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It’s been a busy few weeks of late. I can’t believe we’re already into mid-February but so much has already happened this year, it’s been a little bit mad.

January was a busy month for health service appointments. I had a nasty gum infection and abscess so was given antibiotics to clear it up. Hubby had several appointments at the hospital for his sleep problems. After a discussion with his consultant, he was given a date for a sleep study which is what we had wanted. The sleep study was able to record hubby’s breathing pattern and could monitor his sleep through the night. After a night using the equipment, the results were in which led to a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea. Next step is hubby’s appointment to fit the cpap machine which should (fingers crossed) help hubby breathe properly through the night and he’ll get his first full nights sleep since October. Of course, we still have hurdles to cross as he’s still not driving as he is still falling asleep through the day meaning I can’t leave Little Mr with him at any time but it’s one step closer to having a fully rested hubby and perhaps an hour or two on my own to go to the hairdressers!

In late January, we lost our wonderful Nan (hubby’s Nan) to a stroke. It was all very sudden so it was a massive shock but I’m hopeful that she didn’t suffer and she passed away in peace. She was a wonderful lady. Family was at the heart of everything she did. She loved the family get togethers, the parties and our family meals. She was a very kind lady who had so much love to give, she was honest and loved to find out the latest news from around the family. I’m blessed to have met her, she welcomed me into the Shilton family with open arms back in 2003 and it was my pleasure to call her Nan. She taught me a lot and I’m hoping I can help pass down the Shilton name with the same family values, love and trust. From one Mrs Shilton to another, sleep tight Nan xx

Little Mr’s bedtime routine has really improved with massive thanks to Fi Star-Stone (Childcare is fun) we can now put him down to bed and he’ll usually drop off within twenty minutes. Massively improved from the hour to two that it was taking. He is still waking up through the night, not every night, but most probably 4-5 times per week. It is hard going being woken up at 2am then crawling back into bed to be woken again in an hours time to repeat the cycle of lying him back down, replacing the dummy, putting Ewan back on and getting him back off to sleep. He has really come on with his self soothing but of course he does have his moments.

Following the diet has become a bit hit and miss which I’m rather annoyed with myself for but I’m still trying to make the right choices, drink plenty of water and have 5 fruit and veg throughout the day. I’m desperate to get the weight loss moving again, I don’t want to be this fat for my holiday in July and of course, being bigger is rather unattractive, is very unhealthy for my bones and isn’t doing me any good as we look to the future of our family and in particular my polycystic ovaries.. Must try harder!

This year already we’ve had our highs and lows but we have a lot to look forward to ahead of us. Big birthdays for quite a few of the family including both our Dads, a couple of weddings, camping in Lincolnshire, a family holiday abroad and the prospect of becoming a little bit more financially stable. There’s also a few more challenges and opportunities on the horizon but will know more about those as time goes on.

You may have noticed a shiny new badge to the side of the blog, the Mads 2014 are again accepting nominations for the blogs that you love. I was delighted to have been nominated last year and would love to be nominated again this year so if you’ve got a few minutes, click the badge or here and vote for your favourite blog (ahem!) in possibly the Best Baby Blog or Mad Blog of the Year. I thank you!

Coming up on the blog later this week, photographs from the awesome Birmingham leg of the Team Honk Relay, Little Mr’s 12 month update and a couple of reviews.

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