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G is for Gaming

Gaming – I am a gamer, I am very proud of the fact that I am a gamer, start talking about Elders Scrolls and I will not shut up, I even did a post a while back on my favorite game Skyrim..

I have been gaming since I was 11, the first game I ever played was The Sims, back in my friends house we set up a home and a little family and I was hooked, I had asked about game bits for Christmas and I got a Playstation, not the lot with the numbers after it, this was the massive box of a thing that had an external hard drive to keep all your saves on it, I had two games, The Rugrats – Search for Reptar and The X Files game, I played… mainly The Rugrats one almost daily until I got bored but I couldn’t afford any new games and I couldn’t convince anyone to get me any for Christmas.. so I stopped.

When I got my job in Sainsburys, I suddenly could afford things, I got a DS for Christmas and started buying DS games and obviously buying The Sims 2 for my PC, which in my honest opinion is the best Sims game to date! I also saved up and brought an XBOX 360, roughly around the time I started to date Mr S (or Daddy Cat heh) so I could play games with him, with my sparkly new XBOX, I also got this wonderful fun game called Left 4 Dead, I highly recommend you give it a go as its so much fun with four people..

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I started to really love gaming again, and then in 2011 when this wonderful RPG called Skyrim came out (number 5 in a long history of Elder Scrolls games) I was lost in this whole new world.. I wont bore you much about it but it was incredible..

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I now spend my evenings on my XBOX One, I say mine even if Mr S paid for it, but hes often on his PC so its totally mine, playing games and having fun with some friends.. its my way of unwinding after my day with three demonic children..

Call gaming a waste of time if you will but for me its a time well spent.. exploring worlds and going on kill streaks..

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A nice break from the real world and its insanity..

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Expecting K

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This is my Facebook status from, as you can see, 8 years ago.. that day, I had gone into town to do some shopping and then meet Mr S from work when he finished, I had met up with some friends and hung about it, but after they went home.. I noticed something..

I was late..

So I went to Savers (a bit like Superdrug.. just cheaper) and got myself a box of pregnancy tests rushed to the shopping centers toilets and to my surprise, the test turned positive, at first I was like ‘ooh okay two lines that’s good’ and then it hit me… two lines meant baby, not that a baby is a bad thing, but at that time, Mr S and I had only been together for less than a year AND I was on the pill..

I cried, I messaged a friend and I then knocked on the doors where my now husband worked, he replied with a ‘oh cool’..

And so, we entered in the mad world of parenthood.. I was scared to tell my mum about it, she had drilled it into me not to make her a grandmother yet so I didn’t want to tell her anything, I really didn’t want to tell anyone but Mr S had to tell his work to get days off for appointments, we both decided to wait until week 12, around the time you have the first ultrasound..

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I had all these fears and worries, what am I getting myself into? what of Mr S leaves me, what if people think I am pregnant purely to ‘trap’ him and mainly, will my mother kick me out of the house.

At the 12 week scan, there he was, this little potato thing, wriggling around and kicking away, its always hard to believe that something so small is growing inside you, and you are the one giving it all needs, We told his parents first.. they ‘knew’ already.. and we then told my mum while watching Eastenders, she made a comment about how she didn’t think I could cope with birth.. ‘yeah well what do you know’..

Mr S told her, I went up stairs and hid inside my room for a bit and she finally came up and asked to see the photo.. everything seemed okay..

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At our 20 week scan, which she came along too, we found out that we was expecting a boy and so the planning and buying started, I made that a rule for all my pregnancies, I didn’t want to buy anything until at least week 20+

NO one liked the name we picked, his first name is Malachi.. or Kai for short, and the amount of arguments I had with people who kept calling him something else or saying how odd his name is, to be honest, I cant see him as anyone else but Kai.. but I had pretty much an uneventful pregnancy right up until the end when around 36 weeks I lost my mucus plug in a big ol’ bloody clot.. nothing happened, I was checked over at the hospital and was around 2 and half dilated.. so off home I went..

two weeks later at about 12 oclock at night my waters finally broke, nothing happened for hours and I finally rang the hospital at 4am, told my mum and off we went to the labour ward again, but still.. no labour, no contractions.. no baby.. so the rule is if labour doesnt start within 24 hours I had to go in to be induced..

