Currently…11th August

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (from the beginning again! Started Season 2 while Jaxon napped on Friday)
Saving Mr Banks
Perception
Tumble (anyone else thinking it’s Strictly Come Dancing for Gymnastics?)

Reading:
Providence by Jamie McGuire (The Kindle version is free on Amazon at the moment – bargain!)
If You’re Not The One by Jemma Forte
A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
More and more articles about breastfeeding and selfies, also reading The Leaky Boob and blogs about goals.

Listening:
Still the radio but decided to take note of the songs.
Lights of Tokyo by The Gentlemen
Love Somebody by Charmaine
You’re Not Alone by Marie Miller (it has a KT Tunstall sort of vibe)
Love Have Come by Mark Schultz (Love the gospel choir coda bit at the end).
Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Feel by Robbie Williams
Greatest Day by Take That

Making:
Thanks to the lovely Judit of Monster Yarns delivering some wool to my house on Thursday I was able to carry on with one of the Christmas presents that I’ve been working on. I’ve also got a ball of Cotton DK and I’m going to attempt to make some dish cloths instead of going out to buy some more. (I love this lilac colour but it also comes in Aqua too which is a lovely colour)

Feeling:
A bit weary but it’s a new week – let’s see how it goes. I’m sort of getting used to the disturbed nights it’s just easier when Jaxon settles during the day so that I can either nap or curl up on the sofa and just not do anything for a bit lol.

Planning:
Still planning blog posts, social media bits as well as to do lists and goals.

Loving:
I loved planning my Mum’s birthday meal.

{Gratitude}

Gratitude

Things I'm Grateful For

Joining up with:
Ashley from Hello Nature, Laura from The Laura Way & Nay from Coffee-N-Ink.

On Facebook there has been this post being passed around where you’re challenged to write three positives each day for a week or something like that. I extended how long I did it for and although I hadn’t got as far as posting them to Facebook I had started a list so I’m sharing it today – Gratitude – the things I am grateful for this week…:

Day 15 (Tuesday)
1. Got to hang out/catch up with a friend from work and her kids. I hadn’t seen her since she brought her new-ish born baby into work at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.
2. Our Sidekick made lunch for me as Jaxon decided that he was hungry as I was making lunch.
3. Our Sidekick kept an eye on Jaxon and I after I dozed off on the sofa after Jaxon had gone to sleep and been placed in his flower donut thingy (Similar to this but it has a whole circle instead of just a half)

Day 16 (Wednesday)
1. (Yeah I can’t count!) We received a lovely New Baby present from Chris’s lovely colleagues.
2. Walked to the other supermarket. Gained good wifey points by sorting out FIL’s Birthday Present too.

Day 17 (Thursday)
1. Went for coffee with Emma, Ruth and Keeley. I think Isaac (Emma’s Guide Dog) was on Guard Dog duty as he sat at my feet while I held Jaxon and got closer and closer as the coffee date went on.
2. Caroline gave Jaxon and I a lift home after the bus driver drove straight past us.
3. We had dinner made for us by Keeley.

Day 18 (Friday)
1. We gave Jaxon his first bath – he didn’t enjoy being undressed or dried and redressed but when he was in the water he seemed okay.
2. I had some bits to do so Chris took me out in the car – when I can start driving again I will be very grateful lol.

Day 19 (Saturday)
1. Dad helping me out to sort my “uniform” for Holiday Club
2. Had lovely sunshine to walk to and from Mum and Dad’s house even though it a absolutely chucked it down in the middle.
3. Watched the Athletics with the boys. Cheered very loudly when Jo Pavey gave the Kenyans a run for their money and won the Bronze in the end. Good effort girlie!

Day 20 (Sunday)
1. Chris took over between feeds so that I could sleep. So grateful.
2. Missed church for sleep but made it down to chat to a few people after the service and go to the picnic in the park.
3. Our friend who organises the food for the picnic got Coronation Chicken sandwich filler – I know she didn’t get it on purpose for me but it’s one of my favourites and I was so grateful.

