FAMILY TIMES

Mar 23

#MySundayPhoto 23rd March 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 23, 2014

My Sunday Photo 23rd March 2014

This week I am linking up for the first time with the OneDad3Girls #MySundayPhoto linky. I have chosen this photo as it sums my Little T up! He adores bath time, making beards out of bubbles and generally being a water baby. There isn’t much more I can say about it other than sometimes it’s the small things in life that are the happiest!

Laura x

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Mar 22

Windscreen Warriors

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 22, 2014

I was driving along a busy main road yesterday when a lady in a little apple green car was indicating to pull out of her parking space at the side of the road. Being the courteous driver that I am, I slowed down and signalled for her to pull out, smiling at her. Some time passed and she was still sitting there, signalling. I smiled and signalled again thinking she maybe hadn’t seen me. She remained sitting there. “FOR FUCK’S SAKE” spilled out of my mouth whilst driving around her, scowling. I then thought to myself, there really wasn’t any need for me to do that was there?

I am always guilty of this in car road rage, often screaming blue murder at other drivers. To be fair, some people need it. Whether they drive too hesitantly or too arrogantly (I’m looking at you BMW saloon drivers, do you not know where your indicators are?) they are a danger to others and need telling. Most of the time though, we shout because people are taking too long to pull in or out of somewhere. They take too long to get going at traffic lights or they’re going too slow in general. All quite inoffensive really. Is there really any need for us drivers to be so aggressive, flinging about our arms and screwing up our faces at others, the international sign for “you’ve pissed me off with your driving.”

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Last night was a perfect example of this. A bus stopped in front of me to let some people hop on. I couldn’t over take it as there was something coming but the waiting didn’t matter to me, I didn’t have anywhere to be. The knob in the car behind me had other ideas and beeped their horn a few times at me to go anyway, I can only imagine coupled with a “stupid cow,” probably something a bit stronger. “FUCK OFF” I shouted in my car and flicked them the V’s in my rear view mirror. Did they not see that there was something coming or did they want me play head on chicken? I have no idea but it really annoyed me and my swearing was cathartic in this situation. I hope they saw me.

I’m also not shy to use my car horn, if it needs to be used that is. I don’t just use it willy nilly but I do also have a habit of using it for other people – Big T, for example. He isn’t as fiery as me, he won’t use his horn. I have been known to beep it for him whilst he’s been driving which gets his back up. Whenever I do it he gives me the lecture of “if they get out of their car to have a go at us it’ll be me they beat up, not you!” My usual answer to that is “bring it on,” but he’s probably right. He’s been watching too much Men Behaving Badly… Fast forward to 10 minutes, you’ll see exactly what I mean!

You see it all the time, people screaming at each other through their car windows. It’s something Big T and I really need to work on, especially now Little T is in the back of the car taking everything in like a big sponge! It does makes me wonder, if you were walking through Meadowhall on a busy Saturday and people were dawdling along too slowly (you know it well right?) do you scream “GET OUT OF THE FUCKING WAY!” at them? No, you don’t. If you did you’d no doubt be thrown out on your arse by security. You would think it to yourself or mutter something under your breath whilst waiting for a gap in the crowd to whizz round, doing the polite British thing of saying “excuse me please,” whilst you do the whizzing. What makes it acceptable for us to F and blind at each other behind our windscreens? Whilst we’re all guilty of it, I do wonder why we think we’re meatheads behind a piece of glass when face to face most of us are puppy dogs…

Laura x

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Mar 21

Giveaway: The Baby and Toddler Show

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 21, 2014

I am VERY excited to announce my first ever giveaway on Life Love Laura and what a fab one it is! I have two tickets to the Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show up for grabs. This show is one of the biggest of its kind in the UK and there are some amazing exhibitors there on the weekend.

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The show is at Glow, Bluewater on 25th-27th April and is a whole weekend of all things baby, with some of my personal favourite brands on show, amongst many others of course! As well as this fabulous giveaway, Life Love Laura readers can also get 25% off tickets, good eh? Just enter the discount code BWB31 when purchasing your tickets. You can get your tickets here.

