The Ordinary Moments – First Swing

I’ve been doing a lot of blog soul searching recently, thinking a little more about what kind of place I’d like it to be and who it’s for. You may have noticed I’ve started to categorise my posts now into three main topics: culture, crafts and countryside and I’m hoping to have a bit more of a local focus (so good news for all you West Midlands/Worcestershire readers!). BUT, I also want to stay true to the reason I started this blog in the first place, a way for me to document and capture all those easily forgotten moments: the every day bits that might not sound like much, but can be the most wonderful highlight in a dreary day.

For this very reason, I’m going to make an effort to join in with Katie’s The Ordinary Moments linky as my impetus for making sure I stick to this side of my blogging adventure. As she says:

‘The simple things in life are often the sweetest.  While the fancy days out, weekends away or holidays are fun, it’s the ordinary moments I will miss when my children are all grown up.  The snuggling in bed reading a story.  The giggles as they run around my overgrown garden with the grass that desperately needs a cut.  Even the naughty ones.  The ones we all have.

Just a photo from your week.  The simple.   The exciting.  The imperfect.  The Ordinary Moments.’

Baby’s First Swing

I’ve been looking forward to taking Pickle on the swings for a while. He absolutely loves nothing more than being twirled around the lounge, thrown up in the air and swung in your arms so I couldn’t wait to see his little face light up in the same way when we introduced him to what I thought would become a very firm favourite. Now the weather is brightening up, I’ve been keeping an eye on the park every time I’ve been for a walk around the Arrow Valley Lake but it’s always been a bit too busy.

Baby's First Time in Swing

But Sunday. Sunday, the swings were empty. And LPD was with us too (and it’s nice to share special ‘firsts’ with Daddy every once in a while!) so this was our perfect chance. I grinned like a loon as I popped him in the swing seat, beaming with pride as his little hands instinctively knew to clutch onto the front. I gave him a gentle push and…

Nothing. He wasn’t that impressed. He looked around a little bit, but mostly with an expression that clearly read: how much more of this do I have to endure? 

Baby's First Swing

We only managed a smile out of him when LPD came a bit closer. I think he was excited because he thought this was his chance to get out.

Baby's First Swing Smiling Baby

Maybe the swing is a grower, Pickle. We’ll try again. I promise, it is good fun!


  1. March 13, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    oh bless , such a lovely milestone. Our smallest just learnt how to swing on an adult swing and it’s now made me feel all nostalgic and … well where the hell has time gone?!

    • March 13, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      An adult swing?! No way!! I think I’d cry. They really do grow up so fast, eh?

  2. March 14, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Ah such lovely photos and I do love the Ordinary Moments for helping me think about hte reason I started writing int he first place x

  3. March 14, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Oh look at that little face! These first memories are so special <3

  4. March 14, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Aww, what a cutie! The internet was barely around when my son was a baby – but it would have been so nice to have a blog back then to capture all these little moments – they’re like a digital scrapbook of their lives!

  5. March 14, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Awww such cute photos, even if the swing wasn’t an instant hit. He’ll be requesting it in no time I’m sure!

    Helen x

  6. March 14, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I love this Holly, he is absolutely gorgeous and the first swing is such a lovely milestone! Lovely memories, he’s growing up fast!

  7. March 15, 2017 / 12:30 am

    He has such a lovely little smirk, adorable. My youngest loved the swing the first time, but was rather particular about how much swinging was going on. Too little and he would complain, too much and he got upset. A fine line between what is enjoyable and what is not.

  8. March 15, 2017 / 1:03 am

    I agree, blogging is about capturing moments that mean something to you, even if it is simple. This is adorable x

  9. March 15, 2017 / 7:36 am

    omg! such a cute baby!! and he looks so happy in the chair, it’s amazing that he’s learning how to have fun 😀 x

  10. March 15, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Enjoy every moment as it flies by, I can’t believe my niece is nearly 3 already! Have fun swinging 🙂

  11. March 15, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Aww, such lovely pictures. I love looking back through my blog at when my children were younger and the places we shared 🙂

  12. March 15, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Awww mine adore the swings and it is always the first port of call at the park. We have some fun ones where we can swing with the kids too

  13. March 15, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Although it was a grower, it looks like you had a nice time and your photos are so cute! LOVE his jumper! So lovely to see you linking up 🙂 x

  14. March 16, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Oh love him – he looks like he enjoyed the swings – well in the last photo at ;east. Kids are so funny – as parents we get so excited about their firsts and they are just totally over it lol xx

  15. March 24, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’m sure he will start to love the swing. They are still gorgeous photos and a lovely first moment

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