Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sleep Cravings

So last night it didn't matter what i was dreaming about (horse racing, walking, junk yards) I still kept dreaming about apple crumble and custard. I could even smell it. I woke up this morning and the smell continued to follow me around the house- it wasn't until I sniffed my hands that I realised the new moisturiser i used last night (smells like vanilla and baileys) was to blame.
As I'd slept the skin over my bump had heated and make a warm vanilla smell that my mind had tried to "sleep identify" as delicious custard and what do i have custard with - crumble. I'm going to have to make a crumble today now to satisfy the cravings!
I even announced to D when he got up at 5am (in a very whiny voice) that I wanted crumble and custard before turning over and going back to sleep. Poor D didn't know what to say or do while he got ready for work, it was clear he wasn't sure if I meant I wanted him to now, at 5am start cooking a crumble or if I was just informing him so he can pick up some custard on his way home from work. Poor D.

Monday, 23 April 2012


Dear Hoody has tagged all the members of her royal court, and as 'Ambassador of Foreign Affairs' it's time to give my biast opinions on the following questions in the hopes of "cultural learnings for betterment of the royal court" and other nonsensical-ness.

1.  Book or movie and why?
Book.  Book. Book. I always prefer to read a book before I see the film since my imagination always does better than the film makers (pitbulls as muttations, what are you trying to do, give me an anyurism?), and to be fair most films end up cutting out some important parts - like the plot.
That said - I have been known to sit through bleak house, Jane Eyre, and Anna Karenina in film version to avoid reading the book. Sometimes the language and how complicated the story can be - (I'm looking at you J.R.Tolkien) has had me reaching for the movie rather than trying to muddle through who is doing what to whom in a crazy battle scene. That said, films do major battles way better than my imagination, one of the "cons" of living in a non-war torn country.
2.  Real book or e-book?
Books - you can read my opinion on the kindle here.
3. Funniest thing you’ve done in the last 5 years?
Um, I assume this means funny to others? It must be my episode of caffeine and catnip. Although it does still make me giggle.
4.  Do you put yourself in the books you read/movies you watch?
Only if character A is being being hurt by Character B - then I'll displace it onto D and be mad at him for however long it takes for the characters to resolve their s*it.
5. How would your best friend describe you?
Um, fun? We can be sensible debating something happening, giggling over cocktails or then we are dying our hair and dancing round the living room singing along to musicals like 5 yr-olds.
6.  Favorite kind of car and why?
A free one? I'm going to say a DB9 just so I sound like I know something about cars. Otherwise my real answer is red one? 
7.  Would your choice of party be a catered meal or a barbecue out back?
Catered party / BBQ I don't care I love throwing parties and planning them, and catering them. But it has to be completely on my terms.
8.  What’s your favourite season and why?
Freshly mowed grass in spring, but I love autumn, the colours, smells and the crisp feeling on the air.
9.  What important lessons have you learned?  Spiritual, educational, and occupational?
Spiritual:  You're not alone. 
Educational:  Life gives the best education - unless you want to be a doctor or something. Mistakes are important steps and mostly fun to make. University is pointless unless you NEED a degree for your job - aka. doctor.
Occupational: Everyone spends time talking about how bad things are, but not many talk or are listened to about how good things are. There is something messed up with that.
And Baz Lurhmann said everything I value best: 

10.  Besides writing, what’s your favorite thing to do when you get some extra time?
Reading, gaming, cooking, listening to music or watching movies.  These activities are all improved with the company of D.
11.  What’s one place you can be found at least one time every week?
Currently only at home. But usually I end up at Sainsbury and the post office weekly (they are opposite each other) The post office is for work, Sainsbury is for chocolate and other wrongful goodies.

To comply with the rules - if you're reading this post - TAG - YOUR IT!

Friday, 20 April 2012

The Spirit of Generosity

I don't know if it's because we're having multiples, or perhaps just because we know some lovely people, but the generosity we are receiving from others is very touching.
D and I are not "poor" and neither are we loaded. We manage to pay our bills every month, buy the occasional extravagant item and have a meal or two out together. We have no real debt's and overall we're happy with where we are financially. Sure a bit of extra cash coming in from my side would be great (We wish we could afford to have some savings) and sure we do live a bit hand-to-mouth at times, but overall we live within our means.

 Since announcing our triplet news (and yes buying three of most things is costly) we've been picking up bargains where we can. By far the nicest thing we have received is the support and help from other parents and family members.

Dom's grandparents bought us round a 'meals on wheels' dish last night - my word it was delicious (I would have taken a photo but I wanted to eat it so bad I couldn't wait!). D is new to all this cooking melarky and while his attempts are (mostly) successful, the chance for a home cooked meal from someone who actually knows what she is doing was well received. (So well received that later that night 'preggers' here went back into the kitchen and stood over the baking tray eating the leftovers with a fork.)

 We have been given two cots FREE - these cots cost hundreds of pounds brand new and two kind-hearted families have simply given us their old ones along with other bits of nursery furniture which have saved us plenty of money, time and worry.

