tuxedo_elf: (My Boys)
We had a wonderful time in Cornwall... the weather was passable and we didn't over-do it, just visited some of our favourite places and generally took it easy.

Aedan went to the kids club every morning, which was really good for him and I got to take him swimming as well - something I haven't done since about Easter!

Marcus coped pretty well with all the upheaval, I think he might actually have slept better than he does at home!

I do love Cornwall - I'd live there if I could.

I'm sort of lacking the energy to write a lot, so have some picspam instead!

Cornwall, my boys and other stuff )
tuxedo_elf: (Cyan - yay!)
Am off to Cornwall tomorrow and I can't wait! It's going to be a bit crazy, with three adults, two kids and a dog, but I don't think we'll be bored! ;) We're actually taking a trailer as we can't fit everything we need to take into the car, lol.

I have no idea how Marcus is going to cope with the change of scenery, but hopefully he'll be ok with it. I'm looking forward to one big family holiday. :)

Will have some internet access as apparently the area is now covered by mobile broadband, so I have 1 gig on pay as you go. I don't usually bother when we go away, but Mum and Neal like to go out in the evenings and I won't be going anywhere! I plan to read and watch DVDs, but it's nice to be able to chat too!
tuxedo_elf: (Butterfly)
These DDoS attacks are getting *really* old. I'm kind of regretting renewing my paid account now! Three days since LJ was working properly. I have a rarely-used Dreamwidth account, (tuxedo_elf there too) but even that seems slow!

But onto more pleasant things. Am gradually getting used to life as a Mum of two! Marcus doesn't sleep much - he's generally up every 2 hours - so I'm exhausted beyond all words, but other than that he's doing well. Aedan adores his little brother and is always kissing and snuggling him. :)

And speaking of babies - two more have joined the LJ babies! Big congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] ford_of_bruinen and family on the birth of their daughter and to [livejournal.com profile] oloriel and family on the birth of their son! I think I also missed congratulating [livejournal.com profile] trekqueen who had her daughter in June, so belated congrats there too!

ROFL

Jul. 12th, 2011 04:28 pm
tuxedo_elf: (Nemi - Smirk)
Aedan woke Marcus up and I couldn't get him back to sleep... I tried everything before giving up and just rocking while playing silly music videos on youtube.

... He only fell asleep listening to K-Pop. O.o I have passed on my bad music taste genes!

Aedan's comment? 'That's definitely not quite right.'

LOL.
tuxedo_elf: (Butterfly red)
Thanks so much for all the baby and birthday wishes! As promised, here's the full story, with pics! Fair warning, there may be some TMI related to birth here!

I went in to be induced on Saturday morning. I was an hour late, due to panicking! As with Aedan, the hormone gel didn't really do much except give me contractions and that really dragged things out. I eventually made it to 2cm dilated and got transferred to the labour ward. After several really painful hours I got an epidural... especially since I wasn't really progressing and the pain was sending me loopy.

More of the birth story and baby pics )

Finally!

Jul. 4th, 2011 06:02 pm
tuxedo_elf: (Cyan - yay!)
I was induced on Saturday morning and after a 40 hour labour, my second son Marcus Cameron made his appearance at 3.35am today, the 4th of July. He weighed in at a hefty 10lbs 6oz, bigger than even his generous estimate!

There was a bit of drama surrounding his birth, but we're both doing well. More details and pics once we get out of hospital! :)

Meh...

Jun. 30th, 2011 02:00 am
tuxedo_elf: (Baby2 scan)
Still no baby. It seems I have stubborn kids who don't like coming out. I'm over a week late now, so tomorrow and Friday they'll do membrane sweeps and if that doesn't work I'll be induced on Saturday. I really don't want that. Aedan's birth was awful and I'm dreading a repeat. And after a successful conception and pregnancy, it really blows to know your body can't seem to see things through to the natural conclusion without help. I desperately wanted a natural birth, but I dare not put the baby at risk by waiting too long. I'm just hoping that somehow I go into labour before Saturday morning.

Update

Jun. 23rd, 2011 09:25 pm
tuxedo_elf: (Baby2 scan)
http://www.haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com/

In a word.
tuxedo_elf: (Baby2 scan)
On Tuesday I'll be 39 weeks, so baby could come at any time. Not showing any signs of labour yet though... more's the pity! I ache a lot now and doing pretty much anything is a serious effort.

