Bang

‘Bang’ seems to mean a few things to Joel at the moment.

It’s a noise, an action, and also means pain.

Yesterday was a nightmare.  It began well enough.  We went to church, Joel helped set up and Steve recorded him singing ‘Wind The Bobbin Up’ into a microphone!  All very cute.

It happened after church.  It was due to be a nice day.  We wanted to go to the new house and get on with clearing and scraping as Steve hadn’t been since we got the keys as he’s ridiculously busy at the moment.

We had lamb chops at home for lunch all ready to cook, but we decided to stay at church for lunch as it would mean we could get to the new house faster.  I nipped home to get my working clothes and when I got back Steve was holding a sobbing Joel and looking crazy stressed.  He thought Joel had broken his wrist!  I said I doubted it, but Steve insisted something was the matter.  He’d been holding Joel’s hand outside on the carpark (as we do becaus when cars are around he isn’t allowed to roam free) and he was grumpy about it.  He’d had a tantrum and flopped his legs but rather than let go so he fell, Steve had pulled his hand and dropped him onto grass instead thinking he was helping.  Joel wouldn’t let anyone near it and it hung helplessly against his side.  You could see his fingers moving, but he kept whimpering and crying and sobbing ‘bang, Joel bang’.

After two hours in A&E and (again, just 4 weeks after the ERPC), numerous (very painful) x-rays for Joel, they told us he had a pulled elbow (like a dislocation) and the Dr pinched it back together again very suddenly.  We were in a cubicle, Joel’s face was grubby from all the tears, I was frazzled and Steve was stressed, and he didn’t say anything, he just reached out and put his arm back together.  Joel cried and yelled and screamed, then stopped.  It was that fast.  The pain he must have been in just went.  He remembered it though, and wanted Mummy to carry him and he cuddled in and rested his head on my shoulder.

Steve was feeling so guilty he took Joel to Asda (whilst I got baby ibuprofen for any pain) and let him choose sweets.  Joel always goes for biggest so where I would have allowed a bag of buttons or tube of smarties, Steve got him a share bag of Mars Planets!!  And Joel doesn’t share.  I had to distract him to take them away as a 2 year old cannot eat that much chocolate and still want dinner.

He then also fell out of his bed last night and woke crying at 2.30 ‘bang Mama, bang’.  Poor baby.  He’s not had a good day.  Let’s hope this Bank Holiday is better for him.

Housework

Doing up a house is hard.  I’ve not had to do it for ten years, and I’ve been in for a few hours today, and begun scraping the wallpaper from the lounge walls.

I’ve done two of them.  I could probably have cracked on and done more, but to be honest, I was tired, hungry, bored and a bit lonely!!!  My parents are away, Steve is filming so it was just me trying to get started!

A lovely friend from church offered to take Joel for the day on a play date.  She has two children of 3 and 2 who my little dude does know, but it was the first time I’d left him with anyone who wasn’t family or nursery!!

I stayed for half an hour to see him settle in.  My friends son was so excited to have a boy to play with for a day, but Joel was a bit quiet to start with.  I felt awful driving away seeing him watching through the window, wondering what was happening!  My friend was kind enough to text me throughout the day to let me know what he was doing and that he was happy.

Then it was off to the house, dressed in my scroggy clothing and I worked out how to turn the water on to the house, discovered that a wasp had set up a little nest outside my back door, discovered that something was leaking somewhere from the water being turned on, and got going with the wallpaper steamer which had been lent to me by a colleague.

I managed to do nearly one whole wall (bar the top bit as I don’t like going up ladders) before I had to pop off to a wedding at church as I was helping sing the hymns.  After that and some lunch, I went back and did a second wall before giving up as I was tired, hungry and all the above as previously mentioned.

So i decided to call it a day, pop to B&Q and buy paint supplies for the small bedroom which is where we’ll put Joel once moved in, so it would be nice to get that one room sorted and together before next Saturday, and I called into KFC for a little wrap and a small pepsi to keep me going as I was starving.  A cold and icey pepsi is amazing when thirsty!!

I collected Joel who had been bathed and put in his pj’s (what a good friend!!) and on coming home we had a chat and a cuddle before he went to bed.  Have I mentioned that he’s now in a big bed?  We’d toyed with the idea of a toddler bed for him, but in that we have a single bed next to his cot, he’s decided that he’s big enough for the adult bed!  I’ve stuffed a pillow under the fitted sheet on the outside to help stop him rolling out of it, and put a duvet on the floor next to him in case he does.  And so far, we’ve had one night where I presume he fell out (I woke at 4.30 to hear crying and on staggering to his room found him standing on the carpet next to his bed!) it’s been fine.

And now I’m eating chocolate and drinking a glass of wine thinking of bed.  And its’ only 8.30!!  It would be nice to finish my book.  I’m into Game of Thrones again at the moment.  I’ve finished the 3rd book, and am nearing the conclusion of the fourth.  Sounds like a plan 🙂

We’re Back!!!

