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

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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

 

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

Getting ready for Easter

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Our little tyke was still under a year old last Easter, so it passed us by as a bit of a non-event. This year, he is nearly two and is all the more aware to take part in the festivities. The build up to Easter has already involved lots of themed craft activities at nursery and at home, which he has really enjoyed and he has produced some very cute pictures!

I have never really decorated the home for Easter before, but I wanted to pick some little novelties to make it look a little more fun for the little man –

 

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Light up rabbit from Tiger
  1. Light up rabbit from Tiger. I went into Tiger in Birmingham recently and found a good selection of affordable Easter decorations, including this little rabbit. It is battery operated and changes to different colours at the flick of a switch.

 

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Bunny bunting from Tiger

 

2. Coloured rabbit bunting from Tiger. This little paper garland features cute cut-out bunnies in spring pastel colours. This will bring a bit of joy to the lounge, draped over our large mirror.

 

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Easter stickers from Tiger

 

3. Easter stickers from Tiger. I just couldn’t resist when I found these little cuties! Our little boy loves stickers and this will make crafting really fun.

4. Little chick toy from Waitrose.

5. Little lamb and chick toys from Morrisons.

This is how it all looks together………

 

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Our finished Easter display!

 

We also enjoyed making Easter cards to give out to relatives. The little tyke painted the white cards first with pink and yellow paint. Once dried, the little man went crazy with those stickers! He absolutely loved making them and I had great fun too. What do you think? Beats Hallmark any day!

 

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Easter cards made by the little tyke

I know I haven’t been great at posting recently, there have been lots of things on my mind lately and I have been a little stressed. But Easter is about new beginnings and I want to put some of those worries behind me now. Easier said than done, but I will try!

I hope you all have a lovely time with friends and loved ones!

Happy Easter and ta ta for now xxx

 

 

Day in the Life: Mothers Day

7:00am – The clocks went forward, so we lost an hour in bed last night. The little tyke was still asleep but we decided to get him up, otherwise his routine would be completely thrown out. He hasn’t been very well this weekend. He was sick all over his bed on Friday night and was sick again after his nap on Saturday. I hate to see him ill, it makes my heart ache for him.

7:10am – We go downstairs for a cup of tea/morning bottle. I open my lovely Mothers Day card and I get a Emma Bridgewater mug as a present. I love it! Thank you little tyke!

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8:00am – Breakfast time. I decide to try the little man with some toast and banana. I made the mistake of giving him cereal yesterday and it really upset his stomach. He seems ok in himself but perhaps a little weak. He hasn’t eaten a great deal in the past few days.

9:00am – We decide to go out with the pushchair to the shop and stop by the park on the way. It is an absolutely glorious day and despite the cool start, the sun is shining big and bright. The little tyke is quiet for most of the journey but all of a sudden he bursts into life when we reach the park! Swings yey! Slide yey! Merry-go-round yey! Some children come along with their Dad and start running around the park playing tag. The little man is fascinated and keeps watching. We have to leave the park and he throws a big wobbly tantrum, wahhhhh!

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10:30am – After another cup of tea we go into the garden to kick around the ball. I have never spent so much time outdoors! He’s obsessed at the moment.

11:30am – I want to try and encourage him to eat something, so I make a little picnic and we all sit on a blanket in the back garden to eat. This is fun. I make him a little ham sandwich, cut up grapes and some cheese puffs. Of course, he eats everything but the sandwich.

12:30am – We go out in the car to collect something from Argos. The little man falls asleep for just 20 minutes before waking up! Oh no! But whilst he was asleep I managed to pop into the shop to get some beauty bits, lovely!

2:00pm – Back in the garden. Dad is helping to build up a Cosy Coupe for the little tyke and  he wants to help. He passes the wheels. He picks up the hammer. Hurry up Daddy I want to play! I keep him entertained as best I can, but he still wants to bother Daddy.

3:00pm – The Cosy Coupe is finally ready! You can have it with or without the floor, but he prefers to have the floor and for us to push him around at the moment.

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3:45pm – Roast dinner, yum yum. He eats a bit better this time and this puts my mind at ease. He’s on the mend.

