Saying bye to the weekend

Friday could not have come quicker. It was a long week. The week at work after any time away is always the hardest. IMO anyway. We got home at 5:15 and I decided we’d go to my Nan’s for the evening. I don’t do this often as it means a late night for Scarlett. But once every now and then is fine. So we got picked up just after 7. My nan was going to the chip shop so I grabbed myself some dinner as I hadn’t yet eaten. We had a nice evening. Scarlett played and jumped and we didn’t get home till 10:30. She went to bed at 11ish.

Saturday we woke up at half 7ish. I did us some breakfast. Scarlett’s eye has been sore and weepy for a few days. It was horrid this morning. We watched Finding Dory then I put her down for a nap. When she woke we ate lunch then headed to my Nan’s. The sun was shining so she could play in their garden. We ended up staying for dinner. We headed home at 7:30. Quick bath then bed for little madam.

Today I heard her stir at 7ish but she didn’t yell out for me so I went back to sleep. She woke me up at 9am by rattling the stairgate on her bedroom. Turns out she’d shit and it was all down her leg because the nappy was too full of wee so it had no where else to go. Lovely! We had breakfast then at 10:30 we went food shopping with mom. She dropped me home with the shopping and took Scarlett round to hers for an hour. I watched a child-free episode of Shadowhunters and then we all walked to my Nan’s for dinner. Scarlett did some colouring with her chalk board table. And she played Tap Tap Art with everyone. Overall a pretty good day. Weather was too hot for me though. I hate this hot weather. Ironic really, given that I was born in the height of summer lol

We left for Home at 5ish and Scarlett had a banana (she asked for it) then we bathed and chilled. I put her to bed at 7:30. I did two loads of washing and am currently watching more Shadowhunters. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when I reach the end lol actually tbf I do have season 2 of “13 Reasons Why” to watch. But I’m not in the headspace for it. Season 1 was mad intense and I’m not ready for that kind of focus.

Back to work tomorrow. I had hoped to hand in my notice. But I’ve not received my paperwork from my new role yet and I’m not resigning until I know what I’m signing my soul to lol

TTFN x

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Baby’s not feeling good

Monday I felt knackered. Going back to work after basically 10-11 days off consecutively was a bit much. Plus I still had that shitty cold. If anything I felt worse than I did at the weekend. I didn’t sleep great Sunday so today was just hard work. I caught up with more Shadowhunters as well as the soaps.

At 8:42pm some twat knocked my door. When I peeked around the door frame I could see it was some charity woman from Christian Aid. That is way too late in the evening to be approaching people’s doors. Not just because I have a toddler who they risked waking, but any vulnerable/old people do not need strangers knocked their doors at night. That could cause a fright or anxiety episodes to them. 

Tuesday was even worse. I had 4 hours of sleep because I kept coughing continuously between midnight and 3am. I woke up feeling crappy and I had a banging headache but I went to work regardless. No one is going to pay my bills for me lol

The charity people knocked AGAIN. It was about 8ish. I was eating my dinner.

Wednesday I watched Lucifer thinking it was the season finale but it wasn’t! So got another episode to watch tomorrow. Scarlett and me had a bath at half 6. We watched Emmerdale then I put her to bed whilst my dinner cooked.

I was eating my dinner and the bastard charity people knocked my door again for a third night in a row. I put my plate down and walked towards my hallway when they knocked again. Twice in 30 seconds, are they taking the absolute piss! I was furious so I raced down my flat stairs and swung the door open. This is how it went:

Lady: “Hi, I am here from Christian Aid”.
Me: “yes I know, I have seen you outside all week. You knocked my door rather late Monday and woke my toddler up. Not really acceptable to knock doors at almost 9pm”.
She seemed shocked for me to say this. Why? It IS too late to be knocking doors!
Lady: “It wasn’t that late, sorry to hear that, did your toddler go back to sleep?”
Me: “Yes but that’s hardly the point. It was far too late to be knocking my door and 3 days in a row is a bit much. Verging on harassment tbh.”
Lady: “Well are you interested in giving to our charity?”
Me: “Nah I’m alright thanks” then I slammed my door shut.

Now, just to clarify: I have NO QUALMS about giving to charity. I frequently do so and I will always help someone but when you’re constantly hounded for money left, right and centre it gets me angry. I will give my hard earned pennies when I choose. And if I don’t answer two nights in a row, do not knock a third night. And certainly do not knock twice in the space of 30 seconds. Scarlett is actually unwell so if they’ve had woken her yesterday I would’ve been a lot more rude than I was.

