30 Dec 2013

Potty potty potty

I've known for awhile we need to potty train Bubba (I've dreaded it and so not pushed it). Until recently she was also resistant and if your mentioned exchanging nappys for knickers she would get upset so we'd leave it. My mum made a good suggestion to do it over Christmas so we had time and were indoors quite a lot.

Then the week before Christmas, the husband decided to suggest mid morning whilst I was changing her nappy that she could put knickers on. She loved the idea and so potty training had began.

I prepped her loads on what to do if she needed a wee but failed to say anything about a poo! Which left us in the predicament of being upstairs when she started and finished a poo in her knickers. No big deal was made and we carried on. It's a slightly startling experience to put a poo down the loo rather than wrap it up nicely in a nappy!

No wee's were had all morning, at nap time I put a nappy on her and she spent 20 mins shouting from her bedroom that she didn't want to sleep. She came back down with a wet nappy.

The afternoon was spent with her resisting sitting on the potty and no wee's. Then around 4.30pm she did three wee's in her Knicks in a row, literally five minutes apart. After her dinner I suggested she sat on the potty and had a special treat (a kinder egg dragged from the back of the cupboard!). She sat and ate her egg (I'm not beyond massive bribery people). She suddenly said 'I'm doing it' and preceded to do the most massive wee, it filled the potty to the top! I shrieked loudly and nearly scared her half to death! Once she got over the shock, bless her she looked so pleased with herself. It was a lovely moment.

Since then we've had a varying response, she doesn't like using the potty (mainly because she sits for a while, then gets bored and wants to leave). There have been a few days where she either doesn't wee for literally hours or just goes in her knickers.

Much better strike rate with poo and she tells me she is doing it so we've so far made it to the potty in time. Yesterday was our best day: three wee's and one poo...all in the potty. We aren't at the stage where she tells us she wants to go but I'm reading the signs that she needs to go and whip her on the potty. Although we had a breakthrough at 5.30am today when she asked me to get her potty for a wee!

Oh and I wouldn't advise anyone to potty train at 6 months pregnant. It's exhausting all that fast moving to get there in time, the washing loads of wet clothes and getting up and down off the floor!


20 Dec 2013

Thorntons Bumper Christmas Hamper

We all love a bit of chocolate at Christmas and now I'm pregnant I've not needed any excuse to indulge because I'm allowed...ok!

When I took delivery of this wonderful box of goodies, I felt like a little kid at Christmas. I love the snowman and the snow dog so to be confronted by this...

• The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Selection Pack (142g) 
• The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Model (154g) 
• The Snowdog™ White Chocolate Model (80g) 
• Mini The Snowman™ and The Snowdog (22g) x2 
• White Chocolate Snowman Lolly (28g) x2

Well...excited doesn't cover it really. Everything arrived perfectly packed and I just know my little girl is going to love this cute white dog (she's obsessed with anything dog related). So this ones hers...although mummy may have a nibble on those ears.

The other person in my life who could be described as a chocoholic is my Hubby. He's had a tough year and the snowman is his (as are the buttons and small snowmen on sticks). 

Now the Selection box we received was right up my street. One of my biggest weaknesses is fudge (second only to chips!) so obvs I had to open the packet and photograph them and then taste them! All!!

They were beyond superb and unfortunately I got called out on this when I visited the midwife later in the day.  She did the dip test and asked if I'd had anything sweet. Now they are monitoring my sugar levels a bit closer although this particular sugar rush was all fudge and very much worth it (oh how I enjoyed them whilst Bubba was having a nap and I don't even feel bad about not sharing...that's how good they were).


The selection box is a good mix of white and milk chocolate bits and would make a great present. I always get a selection box at Christmas. If you haven't got the last bits and pieces for your loved ones then get moving, you know what to do...Christmas gifts here at Thorntons.

Thorntons are also running some competitions as well so check them out: 

Win a Winter Wonderland Holiday in Magical Lapland with Thomas Cook - Take your family on a 3-night magical holiday to Lapland, inspired by the Snowman™ and the Snowdog, in December 2014!
This is a collaborative post but all opinions and chocolate (& fudge) consumption is all mine (oh yeah forgot I've got to share!)


What I'm reading now

Or rather what I'm panicking about...yep you guessed it, it's pregnancy related.

After my last labour which was controlled and I was in the zone, I wanted to try a bit of hypnobirthing this time. The courses aren't too accessible for me at the moment so I got myself a cd which comes with a small leaflet book to try.

Effective birth preparation

So far I've managed to download them onto my iTunes and listened to the introduction but that's about it. I keep thinking that I should listen to it but my evenings seem to disappear in a haze of house stuff and tiredness. It'll probably be the week before baby arrives that I finally listen to it!

The Second Baby Survival Guide

I've gone through the pregnancy section and (much to his disdain whilst trying to work) I've read bits out to Hubby. It's true what they say about these types of books - it isn't telling me anything particularly new or ground breaking but it's reassuring that I'm not the only one thinking certain things.

There's a House inside my Mummy

The last book is for me to read to Bubba but to be truthful, so far she hasn't been interested (perhaps just in denial). It wasn't particularly what I expected either and I must admit I'm not really into it as yet but I'll have another look after Christmas to see what we both think of it.


