May, 2014

26 May
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Publication Day, a chat on Lorraine and a walk along the beach!

This week, after months of waiting, Publication Day finally arrived for my latest novel ‘You’re The One That I Want’. Releasing your work is a little like handing over a piece of your heart to each reader – willing them to be carried away into the world you’ve created and emotionally attached to characters that have become your imaginary friends for the past year. So it’s understandable that I was a little jittery in the lead up to the big day. I can’t tell you how amazed I’ve been to see it sitting at the top spot on the iBooks chart and at number 5 on the Amazon book chart. Bonkers!

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Publication week brings promotion, and on Wednesday afternoon I had a few hours of phone interviews to undertake. So that I wouldn’t be interrupted by Buzz demanding my attention, my dad, brother and (hopefully one day) brother-in-law took him out for a little outing. I can’t tell you how horrible it was to watch them drive off with him – leaving me at home Buzz-less for the first time since he entered our lives. I just wanted to cry. Thankfully I had half an hour to compose myself before the interviews started, meaning I could move away from hormonal-new-mum-mode and skip into delightful-and-funny-author-mode. I think I managed the transformation eventually!

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My jaw dropped when my book publicist phoned and told me I’d been invited to talk about my book on Lorraine… Yes, I was going to be on flipping-Lorraine-blooming-Kelly’s breakfast show! Ahhh! I’ve appeared on a few TV shows as myself now (McFly on the Wall, It Takes Two, Mr and Mrs, Deal or No Deal (McFly special), Family Fortunes, etc…), but none of them were focused solely on me as an individual or required me to speak for a few minutes in a coherent manner… I never feel like I’m very good at talking out loud. I’m one of those annoying people who’d rather text or email than speak on the phone – even though I know a phone call can often be much quicker and with less room for misinterpretation! I think I feel safer being able to think about what I’m saying before I commit to it – otherwise my words usually get confuzzled and I look like a plonker. So, needless to say I was a little nervous about what would come out of my mouth under the pressures of live TV. But once I was sat next to Lorraine (one of the nicest ladies off the telly. Ever!), I relaxed and found myself making complete sense. Hurrah! I loved every second of it and can’t wait to do more of the same… if anyone asks. Ha!

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Ooh, I have to say a massive thank you to my mother in law for looking after Buzz while I gallivanted off to appear on the telly box – the regular pictures of him continued to put a smile on my face throughout the morning. I’m very proud to say he was a little angel for his Nanny Fletcher. Bless him.

Tom and the boys played the Brighton Centre this weekend and, as it wasn’t too far away, me and Buzz tagged along – meaning Buzz experienced his first trip to the seaside (in yet another matching ensemble to his daddy – check out his Babiators). True to form he slept through the whole thing but I’m looking forward to making sandcastles on the beach when he’s a little older…and to eating ice-cream together in the sunshine.

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Also this week , I appear to have deflated somehow! Not only have my pre-pregnancy jeans been dug out from the back of my wardrobe (let’s be clear – it’s still a tight fit), but my engagement ring is back on my finger too! Yay! My hand has been looking bare with just my wedding band as decoration.

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And finally, Tom’s been nominated for Marvel’s Celebrity Dad of the Year award. Ha! I feel like I should give a little pitch as to why he is utterly awesome and deserves to win, but I might be just a little bit biased… GO TOM!

Have a fab week!

Love Gi. Xx

P.S. A huge congratulations to my friend Becky Belfield who has launched her own website of gorgeous handmade babygrows. I love all the pieces on Magnificent Stanley – my friend is one clever lady.

