After a great night’s sleep (Rory bunked up with Granny M and Grandad K) we all headed to the local park for a walk with Amy as a guide. The sun was shining and the park was packed full of families. Later that day we met all of Amy’s gorgeous family and headed out to a lovely local pub called The Red Lion. We sat at a very long table (two big families – including two babies) and tucked into delicious traditional pub food. Bliss. Coincidently there was a Waitrose across the road where we stocked up on more giant chocolate buttons for the journey home to Mansfield.
Today, O, Rory and I bundled into the car to drive across the country to Norwich where my brother lives with his girlfriend Amy. They had, that very day, just moved into their gorgeous new house and my parents were down to help them out. I expected chaos, but was greeted with a comfortable, cosy home and a cool glass of Prosecco, bliss. Little bro treated us all to a delicious meal at a local vegetarian restaurant (a treat for me and mum rather than him) called The Pulse Café Bar. It was so lovely to introduce Rory to the family and he certainly has a soft spot for his Uncle Ant as he was giggling away.
After a lovely week in London the whole Egan family headed out for a lovely meal in Putney at Cantinetta. Lovely food and great company.
Another day, another catch up. This time it was the turn of the fabulous Miss Clarke. Very sweetly she had taken the day off work, caught a long train ride from Bristol to London very early on and then made her way from Central London to sleepy Barnes, all to see a little Egan. Luckily the sun shone brightly and Rory was on his best behaviour. We walked around the village, stopped off at the duck pond and sat outside to enjoy lunch and cake. A lovely, lovely day topped off with a very sweet treat from Cath – A Laura Mercier hand cream, divine!
Whilst O went to work in Central London, Rory and I stayed local to Barnes. We popped in to our old favourite tea shop ‘Orange Pekoe’ for a spot of lunch and a chance to meet the lovely Sue and Ruth. Lots of chatter about the old job, fellow friends, being a mummy, allotments and upcoming nuptials ensued. After a delicious main followed by a good old British classic of cream tea, we walked around the village peering in all of the little boutique shops. Ruth and Sue both managed to find a gem of a jacket each in the local charity shop which left everyone feeling very pleased with themselves. It’s so nice to catch up with old friends.
I couldn’t wait to hit the shops in London and took full advantage by spending the whole day in Central London on Marylebone High Street and Tottenham Court Road. I lusted after all of the white oak furniture in Habitat and Heals (oddly, most Americans don’t seem to like light wood) before finding a divine cashmere cardigan from my favourite Whistles. We ended the day in the beautiful Daunt books where we treated Rory to some cute and stylish baby board books. No big purchases as yet but the list is growing.
We finally arrive in London to… rain. Luckily we quickly recognise the lovely Egan’s waiting for us in the crowds at Heathrow and we all pile into the car (literally we have piles of stuff on our laps thanks to how much Rory has decided to bring). We head back home to the lovely Barnes, where even though the sky is grey and the air is damp, is still very beautiful. I waste no time in heading to the local supermarket to stock up on giant Cadburys buttons and the latest edition of Red and Grazia. Happy days.
Since we mainly packed (everything Rory owns) for the UK, today was a slightly dull day. Luckily O and I snuggled down and watched the hysterical ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. I really enjoyed this sweet and funny film, not least because it made me imagine what Rory will be like when he starts middle school.
Today is Rory’s two month check up at the doctors. I don’t know where the time has gone but my little baby now weighs 12lbs 13oz and is 25inches tall! With our upcoming trip and Rory still waking up in the middle of the night and not eating very much, I had a ton of questions for the Doctor. After I’d asked her the fiftieth question she politely asked whether I’d read their book ‘The New Basics: A to Z Baby and Child Care for the Modern Parent’. I admitted I hadn’t and promptly purchased a copy. I’ve been riveted since – great, sensible advice that makes me feel confident rather than anxious. A must for every new parent.