So we made it back in one piece and all safe and well.  I can’t say that we didn’t stress being on holiday, but we did have a nice week away, and Joel was safe and adapted well to being abroad.  By the end of the week he was a bit over tired and grumpy.  He went off his food and kept waking in the small hours feeling feverish, so we dosed him up with calpol.  We are thinking either teething, or just too much for him, but it’s good to be home again.

And I shall let the pictures tell the weeks story:

Mummy's birthday

Mummy’s birthday

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Driving along...

Driving along…

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Throwing his cup over the edge...

Throwing his cup over the edge…

Not wanting to wait for the click...

Not wanting to wait for the click…

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Admiring the view

Admiring the view

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See saw time

See saw time

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Having some lunch

Having some lunch

Drinking iced tea!

Drinking iced tea!

Mummy and Joel

Mummy and Joel

Lovely buildings

Lovely buildings

Visiting Cuitadella

Visiting Cuitadella

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Looking at our local beach

Looking at our local beach

More pool time

More pool time

Fish and chips Spanish style

Fish and chips Spanish style

Mummy liked the Sangria

Mummy liked the Sangria

Having another nap

Having another nap

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Daddy's car for the week

Daddy’s car for the week

Our yellow catmaran

Our yellow catmaran

Bored of the boat ride!

Bored of the boat ride!

Seeing the little fishes

Seeing the little fishes

Under the water in a glass bottomed boat.

Under the water in a glass bottomed boat.

Visit to Mao

Visit to Mao

Dinner out

Dinner out

Splashing in the pool

Splashing in the pool

Digging on the lovely beach

Digging on the lovely beach

Our lovely balcony

Our lovely balcony

Having a nap whilst Daddy searches for wi-fi

Having a nap whilst Daddy searches for wi-fi

Jigsaw fun in our apartment

Jigsaw fun in our apartment

Resting…

I should be cleaning right now.  Life is hectic and manic this weekend with tidying and clearing going on.  I’ve sent Steve to the tip with a load of junk, we have bags set aside for charity shops, I spent yesterday afternoon boxing up things we don’t need for the next couple of weeks and they’ve gone to my parents garage.  I need to scrub the kitchen floor, dust the shelves and wipe the windowsills upstairs, clean the dog nose prints from the window, hide anything that looks out of place and a load of other things, but I’m sitting and playing on facebook and blogs.

We have six people who contacted our letting agent last week on the day our photos went up.  We have three folk wanting to come and view it on Monday.  I’m pretty sure that we will get someone to rent it without needing to pay two mortgages for two months.

But I’m tired, it’s been a long week, and I want to remember things like Joel pointing to a bee in the garden and saying ‘bee-bee-bum’!!  And the way he saw a horse in a field and shouts ‘hoss mama, hoss’!!  His accent is so cute at the moment.

Everything seems to be going so fast and is so busy and it is tiring.  I’ve had my two weeks off work and it’s been ok.  I’m feeling more positive for the future now.  I’ve stopped randomly bursting into tears.  I can accept that this baby was the one which wasn’t meant to be.  I’m terrified in case it happens again but am keen to try again once we’re allowed.

I can’t believe that the time has come to say goodbye to this house which I’ve had for ten years.  I’ve been here for so long I will be sad to leave it.  Of course moving to a bigger house is wonderful too, and we have such plans ahead for it, but a bit of me will miss it here.  The cosiness, the small garden.  There’s lots I won’t miss too, like the downstairs bathroom and the lack of a drive!!

Well, we head off abroad tomorrow to an apartment with no wi-fi so the chances of me blogging are slim to none!  I shall have to catch up once back in England, although of course then it will be a busy moving and decorating time.  I shall enjoy a before and after post before too long 🙂

Right, I’m off to scrub a kitchen!!!  Tally-ho and bonne voyage!  After a cup of tea first though!!!  😉

Prepping For Holiday

I try to be an organised person.  I love packing to go on holiday, and for me, packing to go away for a week requires more than two hours of flinging clothes into a case just before we leave.

So with that in mind I’ve been getting ready the past couple of weeks.

My first task was to go through our summer wardrobes, all stashed beneath our bed in suitcases.  Everything then got put through the washed and dried in the sunshine during a sunny spell which was very handy, as that much washing drying inside isn’t the greatest!

Then it was time to make piles!!  I tried everything of mine on to see what would fit and wouldn’t fit.  Three years ago I was the lightest I’d ever been after getting married, two years ago I’d just had a baby so nothing from the last year fitted and last year I’d just bought a few new things in a right size.  From this I got a decent heap of clothes that both fitted and would make outfits once away.

I was also packing for Steve and Joel, and Steve is easy.  He hasn’t changed size or shape much and I put his four pairs of shorts, two swim shorts, and eight t-shirts and two jumpers in a case!!  With seven pants and pairs of socks, a pair of sandals and flip flops.  If only women were so simple to pack for!!  Joel has a lot more as he gets grubby more easily.  I’ve packed him seven pairs of shorts, a couple of trousers, seven t-shirts and some long sleeved tops and about three jumpers/hoodys.  He has two swimsuits with hats and some pumps, sandals and shoes.  Oh, and some swim shoes for on the beach.

