February 2016 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Seven.

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Yesterday James turned 7 years old. Where has that 7 years gone? I don't know.. I always laughed when I was pregnant and people told me to enjoy every moment because it flies by. I didn't believe them. They were right. Right before my eyes he is becoming more and more independent. He forgets to give me a kiss as he runs into school. He climbs the counter to fetch a cup, just so he can make his own drink. He asks to go and spend the night at his cousins house and theres no phone call in the middle of the night asking us to come and get him. Him growing up makes me equal parts happy and nostalgic. 

His one request for his big day was a go to a Chinese Restaurant with all his family. So that's what we did. 21 of us descended on The Mandarin to celebrate James. All the kids loved it. It was basically one giant buffet complete with an ice cream and sweetie stand so they were in kid heaven.. 

When it was time for bed last night James started crying because he didn't want his birthday to end. Anthony replied to his tears with "but it has to end so you can have a birthday next year."

"But I don't think I can ever have any more fun than I've had today." - 7 year old logic.. 



We've been through sleepless nights, teething, first gummy smiles, ear infections, first steps, potty training, uncontrollable giggles, first day at nursery and then school, tantrums and cuddles.. I wouldn't change him for the world though. The 7lbs of pure joy that I sat holding 7 years ago turned my world upside down but for the better. Happy Birthday James 

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21 Questions.

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Good Morning! This 21 Questions tag has been doing the rounds over the past few weeks so I thought I'd take part too. I always love getting to know the writer behind the blog and it's always nice to learn more about people.. So here goes! 
1// Are you named after anyone?  Nope. If I was a boy my Dad wanted to call me either Bruce or Elvis.. I think he chose Liane for a girl and my Mum said ok but we spell it Liane and not Leanne.. I am so glad I wasn't a boy! 
2// When was the last time you cried?  Honestly, I can't remember. I'm not a girl that cries easily. It takes a long time for me to get to the crying stage but then when I do cry, I can't stop! 
3// Do you have kids?  I do! A boy and a girl. My pigeon pair. James is turning 7 next week and Emilie is 2.5. 
4// If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?  I hope so! I like to think that I'm a good friend. 
5// Do you use sarcasm a lot?  Every single day. Numerous times a day. I don't know what I would do without sarcasm in my life! 
6// Will you ever bungee-jump?  No way! People that bungee-jump are mad! I have always wanted to do a parachute jump but I think I would get into the plane and wimp out at the last minute. For my Mum's 50th me and my sisters paid for her to do a parachute jump and it was amazing to watch though. 
7// What’s your favourite cereal?  Corn flakes. My Mum craved them when she was pregnant with me and I've always loved them. 
8// What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their eyes normally. I'm a sucker for eyes. 
9// What is your eye colour?  Blue. My eyes are the one feature that I am actually happy with! 
10// Scary movie or happy ending?  I love loads of different types of movies but lately I've been really into horror. I love being scared by a really good film. 
11// Favourite smells? Oh so many! Freshly cut grass, baking bread, cinnamon, johnsons baby bath, sausage rolls cooking, oranges. 
12// Summer or winter?  Summer. I hate being cold. If I'm cold then I'm miserable. Summer is so much easier and laid back especially when you have kids. You can leave the house without having to fight with them to put their gloves/hat/scarves on, you can go to the park without fear of sinking into the mud, picnics outside, days at the water park, late evenings. It's so much fun! 
13// Computer or television?  Definitely the computer. You can watch tv on it now too so it's a win-win, right? 
14// What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?  I've been abroad twice as a kid but as an adult I haven't really travelled, apart from living in London for two years. 
15// Do you have any special talents?  No. I wish I did. I'd love to be able to sing and dance! 
16// Where were you born?  Exeter. We lived in Dawlish when I was a baby and I've slowly moved my way up the country. 
17// What are your hobbies?  Writing, reading, anything beauty related, social media. I use to knit but now I just don't have the time anymore. 
18// Do you have any pets?  No. We had a dog but then we found out that James was allergic to pet hair :( 
19// Favourite movie?  I have so many that I love! The Sex and The City movies, Mr & Mrs Smith, Hitman, Dodgeball.. Anything with Adam Sandler is always a winner. 
20// Do you have any siblings?  Two sisters who are both younger than me. We fought like cats and dogs when we were kids but now we're a lot closer! 
21// What exactly do you want to be when you grow up? Ha! I'm 30 years old and I still don't know the answer to this question! I love where I am at the moment. Being a stay at home Mum is my dream job and I love blogging along side of that and also working on my Makeup Artist course too. Hopefully I'll improve and build on both the blogging and the make-up artistery and be able to better incorporate them with being a Mum.
If you've decided to take part then leave me the link to your answers. I'd love to read them :) 

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Mondays & Valentine Day.

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Mondays.. They come around far too quickly but when it's half term it's slightly less of a shock.. Especially when both kids sleep till 7am. Yes, that's a lay in for me now.. 

