Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Last few days


I plan to write more but thought I'd get this bit done quickly. I had an awful last week of the school holidays for personal reasons so hubby made the suggestion that I concentrate on the last 2 days with my biggest girl. 

Ironically after all my worrying 8 weeks ago, there's all sorts we didn't get done. But the last day was Monday, the baby was at creche so I decided we'd go to Germany shopping. The pictures above are her helping me in 1 shop & then her excitement, randomly, over peas! There are worst things for a 4 year old?!

So now she's back at school. More to follow...

Monday, 24 August 2015

Being peaceful

I follow minimalism as much as possible but I wouldn't say I'm a minimalist yet & I'm not sure I'll ever manage it as much as I'd like.

One of the things about minimalism that appeals to me is making memories. I'm not so good at slowing down but in the process of making memories recently I've become aware I need to slow down. Or at least not worry so much & not speed up.

F has been going to swimming lessons. She's loving it so we're hoping to book her on some more. This got me thinking/panicking how am I going to fit in swimming lessons, rainbows in a year & our current play dates? Then I calmed myself down & stopped worrying. It'll resolve itself, 1 activity at a time! ;)


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

15 Summer holiday suggestions, better late than never...

I had planned to write a post at the start of the holidays with ideas for how to keep youngsters busy. But the world had other ideas. First I discovered that in the last few weeks of school I'd be very busy... Then Z got ill the last half week so had to stay off so instead of a nice peaceful first few days of the (8 week!) holiday with F, we all had to stay home which was not much fun.

Then the first full week Papa was off. Then I caught a virus so he spent most of the second week moaning at me. I then decided to drive to the UK with both my daughters. So that's 3 weeks taken up! And then on our return we spent the weekend with friends at Europa park.

I have kept a running list of ideas:

  1. Paint picture frames
  2. Paint shelves
  3. Do canvas button pictures
  4. Actually decorate frames to put the photos in that we had done last Christmas and still haven't sent to Grandparents etc :/
  5. Draw labels for clothes, etc
  6. Visit our local sushi train
  7. Visit 'The Chocolate House'
  8. Go swimming
  9. Cinema
  10. Baking
  11. Sort clothes and toys for sale
  12. Cork crafts
  13. Possibly salt craft
  14. Fizzing paint
  15. Put tent up and sleep in it
I also had the idea that F could do and 'use up' all the random crafts bought and then anything left I'd sell but so far this hasn't proved very easy.

The way our summer holiday is actually shaping up:
  • F has gone swimming with creche this morning.
  • Tomorrow I'm at a Krav Maga stage so she's back at creche.
  • (House work had virtually gone out the window tho I have done a bit today)
  • Friday she's back at creche when I work all day.
  • The next 2 weeks F has swimming lessons in the morning.
  • And we have various appointments and play dates to fit in.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Out of the mouth of my big girl baby...

I have collected a load of arts and crafts supplies to keep F occupied this summer and when we got a hole in the rubber gloves recently, I put them to one side. She found them today. I told her we'd do something with them when Daddy's gone back to work in a week... She then went up to Papa and said 'can you go back to work please?' all hopeful sounding! ;) Needless to say Papa was not impressed!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Minimalism: I had a glass...

When I got married in 2010 I did a lot of our wedding myself. I love crafts so all the stationery, etc. I spent a long time hunting out things. I wanted personalised champagne flutes for the morning of the wedding, for myself, my maids of honour, bridesmaids and my mother to have Bucks Fizz from... When I mentioned this to my fiance he suggested I make them myself. Ie buy Ikea flutes & glass paint. So I did...


This is one of the only pictures I have of the flute I made for myself... It read 'Bride ~ Antonia'

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Then a while ago, my husband had an accident in our old apartment... And smashed it! He thought I'd be devastated but I was more concerned that he was barefoot. Yes, it was sad, but there's more to life than a smashed champagne flute.

