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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

x

 

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F is for Fan Fiction and Fandoms.


The internet has to be my favorite place, I have a future A to Z post talking about it but today I wanted to cover one of the reasons why the internet has a place in my heart

FanFiction and Fandoms –

Back in 1997 when I first started using the internet, I didn’t know what fandoms or fan communities was, I was watching at the time Star Trek and I wanted to know more about the world of Trek, so I had this awesome CD ROM encyclopedia about the universe of Trek but like anything, I wanted to learn more and I used the school computers to sit and read about everything I could find..

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Around 2000, I learnt of the Harry Potter fandom, which was the first time I really opened up and read fan written stories, this whole new world was created and my friends online and I made up stories of us in Hogwarts based on conversations we all had on MSN Messenger, whats rather sad is there isn’t many of these websites left to look back on and re-read all these awesome stories other people created, the only one still knocking around is Fanfiction.net which I remember having a big purge of RPF (Real Person Fiction) and removed many fan written stupid stories of their favorite actors.. it sounds horrid but honestly some are bloody funny, I used to read some fun U2 ones, nothing sexual.. just a caricature of their own personalities re-imagined by fans.

U2 had their own website in the end which has also ended up dying along with all the countless fansites.. things really do not last long on the internet..

Roughly around 2006, I discovered the wonderful world of Top Gear and the amount of people who loved the boys.. and I started using Livejournal again, finding many communities and I also found a RPF community.. full of stupid stories and the occasional… rude one.. but it was so nice to read these imaginative tales, some completely bonkers..

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Fandoms are a funny thing, you will meet the crazy and then you will meet some of the best friends you’ll ever meet, like minded people and many many talented artists and writers..

I almost wish people wouldn’t criticize fan fiction or fan art and their creators.. yes you are going to find the odd crazy person, insisting that a certain character must like someone else even if its completely against canon (not true to character) but a lot of us are just like everyone else..

just a tiny bit passionate about their favorite subject..

The truth is out there..

Mummy Cat

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Update – Anxiety.


I have talked about my un-diagnosed anxiety quiet a bit on my blog, because its something that is always there and always in the back of my mind..

After what I can only describe as the worst seven weeks of my life, finally ending, well its not ended but its ended up with me dealing with an increase in panic/anxiety attacks, just last week I had three in one week when I usually have one once a month if I’m lucky..

and one of the days I had two back to back of each other.. not good..

So… I am super proud of myself, that I finally picked up the phone and called my GP… to talk to someone about my issues, my mum has recommended that I go see her massage therapist, so that’s probably where I am going to go, if the doctor asks me if I would like treatment, I don’t want to medicate.. I want to try and talk through my problems first before going down the extreme route of medication..

Not that medication is bad, but I don’t think it would be right for me, as I know I find talking much more therapeutic, Mr S has dealt with me talking all the time about my issues, I think its fair that he gets a little break haha.

My appointment is on the 18th of August, my mum is coming with me as I will be alone with the children, offering me support and trying to  make sure that my opinions on being medicated at this second, aren’t ignored.

I feel proud I did it, considering I don’t like talking to people on the phone OR people in general, its a big step for me..

A big step in a much more healthier mind.

I will update you all more later..

Mummy Cat

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Dealing with a dairy allergy..

When you are pregnant you are told two things, one that you are breastfeeding and two you can use formula if you want, but what never comes up is what if your baby has a dairy allergy..

Back when my son was born, it wasn’t even talked about, it took me 6 months to finally get a diagnoses and a prescription of lactose free formula from the doctor… and all it took was for me to be given a tub from a friend who’s son also suffered with dairy allergies.

My poorly little boy was sick, crying and not very happy for the first six months of his life, we all didn’t know what to do, had many talks with doctors and they all kept telling me it was a reflux, but what a surprise, none of the reflux medicine worked! he was sick all the time after a bottle, often bringing up half of what he took in, but he was gaining weight so they didn’t worry… but once I got some lactose free formula into him, he stopped throwing up, he stopped crying all the time and he started being a happy baby for a change..

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When we had A, we knew that there was a possibility that she would have the same issues, but we didn’t expect that she would not only be able to have lactose, but dairy itself,  and when she was around 12 weeks old, after being sick all the time while using regular formula and lactose free, my health visitor recommended I switch to soya.. and she stopped being sick, she was pretty much dairy free up until she started primary school and we decided to try her on regular milk and she thankfully had grown out of it!

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R was a completely different story, expecting that again we would deal with another child with a similar problem, but she didn’t, besides being a tiny baby, she had nothing wrong with her.. and I was so glad to be able to deal with a normal baby for a change..

What I think surprised me more is how many others dealt with the same issues as what we had.. here are a few below..