Day 21 (Monday)
1. Rang the doctor and managed to get an appointment for tomorrow.

Day 22 (Tuesday)
1. The doctor measured Jaxon’s head and he has no concerns – as far as he can tell Jaxon will sort of grow into his head as he gets older. For now he’s in proportion to the rest of his body. We were also prescribed some cream for his milk spots. So I’m grateful for the fact we have a medical system that works – sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes it has delays but so far in Jaxon’s life it’s been working for us.
2. Stopped by the office that my Mum works in when at her client’s she looked after Jaxon and did the proud Grandma bit while I talked social media to one of her clients.

Day 23 (Wednesday)
1. We had our next coffee date today. There were closer to 12 ladies this time along with a toddler and Jaxon. So much fun!
2. Following two of the ladies singing the praises of the caramel Frappés from The Fountain. I texted Chris and asked him to bring me one home. Which he did! Especially! He’s so lovely!

Day 24 (Thursday)
1. Took Jaxon to the Baby Clinic. He weighed in at 11lbs 1oz. That means he’s regained his birth weight!!! Yeah go baby!
2. Spent time with my Mum setting up for holiday club. We chatted about all sorts including my Brother’s upcoming wedding.
3. After my chocolate was eaten in error, the Chocolate Fairies delivered me another bar of chocolate – thankfully it arrived after Slimming World (where I’d lost half a pound)

Day 25 (Friday)
1. Chris’s Aunt (Jaxon’s Great Aunt) gave him this inflatable donut thing that has a flower that works like a blanket across the whole thing. I’m not sure if it’s meant for naps but it works wonders and I think it’s pretty comfortable.
2. A friend stopped by to see us following her shift at work. She held Jaxon while I ate my breakfast – made all the difference!

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Getting Healthy – Part Four

Getting Healthy

It’s now been just over four weeks since I had my C-Section and we welcomed Jaxon into the world. I went to Slimming World last week and I had maintained, it was sort of expected as I haven’t been on plan and with feeding I often just need to get the food in me before I then “give it out” again. Some days I’m glad for a meal time to roll round as I’m hungry. On Thursday I was presented with Slimmer of The Month, it was exciting to win and I’m pleased I did win it but when you have a baby and lose 20 pounds in the space of a few days it does give you an unfair advantage against the other people in the group.

According to my FitBit I’m averaging about 6,000 steps a day which still seems like quite a lot! I did hit 10k one day last week but that was a fluke from being in town with Chris!

Although I did maintain, I’m okay with that, I am still a stone and 10 pounds lighter than this time last year when I decided to go for it with Chris’s help.

I actually won Slimmer of the Month which is sort of unfair as I had an advantage. Losing 20lbs of baby and fluid will do that to a girl lol.

Slimmer of The Month

The sticker is now stuck to the back of my book with my other awards and I’m heading in the direction of my two stone award which is about 5lbs away. I’ll keep walking here and there. Then again having seen the supposed weather forecast for August we could be melting and staying indoors instead!

How are you all doing? Set any goals recently?

Dear Jaxon… – 4 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are four weeks old. You continue to be alert and looking around at your surroundings. You lie in your Moses Basket and fidget your arms and legs. I imagine if you were in water you’d be a pretty good swimmer. One day we’ll go swimming I’m sure!

Wednesday
We spent most of the day at home, but at one point we went for a walk to the supermarket to get Grandad’s Birthday present. We got three bars of dark chocolate – two were just normal plain dark chocolate the third was a dark chocolate bar with mint. The description I was given was the darker the better – well they were 75% or 80% so hopefully that was good enough lol. We also got a birthday card for him from you.

