Finding Beau 🐶

When we got back offour family holiday we decided that maybe we would get Daisy a play mate as she seemed a little lonely after spending time with other dogs for a few days. I think she actually realised she isn’t a human lol me and Dominic sat down a few nights after we got home and discussed what sort of dog we wanted as we both said we wanted another Daisy.Daisys temperament is fantastic and we couldn’t wish for a better dog for the boys. I decided to give the guy a ring where I picked Daisy up from and he had a few puppy’s that had then been born so we thought it was worth a look as they were only  two weeks old and looked so cute.

We both agreed it was definitely something we wanted to do to complete our family. So today we went back to see the puppy and pick the puppy we wanted. When we got there we had 6 to choose from which was lovely because we got to spend some time with them and see what one we wanted to give a loving home to.

As we sat with the pups there was the littlest one constantly getting pushed over,looking a little lonely and also she was so cute. We have decided to go ahead with the little one as we feel that Daisy will mother her and she will fit in perfect with our little family. 

We would like to introduce Beau 😍


Our Journey with Cows Milk Protein Allergy 🐄

At last we have an answer to why both of my boys had and have an issue with Milk Formula Powder. 

 Before I had Oakley my mum had told me about when I was a baby I seemed to have an intolerance to baby formula and was always sick. I decided to ask my midwife about this intollerence and asked if it could be passed down to my baby which I was reassured not at all and just to use a normal baby formula. 

We decided to use SMA first milk as I had heard it was the best brand and well known, our little boy was born on 20th August 2011 he was gorgeous and tiny he weighed 6lb 7oz.

I was so happy and couldn’t wait for are journey to begin together.

I started feeding Oakley after he was born with the little bottles of SMA and he seemed  to be sick a lot then but when I asked the midwife and it she reassured me that it was because of the traumatic birth and he would settle down soon and be fine. 

As the months went on Oakley was being more sick each feed and pulling his legs up and screaming every time I fed him,he also had non stop diahorrea. I spoke to my doctor and guess what  his first words were “your worring about nothing and are you a first time mum”. I was a little bit taken back by it and said yes I am but I know when something is wrong. He went on to check Oakley and said that he would give us gaviscon for reflux and colic drops. 

We went on with the gaviscon and colic drops for 2 months, at this time Oakley was so miserable and Was being sick all the time and had non stop diahorrea and screaming the house down everytime he fed. My mum decided to come with me to see the doctor this time. Instead of answering our questions to why Oakley was like this he went on to tell my mum she shouldn’t smoke when we wasn’t there for her at all. He didn’t help at all and just went on to say it was colic and reflux and to carry on with the drops and gaviscon. Me and my mum both couldn’t believe how the doctor dealt with Oakley at all so  When I saw my health visitor again I said to her that it was really getting me down and I couldn’t go on like this much longer, that no one was helping me at all. She said that she would get in touch with the doctor and find out what can be done.

As any mum knows watching your baby be in pain isn’t what we want to see at all and in all honestly it was making have the blues. 

That week I had an appointment with the doctor and as soon as she said  what’s wrong?, how can I help? I burst Into tears I was so low at this point and being a first time mum is stressful and worring enough and to have this stress aswel wasn’t helping me at all. I went on to tell her Oakley symptoms and how he never settled and was always has sick and was such an unhappy baby, but also how my mum had said I was the same when was a baby. 

At this point I had given up on doctors and knew I would just hear that Oakley had reflux and colic, but she surprised me when she said I think we should try a cows milk free  baby formula and go from there. I just cried and said thank you so much for listening I was getting somewhere at last. 

Oakley went on to Aptimil pepti 1 cows milk free. The first day of feeding Oakley he wasn’t sick he didn’t scream the house down at all, I felt like we had finally got somewhere at last.

Oakley was fine after that and when it came to feeding we just carried on with cutting the milk out but slowly introducing milk into his meals again. Oakley is now coming upto 5years old and has no signs of cows milk allergy now. 

When I found out I was having Harlow I asked the midwife if she thought this baby would have the same allergy as Oakley did they said they didn’t believe it would but to ask the doctor. I thought here we go again no one knows if it will or won’t, all I could think of is Great here we go more months of screaming and sickness.

Before I had Harlow I saw my health visitor like everyone does And said about my concerns to her about the milk and how it was with Oakley she was ever so good and said she would get a dietitian to ring me and discuss my concerns with her. Later that month I heard from the Norwich hospital dietitian, she was very helpful. I said that I had been told it wouldn’t be passed on she said that it was best to see if this child had the same symptoms once born and if so to try him also on a cows milk free formula. 

Are gorgeous little Harlow was born on 29th January 2016 weighing 5lb.

