Its been a while since the last time I posted a blog. The reason is simple, nothings much has been going on with my life lately.
I had a good 2017 year ender. But not really 🙂
I was partly (partly?) depressed and stressed at the end of 2017. I suspected I still had a bit of post partum depression left on my blood stream. I dont hate my myself or anything about my baby at all. I just get depressed and stressed for (i think) no valid reasons. To add the already confusing excuse, dont ask me why i suspected its kind of a postpartum depression, just figure it out yourselves :-D. I might also say I was kind of feeling like I was under the weather (a bad one). So if you are feeling the same at the moment, dont ever think its the end of the world!. Cheeerrrsss to that! Get up and boogie!
To be honest, the best reason is…… tadahhhh! I couldn’t find the time to post anything. I have got a few unfinished blog but cant seem to get that “space” to focus on what to write. Every time is now a busy time for me, with a 16 month old (now 17), running and climbing about when I’m at home after work, I just couldnt find a “me” time. Excuses…. excuses…. excuses!…. duh!.
I have to work harder to find time to post blogs. I like writing blogs, its a shame i dont have much time (motivation) of doing this. I need to learn a few from other mommy bloggers out there!. And enjoy more on blogging.
Another thing is that, I have been planning something for a year now, something I have been thinking for a long long time. I keep overthinking about the outcome, but this time i finally decided to do it and give myself a chance. Sorry I’m not saying what it is this time, because I havent got the final touches yet. Soon, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Hint: no hint! sorry :-D.
February-ish. 2018 (after half a month later)….
At the moment I’m at home having a quiet time, while my unwell baby is asleep. Yup! I stopped writing and blahhh! I finally remember, I have a blog to finish and post. My baba has been unwell for 3 days now. He is teething molars (2 coming out) but I dont think the fever has something to do with the teething. He has almost all his teeth out. His wee body is fighting some kind of virus. He goes to nursery everyday, while me and my husband are at work. One thing about having your baby at the nursery everyday is that, they babies tend to pass viruses constantly to one another. Parents who do the same knows exactly what I mean. So it has been all night mommy and daddy cuddles. Today instead of taking him to the nursery to only be picked early due to high temperatures, I decided both of us stays at home. I hope he gets well soon, I miss seeing him eat all he can. His wee appetite is down the drainage this time.
Woken up and demanded more cuddles….. Tata, mommy duties comes first!
Almost one month after………
Surprise!! I still havent posted this blog! Being LAZY! should not be an option! but I was!…. I have been wanting to post this but not getting a chance. So now, weather I like it or not I will do it.
To continue the story above. He came down with an ear infection for the second time (left ear this time). We had a trip to the emergency, and he was given an anti-infection spray for a week but it didnt work. After that we went to another check up, and antibiotic (amoxiccilin banana flavor) was given then. As expected, he loved it and always wanting for more. Ear sticky discharge/infection was gone in three days if not two, but we had to finish the 5 day medication of 5ml dosage, 3 times a day. It might sound easy but it was very tiring, a parent/s kind of “tired” (you can’t rest and say no!). Now I know the fact that, once you become a parent, you will be able to stay up watching your unwell child at night with too little sleep, and still able to work and function normally the next day!. Kudos to all mommies and daddies out there!, specially the other half who takes more parent duty times most of the time! aheeeemmm, (I had to clear my throat right thurrr!). 😀
It also seems like all his teeth are coming right through, I can’t be sure yet, as he wont let me have a good look, and when I use my fingers to check, he bites me! yes he does! (eyes roll). But i’m pretty sure most of his teeth are out now.
Me so feeling sleepy already ya’ll! I will stop from here so i can re-read then post!
Next blog is going to be a Travel Blog! because!….. I love travelling and seeing places! My favorite road trip is the Scottish Highland trip! So if you want to travel to Scotland specially if you are planning for a road trippin to the highland… maybe i can give you some pointers. Tata for now.
It’s been a year long wait for a simple first birthday celebration for our little love. I cant believe how time can fly so fast when you’re enjoying it (i know its an uverused phrase but 🤷🏻♀️ …..).
We didn’t plan a big party celebration for his big ONE, instead we booked for a birthday photoshoot, and I decorated the house for our little bundle of sweet little headache to enjoy.
