I finally got to do one thing I'd been dying to do - tour Westminster Abbey. It is a GREAT tour and not one I would take a small child to, so good to go without Charlie. Admission includes a audio tour guide so you can amble around at your own pace. I have read several books about Henry VIII, his wives and kids (some biography, some "historical fiction"), so anything involving that crew of crazies is fun to go see.
There is also a lovely atrium restaurant in the middle, where we got some late breakfast. That is the top photo on this post.
One afternoon I got a sitter and my mom and I went for tea and a massage. Well, I had a facial since I was still first trimester. But it was fun to get away and have a relaxing break. Charlie ended up napping that day so we weren't in too much hot water with him. I hadn't yet been to tea in London and it turns out it is full of delicious goodies! Best meal of the day here!
We did some fun things after preschool pick-up as well. One pretty day (the only pretty day?) we took Charlie to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park and had a picnic. Charlie is ALL about picnics these days. He played and played until he got a scraped knee and threw a fit in the first aid center.
We walked around Kensington Gardens after that, which are all in bloom. No Kate Middleton sightings, sadly. She had been seen in that area of the park (near Kensington Palace) a few days beforehand, walking her dog, Lupo. Mom almost hyperventilated when she read that on People.com.
We took it easy sometimes, too, since the defining characteristic of this pregnancy has been exhaustion. It was so nice having my mom around to help with Charlie when I was at my most tired. It was also nice to just show her where we have been living and where we go in normal everyday life here. We fed the ducks in the canal and walked around while Charlie rode his scooter. Just normal stuff.
Charlie had so much fun with Nana. We were all a mess when she left. I can't even recap it. Charlie will bring me my iPad periodically and say he wants to talk to Nana (on Facetime) and that he wants to go to Nana's house. He loves his Nana! We were sad to see her go. It was a really fun week, which I will always remember.