Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What happened to January?

Oh I don't like winter.... I really really don't like winter.... I'm ok so long as the sun is shining, and I can cope with the cold. But the dark, and the wet, and the difficulty getting out and about, it all just brings me down. I might have mentioned SAD once or twice in the past so I'm not going to bang on about it again right now. But I am suffering with it in bouts this winter.

I am still about. I am still doing stuff. I am doing a little bit of blogging on my other pages. I'm just not feeling it right now. And I find it hard to write with any passion when all I want to do is hibernate (unless I'm talking about SAD in which case I can harp on for hours)

My diet took a hit - have a little look at "Yummy Mummy" which I have been keeping up with because I am committed to weighing in each week. All through January I have been up and down and making very little progress. This week I have had a bit of a boost - the sun came out and while it seems like the rest of the UK is under snow we are thankfully clear so I can get out walking with Freddie in the sling and get a boost to my exercise and well as my mood. This is the first week of 2015 I haven't stuffed my face with chocolate!

I have taken up a Charity too, giving me greater incentive to "get out and do", as well as do good for others. The kids and I are trying to raise money for Barnardo's children's charity. You would be doing me a massive favour if you would like/follow/share what we do (and a donation wouldn't go amiss either!)

The kids are keeping us busy too. This month we have forked out for more Jujitsu and Swimming for Jack & Tom. Georgie is giving us the run around a bit - using the potty at nursery but refusing at home and trying to get out of going to bed at night. And Freddie just keeps growing and growing... I can't believe he's going to be 6 months old next week. The mattress arrived for the cot-bed today ready for him moving into the nursery room (I'm not ready!) Next month we're planning to start "Boys Night" were they each get an evening a month out with the parent of their choice to do what ever (within reason) they want; cinema, bowling, dinner at pizza hut, etc. I'm hoping to sneak an "early night and snuggles with Mummy" once a month as Freddie's 'choice' until he is old enough to take part properly. There are Beaver's trips coming up too and I have volunteered my services and car to the cause!

So there's my update. It's winter so I'm a bit invisible, but otherwise good. Hubby is good. Kids are good. And the sun is out so I'm feeling better every day!




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Friday, January 02, 2015

Freddie the Foodie

I'm not in any rush for Freddie to grow up. I'd love to freeze time with my boys just as they are, but I can't. Least of all Freddie who is determined to catch up with his big brothers! He has been watching us all eat with great interest for a few weeks, and has started to grab at food and try to cram it in his mouth. He's had the odd taste of sauce from my fingers, and a few scraps of chocolate over Christmas anyway. So... I have caved in to this milestone and started to give him small amounts of food.

New Years Eve and I had cooked bangers and mash for the kids, with our "Orange Mash" (like I use on pigsty pie and a ton of other stuff) and baked beans. I spooned a little of the mash into a small dish, added some cool boiled water to thin it out a bit, and found a little rubber tipped spoon. Freddie LOVED it! It didn't go through the baby food mill so there was the odd little lump of carrot in which Freddie spat out (note to self, get the mill out & washed asap) but the majority of it was scoffed!

Next day and my Hubby cooked (coz I'm ill in bed), he made our Chicken & Pasta and blended the tomato sauce until it was totally smooth because he was in no mood to row with the kids over which veggies they think they like or don't like this week. He didn't give any to Freddie. Freddie was not impressed... He shoved his hand into my dinner, coated it in sauce, and stuffed it in his mouth! So I wound up giving him some of mine. None of that was spat out!

So today he's had a baby biscotti after his lunchtime milk feed (I'm not giving up breastfeeding any time soon) and he thought that was rather good (how kind of Santa to have filled his stocking with baby finger food) and I'm wondering what we can have to dinner tonight that he can have a little sample of.

I'm a little sad each time we reach a milestone like this because Freddie is my last little baby and I want to cling on to this time with him as a baby. But it is lovely and exciting to see him discover food and enjoy it so much. Especially the homemade stuff! And he may be a foodie in the making, but he is still primarily a boobie-baby



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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishing you a Happy 2015!


So 2014 is drawing to an end. It has been an awesome year. The year that saw the completion of our (not so) little family with the birth of our Freddie, saw Georgie start nursery, Tom start school, and Jack start Beavers, and begin their adventures away from the comfort of Mummy & Daddy.

My Dad once said to me that with a child's first steps they are in fact taking their first steps away from you. HE said it with great sorrow in his voice. I say it with pride. I look at little Fred, and at each of his older brothers in turn, and I can see how they have / are / will grow from tiny dependant babies to wonderful brave and independent young boys - soon to be young men.

And while this has been the year I "finished having babies" it is also the year I "started to look after my body" as I rekindled my pre-pregnancy diet and continued my personal challenge to drop 75lb. I'm 2/3 of the way there!

Add to that the fact that we seem to all have our health (as far as we know), Hubby & I are both employed, the kids are doing well at school, and all generally seems to be well.... and I think we can say "Thank You 2014... it's been fab!"

The Resolutions:


Last year - as I had just found out I was pregnant - I didn't make resolutions. The usual "lose weight" and "save money" options were a bit... well they were never going to work! The year before I said:
* Lose weight. WIN - I am much slimmer now than then and still going
* Save money for the Summer Holiday. WIN - We had an awesome summer, and I continue to add to that pot for each summer every year
* Clear the Clutter. FAIL - Total and utter fail. I am up to my neck in toys :(
* Start saving for the Next Big Thing - WIN - I have money in savings accounts for holidays, birthdays, Christmas, the car, and the house. I am adding to them monthly and only taking what what I need and when.

In 2015 I vow to:

* Lose more weight - Get to my target weight, which is between 10st and 10st 5lb
* Save more money - Increase the "house" savings pot, big things need to happen to our home in the next 2 years, starting with:
* Clearing this flipping clutter!!! - There are six of us now (and the cat) and it is MENTAL in here!
I am hoping that I can get to, and maintain, my target weight well before the year is up. Because the NEXT project is The House. But there is time for me to talk to you about that next year.

So... as Old Father Time sets himself down at the end of this wonderful year, making room for for 2015, I wish you and all those you care for a very... VERY... Happy New Year!



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