Currently…29th September

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
Perception
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Strictly Come Dancing
Doctor Who

Reading:
The “She Reads Truth” bible study. (Epic catch up session!)

Listening:
Radio mainly. At home it’s UCB UK and in the car it’s Radio 2. Heart is creeping it but that’s mainly when Chris is driving.

Making:
Christmas presents still and the WIP that I adopted. The Adopted WIP is getting there after I had some assistance from Judit.

Feeling:
Okay. Jaxon slept around 8 hours, 2 nights in the last week. It was good to have that extra sleep but did mean that on Friday while at my parents I dozed off in front of the TV!

Planning:
Planning at the moment involves a packing list for our adventure. It’s only a couple of days but knowing what to pack for Jaxon is a real challenge.

Loving:
Snuggles with Jaxon and his smiles. He’s properly got the hang of smiles now. He’s sometimes a bit unsure and won’t smile for everyone but he smiles for Chris, Our Sidekick and I.

Dear Jaxon… – 11 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Thursday
This actually snuck into last week…..we spent most of the day at home and then in the afternoon we went for a walk around the country park in the sunshine. It was lovely and much better than being cooped up at home.

Friday
Daddy and I spent the morning tidying up ready for the social worker to visit. In the end she had thought that the visit was at 2pm when actually it wasn’t, it was at 11am. She apologised profusely and we rescheduled for next week. She was lovely and kept apologising, it was a little annoying but she’s never normally late or if she knows she’s going to be she makes a conscious effort to call ahead.

After we waited for her, Daddy was going for lunch with Steve from church, we dropped Daddy off then parked the car. We walked into town and had a coffee with Vivien, Becca and Baby R. Baby R had had his 8 week vaccinations in the morning so slept for a chunk of the time that we were there. After that Daddy, you and me went to buy some swimming nappies – we had planned to take you in the afternoon but we decided that actually it might be better to take you to a proper parent and baby session rather than a general swim session at least to start with.

When it came to giving you a bath, Daddy had a good idea. He got in his swimmers and run a slightly deeper bath for you, he got in the bath with you and held you so that you could float in the water. You seemed to enjoy it apart from when you turned and managed to put your whole face in the water – you were a bit surprised and freaked out but you calmed down pretty quickly.

Grandad came to visit quickly but you were feeding when he popped by so you didn’t have chance for a cuddle. He’s coming on Sunday as well I think so you might be able to grab a cuddle then.

Saturday

We took Daddy to work this morning, we were part way home and he texted to tell me that he still had my house keys so we had to turn round and go back from them. We then went to the supermarket to get some bits.

Sunday
As church split to two services this week we decided that if the weather was good then we’d walk to church. Well the weather did hold out and daddy you and I walked to church. When we got to the green Our Sidekick was playing basketball while the park was quiet. Daddy pushed you in the buggy while I attempted to try and score a hoop. It was really bad and it bounced off the hoop. I had a second attempt and still missed it.

Following church, rather than staying for lunch, Daddy, Our Sidekick, you and I walked home. We had lunch at home and watched Doctor Who all together (I think you actually slept through it).

After a feed you slept from 7pm until I was mean and woke you up at about quarter past 1 as you’d been asleep almost 6 hours and I needed you to feed so I could go back to sleep. It was pretty impressive as you went back to sleep for another four hours. Woke up for a change and feed then slept for another three ish. I think you must have been tired having been awake for most of the morning!

Monday
We started the day off fairly lazy but in the end we had to get up and get organised. Before we left the house, I made a packed lunch for a picnic with Mini Fairy and her Mum. You and I then went to the garage to get a new tyre for the car. The chap in the garage also pointed out to me that the spare was almost flat and so needed to be pumped up but also that the bolt that holds the tyre in place was sort of stiff and so would need some WD40 on it.

Following that we went to the supermarket to get Mini Fairy a birthday present and some biscuits to share round at the picnic.

We arrived really early at the Farm Centre so we had a feed in the car before everyone else arrived in the hope that it meant that we wouldn’t have to try and find places to feed you on the way round. Actually it’s kind of handy going out with a group of ladies who are all mummies because they “get it” in a way. Two of the little girls thought you were lovely and kept talking to you. They wanted to hold you too but I think you weren’t so keen on being fussed over at some points.

Following lunch you fell asleep, you managed to sleep through the really bumpy tractor ride and then woke up when I clipped your car seat back onto the buggy as it sort of jolted.

After lunch we had a look around the animals then headed back inside for a drink then it was time to come home. We’d had a lovely day but it was nice to go home and chill out.

Tuesday
I’ve got a complete mind blank for what we did other than our mammoth walk to the Post Office in Renhold. While we were there you had a cuddle with Kathy, Grandma’s Bestie. I think she was having a bad day and our visit was just at the right time. I know that we collected Daddy from work and Our Sidekick made pizza for dinner but I can’t remember other than that.

