Dear Jaxon… – 15 Weeks

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Hello there. Last week you surprised us. Chris was sat with you in the back of the car on Friday and somehow ended up with his finger in your mouth. He commented how he could feel a little tooth coming through. When we swap seats I had a go, no there wasn’t just one in there but two little teeth coming through. So in theory you will have your two front teeth (albeit it bottom front!) for Christmas.

You’re now 3 and a half months old. With assistance you can sort of sit up. If we don’t hold you, you either fall sideways or you fold forward. I’ve found that if I prop you up against my pillows on the bed you’ll sit there quite happily while I potter around and do chores. On Monday while Daddy was away for the night we put a lot of washing away which had been taking over as I hadn’t got that far! You sat on the bed and gurgling and chatting away to me. It might not make much sense but you were excited and babbled faster and some points and at others you just had little babbles that were shorter or just had one or two sounds instead of the longer babbles that have like five or six sounds. You are starting to have conversations with us which is really fun. On Monday we also went swimming again, it was the first time I’d taken you by myself so we went to the pool with Hazel and Mini Fairy. They were there for moral support and on hand if I did need extra help. It was a challenge to get the bag in and out of the locker while holding you but once I managed that we had a good time in the pool. You were okay on your back but not entirely keen. I held you upright in the water by your arm pits. You kept trying to kick your legs out behind you. This was really good but you haven’t got the hang of holding up your head when we lie you on your tummy so I couldn’t put you in the water on your tummy as the water would have been in your face. I think this frustrated you a little but if you can get the hang of it then we’ll try again another day. You were really calm for the whole time until you’d had enough and then you got a little worked up and we had to go. Hazel was impressed at how well you’d coped with it all. Next time I’m going to take your swimming seat/float and see if you like that. You’ll be able to put your legs in the water and sit up without me having to hold you too much. Hopefully you’ll get a bit stronger and won’t need my help so much to sit up too. We’ll just have to see.

One morning Daddy sneezed right above your Moses basket. It made you jump and it woke you up. You freaked out and started crying. I thought it was just his sneezes that upset you until this week where I sneezed twice in one evening and both times you cried. In the end I tried to clamp my hand over my mouth so that the sound wasn’t so loud. It seemed to work – I just need to remember to sneeze that way instead of how I normally sneeze.

You also started another trick. You were lying across my lap after having a feed and started to kick your legs and managed to roll yourself on to your side. In the end I put you on the floor and you spent a couple of hours just rolling from your back onto your side and back again. You just need to get the hang of rolling on to your front and then linking it altogether and you’ll be able to roll completely. I’m not sure if all this activity is normal for your age or not but you’re getting good at all these skills it’s no surprise that you’re sleeping really well.

You’re in 3-6 months clothes although Daddy thinks your legs are getting too long for some of your outfits, weight wise you only have about 2lbs then might have to move up anyway which I’m sure will be before you’re 6 months old. You’re still in Size 3 nappies but weight wise we might have to move you up to Size 4 soon. I wanted to buy you an outfit for Christmas but I’m reluctant to get it at the moment in case I get the wrong size! Anyway that can go on the to do list for another day.

Love you lots Little One

Mummy

Jaxon in his Jeans

Look mummy I'm learning!

Ella Riley’s Toffee Rolls and Kickstarter

It’s funny how serendipitous Social Networks can be. I’ve been on Twitter for something like five years. Thanks to friendships forged on Twitter I’ve met Becca, Ruby and other people. One of these other people is Freya of Ella Riley’s Sweets. Back in 2011, we got chatting on Twitter and I was sent some sweeties to test and review including a selection of Ella Riley’s Toffee Rolls. Our friendship continued and in the summer of 2012 when we were on holiday in Bristol, on the day we went to Cardiff I managed to convince the boys to visit Freya’s shop in Bridgend.

Welsh Sweetie Dragon

Why am I writing about this now?

