Friday, 30 October 2009

An Emotional Morning

I am writing this sitting in hubbys office, it has been an emotional morning...I will explain.....

I had the flu last week (apparently swine flu but Doc advised against taking Tamiflu as it makes you very sick) so I sat it out but was very scared about BB getting it. She developed a very runny nose and cough but she coped so well and it didn't even affect her sleep at night. Well this morning was a different story:

-BB wakes at 5am and hubby gets up for the usual morning feed, I then get up at 7:30 and join them downstairs.

-We eat, drink coffee and then put BB down for her usual morning nap..she starts screaming (she hardly ever cries) so I try for a bit longer and then decide to take her back downstairs.

-Hubby goes to work (by this time it's gone 9am) so I give BB her breaskfast of apples & cranberrys mixed. Happily takes it.

-BB plays for a bit and watches an episode of In The Night Garden.

-She starts screaming and crying again and this time it doesn't stop. I try everything from cuddling her (as I know she is tired and needs some sleep), putting her down on her own and I even try her with a bottle so she might nod off, but no luck.

-After 10-15 mins I check her back and neck for a rash (nothing). I take her temp (slightly low at 35.4).

-After 30-40 mins I start to really worry, she is bright red from crying and her nose and eyes are streaming. Also bear in mind BB hardly ever cries, not proper cries anyway so it is really hard to see her this way. I try taking her in the garden and she stops for about 1 minute then starts up again. I continue to try everything from putting her down in her cot, leaving her alone for 2 minutes, shaking toys, putting the hair dryer on. I call hubby (he's on route to a customer going through Leicester) and I call mum (Grams) "I don't know what else to do mum, blub blub, she won't stop crying" mum says "keep calm I'm on my way".

-I take BB into my stock room, I have a door with all my necklaces hanging on it, she stops crying to play with them, I am sooo happy, I stay there for 10 minutes and my back has never hurt so much, she is 19lb now so it is not easy carrying her around for over an hour, especially when she is wriggling and kicking. My phone's ringing downstairs (a concerned hubby wants an update) so I leave the stock room and of course BB starts crying again. I grab phone and head back to my necklaces..this time they don't do the trick and BB doesn't want to know :(

I head outside again, BB wrapped in a blanket, she is so worn out from crying now and I feel so helpless that she is bringing tears to my eyes. I just carry on holding her close and sit on the garden chair. I keep rocking and 'shhhh shhh ing' her and she finally drops off.

I hate 'Sad Hiccups' (you know the noise babies make when they have been crying and fall asleep). Grams arrives and joins us in the garden, I am sooo pleased to see her. She makes a bed on the sofa for BB and we put her down to sleep. Then she makes me a cuppa..aaahhh tea!

BB wakes up about half an hour later but is much happier and smiley again.

So now I am at the office (mum told me to go have a few hours to myself). I just got a text from her saying she is at the park with BB in the pram and she is asleep :)

So there we go a very emotional morning!

When BB had stopped crying and was asleep on me, I sat there for a while holding her thinking how lucky I am to have a beautiful healthy little girl and how hard it must be for parents whose babies are seriously ill. I thank God every day for her, and seeing her so upset this morning broke my heart but I knew she was ok and just stuck in a loop of tiredness, teething and flu. I'm also so lucky to have my mum (I know you'll be reading this at some point) you are always just a phone call away whenever I need you, you are my strength and reassurance.

If I Had My Life To Live Over
by Erma Bombeck
The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck after she found out she had a fatal disease.
If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's".. More "I'm sorrys" ...

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.
© Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Like mother like daughter

Bit of a frivolous post for you here but we all need a bit of superficiality now and then right? I have so many 'serious subject' posts half writen but fancied a lighthearted one. I had to laugh the other day when my hubby pointed something out to me and consequently got the camera out. What is strange about these pics?

I think maybe pink and grey were in my head that morning!?! And then we saw this:

Ok so hubby lined them up but they were next to each other!

