Currently…15th September

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
The Ghost Whisperer

Reading:
Blogs
Simply Crochet and another knitting magazine my Mum gave me.

Listening:
Top 40 chart although most of the songs I hadn’t heard or didn’t like.

Making:
I finished a birthday present at high speed on Saturday ready to deliver it at the church service this morning. When I know the recipient has opened it I’ll add a picture. Still working on a Christmas present though.

Feeling:
I still have the cough that Jaxon gave me but after slipping over at church yesterday I have a bruised ankle. I didn’t think I needed medical attention at first but after sitting down for a few hours watching TV and listening to the radio my ankle had swollen so we went to A&E to see what was going on. I had an X-Ray but it was all clear and just confirmed it was bruised rather than any breaks etc.

Planning:
The minimum amount needed to be able to pass our social worker visit tomorrow…..mainly because I’m supposed to rest.

Loving:
How Jaxon is getting better at smiling, how good he was at the service yesterday even though it was quite overwhelming meeting so many new people and also that he’s sort of learning to roll over. He can wiggle his legs towards rolling but hasn’t got the hang of moving his top half yet.

Dear Jaxon… – 9 weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Yesterday you turned two months old, we moved you up to Size three nappies and well and truly in 3-6 months clothes. Your 3-6 month trousers are still a little baggy but while you’re still sitting still and not trying to crawl or wriggle too much they are okay to wear anyway.

Wednesday
After yesterday’s issues with getting your vaccinations we had a second attempt today. I was all geared up to get them now.

The new ring sling arrived in the morning so we had a test around the house, I hadn’t entirely got it correct how to do it up at first but you were comfortable and fell asleep almost straight away. I posted a picture to one if the Facebook groups I belong to and they were able to give me pointers to get it right so that you were safe and comfortable.

In the afternoon we went to the doctors again. There were three nurses to do your vaccinations. One I think was doing the admin side and making sure the lot numbers and things like that were added to your medical record. The other two were actually administering the vaccinations. Your first vaccine was a medicine that they gave you orally, the nurse gave it to you bit by bit and you swallowed it all down. Apparently you were one of the few babies who had taken all the vaccine rather than dribbling it down your chin or throwing it up. (That’s my boy! No messing!)

The next two were a little more painful. There were two spvaccines to be given, rather rthan doing them separately, you had one nurse on each side and they went both at the same time so it was over and done with quickly. You cried for about a minute then stopped, we had a cuddle and then you were fine. I think that’s the way Daddy would react too.

Following the vaccinations we went home and just chilled out, you were starting to feel grouchy as your body did what it needed to, to the vaccinations. You were quite clingy for most of the afternoon but you let me put you in the ring sling so that I could peel potatoes and make dinner.

Thursday
Originally we were going to get up and catch the bus to town so that you and I could go to Bumps and Babes at St. John’s but there was a last minute change of plan and we ended up with the car. Actually it turned out this was a really good thing, Daddy asked if we could take some bits to church for him while were out so we did that on our way home. Then as Daddy wasn’t starting work until the afternoon we went to Jaffa for lunch. Daddy had soup, which he tried hard not to drip on your head as you were in the wrap. I had a coronation chicken vienna which was lovely but I’m sure had too much mayonnaise on it! Oops!

In the afternoon we went to collect Grandma for Slimming World then we went in the new car. You had lots of huggles with Grandma and Cat while we were at group. When we got home, Nanna was here and Grandad had gone to collect Auntie Rachel. You had a cuddle with Nanna then decided that you were hungry so we had a feed. When Auntie Rachel arrived you had a short hug but you were getting tired and I think the grouchy from your vaccinations. I put you in the new ring sling and you seemed to settle but you didn’t go to sleep like normal. I ended up eating my dinner standing up so that I could keep moving when you got restless.

In the end you went to sleep around 10pm and that was it – no peep until tomorrow morning.

Friday
Hello there little one, I’ve actually tried to be organised this time round and I’ve started this post as it’s happening. As I write this you’re sat in your car seat on the living room sleeping. We’ve been home almost an hour and you’ve been there even with Daddy and I chatting around you. You’ve been coughing for the last couple of days but as you weren’t running a temperature you were still able to have your vaccines on Wednesday. I think this has knocked you for six. You managed to sleep 6 and a half hours last night, slept for most of the time that Daddy, you and I were out this morning and then you’ve slept more this afternoon. When you have been awake you have been a little bit more grumpy and grisly, I’m hoping that by Tuesday when we go to Playtime you might be a little happier.

Daddy, you and I went to the country park at Harold and while we were there we introduced you to the ducks. I’m not sure you were entirely fussed but we had fun feeding the ducks on your behalf. Dady spread the seed on a seat and tried to get the ducks to hop up but they weren’t obliging lol.

Mummy and Jaxon watching the ducks

Daddy encouraging the ducks to come for food

Daddy and Jaxon feeding the ducks

Saturday
I’m not actually sure what we did on Saturday, it’s possible that we spent the day at home while Our Sidekick went to see his Mum.

Sunday
This time next week it’s your dedication. Following church, Daddy spent the time chatting to people to organise the food for the buffet after the service. I fed you but had to pop home after there was an accident with my shirt. Daddy looked after you while I went home, thankfully him and Our Sidekick saved me some lunch so when I got back to church there was some waiting for me, You on the other hand were fast asleep in the carrier. Sometimes I think Daddy has a magic touch!

