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Three poorly babies

I know Jack & Mikey aren’t technically “babies” but they are MY babies, so I have three poorly babies today.

It’s been starting for a few days but today it’s hit our household like a bacteria filled bomb, all three have sticky eyes (Yuck!), poor Jack woke up and thought he was blind! 🙈

Mikey has no comprehension of why I have to clean his eyes, he’s the hardest one to help. Jack doesn’t like having his eyes cleaned (using boiling water and cotton wool) plus eye drops, but he knows he needs them and if he just plays along it’s over a lot quicker than if he fights me, Nicole hates having her eyes cleaned (she’s too young for drops) but is too little fight back, so just gives me a guilty feeling with her bottom lip.

But Mikey, he is the strongest out of all three and hates any sort of intervention, wiping his nose, washing his hair, changing his bum…he’s not a fan of anything like that, so trying to swipe his eyes with cotton wool in one direction so I’m not rubbing it back into his eye, then putting in eye drops is near-impossible, but I managed it, I may have had to gently restrain him with my legs, but it took me no longer than a minute, whereas I could have sat there for an hour trying to reason with him but got nowhere, if you are a fan of the TV show Friends….Imagine Rachel with the eye drop, but x10!

I had plans to take the kids out to the park today or maybe even to a play area, but I’m not so well myself and really all they want to do is stay in their pyjamas and watch TV, so I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to chill with them and not spread this cold/virus/eye infection whatever you want to call it, to the outside world.

Kids perk up pretty quickly so I’m hoping they’ll be OK for nursery and a play date tomorrow, there’s really no way to tell until the morning with kids, they are pretty unpredictable. I know they’ll be absolutely gutted to miss out but I suppose it’s my job to decide what is best and weigh up the pros and cons, they’ve been having their eye drops for two days now, so hopefully their eye will be better by tomorrow.

I’m doing a video on my Vlog about my poorly babies, check it out and please subscribe

Yummy Mummy’s Vlog

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The disappointment of a snooty stranger

Walking around my local Sainsburys store this evening, my hubby Paul, pushed the trolley and I pushed our boys in their double buggy. Used to the nosey glances from strangers I push their pram with pride and revel in the smiles people give my gorgeous babies. Jack my eldest will smile at everyone (unless he’s throwing a tantrum or asleep) but 70% of the time he is cheekily grinning away, let me give you a glimpse…

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How could you not smile back at that?!

But there are the odd few people, that will either ignore him (which doesn’t bother me too much, maybe they’re just not baby people…or just shy!) but there are some the will look at me and then look at my boys in utter disgust, reminiscing over previous unwelcome comments from people with a similar frown, I assume they are thinking something along the lines of…

“She’s too young to be a mum to two kids”….(I’m 23, but apparently look about 16!)

“They’re too close together in age!”…..(10.5 months between my boys…and I’m proud)

“How dare she take that much space up with a side-by-side buggy” (I refuse to have a pram where I can’t see one or either of my children, I want to see them both clearly all of the time)

These glances I’ve become accustomed too, but today I had a new experience completely. As we strolled down the baby aisle of Sainsburys we saw a little girl toddling alongside her Daddy who couldn’t have been much older than Jack, she looked like she was enjoying herself and burning energy (two birds…one stone). Since the store wasn’t busy and had rather wide aisles we decided to let Jack free, not that he’d run far or get away very quickly in his huge snow suit. As he was toddling along, I was surprised and impressed that he wasn’t interested in the breakable items on the store shelves, but loved the signs hanging from the ceiling, not the he’d have a hope of reaching them, but he was giggling away and running under one, then on to the next and so on.

As he was running along giggling away, not causing any mayhem (trust me he can cause mayhem and this wasn’t) yet the people he passed grinning ear to ear at, responded with frosty glares. Luckily Jack is too young to notice and carries on regardless, unfortunately I notice, I enjoy the odd smile you get in return from strangers as the watch your child chuckling hysterically. But today was different, today there were no friendly glances.

I’m his mother so I’m biased to his cuteness, but how am I supposed to teach my child to enjoy life and that a smile given is a smile returned, if passers by won’t take two seconds to crack a smile, as they say it takes more effort to frown than it does to smile!

So strangers, I beg you, whatever your opinion of children, if an innocent toddler passes you by and thinks you are fascinating enough to beam a smile at, then just take the time, only a moment to smile back at them.

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