A snippet of our week in snapshots #2

Hello and welcome to my blog.

If you are returning, then a huge thanks and a high five to you! I appreciate the support.

As I shared last Sunday, I will we posting a Sunday a photo grid showing pictures of what we have been up to that week. If you want to see what we did last week click here.

Don’t forget you can follow our hashtag #asnippetofourweekinsnapshots over on instagram too.

So this week consisted of

Sunshine

We had some nice weather so I attempted to do structured play with the boys. We did water painting in the garden, it was a lot of fun. We haven’t really used water paints that much but they are perfect. So easy to use and easy to clean up after too.

•Potty Training• 

Darwin did three poops and one pee on the toilet unprompted…. Say whaaaaa???

It didn’t last long, even with lots of encouragement our Poang and floor ended up covered in pee.

•School•

So the new school uniforms arrived and I had to try them on Darwin. He looks so cute I could eat him!!!!

•Soup•

Yeah, so I thought soup would make a good lunch. Quick and easy and I forgot MESSY!! Thankfully I have these Ikea aprons, which keep soup of the kids as well as paint and glue when crafting.

•Nature walk•

We went on a little nature walk and found these teeny weeny snails. They have actually inspired a blog post I am writing. Keep your eyes peeled.

•Sale•

I have started taking pictures and created another Instagram account so I can start selling some of the boys old clothes. All the money will be used to but them more clothes.. And maybe chocolate [for me]

•Bedtime•

We stayed home all day and by bedtime they were bouncing off the walls. Aunty Lauren came to visit. We decided to get out of the house and we went puddle hunting. We looked crazy but it gave us all a break, even if it was after bedtime!

•Rockets•

Darwin will turn three on Wednesday and I am planning a little tea party for a few kiddies. I’m trying to provide activities and one of them is making rockets and hover packs. I’ve been spray paining old milk cartons and cola bottles. It’s really cool!

•Poop•

So it’s going to be potty training time for Darwin soon, except he won’t use a potty so I bought this weepod which will allow him to go straight into the toilet safely.

So that was our week

What have you been up to? let me know in the comments x

[15-21 /09/2016]

Thanks for reading

Cherrysnotmyname 🍒

Cherie 💕

#WickedWednesdays [17.08.16]

Well it is only ruddy Wednesday. Again.

So, that means it is time to link up with Emma over at Brummymummyof2 for #WickedWednesdays

I went to go and get more pegs and came out to this. Needless to to say the trellis has now been removed. kids eh! hahaha.

 

If you want to play along, feel free pop over to Emma’s blog and get the details on what to do. Don’t forget to check out the #wickedwednesdays hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see what others have posted. Its always good for a giggle!!!

 

Thanks for reading

Cherrysnotmyname 🍒

Cherie 💕

 

brummymummyof2

Birth Announcement and Story 💕

[Today Ezra is 8 weeks old. I am honestly not sure where the time has gone, but I thought it was time I wrote up his birth story, I hope you enjoy…]

On Monday the 20th of June 2016 at 12:36pm a teeny little fellow weighing in at 7lb 11oz entered the world. He was already more loved than he knew and had bought more happiness and healing than he would have thought possible.

His name is.

Ezra Jay Fox Lewis-Quinn

He is this guy 💕

This is his Birth Story…

I had been having mild irregular contractions for a week, but Everytime they started to follow a pattern they would fizzle out. Sunday [19.06.2016] was Father’s Day. I said to Sean it would either be his last Father’s Day as a father of three or his first Father’s Day as a father of four.I woke up at 5am, with mild Braxton hicks and a dull period like ache.

It was starting in my back and wrapping round into my stomach. I took some Paracetomol and it continued. This made me very excited. I was having them between every 5-10 minutes.As the morning went on, they got further apart and by the afternoon had stopped completely. We went on to have a lovely Father’s day with Sean and my Father in law and we also got to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Natalie.

When we got home I was absolutely shattered and jokingly said to my husband that I was far too tired to go into labour that night. Whilst putting my then youngest son Darwin (almost three year old) I said I was going to bed too. I took my raspberry leaf tea capsules and inserted my 3 evening primrose oil capsules as per my nightly routine.

