52 weeks of happy 7/52

IMG_6262I’m a little bit behind this week. Blame half term.

This time last week it was Shrove Tuesday, the day for pancakes! This year we shared it with friends who are new to the tradition. All the children had a go at flipping a pancake (under supervision of course), even Babykins. Some of them even managed to get their pancake to turn over and land in the pan again – happy days. We ate ours with lemon and sugar, golden syrup, chocolate sauce, cheese and ham and later, the grown ups had mushrooms in a milky sauce too. Note to self – pancakes are better when served for dessert only.

IMG_6311We’ve had some beautiful skies this week. The above was a sunset and below is a sunrise. Both taken with my iphone and jazzed up a bit with instagram.

Both these skyscapes predicted the weather correctly: ‘Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning’. The clear delicate, pinky sunset led to a cold frosty night and sunny morning. The fiery sunrise led to a cold day with lots of snow showers. Brrrr. Both the colours in the sky and the fact that I could get it right as an amateur meteorologist made me happy this week.

IMG_6313Who wouldn’t be happy at the sight of snowdrops? What made these special was being presented with them by my little Babykins and then watching him carefully put them in the old jam jar¬†vase. It reminded me of his antics this time last year.

IMG_6317This last picture is a bit of a strange one. These jeans belong to my son but he won’t be wearing them. Despite the fact that they were clearly a waste of money, that makes me happy.

They are far too big around the waist.

I bought them a long time ago when he was still taking steroids monthly as part of his treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Plus size jeans are hard to come by so when I found some, I bought the next size too. I just didn’t realise how much those monthly steroid courses were affecting his build (to see what steroids can do click here). Now he’s been steroid free for well over a year and is looking more like a classic 7 year old boy – skinny. Today I took them out of his wardrobe and packed them away to sell at a later date. Happy, happy, happy to be further and further away from cancer.

One Born Every Minute: Conception

Steady now, there are none of those photos in this post.

I knew I was ready to start a family about ten years ago when I had an unexplainably powerful urge to have a baby. I have never found the words to describe how it felt. Hormones have a lot to answer for.

Luckily for me and the Husband, we’ve never really had a problem with conceiving babies.

Of course, from the moment we decided that we would be ‘trying’ (I hate that expression), I was on tenterhooks. Would this month be the month? Your mind can play so many tricks on you, especially if you have a somewhat erratic cycle, like me. Mother Nature can be very cruel. The very same symptoms can mean either PMT or pregnancy.

When the magic finally happened, I was beyond excited. Imagine my disappointment when the Husband responded in his usual laid back way. In the movies, women announce their pregnant state to enraptured partners, who then sweep them up and cosset them for the next nine months. It wasn’t like that in our house. At five months pregnant I was still helping him shift concrete fence posts onto a trolley in B&Q.

I got used to him treating my pregnancy as a run of the mill event. In hindsight, I should have realised what a bonus it was that he wasn’t fazed by the whole thing.

Next time around and my heart thumped and fingers shook just as much as I took the pregnancy test.

There was something about this baby that felt right somehow. My first pregnancy had ended in a strange ‘missed miscarriage’ and my second resulted in Son Number One. For some reason I never felt secure in either of those pregnancies but I was completely confident about the one that gave me the Middle Miss. Strange.

By the time Babykins was conceived, I had acquired an iPhone. They say an iPhone will change your life.

It changed mine, I’ve never been pregnant so quickly. There’s an app for it you know….

I was using the ‘Period Tracker’ app on my phone to chart my cycle, mainly to work out when my hormone related migraines were going to hit. After a few months of this, the app got better at making predictions about when my fertile period would be.

It even told me the ‘Most Fertile Day’.


Result? Babykins is the only one of the three that I have any idea about when conception occured.