All you need to do to enter this great giveaway is enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Laura x

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*Please note: I haven’t been compensated for writing this post.*

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Mar 16

Silent Sunday 16th March 2014

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 16, 2014

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Mar 10

I said I would never

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 10, 2014

There are some things in life that, for one reason or another, we swear we’ll never do. Then things change. You do said ‘thing’ and you feel like an idiot but sometimes that ‘thing’ is worth looking like an idiot for. This isn’t just in relation to babies but it happens quite a lot throughout life in general when we think we know better but really we don’t. After all, life is all about learning on the job!

So, I said I’d never…

stirrup leggings

  • Wear stirrup leggings

In reality: They’re soooo much easier to keep tucked into my pretty ankle boots without showing off my odd socks to the world. Let’s face it, who has time to pair up socks in this day and age?

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  • Get an iPad

In reality: “You have a smartphone and laptop, what the friggin’ hell do you need one of those things for?” was my original response to iPads. Nowadays, my Simpsons Tapped Out takes up way too much space on my phone and I aren’t prepared to delete any photos, regardless of me transferring them onto the laptop AND backing them up on CDs. For this reason alone an iPad became a necessity, priorities and all that.

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  • Publicly ask for MAD Blog Awards nominations

In reality: This is something I feel quite strongly about and am really eating my words here but it appears that you get nowhere without begging.

 baby eating chips

  • Feed my baby chips

In reality: When you are out enjoying a lovely family meal and your little one decides they wants to scream the place down because they don’t want the healthy green stuff you have put in front of them, all they want is a couple of your chips. You are getting death stares from others and you realise that a couple of years ago you WERE the person giving death stares. Give the baby a sodding chip. For God’s sake.

Baby on an ipad

  • Let my baby play on an iPad

In reality: I really had a vendetta against iPads at first, as you already know. I was also a militant “babies shouldn’t play on those things” knob. It’s only recently that I’ve realised they’re actually quite useful, especially when it comes to babies. As long as you aren’t substituting real books for an iPad (*shudder*), they can be fun for kids! Little T especially loves the Toca Boca band and CBeebies Playtime apps. Let’s face it, this is the way things are going in this world full of technology. The other day my 4 year old nephew showed my dad how to use his new iPhone.

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  • Let my baby watch Mr Tumble

In reality: The guy freaks me out but he’s like crack for kids. Little T loves him, I can’t deny him of something that makes him smile.

Is there anything you’re eating your words about?

Laura x

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Mar 9

Silent Sunday

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 9, 2014

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Mar 6

A North Yorkshire night of luxury

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 6, 2014

A few weeks ago Big T and I enjoyed a night at the very swish Rudding Park, just outside of Harrogate. I had heard of Rudding Park from my wedding blog days, I featured a wedding there! But I had never been until a few weeks ago and boy is it good. Little T shacked up for the night with my mother in law so Big T and I could enjoy some baby free time but the trip was really to celebrate my dad’s retirement. It was actually a surprise for my dad, he knew him and my mum were going but he didn’t expect to see Big T and I, along with a couple of their friends, waiting in the bar area when they arrived. Dad was very happy to see us!

When we got there we went straight to the bar (where else?) and waited for my dad who we knew wasn’t far behind us as I rang my mum to check where they were just before we got there. It was a race against time to arrive before dad saw us, it’s just my luck for him to see us in the car park! Fortunately we got a table just before he turned up. We were sitting next to a young couple who were obviously planning their wedding, bless ‘em! As soon as mum and dad got there we ordered some lunch. I had a smoked chicken sandwich, everyone else had “Yorkshire tapas” which consisted of pork pie, cheeses, honey and mustard sausages (which were YUM!) and fresh bread, amongst other things – my kind of tapas! Not gonna lie, I did eat my sandwich then dig into theirs.