Lets start the birthday blog like this 🙂
Five weeks before my baby’s birthday, he went through almost all kinds of viruses and allergies. First he caught Foot, Hand and Mouth infection. For a week we both had to stay at home. He was away from the nursery in case he spreads the infection to other babies. On top of that he had high temperatures, grumpy and wanting me all the time. Our days and nights were spent with cuddles and tears. Unforgiving cough and colds followed, yet again fever that comes and go, I had to stay out of work longer to be with him. Coughing and runny nose got worst the following week, he looked as if he was fighting some kind of virus/bacteria more than ever. I needed him to be checked, but was told to just keep him hydrated and give right dosage of calpol every 4-6 hours.
His cough and colds were too stubborn to go away, his eyes started to discharge (yellowish and greenish) sticky liquid and his temperatures came back constantly for 3 days. His appetite went downhill. I took him to the doctor once again, expecting he would be given an antibiotic, but doctor says it would be too strong for his age (11months). He wasn’t looking very well, with both eyes swollen, discharging all the time and loaded with fever. I was feeling so sorry for my baby, if only I could take everything out from him, I would. His ears were checked but at that time it didn’t look bad. He was given ibuprofen instead of anti-biotic. I was awake most of the night as he keeps waking up scared and screaming because he couldn’t open his eyes. Giving him his medication was not easy either, he hated it but we managed. I had to keep washing off his sticky eye discharges with clean cloth soaked in cooled boiled water.
After a few days of not giving him a full body bath, I finally decided to give him one before bedtime. As soon as I started to dry his hair, he screamed like there was no tomorrow. He didn’t stop crying for about 10 long minutes, the longest cry I’ve heard of him since I don’t know when. Because his hair covers his ears, I didn’t even noticed they were swollen already. I didn’t know what else to do other than taking him to the emergency!. The doctor asked me if he had any ear discharges, but I said no (I didn’t see any discharges at all), I thought the mellow swelling (seen from the outer part of his ears) was caused by a bump (he keeps bumping into things like any other babies). The doctor started pressing his ear slowly, and blah! pus, came out right away. He had to ask a nurse to help us hold the baby in place, so there was me, my husband and a nurse, holding my baby, while he was taking every pus and blood out my babies ears. What a joy to watch…. NOT!!! I cried with my baby (mum life eh?) almost the whole time. He was given an antibiotic to take for at least 5 days to stop the infection from getting worst. Again it was hard to give him his antibiotic! he hated it more than the ibuprofen.
To make the story short, he got well and all, no further ear infection…. so birthday planning again, and excitement on the photoshoot!. I bought everything I wanted for his birthday decorations, all affordable and not extravagant.
Just when we thought everything was going well!. He caught the infamous “tummy bug”. We had booked him his first birthday photoshoot beforehand, but we had to re-schedule it since he was not felling and looking well. We want him to be photogenic and looking good in pictures when it happens. Tummy bug for me was the hardest time, watching my baby threw everything out he eats and drink was heartbreaking. If you are a parent, you know how it feels. It was so upsetting because he would keep asking for food (he was hungry all the time) but everything he takes in keeps coming out. It went on for a few good days. Appetite went downhill again and he started looking pale. I took him to the doctor, but the diagnosis was, he had an upset stomach as a result from taking an antibiotic???. I was actually expecting him to be forwarded to the hospital for IV fluids since his wee tummy was not accepting any solid and liquid foods. It was hard to accept, but I had to because…….. who am I to question a doctor?. I phoned the nursery let them know my baby will be off (yet again) for I don’t know how long, and told them what the doctor’s findings was, and even them was puzzled. Nursery staff told me 3 more babies stayed at home due to having a situation like what my baby is going through (tummy bug). What I did the whole time he was not well was to stay up all night and day (well almost no sleep) to keep him hydrated. Hubby and I had one of a kind mommy and daddy duties!. I would carry him and let him sleep on my shoulders expecting him not to through up when he is being held upwards, nope!! I was catching all his puke the whole time. Me and baby had to keep changing clothes many times a day!. Even when he was asleep he would manage to throw up. I could also hear inside his tummy boiling and rumbling like there were drummers playing inside. He stopped eating solids, he would only take milk and water which nothing stays in. It wasn’t long until he started pooping while throwing up at the same time!. And Nope!!! there was no hospital advice!!!. My baby fought the bugs whole heartedly!. He kind of knew he had to get well or else….. I tried asking to get hime IV fluids, but to no avail!! I kept getting told to stay at home and give him more water for hydration! (i regret even following the advice now). I should have taken him to the emergency because he have lost a lot of weight already.
