Enjoying some quality mother-daughter time.

Yesterday, Olivia and I did something that has become a relatively rare occurrence nowadays: we enjoyed a mother-daughter day out.

I know that quality, one-on-one time with each of my children is important and something they both treasure. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do this much as much as I’d like with Olivia because William can be clingy. A lot of the time he might only agree to do something if he can do it with me.

While Olivia copes with this very well and is happy to do things with her dad, I always feel a little guilty that we don’t do more things together.

So when the opportunity arose to have some rare solo time with my daughter, I couldn’t wait.

Olivia had a routine hospital appointment scheduled in London to monitor the development of her feet after she was born with bilateral talipes.

My husband and I decided that William would stay at home with his dad and I would take Olivia to the hospital. These appointments always seem to take most of the day due to one thing or another, so it’d mean that each child would get some quality one-on-one time with one of us.

Olivia was so happy to have a London adventure with me and we had lots of fun together.

mother-daughter day out
Practising selfies on the train.
tube travel
On the tube – at least someone enjoys it!
girl, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Waiting quietly to be seen by the orthopaedics team at the hospital.

After our appointment (at which the consultant declared Olivia’s feet to be ‘amazing’ and ‘you’d never think there’d been anything wrong with them’) we sniffed out a local cafe for a bite to eat.

girl, lunch
Lunch time! We found a lovely cafe along Fulham Road.
food and drink
girl, lunch
Enjoying her food.
London bus, London transport
It’s always so much fun sit at the front of a bus and pretend to drive.

After stopping briefly at my office to drop off some work-related equipment, we headed to Trafalgar Square to see its famous fountains and Nelson’s Column.

Trafalgar square
A quick pit-stop at Trafalgar Square.
Trafalgar Square, mother-daughter day out
Resting up at the fountain in Trafalgar Square before heading home.

We didn’t really do very much while we were in London, but we had a fabulously relaxed and fun day just enjoying each other’s company.

It’s not always easy to engineer these sorts of days because of the irregular, and sometimes unsociable hours that my husband works. This is something I definitely want to try and do with each of my children on a more regular basis though, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time.


These photographs were all taken with a HTC One M9 smartphone, which I was sent on loan by Three Mobile to review. It boasts a 20 megapixel back camera and a 4 ultrapixel front camera for sharper and clearer selfies.