Showing posts with label #ukparentblogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #ukparentblogger. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Woods, Ink and Library Visits

After hitting a bit of a downer the other week, these past two weeks have been much better.
I've been more productive and I'm starting to feel a little bit better within myself.

Ru went off to nursery on Tuesday so we took the others for a walk in the woods and found a new route to take, which took us to brand new unclimbed trees.


We also went off track and found a beautiful spot between all the trees where we collected pine cones for the wood burner.


Wednesday Ru should have been at nursery but because the power was being turned off in the village his nursery is in he had to have the day off.
So Wednesday was pretty much spent lining up all his Lightning McQueens.


Oscar also learnt to ride his bike with out the stabilisers on, spurred on by Alex who had his taken off a week ago.
It's nice to see how quickly they've taken to riding their bikes.
As with Noah he's only actually really started riding his bike since we moved here and he went from not being able to ride at all to doing little stunts like standing up on the bar whilst the bike moves!


I also did a little me thing.... (Sorry Mum)
I got some new tattoos.

Getting a tattoo is way for me to heal when things have gone wrong.
Back when I was a teenager I used to self harm (something I'm not proud about or something I really talk about) but as soon as I hit 17 and had a fake ID I was getting tattooed or pierced.

It was my way of letting the hurt and pain out and turning into something beautiful.
My thigh is a constant reminder of the bullying I went through throughout my school life and when I see it I feel sad but when I look at my tattoos I can't really remember why I was sad but I always feel uplifted when I look at them.


I'm 31 and its still my therapy.
When things go wrong or I'm feeling crappy I'll dye my hair and get a tattoo.
It's an instant fix and something beautiful to look at day in day out.


We took the twins and Ru to the Library for the first time, we got their a little early so we had to go and get a coffee while we waited for it to open.


We headed towards the beach and popped into Hunstanton Ice Cream Factory for a drink.
The boys each had a juice and Jon and I had a nice warm coffee.


Once the library was open we headed back and let the boys choose some books to read as I'm getting pretty bored with reading the same ones over and over.

The twins each picked a surprise bag filled with books.
Each bag had a different topic.
Oscar's bag was filled up with stories about magic and Alex's was filled up with stories all about Dinosaurs.

Rupert picked a few new Peppa Pigs stories and one about Jack Frost.
I also picked up a couple of books for Noah as I want him to get back into the swing of reading every day before he goes back to school!


Yesterday we received a letter saying Ru is going to be properly tested for autism and were also sent a sleep diary that I have to fill in.
Reading the letter made me start to feel really uneasy but good as the same time.
Complete mix of emotions!


I also started a new cross stitch project...
Holy Guacamole!!!


 To end the post a picture of the cat ... Why? .... Well why not!?




What have you been up too?
Are you looking forward to the kids going back to school?


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Another Heartbreak.....

It happened again!
Miscarriage number two.
Two in the space of 5 months!


Same time as last time, right before I hit 7 weeks!

Everything this time round seemed so positive....
I was nauseous,
I had extremely tender breasts,
I had the metallic taste in my mouth and I was craving foods that I don't normally crave.

We didn't tell many people as we were scared it would happen again.

But because of all the symptoms I was having it was hard not to tell a few people.
I was excited.
It seemed so right this time.
Just like all the other pregnancies.

I booked a scan for when I was 8 weeks as I just wanted to make sure it was ok and I knew I wouldn't be able to wait till 10 weeks.

But the weekend before I turned 7 weeks I had a bleed.
It was like someone turned a tap on and then turned it right off again.
It seemed to heavy to be spotting but not enough to be a proper miscarriage.

I was confused and not sure what to do.

I phoned up the Early Pregnancy Unit on the Monday and booked a scan for the Tuesday.
I couldn't just wait and see I needed to know what was going on.

The scan showed the pregnancy sack and little tiny embryo but it didn't show a heartbeat and it did show a lot of blood.

They rebooked me in for the following week and told me to be prepared to have a visit to the a&e department once I started to bleed.

So I went away feeling pretty scared and completely torn up inside.
I spent the whole week waiting....
Nothing happened.

I kept being sick, I was constantly tired.
I did nothing but sit on the sofa staring into space.

The waiting was killing me.
By the end of the week I was starting to think They must be wrong and by the next scan the blood will be gone and there will be a heartbeat...

The following Tuesday came and I went back to the little room to hear my fate.
It was a new sister and when she read my notes I could tell by the look on her face it wasn't going to be the news I wanted it to be.