You’re now smiling more and getting the hang of it. You are still coughing but it’s not as frequent now which is good. When you do cough, you’ll cough two or three times and then you sigh – it’s super cute!

Next week you have your next set of vaccinations and your first road trip. At some point in that week we’re going to take you swimming too. I’m really excited and hope that you enjoy it.

11 Weeks

Grandma and Grandpa went away for a couple of days. While they were away they got you this present. I love it!! Now you just need a rugby shirt to wear underneath. Now where can I get an England Rugby shirt in your size?

Ruggers Baby!

Love you little one

Mummy x

Coffee and Cake – Macmillan Coffee Morning

I seem to have dropped off the planet when it comes to blogging about anything but Jaxon or my currently weekly posts.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Tomorrow is the Big Macmillan Coffee Morning and I will be visiting my second and third coffee “mornings”.

This is a quick plug for Number 2 as Number 3 is friends only I think.

Coffee morning Number 2 kicks off at Ravensden Village Hall at 10am until 2pm. The lovely Michele, Catherine and Nesta are in charge and there’s going to be tea, coffee, cakes and some crafty bits. Around lunchtime there will also be lunches including sandwiches. A raffle is being held too, lots of prizes to be won. All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Currently…22nd September

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
Suits
The Little Mermaid
Curious George
Wall-E

Reading:
Not a lot…..blog posts mainly but that’s about it. I guess my Slimming World book gets a bit more of a look in as I’m trying to get back on plan.

Listening:
Radio mainly. At home it’s UCB UK and in the car it’s Radio 2.

Making:
Christmas presents still and the WIP that I adopted.

Feeling:
My cough is pretty much gone. My ankle is sore when I’m tired and when I try to kneel on the floor but it’s getting stronger everyday.
Blessed too! I spent a lovely day with my goddaughter, her mum and grandma and some of her friends. Then when I was having a little meltdown this evening my friend basically phoned and said “if you can be free at this time I will come save the day!” We came up with a different plan but I am so blessed and grateful that she was able to through together a plan if we needed it. (Does that make sense??)

Planning:
More tidying for the social worker visit! It was rescheduled to this week after the social worker ended up running late and then phoned to say she was at the wrong address.
Food plan. We actually wrote a meal plan. It’s ended up adapted since we first wrote it on Saturday but the idea is that I can do prep if needed during the day or start when Chris leaves work so that there’s little to do when he gets in from work. Tomorrow is Our Sidekick’s turn to cook. I think we’re having chicken and something…..

Loving:
Jaxon is properly recognising faces now. He smiles from ear to ear when he sees me, Chris or Our Sidekick. Our Sidekick makes sure he says hello to Jaxon as soon as he gets in from school. He even “babysat” for half an hour-ish this evening when I went to collect Chris from work. He was all prepared with a bottle of milk just in case Jaxon woke up. In the end Jaxon woke up as we walked through the door. Good timing little one!

Dear Jaxon… – 10 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

This week you hit double figures and what a week it was. On Sunday it was your dedication which was a lot of fun although a little overwhelming all round. I think now that you’re a bit more with it we are doing more things, so sometimes I really struggle to remember what we did each week.

We spent some of the week getting things ready for your dedication at the weekend. We got navy blue and sunshine yellow serviettes from the supermarket and a cake decoration from the craft shop.

On Saturday, you and I went to meet Emma for a coffee in town, it was lovely to chat and chill out rather than stressing over what needed to be done for the following day. In the evening, you came out for dinner with me and the church ladies, then I dropped  you home to spent time with Daddy and I went to the cinema for the first time in ages. When I got home you were fast asleep and didn’t even stir.

Sunday

In the morning it was your dedication at church. Daddy, Our Sidekick, your Godparents, you and me all went up the front during the service to do all the bits we needed to for your dedication. The pastor prayed for you, he was going to hold you but as you were asleep and so chilled in daddy’s arms he decided to leave you there and just put his hand on your head to pray for you.

Dedication SelfieDaddy, you and me posed for this picture that I send to a couple of friends who couldn’t make it to the service – I think you were a bit confused as to what was going on and why my camera was that close to your face. Our friend was in the row in front of us with his big camera taking photos during the service for us so that we could remember the day when you’re older and not have to worry about taking the pictures ourself.

You were dressed in the same outfit that you had for Uncle Richard and Auntie Heather’s wedding a couple of weekends ago. We decided that really on this important occasion you should be dressed up. Also wanted to make sure that you got the wear out of the outfit, you’re already in 3-6 month clothes and at the rate you’re going it could be more than that soon!