On the way home we decided to take a walk around the Marina while the weather was so good, we also went to the the kayaking course to watch a competition that was taking place. When we got home, something had got to you because you threw an almighty strop and got really worked up. At one point we just left you in the middle of our bed while you cried and cried because we didn’t know what to do, you had a clean nappy and had been fed, we tried cuddling you but that seemed to get you more worked up. Eventually you’d got in such a state that you’d exhausted yourself and had to go to sleep instead. While you slept in the middle of our bed, Daddy and I worked our way round the house making a list of things that needed to be done to make the house tidier. We then took it in turns to go up and down the stairs to check on you, I think in the end though Daddy decided to bring you downstairs given how fast asleep you were!

Monday
Following our list writing yesterday I’d also made a list of things that needed to be done before the dedication, I thought I was being really clever and you and I went to Milton Keynes to buy a cake. However when we got there it turned out that the cakes the shop made had a 3 day shelf life so actually we needed to come back later in the week to do it.

While we were in the shopping centre comparing cake prices you decided that you needed a feed so we ended up going to the Baby Facilites in John Lewis. They were really good, there were comfortable chairs for feeding, there was a water machine so that Mummies could grab a glass of water if needed. There was even a Parent and Child toilet which was the size of a disabled loo and had plenty of space for a buggy etc.

In the afternoon, we went out in the garden to do some bits. I folded up a blanket for you on the grass and then wrapped it round you so you were sort of swaddled in it too. You laid on the grass looking at the sky and the trees while I did some pruning (more like hacking!) to the plants – I got as far as abandoning the debris across the grass because I couldn’t get the green bin through the house to the back garden.

In the evening one of the ladies from church came as she needed Daddy’s help with a project, she gave you a cuddle and I think sang to you in Polish when you were getting worked up.

Tuesday
Around 5am you woke up in a state, you’d started coughing and then couldn’t really stop. We managed to calm you long enough to try and feed but it wasn’t really helping. Daddy managed to get some nasal drops into you but that wound you up more. We decided that I’d try and get you a doctor’s appointment because it was causing you a lot of distress and we can’t really give you anything to help.

I rang the Doctor’s and even at 8:09am they were down to emergency appointments. Given your age and the fact that you’d been coughing for a week I somehow managed to get you an appointment but it did mean we had to miss going to the coffee morning at Grandma’s Church. Following the doctors we popped into Hobbycraft to get the cake topper for Sunday. We then went home and did various bits and pieces.

In the afternoon, I took you to Grandma’s house as I had to go to a meeting with Our Sidekick and Chris to discuss some bits with the fostering team. We grabbed tea on the way to Grandma’s house and I decided that you and I would stay at Grandma’s until we all went to the Knitting Group.

We got out the car and walked to knitting group and as we did you fell asleep in the buggy and stayed asleep until almost the end of knitting group, you had a cuddle with Grandma and then with Grandpa who was on his way home from work and a meal with his boss.

You went to sleep around 10pm, I woke around 2am and you were fast asleep, even when I’d been to the loo and came back you were still out, I went back to sleep again and I woke around 5:30 and you were awake, I had to give you some of the nasal drops as you were really bunged up. You cried really loud and I think you might have woken up Our Sidekick. After about half an hour of a feed and a change, you went back to sleep but I was totally awake. As we were out of a few bits I figured that was the time to make a high speed supermarket run, I left a note for Daddy saying that there was a bottle of expressed milk in the fridge if things got desperate and I quickly and quietly left the house. I went to the supermarket and was home again in 20 minutes, when I got back upstairs you were both still out for the count!

Jaxon is now Two Months Old

Currently…8th September

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (all finished now!)
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
Strictly Come Dancing (UK equivalent of Dancing With a The Stars)
Scandal
Suits
Baggage Claim (Random film found on NowTV)

Reading:
Information about newborns and coughs, also blogs (again!). Jaxon has a cough since last week and although we thought and were advised that it would just go, it seems to be getting worse and so we’re off to take him to the doctors.

Listening:
Radio and whatever is on the TV in the background.

Making:
Really boring but still on Christmas presents of the works in progress.

Feeling:
Rough! I’ve got the same cough as Jaxon and unfortunately it makes my asthma go a little mad, no attacks but it just seems to take up residence.

Planning:
Jaxon’s dedication. It’s on Sunday. Yesterday I went to the get the cake but I had misjudged it and it was too early so instead of being super efficient I just felt super stupid lol.

Loving:
Sleep? It sucks that Jaxon is poorly but he seems to sleep more and is more snuggly when he’s poorly.

Dear Jaxon… – 8 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are 8 weeks old and today we’re going to get your vaccinations done.

That’s as far as I got. When we got home from the doctors you weren’t happy and by the evening you were super grouchy. Epic hugs were required and this meant that not a lot else got done for the rest of the day!

So let’s see if I can write this on my phone while you nap on me….

Thursday
Today we went to give JD a lift to an appointment. I’d messed up and dozed off while you were asleep and JD called at 2:15 asking where I was as her appointment was at 2:20pm. Oops! I got in a state and went to collect her. While she was in her appointment we popped to The Fountain to get JD, her boyfriend and me a drink. I was running out of phone battery so you and I sat outside the building her appointment was in and we waited for JD and her boyfriend to come out of the appointment. After that we dropped JD and her boyfriend home and she gave me some wool that she’d had for a while and not used. We dropped in at home to collect some bits then went to Grandma’s before going to Slimming World. Grandpa had come home from work as he wasn’t feeling entirely well. Grandpa, you and I hung out in front of the TV and chatted about various bits and pieces. As you’d just had a feed we left you with Grandpa while Grandma and I went to weight in at Slimming World.

