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Second Birthday

My darling girl,

It’s your second birthday today.

A milestone in so so many ways but also because it’s the only time when your age doubles overnight ( I got this from your Auntie N, she is clever)

I know you’ll have a wonderful day, and I know that you’ll have fun this lovely spring day and I look forward to our family breakfast in 2 hours when you, daddy and I share the first cake for the day and we will watch you open your presents. Taking you to a party that your daddy and I have planned for you. And yes, there will be another cake.

At 12.03am on April 10th 2011 when my waters broke. We had worried a lot (because it was 6 weeks to your due date) and really that was quite unnecessary.  Two somewhat clever people like your daddy and I worrying. But we did. One day you might know this yourself, as a parent you just seem to constantly worry. We got ourselves ready and went to the hospital, 4 days later you born via an emergency c-section. 5 weeks early, you were sooo small ( 4Ibs 11oz) , when I met you for the first time. I held you and didn’t want to let go. Every time I see you I feel the same way.

You are, as your name describes you, a beauty that can only be described by my stupid words. I will never be able to describe a small portion of exactly what you are. My darling H, you make dark clouds disappear and you make me the happiest woman that has ever set foot on earth. You are incredible, and I know you always will be. You have so much ahead of you, but I know that I will always do whatever I can to help you reach all heights, and never feel the lows. I can’t protect you from everything as you grow up, and God knows I’d love to, but even when I’m not with you I’ll always be holding out my hand, if ever you need it.

I wish you a very happy birthday. From the bottom of this heart of mine.

Yours, now and always proud and eternally loving,

Happy 2nd birthday my beautiful baby, I (we) love you so much:)

Mummy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Potty training……

I embarked on the great parenting adventure that is potty training  now that H is 22 months. It was all her she came back from nursery talking how her and her friends all did a poo in the potty. We have had potties in our house for 6 months. She sits on it every morning and just before bath time. She’s only done wees, so imagine my surprise 24th January hearing about her new adventure. So I then decided I might as well let her lead…

Started researching from the 25th January, I looked into classes, could not make the classes. So decided to research online, buy a book and talk to friends. They all told me similar things to do and not to. So I decided to put togther a tool kit for others.

Tool kit

  • Patience – Not one of my strong points, as H had been showing some signs of readiness and it seemed like the right time.
  • Equip yourself with a lot of spare pants, 2 home potty- upstairs, downstairs and travel potty.
  • Toddler-sized toilet seat adaptor – H loves hers.
  • Be consistent –  once you start there is no going back
  • I used incentives like chocolate buttons, fingers & iPad ( not for everyone, it worked for me)
  • Toddler pants featuring H favourite disney character
  • Toddler toilet wipes Preferably flushable ones, as this can be a messy old business…
  • A sticker chart next to the loo to motivate your toddler. When the chart’s full, H gets a lovely treat – so far she’s had baking session with mummy, a doll and a her face painted.

Hanna_Potty

I confess,  I almost gave up on the 3rd day. The 1st day was a breeze, second day we had 2 wee accidents while playing. The 3rd day almost broke me, it was one wee accident after another, poo was done in the loo. She got claps, a song and 2 chocolate buttons then it was down hill. I  Seriously started to question whether I had misjudged her readiness in a fit of blinkered mother love. 4th day one accident just before lunch. 5th day no accident, 6th and 7th day 2 small accidents. We have good and ok days. Am going to stick with it, it’s definitely been character building for me. A month on and we still have accidents, I use pull ups at night and for day outs.

I’m not sure what you will think of our adventure,  we’d probably get the feedback that I should have done more. We’re not 100% there yet, but I’m pretty pleased with the progress we’ve made.  Well done H.  Mummy is SO proud of you xxx

My New Year Resolutions/Intentions

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“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account”. Oscar Wilde

I disagree, 2013 is upon us. I kept 80% of the resolutions I made last year and am working on the 20% ( I have included those in 2013 resolutions) but this year I am calling them intentions, as intentions are positive and hopeful

The new year is always a significant time when it comes to personal change, but this new year, just like the last, has extra significance.