So I happened to have a glass pen and Ikea flute recently so thought I'd make a new one...

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Anddddd then I came home the other day and my husband informed me that this time he doesn't actually know how it happened but I'm obviously not meant to have this damn glass because it's broken again! 

Again, I'm not particularly upset which is strange for me because it's the sort of thing I would normally be upset about but just like with the 'best mum' glass hubby bought me, it's just not the end of the world. We have beautiful normal champagne flutes that we love so for now I'll just use those. I might dare to make another one day, but not yet...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Last day of precoce:




So, today is the last day of precoce for my big little Pickle. I could write lots of stuff reminiscing but I'll just share pictures instead:

 

    What a difference a year makes?! :)

  

* Apologies, I had a problem with formatting so that's why the pictures aren't perfectly aligned...

Monday, 13 July 2015

The Law of Attraction/ The Secret/ positive thinking...

I wasn't sure what to call this post when I thought of it because I know a lot of people who've heard of 'The Secret', the laws of attraction or just plain positive thinking separately. My mum has been reading about it for years. It just wasn't called that then...

About 18 months ago my mum gave me a book, 'The Secret', by Rhonda Byrne. I rolled my eyes like normal. I don't have time anymore to read! I took it on holiday because I had nothing else. And as it happened, I read a fair bit. And it made a lot of sense to me. Especially events that were recent. 

I haven't thought massively about it since but I have tried to implement a few things and spoken to a few people. Then on Friday I went to a Mumpreneurs coffee morning. And I met Joyce, who I had already spoken to on facebook. Joyce always posts really positively. She also 'believes in' the Law of attraction. So over the weekend I, partly unintentionally, did a lot of thinking about things and have decided to really start using the Law of attraction.

This morning I decided to try Joyce' affirmations whilst brushing my teeth. Ok, not the most glamorous but up until now I just think whatever whilst doing that. So this morning I thought 'I will attract money like bees to a honey pot' amongst other affirmations. I went shopping as I had no breakfast at home... And just got €50 worth of shopping for free! Yes, yes, I know a lot of people who think it's coincidence. I don't.


I know I have been silent of late. There's various reasons: I launched a business a few months ago and have been trying to keep up with it. I've had a lot of activity at home so no time spare. For anything. BUT one of the things I got the chance to do this weekend was think about why I love the law of attraction. I intend to change the craziness. Over the last few months, whilst I've been enjoying myself I didn't feel like I was actually getting anywhere.

That is going to change:

  • I have started saying no to certain things that much as I'd love to be involved, I don't have the time.
  • I am going to start scheduling my time and get into a proper routine.
  • I will earn enough money that by the end of 2015 I can employ a cleaner & pay for us to go on a decent holiday (a cruise) once a year.
  • I will make enough time to eat 'cleanly'. This includes the shopping, preparing and eating.
  • I will make enough time to do 'exercise'. (I've been signed off of Krav Maga but plan to meet a friend to practise)
  • I will be healthy.
  • F is signed up to a swimming course in the late summer. I wanted her to do Krav Maga but she doesn't enjoy it and I can't force her. Z will already be at creche so it will be our 'thing'. I've signed up to a Summer reading challenge as well, intending to read a book a day to both girls. And in September I hope to take Z to a playgroup session so she gets some mummy time too. I didn't feel I was being a very good mother and whilst I know this isn't for everyone, this is a solution that works for me. (I will be the mother I want to be)
  • Business wise: I will get the additional contracts I want and keep the one I currently have.
In bold are the affirmations I will repeat. Just to clarify, this isn't exactly what I'd say and there's more...

But by announcing on here my intentions, I think it's a good start to getting where I want to be! ;) 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ticking something off the imaginary bucket list:

I really should revise my aims for this blog since I'm not sure if I've actually said but this year I set myself a goal:

To travel to another country alone.