Well, Freya and her husband are launching a Kickstarter project to extend their business. Their sweet shop Ella Riley’s is based on Nolton Street in Bridgend. It’s a proper old fashioned sweet shop with jars along the walls and you get them weighed out instead of a pre-sealed packet from the shelf but there’s certainly nothing old fashioned about this shop when it comes to using modern technology.

Sugar Mice and Honeycomb Cheese

Steve and Freya are using the crowd funding website Kickstarter to raise the funds for the expansion of their business. They are looking to purchase a toffee boiler, a toffee table and a hard boiled sweet making machine.

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I love supporting local and small businesses when possible (yes I know Bedford isn’t local to Bridgend!). Ella Riley’s currently stock their sweets in over 160 traditional sweet shops in the UK and export them to France, America and Canada.

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So if you’re like me and have a sweet tooth please back their project, if you’re not able to financially back them please spread the word and help this little business grow into something big.

Riley's Toffee Rolls

You can follow their progress on Facebook or Twitter. You can also visit their website here.

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All images provided by Ella Riley’s Sweets.

Dear Jaxon…- 14 Weeks

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are 14 weeks old. I still can’t believe will I look at you that 14 weeks ago we were in hospital meeting you.

You’ve well and truly got the hang of smiling. You smile to nearly anyone who talks to you but sometimes you get shy and just want Mum or Dad.

On Sunday at church Emma was looking after you then you decided you needed me so I put you in the wrap and you helped me serve refreshments. Part way through you went asleep against me and stayed like that for a chunk of the church service too. I gave you to daddy and popped to the loo, when I came back Daddy has his hand over your ear because the music was too loud for you. I took you back through to crèche and we spent the rest of the service in there.

On Monday evening you were sat leaning against me after having a feed and when Daddy was talking to you, you’d pull your head up off of me so that you had a better view. When I took you up to get you ready for bed I sat you in the middle of my bed and when I turned round you’d fallen to one side and rolled onto your front. We’re learning all these skills we just need to put them together.

We made it to Playtime for the first time this week. I’m not really sure what you made of it. Most of the toys are for bigger children but we were able to join in with singing grace before the snack and then join in the singing and story time. I guess as you’re able to sit up and move around you’ll be able to do more things there. We sat with one of the ladies from church along with her youngest grandson.

We then spent the afternoon with Grandma which was lovely. In the evening we took Our Sidekick to a new sports club which he really enjoyed and I think he wants to go back next week.

This morning you woke up for a feed and have fallen asleep next to me! Good start to the day I think.

Love you

Mummy

Mummy I'm 14 Weeks Old

Super Busy Mum

Currently…13th October

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Great British Bake Off
Strictly Come Dancing
Doctor Who
Remember Sunday
Le Weekend

Reading:
Lovely blog posts from our Let Your Blog Shine group and another little bloggers group I belong to.

Listening:
Radio mainly. Also listening to Jaxon chatter away – it’s more burbling and cooing at the moment but it’s funny especially as it changes.

Making:
Getting there on one of the Christmas presents, I’m down to one of the last knitted bits and then I’ve got to sew it all together I’ve also started two crochet projects for the charity sale at church on the 1st November. I’m not sure if they will both get finished by then but hopefully they will.

Feeling:
Okay, well sort of today. Today I woke up and felt sort of blue, it could just be the weather because it’s raining really heavily and I wanted to go out for a walk today so I’m not calling the doctor yet but I’ll keep an eye on it in case.

Planning:
I’m planning blog posts for November when it’s NaBloPoMo. I’m avoiding planning any ideas for NaNoWriMo otherwise I’ll want to join in with that although I really don’t have the time to do it this year!

Loving:
Watching Jaxon learn new things. He’s getting used to tummy time now, and he’s getting better at holding his head – not quite up but it’s getting stronger.

{Gratitude}

Gratitude

Things I'm Grateful For

Joining up with:
Ashley from Hello Nature, Laura from The Laura Way & Nay from Coffee-N-Ink.