I love fashion and have 2 rooms dedicated to clothes and jewellery (well one is actually a stock room but also used as my walk in wardrobe) and Baby Belle has soooo many clothes too so it is no suprise some of mine and her things match up but it was just funny this happened all in one morning.

And anyway it looks like daddy is carrying on the theme too with the cardigans and PJ's (he will kill me for putting this one up by the way ladies so keep it quiet lol!), this was also the SAME morning!

As long as this trend doesn't carry on with her sleepsuits and frilly knickers I am sure we are ok

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Cushi Tush Seat

Baby Belle & I were very lucky to be given the opportunity to review the Cushi Tush Seat.

Now I was really pleased by this because BB has a pink bumbo with tray and her cutey chubby legs get stuck in it and she hates being restricted, she also hates being reclined in her bouncy chair now and always fights to sit up... so I was looking for an alternative anyway. B3MCUGTGB6HH

I got to choose the colour and so I picked the multi coloured one as we have sooo many pink things and I fancied a change. When the box arrived I couldn't believe how light it was, perfect to put in the car when travelling to friends and family houses.

As soon as Baby Belle saw it she went for it, she adores the pattern. It is 100% easier to put her in then the Bumbo seat and taking her out is again so much easier as her legs are free. The tray part fits on like magic and is very sturdy for her as she is only 6 months old. So i put her in it with her toys on the tray and she sat in it for ages, mainly playing with the pattern at first! When I went to take her out she wanted it back as you can see in this pic...

We now use it for play time and feeding time. It is great! And again like I said it is so light so I pop it in the car when I go to people's houses too.
All in all I cannot fault this product and it even goes nicely with our decor :)

They are also very reasonably priced at £34.25 and they do lots of colours, you can have a look at them here

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Gift of Life

Pampers & Unicef Give the Gift of Life

Pampers/UNICEF campaign: 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine

Join forces with the Pampers & UNICEF ‘Gift of Life’ campaign in its goal to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus by 2012.

It's easy to join the campaign:
It is so easy for mums to help. During October, November and December 2009, for every Pampers product purchased with the ‘1 Pack = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine’ logo, Pampers will provide UNICEF with the funding for one life-saving tetanus vaccine to help protect a mother and baby in need.

You can also help by doing the following right now:

1. Open the virtual Gift For Life by going here

2. Pass on to 3 other bloggers

3. Add the campaign badge to your sidebar & feel incredibly proud that you are helping to make a difference!

So I am passing the Gift of Life onto Josie over at Sleep is for the Weak

Erica over at Little Mummy

and finally Pippa over at A Mothers Ramblings

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Surviving Baby Belle's 1st Cold

After doing Baby Belle's 6 Month old 'firsts' for you the other day...another couple of firsts cropped up - Her first go on the swings and her 1st COLD!

Well she LOVED the swings at the park but I can't say the same about the cold, the poor little thing has a blocked up nose and is struggling. She has a dummy (bimmy) and so she is finding it quite hard because she wants bimmy but also can't breathe through her nose.

Night Number 1 was very hard work, considering we are used to Baby Belle sleeping from 7pm until 5:30am. She couldn't sleep because of her nose and so OH slept in her nursery with her until midnight, I then took over until 5am, he then took over and let me sleep in until 8:30.

On Day 2 of the cold Grams came over and even though BB was poorly she still jumped up and down in her walker when she saw her! So I nipped out and bought a Humidifier and some nose drops (which I am trying not to use unless it gets worse). I can't praise the Humidifier enough though, her room is so lovely and fresh and has a lovely moistness in the air :) I also put a tiny bit of Albos Oil on a muslin cloth and hung it up over her Cot (out of reach). And last night she slept through again!

It is now Day 3 & her cold is still bad but she is coping so well and still smiling away as usual. Unfortunately I also have a terrible cold so me, OH & BB are having a lounging around day today and BB's Aunty Haj is popping over from London to say hi. So anyway my advice is a humidifier, albos oil (very small amount out of reach of baby), calpol (if slight temperature) and lots of fluids.

Wads x