November 2013 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Emilie - Four Months Old.

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Four months old! Holy smokes.. 

This month has been testing but also fascinating. (More to come of the fascinating part further down) Emilie had a stomach bug which lasted in total around 9 days. At one point she couldn't keep any milk down at all so for two days she was solely on Dioralyte so we could avoid dehydration but also not irritate her little tummy. It turns out she had Rotovirus, which ironically two weeks before she'd had the vaccination for. This is a new vaccine and after that I wouldn't ever let another baby of mine have that vaccination. 

Emilie is in size three nappies. At her last weight check she was 12lb 10oz and had jumped from the 25th percentile to the 50th, that was a few weeks ago now. She is getting weighed again this coming Thursday. I'm excited to see how much weight she has gained! She is in a mixture of 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothing. 


Eating - Before her Rotovirus vaccination she was taking 4oz of milk every 2.5 - 3 hours. The day she had the vaccine she went completely of her milk but as with all vaccinations I knew that it could make them feel a bit rubbish so I didn't worry too much. For the next two weeks I could barely get 2oz at a time into her. She was still gaining weight though so the health visitor wasn't concerned. Then she got ill and her eating was all up in the air. As soon as she recovered she was back on 4oz, then I noticed she was still hungry so we went to 5oz.. Nope, still hungry.. She is now on 6oz every 2.5 - 3 hours. She takes 5 bottles a day and one at night. 




Sleeping - Finally this month Emilie has started to wake up!! I am so excited about this! It's quite an interesting thing to say that your baby spent her first three and half months of life asleep. She goes to bed between 6 - 6.30pm (I've tried to get her to stay up later but she isn't having any of it and just screams.) Nine times out of ten she will sleep through till anywhere between 4 - 5.30am, she will then have 4oz of milk and go back to sleep till around 7am.. I cannot moan at all about night times! Occasionally we will have two or three wakings but at four months old I think she is doing great. Considering James didn't sleep through the night till he was 4 years old (ironically, the week Emilie was born) I consider myself very lucky. 

During the day, Emilie still loves her sleep but is no longer sleeping the whole day away. She is so easy to get down for a nap but will only stay asleep for around 30-40 minutes.. She wakes up happy but an hour later is tired again! I'm working on trying to get her to sleep for longer stretches so she doesn't need as many naps. Now she is more awake I'm hoping that in the very near future I am going to see a pattern emerging with her day time sleeping. The only pattern so far is that she is ready for her first nap just as it's time to leave to take James to school so she takes that nap in her pram. 



I will admit that I 'Google' things. Actually I Google everything! I was getting slightly worried about Emilie sleeping all the time and that she wasn't meeting the 'three month milestones' The main thing that concerned me was that she wasn't reaching for anything, (toys etc) wasn't batting her toys on her play mat, wouldn't hold onto anything (even fingers). I spent most of her awake time trying to stimulate her. This past week I think we're making progress. I brought her a little high chair seat so that I could put toys and rattles on the tray, her first time in it and she tried holding onto her peacock toy! I was so happy and it definitely feels like we're making progress in that area. 




Emilie loves - Bath time, having her hair washed, singing, Mummy doing airplane, her bottles (finally!), her faces book, being the center of attention, looking in the mirror and nappy-less time - the less clothes she has on the happier she is. Loves loves loves her brother. 

Emilie dislikes - Tummy time, being confined in her pram, sitting still - this girl loves to be jiggled, after 4.30pm - honestly don't even look at her after 4.30pm, she does nothing but scream until her bath & bed time. Also hates having her coat put on. 





On the whole, this month has been amazing. Getting to see my little one awake and interacting more is fantastic. Her little personality is starting to come through. Just this week she has started giggling, especially if I blow raspberries on her. She has the cutest little giggle! She has learnt how to blow raspberries and also happy shrieking. Her periods of constant crying have lessened. Whereas she was crying constantly anytime that she was awake, she is now generally happy until that dreaded 4.30pm.. I could set my watch by it. *Touch wood* - She is definitely improving though. 

Happy four months Peanut! 



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Deck The Halls.