I have been a mum for 2o months now, it’s been an amazing rollercoaster.  In 2013 I intend to:-

  • Spend more quality time with H and DH
  • Be more relaxed about things ( not plan too much – throw away some unnecessary lists and try to go with the flow)
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff
  • Spend quality time with my good friends without DH & H – ( Spending social time with people who know you and ‘get you’ is not only revitalizing but reminds you how great and loved you are) .
  • Train twice (or maybe even thrice!) a week for the Ealing Half Marathon
  • Turn up for the park run every other Sat ( 5K run)
  • Do the mother’s day parachute jump for NCT and raise lots of monies…
  • I want to enhance my part as  a “social influencer”  blogger – I have been writing and talking on facebook & twitter about Give as you live my charity of choice is  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
  • Write more on my blog and read/visit more blogs.
  • Make sure the house is a bit cleaner and tidier (hire a cleaner)
  • Go green – more cloths less kitchen roll
  • De-clutter – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

I read this quote somewhere, I intend to live it “Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life

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The Christmas TAG

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I saw this on a few blogs and thought I would give it a go…..You can find the original at Makeup-Pixi3

Q.   What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
I don’t think I could pick one thing…It’s a collection of things which make up the great Christmas feeling…The tree, the drama of shopping, the food, the opening presents & days off work:)
Q.   What’s your favourite makeup look for the festive season?
A bit more sparkly than usual – glitter & gold!
Q.   Real tree or fake tree?
I would love a real one but don’t think I could cope with the mess, so it’s a fake one for us!
Q.   Giving presents or receiving presents?
Giving, I love the buying and wrapping the presents up then seeing the H & DH ‘s face when they open they presents:)
Q.  Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?
Morning, the joy of having a toddler. Do people actually wait till the evening to open presents?
Q.   Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
Brought, working mummy, no time:(
Q.   What’s your favourite Christmas film?
Hard to pick just one….It’s a choice between Elf & It’s a Wonderful Life.
Q. What’s your favourite Christmas song? (mine)
Just one , All I Want For Christmas Is You & Last Christmas
Q.   What’s your favourite Christmas food?
I have so many,  love Christmas dinner. We usually have it for a couple of days re-heated or in sarnie. I also love mince pies & Christmas Cake!!
I hope you have enjoyed this…..If you do this tag, please do link back:)
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Why I can’t suffer in silence: Save Ealing A&E

In real life, I’m a pretty vocal person. I don’t hide behind my blog or my social networking sites. I say it like it is. I’m known for a rant and a moan.

The plans to close down A&E is reckless. If they go ahead, 700,000 people who live in Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith boroughs would be without local A&E. Makes me want to scream, I can’t suffer in silence.

Many GPs and hospital consultants are against the proposals and the independent review by Dr Tim Rideout found significant flaws in both the clinical and business cases. However, in preparation for the announcement, I am helping to fight for a campaign. We must stand together united against it: Click here, to read and help us save our hospital.

Links to national press coverage

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Questions every daughter should ask her mother

I borrowed some of these questions from Elma van Vliet, reading about her as I am sat here pregnant with my first child.  The reason I felt the need to put this down is I lost my mum 5.5 yrs ago and I miss everything about her. Tonight what I miss most is the random conversations we used to have late at night. I wish I asked her many questions about herself as 99% of the time we spoke about me. I truly regret that….

Ladies if you ever visit my blog please read this page and talk your mum. Ask her the questions below and write down the answers. Here are some of my answers, my plan is to sit down with my uncle AR and ask him the questions I haven’t got answers to and add them here.

  • What kind of parents did you have? Were they progressive or old-fashioned? Very progressive for their time.
  • What are the most precious memories you have of your mother or father? Many, my father (my Gran dad) – the eloquent way he told stories (charming), my mum (gran mum) – her generosity and loyalty.
  • Were you an easy-going or rebellious teenager? Very easy.
  • Have you ever had your heart-broken? How did you cope? Yes, was too busy to dwell on my sadness.
  • What kind of child was I when I was little? Helpful and kind.
  • What are your best bits of advice on raising children? Relax and go with it.
  • What have you taught me that you are most proud of? Independence and your curiosity.
  • What changed in you when you had children? Everything in my life came second.
  • How did this change affect your relationships? Some people thought I shouldn’t have given up everything for my children.
  • If you had the chance to change one thing about the way you were raised, what would it be? I would have stayed in school ( this wasn’t her choice, girls were not deemed as important as boys to educate).
  • What do you think everyone should have seen or done in their lifetime? Travel the world and experience life before you settle down and have children – Live first!
  • Do you have any regrets? Few
  • What would you have done differently?
  • Was my father the love of your life?

More than anything in this post I am trying to honor and celebrate my mum. It makes me realise that I really miss her, especially at this time.

As much as for myself, I am doing this so my daughter does not one day wonder…

I will try to put in paper my thoughts and journey so my child/children can have something they can retain as a keepsake.

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