Sunday, 28 June 2015

My very own cheerleader!

Ellie performed her cheerleading at the town carnival yesterday, it's the first time she's done a group performance and it was so good. They all did amazing! 

Here's a link to the performance....

Go ECU, pink white and blue!!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lexie's 5 month update!


My little bubba is 5mths old!

We finally have some kind of routine yay! 
Our day roughly goes like this....
Wake 6-7am feed
9-10am nap
10-11am feed
11-12 2hrs nap
1-2pm feed
4-5pm feed then half hour nap
5-5.30 food
6-7pm bath, feed and bed

Lexie has *touchwood* sleep from 7pm u too 4.30am the last couple of nights which is amazing compared to what she was doing, I can definitely cope with that! She then takes a feed and goes back to bed until 6-7am, she only awake for 10mins max.

Her feeding is still the same with regards to the amount she's taking, she takes 3-4oz depending on the feed. I fact the night feed is the only feed she will take nearly 5oz!

She is such a smiley and happy baby, I think she is definitely a mummy's girl, though she does give dad some cracking smiles!

I last weighed her just under a week ago and she was 16lb 4oz so that's a 7oz gain in a week.

Lexie loves her jumperoo and hops from one leg to the other like she is walking, it's so cute! She still hasn't got much hand eye coordination so I haven't started a finger foods yet and she's not really holding any toys much still. I think that progresses around this month or thereabouts.

Lexie still has the most gorgeous blue eyes, I hope they don't change but I have green eyes and hubby has brown and so does Riley so I assume they will go brown too. I can't remember when the others changed, I think it was slowly over time as I don't remember it. 

Clothes wise I think I'm going to get the 6-9mth clothes out as sleep suits are a bit of a squeeze now but other 3-6 are still ok.

I've tried her with loads of different purees and she is definitely not a fussy baby lol, on average she will take half an Ella's kitchen pouch a day around teatime. She has this week learnt a new trick of blowing raspberries during dinner time which results in her, me and everything around getting covered! It's very funny though!





I think it's definitely been a significant change this month, mainly due to the fact we have finally found a routine that suits! Big yay!!



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

General Family Update!

So sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have some family stuff going on at the moment :(

Anyway what have we been up to?
Yesterday Lexie and I completed our 4wk baby massage course, I'm really going to miss the people so hopefully we will meet outside of the course now. This is the 2nd massage course we have done and it was quite different to the last one as we did different parts of the body each week and learnt different techniques compared to doing the whole body each lesson in the last course. I found that we learnt more this course by concentrating on each area in more detail. Lexie was a lot more active this time round and rolled away from me a lot but I also think she enjoyed it this time being that little bit older. I found she slept well afterwards :)

We also signed up to our next term of swimming with Water Babies. Its quite expensive but we are both really enjoying it. Lexie swims underwater 3 times on average at each lesson and is recognising the queue words to the games and actions we do in class, for example she knows when she is going underwater and will now hold her breathe first! Its amazing to watch the progress. We have an underwater shoot next month which I'm really looking forward too!

Riley is off to a farm with his class on Thursday, he is so excited about it mainly because he's going on a coach lol! The farming bit is not really anything new to him obviously!! He started Rugbytots a few weeks back and is loving it, hubby is very happy he is getting into Rugby, hoping we have the next Johnny Wilkinson in training!! We still aren't getting very far with the new bike we got Riley, he still prefers his balance bike rather than a bike with pedals! I think this is definitely part of his development delay and motor skills so will bring it up in the SENCO meeting I have on Thursday at school. His writing is coming on great, he did his family tree and wrote hubby's fathers day card by himself which is fantastic! All in all he is doing fabulously well and I'm very proud! He is practicing his running loads ready for his first school sports day in a few weeks!


Keira has moved up a level in swimming which is great as she isn't a very confident swimmer bless her. I have her down on the waiting list for 1 to 1 swimming lessons so fingers crossed a place becomes available soon. She has given up on piano now, which I knew was coming as I could see she has stopped enjoying it. She wants to try trampoline now so waiting to hear back about that now! These kids have a better social life than me!! I just seem to spend my life taxing them from here to there!! Keira is halfway through a school project called the fiver challenge where the class are split into groups and given £5 and her to make as much money as possible, its still very secretive at the moment but from what I can gather she is running a lemonade stall!

Ellie is still enjoying her gymnastics and cheerleading. She is trying out for squad next month so that will be good. This week there are extra training as they are performing at the town carnivals this weekend. As it coming to the end of the school year she was chosen to attend a school trip to Thorpe Park for her progress so she's ecstatic about that. We received her school report this week and it was amazing, no negative feedback at all, this doesn't surprise me though as she does try her hardest at everything. Hopefully should receive Keira and Riley in the coming weeks too :) I'll be a triple proud mumma by school breaks up!

Lexie is coming up 5mths this weekend I know I say it over and over again but she really is growing up sooooo fast its scary! Her sleeping is slightly better as is her feeding but I won't say too much in case I jinx myself lol plus I won't have anything to write in the 5mth update post!


Me... how am I doing? Well my back is absolute agony again so much so I am back at the doctors tomorrow, I think next step is an MRI. Long story cut short, 18mths ago I fractured my coccyx and have been through an agonising pregnancy with it and to see various physio with no progress. Its now moving to my upper back as well as my lower back and the pain relief I'm on is just not doing anything anymore so something needs to be done as I can't cope much longer.

