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3rd Birthday!

On Saturday Dylan turned three.
I mean how fast was that? It feels like he was only just a tiny little newborn, though in other ways it feels like it has gone so slow with all the constant waiting for appointments.

Dylan spent his day doing exactly what he wanted too do, what better way to spend your birthday?
Amellia was awake first and came and lay in our bed with us until Dylan was awake and ready to go downstairs. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long before he woke up but it gave me enough time to try and explain to Amellia that he wouldn’t be eager to unwrap his presents like she is and to let him look at them in his own time.

We weren’t really sure what to expect with the unwrapping thing and how he would even react to the whole day. We only wrapped a few of his presents to try and help him not get too overwhelmed,. With it being impossible to explain to him that it was his birthday or what a birthday was we couldn’t prepare him for what to expect which is the same for everything that we do with him and one of the reasons why he struggles so much.
With it being his birthday and him having no clue and no excitement its a pretty tough hit to take as a parent. You always think of your children loving there birthdays and having the best day ever, but to Dylan this was just like any other day with a few new toys.

When we got downstairs he headed straight for the Elmo and cookie monster teddies that we had got him as he totally adores sesame street at the moment and he has always loves teddies of programs that he loves. He would have played with these all day but Amellia was desperate for him to open his presents from family over in Wales, thankfully I was able to distract her for a little while so that Dylan could have a little play, but she was so excited that it didn’t last too long.

With a little bit of encouragement and a helping hand from Amellia he got his presents unwrapped and had lots of fun looking at what he had got.


After we had had breakfast I then took Amellia out to play in the snow so that Dylan could have a look at his presents by himself and enjoy them slowly while she wasted some of her never ending energy racing about in the snow and getting some quality time with myself too.

After we had defrosted a little inside it was time for grandparents to come over. We enjoyed some cake, more presents and chat. Amellia then took her grampy back outside to throw snowballs and go sledding. She really loves the snow. It also meant that the house was quieter again for Dylan to help him regulate himself.

After everyone then had left we had treated the kiddies to McDonalds for Dylans birthday dinner as this is something that he actually eats. Madness right, but apparently no one makes chips like McDonalds.
Amellia & Adrian headed back outside for a last play in the snow before bed and then as if by some miracle Dylan took my hand and stood by the door. Now if you read my recent post you will understand why this was a huge step, so I very quickly got his shoes & coat on and mine then opened the door. I expected him to slam the door right away but wanted to be prepared just in-case.
He took my hand and marched off down the street!!
I was over the moon, I mean what he has been like recently about going outside and then he does this it was incredible! He wanted to stay outside all evening though, so we let him walk round the block a few times and I headed in while Adrian did another lap so that I could make inside even more exciting that out!
After a little fuss he came inside happily and watched Storybots while playing with some goo.

After this real emotional high for us and thinking the day had gone pretty well Dylan then quickly changed. After getting his pjs on he had a huge meltdown. Amellia was trying so hard giving him his favourite toys and everything she could think he would like but every time he was just lashing out at her, so Adrian took her upstairs before she ended up hurt and we could see how hard she was trying to help him and was getting frustrated that she couldn’t help.
He wanted me to stand up, but not touch him or be near him so I sat on the sofa and he was pulling me back up. I tried everything I could think of and in the end I just kept putting him back on the matt we have so to prevent him from hurting himself when he was head banging.
It was getting to the stage where I was hoping the snow would disappear so I could take him for a drive as I just had no idea what else to try. I ended up just sorting the room out around him so he could still see me and I was stood up because me sitting for some reason was really annoying him and then the next thing I knew he had passed out he had screamed so much.

Poor boy, it was horrible.
The day had just caught up with him and was too much.
-WeeOhana

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Time goes too fast!

Next week my baby girl is turning six and I just can’t believe it!
In some ways time seems to have just gone so fast, but in others it feels like moments were so long ago!
She has grown into a crazy, hyper, loving, button pushing, understanding and majorly beautiful little girl!
She stole my heart the moment she was born and we got through a really tough time together at the very start of her little wonderful life on this earth. She came when I needed her the most and is now such a beautiful little ray of sunshine!
If I ever feel down, she will do anything to make me laugh, if I’m feeling like a giant child and I just want to mess around then she is always very pleased to join in and if I ever need a hand (majority of the time) she will help!

She got her main birthday present early, it was a ‘big’ girls bike!
We decided to give it to her early so that she could use it for a while during the summer time before she headed back to school. She really enjoys going out on her bike, but I hope that with not using it as much over the winter that she wont forget how to do It and lose her confidence, I will have to try and get Ad to take her out often.
Obviously we have got her some things for on her birthday but we have decided to not go quite so mad as we did for her last birthday and Christmas.. it was rather a lot!

