Posted in Blog, Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Sleep

Who needs sleep part 4

Bear is actually sleeping really really well this week. I’m not sure why?

Maybe its because the mornings are slightly darker and autumn has kicked in.

Maybe he is actually eating more, and we have a lock on the kitchen door.(I found 4 wrappers of chocolate, two cake cases and a yogurt, the other morning!)

But this week it is Bell who isn’t sleeping. Bell was up last night every hour, crying for no reason. (checked temperature, pull up was dry, water cup was fall and the muslin was there)

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I have ruled out night terrors as she isn’t in a deep enough sleep to get into a deep sleep for them to start. I have ruled out teething too!

I’m starting to wonder if she is going to bed over tired but she is going to bed at 6.30pm so its not actually late, I suppose it could be too early? But her bed time has always been 6.30-7pm.

Who knows!

I’m Hoping for a better night tonight so fingers crossed!!!

Posted in back to school, creativity, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pre-school

Bell’s First Week at Preschool

Bell has had her first week at preschool, by week I mean she attends three days a week until 1pm.

Monday morning she was so excited helped pack her packed lunch bag, and kept saying “I am going to Preschool”. She got dressed with a bit of help and let me put her hair in a bunch, she even wore Bear’s old preschool jumper it swamped her!

Bell went in without any tears and played happily, the preschool even sent a text letting me know she was okay, which was lovely.

All afternoon Bell was asking to go back to see Hearn the dog and to play with her friends.

Tuesday was fine too, but Wednesday! Bell was fine got ready as usual, helped pack her packed lunch, walked to preschool fine but nope I went to leave and she cried and screamed and screamed.  She will be fine, the ladies said they were of to play in the garden and she was having cuddle’s with Bears old keyworker when I left….

The fun of parenting, I am sure they do the tears to make you feel guilty for leaving them, but I promise and I know from experience working in nursery’s that they will be fine after a few minutes.

Bell was fine when I picked her up!

 

Posted in Explore the world, Family, hospital, Kent Family, Life, parent blogger, vaccines

Vaccine Series Part 1 Bear and his reaction to MMR

I used to be pro vaccine, I am now sitting on the fence twiddling my thumbs doing so much thinking and research my head is going to explode.

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This Blog post isn’t to cause upset or to start a debate, I do love a debate though, but not on the blog. Every parent makes a choice which suits their family and their life style. So here is my post about Bear and his reaction to MMR, and what has spurred me to do more research into what is in vaccines and why do we really need them? Is it for profit or for actual health benefits, and more importantly are they actually 100% safe.

Bear has had all his vaccines up to 1 year with no problems, so imagine my surprise and concern when Bear had a reaction to his MMR at 18 months old. He had the injection fine and we were sent into the waiting room to make sure we didn’t have a reaction. In the space of 5 minutes, Bear was covered in a rash from head to toe and he started wheezing! The doctor came out and gave him Piriton, which luckily worked, but we were told to go to accident and emergency just to get him checked over. There we were told he would have to have any vaccines done at the hospital. So when his pre-school booster came along of we went to have it done, luckily no reaction.

Bell has so far had no reaction either.

I then met a friend via facebook, she is lovely and is a mum who is very down to earth and has also opened my eye’s to the bigger picture. I certainly wish she was around when Bear was born, I think I could of learnt a lot.

Anyway, she opened my eyes to what actually goes into vaccines, some things aren’t even given to animals, so why are we humans being given them? What are the long term effects of the newer vaccines which have come out in the last 5-6 years? Why do we really need vaccines is it for the government to gain financial gain or is it for our actual health benefits? Why aren’t new parents offered the slip which contains all the medicine in their child’s vaccine a few day’s or weeks before they have them?

I am now reading as much information as I possibly can on this. Bear got his Flu vaccine letter a few day’s ago and I have declined it, why? Because I want to fully research everything before I give it to him, why? Because I felt awful after I had my flu vaccine, I felt awful for weeks my immune system was so low it was not good, I had no energy or motivation.

Now You can see why I am now researching? Asking questions many Doctors, Nurses, Health Visitors and GP’s don’t really know the answer to. I wonder what I will find?

Have you done any research into Vaccines? what did you find?

Posted in back to school, Diary, Family, Kent Family, parent, School, Sleep, son

Who needs sleep part 2 ……

Oh my goodness, this week Bear, yes Bear has been trying to wake his sister up! You would think after holiday he would be getting up later BUT no anytime between half past four and half past five! Really even the milk man doesn’t deliver this early! 

Day one: Week one!

Bear wakes up at 4.30am, yes you read that right, 4.30am! He obviously is taken back to bed and the cat willow is looking at us very strangely as she wants to play.

