Parent…Mum – Oh the joys!

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in complete and utter shock (not planned) we had just got engaged the year before 2006 and had just moved into our first home together.
The nerves and anxiety although very tough in the beginning, seemed to come over us soon after I knew mum was happy about the situation lol

Wow was she shocked… The thought of being a ‘granny’ at 45 (although l it’s not like I was a young mother…I was 24) scared her to bits lol! But she got over it once she was told that she was a GG ‘Glamorous Granny’!
Mum instantly wanted to be a ‘nana’ not ‘granny’ when she got used to the idea lol!

A couple days in, we were very happy with the idea of being parents and thought about what we needed to do and how we needed to be, to be the BEST parents we could.
•Will we have a natural or c section?
We had a very long natural birth.

•Will we bottle feed or breast feed?
I tried so very hard to breast with my first but he wasn’t latching and it was making me bleed and scream in pain. I even syringed the colostrum and gave it that way but I was just getting very frustrated and he was a very hungry baby, I had to just ask for bottles and we were certainly happy with that decision.

•What routine will we implement?
We loved the 7 11 3 and 7 feeding pattern and worked around that when it came to sleep, play and meal times.

•How will we cope with sleepless nights?
Wasn’t so bad. You just enjoy the night time feeds as best you can and enjoy a 1000 and 1 cups of coffee lol! Slept through at 8 weeks.

All we could think about was what kind of parents will we be!

I found the first 2 years to be amazing…I was a working mum and loved the time I got to spend with my family.
Baby number 2 arrived in 2010…
I went along with bottle feeding again as that was what we were happy with last time, 7 11 3 and 7 routine worked out well again with baby 2 and yea more sleepless nights but thank god baby #2 slept through in her own bed by 10 weeks.

Hubby and I went through a lot those first couple years but parenting and rules always came first and the kids make us proud each and everyday.

Parenting has surely tested me in so many ways….but mainly my patients. I honestly thought I had patients, well I sure did in the first 3 years of their lives…but now at 4 and 7 they understand more, answer back (with good arguments lol) and now how to make me feel bad grrrrrr! Cheeky buggers!
BUT I wouldn’t change it for the world. They drive me up the way, give me grey hairs and I shout (possibly for aliens to hear on Mars) but the love and cuddles and kind words I hear on the ‘odd occasion’ 🙂 make me so very happy to be THEIR mum!

Love you OJ & CJ ❤️ xox


Manic Mum Routine…
There is never an average day. There is never just a dull day for our beautiful family.

Each day has its own special routine, although between the hours of 6 – 8.30 am and 6 – 8pm the routine normally stays the same. TestingTimes

Morning Routine-

*6.45am hubby does the ironing…

*7am I make everyone brekkie, porriage and weetabix are generally on the menu…and coffee ofcourse!

*8am School time..

Evening routine –

*5.30pm prepare and cook dinner…(depending on the meals, kids might eat a little earlier or if not with us at 6.30pm)

*6.30pm dinner…

*7-7.30 CJ’s story/cuddle/bed…

*7.30 OB reads to myself or daddy…

*8pm OB’s bedtime – although he pushes it and says he needs the toilet or a bloody drink, damn boy just go to sleep 😉

Monday’s routine

CJ at nursery in the mornings then a lazy afternoon with games, snacks and her favourite show…until its school pick up time! (Cleaning day)

Collect OB from school…

Lazy afternoon – catch up with friends or homework…

Tuesday’s routine

CJ and I arrange play dates in the mornings…

Lunch at 12…


I collect OB and enjoy mum and son time. This normally means he gets to choose what we do…SWIMMING, FOOTBALL, IPAD games!!

Wednesday’s routine

Daddy always does school drop off and generally school pick ups when he is home.

He never wants to miss out!!

Its fun day with hubby DAY!!! Shopping and lunch is normally involved with little lady in-tow.

Thursday’s routine

CJ at nursery… (food shopping)

Lazy afternoon…games, snacks and telly!

Collect OB then a lazy afternoon of fun and games and starting homework…

Friday’s Routine

A day with my baby girl, so playdates and fun to be had….

Collect Big Boy from school…

Arrange playdates…

OB attends Beavers!