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Complacency in fitness training

So here is what I know, January 31 is Hell and Back and I am ready for the shock of the ice baths, but am I ready for the rest.

Presently my fitness regime is solid.  On Monday, I run and do a spinning class.  This is high endurance spinning and has increased my stamina for running and other daily tasks.

On Tuesday I am in a high intensity body tone class.  This comprises a circuit of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds rest.  The circuit this week was burpees, followed by lunges with the bar and weights, press ups, jumping jacks, squat with the bar and weights, planks, mountain climbers and high knees.  We completed 3 rounds of these.

Wednesday is yoga and rest day.  Thursday is a double shot of spinning and body tone, then Friday is the spinning and kettlebells.  It is hard work, but I have found my upper body strength has increased immensely.  The circuits have given me greater confidence as to how far I can push my body.  Confidence was a big thing for me after having my last child, I always knew I was strong, but I couldn’t quite seem to muster strength after he was born, so all of this work is helping me to gain the confidence needed to participate in next months challenge.

This challenge is a big deal for me.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trusting in others word of mouth, that I will be able for the challenge.  I am excited and fearful at the same time.  As I mentioned in a previous blog,  I am a creature of comfort.

Although my regime is going well at the moment, I fear that over Christmas I will loose my momentum, especially as my gym is not running classes over the Christmas period.  So I have decided that I will do 5 km runs over Christmas and continue swimming in the sea.  All this effort has to pay off somehow.

 

 

 

 

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Complacency in fitness training

So here is what I know, January 31 is Hell and Back and I am ready for the shock of the ice baths, but am I ready for the rest.

Presently my fitness regime is solid.  On Monday, I run and do a spinning class.  This is high endurance spinning and has increased my stamina for running and other daily tasks.

On Tuesday I am in a high intensity body tone class.  This comprises a circuit of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds rest.  The circuit this week was burpees, followed by lunges with the bar and weights, press ups, jumping jacks, squat with the bar and weights, planks, mountain climbers and high knees.  We completed 3 rounds of these.

Wednesday is yoga and rest day.  Thursday is a double shot of spinning and body tone, then Friday is the spinning and kettlebells.  It is hard work, but I have found my upper body strength has increased immensely.  The circuits have given me greater confidence as to how far I can push my body.  Confidence was a big thing for me after having my last child, I always knew I was strong, but I couldn’t quite seem to muster strength after he was born, so all of this work is helping me to gain the confidence needed to participate in next months challenge.

This challenge is a big deal for me.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trusting in others word of mouth, that I will be able for the challenge.  I am excited and fearful at the same time.  As I mentioned in a previous blog,  I am a creature of comfort.

Although my regime is going well at the moment, I fear that over Christmas I will loose my momentum, especially as my gym is not running classes over the Christmas period.  So I have decided that I will do 5 km runs over Christmas and continue swimming in the sea.  All this effort has to pay off somehow.

 

An Amateur’s Guide to Ice Bath Training

If you are wondering, I am 44 and this is my first adventure race.  I knew nothing of the growing phenomenon of these mucky races until I rejoined a gym in January of 2015.  Since that time, all I have heard are statements like, have you heard about, ‘Hell and Back, did you see the girls after ‘Run Amuck.  So naturally when our instructor at Courtown Leisure Centre asked me to join in, I was terrified, apprehensive, however I reluctantly agreed.  Our team comprises 30 participants who have agreed to raise funds for St Aiden’s in Gorey, Co Wexford.

The first obstacle on the Hell and Back race this year, is the Ice Challenge. Dun dun dun.  So before all of the participants attempt the obstacles, they will all be subjected to the ice baths.  In effect what this means is either you are prepared, or you are not.  If you are not prepared, well expect the muscles to seize temporarily making it somewhat difficult for you to continue on the course.  This is not to say that it is an impossible feat, rather a debilitating way to start a 10km obstacle course.

Having been a fitness fanatic in some form or another for a large part of my life, I know the limits to which I must push my own self to be comfortable even entering into a race like this one.  And to be truthful, I have no idea what to expect, but I have ran enough long distance races to know that a half hearted attempt will not give me the results I want out of the race.  I am participating in this particular race, not to compete against other people, but to challenge myself and take part in life. When my last child was born 3 years ago I sacrificed my fitness regime to be a full time Mum.  Since January I managed to get back into great shape, and although I will regain the same fitness level I had when training Muay Thai, I am enjoying a comfortable training schedule for the upcoming, some would say ‘mad’ challenge.

