November 2012 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Fab Friday

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Want to celebrate the good things about your week? Head over to Laura's blog and link up :)


My Fab Things This Week!


1. With James and I both being unwell this week,
we've spend lots of time snuggled on the sofa with 
blankets and quilts whilst it is freezing outside.. 

2. Talking about the weather, for the past few days it hasn't gotten 
above 2 degrees.. Brrr.. But it makes it feel more like Christmas. 

3. Normally our mornings are rushed trying to get to nursery on time. 
Because we've not had to go anywhere this week and we've had time. 
I've been trying to get James 
to get himself dressed in the morning. 
He now calls himself a "big boy"





4. He also has a new way of eating hula hoops. 




He calls them his "Cheesy Fingers"


5. We have a family gathering on Sunday 
so my cousin can meet the rest of the family :)


6. This boy turns 4 in February... 4!!!! 
That's madness.. 
I am starting to think about his birthday celebrations.. 



Hope you've all had a Fab Week! 

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On The Mend.

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I am feeling half way human today. I'm not ashamed to admit that this Kidney infection has kicked my behind, plus the antibiotics haven't made me feel that good either. Today though I actually managed to straighten my hair and put some make-up on.. Progress :)


I love how cozy the house feels at this time of year.



It makes me want to clean everything, organise and declutter. Now I'm starting to get better I hope I can get started today. I hate it when I'm laid up and cannot do all my usual jobs. A messy house puts me on edge.. Yes I have a type A personality.


I have recently gotten in touch with my long lost cousin. I met her for the first time two weeks ago and last night she came over and met my Mum. It was so nice! Mum was ten when Kelly was born so Mum was so excited to finally see her again. My Nan is organising a family get together on Sunday so Kelly can meet the rest of the family. She must be so nervous but I know that everyone is going to love her.

Ok.. This is a quick one but I have the house to myself so I guess now would be the perfect time to start cleaning..

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Gratefulness

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Firstly I want to say thank you. I am overwhelmed at the response to my Fertility Post from yesterdays Women Connect '12. There are so many women struggling with this very issue and sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone, although it may feel like it. The journey we went on to have James isn't one I really talk about a lot but if it helps people and brings them a little bit of hope and faith then I am willing to shout it from the rooftops. Hearing other peoples' stories has helped me also. Now we are venturing down this path again, I am hearing about how other ladies have faith and hope that everything will work out and that is such an inspiration to me. I know that I need to learn to be patient, that in the grand scheme of things, eight months of trying for a baby isn't a long time but I have the memory of a five year struggle with lots of losses and heartache in the back of my mind so being inspired by other women yesterday really helped me. For that I am grateful.

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James and I are still unwell. I went back to the doctors yesterday and now have another course of antibiotics to take. I have no idea why I get so many kidney infections. I must get at least two a year, if not more. Fingers crossed that this round of medication works!




This morning as I was lying on the sofa {where Anthony has ordered me to stay} James climbed up and tucked himself in with me claiming that he wanted "Mummy Snuggles".. I guess there is a bright side to being unwell :)

I'm still not too sure what is wrong with James but I am leaning towards a viral infection. He has a runny nose but no other signs of a cold and also diarrhea. For a kid that eats me out of house and home his appetite is pretty much non existent at the moment. His temperature is back down but I phoned the Nursery this morning and told them that it was unlikely he would be back this week. Looks like it's PJ days and blankets on the sofa for this week.. At least the weather warrants it.

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Whilst James was lying with me this morning.. We had the following conversation. It's moments like these that I cherish.. 

James - "Mummy, you look pretty"
Me - "Thank you but Mummy isn't very well and I look a hot mess" 
Cue James crying.. 
Me - "Why are you crying?"
James - "Because you said you look a mess. 
You look very very very pretty because it's I love you day.."


Melt my heart!  


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This morning our TV broke. I have no idea why or how but now when you switch it on, it flicks between a red, blue and green screen.. Now normally I would be moaning about how I am going to have to miss the new episode of Guiliana & Bill tonight. Instead though I am going to take it as a sign. The free time that I will now have with no TV means that I can concentrate on my writing, I can read, I can knit, I can play with James, I can bake.. The possibilities are endless..... If only I wasn't stuck on the sofa...

