The birthing playlist that never was

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I had planned on a water birth, but as some of you may know, Mother Nature does not always follow your desired plan. The reality for me, was being rushed into the delivery room ten minutes after I arrived at the hospital because I was already 8cm dilated! No drugs! No pool! No relaxing, calming birthing music!

I later found the CD compilation that I put together in the bottom of my hospital bag, never to be used. I still have the folder on my computer, lets have a look at some of the songs I put together on the playlist –

  • Carnival – The Cardigans
  • Lets stay together – Al Green
  • Cupid – Amy Winehouse
  • The sea – Morcheeba
  • Don’t stop – Fleetwood Mac
  • The distance – Cake
  • You do something to me – Paul Weller
  • Ten storey love song – The Stone Roses
  • Walking on a dream – Empire of the Sun
  • You’ve got the love – Florence and the Machine
  • To the End – Blur
  • Golden Years – David Bowie
  • Days – Kirsty MacColl
  • Wild horses – The Sundays
  • Love of my life – Queen

I wanted to put together songs that relaxed me and I liked. Listening to whale music, wind chimes or panpipes would totally have the opposite effect on me (they play this kind of music in the beauticians I visit and it irritates the heck out of me). I knew I would be nervous and it had to be something familiar to me, something that helped me think positive, calm thoughts. At the time, I googled other mothers birthing lists and found that a lot of them were quite comical, would you seriously want to give birth to ‘Push it’ by Salt N Peppa? Not for me, thank you!

Did any of you plan a birthing playlist? Did you get to use it? Its such a personal choice for us all and it can be a great thing to help motivate/relax you during childbirth.

Take care all, ta ta for now xxx

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Final Halloween touches

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Saturday was a lovely family day this week, Daddy didn’t have to work in the morning and we managed to tick off lots of little errands from our to-do list. In the morning we went into our local village shopping centre to go to the butchers, but it was so busy when we got there, only Daddy could get in the shop. I let the little tyke have a toddle outside for a bit and we looked in all the shop windows whilst we waited, Daddy then came out with a bag of goodies. He bought some burgers and some Halloween themed specials: spicy pumpkin sausages and little ghosts in blankets. How cute!

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Halloween themed goodies from the butchers

We then went on to the bank, which just so happens to be near to a Waitrose. I went in to pick up some milk and a newspaper and my eyes were drawn to the halloween decorations. Uh oh! Not again! I have now purchased my final, final, final Halloween decorations of the year….. I promise! I bought two little soft toys who we shall now call Skelly the Skeleton and Winny the Witch. The little tyke loves them too, what do you think? Too cute?

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Skelly the skeleton (from Waitrose)
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Winny the Witch (from Waitrose)

They now sit on our mantelpiece with some other spooky decorations and I think they finish the display off really well. Its not too garish and in your face and its not too scary for the little fella. I don’t want to take the display down now, boo! How long until Christmas?

Halloween decorations

So thats it, Halloween is nearly here. What will you be doing? We are planning on getting cosy, putting the candles on and catching up on The Walking Dead with some popcorn. Plus, we have a little bucket of sweets and chocolates ready for any trick or treaters. This leaves me to wish you all a Happy Halloween!

Ta ta for now and nighty night xxx

Crafty time – Pumpkin greeting cards

The little tyke and myself have really got into the Halloween spirit today by making some lovely Halloween greetings cards. For this project you will need –

  • 1 apple
  • paintbrush
  • orange paint
  • green paint
  • white card
  • crayons
  • glitter pens or markers
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Cut your apple in half

Mummy cut the apple in half for the little tyke and let it dry a little, so the paint will sit better on the surface.

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Put some orange paint in your paint tray

We used Crayola Washable Kids Paint for this project as it is a child friendly option. When the apple had dried, we applied the orange paint to one side of the apple.

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Good layer of orange paint on one side of the apple

Now it was over to the little tyke to start pressing the apple on to the paper. We had to have a few attempts before we got some good results, but the little chap had lots of fun in the process.