Friday
With some of the Ladies Group going back to work next week as their jobs are in teaching or in schools we went to the last coffee date before the schools go back today. You and me met Emma outside our usual haunt and then walked to Pensieri to have coffee there instead. We were joined by Margaret, Joy, Helen and Zack from church. It was lovely to sit and chat to everyone. Emma stocked up on Jaxon cuddles then you were passed round but you were getting a bit restless as you were hungry.

After Daddy finished work, Daddy, Our Sidekick, you and I went to look at a new car. We weren’t able to go in it for a test drive but Daddy did and he really liked it. While he was driving you and I walked up and down the forecourt with you wrapped in a muslin and my jumper as Our Sidekick was speaking to his Mum sat in the car. It was good fun until Daddy got back and we had to unwrap you to get you into the car.

Saturday
As Daddy worked yesterday he had today off instead, I think this confused you a little bit especially when he was there in the morning instead of being at work.

Now that we had a bit more time we went back to the garage with Grandpa and had a better look at the new car. I didn’t get to drive it but Daddy got to have a better look and a drive. We weren’t able to buy the car today as part of the paperwork wasn’t ready.

In the evening, we went to dinner at David and Ally’s house, it was a bit of adventure finding their house as they live on quite a new estate and one of the roads isn’t clearly named so we ended up going the wrong way at first. We had a roast dinner which was really lovely. They’d especially made sure that it was gluten free for Daddy, we had gluten free stuffing and gravy too which was really yummy. For pudding we had apple pie and ice cream. It was shop bought apple pie in the end and Daddy couldn’t have any because it wasn’t gluten free but it was really yummy and we all enjoyed our pieces!

Sunday
In the morning we went to church. It was quieter this week so we were able to stay in the main service a bit more than we have in previous weeks. When children’s work started, you and I went in to sit with the kids. You were all wrapped up and were asleep so I sat and knitted while watching Friends and Heroes. Part of the story was about Rahab and the spies. We learnt a new kids worship song that had been learnt at One – I just about managed to do the actions and learn it without waking you up which was quite impressive.

We had lunch with the Church gang, as the weather was good we sat in the garden of No 90. Daddy, Our Sidekick and I sat next to each other and you were in the wrap.

After lunch, we went to get the new car. While were waiting for Daddy to finish bits in the garage. Grandpa, Our Sidekick, you and I waited in the car park. Unfortunately, Grandpa’s car was involved in an accident, I’m not entirely sure what happened but it looked like the other guy was at fault but I’m not sure that’s correct.

Daddy drove the new car as far as one of the villages, then I had a practice driving on the quiet road through the village then once I’d got the hang of it I was allowed to drive home – it was quite exciting. The new car is longer than the old car so that’s a bit of a challenge.

Monday
The original plan for today was that we’d take it easy but would go shopping for some more nappies. However Daddy wasn’t feeling very well and ended up having the day off work. Rather than rushing around like we do some mornings we took it easy and spent time hanging out with Daddy. After a whiie I got up and got dressed and went to the supermarket to get some nappies and have a look for some medicine for Daddy. They didn’t have the one he needed so I had to go to the other local supermarket that did have it. I came home and Daddy took his medicine. While I pottered about doing chores like clearing out the old car, Daddy looked after you inside the house.

Tuesday
This morning Daddy left for work while we were still asleep. He then rang and said that he was being sent home from work so you and me got into the car and went to collect him. He had already started walking home so we met him half way. While I tidied out the old car he looked after you inside the house.

In the afternoon, we went to the doctors. I was to have my six week post natal check up, you were to have your baby check up and your vaccinations but it turned out that you had to be exactly 8 weeks old or more to have your 8 week vaccinations. This meant that I have to take you back tomorrow and get your vaccinations done. After the doctors we took you to see Great Grandma and Grandad. Great Grandad had to pop out to meet someone but Great Grandma was in and I think she loved seeing you. Great Grandad arrived home part way through our visit so he got to see you anyway. They came out so say goodbye and you met their neighbour – I think Great Grandma had been telling her all about you because she was excited to meet you too.

Wednesday
Following yesterday’s false start I was all geared up for today. In the morning we popped into town so chat to one of the girls at The Fountain but she had to go to an appointment so we gave her a lift to her appointment while chatting about things. We went back into town so that we could do some other bits and then came home.

When we got home from town we chilled out, the post lady arrived with the post and one of the packages was Mummy’s new ring sling. I looked up the instructions and I attempted to get you into it. It seemed to work as you went to sleep but it didn’t feel that secure so I don’t think I had it done up quite right. I posted a picture on one of the FB groups I belong to and they were able to give me tips of what I needed to do to get it right.

Mummy and Jaxon playing with the ring sling

In the afternoon we went to the doctor’s, when I got out of the car I put you in the ring sling which proved to be a good idea as we were seen in one of the rooms upstairs in the doctors and I would have had to take you out of the buggy before taking you upstairs. It also meant you got lots of snuggles following your vaccinations.

The first vaccine was an oral one, it was clear and came in a syringe of sorts. I held you while the nurse gave you a little bit at a time. She said that you were really good as most of the babies she had vaccinated today had spat it back out again whereas you swallowed it all. The next two were a little harder. You had to have two injections, so I held you while one nurse put an injection in your left leg and the other nurse did your right leg – the idea being that it’s less painful or less stress if they do them both at the same time. You cried really loud at first then I turned you back round on my lap and we had a cuddle and you calmed down again. I held you back to the car, then when I put you in the car seat you started crying again. Clearly a combination of the stress and the crying was enough because by the time I’d got home you’d dozed off. When you came round a bit later I put you into the sling again which was a really good idea because you were really clingy. I think you were a bit traumatised by the needles etc.

