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Holiday!

I’ve been rather quiet on here as of recent, so here is a quick and short update as to why! I was off on the most amazing holiday in Disney World!! It was the most incredible holiday I have ever been on, and I am going to do a few posts for others who are heading over to have a bit of insight of the things there, how to get the disability pass they do and lots of others bits of advice.

What made it even more exciting was that we didn’t tell Amellia about the holiday until the day we were going. We went with my parents so we headed to there house and I told her we were just staying with them for a week so that she could get some quality time. Once we arrived I got Amellia to ask my dad what he had planned for us and he told her, she could not believe it. She asked me about 20 times “are we really?” Then my mum took her to see her and my dads suitcases and she went crazy! It was a really magical moment. They then took her over to the park while Dylan was happy pottering around the house to waste some energy before a crazy long flight!

I can’t thank my parents enough for making this holiday possible and so incredible. It was the break that I needed, seeing everyone happy, smiling, laughing and having the best time ever. Memories that we are all going to cherish forever.

Family are amazing. My family mean the world to me and I’d be lost without them.

-WeeOhana

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Places to visit in Donegal!

This year we went to Donegal for the second year in a row and I am pretty positive that we will be going again next year. It is just such a lovely place, relaxed, quiet and beautiful.
We stayed in Portsalon which is right on the seafront and the beach in Portsalon was also voted number two most beautiful beach in the world by the observer magazine. As you can imagine it is simply wonderful.
I thought I would do a little list of the places that we really enjoyed so that if you are ever in Donegal then you will have some ideas of where to visit!

In Portsalon there were two beach’s.
My girl loved the little one down the hill and it seemed to be very popular with the children staying in and around Portsalon. It was a lovely beach with some sand, rocks to climb on and you could also go pier diving here, they also had pedalos to rent, banana boat rides, a little shop with snacks and water sport gear, a restaurant, a bar and one thing that I would recommend you avoid- a take away chip shop.
This beach was very busy because of all that it had to offer. With Dylan not being a lover of crowds and I am very similar myself and would rather some space too we decided the other beach was better for us.
The bigger beach is a 5 minute walk from the little one, so it’s very handy. It is also beside the golf course in-case you want to play a spot of golf while away. I loved this beach because it has a lot of open space to walk, rocks with many rockpools to explore and it was so quiet! Perfect!

Another place we visited was Tropical world, it is a simply wonderful place. It has many animals that you wouldn’t generally get to see and all seem very well cared for and happy. It also has a butterfly house which is lovely and filled with many different butterflies. My little girl loved this part especially when one landed on her! They also have times for handling some of the animals, when we were there we got the chance to hold a snake and a bearded dragon! They also have a dinosaur part with moving dinosaurs, and a soft play bit too! You can come and go from here for the day too, and I would highly recommend the café beside here we went and all thoroughly enjoyed our paninis and the cake afterwards! It was delicious and very relaxed for the children too.
This would be a great day out for in the rain as the majority of it is inside and you could easily spend all day here.

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Somewhere else that we found that was good for in the rain, or just to do something a little different was a place called Arena 7. It has a wide range of things, we really enjoyed the arcade machines where you won tickets for those most amazing prizes we all loved as kids, bowling, pool tables, and the wonderful soft play. They also had a restaurant there that apparently is very good, but we didn’t try it as Amellia got a kid’s meal in the soft play and she thoroughly enjoyed it and it was all very reasonably price! We went here on a rainy day and were very surprised with how quiet it was, we had lots of fun here and what really made it a great experience was that on the door they had an autism awareness sticker.

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If you are looking for a spot of shopping Letterkenny has got a range of recognisable high street shops all next to each other. You could also head down to Donegal town for a spot of shopping in different little shops and to the craft village there which has some local craft in it and a beautiful little restaurant that was again very relaxed but particularly tasty! They were very accommodating for the children and said they could have anything they fancied on the menu and they would do a smaller portion! Perfect for my food loving little girl!