When it comes to Hell and Back, preparation is key, so if you follow these simple steps you can expect the race to go smoother for you.  And that brings me to mad plans for training.  Twice a week now when I am at the gym for spinning, running and body tone, I take a dip in the sea….with no wet suit.  I believe, read and am now experiencing that preparation is key and I will benefit from my mad sea swimming regime. My first attempt was difficult, I went in for a few minutes up to the hips and came out, then straight back in for a quick dunk, I ran out screaming, however forced myself in one more time.  After that, I ran as fast as I could back to the car and into the gym.

This morning was my second attempt at swimming in The Irish Sea off Courtown and it was blissfully cold.  I met my team mate Monica at the entrance to the beach, which much to our dismay was blocked off by diggers.  Determined and being the adventurous types that we are, we were able to sneak in past the diggers and go for it.  I did not expect to do any more than a dunk, but to my surprise once I got in-and screamed the shock off me, I was okay.  After the jolt wore off, I was able to swim around with Monica.

After a couple of minutes in the sea, my skin burned intensely from the cold that I actually believed it might break part of my body.  As well as that, my heart was pounding rapidly so I decided to get out for a moment and walk around the shore. It was exhilarating and exciting, my heart beat a little faster, my skin glowed red, and within moments I was back in the sea for another dip.

For me, it is important that I go into the sea prior to my normal training routine- it gives my muscles a good shock and has allowed me to really feel how difficult it can be to warm up after the swim.  Not to worry however, the muscles do recover and although I am finding it somewhat harder to get going on whatever cardiovascular activity I have chosen for that morning, I eventually get into it and train away normally.

Here are a couple of suggestions firstly, don’t let your first cold water immersion be at the event, practice beforehand, become acclimatised and mentally rehearse entering the water. Knowing what to expect can actually help diminish the effects. Always make sure you have someone with you for safety.

I don’t know if these tips are for everyone because at the end of the day, I am an amateur and haven’t the foggiest how you train to do something as abnormal as diving into an ice bucket on January 31 in an Irish Winter.  I am not hardy.  I enjoy my comforts.  My coal fire brings me great pleasure in the winter and in the summer; invariably I retreat to the sun.  So why am I up for this you ask, well – I need a challenge and yes, I believe we can all agree that I have stumbled upon just that. Indeed!

Hell and Back Training for the faint hearted

Hell and back is a race held in the middle of winter in my lovely home of County Wicklow.  Set on an estate just outside of Bray, the race has attracted national attention due to the obscure nature of the obstacles set around the 10 km race.  The course itself has featured on programs like Ireland’s Fittest Families.

So you ask, how do I fit into all of this.  Well as many of my friends will know, I love training and have done a lot of it over the years.  After I had my last child, I found it incredibly difficult to get back in shape, and it has taken a lot of time and effort.  Now I am roped into taking part in the hell and back race for a charity here in Gorey, County Wexford where I live.  Sounds simple, huh?  Well I thought so too, until I checked out the website and read some of the training blogs.  http://www.hellandback.ie/Obstacles.aspx

I am very excited to be taking part in this race and today did my first dip in the Irish Sea here in Courtown.  And yes, now I consider myself to be a hardy Irish woman, as I managed this without a wetsuit.

You see, the first obstacle of the Hell and Back race is a dunk in ice cold water, and I like to be well prepared.  So this morning before my Tuesday morning body tone class, I got into my Speedo, and headed into the sea with only my crocs.  It was cold, but I found that if I detached myself from the cold, it was possible.  So there I was up to my knees the first time, then I ran out; second time in I dunked and screamed like a maniac, so loudly that the men in the diggers on the beach took notice.  Then it was time for the third round.

After the third time into the sea, I ran out screaming.  I ran up to my car, in an attempt to warm my body and from there, I drove over to the gym for my morning training session.  After the swim I found it very difficult to get warmed up for the body tone class, however I believe that if I persevere it will get easier.

I am hoping that this blog will help someone who is training for the race like me, or prompt one or more of my friends to help me reach my 200 euro fund raising goal for St Aiden’s in Gorey.

More to follow another day!!!!