Bear then decides to sign and talk to himself for a good 15 minutes before going back to sleep until 6am… thank goodness it’s Sunday tomorrow….

Day two

We spent the afternoon running around the garden yesterday to wear him out… bed was 7.30pm after a nice long bath, we have the Gro black out blind, a roller black out blind and  a particle black out blind… will I get a layin, nope he is up at 5.30! Seriously I can not wait for the teenage years to kick in…

Day three

5am and Bear is awake jumping on Bell’s bed and guess what she is now WIDE awake! I’m hoping once the clocks go forward Bear may sleep in!

Day four

Dispute going to bed at 7.15pm Bear was up well before 4.45am! I’ve taken him back to bed at least 3 times! I am going to pop to Neals yard tomorrow and ask them for some advice they may have a cream or bath oil which may help…

Day 5

I didn’t get to Neals yard instead I ended up in boots and brought some lavender bubble bath for children… it worked sort of bed at 7.30pm but up at 5.45… we really getting there slowly….

Day 6

Oh my goodness sleep is so over rated! Bear was up at 5am! 5am! We didn’t change anything we used the lavender bubble bath, the blinds and bed at 7.30… Bell decided it was fun to wake every 45 minutes last night…

Day 7

So who’s bright idea was it to cut out sugar when Bear doesn’t sleep? Yep mine, I am so glad I don’t mind early mornings but geeze 5am again! Time for a rethink on the bedtime routine!!!! Bell decided to wake up every 2 hours last night too!

Posted in Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Life, life skills, parent blogger, School, summer holidays, Sunshine after the rain

And we are back to school…..

Seriously where have the last 5.5 years gone?! Bear is now in year 1 at school!

Bear has turned into the most caring, kind, compassionate, challenging, adventures little boy. And I grew him!

Year one is going to be a challenge, I don’t think him and his friends realise there will be less playing and more working in year 1. I don’t think they know how much homework they will be getting or how much. I have tried to prepare Bear for the fact that year one is going to be more sitting down and working than free play, whilst learning. We are going to be doing lots more things at home whether or not he has home work or not. We are going to get more involved in growing plants, doing a few science experiments, visiting some fun places and of course reading. I have promised if Bear improves and concentrates on reading he can have his own Kindle fire for Christmas or his birthday. It won’t have apps or games on it will just be for reading!

Here are a few pics from when Bear was younger!

Posted in C-Section, Family, parent blogger, Pregnancy

C-sections are not easy …

I think I have heard every comment under the sun regarding c-sections the three main ones I seem to hear are “your too posh to push”, “your not a real mum” and “C-sections are the easy way out aren’t they?”

Yes those comments do hit hard but do you know what those comments seem to come from uneducated people. Many of the older generation and some of the younger generation too often say these sententances.

Why did I have two c-sections? Yes two well here we go

Bear was born on his due date, but due to me being so full of water I was in the hospital daily for a week and a half before he was born. In the end I asked to be induced, it was costing a fortune in petrol and hospital parking and to be honest I had enough of hospitals especially going Daily.  I was given a pill to start labour of and the contractions started, but i also had a reaction to the pill and had very high temperature and was shaking so much my heart rate went sky high and Bears dropped dramatically. Once they stabilised us, I was taken into a room to rest and see how labour progressed Hubs was sent home but I called him less than 3 hours later saying to come back.

We were put into the labour room and was put on the machines, it was very bizarre as the monitor was going mad with contractions and I couldn’t feel a thing. The next thing they broke my waters and it was painful, I was told to go for a walk. Nothing happened 6 hours later, The midwife from the previous night came back on shift and said no baby yet? By now it was Bears Due date, the consultant came along and gave me two options to give it another 6 hours where Bears heart rate was going sky high and very low again or to be taken to have a c-section. With the thought of the heart rates going crazy C-section was the safest solution.

The needle for the Epidural I lucky didn’t see as its meant to be really long. I was taken into surgery where it was nice and calm and Bear was born just 20 minutes later. The recovery was slow I had to stay in bed for a day and when I was up it was very hard to move around due to the surgery. I couldn’t lift or drive for around six to eight weeks.

It was a slow recovery and I certainly didn’t feel 100% after 6 weeks it took more than 3 months to feel physical mobile again.

With Bell Pregnancy went smoothly  until 7 months, when I could hardly walk let alone run around after Bear. The week before Bell was born I had a consultant appointment, and I burst into tears  I could hardly walk let alone drive. When she asked if I wanted a planned C-section I jumped at the chance the reason being I felt I wasn’t giving 100% to Bear, we hardly went out due to me not being able to move and when I did I was very uncomfortable. I think this is because of the previous epidural I had it messed with my back.