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Women Connect '12 - Infertility.

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As I was scrolling through my feed this morning I came across Women Connect '12 on Becky's blog. Without even having to think about it I knew that I wanted to take part. Women are amazing and we do not give ourselves enough credit. A lot of us, carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, we run homes, we raise children, we work, we listen, we cry and laugh. We are wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. There are so many women bloggers that inspire me. Kelle Hampton, Rachel Martin, Laura Barndt, to name just a few. I learn so much from the women around me




I've been sat here for quite a while now, thinking about what to write. I could write about why I blog but to be honest my answer is probably very similar to a lot of other woman's reasons. I love to write, I use blogging as a way to sort through the jumble of thoughts that often occupy my brain. I love that I get to document James' life through photos and words...

Then I started thinking about my journey to becoming a Mother. Like most people as a teenager and young adult I figured that when the time was right I would decided to have a baby and just like that I'd be pregnant. I quickly realised that wasn't going to happen. Month after month with period after period went past. Everyone told me to be patient and that it would happen when the time was right, I just needed to relax..

Let me tell you.. As much as people mean well when they tell you that. It doesn't help when you are longing to hold a pregnancy test with two blue lines, to feel a baby kick against your swollen stomach, to hold a newborn in your arms. 

Then it happened. I fell pregnant. I was the happiest person alive. I told everyone.. I started dreaming of names and paint colours for the nursery. At around 9 weeks I miscarried. I honestly thought my heart would rip into two. I knew the numbers though. One in four pregnancies results in miscarriage. I comforted myself by saying.. "We've had our bad luck.. Next time will be different"

It wasn't though. Over the next five years I fell pregnant 4 more times and each of them resulted in me crying in the bathroom whilst I lost our babies. It seemed everyone around me was having babies. My friends were on their second child whilst I was buying heavy flow sanitary towels during another miscarriage. During this time I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and told that it would be extremely difficult to conceive.

In June 2008 when I had given up all hope of ever becoming a Mum, I stood in the bathroom jumping up and down holding a test. I shoved it under my husbands face to make sure that he could see the lines too. I was cautious though. I knew that this would probably end the same way that the others had. I didn't dare get excited. Three days later as I was lying in the hospital with bleeding I felt myself go numb. I knew what the doctors were going to say.. I can still remember the feeling now when they placed the ultrasound wand on my stomach and there on the screen was a beautiful little heart beat.. Good and strong at 6 weeks and 3 days.

The pregnancy wasn't easy. I was monitored carefully, prescribed asprin to take daily to avoid another miscarriage. At 14 weeks I was in hospital doubled over with stomach cramps. I was back there at 22 weeks when doctors suspected that my waters had broken, and again at 26 weeks when it was thought that the baby wasn't growing properly..

Finally though.. At 40 weeks and 4 days on the 21st February 2009 at 12.31am I became a Mummy. 




For the first time ever I felt complete.

Now James is a healthy three year old. He is funny and bright, inquisitive and challenging. The past three years have been a massive roller coaster of emotions but I wouldn't change one single minute of it.

Eight months ago we decided to try for another baby. I had hoped that because we'd had so many struggles the first time that this time it would be easier. Apparently not though.. Eight months in and we are still trying. I find myself getting down every time my period arrives. I watch my friends having babies and I feel that tugging in my chest. People are starting to offer their advice again.. "Relax, Be patient, it will happen when the time is right.. "  

If it takes us another five years to have a baby then I need to remember how lucky I am. I have a beautiful child that is happy and I get to raise him. I get to stay at home everyday with him and see the world through his eyes... I. am. lucky.




It would be so cool to see the world through another set of baby blue eyes though :)


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Randomness.

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My brain hasn't functioned properly for the past few days so it will be interesting to see if I can put a coherent post together.. On second thoughts, lets just do this bullet style.