19 May
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Learning That Children Cry… and that’s okay!

As a new mum I used to find myself going out in fear that Buzz would have an almighty meltdown in public and annoy the surrounding humans trying to enjoy their day… in the event that this occurred I used to hang my head in shame at my inability to keep the little man continuously happy 24/7. Firstly I’d sheepishly grab for his dummy. Yes. That’s right – in my moment of need I’d reach for that devilish little object designed to pacify upset babies that has attracted snobbery from those really-good-mums-who-know-exactly-how-to-read-their-offspring… needless to say, they’re far superior to mums like me who use it as a plug to stop the flowing wails – all the while frantically trying to work out what could possibly be the root of the problem. I imagine it’s a similar feeling to trying to dismantle a ticking bomb – my fingers would become clumsy as I faffed with his clothes (checking he wasn’t too hot or cold), sniffed his nappy (he could’ve done an almighty poop) and rubbed his back to check he hadn’t got wind (gas hurts). All the while I’d be spotting people watching me in my peripheral vision and would be sure I could hear tuts of annoyance… My cheeks would redden and I’d start getting all hot and sweaty. Although, thanks to my hormones and breastfeeding, this seems to be a regular state of being anyway – so nothing new on that score.

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Well, this occurred when we went for our anniversary meal in Manchester’s Rosso restaurant this week (Yes, even after Buzz’s meltdown in the same restaurant last week, we decided to go back – the food was that good!). Luckily, during this mini meltdown, we knew Buzz wanted feeding, but we still had to calm the hungry boy while we heated up his milk – let’s face it, five minutes is just too long to wait when you’re starving, so no wonder he wasn’t happy with the service Tom and I were providing!

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As expected, people were looking over and I was sure the lady behind me was annoyed… cue the attractive reddening and the sweaty pits (seriously, even my knee pits have started leaking). Fast forward half an hour and the lady kindly turned in her seat to tell me how gorgeous Buzz was. This led me to guiltily say sorry for his crying. She laughed and simply said with a shrug, ‘Children cry’, before continuing to tell me never to feel like I have to apologise for it. Not only did her words fill me with relief but the fact that I’d thought she was irritated by Buzz when she was actually admiring him left me puzzled. I know there are still people out there who get annoyed with the screams of a baby (who has no other form of communication to express his wants and desires) – but there are other people out there who understand. It’s the notion that these people exist that led me to laugh and smile with Buzz when he had a similar meltdown (again, over being fed) a few days later at a service station. Instead of hanging my head in shame and embarrassment I looked around me and into the eyes of the people glancing at me. It surprised me to see kindness. Yes, kindness and the knowing looks of people who’ve also battled with their own demanding mini humans. I can’t express how though looks lifted my heart. I vow to spread that kindness whenever I see another in such a predicament.

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Screaming babies aside (Buzz is actually very good, he just choses great times to go into panic mode), this week has been full of loveliness. Not only did I have a wonderful time celebrating two years of marriage with my gorgeous husband, but I also spent a lot of time with our families. I’d love to say that they missed me while I was in Manchester for two weeks, but, let’s face it – it was Buzz they wanted to squeeze. Nonetheless, it’s been great to be surrounded by them all and watch Buzz flash them his smiles – melting their hearts even further.

The week ahead promises more excitement as Thursday is the official publication day for ‘You’re the One That I Want’. I’ll be full of nerves thinking of people reading my creation and delving into my imagination… Aaah! Fingers crossed it goes well.

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Hope you’ve made the most of the weather this week – there’s nothing like being out in the sunshine!

Have a good one!

Gi. Xx

12 May
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Tackling restaurants with a baby…

This week brought Buzz and I some more time to enjoy Manchester while we stayed with Tom on tour. I know a few people were worried over how I’d get on staying in a hotel for two weeks with a baby, but it’s been fab… my only concern (now we’re going home) is how I’m going to get through all the washing we’ve accumulated. Anyone want to come round to our house and do it for me? Anyone?

Over these two weeks I’ve done something I didn’t think I’d be able to do for a few years… go out for dinner! I thought Buzz would be screaming the place down and annoying all the other diners, but he continuously surprised me by nodding off before we’d even arrive at the restaurants and then staying asleep for the whole of the meals. We were out for Matt Willis’ birthday last Thursday and we didn’t hear a peep from him at all (although I do think people think I’m crazy as they watch me continuously popping my head in his pram and checking he’s still breathing – unable to fathom his ability to sleep with the surrounding loud noise). Well, so far, he’s acted in this angelic way four times. However, we have had one near disaster…