For me I have about 6 t-shirts, 2 long sleeved tops, shorts, cropped trousers, a couple of skirts, a couple of dresses and four pairs of shoes.  I hope that will be enough.  I’ve added some sachets of washing powder and softener for cleaning over there if needed.  It’s only a week isn’t it!  I had more but was worried about the weight of my case so have reduced what I’d initially put in.

Its the other stuff that I’m more worried about.  We have our Euros now, and I’ve printed the tickets for our flights.  Our passports are safe in our document wallet.  We’ve booked a trip on a glass bottomed boat (and saved 20% on the price over there) and finally decided to order a meal on the plane both ways.  With the times we’re flying it’ll be handy for both feeding Joel and entertaining him a little!  I’ve bought him a plane set with a toy plane and airport cars so hope that will be fun on the plane and the holiday.

And packing toys is a bit stressful.  We only have 20kg each (luckily Joel does as well as we’ve paid for a seat for him) and we’ve packed a big car, some jigsaws, colouring, books, bucket, spade and beach toys and he’ll have his Violet dog in hand luggage and some new bits and bobs I’ve wrapped up in paper so he can open them and play with them.  I’ve also got him some mini chupa chup lollies for take off and landing to help the ear pressure thing.

I think I’ve thought about everything.  I hope so.  I have a folder with all print outs in to keep to hand.  We’ve hired a car for the week and Steve and I are stressing about driving on the other side of the road, but the directions to the apartment are simple enough to follow I think!!

I’m sure once we get there we can relax and find the beach.  I have a new Sharon Penman novel on my Kindle so hope I get chance to read it!  Steve is stressing about wi-fi but I’ve researched it and most restaurants have it so I’ve said we can sit and have long lunches whilst Joel naps or plays and he can check his work emails every day.  Ironically he’s suddenly got crazy busy and this holiday is sort of at a bad time what with house moves and everything, but we really want a week away together so I guess it can only be good for us.

I need to find a small bag to take away as I don’t want to take my big handbags and maybe a smaller purse just for money.  I’ve had my phone switched to abroad.  I need to pop to the pound shop to see if they have any plug adapters.  We always buy them and then can’t find them when we need them.

Anyway, I think we’re nearly there now.  It’s a good job I enjoy packing and sorting this sort of thing.  The hubby wouldn’t manage it!!

May Day Bank Holiday

I was determined to have a nice day out, and make it something different to regular days of the week.  After all, a Bank Holiday is special and should be treated as such.  We don’t have a lot of money going spare at the moment due to house purchases going through, and potentially having two mortgages running alongside each other pending finding a renter.

So a free day out it would be, and what better than a picnic somewhere scenic?!  We settled on   a nice area in Cannock Chase called Seven Springs.  There is a pool and stream for splashing in, and a big open space by a little car park.  We set off at 11am having made sandwiches, (egg mayonnaise, tuna and pepper and jam and banana), added some sausage rolls, a bag of crisps, some apples and a bottle of squash.  We took our deckchairs, a picnic rug, our picnic was in a nice picnic bag which was a wedding present, and a ball for Joel to kick about.

We weren’t the only ones with the idea of a picnic there either.  The car park was heaving on our arrival.  We drove up seeing nothing but cars but lo an behold, there was one space at the top which had obviously not long been vacated so we took it!

Izzy was very excited and Joel was too, he kept saying ‘nic-nic’ and wondering what it all meant.

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I love this photo above!

We found a nice space, laid out the blanket and chairs and let Izzy chase her tennis ball until she got tired out and Joel kicked his ball with us and ran about in the sunshine until we all got hungry.  Picnic time!  We sat in our chairs (Joel loves having his own deck chair)

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There were a few other families sat around in their own spaces too.  Most people park there to then go for a big walk, or go cycling.  We just kicked a ball with Joel

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Izzy loves being out of doors with us.  Here she is all content in the sunshine after running about all morning!

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Joel and his egg.  He’s gone off egg sandwiches but likes a plain egg!  Although Jam sandwiches are ok:

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We didn’t like paddling without shoes on, too brrrr Mummy, so we went back up to play ball some more:

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Then it was getting very late for lunchtime naps, and there was no way it would happen in the outdoors!  We’d been out for over two hours, eaten and had fun, so we thought we’d head home again.  Joel went to bed for a sleep, Daddy stayed indoors watching tv shows on his laptop, and I got my sun lounger out of the shed, reclined with a big sunhat on and read some more of my current novel ‘The Sunne In Splendour’ by Sharon Penman, all about the Plantagenants and War of the Roses.  So interesting, I’ve nearly finished (it’s something of a tome) and I will need a new book to read one on our hols next week.

Once Little Dude was awake we played in the garden with his water table, learning to use his scooter, and eating ice-lollies.

Then my parents came over for dinner, and I’d put a leg of lamb in the oven earlier, (Steve got half a lamb to freeze a couple of months ago and we’re still working our way through it all!) added some new potatoes, asparagus, green beans and gravy, with a Christmas pudding for dessert!!  It was a lovely meal, topped off with the bottle of wine we were given at the hotel in Kent which we’d saved.

So we had a wonderful bank holiday on a budget and it was a lovely day as well.