Mammylu's House

Mammylu, Mother of 3, letting the random stuff out of my head a bit at a time…

Month: July, 2012

I’m getting old

So, I’m sitting bed, before half ten on a school night. I was crocheting (that makes me sound even older!), but I’m too tired. It’s been a bit of a weird night.

Husband won’t be home for another hour or so, and I’m too tired to wait up. But part of me is struggling to stay awake, you see, when I wake up in the morning, I’ll be 30. And everyone’s made it such a big deal, but in the end, as my lunch plans just got cancelled, it’s the same as any other day, just me and the kids doing our thing. So why am I reluctant to sleep?


Superhero day

Today has become superhero day in my house. This is why I’m sitting on the sofa listening to larger child from his bed to the floor, as that’s his super power. Oh, and did I mention that I’m wearing a mini cape held together by a peg?

It must have slipped my mind… Smaller child is having a nap to get out of this game, and frankly, I don’t blame him! I’m supermammy all day every day by my standards, I don’t need a cape to prove it!

It did provide a cute photo taking opportunity though:


And a slightly hyper 2 year old.

Life’s a beach

I’ve been thinking about where I live a lot lately, I was born in Washington, (UK, to avoid any confusion). I moved to Newcastle for university and Sunderland to live with other half (who is now husband). I’ve lived in Sunderland for nearly 10 years, and like living here, but sometimes I get reminded of why I like it here.

We’d been taking advantage of extended opening hours today and were driving home, when a song came on my iPod. It was by a local band called The Lake Poets, and it’s called City by the Sea. (One thing Sunderland has is a very varied music scene with lots of gigs showcasing local talent). This song resulted in a small detour…

This is why I like living where I do:




Where else could we add 5 minutes onto our drive home and spend an hour running around on the beach in the sunshine?

Annual Haircut and falling off the wagon

So, today I got my haircut. All my money seems to disappear, so I don’t ever often have spare money. So I get it cut as short as possible (so I can still tie it up though, important with small kids). That way it doesn’t get too long. My hair is still at the falling-out-having-just-had-a-baby stage. Hair dresser gave advice – good shampoo, and brush gently.

My mother bought me new conditioner after finding out I had just bought wilkinsons own brand. Well, it was on offer!!

Food wise, the day started well, with porridge and banana. Then it got a little bit bad, at starbucks… I’d like to think a skinny latte isn’t that bad!

Then my mam and stepdad took me out for lunch… I had decide if I was being bad or good.

My logic is this: if I deny myself treats for my birthday (i really don’t ever go out normally), then I’ll be demoralised and less likely to continue. That’s me excuse anyway!

So… A half pint of lager, cheese and bean toastie and chips, skinny latte number 2 and cupcake later…. Then pizza and an icecream for tea. It looks worse in writing!

Back on the wagon tomorrow!!!!!

Husband wants to join me, so we’ll see how that works out for us (hopefully better, as we’ll motivate each other to be good).

In other news, I bought a wine home brew kit for my husband. It was £3. Let’s see what happens with that too.

So, I had a nice day out, no kids for the first time since baba was born, husband enjoyed being trusted with both kids for the first time too. Although I was happy to see that he looked slightly relieved when I got back.

I bought a kids introduction to phonics today as well, it wasn’t how I learnt to read, and I think I need to understand it before my kid starts learning it! You wouldn’t believe I was a qualified teacher, would you?

I’m gonna drink some wine now, and not the tiny weeny glass I had last night! Well, only 2 days of my 20s left!

Super chef!

Today I am officially super chef!

Larger child was at nursery, so I made macaroni cheese for lunch – I keep missing my dairy portions, and having I eat extra late at night. So, I decided to try a ‘healthy’ version for lunch. It was nice, I’d probably try it on the family!

But for best success, is my tea, tomato and bean soup:

It’s very nice, and I’ll definitely make it again. Last night I had an ice cream 😦 but I was honest on my little ticky box thing, and showed that I’d been bad.

