Dear Jaxon…19 Weeks

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

So normally I write to you on a Wednesday as you were born on a Wednesday. I decided this week that I would write to you after we’d taken Loz to the airport today. It was an early start but you were actually already awake so I didn’t need to get you up. In fact you woke me which was good as my alarm decided not to set properly.

It was your first trip to the airport. You and I got ourselves ready to go. K and Loz arrived at our house while Cat popped to the shop. K got your car seat into the car and put the buggy in the boot while I strapped in the chair. I sat in the back next to you in case you needed me and Loz sat next to me. There were quite a few queues on the way as it was rush hour but we got to the airport in the end.

As we walked through the airport, K kept pulling faces at you and making silly noises, you loved it and smiled every time. You had your photo taken lots of times so we could document Loz’s last few hours with us here in the UK. Hopefully one day we’ll go and visit her in Australia but not until you’re a little older.

Smiley Jaxon with Loz

Loz and Jaxon plane watching

We had breakfast in one of the restaurants, it was on one side of the terminal so we could watch the planes taking off. We saw Emirates, British Airways, Aer Lingus and Lufthansa planes take off.

I think my favourite picture is you and Loz looking at the planes.

We all had big cuddles before Loz went through the security point to the gate for her flight. We all walked back to the car and got all loaded up to go home. We didn’t really speak but we were all a little (or a LOT) sad that Loz has gone. It’s been too long since we last saw her (I was 18 when her and her family moved to Australia) and it could be too long before we see her again.

This week you’ve been attempting to sit up more. You’ve not quite got the hang of it yet, you hold yourself up for a few seconds the you’ll drop sideways or forwards. Sometimes it’s backwards so I have to keep an eye on you so you don’t hurt yourself. If you go forwards you end up with your forehead on your feet and you get stuck.

I’m taking you to be weighed officially in two weeks when you’re 5 months old. This week I stood on the bathroom scales with you and you were 7.8kg that’s about 17lbs 3oz. That means you’re about 7lbs heavier than when you were born. I haven’t checked but I think that means you’re still on the same percentile line which is good.

You keep watching Daddy and I when we eat. Apparently you did try and steal some food of Daddy’s plate the other day, we’re not supposed to start weaning yet but I’m wondering if we can give you a little taste of foods maybe some baby porridge or something like that and see how you do. I’ll have to discuss that with Daddy. I’m sure a taste wouldn’t harm would it?

When laying on the floor you’ve managed to start rolling onto your side. You sometimes start getting frustrated and I can’t work out whether it’s because you can’t get all the over onto your front or if you get half way and then can’t roll back the other way. I’m guessing it’s something that will come with practice in the end.
You’ve also started to hold your legs up in the air which is funny.

Rolling over...

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On Friday, it was Children in Need, I got you a Pudsey onesie to wear. You looked super cute. I think you might have to wear it a few more times before you grow out of it.

Love you little one

Mummy xx

Currently…17th November

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Strictly Come Dancing (I expected Judy to go sooner but now she’s gone – I would like Anton to win someday – he’s been in every series so far and not got that far)
Forever
Grey’s Anatomy
Criminal Minds
NCIS: Los Angeles (There doesn’t seem to be as many episodes of the normal NCIS)

Reading:
Once again not made it back to my reading book. I’ve been reading blogs and news stories. There were quite a few news stories last week about the poppies at the Tower of London – we had been to see them on Monday. It was also Jaxon’s first trip to London which was quite exciting.

Listening:
More of the radio. On Friday it was Children in Need, so whenever I was in the car I had the Radio 2 Jukebox on. I requested Friday I’m in Love by The Cure for a friend of mine who was volunteering manning the phone lines at the radio station – however it was played without my dedication.

Making:
Working on Christmas presents, I have to try and get as much done as I can when Jaxon is asleep or occupied – which is sometimes easier said than done! I’m getting there though.

Planning:
Working on blog posts and ideas for my little business, it’s getting there but I’ve got to work on things like “Do I need a website?” “What should it say?” “Do I want a blog on there too?” I guess I will get there in the end but I just need to have a chunk of time to properly work on it – either that or I need to plan it and then when Jaxon is in bed go mad and get it done!

Loving:
The fact that I’ve cooked so many times recently – okay it’s not exactly gourmet meals but they are proper meals with a balance selection of food! It sounds really sad but I’m impressed.

What’s Cooking? Chicken and Pesto Tart

What's Cooking: Chicken and Pesto Tart

On Saturday, Chris asked me to put my organisational skills to use and while feeding Jaxon/watching Strictly, he got me to write a meal plan for this week. Some days are really simple like burgers, home made chips and vegetables but other days are a little more complex. Between programmes on the television, Our Sidekick and I had seen this Chicken and Pesto Tart, as advertised by JusRol. I thought I might have to wing it and try and create my own, however having googled for an idea of a recipe, there it was on the JusRol website.

On Sunday after church we went to the local Aldi supermarket to get ingredients and bits for all the meals this week. We managed to find the ready rolled puff pastry in the fridge section and I got all excited about making dinner.