Ideally England. I'm 31 years old and had never traveled abroad alone. This was not intentional but I felt should be rectified. And as of Sunday 12th April it has been. I flew to the UK, found the correct hire car, drove to a hotel, went on a training course. Did some shopping & visited friends. Drove back to the airport & flew back. I started writing this on board the plane after several hours delay.

This is immense to me for several reasons (not the flight delay).

I've learnt that actually it's not as scary as I thought, one only needs a bit of common sense & intelligence. I'm pretty sure hubby didn't believe me when I said the screens were blank whilst we waited, until I said other passengers who were clearly frequent fliers had observed the same...

I will now feel more confident about doing it again. I've mentioned bringing my daughters back to the UK in the summer & now I feel I could probably cope. 

When I said I wanted to do it this year I didn't think it would actually happen. But then I also didn't think I'd genuinely start a new business... That said, a lot of things, if I say I'm going to do them, I generally do or I've not genuinely planned to do them. But I had an odd feeling the flight would be something that wouldn't actually happen coz I first mentioned it several years ago...


Sunday, 14 June 2015

When the going gets tough... Move outside! ;)

Quick: our current living area: when it gets too crazy...


We have the outside redone & move out:


We're getting there n I love it! ;) 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

30/30

30/30. List 5 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Standing up for what I believe in.

Trying my best.

I have no idea for 3 more things! ;) 

Friday, 29 May 2015

29/30

29/30. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

That I have self confidence. Not to be mistaken for confidence.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

28/30

28/30. What is your love language?

Physical.

Friday, 22 May 2015

27/30

27/30. What is your favorite part of your body and why?


My eyes. I love expressive brown eyes.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

26/30

26/30. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

Dunno if it’s a notion but I hate it when people think the world owes them. Mostly a living but just in general…

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

25/30

25/30. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?


Oooh er, no idea… I guess KFC or McDonald’s with… Um Anne Boleyn? Anne Frank? There’s too many people for me to choose from! ;)

Henry VIII? I think it would be KFC or similar fast food as someone in history probably wouldn't be aware of it. Shakespeare maybe?

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

24/30

24/30. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.


Um not massively different. My mum worked most of my childhood but I'm looking to start my own business so similar. I'm an only child but have 2 daughters...

Monday, 4 May 2015

23/30

23/30. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.


1. Krav Maga - I get a lot out of it. Keeping fit, learning self defence, a bit of French, friends.

2.Blogging (since I don't earn money from it) - I like writing.

3. Being the best I can. 

I don't think I have time for any more hobbies but I enjoy those that I do...

Friday, 24 April 2015

Exciting times

Well spring time has definitely arrived in Luxembourg! We went to our first BBQ on Sunday and have had generally glorious weather. Apparently it's due to rain tomorrow - typical!

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F has now changed her mind from a Frozen party, just as well, to a Mister Maker/ arty party. So I am in full swing, have found ideas and just need the new financial month in order to implement them. At the same time as my business order (bisque, paint, etc) has just arrived so I guess chaos is about to ensue! ;)

Soooo apologies if you don't hear much from me in the near future but that'll be why...

22/30

22/30. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
In 5 years’ time: Probably still living in Luxembourg, hopefully in a different home, with 2 children. I HOPE I’ll have progressed with my ideas. Healthy, happy family and friends etc. I hope I’ll be at least fluent in French, if not fluent or working on other languages. IP will be at school, Munchkin will be at school… Oh and have started things like Brownies. Ideas I hope to have progressed with are that if we’re in Luxembourg that I have successfully made a go of this blog, started my own business and got more involved with charity work, particularly re prem babies (again I will cover this more in a post later). Continued with minimalism…
10 years – um this q is tricky as we may or may not have a lotta things… We may still be in Luxembourg but then again we may have returned to the UK. If and when we return to the UK I would like to either become a PCSO or a Special Constable. If in Luxembourg then the former, I just hope to have progressed with things. I would need to be helping children with languages so hope to have improved/ be fluent in 4 languages by then – French, German, Luxembourgish and I’m already fluent in English of course!
15 years – same as above… I think my goals are pretty long term and really do depend on what we’re doing, plus life changes so quickly that anything could happen! 
I initially wrote that ages ago. So now? Some of it's the same:
5 years- Have an affluent business, happy family.
10 years - Hopefully to have improved with languages. Maybe making steps towards the Police.
15 years - I'll be 46 so hopefully able to communicate in different languages easily, maintain a happy family, household as well as myself, in whatever way that is...


