May 2013 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

The Last Day - A Vivid Memory!

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Today is the last day for the Blog Everyday In May Challenge. I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone and that tomorrow we will be in June! (That scares me slightly as it means that it's only two more months until little Miss Emily makes her appearance!) I've enjoyed this challenge so much though. I've only ever done a months long challenge once before and truth be told, halfway through I got bored and couldn't wait for it to be over, but this challenge has been different. I've loved the different prompts each day and the fact that it has gotten me excited about writing again is the icing on the cake. An added bonus is that I've found some awesome new blogs to follow.. Win win. 


Today's last prompt was a vivid memory. I couldn't decide whether to go serious or funny with this one but I think seen as it's the last day, lets go funny.. 

"I was four years old and in my very first year of Primary School. My Mum was walking me to school whilst my, at the time, two year old Sister tagged along. I was wearing my grey skirt that was part of the uniform and I kept lagging behind. We were obviously in a rush because my Mum kept moaning at me to keep up. What she didn't see was that I was having problems with my underwear. We stopped at a set of traffic lights so that we could cross the busy main road. There was an old man that was also waiting to cross. Right there and then the elastic went in my underwear and down they fell to my ankles. At that moment my Mum realised why I had been lagging behind, the old man started laughing and I had my first meeting with embarrassment. I can remember it like it was yesterday."





And now I'm kind of sad that I've just finished my last post for this challenge! What will I write about now! I have no prompts! 





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Fab Friday.

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Fab Friday time! Write your fab things about this week, then head over to Laura's Blog and link up. 


1 - I've been in and out of hospital this week with worries about Emily. 
That's not fab but the fact that I got two ultrasounds is the silver lining to the cloud..
Emily is fine, thank god! 


2 - It's June tomorrow! 
One month closer to holding my daughter :)


3 - Spending a week with James and not having to worry about getting to Nursery on time.
Mornings are much less stressful when you don't have to be out the house by 8am. 


4 - I'm researching meals ideas that can be frozen, in preparation for August. 
Next month I plan on having a full day of cooking these meals and freezing them. 
If you have any good recipes then feel free to throw them my way! 
I hope you all have a Fab weekend! 




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Letting Go.

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Blog Everyday In May - React to this term, Letting Go. 





Let go of your pain,
Let go of your anxiety,
Let go of your disappointments,
Let go of your past,
Let go of your worries,
Let go of your stresses, 
Let go of your fear, 
Let go of the unknown, 
Let go of yesterday,

Embrace Today. 







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Play That Music.

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Only three days left of the BlogEverydayInMay Challenge with Jenni. I can't believe how quickly it has gone and I'm going to miss it when it's over!

Today's prompt was, Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. I've tried to link the videos into this post from both You Tube and Grooveshark but for some reason, they won't play, so I'm just going to have to list them!


1 - Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits - This is mine and Anthony's 'song'.. It was also our first dance at our wedding.


2 - Hedonism by Skunk Anasie -  Anthony introduced me to this song and it's one of my favorites.


3 - Left Outside Alone by Anastasia - When Anthony was deployed to Kosovo I had no idea when he was going to be able to call. I was listening to this when he rang. To this day, when I hear this song, I am transported back to that moment.


4 - Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson - I'm not a massive Michael Jackson fan but I LOVE this song.


5 - Amazed by Lonestar - When James was a baby he was very high needs and would spend hours crying in pain from his reflux.. I would hold him for hours in the kitchen, rocking him to this song.


And there they are.. I don't like just one particular type of music.. One minute I will be listening to Britney Spears and the next I will be busting some moves to Korn!


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Blog Every Day In May - Just Photos

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Blog Every Day In May - A Letter To My Readers.

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To My Readers. 

When I first started this blog back in the beginning of 2012, I was apprehensive  I'd been over at Live Journal for eight years and it felt safe there. It was Friends Only so I could control who could read what I wrote. It can be scary to put your thoughts and feelings out there and making the leap to Blogger meant that anyone and everyone would be able to see it and I wasn't sure how I felt about that. 

I felt that I needed something new though so I made the leap and I am so glad that I did. I don't blog for page views or comments or to watch my number of followers rise. I blog because it's something that I love to do. I want to be able to look back in years to come and smile as I remember James at two years old, his first day at Nursery and his birthday parties. I want to look back on my Pregnancy Updates with Emily and be able to relive those memories. But you, my readers, have become a big part of why I love to blog. I've met some wonderful women. Most of you who, if I hadn't have started For Those Little Moments, I would never have gotten to know, and I have come to appreciate your friendship. I valve your comments and your responses to what I write here and for that I want to thank each and every one of you. 


