It’s funny how much New Years Eve changes once you have a baby. I have never been a huge fan of New Year, I don’t see why you have to pay lots extra to go into a pub or bar that you go in all the time. When I was younger of course I went out, or had house parties, but since having Mads our New Year celebrations have been very subdued.
This one was no exception, it was the third one in a row that we stayed in, and the second one out of three that I haven’t drunk. Myself and Mr E snuggled on the sofa, watched a film, and made sure we gave Mads a kiss at midnight.
On New Years Day it has become somewhat of a tradition to have a party with my fellow NCT ladies and their husbands and children. If you are pregnant then I thoroughly recommend doing NCT antenatal classes, although I couldn’t tell you a thing that we learned in them, I have made some brilliant friends all with children the same age as Mads, and we see them a couple of times a week.
One of our friends is a gymnastics coach at the local gymnastics club and it has become a mini New Year tradition that we all go there on New Years Day and she opens it up especially for us. This is no ordinary ‘soft play’, it basically is a highly regarded and excellent gymnastics club, and they open it up for ‘play sessions’ for toddlers to run around in order to help fund new equpiment – they put down soft play bits as well for them. I dread to think of the health and safety involved with children jumping randomly on pommel horses and hanging off bars, but it’s fun and we watch her so who cares!
It’s claim to fame is that it is the club that trained Louis Smith for the Olympics, and often Mads and I have been down there when he was training- we both used to like to ogle the male gymnasts with their tops off, and I think they just got used to toddlers running around!
Anyway at New Year it is lots of fun because it is a huge place and we have it to ourselves, Mads always has a great time and Mr E is more of a chlid than she is. She had great fun jumping on the trampolines, hanging off the bars into the foam pit, and generally causing chaos with her Daddy while Mummy gossiped with her friends!
Here are a few photos of our New Years Day.
Jumping into the foam pits with Daddy.
When jumping on the trampoline just gets too much!
It is so much fun and Mads just loves going there. We had a lovely little New Year celebration with our friends and started 2013 as we mean to go on- making lots more family memories.