Following the service there was a big lunch with family and friends, you were held by quite a few different people. At one point Grandpa had you, and you had a bit of a feed from a bottle. Then you made it round the table and next thing I knew, you were being held by my auntie (Your Great Aunt) and she was feeding you the rest of the bottle.

After the meal we were tidying up and I slipped over on the floor, thankfully you were on the other side of the room with Nanny and Auntie Rachel, had you been in my arms I worry whether I’d have hurt you by mistake as I hit the floor. I hurt my ankle and at first decided going home to elevate it would be okay but after a while it had swollen up, so Grandpa and Grandma came to look after Our Sidekick, while Daddy, you and I went to the hospital to get me checked out. It took about 45 minutes to be seen but following that we went straight to X-Ray and the doctor hovered around while we waited for the image to develop – he then came out and told us that there wasn’t anything broken – good good! I did panic that I would be trying to look after you and be on crutches or something like that.

Monday

After falling over yesterday we hung out around at home rather than going out. We worked our way through a heap of TV, some you won’t be allowed to watch properly until you’re older lol. I think you like the TV because of the bright moving pictures. We watched The Little Mermaid after the conversation I had with Emma and Karen on Saturday on the way home from the cinema.

Tuesday

Daddy was off sick – I think he’s caught the cold/cough thing that you and I have been fighting for the last couple of weeks. He snuggled up on the sofa and slept lots. In the afternoon, you joined him on the sofa and had cuddles while I pottered around and did bits too. I even went to the supermarket while you were asleep in Daddy’s arms. I think he was a little panicked that you would wake up while I was out the house but I managed to get to and from the supermarket and you hadn’t woken or even stirred – good boy!

Thursday

In the afternoon before going to Grandma’s to collect her before Slimming World, we went for a walk around the big lake at the Country Park. We managed to get round the first time in about 35 minutes so we went for a second lap which was good fun. It was nice to be out of the house given the week that we’d had.

I am determined that next week will have more details and it’ll make sense for once!

Happy 10 Weeks Little Boy.

Love you

Mummy

Currently…15th September

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
The Ghost Whisperer

Reading:
Blogs
Simply Crochet and another knitting magazine my Mum gave me.

Listening:
Top 40 chart although most of the songs I hadn’t heard or didn’t like.

Making:
I finished a birthday present at high speed on Saturday ready to deliver it at the church service this morning. When I know the recipient has opened it I’ll add a picture. Still working on a Christmas present though.

Feeling:
I still have the cough that Jaxon gave me but after slipping over at church yesterday I have a bruised ankle. I didn’t think I needed medical attention at first but after sitting down for a few hours watching TV and listening to the radio my ankle had swollen so we went to A&E to see what was going on. I had an X-Ray but it was all clear and just confirmed it was bruised rather than any breaks etc.

Planning:
The minimum amount needed to be able to pass our social worker visit tomorrow…..mainly because I’m supposed to rest.

Loving:
How Jaxon is getting better at smiling, how good he was at the service yesterday even though it was quite overwhelming meeting so many new people and also that he’s sort of learning to roll over. He can wiggle his legs towards rolling but hasn’t got the hang of moving his top half yet.

Dear Jaxon… – 9 weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Yesterday you turned two months old, we moved you up to Size three nappies and well and truly in 3-6 months clothes. Your 3-6 month trousers are still a little baggy but while you’re still sitting still and not trying to crawl or wriggle too much they are okay to wear anyway.

Wednesday
After yesterday’s issues with getting your vaccinations we had a second attempt today. I was all geared up to get them now.

The new ring sling arrived in the morning so we had a test around the house, I hadn’t entirely got it correct how to do it up at first but you were comfortable and fell asleep almost straight away. I posted a picture to one if the Facebook groups I belong to and they were able to give me pointers to get it right so that you were safe and comfortable.

In the afternoon we went to the doctors again. There were three nurses to do your vaccinations. One I think was doing the admin side and making sure the lot numbers and things like that were added to your medical record. The other two were actually administering the vaccinations. Your first vaccine was a medicine that they gave you orally, the nurse gave it to you bit by bit and you swallowed it all down. Apparently you were one of the few babies who had taken all the vaccine rather than dribbling it down your chin or throwing it up. (That’s my boy! No messing!)

The next two were a little more painful. There were two spvaccines to be given, rather rthan doing them separately, you had one nurse on each side and they went both at the same time so it was over and done with quickly. You cried for about a minute then stopped, we had a cuddle and then you were fine. I think that’s the way Daddy would react too.

Following the vaccinations we went home and just chilled out, you were starting to feel grouchy as your body did what it needed to, to the vaccinations. You were quite clingy for most of the afternoon but you let me put you in the ring sling so that I could peel potatoes and make dinner.