Family members are making us "care packages" for when the babies come and helping us sell our old household items.

My parents have been grabbing things they know are on my "list" from charity shops when they come across them (diaper genies etc.)

 Friends have been providing me with much craved and hard-to-find snacks (thank you emmzie for the choc covered pretzels) as well as running some of my errands.

Random people off of the-book-of-face in my town have been sending me items of maternity wear so I can actually leave the house without wearing pjs. The kindness is overwhelming. It really helps us to keep our bank account from spontaneously combusting and to get organised. We really appreciate every offer of help we've recieved.

It feels to me like we're having these babies as a whole family and a large community, everybody wants to know how they are doing and is sending us good wishes and support. D and I are getting to enjoy spending time together before we become a family of 5, (cripes 5!) being excited over the future, without the excessive financial worries I'm sure many parents go through.
 We've also now got enough stuff to warrant actually decorating and setting up the nursery and playroom. I wasn't planning on doing that until later, but having massive piles of baby-stuff sat everywhere is starting to bug me, maybe the house will stop looking like a jumble sale once we put things in their proper place (and not just continually on top of each other).
 Paint samples here I come!!

Thursday, 19 April 2012

D's Guest post #1

Since we got married in July 2008 there was always a plan and it came in three phases;

Phase 1: Work
This part of the plan involved husband getting a job with steady, regular hours and decent progression prospects. Wife was looking to set herself up in business and start to rock the world.

Phase 2: Live
To be precise, where to live. Using the steady income from phase 1, we decided we wanted somewhere nice to live, and to surround ourselves with nice things, and lead active and full lives. This isn't to be taken as a greedy pursuit of stuff, but having lived in some awful, grotty grot-holes we kind of wanted somewhere that didn't affect our health, better yet maybe we could live somewhere that positively impacted our wellbeing! Similarly, we wanted to slowly get rid of the mismatched pile of hand-me-down furniture that was frankly on its last legs and slowly replace it all with new stuff that suited out taste. Besides, all of the above served as a precursor to phase 3.

Phase 3: Start our Family
With everything now in place, and by everything I mean a global business empire and a massive palatial home, we would be ready to have a child and start our family...

Of course, life is what happens when you're busy making plans....

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A little sick here, a little sick there, here a sick, there a sick, everywhere a sick, sick

After seven LONG weeks, I think maybe, just maybe the sickness is going away and the placentas are kicking in! I haven't actually been sick in a week now, but every morning I'm still having plenty of close calls.
I almost daren't hold my breath or mention it too much in case I jinx it!

Enter heartburn.

Yes just as I get away from being constantly sick, I now have a terrible burning sensation in the base of my throat. I'm pretty sure it's all my doctor's fault!

A few months ago he asked me if I was suffering from any sickness, I happily shook my head and told him none so far. The VERY NEXT DAY and for weeks onwards there I was head in the toilet, throwing up the rainbow.
I saw this doctor again on Thursday and this time he asked me if I had any heartburn. I happily shook my head and told him none so far.
On Friday I had a fire in my throat, and onwards nearly everyday since.

At least the next time he asks me if I'm experiencing a symptom I can prepare to get it the following day!

And happy news for you poor neglected souls, if the sick really is going away now I hope to get back to our usual scheduled bloggage and keep you all updated a few times a week, and check in on your blogs more that I have been doing!

So this is just a quick post today to say we're all doing just fine. I'm starting to get the odd fluttering feeling and both D and I can't decide if it's wind or babies! Either way, it's all getting pretty darned exciting. Fingers crossed I'm kicking morning sicknesses ass (FINALLY)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The best kind of triplet!

After our scan last week we found out we have trizygotic triplets. This means each baby has it's own placenta and no-one is sharing any "resources". This is the BEST kind of triplet to have as it reduces many inter-womb complications, although there are still risks to any multiple pregnancy from prematurity.

The triplets are likely to be fraternal and not identical, however they cannot be sure until birth, whether we actually have one set of identical twins and then another baby, or whether we are having three separate babies. Identical twins are unlikely as we have three placentas present and twins usually share one, but it is not unheard of.

Monday, 2 April 2012

See how they grow

I'm still throwing up all the time, and hoping to god that means they are all going to get as full term as possible. They say the sicker you get at the start the better the later stages should go. I seriously hope that's a fact as an alarming number of triplet pregnancies don't make it past 24 weeks. If we can just get as close as possible to 35 weeks (when I'm being induced) I will be relieved. Just another 24 weeks to go then....

On a depressing note, I've been told I can't have my babies at my local hospital (across the road from where I live) and will be shipped off anywhere in the country that can take me when I go into labour. I'm glad I will get the best care for us, but I am very anxious about being anywhere up to 600 miles from D and the strain that will put on him and his job as he wants to be with me when they arrive.
Still we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now I'm concentrating on baking these babies and have another scan later today to check their development - fingers crossed everyone is healthy and forming well.