Speaking of Scarlett. She woke up at half 9 when I was on FaceTime to Brett. She was crying, hot and red cheeked. I gave her calpol then she laid on my chest [she never does this]. I put her back to bed at 10ish but she woke up again at half 11 when I went to bed. I settled her and then I fell asleep. She woke up crying at 2:30 and asked to sleep with me in my bed so I let her. She never asks so I relished the fact that she needs her mama. We slept and she woke me up again at like 4/5am. When my alarm went off she was blissfully sleeping. I was able to dress in peace, make my lunch for work and have a wee without an audience. It was bliss. I woke her at 7:20 and dressed her. I managed to convince her to have some calpol then I did some breakfast. I called my Nan at lunch to see how she was when she picked her up. She said she was tired but fine. I am glad about that. I can’t keep taking time off to look after her, even though I legit don’t have an alternative if she’s unwell #momlife

Riverdale season finale is available on Netflix today. I really hope Jughead isn’t dead but we’ll soon see. I watch the Lucifer season finale during lunch. Chloe finally realised he actually IS the devil, as he’s been telling her for 2 years.

I saw this post on Facebook. It was titled “An Open Letter To My Broken Hearted Friend”. I read it and it’s something we all should read and take heed. We’ve all been devastated by a relationship breakdown and we’re all guilty of thinking this “one guy” was the bees knees and he’s damaged us, ruined us forever. He hasn’t, you’re not broken and you will rise. You’ll look back and see it for what it truly was. You’ll be stronger, you’ll learn.

TTFN x

A lovely week ending in a cold

Thursday we did as I said, we stayed on site. We got up and ate breakfast then we headed down for a swim. Scarlett wanted to go on the slide but she’s far too little and I knew she’d get half way down and hate it. She kicked up a fuss and Brett did say he’d take her on it, but I put my foot down. She has plenty of time for that when she’s a big girl.

After swimming we went back to the caravan and Scarlett had a nap. Then I had a shower. When she was up we went into the centre for lunch and a wander around the arcade. We wandered down to the beach then went back to the caravan.

I went to the shops across the road to get dinner. Brett wanted Pizza but I wanted chips so I got me and Scarlett something from the fish shop and him a little pizza. She went to bed then we settled down to watch a film but Brett fell asleep so I went and got into bed. I left him asleep on the sofa.

Friday we got up just before 8. Had breakfast then we packed our shit up then we left. Reception phoned a taxi for us and we got to Hamworthy station just after 10. Train left at 10:30 and we got off the other end at 12:30. My nan picked us up and dropped us home. We put Scarlett down for a nap after some lunch then I did 2 loads of washing [saves doing it all on Sunday] then when it was all hung up drying, I threw a few bits into my weekend bag and off we set for Brett’s house. We got there at 6:30. We had dinner at 7:30, Scarlett had a bath then she went to bed at 9:30. Late one for her but she was good as gold. We watched some more Prison Break then we crawled into bed. I couldn’t sleep due to my newly stuffed nose, annoying cough, bad headache and just overall sickness. It was 3 by the time I nodded off.

Saturday we woke up with Scarlett but we both struggled. We hadn’t slept enough. We went to Sainsbury’s with his mom. I bought myself a new pair of jeans as my current pair are getting tatty [oops]. I also got a new top. Scarlett loves Teletubbies but recently she’s branched out on the BBC iPlayer and watched ITNG [In the night garden] or “piggle” as she calls it, as well as Peter Rabbit [or “rabbit” as she calls it] and she’s always liked Postman Pat. Well she’s taken a liking to Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle so I picked up the two characters in 6 inch teddies for her. Brett’s mom got her 1, I got her the other. She was over the moon. It was a treat for being such a great girl all week and travelling so well. After shopping we went back and I put her down for a nap. When she was up we had lunch then we just stayed in all day as it was raining [and I didn’t have her wellies]. We had dinner at half 6, she had a bath at half 7 and we got her down by 8:45. We watched the last 2 episodes of Prison Break on the first disk of series 2 then we got an earlier night.

Today we woke up early and both felt like crap. I had spent most the night coughing. My head was pounding, his head was pounding, he was coughing. It was just insanely awful. I gave him paracetamol and left him to work through it. He’s shit with a headache. I just plough on through as I get a headache every week, sometimes twice. And I use to be a huge migraine sufferer. I haven’t had a migraine in months *touch wood*.