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

21/30

21/30. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
Probably something like time travel and I’d go forward in time. I hate not knowing. But I don’t know, it may be better not to know!

Friday, 17 April 2015

20/30

Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
I don’t so much as have memories, as more remember certain things from photo’s or stories. Like I remember walking across the fens with my Dad but more because I’ve been told I did it and I was a bit older at the time so I remember doing it…
Other significant memories are negative so I may cover them at another time… (ie more how I feel about certain topics)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

19/30

19/30. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Probably somewhere like Australia, America, otherwise the UK. Somehow English speaking but hot in summer, freezing in winter. I quite like Luxembourg tho...

Monday, 13 April 2015

Exciting times ahead!

This is gonna have to be quick as I'm supposed to be doing a 101 things that do not include writing blog posts buttttt (written Sunday):


  • I am achieving 1 of this year's goals this evening: travelling by plane alone to the UK!
  • I am finally doing the training with the intention of launching a new business next month! :)
  • I have started planning F's 4th birthday party, in June. She doesn't make life easy, she wants a Frozen theme. Her friend had a Frozen party in November...

18/30

18/30. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
Insensitive comments when my oldest daughter was born.

Friday, 10 April 2015

17/30

17/30. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
Learning languages quickly

16/30

16/30. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
Both my daughters, passing my yellow belt in Krav Maga, moving to another country. Being a PCSO previously. Buying our house in Luxembourg.

Monday, 6 April 2015

15/30

15/30. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
My pet cat cos he gets loved and fed and he eats and sleeps all day! 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Baking at Easter

I make a point of saying I don't do baking that often. But Ive recently discovered Ikea sell a mixture that you literally put water in the box, shake and put in the oven. Even I can cope with that!

So as f had been pretty good all morning I decided to do some baking:






Easter Holidays

I've just realised the Easter bank holiday is upon us and I haven't said what we might be getting up to! There's a reason... Last week I had a really bad cold that developed into a cough... Now my voice is going!

But that doesn't mean Hubby is letting me off... He gets cabin fever if kept in too long so demands we get out this weekend. So far the plans are:


  • I need to clean indoors then we'll probably do an Easter egg hunt indoors because it's meant to rain today.
  • Tomorrow morning I'm taking F to All Nations Church, as she went to the local Catholic church last night. Hubby is not happy about this but I feel she should learn the stories behind festivals, it's not all about chocolate. I will post more about this separately, hopefully.
  • Then he's mentioned going to an Easter festival.
  • On Easter Monday we're planning to go to the Emaischen to buy the girls another whistle... Hopefully with some friends.

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  • I realised recently that each school holiday comes about every 3 months so I'm planning to spend about a day sorting our clothes each holiday and a day on the girls' toys. 
  • This holiday 2 good friends are away the first week. During half term I was exhausted on the first day so I've decided not to pack too much in immediately. We did the Sushi Train on the same day as the Chocolate House. Well this time I plan to do them on separate days. 
  • F recently learnt to write her own name so I've promised we'll go shopping for a pen for her. Hopefully we'll have another crafting day, 
  • I've bought lots of cake mix and then we're hopefully going to do some days out with a friend.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Baby led v. Schedules

When I was pregnant with F I was determined she would be a 'Gina Ford, Contented Little Baby'. Then F arrived prematurely and my whole world was thrown upside down. She did not at all follow the schedules Gina recommended.

