Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Thank You Matilda Mae xx

If I'm honest I do hug & kiss my children a lot but I don't as many craft or playtime activities with them.  I have four children, a ten year old at school & three at home.  I read with them, play stickle bricks but I'm also busy with household chores etc so when I get a spare half an hour or so I usually sit down & drink tea, check facebook or twitter rather than do things like paint.
Seven weeks ago the blogging world was shocked & upset when baby Matilda was found sleeping at 9 months old.  I remember Jennie tweeting the following day & I was sobbing. A mommy & daddy we can't forget David who are struggling just to breath, yet they are still finding time to play games with their nearly three year old twins. 
From reading Jennie's blog its inspired me to love more, laugh more, hug more, play more & shout less. 

So yesterday we painted, I wasn't bothered if a bit of paint got on their clothes or carpet & for half an hour (the boys wanted breakfast) we had fun with paint.

G waiting patiently to paint.

G Van Greaves

So thank you Matilda Mae & mom Jennie for making me realise how special my children are to me.
Twinkle brightly Matilda xxx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sleep? What's that?

I can't remember the last time I had a full night's sleep, undisturbed in my own bed?! It was definitely before the boys were born.
When I had the boys I expected sleepless nights, who doesn't with newborns, I had had two girls previous to them but 18 months on & the youngest twin still doesn't sleep through!  My other three are good sleepers infact I would say great sleepers.  When he usually wakes at around 1am, rightly or wrongly I give him a bottle & he settles straight away (usually!) & it also means I can go back to sleep fairly quickly.  Maybe he needs a dummy? as the bottle is just a comfort thing for him.  I have tried him with a dummy but he sucks for a bit & then puts it down so..... Operation Dummy will commence & hopefully we will have more of this....

Friday, 22 March 2013

My Blog....

Well my blog is finally taking shape.  I have to say a big, huge massive thank you to the wonderful Lauren who has helped me over the past few weeks.
Now the design bit is done, I suppose I should get down to some writing.
I finally uploaded my photos from my camera onto the computer & have come to the decision that the boys 1. need a haircut & 2. have always got dirty faces.  I suppose that is what comes with having boys?  If they are not mushing tomato into their hair they are climbing onto the computer table or onto the window sill.  Why are boys so messy?

I really want to become a better photographer so I know I have to take more photographs. Most the time though I just forget, like yesterday, we were playing a memory game & playing bubbles, a perfect opportunity for me to take photos for memories but the camera is still in the cupboard. 

I was going to try to take some photographs today but G was ill during the night & hasn't moved from the sofa today.  Of course I hate my children being ill but I'm no good with sicky children, my hubby usually sorts out the mess while I look after the little one but he was at work last night.  I hope she feels better soon & more than anything I hope the bug isn't passed onto the other 3 children in the house.

I know I'm new to this blogging lark but I hope the writing flows soon like it does when I read others??  I think I'm just scared of what people will say about what I write when I know I shouldn't care as the writing is for ME, my online diary which I just happen to let other people read.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Two years today.....

Two years ago today I was on my way to the hospital for a 12 week scan.  If I'm honest all I wanted to see was a heartbeat.  I had felt strange with this pregnancy, I kept thinking I was going to lose the baby, it was as if I was going to have a period.

We sat in the waiting room & while we waited we were choosing what horses we wanted as it was Cheltenham week. I haven't a clue when it comes to horse racing so was just choosing names based on certain things.  I remember there was a Chicago named horse & I would have choosen this as I was watching ER at the time & ER is based there.  I went & had my weight taken & my blood pressure & then we had to wait another 10 minutes before we went in for the actual scan.

We had wanted another baby so Georgia who was 15 months at the time would have someone to play with as her big sister Lauren is nearly 7 years older than her.

We were called into the room. I get very excited when we have scans but this time I was nervous.  The man put the cold jelly on my belly & straight away I could see a flickering from a heartbeat.  There was a more senior nurse in with him.  After a moment or so she took the scanner from him to have a look herself & then said........ "Do twins run in the family?"  I said "Yes!!" there was a slight pause & then I said "are we having twins?" "Yes" she said.  I then swore.

Kev who had been holding my hand, squeezed a bit tighter & went very pale!  The nurse asked if he wanted some water.  As we looked, there on the screen were two little people. They were in different sacs so would be non-identical.

We came out the room in a daze. OMG we're going to have twins! We sat in the waiting room as had to see another nurse & were both staring at the scan pictures. The lady opposite who was with her daughter in law smiled & asked us how it had gone, we  showed her the one photo & then the next one.  I said "no more expensive holidays for us" & the woman said "yes but think of all the extra love & cuddles you will have" & she was right.

