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Poorly Boy

It seems a few of us are dealing with sickness this week. Charlie scared us a couple of night ago with a temp of 39.4C which we only managed to get down by giving both Calpol and Ibuprofen. He is finding it very difficult to sleep and crying a lot with nothing that will soothe him 😦 Of course no sleep for Charlie also means no sleep for Mummy!  After 2 nights like this I feel a bit like a zombie.

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The chocolate all over him is because it was the first thing he had wanted to eat in 2 days!

Last night I took him into the spare room where we thankfully still have a double bed and cuddled him all night. He did fall out at one point though and so I built a fort of pillows all around and he managed to stay in the bed after that! Next Monday we will no longer have that bed as we have ordered Charlie’s new single bed!

We felt it would be wise to move Charlie into his new room before the baby arrives. I am so excited about doing it all up. First of all we need to move all of our crap stuff out of there! Then I am going to paint a huge Elmer mural on the walls.

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We found leaves you can attach to the walls (from Ikea) to create a jungle atmosphere, and plenty of storage hanging from the ceiling. He will also need a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. How we are going to afford all of this is another matter…

I got a tax rebate this month which has meant that Christmas can happen!! We went to Toys R Us and bought all of Charlie’s xmas presents. It was sooo much fun! I can’t wait for him to open them all up, I am such a kid.

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It has been 1 week since we have known the sex of bubba (being referred to as Rosie at the moment…. we’re trailing it) and my needles have been busy!

You may know I have a little business making baby items and my list is always really long, so I feel a tad guilty I am not getting on with orders, but a week off to indulge in our own baby was what was needed!

This is what I have made so far!

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Also, it turns out I am useless at keeping secrets, especially when I am so excited about them. Stacy and I talked about it and we are going to tell people the sex, but in person when we see/speak to them. I just love their reaction when I tell them 😀 Seriously, let’s spread out the excitement, why have it all at once?

One tiny issue…niggling doubt. What if they got it wrong? I mean I did see it for myself as she was scanning (but she didn’t tell us for a further 10 mins or so), I am pretty good at telling gender from scans (see ingender.com!) and I knew what she was about to reveal before she did it, but I didn’t ask her to show me again, and I didn’t ask her how sure she was. Someone on my BB had a gender scan at 18 weeks and was told ‘girl’. She had her 20 week NHS scan yesterday and was told nah ah… its a ‘boy’. I think it is rare, but it does happen.

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Stacy felt the baby!

We were lying in bed last night and she put her hand to my tummy and felt 3 big kicks! I haven’t felt the baby kick that hard ever and she was there to feel them, she was so chuffed 🙂
We spent all evening last night trawling though baby name books. I only made it halfway through ‘C’ so a fair way to go yet! There are already 10 ‘possibles’ on the list. This is going to be a hard process!
Today I went shopping and bought several new things for the baby. It was wonderful to head over to the 0-18 months section again, and I can’t believe how small the clothes are for that age! Charlie was even too small for the newborn stuff and we had to buy him ‘tiny baby’ things for the first month or so. I can’t wait for Stacy to get home so I can show her my purchases!

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Britain in a Day

The BBC launched a project the other day where they requested that people film their day and upload it to youtube. They are going to select films/clips and put together a ‘snapshot’ of daily life in Britain on 12/11/2012. We decided to participate and filmed our day on Saturday.
Nothing particularly interesting occurred on Saturday, but this doesn’t bother the film-makers apparently. They want the see the mundane and normal side of life.
If anyone else is interested the films are here:


Today was remembrance Sunday. There was a huge parade happening in the town I work in and I struggled to get to work on time! I have actively avoided hearing stories or reading/watching anything to do with it all. I am SOOO emotional right now and burst into tears at the mention of anything even slightly distressing. Stacy just told me of how they got some children to wear their parents medals and parade on their behalf if they had been killed in the last year. I burst into tears and said
‘why are you telling me this? You know I can’t cope with it at the moment!!’
I have done my remembrance this year, and believe me I am grateful.
I have been caught out a couple of times recently. I was watching breakfast and they had on some parents of a little boy who had died from cancer, but before he did, he had inspired people to make a change in their lives by making a film. Cue the tears over my cornflakes ;(
Another programme on transplants looked interesting, but they opened by showing clips of the women who died and subsequently saved 5 peoples lives by donating her organs. Uncontrollable sobbing all the way through that one.
Hormones eh?

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At the end of dinner today, Charlie sent Stacy to the kitchen to get him a yoghurt. When he had finished it, he sent her to get him another one!
We were just sitting watching some TV when he went and got Stacy’s shoes and put them on her feet. Then he fetched his wellies and put them on. He then pulled Stacy out of her chair and pulled her over to the door. She has just taken him out for a little walk! lol, I love him to bits, he is so cute.
Last night we went to a fireworks display for Guy Fawkes/ Bonfire night. I had been reliably informed that there was a childrens display that was ‘bangless’ at a local park and so we took the bus over for it and paid the extortionate entrance fees.
Once the display started, it was far from bangless! In fact, it was just a normal display with large ones and whizzy ones, the full hog! Charlie’s little face as it started broke my heart. His little bottom lip came out, but he didn’t cry. His coping strategy was to both,
1. Not look
2. Put his head on my shoulder and watch it out of the corner of his eye
As the display went on he watched more and more of it, and wasn’t distressed, but was needing to be held close. It went on for a full 15 minutes. I was relieved when it finished!
When I see my friend, I will be telling her what for! ‘Bangless’ my eye!

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Halloween in England

Here in England, we don’t really do Halloween. You get a few people put out pumpkins and a few children will attempt to trick or treat. Trouble is… that most of the doors you knock on aren’t expecting children wanting sweets and then they start rummaging in their cupboards trying to find something to give you! Sometimes they even resort to handing out 50p!
Still, I love the chance to carve a pumpkin, and to dress Charlie up in something silly. If you do dress up, it has to been Halloween related. People would look at you like you were crazy if it was anything other than a ‘spooky’ outfit. There are no cowboys, or bo-beeps around these parts!
Charlie wasn’t co-operating for the photo!
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I did have some sweets in just in case anyone knocked, and a couple of children did, but now we have a bowl of sweets to eat up….. oh well!

ps sweets= candy

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