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The daily battles of being a Mum

There’s always something that “could be done” in my house, whether it’s housework, paperwork, something with the kids etc. There’s never nothing to do! As I’m sure most mother’s can relate to.

Take the dishes for instance, I can clean the entire Kitchen and nothing makes more of a difference to the naked eye than the dishes, they look the messiest and soon pile up, doing them instantly makes the place look better….so why do I leave them until last?! They’re not hard to do, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, but I will make excuses in my mind! Like “There will be more upstairs, might as well do them all in one go, so wait”, “They’re one of the quickest jobs to do so leave them until last” or my favourite “There isn’t enough there to justify doing them, wait until there is more”. None of which really matters, because that is all they are….excuses. I just don’t know what it is about them dishes I just can’t seem to get the motivation!

Vacuuming, it makes me feel like a good housewife, while doing it and sniffing in the vacuum smell I boast to myself in my head (Sad? Yes I know) about how tidy my house must be that there is enough floor space to vacuum it! If the house isn’t tidy, the vacuum’s collecting dust in a whole different way…by being sat in the broom cupboard, because I’m telling you if there isn’t a spotless house to vacuum, it isn’t getting done. Therefore vacuuming is a triumph.

Matching socks, the peril of my life. I never saw matching socks as that big an issue, until I became a mum, then suddenly if your child has odd socks it instantly puts you in the “bad mum category”. Not that I think you’re not a great mum if your child has matching socks, I take my hat off to you, but it really isn’t that big a deal to me. I am not a greatly religious person, but since having children I do believe in Sock Heaven.

Milestones, sorry to sound brash but I don’t give a shi*t what milestone my child is at. I only have two children, but they are complete and utter opposites. When parents compare at what age their children teethe, hold their head up, crawl, walk etc. It really gets on my nerves! Every child is different and will develop differently, the will do it, just in their own time. For me personally I am in no rush for my baby to take one more step away from being a baby!

The daily battles of being a momma never end, but they will be the battles we miss when our babies are all grown up! Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Turning One

On the 1st October my youngest baby Mikey Moo will be one!

Time has flown so quickly, this time last year I was preparing my self to have a C-section with my Breach baby!

Then at 11:57am weighing 4lb12oz my gorgeous Michael David Woodhouse was born.

6 months to the day after my Dad died, he brought us light in the darkest of times.

Here are some pics from the last 12 months:

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Finding Mummy’s Switch Off Button

Before you become a parent, there really is no way to understand what it feels like.

Yes you may have family members or friends’ babies who you are close too. But that bond of holding YOUR baby in your arms is like no other feeling in the world.

It sounds patronising for others to tell you that you don’t know what it’s really like until they are here. But once your little one is born, you find yourself saying it!

It’s amazing how many news stories suddenly stand out to you and terrify you to the point you can’t sleep, films and TV shows will make you cry where they wouldn’t have before, you can be so incredibly frustrated by this little person who has caused you physical pain by being born, kept you awake all night and turned your house in to a bomb-site, yet you idolise them above anyone else in your life.

You quickly realise your brain hasn’t switched off since the moment they were born, this isn’t to discourage that pregnancy isn’t equally as enjoyable yet terrifying, but once they are here it is a whole other ball game.

So how do you find your switch off button?

Your child is fed, bathed, in clean clothes and laid on fresh bedding. Their nappy is clean, the house is clean and so are you! There’s nothing left for you to do…but switch off! So you sit there, with all this time on your hands, what do you feel? Joy? Peace? Relaxation? NO! You feel guilt (you don’t know why) you feel worry (about everything and anything that could possibly ever happen, including the end of the world!) and you feel stress (about why you have got nothing to do!). You’re listening to your child breathing (making sure they are) and looking at them full of love, but the worry still doesn’t go away, you can see them, hear them, feel them and you know they are safe, so why can’t you settle?! Maybe you need a night off?!

You’ve finally bucked up the courage to let Grandma have your precious baby for the night, you and the hubby have some free time, so what do you do? Let your hair down? Relax? Have some care-free fun? NO?! You do nothing but worry about your little one, check your phone constantly and ring/text for updates. Even if you’re not saying it, the back of your mind is doing overtime!

Maybe you need a break from your little on to relax, but not be too far away? Your hubby tells you to go and enjoy a bath and he’ll watch bubs! Bingo! So you’re laid there in the bath, soaking up the bubbles, then you hear a gurgle?! you shout down to see if your little one needs anything,but of course he’s fine! A cry?! He’s fine, Daddy can handle it, but you still need to check. Nothing?! That’s right you hear nothing, you should be enjoying the peace, but no you need to find out why you can’t hear your little monkey.

