29 Aug 2014

Right of Passage - A Nose Issue

In some ways, it was a week if like to forget but then it's always going to be a right of passage kind of event. I thought we'd gone past the time my daughter would experiment and put something up her nose...I was wrong!

I had suggested we go to the library or Sainsburys (we have a massive one near us with toys and clothes) but the toddler was playing up. She decided she wouldn't put shoes on and get ready, the baby was late having his feed and when Bubba said she didn't want to go out anyway (or rather shouted it at me), I told her that was fine but I would ignore her if she continued to shout at me, so settling down whilst the boy fed, I put Homes Under The Hammer on and as she was next to me I thought nothing untoward would happen.

A few minutes later she sidled up to me with a huge smile on her face, "mummy I've got one of your flowers" all said in a sing song voice. I looked confused and wondered what flowers "up my snozzie" and she tipped her head back and I could see, sitting at the opening of her nose, a pussy willow catkin - it was only when she snorted it back that I realised we had a problem and I wished I'd acted as soon as I saw it. Poor little man got almost thrown back into his bouncer and I stood up and did my best impression of a headless chicken. I swore a few times and almost cried, I then shrieked at her not to move or do anything else, I asked her to try and sneeze the catkin out but she hasn't really got the hang of blowing her nose.

I then ran upstairs swearing under my breath and again did a headless chicken dance trying to work out what to do and where I'd put the tweezers. I called hubby, my mum and my dad and nobody answered their phones. I rushed back downstairs and made bubba put her head back on the cushions, she saw the tweezers and she then freaked out, started crying and saying sorry.

Without almost thinking, I reached in and managed to grab at the little catkin (thank god it was hairy as otherwise we would have been straight to A&E), in one fluid movement I'd got the tweezers in and the poor drenched in goo catkin out. I got a massive adrenaline hit and sat there giggling whilst Bubba was just shocked - probably because of my initial panic.

I also promised her loads of stuff and so we headed out to Sainsbury's and she came home with a new toy because I was so relieved I didn't need to haul two kids to hospital and it had come out so easy. Hopefully she won't do it again but hey you never know, I hadn't realised how prolific sticking something somewhere for children is and heard a few stories along the way!

The summer holidays are anything but quiet for us! Roll on school...


26 Aug 2014

Post Birth Body - 4 months in

Bikini ready, er no! Not in any way, shape or form. The annoying thing is that in the picture below, I am back to pre pregnancy weight but not shape. I'm still in maternity trousers and loose fitting tops. I've lost a stone in four months by following the Slimming World mantra as previously blogged about.

My main trouble now is that I incurred Diastasis Rectus Abdominis which is where the muscles tear apart to allow for baby to grow but don't knit back after pregnancy. The way to check if you have this is being able to insert fingers in the hole near your belly button (google it and there are various youtube videos on how to see if you have this).

So in the picture above, that there is some fat undoubtedly but also my internal organs poking through the thin layers. Eewww! My bump was extremely front loading which at the time I thought was good but turns out it put too much of a strain on my now flabby muscles.

I've done my research and had some brilliant advice on what to do via Instagram (I'm @bubbababble if you want to find me). As I now need to strengthen the muscles and try and get them to fuse together it's a case of doing specialist exercises and no crunches or planks as these make it worse. I hate that I still look pregnant and my daughter mentions my big belly.

Looking on the web I came across Bikini body mommy on YouTube and she has a whole (free) fitness program on post pregnancy. I tried but needed a slightly shorter work out so at the moment I'm doing Vicki Pattinsons 7 day slim. It's perfect in that it's 10 minutes of cardio a day, all simple exercises that use your own body weight rather than extra equipment. Just what I need as I tend to an exuberant toddler in the summer holidays and a baby.

I'm also doing the Postnatal Slim down by Lindsay Brinn and concentrating on the core exercises especially for this condition. It's hard work but I really want to wear my own clothes again and not buy the bigger sizes because they don't fit.

I hope I'm slowly getting there and I've been out a few times (although I felt completely self conscious). I still can't bring myself to put a swim suit on but hopefully by our holiday next month I will be able to wear one. Fingers crossed.


18 Aug 2014

Peep inside Kids Books

We love books, Bubba has so many that her shelves are bulging under the weight. I love buying things (especially books) so you can see where my problems lie. The 'Peep inside' Zoo book by Usborne has been a firm favourite in our house for a long time and it appeals to my girls love of animals. It takes you around the zoo and in a fairly adult way explains about the animals. It's a real feast for the eyes...