As soon as we left the hospital I phoned my mom.  She said how was it?  I said it was fine, then I said are you sitting down? & she said yes why? I said cus there are two heartbeats. Que the tears!!

We walked around Asda in a daze, came home & we were both just sitting there staring into space. We were REALLY happy but in shock.  How would I cope during the pregnancy? Would I be able to carry the babies full term?  I have a Unicornuate uterus which simply means I only have one fallopian tube. It is very rare apparently & I only found out I had this after I had Lauren because it was taking ages to conceive with Georgia.
I was reading some stories that they were told to rest alot as pregnancy could result in miscarriage & carrying twins would be more pressure.

I didn't rest, I worked until I was 35 weeks & gave birth 13 days later to two healthy boys who weighed in at 6lb 9oz & 5lb 13oz.

The last 18 months have been difficult, its been so tiring but so worth it. My family is definitely now complete.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Things I want to do before I'm *cough cough* 40

I never make New Years Resolutions.... why? well I never keep to them. I find I never keep to anything? I don't know why, I just get bored really easily. I'm easily distracted I suppose.  But there are a number of things I'd like to try to do before I reach the grand old age of 40!!!  Some are easier & cheaper than others.  Its a few years away at the mo so I have a few years to tackle the list below....

  • Become a better photographer
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Learn to drive
  • Write a story for children
  • Pay off at least one of my credit cards!!!
  • Exercise more
  • Get into my size 12 jeans (I can wish)
  • Eat less junk food
  • Drink more water
  • Keep up with this blog!
  • Help a charity - hopefully do something for Harry Moseley or Rockstar Ronan - these two boys changed my life.  Made me appreciate what I have, made me hug my kids more & made me realise a messy house isn't that bad when you have 4 healthy children.
I will add to them when I think of more & hopefully tick some off as the days, months & years (not that many I know) go by.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy Anniversary to Me

The 8th March is a very special day for me & my hubby as its our anniversary of our first date & the day we got married.
It was 14 years ago on 7th March which was a Sunday night that I came out the pub & my friend said she had a missed call on her mobile from a number she didn't know.  It was Kev's, she said "phone him back then" I said "no its too late" but she was having none of it so she phoned & asked for him.  I was a bit tipsy so plucked up the courage to ask him out on a date.  To my surprise he said yes & said he would phone the next day to arrange a time & place to meet.
The next day at 10am he phoned like he said he would & we arranged to meet later that evening at 8pm.  I remember being so nervous on my bus journey into town.  But we had a great time, non stop talking & there was never an uncomfortable silences.
Fast forward 3 years & we were in Gretna Green getting married.  We married at 7pm the last wedding of the day as this was the closest time to meeting on our first date.  A number of people travelled with us & we had a great time sat in the hotel bar, drinking, chatting & laughing.
Its now 2013, 4 kids, lots of grey hair for me, less for him & I'm still so in love with him, my best friend.  We celebrated this year by going for a meal to Purnell's Bistro. We had a lovely time & it was nice just to be the 2 of us, something that we don't do often enough.
Here's to many more happy years :) 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Hugging the kids a bit tighter...

Its been a sad day today for a number of reasons, a facebook friend & someone whose blog I follow both had to organise funerals for their daughters. Verity, whose daughter Aimee was born sleeping at 32 weeks & Jennie whose daughter was found sleeping & was only 9 months old.  How do they find the strength to get out of bed in the mornings?  My heart goes out to them both & their families.

Then this morning I turn on the tv & find a 16 year old girl was stabbed & killed on her way to school.  It happened in the city where I live which makes it a bit more scary.  What is the world coming to?  In the next 18 months my eldest will start secondary school & when things like this happen, how am I supposed to let her go??  A family is without their princess this evening. RIP Christina Edkins.

I have 18 month old twin boys & the youngest is not the greatest sleeper.  I love my sleep, don't we all & prefer it not to be disturbed but when things like this happen, I don't care if he wakes me up every hour on the hour, I am just grateful that he is here & healthy.  The last few days the children having been having even more hugs than usual.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Post Number One....

I've been saying for weeks I have wanted to start a blog, well I've finally done it.
I struggled to find a design I liked at first & was getting very frustrated with it. But I got there in the end, no doubt next week I will want to change it again. 

There are so many blogs I follow now, so many lovely families that I read about.  Even in a few short weeks, you feel like you know them even just a little bit & I hope that one day my blog will be as good as some of the ones I read.

Sarah x