Lost my blogging mojo

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Ummmmmm…. my mind has gone blank. I have lost my blogging mojo and I don’t know why. I just cannot conjure up the enthusiasm these days to write anything and if its starting to become a drag, why do it? I have enjoyed it so far and I find it really useful to read posts from fellow Mummy bloggers, but I just want to spend my spare time a little more wisely.

I work a full week of work over four days as a Manager of a team of staff and it can be very stressful. Sometimes I enjoy it, but sometimes I want the ground to swallow me up. On a Friday I stay at home with the little tyke but spend half of it hopping on to my computer checking and writing emails. I don’t want to do this, but I have a team that I still need to support. I also feel pressure put on me because I am a working Mother, some people do not understand. Oh god I am soooooo tired.

So I need a break. I am going to chill out for a bit and hopefully when we get into Spring with lighter mornings and lighter nights, I will feel a bit better. I am sure I will do some bits here and there, but not so often for the moment.

Ta ta for now folks and take care xx

Big day out: Think Tank Science Museum

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Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham

It was a very cold day yesterday and we were itching to get out and about, but what to do? I normally find it quite difficult thinking of indoors activities suitable for toddlers, until I remembered a recommendation from a friend – the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham. The museum is located in the Millennium Point building in Birmingham City Centre, where you will find four floors of interactive exhibits and historical collections teaching you all about science and technology. Under 3s are completely free, bonus!

We got to the museum about half an hour after it first opened whilst it was still fairly quiet and this gave us the perfect opportunity to explore before it got too busy. Our little man is only 19 months, so a lot of exhibits don’t mean a great deal to him at this point in time, but he was by no means left out. Located just past the entrance on the right hand side, was the hugest water play area that toddlers dreams are made of! The little tyke shrieked in delight and couldn’t contain his excitement as I put on one of the aprons available to protect children’s clothing. He spent a good while playing with the boats, squirty toys and toy water mills. In fact he would have quite happily spent the rest of the day there!

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Having fun with the water play

After very carefully prising him away from the water play (and trying to avoid a tantrum) we went over to a little nature play area. In this area they had books, soft cushions, crayons and nature themed role play outfits. I tried him in a little spider costume (it was sooooo cute), but he hated it and promptly pulled it off! The little monkey actually tried to run back to the water play area, before we diverted him to ‘Kids City’.

In Kids City, they have lots of different rooms that teach children all about different jobs like doctors, dentists, builders etc. Children can wear costumes that are provided and play with the toy props. There is a little children cafe with seating area, plastic food and a large toy kitchen. Each area had a little working phone which allowed children to ring children in the other rooms, which I thought was quite sweet.

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The little tyke in the doctors reception area

After Kids City, the exhibits were not quite so interesting to the little tyke. We had a good look around anyway, but you just cannot concentrate when all he wants to do is run and crawl around. But thats ok, there is plenty of time for things like that and we were happy that he had enjoyed himself so far.

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Crawling on the dinosaur

There is a small cafe located on the ground floor and a small picnic area, with all floors being accessible by a central lift. We bought a little lunch box from the cafe for the little man with a tuna sandwich, drink, yoghurt and fruit. He was quite happy with this and we enjoyed a nice warm coffee before we ventured back out into the cold.

Ordinarily, there is a children’s play area/science garden available to use outside. This is closed at the moment until the end of January. If you wish to visit Think Tank, it is easily accessible by road – for google maps and sat nav use postcode B4 7AP. It is literally just minutes from Birmingham City Centre and The Bullring. The nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42. If you do not wish to drive, the nearest train station is Moor Street which is located 10 minutes walk away. Top tip, try the cute little cafe in Moor Street! The little tyke fell asleep so we snuck him in for a cheeky slice of cake and a drink. Yum!

Is that the time? Ta ta for now everybody! xxx

The inner girly girl in me

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I am by no means a girly girl, but at the same time I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a tomboy. I am someone in the middle. Growing up with a younger brother is probably a contributing factor, boys toys were just so much more fun, but equally I would be quite happy to play with barbies. I took ballet classes and I liked pink, but I also loved to explore and build dens.

As I entered adulthood, the girly side of me faded away. I like makeup and I like to get my hair styled, but I am completely useless at anything beyond that. I look at women with their perfect eyebrows, manicured nails, bronzed skin and carefully styled clothes and wish I could be like them. I guess it all comes down to priorities. If I gave up the blog, if I forgot about reading, if said sod it to the housework and forgot about my job… I might have time. Because you just cannot have it all. Somethings gotta give. Why do we all try to be so damn perfect these days? Why does it matter? I am who I am and I have to accept that.

Lately my mind has been drifting from time time, to thoughts of having a daughter of my own. To how I would dress her, what toys I would buy her and the games that we would play. I wouldn’t make her wear pink. She could play with her brothers toys. She could grow into the person she wants to be. But this is a dream and it might never happen, if we had another child it could be a boy. If it was a boy I wouldn’t be unhappy by any means, he would be a little brother for my little tyke. I don’t even know if we would be blessed with any more children, or if I have the energy for newborn and a toddler. Its just that I think about it sometimes.

