The Welcome One...

The clocks have changed, the season has turned though the weather is still as confusing as it always has been, so much so that I saw a pretty little robin red breast in the walks this morning. To be fair it was foggy and frosty that anyone would have been forgiven for thinking it was November but, it is April...

So the launch event on Saturday 1 April was so good that I couldn't have asked for better. It was such a great turn out with professionals, local councillors, members of the charity that we support, NCT West Norfolk... It was brilliant, so much so that I am in the process of organising collaborative  events on the back of it. And what's more, not a single person noticed that we had literally just finished painting and putting up shelving... The baby changing wasn't put up, but, hey, us mums are resourceful!

Sunday 2 April was Beaumont's first birthday party. Not his actual birthday but the party with his baby friends. It was the cutest. It was also another opportunity to see children playing in the café. The launch had a mixture of babes and toddling 'toddles' which allowed us to see how they would use the space without toys or an event. And the birthday party, I watched all the babes crawling around.

By the end of Sunday I felt like maybe we had done the right thing...

Monday 3 April my gorgeous baby Beaumont turned a very big number ONE! As if a year has gone by. And I know that everyone says it, but it literally has gone by so quickly.

On 2nd April 2016, Michael and I were at our allotment putting up a shed. I was MASSIVE but I was so uncomfortable sitting, that I needed to do something physical. Ten hours later I was in labour having had my 'show' in our beautiful white bedsheets!

Beaumont was born by emergency C-section on 3 April 2016 at the QE. Sadly under general anaesthetic, 'but hey, whatyougonnado..?' I woke up and saw the elephant in the room that was my son and fell in love instantly and then the midwife latched him on and I thought, 'Oh, okay, just whip it out then, don't mind me...' still half asleep! Lol!

Tuesday 4 April would have been the day I was scheduled to go back to my job at Addenbrooke's, but instead... A year on and we have opened our very own business. Michael still works as a support worker, and will continue to. Whereas I am the business operator, the owner, businesswoman and working mother which is a great but exhausting feeling which I am sure every mother feels whether they are employers, employees, sole traders like me... Or indeed a full time mum to one, two or more.

Thursday 6 April I came face to face with my first 'working mother challenge' and somehow survived. Firstly it was the first time I left the house without Beaumont. I left him sleeping with daddy. When I arrived at the shop (I have no idea why, but I seem to constantly call MATD/work, 'the shop', sorry to confuse you), I felt tearful that my little 'Monkey Pants' wasn't with me, but distracted myself with all the bits I had to do. They turned up at 10amish with beaming beautiful smiles, so all was fine. Secondly and worst of all, because we have been busy I put a call out for staff, and got immediate responses and begun conducting interviews the very next day. This being the Thursday. The same day that Beaumont was due to have his 1year jabs. Before they left I could feel tears about to fall out of my face. During the interviews... And then he and daddy came back and my beautiful boy just looked at me with arms outstreched as if to ask to be rescued!

I didn't cry.

We have had our first week and I believe it was really successful: customers really like what we have done with the space, mums feel comfortable, toddlers enjoy toddling about and playing with the games and reading the books; our mascot dragon and glittery toilet seat seem to get the best reaction. and me, a home cook that loves to eat and feed, gets clean plates every single time! I am astonished that the people of KL like my food and that I now have regulars and have even carried out takeaway orders that have come in by phone no less! The veggies and vegans of Lynn seem to be really happy however... I made the mistake of not making the jerk chicken to my taste and made it a conservative mild for the tastebuds of white Norfolk. I have rectified this and have now made a mild and hot selection (Norfolk, although white, clearly has exotic tastebuds, which is awesome and probably why I have stuck around... I knew it was hiding somewhere and it took me to bring it out)!

With Yve Mary B singing on Saturday, a yoga brunch and games afternoon on Sunday, it's been a really successful week. And we've even made a bunch of cash!

With more events in the pipeline, I think we are really going to enjoy ourselves; making new friends and growing our family. With one baby at one year old, lets get MATD to a year and maybe, just maybe Michael and I...

Oh after we get married that is. I'll tell you about that next time...

Thank you so much for welcoming us King's Lynn. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in the café for lunch, a coffee and a chat or at one of our many events. Please look out for detail...