GUESS what happened next.. 24 hours later, back at the hospital at 8am only to be induced at around 6pm.. 7 and a half hours later.. and via forceps.. Kai made his journey earthside, getting a little stuck on the way and getting a little cut on his cheek

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Not me obviously, only problem about being the photographer is you don’t trust anyone to take photos.

 

I honestly had nothing to worry about, my fears of Mr S leaving, or my mum disowning me never happened, if anything we now have a stronger relationship and bond because of the children.. and to my mum, my children are her world..

If anything I think I regret not telling my mum sooner, I was the same with R, I was just so scared of telling anyone I was expecting..

I guess I know that with the next one, not to be so scared of what others think, and make sure that I tell my mum after I tell Mr S..

Next year K will be turning 8, and it makes me sad.. why do they need to grow up..

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

 

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The Perfect Age Gap?

Is there really one? I have read a few blogs about when its the right time to have another baby, add to the family and I do wonder if there is ever a ‘right time’ and does the perfect age gap exist?

My three children have a mix of age gaps, K is 18 months older than A and obviously R is 5 years younger than A.. and if I am honest, I prefer the large age gap than the smaller one.. and actually, considering how broody I get, do not wish for a smaller age gap again..

The one thing I regret with having A so close to K, is probably the fact that I didnt get to enjoy A growing, she suddenly went from a newborn to one in a blink of an eye, where as K.. him getting to a year was so slow, I do love their age gaps, and I do love how well they do play together and will grow up as friends as well as siblings..

But I wish I had waited just a little bit longer, much like how I did with R, we had a plan to wait until I was working and then start trying, she was a little accident haha, but the gap was what we wanted the most.. so that when A went to school I had time to play and deal with R..

and I prefer it..

but the question of whether a small gap or a large gap is best, is really a personal choice, I know many who have one baby after another with only a few months gap between each pregnancy (The Radford’s for an example) and I wonder, how they have time for each child.. when I felt like I barely had any with just two..img_3718as I said before, its a personal thing.. and having done both a small and a large gap, I know which one I prefer.. and I guess if another accident would happen, I would of course just deal with it.. but theres no way I am adding to our family until R is much older..

There is only so much mummy to hand around…

Would you have a small age gap? or do you have one?.. please comment below..

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Kiddylicious – Little Bistro – Review

We have gone Kiddylicious like crazy in my house at the moment, if you have been reading my blog for a while now you would’ve seen many different pouch type reviews here and here, and while shopping for bits and pieces to eat when we went to my meet up in Birmingham, I saw these for sale..

…and of course decided to try R on them and she really did enjoy them.

What are they? – Little Bistro meals are slow cooked meals, so similar to your favorite stew, but designed for smaller tummies and mouths, packed full of goodness and organic products, I do enjoy using the pouch meals because they are so quick and easy, and as I am a mum of three I find it hard to deal with everyone at the same time, so these are perfect for that.

They are also brilliant of you go out anywhere and you haven’t started introducing bigger lumps and aren’t doing Baby Lead Weaning.

Price range? – I would say these are one of the few expensive brands of baby food out there, but I think what you pay often equals to better quality, I tried R on a fish pie one, and it smelt like fish.. it smelt and tasted like the ingredients that it said it had which is a big plus with baby food, no mushy tasteless stuff here, the large ones are around £2 and the smaller ones which are designed for 7 months plus are around £1.30 but it obviously depends on where you buy then from and if there are any deals on, I got mine because my local sainsburys had them on a deal..

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Would I recommend them? – I do, but I obviously will say that if you are worried about the shopping bill then go for a cheaper brand or look up the recipes of these and make them yourself, I just find them super handy when I am out and about and when I simply haven’t got the time to cook up something. but I do recommend them!! go get some yourself.

Anything Else? –  I love the packaging, I love how neat it looks and the fact that you can see exactly what is in the package, which is very different from the other pouches I have tried which is what peaked my interest in them in the first place, they LOOK yummy, I am a stew-a-holic so these are a win win for me!

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If you are a fan of trying new baby food I highly recommend giving these a go, you can get them in any local stores and I think you can also buy them on the Kiddylicious website.

Have you tried any of these Little Bistro pouches? what do you think of them?