Anyways, another way to make the drama story short…. he was able to pull through, from his normal weight of 9.5 kilos at 11 months…. he went down to a heartbreaking ….. 6 kilos!!. You might have guessed it right mothers!!! I cried hard feeling sorry for my baby!. This is the reason why I regret following doctor’s order to just stay home and keep him hydrated, when his wee tummy wasn’t accepting any intakes!?. I still thought I should have done more to get him taken to the hospital for IV fluids. I’m holding on to the fact that I gave him extra TLC, to keep him well!. Sleepless nights with plenty of cuddles were all worth it!. But everytime I think of it now, I feel bad not taking him to the hospital, he could have avoided losing a lot of weight. I should have followed my mother’s instincts.
Okey now, back to the birthday planning and all!.
He finally had his photoshoot, while he was loosing weight from being sick, I remember he was about 7.5 kilos when we went on to his picture taking. His outfit was loose already, he had two outfits, and his second one, the trousers was falling off. I had to keep pulling it up! in between his shoot. Since he was okey during photoshoot, it turned out a really good one!, he enjoyed it and the photographer was really good, making him pose and smile big for the camera!! we all had fun actually! our little love never showed any signs of how he was unwell for the past few weeks!. Of course mummy, daddy and even granny joined in!. I don’t have the pictures on hand yet (my apologies, i said on previous post I would share them, but don’t have them yet). I’d love to share them as soon I get them on hand, mostly on Instagram post.
Other than the photoshoot, I also decorated the house with banners and balloons for him to enjoy his day!. For all of us, his birthday was way too special. He won’t understand it yet, but we want it to be memorable, simple and most of all inexpensive.
I bought the balloons, banners, birthday badges, and helium balloons at Poundland and Card Factory. I didn’t have to spend too much for a good decor. We bought his birthday cake from a leading supermarket, and picked his favourite Paw Patrol cartoon characters.
On the night before his birthday, he decided to stay up until 11pm (duh! baby!). So it meant I had to stay up late at night to do all the decorations!. I’ve done everything at exactly 2am. With the help of hubby I think it didn’t take that long. The reason why I wanted to do the decorations on the night before his birthday was because I want my baby to be surprised with how the house will look in the morning. I know his only one, but I just wanted to see what his reaction will be.
We sang him happy birthday song first thing in the morning when he woke up. We surprised him in his room with cake, but we didn’t light the candles, in case we scare him with fire, plus we know he would grab the cake as soon as he sees it (yes he did). My wee love looked surprised and puzzled, as a matter of fact, he cried when he heard us singing the happy birthday song (silly boy 😅). He looked too cute crying in his pyjamas though.
We took him downstairs right after, to show him the birthday decorations!. His wee face looked amused as soon as he saw the balloons!. He was wondering what the decorations was all about. He went straight to the helium balloons first, then ran back to his granny sat on her lap for a cuddle. He was still looking confused, his eyes were moving around but with a smile on his face. After pursuing him to go play with the balloons, he finally went on. Played throw and catch with his daddy, until he wanted to play with them all by himself!. He even started biting the balloons and pressing them hard when he realised it was so much fun having them around him, we were surprised none of them blow up!. Sometimes cheap balloons works better than the expensive ones (thats for sure). And Oh! he started enjoying a lot, screaming, laughing and kicking balloons came next almost instantly.
I didn’t buy him toys for gifts, he doesn’t play with his toys that much anyways!. He likes playing with empty cans, empty bottles, cardboards, remote controls, and everything else other than his own toys!. Yup! if you experience the same thing with your toddler or baby, then you’re not alone!. What I did was I wrapped his old toys then put them on display!. Guess what???? he didn’t even notice his toys were away! (duh!). It was fun to see him enjoy what we had for him though, specially the balloons. He started getting presents as well on the mail, birthday cards, birthday gifts on boxes and toys, from family and friends!.
Because he enjoyed playing way to much, he didn’t took his morning nap at all!. So by the time we were going out for birthday early dinner, he was grumpy and crying already. He fell asleep in the car on our way to the restaurant, then woke up once we were there. He stayed up a bit while we were ordering food, then went back to sleep in his pram before the food arrived (typical birthday boy) 😅.
His birthday ended well, hubby and I were both happy, and for whatever reason it was tiring like we just throw a big! birthday party! :-D. Were glad we didn’t or else we would have been flat on our face by the midday at least.
Okey folks! until next blog! here are some photos to see how it all started. Thanks for reading!. Enjoy your day.