We started Harlow of on aptimil first milk as I was told it’s a softer milk and a lot better than the other brands. 

Harlow was sick a lot on the milk just how Oakley had been but I kept going with the aptimil to see if it was just colic or reflux. I decided to take Harlow to the doctors to see what they recommend for him, the doctor said that he didn’t believe that he would have the same as Oakley and to give the gaviscon and colic drops another go and go from there if no change possibly a dietian appointment. A few weeks went on and Harlow was still being sick, crying and screaming his head off in pain.

 I decided that he couldn’t go on like it anymore so I phoned the doctors and asked if they could see him but there was no appointments. I then asked if the doctor could ring me back as Harlow was really upset and in pain. 

When the doctor called me back he said that he recommend leaving it another week to give the gaviscon a chance to help I agreed to this as at that point Harlow had now fell a sleep. Harlow slept for about 3 hours and when he woke up was due another feed I made the bottle up as usual with the aptimil first milk and started feeding him he was yet again screaming his head off didn’t want the milk and what he had taken was coming back up. I decided to give my mum a call as Dominic was at work and I didn’t know what else to do with him, also it was getting me upset like he had with Oakley yet again there was nothing I could do and I couldn’t get any doctor to listen to me again. 

My mum was so annoyed with the doctor she decided to phone them and ask for them to do something to help Harlow as what they had given him wasn’t working at all. The receptionist tried to tell my mum he was busy and she would have to wait for a call back but my mum had had enough by now so she told her that if they weren’t willing to help we would be taking my son to AnE and then be putting an official complaint in about our doctor surgery.After this she said that she would get him to call us straight away. A few minutes after we put the phone down the doctor called and I explained how we couldn’t carry on Like this because it wasn’t fair on Harlow and on us as a family, it was making me very low watching my newborn baby scream the house down. The doctor went on to say that “we will give the Aptimil pepti 1 a go and see how he gets on from there” , he ordered the milk to come for the next day. When we got the milk we made a bottle straight away and gave it to Harlow, as soon as he took it he didn’t scream and he didn’t pull his legs up in pain and I finally felt like I had got somewhere. Harlow has now been on his milk since March and we haven’t had any problems with him being in pain other than teething 😔

I recently attended a cows milk protein allergy group which the health visitor had organised through the dietian at the hospital for me. When we arrived I was so nervous because I’m not really one for group things all the time, tbh I didn’t know what to expect at all. 

We all went into a room and sat down and had to introduce our selves and our baby’s to each other, (sorry to say but Cringe came to mind lol) most baby’s seem to have had the same issues to me and couple of other children had a more sever case of cows milk allergy. 

The dietian went on to talk about how lactose and cows milk allergies have always been confused as doctors do not have the information to make an accurate diagnosis. She gave us a few brands to try when weaning our baby’s on to food and recommend weaning at 4 months if they were easy and seemed to be interested in food. I had already started Harlow on food at 4 months because he was watching us when eating our tea, and seemed very interested in food.

As Harlow can’t have any cows milk in his diet it has been very hard to find food without it but we have been trying him with:

  • Mashed up banana
  • Mash potato/ sweet potato
  • Carrot/brocolli
  • Fruit pots 
  • Mashed up weetabix  
  • Plain porridge oats

We have found so far these have been successful foods that haven’t made him feel poorly or be sick.

At the meeting we went on to talk about our concerns, we also talked about the different kinds of milk we could try if our baby’s still seemed to be having a reaction to the milk and what was going to happen from then onwards?.

The dietian went on to explain that our little ones would carry on with a dairy free diet until they are 1years old and then be referred back to the hospital again for monitoring while been weaned back on to cows milk.

After the meeting we all got a chance to have a word with the dietian and I explained to her that we had never actually been told what our sons have wrong with them and went on to explain there symptoms and how I had these symptoms to, she turned round and said that I was right in thinking there was definitely  something wrong and it wasn’t a lactose problem it was most defiantly a cows milk allergy because how it had come through me and both of my boys. Tbh I felt like crying as I had been told it wasn’t just in my head and the doctors weren’t right in what they say and I had been right from the start. 

So now our journey of knowing we have a cows milk allergy problem starts 👍🏻 

Open Farm Sunday 🐓

Yesterday we had a little walk down to our local farm which was open for Farm Sunday. They did this event last year and unfortunately both Oakley,Dom was poorly so we didn’t get a chance to go which really upset Oakley so this year we promised we would go come rain or shine.

When we saw the weather forecast we was so happy to see it was going to be a beautiful day ☀️🐝

We decided we would walk as it isn’t far and we wasn’t sure if there would be much parking. The farm opened at 11am but we started walking down at half 11 on our walk Oakley wanted to play eye spy (which seems to be number 1 game at the moment) as we all know it takes a lot longer to walk somewhere with little ones. 

