Tuesday, 18 January 2011

7 things about me!!

Thanks to Wendy who tagged me in the 7 things meme!

Hmmmm 7 things, now let me see......

1)  I had my first child at 18 and here we are 18 years later and I have just had my 4th child.
2) I am the youngest of 4 children, my eldest brother is 21 years older than me.
3) I am a closet enviromentalist! I recycle everything and if I can afford the environmentally friendly version of anything, I will get that one.
4) I need to lose 3 stone of 'just had a baby' weight - not any easy task especially as my husband brought me home flowers and a box of chocs tonight...
5) I cancelled the appointment to get my baby registered 15 mins before as I changed my mind on the middle name I had chosen and couldn't stop crying 'but that's not his name, it's just not right'.
6) I have suffered with low self esteem in many forms from depression to feeling incapable of doing anything 'right' - as if there is a 'right'!
7) I love using exclamation marks!!!

Well there you have it, no great skeletons from the closet - sorry!

I now duly tag:

Thinly Spread
Mummy from the heart (@MICHELLETWINMUM)

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Little Man wins a new pram!

Although I have not mentioned it on here before - I love to enter competitions and love it even more when I am lucky enough to win.

Our 2011 got off to the perfect start on Monday 1st, when I received a message to say that I had won a Limited Edition Bugaboo Bee Plus pram - You can imagine I was more than happy as Little Man is using a twice handed me down, 11 year old pram used by his older sister and brother (I do believe in re-use and recycle!)

Well our gorgeous new pram has arrived and we are thrilled. I can say that pram design has changed a lot for the better in 11 years.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Back to chaos - how time flies.

Picture this - you roll over in a warm and toasty half-slumber to see the clock says 7.45am and the radio presenters are happily chirping away with no concern that they did not wake you up and you are LATE, LATE, LATE!

I, like many of you, have children returning to school this morning so the following may sound like your morning so far filled with "But where are they?" and "But you should know where they are?"

Little Man (3 month old bundle of snuggles) was still sleeping peacefully in his cot at 7.45 this time and had not stirred for a feed  so the back up baby alarm had not alerted me to the dawn of the first school day. We are all now queueing for the bathroom (we have a downstairs loo but the kids wont use it - strange beings at times) OH is taking priority as he starts work before we leave for school so as he is unable to function in the mornings at the best of times, I go and throw some lunch together for him - literally!

The children are now getting dressed and so we are back on the ball (hmmmm) Little Man is brought down and woken for a quick bottle and we even have 10 minutes left for breakfast - wow.  But then one child can't find shoes and it's my fault as I must have moved them - of course silly me ;-) I am now being told by 'the shoeless one' they can't go to school or they will get in trouble (as if I would let them stay off because shoes are missing) We all run round looking in cupboards and under tables for the lost shoes and I advise them to put anything on and I will write an excuse note - then the penny drops!.....

Before the Christmas break 'the shoeless one' stayed at a friends house, now I know where the shoes are!  A quick phone call later and shoes are going to be brought to school so calm returns.  Even better my lift share says they are free to do the morning run if I am interested - am I!  15 minutes later and little darlings are loaded into their car and off to school and no-one would know the chaos that has been before  - except you all know now of course.

Happy first day of school, sit back and enjoy a cup of tea in silence before anything else - you have a stressed mother's permission xx

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year madness..

What is it about the New Year that fills me with such optimism? I have this huge urge to paint, clean, scrub and run round like a headless chicken each January. Although this rarely encroaches on February I love the way New Year makes me feel, like everything before that's wrong can be righted and all that was not done can suddenly be fixed and the biggest possibility - that I will lose the weight I put on with my recent pregnancy.

If I could bottle the feeling I have right now, having cleaned the oven, washed every floor, cleaned the dishwasher (yes really!) and put away all the decorations and Christmas trinkets I would make a fortune -I feel somehow cleansed.

I have filled in diary appointments and put up calenders in an almost 'women possessed' way.  The only sad part of it all is knowing that being human this will not last forever and I will soon be back to the last minute running around trying to cope when I have overstretched myself (again)  I rarely do anything in moderation and I sit now typing this with a baby in one arm and typing with the spare hand - a modern mother some may say.

Well I shall enjoy it while it lasts and unlike the song - I wish it could be New Year every day.....

Happy New Year x