Thursday
In the morning we grabbed a lift into town with Daddy when he went to work. First thing we had to do was to feed you, I think the journey in the car had made your tummy settle and you’d decided you were hungry and needed to be fed there and then. Thankfully at The Fountain there are comfy sofas upstairs still, so we nipped upstairs and fed you. When we got back downstairs, Daddy asked if we could go to the supermarket for some milk before we went to our coffee date with the ladies from church. Getting 5 x 4 pints of milk into the basket under the buggy is a massive challenge so I nearly froze my hand off trying to get to the till! While at coffee, our friend’s lovely guide dog was sat under the table, as the coffee date went on he got closer and closer to my feet – I think he could smell baby and was playing guard dog as well as guide dog.

Isaac the guide dog being a guard dog too

After the coffee date I walked part of the way home, as I turned down one road to follow the bus route and get on at the next stop we bumped into a group from church. We chatted for a few minutes then walked to the bus stop but on our way to the stop, the bus drove past and didn’t wait for us. Thankfully the lovely Caroline had been watching and shouted down the road at us “Would you like a lift?” so we got your buggy in the boot and strapped the car seat into the back seat of the car and we got a lift home. It was lovely as I’m sure we weren’t on her way home.

Friday
As Daddy had the day off work we started with a bit of a lazy day, we didn’t get out of bed until after 10am – but part of that time was feeding so it wasn’t completely being lazy! We ran some errands that needed to be done then popped to Grandma’s house so that Daddy could help her with something on her computer. I tried on one of Grandma’s dresses to wear to Uncle Richard’s wedding in a couple of weeks and then you and I hung out with Grandpa. When we got home, Daddy got the bath down from the attic and gave it a wipe over. After dinner you had your first bath, I attempted to take photos but you did have the fidgets on. You seemed to be okay in the water but getting you undressed and getting you dry and dressed again got you quite worked up and upset. Shortly after we finished bathing you and drying you off, Grandad and Nanny arrived, while they were here, Grandad opened his birthday presents and his cards which he really liked.

Saturday
Although you were asleep when I snapped this picture, you wouldn’t settle, I’m beginning to think that Saturday’s need to have activity in them too otherwise you get restless as Saturdays seem to be the day I struggle with the most. I bundled you into your buggy and we walked to the supermarket – I thought the motion might help you settle and I was right – it did.

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After looking in the supermarket for a white t-shirt for holiday club and not being able to find one. We walked to Grandma’s as we were going to talk about some bits and then possibly go shopping elsewhere to sort out a shirt. As it happened Grandpa had ordered a couple over the internet and they had been a little small so he gave me one of them. At that point when I considered walking home the heavens opened and we ended up staying longer rather than get wet walking home. Grandma gave you lots of cuddles and at one point put you down on this blanket that she had when Uncle Richard was little. In all the photos of Uncle Richard and I at Grandma’s house there is the photo that was taken at the park and Uncle Richard is lying on the blanket that is in this picture. He’s wearing an outfit that is now in your drawer of clothes up in your room. Maybe one day when the weather is a little cooler (as I think you’d roast at the moment) we could stage the picture with you in Uncle Richard’s place.

Sunday
I was exhausted and after your 6am feed Daddy asked me was okay I said “No I need to sleep”. We decided that we’d give church a miss this week. I went back to sleep after the feed and Daddy took over looking after you to make sure that I was disturbed as little as possible. Around 10am I woke up and felt miles better for sleeping. We went to church at the end of the service and caught up with people. We then went to the park with the usual gang for a picnic. After the picnic we came home and hung out at home.

Monday
Other than ringing the doctor I’m not sure what else we did on Monday – maybe I’ll come back and fill this in. We must have done something!

Tuesday
On Tuesday we went to the doctors as requested by the Health Visitor. We saw Dr G who measured your head, it’s still 41cm which is still big on the charts for a little boy your age but even so Dr G says it doesn’t look large in comparison to your body etc. He said if the hospital didn’t find anything and it wasn’t growing abnormally quick then he didn’t see anything to worry about. He also gave us some cream for the spots on your face – they are just milk spots but it’s possible a couple are a little infected. After going to the Doctor’s we walked to the office that Grandma works in on a Tuesday and you were shown off to some of the people Grandma works with while I chatted to one of her clients about social media and bits like that. It was sort of strange being in a work environment so soon after having you lol

