Blackberry #1’s Indoor Playground Birthday Party

On November 13th Blackberry #1 turned 6. Each year he has a party for his little friends. Untill this year it was always in our flat. But this year after reading a great post at kids”r”simple : http://kidsrsimple.com/2013/11/07/having-fun-party-at-fungiggles-giveaway/

I decided to host Blackberry #1’s birthday at an indoor playground. It has alot of pros: no cleaning the flat before or after the party, no dish washing. nothing gets broken, and more room for the kids to run.

The only cons is the money, it is kind of expensive. But I found an indoor playground pretty close to our flat, that is not that big, but this way you get to rent out the whole thing for 3 hours, no strangers are allowed during the party. It turned out I knew the owner so I even got a discount. The price includes 15 kids for 3 hours, face painting, games, a cake! and photographing!

The party was great, 15 kids came (12 boys, 3 girls).

 

The guests are arriving:

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Some of them even made their own presents 🙂

Let the fun begin:

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There was face painting:

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and Blackberry #1 wanted to be Batman:

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Group picture:

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There were games:

Jumping in a sack:

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Runing with an egg:

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and Eating the loops with your hands behind your back:

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Then came the cake:

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The cake was a marzipan cake with vanilla filling with raspberries inside.

The prensents:

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Have you ever held or been to a party at an indoor playground? How was it?

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11 Month Update

 

 

Blackberry #2 is 11 Months old.

 

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Height/Weight: I have no new data. I think he must be around 8 kilos.

 

 

 

Teeth: Finally the first tooth has arrived! Yeah! And I just noticed this morning that the second tooth has made its apperance, with 2 more on the way! But still lots and lots of drooling.

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 (It is hard to take a picture of his tooth 🙂

 

Sleeping: Blackberry #2 is sleeping through the night in his crib with the monitor on. He wakes up between 5-6 am.In terms of naps, he takes 2 naps.

 

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Both boys sleep in sleeping sacks. In this photo it looks like Blackberry #2 is checking Blackberry #1’s pulse 🙂

Eating:

 

 

 

He still drinks formula 3-4x a day. He eats vegetable purees with meat (mostly chicken) for lunch, then he has a fruit puree and joghurt once a day, and he also has Sinlac (Baby Porridge) once a day. He tried baby biscuits 2 times this month.

 

 

 

 

 

Sizes: Blackberry #2 is wearing mostly 9-12 months clothing and size 3 nappies.

 

 

 

Milestones:

 

 

 

  •          He has teeth!
  •          He is good at sitting now!
  •          He is doing funny faces now 🙂

 

Things that happend to Blackberry #2 and things Blackberry #2 you likes to do:

 

  •          He likes to play with his brother.
  •          He likes to play with his books, blocks, musical toys.
  •          He attended his brothers birthday.

 

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Doctors we are still seeing: Pediatrician, Neonatologist, Neurologist, Cardiologist, Ophthalmologist,
Physical therapists.

World Prematurity Day

(PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK)

Yesterday, November 17th was World Prematurity Day. Infact November is Prematurity awareness month. Both of my baby boys were born in november and both of them came into this world early. So I am a preemie Mommy.

According to Wikipedia: Approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely each year accounting for more than one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. World Prematurity Day aims to raise awareness for prematurity and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide because infants born preterm represent the largest child patient group.

Here in Hungary this is exactly what the statistic are: 1 in 10 babies are born preterm.

This day is dedicated to honour all premature babies and their families, ones that graduated NICU 🙂 and ones that became angels 😦

These babies are my superheroes!

Premature babies are not just smaller versions of term babies. They have to ride the NICU rollercoaster for weeks or months. They have to fight for their lives, just to breath, just to eat, just to function.

I never ever thought about prematurity. I was only concerned about infertility before having kids. I always thought that if I conceived naturally then I would have a normal pregnancy and then have a healthy baby 40 weeks later….

I was wrong. Prematurity first hit us smack in the face on 2007 nov. 12th when my water broke at 35 weeks with Blackberry #1 after having a healthy, normal pregnancy. I was home alone at 2am, and ofcourse my hospital bag was not packed yet… Why would it be, I had lots of time left…. So I packed my bag and called the ambulance. I still don’t know how I could be so relaxed, when all that happened. They tried to stop the labor (magnesium, tranquilzers), but were unsuccesful and 43 hours later (which means 43 hours of labor!) Blackberry #1 was born via emergency C-section.  We were lucky he was born healthy and pretty big for his age: 2.68 kilos (5 lbs 15 oz.). He only had a little jaundice and we got to leave the hospital together a few days later. He is a healthy 6 year old now, maybe only a little smaller than his mates.

