May 2012 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Sun!

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The warm weather finally decided to grace us with its presence! It's been in the high seventies all week! It's been so nice to have all the windows open and to feel a breeze flowing through the house!

Unfortunately I've had a little man that has been suffering from on/off diarrhoea, so we haven't been able to enjoy the outdoors as much as I would've liked but it still nice to know that outside its beautiful! I was starting to think that we would never see the Sun again.. 6 weeks of rain is enough to get anyone down..

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Miscellany Monday

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I'm updating from my phone again because in still without a Laptop. I cannot wait for it to be fixed. I have so many photos to upload and also I have a book to finish!!

I've been looking into Clean & Healthy Eating lately. My eating habits suck due to my Emetophobia. I basically survive on Chocolate & biscuits. I know I need to eat better but I have anxiety attacks at just the thought of eating a meal. Over the past few months I've desperately been trying to eat little amounts, even if it's just a bowl of cereal. I want to do this for my own health, for James & Anthony and also for a safe & healthy pregnancy.

So back to my original point. Clean & Healthy Eating! Anthony & I sat down last night and discussed how our family eats. Don't get me wrong, our meals are not super un-healthy but they could be better. Anthony is a massive fan of burgers & sausages! Also because of James's Gluten intolerance, it's so hard to find snacks that he can have. Over the past 6 months or so he's eating more sweet stuff than I'd like.

So our eating is getting an overhaul. Good home cooked meals, (I've found an awesome Pasta dish last night that I will post here the next time I make it!) no more frozen processed foods, more fresh vegetables and fruit, brown bread instead of white. I'm lucky that James loves fruit!

With regards to my own eating I'm starting small. This morning I purchased a blender and I'm going to make home made fruit smoothies. It's a way of getting milk & fruit into me and because I can drink it instead of eating it I'm hoping it won't cause the anxiety that food does. I'm also going I make more of a conscious effort to force myself to eat, even when I'm having anxiety attacks and my Emetophobia is in full swing.

I came home this morning armed with my blender and made a Banana Smoothie with Milk & Greek Yoghurt.. It was yummy and I'm looking forward to trying out different fruits and finding tasty combinations!





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Absence!

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This week my laptop decided to die a death in me. According to Anthony it is something to do with the connectors & charger. He thinks he can fix it but he needs to get some parts first. I'm hoping he can because every single photo I've ever taken of James is on that laptop.

I've just found the Blogger app on my iPhone so here I am. I have so many photos to share from last week but without the laptop there isn't much I can do about that. Makes me sad :(

Fingers crossed Anthony can fix the computer this week!

I'll leave you with a few photos from my phone!
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Randomness.

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My old iPhone was the 3GS, my new one that I got yesterday is the iPhone 4.. You want to know what the biggest difference between the two is? Apart from the 4 being faster, the quality of the camera is amazing! Now trying to get a good photo of a three year old that doesn't sit still is difficult. In a lot of photos that I take he is just a blur or I manage to catch his leg or a random arm as he wizzes past me. Photos with my old iPhone were awful! Especially if they were taken inside the house but this new phone... A-MAZ-ING!


In celebration of me returning to the world of iPhone.. I give you some photos that I've taken today.. Some aren't the best because James seems to be in hypo-land today and will not sit still for more than 2.5 seconds but some are quite good!






When I woke up this morning I could hear James chattering away to himself in his bed so I called him through to my bedroom so I could snuggle with him.. 






We were bored this morning and what better way to entertain yourself than taking photos! I love that the iPhone 4 has a dual camera.. No more having to bend your arm, twist the phone and pray that your not going to cut your head off in a self portrait!






James decided to get all his play food out and his till.. He came over to me and asked if I would be the "Computer Lady".. How could I refuse..





He run up a very big shopping bill!..


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And last night.. Anthony was out, James was in bed so I had the TV to myself!





Peace & quiet for Mummy!


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Miscellany Monday

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Remember a month ago I swapped my iPhone 3GS for a Blackberry Curve and how I couldn't decide if I liked it or not?? Well, the jury came in and today I purchased a new iPhone 4.. As I was setting it up today and re-downloading all my favorite apps I wondered how I had survived a whole month without my beloved iPhone.. I know it's just a phone but hey, little things please me!

The first app I downloaded was Instagram! Oh, how I've missed it.. My username is liane_b if anyone wants to add me.



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Another purchase I made today was this..




I've been reading Kelle's blog for the past 2.5 years and cannot wait to read her book. Apparently the shipping can take up to 3 weeks because it's coming from America.. I'm the most impatient person that I know! I want it to be here already.. :)


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May Photo A Day Challenge - Mum




Mum & Me on Mothers Day in March



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Tonight Anthony is out and James has just gone to bed so I'm going to snuggle on the sofa and catch up with some of my TV shows.. Peace & quiet for Mummy!

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Happy Weekend!