I'm a bit worried about the birth... my iron levels were low at my last blood test and although I've been on 600mg tablets twice a day, there are no plans to retest before the birth. This means that the birth centre I'm supposed to be delivering at may not accept me. That means I'll have to deliver at the linked hospital, which I *really* don't want to do. So it's a bit worrying and it's more than a week until my next appointment. Right now I'm just going to turn up at the birth centre if I go into labour and hope for the best! I really want a natural water birth this time.

Knowing my luck, he'll decide to put in an appearance on either Tuesday or Friday, since they're the least convenient times! :P Friday isn't a huge deal... just dinner out and the Green Lantern movie... but on Tuesday we have the home visit from the nursery Aedan will be attending from September. I really don't think it'll look good if we cancel last minute, however unavoidable!

I think everything is ready for his arrival at least - I sorted out the baby clothes last weekend and bought some new ones since a lot of Aedan's old stuff is thick winter wear. The cot is up with a new mattress and we have a new pram. (The wheel fell of Aedan's old one and no one would repair it.) My hospital bag is packed and ready to go and Mum is on standby for childcare.

Aedan's been ill today... had a temperature and was in bed at 5pm! Didn't want to eat at all, not even his favourite foods. I've given him some medicine and I'm hoping he shakes it off quickly. I hate seeing him so miserable. :(

I'm hoping he takes the arrival of his brother well... so far he's been amazing, kissing my bump and talking about the baby He's been very good with my friends babies... didn't even complain when a 5 week old fell asleep on me! Still, having it 24/7 could be very different. But fingers crossed!

Wow, this post got long. Hopefully the next one will be a birth announcement!

WTF?

Jun. 5th, 2011 12:08 am
tuxedo_elf: (Nemi - WTF?!)
So I gave in and paid for LJ again... the payment went through and everything works... but I just checked my account and they've taken another dollar. Only one... but still... why? I'm really not pleased. Anyone have any idea what it might be for?! I don't exactly have money to throw away here, even small amounts make a difference!

Also, I might have to turn off anon commenting. The spam is getting ridiculous.
tuxedo_elf: (Aedan - buggy)
So, I hit 35 weeks yesterday, yay! Only 5 weeks to go! Really hope this little boy isn't late because I am *so* done with being pregnant! Everything seems to be going well so far, apart from low iron levels which are being treated. I had the same problem when I was expecting Aedan, so it was no surprise!

I am getting slightly annoyed with the lack of consistant care though - I think I've seen a different midwife every visit. I suppose it doesn't really matter in the long run, since it has no bearing on who delivers the baby, but I would have liked the chance to build up some kind of working relationship! I did have a student midwife using me as a case study, but sadly she's had to drop out due to poor health.

Aedan starts nursery in September! We got a letter from the local school yesterday, offering him a place. He'll be just over 3 and a half by then. I had originally planned to keep him home until he started school, but I think he needs more than I can give him now. He's a bright kid - he's well on his way to learning to read and loves to count and spell - and I'm pretty sure he gets bored. It'll also help with his language skills, which are a little below average for his age. I don;'t know yet if we'll get morning or afternoon sessions or a couple of full days. I'd prefer afternoons, so he can still go to toddler group and swimming. But we'll see There's a meeting in June where we can ask questions, though Neal may have to go on his own, as it's a week after my due date!

Is LJ driving anyone else mad? I was going to go back to a paid account despite the cost, because the ads are driving me mad, but it's so slow all the time! I'm not sure if it's worth it, even though the ads are awful and I miss my icons!

And just for something to look at... le bump, taken last Saturday. Excuse the lack of makeup, I just haven't had the energy for that kind of thing lately!

Bump! )

Yay!

Apr. 28th, 2011 07:29 pm
tuxedo_elf: (Life is bright fish)
Tomorrow morning, hubby and I are off to Bournemouth for a long weekend. We thought it would be nice to have some adult time before Baby arrives. So Aedan's staying with my parents until Monday and we're going to rediscover the 'couple' thing briefly!

Neal wants to watch the Royal Wedding... I'm not *that* bothered.. I'm more interested in her dress than anything else! I will probably end up half-watching it in the hotel room and reading the rest of the time!

