Sunday, 1 February 2015

Pic of the week: #24

Happy Sunday everyone! This week's been quite fun for me blog-wise as I've been branching out a little outside of Instagram and connecting more with other mums and bloggers, mostly on Twitter. I started writing a post last night about the baby steps I'm making with blogging and the things I'm learning, but I didn't get it finished so I'll hopefully get it done this week. I also started a Facebook page which you can like, if you err, like: ON THE CHANGING MAT. (Not intended to sound like I'm shouting but I quite like the caps for now.)

On the other hand, Joseph's been a bit poorly all week. It started with him drinking less and sleeping a bit more last weekend, but then he started developing a little cough which sounded increasingly phlegmy. I couldn't get him a doctor's appointment on Monday so we had a phone consultation and I was advised not to take him to his swimming class as he was better off using the energy he had on fighting the illness than exerting himself. So with slightly gritted teeth I didn't take him....  (with gritted teeth because Water Babies classes are pricey and you pay for them in advance and can't get a refund if you miss a class. He's missed two so far which I think is about £30 down the drain (or swimming pool filter)). But obviously his health is more important and I wouldn't want other babies to suffer if they picked up his bug. I got him an appointment on the Tuesday, and after listening to his chest the doctor confirmed he could hear what sounded like a little chest infection and prescribed anti-biotics (Amoxicillin) and rest... And so started our almost week-long pyjama party...

Wrap in 'Goldie' - c/o Solly Baby *
Both of our pyjamas - Primark!
By Wednesday evening cabin fever had set in and he was looking for a way out... by way of the cat flap. On Thursday I had a KIT day at work so Ruari took care of Joseph, and on Friday we resumed our pyjama party and subsequent destruction of the house. Yesterday Joseph seemed a little better so Ruari and I took him to the local garden centre for coffee and cake with my brother then we went to a pub for lunch with my mum. Today we were supposed to see one of my best friends (Emma) and her baby, Matilda, who turned one year old on the 30th, but Emma has a bit of a cold and Joseph is snotty again after his outing yesterday so I don't want to risk him getting worse otherwise we'll miss swimming again tomorrow.

I must admit I have enjoyed hanging out indoors - no pressure to get dressed, visit people or go to baby groups (although I felt a bit bad at one point in case Joseph was bored of me and his toys - that is one good thing about baby groups - the different things they have and smiley faces there). I also really enjoyed the extra snuggles and naps he took on me at the beginning of the week and bath times together. However, as the anti-biotics kicked in Joseph started getting super energetic and resisting naps - hyperactivity being a side-effect of Amoxicillin, and I had to back-carry him in my Tula to get some lunch made for us on Friday. (...I then made the mistake of trying to transfer him onto our bed once he was asleep so I could eat said lunch, but he woke up and 30 minutes of agitation ensued.) Another admission I must make is that although Joseph has been poorly, aside from some disturbance from the coughing at night, he has been sleeping really, really well without any night waking requiring our attention. Even when he coughs badly he just goes back to sleep. And he's been sleeping for around 13 hours a night and laying in until circa 8.30am!!!!! (Don't hate me!!) Today he woke up at 7am, crying, and it honestly felt like the middle of the night - it was still dark and I just wasn't ready for it at all as I'd had a late night faffing about online and trying to write that blog post I mentioned at the start, oh and I also realised I'd been brought my lady gift, which was a bit weird as I'd dreamt about it - like my body was telling me to check my pants. Urgh. Anyway. Sorry. Joseph's back to drinking most of his milk again and although his appetite for solids has dwindled a little I think he's well on his way to getting back to his old self again (and is currently having snuggles with his granny). He has almost finished his course of anti-biotics and seems to have been enjoying it - his face lights up when we present the syringe of orange liquid to him and he opens his beak as he does for a fruity Ella's Kitchen pouch. 
Hat - Thread the Love... Just realised I've been wearing it wrong - meant to be rolled up!
My jacket - Topshop
Joseph's jacket - Next
So this week I struggled, as I always do, to choose a picture of the week so I've ended up cheating and choosing two. One that sums up the start of the week (snuggly) and one that sums up the latter half (happy!).

I hope you've had a good week and weekend and I also hope you have a good week to come!

Nicki x

*I can't remember whether I've mentioned this before but the amazing Solly Baby very kindly sent me one of their beautiful wraps last year because I emailed them asking about the upper weight limit of their wraps as I wanted one but wasn't sure if I was too late. I also asked if I could host a giveaway with them because four of the mums featured on Mummy Time had raved about their wraps. They were fully booked for giveaways and said that Joseph was on the cusp of being too big so they said I could have one for free and even let me choose the colour... so I went for the closest colour to mustard, obviously! So incredibly kind of them and they didn't ask for anything in return, but I will write a review soon as I plan to wear it when we go to India on the 17th. Solly Baby really are a fantastic company doing amazing things so if you're interested in babywearing and have a small baby then I'd say they were a good place to start. The upper weight limit is 22lbs, by the way, and they're designed to be used for baby's first year of life.

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12 comments

  1. Ah this makes me miss babywearing! My little boy spent pretty much the first ten months of his life in a sling, almost makes me broody ;) x

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    1. Aw! I was late to babywearing but love it now and am so lucky Joseph lets me do it! I think I will be broody once the snuggles stop! Thank you for reading! xxx

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  2. I never got the hang of baby wearing and I don't really know why- I have so many friends that swear by it. That snuggly photo of him is so gorgeous. Anyway as I said on twitter, it's lovely to find your blog. And your instagram! Instagram is my absolute favourite and it seems we follow a lot of the same people. Looking forward to reading more of your blog too! xx

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    1. Thank you for reading Katie! We are now connected on so many platforms, hehe! Really love what you do xx

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  3. I love babywearing though my little miss is alot bigger now being 2 she isn't as keen to be carried. your little guy is gorgeous! I'm popping over to connect on twitter and instagram x

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I often wonder how long Joseph will let me carry him for! Will keep an eye out for you! xx

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  4. Aww poor boy - I'm glad he's feeling better! My girls have really loved Amoxycillin the few times they've had it too - they call is Banana Sauce - so whoever was in charge of making it so babies would drink it has clearly done a good job!!

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    1. Hehe, banana sauce! Completely agree! Thank you so much for reading! xx

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  5. Aww sorry to hear he was so poorly but lovely to see him so snuggly and even better to see him happy and on the mend at the end! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

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    1. Thank you for reading Caroline and thanks again for hosting! xx

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  6. Sorry if something similar comes up I did comment but not sure it went through. Aww it's so hard when they are sick knowing what to do and what is going to be best. We swam with puddle ducks who were also fairly £££ and we were gutted to have to miss a few couple times due to Amelia being ill but it's probably best for them! Hope this week is better and not full of illness and he's back to himself. I love the mustard wrap! Suits you. Thanks again for linking up really enjoying getting to know you and your family! #mummymonday xxx

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    1. So annoying when you write a comment and it doesn't go through! Thank you for persevering! It is a pain when they miss classes but definitely for the best. Thank you - I am so obsessed with Mustard I have to be so careful not to wear all my mustard things at the same times! That is so kind of you to say - I have been overwhelmed by how lovely all of the mummy bloggers I've 'met' have been - wish I'd found you all sooner! Lots of love xxx

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Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. It really means a lot! Nicki x

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