  • Medical! - I think at the ripe old age of 27 my body is falling apart. In the past 5 days I have had Cystitis, a kidney infection and severe heartburn that had been curled up on the sofa crying. I've finished a course of antibiotics, which haven't worked so I am going back to the doctors this afternoon. 

  • James has been off nursery for the past two days unwell. He seems a lot better today so hopefully he'll be going back tomorrow. I'm still not sure what was wrong with him. A rash on Friday and then a temperature, chills, grumpiness.. Kids are germ factories, I mean adorable. 


  • I am hoping that today I will finish my Christmas shopping. Present wise anyway. I still need to get all the food bits but that will be done about a week before the big day. This is the most un-organised for Christmas that I have ever been. 

  • I need to motivate myself but it's hard with feeling so unwell all the time. My house barely passes for tidy, my hair looks like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards.. twice.. I have so many unfinished projects lying about.. I will motivate myself. I will motivate myself. I will motivate myself.. 

  • I am in love with the new Olly Murrs song.. 

  • I wish I could sit down all day with a duvet & chocolate and just watch Christmas Movies.. But alas, that would not help in my quest for motivation...


I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! 


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Fab Friday.

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It's time for one of my favorite link-up's of the week.. Fab Friday! I always look forward to this. If you want to celebrate the good things then go and link up with Laura. 
This weeks joys! 
1. Decorating for Christmas! 
Christmas Trees always make me happy :)


2. Making plans for Christmas Day and starting to organise for it. 
I admit that I am a big kid when it comes to this holiday! 

3. Seeing friends.. 
Laughing, drinking tea & making plans for her son due in February! 


4. Letting James have his first sleepover. 
I was worried that he would still be awake at 11pm but by 8.30pm he was passed out. 


5. Getting most of my cleaning done today so I don't 
have as much to do tomorrow! 
Have a great weekend! 
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Thankfulness.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In England we do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Today though via Blogger, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram I have seen so many people giving their thanks for things that they are grateful for. It's made me smile. Life is so busy all the time and people are always in a rush. They have to go here, do that, finish this, quickly, quickly, quickly, I love the idea of taking the time to just stop, look around you and realise that we really are lucky.

Here are some of the things I am grateful for.. In no particular order..

My husband, 
James,
My family,
Having a home, 
Seasons, 
Coffee, 
Having food to cook, 
The sound of children laughing,
Chocolate, 
Time to write,
Early morning fog, 
My camera, 
Friends, 
Animals,
Time alone,
Music,
Babies and their baby smell


Look what we done today!






 Tis the season!


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If We Could Sit Down Over Coffee..

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If we could sit down over coffee..

Firstly I'd apologise for not being able to meet in over a month. Life has been crazy busy and in all honesty it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. That's good though because it means that I don't have time to sit and worry about things.

I'd tell you that today the first two Christmas decorations came out of hiding..



Normally Anthony is adamant that the tree cannot go up until the 1st of December but today he told me that I can put it up anytime from now. I think I'm going to do it tomorrow night with James. I have to admit though that it's not nearly as much fun doing it early when I have permission!

Today I brought James' bauble. Every year I buy him a new one and then when he is older and has his own house with his own tree he will get them all. He will have one for every year and hopefully he will appreciate the memories :)


Next I would tell you that Doggy photos make me happy...




I would then tell you about a conversation that happened about twenty minutes ago between Anthony and James..



James - Daddy, Santa has a sleigh.. 
Daddy - That's right.. What makes the sleigh fly? An engine?
James - No Dad, engines are for airplanes.. It's Santa's cows that make it fly.. 


Love him! 


This afternoon Anthony & James planned a toy play house that they want to build. James drew the plans up :)



It's fun watching them together. They are so alike that it's freaky. 




I would finish by telling you that when you're bored and all else fails.. A self portrait is the only way to go...





Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow! I hope you all have a wonderful day full of good food, family, friends, love and thankfulness! 


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Anxiety.