After lunch Big T and I checked in and went for a quick snoop around the hotel. It was a dream! In fact, if we ever won the lottery it’s pretty much how my house would be decorated. Just look at the amount of dog artwork, massive fireplace in the lobby, bright colours and the roll top bath! Jealous. The sitting room was my absolute favourite room, I’d kill for a book nook like that. Although I’d also kill for the time to read these days…

The lobby

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

Part of the bar area

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

 The sitting room

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rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

THAT book nook

THAT book nook

The corridor to our room (yes, even that was pretty)

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rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

Our room in the Follifoot Wing

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

rudding park hotel, harrogate

Beautiful eh? We stayed in the Follifoot wing and our room was stunning. Big T and I loved everything about the place, it was so nice to get away somewhere different and appreciate it. Before dinner we chilled out in our room, this was when I was a teeny bit disappointed that the hotel didn’t have a pool, I would’ve been all over it! Instead I took the opportunity to put the Molton Brown to good use and had a loooong soak in the roll top bath, something I’m not able to do that often any more! When I was pregnant I loved a nice cosy candlelit bath but I had to kiss goodbye to those when Little T arrived, there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Dinner time at the hotel’s Clocktower soon came and we were ready for it. We started off with a few cocktails, it was a celebratory dinner after all! I was also mightily impressed with the huge purple chandelier donning the ceiling (can I have the number for the interior designer ready for my lottery win?).

Life Love Laura Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

I managed to sneak a cheeky photo of my Woo Woo. That sounds rude, it’s not, it was the name of my cocktail. The restaurant, however, wasn’t the “let me Instagram my food before I dig in” sort of restaurant so sadly I didn’t get any pics of my dinner but my mouth is watering now at the thought of it. I ordered the 8oz fillet steak with skinny chips, garlic & thyme tomato, field mushroom and peppercorn sauce. That peppercorn sauce was TO DIE FOR.

I’m not one to sit around the dinner table chatting, I’m more of a ‘grub done, pjs on’ type of girl so come around 11pm I retired to bed to watch TV and take the opportunity to have some more Little T free chill out time. The bed was HUGE, we might as well have been sleeping on separate beds which I loved. At home we have a small double bed that we not only share with each other but a Labrador and a cat so having lots of empty bed space was an added luxury for us! Big T was snoring away as soon as his head hit the pillow. I actually ended up watching the second half of Braveheart on Film4 and kind of related to his “freedooooooommm!”

In the morning, after a very tasty full English breakfast (with my standard extra beans) we went for a walk in the grounds. It was a beautiful day and the hotel’s church looked very pretty in the sun. They were preparing it for a wedding later on that afternoon. We knew this because the wedding party, complete with fur coats and ladies with hair in rollers, were checking in as we were checking out. Oh to have those excited wedding morning feelings again!

A plate given to my dad at breakfast. Spelt incorrectly but the sentiment was there, bless them!

A plate given to my dad at breakfast. Dodgy spelling aside, the sentiment was there, bless them!

Life Love Laura Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Life Love Laura Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Life Love Laura Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Spot the Daisy

Life Love Laura Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

We had a quick peek around the cute little church in the grounds, obviously where the couple were getting married that afternoon as we bumped into the florists trying to battle with the wind in keeping the fixtures attached to the door archway. Rather them than me, it looked like a tricky job! The church was beautiful inside with some very intricate stone carvings, I even spotted a little Daisy near the alter! I would’ve loved to hang around for the wedding itself but frankly that would’ve been proper creepy so instead we head into Harrogate for a bit of retail therapy. I was very happy to see a JoJo Maman Bebe for Little T. Gone are the days of shopping for myself!

Thank you for having us Rudding Park, I’d love to say we will be back soon but this was a very special treat. On the other hand, when we can be back we will be!

Laura x

*Please note: I have not been paid by Rudding Park to write this post, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and wanted to share it!*

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Mar 2

Silent Sunday

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by LifeLoveLaura on March 2, 2014

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Feb 27

The Mummy Tag

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 27, 2014

I’ve been tagged by Jess from A Hefty Helicopter and the Mini Copters to take part in the Mummy Tag. The nosey sod in me loves posts like this as I love reading all about my fellow mummies! I particularly liked Jess’ separate bed thing, we’ll soooo be doing that when we get a bigger house for the same reasons as Jess! Have a look at her Mummy Tag, it’s fun!