I went in for the scan and the only thing that had changed was the amount of blood surrounding the pregnancy sack.

I was given three choices...
To keep waiting and let it happen naturally,
Take some pills to make it happen and have a hospital stay whilst I bled or have the pregnancy tissue surgically removed.

The sister let me have the evening to decide and then I had to go back on the Wednesday to let them know which I was going to choose.

I knew I wouldn't be able to wait.
The easiest option was to have the op but I'd never been put to sleep before and the thought of it really worried me.

I decided the op seemed like my best option and on the Wednesday I was booked into have it the following day.

Thursday was blur really....
It happened,
I haven't cried yet
I'm trying to pretend it never really happened.
I'm keeping busy but I know it will hit me sooner or later1

My baby making days are over.
I can't do this again!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

5 Unique Gift Ideas for Friends Who Are Expecting

So your friend has told you that she is expecting, congratulations! 
Whether you have been pregnant, once, twice or half a dozen times you will know that planning for the arrival of little ones is no mean feat. 
Deciding what to buy our pregnant friends can also be a little tricky.

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So with that in mind we have come up with a list of five completely original presents, that pregnant women actually want, to ensure your pressie is both practical and well thought out.

A Prenatal Massage

We’ve all been there. 
The aches and pains and general discomfort that pregnancy can bring. So why not treat your friend to a soothing and relaxing prenatal massage
Have a look into the local spas and beauty salons that offer prenatal massages and see what packages and deals they have available. 
This is a particularly great idea for anyone that is feeling a little overwhelmed and is going through the mill, physically. 
If that sounds like your pal then this
could be the perfect pressie.

Moses Basket

Not only are moses baskets a completely gorgeous accessory to any baby room but they are also really practical for ferrying baby around the house. 
If you would like to get your friend a little moses basket but are not quite sure where to look, check out a site like https://www.for-your-little-one.co.uk/furniture/moses-baskets
They are really charming to look at, are not as pricey as you may think and are a really unique gift for a pregnant friend, that they would probably never expect to receive, so it could be a winning idea.

Organic Beauty Kits

As pregnant women and mummies need to be extra careful with the products that they use and the products that they put on their skin, why not think about getting your friend a lovely little organic beauty kit. 
There are now lots of companies that specialise in lovely skin care items that are safe for pregnant women so if you think this could be the perfect gift for your friend, check out this site, reviewing ten of the best organic beauty kits on the market, www.eluxemagazine.com

Foot Massager

Again this one is all about mum. 
Treating your friend to a lovely home, foot massager could be just what your friend needs to take the weight off and spend a little time indulging herself and relaxing before and after the little ones arrival.

Baby Record Book

Baby books are a super thoughtful present for mums to be as they tend to be the sort of items that pregnant women rarely think of buying for themselves. 
Baby record books are such a charming gift idea as they will enable your friend to be able to record all her baby precious first moments. 
From first steps, first smile, first tooth to fall out all the way to the first lock of hair to be cut. Baby record books are a fantastic way of capturing all the lovely adventures mums to be are about to experience as a parent and will be able to always look back on with this book.


*Collaborative Post

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Rupert's First Assessment With The Community Paediatricians

This was something I was desperate for a couple of months ago, but I really thought it wasn't going to happen.

I even had some stuck up Health Visitor tell me that she was going to cancel the doctors referral as she really didn't think there was anything wrong with him.

After talking to a mum at school and finding out the troubles she's had trying to get a diagnosis for her son who is the same age as Noah I really thought 'right well if their having trouble there's no hope for us'.
So imagine my surprise when out of the blue we have a letter telling us we have an appointment the first week of the summer holidays.



I spoke to the mum at school and told her who we were seeing and she told me she was one of the nicer ones and the one who actually agreed with her about her son.

So I had a tiny little glimmer of hope, but as the day came closer I really started to dread it.

Was I going to be told the same old oh he's fine, he's giving me eye contact and that its all in my head?

Ru's appointment was on Monday at 2.40 and the day couldn't have gone any slower!
When we arrived we sat in the waiting room and Ru played nicely with the cars and the kitchen.
We waited a while to be seen and the butterflies in my stomach were going crazy.

When we were eventually called in we sat on the chairs by her and Rupert sat on me hiding behind me but then every now and then popping his head out and smiling at her.

He then got bored of doing that and got down and started playing with the toys that were set out. Making me sit on the tiny little chairs beside him.

