Post-Weekend Catch Up

This weekend we finally made it to my in-laws house. There was no snow to contend with and everything was going as planned however, in the run up to Sunday, Soph got a bit sick. Now when I say a bit sick I mean she projectile vomited all over the kitchen floor after saying her tummy hurt. I then proceeded to rush her to the bathroom when she decided that she was done and put the lid down only to then chuck up all over it, the floor and the wall. This kid has shit aim … unless she was aiming for everything in sight – if she was then she totally nailed it!

Soph still isn’t back to her normal bubbly self so we are keeping an eye on her and booking her on to see a doctor if she doesn’t improve but right now, with the symptoms she’s displaying, we think she has some constipation going on. I feel awful for her, I hate when she’s not her normal happy, chatty self and she’s had one thing after another what with colds, chicken pox and now this. She feels so sorry for herself and I totally get it!

In lighter news, we have had to do a little craft project for Easter at school. The task was to hard boil an egg and decorate it to whatever theme you like. Soph decided to go for a Frozen theme and this is what she ended up with…

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As she is only 5 she hasn’t quite got the hang of plaits yet so I did the hair and I cut the plastic bottles to make the body shape but she did pretty much everything else herself so she was quite chuffed with the result.

I do love the craft projects at school but at the same time they, or really some of the other parents, drive me insane when they come about. Sorry, there’s a mum moan coming! I hate when parents say they can’t be bothered to do the craft task with their kids as they aren’t crafty themselves, I hate that when we go in to present these things with the kids that there are always a couple (and usually the same couple) of kids who have no crafty make to show to the class, I hate looking at their upset little faces when they realise that they can’t join in with their friends and show off their own project, I hate that parents can’t take half a fucking hour to make something, even if it is the shittiest something you ever did see, with their kid so that they can at least contribute SOMETHING to the day. I hate parents that don’t try in the slightest …. grrrrrr!

Sorry rant over!

Other than the crafting and visiting family, Soph and I have been writing more letters to our new pen pals and sending more postcards to random people around the globe. I’m waiting until we start to receive things back now before posting on that subject again but I will just say that the little sticky flowers that I bought Soph for keeping track of where our postcards were sent from arrived today and that has just made her all the more excited to get started. Hopefully we will be getting something through soon enough 🙂

Right, well time is a tickin’ and The Walking Dead awaits. Do you watch it? What do you think to this season?

Take care,

Deb xox

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Feeling Brave

Today I did something that I have put off for what seems like forever … I contacted my local college about attending a GCSE Maths class!

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I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up – other than a mum who is resisting growing up! – but I know that the things that have always interested me (apart from working for myself) all require a minimum of a grade C in Maths. The majority also require A-Levels and some even require a degree but lets start out with the basics first eh?

This is a huge deal for me as I have zero confidence in myself, I find ways to put myself down and always go on about how I’m not smart enough to go back to school, I get insanely nervous in classrooms and I feel judged by everyone – teacher and peers alike, I worry about my age (I’ll be 34 and turning 35 within the term whereas the majority of other students will be much younger) and I panic about letting myself, but more importantly, my husband and family down.

I’ve figured out that our baby boy will be around three months old when the class starts but the bonus is that it will be an evening class and Baz now has a job where he can work from home on certain days or adjust his hours to suit his home needs. This means that he should be able to have the kids whilst I go and try to better myself for a couple of hours one night a week and it shouldn’t interfere too heavily, if at all, with his work day … win!

I also found out that as I got a D grade way back when in school, the course will be FREE!!!!! I just have to sit an entry assessment closer to the course start date to see if I have the basic numeracy requirements to get onto the course – I’m absolutely shitting it already! I could fail at the first hurdle and that would suck donkey balls.

But yeah, my mind is screaming about how I’m a failure and how I won’t get on to the course or I’ll mess up if I do get on it but this is me trying to push some positivity out onto myself for once. I will get on that course, I will work my arse off to understand whatever I’m taught and I will come out with that C grade … hell, I might even get above a C!

If I can do this, I can do whatever I put my mind to … I’m going to rock it!

Make it a good one,

Deb xox

Busy Day

This morning started with me feeling the hungriest I’ve felt all this pregnancy and like I could drink for a week solid and still not feel that my thirst had been quenched and why? Because I had been told that I was not allowed to take in any foods or fluids that weren’t plain tap water as today was the day of my GTT.

My appointment at the hospital was at 10:15am and when I got there all seemed well but then time just ticked on and nobody had called my (or anyone else’s) name. It turns out that a lady that was due for her GTT was terrified of needles and actually passed out so the nurses and midwives had to check her over and make sure that she was all ok, thankfully she was!

