Support system!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Whether it be family or friends, everyone needs a support system. But sometimes, it's nice to have one outside of that 'inner circle', an outsiders point of view. Someone that doesn't know every little detail of your life, that's going through the same and is in the same boat. Someone that won't judge, someone that is 'just always there'.

For me my support system is 30 women strong! A support system that I stumbled on by accident. One that has become a group of friends. Some of them I have met, some of them I have yet to meet, and some of them i sadly never will. But they are a support none the less.

During pregnancy, like thousands of other women, I joined a forum. I then stumbled upon a group of ladies due in July and I guess that is where it all began. Although i was late to the party, I was welcomed in and soon felt like I had been with them from the start. Gradually we moved over to facebook, to meeting in person, soon to be meeting again. To talking all day, everyday.

I have laughed with these ladies, cried with them, cried for them. I feel like we have been through so much together, though our journey has just begun.

Everyone needs a support system. And the July mummies are mine!

Monsters drawing competition

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Once upon a time Rio's favourite thing to do was play football. He'd play it all day every day, in the house, in the garden, at the park. But as he got older he began to find new hobbies and just limits it to the garden now. His new passion is crafts, im not complaining, you can never be too creative in my opinion and I do like to encourage him when I can.

I was contacted asking if Rio would like to take part in a monsters drawing competition and at first I was abit reserved. Rio is at the scribble, line, circle stage in his drawing development, and I said as much to the lady that contacted us..but she assured me it was on effort so I thought, why not!

Although the competition is called 'Monsters drawing competition' it stated that they could use any creative method that they like so when Rio pulled his tissue paper out of the craft box I wasn't going to object!

He then added some 'eyes' with pen and sat down thinking of a name. 'Sticky mess' Rio said. And sticky mess monster it become..I think it pretty much sums him up, don't you? ;)

Asking a two year old say something about, and describe a monster proved a little harder. But he finally said "he's yellow, and green and VERY sticky".

Name: Rio
Age: 2
Location: South Yorkshire

Competition link

Niall update - 10 weeks!

Monday, 15 September 2014

So I think my last update was when he was 6 weeks old so I will start from there. That week saw the return of my monthly visitor, and I have not missed her at all! Two and a half weeks later she turned up again..doesn't that defeat the point of a monthly visitor? Grrr. this point Niall's night feeds were so close together it was like they were merging into one. In my sleepy state I sometimes couldn't tell if he was stirring awake, or still stirring himself back to sleep. We switched him onto hungry baby milk in the hope that it would make him go slightly longer, just long enough for me to actually sleep but for a while it didn't..this week we saw an improvement and he would go 3 hours in the night. I don't want to jinx anything but for the last two nights he has gone 6 hours before his first feed. That could be down to his body needing to sleep off this cold though. Yep, little Niall has his first cold. It breaks my heart to hear him so snuffly and for the first day he cried properly for the first time..even let out a few tears :( but we're on day three now, and although he is still snuffly..he's back to his happy little self.

In the space between blog updates he also had his injections, his 6 week check up and his 8-12 weeks development check up . All of them went fine :) and the health visitor was full of praise for me and Craig as usual. Not just for Niall but for Rio too. We're so lucky as I know a lot of them are portrayed more as 'interference officers', but mine is lovely and I feel I can really turn to her and ask her anything, no matter how silly it sounds in my head! There was no judgement by her or my GP about me stopping combination feeding. They both understood that my milk really wasn't doing anything to fill him.

The last time we got Niall weighed was at 8 weeks and he was 13lb13oz, he was also 61cm long. He is now in upto 3 month clothes where before I think I put that he had just gone into upto1 month. Well that didn't last long, so all the clothes that I rushed out to buy in that inbetween size either didn't get any wear, or much at all. Ooops. Good job it was on Craigs card not mine ;)

I'll give you a little Rio update too while I've found the time to type away. Rio is now back into the habit of counting to ten. As he learnt all of his colours and some shapes he lost interest in that and would miss 4 out etc but we are back on track :) I've lost count of how long we have been without a pushchair but I want to say its been at least 5/6 months? His favourite song at the moment is "let it go" and he will often just burst into song. If we are out driving and it comes on the radio it is so cute to look in the rear view mirror and see him secretly bopping and singing away.

This month also saw us attempt potty training as he is showing every sign. But he isn't ready. When he was younger he used to get constipated sat down so he learnt to poo standing up and I think now he is scared to sit on the potty. We put his underpants on and he literally held himself from 8am til 5pm.. at that point he had another drink and hid behind the sofa and weed on the floor because he couldn't hold it any longer. I praised him for weeing without a pullup on anyway, and told him maybe next time we could make it to the potty/toilet..that would be even better! But he was so upset with himself he kept saying sorry mummy sorry, and was dancing around so I put a pullup on and he filled it right up! He then apologised again and it broke my heart. I don't care if he is nearly 2 1/2, he is NOT ready and I will not force him for the thoughts of others!

Day out at Drayton!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Although Rio has a Thomas bed he doesn't really like Thomas as a program so I didn't know how a trip to Drayton Manor or 'Thomas land' was going to turn out. Luckily Rio happened to be a thrill seeker and absolutely loved the rides!

 Because there was so much going on I struggled to get Niall to take much milk. He usually feeds every 2 hours but only took two feeds all day and that was me really pushing him to. However he was so good and happy, we're just making up for the lack of cuddles today apparently.

Swinging and sliding in the sunshine!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

I have to admit that getting out the house with two children, one being a newborn and the other being a toddler is hard work. But getting out is important non the less, even if it is just to the park!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

What they wore on Wednesday: Rainy day

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I hate rainy days but make the most of them by staying in and dressing cosy. I try and do the same for the boys too so that they are comfortable while we enjoy some indoor activities or chill time.

Rio wears
Jumper: Next
Pants: Primark
Niall wears
Outfit: Tesco
See here
What you cant see is that today Rio has underpants on for the first time, which is a huge achievement all in itself even without the going to the toilet bit. He's showing every sign of being ready apart from the actually wanting to sit on the toilet part..but he saw me take the last pull up out of the packet and thought they had all gone so asked for a red Fireman Sam pant on instead.

I love how chunky Niall is getting. His little chubby tummy and leg rolls make me all gooey inside. Rio is a true boy and doesn't keep still so they are the complete opposite size wise and I have to giggle at some of the pictures of them together. Rio never really grew into other sizes yet I think Niall is going to grow straight out of them!

The beach with my boys..

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

This weekend we headed to the seaside before a surprise visit to Craigs Grandpa's. After a quick stop for fish and chips we headed down to the beach and had a little play on the sand and a paddle in the sea. Okay, not the sea, the sea was too far out..a puddle!

Little Rio slipped over whilst splashing at one point and I held my breath expecting him to panic at suddenly being fully clothed and soaking wet.

But being a boy..he loved it! We drove to Tesco Direct on the way home for him a new outfit and I used it as an excuse to go a little crazy on new clothes for Niall.

This was the first time Craigs Grandpa has met Niall so it was a really special trip out.

Look how long Niall is already! He'll be taller than me in no time!

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