My son was diagnosed with milk and egg allergies at 5m, following a massive vomiting episode after having eaten a spoonful of plain yogurt as part of the weaning process. He’d always had a bit of a rash, even when I was exclusively BF, but we didn’t think anything of it as neither of our families have a history of allergies. The dietician first put him on one hydrolysed formula, which smelled and tasted awful, then on another, to which he took really well. I still BF until he was 8m old (and still ate dairy and eggs), but since I have stopped, he has slept through and his skin is miles better. We cope really well with it; he basically eats everything we do (I cook everything from scratch at home anyway), but if I include milk or eggs in our foods I substitute with formula and starch in his. When I bake cakes for him I use vegan recipes, which taste okay. The only pain is going out for food, where I tend to err on the side of caution and either go for a buffet, where I can assemble non-dairy foods or resort to an emergency jar – How to rock at parenting

My two boys (3 years and ten weeks) both have milk allergy. The eldest was diagnosed when he was almost two and my youngest when he was 2 weeks. It’s almost been harder second time round as even though I know what to expect I had such a fight for him to be diagnosed and get the right formula (very hit and miss trying different ones including thickeners) where as we are in a routine with Freddie and he loves his oat milk of a morning – Ready, Freddie, Go!

Mummy and Liss share their experiences with CMPA and how difficult it can be.

I really wish doctors would listen to mothers when it comes to their children, parents are often the ones who spot things and knows their children, and I had a few people tell me ‘are you sure’ when it came to A and her allergy, I know my child, I know she had a problem.

Please share your struggles with getting a diagnoses, or if you have been diagnosed, share some wonderful recpies for some dairy free food!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

For more information on milk allergies – click here 

 

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Kiddylicious – Blueberry Wafers – Review 

During my trip to Birmingham we popped to a sainsburys to grabbed some bits to eat on the journey and one of these was some kiddylicious products, R loved them so much that I decided that when I went to do my weekly top up shop to get some, and thankfully all the Kiddylicious snacks and pouches were on sale.. so I grabbed a load of different finger food to try.

Kiddylicious is a UK based company that started up in 2002 by Sally Preston, she orginally made frozen baby food from the ages of 4 to 12 months which was the first frozen baby food company in the UK, that Waitrose supplied, and over the years have won many awards and have grown to be a globally loved product adding many different lines as the years went on, watch this space for future reviews of their products as I sort of went crazy with the shopping..

The first being the Blueberry Wafers, I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I opened them up, I imagined something along the lines of the pink wafer biscuits that my older children love..

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They are made out of natural products, have no gluten, egg, nuts and dairy, and have zero added salt, completely free from added preservatives and have no artificial flavors of colors, they remind me of a meringue with their texture and the only way I can describe them as is like a cloud of purple, they are extremely light and perfect for little hands to get hold of.

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As you can see R very much enjoyed them, she wasn’t to sure when she first got hold of them, but once she realized they are something to eat she gobbled them down, I wish I had known about this company and their products when I had my eldest two as they are perfect for children with allergy issues and are completely free of dairy..

Would I recommend them – YES for sure, if you are like me and can be a little anxious about choking but want your baby to learn how to use her pincer grip and feed themselves then these are perfect for Baby Lead Weaning..

Price Range? – They can be a bit pricey but compared to the other higher branded baby food this has a mid range price tag, I got these while they were half price off in my local sainsburys but I wouldn’t say they are bank breakers, great to buy when needed too as they have smaller packets in stores as well as larger multi packs..

Anything Else? – Nothing really, they are pretty good and there isn’t much more to say on them, they do taste pretty nice.. yes I tried one.. needs must after all..

Have you tried anything from Kiddylicious? what would your favorite be?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer –  I paid for this with my own money, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Photograph Sunday.


For the past two weeks of the summer holidays we have basically been stuck inside, it’s rained every day this week and then when it hasn’t rained, it’s been insanely windy..

So on the Friday, during a break in the wind and rain we went for a walk, mainly to get some unhealthy snacks to watch a film, but it was nice to get out finally and stretch the legs and blow some cobwebs away..

My neighbor has this bush in her front garden, and I had been waiting for the day the butterflies would flock to it, so walking past it I always look and to my delight it was covered in butterflies of all shapes and sizes!


This was the nearest one I could get a photo of, it’s such a shame these beautiful creatures only last for a short period of time and then they’re gone..

But I guess if they stuck around all year everyone would be fed up of seeing them.

Until next time

Mummy Cat

x

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Two children down..

This weekend my mum has taken K and A, leaving Mr S and I with R..
Now usually when the older two are at home, it’s hard work, even with two parents, we are out numbered and arguments often occur..

I honestly forgot how easy life was with a single child at home, don’t get me wrong I enjoy the challenge of three, but it’s been so easy to run to the toilet without worrying what the three of them will get up to, washing has been put on and I managed to deep clean the bathroom, something that I shamefully haven’t done in a while..


I know by the night time, when I go to bed, I’ll miss them, they won’t be in their beds for me to kiss before I go to sleep and they won’t wake me up in the morning demanding breakfast at 5am..

I will just have R..

They are, or at least they can be, a great help too.. helping me get nappies, getting rubbish in the bins and helping me out with R..

But goodness they argue sometimes, with each other and with me hah!

I get them back on Monday morning when my mum goes into work, I hope they are having a fantastic time, they FaceTimed me earlier and A was cooking dinner (Lamb Mince with sweet mash) and K was busy reading Harry Potter (which I had passed down to him the other night, ‘I’m on chapter _’ he yells).

I love my babies so much but sometimes, I think time away from them is good for you, or you can become so stressed.. 

I am going to enjoy my two quiet evenings, playing some games and relaxing.

Until next time

Mummy Cat.