Parenting update….. feeling pooped

When I started blogging (properly) nearly a year ago, posts seemed to flow so well. Nowadays….. not so much. By the end of the day I feel pooped. Really pooped. My little boy is now just over two years old and he’s a bundle of energy, and I am finding it really tiring work at the moment. He jumps, he crawls, he climbs, he runs and he is a force to be reckoned with!

Lately we have been making little changes to our routines to get him ready for the next stages in development –

Potty training

I am not sure if he is quite ready yet, but I thought it might help him get used to the idea by buying a childrens book that would help explain what to do. I found a book on Amazon called Pirate Pete’s Potty by Ladybird Books and I cannot recommend it enough. You follow the story of little Pirate Pete of how he learns to use a potty and it gives the child choices to help them interact. Once each page is completed, you can encourage your child to press the ‘cheer’ button. The little tyke thinks it is great fun!

Getting rid of the bottles once and for all!

It’s a little bit embarrassing, but we have really struggled to get rid of the bottles so far. I think we have tried every flipping beaker going, to no success! It turns out that we simply had to change the routine. If we make sure that the beaker of milk is left in his bedroom before he goes up to bed, he is more likely to use it. Previously my husband had tried to bring it in whilst I read the little tyke a story, but he would only cry for it to be changed to a bottle. This little change has done the trick and all bottles are now in the bin. About time and good riddens!

Transition to the big bed

I am not really looking forward to this bit, but I cannot stick my head in the sand. I found another book on Amazon called My Big Boy Bed: A Pirate Pete book, also by Ladybird Books. It follows Pirate Pete on his exciting journey from cot to a big boy bed. Like the other book it gives the child a series of choices and you can encourage your child to press the ‘cheer’ button at the end of each page. He just loves sitting down with me to read them. I have kept both of the books on the coffee table in the lounge, to make sure he is familar with them.

At the weekend we also made the move from toddler sleeping bags to a toddler duvet and pillow set. We picked some cute transport themed bedding with cartoon cars, buses and planes. He looks so cute in his bed all snuggled up when I put him down. He doesn’t stay there for long though…. he’s a real wriggler! I am sure he will get used to it in time. By making this little change we hope it is one step closer to making him comfortable with the transition to a big boy bed.

So, thats my update for now folks. Let me know how you coped with these developments and any tips would be greatly appreciated! Did you potty train or go straight to the toilet? Is the transition to the big bed a nightmare or is it ok?

Ta ta for now my lovelies xxx

Getting ready for the party

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My little boy celebrated his 2nd birthday exactly one week ago and it was a pretty low key affair. This is because next week we will be hosting a joint birthday party for him and his cousin, with family members coming to our house to join the festivities. But the thing is….. I have never hosted a party before in my entire life! In fact, even as child I never had a birthday party. So saying that this is a bit of a learning curve is pretty much an understatement!

But not to worry folks, not to worry! I will do my very best to make it a super day for the two boys and all the guests of course. In my mind its all down to the planning, there’s no good achieved from just ‘winging it’. So my first step was to pick a theme and as this was a joint party, it had to be something that would suit them both. We all decided to go for Thomas the Tank Engine and ran with it. My little boy is mad for Thomas, so this was a great result.

I have created my own posters for the front door, buffet table and posters of the birthday boys to dot around the house. Really chuffed with them (pardon the pun)! I will extend my dining table and push it against the wall for my buffet table and decorate accordingly. I have managed to find loads of red, blue and Thomas party accessories through Amazon and from supermarkets –

  • Amscan Assorted Plastic Cutlery Packs in Bright Royal Blue x 2 (Amazon)
  • Carejoy Red Stripe Paper Drinking Straw Pack (Amazon)
  • Amscan Add An Age Thomas Letter Banner (Amazon)
  • Amscan Thomas Banner (Amazon)
  • Thomas & Friends Party Pack for 16 (Amazon)
  • Bello Blue Stripe Paper Drinking Straw Pack (Cannot remember where I got these!)
  • Happy Hours Red Food Tray Twin Pack (Asda)
  • Red Paper Bowls x 16 (Asda)
  • Red Paper Plates x 20 (Asda)
  • Clear Plastic Tumblers x 20 (Sainsburys)
  • Age 2 Balloons (Card Factory)
  • Thomas Balloon Bouquet (Card Factory)
  • Balloon Weight (Sainsburys)

 

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Thomas Banner No. 1

 

 

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Thomas Banner No. 2

 

Drinks will be served in the kitchen and will include squash, lemonade, pepsi, juices, teas and coffees. Not sure about alcohol? Should I? Should’t I? The garden will have some extra chairs for people and hopefully we will be blessed with fair weather! Oh and we have also bought some super cute Sports Day Washable Fabric Colourful Bunting from Dotcomgiftshop through Amazon. We will wrap this around the fencing that surrounds our garden.