The sun has been shining today, properly for the first time in a long time, you have no idea how much the sun improves my mood. I spotted some Daffodils in the park the other day and I'm looking at 'Spring' makeup looks. It all makes for a very motivated, happy Liane. 


Anthony came up trumps for Valentines Day.. He would be the first to tell you that in previous years he has never been the best at remembering holidays or remembering to buy gifts & cards but the past few months he's been making a real effort. Back when we were living in London I lost my eternity ring in Sainsbury's. I was gutted. Anthony wasn't happy and I was pretty sure that I would never get another one. This ring arrived on Saturday though and it's b-e-a-uti-ful! It's one size too big so I'm going to take it to the jewellers tomorrow and get it resized. I won't wear it at the moment for fear of it falling off and me loosing another ring.  

I've never really brought into the whole Valentines Day thing. I'm more of a "show-people-through-out-the-year-that-you-love-them" kind of person. I must admit that it was nice being spoilt though :)

The past few weeks have been filled with one child with a cold and another one with chicken pox. Both seem to be recovering now so I'm hoping this coming week is slightly better. Off course I'm just waiting for Emilie to come down with Chicken Pox now. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that she stays clear of it during half term so we can get out of the house. Also I've got some fun things that I want to do here this week including the review of the Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani Palette that I've been talking about for ages!



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14 Things I've Discovered Since Becoming A Mum.

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1// You will never sleep properly again. Even when the baby starts sleeping through the night you will still sleep with one ear open, listening out just incase.

2// No matter how many times you clear the toy cupboard out you will still have too many toys to be able to contain to one space.

3// One person in the house gets a cold.. You will all get it.. It will also do the rounds more than once.

4// Some days you will never speak to another adult.

5// Shopping for kids becomes much more fun than shopping for yourself. No matter how much you enjoyed shopping before you became a Mum.

6// You may have said that you will never use the TV as an electronic babysitter but sometimes you need to shower and clean the house.

7// Cereals is classed as a dinner food.

8// You may wish for quiet numerous times a day but as soon as you are alone, you miss the kids and all the chaos that comes with them.

9// When it comes to toddlers, silence is never golden.. It nearly always means that they are doing something that they shouldn't.

10// Never realised how much fun water can be? Just run a sink full of water, prop a toddler on a chair and watch them entertain themselves for hours.

11// Meal times will result with more food on your floor than in their stomachs.

12// It is perfectly acceptable to celebrate when you get to drink your coffee hot.. Even better if you actually get to finish the whole cup.

13// They will come up with every excuse in the book to delay bedtime.. They need the toilet, another drink, another story, their ear is itchy, they need the toilet again..

14// No matter how bad today has been. No matter how many tantrums they have thrown. No matter how many times you had to stop, breath and count to ten, tomorrow is a new day.


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Why We're Going Private.

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I am so grateful that we live in a country where we have the NHS. It's comforting to know that if anyone in my family becomes unwell we can see a doctor within a reasonable time frame. If anyone suffers an accident or serious injury within twenty minute we can be in the Accident & Emergency department at the hospital. I've delivered two babies, one at hospital and one at home, both by NHS midwives. Both James & Emilie suffered from Reflux and both were seen regularly by a pediatrician for the first 18 months of their lives. 


That being said, what happens when your doctor won't listen to you or doesn't take your fears seriously? 

When I was speaking to James' pediatrician recently about his high functioning autism, I asked where we go from here? His response was.. "Don't worry, he's doing well in school. It won't affect him until later in life..'

Wrong. 

Yes James is doing fantastically in school. He is reading & writing well above his age. He has never got a spelling wrong in his spelling tests. He comes home telling me things that he taught the teacher. He follows the rules. He eats his school dinners and runs around the playground. 

He struggles with the world around him. He cannot cope with many aspects of normal life. Crowds, water, new people. He chews his clothes. He has verbal outbursts and cannot control his emotions. Smells, noises and textures overwhelm him. He over reacts to pain and the smallest thing that goes wrong will ruin his whole day. He is literal. He is repetitive. He comes out of school upset, not understanding that the teacher was discipling the whole class, not just him. 

So just because academically he is flying.. He shouldn't need help navigating, what to him is, a very scary world?

All I want to do is help him. I don't want him to go through life feeling scared and alone, thinking that no one is in his corner. I want to be his biggest advocate and cheerleader. He is too young to challenge the doctors himself. Too young to find the right doctors, pediatricians & occupational therapists on his own. 

I contacted a private OT practice last week and explained the situation and they were horrified at what the doctor had said. I firmly believe that getting him the right help now will only aid him in the future. 

We have an appointment with an OT next week and I'm excited for James. I'm eager to see where this goes. Not just for him but for me too. Sometimes I worry about whether I am handling things correctly. Should I have not disciplined him for that outburst this morning before school? Am I making his fear of water worse by trying to teach him to swim? Every night I question what I did that day. 

Some guidance for both of us can only be a good thing.. 



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