Jaxon - 8 Weeks Old

The Wedding of The Year

Just over a week ago, my little brother (who could sort of be my big brother given how much taller than me he is!) got married to his lovely girlfriend Heather. It’s taken me over a week to sit down and manage to write about it. So here we go…

I always knew that it was going to be a long day. It’s just the way wedding days go I guess. I had to be at the hairdressers for 8:45, in fact I’d been awake for ages by that point between being too excited anyway and when Jaxon woke up. Jaxon had just fed so the idea was that he could stay at home while I went to have my hair done.

Funky purple nails

My Mum and my cousin were at the hairdressers the same time that I was there, I got there and my cousin had her hair in rollers and Mum was having the finishing touches put to her hair. I was actually a little early so while Gina finished up on Vicky’s hair I sat and painted my nails. I haven’t had my nails painting since before I found out I was pregnant so it was a nice treat lol. I had my hair put in rollers too, once my hair was curled Gina put my hair in a half up half down so that it was out of my face but was nice and tidy (unlike the very messy bun I am currently sporting!)

Rockin' The Rollers Look

Hair all done, now for make up and my outfit

While I as at the hairdressers, Our Sidekick had been collected for contact, because of the time of the wedding we had to get it moved so that Our Sidekick could still get to the church to do his ushering bits. We all left the hairdressers at the same time, when I got in the car my phone started ringing and it was Chris asking me when I’d be home, well at least I think that’s what he asked me because Jaxon was getting really worked up and I couldn’t really hear him. For such a little dot, Jaxon can’t half scream loud when it’s needed. I think this was the start of what was going to be a very confusing day for him.

I drove home as quick as I could without breaking the car on the speed bumps or breaking the speed limit. I got through the door, found somewhere to sit and fed Jaxon. Then as if that wasn’t enough stress and confusion, I got changed into outfit number 1 and left for Woodside Church for the legal bit of the wedding proceedings. For one reason or another the legal bit was done at one church and then the actual service was done at the bride’s home church. The Bride was in a gorgeous green dress. Apparently it’s my brother’s favourite so when they discussed about outfits and things like that they decided that she’d wear the green dress to the legal bit and her white wedding dress to the church and reception. My uncle had done the registrar bit at mine and Chris’s wedding seven years ago so when Richard asked if he could do the official bit for him and Heather I think he was very proud to have been asked and commented how it was a “full set” now. In honor of the day and the fact that my brother is a huge fan, he was wearing his Doctor Who themed cufflinks.

Bride and Groom at the Legal Bit

Following that bit and some photographs it was time to head home again for the next outfit change amongst other bits.

As soon as I got in, Chris jumped in the bath and did what he needed to do to be ready. I fed Jaxon again and then got changed. I nearly had a meltdown when he burped and spat up some milk onto the dress I was wearing. I did have a moment and try to decided whether or not I could get away with still wearing the dress – as it happened I got the worst of it off and by the time we left for the church you couldn’t tell.

We got Jaxon into his car seat so that we were all ready to go when Our Sidekick got through the door. He was a superstar and got changed and was in the car in almost five minutes. We all went to Cardington for Wedding Part Two. Chris decided that he was going to put Jaxon in the wrap for the service and it was a genius idea, Jaxon was quiet and well behaved through the service, even when Chris went up to do the reading and took Jaxon with him. I think there was a collective breathe held across the church in case you decided that was the moment that you were going to scream the place down, but you didn’t at all – well done little one.

A reminder on my phone

As we were sat in the church waiting for the arrival of the bride – this pinged up on my phone. See I knew there was something important going on!

Before the service started we were told that we weren’t allowed to take pictures during the service, this means that I don’t have any pictures of the bride arriving in the church. I did however watch for my brother’s reaction. When I married Chris I remember looking round at all the people who were there, then looking up and seeing Chris beaming from one ear to the other (Kewey told me that she watched Chris for his reaction then when she’d seen his reaction she turned to watch me). Richard was beaming from ear to ear too, then when I could see Heather I could see why, she looked gorgeous! Her dress had two layers to it, although it was strapless on the underneath layer there was like a lacy layer over the top so the dress had long sleeves in a way and a really long train. She also wore a veil.

The Bride and Groom outside the church following Part Deux

After the service there were lots of pictures taken outside the church in the sunshine. Lots of people wanted to meet and hold Jaxon but we managed to hold them off until the reception as Jaxon was still sleeping and would need a feed when he did wake up. We popped home as we had forgotten part of the “Jaxon Kit” that would be needed during the rest of the day. We also grabbed a snack for Christ as he hadn’t had any lunch and we weren’t sure how long it would be until we sat down for dinner at the reception.

We got to the reception and there were more photos being taken outside. We lined up for various photos with different combinations of family members. In one of the pictures Richard held Jaxon which was really lovely. On this occasion, Jaxon’s newest Auntie didn’t want to hold him but I didn’t take offence – can you honestly imagine how incredibly embarrassing it would have been if he’d spat up or pooped all over her dress?? Jaxon started to wake up during the pictures and was making his presence known, we tried to get our pictures done as soon as possible and I headed straight inside to try and find a quiet corner to sit in. In the end I sat in the wing of the stage as only the band would be going back there and in theory no-one had reason to go back there until after the meal when the music started.