Love,
Liane x 



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Emily - Twenty Eight Weeks.

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Today is - Monday, May 27th, 2013

How far along - 28 weeks.


Baby is - A girl! 

Total weight gain - According to my scales I'm still at 14lbs, but they're very temperamental so I won't know for sure until Wednesday when I see my midwife. 

Baby is the size of - An Iceberg Lettuce.

Whats going on with baby - Emily's brain is developing it's folds and grooves and she is adding layers of fat to her body. She is already head down :)

What going on with Mummy - Apart from SPD which is causing me a lot of pain when I go from sitting to standing and also when I roll over in bed at night, I'm good!

Maternity clothing - Definitely.

Sleep - Rolling over in bed at night is torture but no other complaints in the sleep department really. 


Movement - She is very similar to how James was.. One day she will move loads and the next day I get hardly anything.. I'm starting to think that her arms and legs are pointing inside of me and that's why I feel nudges and wriggles more than anything else. 

Food Cravings/Aversions - No aversions really. I've noticed an increase in appetite this week.

Symptoms - 


Achiness - My legs especially. 

Acne 

SPD - Which has slowly gotten worse this week. 
Contractions - They've slowed down in the past week.. Thank goodness! 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - Absolutely everything is different! His pregnancy was a dream compared to this! :)


Best moments this week - James finishing Nursery for a week and also having a somewhat descent appetite.


And just for fun.. Here's a little comparison of belly shots that I threw together in about 2 minutes.. 





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Blog Everyday In May - My Three Worst Traits.

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Jenni really is testing my blogging skills with these prompts! Today we have to write about our three worst traits which technically should be simple for me, seen as I am my own worst critic. However thinking something about yourself is one thing and then actually writing it down for the whole blogging world to see is whole different story. 






Perfectionism. 

This is the first thing that came into my head. I am probably an awful person to live with. I like things to be done in a certain way and prefer to do them myself so then I know that they are done 'my way.' Take the household chores for example.. I know that Anthony is fully capable of loading the dishwasher but I like the plates to face a certain way and for the cups to go on a certain side.. So I figure that if I do it then I won't have to moan at him when he puts a plate in back to front! 



Temper. 

Anthony and I are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum with this one.. I snap at the littlest of things.. I have no idea if it is a woman thing or if it's just me but the slightest thing will have me crying and shouting, but then it's over and done with really quickly. I don't stay angry for long..



Anxiety.

I'm going to list this as one of my flaws as I cannot see how it could be a good thing about my personality. Due to my Emetophobia I suffer a lot with anxiety.. Since I've gotten pregnant, I've learnt how to control it better and not let it get to me but before that? Was I a ball of nerves! I would have 15 plus anxiety attacks a day. I would go days without leaving the house sometimes just because of my fear. I'm now doing so much better but I get scared that one day I will go back to that dark place.



Okay, so now I've confirmed to you all that I am a complete nutcase.. I'm off to watch Netflix in bed! 

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Fab Friday!

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Normally I write my posts in the morning but today I just wasn't feeling it so here I am now at 8.30pm, lying in bed, watching Netflix and writing.. It's time for my favorite link up of the week.. Fab Friday with Laura!



1 - It is now offically half term from Nursery!
Yay to not having to rush around in the mornings and be out of the house by 8am! 
No one needs that in their third trimester. 




2 - Speaking of which.. I'm in my third trimester! 
The home stretch! 
Sometimes I feel like I still have ages to go and then other times I think of the fact that I will be full term in nine weeks and that scares the hell out of me! 


3 - Lately James has been showing a keen interest in football. 
He must get it from my Sister, Chloe, because neither Anthony or I can kick a ball in a straight line. 
This evening Chloe and I took him to the park so she could kick a ball around with him and he loved it. 
I'm looking into finding a club for him :)






4 - I'm still taking part in the Blog Everyday In May Challenge. 
That in itself should be celebrated as normally with challenges I end up getting distracted half way through and then feeling bad so I give up.. Still going strong on this one though!


And there are my best parts of this week! What's been great about your week?

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What School Didn't Teach Me.

