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Archive for January, 2012

Converse trainers!

I had a lady ask me if I would crochet her some converse trainers. I had a ball making these!
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If anyone else fancies a go, there is a similar pattern to be found on ravelry for free!

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Some recent photos

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We had another fab swimming lesson today and when we got back we spent some time playing on the bed. We were practising all the things we had learnt that day including ‘diving’. Well one of the dives ended up with him falling off the bed and hitting his head on the radiator. Not only that but he was wedged for about 10 secs before I could pull him up. My poor little man now has a bruise/burn on his forehead 😦 I feel soooo guilty!
Luckily we have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning anyway. A couple of weeks ago he started with a rash on his elbow (inner). I thought it might just go away, but it didn’t and it was getting worse. I posted a picture of it on facebook and the general consensus was that it was eczema. So we are off for a diagnosis. I’ll be gutted if it turns into a long term problem.

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The mural is finished

I finished it tonight! Woohoo! I was actually really struggling to get it done. Everytime I got up the ladder I felt dizzy and my heart raced. So I was only doing tiny amounts in one go and it was beginning to drag….

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But now it is done! So we can now start to add the finishing touches to his room and move him in soon.

I handed in my maternity plans to work today. I am going to have 9 months off in total, so leaving on the 12th March and not returning until 6th Jan and even then, only doing 2 days per week. Works for me!

We collected our new car from Dad yesterday. It really is all singing all dancing, and seems to be more intelligent than me lol. He has already sold our old car, the advert was only up for 1/2 and hour before it sold.

When I read about Tripp today, I sobbed for a full half an hour. Stacy was very concerned why I was crying, but explaining it to her just made me cry more. Rest in peace little Tripp, you were very much adored all over the world, and inspired many of us to appreciate our lives more XXxx

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New car?

My Dad has been bugging us for months now that we need to buy a bigger car. He is right, our current car is a bit of a squeeze if we try and go anywhere, the pram fills most of the boot. BUT any spare money we have right now is going into the savings for my maternity leave. We told him this, we can’t afford to buy a new car right now, it’s not a priority and we can cope with what we have for a while longer.

Anyway this evening he phoned me and told me that he bought a new car today. He said he wants to give us his current car! In return we give him Stacy’s little old thing and he will sell it and keep anything he gets for it. I said what a generous offer that was. It is a BIG car and I am nervous about driving it. I am going to go and see them on Friday and give it a drive, but to turn down this offer would be madness really.

Both my parents have been so generous this week 🙂

Today I have been having contractions. I think they must be braxton hicks, they have been happening all day and then do hurt. I never had any with Charlie so didn’t know what they felt like. Every time I get one, the baby moves around and kicks so I guess she is aware the uterus is contracting? They got worse during Charlie’s swimming lesson.

I overcame them this evening to do a bit more to the mural, not a lot left to do on it now!

Day 4 – from door:

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Head on:

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I love my Mum :)

A while ago we bought a Phil and Teds double buggy in preparation for the new baby being here and needing to have 2 children in the same pushchair. I thought I was satisfied with this, but turns out I wasn’t. Although we def need a double buggy, when she is in it, she is either in a ‘coffin’ under the main seat or in a little seat almost in the shopping basket. (Although I did make it as pretty as possible by making it a foot-muff)

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Now the Phil and Teds is the most practical of all the pushchairs….we did a LOT of research before choosing it, but still practical doesn’t always do it for me.

I have had my eye on this single pushchair for the time when I am able to just have her in a pushchair (Charlie is walking, or Stacy is there to push Charlie in his own buggy)

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It can be parent facing, it is BEAUTIFUL and I just love it.

There was no way Stacy was ever going to let me have it. She is a very practical person and not one to be swept up in romance when it come to something like a pram.

I showed it to my Mum last night and she rummaged in her handbag, pulled out her credit card and told me to buy it! I was over the moon!!! Stacy have me permission to buy the matching foot-muff and we pick it up next week!

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In other news I had a massive argument with my sister last night. She managed to wake Charlie up being loud as she went to bed and I spent 2 hours trying to get him back to sleep, failed, had him in the bed with me all night, got kicked in the bump or the back, had to rescue him from the floor, and had him whinging at me from 6am. I asked her to ‘shhhh’ as I was trying to get him back to sleep and she went off on one, crying, shouting, getting really quite hysterical. The argument that followed was what really kept him from going back to sleep, plus I was so angry beyond belief with her. I don’t get her sometimes.

In addition to the immense tiredness of today, I have a really poorly tongue. I would show you a picture but it would make you vomit. Making me feel miserable 😦

We did attend our first NCT class today. It was good. The group was full of GP’s, other medical staff etc… but they were mostly over 40. Not sure I will make any lasting friends from this group really but the discussion and information has so far been great.

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Charlie’s speech

A week ago we were driving back from Sheffield and decided to stop off at Ikea and get things for his new bedroom. It turned out to be absolute hell with us not being able to fit stuff in the car then queuing for an hour to get it delivered to be quoted £190 for the privileged then queuing twice more to try and return everything….

Anyway for part of that time I was desperately trying to entertain kiddo in the car. We played a game where I made a noise and he had to imitate it. I was stunned at how well he was able to have a go at making all the sounds. I was even running out of ideas for sounds to make! At the end of it, I was convinced that his speech was about to take off, and I was right.

In the last week he has exploded with new words. Granted, I am making much more of an effort to actually teach him the words. He usually has a go at any word I ask him to say, and as long as he has a go, he gets praise and whatever it is he is after. He says thankyou when ever I give him anything and almost there on saying please. Yes and no are being used more and more usefully (instead of just being yelled)

Interestingly he has also made up a new baby sign this week for ‘yoghurt’. He made it himself, and taught it to us. Yoghurt is a hard word to say and he loves yoghurt and wants us to be sure of what he is after!

This afternoon we are off to a gym class. The teacher rang me last night and said Charlie needed to wear tracksuits bottoms and I have just been through all his clothes and there is nothing like that in his wardrobe (I would never put him in them!!) so we are going to have to go shopping before we go!

Thought I would just pop back and add yesterdays mural progress:

Day 3

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I am making milk!

I gave my nipples a little squeeze the other morning and out come a few drops of milk. This morning when I woke up I had wet patches!

Now here is a question… when I had Charlie my milk took 3 days to come in. For those 3 days Charlie was very hungry and we had to top up with formula to get him to sleep (at all!) Do you think it is a good idea to pump some colostrum as a back up to formula top ups?

Here is my latest project, the mural in Charlie’s new bedroom! Here are the progress pictures so far:

Day 1

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Day 2

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Not sure how much I will get done today because I hurt from the last 2 days of painting! I am sooo unfit!

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