When Grandma had finished what she had to do, we got into the car and went to see Gina (the hairdresser). You didn’t need a hair cut yet but Mummy and Grandma needed to chat to Gina about bits for the day of Uncle Richard’s Wedding. While we were there my Auntie P was there too so she got to see you. In the end you wanted a feed so we ended up staying for a little while and chatting to Gina and Auntie P about all sorts of different things while I fed you. After that Grandma dropped us off at the supermarket so that we could get your medicines then we walked home. You spent a massive chunk of the afternoon asleep so I got on with some bits on the computer and chatted to Our Sidekick. At one point I had to help him with some bits in his room.

So today is Wednesday and you’re four weeks old. We put your cream on yesterday and your face definitely seems a bit better even first thing which is really good. In the morning, Cat is coming to visit – she hasn’t seen you in person since you were almost a week old so she’s going to notice the difference the most about how you’ve grown. Then this afternoon you and me are off to town for a coffee date with lots of lovely ladies from church. I’m hoping you will have had enough to eat and sleep so that you can be passed round for cuddles.

Today I am Four Weeks Old

Currently…4th August

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Commonwealth Games
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Austenland
Where Eagles Dare
Every Which Way but Loose
Premiership Rugby 7s

Reading:
A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton
Providence by Jamie McGuire (The Kindle version is free on Amazon at the moment – bargain!)

Listening:
Only the radio when in the car or the kitchen. It tends to be on UCB in the house and then Heart in the car (although I usually end up trying to change it to BBC Radio 2 especially if it’s around 10:30 – we can’t miss Popmaster!)

Making:
When I have chance I’m still working on Christmas presents.

Feeling:
Fairly positive, better when I’ve slept and been out for a walk.

Planning:
Blogging calendar. I’ve got as far as ideas just need to bloom them into actual posts.

Loving:
Cuddles with Jaxon.

{Gratitude} and Let Your Blog Shine

Gratitude

Things I’m Grateful for….

Sleep

I always knew my sleep would be disturbed with a newborn but I don’t think I realised quite how much! So I’m grateful for the sleep I do get. Especially unexpected naps!

Chris and Our Sidekick

Sometimes they are grumpy but overall they are both lovely and helpful and take care of me whether it’s little like grabbing a glass of water when I need one or holding Jaxon so I can nip to the loo or eat dinner they are both very lovely and helpful.

My Mum

Between the arrival of Jaxon and our washing machine breaking down my Mum has been so amazing!! As I was holding Jaxon while he was asleep yesterday evening, she arrived back with another load of washing that she’d done for us.

Friends from Church

I went to coffee with three girl-friends from church, following coffee I popped to the shops and then headed home. I got part way home and bumped into four friends from church. I pottered along the road to the bus stop but the bus driver drove past me rather than stopping (Admittedly I wasn’t quite at the bus stop but I was only about two metres away so waiting wouldn’t have been a problem). One of the church friends shouted down the street “Would you like a lift?” so she took Jaxon and I home which was lovely although I’m convinced I wasn’t on her route home! Another friend from church is here at our house while I write this post, she’s in the process of making us dinner and has been here earlier in the week helping tidy up the garden which was getting in a bad state.

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Things I'm Grateful For

Joining up with:
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P.S. Check out other Gratitude posts here.

Dear Jaxon… – 3 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are three weeks old. You’re often quite alert and you react to somethings. For example when you sneeze you still look a bit stunned that the sneeze came from you but I think you’re getting a bit more used to it.

On Wednesday your cord fell off and so we’ve been keeping an eye on your belly button healing up. By next week you might have had your first proper bath. Daddy needs to get the bathtub down from the loft and the remaining scab needs to heal and we’re good to go. Grandma said we could always bathe you in the sink or in the washing up bowl like Great Grandma did to me when I was little.

