#MyWeeklyHug – Week 3 Open until 5:30pm GMT Thursday

I’m so sorry guys I have been massively busy this week with the launch of our new blog More Than Just Mummies where I have teamed up with the beautiful ladies from Pass the Prosecco Please, WeeOhana and One Hull of a Mum to bring a blog that shows that we are more than just mummies and we have thoughts and feelings too. Check it out!

As a result of me running late it means obviously I can’t stop the linky at 5pm tonight as normal so I am going to extend it until 5:30pm Thursday so that everyone has a good opportunity to join in. Now please do remember you don’t have to be a blogger to join in, you can share something on your personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram anything, when you click on the add link button just copy the link to the photo 🙂

 

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Last week I was very sad to see that only one person had joined me on my linky so I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word, it only takes 2 seconds and shares a lot of smiles.  So Thank you One Hull of a Mum for linking up with me last week with an amazing Nanna Hug .

My hug this week is Myself, Gareth and Bethie. It has been extremely hot this week so we went out and got a paddling pool, then borrowed the right extender for our taps off the neighbour before letting the kids get in there and have fun. Beth is usually scared stiff of water, she hates Baths or getting wet at all but she absolutely adores the paddling pool.

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Big Boy Class already???

As some of you know the decision to put Freddie into nursery was not something I did eagerly. I was very much in the frame of mind that if I’m at home then why shouldn’t I look after him, he’s my child and my responsibility. Not only that but I believe the nursery places for 2 year olds should be available for working parents as I know what it’s like to have to pay out nursery fees and feeling like you’re working and missing out for nothing but to pay the bills. (sorry I’m babbling and going far from what I was intending on writing about!)

Anyway after much deliberation I decided it was in his best interests for him to go ( much to Daddies devastation) as his behaviour was becoming increasingly difficult and he wasn’t very good when it came to mixing with children his own age. The big uns are far older than Freddie and Beth is only a baby so Freddie has been very spoilt and when the others have been at school he has been pampered with love and kisses and everything that he wants. Ok what I’m trying to say in a polite way, my son turned into a spoilt brat. He needed to learn how to share, be with other children and how to play nicely. Not only that he is also very smart so needed that extra stimulation.

Big boy class already? but it’s not september!

Freddie has been doing incredibly well at nursery. They can’t believe that he had behaviour problems at home because he has been golden there. Everything they tried to teach him he already knew, such as boy and girl, empty and full, numbers, colours etc. We went to parents evening not long ago and they commented on how amazing his manners are. That’s one thing I can vouch for even when he’s stropping and shouting ‘stop it’ he adds a please on the end of it.

Last week we took him into nursery to be greeted at the door by one of the nursery staff saying pre-school for you today Freddie. I am not going to lie my heart sank. Now don’t get me wrong, I am pleased he has done so well they want him to go into the class early BUT I wasn’t prepared for it. I wasn’t expecting him to go into the big class until September. He’s only 2!

He absolutely loved it, he wasn’t sure when he first walked in and I thought he might get upset but he didn’t he thrived in there. When we went to pick him up we asked if this was going to be a permanent thing now and we were told no it was just a couple of taster sessions until he starts properly in September. He has been in the big class ever since! We drop him off to the small class and everyday when we go to pick him up he is back in the big class.  They said he is doing perfect, doesn’t struggle in there. Loves interacting and playing with his friends ( Freddie went to play group for over a year and rarely played with other kids) So he is more than ready.

Mummy on the other hand want to wrap her baby boy up in a towel with a hood on it and give him a bottle, sing him to sleep, wind him … you get the gist!

It turns out in Freddie’s case the decision to send him to nursery was the right one in the end.

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#Bullieswontwin – Hannah’s Story

Last week we heard all about Victoria from Lylia Rose and her experiences of bullying. I am still completely in awe of everyone who is sharing their stories with me to help me spread the campaign and who are helping to stand up to the bullies!
This weeks story comes from the lovely Hannah from Mysouthbristolyard.

Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself.
 I’m Hannah a mum of 2 and an admin  assistant.

 Can you remember when the bullying started for you? Where were you? What happened?

I was bullied from primary school on and off but it was secondary school year 7 when it became constant. It was due to having a speak problem and not have branded trainers. The girls were worse heckling me and threatening me. In the end I truanted from year 9 and stopped going to school all together by yr 11 and never doing a single exams.

Can you remember how it made you feel at the time?

 Absolutely crap, it felt like no one cared at the school, I didn’t have any siblings to stick with and I didn’t tell my mum as I didn’t like to worry her.  Back in the 90’s truancy was a lot easier than today but there’s more help out there now. I would hang out with mates, drinking and even took ecstasy.

How has bullying affected you in your life and how you are as a person?

I’m has built my character, I will do anything for anyone and kind to others but at the same time I can be hard emotionally and very stubborn. I would say that if it happened to me in my 20’s or now they wouldn’t get away with it.

althought I left school with nothing I did gain some qualifications in night college, stopped hanging around with losers, got a good job, settled down and had kids.
I have learned to be very quick at firing back remarks and standing up for myself but sometimes jump before I think.

