It’s been too long! With the move happening I just didn’t have the time or inclination to write. Buying a house and moving is intense, but we are in and settled. There are still a few things left do you like a few blinds need to be bought and fitted and we still need to buy a few pieces of furniture. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the house. If you google Persimmon, there are A LOT of bad reviews. We have been lucky enough to have had a great experience so far and are super happy with the way the house has been built. Obviously, over time the house will settle and there will be things that need to be resolved but that will take time and I have every confidence in Persimmon rectifying these issues.
It helps that the site manager is an absolute gem - we met him just before we completed and he really put my mind at ease regarding certain aspects of the house and what happens if we find problems, I really wish I had got to meet him sooner and it would have saved an awful lot of stress.
I was also really worried that the sofa was too big for the lounge but we managed to get it to fit, despite it not going up the stairs! We ended up having to open the Juliette balcony doors, getting Matt to stand on the roof of the rental van while me and my sister guided it through!
The move itself went very smoothly and we had the help of my sister and brother in law, they are the best helpers! I think the most stressful thing we had to do was build the bike shed. As we both have bikes which were kept in the underground carpark at the flat, we needed somewhere safe to store them at the house. Luckily the carport is huge which left space at the end for a little shed. Building it was horrendous, there were so many panels that needed to be attached with screws and nails. The drilling of screws was very hard due to the location in which they had to go. It took us a good 4-5 hours. This process was not helped by the fact that I was due on! The end result is great and means the bikes are stored safely!
It is still surreal thinking that me and Matthew own a house, it’s something I just assumed I would do in my early to mid 20’s. Society led me to believe that I should find a man, settle down, buy a house, get married and have children. Well society can bugger off. I am 30, divorced and only just bought a house - and you know what? That’s absolutely fine!
Here are a few photos of the progress so far.
There were a few times in the run up to the move where I was getting myself so stressed and worked up. I was in a constant battle with my thoughts. It seemed that every night as I went to bed, my mind would start listing all the things I had to do and how best to move everything over to the new house. Now, this is annoying, but what made it more annoying is that I knew what had to be done and the best ways to do it. I would talk it through with Matt, my mum and my sister, yet every night for around a week, the thoughts would still plague me every single night! In an attempt to find a natural remedy for this, I came across an article about kiwi fruits - yup those weird furry fruits. It turns out that kiwis contain serotonin that can help us to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It is suggested that you should eat two kiwis one hour before bed. So off to Sainsburys I went. The first night I was shocked, I fell asleep so much faster! I still woke up in the night to go to the loo (as I always have done and will do forever more!) but I was able to get back to sleep a lot easier. I am not sure if the benefits of eating kiwis increases over time but it is something that I plan on sticking with, if I remember that is. For some reason I seem to be very forgetful at bed time and probably forget every other night. Adding new habits takes time and can be difficult at first, even if you know the habit is a good one to have!
After using Monthly Calm CBD capsules last month and having the least painful period I have had in years, I was intrigued to see what would happen if I didn’t take them. I regret that decision A LOT. Day one was awful, I was in so much pain again, still not quite as bad as when I had the copper coil, but enough to leave me feeling nauseous at work. I ended up taking 4 ibuprofen in 2 hours as the first 2 didn’t seem to help. Next month I will definitely be taking the Monthly Calm capsules again! The good thing about this cycle was that it was only 32 days, compared to the previous cycle which lasted 50 days! I am a bit worried about my next cycle as there were a lot of takeaways eaten, alcohol drunk and cigarettes smoked (I know, it's awful!) whilst moving and I haven’t been all that good in the last week. I know I need to stay consistent on my journey in order to ensure I ovulate regularly each month. I am hoping that the impact of the move doesn’t affect me too much for this cycle but we will see. Remember you can try Monthly Calm by clicking here, if you enter the code HHW at the checkout you will get 10% off your order too!
I Failed Lent
So I gave up coffee for lent - this was going well until the moving weekend, I just needed a coffee to get me through, which is fine. Expect coffee has slowly creeped back in. I need to remind myself that coffee is only for the weekend as a treat and that if I want to help regulate my cycles and adhere to the bean protocol I need to do better. I have also noticed a few more spots appearing along my jawline since reintroducing coffee. The only person I am letting down is myself.
What to Look Forward To
I also plan on continuing with the Healthy Happy Period Series as I've found this really helpful for myself and it helps keep me on track for improving my own cycle.
I hope you're all keeping well and remember that it's OK to have days, or in my case a week or two, where your goals take a back seat. Just reassess, remember why you started and do better the next hour, day or week ☺