Nesting

Written by Lauren. Posted in General

I was far too busy yesterday to post an entry.  Spike slept from 7-6 without even waking for his dummy which was a total first!  I felt AMAZING after having an unbroken 7 hours sleep which led to a very productive day! When I was pregnant with Spike, I spent 9 months waiting for the “Nesting Instinct” to kick in.  Unfortunately it never materialised and a week away from his birth we still didn’t have the nursery set up properly and the house was in total disarray.  Well 5.5 months after his birth it arrived!  Yesterday I cleaned everything and I mean everything.  The hubby was very concerned to see me on my hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor.  Even after the boys went to bed last night, I was still cleaning and tidying even if it was already clean. Somehow we managed to fit a trip to the supermarket in and also a BBQ at my friend’s house.  There were 3 families there and not one baby girl! T&T have two boys, both about a year older than my two and E&T have a little boy about 6 months younger than Spud.  It was lovely watching them all play together and we stayed later than we usually would because they were having so much fun.  Spike’s tummy has been affected by the Amoxicillin and we had a fair few explosions yesterday so it was lucky that we only lived 5 doors away.  It sparked a conversation about how it’s much better to visit the houses of people that have children because they understand the poop and projectile vomit, you don’t have to apologise profusely about things that you can’t control whilst getting disgusted looks as you desperately try to clean up! T&T have their boys in extended rear facing car seats so it’s planted a seed in my mind.  I was already aware of ERF but hadn’t really been told or researched the reasons as to why its much safer than forward facing.  T&T are very passionate about it so I’ve been inundated with information.  I have lots of thinking to do.

I’ve got that Friday feeling!

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It’s Friiiiiiiiiidayyyyy!!!! Facebook is full of excitable weekend status’ but to me it’s just the same as it being Tuesday or Wednesday! It would actually mean something if the hubby had a standard 9-5, Mon-Fri job but his shifts are so erratic that half the time I only know what day it is because of Spud’s creche! I did however use it as an excuse to eat a Crunchie bar, that’s right – I got that Friday feeling! I am quite excited for this weekend though because my parents will be back from their holidays and we have been invited to a BBQ at a friend’s house tomorrow afternoon. Let’s just hope the sun stays out! Spike ended up the Dr’s again today but has finally been prescribed some antibiotics. Trying to get cold, toxic coloured medicine into a 5 month old proved a lot harder than we anticipated and he ended up wearing a couple of doses of it after pulling faces and spitting it at us. Hopefully it will kick in nice and quickly and he will start to resemble a baby again rather than a 90-year-old that has been smoking 60 a day for most of his life! Spud surprised me today by having a conversation with an old lady in the chemist. Usually he goes quite shy when strange (older) ladies start smiling at him. With young ladies he is a total and utter flirt, showing off all his talents and being a right old charmer. Today he had a lovely chat about Thomas the Tank Engine and the paintings that he had done at creche whilst gripping tightly to my hand as if to say “don’t let her take me mummy!” I was so proud of him, he was so polite and lovely that I just wanted to squeeze him! My biggest worry when I was pregnant with him was that if he turned into a total horror then it was down to me and my parenting skills so when he acts like that it makes me feel like I have done a decent job. I read a debate on a forum about parenting “styles” today and it just makes me so sad that people get so judgemental about doing things certain ways. I have two happy, healthy children that are being raised with A LOT of love and they are never without anything – be it toys, clothes, food or cuddles. Why does it matter how I have gone about making them the children that they are? Why does it matter if I left them to cry or ran straight to them? Why does it matter if they were breast or bottle fed? We can’t look at two 5 year olds and say one is more intelligent than the other due to a certain parenting decision because there are so many other factors, such as genetics, that should be taken into account. Nobody can raise the same child twice to say what the best way to do things is so it shouldn’t be a topic for debate in the first place! I’m hoping to add some more reviews on here soon. The Jane Slalom Reverse needs a review, but I will probably choose some other products such as Sophie Le Giraffe, so watch this space!

Dirty stop out

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I didn’t get a chance to add an entry last night because I went out with a friend and didn’t get back until late.  No hubby, no babies – just me and my friend!  I’m pretty sure the last time that happened was for Twilight New Moon, so November 2009 ish!!  We went to see X-Men First Class, which was brilliant!  I am quite often disappointed by prequels but it didn’t leave anything out and i didn’t walk away thinking “that’s not how it happens….” Today we woke up feeling good.  BOTH boys slept until 7 so much better than the 5.30-6 that it has been for the past two weeks!  Spike only woke for his feed which meant I actually got a pretty decent sleep.  Here’s hoping he does it again tonight because it’s daddy’s turn to get up with him so I should get a whole nights sleep. We all walked to the shops today which is rare so very nice.  We did make the mistake of letting Spud walk rather than take the double or his stroller.  Of course half way up the hill he decided that was it and he wanted to be carried.  Poor hubby ended up with a 2 stone toddler on his shoulders for almost 2 miles!  We are definitely going to invest in a buggy board for Spike’s new set of wheels, just to make life a little bit easier when we have a stubborn toddler on our hands! We got home just in time for lunch and decided that we would try to put Spud down for his nap earlier as he tends to do 3 hours and can often be found in bed at 4pm which makes it harder for him at night to drift off.  Of course he was an angel and went straight off to sleep (after laughing at us because the blind fell down AGAIN!) but less than 90 minutes later he was at his door banging and shouting to be let out.  By 4pm we had a very tired, very whiney, very defiant 2-year-old. Spike has yet another chesty cough.  It’s getting ridiculous now, just as one goes another rears its ugly head and we are back to square one.  At least he’s happy in himself though even with the constant coughing and bringing up most of his feeds.  I must say I am getting very good at catching baby sick!      

Stay and Play

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Today the boys and I went to a group called “Stay and Play.”  It’s at the community centre when Spud goes to creche and is basically a craft session where they children require supervision.  I love going to this group because there isn’t the usual clichéy group of mothers sat in a corner that look down on you when you walk in and then proceed to ignore you for the agonising 90 minutes that the group lasts.  That delightful group of women do go to this group but because it’s so interactive it’s easy to just get on with things and have fun with the children.  That aspect also makes it a lot easier to start conversations with mothers near by as when they aren’t all huddled together they are pretty decent people! Spike slept in his new pram for most of the group, I instantly regretted taking it with me!  Why did I take a brand new, shiny, clean pram to a CRAFT group?  It was swarmed by sticky, chalky, glitter covered hands all trying to “stroke baby” which in layman’s terms means they were trying to steal his Sophie le Giraffe! Spud had a ball!  We don’t do craft activities at home very often because by the time I’ve set things up he’s gone off the idea and I’m stood there all aproned up ready to get my paint on whilst he’s shouting “NO mummy – gardey/choochoo/car/insert here anything else that may have grabbed his attention!” As Fathers day is coming up we started by making a card using sticky foam shapes and glitter.  We were then given a huge chocolate shaped man to decorate with icing which Spud thought was ridiculous.  He wanted to eat it not decorate it!  Next came cut out fish shapes, pva glue and coloured sand, some chalk drawings and then what can only be described as a shaving foam fight.  This group costs me £2 a time which is fantastic!  The amount of materials that we use and the amount of snack that they get given at the end, far  exceeds any total that could have been made from the 7 or so mums that go.  An added bonus, which is a VERY good one, is that I don’t have to clean up the mess or worry about my carpets/walls/furniture! Spike is finding new ways of moving every day.  He has now learnt that he can spin on his tummy to change his direction and has been trying desperately to push himself forwards with his legs to reach things.  I really don’t think he is going to be long at all!  Where is my tiny baby going?!