I did Scarlett some toast then we watched the soaps from Friday that I missed [Emmerdale, Corrie]. She went down for a nap at half 10 but she didn’t go down that quick and she only slept for an hour at most. I had to go food shopping and with it being a Sunday the shops shut at 4 [some 5] so I decided early on I would go home at 1ish. So I packed our stuff up, made some lunch and checked trains. There was a train at 1:21pm so we set off and I got on the train. We arrived the other end at 3pm. Scarlett had been a whingy nightmare most of the journey as her tiredness was catching up with her. She finally fell asleep about 20 minutes from our stop. I walked to Sainsbury’s and grabbed as much as I could without injuring myself as I had a stroller to push and 2 bags to keep an eye on as well as the basket. She woke up just as the Taxi arrived at 3:45. We got home and it was such a great feeling. Shutting the door to the outside world and collapsing on the sofa [after packing the shopping away, obvs]. Scarlett was grumpy as she was still tired, then hungry. I cooked dinner at 5ish then we had a bath then at 7:30 she went to bed.

I caught up with Riverdale from last week. How can they kill off Jughead? Also, I am pretty sure that Betty’s Dad has a twin. I mean he’s actually a blossom and twins run in their family right? Plus he was with Betty and her mom when someone dressed as the Black Hood attacked Archie and his Dad… I guess we’ll have to wait for season 3. Better not make us wait too long. 6 months is acceptable but a year? Nah!

I caught up with some more Shadowhunters. I am on season 2 now and Clary’s mom just died. A demon possessed Alec and he killed her. I didn’t see that coming tbh. I mean, I vaguely remember the storyline of the book and movie. I will watch 1 more episode then get into bed as my head is banging and I am back to work tomorrow.

TTFN x

We’ve arrived

Today we woke up at 8ish. I sorted some breakfast then we watched Toy Story. I packed then Brett had a bath. Scarlett and I got dressed then once Brett was ready mom took us to Morrison’s. We decided it was cheaper to buy essentials from there, than the onsite shop as it’s really expensive. So we hit the shops then we went back to my flat. I finished packing then we headed out at 1ish. We stopped for lunch then we set off.

Scarlett slept half the journey. I watched an episode of Shadowhunters that I’d downloaded. We arrived at 3:30 and they said they were running behind on check-in so we went to the pub down the road for a drink. Scarlett had a play in the kids area in the garden. Stretched her legs. Finally they were ready at 5 so we drove back and got the keys.

Our caravan is brilliant. We expected just a 2 bedroom. Meaning my mom would either have to share with Scarlett or sleep on the pull our sofa. Instead we have 3 bedrooms. A fridge/freezer and a proper 4-seater table with chairs.

We chilled for a bit then mom put on the dinner. We had pie. We got chips from the chip shop to go with it. Scarlett had a bath at 7:30 and was in bed at 8:15. She was very tired but she settled after a bit of a whinge.

We are watching Prison Break. Mom is in bed.

We’re going to Monkey World tomorrow. Scarlett went when she was 5 months. It’ll be such fun taking her at this age. 2-3 years is the best (and toughest). She learns so much every day and talks so much more clearer.

TTFN x

Holiday in 5 days!

Yesterday wasn’t that bad of a day. Had lots to do at work and the day flew by. I got an email from the job interview I went for. They want to do a second interview but can’t confirm a date yet. I’m away next week so hopefully it happens before then. Would like it out the way before I am on annual leave as it’ll give them a week to decide whether the job is mine.

I said in my last post that Scarlett’s hit the terrible twos:

She’s so naughty at the moment. She doesn’t listen. She pushes and taps you (mild slapping). She says No all the time. She’s defiant and stubborn. I think she’s hit the Terrible Twos. She’s been like it a few weeks and I’m already at the end of my tether. She just pushes and pushes. Nothings working. I’ve tried the softly approach but all I seem to do lately is shout at her to get her attention because she just does not listen. I cried with frustration earlier and it did stop her in her tracks and she calmed down a little so we could chat. I’m not sure she listened or took in what I said. I mean she is only 2. But it was worth a try.

Yesterday we had a better evening and we sat down and had another chat. I asked her some questions to gauge her understanding/comprehension. I told her she needs to listen to  what I/Nursery/Nanny/Daddy tell her. She has to speak more. If she isn’t happy or wants something she needs to speak up. She needs to stop jumping on the sofa, her bed or anything else like a chair as it’s dangerous. I told her if she gets a toy out she needs to put it back or ask for help in putting it back. Same with books. I am going to get her to help tidy up the front room tonight. Her toys and books are everywhere.

Today I woke up in a pool of blood. I stupidly thought my period was calming down so I only wore a pad overnight. I hate tampons. They are uncomfortable. So I try to avoid them. But I got caught out massively and had to leave my soaking PJ bottoms and pants in a bowl of cold water [and vanish] this morning when I headed out to work.