One day someone recommended 'Save our sleep' by Tizzie Hall. Absolutely desperate I bought the book and didn't look back. F fitted the routines perfectly up to an age where I felt safe to go it alone...

So when Z was born I assumed she'd follow the same pattern & I'd developed a hatred of Gina Ford, for all sorts of reasons. It hit me like a ton of bricks when Z wouldn't sleep through or take long naps, the way F would. In desperation I had already bought 'My contented little baby and toddler' so I read it and... Yes, it turned out that having developed a hatred of  Gina Ford, my second baby was going to betray me and be a Gina Ford baby!

What she wouldn't do is make it through the last part of the day. So in the end I did what every parent is told not to do and let her have a nap, finishing an hour before bedtime. And do you know what? It worked!

So, my baby/s is/are on combination schedule. I don't stick rigidly and we don't follow 1 pattern. But it works for us.

The other massive difference for Z is that F, if it was nap time would sleep anywhere. We could be in noisy coffee shop, I'd put her in her car seat at x time she'd be asleep. Z no way. She will a) stay awake and b) get grumpier and grumpier. She will also scream for hours. I love them both for their different personalities but if I'd had Z first, I might have thought twice or longer about having another!:)


Monday, 30 March 2015

Exciting shopping find! :)

Ive had a very quiet week this week because I had a bad cold that knocked me out most of the week but we've just been shopping (hubby wanted to try stocking up the wine cellar/cave & the shop was open on a Sunday unusually) & I'm officially considered 'sad'.

We found soda crystals so I'm going to try making my own washing powder & yes I'm super excited! :)

My amazing, lovely friend on facebook, Shoestring Mum (search groups & ask me if you want to join) has been inspirational. She's a true role model for me. Some examples:

The rest of the world often hate Monday's so she's made it her mission to love Mondays. 
She thinks carefully through all her choices like using family cloth & no tv so she can work part time & still have other things. 
She works in 'not for profit' & regularly donates to food banks, etc.

I won't list everything because it would take a long time and some of her choices I don't do for various reasons. But today she mentioned washing powder made from soda crystals & baking soda. We happened to be in a shop at the time & I spotted soda cystals. 

Oh yeah, I also found coconut oil to do 'oil pulling' with. Google it...

Babies...

I wrote this AGES ago with the title 'The end is in sight? I hope...'

In the last 10 weeks I have learnt that I am NOT a fan of newborn babies (well not my own anyway). No, I am not joking. And no, I don't believe I have post natal depression or not a severe case anyway. I am tired. ZC was 10 weeks old yesterday. Yes, I know, hasn't time flown by!? Christmas is next week, she was born in October and so much has happened!

My mother summed up how I feel last week:

I was talking about the differences between IP and ZC as babies. She said

'And you probably thought you could do things better with ZC to avoid all the issues you had with IP didn't you?'

She also pointed out that it's a valuable lesson to learn. So #1: Baby number 2 no matter what you think could be very different to baby number 1.

Example:

IP was premature so had a set of 'issues' from the start that we had to follow. She came home from the SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) on a 'routine' of bottles every 4 hours and was tiny. So I had to get up overnight and feed her at 3am. I hated that feed. She wouldn't resettle easily and I longed to drop that feed. At 8 weeks old approximately she had a cold and slept through the night. So I waited for her to do it again... And she didn't. Finally at about 4 months old I read a Gina Ford book (I know, I know!) and she said 'some babies get into the habit of waking when they don't need to. Try resettling baby without getting them out of the cot with some cooled boiled water or patting them'. I thought it doesn't hurt to try it so the next night I patted IP and 3 nights later of doing so, she slept through! And has been fantastic at sleeping ever since - at 2.5 years old she still has a day time nap (thank gawd!), sleeps 7:30pm to 7am and for at least the first year would actually sleep in later if she went to bed later - eg 10pm to 9am at weekends! I know, we were VERY lucky!