When we arrived we noticed that there was plenty of parking but both fields were nearly full which was lovely to see because meant that everyone had come out to support the open farm Sunday. 

There was plenty to do we received information about the farm and also a game for Oakley to do and find the questions around the farm  which was a lovely thing to do.

Since the age of two when Oakley went to his grandmas who lives in the country he had always seen the tractors and combines go past and became a huge fan of tractors,combines. So much that his poor grandma use to drive around the country side with him looking for combines and tractors. Lol. So to have the opportunity to sit in them. 

Oakley has an amazing imagination he always tells us that he was at work last night and that he works on a farm and drives tractors all the time. It’s so cute.

There was so much to do at the farm from going on the machinery, learning about how the machinery works, looking at the cows,sheep, buying local farm goods,tractor rides around the fields. But one of our favourite parts of the day was watching the cows be milked it was amazing to see and so interesting to learn about. 

There was also a lovely hog roast that was £4.50 which was delicious. Also including coffee,tea,cake in another part. 

All together we all had an amazing day and would highly recommend anyone to go there local open farm day next year. 

Family Garden 🌳

We moved into our home in February 2015 and the garden really wasn’t anything special at all the grass was dying and not really anywhere for the children to play and for us to know they were safe. That summer we decided to re do the garden with some help from our family.we thought it was properly best we just put grass down for the dog and so Oakley could play and at the end it looked amazing and we couldn’t wait till the summer.
 but a few hot days and us not being able to water it as much as it needed it soon died and looked just like before. We also found out from other neighbours that’s because where we live its more clay than soil so the grass never wants to grow. 

We left it through the winter as we wasn’t going out there anyway and we all know that digging up a garden in the winter is not the greatest idea lol.
After we had Harlow in January 2016 this year we both said that we must sort the garden out again for the boys. 

We decided that we would look into artificial grass as it would last forever and we didn’t have to worry about the dog weeing on it. 

we looked into laying it our selves which was a cheaper options but still very pricey to have it looking amazing.

We then looked into having someone do the garden for us which meant they would dig the garden up and lay the artificial grass and would be guaranteed for 10 years but we had a quote for £1400 which was to expensive and for us we wasn’t able to do that. 
This time we thought that it was best we didn’t just have all grass as it doesn’t grow here, so we sat down and came up with the plan.

We would lay slabs were the grass didn’t grow but with the ground having a lot of clay we knew it needed to be padded out with rubble before laying the cement and slabs down. 

We made a walk way to our gate by using blue slate,but also made a space for us to have our lovely flower box made by my lovely dad.

We now have a space for all of us to enjoy and we can watch the boys have fun in the garden. 

Our beautiful bench made by my dad for chilling area.

What we used for our garden:
 :£70 for rubble to make sure the slabs didn’t sink.
:£35 for blue slate
:£30 compost for under the grass.
:£12 for border bricks
:£60 grass
All together our garden came to just over £200, took Dom and my dad 3 days to finish it off but it was a reasonable price compared to paying £1400. 

We are so happy with our garden now and it feels a safe place for the kids to play and we have a nice place to chill in the summer evenings. 

We now also have have our very cool kids tyres. 

Planning on a few other little areas for the kids to have things at the moment I love the idea of a chalk board outside. 

Nanny & Auntie Pub Tea

For a couple of weeks now my mum has said she would like to take Oakley out for dinner as a little treat to yone of our local pubs which is lovely as it reasonably priced and at this time of year it has a great play area for the kids. 

Mum decided a Friday night would be best as he doesn’t have school the next day I said to oaks did he want to take a few card games for when they were waiting for there food. He decided he wanted to take Spider-Man memory game to play with Nanny,Auntie Sue.

Mum said to meet at hers at 5:30pm so Oakley decided he wanted look smart so he put on his skinny jeans and his nice long sleeve top and white trainers, of course not forgetting his Gucci aftershave (bless him). 
He just arrived home with such a smile on his face, he said that he had a lovely time and that they played his game while waiting for tea. 

He had egg and chips for tea and ice cream for dessert he said it was delicious 😊. 
After tea Oakley had a play outside on the play area he had such a great time and got to spend some quality time with Nanny and Auntie Sue which is alway lovely. His now sound a sleep bless him.

I think it’s always important for children to spend time with grandparent, Aunties/Uncles.  

The Jolly Old Pirate 

This week at Oakleys school they are learning about Under the Sea and There Topic is Pirates.

