Monday, August 14, 2006


We spent the whole weekend traipsing around trying to find a stockist of the trailer we wanted, we eventually managed it in Fulham yesterday having spent Saturday visiting lots of bike shops within a 1 1/2 mile radius of Cambridge centre (we missed out the ones that we knew were too small to stock a trailer). The trailer is huge, but will be very stable and has lots of space for luggage. The next step is to order it online so we can finally get on the move and I can have a social life again! Yay! It was an exhausting weekend, but knowing we achieved something makes it a bit more worthwhile.

We're having fun and games with the munchkin now, as well as crawling she's on her feet and cruising everywhere. She's also started taking steps when we hold her hands, I don't think it'll be too much longer before she's walking properly.

Anyway, once again as soon as I start blogging she's woken up from her nap, so I'll be off now. Bye!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sleep and cycling... (or both cases!)

Well, after saying that the munchkin was sleeping through the night we had an awful night last night. She was up for an hour at 10:30 and again up for 40+ minutes at about 4am :o( Not entirely sure what was the problem at either time. She definately has a tooth coming through, but they haven't caused her too many problems previously, so I'm not sure that was the problem. She had a very wet nappy at the first waking, but still didn't settle at all well after that was changed. Hopefully it was just a one off and we'll be back to sleeping through again tonight.

We did make it to Halfords on Sunday, but they had no helmets in stock small enough for the munchkin and they didn't have any seats that attach to my bike as Mr H wants (according to him the seats that attach to my seat post damage my bike frame over time due to the forces they he wants one that attaches to a pannier rack...but they then don't allow me to have panniers...which in turn means that I wouldn't have enough space to carry milk/nappies etc as I don't want to wear a backpack when the munchkin is sitting just behind me) [goodness...was the sentence long enough?!?]

So we're now looking at a trailer for the munchkin, Halfords don't stock the one we're looking at (Adventure AT2) so we're going to head into London for the day on Saturday to have a look at a big bike store that Mr H has heard about (Bonthrone Bikes) who stock the trailer and should know what they're talking about. Halfords is the only bike shop where we live that has much stock and still doesn't meet Mr H's standards...

If anyone reading this has any experience of bike trailers or child seats please leave me a comment and let me know what you have and whether it's any good as I'm still open to other ideas. Thanks.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Anyone who visits this blog at all regularly may notice the lack of my weight loss tracker....

Well, I've decided to abandon the WW plan and full on dieting at the moment. It's just been getting me down too much and I've been finding too hard to stay on track. I'm going to try to eat healthier food and generally try to eat a bit less, but not try and count points etc properly. I'll keep track of any weight loss by how my clothes fit rather than pounds as well.

We're also going out shopping this afternoon (hopefully) to buy a bike basket for my bike (surprisingly enough!) and a bike seat and helmet for the munchkin to enable us to get out and about more and to try and get me fitter. Mr H has been away on a stag do all weekend and I've been stranded in the house, I'll hopefully be able to get myself out to church and to see friends on that side of town in a couple of weeks (it'll take a little time to get my fitness up enough to be able to cycle 6 miles each way...).

It's been a bit of a manic week with lots going on. Mr H's brother (J) and his fiancee (S) came to stay on Tuesday night as part of their grand tour of the country on their bikes, it's was fantastic to see them and get to know S a bit better, but it meant we had to finally get the spare room / study clear enough for someone to be able to sleep in there. It took all weekend and all of Monday to get the house clean and tidy, with being poorly the other week we'd let things slip a bit so there was a lot of general bits to do as we'll as the final boxes to clear (or hide...only a couple...honest!). Together with that my family have been down on the local waterways. We met up with them on three evenings for dinner in various riverside pubs. It was great to see them (and get free food...Mum and Dad refused to let us pay for even one night!). Generally little sis and I got on better than usual, which was a really nice change.

Hopefully next week will be a little calmer, I may manage to get together with my friends from baby group on Wednesday. We're meeting at the soft play centre in town during the school holidays as it allows those with older children to bring them along as well without them getting bored. Maybe I'll cycle over... On the plus side as well, the munchkin is now sleeping through the night pretty consistently, she's still needing to go to bed between 6 and 6:30 and is sleeping until between 6 and 7:30am! I'm waking up feeling much more refreshed after an undisturbed night.

Anyway, I'm going to go now, just waiting for Mr H to get back from London and for the mucnhkin ot get up from her nap. Take care everyone!