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Apple printing was lots of fun!

After the paint had dried I used crayons and glitter pens to add the final details and we had our finished card!

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Halloween greetings card

This was a really quick afternoon craft project and quite fun to do. I suppose there are lots of other details that you could add to the card such as stick on eyes, or maybe use different colour card to make the pumpkin really stand out. Why not give it a try?

If you like this, have a look at my post about making handprint Christmas cards?

Have a nice evening all, ta ta for now xx

Too tired for more babies?

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Lately I have felt so, so tired and I really don’t understand why. We are way past the night feed stage and the little tyke is sleeping fairly well at the moment but I still feel sapped of energy. Its when I feel like this that it makes me wonder; could I cope having another baby? I don’t know if I can and that makes me feel a little bit sad. Am I alone in feeling like this?

I found the baby stage really, really hard. For the first six months I did not enjoy it at all and I felt very low at times. The sleep deprivation was so hard to deal with and I struggled with the physical after effects of giving birth for a long while. Please don’t get me wrong, the first time I layed eyes on my son it was love at first sight, but I felt absolutely useless in the beginning. I didn’t know how to do anything and I had zero confidence in my abilities. If I did it again of course I would probably be better, in fact I know I could be better. But I still worry how I would do.

If I am honest, I would love a little brother or sister for the little tyke some day. It would be lovely to see him bond and play with another sibling, he would make such a good big brother. But if it didn’t happen for whatever reason would he still be ok and how would I feel? Would I regret it? I guess work is not really helping me at the moment, its been pretty full on and the stress is probably contributing to the tiredness more than anything. Also, the little tyke is walking now, so he is into everything and he can be bit of handful at times. But I love how he is now, he’s so great at this age and I will miss this time. Please don’t grow up too quickly little tyke!

There is so much to look forward to with our little family and I am excited about what the future has to hold. With regards to extending it one day; it may or may not happen. Who knows how I will feel in time to come?

Ta ta for now xxx

Halloween treats

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I really must control this urge to keep buying Halloween treats and decorations this year! I have totally got carried away with it all and I really don’t know why. I was never bothered about it before, so why now? I guess you’re life changes so much when you have children and you just want them to have the most magical and special experiences as they grow up. Getting involved with festivities such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas can be fantastic fun for children and parents alike!

When I was growing up, Halloween wasn’t really as popular as it is now and it was seen as more of an American tradition. But it in recent years it has evolved into a much more family friendly activity which has seen the tradition grow in popularity in the UK. You cannot escape the decorations, themed food and clothes in the shops at the moment. This weekend, we picked up a few Halloween themed treats and decorations in the supermarket, which I thought were super cute and not too scary for the little tyke to enjoy.

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Light Up Pumpkin
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Light Up Pumpkin

The Medium Light Up Pumpkin from Sainsbury’s features an LED light inside which can be turned on and off for a spooky effect. It is made of plastic, so is a lot more robust than most Halloween ornaments. The Light Up Pumpkin is also available in a larger size.

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Halloween Flag Bunting

This Halloween Flag Bunting will look really effective draped over a mantlepiece or feature mirror and is approximately 1.3 metres in length. The attractive design looks subtle and not too scary for little ones.

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Spooky George Pig Long Sleeve Boys Top

Last year I couldn’t find very much George Pig merchandise, it was all about Peppa, but this year he seems to be everywhere! I love this little Spooky George long sleeve top from TU at Sainsbury’s. The little tyke will look super cute in this!

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Ghost and Pumpkin Mallows

The little tyke will miss out on trick-or-treating so I thought I would pick up a little treat that he might enjoy (only one or two mind). These Ghost and Pumpkin Mallows from Sainsbury’s are perfect as a treat for younger children. We also picked up some variety bags of chocolates as we have quite a few families around us with young children, who will probably come around to visit on Halloween night.

I might also make some Pumpkin and Pecan muffins this weekend, is anybody else planning on anything special for Halloween?

