Thinking back to the the beginning of motherhood I felt very emotional and scared about the feeling of the unknown and not knowing exactly what to do. So many feelings stired up particularly feeling scared and powerlessness. However, I am not alone in thinking this way as Nurofen for Children asked a poll of 2,000 parents about their first time experiences found that 47% said that they were more worried about their child’s health over the safety.** I know myself that I would do anything to make sure my child was not in pain (obviously safely). Thank goodness for the internet where I could find reassurance and answers from others. This is echoed through the research by Nurofen for Children where one in five parents would seek out advice from other parents.**
Overtime I would ride the storm and work out what is right for me and my child. I soon learnt quickly that every child is different and what works for one may not work for another.
When I reflect on the milestones I faced for the first time such as fever, teething and chicken pox I know one of the best interventions I used was Nurofen for Children as I know it helped ease the pain of my child.
Nurofen for Children reduces fever in fifteen minutes and can last up to eight hours. The retail recommend that you can use Nurofen for Children from the age of three months old right up to twelve years old. Nurofen for Children comes in orange and strawberry flavour which is child friendly and making it easier to administer without a meltdown over your child not wanting to take it. An additional benefit of Nurofen for Children is that it is sugar and colour free giving you that added reassurance of safety.
Going back to Nurofen for Children research nine out of ten parents would recommend Nurofen for Children to other parents therefore knowing you can trust the brand to help ease the discomfort of your child through them difficult periods.
On a final note despite the overwhelming feeling of being a new parent , A majority of mums (83%) say that the positive aspects outweigh the negative and that becoming a mum is the best thing the have ever done. *
|Neurofen for Children, strawberry flavour (suitable frkn aged three months till nine years)
|Neurofen for Children, Orange flavour (suitable from aged three months until twelve years).
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* Survey of 2,000 mums by One Poll, commissioned by Nurofen for Children (October 2013).
** Survey of 2,000 parents with a baby under 6 years old, commissioned by Nurofen for Children (May 2014)
I don’t know about you but when I reach tipping point I have a habit of crying non-stop until I collapse and fall asleep. This does not happen often as I would very, very, very tired. Crying is so tiring and drains you of all your resources. Somehow I manage to find crying on the other hand very theraputic and a relief just to let all out.
This weekend has been intense, long relentless parenting where hubby has hardly been around. Let me honest I find it hellishly difficult when there is no central heating, can’t wash up, so the place is cold. It is a mess with everything everywhere due to diy and the sense of no order has gone. I relay on order and routine a lot to help me get through the days. There had been several nights now where the boys have gone to bed really late and it just feels long, hard,challenging and emotional. I feel suffocated and it really has an effect on me. I feel shameful for feeling this way like I want to be a really good mother but fail terrible. One could argue that life is not perfect and that the journey is bumpy before we reach our destination. I love my boys but I also need my space for my wellbeing too. I think it is important to look after your own needs and be selfish sometimes.
I am my own worst enemy as I keep seeing wonderful things everywhere but I have little motivation, I am tired and it drags me down.
However, I cry I can feel a sense of calmness that clears my head and helps make way for logical and practical thinking. I can challenge my murky dark thoughts and recognise that this is a short period and it will pass and maybe feel more confident as a mother.
I used to think crying was awful failure and that I was just stupid and pathetic. But now part of me loves that cleansing process and feels like my body wants to restore equilibrium even when I feel broken.
That is what I love about nature is that some how we find a way to get out of the shit though it is not always the right way we get there hopefully and one day we look back and thing it is not as bad as we thought.
Cheers for reading X
Hope you are well. My word of the week would be:
This is because I have been challenged with getting out of my comfort zone and practising positive steps to become more confident and help improve my behaviour. I have autism (as you probably well aware) but one of my downfalls is communication particularly when asking for help such as asking on the bus where such and such stops at. Or when I am in a shop asking if they have a certain thing in stock.
Also, building my confidence by going in public areas where my social anxiety is heightened. I have a key worker now who helps try and progress with goals that I made to achieve.
However, my anxiety has been high due to the start of this intervention which I accept is natural but it has an affect on my patience and parenting. And sometimes I struggle when say my son had a meltdown when he is overly tired. But hopefully with time I can be a better mummy and be a bit more relaxed.
Thanks for reading XX
Oh it’s so cold and dark now with the weather that some nights after putting the kids to bed I can’t get the energy to move. So, once a week I make sure I have some time to relax and have a little luxury in my life. Here is my top five affordable ways to treat yourself:
1) firstly having a super long hot shower and pruning session, haha.
2) getting a face mask (which I am really loving at the moment). I am partial to a dead Sea one which I feel is so refreshing on the skin and definitely feel the effects the following morning. I feel like my pores and skin have had a jolly good workout and it feels wonderfully clean.
3) Putting on a decent film that I really like or presently the new serious of the Bridge on BBC 4 that I can get stuck into and escape.
4) Having a luxurious full fat hot chocolate made with milk as a pose to options light hot chocolate, bloody diets!.