So, Chris has just taken Jaxon up to bed and I’m pretty sure he might have woken Jaxon up in the process – it is a skill to get him upstairs and into the moses basket without waking him so he’s not in trouble – these things happen. I’m attempting to scribble this down at speed.

Hello there and welcome! Especially new faces – I know there are a few out there.

Things I’m Grateful For…

The weather
It’s October and minus the odd few downpours and the very cold mornings it’s actually still been quite warm – I’ve even been out and had to take my jumper off because it’s been too warm to wear it.

Chris
Being hands on and taking over so I get a little bit of a break. (I think Jaxon has settled again so I might not be needed right now!)

Our Sidekick
In the last couple of days when he’s got in from school he’s looked after Jaxon while I’ve been to the loo or pottered round the house without Jaxon getting upset that he’s been left on his own.

Time with My Dad
My Mum has been away with her bestie/client at The Knitting and Stitching Show. I see my Mum quite regularly during the week as she works at home. My Dad however works in an office so as today was his day off we organised to go out for lunch. We chatted about all sorts including trains, Welsh railways, how long it should take to climb up Snowdon as well as things like the Hazelnuts that we found under a tree on our way home. I love hanging out with my Dad but sometimes it doesn’t happen often enough.

Dear Jaxon… 13 Weeks/3 Months

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

As I type this from my phone you’re snoring in your Moses basket (a little quieter now than you were about thirty minutes ago).

Normally I write what we got up to this last week but I keep failing at that so in coming up with a plan b where I try to highlight what I remember!

Last Friday, you, me, Becca and Baby Riley went for a walk around the Marina and then went out for lunch. The weather was so glorious that it didn’t feel like it should be October at all. It was almost like a spring morning minus the leaves starting to change colour. At one point I nearly ended up balancing you on one side with Riley on the other side as Becca popped away from the table for a few minutes and Riley decided he needed his Mummy.

On Saturday we went for a coffee date with the ladies from church. It meant there were five Mummies and their children (and a fur baby!). Emma brought Isaac the guide dog with her. He didn’t quite guard you like he used to but we did snap this picture of you both.

Jaxon and Isaac Dog

I imagine that soon you’ll be chasing Isaac and he won’t be so calm. Either that or he’ll still love you and take care of you.

On Monday we went to help out a Uncle Richard by sitting at his house while waiting for an installation. You were nice and calm until the drilling started and that upset you. We ended up sitting upstairs in the spare bedroom as it was the furthest point from where the installation was happening. I think if the weather had been nicer we’d have sat in the garden or under the car port so it was quieter.

We went to the supermarket after and nearly had to swim to the car as the heavens opened and it down poured for pretty much the rest of the day.

3 Months Old Jaxon
My lovely new jacket fits!!

As it happens you’ve just woken up. It’s not a surprise as you’ve been asleep since about 9:30pm this evening. I’m just hoping it doesn’t mean you’re going to wake up at 4 or 5am and decide that the day is starting.

Anyway, You turned 13 weeks on Wednesday followed by 3 months today. You have a proper cheeky character coming through. Funny that you’re almost taking after your uncle and he takes after his. Clearly it’s something in the genetics.

Our Sidekick has got more confident with holding you now so he helped me out this week. He even volunteered to change your happy at one point, he stood at the changing table and cheered when it was a wet happy instead of a poopy one. It was really funny. On another occasion I’d been in the kitchen and when I came into the living room you were all curled up on his lap with your head against his chest I think you were listening to his heart beat like you listen to Daddy’s or mine.

Today we went to get you weighed and then wandered to the bus stop to head into town. It was a proper adventure and you slept for some of it. I need to start planning some other walking routes to explore with you.

