Bounce Central

So Allan has been wanting to take Lillie to a tramoline park for months and I have always backed away for a couple of reasons

  1.  I felt she was too young. She’s only a dinky little human so I just thought the bigger kids would make it a really uncomfortable adventure for her
  2.  I mean, I am not a small woman. I was scared people would look at all my lumps and bumps jiggling around.

However, I could deny that Pickle LOVES to jump. On my bed, on my couch, just on a general walk, if she CAN jump – she WILL jump!

So, I conceded, and off the Bounce Central we went. We went during half term so we had to pay full price however during term time, you can go with a toddler for just £6, adults bounce free AND the toddler gets a free meal deal.

There was a smaller space for toddlers, and longer trampolines for older children, however you was not restricted as to where you could bounce. Pickle was scooting about, Jumping into a big foam mattress and making friends. My fiercely independent girl didn’t want to wait for mummy and daddy to catch up – She was off.

All in all it was a fantastic day out. Nobody even looked at all my jiggly bits flailing around on the trampolines, nothing collapsed under my weight and I now can’t wait to go back. If you are looking for an energetic day out full of laughter that will make your child sleep the whole night through- This is the one for you.

That’s my review anyway. Pickles review as she was going to bed was ” Muuuuummm, Bouncing was BIG fun today”

Can’t wait to come back


Letters to Lillie #1

To my beautiful baby girl,

I thought I would do this section on my blog for a couple of reasons really. Firstly sometimes I feel like I love you so much I might smother you if I tried to explain how full you have made my heart. Secondly, because I won’t always be here, so I wanted you to always have this as a make do. 💙

Let’s go back… let’s go waaaay, waaaay back. 2014 ( which is going to feel ancient for you) was the year I got the news. It was the middle of April and the doctors said “I’m so sorry Miss Grand, but without help you will never conceive a baby naturally”

Right there in that room, at 28 years old I felt like a failure. See, in my head the basic function of a woman it’s yup procreate… to be a mummy and here i was being told I couldn’t. In hindsight it was a good thing, as I was in toxic relationship but at the time my world feel down around me. I remember being in the bath at your Nanna Paulines house and I prayed to God with tears in my eyes – Please, Please give me a chance to be a Mummy. Please let me prove I am worthy… I begged for a miracle and just 2 months later I met your daddy.

Finding out about you was a shock? It was New Years eve 2015, we was going to a party had gone to buy our drinks for the night. Earlier in the day I had bought a pregnancy… like so many times before, you see sometimes just seeing the negative line would make mummy’s body work, as it’s a little broken with PCOS, but I’ll explain that another day.

Anyway, we was in Tesco, your dad had his vodka in the basket and I had some Rum, and all of a sudden I needed a pee. Remembering in the cubicle I had my test I did it there and then… and almost immediately – 2 lines showed up. 2 lines!! You was there ❤ Then the panic set in. See me and your Dad had only been together 7 months. This was all going so fast! Would I be forced to do this alone?

Sheepishly I left the toilet and went to your dad. My first words about it was “I’m going to have to put that rum back” His face went from confusion to the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face. I knew then it was okay. It was all going to be okay.

Smithills Open Farm

Since moving to Bolton at the end of 2015 it would be a fair comment to say I haven’t explored it to it’s full potential. However since having Lillie a whole new level of social invites came along with her… Childrens Birthday Parties!

Our first was my friends little girls 3rd Birthday “Can you bring Lillie to Smithills?” Of course I said yes. It didn’t matter about my anxiety at the time, I didn’t want her to miss out.

When we got there, my first impression was how big it was! Lillie was under 2 so admission was free. We got to see lots of your usual farmyard animals you would expect 🐷🐄🐎🐑🐐🐓… but also some that were quite suprising (MEERKATS!)

We’ve visited several times since then too. Donkey rides and the tractor ride are a firm favourite with our little one, but she loves nothing more than animal corner where she gets to meet the baby animals and even hold some Guinea pigs and baby rabbits. She learns how the cows are milked and also gets to feed all the animals on the way round.

It’s £7 entry now for her, £8 for an adult which is extremely reasonable for the fun she has.

The additional treat which has opened recently is the ice cream parlour where thar fresh milk is turned into the smoothest, creamiest ice cream you’ve ever tasted. Perfect for sunny days out. 🍦🍦

There are a couple of places to get food within the farm and plenty of outdoor picnic space. It really is a little gem for the family fun days out.