They booked me in for the following week and I managed to get child care for Bear his aunty came round at 7am in the morning and stayed at ours for the day. We went of and I was first on the list, yes I thought I would be in and out and could try and get home the next day, but nope this wasn’t the case. The Epidural need a double dose, Bell didn’t cry for one minute and I lost 2,5 liters of blood! If they didn’t stop the bleeding I would of had to have my womb taken out.

I went into surgery at 8.30am and was out in recovery at 11.30am. I didn’t get back to the room I was in until 8pm that night!

Recovery was a bit quicker surprisingly, maybe because I knew what to expect or that I had to recover a bit quicker as hubby would be back at work in a weeks time.

The long term effects are I suffer from Back ache, and I will always have a c-section pouch no amount of exercise will get rid of that. I don’t think having baby number three would be wise as It could be a lot worse and I have two beautiful children to think about if anything  bad happens, but who knows what the future will bring.

So if you think having a c-section is easy please think again, it is major surgery with a bonus of a beautiful baby at the end along with a scar at the bottom of your stomach.

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays, parent blogger, summer holidays, Travel tips with children

Protur Vista Badia and Sa Coma

We booked the Protur Vista Badia Hotel in May 2015. We went for a week as when we went to Ibiza two weeks seemed far too long!

Vista Badia is a four star hotel and a Platinum hotel  (i didn’t realize this until we actually got there!) it was so clean and well presented. And had a very modern feel to the reception area.

We arrived at (yawn) 3.30am to the hotel and the room was just a short walk from the reception area, we wasn’t told any details though of when Breakfast was and what time it was on until, it was given to us in a leaflet along with meeting our Thomson Rep at 10am.

The room was spotless to! it had a small kitchen area with a fridge, oven hob,microwave and a sink.There was a table with four chairs and a small living room area which had two sofas, a coffee table and a tv with a few uk channels.

The bedroom was separate and was a nice size even with a cot in. The bathroom had a shower and a bath which was a bonus with two young children.

On our first day we managed to get three sunbeds at the front of the children’s splash pool and to be honest there was only one day we were in the 2nd row. There was no arguing over who sat where and what time towels were out, Most towels were put out between 7.50-8.30 when people went for breakfast.

When we saw our Rep, he explained that there were 2 other hotels we could use the facilities one was the Safari Park hotel and the other one was the Spa hotel.Also there were 5 different restaurants we could go to for our evening meal BUT booking was limited and the restaurants spaces were divided between Badia and the Safari hotel which in total was over 2,400 guests. We luckily managed to visit three of them. There was also a petting zoo and water park attached to both of the hotels too, along with a mini golf course. During our week stay we saw our rep max three times!

We didn’t visit the Spa hotel but we did visit the Safari hotel and it was very modern and clean as well. The only down side was that it was packed it had over 2,000 guests but most of the facilities were in this hotel along with some of the restaurants.

We visited the Safari Zoo and the Marineland (more on that later), but mostly we spent the time around the pool, visiting the beach and walking around the area.

Around the hotel there were a few car hire places, lots of shops selling holiday souvenirs and lots of pubs and restaurants. Sa Coma is a purpose built resort which was built back in the 1980’s. Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road where you can hop on to a little train which costs around four euros per adult and two fifty euros for children, return. Or you can hop on the local bus, or get a taxi. There are also locals offering horse and Cart rides up to Sa coma Castle.

There are a few street sellers, who do the braiding of hair and temporary tattoos but they aren’t in your face asking you to buy all the time which is lovely.

The beach is at the end of the shops and its actually dare I say very buggy and wheelchair friendly. There are wooden walking paths dotted along the beach and they do get you fairly close to the sea’s edge, you do have to drag the buggy slightly to get to a spot but I promise its very easy to get down as far as you can.

Back in the hotel you need your door card key to get back into the back door exit and entry. I think this is a great idea as it stops people getting in to the hotel who shouldn’t. The pools where lovely and clean too! There were two main places to eat during the day (lunch) they served food from 1pm until 3pm in the restaurant area and pool bar. The pool bar was quick food like hot dogs, burgers and pizza , where the main restaurant was rice and pasta dishes with a choice of meat, salad and cold meats. The food however was nice BUT it wasn’t hot, if you wanted hot food you would of had to go to one of the restaurants which you had to pre-book the choices where Asian, India, Italian, Greek and Country grill which was burgers, ribs etc.

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The staff however couldn’t do enough for you all very helpful and there English is very good. There is also a English receptionist, who works most afternoons too.

The children’s club was very good it ran everyday except on Sunday’s and they do a varied program of art,games, water games and face painting. And run from 11am until 4.30pm!