Thats all from me for another night, ta ta for now xx

Lets go to the playground

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Nothing would please the little tyke this morning, “Right, thats it!” I declared “Lets go to the playground!”. We needed some good old British country air in our lungs to boost our energy levels and more importantly, we needed to lift the little chaps mood. I suspect he is teething again as he is dribbling like crazy at the moment and he has been a little Mister grumpy pants. He couldn’t put his wellys on fast enough!

In the past few weeks he has been building up his confidence with his walking, ever since taking his very first steps. I didn’t think he would take to shoes but he absolutely loves them and always hands them over for me to put them on his feet. This now means that I can put him down for short periods of time to have a slow, nervous toddle. He felt a little bit nervous with all the children running around, so preferred to hold on to Mummys or Daddys hand whilst we explored the playground.

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Wobbling duck rocker
We are really quite lucky in our village as we have a super selection of facilities at our recreational ground that caters for all ages. There is a skatepark and climbing wall for the older kids, picnic benches for the parents and play equipment for children of all ages. The swings were being used when we first turned up so we took the little tyke on to one of the wobbling rides on springs. He is a little bit small for it at the moment, so we had to keep a close eye, but he had great time rocking away!

Next up was his old favourite, the swings! His mood soon lifted as he was thrown back and forth in the air as he giggled away. I don’t think you can ever get bored of the swings, if nobody was around I would have had a cheeky go.

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Trying to go up the slide!
Next up, it was a turn on the slides. They have 3 or 4 different sizes of slide and he wanted to go on every one. Mummy and Daddy had to pretend to slide him down (whilst firmly holding on) and he insisted on trying to walk back up them once he had got to the bottom!

I felt his little hands and they were starting to get a little cold, so we decided that it was time to call it a day and go home. Not before Daddy and the little tyke trudged through all the Autumn leaves and kicked them up into the air. What fun! I will miss Autumn!

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Kicking up Autumn leaves
So thats it for another evening all, time to snuggle on the sofa and find a good film.

Ta ta for now xx

Mummy rage and the kindness of strangers

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After a morning of being cooped up inside the house, we decided to go out to a well-known department store for a spot of shopping for some hallway lights. Unfortunately, the store was completely and utterly rammed to the rafters with stressed out shoppers. This was turning into a bit of a bad idea. The little tyke, after a long while of being cooped up in the car seat, couldn’t bear to be cooped up in the pushchair and insisted on us carrying him everywhere. So we proceeded to swap him from Mummy to Daddy, Daddy to Mummy and so on. The store had the heaters blasting and we had our coats on as it was cold outside, which didn’t really help the situation.

We tried to weave in and out of the crowds to get to our destination and were largely successful in our mission until we got stuck behind a lady and her two daughters who were fannying about with scooters in the middle of the aisle. We waited patiently and eventually got past. After looking at the lighting section, we realised that it was getting close to the little tykes dinnertime and attempted to get across the store in order to get the lift to the cafe. We had to weave in and out of the crowds again, but were stopped in our tracks by the very same women with the scooter girls. They just would not budge and she didn’t say a bloody word to her children. I’m not proud of this, but I was annoyed and exclaimed “Oh come on!” as I finally managed to squeeze through whilst carrying the little tyke “They’re only children” she huffed. Was I being unreasonable?

It’s always after the event that the clever responses come to your mind. If I could go back I would like to say to this lady “Have you already forgotten what it is like and how hard it can be?” I am sure that when her two girls were babies, she must have experienced kindness from strangers. An opened door. A gentle smile whilst one of them has a tantrum. A lost toy picked up off the floor and handed back. I can understand somebody not having the patience to help when they have not had children, but this lady had.

We left the store not long after and retreated to a supermarket cafe. The little tyke still wanted to be carried by Mummy and whilst I carried him up the stairs on one arm and the changing bag on the other, we experienced kindness from a stranger. Another Mummy with two small children told them to stand to the side and said to me ” Please, you go up first”, my heart could have burst with joy. What a lovely, lovely thing to do. She knows and she cares and I want to be like her in years to come. Don’t ever forget the kindness of strangers!