the careys

the careys
and then there were 7!!

Friday, 30 January 2015

End of an era

I have been delaying this blog post partly due to sadness and partly due to wanting to be 100% sure before I did.

My breastfeeding journey has come to an end........

I first breastfed on 25th May 2000 (Owen) and I last breastfed on 11th January 2015 (Jason).

All five children have been fed by me, each one for longer than the last!

Owen - 3 months (mixed fed 2 months of that), he was 7 weeks premature, had a tongue tie and was given formula in SCBU before I even got to see him in there!

Monica - 3 months (exclusive) I stopped as no-one told me that it was normal for breastfed babies to feed so much and I thought I was doing something wrong.

Peter - 16 months. Despite all his medical problems, especially swallowing!, I persevered and we had an amazing nursing journey. It was through Peter that I informed myself about what is normal in breastfeeding.

Martha - 17 months. Tongue tie was eventually cut at 6 months old and we still maintained our nursing relationship for another 11 months even though my supply had taken a hit whilst waiting for it to be snipped.

Jason - 26 months. I am so proud that we achieved 2 years as per the WHO guidelines and my baby naturally weaned gradually.

I have loved every second of my nursing journey. At times it has been difficult, tiring but mainly it has been so rewarding.
I have become a strong advocate of breastmilk and I am passionate about the benefits to both Mum and Baby, so much so, that I have focused two pieces of uni work on the subject.

I hope my children appreciate the precious gift I have given each and every one of them.
 my 5 beautiful children

 my permanent reminder

 the big feed at the Trafford centre in 2011

Friday, 23 January 2015

Pants!

I treated myself today.......to knickers and socks!

No, I am not joking, it really was a treat!

For some reason, over the years, my underwear drawer has resembled Nora Batty's and I give credit to 4 pregnancies in quick succession and generally just not giving a shit.

However, I felt it was time to address the state of my 'drawers' (no pun intended) and purchase some funky ones and semi-matching socks!

Now to ditch the nursing bras, after 10 years, and put my 'tatas'  in something sexier.

Now you all know more than you wanted to know about my undergarments.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hearing

Today, Jason had his ears filled with, what looked like, playdough so create a mould for his hearing aids.
I have mixed emotions over this.

I have only been wearing hearing aids for 10 months now after a few years of being convinced that it was other people not speaking clearly!
Jason has never had a clear hearing test and his speech 'disorder' indicates that he may have hearing loss which could be caused by glue ear and it may improve or it may be permanent, we just have to wait and see.

In the meantime we shall have matching aids!

I cannot help but pin all my hopes on the aids miraculously helping his speech and him being able to communicate. I really hope I am right otherwise I shall be disappointed for him and worry more over the future!

I am looking forward to the day when we can have a two way conversation.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Drained....

I am absolutely exhausted!

Between Mark being off work after his knee operation, Peter is off school after his tonsillectomy, I have kidney stones and blood tests show that I am iron deficient, abnormal kidney function and signs of inflammation! I need repeat tests tomorrow morning.

Bring ill ruined my schedule for my assignments, thankfully I didn't leave them to the last minute but it did make me miss two days of work!

All three assignments are now submitted and I have prepared two powerpoints and information booklets for our first SalfREACH workshop on Thursday!

I am looking forward to next week when I have no appointments, no shifts at work, no assignments, everyone back at School and I can relax!

In the meantime, I have too much to do!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!!!

and a belated Merry Christmas.

I have spent the last two weeks holed up at home with my husband recovering from knee surgery and each one of my children being ill at some point. However, we did have a lovely Christmas day with my parents and brother and the New Year was brought in by all of us at home.

Three out of four children return to School on Tuesday. Peter is having his tonsils out, finally, so he will be off for an extra two weeks and I suspect that Mark will have his sick note extended as well as he cannot bear weight for too long on his knee and doesn't start physio until Monday.

I have three assignments due in on the 13th January that I am making slow progress on and on top of that I have the SalfREACH workshops coming up on the 15th and 22nd, and of course in between, I have work, school mentor, volunteering and various appointments to fit in as well!

My new job is also due to start at some time this month, still no idea when but it is making me feel really nervous not knowing what I am doing!
Plans for Uganda should also be starting this month, which is making me even more nervous! Just the thought of trying to plan everything is making me come out in a cold sweat.

I have a lot coming up in 2015 that I shall take week by week or my head will simply explode....