Ok, so my last post was a rather negative one but hey, I’m not apologising, everyone needs to vent at times. But following on from that I can’t believe the change 3 weeks has brought. Freddie will be 10 months next weekend and in that short time since my last posting he has learned to sit up completely unaided, has his first tooth through (yesterday), has developed an interest in TV, but best of all……wait for it……drum roll……….HE’S SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! Not quite sure how this change came about but he just suddenly did it. He now goes up to bed around 7.30/8pm after having a bottle, goes straight off to sleep and doesn’t stir till around 7 ish the next morning. It’s absolute heaven! You can imagine the relief hubby and I are both feeling.
It’s been a while and I’m afraid my returning post is a moany one I’m afraid. Why the long absence? Well you may remember I’m one of those very strange individuals who decided to start all over again in the child rearing department. Freddie will be 9 months old on Thursday (oh my god where did that time go?) and Eliza is nearly 2 and half (28 months to be precise) and don’t we know it! That should go some way in explaining my lack of presence.
I’m not saying that motherhood is a chore but it can sure be hard sometimes especially when only Mommy’s assistance will suffice and Daddy has suddenly become the big bad hairy monster. I guess we all have days where we’re sick of watching Toy Story for the umpteenth time (Eliza’s current favourite), trying to be creative with baby meals or changing yet another stinky nappy. Yep, some day’s I just don’t want to ‘adult’ or more specifically ‘mom’. Don’t get me wrong I love them all with an absolute passion (yes, even the older ones!) but even mom needs a break from time to time. On the odd occasions where I get half a day completely child free the feeling of love I have for them upon collection time is so intense. I guess it just gives you time to recharge your batteries before starting again.
I must add, Freddie is a nocturnal creature by nature. Wherever he got the idea from that this was acceptable behaviour is beyond me. Sam, Abi, Eliza…..all slept through the night from around the 6 week mark, but Freddie? No, he thinks he’s quite within his rights to wake us up gone midnight and then maybe again around 2 or possibly 4am. You see there’s no real pattern. People ask “oh, is he really hungry or can he just not settle himself?” but believe me give him a 5-6oz bottle and he’ll polish off the lot! That’s on top of 3 – 4 bottles during the day plus ready brek, fruit purees, finger foods etc. This child has hollow legs I swear! I know it could be worse, I read stories of 9 month olds who still wake every couple of hours through the night and I do wonder how these parents are still sane. The truth is I’m nearing the end of my tether atm. I think 9 months of disturbed sleep can do that to a person.
Eliza has her ‘moments’ and currently I’m pleased to say they are getting fewer though I know they will no doubt return when I least expect them. She’s a happy girl but very wilful. She knows what she wants and will often cry and shout till she gets it. She hasn’t yet realised that Mom is just as stubborn though and shouting and screaming will get her nowhere. On the whole her behaviour is good at the moment (aside from a lot of I want, I want, I want) but we find late morning/lunchtime she gets very whingy and moany and we can tell it’s a tiredness thing. Couple of hours in bed on an afternoon soon sorts her out.
I think the thing that’s hard is that you lose a little of your identity. I am Mommy. I feel that all of my hobbies and interests have had to be shelved as there is no ‘me’ time now. Even if I’m not looking after the kids I have housework to do. If it’s not housework then there’s admin to do for our business. In my rare child free times when the kids are in bed I have to weigh up which is more important the housework or work-work. I then get a couple of hours to cram in a much as possible before they’re awake and the whole cycle begins again. 4 o’clock rolls around and we’re into the realms of “what shall I do them for tea tonight”. Queue google ………’9 month old meal ideas’….Pinterest can be a god-send! My one saving grace is Ladies Choir which has just started up again. Tuesday nights are mine and you will not take them.
I think the long and short of it is, there’s just not enough hours in the day. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, every other Mother of a large family. Trouble is if there were more hours in the day I’d just be too knackered to appreciate them anyway!
Sorry, I will stop moaning now. It’s 5pm, teatime and Pinterest awaits my perusal 🙂
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Been a while my friends but as the title suggests we have grown in number!
Frederick (Freddie) Stanley Griffiths finally arrived at 12.06 am on Thursday 10th November. Almost a re-run of Eliza’s birth 20 months before, he decided he would vacate the mothership through the sun roof due of a decreased heart rate. Nevertheless, he appeared fighting fit and at a healthy 7 lbs 2 oz. He seemed so tiny for the first few weeks but now at 11 weeks it’s amazing how quickly he’s grown. He’s giving us lots of smiles now and gurgles and coos when we chatter to him. Eliza has loved him to pieces from the first day we bought him home. She gives him lots of kisses and can’t seem to understand why when she says “Freddie, Freddie, Freddie, Freddie” for the millionth time that day, he doesn’t answer!