As I was feeding Jaxon in the wing Chris grabbed me a drink which was perfect because I was thirsty anyway and then breastfeeding zapped me with more thirst. After i finished feeding Jaxon we were accosted by my cousin and his wife, they hadn’t actually met Jaxon yet so they came to meet him. They both had a hold although Jaxon wasn’t entirely happy – I think he was really overwhelmed and needed to chill out for a little while. Following them my “cousin” (Uncle’s step daughter) and her Mum (my Aunt maybe?) came to meet Jaxon too, they joined our family this time last year when my Uncle and his new wifey got married. We sat around and chatted for a while and then at about 6pm the speeches started.

I was interested to see what my brother would say and if Aaron (The Best Man) would behave himself. My brother isn’t a fan of public speaking and so I wanted to be in the room to give him moral support. Unfortunately Jaxon had other ideas!

I missed the speeches as Jaxon decided just as the Father of The Bride started his speech that he needed a feed and the only chair I could find without having to take a screaming baby back through the hall in the middle of the speech, involved me sitting the other end of the building from the speeches and so missed them all – I caught some of the speech but mainly just the giggles! Thankfully the Father of the Bride was on it and sent me – and a few others – the audio files – so as I write this post I am listening to the Best Man’s speech. Oh okay now I’m listening to the Father of the Bride’s speech and you can hear Jaxon crying in the background!)

At the end of the last speech, Our Sidekick came to find us, he came in the room and said to the effect of “You have to come sit down NOW!” Well I thought that my Mum had sent him because they couldn’t start serving food until we were seated. I used to be a waitress for the catering company who did the food so I do know that at some weddings you had to wait for certain people to be seated and all sorts. So I walked/skipped my way back to the table while Chris put Jaxon back in the wrap. I took my seat and waited for the boys who I presumed were just behind me (Our Sidekick was but Chris was further behind).

Belinda (The Bride’s cousin) and her sister went up on to the stage, I thought it was a bit random but there were various bits of entertainment so didn’t think anything of it. Then Belinda started playing the opening bars of One Day More from Les Miserables. Well as it clocked, Richard’s friend Simon stood up to my left and stated belting out Valjean’s part, then over the other side a relation on Heather’s side stood up and started Marius’s part. Well I’m not quite sure what my reaction was but I turned to Our Sidekick and said that I wanted to join in. As I said that, Vicky (my cousin – she was a bridesmaid) stood up and started on Eponine’s part. Before I knew it my Mum and the Father of the Bride were up out of their seats singing Madame and Monsieur Thenardier’s parts. OH MY WORD!!! I was so proud of my Mum. We often have the Les Mis CD on in the car and we’ve been to see Les Mis in London as well as seen the DVD quite a few times (We tried to get tickets to the simulcast from the O2 but they’d sold out). Part way through it builds up towards the finale, at that point all the people involved marched to form two lines behind the top table, Our Sidekick went too and grabbed a big red flag that had been on the floor next to the stage. Well he wasn’t singing but he had been included which made even prouder. He was in the background waving the flag like they do on the barricade in the performance of Les Miserables. I cheered like crazy and was so proud of them all but part of me was a little sad that I hadn’t been involved. I was doing okay until Mum came to hug me and explain why I hadn’t been involved (I was in labour at the time of one of the rehearsals!), then I knew I was going to have a little cry so charged for the loo. I managed to pull myself together and it later turned out that they’d all been instructed to make sure that I was in my seat and under no condition were they allowed to start without me being there. Even Richard was in on it!

Following that the food was served. I had melon with raspberry coolie to start followed by chicken roast dinner for mains and profiteroles for pudding. Myself and two others in the room have all been on Slimming World and all decided that for the day we were drawing a line, we were going to enjoy the meal and deal with the consequences after. In my case your little brother only gets married once.

After the meal we started the music. This started with my Uncle getting the bride and groom up for their first dance. They weren’t actually having one and I think they thought that they had go away with it but it wasn’t that easy. We’d been plotting and planning to figure out a song for them, so in the end their first dance was to I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing by Aerosmith (or at least our interpretation of it!). Vicky sang the lead while Paul (my uncle) played guitar, I was then throwing in harmonies when I could and Belinda was adding strings for good measure.

All in all it was a good day and the Bride looked gorgeous at both the legal bit and the church bit. Her dress was amazing!

Currently…1st September

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (Season 6 and just started Season 7 this weekend – Have found other things to watch and have been out more this last week so haven’t got through quite as many episodes)
Who Do You Think You Are? (That was episode 4 this week)
The Great British Bake Off (Oh dear! Bingate!!)
Baby Einstein (with Jaxon of course!)

Reading:
More blogs! Oh and car descriptions – we got a new car yesterday. It’s a long story to why we collected it on Sunday in the end but it’s lovely and shiny. It’s a hybrid so it’s really quiet and has an auto idle stop so when you’re at traffic lights and things like that it switches off to save fuel. It takes some getting used to but we’ll get there in the end!

Listening:
Radio mainly, although in the new car currently it’s only my CD in the car so it’s that or the radio right now.

Making:
Christmas presents – again! Also started a WIP given to me by one of my friends, she had learnt to knit but then sort of gave up half way through a project, she’s given me the project she was on and I’ve frogged it to restart – I’m hoping I can sort it out for her and give it back as a finished project, Also while she’s signed off sick from work we might spend some time relearning how to knit but we’ll see how she’s doing because recovering is a higher priority. I’ve also dug out an older WIP that could do with being finished (And then I can use the needles on the project that was adopted from my friend as they will be easier than the long needles that came with the project.