The evening entertainment was varied also, and very good they certainly got the audiences  attention. The evening entertainment kicked of with Mini disco from 8.30 until 9.15 Then family entertainment from 9.30 until around 11pm.

Would I go back? Yes I would, but I would either go half board or self catering… Why? Because the staff, the hotel  where lovely and I wouldn’t want to go all inclusive to be eating cold food.

Out of 10 I would give the hotel 9/10

 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review or approached by Thomson to do this. The words are all my own words and views.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Explore the world, life skills, more to life, NASA, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Space

In the end… 

In the end life is a journey, a journey to become the best we can be. We mess up, we don’t mess up, we live life to the full, we hide way in the shadows.

But where does our journey end? Does it end when we die? Does it end when we full fill everything we need to do, by this we keep getting reincarnated to achieve this. Do we start of as small  bugs, at the bottom of the food chain and work our way up to become humans? Is their life after life on earth? Is Earth actually the place to learn from our mistakes before we go to another planet or universe.

Do we get reincarnated until we get it right before we move to another planet in another universe?

I don’t think anybody would truly know what happens when we die. Nobody as of yet has found life on other planets of our solar system. Mars has been proven that it once had water on. Were we really ment to live on Mars and our past lives destroyed the planet so much we had to move here to Earth? Are we really ment to have 25 hours a day and stay away from the sun. That is one of the theories I have read, it could be logical as Mars has a 25 hour day and is away from the sun.

I think I have lived before, I am very drawn to history especially Victoriana era and I love space.

What will happen to our planet if we keep destroying it?

There are so many questions I am asking, I will have to start researching this a bit more.

I personally think it’s fascinating that there could be so much more to our journey, the world and space that we are yet to discover the new ideas and views we could come across.

Do you believe in reincarnation, other lives?

Photos used from NASA free images section.

Posted in baby, changing bags, essentials, Family, Kent Family, Life, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Pink Lining

Things I would do…

Things I would do differently if I was lucky enough to have baby number three.

Bear was first born, we had almost everything for him from a state of the art travel system to a bouncer which sings and dances.
With Bell, we had all the essentials and the things we never used with Bear were of the list.


Now if I was ever lucky enough to have baby number 3… (never say never!) I would do a few things differently.

  • I would use reusable nappies – the costs soon add up with desposables and its mot good for the envioment and there are some super cute designs around now a days
  • Breastfeed, I couldn’t breastfeed with Bear or Bell but I would actually ask for support and have a good go.
  • Baby wear, with Bear toddling and Bell in the buggy it was easy to hold a hand and push but logically with two hands to hold and a buggy to push it wouldn’t be possible.
  • Baby led weaning, okay I did this with Bell and I would so do this again, it was so easy and laid back.
  • Vaccinate. Now I am doing so much research into this and the pros bad cons. I never researched this with Bell and Bear but I will certainly do it this time around.
  • Toilet training I would let baby do it when they are ready same as I did with Bell and Bear.
  • Travel system- I would just buy a stroller they are only rear facing for a max 4 months.
  • Car seat I would buy a car seat which went from birth to 4/5 years as I never actually got the car seat out of the car with Bell,  I  did very rarely with Bear, but not often.
  • Changing bags I would choose a Pink Lining one which would be compact as to be honest the changing bag ended up full of rubbish!
  • Toys I would buy a few as they soon grow out of them and I’m sure the baby would prefer playing with Bell or Bears toys….

What would you do differently if you had another baby? 

Posted in Adventure, Aeroplane, Airport, Beach, Explore the culture, Explore the world, holidays

Ibiza 2014

I never did the whole club 18-30 holiday, never been to Ibiza either.


So for honeymoon we were ment to be heading to the Caribbean but Bell came along and there was no way I was travelling on a 9 hour flight with a 3 year old and a 8 month old! 

We managed to rearrange our holiday to Ibiza, the quite side of the island.


the flight was great they both slept as it was a night time flight, and we were given a room on the ground floor. 

There wasn’t much to do on this island it is very much a relaxing island or clubbing island! 


We visited a few local towns which were very old fashioned and we went on a boat ride to a neighbouring little island.


We went on a glass bottom boat and saw the fishes swim passed.

We also stayed on the pool side and chilled on the beach.

One day there was a sand storm, it was crazy luckily we Popped back to the room for Bear and Bells nap, and we could hear parasols being blown away and people walking away to shelter pretty quickly! 

It started and finished within 10 minutes.

We made a few friends and it also turns out a little boy who is now in Bears class was there exactly the same time as us too! Unfortunately we didn’t meet each other that time.

Would I go back to Ibiza… Yes without the children as there wasn’t much to do there as in terms of visiting places or I would wait until they were quite happy to play in the pool all day.