The A-Z of my little family 3/26


C is for Cranky…

Cranky is your cuddley friend,
he is with you all the time
Cranky needs to have a wash,
but you think he smells just fine

Cranky has two brothers,
you like to have all three
You keep them close together,
sometimes hidden between your knees

Cranky is your cuddley friend,
he keeps you snug and warm
Cranky has been with you all the time,
ever since we brought you home.

Cranky is also very cheeky,
apparently just the same as you
If something spills or falls on the floor,
cranky is to blame too

Cranky keeps you happy,
you cuddle him when you’re sad
Cranky is your cuddley friend,
but he still smells pretty bad.



Let’s make a home..

So far this year we have been slowly but surely turning our little house into the perfect family home for us to share with the little man.


Whenever you move into a new house, its always a work in progress. There is always some kind of work that needs carrying out or some particular feature that must be changed.

Normally we would have painted and rushed along with the odd jobs that needed doing, but seeing as we don’t have any plans to move anytime soon, we thought, instead of making do and just changing a few parts we would take our time and make it OURS.


It has definitely taken some time, but now.. Finally after so long the place is starting to look like home. The big man obviously takes all the credit though, as I am absolutely diabolical when it comes to DIY!! Not only has he laid down all new flooring, he has made me a wonderful breakfast bar too. I’m quite lucky to have a handy man around the house 🙂

Our carpet has arrived and has finally been fitted into place and our bedroom now feels like a bedroom instead of a dumping ground. I have a few finishing touches to add (that’s where I come in, I love nothing more than to scatter my possessions, mainly candles about the place and make things look pretty) and then we can sit back and enjoy our lovely family home.

I have seen a lot of wall art around and I am currently deciding what to choose for our bedroom. The little man is going to be having a feature wall made up of all his favourite characters. Fortunately he has an extremely talented auntie who will be doing this for him. I can’t for her to get started on it 🙂



Welcome to the world little man.

I loved being pregnant. I was always showing off my baby bump at any given oportunity. I would always have a protective hand over my bump too, even without knowing it. I loved the way my body changed and blossomed around my pregnancy.

When I was expecting the little man, I was a little bit obsessed with reading up on everything baby and bump related. I’m sure most of you, if not all of you can relate to this. I had a vast collection of apps on my iPod and checked all of my updates religiously on a daily basis. As soon as I had read something new I would chew the big mans ears off for hours.

I even went as far as having three or more baths a day just so I could pour water on my belly to watch the little man wriggle about 🙂

Because my pregnancy went so smoothly (yes, I was one of the lucky few that suffered with zero morning sickness for a whole 9 months!) I expected my labour to go just as well too.

When my due date of 02-03-11 arrived I sat waiting patiently for the contractions to start. Nothing happened. I tried every trick in the book, raspberry leaf tea, chunks of fresh pineapple and even hot Curry’s to see if this would help the little man on his journey.

The little man was obviously very content in there and didn’t want to come out. Finally on 05-03-11 at 8.30pm I started to get little twinges every now and again. I was so excited at the thought that my baby would be arriving into the world at anytime, I had my mum and dad on standby to take us to the hospital when things progressed further.

My contractions got stronger and stronger over the next few hours so we called the hospital but we were told as I didn’t sound like I was labour there was no need for us to come in. My contractions continued, worsened and came and went faster and faster for the next 3 days but the hospital still told me to take a bath and have a paracetamol. Did paracetamol work for anyone? It definitely did nothing for me.

Now me being a first time mummy, I thought this was normal. Obviously if fully trained midwives are telling you everything is fine and you don’t need to come to the hospital you automatically believe them and listen to what they have to say as they are fully trained in this area of expertise.

That night the big man decided enough was enough and called the ward to tell them we were coming up to the delivery suit shortly. My mum and dad arrived to take us and by this point I was absolutely exhausted.

I was admitted to the delivery suit no questions asked. Before I knew it I was hooked up to a heart monitor to check how the little man was doing. Straight from the off it wasn’t good. With each contraction the little mans heartbeat was dropping from 135 to below 50. I was still only 3 cm, but my contractions were showing that I should have been in the last stages of labour.

Six agonising hours later the surgeon decided that an emergency c-section was necessary and they whipped me off down to theatre. I remember kicking up a fuss stating that I wasn’t to be put to sleep under no circumstances so that the big man could be there to see our baby boy being born. All of this was in vain though, because as soon as that epidural kicked in I was out for the count, snoring away on the operating table, much to the aneasthetists’ amusement.