Thursday
Originally we were going to get up and catch the bus to town so that you and I could go to Bumps and Babes at St. John’s but there was a last minute change of plan and we ended up with the car. Actually it turned out this was a really good thing, Daddy asked if we could take some bits to church for him while were out so we did that on our way home. Then as Daddy wasn’t starting work until the afternoon we went to Jaffa for lunch. Daddy had soup, which he tried hard not to drip on your head as you were in the wrap. I had a coronation chicken vienna which was lovely but I’m sure had too much mayonnaise on it! Oops!

In the afternoon we went to collect Grandma for Slimming World then we went in the new car. You had lots of huggles with Grandma and Cat while we were at group. When we got home, Nanna was here and Grandad had gone to collect Auntie Rachel. You had a cuddle with Nanna then decided that you were hungry so we had a feed. When Auntie Rachel arrived you had a short hug but you were getting tired and I think the grouchy from your vaccinations. I put you in the new ring sling and you seemed to settle but you didn’t go to sleep like normal. I ended up eating my dinner standing up so that I could keep moving when you got restless.

In the end you went to sleep around 10pm and that was it – no peep until tomorrow morning.

Friday
Hello there little one, I’ve actually tried to be organised this time round and I’ve started this post as it’s happening. As I write this you’re sat in your car seat on the living room sleeping. We’ve been home almost an hour and you’ve been there even with Daddy and I chatting around you. You’ve been coughing for the last couple of days but as you weren’t running a temperature you were still able to have your vaccines on Wednesday. I think this has knocked you for six. You managed to sleep 6 and a half hours last night, slept for most of the time that Daddy, you and I were out this morning and then you’ve slept more this afternoon. When you have been awake you have been a little bit more grumpy and grisly, I’m hoping that by Tuesday when we go to Playtime you might be a little happier.

Daddy, you and I went to the country park at Harold and while we were there we introduced you to the ducks. I’m not sure you were entirely fussed but we had fun feeding the ducks on your behalf. Dady spread the seed on a seat and tried to get the ducks to hop up but they weren’t obliging lol.

Mummy and Jaxon watching the ducks

Daddy encouraging the ducks to come for food

Daddy and Jaxon feeding the ducks

Saturday
I’m not actually sure what we did on Saturday, it’s possible that we spent the day at home while Our Sidekick went to see his Mum.

Sunday
This time next week it’s your dedication. Following church, Daddy spent the time chatting to people to organise the food for the buffet after the service. I fed you but had to pop home after there was an accident with my shirt. Daddy looked after you while I went home, thankfully him and Our Sidekick saved me some lunch so when I got back to church there was some waiting for me, You on the other hand were fast asleep in the carrier. Sometimes I think Daddy has a magic touch!

On the way home we decided to take a walk around the Marina while the weather was so good, we also went to the the kayaking course to watch a competition that was taking place. When we got home, something had got to you because you threw an almighty strop and got really worked up. At one point we just left you in the middle of our bed while you cried and cried because we didn’t know what to do, you had a clean nappy and had been fed, we tried cuddling you but that seemed to get you more worked up. Eventually you’d got in such a state that you’d exhausted yourself and had to go to sleep instead. While you slept in the middle of our bed, Daddy and I worked our way round the house making a list of things that needed to be done to make the house tidier. We then took it in turns to go up and down the stairs to check on you, I think in the end though Daddy decided to bring you downstairs given how fast asleep you were!

Monday
Following our list writing yesterday I’d also made a list of things that needed to be done before the dedication, I thought I was being really clever and you and I went to Milton Keynes to buy a cake. However when we got there it turned out that the cakes the shop made had a 3 day shelf life so actually we needed to come back later in the week to do it.

While we were in the shopping centre comparing cake prices you decided that you needed a feed so we ended up going to the Baby Facilites in John Lewis. They were really good, there were comfortable chairs for feeding, there was a water machine so that Mummies could grab a glass of water if needed. There was even a Parent and Child toilet which was the size of a disabled loo and had plenty of space for a buggy etc.

In the afternoon, we went out in the garden to do some bits. I folded up a blanket for you on the grass and then wrapped it round you so you were sort of swaddled in it too. You laid on the grass looking at the sky and the trees while I did some pruning (more like hacking!) to the plants – I got as far as abandoning the debris across the grass because I couldn’t get the green bin through the house to the back garden.

In the evening one of the ladies from church came as she needed Daddy’s help with a project, she gave you a cuddle and I think sang to you in Polish when you were getting worked up.

Tuesday
Around 5am you woke up in a state, you’d started coughing and then couldn’t really stop. We managed to calm you long enough to try and feed but it wasn’t really helping. Daddy managed to get some nasal drops into you but that wound you up more. We decided that I’d try and get you a doctor’s appointment because it was causing you a lot of distress and we can’t really give you anything to help.

