The Mummy Tag

I’ve been tagged by Lucinda her lovely blog is here at  Teacher2Mummy .  The Mummy Tag is a nice little way to get to know each other a little better!  Here are my answers 🙂  I’ve tagged a few other lovely Mummies at the bottom!
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1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?

I’m lucky enough to be able to be a stay at home mum.


2. Would you have it any other way?

Nope!  I feel so so lucky to have this opportunity I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Also living here I am actually not allowed to work anyway.  In the Seychelles you have to have a work permit and jobs have to be given to Seychellois unless there is a specific reason i.e a role that can not be done by a Seychellois.

3. Do you co-sleep?

No, we have a beautiful cot for Arthur that we restored and he’s been in that every day since we came back to Praslin with him when he was 2 weeks old.  I had a couple of nights early on when I fell asleep whilst feeding him, I soon woke up panicked and put him back into his cot!  We moved Arthur into his own room at 6 months old.  He sleeps so much better for it.

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?

I think this has changed so many times throughout Arthur’s life already.  Currently (at 7 months) I would say his baby walker, I know its a ‘luxury item’ but he absolutely loves it, he charges round the house in it and goes a little crazy.  He has a lot of energy so its a great way for him to release it.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

I for some reason have always imagined myself having three children and for some reason I always imagined it would be three boys, I don’t think I would say its my dream or goal to have this but it’s just what I always pictured .

I’m not sure that I would say I ‘plan’ on that but I would love to have at least one more and despite what I imagined I would have no preference for a girl or a boy!

6. Date nights? How many do you have per month?
Ummmmmmmm…….. We haven’t had a date night since we’ve had Arthur!!  The only time we have ever both left him is when our parents were here last Summer, we went out for about an hour to buy a TV when my parents were here and we nipped out to the shop at the top of our road when Mark’s parents were here.  I don’t think that can count as a date haha!!
7. Your child’s favourite show?

Well he’s a little young to be watching TV properly but Arthur is transfixed by the theme song for the Big Bang Theory he also now has started laughing and smiling at the theme song for Peppa Pig (we have a Peppa Pig book that we read to him so I think he might be starting to connect the two?)

8. Name one thing you brought before you had the baby and never ended up using?

I don’t think there is anything we haven’t used at all.  We were given a bumbo buy someone and we really only used it for a couple of weeks as once Arthur could sit up by himself he wasn’t interested in being in it any more.

9. Your child’s favourite food?

We have been really lucky so far that Arthur really does seem to like everything!!  The things he seems to get most excited about though is Banana and Spaghetti Bolognese (not together!)

10. How many cars does your family have?

We have one cars are ridiculously expensive here.  A horrendous Gold 4×4 we would NEVER EVER have this in the UK but here it kinda works.  Its a big pain in the butt though as it only has 2 doors and theres only 4 seats and the boot space is pretty much non existent!

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11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Ummm I don’t have any scales at home so I’m not sure exactly but I think I put on around 2.5/3 stone during pregnancy and I think I am actually a little smaller than I was before pregnancy now, I’m not sure really how that happened but I know I’m very lucky!

12. Dream holiday with your kids?

Well we are taking Arthur back to the UK to visit all our friends and family in the Summer, I’m actually really excited about that it will be a big culture shock for us as it will have been two years since we have left the Seychelles.  Aside from the people, I’m excited for Arthur to see cities and busy roads and trains and all that kinda stuff that we don’t get here!

13. Dream holiday without your kids?

I would love to go back to Cyprus and stay in the hotel we got married in, The Elysium, in Paphos.  It was so beautiful.

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14. How has your life changed since having kids?

I now exist on very little sleep!  My life is now focused around keeping this small little squishy boy happy and healthy!!

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15. Finish the sentence “It makes heart melt when…”

I see Arthur and my husband Mark together.  Also when Arthur gives me a proper cuddle or when he smiles because he’s happy to see me!
My two favourites!

My two favourites!

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

There’s not really any shops here, nothing like what you get in the UK (or anywhere else really!) there is a baby shop that sells a few european things.  The tourist shops here all have a section for clothes but often the quality is questionable.  Luckily Arthur doesn’t really wear many clothes because its too hot!! Our families do send lots of stuff out for him too.

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?

I don’t really have time for this any more 😦  I do moisturise every day but mostly I just use sun cream rather than any special moisturiser!  I do have a garnier roller eye concealer thing thats feels quite nice to put on!

