walk and fed the ducks, and of course had cake and presents – it was a perfect day!

Now for the more random bits from my May. Firstly I’ve been pretty obsessed with watching true crime videos on YouTube this month. To say I’ve been binging is an understatement – I just find it fascinating! Do you like true crime?

My reading was very similar this month to the previous one, it was all or nothing and there were plenty of long stretches where I didn’t read anything at all. I’m still adjusting to being back in work and I think I was just tired and favouring YouTube over my books because it’s easy. My reading did pick back up again towards the end of the month, and June has started well, so let’s hope I get back to my usual daily reading soon!

I had hoped to get back on top of my social media posting in May but as with previous months I was pretty non existent! I’m at the point where I’m wondering whether to take the pages down to be honest. It’s not a huge interest of mine, in fact I created the pages just because I thought I should when I created this blog, but now I’m not so sure. I’ll have to have a think about it.

If you missed any of my May posts here they are:

My April in a nutshell (2021)

The Blogger Recognition Award

A Discussion: Do you/should you keep books that you have no intention of re-reading?

The Perfect Lie Blog Blast

A Discussion: how do e-books affect book aesthetics?

A book review: The Serial Killer’s Wife (ARC)

Mr B’s Reading Subscription Box (May)

Three Bookish Things Tag

Current Top 5 on my TBR

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

9 thoughts on “My May in a nutshell (2021)

  1. Sounds like a very fun and very busy month. It’s great to be able to get out and do some normal things again. The farm sounds great. It’s wonderful when children’s personalities start to shine through. Hope June is as good for you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Thanks for sharing your month, it sounds super busy and (mostly) fun. I literally can’t remember anything I did in May, it must have been very routine. Hope you have a good month, what is left of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I’m glad your first injection went smoothly. I was the same, a sore arm for 24 hours or so, but otherwise okay. It seems like you had a great month over all, I’m glad things are picking up for you. May was something of a mixed bag for me, but not too bad all things considered. At least we are able to see people in our houses again, that makes a differenie.

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    1. Glad to hear your injection went well also! Here’s hoping the next one is the same, although I have heard that some people are reacting to the second one even if they didn’t to the first so I guess we will see. Thank you, yes a great month overall – sorry to hear yours was a bit of a mixed bag, I hope June is treating you better! Oh yes indoor meetings makes a world of difference ๐Ÿ˜Š


    1. I had Pfizer and yes no side effects at all, although I’ve heard quite a few stories from friends and colleagues who really suffered so I guess I’m one of the luckier ones ๐Ÿ˜Š glad to hear you’re feeling better, fingers crossed your arm is better soon!


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