Gonna be better today! It’s nearly 8pm, I still have lots of housework to finish, then I need a bath, as I’m getting a birthday haircut tomorrow. And yes, it has been a year since I got my hair cut (I can’t afford it). My mam is taking me as a birthday present, and we’re going somewhere posh. I really don’t want to turn up smelling like floor cleaner! And we’re going for lunch afterwards, so I’m going to have to be very careful why I eat! I suppose you only turn 30 once, I’ve only got 3 days of my 20’s left…

So, for my ticky boxes, I have 1 carbohydrates, 2 fats, sugar and alcohol, and 4 fluid boxes left to tick.
Shouldn’t be too hard!

Well, food is finished, I need to get the rest of my jobs done, or I’ll be up all night!

Too tired to be a domestic goddess today

Or any other day really. The kids did a tag team thing to keep us awake last night. The tiredness is now setting in. It’s easy to see how I put weight on, I’ve been using sugar to keep me awake! As I’m limited to 4 portions of fatty/sugary stuff, I’ve used one to have spread on my toast at breakfast, and one to have a post-lunch digestive biscuit. I baba is having a nap, but larger child seems to have plenty of energy. How come he isn’t tired?? I’m so tired my head hurts!!

On another note, my super super healthy lunch:

Spelt, lentils, brown rice and vegetables! Getting better, methinks!

I have lots of housework, but I’m sitting on the sofa, struggling to be awake. Don’t you just love kids?

Eat your breakfast, or we can’t go out!

That’s what I seem to say at least 90 times every morning! Why don’t toddlers eat? It’s only toast! I’m waiting for him to realise that I am more stubborn than him, and will wait him out.

Anyway, I downloaded the NHS BMI app this morning, and it linked to some podcasts that I downloaded too. I figure I can listen to them in when husband’s at football. There’s a set designed for you to listen to when you’re training to start running, apparently, it guides you through when you should be walking/running and builds you up over time. However, I can’t see me jogging up the high street with my double pushchair! You have to commit to 3 days a week, with a day off in between. Gonna talk to husband, but that seems impossible to fit in with the schedule unless I take the kids with me!

Daddy Day Care and the start of Week Two!

So, Wednesday is historically ‘daddy daycare’ – the day husband looked after larger child while I was at work. I’m tagging along while on mat leave, the schedule is roughly:

Soft play
Sainsburys lunch

That’s why today is my best day for getting healthy. As long as I can fit in feeding the baba, I can get away with doing some ‘me’ stuff. Like weight loss group. I went today, and the focus was portions, I basically need to eat more fruit (I have already been trying). And measure stuff out, and eat more dairy.

I feel like I’ve kinda eaten more than I normally would, in trying to get the right amounts of the right stuff, but I’ve nearly hit all of my ticky boxes!


I think it’ll be easier on a normal day, when I’m having snacks with the kids during the day. I made my short term goal to eat more fruit – I’ve started this, but want to keep the momentum going. I have to fill in the ticky boxes every day too, I suppose it’s to help you learn until it becomes automatic.

Next week I’ll start the exercise part after the diet class bit, so I’ll see how that goes!

Exercise this week was Zumba, it was silly hot, and I didn’t feel as good, but it was nice to have some time out! I was a little achy from the Zumba DVDs the other day, this is the first time my stomach muscles have ached since being pregnant, so I’m actually kinda glad!!! It’s now 22:41 and I’m trying to get baba to settle back down to sleep, I’m now getting tired.

Foodwise, I made porridge, yoghurt and fruit for brekkie (sounds odd, but it works and I counted the yoghurt as a dairy portion). Another change4life recipe, everyone else ate it too.

I did sainsburys for lunch, giant cous cous and goat’s cheese salad, which was nice, and noodles and veg for tea.

So, not too bad really, a little bit of choccie and a biscuit as a treat. Off to a good start, going to bed full up, but will I be able to keep up the momentum?

Wanted to start a new exercise class tomorrow, I think my back is up to it, but husband got in first with a game of squash. I did point out that he played football on Monday and Tuesday, but apparently it’s too soon for my to risk for back! Ha! Next week I shall kick his ass, and go to a new class!

