Life is busy!

I’d love to get organised for getting on here and actually writing – but my god life is busy!

I’m a mum of 4 kids now. And a lot of days I feel I’m struggling. It is tough going. I’ve an almost 12 year old, an 8 year old, a 4 year old and a 5.5month old. They’re all at different stages, they all want to be doing different things at different times. But they all need to be fed and have their clothes washed – and they all make a mess lol! So my life kind of consists of running around bringing them to their activities, feeding them, cleaning up and doing laundry! Hard to fit anything else in. Particularly as the baby is hard work – she wants to be up and involved in everything all the time. She’s very active already, and you put her down and she pulls herself off her mats and across the floor – usually after dirty shoes!

On top of the day to day running of things here, I’m trying to sort out our finances, plan for Christmas (yes I know its only July, but we’ve a huge list!), do things with the kids, get some my dads accounts done and sort out our house – its so full of stuff, and it is very small (compact!), so I’d love to minimalise. And I’ve recently decided we really need to do more for our health and for the environment, and have taken to looking into eco-friendly alternatives. I currently have hundreds of tabs open on my computer and my phone – and my brain feels like that too!!

Oh and on top of that, I need to start looking after myself too, do something with my weight, eat healthy and exercise, work on my physio exercises for my pelvis and back and drink water. And thats only for my physical health, I need to take care of my mental health too, even having a bath or reading a book, or catching up with friends.

It’s all go here, but hopefully I’ll make it on here more!

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Chicken Pox!

I’ve spent the past 2 weeks inspecting my son, since Baba Z broke out in chicken pox. We’d had a visit from friends 2 weeks previous to that, where the following day one of the children broke out in chicken pox – meaning she was here when the child was most contagious. I didn’t mind at all, don’t mind having them out of the way. My eldest had them when the Boy was a baby so it was just the younger two.

Two weeks later – Baba Z got them. She was fine with them luckily. Gave her anti-histamines to keep the itching at bay, although she said they weren’t itchy, just tickley! I got a cream that I was recommended – Eurax, but she wouldn’t let me put it on her. I also gave her “oat baths” – where I put porridge oats into a new dish cloth and tied a hair bobbin on it so it didn’t fall out and put it into the bath with her.

The problem with chicken pox is that the child is contagious for the 2 to 3 days before the spots appear. So I was trying to keep plans at a minimum because I didn’t want to visit my Granny or families that hadn’t had chicken pox – in case the Boy then broke out in them. He was slightly off form over the weekend so I didn’t bring him to football training or a friends party in case. And then on Sunday night there was the faintest sign of a red mark on his back…. so I kept him home from school. And then on Tuesday the marks turned into the chicken pox spots. Phew… I’m glad I wasn’t being a completely paranoid hypochondriac mother!! 🙂 And at least he’ll now have them done and dusted and out of the way. Fingers crossed.

Wasn’t prepared!

I was completely unprepared for “Back to School” after Christmas!

The kids went back to school on Wednesday and I was up early and ready and able to go about the day, even though I was exhausted. I didn’t manage an early night because we took down the Christmas decorations after the kids went to bed, and that took until midnight!

On Thursday I could barely drag myself out of bed to get the kids to school on time, and when I got home I had to take a nap with Baba Z – I think I slept longer than her, and I was still exhausted and a write off for the day.

And today, I didn’t get up – the hubbie did the school run…

Usually I would start getting back into routine at least a week before getting back to school, trying to get early nights and up early – but this time over Christmas I let the kids completely out of routine, late nights and late mornings – and I didn’t ease back into early mornings. And I’m paying for it now 🙂

How do you do it? Do you ease yourself back in, or just get back into routine when the time comes?

Take a breath

I’ve had a very bad morning, kids late to school, Baba Z screaming and throwing everything off the table and counters and around the rooms – everything has gone wrong. I have recently been trying to take a deep breath to calm down when I can feel myself getting annoyed. But this morning was bad, my head just wasn’t working (so much so that I brought the buggy outside to put in the car so we could go to the shops after the school drop, and drove off leaving it outside the front door!!) – so I cancelled all my plans.

I have just put Baba Z up to bed, and I had to go into the back yard to close a gate. And I just stood out there, in the drizzly rain and the wind, and I just stood there breathing. And I really feel so much better.

So if you’re having a rough day – step outside, and take a breath xx

Any of you have little bird children?

My children remind me of little birds a lot of the time, and always at the oddest times.

I try to cook lovely healthy food for my children, and often when I put it on their plates, I get little moans and “those faces” (the ughh mum faces!) and the “do I have to eat the onions/peas/meat/insert relevant food”.

So when I make myself a nice healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner (currently sometimes different to the kids, as I’m trying to follow the SW plan, so not having bread or certain other things), I am suprised to have a child stand beside me with their mouth open wanting my food!

It happened the other day, two of my children wanted to eat my porridge, then I made a cous cous and tuna lunch and I had to give most of it to my 4yr old because he had his mouth open again before I had the fork back the plate.

Last night I made a SW spinach cannelloni (basic recipe taken from  http://www.slimmingworld.ie/recipes/baked-cannelloni.aspx but I also added the onion/garlic/pepper mix from this one http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/513451/spinach-tomato-and-red-pepper-cannelloni and used Quark instead of cottage cheese used in the original, and a small bit of grated mozzarella thrown in)

DSC_0181  Cooked up the onion, garlic, peppers and spinach, added the quark and a bit of grated mozzarella and stuffed the cannelloni tubes, and covered with tomato, garlic and basil mix. Next time I would definitely use more tomato sauce or maybe a lower heat because the liquid dried out quickly.

But the point is that all three of my children wanted it. I cooked it after dinner time, to have for lunch the next day, but of course I wanted to try it. I ended up with my three children standing beside me with their mouths open wanting more and more. My 8yr old even asked for it for her school lunch today (she always brings sandwiches, has never wanted an alternative no matter how much I suggest it!). So thats a successful meal for the family for future. But I found it so amusing the image of the mouths opening up beside me looking for food, like baby birds!

Have any of you got meals that your children would turn their noses up at if it was on their plates, but can’t get enough of off your plate??