When I became pregnant with baby #2, I thought about prematurity from the start. I so much wanted to feel what it was like to be 36, 37, 38 (and so on) weeks pregnant. I told my fears to my doctor, but he was not concerned. He said just beacuse it happened once does not mean it will happen again. He was wrong. It happened again. 2012 nov.24th, saturday. I started spotting, so I went into the hospital. They checked me out, and said I probably overdid myself, and I should just go home and rest. They were wrong, 24 hours later I was back. I started bleeding really heavily. I was 30 weeks pregnant. This time I was not relaxed, I knew something was really wrong, and minutes later I was shaking (from the blood lost), So my husband took me to the hospital, where the diagnosis was placental abruption. I never even heard of that before that weekend! Things sped up really fast: One nurse was putiing a catheter in, another was putting an IV. in, a third one was asking what the baby’s name will be, a fourth one was asking questions: allergies so on, and a fifth one was asking me to sign papers, that I couldn’t even read…. Then minutes later the anesthesiologist wa sputting me to sleep, and all I could say was: he is only 30 weeks old, he is only 30 weeks old! You cannot take him out, there has to be another solution. Blackberry #2 was born via emergency C-section on 2012 nov 25th. He was 40 cm and 1.56 kilos (3lbs 7oz). I was asleep when he was born.

He was taken away to the NICU (located in a different hospital, but really close) right away.

He was 3 days old, when I first got to see him! (I lost alot of blood and was really weak, and ofcourse had to learn to walk again after a C section, and the intense bleeding had to stop (I would get up, and have blood in my slippers:(, so I could get on my feet and go to the other hospital).

This is what he looked like the first time I saw him:

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I almost collapsed. He was so small, so fragile, his skin was too big on him. All I could do was cry.

I put my hand in the incubator and he held my finger with his hand, which made me cry even more, who knew he was so strong 🙂

Our NICU roallercoaster began. We had bad days, and good days. 2 steps forward, 1 step back. The NICU was a scary place. I could only go visit him in the afternoons from maybe 3pm- to 6pm. But if a new baby arrived, or a baby was having an emergency, we had to leave, or we had to wait to be admitted….Each day I came to the NICU fearing will he still be in his incubator? He had breathing problems, he had problems feeding, digesting, he had cardiological problems, he had 2 blood transfusions, and a few infections.

I remember leaving the gynocological hospital 4 days after the surgery, without my baby. I was glad to leave because they put me in a room full of other mommies with their babies….I remember feeling awful when I saw a pregnant lady, I remeber feeling jealous, because they were still pregnant and I was not. I remember pumping milk around the clock, to hope to establish some supply. And my milk was the only way I could help my baby. And I had to do this without seeing my baby, touching my baby. I remember seeing his hair for the first time, I remember the first time they put clothes on him (maybe after 3 weeks, they have to be stabile enough for clothes). I remember getting the best christmas present by having to hold him one day before christmas for the very first time. He was almost a month old. I remember singing somewhere over the rainbow to him everday. I remember the quite, the beeping sound and the babies that were half the size of my baby. I remember staring at the pulse oximeter, and being concerned if it went too high or too low.

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This is Balckberry #2’s foot pressed against the incubator wall that is so old, the glass is cracked… Not too reassuring 😦 Most incubators were around 30 years old 😦

But we made it, we got to leave the NICU after 51 days!

But I am still scared for the future. Will he walk, will he talk, will he be smart, will he be normal? Things no one can tell me ahead of time….

Blackberry # 2 you are my superhero! And I love you both Blackberry boys very much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Cake Part 2! Blackberry #1 turns 6 :)

So on Wednesday Blackberry #1 turned 6! In my previous post I showed you some of his previous cakes, and asked for some advice on what kind of cake he should have this year. I got some really good answers :), but Blackberry #1 solved the problem by presenting his birthday wish: he wanted a rainbow cake!

I went to the cake shop, and told the baker we wanted a rainbow cake. He looked at me like I was from Mars (or rather Venus, since men are from Mars and women are from Venus 🙂 so he has never heard of a rainbow cake before! I am guessing he has never seen Pinterest before either, because than he would have seen millions of rainbow cakes before 🙂

So I explained to him what I wanted and kept my fingers crossed that he would do a good job 🙂

And here is the result:

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It was a marzipan cake with chocolate-banana filling 🙂

It was pretty and delicious too 🙂

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We even had fireworks on it, and 6 candles ofcourse!

