It’s been a while..

So it seems I have neglected my blog for nearly a year! How did that happen? Well I’ll tell you how, pull up a chair it could take a while.

Now you will have to bear with me, I’ve slept a lot since last April but I’ll try and fill in the details.

From around June last year we were given 2 months to find a new home to live in, which absolutely terrified me. I had a 10 month old, myself and my partner who all needed a roof over our heads. This was our first time moving out on our own so we were at a complete loss at where to start and who to seek help from. But we managed. We moved out a day before our sons 1st birthday, we celebrated it with no sofa, no furniture and no money. But we were together and that’s the main thing. This place isn’t perfect, but it’s home.
I also started voluntary work at a local store which led to paid work a few months down the line. I think it’s safe to say retail work is soul destroying. I have lost so much of my good cheer and spirit working where i do. There are bills that needs paying, cupboards to fill and backsides to clothe so that’s a small price to pay.
And here’s the big news. The shocker. The “oh crap we’re actually doing this again”. As of today I am 20 weeks pregnant with Theodores little sister!
It came as a huge surprise, I had one test left, just a cheap one. It was about 11pm and I took it out of sheer boredom. Much to my surprise, a second faint line appeared. I took 3 the next day, all positive! Complete disbelief doesn’t even cover the emotion I felt, I’ve always wanted more than one child, I just wasn’t expecting them to be so close together.
She will be due 27/08/2016, which is one day after Theodores original due date! November is clearly a good month for making babies, must be those cold, winter nights.
Now my schedule is incredibly full these days, so I cant say when you’ll next hear from me. Fingers crossed it won’t be another year.

Thanks for reading xo

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The Baby Battle.

So as any parent knows, babies go through sleep regressions. Meaning that once, cute little sleeping angel now wants to scream bloody murder until you pick them back up and rock them to sleep. Whereas before they drifted off peacefully only to be awoken by a missing dummy or they might be a bit cold.
I suffered for a few weeks having to rock my baby to sleep, dont get me wrong there’s nothing like holding them in your arms and watching them fall to sleep. It’s the sweetest thing. I however have been used to a baby that would happily fall to sleep on their own. I was at a total loss. And in need of a chiropractor. My son weighs a ton and im only small.
So off I went asking for advice from my mummy friends about what I could do to help him settle easier. And one of them suggested a ‘Cloud B Tranquil Turtle’. She said it worked wonders and she couldnt recommend it more. If you’ve never heard of it please go onto YouTube and have a search. It’s incredibly peaceful. Even I could fall asleep to it. The only downfall is the price and the waiting list to get it in the UK. And that’s where ebay comes in. I found one second hand for dirt cheap!
Needless to say it was a worthy investment. Within minutes he was off. Literally minutes.
It’s a small plush turtle with a plastic shell and it projects an underwater style projection around the room and you have the option to make it look like waves. It also comes with an ocean sound. It’s simply beautiful.
I haven’t looked back since, he just instantly falls asleep to it. Which has solved the back problems too.
I implore any parent with a child who struggles to fall asleep to try this. It’s brilliant!
Thanks for reading xo

The world is a scary place.

It’s only Thursday and it’s been tough news and devastating story lines. First off I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of those that lost their life on the plane that crashed in the French Alps. It’s a horrifying reality that we aren’t safe in any kind of transport.
The thing that disturbed me the most about this was the speculation that this was done deliberately. That the pilot was locked out of the cockpit while the co pilot flew the plane which crashed soon after. That’s awful in its self. But to know that young students were on the plane with their whole life ahead of them, words can’t describe it. But it’s not just the young people, its everyone else too. Who all had individual lives and hope and dreams and futures. It’s indescribable. Again, my thoughts and love are with the families and friends of the victims of the crash.
But not only this, a woman who is a member of the birth board I am on, lost her 8 month old today. He had a heart condition and suffered cardiac arrest during surgery and didn’t make it much longer after that. I am in tears writing this. Nothing can describe the utter grief that they must be going through right now. A candlelight vigil was held for her throughout the birth boards to show our support. Its just an awful situation. So give your babies an extra tight cuddle today, no matter what their age. I certainly have.
But to top off the horrific events that have been going on lately, I read that fans of ‘One Direction’ have taken to self harming to show how devastated they are over a band member leaving. Self harming is NO JOKE. It should not be used in an attempt to emotionally blackmail someone into feeling guilty for a life choice or to show how dedicated you are to something. Lets just be clear, the band member that left has already shown he cant show loyalty by cheating on his partner. And this is the guy you want to “worship”? Young girls/boys permenantly scarring their precious bodies to a temporary obsession is the most disgusting thing I have seen. You have your WHOLE lives ahead of you and you will have to live with your idiotic decisions for the rest of your life. Self harming should never be glorified in the way it has. It is a real problem which is the product of mental health problems and maybe not even that. Do not for one second think that this is an acceptable way to act. Whoever created this trend should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
I could go on and on about this subject but id be going round in circles. Dont even get me started on the Jeremy Clarkson ‘scandal’. It’s about time he got what was coming to him. Idiot. But I digress.
There’s no way to ensure that you can keep your children and yourselves safe. Just take everyday as it comes and enjoy life as it is now. Warts and all.
Thanks for reading xo