4:20pm – Back in the garden. I rush around washing up and put a load of clothes into the washing machine whilst he plays with Daddy.

4:50pm – I get to have a lovely warm bath. Ahhhhh, now this is my Mothers Day treat right here!

6:10pm – We try to give the little man a bath but he’s being a fusspot. I think he’s overtired and his eczema has been flaring up. At least we get to quickly wash his hair.

6:50pm – Night night little tyke!

Happy Mothers Day to you all! My Mothers Day didn’t quite go to plan, but I hope you all had a nice day with your loved ones.

Night night and ta ta xx

 

Home Alone

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I did it! I did it! I finally flipping did it! Yesterday I spent the day at home alone and it was lovely. I had worked an extra day, so I had a spare day to play with and it just felt like the right time to use it. I have been sooooo flipping tired lately.

I saw everybody off in the morning, put the cat out in the garden, locked all the doors and jumped back into bed. A whole bed, all to myself! With perfect peace and quiet! I then slept until about 10:45 am. But I could have slept more. I could have slept all day. I then went downstairs, still in my pyjamas and made a late breakfast of a St Clements Hot Cross Bun from Marks & Spencers with a lovely cup of tea. I enjoyed this whilst slumped on the sofa watching Americas Next Top Model (with Rita Ora).

I then went back upstairs to have a nice pamper session. I slathered myself in body cream and used my epilator to de-fuzz my legs. Ladies its been too long, it took me flipping ages! I then picked a lovely new nail polish (Mink colour from Marks & Spencers) and painted my nails. I straightened my hair and sprayed a nice gloss spray to make it look all lovely and shiny. I felt like a lady again. Enough with the pampering, lunch time beckoned.

I tucked into a sandwich and crisps on the sofa (with another cup of tea) whilst watching Project Runway (new series has just started). After this, I washed and tidied up a little bit. The guilt of doing nothing was kicking in so I had a quick whizz around the house. It’s so much easier and quicker with no one around. This was followed by a bit of Youtube time.

The rest of the day was spent making a lovely soup for dinner whilst listening to the radio and drinking yet another cup of tea. Then the boys came back and I was so happy. God I needed this day like you wouldn’t believe, but it still didn’t stop me missing my boys.

I wish all of you a lovely evening, ta ta all! xxx

The terrible not quite twos

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I had meant to do more regular updates on the little tykes progress, but you know what its like when things get in the way! The little man is now 19 months old and is really turning into a right little character. He has always been a very good little boy and incredibly cute and sweet natured, the staff at nursery absolutely adore him. But I am afraid he may be on the turn!!!

Bedtimes used to be fine, but lately they are becoming a little bit fraught at times. What changed? He doesn’t want to go upstairs. He doesn’t want to go into his bedroom. He most certainly doesn’t want to go into his pyjamas and sleeping bag. He knows the routine off by heart and can see it coming, he just doesn’t want the fun to stop even though he is dirt tired. We do our best to keep him settled and make the atmosphere nice and calm, by reading books and cuddling. This works most of the time, but some nights he gets himself into an absolute tiz. The dummy is spat out and chucked across the room. The blankie toy is tossed onto the floor. Then he arches his back and has an epic cry. Oh dear! He calms down eventually.

Supermarket shopping is also a no no at the moment. He doesn’t want to be in the push chair. He doesn’t want to sit in the trolley. He wants to walk on the floor, in the opposite direction to where you want to go. Try holding his hand? Nope, he doesn’t want to do that. Thank the lord for internet shopping is all I say.

But the rest of the time he is great really. He eats well, sleeps well and loves to play. He likes listening to songs and when he sees characters from his favourite tv shows dance he loves to copy. He walks well and loves to chase his naughty cat! He babbles in his own little language when he is playing and knows a couple of words, but we are trying to encourage him to learn more. He will get there in his own sweet time.

I cannot believe how much my little boy has changed, its hard to imagine him as the tiny, helpless newborn baby that I welcomed into the world. I cherish every day with him and I look forward to all the wonderful moments we will share. I love you little tyke!!!!

I hope you all have a nice evening, ta ta xxx