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What didn't school teach me? That is the prompt for today's Blog Everyday In May Challenge. (Can you believe we're on Day 22 already!) I wasn't a fan of school. I was bullied for most of it and at the earliest opportunity, I left. I didn't go on to College or University, I went straight into the workforce. Since leaving school I've learnt a few things.. 


Knowledge Doesn't Buy Life Experience.

No matter what you studied, how smart you are or what grades you got in your final exams no amount of learning will buy you that life experience that you can only get by getting out there in the real world and living your life. 


Becoming A Parent Will Change Your Life.

When I was expecting James I had images of rocking my newborn to sleep, placing him gently into his cot and then him sleeping for hours. I imagined him being the best behaved toddler in the world.. He wouldn't have tantrums and I would never have to raise my voice... Yeah, reality hit me in the face with those first newborn cries! At school in our Personal Education lessons we were told how hard being a parent was and that it was a good idea to wait until you were older and settled down and whilst all that is true.. Nothing... and I mean nothing.. will prepare you for becoming a parent until you are thrown into the thick of those midnight feedings, tantrum throwing, dirty nappies days. 


Friends Sometimes Come And Go. 

I know that when I was at School I pretty much stuck with the same group of friends the whole way through.. We would talk about what would happen after our schooling and how we would always be friends. Now it's been 12 years since I left School.. Most of those friends I haven't seen or spoken to since about two years after we left. Real life got in the way. We got married, moved away, got jobs, had kids and somehow we lost contact. That thought makes me sad but it also makes me realise how naive we are as kids. We think that nothing will ever change and that we will be the same people ten years down the road. I am a completely different person to the girl I was when I first walked out of those school gates holding my GCSE results and venturing into the big wide world. I've grown up and changed and so have they. It's not a bad thing.. It just happens. 


So there's just three things I've picked up along the way! 




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Look Into My Archives.

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Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives


Wow.. Day 21 of the Blog Everyday In May Challenge! I'm quite impressed with the fact that so far I've only missed one day and even on that day I still blogged, just not about the topic prompt we were given. Normally with challenges that I participate in, along the way everyday life gets in the way and before I know it I've fallen too far behind. I'm happy that I've managed to keep up with this one though :)

So today calls for a list of links to my favorite posts that I've written. I've only been blogging here since February 2012 (I was over at Live Journal before that) so I feel like I don't have a lot to choose from but here goes nothing. 


My First Post.  - I always hate those 'first introduction' posts but it's what started this little blog of mine off so it must be included! 


Women's Connect 12 - I wrote a piece on fertility struggles for Women's Connect '12 and received such a great response to it. Little did I know that just nine days on I would find out that I was pregnant with Emily! 


Announcing My Pregnancy - This post makes me laugh. You can tell that I was a rush of excitement and nerves whilst I wrote it. It wasn't pre-planned or thought through. I literally grabbed the laptop and wrote. I guess I was that excited I just wanted to shout the news from the rooftops! 


Epilepsy Awareness Month - Seizures - I wrote a few posts over the course of Epilepsy Awareness Month. This one was about seizures and tips for helping someone who is suffering from one. 


Three Mum Goals - I wrote this last year. It was three mum goals for that week. 


A Letter To James that I wrote the night before he started Nursery... Then all about his first day! 


I had forgotten so many of the things that I have written over the past year and a half! I wish I could include more of them but I don't want to bombard this post! These above are just some of my favorites.. They're not necessarily my best written ones but they are ones that make me smile when I read them. 



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Struggles.

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Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.


I've made no secret of that fact that I'm struggling with this second pregnancy. The constant nausea (which touch wood, the last week has been a lot better, although today has sucked!), the constant tiredness, aches and pains and now the contractions which won't seem to go away. Today though instead of talking about how I'm struggling with how I'm feeling I want to talk about how I'm struggling with being a parent whilst carrying another child. 

When I was pregnant with James, it was easy. If I was tired, I slept. If I couldn't face food, I didn't cook. If I didn't want to leave the house, then I stayed at home. 

This time though I have a four year old that needs me at 6.30am. He needs to be fed, he needs clean clothes and to have a (semi!) tidy house. He needs me to interact with him, to take him to nursery, to the park and out on his bike. He wants snuggles and kisses and for me to get down on the floor and play with him. 

I'm struggling with this at the moment. It's not that I don't want to do it all.. It's that I'm trying to do it all and every day I feel like I am failing him. He asks me to play and I just don't have the energy but I drag myself off the sofa and then I feel guilty because instead of giving him 100% of my attention.. He is getting 80% whist the other 20% is wishing I could take a nap. 