I rang the Doctor’s and even at 8:09am they were down to emergency appointments. Given your age and the fact that you’d been coughing for a week I somehow managed to get you an appointment but it did mean we had to miss going to the coffee morning at Grandma’s Church. Following the doctors we popped into Hobbycraft to get the cake topper for Sunday. We then went home and did various bits and pieces.

In the afternoon, I took you to Grandma’s house as I had to go to a meeting with Our Sidekick and Chris to discuss some bits with the fostering team. We grabbed tea on the way to Grandma’s house and I decided that you and I would stay at Grandma’s until we all went to the Knitting Group.

We got out the car and walked to knitting group and as we did you fell asleep in the buggy and stayed asleep until almost the end of knitting group, you had a cuddle with Grandma and then with Grandpa who was on his way home from work and a meal with his boss.

You went to sleep around 10pm, I woke around 2am and you were fast asleep, even when I’d been to the loo and came back you were still out, I went back to sleep again and I woke around 5:30 and you were awake, I had to give you some of the nasal drops as you were really bunged up. You cried really loud and I think you might have woken up Our Sidekick. After about half an hour of a feed and a change, you went back to sleep but I was totally awake. As we were out of a few bits I figured that was the time to make a high speed supermarket run, I left a note for Daddy saying that there was a bottle of expressed milk in the fridge if things got desperate and I quickly and quietly left the house. I went to the supermarket and was home again in 20 minutes, when I got back upstairs you were both still out for the count!

Jaxon is now Two Months Old

Currently…8th September

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (all finished now!)
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
Strictly Come Dancing (UK equivalent of Dancing With a The Stars)
Scandal
Suits
Baggage Claim (Random film found on NowTV)

Reading:
Information about newborns and coughs, also blogs (again!). Jaxon has a cough since last week and although we thought and were advised that it would just go, it seems to be getting worse and so we’re off to take him to the doctors.

Listening:
Radio and whatever is on the TV in the background.

Making:
Really boring but still on Christmas presents of the works in progress.

Feeling:
Rough! I’ve got the same cough as Jaxon and unfortunately it makes my asthma go a little mad, no attacks but it just seems to take up residence.

Planning:
Jaxon’s dedication. It’s on Sunday. Yesterday I went to the get the cake but I had misjudged it and it was too early so instead of being super efficient I just felt super stupid lol.

Loving:
Sleep? It sucks that Jaxon is poorly but he seems to sleep more and is more snuggly when he’s poorly.

Dear Jaxon… – 8 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are 8 weeks old and today we’re going to get your vaccinations done.

That’s as far as I got. When we got home from the doctors you weren’t happy and by the evening you were super grouchy. Epic hugs were required and this meant that not a lot else got done for the rest of the day!

So let’s see if I can write this on my phone while you nap on me….

Thursday
Today we went to give JD a lift to an appointment. I’d messed up and dozed off while you were asleep and JD called at 2:15 asking where I was as her appointment was at 2:20pm. Oops! I got in a state and went to collect her. While she was in her appointment we popped to The Fountain to get JD, her boyfriend and me a drink. I was running out of phone battery so you and I sat outside the building her appointment was in and we waited for JD and her boyfriend to come out of the appointment. After that we dropped JD and her boyfriend home and she gave me some wool that she’d had for a while and not used. We dropped in at home to collect some bits then went to Grandma’s before going to Slimming World. Grandpa had come home from work as he wasn’t feeling entirely well. Grandpa, you and I hung out in front of the TV and chatted about various bits and pieces. As you’d just had a feed we left you with Grandpa while Grandma and I went to weight in at Slimming World.

Friday
With some of the Ladies Group going back to work next week as their jobs are in teaching or in schools we went to the last coffee date before the schools go back today. You and me met Emma outside our usual haunt and then walked to Pensieri to have coffee there instead. We were joined by Margaret, Joy, Helen and Zack from church. It was lovely to sit and chat to everyone. Emma stocked up on Jaxon cuddles then you were passed round but you were getting a bit restless as you were hungry.

After Daddy finished work, Daddy, Our Sidekick, you and I went to look at a new car. We weren’t able to go in it for a test drive but Daddy did and he really liked it. While he was driving you and I walked up and down the forecourt with you wrapped in a muslin and my jumper as Our Sidekick was speaking to his Mum sat in the car. It was good fun until Daddy got back and we had to unwrap you to get you into the car.

Saturday
As Daddy worked yesterday he had today off instead, I think this confused you a little bit especially when he was there in the morning instead of being at work.

Now that we had a bit more time we went back to the garage with Grandpa and had a better look at the new car. I didn’t get to drive it but Daddy got to have a better look and a drive. We weren’t able to buy the car today as part of the paperwork wasn’t ready.