I am getting the food sorted on the morning of the party and am keeping it fairly simple. Sausage rolls, quiche, crisps, sandwiches and the like, plus some sweety treats.

So thats how far I have got with my planning so far. What do you think? Have you got any tips or pointers?

Have a nice evening and ta ta for now xxx

 

Why am I so jealous?

This sounds completely and utterly ridiculous in my own head, but sounds even worse as I write it down. I am really quite jealous of anyone who is pregnant at the moment. There I said it. I don’t where it comes from, the thought of being pregnant and looking after a needy little baby as well as a toddler, frankly scares me to death. But I don’t know, my heart kind of aches for another addition to our family and a sibling to my little boy.

The other day I had a conversation with a work colleague who was telling me about how she keeps a stash of girly toys at hand for whenever her little granddaughters visit. Prams and pushchairs, dollys and handbags are a regular sight in her household when the little ones come over to play. Then she said something that triggered something inside me “Well next time it could be a little girl for you”…… of course I laughed it off and said something about liking my sleep too much. But the reality is, I would love for that to be true!

We know a couple who announced that they were pregnant a month or so ago and I am guessing that they should be going for their 20 week scan soon. I am praying that it isn’t a little girl, its terribly selfish of me. But I just know that it will bring all these feelings to the surface again and I don’t want to act on them. Not yet anyway.

I am scared about going on maternity pay. I am scared about the pain of childbirth. I am scared about how I will cope with two children on very little sleep. I am scared that I will not cope with my return to work and that I could be pushed out of my job. But I long for another child.

Mother Nature you really are a bitch.

Does anyone else feel the same way?

Ta ta all xxx

Two year old birthday party ideas

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As mentioned on my previous post ‘23 Month Update‘, we have started to think about our little boys 2nd birthday party. What do you do to mark such an occasion? Well to start with, we need to pick a theme……..

The Gruffalo

Pros: One of the little tykes favourite books in the whole world. Its a little bit quirky. You can tie it in with some woodland themed accessories. Kids of all ages would enjoy.

Cons: You would struggle to find a ready made Gruffalo cake. There are not as many gruffalo themed party accessories available.

Peppa Pig

Pros: Involves lots of pastel colours, but mostly pink and blue. There are tons and tons of Peppa and George merchandise available. You can easily buy a Peppa Pig birthday cake in the supermarket without having to make one yourself.

Cons: Too popular and not very original. Off putting for any older kids attending.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Pros: Thomas is probably our little mans favourite tv character. He loves trains. You can get train or Thomas themed party accessories. Blue and red is nice and bright for a party.

Cons: I am struggling to find a ready made Thomas cake. I don’t have time to make a cake and I am not very experienced when it comes to baking.

Dinosaurs

Pros: The little man just loves dinosaurs and dinosaur toys. You could do a mix of jungle and dinosaur themed accessories.

Cons: I cant really think of any, except it might be a bit old for him at the moment.

Jungle Safari

Pros: You can use lots of different animal toys and accessories. There are lots of jungle themed music that you could have in the background. Its lovely and colourful.

Pros: It might not be his favourite theme.

Final decision…… Thomas the Tank Engine

We were thinking more on the lines of the dinosaur party but as he is having a joint party we decided on something that both boys like – Thomas the Tank Engine. Its going to be good fun planning this party actually and I look forward to putting up more posts relating to this!

Have a nice evening folks, ta ta xxx

23 Month Update

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Can you believe we are talking about your 2nd birthday little tyke? I just can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone! The first year felt like five years, but the second year has whizzed by! Our last update was at 19 months, but even in those few months you have changed so much!

Words and Sounds

It’s taken some time but you are getting there. So far you can say a variety of individual words such as “Daddy”, “Mummy”, “Cat”, “Car”, “Dog, “Banana” and “Ball”. You like to sing songs and some of the words can be quite clear sometimes. You love making animal and vehicle noises, especially dinosaur noises “Raaaaaarrrr!!!”.

Play

You can play with other children now and like to play ball games. Much to Daddys delight, you like football! I think your favourite toys would probably be your slide and your cars. You are also a crafty little man and love painting.

TV & Film

At the moment you like Thomas the Tank Engine, Octonauts, In the Night Garden, Tellytubbies and Peppa Pig. Also, Mr Tumble sends you into a strange little trance, what is it about that guy? He bugs the heck out out of me, but you seem to like him. You don’t have the patience to sit and watch a whole film but you have watched quite a bit of Finding Dory. Great taste little man!

Food

You love, love, love your food. I think we are very lucky with you because you will try most things. I think your favourite foods are bananas, grapes, biscuits, cheese corn snacks, roast dinners and spaghetti bolognaise. Oh and like Mummy, your favourite treat is a bit of cake!

Clothes

You fit into 2-3 year old clothes for the length, but the waist bands on the trousers seem too large. So your trousers keep falling down! I try to put hats on you but you pull them straight off. I have managed to get you to wear sunglasses though!