So where is Mummy’s switch off button and why is it so difficult to find?! I have the answer….

It doesn’t exist!

Now if I have just rained on your parade, hold that thought! Ask yourself this….

We can’t switch off, why? Because these vulnerable little people who lived inside us for 9 months, need us to protect them no matter what, they need all the awful thoughts of what could happen to go through our minds so we can protect them from it, they need us to NOT switch off, because they need us to be there for them no matter what, day or night.

So if the above describes you, if you can’t switch off, it’s because you are everything a mother should be, you are your little one(s) everything and that is because you never ever…switch offf

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Yummy Mummy’s Creative Week: Day 5: Baby Body Painting

Jack & Mikey are still poorly so only up for cuddles and snuggles in PJs, but I will not let down my blog page and will again include a creative day for my readers to try.

Finger paint, good weather and paper = Baby Body Painting

Of course you can do this indoors but if you like your house I wouldn’t suggest it!

Also when cleaning I would say into an empty bath with a shower head, the bath water ends up pretty dirty pretty quickly!

Here are some pics, a cheap easy way to have fun!

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Burt’s Bees’ is BEA-utiful!!

I’ve always been a fan of Burt’s Bees’ products, they feel extremely natural and are great value for money.

If asked for a a brilliant beauty product line, Burt’s Bees’ would be one of my top recommendations, but something happened last week that just pushed them from not only a recommendation but to a must have.

Firstly I will start by saying a business can have the best products, but if they have poor customer service skills they will never be as popular as they can be, but when they have not only brilliant customer service skills but also empathy for their individual customer’s circumstances, they are just the top of the scale when it comes to running a business.

Burt’s Bees’ has over 2 Million followers on Facebook and over 88 Thousand followers on Twitter and I can see why. They are one of the most of the amazing companies I have ever had the chance to be in contact with.

My mother entered a competition on their Twitter page, saying that I deserved to win because I’d supported her emotionally throughout my Father’s passing at just 50 years old in 2014. They quickly responded saying although we didn’t win, that our story touched them and they thought I deserved something special!

The result was a heart warming letter and 4 products: Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Beeswax Lip Balm, Deep Cleansing Cream and a Lip Crayon. All of the products are absolutely amazing!!

I would recommend Burt’s Bees’ products to anyone and everyone, not only are the products top notch but the customer service is unforgettable!

Thank you Burt’s Bee’s!!

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Yummy Mummy’s Creative Week: Day 4: Homemade Play Dough

Unfortunately Jack has Croup so we haven’t managed to do any sensory play today, Mikey is also under the weather. But as it is creative week on Yummy Mummy’s Blog, I will not let my readers down and am sharing a creative day I had with the boys last week!

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

2 Cups of Flour

2 Cups of Warm Water

1 Cup of Salt

Food Colouring

Mix all together and knead until you have a firm dough ball, separate into how many different colours you have and add the food colouring to each individual ball and knead until the entire ball is the colour of the food colouring.

Then Wa-Lah you have Play Dough!!

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Grab some blocks, shapes and toys that can imprint different pictures into the play dough!

If you want a keepsake, then bake your finished masterpiece in the oven until hard, let it cool then paint it!

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Yummy Mummy’s Creative Week: Day 3: Sensory Bottles

Today I made 5 sensory bottles to individually represent each sense.

1.SMELL

2.TOUCH

3.TASTE

4.LOOK

5.HEAR

Every bottle was differently shaped and I used items from around the house to make these bottles.

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Smell: I used a squirty bottle so the lid could be open without the contents falling out and filled it with an orange and it’s peelings.

Touch: If I had prepared for this more, this one would have turned out better ie. using clear tape or glue. But I had brown parcel tape so that’s what I used, I taped cue-tips, patterned paper and rolled up tissue paper.

Taste: I made homemade milkshake using a Drifter chocolate bar and milk in a food processer (not to self: Drifters are hard, mash up into small pieces before blending or kitchen will end up extremely milky) and put the contents in a squirty bottle.

Look: I used glitter and colourful gems in water, which was tinted using blue food colouring.

Hear: The biggest bottle was used to give the contents more space to make noise, I filled it with pasta, rice and raisins.

The boys loved them, Mikey went straight for the taste and Jack went straight for the sound one! What a surprise!