So, here goes…

Life Love Laura The Mummy Tag

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?
I’m a full time working mum.

2. Would you have it any other way?
Umm this question can open a can of worms with me. The short answer is YES. The long (ish) answer is oh what I’d give to be able to stay at home with my baby every day. Sadly we can’t afford it. Big T is currently training to be a mental health nurse so once he qualifies in a couple of years and is earning a bit more money the plan is for me to drop my hours, much to his dislike! Although he has come to terms with this now. It’s just one step closer to my dream of staying at home with the babies, I say it often – I’d even be willing to wear pretty dresses with an apron and bake! When I think of my imaginary dream life as housewife I think of Somewhere That’s Green from Little Shop of Horrors. THAT’S the life I want, although I know it’s wishful thinking as staying at home isn’t easy either!

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3. Do you co-sleep?
With my husband, a cat and a big golden labrador, yes. With Little T, no. We have a small double bed so as you can imagine, with a brood of animals and snoring husband I barely sleep as it is. I couldn’t cope with Little T in there too, kicking me in the back all night. When he has been super poorly with his teeth we put him in the middle of us if he can’t settle in his own room but we’ve only needed to do that a couple of times. I’m a big believer in bed time routines and little ones getting used to sleeping in their own room. Plus, I’m up for work at 5.45am so I need to get as much sleep as I can and wouldn’t want to wake Little T up either.

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
I hate to sound like a party pooper as I could say something fun here but I’m going to say a good, safe car seat. I’m actually a bit of a stickler when it comes to car seat safety, I can’t help it, it’s soooo important!

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Now that depends on if I win the lottery or not! I have big pipe dreams of money being no object so in an ideal world I’d have four. In reality, Big T and I are only ever going to be able to afford two children and that’s at a push. We often weight up whether to stay at one and be able to have the nice things in life that we’re used to or whether to have another and struggle along. I really do want a sibling for Little T though but if we do, financially, it can’t be until Big T is qualified and has a job and until Little T is at school. It’s a shame that we have to think like this and plan our children with military precision but that’s life!

6. Date nights? How often do you have them? 
We’re lucky as my parents only live a 5 minute drive away and they’re always so keen to have T stay over for the night if they can. Even if we don’t have anything planned mum will ask if T can stay over so we don’t really have planned date nights, they tend to be spontaneous meals out every so often. Or we have weekends away to see something special at the theatre, like when we went to see The Book of Mormon in London!

7. Your child’s favourite show?
It pains me to say that T quite likes The Tweenies. He loves Old Jack’s Boat as well on an evening when he’s winding down for bed (and I love it too!) I think it’s because Little T and I have the sea and all things nautical in our blood!

8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
A Bumbo seat. We used it a couple of times to give Little T his breakfast in our bed on a few lazy Sunday mornings but that was it. We waited until 6 months to wean T so by this time he could sit up anyway. Because of this, we found that we used his baby bouncer for chilling out and his high chair for eating so we didn’t really need his Bumbo. Thankfully, we never experienced the dreaded “Bumbo poo” either! A Bumbo is better used as a helmet.

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9. Your child’s favourite food?
I feel a little bit ashamed to say that T takes after his mum and loves bread and cheese… in various different forms! He does love peas too but now he’s older and pickier about his grub, they’re pretty much the only vegetable he’ll entertain. And it’s not for want of trying!!

10. How many cars does your family have?
We have Big T’s little grandad car that he mainly uses for work (a Honda Jazz) and my mine and Little T’s “mum bus” (Peugeot 3008). I LOVE the mum bus, it’s a bit like a space ship and I’d happily sit in there all day!

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11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
I’ve always been a bit of a fatty and have yo-yo dieted pretty much all of my life, even as a kid. It makes me sad to think really. I was constantly told I was fat my midwives during pregnancy but I’m not actually sure how much weight I gained, maybe about two stones? I didn’t really weigh myself. During maternity leave and sitting on my arse for a year I did gain quite a bit more weight but again, I didn’t weigh myself until recently. I know that until the past few months I was the fattest I’ve ever been but I’ve started to do something about it and have lost almost a stone! I know this because I have finally put some batteries back into my scales!