Weight wise, I put on 1lb since last week. I choose to believe that’s cos I didn’t have time to feed the baby before class! But it’s more likely to be the meal out and alcohol from the weekend. Well, it was an early birthday celebration, and you only turn 30 once!

Too damn hot! And I’m not a yummy mummy

It’s hot. Too hot for cooking. But I did anyway.

My first attempt and not-chicken and sweet corn soup:


I actually like it too. Child is also eating it. The same child who refused his cornflakes because there wasn’t enough sugar on them! (that’s not something I do, hence him refusing to eat).

On another note, my exercise today was a walk to asda. With the double pushchair. All fine until you add carrying the shopping to that! I nearly broke my arm with a basket full of milk and tins, trying to push the pushchair at the same time. In the past, I would have left it on the way in, (putting the kids in a trolley, obviously!) but the shop is being extended, and there’s no space anywhere.

I have cbeebies on for large child at the minute, but there’s something wrong. We were expecting balamory, and got the news headlines instead. I’d imagine there’s a few terrified toddlers out there today!

Taking baba for injections soon. Not looking forward to it! I can handle the actually meanness of holding him while they jab needles in him, but am stressed by other people. Anyone who makes a comment if when my children are noisy annoys me a lot. Do these people realise that a grumpy 2 year old is normal? (ok, the fact that he’s the size of a 4 year doesn’t help). We’ll see how we go, if baba’s not too ill (he got poorly last time round) then I might get a chance to update later.

*about 8 hours pass*

I’m now supposed to be reading my stuff for fat club weight loss support group tomorrow. And yet somehow I end up on my phone!

It turns out larger child was a bit noisy, but well behaved enough to earn his bribe of a lollipop on the way out of the doctors. I’ve been cutting down on the amount of sugar he has, so he appreciates treats more. That’s he theory, anyway!

He’s been poorly all afternoon (details not required and really gross), and I managed to get him to drink a whole cup of dioralyte (rehydration stuff), by putting juice in it. Unfortunately, it’s largely made up of salts and sugars, so he went a bit mental after bedtime stories, despite telling me “I’m just a bit sleepy” – owners of 2 year olds will probably agree with me, that isn’t normal toddler talk!

Small one screamed at the two ladies who stuck a needle in each leg, cheered up quite quickly, but grumped when we got home. A dose of calpol later, and he’s asleep, but still a bit too warm for my liking. But then again, so am I, it’s hot as hell in here.

On the subject of calpol…. I was at a baby group, and the subject came up. Turns out I’m a bad parent for not finding the special colour free version of it. Well, that’s not exactly what was said, but I felt that way! But surely these things cost more? My kids never miss out on anything they need, but i’m never gonna be a yummy mummy, I’m too poor. My baby sling (up to now, I’m getting one off eBay for my birthday) has been a quilt cover cut up. It’s worked very well. It’s just not as pretty as some of the ones other people have. There’s a sling library round here, but you have to put the value of the sling as a deposit. I don’t have that much money just hanging around! And I can’t be a yummy mummy because I carry my baby on buses. Yes. Public transport. Yummy mummies seem unfamiliar with this concept, giving road directions to everywhere and recommending baby groups in the arse end of nowhere.

And then I say, well, I can’t drive. And everyone looks at me like I’ve said something awful…

That’s why I’ll never be a yummy mummy, as they pop there babas into slings straight from their car seats, and walk in with make up (yes, they find time to wear it) intact, and I wheel my monstrous 2 seater pushchair in, hot, sweaty and stressed from the walk and bus journey, no make up covering my post natal spot outbreak, and usually sporting someone’s breakfast or some baby sick somewhere on my outfit.

So, anyway… I think I’ll stick with being me!

Trying to get back on track

I decided to be all sensible today, so…

Shredded wheat and dried cranberries for breakfast
Whole wheat noodles, onion, sweet corn, quorn pieces and tomato purée for lunch
Egg noodles, a quorn burger and fruit salad for tea

Then husband hands me a bloody icecream (boo!)

So, beginner Zumba and abs, buns and thighs DVDs later… I feel a bit sick now though!



My folder from weight loss group. Wear fit, in Sunderland… Get it?

Someone tell me it’ll be worth it in the end…