So when ZC was born and at term (37+6) I thought yey as soon as she sleeps through the night the first time (unaided - she did so one night but was too hot) I can get her to do it again. Uh uh. I read something the other day and have a bad feeling after this morning that it's the case with ZC: because she has silent reflux the 5am waking is not for a bottle, it's because she's got stomach material coming up which is painful. So she may not have premature issues but she has a different set of silent reflux/ allergy issues.

And that is just one example. That said, all the pediatrician's I have seen have said she should grow out of it and this weekend she seems to have dramatically improved so I am hoping that it's the beginning of her maturing and us catching up on some sleep...

Last week I finally got a prescription for Zantac Rantidine and milk thickener. We started giving her the milk thickener on Saturday, to see if it helped and randomly as of yesterday (Sunday) she started to take her full bottle in about half an hour, absolutely fine - beforehand she was taking an hour plus to take a bottle so it was becoming hell for me and a bit of a nightmare in general....

So much so that I had put IP into creche almost full time as of last week. I was hoping and am more hopeful now that I might be able to do normal times after Christmas... I think it was the time taken to have bottles that was the biggest issue previously so hopefully now ZC is taking them much faster, it won't be as much fo an issue! :)

Anddd another hopefully, now she's getting bigger, I may have some more time to worry less about her and get writing again. I have missed massively, writing blog posts.'

So I wrote that actually about a year or so ago! And Z does sleep ok through the night. I can't remember if she did at this point but she did at some point. And I still maintain I don't want more children. But she does definitely have a totally different personality to F.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Minimalist Daughter? ;)

This was ages ago but F had a hissy fit about choosing a new coat & then shouted 'no more' in Ikea, which made me smile & wonder if I am growing a minimalist daughter?!:)


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

How we display artwork

This is a mixture of several ideas. F is doing and making more and more artwork, with drawings from creche, precoce and artwork from home and our friends. So I took an idea from a friend of putting hooks up on the door. I then strung a ribbon & put clips on it. 

Thennnn I saw on pinterest that someone had done a beautiful sign (the link isn't actually the sign I saw but it's an example). Well mine's not as beautiful but it does the job.


Hopefully this afternoon (Wed 18th) I'm borrowing a friend's feeder scanner so we can get rid of some of the masses of paperwork in our house! :)

What to do with photo's?

A while back I finally found a solution. I went through really really old photo's. I  had previously scanned them all and this week I created an album on facebook called 'Blasts from the past' and just uploaded them, tagging people as I went. I found a lot of duplicates and naff pictures but I just put all the photos into a folder named 'archive' afterwards. All our files are automatically backed up so they won't be deleted and I can just forget about them. I came to the conclusion if I never actually look at them why do I keep them in folders that stress me out?

Minimalist Mom mentioned having a digital photo frame on her tv which I love the idea of but I've just had a thought that as I use my laptop a lot and the screensaver I try to change fairly regularly, I may use that as my digital album.

And I am currently in the process of uploading all the photo's into different albums from my mobile... It's made me realise I need to severely cut down the amount of photo's I take! It's ridiculous! Especially as I don't have time to keep sorting them out.

Buy Nothing Day

A date for your diaries if you're interested:

Buy Nothing Day 2015 is Saturday November 28th!

More information is here:

http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Firby cat

One of my lovely friends actually asked me a few weeks ago how the cat's doing... (Hopefully she knows who she is!)

And anyone who's friends with me on facebook will have seen that he had a trip to the vets. Yuck. So I thought I'd do an update.

I know a bit about cats behaviour but not masses. I know they hate change and get stressed by it. I know they get more health problems as they get older. My cat in particular, has previously had struvite crystals & cystitis. I know that Firby can become seriously ill very quickly. When F was very small we went all day on a Saturday. I had an inkling something wasn't right when we came home but as usual hubby wasn't interested. Firby then pooed on my clothes at about 11pm. I rang the vets, despite hubby saying wait until the morning. I am SO glad I did because it turned out he had developed more struvite crystals in his bladder & needed treatment immediately. If I'd left him he'd have died overnight. Unfortunately it meant a large vet's bill because, of course, it was a Saturday night and then he had to be kept in on the Sunday.

