Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hives, Germs and Teething

So this time, my lack of blog activity is less about my procrastination issue and poor time management and more about all of us being sick and, well... poor time management ;)
The last couple of weeks have been absolutely shitty, to say the least. With all of us being sick with colds (poor Jo got sick twice!), Elijah having some serious teething and skin reactions and me having a Dr's visit that has led to some concern for my uterine health (more on that when I've had some tests)

It all started with a seemingly harmless play date with one of the neighbours. Jo had a sense he perhaps was a little unwell, but his mum said he was fine an Jo didn't want to appear pedantic so they had the play and that was that (in the next day or two he got quite ill with a 'bad cold') A few days later Elijah came down with an awful cold - we had tears and snot and disturbed sleep and an awful cough.
Poor sick boy
A few days in, it turned from bad to worse when he woke up from his morning nap with welts on his face, a quick trip to the Dr leaves us with the idea it's hives and Jo was told to bring him back if it got worse... They went away after a couple hours. Unfortunately after his afternoon nap, he awoke with even more welts... Dr still didn't seem concerned and again, they went away after a couple hours. We thought things were ok until we checked him that evening after he'd even asleep for almost two hours and they were back with a vengeance; big white welts outlined with red and purple... We were very concerned that we had been misdiagnosed and couldn't feel comfortable with just going to bed and hoping that the Dr was right... After a call to the triage line, we headed to the Emergency department [very long story short] We were there for hours with a screaming welty-faced child with snot all over his face who would not sleep until all hours only to be told "we believe its hives although we've not seen them like this before. Watch him overnight and bring him in if he appears lethargic or has trouble breathing being him back" we did not sleep. He was fine, and after a couple days they went away completely...
This picture was taken after the first bout of hives (they had already started going down)

It was awful, it was scary. But he's fine now, aside from a little leftover cough. We're over our colds and life is back to normal. I'm very proud of how we communicated through what was a very stressful time while we both felt like arse. We were caring, and focused and loving at a time when it would have been easy to just be cranky and selfish.

Oh! I forgot, the teething! Poor kid, he also cut teeth 5 an 6 throughout this ordeal :| That was fun. On the upside, the toothy grins we are now getting are beyond gorgeous!
This is E tonight, it appears he is still teething!

I've probably missed details and possibly have things out of order but this is all my brain is willing and able to provide right now :)

Until next time! xo






Saturday, 8 June 2013

Mummy Makes Muffins

With Elijah getting bigger by the second, we're having to come up with new tasty and healthy things for him to munch on. His current favourites would have be spaghetti bolognaise and custard. We recently tried him on pancakes which he really liked too.

I really enjoying cooking for him and have been so excited to make muffins for him to try. So this morning, I did!

Banana, Pear & sultana mini muffins


1 cup wholemeal SR Flour
1 egg
1 ripe banana
1 ripe pear
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sultanas
1 Tbsp milk
Cinnamon or mixed spice


- Pop your flour in a mixing bowl and sprinkle in your spice.

- Peel and finely chop the pear, mash the banana and mix together with the sultanas and oil.
- Stir together milk and egg.
- Put it all together and mix until combined.

- Spoon into greased mini muffin trays


- Cook in moderate oven until risen and cooked through (a skewer inserted should come out clean)
- Voila!


So simple and Elijah seemed to like them... I think :P




Sunday, 2 June 2013

Keep Calm and Get Crafty!

So many formula tins!!!!

Aaaaaages ago, I promised a post on formula tins and how I upcycle them. Surprise surprise it hast happened yet! 

We've used some to plant herbs... 

and there are still quite a few waiting on the back  table to be repurposed...


Today when Elijah had a nap, I took the opportunity to get a little crafty

 I decided to keep it simple and whip out some of my scrapbook paper an these groovy 'keep calm' sayings that I printed out on sticker paper a while ago. I originally intended to get some big glass jars and just stick them on but alas, another grand idea falls by the wayside hehe.

Instead, I grabbed some paper that went with the stickers I had, chopped it to size and popped a couple of embellishments. Then I just glued it all on. Voila! Nothing fancy, but I've finally done something crafty with them - given more time I would be a little neater, have an actual design plan in mind and likely tart them up a little more.


I sliced a hole in the lid so things can be poked through easily, I may even cover the tops of the lids in the corresponding paper later on, since the colour they are doesn't really match.

Here's the end result!