Feeling:
All muddled up. A lot happened last week involving some rather crazy decisions. This one is definitely having to go into God’s hands because I think if I make the decision one way then I am going to need his strength in abundance to be able to achieve the goal and what’s being asked of me. If I try to do it in my own strength then I think I’ll either be living on caffeine to try and extend my days or I’ll be curled up in a corner having a meltdown!

Planning:
The future in a way but we need God to show us the next steps after all he knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11 definitely keeps coming to mine and the bit about the birds of the air don’t worry where their food come from).

Loving:
Coffee dates with the ladies from church. We had our last coffee date of the Summer on Friday but hopefully we’ll be able to continue meeting during term time and organise stuff that we can all do in evenings around the ladies who work in schools or term time only jobs.
Still my family, on Saturday, the boys and I went for dinner at my Cousin and his wife’s house, They cooked a roast dinner for us and we took pudding – I had meant to be all domesticated and make a pudding but it didn’t go down like that and in the end we had to buy a pudding but it was still yummy and lovely to catch up. Our Sidekick also got to chat about Graphics and Animation to my cousin who studied Animation at University and has just completed a second degree in Games Animation or something like that.

Dear Jaxon… 7 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are 7 weeks old. You’re starting to hold your head up more and also you’ve discovered your hands so between meals you often wedge your hand in your mouth and have a nibble. We seem to have a sort of schedule going but sometimes it seems like we’re on different schedules. You’re getting the hang of smiling, it’s still a little rough round the edges but we’re getting there.

Wednesday/Thursday
I’m confused with these two days. Somehow I’ve got confused and can’t remember when things happened!

Somehow during the one of the nights you managed almost six hours sleep straight. I appreciated the sleep but when you did wake up I was worried if you were okay.

On Wednesday we had the last band practice before the reception on Saturday. You slept through the whole rehearsal even though it was a little loud.

On Thursday you, Grandma and I went to Slimming World. Lots of people came to look at you and ask how you were doing. You’re a bit of a celebrity lol.

Friday
During the evening, Our Sidekick went with Auntie Heather to Renhold Village Hall (where the reception would be) to do various bits including one massive surprise bit (I didn’t know about the surprise until it actually happened at the reception). Our Sidekick almost landed Grandma in it because she was super excited about the surprise but couldn’t ruin it by telling me before it happened.

Saturday
Today we went to your first wedding. Uncle Richard married Auntie Heather. It was a bit all go until we got to the church in the afternoon, we saw each other on and off all day which I think really put you off as we’ve spent most of every day since you were born together, if you cry then I’m usually within earshot to be able to fix the problem.

You were so good all day, you didn’t cry in the service even when Daddy took you up the front so he could do the reading. There was a collective holding of breathe as I think people thought you might cry just at that moment but you didn’t.

You did start to get restless during the photos but once we got inside and you had a feed you were much happier. You got to meet Ally, David, Emily and Cat before the meal and then later in the evening you got to meet Kirsty too.

Daddy took you home while I finished at the reception. When I got home you were fast asleep.

Sunday
I think not really seeing me, along with all the new people and strange surroundings on Saturday had really tired you out, you slept for nearly 6 hours during the night which was lovely and so welcomed however I woke up about 45 minutes before you because I thought I was going to explode. I got up and expressed some milk along with loading the dishwasher while I waited for bits to sterilise, Then I heard a cry coming from upstairs, you’d woken up. Although it was painful to be woken up like that, the extra milk came in handy because the expressed milk could then be taken out with us at lunchtime and it meant that I didn’t have to find somewhere to sit on my own and feed you – I could stay with the group and chat while feeding you.

After your feed and a change, we attempted to go back to sleep rather than going to church. Daddy and Our Sidekick still went to church though. Daddy came to collect us so that we could go for lunch with the Picnic Gang. We had lunch at church and you joined us sat on my knee at the table.

Following lunch we went home and just chilled out given how shattered we still were.

Monday
As it was a Bank Holiday, Daddy had come up with a plan, when we got up in the morning though it was raining quite heavily but that didn’t stop Daddy we were still going for an adventure. We went to the Bank Holiday Market at Bourn after we had breakfast which was your furthest trip away from home so far.

We explored the market then went into Cambridge to get some lunch and also to go to the Museum of Technology. We arrived at the museum and you were getting a little worked up. I thought you just needed changing so you and I went to find the baby changing. Well it turned out it was me kneeling on the floor. After changing you we went and waited in the corridor for Daddy to find us. We joined the tour for about ten minutes but it wasn’t working. I had a quick scout for somewhere to sit to feed you but there wasn’t anywhere. I did find a chair but it was right in the middle of a busy pathway between two for the rooms……

In the end I left Daddy with the buggy and took you back to the car. We had a feed and you fell asleep in my lap.

We stayed there while Our Sidekick and Daddy finished the museum tour. Our Sidekick ran up to the car and banged on the window. You jumped a mile but didn’t wake up which was pretty impressive.

Tuesday
Today was a busy day. You and I caught the bus into town. I had just missed the next one so we ended up waiting in the rain. You were under your rain cover and I was wearing Our Sidekick’s waterproof as I’ve lost mine.

We got off the bus and walked back to the office where Grandma was working today. We popped into Roosters so that I could grab a drink. The ladies behind the counter were really lovely especially as I was a bit flustered lol. There was a customer sat next to the door and he held the door open for us when we arrived and then again when we left. I was so grateful.

While I went to talk social media to one of Grandma’s clients, she took you round to see some of the other people in the building who all wanted an update of how you were doing.