For the past three nights I had been listening to a Hypnobirthing CD and reading positive birth affirmations both kindly sent to me by my best friend Rida, who had less than 2 weeks prior birthed her 2nd daughter. The previous three nights Darwin had also nursed himself to sleep, tonight he again asked for “Boo Boo” and I said “yes”.

[A selection of some of my favourite positive birth affirmations]

This time when he nursed something was different, whilst he was feeding I began to get quite moderately strong contractions, I started timing them, they were every two minutes and lasting 40 seconds. I started to get excited. However, I kept telling myself these weren’t ‘real’ contractions and were only caused by the nipple stimulation of Darwin nursing.

I felt something in my lower abdomen which felt like 3 popping bubbles. I wondered if maybe my waters had broken as I had heard people describe that feeling previously. nothing happened and so I thought I was wrong. When I stood up I felt a small trickle of warm liquid, but I thought maybe I was just peeing myself.

My Mum called me and I told her not to get too excited but I thought my waters were trying to break. I checked my pad and there was definitely liquid and it was a reddy brown colour. I told Sean I thought my waters were leaking and he and my Mum told me to go to hospital. I called the hospital to let them know what was happening and they advised I come in, but there was no need to rush.

Due to it being the evening, we decided I would get a taxi and Sean would stay with the children so he could do the school runs in the morning if I was still in labour. By the time my taxi arrived I was almost certain it was my waters leaking and I took a towel to sit on, just in case.

When I got to hospital after a little bit of a wait it was confirmed my waters had indeed broken. EEEEK. I was told due to my previous deliveries [two emergency c sections and one natural] and my poor health during the pregnancy, I had received 2 blood transfusions and two iron transfusions. I was going to stay in hospital even though I wasn’t dilated. At this point it was just after 11pm and this is where I start to lose track with timimgs.

My sister in law [Lauren] came to the hospital straight from work, I was starting to get contractions, they were around every 5-10 minutes and weren’t very strong. I was moved from the assessment room and into a delivery room. I was put on a monitor and as the contractions ramped up quite quickly and baby’s heartbeat kept dipping I was given fluid through an inter-venous drip. I ended up having 2.5 bags, I was quite dehydrated and each time they gave me fluids the baby’s heart rate settled.

By 2am in the morning the contractions had got closer together and were a lot stronger. The midwife suggested I get in the bath, it was beautiful. Lauren was timing my contractions through the door, going of my moaning, I thought this was very sweet of her. The contractions were now coming every two minutes, but the strange thing was I had an immense amount of pain in the bottom of my bump, but the top of my bump was not going hard at all. very strange.

the contractions continued and I asked if I could have some pain relief, I had already had paracetamol and wanted some pethedine as I wanted to try and sleep. I had been checked and was only 1cm. I couldn’t have the pethedine as the baby’s heartbeat was still dipping at this point. my contractions were at this point getting unbearable.

Lauren had arranged to go back to my house so she would be there to have the children should Sean need to leave at any point and my Mum was on here way. By this point I needed my Mum. Lauren waited for my Mum to arrive and then left. I cried when I saw my Mum. I couldn’t understand why I was in so much pain. I’d had three children previously, one with natural onset labour and natural contractions and two inductions with medically induced contractions.

[My Mum, my guardian angel]

I felt I knew what contractions felt like and was mentally prepared for the pain. However this was out of this world. We could see the contractions registering a lot higher on the monitor, but still the top of my bump wasn’t going hard. When the pain came all I could do was grab the bed rail and scream, I ended up crying and swearing and then apologising.

I was checked again and I was still only 1cm, the consultant gave me a sweep to try and help me along as my previous two c sections had been for failure to progress. They gave me the second bag of fluid and after a few hours of using the Gas and Air. I could not cope with the pain. I knew there was limited amount of time I had to get into labour [4cms+] before we would have to seriously thing about going to theatre.

