sunny days

Sunny Days and Sick Bugs

I’ve been craving the sun.  I think the sun gives everyone that boost of energy after what feels like a really long winter.  And, last weekend, the sun came.  Finally!!!!

But, we couldn’t really enjoy it.  On Friday night, Ella started throwing up.  She’s thrown up in her bed before, a one off incident, and I was hoping we’d have the same again, and she’d be back to sleep and up the next day as if nothing had happened.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.  She was sick throughout the night.  She slept by my side while Sean slept in the spare room.  And I only half dozed all night, waiting for the sound of her wretching to throw the bucket beneath her.  It actually didn’t seem to bother her greatly at first.  At one point, she started asking me what my favourite animal was, and what did I think daddy’s favourite animal was!  And going on about our trip to the zoo and the animals we saw!  Towards the end of the night, she was exhausted and weak and upset at being sick.

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Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer

Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer – Review

One piece of kit that I have used LOTS since the day Ella was born, is a thermometer.  I remember when I was a little girl, my mum had this strip that you’d hold on the forehead and it would say if you had a fever or not!  Wow, have thermometers come a long way since then!

We have a pretty good thermometer.  It’s the same one that the doctors use at our local surgery, so I feel pretty confident in its ability.  The only downside is the need to stick it in an ear.  Not so easy to do when your child is asleep, or they are feeling too poorly to have something shoved in their ear.  Ella’s never really minded having it put in her ear, but I’ve discovered that Sienna isn’t so keen!  She will fight against you, meaning taking her temperature can be pretty difficult.

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I Want To Take It Away For You

My dear, sweet and beautiful Sienna,

I wish I could take it away. I wish I could make you better. I wish you never had to suffer.

But that’s life. We are humans. We suffer illness. You don’t know it yet, but it will make you stronger. 

You’ve had a tough week. We’ve moved house. The environment that was so familiar to you has changed. I think you’ll love it here, but you’ve not really had chance yet to relax in to it and explore.

You’ve had a poorly tummy. You’ve brought whole bottles up, quite spectacularly. And when you have managed to keep your bottles down, you’ve lost it in the other direction. And that has been pretty spectacular at times too. You’ve got through so many vests and sleepsuits that our washing machine can’t keep up.

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The Ordinary Moments #42 – My Poorly Baby

Sienna has had a few colds in her short five months in this world.  Mainly helped by her sister lovingly passing them on to her!  While Ella is at an age now where a cold just makes her a bit grumbly (and even more snotty than usual!) for a few days, it obviously has a bigger impact on a little baby.

Her other colds haven’t been so bad.  She’s been bunged up and we’ve relied on the nasal aspirator to clear her nose quite a lot.  But she’s not been overly upset.  But the cold she has currently has definitely been the worst.

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Stopping Potty Training

The thing about blogging is you get to read a lot of posts on a similar subject. And you get to speak to a lot of people online who are going through or been through very similar experiences with their own children.

One thing that has stood out for me in reading posts about potty training, is that sometimes you have to know when now is not the right time.

Ella has definitely been showing signs she’s ready for potty training for a while. I would often find her upstairs sat on the potty having taken her nappy off.  She has done a wee in the toilet before and a #2 in the potty. And at nursery, she refused to wear a nappy one day and wanted to use the toilet like the big girls and boys.

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The Ordinary Moments #34 – Long Car Journeys with Small Kids

We are just back from our holiday in Ireland!  I will write a separate post about it, but the gist is that we went to Dingle in Kerry with all of Sean’s family for his parents’ 40th wedding anniversary!

One thing that I guess I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for was all the driving! Crazy as it may sound, we could have got to Mexico quicker than it took us to get to Dingle!

The journey was around a 2.5 hour drive to Holyhead, a three hour ferry and a 4.5 hour drive to Dingle! Both there and back we decided to stay in Dublin overnight after and before the ferry to break up the journey.

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The Ordinary Moments #33 – Food Poisoning

This week’s ordinary moments is ridiculously late! And that’s because we are just coming to the end of our holiday in Ireland. I’ve had little internet access, so it’s meant a break from blogging and social media! 

Our trip didn’t get off to the finest start!! We were due to leave Manchester to head for Holyhead to get the ferry at 4pm last Friday. At about 6pm on the Thursday, Ella started with really bad diarrhoea. I put it down to a bug and hoped it would take no more than 24 hours to clear.

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The Ordinary Moments #11 – The Bug

Ella regularly gets ill. Generally it’s a cold, a high temp or some kind of virus.  But she’s never been a sicky child.  She had the odd milk spit up as a baby, brought up a bottle the very odd time, and occasionally brings up a bit of food when having a coughing fit.

But we’ve been lucky that she’d never been properly sick.

Until the other day…!

Tuesday night I heard her cry out in the night. She often cries a little at night but quickly settles herself back to sleep. She’s generally much harder to settle if you go in to her and leave her again, so we tend to leave her for a few minutes to see if she’ll settle herself. She cried a few times that night but each time was back to silence within a minute.

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Tiny Tickers

When we went for our 20 week scan with this pregnancy, the sonographer spent ages looking at the heart.  The screen was in front of us, so I could see what she could.  She was spending so long, I started to panic.  I could do see an area where there was nothing and started to convince myself it was a hole in the heart.  After about 15 minutes of looking at the heart, she asked us to go for a wander and come back in 30 minutes so she could have another go at getting a good image, as the baby wasn’t in a great position.

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The Year That Was…2014!!

This is going to be my last post of the year, as we’re packing up to head to the Isle of Man tonight for the festive period!

So, I thought I’d end the year with a bit of recap of what went on!

I’ve just had a quick look back at how the year started with the posts on my blog.  It’s crazy to see how Ella has turned from a baby in to a toddler this year.  Last Christmas, I was still technically in maternity leave.  Sounds crazy when I think I’ll be back on it in a few months!

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