I can't wait to get there, I'm exhausted and really need a break. Being pregnant and trying to keep up with a 3 year old is draining! Three seems to be a rather, erm, challenging age. It's not all bad though, Aedan seems to have accepted the coming changes with good grace... I just hope it continues when Baby is actually here! It's very cute when he kisses my bump. :)

Had a doctor's appointment today, most pregnancy stuff goes directly to the Midwives, but they like to do the odd check-up. All ok... Baby is head-down, although sort of sideways facing at the moment. Am not all that worried though, he still has 8 weeks or so to sort himself out!

And just so this entry isn't all text...

Pics from a recent daytrip with the toddler group )
tuxedo_elf: (Tux clouds by Phyncke)
Sometimes, shit happens. Last week was awful beyond words... apolgies for the vagueness, but that's about as much detail as I'm willing to go into. But I've found some good in the bad... new friends and a support network I never knew I had. I'm incredibly grateful for that and hope it lasts a long time.
tuxedo_elf: (Unamused Fish)
Dear [livejournal.com profile] bettas comm and mod - Fuck you. If calling someone out on keeping their pets in unsuitable conditions is 'not playing nice' then I don't *want* to play nice. And deleting all the comments you don't like? Pathetic. Take your comm and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

Bowls are for cereal and soup. Vases are for flowers. Walls are for pictures. NOT FOR FISH. Seriously, if you can't provide your fish with a filtered, heated tank, here's a hint - DON'T DAMN WELL GET ONE.

And if anyone is reading this and thinking 'it's just a fish' then I don't want to hear it.
tuxedo_elf: (Happy Face Fish)
Still alive!

Had a midwife apt yesterday, now I'm at 28 weeks. All is well, though I was surprised to find out he is head down... I assume this means he likes bouncing his head off my bladder. Strange child.

Cannot WAIT to finish work in a couple of weeks, I'm just getting so tired now. A 4.5 hour shift feels like three times that!

Aedan has been extremely difficult lately. I'm not sure if it's the pregnancy or just bad timing, but he is testing my patience to the limit. He just wants to do whatever he wants and doesn't listen to a word I say. Nothing seems to get through to him, even taking away his favourite toys. Sigh. It'll pass, right?

A question for my American friends... we were in a supermarket yesterday and they had a pretty good selection of American stuff. (Including brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts, OMG YAY!) I was kind of fascinated by the marshmallow fluff in various flavours - the raspberry looked especially nice. The thing I can't work out is - what do you DO with it? I can't imagine putting it on toast! Bake with it, maybe? Eat it with ice-cream? Enlighten me, please!

LOL

Feb. 21st, 2011 11:52 pm
tuxedo_elf: (Nemi - Smirk)
Have to say, I'm pretty relieved! :P

-7

As a 1930s wife, I am
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Take the test!

tuxedo_elf: (Tree Light)
Title: An Educational Visit
Author: Tuxedo Elf
Pairing: Elrohir/Legolas
Rating: PG13
Beta: [info]keiliss
Summary: Elrohir travels to Mirkwood to learn more about the reclusive Silvan Elves. What he gets is a lesson in love, jealousy and heartache.

For Naledi Seren.

Epilogue )
tuxedo_elf: (Tree Light)
Title: An Educational Visit
Author: Tuxedo Elf
Pairing: Elrohir/Legolas
Rating: PG13
Beta: [info]keiliss
Summary: Elrohir travels to Mirkwood to learn more about the reclusive Silvan Elves. What he gets is a lesson in love, jealousy and heartache.

For Naledi Seren.

Chapter Four )
tuxedo_elf: (Tree Light)
Title: An Educational Visit
Author: Tuxedo Elf
Pairing: Elrohir/Legolas
Rating: PG13
Beta: [info]keiliss
Summary: Elrohir travels to Mirkwood to learn more about the reclusive Silvan Elves. What he gets is a lesson in love, jealousy and heartache.

For Naledi Seren.

Chapter Three )

Gah

Feb. 17th, 2011 10:57 pm
tuxedo_elf: (*Sigh*)
Ugh, my boss. I told him weeks ago I wanted next week off, but he didn't deal with the paperwork. So now I can have it off, I just won't get paid. Gee, thanks. Gah. Not to mention that he *still* hasn't ordered me a new shirt, despite me not being able to get the bottom two buttons done up. FFS.

In better news, Mum and Dad are taking us to Cornwall again this summer! We're going mid-August, so it might be interesting with Aedan and a 2 month old, but I still think it'll be worth it! Shame it's only Febuary now. LOL.

Where is everyone tonight? There's no one to talk to. *Pout*
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