12. Dream holiday with your kids?
FLORIDA!! Big T and I have both been a few times before and we can’t wait to take Little T, we’re already saving for it! We are going when Big T finishes his training as a “congratulations” present and I have been counting down the days since the day Big T started his training, which was, coincidently, the day Little T was born! I know when we go I am just going to cry my way round every day. It’s magical enough, without having a little one in tow! I’ll have to make sure I pack my big sunglasses!

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13. Dream holiday without your kids?
Hmm, this is a tricky one as my dream holiday is Florida with Little T. I would give anything to go back to New Zealand though but I’d want to go for a few months again. I would, however, take Little T there too! *Starts to plan a Family K New Zealand camper van trip*

14. How has your life changed since having kids?
Quite a bit actually. I always thought I was career driven but since having Little T I’m not sure if I ever was, I think I was just striving to be the person my parents wanted me to be. I never thought I’d say it but I’d happily choose kids over a career now which is why I’ve chosen to stay in the job I’m in rather than pursue any sort of training. A career is always there if you choose to go back to it. I’m also much happier in myself, I’m happier with my body and I’m happier in general. Having children also allows you to be a big kid again, a stage I’ve never really grown out of! And, without sounding like a heartless bitch, I never liked kids until having my own. Now, I can’t see a little one without grinning like a weirdo. They just make me smile!

15. Finish the sentence “It makes heart melt when…”
Little T comes in for a massive smacker on the lips.

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16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Mainly H&M and Next. Both of their clothes are good sizes and wash so well. That’s what you need when you have a little tyke! How much of a mum do I sound?

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I have quite oily skin and I swear by Dermalogica Ultra Calming cleanser, Multi Active toner spray and Active Moist moisturiser – if only I could afford them these days! I used them in the run up to my wedding and until having T and they worked wonders for my skin. These days I’m a Boots Cucumber face wipes kind of girl but even those are great! I don’t go anywhere without my Tesco Barbara Daly One Step foundation, it’s amazing. Not only for time saving but it gives the best coverage out of any foundation I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot of the expensive ones.

18. Huggies or Pampers?
I’m a huge Pampers fan. We’ve tried Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Tesco, Boots and Sainsbury’s own brands and none of them have lived up to Pampers for us. I like how thin Pampers are and they’re the only brand that haven’t given T nappy rash. Yes they’re expensive but we buy in bulk when they’re on offer now he’s a little bit older and has stopped growing out of nappy sizes so quickly.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
No, it hasn’t been until the past couple of years that my maternal side has kicked in. As a kid, teenager and in my early twenties I didn’t like children but now I’m a sucker for babies!

20. Best part of being a mum?
Where do you start with this one?! Looking at your baby and thinking “wow, you grew in my belly,” watching him grow, seeing him laugh, hearing him pick up words, having family days out, seeing him become best friends with our Daisy dog, seeing how much my family adore him, making amazing memories and being a big kid again!

So, now it’s time to tag some other fab mummies…

Amy
Rachael
Messed Up Mum
And anyone else that would like to have a go! Please me know if you do as I’d love to have a nosey!

I hope I haven’t bored you senseless, can’t wait to read the other ladies’ replies (if they want to take part, that is!)

Laura x

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Feb 24

My HFMD experience

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by LifeLoveLaura on February 24, 2014

*Warning: this post contains some manky photos*

I woke up in the night a couple of weeks ago with some really itchy spots on my scalp and ears and wondered where the hell they’d come from. I briefly wondered whether there was a blood hungry bug lingering around my bedroom but after a quick scratch I fell back asleep, not thinking any more of it. The next day I took Little T to soft play and my itchy head was still plaguing me, trying my hardest not to scratch in public as I didn’t want fellow mums to think I had knits! Oh the joys. Then, on the Wednesday morning, my 5.45am “get up for work you lazy bastard” alarm graced me with its presence. I rolled myself out of bed around 6.15am and hopped in the shower. Returning back upstairs to get myself ready for the looong day at work ahead, I noticed the palms of my hands were covered in red spots. Then it hit me – my 11 months old niece had just recovered from hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), had I caught her lurgy??