She did say because he was giving her eye contact and looking like he was listening to what we were talking about she really didn't think he was autistic, but she listened to us and watched him.
 She then agreed she could see some of the traits and understood where we coming from.

She also agreed he has some sensory issues.
It was nice to finally be listened to and not fobbed off.
I know from speaking to other mums of autistic children that eye contact is not the be all and end all, so I was happy that she didn't let that be it.

She is going to send us an autism questionnaire for us and his nursery to fill in along with a sleep diary. 
She will also arrange for him to see a speech therapist along with some other professionals.
I'm looking forward to reading the letter that she sends us and seeing what is going to happen next.




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A Big Boy Bed For Ru...

Last week we ordered a new bed for Ru.
We have been wanting one for a while, but kept holding off as we thought a single bed would take up most of his room.

Ru was no longer sleeping in his cot-bed and continued to co-sleep with me which I don't mind at all buuuuut Jon and his back don't really get on with it. 
Even though we have a super king sized bed, Ru will take up all of my side leaving me in the middle and Jon feeling like he's about to be kicked or poked in the back.
So we spent a while looking for different sorts of beds and going back and forth from his room with the tape measure and finally agreed on the MALM bed from Ikea.
The bed wasn't too pricey for a bed but we made sure we spent a bit on the mattress - as we're hoping it will last him a while!

The Ikea delivery turned up Thursday evening, so Friday I completely emptied out his room and took down the cot-bed, his little face had no idea what was going on and he kept asking for his bed back!
Eventually he got excited when we got his new big boy bed out of the box.

It didn't take too long to put together and then I was able to put everything back in its new place.

I thought it would be nice to show you his new bed and bedroom lay out along with where some of my favourite bits are from.


The bed is a great size, it fits both of us on it, so now when it comes to the time when he wants to get into bed with me, ill just get in with him.

It also doesn't take up too much room and he still has plenty of room to play in and it also doesn't look like we've just stuffed any old bed in there.
It looks well planned.


At the end of his bed and behind the door is his Ikea unit full of all his clothes and a basket full of all his soft toys.
Ghost light - alittlelovelycompany
The Rupert Bear teddies were presents bought for me when he was born!


Above his bed now is a shelf full of all my favourite things and favourite books that I bought him
Dream catcher - canny_little_clouds
Sonny Angels - the-pippa-and-ike-show.


On the other wall are more books and the start of a picture wall....


Dream Big & Adventure Awaits - blueberrybookids
Dino Ru - Nichola Cowdery
Hanging R - Next
Super Hero Rupert - Frame my name
The two Where The Wild Things Are prints are from a free printable site but I've completely forgotten which one.
If I remember I will update this with a link.


Ru's new bed covers have of his big Totoro but I still think he looks cute peeking out like this.
I got him off amazon.
Bedsheets - Argos


By his bed he now has his Peppa Pig toy box which is also from Amazon, which we were sent for a campaign we were working on.
It's full of rubbish but works well as a bedside table too.
Toadstool night light - theirishfairydoorcompany


Just above his head is my favourite poster ever ...

Moon für Neil print - Martin Krusche which I got from the-pippa-and-ike-show.

His moon night light is from Ikea and I also have his beloved amber necklaces hanging up as he's not allowed to wear them at nursery :(


Just be the door he has his Peppa pig book shelf which we were gifted for a campaign but you can find it over on amazon.
It holds the rest of his books which didn't quite make the shelves, but every now and then we have a change around.
His rainbow bunny was a gift from my mum who bought it for him when he was born.
The little ride along car was found at a carboot fair a couple of weeks ago for only £6, so a proper bargain!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

South Beach


We've had a few weeks of constant crying and meltdowns from Ru, so to give him a change of scenery we took him for a mid week stroll along the beach.


When we lived in Kent, I always made sure I took Ru to the beach once a week as I knew he liked it and it's always the one place he truly relaxes at.


I'm not sure why I haven't taken him to the beach since moving here.
It's closer....we can actually walk to it, its that close.


His face lit up when he realised where we were, and he was eager to jump out the van.
For the first time, he was interested in looking for shells, rather than just rocks.
So I gave him an empty poo bag and let him fill it up with all the different shells he could find.


The tide was out so we got to have a good walk and look in all the sea puddles.
We tried to find some crabs, but only came across dead ones or really tiny ones...



