Slimming world

Slimming world is great.

It’s even better if you can cook the foods yourself and refrain from those artificial sweeteners.

I’ve made everything from leek and potato soup to salads, full roast dinners and fry ups! 

Nothing is off the menu and I’ve loved it. 

Due to some unfortunate circumstances around breastfeeding I seem to have lost my way needlessly I might add but I am set to go back this week and join the masses of new year resolutioners!

Going on a few holidays and have a few weddings of close friends this year tho so if that doesn’t give me the kick up the backside needed I don’t know what will!






Paris 2013


We said goodbye to Fred, Isabelle and the chateaux after a very nice leaving present and a packed lunch AND a lift to the train station 30 km away! (you get an idea of how good they were to us) To be completely honest we were not 100% impressed with Paris from our arrival, to us it looked like Manchester only with more balconies on the windows and more French people! We had only seen a small part though after all so we held our judgement until the day after when we could explore a bit more.  Our hotel was nice enough considering it was the cheapest one on and we were more appreciative to get there due to the torrential rain that had, by then, soaked us to the bone!

After settling in and drying off in the hotel we decided to go for  a wander down some streets considering we only had a couple of days to see as much as possible… it still looked like Manchester… but we hadnt seen any of the main attractions still so there was a glimmer of hope for the supposedly romantic city! After buying a baguette, ham and coleslaw we retired to our room to watch rubbish French TV and have a cheapo meal!

The next day was considerably better i must say, we got up relatively early, got the Metro through Paris and headed towards the Louvre! I (Andrew) was reallllly looking forward to going there more than any other place in Paris mostly due to the fact it is the biggest museum in the world and i have a nerdy love for them! It was stunning, the outside aswell as the inside, according to their website there is around 8 miles worth of halls to explore so you get an idea how much there is to explore. We decided to go for the english audio guides because there was only one language on the exhibits (you can guess which… hopefully). They provided us with a nintendo 3DS each with headphones for 10 euros and it definately helped. You can see from the pics below that there is a lot of different sections from egyptian to italian art to greek sculptures etc etc. After spending 5 hours in there our heads were fried and we wandered over to the Eiffel tower, a big, overated metal tower! Dont get me wrong it is a very beautiful structure in the way its made but once you have stood there and looked at it for a minute, thats about as exciting as it gets!

We left the next morning and set off towards our next helpx!

overall opinion of Paris was… Manchester with nice, fancy bits! and more French people, and Americans.


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Hospital stay

Bolton hospital was amazing every single member of staff from the health care assistants, midwives, consultants and registrars were amazing.

I received the best possible care i could have asked for and more importantly so did my son. After a rocky birth my son was in neonatal where he was being treated for problems with his breathing, antibiotics because he had done a poo inside of me and an x-ray for a suspected broken clavicle which turned out to be fine.

Two after his delivery we finally got word that he was fine and doing well so i was cleaned up and taken down to see him. The first time i saw him, in his incubator, i burst into tears, a warmth came over me that is very hard to describe. The neonatal nurse/doctor put him in my arms and it was the most perfect moment. Despite the tubes and wires he was perfect. I loved him with all of my heart. I don’t care what anyone says but that feeling is terrifying! Amazing and scary!

After too little of a time i felt like i would pass out from tiredness so had to leave my precious little bundle in the neonatal ward with all the machines buzzing and beeping alone. Heartbreaking, but i knew he was going to be fine!

Andrew was made to leave and I was taken to the ward where i was given tea, toast and painkillers and i have to say they were the best things i think I’ve ever tasted… even now.

I got as much sleep as my adrenaline fueled body could manage and counted down till Andrew could come back so we could see our son together. When we went back to neonatal the next morning i was happily surprised to see that Henry only had a few wires on him and no tubes, i wanted to get him straight from his incubator but he looked so tiny and delicate i asked for the midwifes help. She handed him to me and asked me how intended on feeding him and helped me with my first breastfeed. He latched on straight away and was on me for about 45 minutes the little champ. Hours seemed to pass in minutes and we had to go back to the ward to eat and was instructed to go down to neo to feed Henry every two hours which was no hard task for me! At 2am that night when Andrew was at home Henry was given the all clear to come upstairs with me to the ward… my responsibility…. terrifying again! Ha! This was the first of 2 completely sleepless night of me simply staring at this beautiful life me and my husband had created.

Whilst in hospital i got tons of support with how to change him, dress him, feed him, swaddle him… everything i asked was answered. They never made me feel like i was asking silly questions and helped me through everything. I could not recommend Bolton hospital enough to any one!