Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

24 Things I've Learnt With 3 Kids

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Eleven weeks into this parenting three children gig and I feel like I'm just starting to get a handle on it. We have good days and bad days but over the past two and a half months I've noticed a few things...

1 - My house will always be loud, even when everyone is getting along.
2 - I can do 3 loads of washing a day but the washing basket will never be empty.
3 - A cup of tea and 2 bourbon biscuits counts as a meal.
4 - There will always be someone staring at me whilst I pee.
5 - Breastfeeding is draining.
6 - There is always someone to cuddle.
7 - Somedays a 30 second conversation with the postman will be the only adult conversation I get all day.
8 - There is no 'just popping out' quickly anymore.. Leaving the house is a mammoth task.
9 - I will always forget either nappies or wipes when I do manage to get us all out of the house.
10 - I will either have my hair done or my makeup on. Never both on the same day.
11 - A 3 minute shower is now me-time.
12 - There will aways be someone crying,
13 - Or hungry/thirsty/fill in the blank.
14 - As soon as I sit down to feed the baby, the 3 year old will poop. Every time..
15 - I welcome any and all visitors. Adult conversation!
16 - Once they are all in bed I miss them.
17 - I will call each child the wrong name at least 3 times a day. Yesterday I called the dog Henry....
18 - I consider it a miracle if at 6.15am all 3 are still sleeping.
19 - A sling is a lifesaver come dinner time.
20 - I can go from unhappy to happy with just one smile from the kids or an 'I love you Mummy,'
21 - I can survive on 3 hours broken sleep a night.
22 - I will always feel Mummy guilt. I will always question my parenting.
23 - I won't be able to please everyone at dinner time. Unless I want to cook 4 separate meals. (I dread when Henry is eating food too!)
24 - Bad days happen but tomorrow is always a new day.


January Goals.

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Happy New Year! I'm starting 2017 with a PJ day, baby snuggles and blogging. The best way to start the year in my opinion. I'm excited to say goodbye to 2016 and leap head first into 2017! I feel like I'm starting to get my blogging mojo back and I want to keep that motivation going. Starting with my January goals.. 

1// Publish at least 3 blog posts during the week and then one on Sunday. Ideally I want to get back to posting every week day but I feel like starting with that is like setting myself up for failure. I can be motivated but I also need to be realistic. Three children one of which is an unpredictable baby and a house to run isn't a small job :) 

2// Pick my camera up more. It's so easy for me to grab my iPhone to snap photos but we all know camera photos are better, right? 

3// Chill out! I'm a typically type A personality which means that I tend to stress over the small things. I wake up thinking about my to-do list and go to bed thinking about it. I want to let the little things go in 2017. I want to forget about that to-do list once in a while and focus on the exciting moments instead. 

4// I'm going for my post gestational diabetes blood test this week and I'm hoping that I'm in the all clear but since having Henry and being able to eat normally again, I've gone back to old habits. When the baby is screaming to be held all day it's easier to grab something on the go that I can eat one handed rather than sit down and eat something that requires cutlery and two hands! I need to make more of an effort to eat like I was when I had Gestational Diabetes... & keep my fingers crossed that my blood test comes back all clear!

What are your goals for January?  

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Breastfeeding & Thrush.

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Although I have 3 kids, I'm pretty new to breastfeeding. I could only feed James for 3 weeks due to medical issues and Emilie was such a sleepy baby that she had no interest in feeding and after loosing 11% of her birth weight in 4 days it was decided that it was best for her to go onto formula. Henry is doing fantastically and as of today we are 11 weeks in and going strong. After a rocky first few days it now mostly comes naturally, apart from two weeks ago. I nearly threw in the towel.

Henry got thrush. The doctor gave him antibiotic drops. I asked if I should be treated too but he said that as I wasn't showing any symptoms I didn't need anything. In hindsight I now know that was incorrect but not knowing any better I went with it. About a week later I realised that it was really sore when Henry was feeding but he was going through a growth spurt and feeding every hour so I put it down to that. Two nights later I was sat crying at 2am because the pain was unbearable. I literally had a lightbulb moment. Thrush! I quickly googled the symptoms and had my answer. I ticked every box. The next day was a Sunday and I was hoping I could hold out until the next morning to see a doctor but by lunch time I gave in and contacted the out of hours service. After a long wait the doctor gave me medication but after researching and realising that Thrush can be hard to combat and it's really common for Mum and Baby to pass it back and forth.

I then started looking for natural remedies that I could use in conjunction with the medication. There was a lot of information online but I settled on trying two things and within 3 days it seemed to work so I thought why not share it! Hopefully it can help another Mum who is stamping her feet as her baby latches on. Gritting your teeth through a feeding is not much fun.

The first thing I decided to try was White Vinegar. It has anti-fungal properties. You mix one tablespoon with a cup of water and after each feed, soak a cotton wall ball and wash your nipples with it. I left the cup on the kitchen side (replacing it each day) and religiously done this after every feed.

The second was coconut oil. I've raved about coconut oil and it's uses before but I never realised it could be used for Thrush. Again it has anti-fungal properties. Once the vinegar and water has dried you then rub coconut oil on. A bonus to this is it doesn't need to be washed off before baby feeds again as it is all natural :)

Another few tips that could help - 

  • Wash all bras, tops, towels etc in a hot wash. 
  • Limit sugar intake as this can sometimes make the symptoms worse. 
  • Steralise dummies, teething toys, bottles etc, that come into contact with babies mouth. 
  • Try to keep your nipples as dry as possible. Wear breast pads and replace them as soon as they start to become wet. 
  • Be sure to finish any course of medication that the doctor prescribes. 

Thankfully the medication, vinegar/water & coconut oil all seem to have worked within one week. We are now back to painless breastfeeding and I am so glad that I preserved through it and didn't give in!  


Rounding Up 2016!

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Every year at the end of December we all talk about how fast the year has gone but I feel like this year has gone exceptionally fast. One minute I'm making my goals for January and the next I'm packing away the Christmas decorations for another year. To be fair we've packed a fair bit into this year, actually a fair bit into the last two months alone, including having a new baby and moving house!

I think 2016 will be remembered for 3 main things. Brexit, Donald Trump & celebrity deaths. There are a few other things I want to remember about this year though so I'm rounding up my favourite posts from the past twelve months. Blogging this year has been a bit hit and miss for me. The motivation is there, the time on the other hand is not. I plan to make more time in 2017 though. I want to get back to how I was blogging in 2015 :)

My favourite post from January is titled My Husband Takes Over My Blog. This got such a great response and it was nice for me to hear things from Anthony's side.

I weighed in on the drama that seems to always surround Breastfeeding by writing Breastfeeding in Public - A Modern Controversy. Not knowing that by the end of the year I'd be tackling breastfeeding again!

I wrote How Do You Know When Enough is Enough?  and then one month later I found out I was expecting Henry. The universe obviously knew what it was doing!

Expecting your first baby? I shared 14 Things I've Discovered Since Becoming A Mum.

I turned 31 *gasp* and shared 31 Things In 31 Years.  You're never too old to learn!

After being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes I wanted to help other Mum's that are diagnosed too so I wrote Surviving The First Two Weeks with Gestational Diabetes. 

And then once I'd gotten to grips with things I shared a Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Guide.  

I love that I have all 3 of my children's birth strories written down and saved forever. Henry made his appearance on the 14th of October and his birth story is here :) 

Doesn't every new Mum need a little pick me up? A simple homemade face mask using just two ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard! 

I love going back through my old posts. It's fun to remember things that have happened that sometimes even I've forgotten about! What are your favourite moments from this year? 

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