On Thursday, during the day we went to Castle Mound to see a performance of The Tempest, you were either feeding or asleep during the performance so I’m not sure how much you actually witnessed. You went to knitting group, you got to meet Judit and Lucy amongst other people but I had definitely lost you to Lucy for the evening. I think she couldn’t quite believe how little you were in comparison to her little boy Bert.

Open Air Theatre

On Friday, Daddy and I went to run a I errands in town. One of the errands took nearly two hours. You were really good and slept through nearly all of it. In the afternoon, we had a visit from our Social Worker who looks after us while we look after Our Sidekick. She had a cuddle too. We spent the rest of the day together as Chris and Our Sidekick had various adventures planned. You and I went for a walk to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We had tea in the garden and you napped for Britain!

Open Air Napping Part Two

You do this breathing thing where you take a deep breathe and hold it only to release it with a big sigh and keep breathing normally. You did it while Grandpa was watching you and he got a little freaked out that you’d stopped breathing. Don’t worry I did something similar when I was a baby. Grandpa came to check on me and I was asleep but my eyes were open and so wad my mouth. He had a little panic on!

Saturday was a little tense and I was struggling. Chris was at work and Our Sidekick went to contact with his Mum. You wouldn’t settle, you’d have half an hour of a nap then feed or need a change then sleep again which meant that from 4am I didn’t really get a break. I couldn’t sleep as by the time is dozed off you were awake again. In the end Grandma popped found to drop off some bits and she put you in your Moses basket and clearly whatever she did or because it was her not me you were out like a light. I got two hours sleep and following that I felt miles better! When Daddy for in from work you and him curled up on the floor, it was so cute but you were getting a bit worked up. Maybe we need to put a blanket down in future.

Just Chilling

On Sunday, all four of us went to church followed by the picnic. At church I sat at the back and so many people said hello to you and me on their way in. You were in the wrap so slept for ages.

All snuggled up in the Hug A Bub

Now where is that going?

Jaxon and I sat under the tree in the park

Each day since Monday we’ve been for walks. Usually to the supermarket but I’m hoping we can manage a bit further this week.

Good Morning!!

I love you little one.

Mummy

Currently…28th July

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
R.I.P.D.
Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (haven’t seen any actual events but England won their first Gold and Silver medals on Thursday)

Reading:
Right To The Edge: Sydney to Japan BY ANY MEANS by Charley Boorman

Listening:
Only the radio when in the car or the kitchen.

Making:
Working on Christmas presents and thank you cards at the moment. At some point I need to think about doing something with our new baby cards.

Lots of lovely cards

Feeling:
Loved and cared for. On Tuesday Chris went to the supermarket for me and when he got home he’d got me flowers too.

Gerberas

Planning:
Blog bits, adventures to see family (okay they are only up the road and walking distance but it’s still an adventure lol) and things to do during the school holidays.

Loving:
Chilling out and having snuggles with Jaxon. Especially the way he curls up on me and sleeps. His head somewhere near my right shoulder and his feet on my tummy.

Dear Jaxon… – Two Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

You’re now two weeks old – how did that happen? We spent a chunk of last week hanging out with Grandma S, as she was on “Hannah Duty”, she helped me round the house and looked after you when I needed to take a nap. Apparently you lay in the moses basket next to the living room window while Grandma worked on Daddy’s computer.

On Friday, you, Daddy and I went to introduce you to Great Grandma Dot and Auntie Sue. It was really warm on Friday and by the time we were in the car heading towards Great Grandma’s house, we got stuck in rush hour (although it started at 4pm instead!) and a mammoth queue up to the Black Cat Roundabout. Great Grandma and Auntie Sue were both super excited to meet you although in the end we couldn’t stay as long as we would have liked to because of getting caught in traffic on the way.

When we got home you were hot and bothered. Daddy was on the case though. He carried your car seat straight into the kitchen, scooped you up out of the car seat, handed you to me and grabbed a muslin that had been used as a sunshade in the car. He soaked the muslin under the cold kitchen tap and wrapped the muslin round you. I then carried you upstairs to our bedroom which was cooler than the other rooms in the house and put you on the bed. We sat talking to you but didn’t touch you because each time we held you, you were getting warmer again.