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I can’t thank Ad enough for all the support, love, encouragement, care, compassion, fun, and many other things that he shows Amellia. They completely adore each other and she really does idealize him!

Ad; Thank you so much for everything you do for us, you treat her wonderfully and we all love you too the moon and back! Always & Forever.
Amellia; You are an incredible little girl, I am so proud of you for everything you do! Just please.. Stop growing up so fast!!!

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Willoughby Book Club

Ever been stuck wondering what to get someone for Christmas/Birthday?
What about a gift that just keeps on giving?

My sister got my daughter a fantastic present for Christmas! A gift that just keep giving and to make it even more exciting it arrives in the post every month! What little one doesn’t love receiving post addressed to them that they can thoroughly enjoy!
She signed her up to a The Willoughby Book Club!

At the start of every month a lovely shinny new book comes in the post in a cardboard sleeve with a big I ❤ WBC sticker on it! As soon as she spots that sticker she is so excited to open it and see what book she has got. Then it is wrapped in lovely tissue paper, which is very quickly ripped open, to reveal a beautiful book! Every book that she has received so far has been absolutely beautiful, wonderful stories, beautiful pictures and different ones to what you would find in your everyday shops! She then gets stuck on that book until the new one arrives in the post!

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They have subscriptions for every age on there website from 0-100 really! There are lots of options on there website! You should really head over and have a nosey- http://www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk/ 

When you have subscribed to receive one of there monthly books you then put in some information about yourself or the person who will be receiving the books and they then tailor the subscription to be perfect for the receiver!  They are also teamed up with Book Aid International, this is a charity that helps people in the Sub-Saharan Africa have access to books and supporting literacy. So every time someone takes up a subscription Willoughby Book Club Donates a book to them! Hoe super is that.. getting a lovely present for yourself or a loved one and also helping people who are less fortunate than yourself!

I highly recommended this for a gift for someone, I have been amazed by each and every book that my daughter has received! Beautiful, magical and a very enjoyable story time before bed all wrapped and presented so lovely.

WeeOhana xx

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Birthday, growing up, nursery- catch up

My sister has taken my little one to the farm so finally I have got some time to blog and sit down to myself! Sorry it has been so long, I have just been so tired at night, with this horrible pregnancy malarky and sorting out the house! My little two year old has now turned three, she has now got a ‘big girl’ room and we have painted the nursery and started to sort all we have bought! I’ll fill you in on it all!

Let’s start with the ‘big girl’ room! We wanted to get her moved and into it a good time before baby appeared so she didn’t think she was getting kicked out of her room for baby, which technically is the case, but she got moved to a bigger room and it’s all pretty and lovely so it was a good move for her 😉 though we all know how kids think and I didn’t want her having it in her head that she had to move with no choice etc, so we let her decide on the colour and so forth! She choose a lovely colour, it’s called Candyfloss! Which yes, is probably why she chose it as she loves Candyfloss.. Or anything food related to be honest! She has now informed me that her Candyfloss walls are very tasty … I’m not sure if she literally think that it tastes like Candyfloss just because of the name, but she loves it so that’s all that matters! Phew new bedding, light shade, rug and beanbag are also pink with brightly coloured owls on them, which she also loves (she’s easily pleased!) we couldn’t decide whether or not to put the baby gate on her door to stop her coming out every five minutes at bed time, but we decided we would rather battle and get her to learn to stay in her room before the baby gets her, rather than having to take her back several times each night and also be dealing with a baby! It’s going ok so far, she stays in most nights.. With a little chocolate bribery 😉 though I think everyone with kids knows that bribery is the best plan! She has taken to her new room and being a big girl very well! I’m so proud of how great she has taken to it! She’s such a super girl 😀

It was her third birthday on Saturday, we had such a lovely day! I took cocodamol before so that I would be good to stand and interact a bit and it was a great choice! (I promise not to moan about pain in this post ;)) she had a frozen themed party! We just had a frozen bouncy castle out the back in our garden and then some homemade cupcakes with frozen toppers and some other tasty homemade snacks! I rather enjoy baking! 🙂 my sister, myself, my mum and my friend got into the frozen spirit with frozen tshirts, make up, nails, hair and so forth! It was great fun! I’m not sure my three year old really for the whole effort we had put in, but we had great fun and felt the part!
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Don’t we look fab 😉
I still can’t get over the fact that my little one is three.. It only seems like a year ago that she was born.. But then other times it feels like she has been here forever because I really cannot or want to imagine what life would be like without her! I love her little quizzes and so forth that I get, her little random questioning on such real life situations! For example she has realised about death and dying.. Yes very morbid,by but a real life situation that she does need to know about. She understands that people grow old and die and that is normally how it happens and so forth. I’m glad that she understands and all, she just seems so little to be understanding and questioning about these things! She’s growing up far to fast! Though I do much prefer this stage than the baby stage where they can’t really do to much at all and just cry and poo! Lol! At least now she can interact, have conversations, enjoy what we do and appreciate things! It’s fantastic! I want her to stay at this stage for ever though.. But I’m sure I will always think that.. Until she gets to be about nine and then the rebelling and so forth starts! I’m not to sure how I will deal with that.
Here is her enjoying her cake on her birthday, I must say she was super spoilt by everyone and it made me see how many people do actually care and appreciate her!