So here’s some stats…
Weight
14lbs and 15 ounces
Clothes
3-6 months
Nappies
Size 3
Feeds
Most of the time you’re down to one night feed but sometimes it hits two depending on what time you went to bed in the first place.
Bedtime
it still varies and often varies depending on if you actually had a proper nap in the day.
Likes
anyone playing with your legs. Music and bright lights. You like it when Mummy watches Strictly Come Dancing because it the bright colours and the action. Tummy time when you’re not forced to do stuff like put your head looking to your left shoulder instead of your right.
Dislikes
being on your own (for example if I pop to the kitchen or the loo). Baths – it’s possible that it was because Daddy is normally present for baths and recently I’ve been doing it myself without Daddy.
Other things
you like to hold my thumb or the neck line of my shirt while feeding. If you come unlatched you head butt me until you’re comfortable again. You suck your hand but haven’t found your thumb yet. When you are given a dummy you often spit it out!

#BetterYou (And October Goals)

#BetterYou Movement

Often people write Bucket Lists with the goal of achieving the things on the list by the time they die, others like me write a Bucket List to complete before their next birthday or next major birthday like 30th or 40th.

This one is part of a specific exercise rather than something I’m working on myself (if that makes sense).

It’s called The Better You Movement, and it focuses on people making these small, 30-day bucket lists of things they’d like to accomplish in order to better themselves, their community, or to give back and help others.

So here are my goals, on this occasion they are all to do with me bettering myself. When Jaxon is a little older or a little more settled then I might be able to get back into volunteering and serving at church.

1. Lose 5lbs towards target.
So far, this hasn’t happened. In fact at weigh in on Thursday I had put on 2lbs. I have weigh in on Tuesday this week instead of Thursday. Hopefully it might have made some difference.

2. Finish crocheting current Christmas present and start next.
I haven’t even picked up the current Christmas present. I got distracted with the Adopted WIP and then picked up a different Christmas present. So I guess I’m working on a Christmas present even if it wasn’t quite the one I had been meaning to do.

3. 31 days in October meet step goal on at least 10 days (10,000 steps per day).
This in theory is fairly easy. Especially while we are having unusually warm weather but actually it’s not. I walked 13 miles earlier this week when I was in Blackpool with Chris and Jaxon but since I got back hitting the 10k steps daily goal only happened once (and only just!). I have to stay in on Monday to help out my brother with something but I figure walking home from church today might work.

4. 31 days in October meet water goal on at least 20 days. (2 litres per day)
Again another one that should be easy. I have a litre plastic bottle with a sports cap and so just have to drink two of them each day. While I was pregnant and since I’ve been breastfeeding I often find that I’m really thirsty. If I can do it for at least the 20 (actually 21 as that creates a new habit) should be enough to rewrite it as a habit and I will remember to do it.

Have you written a list of goals for October? Share your link below in the comments.

Dear Jaxon… – 12 Weeks Old

Dear Jaxon...

Dear Jaxon,

This week you turned 12 weeks old. In all the craziness that came with our trip to the seaside and Daddy’s Challenge I didn’t manage to write to you.

You turned 12 weeks on Wednesday. On Tuesday while we were still away We took you swimming for the first time in the hotel pool. I ran the water to make sure it wasn’t too hot in the shower, Daddy then held you while you two had a shower before getting into the pool, while I showered you and Daddy headed for the pool so that you didn’t get cold.

Daddy held you lying down in the water. You weren’t that impressed, I think because the water was going in your ears and I don’t think you could really hear us. You splashed a little bit but I think when you splashed yourself in the face you were even less impressed. We took you towards the mushroom fountain but it was a bit loud and I don’t think you liked it.

We decided that we were going to get you out the pool in a few minutes. Daddy went for a swim while I held you. I was originally sat on the side while holding you but then I decided that if I sat in the water holding you then the water would help to keep you warm rather than the air temperature which could be making you cold.

I think by holding you upright with just your legs and back in the water so that you could hold onto me too was more comforting. You were much calmer and relaxed. Once Daddy had had a swim we got out again. Again we took it in turns to sort you out. Once you were dressed, I gave you a feed, while we did that Daddy got dressed so that he could then take you out into the corridor where it was a bit warmer while I got dressed.

I’m going to take you again at some point, I want to make sure that you give the swimming thing a good go before not going.

Jaxon is 12 Weeks Old