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Over the past 4 months I have been doing so well with regards to handling my Emetophobia, my anxiety and trying to get my eating back on track. I have good days and bad days but overall I've been doing so much better.. The past two days though I have been riddled with anxiety and my eating has suffered because of it. I think it is a combination of lack of sleep and the weather. I'm pretty sure that I suffer with SAD, which is ironic seen as I love this time of year, but the short days, grey skies and rain get to me.

I had a whole happy post planned for today but as I was writing I found myself forcing it. That's not what I want on my blog. If I'm having a bad day then I need to acknowledge it, feel it, accept it and then I can move on. I always end up kicking myself when I have a set back like this. I feel like I'm failing and that I will never get better. That's not helpful though and I know that I have come on in leaps and bounds. I need to acknowledge that too..


1. I am eating better than I have done in years. 
Even if they are tiny portions and not always a full meal. 

2. I leave the house everyday, whereas 6 months ago I was 
on the verge of becoming agoraphobic 

3. I am having less anxiety attacks now. 
Some days I don't have any! 

4. When I do have them I can control them a lot better. 

5. I have gained a stone in weight! 

6. I am a happier person. Which in turn makes me a 
better wife and Mummy. 




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Miscellany Monday.

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It hit me yesterday that it is only 36 days until Christmas. How can it only be just over a month away? I am not prepared and truth be told I've only purchased a few presents so far. I just feel like this year has gone so fast. I blinked and missed it..


This weekend I relished in the joys of staying at home. My plan had been to clean and organise, when in reality, I spent time with friends & family. I played with James and knitted. I walked the dog and cooked 6 pizza's on Saturday night for an impromptu sleepover with a friend and his children. For the first time we let James stay up late and agreed that he could sleep with the other kids on the Living Room floor.
He was the first one to pass out, filled up with Chocolate and Popcorn. Just before he fell asleep he said to me.. "Mum, I love the party"



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I haven't seen my Sister for a few weeks. She's been busy with work and I've been busy with James. We spent a few hours today on Saturday morning, mostly talking about babies. She is now 24 weeks pregnant with her miracle little girl! 








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A mid morning visit to the park yesterday morning produced 4 happy children and some very cold fingers.. I think it's safe to say that winter is well and truly here.

     

If you want to put the random into a post this Monday morning then head over and link up with Carissa! 

Happy Monday! 

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Instagram Saturday.

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I love days like today. What was meant to be a quiet Saturday turned into a day full of family, friends & children. Right now I have 4 kids curled up in their PJ's whilst we're watching DVD's and eating popcorn. So I will leave you with my Instagram Saturday and wish you all a happy weekend!


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Fab Friday.

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This morning I saw this on Facebook..
I may not work outside of the home but I work damn hard inside of my house so I am entitled to love Fridays! Here's what I'm loving this week. 
1 - Even though James doesn't differentiate between weekdays & weekends - he still wakes up at the same time regardless.. The fact that I don't have to rush around on Saturday & Sunday mornings makes me very happy! 
This week I have found it so difficult to wake up in the mornings. Twice I have over slept so I am going to relish my quiet mornings this weekend. 
2 - This morning James wanted to write a letter to Santa, asking for an ABC game.. 
 
Now I have to try and find an ABC game. I think I may be taking a trip to the Early Learning Center. 
3 - I have gained a few new followers this week :) 
*waves hello!*
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! 
4 - I am loving the fact that Tamera Mowry-Housely has had her baby! 
I know that I don't know her but I can still be excited :)
5 - This week I made an awesome Roast Beef dinner. Not only that but I ate it too! 
I'm still trying so hard to get my eating back on track but I am making progress! 
What has made your week fab? Go and link up with Laura! 
Happy Friday! 
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Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System.

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Lately I have been looking into ways to naturally boost our families immune systems. Being Emetophobic, this time of year makes me fraught with anxiety. It seems that every conversation I overhear whilst waiting outside of the school or every other facebook status is about someone being ill.

So I've been researching what foods, drinks and aromatherapy oils will help build our immune systems up. I decided to share some of what I've found. Some of it I think is basic common sense but since I'm new to this healthier, natural way of living, I'm taking all the information I can get a the moment..