You, Grandma and I went to run some errands and then went to lunch at Willington. I managed to feed you with no problems in the cafe but changing your nappy was a joke. Once I got the buggy into the disabled toilet I couldn’t get the changing bed down. Then because of where the toilet and bin were I couldn’t move it round. In the end I had to leave the buggy outside with grandma while I changed you.

We ran a couple more errands then went to Grandma’s house. I worked on some bits while you slept in the car seat. In the afternoon we went to visit Veronica and Basil as they were up here visiting Kate. They were so excited to meet you and even Lola-Dog wanted to meet you. At one point her tail nearly hit the car seat and we thought she might wake you.

Grandma got us home and you were desperate for a feed, to the point of crying really Ioud!

I’ve got the feeling I might have missed things but hopefully this covers the week!

Seven Weeks Old

30 Days of Lists – Blog Hop

With the arrival of Jaxon and various bits that are going on around here I keep debating whether to join in with 30 Days of Lists this time. Because of work and things like that, the last few times I’ve signed up and then fallen behind. Seeing as I sort of have more time now (if Jaxon has naps when he’s supposed to!) then I might now have time, then again I guess I could always sign up and do blog posts instead of journal layouts or a notebook like I’ve done in the past. Either way I figured that I would join in with the blog hop that’s taking place today.

I love lists, I am a bit of a nut when it comes to lists. I have an ongoing to do list that I regularly cross of bits, add bits and then rewrite the whole list when there are more crossed out items than uncrossed items. I think this is why I love my Filofax even though I own an iPad,  why I love a paper diary even though I still duplicate everything onto my iPhone calendar so that Chris and Our Sidekick have some item what I’m up to and why I love Bullet Journals although I still haven’t entirely got it down.

For the blog hop we were encouraged to go and pick a previous prompt and do our thing. The prompt I chose is “Favourite Websites and Blogs” – this was Kam’s entry for that day.

Favourite Websites and Blogs

So here is my list – you can find the other blogs taking part here.

Favourite Websites and Blogs

The Nerd Nest

The Nerd Nest

Hello Nature Blog

Hello Nature

The Gnarly Whale

The Gnarly Whale

HelenSaying

Helen Saying

The Lemonade DiariesThe Lemonade Diaries

The Laura Way

The Laura Way

Today's Letters

Today’s Letters

The Petite Mrs

The Petite Mrs

Kirsten's Blog

Kristin Oliphant

Mummy-final2

Mummy of All Trades

Mrs Bishop's Bakes and Banter

Mrs Bishop’s Bakes and Banter

RUkristin

Rukristin

And the hosts:

Lemon and Raspberry

Lemon and Raspberry

Campfire Chic

Campfire Chic

Currently…25th August

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (Season 6 – I finished Season 3 as I wrote the post and somehow have made it through the rest in a week. It means I’ve got just over a season to go. Then what am I going to watch while feeding?)
Who Do You Think You Are? (A new series has started on the BBC about three weeks ago. So I have a couple of episodes to catch up on)
The Great British Bake Off

Reading:
Mainly blogs again this week and song lyrics for one of the surprise bits we were doing at the wedding this weekend.

Listening:
The playlist of songs I had on my phone to go with the above lyrics.

Making:
Still on Christmas presents – The counter on my phone says it’s 4 months today – right well better get on with it!

Feeling:
Excited about the wedding and grateful that I was part of some surprise bits.

I was a little bit disappointed that I couldn’t be involved in one bit but it later turned out that Chris and one of the bridesmaids had both been instructed that it couldn’t start until I was in my seat but my Mum knew how much I’d love it. A group of guests – mainly in the wedding party – had all been practicing One More Day from Les Miserables. Richard’s friend Simon started it, then my cousin Vicky stood up to song Eponine’s part and then my mum stood up to sing Madame Thenardier’s part. I thought my heart would explode. I was so proud of her, we often have it on in the car and split into parts. I turned to Our Sidekick and said something to the effect of “I want to join in!!!” Well when it got to the bit where all the characters are singing their parts over one another, all the people involved walked round the tables to stand behind the top table, well Our Sidekick went with them. He wasn’t singing but he’d been asked to stand behind everyone and wave a big red flag like they do on the barricade in the performance of Les Miserables. I was so excited and proud of him as I know he’d not normally be involved in performance things.

Planning:
Not so much planning going on other than the crazy to do list that seems to grow and shrink every few days.

Loving:
My family, as it was my brother’s wedding all the extended family were in town for it. Got to catch up with my Uncle and his wifey who we hadn’t seen since their wedding last year, their daughter Em absolutely loves Jaxon so she had lots of cuddles with him. Also caught up with my cousin and her wife. My grandparents were sat opposite us at the dinner, it was really sweet to watch my Grandma hand my Grandad her cutlery and ask him to cut up her food for her, she had a stroke a few years ago and although she gives it a go she does struggle to cut her food and so needs Grandad to help her.

Dear Jaxon… – 6 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are six weeks old, as I write this you’re wrapped up in the Hug-A-Bub, you were getting yourself worked up and I think it was because you were tired and couldn’t get yourself to sleep. Some days I think me holding you makes you replace sleep with milk – I guess we’ll see as you get older.

Last week it was Holiday Club over at Cardington. During the day we mainly spent the time at home trying not to do too much to make sure I didn’t over do it. Normally each week I take notes and things like that about what we got up to but this week I didn’t which is slightly annoying so I’m sort of piecing it together as best I can.

Wednesday
We wandered to the supermarket for some bits that we needed and then wandered home again, we definitely needed a chilled out day.

