Author: Josie Selby

Just another summers day

So today has been one of those days where it doesn’t rain it literally pours, OK so it didn’t start off so bad it’s just ended in disaster and to be honest I just want to hide under the duvet and imagine it never happened. I think it all started from the moment where I was feeling smug about how well I was handling the day with the two boys on my own. ¬†Dear hubby has to work away fairly regularly which leaves me manning the fort with both boys on my own. Normally there is a little bit of chaos involved but today has raised the bar. I successfully collected my eldest from nursey without the youngest having a complete meltdown in the car seat (he is one of those babies who is not lulled into a comforting slumber by the car…nope he goes MENTAL!) anyway, so we all returned home with smiles on our faces, healthy snacks were prepared before I’d left the house and tea was already planned (thank goodness for M&S). My eldest politely informed me when he needed a nap and actually went down with little fuss and he enjoyed a lovely two hour snooze. Now I was prepared for my youngest to not coordinate his napping with his brother as he seems to have developed a habit of this as of late, so...

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Thinking back to the start of our ‘preemie’ days

It almost feels like a lifetime ago when I was living my days on the NICU ward spending every moment possible with my first born. It was January 2013 when we discovered I was pregnant, making the decision to start a family was a daunting one, more on my part as I worried about how I would cope with pregnancy, the changes in my body and inevitably the labour but nothing prepared me for when my eldest son arrived 11 weeks early and completely shook my world to its core. Our little champion decided to arrive in the middle of the blistering summer that we had in July rather than the late September when he was due. It had all started a week before he was born when I was struck with very sudden and painful backache, I blamed the uncomfortable mattress at the in laws and cursed them for being made to be so uncomfortable when I was so whale like in my pregnancy. When the backache didn’t ease, I had fears of preterm labour so we got ourselves checked out on our way home from a weekend in Edinburgh. My worries were soon put at ease when all seemed to be fine, I was given a clean bill of health and I started to come to terms with the fact that I had just entered the third...

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Quarantined – we have the pox.

So this week has been a testing week since entering the world of “mum with two boys”. Three and half months into the crazy whirlwind of having two children and we’ve been struck down with the pox. Following the May bank holiday weekend where as a family we enjoyed warm weather, laughter with friends, a cheeky drink or two and a juicy burger from our first BBQ, we noticed a small red lump on our eldest just underneath his right nipple. Not thinking much of it we smugly went about our weekend juggling the two boys with great success, I even bragged about the 7 hours sleep my youngest gave me. We were soon to be punished for having such a joyful weekend when the small swelling became a blistered mound followed by a smattering of little spots popping up round and about….in fact they were everywhere. Overnight our poor little boy became a human dot to dot, just in time for hubby to go back to work and leave me quarantined in the house. Now don’t get me wrong, being home with the boys is not a burden, in fact it can be lovely albeit a bit frantic and needing military planning. But when you are mentally prepared for the eldest to be in nursery and just spend your day snuggling your littlest, having to cancel nursery and...

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About me

I am a wife, a high school teacher, a mum of two and occasionally I dabble in the fine art of cake baking and decorating. I am bumbling my way into the blogging world upon the request of some fellow mum chums so here goes.