Eat Fresh Fruit & Veg - If you can eat it raw then do! Aim for 5-8 portions a day. I really need to work on this!



Eat some form of Protein everyday - Antibodies that help fight disease are made out of protein. Try beef, chicken or pork Also Almonds and Cashew nuts are an excellent form of protein.

Exercise Daily - Try to take a ten minute walk at least twice a day. This gets the antibodies and white blood cells moving faster. Avoid high intensity activity such as marathon running or high intensity gym training as this could decrease white blood cells.

Reduce Stress Levels - Stress can suppress the immune system. Try to cook with Olive Oil as this contains healthy fats which act as a lubricant for the cells which improves flexibility and communication between them which in turn will promote immune function. Teas such as Peppermint or Chamomile are good for helping stress.


Sugar Suppresses the Immune System - Sugars that are found in almost all processed foods and drinks contain harmful sugars which suppresses the immune system. Try to eat fresh foods and organic where possible.

Foods & Herbs To Boost The Immune System - Onions, Horseradish and Garlic are good foods to eat to boost the immune system. You could also try the following -
Chamomile, Siberian Ginseng, Wild Indigo, Stinging Nettle, Rosemary and Peppermint.
Also Vitamin D3, C and Zinc are also known for helping with the immune system.


Add Mint To A Bath - This stimulates antibodies and kills bacteria that may have accumulated in the mucous membranes.

Water, Water and More Water! - I think this is the most obvious one of all. We all know the reasons for drinking as much water as possible. Good skin and hair, hydration and flushes the kidneys out. Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day.




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As well as looking at different foods and herbs to try I've also been researching different Aromatherapy Oils that could help. I've found a few different oils that you can mix together and make massage oils or you could even put them in the bath. Here is one for a general Immune System Boost. 


6 drops of Lavender Oil
6 drops of Bergamot Oil
3 drops of Lemon Oil
2 ounces of Vegetable Oil

Combine all these ingredients together. Use as a general massage oil or apply to a specific area, For example if you suffer with a lot of coughs then apply it to the chest. Use several times a day whilst trying to boost that immune systems of yours! 


I'm going to try and implement all of these things into our daily lives. I'd love to know if you have any tips for how you keep your family healthy during this season?


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Family Dinner!

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My side of the family isn't really that big, but trying to get us all together at the same time is a massive undertaking and only seems to happen at weddings and funerals.. Considering that most of us live in the same town it really shouldn't be that hard.

So I sent a few texts out yesterday informing everyone that I was hosting a dinner this coming Sunday. My youngest sister cannot come because she is moving the day before and one of my Mum's brothers can't come because his family has prior commitments but everyone else rsvp'd a big yes :)



Off course, the first thing that everyone asked was.. "How are we all going to fit in your house?"

I do have a teeny tiny house, but like said to my Mum yesterday evening. I don't care if we are all squished in around the table. We never all get together and if no one else is going to do it then I am!

I'm excited. It will be the first time hosting all of my family at the same time so I hope that my cooking is up to standards! I'm going to do a traditional Sunday Roast..


Menu!

Roast Chicken
Gammon
Roast Potatoes
Mashed Swede
Carrots
Stuffing 
Home made Yorkshire Puddings (Gluten Free) 


So, this week will be filled with planning, shopping & cleaning. As if my days were not full enough! Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound!

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Epilepsy Awareness Month - Seizures.

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I remember the first time I saw Anthony having a seizure like it was yesterday.