Enough of my jabbering for one evening. I bid you all a lovely weekend, ta ta for now xxx

Movies to see in 2017

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Continuing on from my post the other day Lets all go to the Movies, I thought I would follow with a post about the movies that I am looking forward to seeing in 2017.

I have always loved films and am an avid reader of Empire magazine, but I don’t always get the chance to see much nowadays. So this is perhaps a list of movies that I hope to see in 2017 –

La La Land

Emma Stone is just fantastic in any movie that she appears and I have great confidence that she will charm the socks off the audience in this movie.

The film is about a jazz artist falling in love with an aspiring actress in LA and it questions if true love can win over creative ambitions. It is a modern take on an old style Hollywood musical. I am very intrigued!

Out Now

Lion

I saw the trailer at the cinema and was blown away. It was so emotionally charged, I actually felt myself well up!

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and family. He is lost and alone until he is taken away and adopted by an Australian couple. Many years later as an adult, he decides to track down his real family using his faded memories and Google Earth. Amazingly, this film is based on a true story.

Out Now

Kong: Skull Island

I love a good adventure film and this promises to have all the ingredients of a stonking great beast of a film. Big scary King Kong – tick! Exotic backdrop – tick! Samuel L Jackson – tick! Tom Hiddleston – pah! Oh well, we can forget Tom Hiddleston.

The movie is set in the 70s and follows a team of explorers and scientists as they explore an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Here they encounter many monsters, including the legendary ‘King Kong’.

Excited? yes!

Out March 10th

Alien: Covenant

Now I know a lot of people disliked Prometheus, but I actually really enjoyed the film. I really love, love, love Michael Fassbender and he appears once again in the new Alien film as David.

The film sees the crew of the colony ship the Covenant discovering a paradise world on the far side of the galaxy, where the only inhabitant is the synthetic David. It promises to be super scary! Oooo!

Out May 19th

War for the Planet of the Apes

Gosh, there really are a lot of big movies coming out this year! Me thinks I am going to have to get me a babysitter lol

The new Planet of the Apes series of films have been very, very successful and the effects  are nothing short of excellent. The latest film sees Caesar and the apes wage war against the humans. Promises to be epic!

Out July 14th

The Dark Tower

They have been promising to make this film of the Stephen King book series for years! I haven’t actually read the books myself, have any of you? I do like some Stephen King adaptions and I have quite high hopes for this one. Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. How could I refuse?

Idris Elba plays a wondering frontiersman knight who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’. Matthew McConaughey plays the vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick, who is hot on his trail.

Out July 28th

Star Wars: Episode VIII

As I mentioned on my earlier post, I went to see Star Wars: Rogue One at the weekend. Good movie, but not a proper Star Wars film. This promises to be a proper Star Wars film!

Out December 15th

Actually there is quite a lot to look forward to on this list, jolly good! Are there any that you think I have missed off though? I would love to hear your recommendations!

Ta ta and nighty night folks xxx

Lets all go to the Movies

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I went to the cinema yesterday, with popcorn and everything! It was awesome! It really is a rare treat, as we do not have many people to babysit around us and I always feel bad leaving the little tyke with anyone for too long. I just cannot help but fret the whole flipping time. What if he’s crying? What if he’s too hard work for them? What if they are annoyed that we are taking too long? Does anybody else feel like this or am I being silly?

Anyway, my parents had come to visit and I found it the perfect opportunity to take a break and go to the cinema with my hubby to see Star Wars: Rogue One. We were very nearly late for the film, because I kept piddling around in the house and fussing over the little one before I left. Silly Mummy! We managed to get to our cinema seats just in time to watch the trailers (I love the trailers!) and I could relax for the first time in ages. But it is a bit of a long film (I really should have checked the film time before I booked) and the stress started to creep in towards the end of the film. I was willing them to tie up the plot line and finish the goddam film! But it was good, honestly folks and I would recommend going to see it.

I love films and I used to love going to the cinema, or staying in at the weekend with a good old dvd. But now I just cannot concentrate for long if I watch a film at home. There are far too many distractions (this being one of them) and I lose interest very quickly. This is why going to the cinema is my number one treat, because I can just sit there and concentrate on the movie playing in front of me. Pure escapism!

I did intend for this post to be about films I am looking forward to watching in 2017, but I really am flipping tired today. I will leave it to another day.

Ta ta for now folks, hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

xxx

We heart Peppa

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I have had a truly horrendous day at work today. I will not bore you with the details as I am trying my best to calm myself down and take my mind to a nicer place. The subject matter of this post may seem very random but I think it might cheer me up a teeny tiny bit.

