How has this happened?! In the blink of an eye my chubby 9 month little fidget bum is turning 3 next month, he’s potty trained, no longer takes a bottle at night and doesn’t need Mummy there all the time anymore. He is a self-sufficient toddler, in the last year he has learnt so much, his speech is commented on all the time, everyone says … Continue reading I nearly have a 3 year old!
I saw a fellow mum blogger on Instagram @mylifewiththelittles make this the other night & I fancied it ever since! I’ve never cooked risotto before but it was so easy, tasty & Frankie polished it off in no time at all! Shopping List:- Salmon fillet Arborio rice Vegetable stock Frozen peas (any veg) *optional* basil & dill for seasoning How to:- Oven bake a fillet … Continue reading Salmon & Pea Risotto
Now the weather has turned I really fancy hearty warming meals, having done a big roast the week before I wanted something relatively easy to cook up with minimal mess, so I decided on a chicken hot pot. Frankie had never had one before but I wanted lashings of vegetables & potatoes so I googled a few recipes online and read up in my cook … Continue reading Chicken Hot Pot
Following our pre-op appointment at Colchester Hospital, Frankie’s & the pre-op, the two weeks following flew past and before I knew it was op day for Frankie! We took him to Southend-On-Sea to Adventure Island, Southend on Sea the night before so we could enjoy the rides and eat sugary doughnuts and salty chips in the hope that he wouldn’t be ravenous by the morning as he … Continue reading Frankie & The Orchiopexy Operation
Dear Working Parents, We’re doing it, YOU’re doing it. A working parent is having to choose going to work and trusting your child to someone else’s care. A working parent is coordinating extra hours here, missing a lunch break there, to make sure you are there in time for parents evening, school plays & charity fetes. A working parent is taking a deep breath and … Continue reading Dear Working Parents..
Decided to cook all of Frankie’s favourite meals this week whilst he’s recovering & especially with the darker nights there is nothing better than a toad in the hole! It’s a wholesome inexpensive dinner and it’s so easy to make! I had the flour, milk & eggs in the cupboards already but the meal in total is well under £5 and makes at least x4 … Continue reading Toad in the Hole
As Frankie’s third birthday approaches I am finding myself thinking more and more about having another baby. I always mentally thought that I would be trying, if not pregnant around his third birthday, with baby number two. The fact that I’m not has been weighing heavily on my head at the moment, I feel like so many people I know are getting pregnant, trying to … Continue reading Feeling Broody!?
Dear All My Old Friends, I don’t know how it happened but life got in the way, we stopped being there for each other and now we’re friends no more. Was it when I became a Mum? Was we already drifting before then? I can’t put my finger on the day you left but when my life became consumed by nipple pads, Baby TV and leaps yours … Continue reading Dear The Friends I Lost Along The Way
My due date was estimated to be Friday 13th November 2015, finding out at 17 weeks that I was pregnant and without having a period for over a year his due date was worked out by estimation from his size at the scan on the day we found out – How I found out I was pregnant. I only have one kidney so I had two … Continue reading Frankie’s Birth – Labour Story
Yesterday we had to attend Colchester Hospital for a pre-op appointment for Frankie who is having orchiopexy surgery next month. Orchiopexy (or orchidopexy) is a surgery to move an undescended (cryptorchid) testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. Orchiopexy typically also describes the surgery used to resolve testicular torsion. When Frankie was around 6 months I realised that he only had one prominent … Continue reading Frankie’s & the pre-op
One of Frankie’s favourite meals is pie, mash & vegetables but I resent buying full pies and wasting half on him because they’re too big so I decided to give making them from scratch ago (not the pastry that I didn’t attempt!). I didn’t follow a recipe, I had leftover mince from my own dinner so I bought some pre-chopped vegetables and pastry to bake … Continue reading Steak pies
‘I’ve been at work all week’ – how many times do I have to hear that sodding phrase? I haven’t been on a well-being retreat all week neither have I indulged in any kind of self-pampering, in fact I have been at work for three out of seven days of the week, two more of them are spent doing activities with Frankie, the washing, the … Continue reading Mum V Dad