Things started moving after that and I was called in for my first blood draw about 45 minutes later. The nurse found a good vein which spurted blood when struck but then it seems that she might have missed it as the blood just wasn’t getting into the vial without some needle wiggling … joy!

After all three vials were finally drawn I had to drink this weird tasting sugar syrup – it was disgusting! but I got it down me as quickly as I could and was then led out to sit and wait for the necessary two hours with a midwife visit in the middle to break up the wait.

I wasn’t called by the midwife until an hour and three-quarters later but she was lovely and she checked my pee sample, gave me some anti-D, checked my fundal measurements which are a little on the higher side but still within in the expected range, had a feel for where our little one was laying and checked his heartbeat. Everything was perfect from what she could tell and after a little conversation it was also confirmed that I have SPD and they have said that I can be sent for physio if I want. I’ve told them that I’m going to see how I get on but that if it gets any worse that I’ll mention it to my local midwife and get the ball moving on that.

Then I got called in for my final blood draw and after that it was time to grab something to eat!

When we got home I started on writing some more letters for some new pen pals and I wrote out a reply to the first one that I have received which I’ll pop a little post about later.

It was then time to pick Soph up from school to come home for an hour before going back to school for parents evening. I was a little worried about speaking with the teacher because I panic that I don’t do enough to help Soph succeed but from what was said, she is excelling in every topic so I couldn’t be prouder!

All in all, it’s been a busy one and felt a bit non-stop … I think I’m set for bed 🙂

How has your day been?

Hope it’s been a good one!

Deb xox

A Belated World Book Day

We managed to get quite the covering of snow last week and Soph’s school was actually shut for Thursday and Friday which meant that World Book Day had to be delayed. When I explained this to Soph, she actually cried and said that she wanted the snow to go away. Now this shocked me as this kid loves snow but she obviously loves having any excuse to dress up more, she also loves going to school, learning, being with her teachers and friends and she especially enjoys reading so the fact that school was shut and that book day was postponed was kind of a big deal for her.

When we got the text through to say that it had been moved to today, Soph was chuffed but then she got the Chickenpox and we didn’t know if she’d be back to school in time for it. We talked it through and I promised her that we would be dressing up today no matter what and that worked for her … and saved my sanity!

So this year the question was asked of who she wanted to dress up like and the answer was Matilda. I loved Roald Dahl books when I was growing up and the fact that she enjoys them too makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

 

 

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This is what we ended up with after a bit of browsing around. We found this costume at George but it looks like they have actually removed it from the site now. It cost £16 if I remember right and the fabric used and quality of the dress is excellent. If you’re looking for costumes maybe have a quick look here to see if they have what you are after – they have lots more costumes available than I ever expected and I’m sure we will be back for more when needed!

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She came away from school with a new set of eight Paddington Bear books that she is looking forward to starting after we finish James and the Giant Peach tonight. The closest match to these that I could find (and at the best price) was a ten book set on the BookPeople website which is currently out of stock – I love this site but I can spend far too much money there so I only tend to look around Christmas and birthdays!

What books do you and your kids enjoy? Is there any that you would recommend for us to try?

Happy reading!

Deb xox

Possibly the Best Thing in the World Ever!

So the new school year is fast approaching and our little terror is off into F2. This means that she will have to go to school in the morning for full days rather than the short afternoon stints that she has been doing for the last year and a half.

Are we excited? Hell yes! She can’t wait and because she’s so excited, I can’t wait either. I actually thought I’d be a blubbering mess over her leaving me for the full day but I’m quite excited for myself now too as I’m going to have a crack at running a little craft business from home which is something that I have always wanted to do since my mum and dad had their own business some years back. I’m not overly optimistic but my hubby says to give it a go (I’m a lucky girl landing him!) and my mum’s keen on me having a go too so their belief in me is giving me a bit of nerve to have a go!

Anyways, back to the point of this post…

We have always been consistent with Sophie-Anne’s bedtime. She has always gone to bed at 8pm as we have tended to have later starts to the day and this way she gets to spend time with her daddy before bed. The problems that we have encountered with bedtime is her lack of sleeping through the night to the point where I’m having to end up in her bed with her as I’m knackered when she calls me in, her thinking that the first ray of sunshine through her window means that it’s morning which then leaves her dragging later in the day and her having a strict wake up time as we have kind of left her to wake whenever she’s ready in the past due to her stop/start sleeping through the night.