The little tyke absolutely love, love, loves Peppa Pig and I have to say that I have a soft spot for the little hog myself. There are so many children programmes that make me want to claw out my own eyes (Dora the Explorer for instance), but Peppa is so lovely and charming. I have noted that there have been a few blogs and stories that have been quite negative towards the programme, but I really don’t think you should take it too seriously. Its a kids tv programme for Petes sake! She’s cheeky, yes, but she’s got so much spark about her character.

The series started in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength since then, with it showing in countries worldwide. The little 5 minute episodes revolve around Peppa, Mummy Pig, Daddy, her brother George and a variety of other animal characters. My favourite character has to be Grampy rabbit, voiced by the very shouty Brian Blessed. What a legend! The little tykes favourite is George Pig of course and he has lots of t-shirts, pyjamas and jumpers featuring his favourite little character.

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He has a selection of Peppa Pig books that are really fun and simple to read to him at bedtime. His favourites are probably ‘Peppa goes on Holiday’ and ‘Bedtime for Peppa’ and they are great books to wind down to. He has a little George Pig comforter that he always takes to bed and he loves it so much, he will sneak it out of the laundry basket even though it needs washing. Cheeky chappy!

What are your little ones favourite children shows? Do they have any favourite characters?

I love Ben & Holly too, but the little tykes not quite old enough yet to appreciate it.

I am off for another evening, hope tomorrows a better day:(

Ta ta for now xxx

My birthing story

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Well this post has come rather late, 18 months too late to be precise! I kept putting it off, but now when I look back, my memories are foggy and the story is fading away. This makes me a bit sad. I have to log what I remember now as I may never experience anything like it ever again. Yes it was painful (so very very painful) and a little bit traumatic, but it is still the story of how my little tyke came to be. So here goes….

My due date was on Saturday 28th June and in the middle of the night the labour pains started up. It felt strange and I am not really sure how to describe them…. very bad period cramps perhaps. But first time mothers are never on time right? So I put it off until the morning and they died off, phew! I was tired after very little sleep but relieved as it seemed to be a false alarm. I didn’t feel ready. But all day and night on that Sunday, I felt the pains on and off and I couldn’t get any rest. I felt exhausted.

By Monday, the pains had become less tolerable and whenever I laid on my side I felt the pain increase. We went to the hospital in the morning, which was about a 40-50 minute trip away.

Now let me take a little break within this story to tell you about my birth plan. I didn’t want to stay in hospital, no way Jose! I wanted to have a nice relaxing birth in the birthing pool with gas and air and no nasty drugs, they would make me feel sick and weird. I had made a lovely birthing playlist (as featured on my post ‘The birthing playlist that never was‘) and now I guess you can see where this is going……

The lady at the hospital said that I seemed ok and not in too much pain, if I was really about to give birth I would not be able to speak through the pain. She could examine me but this could increase the risk of infection, so of course I toddled off back home. I regretted leaving the hospital a few hours after getting back home. I had gone to bed early, telling my husband that I needed some rest. But I could not get rest. I needed the toilet for a wee, but I couldn’t go, it was only later that I realised that what I felt was the pressure of the baby head on my bladder. I went back to the bed and groaned and moaned and called for my husband, the pains were too much. He rang the hospital several times and each time they tried to put us off coming in…. try paracetamol, try a bath or try lying down. It was getting worse and worse until I snapped and said that I couldn’t hold on any longer. Off in the car we went.

The car journey was horrendous, especially when going around any bends. I kept pleading for him to pull over and he refused (its a good job as I believe I would have given birth in a layby). We finally got to the hospital just before midnight and shortly after I was examined. The midwife was shocked “Well done, you’re 8cm and you have done it without any pain relief”. Well I was relieved that someone believed me and I was relieved that I wasn’t a complete wuss who had an incredibly low pain tolerance. This was real. She took one look at my face and asked “Do you want to push?” this was the point where I couldn’t hold back any longer “Yes” I sobbed. So 20 minutes after arriving in hospital I was put on the bed in the delivery suite and told to start pushing.

Now this is where it gets a bit foggy. The pain was excruciating, the midwife said the baby was back to back and that was why I was feeling all the pain in my back. It was too late for drugs but I could have gas and air. Gas and air is a bit rubbish really in my opinion, but I took it anyway for all the good it did. The baby luckily turned in the right position, but near the end he was starting to get stressed and this pushed me to work my hardest and at 2:05am on Tuesday 30th June my 8lb 6oz baby boy was born. He was beautiful.

After some cuddle time with Mummy he sat on Daddy whilst I had stitches. Lots and lots of stitches. My legs were in stirrups for over an hour and I felt sore and bruised all over. Wow, childbirth really gives your body a battering. But it was over and the little tyke was finally here!

I keep thinking about what it would be like to do it again. I love my little man so much and I would do anything for him. If that means going through all of that again to give him a sibling, then I think maybe I could. But with drugs, its got to be with drugs next time!

I bid you all a fair evening my lovelies and ta ta for now xx