The midwives were being brilliant, they knew I really wanted to try for a natural delivery and they tried to get me back into the water and we tried the portable monitoring machine. I had the machine on for around 10 minutes and the pain was so extreme it completely immobilised me. I was lifting my bump up and screaming and crying. I made the decision to have an epidural as I could not carry on like this.

My contractions were every 2-3 minutes and sky high on the monitor. I knew the epidural could slow it down and it did, but I was still having 3-4 contractions every 10 minutes and they were good long strong ones. I fell in and out of sleep. I was exhausted. I knew I still had a while to go but when they checked me at some point after 11am and I was still only 1cm. I knew we were heading to theatre.

[Exhausted and High on G+A]

I agreed, I didn’t and couldn’t go through hours and hours and hours more of this and probably still end up in theatre anyway. I was by this point getting very bad pain in my old c section scar[s]. The top of my stomach was still not going hard and even the midwives were a little baffled by this.

And so Sean was called and all the paperwork was completed for theatre. My Mum had to leave and now wouldn’t be able to see me till visiting hours at 3pm. She went back to my house and watched the boys with Lauren. I was worried Sean wouldn’t make it in time, but he got there a few minutes before I was wheeled down to theatre.

I was taken into theatre and as I had an epidural they attempted to top it up. However, after 15-20 minutes, they attempted to make the incision and I could feel it. the decision was made to put me to sleep. Sean had to leave and I remember being so upset and then they put the mask on and the next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room.

Sean was there, and he had our baby, Our teeny tiny baby. He told me he was a boy. I was overcome with Love instantly. I knew all along he was a boy. He was completely naked, just as I wanted. We had some skin to skin and he had a small feed. We called him Ezra and I chose his middle names Jay [after his Nannies Janice, Julie and Jackie] and Fox…well just because.He was perfect.

[Our first photograph as a new little family]


[ Exhausted and Exhilarated]

I was a little disappointed that I never got my natural birth, but I later found out Ezra was back to back and he had not descended into my pelvis and he had instead been headbutting my pelvis. Which we believe explains the excruciating pain I had. He had a bruise on his head and eye from the force of it. I will never know if I had waited if I may have got the natural birth I wanted. I can however say, I am completely happy with my decision. I have no guilt. unlike previous times. I was in control, I was able to make the decision rather than having it made for me.

[Poor Ezra and his bruising]

I refuse to feel a failure because I am NOT  a failure…look at what [who] I made…


Thanks for reading

Cherrysnotmyname

Cherie

 

A Snippet of our week in snapshots #1

I use Instagram to share the majority of my photos. An idea I have seen used is to have a grid of pictures that show things that have happened that particular week. Some people have also created their own personal hashtags too. I thought this was a great way to keep track of our lives and try and remember the small moments that may get lost otherwise. I decided to join in.

My hashtag is #asnippetofourweekinsnapshots (same as the tittle of this post)

I have decided I will use photos that I haven’t already uploaded to Instagram, so it really will be the pictures that would otherwise get lost and the memories forgotten.

I will be writing a small description of what each photo is, this will help me to create stronger memories and maybe it will contain things that may inspire others?? who knows?

WATER

 I decided to let the boys have some fun in the sun and do some messy play. They had bubbles and water and shaving foam. Zachary,Darwin and Oliver all played together really well, With the all ending up covered in foam and Darwin stood in one of the tubs and soaked his feet.

BIKES

We had been in the house all day and the boys were getting restless, we decided to take a bike ride to our local (mini) supermarket. It was so cute all three of them on their bikes, although Darwin refuses to pedal so Sean has to push him.

COFFEE

Bought myself a new mug, I like a mug with a quote on it. I am liking this quote at the moment and I realised it was almost the same shade of grey as our ‘feature’ wall in the living room.

SICK

The Joys of feeding an almost newborn.When they spit up on you. !YAY!

THOMAS

Darwin was excited that the Thomas the tank engine ride in Sutton was working as the past three times we have been it has been out of use. This boy Loves Thomas.

SPIN

Darwin Loves this new modern version of a roundabout, it looks like a satellite dish and you spin it round. he loves going really fast and getting dizzy.

