Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Where the Wild things were


Good morning and happy Tuesday to you all.  I can't begin to tell you how happy it makes me to see the sun out. The heat, not so much but hoorah for sunshine.  It really lifts my mood and having not long finished a course of vitamin D, I'm well aware of the need to get outside and have a little top up. And that was what I did on Sunday, I spent a few hours pottering around in the garden whilst the girls played.

As a parent, it often feels as though life is flying by.  One moment you have a newborn and the next they are starting school.  This week's Tuesday Twinkler is Lydia who shared a short-but-sweet post this week with a thought provoking quote that I love. Pop on over to see what the quote was and don't forget to leave a comment!  




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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Silent Sunday




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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Buddy : Meeting our puppy


Today we went to meet Buddy for the first time! I honestly don't know who was more excited about it, me or the children! 

I first spoke to the breeder towards the end of March, when she confirmed that she was expecting two litters in April, so it feels as though I've been waiting forever for today.  As we had only spoken by text, I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect, particularly as I didn't even know her full name. We weren't too worried as it was a friend of a friend but at the same time, I know there are certain steps you should be taking when buying a puppy and there's always a little element of doubt.  But there was no need for worry, she was really lovely.  The dogs were all kept in her kitchen and a large side room with access to the garden.  Despite having a total of 15 dogs and puppies in them, the rooms were spotless. I must admit, I was expecting the room to smell of dog (I know, I know) but it didn't, it just smelt clean.  This pleased me no end as I can be a bit funny with smells. 


Having seen photos of Buddy with his siblings and with his Mum, today we were able to see the puppies with both Mum and Dad, both of whom were teeny and adorable and, more importantly, looked healthy and happy.  Both Mum and Dad were tan and its funny to see how the puppies have turned out. Buddy is black and tan and smooth haired but there are also two fluffy puppies (neither Mum nor Dad are fluffy) and two dappled. I must admit, I had hoped for a dappled as I think they are so pretty looking - but of course, I'm pleased with Buddy. Especially after seeing and cuddling him today.



We spent approximately 45 minutes with the breeder and puppies.  She answered all of my questions about care and training and said that once we have him at home, we can call her at any time of the day or night if we have any worries or questions. 

T was very much taken with him and wanted to cuddle him and all the other puppies too. E was a little more reserved, happily fussing them all but worrying about holding them in case she dropped them.


We both came home from seeing him feeling reassured and excited about bringing him home.  Having seen him interacting with his siblings and starting to investigate his surroundings, he looks like he's going to be a playful boy and I know he's going to bring us all hours of joy.  Not only that, but having seen how the puppies are being cared for and speaking to the breeder, its clear that she is kind and absolutely adores them all. She also refused to take the deposit from us, telling us that we could pay for him when we take him home and that spoke volumes to us. 

Just four weeks until we bring him home!  

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles


Hello! Happy Tuesday and welcome to this weeks Twinkly Tuesday!  I hope you've all had a lovely weekend? We took the children to see Dinosaur World Live on Saturday and would highly recommend it. Photos were allowed through the show, the children were invited up on stage to take part and then they were able to look at and touch the dinosaurs after the show.  T was extremely worried before it started but soon settled into it and afterwards asked if she could see the show again! 

On to this week's linky and Tuesday Twinkler.  As you know, we are getting a dog so I had to share this week's post with you all!  Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles shared a post all about the benefits of children growing up with dogs and, having read it, I'm even more excited at the prospect of Buddy joining us!  Pop on over to have a read and to see the gorgeous Dottie and Martha. 




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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Today, May 12th 2018, is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and, as such, the perfect time to talk about my recent diagnosis which I mentioned in my March Roundup and how it affects me.


What is Fibromyalgia?

In simple terms, Fibromyalgia is an invisible, long term illness that causes widespread pain throughout the body.  But that's in simple terms. It comes with a long list of symptoms that can vary from person to person. Some of the more common symptoms include:
  • Pain in different parts of the body.
  • Extreme sensitivity, knocks and bumps can be more painful than normal.
  • Stiff joints, particularly first thing in the morning or after being sat down for a while.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fibro fog - difficulties with memory, slow or confused speech and poor concentration.
  • IBS.
  • Dizziness.
  • Clumsiness.
  • Restless legs.
  • Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in the hands and feet.
  • Painful periods.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.