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When James was born back in 2009 I started thinking about Christmas traditions. My Mum had a few that she carried out when my Sisters and I were small, one being that on Christmas morning she made sausage rolls, this one I've carried on and love it :) If you were to walk into my house, not only would you be greeted with piles upon piles of wrapping paper and a mega-excited James, you would also be greeted by a plate of warm sausages rolls and the smell of another batch baking in the oven. 

I've started a few of my own.. A visit to the Christmas Market and Santa at the beginning of December, breakfast all together on Christmas morning before presents and snuggled up watching festive movies on the weekends. Although brand new pj's on Christmas Eve along with hot chocolate and gingerbread men is my favorite. 

Another one that I started for James' first Christmas was to buy him a new bauble every year for the tree. When he's older he can then have them for his own tree, or just for memories sake.. When we put our decorations up at the weekend he went through his baubles and loved hearing about which one was for what year and when I brought it. 

This year I had two baubles to buy! 

    James/Emilie



James has yet to see his. I've got to go and pick him up from school in an hour but I know that he will be excited and so thankful for such a little thing. Emilie? She wasn't too enthusiastic.. I think she just wanted her bottle :) 

Tomorrow we get to see Santa! I have a very excited four year old! 




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Miscellany Monday.

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I'm hoping to bust this post out whilst Emilie is napping. She loves her sleep but will only sleep for around thirty minutes at a time during the day so getting anything done is hard.. Here goes.. 




A little school update about this one. He loves school! I will admit that before he started I was a tad worried about the fact that he already knew how to read & write and how the school would accommodate that whilst trying to teach the other children the skills that he had already learnt. Thankfully, it all seems to be going okay. He is mostly doing work from the year above and the teacher adapts groups sessions to accommodate his needs aswell as the other children. Over the weekend for homework he had to practice writing in cursive style and he was so proud of himself. I'm still not completely sure that we made the right choice with not going with homeschooling but I know that at any point we can change our minds. For now though, it seems to be working out. 


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James was thrilled yesterday morning when I told him that we could put the Christmas decorations up. Last night before he went to bed he made me promise that they would still be up this morning. I love Christmas since having kids... Seeing the magic through their eyes is amazing.. Even Emilie is taken with the lights.. 





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The past week I feel like I'm finally getting a handle on this "parenting two children" thing. I even managed to get 4 blog posts out last week. A record since Emilie was born! Some people make going from one child to two look easy and a walk in the park.. And for some I'm sure it is but I don't mind telling you, it has taken a bit of adjusting and getting use to. 





I've probably jinxed myself now....



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The Sunday Currently.

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{Apparently he was taking his photo}

R E A D I N G I'm still reading 'Take Me Home' by Tessa Cunningham. Long gone are the days where I could read a book in two days.. Now children are involved, it takes a lot longer! It's a great book though and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. 

W R I T I N G My Christmas present lists for the children. I've already got a few bits but I'm planning on getting the majority of the presents on Tuesday. 

L I S T E N I N G For a change, it's pretty quiet here. James is playing in his bedroom. Emilie is lying on my lap and Anthony is watching a documentary on the tv, which is currently the only noise.. If only it was always this quiet :)

T H I N K I N G About my Nan, who isn't well. I need to carve out some time during my week to go and spend some time with her.  

S M E L L I N G The clean washing that is drying in my kitchen.. The smell makes me happy! 

HOPING That the happy Emilie that has been around for 3 days now decides to stick around. 

W E A R I N G My jeans and I'm sat here in my coat! It's pretty chilly here today. 

L O V I  N G My husband and kids. 

W A N T I N G To get my Christmas list finalized. To decide what I'm cooking for dinner.. I think that I need to start meal planning. It would make my life so much easier.  

N E E D I N G Some sleep! A full night would be awesome but I doubt that will be happening anytime soon. Luckily I'm very good functioning on little sleep. 

F E E L I N G Motivated and hopeful. 

C L I C K I N G My camera! I'm trying really hard not to just grab my phone to capture the little moments but to actually make the effort to walk to the kitchen and get my camera. I didn't pay all that money just for it to sit there! 