We still haven't got the builders in starting our extension which is really beginning to grate on me as I hate living in a pigsty and in limbo not knowing what's happening so they better get there arses in gear soon! I'm annoying that we have to live in the life whilst its being done but we have no option but I'm more annoyed that we won't be able to really use the garden during the school holidays as the extension is out the back! I'm dreading all the dust etc.. arghhhhhh!!! its going to be 6 loooonnnggg weeks to complete it! I know it will be worth it when its done though.

Hubby is really starting to get busy with work, he works such long hours I couldn't do it! He does need to remember he's no spring chicken anymore though :) haha! Time to slow down a bit soon I think as he's 40 in August!!! Ordered his presents so that all sorted, one less thing to worry about.

Anyway I'm rambling now so I'll sign off. Have a good day :)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Our first book review - 'Nemo and Giraffe' by Lee Hunter

Today I received a lovely email from Lee Hunter asking us to review a book she had written about her pet cat Nemo. She wrote and published the book herself, I thought it was definitely worth a read especially as I love cats, having 2 myself :) and I have to say we weren't disappointed at all! 

Title - Nemo and Giraffe
Author - Mrs Lee Hunter
Illustrated by Lindy Damen

This book is a lovely children's story about 2 unexpected best friends!

Without giving away the storyline totally, I thought this story was a lovely heartwarming tale about a diverse friendship! Teaching children that even if people aren't the same they can still get along and be friends and support each other through life.

 I can definitely see Nemo and Giraffe going on lots of adventures in future tales to come, getting up to mischief even if they are just around the house! 

A great story showing children that being different is ok and that animals have rights and feelings too! 

I really like the life lessons the book is teaching children and think that future books could really expand on this more, the sky is the limit!

My children love animals so really enjoyed the story, they would love to read more stories about Nemo and Giraffe.

The only slight critique would be about the font style, I personally found it a little harder to read than a standard font. Just made the flow of the story a little harder work for me when reading to my children.

The book can be purchased through Amazon by clicking the link below...

We really enjoyed our first book review and hope you enjoy reading both the book itself and our review. This book is definitely worth a read :)

Have a good weekend





Sunday, 7 June 2015

Ellie gymnastic club championship 2015

Ellie competed in her first club championship today and got 2 silver medals in floor and bars! Feeling very proud :)


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Hubby's 40th!

It's hubby's big 40 birthday in August so I started thinking about what I could get him and decided on a personalised leather gunslip for his gun which cost a small fortune from me! Also ordered a personalised Arsenal book full of the club football history. Need to think of a few more little extra things too.
 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

This sums up my life...'dear sleep deprived mum'

Found a post that pretty much sums up my life right now! 

Where's that god damn light, this tunnel is so bloody long :(

Here it is......

"Dear Sleep Deprived Mum,

It is a myth that all babies sleep through the night by the time they are six months old. If your baby is not sleeping through the night (however old they are), you are not alone.

It is a truth that many mothers lie about how well their babies sleep. So, rule number one of coping with sleep deprivation should be: don’t compare your baby to other babies.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, hear this: YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB. It probably doesn’t feel like it at 2am, when the baby’s howling and you’re crying silent tears of exhausted frustration, but you are. You really are.

Sleep deprivation is the hardest part of new motherhood. It will get better. It will get easier.

People to ignore after a particularly bad night: the ones who brag that their baby is an amazing sleeper, the ones who offer you lots of sleep advice (I know – you’ve already tried everything), the ones who say things like, “It must be awful for you” (in your irrational sleep-deprived state you will hear their sympathetic noises as patronisingly annoying), the ones who tell you to, “Sleep when the baby sleeps” (it’s not always possible – I know).

Be kind to yourself. Rest when you can and eat what you like. Keep telling yourself you’re doing an amazing job. This is important.

Do whatever you need to do to maximise your sleep. This means different things to different people. For me, it means sharing a bed with my baby (it’s the only way I can stay sane – otherwise, I’d have had six months of no sleep as my baby cried in her cot). Find whatever works for you and then go with it.

Seize any offer of help with open arms – don’t struggle on alone if you don’t have to. We all have limits, admitting them doesn’t mean you’re failing at motherhood. (At my lowest point, when my head felt like it was full of black treacle and my eyes burned and itched with a lack of sleep, I passed the baby to my mum and went to bed for four hours.)

When things get really tough, and you feel like you can’t survive another broken night where you get two minutes’ sleep, remember that you’re not the only one pacing the kitchen at 3am. You’re not the first and you won’t be the last. Misery loves company, so knowing that you’re not alone might help. Something else that helps: biscuits.

Don’t waste time Googling “Why won’t my baby sleep?” when your baby eventually falls to sleep. Instead, SLEEP.

Remember, this phase will come to an end – possibly sooner than you think – and you will get more sleep eventually. Until then know that it’s OK to admit sleep deprivation is utterly hideous, it’s OK to cry and it’s OK to mourn the days you used to have a lie-in until midday. It doesn’t make you a bad mum.

Yours,

Another Sleep Deprived Mum x"


Copied from baby.co.uk

Monday, 1 June 2015

Keira my WW2 evacuee!!!

Keira's school topic this term is WW2 and so today they had to go dressed as an evacuee! She was not impressed with the hat lol but was fine when she got to school and saw everyone looked as silly as each other! She came out of school telling me they got evacuated to the bike sheds! 

Ellie's first gymnastics competition

Ellie was 1 of 5 people picked to represent her club at a competition in MK today! She was soooo nervous bless her but did amazing.

She competed in bars, floor (tumble), beam, trampet and vault! 

She came home with a gold in floor and 2 bronze in beam and trampet! I feel so proud of her! Can't believe she only started 9mths ago!