Having some fun

My word of the week this week is a great one. One that I am really happy to talk about. It has been a lovely week, full of fun, so that is my word, fun!

After the past however many months of struggling, first with the difficult newborn days, with colic and reflux thrown into the mix, to just the endless parade of germs, colds and flus keeping us down, it is great to say we have had a fun week for a change!

I satrted last Friday when we went to The Gadget Show, then after a chilld day on Saturday, Saturday night my little bro and his girlfriend came over for a takeaway and a catch up and we all get on so well and have so much fun together it was lovely! sunday the fun continues with a trip to Wimpole Hall and Farm. a National Trust place that is really close to us. It was a lovely sunny day but so windy! Nonetheless we had a great time visiting with my older brother and his wife.

Wimpole Hall

Then to top off the weekend I got to have a girls night out and some scrummy tapas with some of my friends and we really did have a giggle. Much as I was tired from a busy weekend I am so glad I went as it does do me good to get away from the house and relax with my friends.

Then on Tuesday I headed out with the kids to met one of my friends for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. The sun was shining and we had such a lovely time. Monkey has great fun  ith her son, who is a yr older than him and it was lovely to see them cuddling and chuckling at each other and generally building a friendship. LM was lovely and happy too which helped and it was a lovely fun day in the sun.

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Thursday the fun continued with another playdate with all of my friends. It is a rare occasion that we get together with all of our kiddies and was lovely that we were all able to make it. We went to a soft play and it was definitely chaotic as there was 7 kids (soon to be 8 with another baby due in May!) but it was a lot of fun too and so good for us all to catch up. LM loves people and she very much enjoyed all the cuddles and attention from mummies and kiddies!

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We really seem to have turned a corner at the moment. It helps that none of us are ill but LM is getting older by the day and I have to say, more fun. My mood is improving too. I don’t know if it would be classed as PND but I do suffer in the months post birth. I was the same after Monkey and I just don’t feel myself. I wake up feeling low, am anxious about everything and feel angry a lot of the time. I feel a bubble of rage in my chest over the slightest thing and spend a lot of the time crying. there is a dark cloud over me and I have moments where I feel like I hate my life, even though the rational part of my brain knows that that is completely untrue as I know how incredibly lucky I am and that in fact the opposite is true, as I love my life. How could I not? Look at my lovely family having fun taking silly selfies on the bed.

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Whatever it is that causes this does seem to be passing. The cloud has lifted. I still feel anxious at times and of course I have ups and downs like everyone, but my general day to day mood is much brighter, and more like me, than it has been for some time. It helps that I am still doing well on the diet (for the most part) and am still losing the weight. I feel like I have more energy so am doing more around the house and getting out and about more. LM still has no routine but while this has bothered me for a while, I am more accepting of it now and am just going with it and actually enjoying the flexibility that her lack of routine allows.

All I can say is that long may this feeling continue so we can hove more weeks as fun as this one has been :)

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Siblings April 2015

It’s that time of the month again where we have a look at some shots of our cutie siblings and see how they are getting on with each other! Little Miss still worships her big brother and looks at him with pure adoration which melts my heart. As she is growing and getting more responsive, Monkey has started to pay a bit more attention to her, and there have been some gorgeous moments between them this last month.

One day when she was feeding, Monkey decided to come and sit with us and play on the tablet. Of course this was far too distracting for LM who wanted to see what her big brother was up to. Initially I was frustrated but they had such a lovely moment that the frustration didn’t last for long. The shots aren’t great as she is on my lap but you get the idea of what a cute moment it was!

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A few days later, when LM was on the floor, Monkey had to lie down with her and give her a cuddle (so cute though it did look like he was crushing her slightly!).

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She was astounded by the fact that Percy was flying through the air so he let her have a look at him.

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Then he held her hand and said Oh I love Percy and (LM) and (Monkey). He said their real names of course but it was so cute and I love that he said he loves himself too :)

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I love my children so much. We’ve had another tough month with poorliness and I hope we are coming out the other side now as I so enjoy seeing them happy and interacting with each other. It melts my heart every time!

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Tuff Spot Play with Lentils

After the recent success of the Tuff Spot play with water, I was keen to see what other easy activity I could come up with for Monkey that didn’t involve much prep but would keep him entertained. Ages ago a post from Loving Life with Little Ones reminded me how much fun could be had with lentils and I had wanted to get some out for Monkey to play with for a while.

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#MaternityMondays week 15

Welcome to week 14 of #MaternityMondays! Thanks so much to all you lovely bloggers who are continuing to link up very week, I am loving our little community, celebrating the joys (and sharing the challenges) of pregnancy, life with babies and motherhood in general. I am finding myself really excited each week now to see if we have any more babies being welcomed into the world! I know a lot of you are very close now!!