What causes it?

There is no definite known cause but there are thought to be a number of factors that could be involved:
  • The nervous system changes the way pain messages are sent through the body.
  • Chemical imbalances.
  • Sleep - a lack of deep sleep means that the body isn't getting the rest it needs.
  • Genetics.
  • Emotional or physical stress e.g. injury, giving birth, death in the family or the breakdown of a relationship.

How does it affect me?

I'm not entirely sure how it started for me but I suspect it could be due to emotional stress.  I know many don't believe in this as a trigger but looking back, I think the warning signs where there in my late teens. Family life wasn't the most settled and aside from that, I was also badly bullied through school.

Many of the above symptoms affect me.  For as long as I can remember I have struggled with fatigue, long before I had children. I can remember when I still lived with my Mum, going into work and sitting at my desk, wondering why I was so tired when I got into the office.  

Fast forward 10+ years and its far worse than it ever was.  Some days I wake and it feels as though I have woken with the flu, that all-over exhaustion and it takes ages to get moving.  Some days I wake up, get myself washed and dressed and by the time I sit down with a coffee, I could quite easily fall back to sleep (and some days I have). Of an evening or on my days off, if I don't keep moving and I make the mistake of sitting down on the sofa, I will often fall asleep.  I often feel heavy - my head is hangover like where I am so tired and my body will ache everywhere. 

Another symptom I have struggled with for a long time is stiff joints and painful 'spots'. If I stay sat down for too long, when I stand up my back and legs have stiffened up and when I first start to walk about it feels as though I am 'off balance' and limping.  I have days where somewhere will be incredibly painful, e.g. my foot and it hurts to put weight on and will throb yet I can go to bed and the next day it will be fine.  

Some new symptoms have started to creep in and something that I have started to struggle with recently is my legs, hands and feet. My feet get really sore and I've noticed that I am getting some tingling and numbness in my hand and feet, my feet if I'm sat still for a period of time. I've also been getting restless legs, which I've always had at night but never during the day, until now. I'm also struggling with memory recently, walking into a room or going to do something and then completely forgetting what it was. I know this happens to everyone (or most of us!) but it has been happening far more frequently than it had been.

I won't list all the symptoms I have but there are many and it has certainly been an eye opener. My Mum and Aunt both have it and my Mum has suspected I had it for several years but because my Doctor wasn't the most helpful I never spoke to them about it, until he retired this year and I was allocated to a female Doctor. Whenever I had mentioned it previously, I was dismissed because I had children and that was perfectly 'normal', whatever normal may be! It was only when I saw the female Doctor that she looked into it and actually listened to what I had to say.

How is it treated and what is the prognosis?

At the moment there is no known cure. 

Treatment-wise, because there are so many different symptoms no one treatment will work for all of them and its often a trial and error to find medication that suits.  There are numerous medications that can be tried including painkillers, antidepressants, sleeping tablets and muscle relaxants.  

Some exercise is thought to be beneficial although for many that can difficult because of the pain associated with it.  Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, are also thought to be beneficial.

For me, at the moment I have painkillers which I have been somewhat reluctant to take because I don't want to become reliant upon them.  As I have shared, we are getting a dog and I'm hoping that getting out and walking him once or twice a day will really help to keep me moving, on top of my daily 10,000 steps. I am aware that this could change at the drop of a hat and will have to approach those times as and when they happen. The prospect of what the future could bring is, quite frankly, worrying, especially as I have the girls to raise.

I just wanted to leave you with some pinned images I have found which go someway to explaining the different feelings people with fibromyalgia have.  I have also listed some websites which you may find useful.

I hope you've found this post informative. Do you suffer from fibromyalgia and, if so, how do you treat it?  I would love to hear from you. 



(Source)






https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fibromyalgia/
http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/index.html
http://www.fmauk.org/2-uncategorised/52-what-is-fibromyalgia

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