5) finally getting snuggly with the candles and throws and getting at least one day a week an early night.
Cheers for reading X
I was given two Zoflora disinfectant to test out. Zoflora is a concentrated disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. It is also gets rid of bad smells and can give freshness to cleaning. You can find more information about the brand here – Zoflora
I chose the Linen which is a beautiful uplifting aroma that can raideate freshness within the home. The other disenfectant I chose was Winter Morning which is great for this time of year. With the winter one it has a very strong smell of lovely rich berry flavours of the Winter Morning which is great for adding a chriatmassy feels to the home.
I found the disinfectant perfect for my floors to clean. I used a cupful of the disinfectant and diluted down to give a really good clean. My floor came up perfect and it didn’t leave a sticky overdue like some products do. Though I would be caution using this product around children, I did my cleaning whilst my boys were asleep at night as they are type of child to want to explore and touch the cleaner. It can be a pain but the benefits are rewarding.
Alternatively, I put about 40ml into my washing machine and it give a real through clean of my washing machine. Afterwards the freshness odur stayed a long time inside the washing machine. Which I personally found it makes the job of washing clothing a lot more pleasant and give the feeling of fresher.
I definitely recommend this product as a great generally disinfectant and does great job of cleaning the germs and filthy mess children leave constantly. It is also great at using in a diverse range of cleaning areas such as kitchen, bathroom, drains, taps, potties and dishcloths.
There are a variety of different types of aromas you can chose. Plus it is reasonably priced which is ideal as I get through a lot of cleaning with children.
I was given the products on exchange for review. However, all views expressed are entirely my own.
Last weekend I took both my boys (by myself, stressed and tired mummy). The result is:
Yep DS1 was not co-operative, I mean I thought children were performing seals right?! 😉 I was not a manic mummy (yeah right) All flustered going mentally over the top euthastic, “go on stand next to Santa so I go show daddy later”. Yeah right the little sod!
As a reasonable cheap day out we headed to our local museum called Coventry Transport Museum. It is brilliant as it is situated in the city centre.
The museum showcases the history of Coventry car factory collection with a variety of road transport memorabilia for all to view. There is several displays going through the different decades and changes that has happened over time.
It is a great place to explore for all ages and it is very interactive and child friendly. There are over 240 cars and commercial vehicles. Not to mention 100 motorcycles and 200 byclcles. There are many Coventry based built cars such as Jaguar and Triumph. There is also on display the notable Thrust2 and the Thrust SCC which broke the land speed record in 1993 and 1997.
We were also lucky on Saturday to visit Santa’s sleigh ride which has just moved in the new location due to sad closure of the Co-Op this year. This is a very traditional affair for Covetarians and I even remember doing the exact same thing as a child. It has spanned 60 years so it really does hold fund memories for locals.
The first part of the experience is going on the 3D sleigh ride to laplide to Santa. It is in a dark room creating an exciting and fun ambience to get you geared up for a fun adventure. My kids were super excited and loved the ride. We then went round the corridor to see Santa in his grotto which was full of presents and a typical backdrop of Christmas paraphernalia. There centre stage sat Father Christmas and my boys were so excited. When the time came for them to have a talk and a photo with Santa my eldest was not impressed. Typical, why can’t they be performing seals. Still I have a semi OK photo and they loved a gift each.
They loved the whole atmosphere especially with all the twinkly trees and decorations on show outside the room.
I would definitely recommend as a special treat and though it cost £5 for children. which I don’t thing is bad with the whole experience compared to others I have visit.
We then carried on to the special forces displays which my DS1 is mad hot on especially fire enginees. Both my boys loved playing with the telephones on display and it was great for entertainment and them to stop for one minute.
Overall, it is a great experience was just the right amount time especially in this weather to visit.
Waiting to see Santa.
On the sleigh ride.
Got his present so he is off…
Classic blurry Christmas shot, haha.
One happy boy!
Pretty Christmas backdrop.
I am dreaming of a white Christmas.
One boy and his hoop.
Hello, is it me your calling for?!
Hello, hello, hello, what do we have here?
This is the best taxi ever, free!!!
This one will do mummy 😉
Cheers for reading X
This week my son asked me to make ginger biscuits and I said yes.
The weather was pants therefore it is a perfect wet afternoon activity to keep your little darlings entertained.
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tsp ginger, ground
- 350g plain flour
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 100g butter
- Light brown sugar
How to make the biscuits
- Preheat oven 190’C/Gas mark 5
- Put the flour, ginger and soda into a bowl and rub in the butter.
- Add sugar and stir in the syrup and egg to make a firm dough.
- Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut out your gingerbread men.
- If you don’t have a gingerbread man cutter then use whatever you have – stars and hearts are just as tasty.
- Put a sheet of baking paper on a tray and evenly space out the biscuits, bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown
- Leave to firm up for a couple of minutes before placing on a wire rack to cook.
- Once cooled, decorate with icingMakes approximately 20 biscuits.
Best but about making biscuits!
Pre cooked biscuits.
Cheers for reading X