Chicken and Pesto Tart
Our Chicken and Pesto Tart

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So we ditched the cherry tomatoes as I had forgotten to get them (and I’m not entirely sure they are in season…) instead I chopped up a green pepper that had come in our veggie box and chucked that in with the chicken and the pesto. There seemed to be a lot of spare pastry even though I had followed the instructions – also because it was pre-rolled it was slightly too big for my baking tray! I think if we do it again we’ll do it with more chicken to make sure everyone gets a fair share and possibly use two peppers instead of one. I guess it’s all a learning curve. Anyway for now here is the recipe as from the JusRol website.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pastry ready rolled sheet (They obviously recommend JusRol, we used Aldi’s own one but size wise it was about 375g)
  • 1 egg yolk or milk to glaze
  • 4 – 5tbsp green pesto
  • 300g cooked chicken, skinned & cut into thin strips
  • 8 – 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 50g spinach leaves (optional) wash

Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 7.

  1. Unroll the pastry sheet onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the chicken and the halved tomatoes with the pesto and spread over the sheet, leaving a border all round edges so the pastry can puff up.
  3. Top with fresh spinach leaves if desired (optional).
  4. Brush the border with beaten egg yolk or milk and bake for approx. 20 minutes until the pastry is risen and deep golden.

 

 

Dear Jaxon… – 18 Weeks // 4 Months

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

This week contained a heap of mile stones. On Sunday  you turned four months old and attended your first baptism service at church. On Monday we went to London with Grandma and Grandpa which meant that you went to London, on the train, the tube and an escalator all for the first time. As I write this you’re sat in your flower thing reaching for the cuddly animals that dangle from it – what an acheivement.

Grandpa and Jaxon on Tower Bridge

So on Monday we headed off for London. Grandma and Grandpa came and collected us, Grandma had an appointment to go to so you, Grandpa and I waited in the car park while Grandma went in to her appointment. You weren’t entirely happen so I was just about to feed you when Grandma appeared. We went to the station to catch the train and I think because there was so much going on you were happy to wait a little while longer for a feed. While on the train you had a feed which meant that you were okay until we stopped for lunch about three hours later. Although the weather forecast had said it would be dry it started to spit while we were at the Tower of London looking at the poppies. Grandma, you and I lost Grandpa at one point so while we stayed in one place waiting for him to try and find us again we got out your rain cover so that you were nice and snug even if we were getting a bit damp!

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Following lunch we decided to walk towards Covent Garden but in the end we decided that we’d head back towards St. Pancras as the shops that we wanted to visit had branches in the station. We caught the District line to Leicester Square – thankfully on each tube train we were on people were happy to move around us or free up the buggy spaces so that we could park you.

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On our way from The Tower of London towards Covent Garden along the river we spotted The Shard as well as other landmarks like the Gherkin. While we waited for the train home you were getting upset so I got you out of your buggy and before my phone died I managed to snap this picture of us on the platform.
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There you have it at 4 months and one day you went on your first trip to London. I’m not sure how much you will remember but when you’re older I’m sure we will tell you all about it, tell you about the poppies and what they signify. I’m sure if you ask Grandpa he will give you a history lesson all about the war too.

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So here’s some stats…

Weight: 16lbs 3oz – this was at your weight in around 3 and a half months, we went two weeks early because we wanted to check you were still gaining weight okay and to ask the HV some questions.
Clothes: 3-6 months but if you keep growing you’ll be out of them soon!
Nappies: Size 4
Feeds: Most of the time you’re down to one night feed and often that’s around 5-7am so if you don’t go back to sleep again I can always get up and we start our day then – some mornings we get huggle time with Daddy before he goes to work.
Teeth: two bottom ones in the middle. I keep meaning to ask our friendly neighbourhood dentist whether I should be cleaning them or not yet!
Bedtime: It still varies and often varies depending on what we’ve done during the day. We’ve started to try and get you settled and ready for bed around 10pm, if it’s bath night then it’s a little earlier so you’re nice and calm.
Likes: Watching Strictly or Dancing with the Stars – I’m sure you shouldn’t be into those programs
Dislikes: Being on your own (for example if I pop to the kitchen or the loo). Baths – it’s possible that it was because Daddy is normally present for baths and recently I’ve been doing it myself without Daddy.
Other things: This month you got to meet Loren one of my friends from school. Hopefully one day we’ll make it to Australia to see her and where she lives but for now she’s seen you and thinks you are lovely. (I think she’d smuggle you home with her if there was space!)

Remembrance

Poppies

On the 28th July 1914, the conflict that would become World War 1 broke out across Europe. The armistice was signed on the 11th November 1918. Today is Remembrance Day, at 11am all across the country there will be a minutes silence to remember those who have fought in battle for our country. This year marks 100 years since the start of World War 1.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam

Currently…10th November

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Strictly Come Dancing
Forever
Grey’s Anatomy
Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
Million Dollar Listing NYC

Reading:
Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories (I’m up to the Second Doctor)

Listening:
Not so much music, as I write this I’m listening to the adverts during Downton Abbey and Jaxon’s snoring as he fell asleep in my lap after a feed. I think today in London took it out of him. There was so much excitement. He went on the train, the tube and an escalator for the first times.

