Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silent Sunday - 20/07/2014


Friday, 18 July 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 18/07/2014

Hello Blog Hoppers!

I hope you have all had a fab week!

We're doing an Instagram Link-up again this week. Do please ensure you follow both of your hosts.

Vicky chose the Bloggers' Showcase chose this weeks Blog Showcase. This is what she said:

"I chose "What Next?" by Laura M George. That feeling of "what next" is something I still get now at the grand old age of 33. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, and this post really struck a chord with me"

My Life As A Mummy

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Silent Sunday - 13/07/2014


Smear Tests

I had my first ever Smear test back in 2013.

I didn't think much of it at the time.

Then, I got the letter through the post to say my Smear test was showing borderline abnormalities. This is called dyskaryosis.

"1 in 20 people will have an abnormal smear result" 

"Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and 
the cells may go back to normal on their own." 

Even worse, I was told I had contracted HPV (Human papilloma viruses). 

"There are more than 100 types of HPV. 
Around 40 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area"

"There are two types of HPV virus that are known to be responsible for
70% of all cased of Cervical Cancer. HPV 16 & HPV 18
These types of infection have no symptoms 

HPV is essentially a Sexually Transmitted Infection. 

I was disgusted with myself. I had very few sexual partners and no one night stands. I had been as careful as I could have been. 

"Over 75% of sexually active women will get HPV at some point"

"The HPV virus can lay dormant in your system for many years
This makes it difficult to work out where it came from"

My world turned upside down. I was convinced that I must have the C word. I spent hours and hours a day looking through Google, researching, finding out what happened to other people in a similar situation.

I was sent a letter that invited me to a Colposcopy appointment at my local hospital to investigate this further. 

A Colposcopy appointment is where they use a special microscope to examine the cervix to look for the presence of abnormal cells. 

In my case, they put a liquid on my cervix, if it changed colour, it would show the presence of abnormal cells. 

Fortunately in my case, they couldn't find any. If they had found abnormal cells, they would have then taken a biopsy and I would need further treatment. Further treatment would have included burning the cells away.

"The removal of abnormal cells is nearly always 100% successful
and it is unlikely that they will return"

Last month I went for a repeat smear.

I was very nervous this time, wondering if the abnormal cells had just been hiding before and were now worse.

Again I was very fortunate that my smear test result came back normal. My abnormal cells had healed themselves. 

I now need to go for a smear test every year just to make sure. 

Smear tests are routinely offered to all women aged between 25 & 64

There has been a lot of media attention over the last few years saying that smear tests should be available to all sexually active women regardless of age. I agree with this, especially seen as it is HPV which causes 70% of all cases of Cervical Cancer.

I also urge everyone to attend regular smear tests.

Please do not leave it too late or keep putting it off. It is really not worth the risk.

Note: This is an anonymous guest post.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Lucas 5-6 Month Update

Another month has passed and my little monkey is now 6 months! Half a year he has been with us and as usual time is flying by.

You can read Lucas 4-5 Month Update here

Last month I wrote about putting Lucas back on the Gaviscon. Have managed to take him back off of it now, with little implications, meaning he is now on zero medication!

Lucas is now up to 3 meals a day. He has a very big appetite and will often refuse a bottle in favour of food! So it has been a bit of a struggle getting fluids in him. We have persisted with the watered down baby juice and that seems to be working. He still has bottles in between the food and has a big bottle before bed.

He also tried his first taste of Ice Cream this month. He really REALLY loved it and screamed at me when I took it away from him. I am thinking it was nice and cool on his gums. I am sure there are going to be some toothy pegs appearing soon, especially seen as he spends most of his time awake with his hands in his mouth. 

Last month Lucas was sleeping 11-12 hours a night, well this has now gone to 12-13 hours now plus between 2-4 naps a day.

Lucas is still not liking tummy time, starting to worry a bit about that now. But we shall persevere.

He has rolled on his side a few times this month, he does this by digging his feet into the floor and pushing.

Lindam Door Bouncer

Lucas's strength in his legs is amazing. He can stand up when I am just holding him for balance. And because of his strength, I have brought out the door bouncer. He went in it for the first time the other day and he was a little bit confused about it and just ended up going round in circles.

Mummy is no longer the favourite any more. Daddy & Cameron are. Once again I am the person who he wants if he is hungry, tired or wants a cuddle. For anything fun its Daddy & Cameron.


So I think that's about it. Looking forward to seeing what Lucas has in store for us in the next month

One-Pan Bake with Italian Style Lemony Pork Meatballs, Tenderstem & Roast Squash

I have been invited to take part in the Tenderstem Experience, cooking up meals from around the world and adding Tenderstem Broccoli to them.

You can read my post about Mexican Beef & Tenderstem Fajitas here

The next meal I cooked was One-Pan Bake with Italian Style Lemony Pork Meatballs, Tenderstem & Roast Squash.

I really enjoyed making this meal. I loved making my own meatballs and I love the fact I got to get my food processor out of the cupboard (its been there 5 years) to make my own breadcrumbs!

One-Pan Bake with Italian Style Lemony Pork Meatballs, Tenderstem & Roast Squash

However I am sorry to say I did not enjoy this meal. The Tenderstem was gorgeous, but the rest was pretty average and Cameron didn't like it either. He said the Meatballs tasted funny, which I can only presume he meant the lemon. The Butternut Squash didn't cook properly either. It was such a shame because I was really looking forward to eating this.

I am not saying it was a bad meal, it just wasn't our kind of food.

If you would like to try it our for yourself, here's how:

You Will Need:

750g pork mince
100g fresh breadcrumbs
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
zest of 1 large lemon (Reserve juice for squeezing over at the end of cooking)
A pinch of dried thyme
A pinch of dried oregano
1 large egg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 butternut squast (about a kilo)
1 bulb garlic, broken into cloves but left unpeeled
4 tbsp olive oil
500g cherry tomatoes
400g Tenderstem (2 packs) each stem cut into 2

To Serve:

Juice of 1 lemon
A small bunch of flatleaf parsley, chopped
Warm ciabatta bread
Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

How To Make:

1. For the meatballs...
Mix the pork with the breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, lemon zest, herbs and egg. Reserve the lemon juice for squeezing over once cooking has finished. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls, setting aside on a large plate as you go. Slightly damp hands will make this a less messy task, although if you have time, this is a job children love to get involved in. Just try to help them get all the meatballs similar in size so they cook evenly.

2. Preheat the oven to 220°C / 200°C fan / gas 6.

3. Cut the squash up into 3-4cm chunks - leaving the skin on for easier preparation and a great chewy texture - and spread it out into a large roasting tray. Tuck in the cloves of garlic and drizzle over most of the oil, and season with a little salt and pepper. Roast in the hot oven for 15 minutes.

4. Remove the pan from the oven, add the tomatoes and give them a good mix with the squash, then spread out the meatballs over the top. Return to the oven for 15 minutes.

5. Blanch the Tenderstem® in boiling water for 2 minutes before draining well. Add to the roasting pan, stirring to mix and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Squeeze over the lemon juice and scatter with the parsley and parmesan (if using) before taking to the table in the tray. Serve with plenty of crusty ciabatta to mop up the juices.

Is this your kind of meal? Do let me know your thoughts if you decide to make it.

Note: I was sent Sainsbury's vouchers to cover the costs to make this meal. All opinions are independently formed by My Life As A Mummy