I was thinking through this with regards to the new school year and decided that some kind of alarm clock would be a good thing to get her used to so after a bit of research with his colleagues, we decided to grab a Gro-Clock. The RRP on these bad boys is £34.99 but they are currently selling for £19.99 which I originally thought was a bit steep for a kids alarm clock but as of now, I would have been happy to pay the full price!

After a few days of stupidity (me turning the alarm off, the hub setting the alarm to pm rather than am etc.) we finally got it all set up properly and since then Soph has slept through every night, woken at the alarm and turned it off herself ready to start the day at 7:30. I asked her what she liked about the clock and she told me…

“I like that it has an alarm, I like that Mr. Sun winks at me to say goodnight and I like to see the stars go away because then I know it will be morning time.”

As of right now, this thing is possibly the best thing that we have ever bought for her and I’m wondering why we didn’t have one sooner! She really understands what the clock is for and when she does wake in the night now she just takes a look at it, see’s that it’s still night-time and settles herself back down … it’s brilliant and I hope that this continues as the school prep and run will be a doddle at this rate.

So yeah, if you’re in the same situation and are thinking of an alarm clock for your little one to wake up to then I’d highly recommend this one – it may be pricier than some other options but it’s cute, it’s easy for kids to set and understand and has worked so much better than we ever expected it would for Soph. I’ve also had nearly a solid week of uninterrupted sleep so this thing is truly awesome in my opinion right now!

Have a good one,

Deb xox

School’s Out

So today was the last day of nursery for my little munchkin! I had built it up in my head to be this really emotional day but it was incredibly underwhelming to be honest. She was very chill about it all, none of the kids seemed that fussed – I think us parents were more worked up about it all!

I figured that taking a picture on her last would be fitting seeing as how I documented her first day at nursery and this picture made me realise just how much she has changed throughout the year, she looks so grown up now! I’ve loved watching her grow into herself, she’s hilarious, moody, demanding, loving, caring, friendly, inquisitive and a million other things and I couldn’t be prouder of her. I love her more than I can explain and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her.

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Now I’m just looking around for ideas on where I can take her and what we can do until she goes back for her reception year in September.

I’m toying with the idea of taking her to our local Pride march this weekend as it is important to me that she embraces people from all walks of life and that she realises that love between two people, no matter their sexual orientation, race, religion or anything else in-between is important, real and should be respected – sadly, I wasn’t brought up that way, my dad was quite the bigot. I remember one time my younger brother and I went to visit him and for some reason we ended up at a pride parade. There was this float of a HUUUUUGE cock complete with piercing which I thought was hilarious but then he got all pissy and we had to leave not long after that. I remember being so disappointed in him and how he acted and I don’t ever want my daughter to feel that way about me if I can help it.

I’m also looking at going to a bounce-house, the beach in the city centre, the cinema, parks, craft workshops, the library etc. and we have a holiday at Butlins to look forward to – it’s shaping up to be a busy six weeks! What are you doing with your kids over the holidays?

 

Catching Up

It’s been a few days since I posted as not much has happened really. Exercise has been going well, food consumption has been monitored and kept within budget and my weight has dropped by a further 1.8 lbs. I’m not disappointed with this, as they say “A loss is a loss” but in all honesty, I was hoping for a little more. Weekends are definitely not my friend though, and annoyingly enough, two out of three weekends will remain out of my control with regards to what is cooked and how. I’m just going to have to work harder on portion control and resisting snacks on those days.

Tonight at the gym it’s Boditrax night. I’m anxious to see what the results on there are as it’s been two weeks of doing pure cardio and I’m wondering just how much of a difference it, along with monitored eating, has made.

In other news, my daughters school year is wrapping up tomorrow and we are quite excited for the six weeks summer holiday. Soph (that’s my daughter) is also looking forward to pick-up tonight as we are taking in presents for her teachers – she loves to give gifts so I can’t wait to see her face when she hands them out this afternoon. Tomorrow is also a non-uniform day and they are the best kind of school days for her … four year old’s are impressed by the simplest of things!

Well, I guess that’s it for now,

Be good,

Deb x

Well Duhhh!

The more that I calorie count everything that I eat, the easier it is to see where and how I went wrong in the past.

I’ve created spreadsheets to track my weight loss and calorie consumption as I find this a handy way to compare days and keep track but what I’m amazed by is how quickly the numbers all add up.

Just today I sat eating lunch with my daughter and she didn’t want to finish the little bun that was on her plate … so I did. As soon as I ate it I went to my spreadsheet and added on 75 calories (75 … for half of a small fairy cake!!!! I won’t be getting her these again!) and made sure I had it covered in my daily allowance. But this got me to thinking, if I wasn’t tracking my calories then I’d probably have gone on to have a cake of my own too, I’d have finished her sandwich, I’d have eaten some crisps etc. The eating would have carried on and I’d have had no clue as to how far over for the day I was. I wouldn’t have even thought about it – it’s so easy! 