 

 

 

 

Ultimate budget wedding Part II

As promised the Ultimate Budget Wedding is back and unlike last month, where the discussion centred mainly around that awful word, ‘costs’, we now see ourselves moving into the fun phase… what would we like more than that?

There are so many different ways in which a couple can enhance the day and so many entertainers out there as well.  Mike & I are a fun couple.  We love to laugh and enjoy a comfortable and simple life style.  We both enjoy classical music as well and were able to sample some of the pieces that would be played for us on the day by a lovely group of violinists who will be setting the mood for the ceremony on the day.

Having saved on the wedding dress, my beloved and I attended a couple of wedding fairs.   Most recently the one in Castlemartyr peaked our interest.  It wasn’t the mother-of-the bride vintage gowns available from a boutique in Kerry- although I must add they were fabulous, or the exquisite photography available for sampling.  What caught our eye and our must have from that fair, was a mentalist/magician by the name of Liam Sheehan who we had seen perform before, but never thought of for the wedding plans.

Apparently this guy performed for Michael Jackson and his children back in the day.   I mean to say, who can open a wallet with fire blazing out of it and live to tell the tale without a burn.  So we went away smiling having had a really good afternoon of it at the resort.

We chatted about Liam Sheehan for the next couple of days, and booked him straight away.  So our guests can look forward to a magician/mind reader on the day to fill in the gaps, while I am whisked away with my new husband to take pictures and meet and greet our wonderful and friendly guests.

BBQ was a bit of a hit and miss with the guests, so we went back to the hotel and negotiated a great deal for a two coarse sit down menu that will leave our guests decide what they would like to eat on the day.  The hotel, again was very good to us and catered to our needs for these changes.

Deciding on the desserts was a tough choice.  The artistry out there and available in cake making and design these days is amazing and around Cork- we found it difficult to decide.  The cakes were on display at the wedding fair at the Castlemartyr resort and were very tempting, but again it was the simplicity of a desserts table that caught our eye and further intriged us a couple.

We attended a cake tasting by Ruth’s Cakes in the Marina Business Park prior to the fair and were quite struck by a certain design these crafty confectioners had on display on the day.  We had a couple of friends over and enjoyed a cake tasting and long walk after.

In the end we decided an a lovely design by Cakes by Ruth and a desserts table by a local baker down here in East Cork where I am living.  The pair combine class, taste and a sweet treat for everybody there on the day.  As well as that, a birthday cake will be there to compliment the deserts table and celebrate the 2nd year birthday of our lil blessing of a son, Seán.

The more negotiations we enter into in relation to this momentous occasion, the more excited I get.  I did not think that I would ever want to marry again at my age & was overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into the planning of an Irish wedding, so I am happy now that it is all in the making and that we are moving forward with the plans.  

Invites are out and we are awaiting our responses patiently- each time one comes back, yes, we are thrilled and the whole conversation begins again.  Thanks everyone.

 

Ultimate Budget Wedding

He proposed to me over two years ago, but with wedding parties on the rise- the yes was said with great apprehension. 

 

Mike and I are together for four years and engaged for nearly three.  We were and are in love.  Our commitment to each other is strong and our bond is seems unbreakable, as it is tested from time to time as life goes on.  I knew when I met Mike that no matter what or where my journey in life would take me, lead me or leave me- he was going to be a part of it.  I loved him and his gentle, diplomatic nature from the moment we started dating.  Even before our dating relationship, I enjoyed his company and having a chat with him from time-to-time.   

We got engaged early one morning in bed.  I was rolling over to meet the day and there he was with a ring.  I was shocked, thrilled and relived simultaneously, and, of course immediately agreed to marry him.  My friends were thrilled for me, but the plans were barred by this and that.

There were a few things in the way at the time of our engagement.  Firstly, I was in my second year of law school, so naturally the issue of money was a concern.  And the increasing costs of wedding ceremonies in Ireland put me off having a wedding at all.  So I set out to get value for money and at the same time, get exactly what we wanted without remortgaging the house, over spending or placing us in any kind of debt.  Another trap that I did not want to fall into was to base the price of the meal on what we might expect to receive as wedding gifts.  One of my first conversations with a friend of mine was, can we just have a meal and let everyone pay their own way- well the shock on her face and in the tone of her voice and other friends I have mentioned it to since.  Point being, she said the meal will pay for itself.  People are generous.   

