Friday, 28 May 2010

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today you came into the world,
My beautiful little Princess,
My precious Baby Girl.

I can't believe you are one today!
How quickly time has passed!
A little baby girl you may be,
But we all know it doesn't last.

Happy Birthday Princess,
My gorgeous little you.
With lots of love and kisses,
And a great big hug too!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

DR Daddy and Nurse Mummy

Eh now before you turn away, this is not some naughty fantasy post! This is what Mummy and Daddy have been to Wee Z for the last couple of days. He's feeling rather under the weather. At first we thought it might have been the chicken pox coming as our next door neighbour's granddaughter has just had them.

What are your thoughts on chicken pox? Do you avoid other children who have them? I always thought it would be better for Wee Z and Miss C to just get them whenever nature intended them to but seeing how grumpy Wee Z is just now at the age of 2, I don't know if I could handle the whining and crying of a 6+ year old with chicken pox.

His temperature started on Sunday morning. We were going to the park after lunch with Miss E and Wee L for the afternoon so I gave him some medicine and let him sleep through lunch. When we got to the park he was more interested in lying in his tent that playing or eating his picnic. He only ventured out for some ice cream and then after shouting at Miss E he went back to his tent. He was up and down all night, hallucinating at one point that his toys under his bed were coming to get him. The next morning his temperature was still high so I made an emergency appointment for him. Daddy took him to see the real Doctor. This sounds bad but thankfully his temperature was still up because sometimes I feel like you're made to feel like you are exaggerating how unwell they are.

It turns out he has bacterial tonsillitis and has a course of penicillin to take for the next 7 days. I was really worried about giving him the penicillin because Husband is extremely allergic to it. So I had my phone in hand as we gave him his first dose just in case. Apart from wanting to spit it out he was fine and within an hour he seemed to perk up. At bedtime it was a bit more of a struggle to get him to take his medicine but after explaining that if he didn't take it he wouldn't get better, we managed to get him to take some. We felt really bad about having to force him to take it but if he didn't take he would end up in hospital with a drip so sometimes you've got to be cruel to be kind.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Happy, Happy!

I'm in a pretty good mood today. OK so the sun isn't shining and the kids had me up at 6:30 again but it's Thursday and I'm off! I've got one more shift on Saturday and then it's holiday time. Husband is also on holiday from Monday and I can't wait for us all to spend some time together.

Next week is a busy week for us. We've I've got spring cleaning to do and a party to organise. Husband will be doing his usual DIY projects. I think he will be painting the fences and the hut, redoing the grout in the bathroom and perhaps giving it a fresh lick of paint.

Miss C will be 1 a week tomorrow and Wee Z is 3 a week on Tuesday so we're having a joint party for them next weekend. I've invited all their friends and we've got family coming from far and beyond. I'd rather get it all over and done with on the one day because I'm quite OCD when it comes to having my house spick and span and I don't think I could cope with having to clean it top to bottom for 2 days. Scrap that I'd love to clean it but I think Husband would go a bit mad! I am looking forward to the party though because we'll be able to catch with everybody and hopefully the sun will be shining and the kids can play in the garden whilst the adults enjoy a bit of peace and a nice cup of tea...or maybe something stronger.

The second week of our holiday we're planning a trip to the local farm park. I can't wait because I haven't been to it before. Last year Wee Z, Miss E and Wee J all went there for their playgroup trip. It was on Wee Z's birthday so he got to spend his day doing something fun with his friends and his Daddy. I couldn't go because I had just given birth to Miss C so we stayed at home and missed out on all the animals, the bouncy floors and the lovely sunshine. Miss C loves animals, she's always shouting "GAT" when she sees our cats and she shouts "DOG" when she sees her Uncle's dog.

I'm in a really good mood now! Here's to the holidays! Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Gallery - Self Portrait

Most of my pictures are of my kids or Husband or random things like my cat wearing a sock on it's head. I don't take pictures of myself. I've been told I'm photogenic but to be honest, I think people are just being polite. So a self portrait as the theme of the Gallery this week presented me with a challenge!

There isn't anything about myself that I loathe but I do have a few areas that I wish I could change. My nose has a bit of a bump in it but I think this might be from when I fell out of my (top bunk) bed and landed face first on my (tiled - I lived in Spain at the time) bedroom floor. Husband says it feels like it has been broken. I was teased at school because my lips are quite full...nowadays people would pay good money for a pout like mine. And of course there's the lovely post-pregnancy tummy...!

I've decided to use a photo of myself from a day where I felt like a princess. Our wedding day!

Fast forward 4 years, 3 pregnancies and 2 babies and lack of sleep and this is me now. Sorry no time to do myself up but at least I washed my hair. This photo actually freaked me out when I took it because my hair is actually long, but it looks like I've got a bob here and I'm thinking maybe I should get it snipped!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


This is my 100th post! And it's an especially important one because today I got a letter I've been waiting some months for. Today I got the letter from the nursery I applied to for Wee Z's placement in August. I put in his application last year just after he turned 2 because the waiting list for this nursery is rumoured to be huge. It's a brand new nursery. The walls are fresh, the toys brand new and the facilities state of the far as a nursery goes anyway.

I heard the post come this morning whilst I was on Facebook. I'd given up hope of ever hearing back from them so I was surprised to find a letter addressed to the Parent or Carer of Wee Z. At first I thought it might be an appointment for him to go to the Health Visitor. It was quite thin so when I realised that it might actually be his nursery letter I thought "Damn, he didn't get in."