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The Gadget Show Live with the OmniO Rider

Last week I was contacted about a fantastic new product, the OmniO Rider. A lightweight stroller which can be folded up and worn as a backpack. Straight away it sounded like a great idea to me for any parent with a toddler who wants to walk, but then gets tired out for the journey home.

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Sunny

My word of the week this week, is Sunny.

Firstly in the literal sense because the last few days have been gloriously sunny. The end of last week was wet and miserable and I was so fed up of the cold but the last couple of days have been the absolute opposite. We had a lovely day today at our local country park enjoying the sunshine with some friends and it was lovely relaxing in the sun – well relaxing as much as you ever can with an almost 3 yr old and a 5mth old!

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Teething Pain Relief

Our Little Miss is really struggling at the moment with teething pain. She goes from being a happy smily baby who sleeps well and feeds well and is full of chuckles… to a grumpy girl who can’t sleep for longer than half an hour at a time, and is just totally miserable. And it is all down to her teething.

It is hugely frustrating as a Mummy as there is nothing visible to prove that her unhappiness is caused by teething. So you look for the signs.

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Drooling
Chewing on fingers
Rubbing on ears
Runny Nose
Flushed Cheeks
Chin Rash
Fever

 

Of course with babies, they may have many of these symptoms for other reasons too so it is difficult to be sure until you actually see a tooth, and they can be suffering for weeks before you finally spot the culprit poking through their gum.

So we do what we can in the meantime to provide relief. We try a multitude of different things to try and find the best thing that works, as all babies are different, and what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. Thankfully there are places online where you can find and order teething remedies, like Mistry’s Online Chemist, so you don’t have to drag an unhappy baby round the shops.

Here are some of the things we have tried to provide LM with some teething pain relief.

Teething Gels

Teething Gels are basically as you would imagine, gels you can rub onto your little one’s gums to provide temporary relief to the area. I think that this can definitely make a difference to LM and she quite visibly relaxes sometimes when I have applied the gels and it definitely calms her down. Hubs is less convinced about the actual pain relief element and wonders if she is just distracted by the flavour or rubbing of her gums, but I think there is more to it than that. Either way though as long as it helps her I don’t mind why!

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We’ve used teething granules and powders with both our little ones and again find that they can help. One of the many side effects of teething can be tummy pain and I read somewhere that this may be related to the excess drool they are swallowing. I am no expert but for whatever reason both my little ones have had tummy troubles associated with their teething and teething powder and granules have definitely helped relieve them of this.

Teethers

Teethers are like toys in that they are designed to appeal to babies, with the added bonus that when chewed they provide some relief to a teething baby. I know many parents who swear by teether toys and there are so many on the market to try. There are ones that can be kept in the fridge to provide cooling relief to gums, some that are quite firm and others that are a little softer. So far we have found that LM actually prefers to chew on soft toys rather than the harder plastic on some teether toys but again all babies are different.

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Amber is said to have anti-inflammatory properties when worn and heated by your skin. It is said that because of this it can help to relieve the pain of inflammation caused by teething. I have read various stories of parents who swear by these which was enough for us to try it. You can get necklaces or anklets but we felt happier with the anklet personally. unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have had any effect on LM but that is not to say it won’t work on other babies!

Paracetamol/Ibuprofen for children

When all else fails we do at times turn to the good old children’s medicines to provide some pain relief. We are of course careful to follow the instructions on the bottle and do try to keep it as a last resort but there are times when nothing else will work. As adults most of us will know how uncomfortable toothache is, and we wouldn’t hesitate to use pain relief ourselves when we need it so we try not to beat ourselves up about giving her some.

It really is one of life’s little cruelties that babies have to go through this pain and we just have to find the best ways to help them through it!

What teething pain remedies have you used with your little ones? What did you find worked the best?

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A few fun (and not so fun) firsts for LM at 5 mths

This was originally going to be an entirely happy post celebrating some of LM’s lovely firsts this week… and I am going to include those but I can’t not mention another first which is less happy. 

LM had her first trip to A&E :(. She has had a horrible cold all week and Saturday afternoon she seemed to get worse and was not feeding well at all. Sunday morning her breathing was a little laboured and we noticed a distinct wheeze. She was also hardly eating at all, barely drinking 40ml (about 1 oz) of her milk compared to the 140 ish she usually has in the morning. Being the bank holiday weekend we didn’t want to wait until Tuesday so called the out of ours GP service who wanted to see her because of her age and let’s face it, you don’t mess around with breathing! We wondered if it was a chest infection and assumed we may be home with antibiotics or something.

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