Smurf house birthday cake

It was Amys 5th Birthday on Sunday and i decided to do a Smurf mushroom house house cake. Looked on google for ideas and could not work out how you would do the overhang of the ‘roof’ of the house. I tried cooking a big cookie a week before, but found i am no good at baking them as it burnt to a crisp (i may have forgot to set timer!) So having a cookie base for the roof was out, i did not want to try any more burnt cookies (yuk!). So decided to just do 2 cakes in 1 and have a cake board on top of the bottom of the mushroom, making 2 cakes altogether.

I left myself 2 days to do it all, 3 kids on my own and baking a cake isn’t the easiest situation, but i managed, just. First day i managed to get the 3 sponge layers for the bottom complete, along with icing and decorating it.

Day one in pictures:

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The second day was getting the roofs 4 layers baked, decorated and then finishing off decorating the board (which wasn’t much). The reason it was so time consuming was the amount of cake layers needed all layers took atleast 30 minutes. My electric hand mixer also decided to break after day 1. So had to go to nearest supermarket and buy another one, which was much more powerful than my first and ended up with mixture splattered everywhere.
I baked all cake layers for the roof and placed them on top of each other with buttercream in the middle of the layers. Then i got my bread knife and tried to cut as well as i could into a roof shape. Unfortunately this meant alot of cake was thrown in the bin. I treat myself to a Wilton cake turntable, which was fab and made the cutting of the roof so much easy. How i have managed without one i don’t know but will now always have one while i am doing cakes!

The roof finally in shape and it was covered, looked a bit odd as the cake was shorter than the board on the bottom layer, so roof wasn’t a smooth recline, but i have learnt my lesson on this if there is a next time. It came to board decorating and decided to make it easy just to pipe grass around the side. I searched high and low and could not find my wilton tip for grass, so it ended up being green piped flowers instead. So here is the end result, not perfect but it do the job:

Day two in pictures and the finished cake

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Thomas is 6!

So like i done 9days ago for Jessica, i will post about this special day 6yrs ago ūüôā

On the 23rd January at 9am my waters broke but i had no contractions, i rang the hubby at work, but told him not to bother coming home yet as i wasn’t in pain. 10/15minutes he was home lol. I was 7 days late, excited it was the day, but petrified of that awful pain everyone talks about when they relive their labour and birth.

The midwife came over as she was due at 9:30 to give me a sweep. She checked how i was and noticed flesh blood, i was then told to go to hospital so i could be monitored. Off to hospital we went. I was put on the machine that checks contractions and heart beat, waiting for the pain to start. At around 8/9pm the midwives came into the room and asked hubby to get his overnight bag as looks like nothing will happen that day. I was told to get some sleep and i will be woken in the morning to be induced. Every 2 hrs throughout the night i was woken for blood pressure to be checked. At 5am i was woken to be told get your stuff were going to induce as we have a labour room free. Walking past the reception part of the ward 2 midwives told me ‘I bet this will be a quick labour.’ ¬†I thought, how would you know and what actually is classed as quick? I got put on pitocin drip and also a drip to stop infections. Them alone were painful enough (small veins aren’t good with drips! Feel everything, i move my hand and can feel stuff in my arm, yuk).

At 9am i was still awake, hubby on the otherhand was fast asleep on the chair, ‘How dare he’ i thought. By this point i had seen many midwives. At around 2:30pm i went to the toilet, while there i was struck by an almighty contraction, i sat there on my own holding the drips, thinking this is it, no turning back. I got through them with gas and air, the midwife asked if i wanted epidural, i said yes. The pain wasn’t too bad but i wanted it in before it got going before i feel the worst pain of my life.

The¬†anesthetist¬†arrived around 4pm, sat at the end of bed trying to keep still, while he does what’s needed, i feel this almighty urge to push. I start moving around being sat on a bed while wanting to push just doesn’t work. Luckily the¬†anesthetist¬†hadn’t had time to get the wire in my back. I shouted some more about wanting to push but the MW told me i didn’t and try stay still. I screamed at her no i need to push. I get told to lay down and though and behold Thomas was crowning! After this it’s a bit of a blur, the gas and air was wonderful. I kept saying omg i have to feel the pain, so i took as much gas and air as i could get into me! I don’t think i opened my eyes after being told it was time. I was too scared. After a couple of pushes Thomas was born into the world!