Thursday
We headed into town to meet Emma for a coffee. While we were stood at the bus stop, Great Grandma and Great Grandad drove past, they were on their way into town and wondered if we’d like a lift, so rather than catching the bus they gave us a lift as far as the doctors surgery and we walked the rest of the way. This meant we were early for our coffee date so we had a potter round the shops. We went to a couple of the charity shops and found you some cute outfits. I nearly bought you a t-shirt that had Sully from Monsters Inc on it but it said “Daddy’s Little Monster” and I wasn’t so keen on that. We then went to meet Emma at Coffee With Art. Normally we meet at a different coffee shop but it was nice to do something different. The coffee shop has a staircase made of books which is really cool. It’s not Daddy’s kind of thing but I really loved it. We sat chatting about all sorts of bits and pieces and you had a cuddle with Emma.

Exploding Wall
The Book Staircase

Friday
Today was the final day of holiday club – you don’t have to worry now, it’ll all be done until next year – we might be able to sort a babysitter instead so that you don’t have to come with me and you can go to bed as normal – or we sort with Daddy that he has to be home from work on time/early on those days if he can make it. During the day, S, our supervising social worker for looking after Our Sidekick came for a visit – you were chilled and then fell asleep during our meeting which was good – it was easier to deal with you like that, than when you’re upset and grouchy. After that, you and I went shopping with Grandpa, I think he liked going out with us, he pushed your around in the buggy while I did some shopping, he then took us home and went to visit Great Grandad. Part way through the evening I had a text from Daddy. Your grandparents had come to collect Auntie Rachel and they’d popped by to say hello but you weren’t there as you were with me at Holiday Club, so after some discussion Daddy came to collect you from the church, at first he couldn’t find you as you were being passed round, when Daddy got there Rebecca C was having a cuddle with you – I think you were puzzled about all the new people who you were meeting. I stayed with Grandma while you went home with Daddy. When I got home you were having a lovely cuddly with Grandma but you were getting grouchy because although there had been a bottle of expressed milk in the fridge for you, it wasn’t quite enough so you were hungry again. After feeding you, we both headed to bed but I started to feel poorly, I thought it might have passed in the morning so didn’t say anything and went to bed.

Saturday
There’d been this plan. We were going to charge through the week doing holiday club and then Saturday was going to be a chilled out day, while Uncle Richard, Grandpa and a heap of their friends went on Uncle Richard’s stag do, Grandma S was going to catch up with things around the house and work bits and it would be okay because the boys would be out all day. Well during the night I hadn’t been very well, I tried feeding you in the morning but whatever was going on was making my stomach and back hurt so sitting up to feed you was really hurting. Daddy got me to call BEDOC in case it was something that I could pass to you, having spoken to the doctor/nurse over the phone she suggested that we went into see someone. Daddy had already rang Grandma and asked her to stand by as he really needed to get to work. Grandma came to the rescue and took us to the hospital. She looked after you while I went in to see the doctor. Thankfully it wasn’t serious and the doctor thought it could just be a bug and to keep an eye on my symptoms. I guess had it been serious Daddy would have done what was needed to close the shop and then come home or met us at the hospital if it was really desperate. That would have really stuffed up Grandma’s day if she then had to spend all morning in the hospital with me. We spent most of the day hanging out at home so that I could recover and feel better.

Sunday
We headed to church early so that Chris could speak to a couple of people about your dedication service. We were in the service but really it was too loud and so we went to sit in the other room. A couple of the little girls at church came to say hello to you but you were feeding so you weren’t all that interested (clearly food is more important to you than the girls which is kind of good right now lol). After church we stayed for the picnic but because it had been raining earlier in the morning we stayed at church and sat round the tables instead. You ended up sat in your car seat so that we could eat, you had sort of settled but wouldn’t sleep, instead you sat in your chair and watched everyone. After church we came home and watched Aladdin and Dead Posts Society.

Monday
What did we do on Monday little one? I think we spent most of the day at home.

Tuesday
Today we had to go shopping – it seems that we were down to our last handful of nappies – really during one of your naps I need to circulate the pile and work out what we’ve actually got. Before you were born we had stockpiled Size 1 nappies as we knew you’d go through them at a rate of knots. Now you’re in a Size 2 – I think you would still fit in a Size 1 but as it happens you are right in the middle of the Size 2 age bracket and given the presents we’ve had in your nappies you probably need the extra material to contact them!

In the afternoon we walked to Grandma’s to collect the dedication invites that she’d made for us. We then walked home via Lucy’s house to drop off a thank you card and a birthday card for her little boy who is 1 this week. We then went to the supermarket to try and get a new phone charger as mine has well and truly died. When we got there, they said that they were out of stock – well that was annoying especially as I’d got so little battery in my phone it had switched itself off on the way to the supermarket. Daddy has a plan though.

So it’s now Wednesday – which technically will come on next week’s post when you’ll be seven weeks, but I wanted to mention this. First thing you went to sleep at about 9:45 or something like that, after reading for a little while I decided that I would go to bed as I was actually really tired! I fell asleep and at some point in the night I woke up. I’d been dreaming that you were asleep next to me, so when I woke up and Daddy was right next to me (I mean like he was side by side to me not just in the bed next to me) I nearly jumped out the bed. It turned out that while I was dreaming I’d somehow put my arm right across Daddy which is unusual as we both like our space when we’re sleeping! I went straight back to sleep, I hadn’t checked the time so I’m not sure how long I was asleep for but when you started to whimper because you needed a feed and a change I checked the time and it was 3:30am – you’d slept for almost 6 hours straight – that’s a NJR – that’s New Jaxon Record.

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