Another little spot to eat that is simply wonderful is The Curlew Café, If you love seafood you must visit here if you are close by! It is all locally sourced and in a really cosy and friendly little place. All of the food is homemade and the lady there is very welcoming and happy to chat with the kids. Along with being a lovely little restaurant it also has some beautiful unique crafts inside to. We went here last year and we visited this year and we will again next time we are in Donegal.
img_9131Rathmullen is also a lovely little village with a long beach to walk along, several restaurant, take aways, bars, play park and a boat that you can take across to the other side to do some more exploring! On this beach we found rather a lot of starfish and Amellia loved rescuing them and putting them back into the sea. Surprisingly we also found lots of starfish here last year too! Maybe you will be lucky to spot some too! =]
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There we go, a few ideas of where to visit if you are in and around Portsalon in Donegal =]
-WeeOhana

 

 

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Soft Play & Lunch

This weekend I was feeling brave, so as my hubby was working I decided to brave a little soft play that is close to us.. I thought with it being a Sunday morning it would have been pretty quiet and would hopefully let me little man come round to it ok before it got to busy and that my little girl could waste some of her every lasting energy that she seems to run on! It is a pretty nice little soft play area it has a little bit for little ones, then has the bigger part for all the bigger ones to run around in, which is good though is that the bigger part isn’t that big and you can see it all from the smaller bit. I feel a lot happier when being there with the both of them by myself as it means I can keep an eye on them both.. though generally my little girl is running about talking and yelling in full volume so I normally hear her first!

When we first got there it wasn’t as quiet as I expected. I had told my little girl that we would stay at least half an hour, but if little man really didn’t like it after that we would have to go and we would do arts and craft when we got home. It took him a while to settle down, but with a bit of encouragement,persuasion, and letting him settle down in his own time, he started to enjoy himself. It only took twenty minutes.. the stares were there, the judgement from others was but I ignored the glares and judgement and kept myself calm to help calm him. It was tough to ignore them, but I had to not only for my little boy but also so that my wonderful ball of energy princess could waste some energy too!

I put him down the slide but he was starting to get unsettled again, he came over and took my hand and walked me over to the ball pit. At first I really didn’t want to get in and tried to persuade him to go in by himself.. but he really wasn’t happy. I decided again to ignore all the looks and get into the ball pit so that he would enjoy himself! Every child deserves to enjoy themselves! When I had decided I was there for my two to have fun, I just forgot everyone around us and had fun!

img_2302-2The ball pit was super and he would have stayed in there all day!
img_2297-1We then ventured up to the bigger part and took on the bridges/wobbly floors/bigger slides etc. He had so much fun, though he wasnt to convinced that the bridge was safe by the looks of that face!

We all lasted the full two hours! It was wonderful, and something I will have to do again with them whenever I am feeling brave and like I could take on the world despite all the looks! I guess it is something I am just going to have to get used too, one step at a time I will learn to deal with this!

When we left he went to sleep in the car on the way home, so me and my little girl decided that we would pop to the cafe close to our house and enjoy a “girly” lunch with him fast asleep! She got a milkshake and toast with a fried egg and I got a very tasty panini. When she had finished she decided that she was still hungry and needed another fried egg and more toast, so while she ate that up I treated myself to a caramel brownie.

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We all had a lovely day out and when we got home we did some lovely coloring together!

Sometimes you have to break down your own barriers to be able to help those around you. I’m working real hard on this.. taking it day by day. I’m not forcing myself to do anything I don’t feel I can as that just puts me back a step.. I’m just trying to be more positive and to ignore those who don’t know my situation and are judging without any knowledge.

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WeeOhana xx

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A Miracle! – The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep!

Recently there has been a lot of people ranting and raving about how fantastic the book “The rabbit who wants to fall asleep” is! Being the person I am I thought that it would never work.. but seeing more and more reviews and people going crazy for it, I thought I had to give it a shot!