Secondly, finding a venue that would negotiate with us was easier than I thought.  Most of the offers out there included many things in their packages that we did not need or want.  Take for instance the gym membership that is offered or the free rooms and champagne breakfast.  We just weren’t interested in all of the pomp, yet still wanted to have a good day and a great party.

I approached the venue that I wanted on two different occasions.  The first time I was there was simply to see what they offered which I was not happy with.  I thought I could do better elsewhere by booking a function room in a restaurant but this did not pan out for us.  So after a couple of failed attempts to sort something out with a restaurant I went back to the hotel and asked for and received.  I was happy to get my 3 course meal at euro 26 per head.  Not only that, but the hotel is organising our DJ and MC for us.  They are decorating and looking after the legal requirements of a humanist (civil) ceremony. 

We are planning to invite around 90 people and are expecting that of those 90-70 will attend the wedding and reception.  Our menu has a starter, a BBQ meal and teas and coffees after the meal to accompany the wedding cake.  We are thrilled to be having the party in the town in which we live and participate in community life. 

Thirdly, the dress- that had to be chosen carefully and according to my taste.  I did spend a lot of time looking at dresses, new and used- I used various web-sites and even visited donedeal.  In the end I chose a vintage three quarter length dress, white in colour but complimented by black lace throughout the bodice. 

Due to my financial circumstances, I wanted value for money and the last thing I was willing to do was to spend any amount of money on a dress that I would only wear once, so I chose a dress that I will undoubtedly wear on many occasion to come.  It can be dressed for the special wedding occasion, but also has enough pizzazz to be worn on other formal occasions.  So I was laughing when I spotted the dress coming in at a total of 160 Euro.                                                                  

And last but not least the ceremony, the registration fee for a wedding is expensive enough- so it seemed logical at first glance to do it cheaply in the registry, but for us that would not work.  The registry in Cork is set on Gratton Street in front of the HSE offices and did not seem like an exciting place for us to take our vows in, so we decided to bring the registry to us.

After the date was set, we subsequently turned to the invitations as they are a crucial part of the planning process. I searched high & low looking for something that we were both happy with and opted to go with a selection offered by amazon.co.uk.  I found that the wedding suppliers in Ireland had a quite a mark on wedding items purchased in store.  So of I went in search of a wedding invite that would show class without the expense online and after a week of searching obsessively settled on a selection from Amazon. 

No doubt there were invites out there that tempted me coming in around 300 euro for 60 cards, but in the end I made the decision based on the law of economics and what I could afford right then & there.  So I chose my invite on line carefully and have not looked back.  I was thrilled when the price for the invites came in at 45 euro. 

160 on the dress; 45 on the invitations and 200 to register the wedding- so far I was at 405 euro.  The invitations were coming in 100 less than I had expected and budgeted for and the dress was also 40 less than I had budgeted for.  I was thrilled with my progress so far.

Money is an issue for many of us in these times where taxes exist on taxes already paid and profit for corporations is placed before the importance and well being of the individual.  This seemed to exist in wedding packages as well- everywhere I looked I saw that we would have to spend a good 35-50 euro a head for a wedding package in a hotel.  I spent years looking and trying to find a venue that was offering what we wanted for less.  And that is what we have found.

Next month, the invites go out- the exercise regime begins and the search for that perfect pair of shoes. 