Making:
Still working on bits for the charity craft sale on the 23rd November as well as Christmas presents. I was working on my mother in law’s present when she and my father in law arrived for a quick visit last night – oops!! I carefully put it away as if I was clearing the sofa to make sure there were clear seats lol.

Planning:
Working some more on blog posts. I’ve figured that if I park my note pad next to me with a drink just before feeding Jaxon then I can scribble ideas down when he’s on the right side. When he’s on the wrong side I can read FB and things like that one handed. I’ve also been working on the Christmas lists as suggested on my 10 Top Tips for an Organised Christmas post.

Loving:
I’m loving the family time we’ve had in the last week or so. Chris and I have been watching Downton Abbey together.

TGIF: Things I’m Grateful For

Gratitude

Things I'm Grateful For

Joining up with:
Ashley from Hello Nature, Laura from The Laura Way & Nay from Coffee-N-Ink.

It’s Friday so it’s time to share the things I am grateful for this week. This week started with Jaxon being poorly. He started with a cold but by Sunday he was wheezy. We’ve been to the doctors of some description four times this week so I’m glad it’s now Friday and he’s finally getting better – he’s still a little wheezy but he’s getting there.

Today I am grateful for my car. It sounds sort of silly but without it today I would have been truly stuck. My morning started by discussing with Our Sidekick about whether he could be off sick today. I explained that unless he was really dying could he go give it a go and if needed I would collect him from school. Once he’d despatched himself for school it was time for us to get organised. Today started by popping to the supermarket to get some bits for Jaxon before dropping him off at my parents house. I was off to a meeting with Children Services for Our Sidekick. It was hard work and when I came out of the meeting I really needed a hug and to know that I am okay. I’m grateful that my Dad was able to have Jaxon on his day off so that I didn’t have to worry about taking him with me to the meeting. My Mum would have probably had him but I know she was busy with it being beginning of the month.

I drove back to my parents to collect Jaxon, as I drew up outside their house and stopped the car my phone rang. It was Our Sidekick’s school asking if I could collect him. Well the deal had been that he needed to try and he had so I said I’d come get him. I jumped out the car and went into my parents, explained that Our Sidekick needed to be collected so I would go get him and take him home then I’d be back for Jaxon.

I got to the school and collect Our Sidekick, while I was driving him home I had a coughing fit and we had to pull over. I’m grateful for Our Sidekick because even though he was sick, he was amazing and took care of me, he passed me a tissue when I was coughing because I was also crying (that eye watering cry rather than crying because I was happy/sad). He kept telling me that I should stay home instead of going to help out my brother, I figured as I was just going to house sit at my brother’s while their new flooring was fitted and not really do anything it was better to sit and not doing anything at his house than let him down and stay at home.

I dropped Our Sidekick at home and then went back to my parents to collect Jaxon. He was still asleep and when I tried to the move the buggy I did wake him up – oops bad Mummy! I was grateful that he did have sleep before we went to Richard’s as I wasn’t sure how loud it would be when we got there.

We were at Richard’s house until Richard got home from work – I think the guys doing the flooring finished just as I loaded up the car to head home. As it had coincided with Chris finishing work, we came home via Chris’s work so that he could have a lift home. We got home and Our Sidekick was chilling in his room wrapped up his duvet.

I fed Jaxon then we got on with Our Sidekick’s paper round – I thought the papers and been collated but they hadn’t so Chris and I collated the main paper, residential pages and the leaflets all together and packed the trolley. We got Jaxon all wrapped up and headed out. The plan was I would pull the trolley, Chris would push the buggy and we’d both do the papers but actually the method we did actually worked. Chris sort of pushed the buggy with one hand and pulled the trolley with the other. Between the houses he would pre-fold three or four papers and then hand me the stack, while I did the next section of houses on the route he’d move on and start folding the next stack. It took us about 50 minutes to do the whole round. I think that’s probably half the time it takes Our Sidekick (even including the collating the papers it was even less time – maybe we need to help him pack his papers on a weekly basis). As we walked along part of the round we could see the fireworks from the Rugby Club all the way in town – as the crow flies we live about a mile and a half from the rugby club but it was loud even here!

It was tiring doing the paper round but it did need to be done really before the end of today. We came home and I had a BBQ Chicken Baguette for dinner – I think the lettuce in the baguette was the only thing on plan but given the exercise that I had just done I think I can let myself off a little bit lol.

Getting Healthy – Part Five

Getting Healthy

-2lbs. 13lbs to target

Here’s part five. I’ve been walking more when the weather has allowed it.

I weighed in at Slimming World this evening and to my surprise I lost 2 pounds. That means I’m back within a stone of my goal and if I can lose another 2 pounds I will have my 2 stone award. I am aiming to be at target by Christmas which means I have 7 weigh ins to get it done.