Friday, 17 April 2015

A new nap-time routine

Martha Grace is only 19 months old, she is also a cardiac baby so she needs a nap during the day. There are days when she can manage without one but she becomes over tired and it's a struggle to get her to eat her dinner or her supper.

Ideally I would love to to be able to feed her lunch and put her straight in her cot for a nap, this works well if we're not going out on a Saturday or Sunday and she will sleep for a good couple of hours. But it's a bit of a non-starter during the week.

Isabella finishes school at 2:50pm so I leave the house at 2:30pm to collect her; but sometimes Martha doesn't finish her lunch until almost two and other times she refuses to go to sleep when I initially put her in

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Siblings || April 2015

Another month, another series of fails. But I am still loving the Siblings project.

We took the kids for a walk through Newborough Forest and I think it was the worst idea I've ever had.

OK; maybe I am being a bit melodramatic but Isabella refused to ride her bike at all so me and Mark had to take it in turns to push it along (for the entire duration of our walk) Martha Grace was fine in her pram and Osh was quite happy on his scooter too.

But when it was photo time they all refused to look at the camera and smile. The official photo I have chosen for this month is the one above where two out of the three are looking at the camera and one of them has a

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The week according to my phone || 12.04.15

Tonight I am a teensy bit sad because our two weeks of Easter Holidays are over and tomorrow Osh will be back in school (Isabella's school opens on Tuesday)

I've had a really lovely couple of weeks; we've had some fab little family days out and we've had a couple of days snuggled up at home together. On Monday we spent the day in the house but after tea we packed a mini picnic which was basically a flask with tea and some biscuits and drove over to a local beach, such a

Friday, 10 April 2015

A day on the Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

It started years ago; our first trip on a Welsh Railway was in TalyLlyn back in 2009. Nain and Taid packed a picnic and one Friday morning we drove all the way down to Tywyn to catch the Train. We loved it so much that we said we'd do all the others as well.

We did the Fairbourne Railway in 2012 and in 2013 we rode the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The only one left on our list was the Ffestiniog Railway which goes from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

We really couldn't have chosen a better day to make the journey, the weather was beautiful and the views either side of the train over the Cob we're amazing. We hadn't been on the train 10 minutes before Isabella announced it was time to bring out the picnic, Taidy treated us to a hot cup of tea to have with our lunch.

It was quite windy when we got to Blaenau so we only got off the train to visit the toilet at the station. We had the whole carriage to ourselves on the way back to Porthmadog which may have been a good thing as the girls we're starting to get a bit fed up and Isabella wouldn't sit still. But it was a long journey, we'd caught the train at 11:35am and it was almost 3pm before the journey was over.

We stopped for Tea and cake at Spooners Cafe before starting the hour's journey home in the car. It was a lovely day and well worth the £21.50 price of a ticket (1 free child per paying adult)

I've made a little video of our journey too, I'm not great at catching the scenery as it goes by but you can see the kids enjoying their picnic.

I know we've completed all the routes we wanted to, but I really wouldn't mind starting all over again.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Why I continue to blog

Congenital Heart Defect

Martha is 19 months old now so why am I still blogging about a heart condition she was born with? Quite simply - to raise awareness.

When I tell people Martha's story and list all of the Operations and Procedures she's had they look horrified, some people even sympathise with us for everything we've gone through. But we don't want sympathy, we don't want people to feel sorry for us because you see; we consider ourselves to be lucky.

Lucky that Martha's heart defect was detected at 20 weeks...luckier still that there was something which could be done to help her (I don't use fix/ correct - because that isn't what's done as far as Heart Parent's are concerned)

We've decided that we're not having anymore children so we don't have a risk of it happening to me and Mark again. We don't run the risk of something being missed at the 20 week scan, or at the discharge check before bringing our baby home. I know that all of our sibings/ cousins/ friends will be 100% more vigilant during their future pregnancies and 20 week scans.

But will you be?

This is why I continue to blog, so that you will think of Martha if you or someone you know falls pregnant in the future.

Friend's of my Nan had a baby granddaughter born last spring. During the night after she was born a midwife checked the baby over and called for a Doctor as she thought something wasn't right with her. The following morning the little baby girl was transferred to Alder Hey as they suspected she had been born with a Heart Defect. While she was there she bravely fought, undergoing Open Heart Surgery and several procedures. Unfortunately she passed away at just 6 weeks old.

I'm no Cardiologist, but I know that her chances would have been greatly improved had her condition been detected antenatally, where plans could have been put in place and she would have received treatment sooner.

We knew the risks, we knew there was a chance that we might not have brought our new baby home; but that wouldn't have even been a thought for them.

Please please please I implore you, the next time you or someone you know is going for their 20 week scan - ask the right question, question the sonographer on the Hospital's policy for Heart Screening during the scan and make sure you know what should be visible and what is "normal".


Super Busy Mum

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The week according to my phone || 05.04.15

Aaaaaaaaaand just like that the first week of Easter Holidays is over, but the good news is that we still have a full week left before the fun is over. I'm pleased to report that we didn't just have a week of lazy days watching films, a few times we went and had some lovely days out as a family (Monday and Wednesday we're our lazy days)

On Tuesday we caught the train on the Ffestiniog Railway and rode all the way from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog with my Grandparents. We packed a picnic to eat on the way and they served Tea on the train, the weather was gorgeous and the views we're stunning (there will be a separate post on that later in the week) SP were doing planned maintenance work on Thursday so our electricity supply would be off all day, we headed to my Mam's where we were adding things to our Centre Parcs itinerary before I headed off to

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter Basket

Easter Basket

It isn't Easter until tomorrow but I've had a kitchen full of chocolate Easter Eggs for a couple of weeks now; I haven't known where to keep them. They have so many each that it's been impossible to hide them. They are off school for two weeks so rather than making the kids wait until tomorrow to start opening them I've been letting them have their Easter Eggs as an afternoon treat since the 1st day of Easter Holidays.

Mam has decided that rather than buy the kids another Easter Egg each, she'll buy them each a new outfit each for their Holiday in May (though this ends up being the more expensive option for her)

We don't do the Easter Bunny thing in our house, neither me or Mark we're brought up to believe an Easter Bunny delivered our Easter Eggs...I always told my parents which one I wanted (usually one that would come with a mug) so it isn't something that we started doing with our kids.

If you followed our blog around Christmas time you may remember that I put together a Christmas Eve basket for the kids filled with a few bits and treats; I had put the basket away safely to use next Christmas but decided the other week that instead of buying the kids Easter Eggs I would re-use the white basket and fill it with a few Easter treats for them. I haven't gone OTT as they already have a ton of chocolate to much their way through. I'm going to give it to them tonight after dinner as I am working tomorrow.

This is just a little post to share what we got, I hope the kids enjoy it - I do quite enjoy finding little bits to include in the basket for them.

Happy Easter everyone.