I ended up ringing NHSDirect yesterday afternoon. The munchkin woke from her nap with a temperature of 39.3C (103F), nurofen failed to dent it at all and she was so lethargic. They weren’t too concerned as I’d done all the right things (stripping her off, making her drink water, cooling the room down etc) but I couldn’t see any reason for it, she was just hot and clingy (she’s definitely not a clingy toddler usually), she couldn’t be out of my arms for more than 5 minutes. Thankfully some paracetamol brought the temperature down to nearer normal, but it wasn’t until a couple of hours later that the munchkin began to chew on everything in sight (a sure sign she’s teething). I wish she’d let me check her teeth as then I wouldn’t be so worried about her. She’s still a bit grumpy and clingy today but she’s not got such a temperature. She’s just gone up for a nap, so hopefully she’ll sleep well and perk up a little.

I need to get my bottom in gear today and do some serious tidying in the house, it’s gradually getting messier and messier and even I’m starting to get fed up of it! That’s definitely saying something. I hate living in a mess but I find it so hard to keep everywhere tidy. I need to mow the lawn as well (if I can work out how to use the mower….). Hopefully while the munchkin sleeps now I can make a good go at it. I’ll hopefully update later. Bye!


Update – 12:15pm

Well, I’ve mowed the lawn, swept the patio and treated the dandelions so not a bad start. Going to prepare lunch for me and the munchkin and then do some tidying unless she wakes, in which case we’ll eat.


Well, I didn’t make it back on yesterday after all.

Mr H, the munchkin and I managed to get some time out in the garden in a brief bit of sunshine before we needed to bring her in for her bath. It was lovely.

It’s the first time we’ve had a useable garden. In our old rented house we had a little patio with what must have been the world’s biggest ants nest underneath it (we had suspicions the nest extended right under the house and out the front too, there were that many ants and an unhelpful landlord who didn’t do much to help us get rid of them). The little blighters are rather off putting, especially when I’m allergic to insect bites and don’t really fancy a week plus of ridiculously itchy lumps on my legs… We still have some ants here, though no where near as many of them.

This house has a dinky little lawned area right outside the door and a raised decking area with a shed and a gate that leads out to the road out of the estate. We need to do a bit of work on the garden. There’s a raised bed at the side of the lawn full of dodgy ornaments and weedy little shrubs (and weeds!) that I want to completely revamp (possibly into a little vegetable patch….), plus Mr H needs to cut the grass (I have no idea how to use a strimmer [Mr H decided to get one of them instead of a lawn mower as the lawn is only small]…though I suppose I could learn…)

Anyway, need to go and put the munchkin down for a nap. Enjoy what sunshine you can find for the rest of your Sunday. Bye!

…or maybe not!

We spent 5 hours wandering round Cambridge yesterday mainly looking at bikes for Mr H to cycle to work on. Now I’m all for him saving us money on diesel, but did it have to cost £530?!?!?!?

It could have been a lot worse I suppose, we were spending time together in the week (Mr H booked the day off for a break from work before we realised that with bank holidays and other annual leave days already booked he is only working one 5 day week in the next 6 weeks!!!), we were having time away from home and getting fresh air and exercise (well walking several miles with the pram).

All I managed to buy for me was a new purse to replace my one with a broken zip (not as easy as it sounds actually, most of the purses I found were far too small or far too big and usually with out much space for cards (I have far too many of those, can’t seem to reduce the numbers anymore either!).

The munchkin was really good, she didn’t nap very well (probably why she didn’t sleep brilliantly last night) but was calm and happy being admired by random people in shops.

The challenge for today is to get Mr H to have a break. Since we moved he’s spent time every weekend fixes things, installing wardrobe poles, blinds etc. So for today we’re trying to have him doing nothing of the sort. We’re not going out (bought some very nice looking food in M&S yesterday to eat today – big treat!) and we’re going to chill. He may end up mowing the lawn though so that he can play with his remote control car! At the moment it would get all of 2 inches into the jungle!

Anyway, we’re going to chill out in front of a DVD the I need to put the dishwasher on. Maybe back later! Bye!