It was like the lightbulb above my head switched on and I realised just how badly I’d been eating in the past and just how that affected my waistline and weight … then I had the “Well Duhhh” moment. It’s just so glaringly obvious and I knew how poorly I was eating, I just suppose I never really wanted to stop before.

This spurred me on to have my best session at the gym to date. I was working harder, going faster and sweating more than I ever had and, for the first time in a long time, I felt insanely proud of myself.

Right now I’m riding a high and I reallllly hope it continues. 

In other news, today I purchased my second Christmas present of the year. This was for my hubby but I get to join in on the fun as we are going to see Gogol Bordello and Lucky Chops live. Squeeee! 

The best thing is that this gig isn’t until the middle of December so I can go on a shopping spree for an outfit to wear as I’ll have hopefully lost quite a bit of weight by then. I’m excited for this as I despise shopping right now, I hate having to rummage through clothing trying to find my size, or finding something in my size only to find that it looks like I’ve thrown an ill-fitting sack over my head. I can’t wait to be able to just walk up to a rack, grab something from the middle, try it on and be happy with how I look. That will be an epic day in my weight loss journey.

Right, well I’m off to read with the kiddies tomorrow for the last time this school year so I’m going to get some sleep. 

Sweet dreams, 

Deb x

I’ll Miss My Cuddles

Today, well yesterday now, was one of the days that I volunteer at my daughters school. I go in for a couple of hours to listen to, and to help with the kids reading, and I love it! Some of the kids that I’ve been reading with melt my heart and today one little boy came and gave me a huge cuddle – he’s such a sweetie and I’ll miss him if I don’t follow his class up next year.

We also got a menu plan from school today for school dinners so me and the mini-me sat down when we got home to go over her options. She’s a fussy eater at times but I think I’d really like her to have school dinners as she will get variety in what she eats and something warm in her tummy. I have to admit that when I saw the butterscotch tart pudding listed I actually had myself a Ratatouille moment – you know the flashback to when you were a kid! Urrrghhhhh that stuff used to be my favourite thing to eat from school and I’ve never found a recipe that comes close! If you’re reading this and know of a great recipe for this then please let me know!

Anywho, other than that, today has been a pretty sedate one so I don’t have much to say other than I weighed in again this morning to find another 0.6 lbs had disappeared. I’m pleased with how this seems to be going but I’m still expecting a punch to the tit by gaining some/a bit/a lot/ all of it back over the weekend. Time will tell I guess.

Well it’s late so I’m off to bed!

Have a good one,

Deb x

 

She’s Growing Up

Today is the day that my daughter went up into her reception class from the school nursery for a trial and to meet her teacher for the new school year. To say she was excited is the understatement of the year, especially now that we have found out that her current teacher is moving up with her – she giggled so hard with excitement and then she started to cry with happiness. She adores her teacher (as do I) and the fact that she is going to be with her next year seems to have made this transitional day much easier on her … and me!

So when her time at school was up for the day we decided to head into town to grab some thank you cards for her teacher, the other group teachers and the teaching assistants in her classroom as she seems to do activities with all of them. I also bought a box of chocolates for each of them and made a paper cut for her lead teacher.

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My hubby tells me that I’m a bit of a “try hard” when it comes to things like this but the way I see it is that my daughter has come along so much whilst being in this class and I really feel that the teachers deserve to know how much I appreciate what they do for her, and how much she appreciates them too.

We also received a school report and I was so proud. It turns out that she is doing very well in class herself, but that she also helps her peers when they struggle. I have tried to drill into her how important kindness and friendship are, and as of right now, it seems to be paying off. Long may it continue!

She came home at the end of the day with a plan on how we are going to integrate full days at school into her life in September as they say it can be a bit of a shock for the kids. I guess that is quite a massive change to go straight into having a full day at school from only being there for three hours a day previously. I have a feeling that my daughter will be fine being a school for the extended time as she loves it there but I’m glad that they don’t just chuck them in the deep end.

We also have a diary to fill in with reports and pictures of all of the things we get up to over the summer holidays so that the kids can talk about it all when they go back to school – you’d think that she was given a brick of gold with how she reacted when she saw it! She’s already begging to fill it in with doodles and things and the holidays don’t even start for another couple of weeks. I was already planning on doing things with her over the holiday but now I feel like have to try to find as many things to do with her as I can – at least we will be having lots of fun together … I can’t wait!

Thanks for reading,

Deb