I still can’t believe I live in my own place. I mean we’ve lived there for nearly 7 weeks now. I’ve paid 2 lots of rent already plus 1 month of utility bills. So far, so good. It’s scary though. Knowing I have to pay all these things as well as Nursery fees, my phone bill, my iPad bill, Netflix [because I can’t live without it. Evenings are spent at home because the toddler is in bed]. Amazon Prime [I opted for monthly rather than £80 lump sum each year]. God what else do I pay for? Oh I pay money off my credit card, I put money in Scarlett’s account and I pay off my studio account. My brother’s bed came from my studio account so I pay the fees each month and he and his girlfriend are giving me money each month.

Tomorrow I have a half day at work as Scarlett has her 2 year Health Visit review. It’s like 90 minutes long. Also, I’ve lost her Red Book. Her RED BOOK. How? I can’t blame the move because it’s been lost months…

Once I am done Friday I am then off for 9 consecutive days. 2 weekends, 1 bank holiday and 4 days holiday. I can’t wait. Poole here we come!

TTFN x

The Terrible Twos

Tuesday after work we went up the hospital to visit my Nan. She looked alright considering she’d had surgery at her ripe old age of almost 90. Scarlett was really well behaved and didn’t run around the ward as I had expected her to. We left for Home and grabbed food on the way as I hadn’t eaten.

Wednesday we had a big meeting at work. Well the meeting itself was at the Holiday Inn in the conference room. Apparently my job is at risk due to a restructure, coming from the merger of my department (and our sub department) with another department. Basically they’ve come in and told us we have to fight for our jobs. But they’re moving my office to another office. 9 miles away. As a non-driver this won’t work for me. So I’ve no choice but to leave. It left us all in low spirits if I’m being honest. Luckily I already had an interview lined up for the afternoon so fingers crossed something comes from that.

Thursday Scarlett didn’t go to bed till late. Well she did go to bed at a normal time. But she was still awake at 9pm. I even climbed in her bed with her for 10 minutes and it didn’t make a difference. I caught her chewing her dummy so I’ve taken it off her. She’s too old to have 1 now and she doesn’t need it. It’s just become habit for her.

Friday Brett got off the train when I finished work so we picked him up. It was great having him here for bath and bedtime on a Friday for a change. He doesn’t usually get here that early, when he’s working. Scarlett enjoyed a bedtime story with Daddy, rather than me. She prefers it when he does it. Day 2 of No Dummy went ok. When she went to bed I cooked us dinner then I had a quick bath. We watched Prison Break season 1 episodes 1-4. We said we’d watch the entire series from beginning to end as I haven’t seen it in years and can barely remember.

Saturday we got up at 8ish. We had breakfast then we watched A Little Mermaid. Well some of it. We put her down for a nap. I did some washing. When she was up we went into town for lunch then I bought a present for Scarlett’s Nursery friend. His party was at 3pm so I had to wrap it in the car outside. The party wasn’t that bad just very hectic. Lots of kids everywhere. Brett got forced into following her into the jungle gym. She wouldn’t go without him haha at 4:30 the kids had some dinner then at 5 we left. It was good seeing her with her little friends. After the party we went to Morrison’s so I could do a small shop then we headed home. Scarlett had a bath then she went to bed. I cooked us pizza and garlic bread then we settled down to watch more Prison Break.

Sunday I woke up at 8ish and heard Scarlett moving. She didn’t call out so I stayed in bed and must’ve fell asleep because when I heard her again it was quarter to 10. Result! We got up and had breakfast. We played and watched TV. At 12:30 we walked to my nan’s house for dinner. We stayed till 3ish then went home to chill. Brett left mine at 4:30 to get a lift to the train station. Me and Scarlett had cheese on toast then we had a bath. Mom popped in for tea then Scarlett went to bed at 8:30. Mom left just before 9. I settled down to watch a new series I’ve started. It’s called Shadow Hunters: The Mortal Instruments. It’s been a movie, which I’ve seen. And I read the books as well. It’s brill.

Monday (today) I woke up just before 7. Started making my lunch and Scarlett woke up crying. She had a bad dream. We got dressed then I did breakfast.

She’s so naughty at the moment. She doesn’t listen. She pushes and taps you (mild slapping). She says No all the time. She’s defiant and stubborn. I think she’s hit the Terrible Twos. She’s been like it a few weeks and I’m already at the end of my tether. She just pushes and pushes. Nothings working. I’ve tried the softly approach but all I seem to do lately is shout at her to get her attention because she just does not listen. I cried with frustration earlier and it did stop her in her tracks and she calmed down a little so we could chat. I’m not sure she listened or took in what I said. I mean she is only 2. But it was worth a try.