If you could change anything about your experience what would it be? What would you do differently?

 Probably stand up for myself back then.

If you could give one piece of advice to somebody who is going through bullying now what would it be?

Speak out and fight back.

Thank you Hannah for sharing your story with me, It takes a lot to admit how things were and how you reacted to them especially when that involved taking drugs and going down a path that you maybe wouldn’t have otherwise taken.

You can find Hannah at

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#Childseyeview – Linky

This week I am linking up with the beautiful Kerry from One Hull of a mum with her new linky called #childseyeview. The idea is that the kids take over our phones or cameras for the day then select their favourite picture. I love the fact that the kids get to take over in this.

This week we gave Freddie (2) Gareth’s phone and let him loose and he took some picture, this picture is of Bethie’s big bear that Freddie took all by himself. The big bear has become a member of the family since Bethie was very poorly not long ago and it was bought for her by a friend of ours called Tracy who also bought me a gift too as she knew how tough it all was. Which was lovely of her. .  Well done Freddie!

Isn’t it crazy looking at the world through their eyes,  some of the other pictures were fantastic too. It didn’t matter if they were blurred or not quite right because he had taken them all by himself like a big boy !

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Fathers Day

If you’re in the UK you will be aware that today is Fathers Day, it’s a chance for us to celebrate all of the daddies out there and show them that we appreciate them. I wrote a post not too long ago about how dads need more appreciation so today really is just a day for exactly that.

So Firstly I would like to say a special Happy Fathers Day to the most incredible Dad in the world. And despite Gareth being an awesome Dad I don’t mean him. I mean my Daddy. I genuinely got very lucky the day he chose to be part of my life. I am without a shadow of a doubt the biggest Daddies Girl in the world. I don’t get Daddies credit card or anything like that ( Although I’m pretty sure if he was able to he would give it to me)

But he is ALWAYS there for me when I need him, no matter what time it is early morning or late at night I know my Dad is just a call away. The amount of times that he has got me out of pickles , or saved me is incredible. He still fusses now even though I’m 35. Take today for example, he asked me if I was wearing Sun cream and telling me to drink plenty of water. It’s the little things like this that make me know that he is there unconditionally.


The second person is my other half and Daddy to my babies. Gareth. Gareth walked into our lives 5 years ago and didn’t even want children. Today he is the Daddy to not one, not two but 5 yes 5 children. 3 of which he has taken on as his own and would do anything for. I have no shame in saying that every single one of those children come before me and are top of his priority list. Their happiness is his main aim and if they’re happy then so is he.

It’s crazy to think that when we met Annabelle was only the age Freddie is now and he has watched her grow into the beautiful little girl she is now. He has watched Harry and Ellie grow from children to preteens and teens and now is watching his own babies grow. It has all gone so fast but one thing I do know is that I couldn’t have chosen anybody better to be there for my children, to guide them and support them. To help to teach them right from wrong. We all adore him and the special bond he has with each of the children is unique to them and it’s lovely to watch those bonds grow.

 

Apley Arms – Toby Carvery – Breakfast – Restaurant review

Today whilst doing some shopping Gareth and I decided to grab some breakfast. As it was 10:30 we called ahead to check if it was still OK to go and get breakfast, to which we were told it was fine as they were serving until 11Am.  Continue reading “Apley Arms – Toby Carvery – Breakfast – Restaurant review”

#MyWeeklyHug week 2

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Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, my favourite hug last week came from Lily Madeline  – I think the picture just shows happiness and you tell they were having a great time.  If you missed any of last weeks they are right here.

This weeks #MyWeeklyHug comes not from me but its my eldest and youngest children. I absolutely love how close all of my kids are and I think this shows in my picture. You can just see how much they adore each other.

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#Bullieswontwin -Victoria’s Story

Last week we heard how Rebecca from Mummy Est 2014 was affected by bullying in her story. This week we have the incredibly beautiful and amazing Victoria from Lylia Rose telling us about what happened to her.. Continue reading “#Bullieswontwin -Victoria’s Story”

Things you never thought you would hear yourself say – Until you became a parent.

Before I became a parent there were many things I wouldn’t dream of saying, things such as ‘Please stop drinking out of your brothers potty’ or ‘Don’t scratch your bum then sniff your finger’ Today another little gem occurred when Gareth said ‘ Freddie please stop drinking off the table’ After Freddie has spilt his drink all over the table then proceeded to lick it off like a cat!  So I took to some of my favourite bloggers and asked them. “What are the things you never thought you would hear yourself say? ” Continue reading “Things you never thought you would hear yourself say – Until you became a parent.”

Self-Harm the new trend in Secondary School

We’ve all been to secondary school and we are all aware of the stupid trends that go round. The latest craze. Well in my children’s school that trend is something not so great.  You see the latest craze is to hurt yourself! To self-harm. ( we have reported it to the school) The kids have reported to me that several of their friends have been cutting themselves. I have even seen snap chat pictures where some of the children have used pen or make up to make it look like they have cut themselves. This is causing me quite a lot of upset. Continue reading “Self-Harm the new trend in Secondary School”