“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
Well what a weekend it has been, seeing friends and some lovely time catching up with them, mostly over food! Yet again I find myself sat here on a Sunday night, thinking about the week ahead and still not quite sure where two whole days have gone, although it is true to say that time certainly seems to accelerate when you have a baby!
Today I woke up as soon as I heard Olivia stirring, and as she hadn’t yet woken Clare, I took Olivia downstairs to change and feed her and leave Clare to sleep a while longer. After we were both dressed, it was time for lunch with the in-laws before we headed out to the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. If you have never been to see this, it is the largest outside of Frankfurt and has been coming to Birmingham for a number of years now, and features an ever increasing number of stalls selling some wonderful and inspiring (if not hideously overpriced) gifts, decorations and toys, as well as a great selection of food and drink such as the 1/2 metre Bratwurst, Frankfurters, waffles, chocolate covered fruit, and the amazingly popular ostrich burgers! It is very easy for money to burn a hole in your pocket when you get there, so you do have to be a bit careful. I did treat myself to one of the 1/2 metre Bratwursts though, although I did miss out on my traditional Glühwein , so I may have to go up again before it finishes in a couple of weeks! We were running a little late, due to the process of getting our daughter fed and ready to go out taking slightly longer than we’d anticipated, but when we got there we met up with our good friends Laura and Duncan that we met on our antenatal class, and their daughter Amber who is only a couple of weeks older than Olivia. A little while later we also caught up with our other friends Tracy and Richard and their son Oliver who is just over a year older than Olivia. It was a lovely afternoon although the German Market was ridiculously busy, people travel from all over to see it, it was hard to move around there. We listened to the advice of Laura and Duncan who put their daughter in a carrier, as it would have been a nightmare to try and get the buggy around with all the crowds, and so we did the same. I strapped it to me, and put Olivia in so that she hung off the front of me like a back-to-front rucksack. She looked like a little pink teddy bear and caught the eye of many passers by who didn’t try to hide how adorable they thought she looked! When we got home, it was time for more milk and should have been bath night for Olivia, but soon after the bottle was finished, she was asleep. Bath night will have to wait to tomorrow!