That Must Have Mother’s Day Post

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone in the UK! Today hasn’t started off too well. We had a rough night with P2. We ended up phoning NHS Direct and getting an appointment for the Out of Hours clinic up the hospital. My OH and I have been dosed up on paracetamol for a good few days now but you can’t give …

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40 Acts – Day 22 – Love Your Church

Visit your local church. If you wish, you can offer more. A flower arrangement? A meeting or supper held in your house? A standing order or one-off donation? A meal out for the vicar, spouse and children? By all means pledge a gift of time or food or money or love, once a year on Mothering Sunday I promised myself …

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Downsizing – Review 6

This post is for the ladies amongst my readers. Men you may be interested I suppose. Sanitary pads … In my opinion the most annoying thing ever. Ok not as annoying as the brick-like maternity pads you pretty much HAVE to wear as there isn’t anything else up to the job. In normal circumstances I will always choose tampons over …

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I Think I’m Going LoopyLoo

The only thing keeping me sane at 2am in the morning whilst my throat is on fire, my OH is groaning in his sleep and P2 is quite clearly not well and using my nipple as a comforter and occasionally a milk dispenser is how bloody cute she looks in a white footless sleep suit. Now go to sleep baby!

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Where Did That Come From?

When preparing for the arrival of our second daughter we bought everything we may need. I had visions to breastfeed for just a few weeks. So we bought all the equipment for bottle feeding – steriliser, bottles, express pump, dummies, milk powder dispenser etc etc. They are all sitting in the under-cot-storage-drawer. Gathering dust most likely. I haven’t expressed yet. …

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40 Acts – Day 21 – Say Thank You

Think about those people who’ve helped you or had a positive influence on your life. Phone, write a letter or even visit them to say ‘thank you’. Remember the small things too – the everyday things which deserve a ‘thank you’. I sent an email to my OH this morning thanking him for literally everything. I didn’t just say “thank …

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Already Terrified

I’ve been on maternity leave for 94 days, only 30 days of that have been joined by P2. I tried to keep my routine with P1 as much as I could at the start but I was exhausted. I took my maternity leave early as all the doctors etc kept telling me that P2 would be early and they wanted …

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Oh Go On Then… Jump Into Bed With Me

What would you do for a decent nights sleep? I finally got P1 home from hospital when she was 27days old. The first week of having her home was a nightmare – she was constantly sick, constantly crying and generally not well. By this point my milk had unfortunately dried up so she was being formula fed and the hospital …

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Do You Lock Your Car Doors?

I read something on the Sky News app today about man stealing a car which had a two month old baby in the back who he then strangled and buried in snow. This is quite clearly disgusting and I will never understand what goes through the minds of others but it made me think of all the times I’ve left …

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40 Acts – Day 20 – Smile

As you go about your day, consider what you might have to smile about and make a conscious effort to share your smile with those around you. Think about how you behave around people you don’t know so well – those in the supermarket, at work or on your daily commute – can you encourage them with a smile today? …

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Happy 4 Weeks

P2 is 4 weeks old today. I’ve managed to breastfeed for 4 weeks. I’ve had 4 weeks of sleepless broken nights. I’ve had 4 weeks of less than 15minute baths. In 4 weeks I’ve had a total of three meals that I managed to eat as they were served and hot. I’ve had 4 weeks of “recovery” down below. In …

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40 Acts – Day 19 – Hug

Offer a hug to someone today who may need one, a family member or someone you ‘randomly’ meet today. (Make sure they would like one before you give them a bear hug!) Or, be proactive and make a ‘free hug’ sign and head for your local town or city for 20 minutes and wait and see what happens. If you …

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Warning Mothering Sunday Fast Approaching

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. My first Mothering Sunday as a mum of two. Last year my OH and I spent our first “date” shopping for Mother’s Day presents. Funny how you remember those things. A year on I’m happier than ever and have a beautiful little family. I’ve got to put my trust in my OH to sort my …

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Must Be Funny In A Rich Mans World

All that is on my mind today is money. 1) My dream of owning my own business. 2) The need to raise a deposit for our own home. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. Who doesn’t… But I’ve got the real urge to actually go ahead and do it rather than it be a “in the future adventure”. …

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40 Acts – Day 18 – Encourage

Take a minute to send an encouraging text to a friend. Hand the bus driver a cupcake. Thank your partner for doing the washing up. Buy the shop assistant a chocolate bar. Praise your child for trying really hard to dress themselves. Clothe yourself in Jesus’ attitude of mind and see what happens We’ve been so proud of P1 this …

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Too Short

Well, reluctantly, we are home. Home to a messy bedroom that I’ve been meaning to tidy for weeks. Home to a normal house. Home to a house where the bathroom floors are cold. Home to traffic noise and houses wherever you look. Home to cooking and cleaning for yourself. Home to living on top of everyone. Ok so it pretty …

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40 Acts – Day 17 – Surprise Someone

Think of somebody close to you that you would like to surprise. Timing is everything so think about when the surprise would be most appreciated. You don’t have to wait until a special occasion, such as, a birthday, or an anniversary. A surprise is mostly welcomed if it is done genuinely from the heart and well considered. What does that …

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Picturesque

Cannot believe how beautiful this place is. The house. The surroundings. The villages. The seaside. The family.

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Typical Illness

Guess who’s suddenly come down with sickness… All four of us!! How typical is that. We all go on holiday – P1 has a terrible cough, P2 has a gunky eye, my OH has a growing cyst thing, and I have a cold. Yesterday, I couldn’t bend over without dripping everywhere and I kept sneezing. By the end of the …

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40 Acts – Day 15 & 16

I haven’t been able to do yesterday’s or today’s challenges. But for anyone who may be following the challenges through my blog here they are: DAY 15: CELEBRATE CULTURAL DIVERSITY Organise a ‘celebrating cultural diversity’ day – in your work, school or church. It can be as simple or extravagant as you like! Invite people to bring different world foods …

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