Getting Healthy – Part Six

This is a bit of a ramble so I apologise!

There’s a store in town called Michael Bailey and even when they have sale clothes on display in the window I do not have the money to buy an outfit from there. However part of me wants to go and try on a dress they have in the window.

2st 1lb down. 10lbs to go to Target! Bring it on!!

So what’s that got to do with getting healthy? Well as you can see from the picture I have a new sparkly sticker on my book and a new certificate for the fridge. On Tuesday after going to Slimming World and collecting my two stone award, Mum and I popped into town at high speed. On the way home we stopped at the traffic lights just outside the Michael Bailey shop. There was this very slinky long red sparkly party dress. Even minus the price tag it isn’t something I would necessarily wear – it was almost a Bond Girl dress.

But as I lay in bed Tuesday night attempting to go to sleep before Jaxon woke up next, part of me wanted to try the dress on, just because I could. Well who knows if I actually could fit in it but the idea of fitting in a smaller dress size is filling me with excitement!

My size 16 maternity jeans no longer fit me. I’m having to wash them more frequently so that they will “unstretch” again after being in the tumble dryer. My size 14 smart black maternity trousers do fit better but are getting baggy. Really I need to go and get a new pair of jeans but I need a pair that doesn’t rub against my C-Section scar. Any ideas?

When we were in Milton Keynes on Friday I told my Mum my plan. When I am in a smaller dress size and reach my target (currently 10lbs away). I’m going to go to Superdry in Milton Keynes or Boutique Planet in town (they stock Superdry too so that’s all good!) and treat myself to a Superdry jumper in a size that actually fits me rather than drowning me to hide my curvy bits. I might even go into Marks and Spencer or Debenhams and have a look to see if they have a sparkly number like the red Michael Bailey one but more in my price range just in case there should be an event to wear it to!

At the weekend I went through my chest of drawers and cleared out two bags of clothes. I had a button up shirt that I bought from Next. IN A SIZE 20!! And a smarter top to wear out in a size 22. What was I thinking?? I think I was actually a 16/18 but once Jaxon was in my belly this time last year I was going to need that extra fabric to cover up the bump. When I went back to work after Christmas last year and was beginning to show I went back to tighter t-shirts. Well they were tight at a size 16. Now my size 16s are getting baggy oh yeah! I tried on a skirt that my mum gave me after it was to big for her. I tried it on and it was a size 14! If I lose the extra 10lbs I might even get in a 12 but we’ll see how that goes first!

If you’ve attempted to lose weight or get healthier have you set yourself goals like that with a physical thing as a present to yourself?

Found

Found

When I was at school I would often end up doodling in the margins of my exercise book or on scrap paper, I think I used to end up with comments from the teacher about how I should stop doing it. Sometimes I couldn’t help it! This looks like a heap of fun – I learnt about Makala’s Sketchnotes plan when a friend of mine was at TCUK2014 conference. She hosts a monthly Hangout for people to join in. You can find more info here: Sketchnotes Hangout

The Brief History of Graphics Video Series

As if I really need another crochet project at the moment I’ve been looking at other shapes rather than just granny square based blankets. I like stars and hexagons and found these two to try. The first link is from Spud and Chloe which looks like a good site to have a proper look round. The second is from Atty’s but they were both found on Revelry which is home to lots of other patterns and ideas too.

If you’re like me, you read the Harry Potter books as they came out. Amy over Lemon and Raspberry is hosting a re-read along. If it wasn’t for the amount of Christmas I still need to sort I’d be joining in – I think it’s a great idea.

Christmas is coming and the Goose is getting fat, or so the saying goes. I’m winding Chris up because I keep singing Christmas songs and watching Christmas movies. I can’t help it I love Christmas and I’m more insufferable this year because it’s Jaxon’s first. I’ve been writing and rewriting my Christmas lists with everything from presents to crafts to do for the house. Part of Christmas present shopping is trying to support local business not just the big websites that deliver really quick to your front door. Clare works for one of the local businesses in town and she writes for their blog. Take a look.

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.