 Today all the children had to dress up as pirates for the day here is my little man and his dog 😍

Things they are doing this week

  • Buried Treasure and Magnets 
  • Pirate Books and a wanted poster 
  • Treasure maps and message in a bottle
  • Pirate song, seaside song-The deep blue sea 
  • Cooking pirate pizzas
  • Pirate obstacle course on apparatus

They all looked so Cute in there costumes this morning😍 

Can’t wait to hear about his day when his home.

My Life Saver

Like me you’ve probably heard a lot about the tommee tippee closer to nature prep machine good and bad reviews.

I found out about this machine when I was 20weeks pregnant, I , like a few mums had my concerns about it thinking how could it possibly be hygienic,sterile enough to make baby’s bottles. But also , I was thinking how much more life would be simple if I had this machine.

When I had Oakley 4 years ago there was nothing like this then so we used to make our bottles up and leave them in the fridge until needed.

Which as we all know takes time and having heat them to the right temperature while you have a screaming baby just isn’t fun at all, Me being a mum of two the last thing I needed was Harlow crying for a bottle for ages while one cooled down.

I asked my midwife what her views on them were and she said that they did not agree with them because the formula powder is not sterile. It contains a rather terrifying amount of different bacterias some if it’s not been sterilised by boiling hot water. 
This advise would properly put a lot of mums off but I decided that I would ask around on what other mums thought of there prep machines. 
I received 9 replies of mums and 8 out of the 9 said that it was the best machine they have ever bought and would highly recommend it. They also would defiantly be using it with there next child , the only negatives were that the machine starts at 4oz, some babies won’t take 4oz that early on so they would have liked the machine to be able to do 2oz,3oz bottles. One lady who didn’t think the machine was great was because the bottles were not warmed up enough for her son.

After taking the comments on board me and Dominic decided we would invest in a prep machine as we believed it was going to make our lives so much easier which it really has it has been. 

I would highly recommend the Tommee Tippee Prep Machine to anyone having a baby as we have found that we have no problems with Harlows feeding , and that it also saves us a ton of time waiting for the bottle to be at the correct temperature. 

A Boys Best Friend

We all know how important it is to make sure our children treat animals right,love and look after them as they were one of our brothers or sisters.

When I was a little girl I had a dog called Molly, Molly wasn’t the most friendliest of dogs but to me she was my world and the day Molly had to be put to sleep was one of hardest times of my life. I had always wanted another dog but when I lived at home it wasn’t an option so when I had Oakley I just knew we had to have a dog to love, to learn how to look after a pet. I had always wanted a Labrador and knowing they were brilliant with children made me want one even more, so the search for a Labrador in our price range began. We found Our Labrador on Pets 4 Homes which is a fantastic site, After calling the breeder we decided to go and have a look at the puppy. 

When we saw her we knew she was the one. When we brought Daisy home she instantly fell in love with Oakley and had to be anywhere he was including the bath lol. 

I really couldn’t wish for a better dog than Daisy she has always been there for us even through the hard times she was always there for a cuddle.

 Daisy is like a mum to the boys she is alway ready to protect them and always has to be close by to them. When we had Harlow we wasn’t sure how she was going to react as she has always been with just Oakley but when we brough Harlow home she just laid with me while I feed him.

We are really a lucky family to have such an amazing dog.

She is our world and we truly love her so much, we all have a very unique bond with Daisy and I can honestly say a dog is family’s best friend and would recommend for any family to think about having one 😊 

Us Time 🍴🍷

As we all know when having children it’s always hard to find us time and find time to cook a new recipe or watch a film. 

With Oakley going to his dad’s tonight and Harlow having a sleep I thought it would be nice to try a new recipe for a romantic meal with my man. 

I really fancied Chicken,bacon In a creamy mushroom sauce,  I’ve tried cooking this before and it didn’t go to plan but I found a lovely simple recipe and gave it a go.
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves 2

1tsp oil
2 free-range chicken breasts

15g (½oz) butter

250g (9oz) mushrooms, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

100ml (4fl oz) white wine

100ml (4fl oz) double cream

2tbsp chopped parsley leaves

steamed new potatoes and kale, to serve

1 Heat the oven to 180 C, 160 C, 350 F, gas 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan, season the chicken and fry for 2 minutes on either side. Place on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

2 Melt the butter in the frying pan, turn up the heat and add mushrooms and seasoning. Fry until browned slightly, then add the garlic and wine and bubble until the alcohol smell has burnt off. Reduce the heat and stir in the cream, simmering until the sauce has thickened slightly.
3 Stir the parsley through the sauce and serve poured over the cooked, sliced chicken breasts, with the new potatoes and green beans on the side.

It is a wonderful recipe and was amazing and so tasty 😍
Looking forward to the rest of our evening a good film and cuddles on the sofa 💑. 

Have a fab evening all 😘