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Now for an update on the pregnancy, nursery etc! 😀 I’ll try and not moan to much 😉
My hubby painted the nursery the other day, now I wanted a lovely little baby blue, but he wanted this colour called Azure so I thought, ok why not doesn’t look to bad on the colour match thing.. Then when he has started to paint I almost felt like crying.. I hated the colour and was so annoyed, hormones took over and I had to walk away before I started to ball! To me it was more like florescent blue! I let hubby carry on though and just kept thinking to myself that I can paint over if it is still horrible to me after a few months! Now a few days on I actually am starting to like it, thankfully! Though I wouldn’t describe it as azure blue.. More like Smurf blue! It goes well though with the bedding and so forth we have for him! We have went for a sea sort of theme? The bedding is called Bubble Blue from mamas and papas! It is so cute, has little whales, jelly fish and crabs on it! I love it and it feels so nice! It came with a fleece blanket and it has taken a lot for me not to just use the blanket for myself! Lol! We have ordered the furniture for his nursery and it will be here in two weeks! We are using my little girls cot so going to build that soon and then when the new furniture is here I can’t wait to put all the clothes in and sort out all we have.. We have sure bought a lot! Lol!
I had a scan there a week or two back, to check on baby and to make my consultant aware of my spd and how I have been feeling! When they scanned me they said that baby is looking great, though possibly a bit big, as he was measuring 4lb2, and 2 weeks ahead of what my due date is supposed to be. Though after 20 week scan they won’t move your due date! My consultant was lovely too! I am having a lot of bother with my spd, mainly because it is affecting my little one.. We had a lovely sunny day yesterday and she was desperate to get to the park, I felt so bad not being able to take her! So anyway, when I was up at the hospital we were talking about how I was feeling and so forth, she said it was obvious I was in a lot of pain, and that they aren’t unsympathetic. They are now going to scan me every two weeks and see how baby is growing, because another factor to my spd being so bad would be because of the baby being so big! I’m a pretty small framed person normal too, so my body isn’t good afford carrying a big baby! They have said that at 38 weeks they will check me and if my body is ready they will break my waters and then and there and I will have baby. This would be fantastic! At the moment I am counting down days to be out of pain, not to have a baby which is wrong! So it’s great that they have told me this.. I just want to make sure.p I’m ready for 38 weeks though I’m not sure how! Any tips? Lol! I am back up next week and I am going to make sure that my consultant write that down in my maternity notes, just incase I get someone else and they don’t know what she has agreed or told me! I am also going to ask her if she will put down that If at 38 weeks and I’m not ready will she induce me at 39 weeks, if I know for sure that I will be induced at 39 weeks, I think I will be able to start to enjoy this pregnancy more! It is scary to think though that if I go to 40 weeks.. Which fingers crossed they will help me out before I have 8 weeks! If I am ready at 38 weeks that there is only 6 weeks! So I’m desperately trying to sort stuff.. As it all of a sudden seems to have just appeared that we are on a final countdown! It’s not nice though because I am desperate to old things and I am seriously nesting and can’t do to much about the house! I brushed the kitchen floor and did the surfaces the other day.. Which I would have done most days before this and I couldn’t move for the rest of the day without excruciating pain! It was mental! So trying to do the whole nesting, sorting baby stuff, sorting house ready for baby isn’t the greatest!

On a final note, because I know a few of you enjoy seeing it, here is some of the paper cutting that I have been doing! If you would like a link to the templates just ask and I will happily send them! If any of my followers or anyone likes these, hit me up and I may be nice enough to send you one 😉 infact I will be nice enough, we could become pen pals! 😀 oh I would love a pen pal! 😀
So here’s a wee photo of some of them, let me know what you think please! These are all other people’s templates 🙂 I’m not confident enough to draw my own yet!

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Pictures aren’t the greatest, but you get the idea! 🙂
Would love to hear from you guys!
WeeOhana x