Me, The Hubby and our Four Monsters! Sleepless nights, dirty nappies, tantrums, and tears. But also adventures, fun, laughter, and a whole lot of love! Not every day is easy, but every moment is precious. Welcome to My Life as Mumma Walker!
HOW MANY GIFTS FOR JACK??? Originally uploaded by chiggster In this photo you can see a FEW of Jack's presents. This does not count the ones we couldn't fit in the car, those from Uncle Bob & Auntie Rach, all the stuff that's still at Nana's from her, Grandad John and his family, OR the stuff we'll be buying in the New Year with the money Mamee and Pappee sent over..... Can anyone say "Spoiled Rotten"?
I can safely say I am DREADING next year with 2 kiddies worth of gifts. I may hire a lorry.
We have had a lovely Christmas. We made it away to my mums late the night before Christmas eve by fighting through the snow and ice and woke up to a blanket of snow on Christmas Eve morning. It all looked lovely! After from brecky we took off for Jenny's and made decent time given the weather (which, just for once, was LESS snowy on the Yorks side of the hills...)
Christmas day was really nice, with a mountain of presents for Jack, a scrummy dinner cooked by Jen…
This is my chance to wish a Merry Christmas to anyone we wont be seeing this side of the festivities... with a bit of luck tonight (failing that, tomorrow morning) we'll be off with all the prezzies and away! The snow here is clearing. It rained last night and so far today there has only been a bit of hail - although mum called and said they were having a blizzard in Burnley!
Typically though, I'm feeling ill. My throat has been getting sore for the last few days, and today is really hurting. I'm tired too. I would have thought that the penicillin I am taking at the moment would have fought off any nasty bugs, but apparently not (either that, or I would be a lot worse without it!). I'm full of sneezes and snot too.
I think Jack might be a little off as well, he's been fighting me with his meals the last couple of days, and today all he wants to do is cuddle. It's lovely, but a little out of character. Makes me think he's feeling poorly too.
Raindeer Jack Originally uploaded by chiggster Last year we had Jack in a Santa Suit. This year we opted for a Reindeer.
And isn't he cute!?
Although, I have to say that the sweetest thing I have seen so far this festive season is this little reindeer having a tantrum! Hood up, feet stamping, fuzzy little antlers bouncing about on his head.... AWWW!
(and yes Jack, I'll be showing your future girlfriends/wife/mates these pictures!)
This morning the snow here is so thick that no one can get their cars off the street. Mark, Kev and Rob had to get the bus to Asda this morning instead of going in Rob's car, and I have no idea if I'll be able to pick them up at the end of the day!
More snow is forecast for the rest of the day, with sub-zero temps tonight. I've suggested that if the roads are clear at the end of tomorrow that we head straight to my mums tomorrow night instead of waiting till the morning. Mark'll have to do his last minute shopping in Burnley. At least that way we'll be a bit closer to the In-Laws and wont have as far to drive in one go.
It's crossed my mind that maybe we wont get out of Lancaster! Which is a bit of a worry as we don't have anything that would pass as a Christmas Dinner here - apart from the pud and other sweets we bought to take to Jenny's. Chris…
I have just ONE MORE present to arrive (and it's my hubby's MAIN present, but it should be here tomorrow) and then that's it. I've done all my shopping and wrapping. I am SO poor now... less than £20 in my account (until my tax credit finally turn up, when ever that might be). But it will all be worth it when my hubby and my son open their presents. And everyone else too, but mainly Mark & Jack. I may have got a little carried away this year... which is not good on a reduced income, but hey, it's Christmas. And I've managed not to go into debt for it. I'm also thinking that maybe, just MAYBE, this might be a White Christmas this year? I'm not talking about the definition of an official white Christmas used most widely, notably by those placing and taking bets, is for a single snow flake (perhaps amongst a shower of rain and snow mixed) to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December. I'm talking about a good layer of snow where WE are so we …
Yay! The midwife came round today! Again, I'm pretty sure I recall much more prodding and poking first time round... and fewer tubes of blood!
The midwife was lovely though, she's new to our practice. And blond. So Jack LOVED her right away! He brought her all his best toys and books to look at, and tried to cover her in chocolate slobber from his Advent Calendar choccy (That's his way of saying "I like you!").
We went though my green notes, she talked me though the Bounty Pack (which is still mostly advertising), and then left with 1 tube of my pee and 4 of my blood! Ick! But everything seems to be normal from what we talked about. I have info on depression in pregnancy (well, it is that time of year *sigh*) and various grants and benefits we can claim once we're 20 weeks so it's all pretty useful! I also found out that Appletree down the hill have a drop in centre on a Wed afternoon where you can listen in to baby's heart beat (from 16 weeks) rather…
I've always been a bit rubbish at going to the dentist. It must have been about 5-6 years since I last went (my old dentist gave me the push because I didn't book an apt every 6 months). Mark found us a new NHS one a while back. I was supposed to be going the day my car got trashed, and we finally got in yesterday.
It was Mark's 2nd apt and he had his broken tooth taken out. It was mine and Jack's 1st. My teeth are ok, had a bit of a scrape and the nice lady dentist said she's take out the wisdom tooth that is growing sideways into my cheek so long as I can wait until after the baby is born. She had a look at Jack's teeth and saw no problems - so it looks like we're taking good care of them! She gave the usual advice about not letting him have sweets, and not giving him milk or jucie to take to bed just water (although Jack sleeps through now and has no drinks after having his teeth brushed until morning).
Jack was a big brave boy, even if he didn't like …
In fact I am off to town this afternoon to buy a few more bits, and get my CD player put in the car (So I can play my Christmas CDs). And I'll be doing the same tomorrow too.
How has it got to December already? So far I have bought something for Mum and John, ordered something for Mark which hasn't come, and bought a few bits for Jack. Between me and Mark we have some bit for some of the other kiddies in the family and he's made a good start on his family. It's normally the other way round... Me that has most things done, dusted, wrapped and bagged up according to where it's going and Mark in a flap in the last few days. (He's just read that bit and walked off chuckling, adding a cheeky "Whoot" as he walked out of the room, grrrrr)
I do at least know what I want to get for my Dad and Fay, and Jenny has given me some tips on what to get for a few people too. Jack has a TON of stuff, but no stocking fillers yet, so I'm on …