I know he's more likely to get it due to stress. He is supposed to drink more water and has a special diet (cat food as normal, just special cat food). I find it slightly amusing that I always need to drink more water and years ago was susceptible to such problems. 

When we moved house I found a vet that does home visits. Firby HATES going in the car. I've noticed he's actually ok with the vets so I wonder if he gets travel sick. Unfortunately since having the home vet he's needed to go to a different vets twice which involves a 20 minute car journey where he howls the whole way, vomits, poos & wees. A healthy cat here would need to see the vet once a year for a feline flu vaccination & then every 4 years for a rabies vaccination. SO my hope is that in the future he'll settle to just having a home visit once a year.


I'd noticed he's been vomiting, started keeping a diary and the vet had to visit. He stopped as soon as the vet visited (of course!) but has also been pulling his hair out. So he's had treatment for the latter (the vet recommended we start with a simple de flea, worm etc and said she'd always suggest this first so if your cat is doing this, it could save you the vets fee! ;)) and then I had to take him to the vets yesterday. And yes, the home vets suspicion was correct. He has inflammatory bowel disease. 

It was a good visit in terms of diagnosis. It's never nice taking Firby in the car and when we were there there was a huge dog barking that really irritated me. I ended up taking Firby out the waiting room, yet really this dog should have left (there was 3 dogs in the room & Firby crying. 1 of the dogs barked at both other dogs, 'went' for 1 of the dogs & then started sniffing & barking around Firby. I eventually got so concerned as Firby was crying constantly that I left but really as it was this dog that couldn't behave I feel it's owner should have removed it from the waiting room?) 

So the start of the visit wasn't that pleasant. Then I took him into the room & he was apparently exceptionally well behaved. It is normal apparently to have to sedate a cat but he lay there fairly still to have his fur shaved off & the ultrasound done. I spoke to the vet (who was different to my normal home vet) and said I thought it was due to stress and that a cat flap would help but our home vet was concerned he'd go to the busy road in front of our house (& yesterday morning I found a dead cat at the roadside so I was more concerned). This vet agreed with me that sometimes older cats get set in their ways and just want to go outside for a little while, do their business and then come back (which is what Firby seems to want). Whilst we have a litter tray he always uses that but I know I'm not as diligent as I should be about clearing it. He agreed that a cat flap would probably help considerably. Years ago when we had a cat flap in the UK, I'd keep him in on firework night. He'd literally pull everything down that I'd put in front of the cat flap, force it open, go right outside to do his business then come straight back because he didn't like the fireworks. The vet agreed this is a sign that he wants to have the freedom to go out when he wants but he probably won't go too far. Certainly the health problems he's developing, possibly from being kept in, indicate yes he may have troubles outside but he'll also have them indoors.

Soooo he had 2 injections yesterday, one was a steriod and now I just have to keep an eye on him (he'd lost about 1kg, which is huge). On Monday we're having our door measured for a new door to have a cat flap fitted. It will cost just under €1000 so hubby is not overly happy. However Firby was there when I was in labour with F, right up until the last minute so he's very special to me. If I'd paid more attention I may have realised what was going on (a story for another day). Even the home vet said he's a gorgeous, characteristic cat. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Some photo's... Just because.

In no particular order, just because:


F showing how to make meat tender! ^


Papa cooking with f & z... This has become a regular weekend activity.


F insisted she needed a top like her friends... Said 'friend' is the daughter of someone I know who she played with one evening a while ago. She proudly wore the top to the cinema with Papa, hence the popcorn :)


Play time with baby sister just before bed... With new drum made at school.


Getting all grown up! Z sat in the 'big girl's chair' & shared dinner with them recently.