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If you haven’t heard of this book, it is written by the Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. She promises to have a child nodding off in no time, with a perfect combination of sentence structure and hypnotic words. Now my child is a very energetic one, and she did use to sleep really well, but as of recent it has taken a long time to get her to go to sleep, especially in her own bed! We tried the usual of star charts, getting to go places if she went to sleep first time and slept in her own bed.. everything! Nothing seemed to be working.. Until now!

The way the book works is that is gives suggestions to your child without your child really realizing that it is time to sleep, and to relax. It is important that you look at this book yourself first before you read it to your child as at the front it explains to you what all the different text styles mean in book. for example, if it is italics you read the words slowly and in a calm voice. It really helps to familiarize yourself with the book first before trying to read it right off the bat! There is also an audiobook of it which you can listen to with your child, or as I did, I listened to it first to see how it was intended to be read!

Here is the link to the audio of it on youtube! You could also play this to your child!

When I first got the book I was a bit thrown back by how long it was, 10 pages with small writing on them! My initial reaction was that.. she is never going to stay still long enough for me to finish this and i going to be up there for ages trying to get her to stay still and to listen to the whole book.. but I didn’t let this out me off! I went on with and thought that I would give it a chance!
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Night 1 – She didn’t want to lay down, I got quizzed about every character, she didn’t like the wizard and she didn’t like the name of the snail. Though as I continued to read the story to her I could see that it was making her tired, and she didn’t like this! She was shaking her head, holding her eyes open and the such, fighting lovely sleep! Why would you do that! I left her room after reading it to her and she was asleep very quickly and didn’t come down stairs at all.. normally it would be at least three times! I was then convinced that she was on to what this book was wanting and would not be letting me read it to her again!

Night 2 – When she was doing her night time routine of going to the toilet and brushing her teeth she asked me would I read her the sleepy book again and would I call the rabbit something different and not do the wizard bit with the magic dust as it got in her eyes, so I did this. She didn’t ask as many questions about the book and lay down the whole time! She asked me to sit on the floor so that she could put her ffeet of the duvet and rolled over and was actually listening to the story without 1001 questions and was so close to sleeping! Though again she didn’t come down once and I’m assuming she was asleep very quickly! This gave me a bit more hope about the book, as it was obviously helping her get to sleep!

Night 3(tonight) – She wasn’t as convinced that she wanted the same story again (I don’t blame her!) but I told her that I would change the names to whatever she wanted again and then she was excited for it again! She lay in her bed and I sat on the floor from the start so that she would be able to get comfy! At the start she was asking me questions and could I change the story etc.. So I tried to a bit!(oops sorry!) Though it was just missing out certain bits that I knew got her asking questions etc .. she curled up to how she normally falls asleep before the first page had finished and then stopped asking questions, was shuffling about so I carried on reading.. by some miracle she was asleep by page four! I was amazed.. I came skipping downstairs to my husband to let him know how quickly she had fallen asleep, without any questions or being told to lay day several times! She just did it all by herself! This book really works!

Now for my review and honest thoughts on it all;
It is absolutely fantastic that this book made her go to sleep while I was reading it, even if it wasn’t the first night, it clearly helped her relax greatly! I am still amazed that a book could help her fall asleep and that she didn’t get bored by it, or tell me that she wanted something else! I can see how it works because the amount of times that the word sleep/relax is incorporated into the story! I’m hoping to read it to her one more night and then be able to read her other stories and she will fall asleep to any one as she knows that she can then relax and listen to the story rather than asking 101 questions about why someone is saying what, or doing what etc! I wouldn’t want to be reading her this book every night mainly because at the moment there is only one and she will quickly bore of it, though they do plan to make more!  Also because I rather enjoy letting her chose a book at bed time! I do think I will incorporate this book into our life though! If she has had a long day, is going to have a long day the next day, or has something stressful (first day of preschool) etc coming up I will read it to her then!
So; if you have a child who is difficult at bed time, i really urge that you try out this book! You will not know what has happened! Give it a few days though and don’t expect it to work straight away! You must try it though!  :]

If you do end up trying it let me know how you get on with it!
I hope you are as amazed as me!
WeeOhana

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Alarm & Waffle!