Life in the Griffiths house is a little crazy nowadays. During the Christmas period there’s been as many as 9 of us in the house at times with kids, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends etc and it has got a little overwhelming at times. The constant tidy up is enough to make Mary Poppins weep. There are also days when I feel all of my (nearly) 41 years and think “I much too old to be doing this again”. But then there are those fabulous moments, the moments of smiles and giggles, music and laughter and of course the usual and somewhat smutty Griffiths humour. We do know how lucky we are though to have such a big and wonderful family and that our house is filled with life.
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Travelling with Toddlers
For those of you about to jet off for the first time since having your new addition, here’s a guide to travelling with toddlers. Just got back from another fantastic 11 day holiday to Puerto Pollensa in beautiful Majorca. I say ‘another’ as we’ve actually holidayed there most years since 2007. Absolutely love the place! It’s so relaxed and family friendly, I just can’t imagine finding anywhere better.
Snacks & Drinks for the Plane
Toys and Gadgets
- Ladybird – Baby and Toddler Toybox – App bundle – £3.99 (2016)
- LEGO DUPLO Train – FREE
- Shapes Toddler Preschool – FREE
- Smart Tot Rattle – Cause and Effect Sensory Stimulation – FREE
- Fisher Price – Laugh & Learn Where’s Puppy’s Nose? – FREE
- Fisher Price – Laugh & Learn Animal Sounds for baby – FREE
- Fisher Price – Soothing Sights & songs for Baby – FREE
- Fisher Price – Development with Contrast Colours for Baby – FREE
- Touch Animals Lite – FREE
- Bubble Wrap – FREE
- Nursery Rhymes:Volume 1 – FREE
- BBC iPlayer Kids – FREE
At home Eliza is used to having either her mobile or Winnie the Pooh Sweet Dreams Light show at bedtime, both of which were much to bulky to pack in the case. I was looking for something to replace these that would play music and also light up and the Soothe and Glow Owl was just the thing. We gave it to her a few days before the holiday so that she could get used to falling asleep with it. The first night in new surroundings it took her a while to settle but from then on it worked a treat.
|Eliza asleep under the Snoozeshade Plus|
A first for Mom too!
Well here we go, my first post in just over 2 years!
Baby Number 4
So much so, this brings me to the news that we’re now expecting baby number 4 to the Twinkle Twit clan in November this year! Can still hardly believe it myself to be honest. Me, mom of 4!! I’m currently 19 weeks pregnant and next week will be our 20 week anomaly scan where we can find out the sex of baby griff. We both think it’s a boy and so far we’ve guessed 3 out of 3 correctly so all bets are on.
Pregnancy so far has been a little rough but I feel like I’ve passed the worst. Awful nausea till around 15/16 weeks and since then the nausea has been replaced with headaches and migraines. Saying that though, I have been headache free for a few days at least. I find I only have to do slightly too much bending or carrying and my sciatic pain is awful. On the positive side though, little Barney Bear as he or she is affectionately known, has been moving around rather a lot this week and I’ve begun to feel the faint kicks and niggles which is just lovely.
My lovely friend Jo is holding a Marie Curie tea party on June 21st from her house and garden. Our little group of friends began a knitting/crochet group a few months ago and during our sessions a couple of us have been beavering away making daffodils to sell in aid of the cause. These are gradually increasing in number and Jo has also now decided to make some blue tea cosy’s adorned with daffodils to help boost funds.
Jo asked if I’d like to sell some of my Twinkle Twit goodies on the day so I agreed, but on the condition that a percentage of the proceeds also goes to Marie Curie. In honour of the cause I’ve also decided that until the 21st June, £1 from each sale through my Etsy shop will also go towards this extremely worthwhile charity.
Lots of new goodies to peruse in the store! The Mary Poppins line is proving very popular and there’s now Wizard of Oz themed pendants too. Although, I’m still not back into full plaque making mode due to lack of space, I have begun work on a few more wooden initial letters, so these are also back in the shop.
I’ve produced a few pairs of earrings especially for the occasion. I’ve listed these on FB and Instagram, again with £1 from each item going to Marie Curie. Not to be missed at just £4 per pair including postage :-).
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As I mentioned, we moved house recently. March 13th to be precise and not before time too! The sale/purchase had been in process since October last year and we felt like it was never going to happen. In the end it all kind of happened quite quickly and then it was a mad dash to pack and boxes and find a removal company.
Moving went fairly smoothly and I have to say I felt at home right away along with Paul and Abi, although it took Sam a little longer as he said he felt homesick for a few days after. I thought that when everything was packed from the old house that I’d feel quite emotional but surprisingly enough I didn’t! Rather than feeling like I was leaving 15 years of memories behind me I realised that those 15 years of memories were packed on the truck and ready to move to our new abode with us.