Every now and then I would come back around to see the big man whispering ‘you’ll be ok, I love you etc.’ As much as I knew he meant it I think he was saying it more to calm himself than anything else. With Adele’s Make you feel my love playing in the background our little bundle of joy was brought into the world on 10-03-11 @3:41am.

I couldn’t believe he was here. My little baby boy. Finally after 5 days of trying to escape he was here. Weighing in at 5lbs 8oz he was quite small. You could see where he had lost his weight as his skin was hanging from him in places where you could tell he was quite chunky before he lost his ‘brown fats’

There was a lot of complications following his birth, he needed to be treated in special care for two weeks for meningitis. Fortunately everything has turned out ok. He is a perfectly healthy little boy with an amazing cheeky personality and he never fails to make me proud on a day-to-day basis.

My proudest and most magic moment was bringing my little angel into the world. As soon as he was born I told the big man I would happily do it all over again in heartbeat. However he is still waiting for me to say when 🙂

I have Linked up with Magic moments with @oliversmadhouse


The A-Z of my little family 2/26


B is for BOYS

Mummy’s special boys
you fill my life with love
my little one and my big one
I wish you knew how much

You spend your time together
causing chaos all the time
you’re both extremely cheeky
the perfect partners in crime.

You love to copy Daddy
in everything he does
and if he starts to do something
for you to copy him is a must

I love to sit and watch you both
the closeness that you share
I couldn’t have wished for better boys,
you are by far the perfect pair.



The A-Z of my little family 1/26


A is for ALWAYS…

I will love you Always
I will watch you grow,
I will try to guide you
and show you what I know

I will trust you Always
your secrets I will keep,
I love to tuck you in at night
and cuddle you while you sleep

I will need you Always
You make my world complete,
you’re such a little clever boy
and a pleasure to everyone you meet

I will love you Always
my wonderful little man,
I cherish the days we have together
let’s make all the memories that we can

You have always been so special
so happy and a Joy,
I couldn’t be any prouder
to call you our special boy


Afternoon delights


Have you ever been for afternoon tea?

I must admit the idea of of going for afternoon tea had never really crossed my mind and I can honestly say that if my wonderful friends (with fantastic taste and recommendations) hadn’t suggested it I probably wouldn’t have ever gone to one.

I’m so glad we did, I had a wonderful time. We decided to go to one local to us so that we wouldn’t have to travel very far. Our local tea room is based in Manchester just off Deansgate, down a quiet side street behind House of Frazier.

The interior is beautiful, it’s quite spacious with tables and chairs evenly set out around the restaurant as well big comfy looking leather seats to the back and around the sides. The place had some what of a calming feel too with some lovely power ballads playing in the background.

The cocktails looked gorgeous too.


The menu is quite good and has a nice selection to choose from. If you feel like having something light you may possibly want to go for ‘the cream tea’. With this you get a scone with cream and jam and a choice of loose leaf tea or coffee for only £5.45 per person. For the full range I have attached the menu below 🙂


You can find all of this and more at http://www.47kingstreetwest.co.uk

I decided on the 47’s afternoon tea. My treats arrived on a wonderful three tiered platter and consisted of a selection of sandwiches cut into pretty little triangles and decorated with twisted cucumber and halved cherry tomatoes. There was a mixture of fillings:

*Beef and horseradish
*Salmon and cream cheese
*Tuna and cucumber
*Cheese and tomato
*Egg and cress

The scones with the fresh cream and jam was by far my favourite. I could quite happily get by day to day eating this wonderful goodness. (Not that this would be healthy in anyway shape or form) 😉
Finally on the top tier you get a selection of mini cakes and chocolate surrounded by sliced strawberries. Our cakes were a mixture of:

*Carrot cake
*Lemon drizzle cake
*Miniature chocolate and fruit cupcake



I have always been one to be different, so it was only fair that I had a delicious cappuccino to follow. If coffee is an option then nothing else will come close.

I would highly recommend this restaurant and the staff were very nice. We didn’t feel rushed even though it was quite busy. We ended up staying for a good few hours and it seemed that the afternoon tea had finished by the time we were ready to go.

I will most definitely be going again some time in the near future. (The big man doesn’t know it yet but he shall be taking me)

So if you would like a nice relaxed afternoon out, whether it be to catch up with friends, just to chill out or some quality time with that special someone in your life then book a table today. I’m sure you will love it as much as I did.