FRIENDS

We met up with one of my most treasured friends, Layla and her little Boy Ethan. Darwin kept us on our toes as we had to take it in turns chasing him each time he ran of. It was so good to catch up, although next time I’m leaving Darwin at home.

TRAINS

Thursday through Sunday Oliver and Zachary were in Blackpool with their Nanny Julie and Uncle Paul. Darwin really enjoyed having all the trains and tracks to himself and the house was remarkable quiet.

CHOCOLATE

We went to Ikea. I heart Ikea. we bought a few bits for Darwin’s birthday which is coming up soooooooon and a few other housey bits. We also bought the bag of mini Daim bars and that evening when the kiddies were in bed I ate quite a few. Ooooops.

So, that was our week

[8-14/08/2016]

Thanks for reading

Cherrysnotmyname 🍒

Cherie 💕

Our favourite Five [July 2016]

It’s been a while since I linked up with Maria From suburban mum for Our Fave Five.

It’s a great way to keep track of the things you have enjoyed that month and great to look back on months/years later. We always think we will remember things, but often don’t. It’s like a little happiness tracker 💕

So here is JULY

   FINISHING NURSERY SCHOOL


July saw Zachary finish pre-school nursery. His nursery staff have been amazing there were tears from both the students and the teachers at their mini graduation. They have helped Zachary to progress more than I dared hope for when he started.

Zachary has created some really strong relationships with his teachers and support staff. To the point where on occasions at home he has become overwhelmed He will ask for them as they are a source of comfort and security.

I wanted to get them a gift each but didn’t have lots of money and wanted to do something that involved Zachary. We decided to make them cards. Zachary painted each card specifically for each person. I spoke to him about each teacher/support worker and I wrote words and comments that he said about them each. I then wrote a heartfelt thank you from me and Sean.

We took them in after all the other students had left and Zachary was initially very overwhelmed and crying but once he saw the staff he became extremely excited and was jumping and flapping and scripting and it was beautiful.

 

                 BABYWEARING

July has seen me doing lots of baby wearing. I love wearing Ezra and I was lucky enough to holiday a woven wings ring sling (the one with all the triangles). It was beautiful and I did fall a little bit in love with it.

Babywearing has meant I have had my hands free for the other children should they need them. I also found a pretty wrap and shades makes me feel like a million dollars.

        BARK

We put down bark chips in our back garden to replace some paving slabs and stones that were there previously. The boys constantly take their shoes and socks off in the garden and they were constantly hurting themselves.

The bark has been great. We aren’t worrying about them throwing it and it’s soft enough to sit on. The boys get great sensory and creative play mixing it with grass to make birds nests, burying their feet in it or throwing it in the air. Zachary loves it as it the same as the ‘field’ as at nursery.

 

   NHS

I have mentioned in a few of my posts my love and appreciation for the NHS.  July saw me being very, very thankful. At 11 days old my littlest son Ezra took a turn for the worse. I noticed he was having some difficulty breathing. We went straight to A+E. He ended up being in for 5 days he had a serious case of bronchilitis and was admitted to the High Dependency Unit when the top of his right lung collapsed. The Staff were amazing and extremely caring and they really made me feel at ease.

Due to some personal problems I was unable to stay with him the whole time, but the hospital allowed my Mum to stay with him which was a huge relief and sense of comfort. They provided an electric breast pump to allow him to have as much breastmilk as possible. One member of staff really out me at ease, she was chatty and she placed a notre on his door saying SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS : Lots of cuddles

Thankfully Ezra made a swift recovery due to the wonderful staff. Thank you NHS x

Ezra

July has been all about getting to know the latest addition to our family, Ezra. He is adorable, I know I am biased. I have adored watching his little cheeks plump out, his facial expressions are hilarious and the not so quiet ‘goat’ noises he makes are the cutest.

He has slotted in so well to our family and the older boys adore him, sometimes a little too much. It is beautiful watching them all develop their own relationships with him. We couldn’t imagine life without him.

 

Thanks for reading

Cherrysnotmyname

Cherie

 

** If you want to play along, go check out Maria’s blog to find out how to get her badge and link up. CIAO….till next month.