Finger foods

Hello everyone, I thought I’d update you on my sons weaning adventures. He will be 7 months old a week from today (how did this happen?) so I’ve decided to introduce finger foods. Soft enough to chew but easy enough to make or buy. Simple right?
Let me tell you, my anxiety gets the better of me most of the time so trusting my baby to chew and swallow and not choke is a big deal for me. I know what to do if he chokes thankfully but I dont like the thought of whacking him on the back so hard, although it is necessary. So I avoided anything with lumps until now. He can swallow soft lumps and chews them so well which is a bonus for me.
He has the occasional toast finger with fruit puree or spreadable cheese and absolutely loves it. Today he had pancake fingers, store bought, my shopping hadn’t been delivered until after breakfast. He sucked on it for a while til a bit broke off and it wasn’t even a small piece! A huge chunk of pancake. And you know what he did? Chewed the whole damn thing and swallowed. I probably didn’t breathe the whole time.
Another product we bought was ‘Ella’s Kitchen’ new cheese and tomato ‘puffits’, little melty cereal like snacks. Well they didnt go down too well. I however found them delicious and will be eating the 4 bags that are left.

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I also found a recipe for banana pancakes which sounds so simple.
Just a banana and 2 eggs mashed together and fried like normal pancakes! And they can be frozen too! One for the recipe book I reckon.
Here is the link from ‘Saint John Ambulance’ who created a 40 second advert on how to help a baby or child when they are choking. A simple, yet effective and understandable way of informing parents, siblings and grandparents what to do in a situation like this.
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/support-us/our-campaigns/baby-choking-the-chokeables.aspx
It’s definitely worth the watch.
Thanks for reading xo

Afternoon Walk

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So me and the fella decided to take a walk this afternoon, something we haven’t done together since I was around 34 weeks pregnant (June/July 2014). It was a beautiful stroll in the sunshine, with a lovely snoozing baby in the pram. And we came across two trees which someone had whittled down into something extraordinary. As you can see, its a door that says “Please knock and wait” with, what looks me to me, a wizard. Or ‘Gandalf’. And an owl. It’s a truly beautiful piece of work which I couldn’t help but coo over. And then there was another one which is a snake which wrapped around the trunk. I will add these tree trunks had been cut down to half their size due to overgrowth.

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In other news, my tiny baby *chuckles* has now learnt to roll over. And it is a workout for both of us trying to change a nappy and get him dressed. Its so much fun chasing a baby around the floor!
And that’s about it for now!
Thanks for reading xo

Quick, thick & seriously chunky scarf

So I bought some ‘Cygnet Seriously Chunky Wool’ in slate grey, gorgeous wool and a beautiful colour. Had no idea what to do with it. Do I make a throw, a scarf, a blanket? I didn’t know. So after a conversation with a good friend I decided to make her a scarf as she lives in Brighton near the sea which is always colder than the Midlands.
It was a simple pattern, all garter/knit stitch and cast on 13st and knit until the desired length. I even added on some tassels on the end too for extra fabulousness!.. Is that a word? Well it is now.

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And here it is!

Thanks for reading xo

I forgot a little something..

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So after my post about my completed blanket I forgot to upload a photo of it. This is when I was almost finished with it.
Its a simple pattern really, knit one, increase and knit til the end. And increase on every row until you want to start decreasing. Then it’s knit one, decrease and knit til the end and decrease once on every row until its complete. I used the forever simple garter stitch, or knit stitch if you prefer.

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Thanks for reading xo