She went to bed at 7:30 but was still awake till almost 9! I watched the soaps then Criminal Minds. Tried to watch Blindspot but my TalkTalk box was playing up so I had to turn it off and reset. I lost my recording of Blindspot. So I set it up to record later on and I climbed into bed.

I’ve got neck ache and a headache. I’m on so I’m exhausted with menstural fatigue.

They named the new price. Louis Arthur Charles, pronounced as Loo-wee. How exciting!

TTFN x

There is a new Prince

Wednesday I went for a walk during lunch with my work colleagues. We walked around Frimley Lodge opposite our offices. Took us 20-25 minutes. I did 2800+ steps to add to my steps of 2500 so I hit my daily 5K target. Started watching a new series called the Resident. It is set in a hospital and follows the stories of some Doctors.

Thursday we went for another walk. Did the same thing. It was quite warm and I should’ve worn sun cream as I burn easily due to my sensitive skin. Wasn’t out in it for long though and the trees provided shade so I should be ok!

It was my brother’s birthday today so I posted a video on his facebook of Scarlett singing Happy Birthday lol

Friday I sent Scarlett to Nursery in a dress. Her first one without tights in like 6 months. I made the mistake of thinking her Nursery would remove it before painting etc. She came home smothered in paint. The dress is white (and pink). Very annoyed!

Brett got to mine late. I had said I’d wait for him to get off the train and cook us dinner so we could eat together. Which I did. It was nice eating together. We stuck some TV on then climbed into bed.

Saturday was Brett’s birthday. Scarlett woke up quite early. I was awake from like 6am because Brett kept coughing and it was really annoying lol we had breakfast then we watched half of Moana. Scarlett was tired so she went down for her morning nap. Once she was up we walked to the bus stop to go to town. We had lunch at poppins cafe then we jumped on the train to London. We arrived just before 3pm and headed straight for the London Eye. We had a lovely time. It was warm but not too warm. We headed back towards home. My nan picked us up from the station at 4:45. We went to hers for a cup of tea and ended up having dinner. I ate egg for the first time in 3 years. I don’t know why, I just ate it. And I didn’t feel queasy after so that’s good.

We headed home and Scarlett and I had a bath then she went to bed. Brett and I watched a film called The Dark Tower. It’s based on a Stephen King book so it was quite weird and creepy. We got into bed at midnight. Brett said he’d had a good birthday.

Sunday we got up at 8ish. I did us breakfast then we watched the rest of Moana. Scarlett had a nap and we watched most of Jack Reacher 2 before she woke. Once she was up we got dressed and got a taxi to Morrison’s. I almost went out my slippers on. I forgot to put shoes on and went down my flat stairs and was half way down the road before I realised. I had to go back in and change them, with Scarlett in tow. Talk about hassle lol

We did some shopping then my nan picked us up with the shopping. We dropped it home. We packed away the fridge and freezer stuff but left the rest. Then we jumped back in the car and headed to my nans as we were having dinner there. Nan cooked chicken and we stayed till 4ish then headed home. Brett left for the train at 6:15. Scarlett and I had a bath again then we snuggled watching In The Night Garden (or Piggle as she calls it). Then she went to bed. She’s been brilliant at this “sleeping in a bed” thing. I couldn’t fault her.

I struggled to sleep. I laid in bed coughing for 2 hours. I got up at 2 and had some water then I finally went to sleep.

Monday I woke up a 6:45, got dressed and then got Scarlett dressed. Thought it was going to be a nice day so I stuck her in some shorts but threw some trousers in her bag for good measure.

My nan told me that my Nan had had a fall in the old folks home. They suspected she’d broken her hip. She did her other hip in when she fell in 2015. They were going to operate on her. Later I found out she went down at 10:30 and survived the operation. Surprising given that she’s almost 90! So now it’s just a case of recovery and physio. She’s a nightmare that woman lol glad she’s okay though! We’re going to visit her tomorrow.

Prince William and Princess Kate have finally had baby number 3. A little boy. He weighed 8lb 7oz and looked all squishy. No name yet but amongst the favourites is Albert, Arthur and Philip. Whatever the choice, I’m sure they’ll put a lot of thought in to it. I love princess Charlotte, she’s beautiful and she reminds me of our queen (I’ve seen pictures of her from her childhood), they’re the spitting image!

Today at Work I ended up balls deep in a task that’s going to take me days. And it’s really long and dragging. It’s also taking me away from my daily duties, which is annoying. I’ve had to massively multitask today. I’m knackered after my night of rubbish sleep.

I’m currently watching Blindspot on sky living then I’m going to bed to read my book in bed then go to sleep lol

TTFN x