Behaviour

You are a funny little laddie. For such a long time you were as good as gold when eating out but most recently you have become such an impatient little fidget! It can quite frankly be a bit of a nightmare. Shopping is also a no no at the minute. Thank the lord for internet shopping is all I say!

New experiences

You have just come back from your first holiday and have also experienced your first trip on a plane. I was well prepared with snacks and entertainment, but you fell asleep! Just as we took off the ground! We have our big holiday in September, fingers crossed you do as well on the next flight.

I look back fondly on the past year little tyke, but look forward to all the changes and developments for the following year. Next year you will be three and just thinking about that makes me a little bit emotional. My baby boy is growing up, but I couldn’t be prouder of you little tyke. Love you lots and lots, Mummy xxxx

Review: Les Ormes Lodges

 

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Les Ormes one bedroom lodge

 

On our recent trip back to my home island of Jersey, we stayed in the very lovely Les Ormes self catering resort for the first time. This trip was the first one as a family, prior to this we would always stop in hotels. But this time I wanted a home from home and Les Ormes provided just that.

Les Ormes Resort is located five minutes away from Jersey airport and is within easy reach of many of the islands attractions. There are 62 units of self catering accomodation of varying sizes, from one to five bedrooms with all the mod cons you could hope for. We stopped in a one bedroom lodge with its very own hot tub and decking area (see above). The lodge had an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area, large bathroom with underfloor heating and a spacious seperate bedroom. The little tyke stopped in our bedroom in a little wooden cot at the end of our bed.

 

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Lodge interior

Our lodge was located on the outside edge of the resort and was wonderfully quiet! We had lots of lovely animal and birdy visitors to our lodge including a friendly duck and a cat who befriended our little boy. So cute!

 

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Hello ducky!

Once the little chap went to bed in the evening we took the opportunity to take a dip in the outside hot tub. We were very lucky with the weather and it felt so lovely to watch the sun go down from the comfort of our bubbly hot tub.

 

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Lovely bubbly hot tub!

At the resort there are a host of activities and facilities on offer. They have an indoor pool, sports centre and golf course available all year round. From May half term until September visitors can use the outdoor pool and childrens play zone. There is also the ‘Little Squirrels Club’ providing lots of crafty activities for young children (must be accompanied by an adult).

 

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Mummy and little tyke walk to the lodge

We have already decided that we would like to return to the resort again next year and I would definitely recommend Les Ormes to anybody with young children. If I were to make any suggestions for improvements I would suggest having a small shop on site at the reception or offer welcome packs to purchase prior to arrival. Saying that, you really are never far from a shop when you are in Jersey. Our closest supermarket was the large Waitrose in Red Houses or you could travel further to the large Co-op in St. Peter. Food shopping is a little more expensive in Jersey, so I would recommend sticking to the co-op as the prices are much more reasonable.

The resort does have a restaurant, but I would recommend venturing a little further as there are much better choices on offer. If you are after breakfast, head to the Watersplash or El Tico five minutes down the road in St. Ouen. If you are after dinner head to the Crab Shack or the Treehouse in St Brelades (ten minutes away). All of the places I have mentioned are extremely family friendly and have very yummy food!

Thats it from me for one night folks, ta ta for now xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Review: El Tico Beach Cantina

 

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El Tico Beach Cantina, Jersey

We have recently returned from a trip back to my home town/island, Jersey in the Channel Islands. I miss the laid back vibe that you get from living by the coast and there is nowhere more perfect to experience this vibe than at El Tico in St. Ouens bay. We were staying in some self catering accomodation about 5 minutes away, so it made perfect sense to pop by for some breaky one day!

 

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Latest menu from El Tico Beach Cantina

There really is a super choice for breakfasts from the menu and it varies from dishes that are very, very healthy to some choices that are a little bit naughty. The weather was a little bit wild and windswept outside, so I decided on some comfort food in the form of Tico “Hash”. My husband opted for the full breakfast and the little tyke went for some toast and jam (not on the menu, but the waitress was very helpful).

 

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Look at the view!

We sat at the end of one of the large communal tables, with the little man perched in a high chair. Whilst we waited he had some sticker and colouring books to help pass the time. I loved looking out the large windows, where we could see surfers riding the big Atlantic waves.

 

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St. Ouens Bay

It didn’t take long for our breakfasts  to arrive! My El Tico Hash looked scrummy! It included; chorizo, serrano ham, sauté potatoes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes & poached eggs. It tasted as good as it looked! My husbands full english went down a treat also!

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Yummy, yummy breakfast time!

 

Before we left I bought myself a little momento of home, an El Tico ocean scented candle.  I cannot wait to use it, its the perfect thing to remind me of home.

I hope you all have a lovely evening, ta ta and nighty night xxx