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For a treat, my brother Mario took me to Rosso one night when Tom was staying away in Cardiff. I’ve heard so much about the Italian restaurant (and walked passed it so much in the last couple of weeks) that I was really looking forward to it. It started well. Buzz was asleep upon arrival – allowing me to take in the gorgeous building, eat a few olives and enjoy being entertained by some Rat Pack classics from a male singer. Yep. It was delightful… so delightful that Buzz felt he wanted to join in the fun. He woke up and wailed. And wailed… and wailed. Ha! Mario even had to chop up my dinner for me so that I could juggle eating with just a fork and bouncing Buzz in my other arm. The only blessing was that the music was loud enough to drown out his cries – so I don’t think we ruined anyone’s dinner. The staff there were fantastic too and didn’t make me feel like I was a nuisance – I’ll put it down to most of them being Italian. I’ve always felt children have a little more freedom over in Italy. There certainly isn’t a feeling that children should be ‘seen and not heard’. Luckily it’s not scared me off going out again – if anything it’s given me the confidence to get out with him more.

Buzz has grown so much during our Manchester trip – he’s finally wearing 0-3months clothing. He’s also become so much more alert and aware. Our families are really going to notice a difference when they see him this week.

The day that this post goes live is actually Tom and I’s second wedding anniversary. So, happy anniversary Tom! Thank you for making me the happiest lady ever on a regular basis and filling my days with love and laughter. Above all, thank you for being my bestest friend.

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Right, I’d better go celebrate with the hubby!

Love to you all!

Gi. Xx

05 May
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Life on the road

This week me and Buzz joined Tom on tour… sort of. We weren’t down at the venues each night, jumping along with the crowds, instead we relocated to a hotel in Manchester. Yep, along with our mountain of luggage (including a bouncer, play gym and breastpump – I basically put our entire house in the car), we set up camp somewhere new so that it was easier for us all to be together. I know a few people would recoil in worry, concerned with how I could possible cope in a strange place with a newborn… but it’s actually been great!

For a start there’s room service. Who cares if it’s dinner for one? I’ve been getting regular hot meals for the first time since Buzz came along – real meals that haven’t come out of the microwave with a ping! And then there’s the cleaning fairies (otherwise known as housekeeping) that come along, tidy everything up and keep all of the linen crisp and the towels fluffy… bliss!

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It’s been fun getting to know Manchester a little more too. I’m still not an expert, but at least I can make my way to the nearest Wagamamas without getting lost. Ooh, talking of Wagas… I’ve learnt a valuable lesson this week. Chicken Katsu Curry is off the menu for me for the next few months. Buzz doesn’t appreciate the spiciness and let us know by being cranky all night after I’d eaten it… Whoopsie. Poor Buzz.

When Breaking Bad finished it left a gaping big hole in our lives that we’ve been trying to fill ever since. Lots of our friends recommended Game of Thrones – they raved about it so much that over Christmas Tom and I decided give it a bash. After the first episode me and Tom looked at each other agog. There was so much violence, nudity and explicit behaviour going on that we weren’t really sure what to make of it. We put the disc back in its box and forgot about it… until last week. I’m not entirely sure what made us give it a second chance, but I’m glad we did. We’re now on the third series and LOVING it.

 

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The week ended with a girlie meal with Izzy and Georgia (and Buzz, but he slept through the whole thing). As Georgia and Danny’s wedding is getting closer, me and Izzy couldn’t help but ask dozens of questions about their big day. An organised Georgia revealed lots of amazing details (from a great big shiny wedding folder)– but she remained tight-lipped about one thing… her dress! She then prompted Izzy and I to draw what we thought she’d go for. As you can see – our visions were quite similar. I got a bit giddy with the whole thing and decided that Georgia should wear her Miss England crown (why not?) and have ‘Miss England’ written in diamonds across her tiny waist. Ha! Let’s face it, Georgia could wear a white plastic bag and still look heavenly!

 

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Also this week, I’ve launched a competition on Twitter to celebrate my latest novel, ‘You’re the One that I Want’, being published in a couple of weeks. Every day this month I’ll be posting a wedding inspired image for people to retweet – I’ll then be choosing two people a day to win a signed copy of the book. It’s that simple! Come and join in the fun.

Have a good week!

Love,

Gi Xx

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