Now, the one thing I will mention is that our new home is not quite up to the standard that our previous home was. Nowhere near in fact! Our new home is what you’d call a ‘project’. We fell in love with the house because of the area, the large south facing garden and the fact that we have soooo much potential to improve and renovate it. But……. it’s in quite a state.
The project list
When we first moved in we had no lights in the hall, stairs and landing. Luckily enough, our friends other half came and rectified this situation for us shortly after moving in so we’re now illuminated :). We had no doors upstairs apart from the bathroom and our room. But our bedroom door had no handle so not much privacy there either. The kitchen is a health hazard, with manky flooring, worktops loosely held up, cupboard doors missing, cupboard handles on the wrong side (yes, we’ve amused ourselves watching many a visitor trying to open these ones), shelves falling down and you guessed it, another missing door.
|Landing – no carpet/wall lights not working|
|Hole in bay ceiling|
|Hall – dire! Need I say more|
|Drain broken on driveway|
|Gutters and fascias from Abi’s window|
|Just one of the knackered kitchen units|
|Back of the house – overgrown|
I could go on as pretty much every room has something or other that needs fixing (whole in the bay ceiling, radiator falling off wall, toilet leaking etc etc etc) and this is just the inside. Gutters and fascias to be replaced, ridge tiles loose, pointing to be done plus exterior doors to be fitted. This is going to be a work in progress.
|Our bedroom – Before|
|Willow Tree – Before|
|Willow Tree – After|
|Before & After – Plants on the back of the house|
Welcome to my new look blog, what do you think?
I’ve had a new logo created by Saffy Loves on Etsy. She has some beautiful designs which she regularly updates on Instagram and I just love to see her creations.
I thought the new logo called for a whole new layout so I’ve spent today re-jigging my background and other settings. I may still make a few changes but I’ll see how I go for now.
Today the sun is shining and I’ve been off out and about with my top off. No, put them away I hear you cry! You’ll be pleased to hear I’m referring to my mini convertible and not my apparel. Was great blasting through the country lanes earlier with the wind blowing in my face (although I looked my Bridget Jones and Grace Kelly when I finally arrived home).
I currently have a huge infatuation with cabochon jewellery and am having great fun creating lots of new designs. This seem to have gone down really well on Instagram and Etsy and I’ve been busy fulfilling orders over the last couple of weeks. More to come on this in my next post.
A house move
I’ve been working on this project for a few months and finally finished it a couple of days ago for my lovely friend who’s expecting a baby on the 5th Feb. I was originally making two of these as I found out I was pregnant myself back in September. My plan was to make one for myself and then one for my friend but sadly, I miscarried. It took me a few weeks before I felt able to pick up my project again and continue without feeling teary and upset.
These granny square blankets are so easy to make and are perfect for the beginner. They only use Triple Crochet and Chain Stitch, so there’s not a huge amount to learn. It’s amazing how quickly they grow but then eventually you do get to a point where it takes an age just to finish one side! I’m not the fastest crocheter in the world.
I decided on a rainbow theme as the sex of the baby had not been confirmed and cream or beige just gets a little boring. I’d made a few granny squares before in various patterns but this was the first blanket. I’m a bit annoyed at how the squares came out twisted but I’ve seen a solution for this since finishing. Apparently, if you turn your work over after each round (ie. working on right side, wrong side, right side, wrong side etc) this solves the problem. Needless to say I shall be trying this next time. I did decide to block the blanket when I’d finished and this went some way to helping the twisted look and at least made the side line up nicely.
My Basic Concept (UK terms)
The blanket follows a basic Granny Square pattern (You can find these anywhere on the internet but try – Little Tin Bird , Girly Bunches – Granny Square Part 1 Video). I decided that I would like tighter stitches so only chained 1 stitch between each cluster of triples. The corners were also completed in the same way using one chain but with – 3 tc, 1 ch, 3 tc into the same stitch. I did 6 rounds of rainbow colours, changing colour after each round and then 5 rounds of white. This I repeated twice more before completing the blanket with a final round of red.
To finish the blanket I used a slightly different round, this time I used 2 tc, 2 ch, 2 tc in each stitch to create a scalloped effect (or double V edging as it’s actually called). For the full pattern see here – Bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.com.au
My friend thinks she’ll have her new arrival any day so looks like I finished it just in time!
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Just to let my old and new followers know that I’ve now imported all my old posts from Tales from a Mother, Musician and Multi-tasker over to here as I now intend to use only the one blog for everything! So those of you who don’t know me too well, have a browse through my old posts.
You’ll notice I now also have some additional pages which include Crafty Blogs and Sites I love and a couple of pages dedicated to my other great love….making music! If you have a craft site you’d like me to add, please just get in touch and I’ll head over and have a look.
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