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He was very happy with his cake 🙂

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And the surprise came after cutting the first slice! Rainbow inside! 🙂

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This is Blackberry #1 after he was born, still at the hospital 🙂

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And Blackberry #1 with Blackberry #2 on his 6th birthday!

Happy Birthday Blackberry #1! 🙂

Did the baker do a good job?

Birthday cakes

Beware! this post is not for bloggers on a diet!

Blackberry #1 turns 6 this week 🙂

I cannot believe how time flies.

In a few hours it will be exactly 6 years ago that my water broke.

Do you have any good suggestions for a birthday cake?

Here are some cakes from Blackberry #1’s past:

Each year he had 2 parties, one for the family and another one for his little friends.

1th Birthday:

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Ladybug cake, chesnut flavour.

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Husband ordered a hazelnut cake for his first birthday! I got really upset, because at this age they are not supposed to eat nuts yet, so I did not want him to get an anaphylactic shock right on his birthday, so I baked him a pumpkin cake (the heart shaped ugly one in the back 🙂

 

2nd Birthday:

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This a chocolate cake made by the mother-in-law.

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Another ladybug cake from the same bakery, but bigger and better, chocolate flavour.

3rd Birthday:

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Elmo cake. Chocolate-banana flavour.

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Thomas the tank engine’s friend train cake. Chocolate-banana flavour. This thing was huge! We were eating it for days 🙂

4th Birthday:

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A number 4 cake. They didn’t cut out the middle part so it was not perfect, but it was chocolate-banana flavour 🙂

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Lightning Mcqueen cake. Chocolate-banana flavour.

5th Birthday:

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Lego block cake. Chocolate-banana flavour.

Blackberry #1 loves marzipan on his cake, as you can see 🙂

So anybody? Any suggestions? We need something more sophistcated, we are 6 this year 🙂

What is your favorite cake?

Sunshine Award- The correct version :)

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The lovely Áse surprised me with a Sunshine Award. Check out her blog: http://aspoonfulofstyle.co.uk

First I would like to congratulate her for her well deserved award, and I also would like to congratulate the other nominees: http://aspoonfulofstyle.co.uk/2013/10/25/sunshine-award-keep-smiling-keep-shining/

The rules are:

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post.

2. Link to the blogger who nominated you.

3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.

4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.

5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.

6. Answer the 10 questions at the bottom and create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

 

10 Questions about me:

 

1. Who would play you if your life was made into a movie?

 Naomi Watts.

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2. Where in the world would you most like to travel?

Positano, Italy

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Madeira

 

Australia

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Hawaii

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3. What is the best thing about blogging?

Reading other great blogs and learning new things. Being able to be creative by writing my own thoughts and sometimes getting feedback on it 🙂

4. What is your secret indulgence?

Coca Cola Light. I know it is bad for me, but sometimes I still crave it 😦

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5. If someone handed you £1000 tomorrow what would you spend it on?

Travel.

6. What do you never leave home without?

My cell phone.

7. What’s your favourite meal of the day?

Breakfast.

Pancakes, Waffles, Oatmeal, Croissants.

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8. What makes you laugh?

A good movie or tv show, or coffee with the girls.

9. Who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

Some of the bloggers that I have been reading and loving 🙂

10. What was the last thing you Googled?

An elementary school in our city. I have started checking them out, since Blackberry #1 starts school next fall.

 

And the nominees are…(because you each brighten up my life!)  Thank you!

 

http://freebutfun.wordpress.com/

http://italytaketwo.wordpress.com/

http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/

http://aweenest.wordpress.com/

http://lovefromcornwall.co.uk/

http://readsugar.wordpress.com/

http://kukolina.wordpress.com/

http://thegrassskirtblog.com/

http://journeysofthefabulist.wordpress.com/

http://dressesanddressers.wordpress.com/

 

Congratulations!

And here are my ten questions:

 

1. How do you drink your coffee?

2. What is your favorite breakfast?

3. What is your favorite dessert?

4. What’s your current profession?

5. What is your favorite movie?

6. Would you like any more children?

7. What is your favorite colour?

8. What is your favorite song at the moment?

9. What is your favorite book?

10. What is your favorite topic to blog about?

Thank you again Áse! I am over the moon with my Sunshine Award, which is my very first award!

Weekend Photo Challenge /Week 8/: Out and About

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Mini Blackberry #1 Out and About in Pisa, Italy in front of the Tower 🙂

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Same place 2 years later 🙂

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Mini Blackberry #1 and I Out and About in Croatia.

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Out and About in San Diego, California.

Check out the other Bloggers taking part:

http://kukolina.wordpress.com/

http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/weekend-photo-challenge-week-8-out-and-about/