This weekend was the River Festival so Daddy went to work Friday afternoon to get everything set up and we didn’t see him again until late Sunday night. I know you can’t tell us but I think you missed him. You wasn’t like you could be naughty and play up but I think combine missing Daddy and the heat and you weren’t a happy bunny at all.

Over the weekend Nanny J came to stay with us and Auntie Rae stopped by on Sunday afternoon. We spent a lot of time not doing anything due to the heat. I did think about going to the festival especially to see Daddy but it was too far for me to walk and I can’t drive at the moment.

On Saturday we went to the Post Natal Clinic so that you and I could both get checked over and made sure we were okay. You have maintained your weight so we could be discharged from the Midwife’s care on that part but because your cord is still attached (although it’s not looking that nice now!) we can’t be discharged completely. On the other hand my wound is healing and is clean, along with various other bits and pieces they have to check off means that I have been discharged. The health visitor is coming today so we’ll see how that goes.

Yesterday, you met your Great Grandad and your Great Auntie Alison. In the evening, you came to a Holiday Club meeting. You got to meet your Auntie-to-Be – she loved holding you and giving you a cuddle. Her Mum also held you. Apparently she’s your Great Aunt in Law but that sure sounds complicated!!

Anyway, apart from the heat disrupting all our sleep you’ve been well behaved lol. Daddy keeps trying to teach you to stick out your tongue, sometimes it works but I’m not sure if you just licking your lips or trying to tell us you’re hungry or you actually sticking out your tongue (but it keeps Daddy out of trouble and he thinks it’s working!)

Jaxon Albert - Two Weeks Old

Love you Little One

Mummy

{Gratitude}

Gratitude

After writing my post in Saturday, I decided to add it as a regular. So here I am with a nursing baby attempting to blog one handed. See Mamas multitask.

To My Mum you get a mention again. You came round last Sunday to look after me while Chris went to church to show off Jaxon and introduce him. You got me done breakfast and moved the washing round. You brought a load of washing and helped me put it away after I sorted it while sat on the bed.

To our next set of visitors, thank you for the goodies and offers of help and meals. They are gratefully appreciated.

To Jaxon, how is it some nights (so far) you sleep so well thank you :) (and you didn’t wake up during the thunderstorm – how did that work??)

To Joy our washing machine broke down this week and you offered to do some washing for us. Thank you!!!

To Helen thank you for sending us a message about your supermarket trip and asking if we needed anything. Thank you :)

To Our Sidekick, you were poorly and even then when you went downstairs to get a drink you knocked on the nursery door to see if I needed anything while you were downstairs – something was wrong with that picture I should have been taking care of you. I left a note for you in the kitchen with a bar of your favourite chocolate. My note just said “This is for you, have a good 1/2 day at school”, on the bottom you’d added “Thank you” – way to make my heart explode hehe.

To Chris, after my excursion to the supermarket I had a nap and gained a headache even though I’d been drinking water like it was going out of fashion! At 3:30am there was a thunderstorm and I was awake for it which didn’t help the headache. At about 5am ish when Jaxon woke up and I thought he needed a feed, I tried to feed him but was really struggling because my head was banging so hard. You got up and offered to take him downstairs and feed him some of the expressed milk. When you got downstairs and wrapped him in a blanket to keep him warm as downstairs the house was cooler than upstairs, he fell asleep in your arms before you could feed him so you brought him back upstairs to bed. Thank you for looking after him so that I could go back to sleep and try and shake the headache.

When the actual morning rolled round, thank you for putting Jaxon in the wrap so he could curl up next to one of us and attempt to sleep through the storm. I had been holding him but each time I would move he’d unsettle.
Thank you for walking to the shop in the ran to get some milk so that you and I could both have breakfast. Thank you for your enterprising nature (if that’s the right words!) when you put your waterproof on and wrapped it round Jaxon as well so that you could both walk to the shop and stay dry.

Jaxon as the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Chris taking Jaxon to the shop