In the evening, we went to dinner at David and Ally’s house, it was a bit of adventure finding their house as they live on quite a new estate and one of the roads isn’t clearly named so we ended up going the wrong way at first. We had a roast dinner which was really lovely. They’d especially made sure that it was gluten free for Daddy, we had gluten free stuffing and gravy too which was really yummy. For pudding we had apple pie and ice cream. It was shop bought apple pie in the end and Daddy couldn’t have any because it wasn’t gluten free but it was really yummy and we all enjoyed our pieces!

Sunday
In the morning we went to church. It was quieter this week so we were able to stay in the main service a bit more than we have in previous weeks. When children’s work started, you and I went in to sit with the kids. You were all wrapped up and were asleep so I sat and knitted while watching Friends and Heroes. Part of the story was about Rahab and the spies. We learnt a new kids worship song that had been learnt at One – I just about managed to do the actions and learn it without waking you up which was quite impressive.

We had lunch with the Church gang, as the weather was good we sat in the garden of No 90. Daddy, Our Sidekick and I sat next to each other and you were in the wrap.

After lunch, we went to get the new car. While were waiting for Daddy to finish bits in the garage. Grandpa, Our Sidekick, you and I waited in the car park. Unfortunately, Grandpa’s car was involved in an accident, I’m not entirely sure what happened but it looked like the other guy was at fault but I’m not sure that’s correct.

Daddy drove the new car as far as one of the villages, then I had a practice driving on the quiet road through the village then once I’d got the hang of it I was allowed to drive home – it was quite exciting. The new car is longer than the old car so that’s a bit of a challenge.

Monday
The original plan for today was that we’d take it easy but would go shopping for some more nappies. However Daddy wasn’t feeling very well and ended up having the day off work. Rather than rushing around like we do some mornings we took it easy and spent time hanging out with Daddy. After a whiie I got up and got dressed and went to the supermarket to get some nappies and have a look for some medicine for Daddy. They didn’t have the one he needed so I had to go to the other local supermarket that did have it. I came home and Daddy took his medicine. While I pottered about doing chores like clearing out the old car, Daddy looked after you inside the house.

Tuesday
This morning Daddy left for work while we were still asleep. He then rang and said that he was being sent home from work so you and me got into the car and went to collect him. He had already started walking home so we met him half way. While I tidied out the old car he looked after you inside the house.

In the afternoon, we went to the doctors. I was to have my six week post natal check up, you were to have your baby check up and your vaccinations but it turned out that you had to be exactly 8 weeks old or more to have your 8 week vaccinations. This meant that I have to take you back tomorrow and get your vaccinations done. After the doctors we took you to see Great Grandma and Grandad. Great Grandad had to pop out to meet someone but Great Grandma was in and I think she loved seeing you. Great Grandad arrived home part way through our visit so he got to see you anyway. They came out so say goodbye and you met their neighbour – I think Great Grandma had been telling her all about you because she was excited to meet you too.

Wednesday
Following yesterday’s false start I was all geared up for today. In the morning we popped into town so chat to one of the girls at The Fountain but she had to go to an appointment so we gave her a lift to her appointment while chatting about things. We went back into town so that we could do some other bits and then came home.

When we got home from town we chilled out, the post lady arrived with the post and one of the packages was Mummy’s new ring sling. I looked up the instructions and I attempted to get you into it. It seemed to work as you went to sleep but it didn’t feel that secure so I don’t think I had it done up quite right. I posted a picture on one of the FB groups I belong to and they were able to give me tips of what I needed to do to get it right.

Mummy and Jaxon playing with the ring sling

In the afternoon we went to the doctor’s, when I got out of the car I put you in the ring sling which proved to be a good idea as we were seen in one of the rooms upstairs in the doctors and I would have had to take you out of the buggy before taking you upstairs. It also meant you got lots of snuggles following your vaccinations.

The first vaccine was an oral one, it was clear and came in a syringe of sorts. I held you while the nurse gave you a little bit at a time. She said that you were really good as most of the babies she had vaccinated today had spat it back out again whereas you swallowed it all. The next two were a little harder. You had to have two injections, so I held you while one nurse put an injection in your left leg and the other nurse did your right leg – the idea being that it’s less painful or less stress if they do them both at the same time. You cried really loud at first then I turned you back round on my lap and we had a cuddle and you calmed down again. I held you back to the car, then when I put you in the car seat you started crying again. Clearly a combination of the stress and the crying was enough because by the time I’d got home you’d dozed off. When you came round a bit later I put you into the sling again which was a really good idea because you were really clingy. I think you were a bit traumatised by the needles etc.

