Friday, 21 November 2014

Weekend Blog Hop 21/11/14

Welcome to the Weekend!

I hope you are all well.

First of all sorry for my absence last week. Cameron's chest was playing up (again) and then Lucas had a nasty temperature (38.8) which we then found out on Monday was because of an ear infection.

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Bloggers Showcase:

This week is Kim from Northumberland Mam.

Kim celebrated her 2nd Blog Birthday this week! Kim has managed to post at least one post every day since she began! Now that is an achievement!

Happy Blog Birthday Kim!

My Life As A Mummy

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My Life As A Mummy

Hitting Back

Last week, Cameron was playing in the playground after school with another child. This child suddenly hit him. Cameron instantly hit him back.

And rightly so!

The parent of the child came up to me and said that his son has a habit of playing rough like that. My response was 'Well don't be surprised if he gets hit back' He didn't even tell his son off for hitting Cameron in the first place. So as far as this child is concerned, it is ok to act like that?

When I went to pick up Cameron from school on Wednesday I was told that a boy had hit Cameron and Cameron had hit him back. 'Good' was my first response, followed by me telling his teacher that he will always hit back. His teacher understood it from my point of view, but from a schools point of view they can not condone it, so they made the boys apologise to each other and apparently everything was fine after that.

Cameron has been brought up to never hit first, but to stand up for himself if he is hit, and hit back.

The way Matt and I see it, is that it shows that Cameron will not take crap off other kids, he will not become a victim of bullying and he is merely sticking up for himself.

But is this the right approach?

Is there even a right approach?

I asked around on Twitter and my Facebook and lots of people had the same views. They were:

"If someone hits you, you hit them back, but you never hit first"

"Tell a teacher"

"Tell a teacher and if it doesn't get resolved, you hit back" 

But when you think about it, kids, especially at Cameron's age (4), shouldn't have to defend themselves in the first place. 

Call me naive, but parent's should be parenting their kids properly, so they know it's not ok to hit, or hurt other people. Then maybe parent's wouldn't have to teach their children to stick up for themselves. 

All Schools need to play their part as well. It is there job to protect the children when they are there. 

What's your opinion? Should children hit back? Should they tell a teacher? Is it ok for a boy to hit back but not a girl? Should boys only hit boys back and girls only hit girls back?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Parent's Evening

Last week, we had Parent's Evening at Cameron's school.

We kind of knew how he was getting on anyway, as Cameron has 1:1 support 19 hours of the week for his Speech Delay and we are updated every day. But it was nice to sit down with his teacher, who is really lovely and hear it from her point of view.

Cameron absolutely loves school, he has friends, but is also happy to go and play on his own.

There have been a few incidences with other kids who think that pushing and hitting is appropriate during play time (blog post to follow) but the school have dealt with it quickly and efficiently.

Cameron's speech has improved so dramatically since January and more again since starting school, that we have been told that Cameron will not be able to get more funding from February 2015. This is fine with us, we were expecting it. He really doesn't need it anymore. But at the moment I am comforted knowing that he has the extra support there.

Cameron's school are amazed at how well he can read, especially with a Speech Delay. Matt and I could read before we started school, so we aimed to do the same with Cameron. We found it really helped his speech! Cameron's school started him off at level 3 (at my request) and now he is on level 9 books.


They have also noted that Cameron's confidence has greatly increased since being at school, which is brilliant to hear. 

One thing they did note is that Cameron needs to practice his writing. He can write, we have seen him do it, he just can not be bothered. They are working on it with him. His teacher did say that when he refuses to do it, he does it so politely by saying 'No thank you', and it really shocks them as some kids can just say 'No I am not doing it' 

So overall they are really pleased with Cameron and 'he is a lovely little boy' 

We left the meeting very proud parents! 

Lucas 9-10 Month Update

Lucas is now 10 Months old! In just over 8 weeks we will be celebrating his first birthday!!

You can see Lucas's 8-9 Month Development here

I did have a look on the internet about what babies can do or are 'supposed' to do between 9-10 months, the list did actually make me cry. Lucas is doing none of what a 9 month is meant to be doing. But then I have to remember that he is actually technically only 8 and a half months old due to being 6 weeks early. I have to concentrate on what he can do rather than what he can not do. I know he will get there in the end.

In Lucas's last update, I mentioned that Lucas refuses to sit up! We finally cracked it! He still tries to throw himself backwards after about 10 minutes but at least he is sitting up! It also helps if he has a toy to distract him.

Next target..... crawling!

We haven't had Lucas weighed this month, I am presuming all is ok, seen as he appears to still be growing, his legs are still fat chunky and he is starting to get a bit snug in his 12-18 month clothes. He is due to be weighed next week.

Lucas's food issues are still ongoing. It is now believed that he has Hypersensitive Gag Reflex. Even bottles of milk sometimes make him heave. Sometimes when he coughs, it makes him heave, and then he projectile vomits.... everywhere! So we are still on 4+ month jars. I find distracting him when he heaves is a good technique to stopping him bring back his entire stomach contents.

