Mental, mardy, but a little bit marvellous..


January 2016

A cautionary tale

When I went to sleep last night, the house was tidy, as it’s been the last couple of days. There was a plan of action for the next few days, food planned out, ingredients in the fridge, a shopping list ready to go, washing caught up on. Plans made, moods were good, The X files was on the telly. The children weren’t too bad at sleep time and things seemed to progress smoothly through the night.

Then this morning, chaos came to visit. BoomBoom got up and went to the loo early. Toddler boy got up after him. Usually the door is locked because of toddler boy but once he’s asleep I usually unlock it in case Toria or BoomBoom need to go toilet in the night. Big mistake. Biiiiig mistake. Huge.

 Toddler boy – in his true form of little monster – blocked the toilet. He shoved an entire roll of tissue down there. He pressed the flush button. Again.. again.. again.. again.. Pressy-press-press! Ooh we like pushing buttons! Press it again.. And again.. And again.. And again!… You get the idea. He flushed it. Many, many times. Lots. Many many lots many, even. (High five for awesomeness if you get that reference)

 This was 7am. I know this because my alarm went off at 7am. I turned it to snooze… And was out of bed and running up the stairs at 7.05am. In 5 minutes toddler boy had destroyed the house. The bathroom was flooded, the toilet was overflowing and water was rushing out the pipe. Of course it’s not as simple as a flooded bathroom – the water travelled, as water does. Under the bath.. Where it’s never been sealed… Down the lovely, truly handy, sloped ceiling, all the way down the stairs. Cue the hallway flooded in two places and the kitchen too. The smoke alarm was dripping water and the new plaster is now wet.  And we can’t use any of the lights while we wait for the water to dry. Brilliant! 

 Oh, just so you know – the little monster blocked up the spare loo too. You know, because he didn’t have enough fun doing the first. 🙄 

 So. Our morning was somewhat rushed and somewhat panicky and somewhat – No, completely – mad. However it’s all sorted now and the 5 other children all got to school before time and with nary a complaint between them. Go figure. 

 This is my cautionary tale. If your son or daughter resembles Houdini or an escape artist in any way, and can climb over/under/around/magic themselves or anyone else/use curtains as a ladder/figure out the easiest route of escape from any room or indeed playpen/baby gate/screen door you put them in or near/climb up a bunk bed or a fridge or a sheer wall.. get a lock for their bedroom door. And use it, lest your house be flooded also. 


A New Year

And a very happy one to you.

I know I’ve been lax lately but you know? I just couldn’t be arsed! If I’ve not been sleeping off the worst bodily excesses of ladies week, I’ve been attempting to control this black cloud or I’ve been utterly manic sorting my house, my children, my life out. 

It’s the 8th of January and it’s been a year of ups and downs already! Mostly the ups have outweighed the downs though, and I have made a whole new group of online friends in a mothers group who are actually more than a bit awesome. That’s as well as my bump friends who put the sauce in awesome sauce!

My babies are back in school and boy, are they loving it. So is toddler boy, he’s responding really well to getting his own space and routine back. The older lads are doing great too, Noodle has some exams soon so we’ve been doing a good lot of revision in the evenings. He hates it but he knows it needs to be done, bless him. 

I’ve had mama-daughter time with May May this evening. We did her nails in acrylics and apart from the house being stinky now because of the yukky stuff you have to use, she’s loving them and it was fun! It was fun fun fun. And nice to spend time together, of course. The lads and Mr Pond are out at the cinema watching the new Star Wars so it’s just the smalls and Maya and I in the house. It’s been peaceful and really quite nice. A nice change but I’ll be glad to get my menfolk back!

Toddler boy is sleeping, so is Toria. I’m eating a Chinese, watching cartoons and having snuggles with BoomBoom and MayMay. My evening could definitely have been worse! 

Happy 2016 😊


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