Questions on Parenting

Questions On Parenting
Lorraine Wall lives in Aghada with her partner Mike and 1 year old son Sean
1. What/who was your biggest inspiration when preparing for motherhood? Choosing my inspiration for motherhood was simple, it had to be my friend Elaine Butler. Elaine has a manner about her that radiates patience, grace, tireless effort yet allows for mistakes. Me, I will chew on my mistakes until I can remind myself that I’m doing the best I can. My friend takes it in her stride and allows her child to lead. I didn’t think that sort of method would be possible for me, but in many ways because of my inspiration’s success with her technique, I too have become a more relaxed and a child-led parent.
2. What is your favourite thing about being a parent? Like the feminist writer McKinnon states “woman are more connected to life because they are the primary caregivers of children”. That is my favourite thing about being a parent, I am more connected to life than ever before. I see things with Sean that I missed before. The blossoms are brighter and my smile is brighter too. I often find myself grinning in the rain- not something we’re supposed to do, is it?
3. What is the worst thing about being a mum?
There is no one bad thing about being a mum. Some days when daddy is away at sea for a month and I am the caregiver I tire out easier and find my stress levels reach full capacity much faster. Stress is a trigger for me. I fold from a stressed out place. I don’t want to do anything healthy for myself or baby. I feel stress-related depression then and I want to do nothing but eat biscuits, watch crappy television and not look after myself properly. For me this cycle is the worst thing about being a mum. It is somewhat fuelled by my selfish ways and a depressed state of mind. I combat both of these things with meditation and yoga.
4. What keeps you motivated in your day-to-day parenting? Sean’s dimples give me the oomph I need when the feeling is not there. Personally, I am only at the foetal stages of developing into a parent. I subscribe neither to one style or another.
5. Can you describe an embarrassing experience with your children? My eldest son Ian and I were skiing in Utah a number of years back. It was his second or third time skiing, and he had progressed to doing the runs down the mountain between my legs. This is the norm when teaching toddlers to ski. Ian told me he needed to use the toilet but I wanted to do another run. Not listening to his needs I proceeded to do another ski run with him between my legs. When we stopped at the end of the run, he told me that he had wet himself. The suit being bright blue made the blunder difficult to hide. I just knew everyone was looking at me. I was embarrassed over that for years to come! This for me was a clear cut case of mummy not listening.
6. Which piece of child equipment could you have not lived without? I picked up a soft carrier for Sean at the Cork Baby Market about six months ago and cannot get enough of it. It brings me peace in the most stressful of times. It is a lightweight carrier and it’s simple to use by myself. I use it all of the time.
7. How do you relax? I love yoga. I consider myself a yogalosopher (meaning with the mindfulness of the practise I can manage my day to day life and stress levels. I also coin this word). I build my yoga practice and experience into my daily life with my child. If there is no time- I make the time. There is something wonderfully natural and childlike about the whole practice. If I watch Sean closely enough during his day, I can see that he naturally moves himself into some of the most complicated poses that I attempt. Meditation, reading and writing are useful ways in which I de-stress. Having a legal education has made me somewhat critical and more prone to questioning the logic of anything and everything, so writing it out and observing my own ideas helps me in the relaxation process.
8. What words do you most over-use with your kids? Doo Doo-Da Da Da and Ma Ma Ma. Sean is so young that I let him lead with his interpretation of words and work from there. Recently the word ‘No’ spills out an awful lot more than I like. Sean loves to climb around on the stairs. I have stair gates and keep them closed but he loves to sit at the bottom of the stairs and cry to go up. What can I say when, really I have nothing better to do than to let him climb the stairs? I do not enjoy using ‘no’ due to the negative connotations of the word. However, some days I don’t have a choice. Or I’m just too tired to care.
9. What would you have done differently in hindsight? With my 19 year old I would have offered him more of my time and not been in such a rush to do another college course. So many mistakes of my youthful twenties as a parent spilled out onto my first born Ian. With Sean I have the opportunity to change all of the regrets of my first boy, who is now a young man. I have all of the time in the world yet half of the energy. When Ian was a baby, I had all the energy and none of the patience or time. Today I try to conserve energy by treating any situation with Sean in a calm and focused manner. I remain level headed and am not overly concerned with the small things. I laugh more with Sean and not take myself so seriously. Knowing I am human and prone to mistakes is half the battle because as a mother, I need to go easy on myself and laugh and learn from my mistakes.
10. Any advice for new mums on how to cope? Enjoy your baby. Most of parenting comes naturally. It is in our nature as women. Take any help that is offered to you. Join your local Cuidui charity and just go with the flow.Image

Baby & Mummy love their sling

by Lorraine Wall

Last night my fourteen month old baby Sean pulled our Mei Tei Melkaj sling off of the door in the kitchen and dragged it into the sitting room where the family was enjoying a chat and a laugh.  He proceeded to sit down with the lengthy straps and try to wrap himself up the warmth that it offered.

I had questioned whether or not I needed another sling, as Seán is fourteen months old now, but now I know why I got it.  It offers the both of us comfort-and one sling-or-another has done just that since the day that bundle of joy entered into our lives.

For the first ninety days or so of baby Seán’s life I decided to go with a Mini-Monkey.  I did a little research, ordered it in and fell in love with it instantly.  The sling was tiny and back in those days, so was he and it worked wonders when we tried to eat our meals.  It seemed like every time we sat down to eat, he began to cry and wanted yet another breast feed.  So with the Mini-monkey I was able to eat and feed him at the same time.  I also found it came in handy when we were out and about in Cork City and I had to feed.