Jaxon - 8 Weeks Old

The Wedding of The Year

Just over a week ago, my little brother (who could sort of be my big brother given how much taller than me he is!) got married to his lovely girlfriend Heather. It’s taken me over a week to sit down and manage to write about it. So here we go…

I always knew that it was going to be a long day. It’s just the way wedding days go I guess. I had to be at the hairdressers for 8:45, in fact I’d been awake for ages by that point between being too excited anyway and when Jaxon woke up. Jaxon had just fed so the idea was that he could stay at home while I went to have my hair done.

Funky purple nails

My Mum and my cousin were at the hairdressers the same time that I was there, I got there and my cousin had her hair in rollers and Mum was having the finishing touches put to her hair. I was actually a little early so while Gina finished up on Vicky’s hair I sat and painted my nails. I haven’t had my nails painting since before I found out I was pregnant so it was a nice treat lol. I had my hair put in rollers too, once my hair was curled Gina put my hair in a half up half down so that it was out of my face but was nice and tidy (unlike the very messy bun I am currently sporting!)

Rockin' The Rollers Look

Hair all done, now for make up and my outfit

While I as at the hairdressers, Our Sidekick had been collected for contact, because of the time of the wedding we had to get it moved so that Our Sidekick could still get to the church to do his ushering bits. We all left the hairdressers at the same time, when I got in the car my phone started ringing and it was Chris asking me when I’d be home, well at least I think that’s what he asked me because Jaxon was getting really worked up and I couldn’t really hear him. For such a little dot, Jaxon can’t half scream loud when it’s needed. I think this was the start of what was going to be a very confusing day for him.

I drove home as quick as I could without breaking the car on the speed bumps or breaking the speed limit. I got through the door, found somewhere to sit and fed Jaxon. Then as if that wasn’t enough stress and confusion, I got changed into outfit number 1 and left for Woodside Church for the legal bit of the wedding proceedings. For one reason or another the legal bit was done at one church and then the actual service was done at the bride’s home church. The Bride was in a gorgeous green dress. Apparently it’s my brother’s favourite so when they discussed about outfits and things like that they decided that she’d wear the green dress to the legal bit and her white wedding dress to the church and reception. My uncle had done the registrar bit at mine and Chris’s wedding seven years ago so when Richard asked if he could do the official bit for him and Heather I think he was very proud to have been asked and commented how it was a “full set” now. In honor of the day and the fact that my brother is a huge fan, he was wearing his Doctor Who themed cufflinks.

Bride and Groom at the Legal Bit

Following that bit and some photographs it was time to head home again for the next outfit change amongst other bits.

As soon as I got in, Chris jumped in the bath and did what he needed to do to be ready. I fed Jaxon again and then got changed. I nearly had a meltdown when he burped and spat up some milk onto the dress I was wearing. I did have a moment and try to decided whether or not I could get away with still wearing the dress – as it happened I got the worst of it off and by the time we left for the church you couldn’t tell.

We got Jaxon into his car seat so that we were all ready to go when Our Sidekick got through the door. He was a superstar and got changed and was in the car in almost five minutes. We all went to Cardington for Wedding Part Two. Chris decided that he was going to put Jaxon in the wrap for the service and it was a genius idea, Jaxon was quiet and well behaved through the service, even when Chris went up to do the reading and took Jaxon with him. I think there was a collective breathe held across the church in case you decided that was the moment that you were going to scream the place down, but you didn’t at all – well done little one.

A reminder on my phone

As we were sat in the church waiting for the arrival of the bride – this pinged up on my phone. See I knew there was something important going on!

Before the service started we were told that we weren’t allowed to take pictures during the service, this means that I don’t have any pictures of the bride arriving in the church. I did however watch for my brother’s reaction. When I married Chris I remember looking round at all the people who were there, then looking up and seeing Chris beaming from one ear to the other (Kewey told me that she watched Chris for his reaction then when she’d seen his reaction she turned to watch me). Richard was beaming from ear to ear too, then when I could see Heather I could see why, she looked gorgeous! Her dress had two layers to it, although it was strapless on the underneath layer there was like a lacy layer over the top so the dress had long sleeves in a way and a really long train. She also wore a veil.

The Bride and Groom outside the church following Part Deux

After the service there were lots of pictures taken outside the church in the sunshine. Lots of people wanted to meet and hold Jaxon but we managed to hold them off until the reception as Jaxon was still sleeping and would need a feed when he did wake up. We popped home as we had forgotten part of the “Jaxon Kit” that would be needed during the rest of the day. We also grabbed a snack for Christ as he hadn’t had any lunch and we weren’t sure how long it would be until we sat down for dinner at the reception.