Once again, the alarm on the house across the road is going off!! It seems to go off at least once a day recently and it is really starting to bug me! Not only does it tend to go off at this time 7:30pm, so whenever my little one is nearly asleep in bed so it startles her and then takes me an extra half an hour to go back down, it make the most irritating noise ever! it goes straight through you! ='[  It has got so bad I have contemplated breaking it in the middle of the night so I don’t have to listen to that rancid noise anymore!

Moving swiftly on… I have bought the most amazing bedding in the world! Not only is it kinda Christmassy orientated .. its made from brushed cotton! It is so snugly and just lovely and warm! It feels like you are getting a giant hug from a teddy bear every time you get into bed and even better, it feels super lovely and fluffy and doesn’t even make you overheat! I was worried before I bought it that it would make me super warm in bed, and with being pregnant I’m already over heating in bed when I sleep with nothing on! So I thought, pah lets buy it anyway and see! Aw it feels so snugly and lovely… I think I’m in love with my bedding… But look at how pretty it is!
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isn’t it just marvelous! Pretty little reindeer’s and just so … haha I’ll calm down on the whole bedding love malarkey!

 

Hmm.. now that I went on a little note about my bedding I have completely forgot what I was going to blog about tonight! Currently sitting munching on a chocolate Orange with toffee peices inside it… its pretty delicious to be honest! If you haven’t tried one before you really should! Get yourself out to Tesco while they are on offer ;]

I got my old laptop working today and i turned it on… it had like 100000 songs on it, it was amazing because I fond lots of old music! It reminded me of when I was younger, I wouldn’t have went anywhere without headphones in! Even down to the kitchen without music was a big expedition for me! Music got me through everything in life, no matter what it was! Now; I hardly ever get to listen to music, bar nursery rhymes! 😛 What gets me through now is my beautiful little family! They are just fantastic, they always make me smile and just feel so special and loved! =] Thats what family is for right! I never knew how fantastic being a mummy would be! Mind you, no idea how im going to split my time between two kids, but loads of people do it for 3/4 or even more children! So I will be fine, I’m super mum right ;]

I would love to not have to go back to work and to get to spend all my time with my little munchkins! Though I will just have to wait and see how we cope and if it is even a choice for me to not go back to work, even until they both start work! Suppose lots of mums would like that though, it means you get to spend all your time with your precious little family! Though we will just have to wait and see!

Can’t believe how close it is that we will be changing from a three person family, to a four person family! My little girl tonight came up to me with a key and put it up to my tummy and went ” mummy that’s your tummy unlocked for baby brother to come out tonight” … Does she know something I don’t? lol! I found it ultra cute though, it shows that she does really understand it all and is obviously excited for baby, otherwise she wouldn’t be unlocking me for him to come out? right? I’m so glad she hasn’t asked me how he gets out, would be an awkward one to answer.. think I may just reply with “magic!” What did you tell your little ones? She knows that I have to go to the hospital and that she is getting to come to the hospital and she is all excited for getting to bring baby brother home! & more importantly.. shes super excited for her promised McDonalds.. lol!! Typical three year old! ;]

YAY! The alarm has finally stopped going mental!! =D

My belly button is now poking out.. so my belly looks like a giant boob with a nipple! This baby is pushing my poor little body to its limit!

Anyway, I still can’t remember what I had in my head to blog about! So I will stop waffling as I don’t think its going to come back to me! Time to panic about packing my hospital bag, any advice on what needs to go in it? Anything you took with you that would suggest I take? Look forward to hearing some wild and wonderful ideas! 😛
WeeOhana xx