Celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary at South Lodge: Our anniversary breakfast may have been coffee & toast watching Disney Cars at 8.00am but after dropping the children off to auntie Lisa & uncle Michael we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary (18 years together) with lunch at the beautiful South Lodge hotel. Upon arrival Ben ordered two ice cold glasses of Perrier Jouet Champage which we enjoyed looking out at the beautiful views from the terrace whilst reading the menu. We decided to try The Camellia restaurant, The Sunday lunch menu is £29.50 & even as a dairy free diner I really was given a lovely choice of dishes, which to be honest doesn't happen in many places. Our meal was faultlessly delicious, beautifully presented & made even more special when the head chef Steven Edwards (who had recently won MasterChef: The Professional 2013), popped out to say happy anniversary & serve us our main course. The staff were very lovely, attentive & also very accommodating when we wanted to take our coffees on to the lawn & soak up the sun rays on the deck chairs, we really had the perfect day! I don't often get much time alone with my hubby during the day as we are so busy with the children, but I have to say it really was fabulous to have some special time for us. A special thank you to my sister & Michael for looking after the Children & to our gorgeous friends Will & Cherry who bought me a South Lodge voucher for my birthday, we had a wonderful time! Michelle X
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Mastitis, ouch! The good news is that Charlotte is finally sleeping through again (Thank you Lucie for the pep talk), the bad news is that I became very engorged when Charlotte didn't wake up for a feed & didn't express & ended up getting mastitis, ouch! I first noticed a hard lump in my breast which I assumed was because of the engorgement but it became more & more painful as the days went by. I eventually popped to the doctors & a quick examination confirmed that I did have mastitis. The doctor prescribed a breastfeeding friendly antibiotic & advised me to continue feeding through the pain, which has luckily helped. I must admit I didn't expect to get mastitis 9 months into breast feeding but apparently it's quite common if your baby starts suddenly sleeping through.
I have found hot & cold compresses really soothing & someone recommended sleeping in Savoy cabbage leaves but I've been quite exhausted & haven't quite made it to the shops to get one yet. It's always advisable to see your doctor if you suspect you have mastitis or notice any lumps in your breast. I found some great information on the baby centre about mastitis which is well worth reading.
What is mastitis? Mastitis is an inflammation in your breast tissues. The inflammation may quickly become an infection, which means that bacteria grow in the inflamed tissues. You may notice that areas of your breasts are: red hard sore hot swollen
You may also feel a lump, called a blocked duct, though it isn’t caused by an actual blockage. It's the build-up of milk in your breast that causes the tissue to become inflamed.
If you have a blocked duct, the hard area on your breast will probably feel wedge-shaped because the duct, and its nearby ductules and alveoli, will have become inflamed.
You may also have flu-like symptoms, such as: chills a headache a temperature of more than 38.5 degrees C exhaustion
About one in 10 breastfeeding mums get mastitis, and some bottle-feeding mums do, too.
Having mastitis can be a miserable experience, but with the right approach, it can be cleared up quickly. It's usually only in one breast, but it's possible to have it in both breasts at the same time. Unfortunately, you can get mastitis more than once.
To read more about mastitis click this link: The baby centre
If you have any tips you would like to share I'd love to hear them! Thank you in advance, Michelle X
Keeping cool in the summer: I just adore this hot weather, sunshine all day & we can spend so much time out doors but let's be honest the children can get grumpy if they get too hot. Plenty of sun cream & ditch the clothes: In this weather I think clothes can be too hot so I tend to slather on the factor 50 suncream & let the children enjoy the cool breeze. Sun hat is a must: you can't beat a good sun hat to protect precious little faces, I bought this one from my favourite shop - Jojo maman bebe Good nights sleep: Keeping the children's bedrooms cool is key, so early afternoon I close the blinds & shutters upstairs in preparation for bedtime & if its really hot I pop a bowl of iced water in front of a fan & shut the door (it works like air conditioning).
Alfresco bath: I've starting using my small inflatable bath again in the evenings & wanted to re-share my post as a reminder of a fun & easy way to bath the children & keep them entertained - Alfresco bath
Keeping cool at bedtime: Daisy also shared a great post with tips for keeping cool at bedtime - Keeping cool at bedtime
Now the summer holidays have arrived I will share lots of fun free activities to do with children in this beautiful hot weather, so stay tuned for some fresh ideas… Michelle X
Salad dinosaur: Oliver has a new found enthusiasm for trying new things which I have to credit to his pre-school, I really do think watching the other children eat fruit has helped him want to try things too. We often have quiet time after school days & I let Oliver watch some television, he loves Peppa pig & asked me to make him a salad dinosaur after George had one made for him by Granny & Grandpa pig, music to my ears!Oliver & I had great fun making the salad dinosaur, we just made it up as we went along & he happily tried the lettuce, tomato & cucumber. I wish I could say he loved them but in all honesty he just spat them out, not quite the miracle I was hoping for but I'm celebrating the new found enthusiasm for trying things & am delighted that rice, cous cous & sweetcorn have been new successes..... I will continue to try Oliver with new foods & owe a big thank you to Daisy for suggesting we try serving all food from the middle of the table, Oliver loves serving himself & is much more likely to try new things, even fruit, he's enjoying bananas & apples too now... Michelle X
My baby girl is 8 months today: My baby girl is 8 months today & I feel it's time for celebration as Charlotte really is finally SO happy. We had a difficult start with reflux & a dairy allergy, as you have probably read in the blog it was a very testing time for us all but especially my darling daughter who was just desperately unhappy & very uncomfortable. We are still dairy free & have been recommended to remain so until Charlotte is one. The reflux has significantly calmed since Charlotte started sitting up, although she is still taking daily medication. Charlotte did have a bariam scan & luckily only reflux was detected so are just waiting for her to hopefully outgrow the reflux. Charlotte is now sitting up, trying to crawl although just currently shuffling backwards, clapping her hands & squawks along when we sing songs. Lottie is obsessed with her brother Oliver who can make her erupt with laughter just by jumping up & down, she loves our dog Oscar & is in complete awe of her Dadda & yes.... She spends ALL day saying it, Dadda, Dadda, Dadda!!! I could say SO much more but will let these pictures speak for themselves. I'm off for another giggly peekaboo game, Michelle X