Ru pretty much had the beach to himself, apart from a few people jogging along the pathways.
He went off exploring on his own and didn't stop smiling.


It was nice to see him finally relax a bit after a couple of crap weeks, he's moved up to the big room in nursery and he seems to be struggling to find his place at home.
He's gone from sleeping well back to not sleeping at all, but thrown into the mix he now wakes up and screams like he's being murder and will run and hide in the most strangest place, then I have to run around in the dark trying to find him. Not something I really enjoy doing in the middle of the night.


I've made a promise to start taking him to the beach weekly, specially now the weather is amazing and if I walked with him in the pushchair, it would take up most the morning.
Beats sitting in front of the iPad or popping to Tesco.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....


The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!



We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.


Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99



Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99



Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.





**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!


Monday, 8 May 2017

Mini Beast Hunt Down At The Park...

Ru always enjoys finding me bugs in the garden, so I thought why not head out to the local park and see if he could find anything different.


He got straight to work, using his handy magnifying glass. 
He wasn't afraid to use his hands to dig through the mud and leaves.
The dirty the better in his eyes.


We looked in all sorts of places, in the bark by the climbing frame, by old tree Stubbs, in the ivy and in the long grass.


We found a few of his favourites....spiders, a couple of worms, lots of ants and one earwig.
We also had a couple of Ducks watching and following us whilst we were on the hunt.


He loved the fact that he could see everything up close with his magnifying glass and I know I'll probably find him laying on his belly examining the ground with it in the future.

For the mini beast hunt Ru wore his brand new JCB outfit from M&Co Fashion .

He is wearing - JCB Quilted Knee Badge Joggers (RRP £12.99) and a Joey JCB Striped Muddy Friends T-Shirt (RRP £8.00).


M&Co Fashion have a great range of JCB clothing range for the Spring / Summer months, and all items are very reasonably price and perfect for wearing out and about in the garden or at the park.
Made well and made to last.


I love that the joggers have padded knee patches, as this is perfect for Ru, as he's always scurrying around on his knees, and with that padded material, holes aren't likely to happen that quickly!


Ru is in aged 3-4yrs and theres plenty of room for him to grow without having to buy a new pair anytime soon.
Both pieces of clothing wash well and haven't shrunk!


I'm not a massive character clothing fan, but these have actually won me round a little bit.

Ru loved them and was very keen to get dressed into them.
For him getting dressed is an issue and he usually hates what I pick out for him, so it was nice to see him actually want to put something on that I got out first.


Are you a character clothing fan?
Is your child?


**I was sent the JCB outfit as part of my JCB brand ambassadorship, 
but all thoughts are my own!


Friday, 28 April 2017

DC Super Friends Interactive Power Punch Batman


Rupert is Super Hero mad and practically lives in Alex's old skin tight and rather holey Spiderman costume.
So when we were sent this super cool Batman toy I knew it would be love at first sight!


Key Features:
With fully poseable arms, his fist makes cool punching noises on impact! 
Press his chest to hear signature Batman phrases and watch as his eyes light up as he speaks. Complete with cape, mask and utility belt for added detail, with this Super Friend on your side, you’re bound to win the colossal battle between good and evil! 
   

As soon as Ru saw Batman it was love. 
Hugs and kisses all round.
Once he figured out Batman could talk and make fighting noises he was off running round the house having a secret superhero mission with Batman.


The next thing I see is Ru acting out Spider-Man vs Batman battle.
Batman was being thrown around and then Ru was being thrown around, we couldn't help but laugh as normally Ru wouldn't be acting out something so well.

He's obviously been watching his brothers play wrestling.


After all the Super Hero fighting the only thing to do is to have a nice cuddle and power nap!


The interactive Batman is super soft and makes an excellent soft toy, the fact that you can play with him and he makes noises and have a few different batman phrases it makes playtime all the more fun!
A must for any Super Hero fan!

You can buy Batman from Golden Bear Toys for £24.99

DC Super Friends are a group of the world’s greatest Super Heroes who work together to stop Super-Villains, protect the innocent and keep the world safe!  
Golden Bear and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment’s new range is designed to appeal to younger DC fans, enabling kids to create their own Super Hero adventures at home with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn to name a few!

In the DC Super Friends range you can also find -

DC Super Friends Slingable Fun Sounds Super Friends (RRP £7.99)
and
DC Super Friends Large Tough Talking Soft Toys (RRP £14.99)

...more additions to the range will launch in July 2017!