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I've been out of the house and on the go since 8am this morning, we literally walked back in about 30 minutes ago and I am, for lack of a better word.. Exhausted. I'm about to cook dinner but I wanted to stop by here first. This week has been so busy that my blog has had to take a back seat and I miss it. I haven't had time to read any blogs let alone update my own. It makes me sad! Writing is my way of relaxing. It's my way of sorting all my random thoughts out that constantly run through my head. It's my way of recording memories so that I never forget them. Hopefully next week will be quieter.. Fingers crossed!


I was planning of having a quiet day at home today, cleaning and sorting some bits out but that never happened.. I had some things I needed to pick up in town so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and went and visited some friends and family whilst I was at that end of town. Tomorrow we have a breakfast date with Anthony's side of the family. We regulary all get together on a Saturday or Sunday for breakfast and I have a little man that looks forward to it more than Christmas! 






The past few nights James has been suffering with some bad dreams. He is so good at going to bed, he never makes a fuss and goes straight to sleep. Since these bad dreams began there have been lots of tears and half way through the night he ends up in our bed.. How can I complain when  I wake up to this though?



Taken with Blackberry! Excuse the quality.


I wasn't too impressed this morning when I woke up with his foot in my face but if being in our bed helps him feel safer and it means that we can all get some sleep then I'll put up with it! It's not like he's going to be 17 years old and still sleeping with Mummy & Daddy.. Well, I hope not!





Now for my May Photo A Day Challenge


Day 11 - Kitchen






Day 12 - Something that makes you happy!




Sunflowers! Enough said! 




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May Photo A Day Challenge

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Today has been busy.. Actually this whole week has been busy. Most of it has been spent at Anthony's parents house. They are re-doing their Garden so Anthony has been helping out and James & I have been going along for the ride. It gets us out the house and occupies our time :)

We're back there again tomorrow so I need to get my cleaning done tonight once James goes to bed. We've also got dinner guests tonight so I've got a lot to do and not a lot of time.. So here's a quick catch up with the May Photo A Day Challenge..



Day 9 - Something You Do Everyday



I feed this little man... He makes a mess (everytime! No matter what he's eating!) I then clean him.. Rinse and repeat at least three times a day!



Day 10 - My Favorite Word





Hope - I have 'hope' for a lot of things.. Hope that I will be able to overcome my Emetophobia. Hope that I can control and overcome my anxiety. Hope that James will continue to grow and thrive. Hope that he will turn into the kind of young adult that I want him to be. Hope that we will be able to have a healthy second pregnancy. Yep, I live in Hope!



Ok. I have a messy guy that needs a bath and then bedtime!

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Sometimes & Always

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I'm linking up with Megan today for Sometimes & Always


 



Sometimes James wants to play the weirdest of games
Always I oblige him because who could deny that sweet face




Making a camp fire out of Polystyrene and newspapers..



Sometimes I feel like I am not a good enough Mummy or Wife
Always a smile and hug from James will tell me that I'm doing okay



Sometimes I can't be bothered to do the whole hair & make-up thing
Always I'm glad when I do make the effort







Sometimes I get so excited when I think about having another baby
Always I have to remember that it took 5 years and a lot of heartache to have James and it might be the same again this time. 



Sometimes I wish we had more money, a bigger house, nicer furniture etc
Always I am grateful that we have a home..


A house is built with bricks & beams
but a home is built with love & dreams.




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May Photo A Day Challenge -  Day 8 - A smell you adore.





 My Yankee Candle! It's Cinnamon Stick and I love it! Enough said!




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Miscellany Monday

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I am finally back on my feet! This morning I woke up and I can finally walk without being doubled over in pain. I am so glad! There is still a little bit of discomfort, especially when I pick James up but I think *fingers crossed* I am over the worst of it.

This morning in celebration I cleaned my whole house, done 3 loads of laundry and am planning on cooking a Roast Dinner! Anthony done a fantastic job of looking after James and he tried to keep up with the housework but I fully admit that I am a Type A personality and I like the cleaning to be done my way. I don't think I've ever enjoyed cleaning as much as I did today :)


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With being out of action for the past 5 days I have seriously neglected my camera and this makes me sad. It is sat on my Dining table looking all lonely so I plan on taking lots of photos this week and getting back into the swing of daily life!


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The incision on my arm is healing well but I keep having stabbing pains shooting through it.. I'm presuming it's just because it's healing.. There is a nice yellow bruise there too.


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Anthony and James are out today so I think I'm going to change James' bedroom around as a surprise for when he gets back. Did I ever mention that I have an obsession with moving furniture around?? 

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May Photo a Day Challenge, Day 7 - Someone That Inspires You




Tia Mowry.. Now I know I could've chose my Mum or my Nan because they are inspirational women but to me that is a bit cliche.. It's an obvious answer! So I picked the celebrity that inspires me the most!



Now, I'm off to cook a Roast Dinner!


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Apologies!