We walk past this nursery most days and Wee Z always points to it and shouts "I want to go to school Mummy!" I tell him he won't be saying that in a couple of years time. He's already been in to the nursery to see the teachers because my Mother in Law (MIL) is one of the teachers in there. Unfortunately that doesn't help us get a place.

I prepare myself for the worst as I open the envelope. It's a single page letter. It's not even double sided. If he had gotten in he would have had at least a 2 or 3 pager. And maybe a form. I slowly take the letter out of the envelope and with shaking hands I open it up. It is from the council about his nursery placement. Dear Parent or Carer (great they can't even address me formally!) I am pleased to offer your child...I re-read...I re-read again...Yippee! HE GOT IN!! He goes in to nursery from August for 2 mornings a week.

And then it hit Wee Z is going to be a big nursery boy soon. How scary is that?!

Friday, 14 May 2010

All Grown Up!

In exactly 2 weeks my little princess, Miss C will be 1. I can't believe almost a year has passed by since she arrived into the world. She's changed so much but she's always just seemed like a baby as opposed to a person. There are moments when they do something that distinguishes them from being just a baby and Miss C did this tonight...

When Daddy started to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Miss C started copying the actions! I couldn't believe it! I was a very proud Mummy!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Gallery - Men

I've never actually submitted to The Gallery before but I always check out the many wonderful pictures everyone else has taken and thought I'll have go this week! And it's a subject close to my heart this week...MEN.

I have 2 very important men in my life; Wee Z and Husband. Here they are, my 2 special boys who I love with all my heart and couldn't imagine being without.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The birthday present

In a few weeks Miss C will be 1. I can't believe it! Where has the time gone? On top of that, 4 days after her birthday, Wee Z will be 3. It seems like only yesterday he was a wee bundle himself.

Anyway, I'm totally lost as to what to get them each for their birthday. We have already bought Wee Z a Buzz Lightyear and Woody as he loves Toy Story and I also picked up The Gruffalo's Child as he loves The Gruffalo. Miss C still hasn't got anything to open and at the rate I'm going it will stay that way.

I've had a good look on the net including The Great Toy Guide but just can't seem to see a thing I like.

Any suggestions?????

Monday, 3 May 2010

Why puppies are like babies

My Mum and her partner have recently become proud a puppy called Cooper. He's a Belgian Malinois and looks quite similar to a German Shepherd. I haven't met Cooper yet but I'm told he is turning into a character. As my Mum told me the stories of his first few weeks at home everything sounded all too familiar. And I don't have a puppy! Here is my take on why puppies are like babies.

  1. If left unsupervised they can pee on your floor...or worse.
  2. When you move them into their new bed they tend to cry out for you. You often have to put something that smells like you or a comforter in with them to try to settle them.
  3. They will quite happily eat anything they find on the floor.
  4. They will quite happily chew your furniture, toys, name it they'll have it.
  5. They drool everywhere.
  6. They like to shout at their kind when they see them in the street.
  7. If they don't like something you're doing they will protest and let you know. Puppies might do number 1 if they are really pissed off at you.
  8. They need constant attention. If they are quiet in the other room you need to start worrying about what you're going to walk in on.
  9. They both experience hair loss. Puppies shed whilst babies make you loose your hair over the course of 18 years.
  10. They like to get dirty and have no qualms about walking all over your clean floors with muddy prints.

Friends forever?

Since becoming a Mummy a lot of my friendships have changed. Some for the better and some for the worse. I've become quite good friends with someone who I worked with and didn't really know before we had our kids. I've made some friends through going to mother and toddler groups and even through groups online like Netmums. The reason these friendships have forged and blossomed is partly because we have children in common. There's this understanding amongst Mums who are friends. We know our life now has to be put on hold. We can't drop everything at the last minute to go to the pub or for dinner. We can't afford to go to the cinema once a month let alone every weekend. And as for shopping...wait...I don't even know what the fashion is these days let alone where I can buy it. Trying to get a babysitter to even do any of these things has to be arranged months in advance because as much as grandparents delight in their grandchildren, they are (quite rightly) enjoying their lives after rearing us ugly lot for the past 18+ years.

I admit I do find it hard to keep up with my non-mummy friends and I think we're 50-50 to blame. We're all doing different things and are at different stages of our lives. I wish some of my friends could walk in my shoes for a day though. Sometimes it can take me days to reply to a text because my phone disappears and resurfaces when I (finally) get to sit down. Sometimes I don't get time to wash my hair because I have so much washing, ironing, cleaning and cooking to do. Then there's the demand of taking time out with my children, which is so much more fun than all the other things I do but still it does take up a lot of my time. I hardly spend any time with my husband so obviously when I have done all my mummy duties, I take up my wifely duties. There just isn't enough hours in the day! In amongst all that I have to try and fit some sleep in.

Of course I wish I could spend more time with my friends. It would be great to have a night off to enjoy myself and let my unwashed hair down. But to be honest, I'm quite happy just being a mummy at the moment. They grow up so quickly that I just want to savour every minute I can with them, even if sometimes you don't think they feel that way about you! Sometimes I feel a bit guilty for that. But I suppose true friendship will stand the test of time. And I will be back in time, but for now my time is for my babies. I hope they can understand!

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