So you can only imagine my overexcited sprint to the tills in the book shop today (I was fairly giddy to be at Bluewater as it was anyway - money was burning its way through my pocket). Usborne have done it again and produced a peep inside animal homes. I'm already in love, it's beautifully illustrated and informative.

This isn't a collaboration, it's just the love of a really good book series.

11 Aug 2014

Getting Tough with Dummies

As I've written before, we have dummy issues, at nearly 3 1/2 years she still has one. It's got so bad that she requests it 24/7 and if she doesn't have it then she constantly whines for it. It hasn't been the right time for ages, first we moved house, then once that was settled I became heavily pregnant which again unsettled her, then her lovely brother arrived and so it goes on.

I'm currently cutting out the dummy during the day, firstly I stopped taking it out of the house with us and now I'm taking it away when she gets up and then saying she can have it back after lunch. We are down to just one working dummy and it isn't in the best of shape.

We talk a lot about how the dummy fairy will come and in its place give her a trampoline. She is so desperate for this trampoline but still cannot give up the idea of the dummy, I don't want to push it too hard as it could leave me with an even more unstable toddler during the day and more agro which I could do without.

A while ago (when I'd just had cub) I got sent a gorgeous dummy fairy pack from The Dummy Fairy Workshop and although we aren't (she isn't) ready to use it yet, we still look through it regularly because it's a thing of beauty.

I love the attention to detail, before receiving the pack I had to answer some detailed questions on Bubba's favourite toys and any comforters she has etc. In return we received a personalised letter, dummy fairy bag, fairy dust, detailed instructions for me and a thank you letter to give to Bubba from the the fairy after drop off. It's all beautifully put together and appeals to my daughter no end, every thing from the letter to the fairy dust (which she wanted to use immediately to summon the fairy).

I cannot tell you how much I really really want to use this kit with Bubba, she wants to give the dummy to the fairy and gets excited about it but keeps getting stuck because she knows once its gone, she won't get the dummy back. I'm a bit of a soft touch and not forcing the issue, I know that although it will take time, I'm looking forward to using this kit.

Without yet using the kit, I would recommend it wholeheartedly and urge anyone to check The Dummy Fairy Workshop out.

7 Aug 2014

Away in my aeroplane - Book Buddy Review

I opened the package for July's Parragon Book Buddy review and instantly fell in love with the book I saw. 'Away in my aeroplane' by Margaret Wise Brown.

It's a whimsical story of a boy in his aeroplane, it's simple and short but the beautiful illustration just sent shivers down my spine, it has the feeling of the 1950's and is bright and breezy to look at.

Bubba was also impressed and instantly insisted we read it which was only a problem because she was half way through her lunch at the time. She carefully flicked through each page herself and took the time to actually look at each page (not something my toddler is usually noted for doing).
I love how the rhyme takes us from sunshine and into the rain and then back out again into the sunshine. It really got me and I like reading it to myself as well as Bubba.

I asked Bubba what her favourite part of the book is and she said the page with the whale on. We were very pleased to receive this book and I hope it says a favourite of my girls because it's definitely already a favourite of mine. Just look at that gorgeous illustration....

For more information then visit the Parragon Book Buddy Facebook page for other great reviews.


4 Aug 2014

Wiping the slate clean

The summer holidays haven't long started and already we've had 'one of those days'.

Holidays started early for us when Bubba got the tummy bug that had been going around, so she missed her last two days of preschool. I was devastated.

The following week had started well, we visited nanny and garg and went to the shops. I was then faced with a void on Tuesday and decided to take the kids to the library and sign up Bubba with her own library card. 

As I was parking, after manhandling the kids into the car in the first place, cub promptly threw up the whole of his last bottle. All over himself, it was like a tidal wave. Had he got the bug or just an unfortunate coincidence.

So it was straight home for us after I shouted at Bubba because she was making such a racket in the back, moaning because she wanted to go to the library. 

The day spiralled out of control with an unhappy toddler, me watching cub like a hawk and it was all a bit too on edge. Certainly not how I envisaged the summer holidays!

We had a stand off in the kitchen and she had to be carried in from the garden at bath time because she refused to move. Hubby saved the day as I sat hyperventilating and wondering where I went wrong.

I'm happy to report that the next day went much better, I was nervous to start the day and wondered if Bubba would be scared for life because I shouted (I know).  She had forgotten all about it because as a toddler, she lives in the moment which is something I'm going to try and do from now on.
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