Monthly Archives: July 2013


A Right Royal Baby

July 25, 2013
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Lots of mixed reactions to the birth of a future King this week but all I can think about is the joy Kate and Wills must be feeling and it reminds me of the first few weeks of Isabella’s life. I don’t suppose Kate will be asking advice on NetMums and joining a Babycentre birth group, nor relying on those vital friends made through NCT to help her decide how best to bring up her baby and tips on what she should be doing. It must be hard being mother of a future King – while we all think we get told lots of advice from well wishers – imagine the reels of conflicting information Kate will receive! One of my biggest regrets was getting out and about so soon – I dearly wished I had spent 2 weeks indoors bonding and breast-feeding my new baby  with few distractions, but after being housebound for months with SPD and I suppose trying to prove how strong and capable I was, we were out having lunch by day 5 and taking visitors quite readily. Again, will Kate have that option? However they raise baby George, I am delighted for them and look forward to watching the little Prince grow into a very differet role than that of our present Queen, as I’m sure the world will be a much changed place.

16th July – some firsts

July 16, 2013
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The development curve does seem to be more like steps as things seem to come together at once. Today Isabella finally said iPad rather than ah..ah..ah. Not bad considering she’s been using it since she was 2 months old! Other firsts were ‘eeek eeek’ for a mouse and in the bath this evening Izzy grabbed her leg with one hand while she washed it with the other, then the same with the other leg, washed her arms, and then promptly stood up and washed her bum! She’s been washing her hands and feet and face for a while but this was the first time she’s done the whole body. She also attempted to stand on the potty to reach the sink. I think it’s time to buy her a step for washing her hands.

Day at the beach

July 15, 2013
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On Saturday we took Isabella, Mum and Dad to Frinton beach. Never been there before but its perfect for young families. Not a lot there but beach and sea and some lovely beach huts. Isabella loved to run around in all that space, wade through a pool left by the tides and build and especially destroy sandcastles. As Steve and I lay down on our fronts relaxing, Izzy ran from one side to the other, laying down on her front too , copying us. Not laying still for long she was up and off again. She then took to sitting between us and patting our backs trying to get us to sleep, even occasionally pulling our shorts down slightly while sniffing our bums and saying “pooooo” – yes, checking our nappies!

The Journey Ends

July 15, 2013

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After a hard 2 week wait I’m afraid there was no success this time. It’s not an easy thing to go through – to be honest its been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this time, but we are very fortunate that we still have Isabella. Many couples go through this experience without any successes and I can only imagine what that must be like.

Perfect Lemon Drizzle Cake

July 3, 2013
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175g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
2 unwaxed lemons
3 eggs
100g self-raising flour
75g ground almonds
A little milk
100g demerara sugar

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Beat together the butter, caster sugar and the finely grated zest of 1 lemon until light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt and the eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined before adding the next.

2. Sift over the flour and fold in, followed by the almonds. Add just enough milk to bring the mixture to a dropping consistency (so that it falls off the spoon), then spoon into the prepared tin and even out the top. Bake for about 50-55 minutes, until a skewer comes out dry (crumbs clinging to it are fine).

3. Briefly mix together the remaining lemon zest, and the juice of both the lemons with the demerara sugar, then poke holes all over the top of the warm cake and pour over the drizzle, waiting for the cake to absorb one lot before adding the next.

4. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out.



A New Journey

July 3, 2013
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After giving birth to Isabella I vowed for about 2 weeks that i would never put myself through that again – not that the birth was particularly difficult as I had a water birth – more that just giving birth IS painful! Also, I was in labour for a total of 72 hours but to be honest that’s more manageable.

Anyway – here I am again having had transfer again and all hopes pinned on the one embryo to give Isabella a little brother or sister. Strangely Izzy has become really clingy lately as if she knows what’s happening and I have read that they do sense these things. Well we have still 10 days to wait to see the verdict, though chances are much lower this time as there are a few other not-so-perfect factors.

I felt nauseas this morning but luckily had Izzy bossing me around to get me moving!

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