18. Huggies or Pampers?

We use Huggies Dry Comfort ( I think they are ordered here from South Africa) the shop up the road always makes sure they are stocked for us which is so lovely!  Most of the locals use brands of nappies from china or thailand that are plasticy and horrible 😦

19. Have you always wanted kids?

Yes definitely!

20. Best part of being a mum?

So many things I could put here.  I guess the best part is seeing that Arthur is a really healthy happy little boy and thats down to me and Mark doing the best job we can raising him!

I tag…
Berni at Puddin & Pie
Sarah at TamingTwins
Our IVF Journey: All the fun of living life with twins
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Ice ice baby.

As you can probably imagine living in the Seychelles is pretty hot and humid, all the time (for example yesterday afternoon it was 34°C in our house!)  Ceiling fans are okay but quite often it just feels like they are pushing around hot air.  It can be pretty uncomfortable, particularly at night as it doesn’t cool down in the evenings here.

When I was pregnant my land lord asked if we would be interested in having air con installed.   We were so excited.  He wanted us to pay for the installation.  We agreed that should be fine but we wanted to know the price first.  Anyway we have a couple of back and forth’s and no price is ever given and we soon give up on the idea that air con is going to happen.  We didn’t want to pester him too much as he had just installed a water tank for us which meant we would have water at all times (there is quite often drought in Seychelles).

Fast forward to this weekend (Arthur is now 7 months so this is almost a year later), our next door neighbours come round and said that the landlord had offered air con for 1500sr (about £75) and that he had two units but next door (us) didn’t want it .  We immediately text him and said that we did of course want it!  Turns out we should have pestered him after all!

The next day he comes round and delivers these little beauties!

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Yesterday I spoke to my Mum and said that I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be fitted this week as I hadn’t heard anything and then a couple of hours later (just as I was about to eat my lunch and watch the first episode of Sherlock!) they turned up!  Arthur was asleep so I had to wake him up (having just got him back to sleep after the washing machine woke him!) but I couldn’t be mad we were getting air con!!!!

About 3 and a half hours later it was done and we were basking in the luxury of cold air ahhhhhhhhh!!

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It is going to make such a huge difference for us.  It will make napping during the day so much more comfortable for Arthur and it will be so nice to  have on for an hour before bed to cool the house down a little bit.  Arthur has developed a horrible heat rash this week so the timing is pretty good, it will hopefully help with that, or at least stop him developing another in the future.

The Baby Bath {The Ordinary Moments} #3

It’s Sunday so that means I’m linking up with Katie at Mummy Daddy Me with my third post for ‘The Ordinary Moments’.

I want to remember the little things not just the Kodak moments.  

The baby bath was one of the last things we bought for Arthur.  I wasn’t that excited about it, just something we needed.

Arthur’s first few bath’s were in hospital.  He screamed every time, the nurse was pretty rough with him (or so it looked like through my brand new mummy eyes) and he just wasn’t very happy.

We actually gave Arthur his first bath together in the apartment we were staying in on Mahe before we took Arthur home to Praslin.  He loved it, he looked so happy in there (even though he was only a few days old!).  By the time we got him home to Praslin Arthur was around 2 weeks old and already a bath lover, he then got to go in the proper baby bath where he had room to really like down and have a good soak!  He looked so so tiny in there.

Bath time very quickly became a family favourite time of day.  We had read it was good to build it as part of a bed time routine, which suited us down to the ground, it meant Mark would be able to get involved every day (as he would be home from work) and I didn’t have to do it on my own!

Over time, bath time has changed.  Once Arthur started sitting up, the ‘fun’ really began, he started splashing around properly and we could even give him a couple of bath toys to play with.  After 7 months bath time is still our favourite time of day with Arthur, we absolutely love it.  It truly has become a special ‘ordinary moment’ of our daily life as a family.

Now Arthur is almost too big for his little baby bath as he keeps trying to pull himself up to standing in it and he can’t really lie down in there any more.  It will be an end of an era as we do not have a bathtub only a shower.  I will be sad when this special little family bed time ritual ends so I am enjoying every second of each and every bath time we have left.

Happy Sunday

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7 months

Tomorrow (Jan 26th) my little boy turns 7 months old!

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This months Stats:

Weighs 8.01kg (17lb 11oz) 

Teeth: 5

At 7 months Arthur now rolls around all over the place so I’m in the process of opening those eyes in the back of my head!  He is also obsessed with being stood up, he absolutely loves it.  He’s desperate to be crawling and we are just beginning to get some forward shuffling!  Arthur is also loving getting around in his walker.