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Disclaimer  –  My mum paid for these with her own money, I just picked them out, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Photograph Sunday

This week I have been playing with my big camera, which is if you are curious a Nikon D60, my family got it for me one Christmas and it’s my tech baby, he .. yes he’s a he, called Tom has a few knocks, paint marks and a crack on the plastic screen (not on the LCD screen before you ask)..

But he works perfectly.. I would like to get another one in future.. probably name that one Peter.. (obscure Harry Potter reference)

Anyhoo.. 

This was taken in my garden, it’s a Great Tit, one of my newest feathered friends to visit my garden feeder, I have two, one from Amazon and one from Wilkinsons.. they are great, cheap and perfect for a small garden, unfortunately I cannot find the Wilko bird table on their website but I am sure you can find it in store!

This chap, and the Longtails aren’t afraid of me so I can get some wonderful photos of them feeding.

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Guest Post – Parenting Fails – My Girls and Me

Welcome to a my guest post series in which I ask other wonderful parenting bloggers what their biggest, funniest parent fail is! Up first we have a wonderful blogger, Her name is Becca and you can find her over at My Girls and Me.

My Parenting Fail.

My fail consists of lots of things being taken back and exchanged.. OOPS.

Through the rest of my pregnancy with Rosie, I LOVED the name Anna-Belle. I was in love. I would tell everyone her name was Anna-Belle and i was never going to change it. I would call her in while i spoke to her in the womb and i people would actually refer to her as Anna-Belle.

Well, i gave birth all nice and smoothly and the moment she came out i looked straight at her dad and said she does not look like an Anna-Belle. We sat for ages and tried to think of names we liked but nothing suited till the midwife said “Oh what lovely rosy cheeks she has.” and boom it clicked. We announced her birth and when it said “Rosie-Belle” everyone was confused (oops haha!) a few people even had to return gifts that had said the name on it. (Sorry everyone)

That is my most biggest parenting fail, even to the point where we had Miyahs name picked out and there was no way on this earth it was being changed because of Miyahs dad but people still refused to till i gave birth and she was actually names Miyah.
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Amelia’s New Ears..

For a while now there has been a big debate in the world of parenting, when is the best time to get a child’s ears pierced.

and honestly, when they ask..

Since A turned four she would go on and on about getting her ears pierced like mummy, I didn’t mind when she had it done as long as she decides and she chooses, I wasn’t going to push her into doing it because that wouldn’t be fair on her.

So on a bright and sunny Tuesday morning we headed into town with a mission to get A’s ears pierced.. a case of if we don’t do it now it will never get done, we once again headed to Custom Ink, the place where I got my daith piercing done 6 weeks before, you can read about that here We had thought about going to Claire’s but they unfortunately had been booked up until the following day and we both just wanted to get it over and done with, so Custom Ink was the next best thing and they opened up at 10.

We had a little charity shop hunt before had for some books, because who doesn’t like both charity shops and reading? and once 10am rolled around we walked over to the piercing studio and was the first in line to get it done.

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I am super proud of A, I had told her that it might hurt, I pinched her ears so she could experience what it may feel like, I didn’t want to lie to her and tell her it was going to be painless because everyone experiences pain completely differently, I asked her over and over again if she was sure and Sue the lady who did the piercing also asked the same, she was sure, and so… click click, it was done.

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Not a single scream, tear… or anything really, she said ouch for the second one but from experience the second piercing always hurt more than the first, probably down to the fact that you know what it feels like and so your brain just says ‘yup that hurt’ but I am so proud of her, she got a back of sweets for her and her brother and danced around the town before heading home for some ice cream..

A had a huge smile on her face for the rest of the day, I showed her how to clean them properly and how to twiddle them around.. she is really happy with them and I am glad she likes them too, I also explained to her that if she wants to she can take them out and let them heal over, its completely down to her..

I keep catching her looking at herself in the mirror haha!

Going back to the debate of piercing ears of children, wait until they ask, tell them exactly what to expect and don’t lie to them that its not going to hurt.. and just make sure that they are 100% sure that they want it done.

What was your experiences with piercings? are you like me and have about 9 holes in your ears and want many more.. or are you more normal and want just a single or none..

Would you let your children get their ears done if they start asking?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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