I know this is just a season in life and in under three months I won't be pregnant anymore. I will have my energy back and I won't feel like I have the bones of a 90 year old woman. I will be able to walk without having contractions. I have to keep telling myself that.. This Too Will Pass...

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Emily - Twenty Seven Weeks

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Today is - Monday, May 20th, 2013

How far along - 27 weeks.


Baby is - A girl! 

Total weight gain - I'm back down to 14lbs. 

Baby is the size of - A Cauliflower.

Whats going on with baby - I had a scan at the weekend and baby girl is weighing in at 2lb 6oz! She's doing really well, even if I'm not! Oh and she is head down already :)

What going on with Mummy - Tired & Achy.. All the fun stuff. 

Maternity clothing - Yep.. I think I have about 2 tops that I wore before pregnancy that still fit me. I love the evenings now so I can put my PJ bottoms and a T-shirt on.. I hate it when clothes feel too tight. 

Sleep - On the whole I'm sleeping well. I tend to fall asleep around 11pm and then I wake up around 4am and then I'm up for the day at 6.30am. It's getting harder to find a comfortable position though. 


Movement - Yep! Lots of movement. I love feeling her kick and roll around inside of me. 

Food Cravings/Aversions - No aversions really. I'm still craving carbs though. 

Symptoms - 


Achiness - My legs especially. 

Acne - Yep.. That's no better. 

Contractions - I ended up in hospital this weekend with contractions that lasted all of Friday night and into Sunday. Thankfully they aren't causing me to dilate but I've been told to rest lots as they get worse when I walk. 

How is this pregnancy different from the first - This whole pregnancy has been different and a lot harder! 

Best moments this week - Not feeling nauseous as much so I was able to clean and cook and feel like a proper wife and Mum again. 



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Blog Everyday In May! Favorite Bloggers.

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Today's prompt was to declare our five favorite blogs and what we love about them.. I actually done this on Day Five when we had to declare our love for our bloggy friends. You can see that post here.. I only wrote about three on that day though so today to try and keep up as best I can I am going to give you two more of my favorites here.. 


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Okay, so first things first and this has to be done. Who doesn't love Jenni's Blog? Her photos, her writing, how her personality comes across in each and every post that she writes. I only found her blog a few months ago and I've gone back and read pretty much every post.. (Nope, I'm not a stalker, promise!) Now I look forward to her next piece of writing and seeing what she has to say.  




Story of My Life



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Next up is Ivy over at Little Woman Little Home. This girl is the funniest person in Blog Land that I have ever met! She is so down to earth and tells it like it is. Honestly I don't think I've ever read a blog that has made me smile so much. So head on over and say hi.. I guarantee that you will leave feeling happy :)







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Fab Friday & Blog Everyday In May.

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I'm participating in two link up's today. 
Fab Friday with Laura &
The Blog Everyday In May challenge with Jenni. 


Okay, so first things first.. Fab Friday! 

1 - This week has been pretty quiet which I am not complaining about! 
It's been nice to not have any major stresses to worry about. *touch wood!*


2 - I placed an Amazon order on Tuesday for some baby stuff.. 
Which included the Angelcare Monitor. 



It's out for delivery today and I'm excited. With James we just had a normal monitor but we learnt our lesson when night after night we would be continually checking his breathing. 
Hopefully with this little device our minds will be more at ease. 


3 - I have a day to myself today! 
James is at Nursery and Anthony has gone to visit his Dad.. 
Me? I'm cleaning.. Oh the joys :)



Now.. Our prompt for the Blog Everyday In May Challenge today was.. A favorite photo of ourselves. I am definitely not the most photogenic person in the world. My two sisters can take a brilliant photo after just rolling out of bed with no make-up on and their hair all over the place.. Me? I can't take a descent photo even when I try really hard.. 

I love this one though.. 




It was taken on Mothers Day last year and it's one of my favorites of me and my little guy. 
I do better taking photos when I have someone in the picture with me :)


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My Lot In Life..

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Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it


I've sat here for what feels like an eternity trying to figure out how to start this post and where I want to take it. It is probably one of, if not the hardest posts I've ever written here. I wanted to share it though. If it helps just one person then it will be worth it. 