Last month I spoke about Lucas babbling. The below video was taken the day after I wrote about his 8-9 month update. Since then Lucas literally does not stop babbling from the moment he gets up to the moment he goes to bed. He was so loud in the hospital waiting room the other week, Matt had to take him out to the car. I am not moaning by any means, it's lovely to have a very talkative baby. Lucas can now say Muma, and the best bit is he copies me when I say it!


Lucas has also learnt to clap this month. He loves to clap! If you say 'yey' to him and praise him for something, he has a huge grin on his face and will clap! It's very funny and cute to watch!

Lucas still has no teeth! At 10 months, I am wondering if he is just going to be a gummy for the rest of his life *sigh*

I think that is it for this month. Who knows, next month Lucas may have a tooth and he might just be crawling!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Group Exercise - A Fun Way to Get Fit?

It is tough being the parent of small children. You barely have time to eat let alone visit the gym to do some exercise. But taking regular exercise is important and if you have a bit of extra weight to lose as a result of piling on the pounds during pregnancy, making the time to exercise is even more important. So are group exercise classes the way forward or would you be better off getting physical with the vacuum cleaner instead?

What is Group Exercise?

Group exercise classes are exactly what they say on the tin: you exercise in a group of people. Group exercise classes are a popular feature at gyms and health clubs such as Instead of doing your own thing and spending an hour moving between different items of cardio equipment, you join a class and follow a programme of targeted exercise.
Common types of group exercise class include spin, aerobics, circuits, boxing, Pilates and yoga. You can even enjoy pool based group exercise classes if your gym has a swimming pool.
  • Group cycle classes (also known as spin) are a great way to enjoy cycling in a group without the need for dodging traffic and potholes.
  • Aerobics first found fame in the 1970s thanks to the likes of Olivia Newton John, but these days you don’t have to flaunt your flab in tight Lycra – you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.
  • Circuits are high intensity cardio sessions mixed with core exercises. It’s fast, furious and good fun.
  • Boxing is perfect if you have had a bad day. Instead of shouting at your partner, take out your frustrations on a punch bag.
  • Pilates is ideal if you need to repair tummy muscles and tone up flabby bits. It is also good if you are not fit enough to try a high intensity cardio class – although don’t make the mistake of thinking Pilates is easy because it isn’t!
  • Need some stress relief? If so a yoga class will be the one for you. Relax, tone up and enjoy a bit of soothing mediation in a stress-free atmosphere.

The Benefits of Group Exercise 

If you struggle with motivation, a group exercise class will be easier than exercising alone. It is hard to push yourself when you exercise alone. There is always that little voice whispering at the back of your mind, saying “let’s go home now, it’s late and you’re tired”. Exercising with other people will push you and make it harder to slack off.

Be Sociable

It can feel rather isolating being at home with small children, especially when you have previously worked full-time and enjoyed a varied social life. You probably meet other mums through baby and toddler groups, but taking part in group exercise classes gives you the opportunity to meet people outside of your ‘mums’ circle’.

Increasing fitness levels is good for your mind and body, a healthy you will be a happy you, so don’t discount group exercise if you want to try something different.

Note: I was compensated for this post.

Questions & Answers

I've been tagged by the lovely Kimberley over at Ruby + Lottie to answer some questions set by Kimberley.

  1. What was the last thing you bought? 
  2. Boring grocery shopping and Borderlands Pre Sequel for Matt
  3. Do you have any hobbies other than blogging?
  4. I honestly don't think I have any other hobbies. I used to like playing the Xbox, but then the blog took over.
  5. What is your favourite book and why?
  6. I really love the Dave Pelzer series - A child called it, The lost boy & A Man named Dave. These books are true accounts of Dave growing up, being brutally abused by his mother. These books will make you cry and are not for the faint hearted.
  7. Tell me one thing that most people do not know about you
  8. I have a natural 'Don't mess with me' look, but actually I am a very soft, soppy person.... shhhh don't tell anyone.
  9. Which blog post are you most proud of?
  10. The blog post I am most proud of writing is 'Learning to Love' It was the hardest post to write but I am glad I did! 
  11. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  12. Not to have yet another wisdom tooth infection (Ouch) But seriously, I would love to get rid of my anxiety permanently.
  13. What would be your perfect night out?
  14. A night out, just me and Matt, drinks in the Hobgoblin, followed by going to Discord. Shark Buckets (Jaegermeister & Redbull) & Rock Music FTW
  15. If you were a celebrity, who would you be like and why?
  16. Stephanie McMahon - Because that Lucky cow gets to sleep next to Triple H every night!
  17. If you had £1000, what would you buy?
  18. A new bed! 
  19. What are you hoping for this Christmas?
  20. A lovely day with my family!

So now I tag, Jane (Ethan's Escapades), Kim (Northumberland Mam) Vicky (Single Mother Ahoy), Craig (A Day In This Dad's Life) to answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Is your blog a hobby or business?
  3. If you could say one thing to one person right now what would it be?
  4. What is your favourite memory?
  5. What does your perfect day look like?
  6. How would your friends describe you?
  7. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
  8. If you were a Superhero, what powers would you have?
  9. What's your favourite board game?
  10. How many piercings do you have, if any?