Pregnancy and Birth

Hip replacements, birthdays and growing a new human

June 11, 2015

Wow! What a couple of weeks its been. Some good news but mostly one thing on top of another. I could do with a rest!

Both my Nan and my Mum have had hip replacements done in the last few weeks. Nan was starting to get more able to do things like making it up and down the stairs on her own and then mum went in for hers. Whilst Mum was in hospital, my Nan’s new hip came out of the socket so she had to go back in. She is now in some sort of cast holding her together while it heals but is back at home again.

Mum is managing with most things, she can hobble around on her crutches and is probably doing more than she should but is doing washing with the aid of a grabby stick. It’s amusing to watch. Good job she has a sense of humour. I try and pop round to them both and help with bits but its hard when they don’t have stair gates and I need to be able to control Dexter as well as doing what they need. He’s just got so much energy at the moment, I need eyes in the back of my head. Luckily my sister is able to do a bit more than me, and she drives so she can get there when they need her and get shopping and things if necessary.

Ferry Meadows for D's Birthday
Dexter turned 2 last week and as such, has changed into a different child overnight. Well, maybe not completely. He’s certainly napping a lot more! I cant remember when he last had a nap in the day but lately he’ll just fall asleep! We were singing row your boat and I rocked him backwards and he closed his eyes and just like that he was gone! At first I thought he was playing like he was just hiding but he was asleep literally in the space of 3 seconds!

nap time

We’d planned on having a bbq for his birthday in a local park area but rain put a stop to that so we had everyone round in our living room instead. It was a tight squeeze but the kids were all very well behaved and they loved it when I got the bubbles out in the messy tray!

inside bubbles

On Monday he started preschool. I dropped him off at the door and let him go over to the toys and then I snuck away. If he knew I was going he would’ve clung to me. When I picked him up it was obvious he’d been upset. His face was red, his eyes were puffy and he had smeared snot all around his face. My poor boy looked heartbroken that I’d left him there! Talk about a guilt trip!! I took him back today and he had a little cry and worked himself up until he was sick but after that he settled down and they gave me some pictures of him having story time. He looked much more settled and happy when I picked him up so I know he’s ok.

First day at preschool

We got a call from our letting agent to inform us that the owner of the house is selling up so we need to vacate. I really don’t want to move. Our house is situated between 2 great schools for Dexter and I’d be happy for him to get in to either of them. We are within walking distance to town, my mums, work, Dexter’s preschool, my Sister-in-law’s etc. We have a lovely green area outside with a beautiful village pub and a little park and to the back, about 3 minutes walk is the Nene Valley Railway. Dexter is obsessed with trains so he loves that! If you are looking for a buy to let property, please buy our house and keep us on as tenants so we can stay!?!?! Pretty please!??!


But finally, not wanting to end the post on a sour note, we are pleased to announce that Dexter will be promoted to big brother early next year.  The Messy Stains family is growing in numbers as we are expecting our second baby around Jan/Feb
More to come on this subject soon…

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  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles June 11, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Many, many congratulations again lovely, you found out a bit earlier this time then!! I hope your mum and nan both recover well and fingers crossed you find somewhere equally lovely to live, you never know but this might be the best thing that could happen… Fingers crossed xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thank you so much. Heres hoping the house is just a temporary glitch and things work out…

  • Reply Emma June 12, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Congrats on the bump but what a busy few weeks. Recovering fro a hip op is huge so I hope they both rst up some too.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Thanks. And o be honest its quite amusing watching my Mum find all sorts of inventive ways to do things. Don’t tell her I said that though. Haha

  • Reply andrea June 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Congratulations! xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Thank you x

  • Reply Kaye June 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Congrats on the new addition! I can never not read a post with a + pregnancy test picture, love new babies! Sorry to hear you have to move though, hope it all gets sorted out relatively stress-free (if only!). x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Thanks, I thgouht that image might work haha!
      I almost don’t want to start packing in case something amazing happens and we don’t have to go! Here’s hoping at least!

  • Reply sadie June 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Wow what an update, glad D is feeling better about preschool horrid knowing they’ve been upset although hard when they chase you off too lol
    Hope your Mum and Nan are on the mend, maybe the new landlords will keep you on or you’ll find something better but not ideal.
    Wonderful news on the baby try to get some rest seems like D know and is resting too bless him although the heat makes mine a bit sleepier till bedtime anyway! X x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I know right? Any other week they each would have gotten their own blog post but I’v just been so busy! Especially now I have gas saftey checks to be home for and estate agents coming to value the house and everything in between.
      The baby will certainly be getting its own announcement post as soon as I get chance to write it.

  • Reply K @ Eat.Love.Live June 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I hope your mum and nan recover quickly and are back up to speed in no time. A BIG congratulations to you on your new addition. How exciting! x

    • Reply K @ Eat.Love.Live June 12, 2015 at 11:15 am

      #thelist x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks very much (on both counts)

  • Reply Fola Lewis June 13, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Perfect timing with baby no.2 congrats! Hope your mum and grand mum make a speedy recovery!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 13, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Many thanks x

  • Reply Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops June 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    A great big congratulations!! how exciting =)

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 16, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Thank you, We are very excited!

  • Reply You Baby Me Mummy June 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Wow congratulations! I hope you get to stay put! Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Thanks, me too!

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