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Apologies for my lack of posts and lack of comments. I am still bed ridden :( It turns out that the doctor Anthony spoke to on Thursday was incorrect when he said that my Kidney pain was related to me having the implant taken out. Yesterday I reached my pain threshold. I couldn't take it anymore so I called the emergency doctors and they asked me to come in and get checked out. It turns out I have a viral kidney infection. No wonder I've been in so much pain! Apparently I need lots of rest and lots of water. Through all of this I have figured out that the pain isn't as bad when I'm laying on the sofa in the living room so that's where I've been since yesterday morning. I guess our matress on our bed isn't comfortable when you have a kidney infection!


I've missed a few days of the May Photo a Day challenge so I'm here now to catch up..


Day Four - Fun!




I know, the photo is blury but I still love it! This little guy is so much fun and I swear he gets funnier everyday!




Day Five - Bird





Magpie - I've been seeing these birds everywhere lately! I wish I could remember the rhyme about Magpies.




Day Six - You






Yep, it's an old photo but who doesn't like sharing their wedding photos! I remember this day like it was yesterday!



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James and Anthony have gone to his Dad's house for the day so I'm going to rest up and drink water like it's going out of fashion. I need to get back on my feet. I need to clean my house and cook dinners for my family. To be honest it would just be nice to be able to stand up long enough to take a shower!


Hope you're all having a good weekend!



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Pain & Link Up..

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Firstly, if you like Link up's then head over to Kelly's blog. She's a hosting a link up so that bloggers can find other bloggers that live in their area.. I've added my link even though I don't hold up much hope of finding anyone from my area. It would be cool though!


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I've been stuck in bed for two days in complete and utter agony.. I had the implant removed on Tuesday afternoon and apart from a sore arm everything was good. Wednesday was ok, I had a couple of period pains but I expected that. Cut to Thursday morning and I woke up in so much pain.. It was all in my lower stomach, lower back and my right kidney. I spent the morning lying in bed with a hot water bottle whilst withering in pain.. By the afternoon I was begging Anthony to ring the doctors.. At one point I honestly though I was dying. Anthony called my doctors practice and the receptionist put him through to a doctor straight away. He explained all my symptoms because by this point I couldn't even walk and the doctor says that this is quite common after the implant is removed. Basically your body has a rush of hormones which causes your womb to contract, hence the stomach and back pains and because of all the extra hormones my kidneys are working over time trying to flush out all the excess waste. My left kidney is fine. I guess my right one is just struggling. Anyway, the doctor wrote a prescription for some higher dose pain killers which my Mum went and picked up for me.

Seriously, I have never felt pain like this before. I cannot get comfy and when I do find a position that is tollerable as soon as I move slightly the pain gets so bad that it makes me feel sick.. (Not cool for someone with Emetophobia!) It takes me about twenty minutes to make it to the bathroom because walking is excruciating.

Anthony has been a god send.. He is looking after James downstairs for me and supplying me with tea, water and hot water bottles on demand! I dread to think what downstairs looks like! I think when I'm better I'm going to have some serious cleaning to do!

The worst part? The doctors said that this could last up to two weeks and will probably get worse before it gets better.. I have no idea how it can get any worse than this.. Thank god for Netflix on my laptop or I think I would've gone insane by now!

I hope you're all having a better week than me!

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May Photo A Day - Skyline

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May Photo A Day - Skyline




I am so lucky that we have this view literally 30 seconds from our house. It's one of James' favourite places to go!



Happy Wednesday!

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May Photo A Day!

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I'm sat here with a very sore arm and feeling sorry for myself.. My appointment to have my implant taken out was this afternoon and I have one word to describe it.. Painful.. The nurse couldn't get the thing out! I laid on the table for about 25 minutes whilst she cut away at my arm and I now have something that resembles a crater on my left arm. She managed to get it after all that chopping and slicing! The Anesthetic has now worn off and I'm in a lot of pain.. The good news is that we can now offically start trying for baby number two! After my appointment I went to the pharmacy and purchased my Folic Acid, the one I ended up getting you can take whilst you are trying, all through the pregnancy and then whilst you are breastfeeding so I'm well prepared!

In a bid to cheer myself up I was catching up on my blogs and decided to snag this from Rachel of Along the Way with Rae - It's the photo challenge - May Photo a Day..



Back in March when I had my iPhone and the Instagram App I attempted this and failed. I think I got half way through.. Now I have my Blackberry and apparently Blackberries are not cool enough to have the Instagram App so I'm going to do it here instead. I'm excited because it contains my two favourite things.. Blogging and Photography!


So today's photo - Peace..




Another one of my hobbies is Crystal Healing and Reiki.. I know some people think that it's all a load of rubbish and that crystals cannot have healing power but I find that they help me so much.. I love that there are different crystals for different aliments. On Sunday I decided to gather all of them together and sort them out. I wanted to display them in a different way than I had been doing. I also couldn't remember the names of some of them. After a few google searches and with the help of a good friend of mine we managed to figure them all out. It was amazing that after working with them that afternoon I felt so much calmer and at peace than I had done that previous morning.

Whether it's a placebo or not.. They work for me and my anxiety!

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