We were both fast asleep in bed and he had his arms wrapped around me. It was around 2am when I started to wake up. I was still in that half asleep state where you're not sure where you are and I felt Anthony's grip tighten on me but being kind of out of it I didn't think too much of it. Then I noticed that his breathing was kind of off. It was louder and a lot quicker than it should have been. My first reaction was to nudge him, thinking that he was having a bad dream. Within seconds though it hit me, what was happening. I have never shot out of bed so quickly. I ran to turn the light on and sure enough my fears were correct. I was witnessing Anthony having a seizure. My first thought was to panic but I knew that I needed to remain calm for his sake. I tried to remember what his doctor had told me to do when he had one. I had to time it. If it went on for longer than 4 minutes then I had to call an ambulance. I remember sitting with him, even though he couldn't hear me I talked to him, telling him over and over again that it would be alright and that I was there with him. Thankfully because he was on the bed he wasn't at risk of hurting himself so I didn't have to try and move him. The seizure lasted about two minutes but it felt like hours. He stopped convulsing but was still unconscious so I kept talking to him. Eventually he started moaning and opened his eyes. I'll never forget the look on his face. He was so dazed and confused, he looked like he was five years old. It broke my heart. I explained to him where he was and what had happened but I don't think at that point he took it in. I went down stairs to get him a glass of water and whilst I was there I phoned my Mum and told her what had happened and asked her to come round. I'll never forget that conversation either. She told me that she couldn't come.. At the time I was so scared and then when my Mum couldn't come I was kind of angry! The next morning though when my Mum phoned me she said..

"Liane, you needed to do this on your own. I can't be there every time Anthony has a seizure and you needed to realise that you can cope with it on your own." 

That was a lesson that I am so glad that my Mum made me learn. I realised that although it was awful to witness and scared me like you wouldn't believe, I knew that I would be able to cope with it in the future.


I've put together some tips for anyone aiding someone that is having a Tonic Clonic Seizure.


My Top Tips

1 - If they are near anything that could cause injury, such as a cooker, 
then move them so they are safe. If there is no risk then do not move them until the seizure is over. 

2. Loosen any tight clothing such as ties around the neck. 
Try to make them as comfortable as possible

3. If they are on the floor then cushion their head to try and 
avoid injury. 

3. Do not try and put anything in their mouth, not even your fingers! 

4. Time the seizure. You may need this information if you need to call 
the emergency services. 


5. After the seizure has stopped then turn them onto their side
into the recovery position, this will help if they vomit. 

6. Talk to them, try to keep them calm. Also try to stay as calm as possible yourself. 
It is scary watching someone have a seizure but if you panic then the chances are you are going to make 
them panic too. 








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Miscellany Monday.

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I am going to try and attempt to put lots of random thoughts into a coherent post. My brain seems to be very cluttered today. I have a million things going on at once and at the moment there does not seem to be enough hours in my day for me to complete everything. I go to bed at night exhausted with a to-do list that is still as long as my arm. I have decided to embrace the busy though. Normally I would freak out at being so behind in all my chores, the mountain of laundry that I have piled up, the photos that I need to edit and the writing that is left untouched but I figured that getting all wound up about it isn't going to help so I am going to do one thing at a time and if I don't get something completed that day, well then it will still be there tomorrow.


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Today I met my cousin that I have never met before and got in contact with a couple of months ago. It was amazing. I was worried that it would be awkward and we wouldn't know what to say to each other but it was nothing like that. She is family and it felt like that straight away. I am looking forward to getting to know her better :)


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This past Saturday was fireworks night. We had originally planned to go and watch them but then Anthony ended up having to go to the hospital so James and I were stuck at home. So instead we watched them from the front garden. It wasn't a great view but James thought it was brilliant. 




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Our nephews birthday party on Saturday was so much fun! I think having the party at a venue where they organise everything and all you have to do is bring the cake, saves so much stress! I'm going to keep them in mind for James' future parties. 




James even got his own miniature version of the birthday cake in the form of a Gluten free Cupcake.




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Megan over at Mackey Madness is hosting the Christmas Ornament Swap again this year. I heard about it last year but I was new to the blog world so didn't take part. This year though I am all signed up and cannot wait! 

Here's how it works:


2) On Monday, November 26th, the partners will be announced! 

3) Purchase an ornament for your partner (spending limit is $15).

4) Ship your ornament by December 5th.

5) There will be a link-up on December 17th so we can all show off our new ornaments!


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I love Christmas. I love link up's and I love connecting with other bloggers so I cannot wait for this!! 
Okay.. The week is off to a crazy, hectic start.. I will embrace the busy. I will embrace the busy. I will embrace the busy.....
   
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