The first day of blisters

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

I rang work asap and asked for advice. Due to the nature of my job and because HFMD is so contagious, I knew that if it was HFMD I wouldn’t be able to go into work. I was advised to stay at home and speak to my manager later on. I felt like a bit of a fraud as my body felt fine but my hands were covered in pins and needles inducing spots. This also explained why my head had been so itchy the couple of days before!

I rang my doctors as soon as they opened for an official diagnosis. Fortunately they didn’t want me in to have a look, they told me over the phone that that was what I had, judging by the symptoms but they also told me that, from an infection control point of view, there was no reason why I should be off work. This confused me as I had read that once spots are visible, you are still infectious as you can pass on the disease through (sorry) your blister juice. There’s probably a less gross, more medical term for that but frankly, I don’t want to google it! I rang my occupational health department for a second opinion and their advice was in tow with what I’d read - they were adamant that I didn’t go into work to prevent spreading the disease. I’m not really sure what my GP was on that morning, maybe they need to do a bit more reading! All I can say is, it’s a bloody good job I didn’t go into work. As the day went on the burning and itchiness got progressively worse, there was no way I could’ve done my job or complied with any of the important hand washing policies, ouch!!

What I had read on few websites is that it is uncommon for adults to get HFMD but my sister in law and I both caught it off my niece and I know of a few other adults that have had it around the same time as us. It’s evolving! The NHS HFMD advice site also states that the disease isn’t itchy and is “painless.” This is a LIE! I have never experienced anything so unpleasant.  Two days after the spots on my hands came out, they also erupted on my feet and both were unbearably itchy, just like my scalp had been a few nights previously. Along with the itching came severe burning and there was no way of relieving this. There’s no treatment, it’s just a case of riding it out but in the meantime I tried copious amounts of co-codamol for shits and giggles, Eurax and E45 anti itching creams, all to no avail. Vaseline with aloe vera didn’t help the itching either but it did act as a lubricant so I could vigorously rub my hands together – the only thing that came anywhere close to relieving the itching. It’s also a good job that the radiator in our bedroom is at the head of our bed as laying with my hands flat against the cold metal surface was the only relief from the burning. Simply, I didn’t sleep for at least three nights because of the irritation. Rubbing my feet on my bottom sheet and causing friction was the only way I discovered to aid the itchiness of my trotters! All in all, it was pretty awful.

Then the big fat juicy blisters popped up. I felt like a witch.

More developed blisters

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

hand foot and mouth disease in adults

After three days of intense pain and itching, it started to subside to more of a pins and needles feeling, like when it first starts. It is still quite unpleasant but I could finally do things again. I had spent my time with the lurgy not being able to do anything, I couldn’t even put on a bra from the pain! Itchy scratchy weepy face spots and big fat sore lip blisters were also beautiful. No, like really beautiful. The most important things that you have to do when you have HFMD is good hand hygiene and not share pillows or towels with anybody. You have to treat it like trying to keep a stomach bug at bay.

The worst part of it was having to stay well away from Little T. When your 17 month old is toddling up to you for kisses and cuddles and you have to say no, it was soul destroying to see his little disappointed face. Fuck you hand, foot and mouth! I still have the spots on my hands although the blisters have crusted and are healing. The red, flat spots have faded slightly but look like they might linger for some time. Thankfully though, I am no longer contagious and returned to work last week. I am still quite conscious of the spots on my hands, they look pretty gross! Some would argue that this is “TMI” at its very best but I am sharing this as HFMD seems to be really prevalent at the moment. My sister in law’s GP was very surprised to find out that her and I had both caught it off my niece. That, along with my GP’s dud advice and the NHS website’s incorrect symptoms makes me wonder if there needs to be more research on HFMD in adults?

It is easy for us to bang on about the pleasant things in life on our blogs but unfortunately life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, life can sometimes be all witch boils and plague!

Laura x

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