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3 teeth have appeared this month!!  The front top two have come through with a big gap in the middle, its really cute!  My great nannie had a gap in her teeth I wonder if his will stay or close up.

This month has been about getting back to ‘normal’ with Mark going back to work after having 4 weeks off for Christmas, however there has been quite a lot of change in the last month for our little guy and I must say he’s coped really really well.  Firstly he’s moved into his own room.  We have also started introducing bottle feeds, he’s gradually been having more and more and we are now at the point where I am only feeding him once a day (for the night feed which hopefully won’t last too much longer!).  He is on three solid meals a day and we’ve started introducing meat, so far he’s had chicken  and beef (spag bol, yum!).  As a result of all these things he’s been sleeping so much better.  He is now only having one night feed (before it was up to 6 but usually around 3) which is pretty amazing  for all of us!

We have been getting a lot more noises with squeals of delight and shouts of displeasure!  No real ‘sounds’ as such, we get the occasional ‘muuummmmmm’ but that only tends to be when he’s grumpy (typical!).  Its fun hearing him expressing himself in his own way, he clearly enjoys it too.  We took a video of him laughing (at his bricks being dropped on the floor?!) and its really fun to show it back to him as he laughs at himself.

Here’s to a healthy and happy next month!

Being a Seychelles mama 0-6months (The good bits)

Thought I’d share some of the things that I enjoy about being a mama in the Seychelles so far (no particular order):

  • Getting Arthur dressed is never really a chore he pretty much lives in bodysuits.  It’s too hot for anything else, so no layers required.  In fact often he is just in a nappy during the day. 
  • He gets to be outdoors a lot!  I always wanted to have kids somewhere where we could spend a lot of time outside, somewhere hot basically .  We definitely get this here.  I find it amazing how a walk in the fresh air can do a grumpy baby so much good (and a grumpy mama too!).  The view is obviously good too which is another bonus for us both!  At 6 months he’s just starting to get to an age where taking him to the beach is fun, he can sit up by himself and so can have a good look round at everything.

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  • Health and Safety hasn’t gone mad here.  I guess the most obvious example I can think of is how baby walkers are now so frowned at as they are ‘dangerous’ due to the injuries they can cause.  They have even been banned in Canada.  Now I bet that nearly all of us had baby walkers when we were little and we are all just fine!!!  Surely common sense needs to be used here, if the baby is supervised these things are perfectly safe!!  Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now I just get cross when ‘health & safety’ steps in when a bit of common sense just needs to be used!!
  • I don’t feel judged.  I’m not saying everyone feels this way in other places, but we really are pretty much left to it here.  We had a health visitor come round once for about 5 minutes and we go down to the clinic once a month to get him weighed.  His 6 month check up consisted of them asking if we had started feeding solids yet, seeing he could sit up already, seeing if he could crawl (he can’t).  We briefly spoke about his sleep and  that was pretty much it!
  • There’s no ‘x-box culture’.  I guess this partly goes hand in hand with my second point.   I know Arthur is too young for this to be an issue yet but still it’s something that scares me and is one of the reasons we wanted to have a baby here!!
  • Swimming. There is a small hotel thats a two minute walk from our house that we can take Arthur swimming in all the time.  It’s my favourite thing to do with him, he loves being in the water (just like me!).  We have started taking him to splash his feet in the Ocean too.  It’s rainy season here right now and its a little chilly by Seychelles standards so we haven’t taken him in for a full dip but it won’t be long….I can’t wait.

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  • The ex pat community.  It’s been amazing how helpful people have been.  We had a lot of stuff given/loaned to us that has been so useful, a bumbo, a changing table and we even got our cot (actually this was from a Seychelleois family)…..Its at least 20 years old and handmade, it was in a bit of a sorry state as had been kept outside and kind of used for storage so me and Mark did it up and now its beautiful.  We had to order a custom mattress as its an unusual size but it will last until Arthur is ready to go into a proper bed as its really big.  I even got thrown a baby shower which was just so lovely considering by that point we hadn’t even been here a year!
  • Baby love.  People here LOVE babies.  Everywhere you go people want to give Arthur cuddles, he gets a lot of fuss made of him!  If we go out for somewhere to eat there’s always been someone offering to hold him/play with him while we eat….amazing! Also there is more availability of baby things then there is anything else which is of course very useful!   

 

There are also some challenges in being a Mama in Seychelles, I’ll do another post soon 🙂