I had a mixed childhood. Some parts of it were fantastic and I felt just like any other kid but then other parts were pure torture. I hate it when people use their past as an excuse for the kind of adults they've become though. You hear so many people do bad things and then say, "I had a terrible childhood.. I went through this.. I went through that.." I'm not saying that your past is easy to overcome or to forget but I think you should learn from it and let it mould you into a better person. I'm probably not making much sense. In my head I know what I mean but writing it down is hard.. The words want to come out jumbled. 


When I was seven I was sexually abused by my Sisters Dad. I don't want to dwell on what happened but lets just say that it wasn't just a one time thing. My Mum knew nothing about it and like a lot of predators out there he scared me enough to keep me quiet.. I was a very insecure child and he played on that. Telling me that my Mum wouldn't believe me and that she would choose him over me. At the age of seven I didn't know any better so I kept quiet. 

For seven years. 

The abuse didn't last as long as that but once he had stopped that he started mentally torturing me. I guess it was to keep me quiet. If I stayed the shy, insecure girl then I would be less likely to tell his secret. 

I finally told my Mum after they had separated when I was fourteen and my Sister was spending the weekends at his house. I realised that the same could happen to her and if I didn't say anything then I would never forgive myself if the same thing happened to her. It was awful. I didn't know how to tell my Mum so one night I just blurted it out. In my naive state I thought I would just tell her what happened, she would stop my Sister going to his house and that would be the end of it.. Off course that didn't happen. My Mum told the School who, rightfully so, contacted the police.. There were police interviews, court cases, newspaper articles, shouting at me in the street. It went on for months. 

We ended up moving and slowly I started getting better. After a few years I started Therapy and after trying several different ones I finally found someone that I clicked with and she will never know how much she helped me. 

My whole point in writing this and telling my story isn't for sympathy.. It's so other people know that it's okay to speak up.. To tell others if they're being hurt. There will always be someone that will listen.. A parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a doctor.. I thought I had to suffer alone and it was such a relief to finally tell someone. Keeping a secret like that inside for seven years probably affected me more than the sexual abuse did.  Now that I'm a grown woman with a child of my own I wish I had been brave enough to tell. 


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Randomness On A Wednesday.

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The weather today is miserable. Grey, wet & windy, which I guess kind of suits my mood. I'm not in a bad mood, far from it actually but I just feel low. I probably have those damn pregnancy hormones to thank for that. Today's Blog Everyday In May challenge was a "Day In Your Life." I wasn't feeling it though so I decided to skip today but I still wanted to keep up with the challenge of actually Blogging everyday. I had some photos to share so I decided on one of my Randomness posts. I like these. They clear my head. 


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This morning after I dropped James off at Nursery, I didn't see the point in walking the two miles home just to have to walk back in an hour so I went to Asda to pick up a few bits. I ended up buying myself a new book and then I spent the remaining time sat in their cafe, reading and people watching. It felt good to spend some time on my own. 



{A few chapters into The Storyteller and already I'm hooked}

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It seems that James has green fingers. He loves planting seeds and watching them grow. He gets so excited when he sees those first green shots appearing. Everything Anthony and I try to grow ends up dying but James' stuff always thrives. He's very proud of that fact. 




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This morning on the way to Nursery he posted his acceptance back to the School he will be starting in September. I don't know why it made me sad.. Actually I do. My little boy, my firstborn, is growing up.. That fact, scares me and excites me at the same time. 




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An 8 week and 23 week comparison photo that I posted to Instagram last week. I can't quite get my head around the fact that on Monday I will be 27 weeks. I think I've grown a bit more since that 23 week photo but it's hard to tell seen as I see my stomach everyday. 


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And finally.. In an effort to cheer myself up this afternoon I decided to dye my hair. I haven't done it since before I found out I was pregnant and my roots were at the point where I shouldn't have been leaving the house but I had been putting it off as I wasn't sure what the 'rules' were regarding hair dying and pregnancy.. Yesterday though I checked the NHS website and they said that it's safe so I went for it...



Bye Bye Roots! 



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Happiness

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Ten things that make you really happy



“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” 


1 - My family. 

2 - Being married to Anthony.







3 - Sunflowers.


4 - My first cup of tea of the day.


5 - Feeling Emily kick and move around inside of me. 


6 - Watching James playing. 




7 - Sunshine. 


8 - Day dreaming. 


9 - Blogging. 


10 - Disney movies. 



“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 
― Abraham Lincoln


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