Look what James and I done this morning... 






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Five On Friday!

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1 - Today has been a good day! Not only is it Friday but Emilie has been a little angel all day! Over the past 16 weeks I have become accustomed to having a baby that does nothing but scream.. Today though, she has been happy, happy happy. I hope it lasts!





2 - Tomorrow the girls on my side of the family have a photo shoot booked. I'm in two minds about it. On one hand it's exciting and I hope to get at least one nice photo of me and the kids together but on the other hand, I'm dreading it. I am not photogenic in the slightest, whereas my two sisters couldn't take a bad photo if they tried. The last photo shoot I had with James he was this big.... 




Wow, I've just realised how different I looked! I kind of miss my blonde hair though... 


3 - The weather has turned bitterly cold and I love it! Apparently we can expect snow soon :) Can we say hot chocolate, blankets and cozy nights? 


4 - I stopped knitting about a month before Emilie was born. I was kind of tired of it and getting a bit bored. In a moment of nesting I threw away all of my wool & needles.. Now though, I'm regretting my hasty actions. Not that I really have the time to knit at the moment but it would be nice to have the option. This weekend I'm hoping that I can buy some supplies to get me started again. 


5 - I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with these people.. 



Happy weekend! 




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Thankful Thursday.

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On this particular Thursday, I am thankful for... 


1 - My house.. It's not big, it's not flashy but it's home. 

2 - My husband. Yes, he leaves wet towels on the floor and doesn't always pick up after himself but he's there for me. I love living life with him.. 




3 - Energy drinks.. I have a three month old, enough said. 

4 - My son. My first born. 



5 - Technology. The internet. Social media. I love how it connects us all. 

6 - Talking of technology.. The instagram app is now available on Windows phones. 
Very thankful for that :)

7 - Seasons. I love the sun and warmth but am also a massive fan of autumn & winter.. Layers, boots, scarfs and snuggles under the blankets. 

8 - My little lady. My last baby. 



9 - My camera. I'm thankful that I am able to capture all the little moments. 

10 - Friends. Without them life would be dull. 








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Miscellany Monday.

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I've been wanting to write this all day but I just haven't had time. In the nine-ish weeks since James started school I've come to realise just how much free time I had before. He was at the stage where he could entertain himself for periods of time and didn't need my constant supervision.. Plus I only had one kid! Now I wonder how could I have always thought that I was so busy. It was nothing compared to my days now. Life now is just crazy but a good crazy. 


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This weekend was just what I needed. After nearly two weeks of dealing with an unwell family I decided that a couple of days of relaxing at home were needed. Granted, I was still up before the sun and with two children. I was still cooking and cleaning but life went at a slower pace. I did attack a mountain of ironing, which I am pretty sure that if I left much longer would have grown legs and walked off. 


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I realised that I never shared our Halloween photos. Better late than never, right? James decided a few months before that he wanted to be a Vampire. He looked so cute in his costume! I painted his face too but within minutes of it being done he was scratching like mad and telling me that it hurt so I wiped that stuff straight off! 






{Emilie was not thrilled at the idea of getting dressed up}


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Some funnies that I have found online recently. 






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And lastly.. James comes out with the randomness of things sometimes. He can start talking about one subject and in the space of three minutes have covered about seven other topics without taking a breath or pausing in between. I love our conversations on the way to school in the morning or whilst he's eating dinner. This one happened just before bed time tonight.. He named all ten kids too....


James - "Mum, when I'm grown up, have my own house and am cooking a Roast Chicken, I'm going to phone you and say, "Hi Mum & Dad, I'm cooking chicken, do you want to come?"
Me - "Wow! Do I have to help you cook?"
James - "No, because it's my house. Emilie can come too and also Nath, Harry, Izzy and Grady"
Me - "What about your wife?"
James - "Off course she'll be there. She's going to live there.. And my two kids called Emma and John.. No actually I'm going to have ten kids."
Me - "Does your wife know that you're going to have ten kids?"
Anthony - "James, right here and now I'm going to bet you 5p that you don't end up with ten kids.." 


God, I love that little boy :) 



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