Chronic Pain and the weather.

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, the shops are stocking not only Halloween items but Christmas too! In someways Autumn is my favourite season, it’s exciting, it’s the lead up to Christmas and has fireworks too! I love watching the leaves fall and snuggling up in the warm with a cup of hot honey and lemon (my current favourite drink!).

Unfortunately, with the fun and exciting times Autumn brings comes the extra Hypermobility Syndrome pain. This is also the time I have to really start watching what i’m doing and pace myself. It’s so hard to explain to someone that doesn’t suffer from chronic pain just how bad things can get and how such the simplest of tasks (like walking from the car into the shops) can seem like the most daunting task for someone that suffers with joint pain.

The nature of Hypermobility is that you can have no problem doing a task one day and then you get a knock on effect which means you cannot physically move for up to weeks later, from one simple action! It’s quite isolating to be honest and can make you feel very down.

With a 2 and a half year old things get harder, he is so active, he’s a whirlwind of fun and energy and it’s going to be a challenge keeping him entertained through the months where I struggle to go out, luckily I have a new Homestart volunteer coming to us as of Friday so that will help a bit.

Today I walked to the park with my friend ( thank goodness for my Stokke Xplory as I may have had a problem!) I was able to push Rocket with relative ease and he had a fabulous time as the park, although my friend had to take over and chase him as I coul’dnt do it, signs things are slowing down again. I’m proud of myself that I managed to walk but as I write this I am in a lot of pain and can’t leave the sofa.. what do you do when your’e up to the maximum dose of prescribed painkillers and you are still in a lot of pain? how do you ease it?

If anyone needs me i’l be wrapped up in my electric blanket, enjoying the autumn from my window.

How do you cope with chronic pain and a demanding toddler?


My Poor Neglected Blog!

Looking at my blog, I can see how i’ve neglected it in the past 6 months BIG TIME! lots of things have been happening and I made the mistake of only writing my Emma’s Diary posts (I’m an Emma’s Diary Blogger) and not actually updating my actual blog, which I miss!

There are other reasons that I haven’t really posted but I won’t go into them and to be honest, I don’t actually think they matter anymore so I’m pleased to say that ‘past service’ will resume!

We have just come back from out holiday, which I will talk about in a separate post and this past week we got two new family member in the shape of two adorable fluff balls called Dory and Flo… yes from Finding Nemo! Flo was actual called Bruce until we discovered he was actually a she!

Rocket is growing so big now, 31 months old! I cannot believe how quickly time is going. Soon I will be planning his 3rd birthday party *squee*

We have definitely hit the terrible twos now, he talks now and the last couple of weeks have been ‘NO’ or ‘why not?’ and he likes to push us as much as he possibly can! But at the same time he is the sweetest smiliest boy and he is so polite too, he can be a real joy and i’m so proud of him.

I’l leave you with some recent pictures, and I promise not to leave it too long til the next post 😉

The Make-Up Meme

I may be jumping the gun a little here but i’m unable to get online again properly for a bit and wanted to get my video up!

The lovely Jayne has started a meme for bloggers children to do their make up for them and to take a picture of the result. I decided a video would be funnier, so here it is *cringe*, my 2 and a half year old attacking my face with mascara 😉 enjoy!


I tag : @Mummydaddyme and


Toddler Mum Mum – Review

For anyone that has been reading my blog recently they will know that I have struggles to get Rocket to eat healthy things, my fault mostly for caving as I’m scared he will starve himself (although i’m assured he would’nt actually do that!). After struggles to get him to eat fruit (with no luck) he would only snack on crisps and bread sticks and I was desperate to find something he would like that would be healthy and seem like a treat to him.

When Baby Mum Mum wrote to me telling me about their products (that includes Toddler Mum Mum for children aged 18 months plus) I was intrigued to see if Rocket would like them so agreed to test them out.

Coming in boxes with little packets holding 2 good sized rice biscuits in each one, these snacks are made from Japonica rice sprinkled with a strawberry flavouring. They are no mess, literally he scoffs the whole lot and I don’t have to worry about gooey hands or face! They are Organic and contain NO artificial colours or flavourings, no preservatives and are completely free of Gluten, lactose, egg and peanuts and are low in fat with NO trans fats.

These get a big thumbs up from Rocket, who over the last week has become obsessed with them and walks around saying ‘mum mum’! They are perfect to keep in your handbag or pocket when going out with the children and serve as an easy, healthy snack at anytime. I just have to keep them away from Aaron as he is also a fan 😉

Toddler Mum Mums are available to buy from

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5/5 from us!


Growing up fast.

Today I took Rocket to go view the nursery he will be going to 2 afternoons a week from next month.

I was a bit nervous as so many things were running through my head (being a nervous first time mum!) like will they be able to keep up with him? Would he be able to get out? What If he doesn’t fit in with the children? So many thoughts!

We sat down in the room that contained the 2-3 year olds and there were quite a few children playing happily and so much for them to be getting on with. I filled out the papers telling them what Rocket liked/disliked and they explained what goes on and the structure of the days there etc.

Someone told me that I would know as soon as I walked in if it was right for us, and I believe it is, the children were calm, there were paintings over the walls, the staff were friendly and attentive and Rocket loved the music time and jumped around the room with a big grin on his face!

He has to go back for another visit, a week before he’s due to start and that time I am to sneak out and leave him there for a few hours so he can get used to the Staff and the other children.

Before today I was torn with my feelings over leaving him there and now I feel confident that i am doing the best for him (and me!). He will get stimulation from a different environment and he will start learning important life skills and I will get some me time and be able to refresh so I can be the best mummy I can.

All in all it was a positive experience and I’m looking forward to next month. My monkey is growing up!


The end of the cot??

This lunch time was going like any other routine wise, when the rubbing of the eyes came around I started the wheels turning for nap time…

After setting up Little Einsteins for Rocket to watch I proceeded to leave the room and shut the door like normal though today he seemed unhappy with this idea and cried a little when I left. I thought he would calm down as normal so came to sort laundry out when I heard and almighty THUD, followed by some loud screaming.

I rushed back into his room to find him on the floor after what I can only imagine is he fell head first out of the travel-cot. He is fine, although a little shaken, as was I! After carefully examining his head for a bump and not finding one I gave my grizzly little boy some calpol and hot milk and now he’s settled back in his cot (with a duvet bundled up on the side).

I’m actually lucky I got this far without this happening before, hes a little daredevil anyway and seeing as my brother climbed out of his cot at 9 months we didn’t do too badly. But the idea of training him to sleep in a bed absolutely terrifies me! The cot is the only 4 walls that holds him in! I’m scared of him not understanding the boundaries of a proper bed, especially as he’s 2 in a couple of weeks time, he just trashes the place!

We have a baby gate on his room now, we don’t have stairs to worry about but the thought of a free range baby in the night scares me.

I’m absolutely clueless as to where to start so any advice on successfully switching from a cot to a bed would be most welcomed. As I fear its on the cards sooner rather than later!