We got to the reception and there were more photos being taken outside. We lined up for various photos with different combinations of family members. In one of the pictures Richard held Jaxon which was really lovely. On this occasion, Jaxon’s newest Auntie didn’t want to hold him but I didn’t take offence – can you honestly imagine how incredibly embarrassing it would have been if he’d spat up or pooped all over her dress?? Jaxon started to wake up during the pictures and was making his presence known, we tried to get our pictures done as soon as possible and I headed straight inside to try and find a quiet corner to sit in. In the end I sat in the wing of the stage as only the band would be going back there and in theory no-one had reason to go back there until after the meal when the music started.

As I was feeding Jaxon in the wing Chris grabbed me a drink which was perfect because I was thirsty anyway and then breastfeeding zapped me with more thirst. After i finished feeding Jaxon we were accosted by my cousin and his wife, they hadn’t actually met Jaxon yet so they came to meet him. They both had a hold although Jaxon wasn’t entirely happy – I think he was really overwhelmed and needed to chill out for a little while. Following them my “cousin” (Uncle’s step daughter) and her Mum (my Aunt maybe?) came to meet Jaxon too, they joined our family this time last year when my Uncle and his new wifey got married. We sat around and chatted for a while and then at about 6pm the speeches started.

I was interested to see what my brother would say and if Aaron (The Best Man) would behave himself. My brother isn’t a fan of public speaking and so I wanted to be in the room to give him moral support. Unfortunately Jaxon had other ideas!

I missed the speeches as Jaxon decided just as the Father of The Bride started his speech that he needed a feed and the only chair I could find without having to take a screaming baby back through the hall in the middle of the speech, involved me sitting the other end of the building from the speeches and so missed them all – I caught some of the speech but mainly just the giggles! Thankfully the Father of the Bride was on it and sent me – and a few others – the audio files – so as I write this post I am listening to the Best Man’s speech. Oh okay now I’m listening to the Father of the Bride’s speech and you can hear Jaxon crying in the background!)

At the end of the last speech, Our Sidekick came to find us, he came in the room and said to the effect of “You have to come sit down NOW!” Well I thought that my Mum had sent him because they couldn’t start serving food until we were seated. I used to be a waitress for the catering company who did the food so I do know that at some weddings you had to wait for certain people to be seated and all sorts. So I walked/skipped my way back to the table while Chris put Jaxon back in the wrap. I took my seat and waited for the boys who I presumed were just behind me (Our Sidekick was but Chris was further behind).

Belinda (The Bride’s cousin) and her sister went up on to the stage, I thought it was a bit random but there were various bits of entertainment so didn’t think anything of it. Then Belinda started playing the opening bars of One Day More from Les Miserables. Well as it clocked, Richard’s friend Simon stood up to my left and stated belting out Valjean’s part, then over the other side a relation on Heather’s side stood up and started Marius’s part. Well I’m not quite sure what my reaction was but I turned to Our Sidekick and said that I wanted to join in. As I said that, Vicky (my cousin – she was a bridesmaid) stood up and started on Eponine’s part. Before I knew it my Mum and the Father of the Bride were up out of their seats singing Madame and Monsieur Thenardier’s parts. OH MY WORD!!! I was so proud of my Mum. We often have the Les Mis CD on in the car and we’ve been to see Les Mis in London as well as seen the DVD quite a few times (We tried to get tickets to the simulcast from the O2 but they’d sold out). Part way through it builds up towards the finale, at that point all the people involved marched to form two lines behind the top table, Our Sidekick went too and grabbed a big red flag that had been on the floor next to the stage. Well he wasn’t singing but he had been included which made even prouder. He was in the background waving the flag like they do on the barricade in the performance of Les Miserables. I cheered like crazy and was so proud of them all but part of me was a little sad that I hadn’t been involved. I was doing okay until Mum came to hug me and explain why I hadn’t been involved (I was in labour at the time of one of the rehearsals!), then I knew I was going to have a little cry so charged for the loo. I managed to pull myself together and it later turned out that they’d all been instructed to make sure that I was in my seat and under no condition were they allowed to start without me being there. Even Richard was in on it!

Following that the food was served. I had melon with raspberry coolie to start followed by chicken roast dinner for mains and profiteroles for pudding. Myself and two others in the room have all been on Slimming World and all decided that for the day we were drawing a line, we were going to enjoy the meal and deal with the consequences after. In my case your little brother only gets married once.

After the meal we started the music. This started with my Uncle getting the bride and groom up for their first dance. They weren’t actually having one and I think they thought that they had go away with it but it wasn’t that easy. We’d been plotting and planning to figure out a song for them, so in the end their first dance was to I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing by Aerosmith (or at least our interpretation of it!). Vicky sang the lead while Paul (my uncle) played guitar, I was then throwing in harmonies when I could and Belinda was adding strings for good measure.

All in all it was a good day and the Bride looked gorgeous at both the legal bit and the church bit. Her dress was amazing!