The soft material provided a comfortable place for baby to sleep and also made breast-feeding more discreet.  Although breast-feeding is the number one choice for babies- I personally found that feeding in public made me a little shy.  The mini-monkey sorted me out.

With all things great in this world, the sling lost its allure when I started to feel a lot better and wanted to go out on very long walks with baby Seán- so I started to look around.  By and behold I got so lucky when I walked into a charity shop in Schull County Cork- and there, right in front of me was a baby carrier in perfect condition for €2.50.  I could not believe my luck-why with all the added expense that came with baby Seán- this was a true treat.  I carried him in that carrier until he got too big for it at about 6 months of age.

So off to the baby market and a new sling.  I fell in love with a piece that was being sold on second hand.  It was a simple sling buckled in the back, padded shoulders and buckled on my back.  The thing was versatile enough though- just turn it around from front carrying it quickly doubled as a back carrier.

This one was the bomb and I went as far as Egypt with it.  I found it an great help for getting on and off the aircraft and for in flight time as well-when we wanted to sleep.  There is something about being snuggled up to mom’s and dad’s chest that relaxes baby and he feels right at home, even in Cairo.

All good things must come to an end- though as they say and this was no exception and I went hunting again.  I tried Babywearing Ireland and Sling Addicts on facebook to find my latest love.  And love it I do.  I did my fair share of bidding and finally hit the jackpot with the Mei Tei Melkaj and that is where we find ourselves now.  Enjoying and relaxing- loving and laughing wrapped in Mei Tei.  I mean the results speak for themselves- baby Seán is happy enough with his new sling & mummy is comfortable again.

My mum’s blog…

by Lorraine Wall

As mums we all know that children throw up daily challenges.  The heat adds to these challenges, so there is a need to plan ahead and look after not only are little ones, but ourselves as well.  If we pace ourselves and are mindful of what both our bodies and those of our little ones need in the heat- all will be well.  Water and plenty of healthy snacks are essential, offering the body replenishment of increased fluids lost through sweat.  

Sweating is no fun and chasing little ones running around the hot and sticky house is no fun for mum either.  Children can tend to get bored, cranky and uncomfortable in this weather quicker.  To alleviate this, spending time away from the home is a good idea, but provisions must be made in order to ensure the safety of little ones.  The most important things for baby at the playground or beach in the heat are, plenty of factor 50 sun cream, swim nappies, a change of clothes, a hat and with the burn index as high as it has been in the last ten days it is very helpful to have a tent for the little ones.

As a mum, I recommend a thirty minute outside play plan with a twenty minute break away from the sun.  I do this at home and when I am out.  I find if I have a tent with me at the beach, then I am able to implement this plan.  Baby Sean and I play around on the beach and in the water, splish-splahsing and having fun for about thirty minutes.  Then we head back to our spot on the beach and enjoy a nice cool refreshing drink and fruit snack.  

I find that with baby Sean it is imperative that he wears a hat.  However if it is very hot, I take it off from time-to-time just to let the air flow and any heat that may be building up under his hat to ease off.  When I do the hat breaks, I also do a cream break.  Babies burn faster than adults and what feels hot to us is much hotter to them.  I just lather that little baby guy up with cream even if he resists.

In our house we have added ice-cream to the menu nearly every day of the week for the last two weeks.  Normally I would not allow such a sugar content but in order to cool myself and baby off- the sky has been the limit.  

A dear friend of mine brought over some Mr Freeze pops last week and they have proved invaluable when trying to cool baby Sean in the heat.  One afternoon when trying to battle the temperatures at home, we sat on the cool floor of the kitchen and devoured Mr Freeze pops.  Our mouths were blue as the sky by the end of it and baby Sean found that very entertaining. 

Mostly baby Sean is adapting to the heat quite well and he seems, like all of the other children in our estate not to want to come inside.  Every time we try to close the door, a little fit erupts, but for his protection and my own sanity- I am fairly strict about the time I allow in the sun.  Now I know why, all of those years ago my mother did the same for me.  I fought her tooth and nail- but yes, ok mum I now fully understand.

At this tender age, they are discovering and exploring every part of their world.  They don’t realize the dangers that await them in the big, wonderful and adventurous world.  We have to remember that they are seeing the world for the very first time and oh, what a joy it is for them.