16:12, weighing a little 6lb 15oz, with a 1hr 47min labour. The midwives were right!

Once i had come round a bit more from the gas and air. I was overwhelmed at how ‘well’ it all went and that i had my little man in my arms finally, the unconditional love was there straight away, the umbilical cord was cut but it was still there with the love.

I looked over at the hubby to find he had blood on his face. ‘Oh my word, what happened?’ i asked. He replied ‘ You took out your drips and the blood squirted my face, but don’t worry it’s on your face too’ ‘What? I actually remember nothing of that, gosh that gas and air is good!’ Went to the showers to freshen up and came back in to the room to see the father and son bond begin, it was lovely.
Not long after this, the anesthetist came in and said how wonderful it was to be here for the birth. He was here for the birth? He saw me give birth? I had no idea! I was¬†embarrassed! He said that his wife had just given birth 3 weeks ago in the same room and it brought all the wonderful memories back. Once he left, i asked hubby what did he do, just stand and watch? ‘No Lynsey he was holding your arms down and keeping the gas and air mask on your face, you seemed to want to get away and wriggle all over the place.’ As far as i knew i was still? I think i maybe went into shock at some point and can’t remember a thing because of that.

Unfortunately i was kept in hospital for 5 days, my pre-eclampsia from pregnancy was still lurking and some of my organs weren’t back to normal, but i got to spend 5 days with just me and my wonderfully gorgeous son.

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Jessica is 2!

My littlest Princess is 2, how does time fly by so quick? How has my youngest got 2? I can’t get away with calling her my little baby now, she isn’t, she is my little toddler now.

For celebrating her birthday i thought i would share the day she was born with you all.

15h Jan 2011 and i was 7 days late, desperate for her to come out before she got too close to Thomas’ birthday (24th). I felt some braxton ¬†hicks at 6pm, and was waiting for my tea to be done. I had a planned homebirth with the birth pool inflated in the living all ready for my water birth. My other 2 were quick labours, Thomas being 1hr 47mins, Amy 1hr 50, so we were expecting another quick one and thought it would be best to have the pool inflated so we could quickly get the water in it.

As i was eating my tea, i was debating if the braxton hicks were just that or labour. I couldn’t work it out, i used an app to time them and they weren’t regular yet. The time between was getting less but none were the same space between each other. I couldn’t each much of my tea, as i got about half way through it, i gave up, i just wasn’t hungry. At 7pm I finally realised it wasn’t braxton hicks it was infact labour! The last 3/4 ‘braxton hicks’ were around 2-3 minutes apart. They were now regular! I quickly get my notes out and ring the midwife to come on over, i got told she will be with us in around 15 minutes. Plenty of time i thought, but 5 minutes later, i realised i was actually close to the end. I had no time for the birthing pool to be filled so that got shot behind the settee. The kids got sent upstairs to play, my parents were meant to be here to keep them occupied, and they were on there way into the 40 minute drive after i rang the midwives.

Midwife arrived at 19:15pm, she said she will check how far i am and asked the hubby to get the halogen heater on to keep baby born once out. So Darren set to work fixing that together while the midwife was looking at notes and putting on her gloves. At 19:19pm Jessica made a water flute entrance coming out with my waters and landing on the floor. Everything happened So quick, i gave 1 push and there she was, on the floor, a tiny little baby crying. Both the midwive and husband had missed her entrance but turned as soon as they heard her cries, finding her on the floor. The midwive quickly scooped her up and put her on my chest under my top for the skin to skin and warmth.

She was a perfect dinky 6lb 6.5oz.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Jessica x

I’m how old?

Working out my age for my next birthday for a Christmas present and it took me a good 10 minutes to write down the age. How did i get 26 so fast? I am still thinking that i’m surely 25 not 26? When i work it out it works out as 26, but where did that year go? I can’t remember actually being 25, but i was. My birthday is November so not long turned 26, but still i feel cheated of being 25. That is if my maths are correct and i am 26 not 25?!

Confused.

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