17 Dec 2013

The Night Before Christmas - Book Review

Our latest adventure as a Parragon Book Buddy scheme saw this lovely book arrive. 

The Night Before Christmas - Clement C Moore

We have this book in many different guises...hard back, small book and large book but this is the first time Bubba will entertain it being read to her. Before now, the copies we have are a little bit staid with their illustration and they don't appeal to me, let alone bubba.
This version is lovely and I know I say it all the time but I adore the illustrations. They are so child friendly and they keep my girl sitting still.

We like going through all the reindeer names and picking out which one we think they are in the picture. Bubba is good at all their names now.

I'm also pleased that this version has left out the whole pipe in the house with smoke encircling his head like a wreath. Try explaining that one to a girl whose favourite words are 'why?' and 'what does that mean?' Then you'll understand why leaving that bit out was helpful for me.

 Also the big man himself is nice and friendly looking so Bubba doesn't mind him. Some we've read (or any Christmas books so far we have) seem to have these creepy looking fella's and if any one of them came into our house my girl would absolutely freak out!

This is a classic tale and one we all know (or at least know of) so there are no real surprises but this version is nicely set out on the page and has some magical feeling illustrations, so it's a keeper for us and at the end of Christmas it will make its way into the loft with the decorations, to be discovered all over again next year.

See more books over at the Parragon Book page on Facebook.

13 Dec 2013

It's business mama

I've always been in awe of women who become mothers (normally of loads of kids) and manage to work and be successful. Some days I can just about manage to get through the day with a toddler and a bump, that's without factoring in my part time job, home business and the usual mundane things that take up time around the house.

My little business although ticking by over on Etsy, isn't going to win me business woman of the year but it still niggles at the back of my mind saying things like 'you need to push at advertising' 'work harder and smarter' but I'm at the stage where I'm scared. Silly really because the aim of business is to grow it and reap the benefits but equally this involves more work and time, which I'm worried I'm running out of at the moment. I don't want to compromise my time with Bubba or spread myself too thinly with a new baby on the way. Guess that's the difference in what makes a successful entrepreneur - making that leap of faith, devoting more time to it than you think you have.

I don't want to lose momentum as I really love my little kits but I can't find my direction at the moment. I'm hoping that after the Christmas rush I'll be able (before the baby arrives) to reinvigorate myself and actually get going again with marketing and selling my kits - whilst adding party boxes and special occasion craft kits.

I had a lovely review and quite unexpected in Cross Stitcher magazine a few months back. It's such a buzz to see something you've created in print and in a magazine I read. I made my mum buy a copy as well as showing anyone who would look/listen. I'm going to get my copy laminated and keep it forever...I know! Rock n roll eh!
I also sent out some kits to a couple of bloggers whose work I love to read, as they had both expressed an interest in washi but didn't know where to start. So thank you Charlotte from Write Like No One's Watching and Jennifer from Jennifer's Little World, it's lovely to see what can be made with washi (& long over due that I'm thanking you both).

Look out for more updates in the new year and also the addition of wooden stamps...oh yeah stamps baby - I love a bit of stamping on card (as does Bubba) so if I can actually tear myself away from keeping them all, hopefully they will go live next year.

11 Dec 2013

This time it's different...

I was talking to a few women recently who have either had a second baby or are currently pregnant. In each case it's been agreed with sighs and nods of the head that it's a totally different experience.

For instance, first time around it was all bump rubbing and staring aimlessly out of windows imagining a perfect baby. Everything was full of excitement and promise, my baby would sleep and I'd have coffee mornings. I thought long and leisurely about who she would look like, her name and all the fun we'd have. I'd keep going back to the name books, pouring over them to make sure the name we had decided on was the best I could find.

I had time to choose and wash a lot of small clothing whilst on mat leave, almost a month before my due date. This time I'm hoping to work as long as possible, mainly so I get a rest at work!! But also so I get longer afterwards because I know how fast it all goes. This time I found a name we both liked and I'm sort of sticking with it, not really bothered about checking books or seeing what else is out there. I'm not going to get a dedicated maternity coat, last time it made me feel like a whale, this time I'll be squeezing myself into my normal coat for as long as possible!
Now, I rub the bump because it aches where the toddler has just had me trotting around the living room pretending to be a horse! If my thoughts wander to the future it's more 'god, how am I going to get out the house on time with two kids?' And my brain shifts a gear and suddenly I'm thinking 'shit! I've forgotten to get a load of washing out of the machine and what am I going to feed bubba tonight?'

I haven't been as militant on taking my multi vitamin or oiling up the bump constantly. Last time it was a religiously followed regime, now it's all a bit hit and miss. I'm more lenient on food and if I fancy something then I eat it, cake features heavily in my diet these days.

The husband is less attentive this time around, I have to remind him (constantly) that I'm pregnant. Not really something you can miss, I'm nearing 6 months but he seems to miss it. He is far less attentive and I'm not treated with kid gloves this time, it's more a roll of the eyes and I look that says 'well this is nothing new, been here before'

We aren't worried about buying new furniture of decorating the baby's room just yet. We have most of the things we need at the moment.

Along with less attention from midwives, it's sort of expected that I know what I'm doing. I'm not sure I do really but I guess I'm here, doing it. This time my bump looks like a comedy football up my top whereas last pregnancy I seemed to spread around the middle.

I'm tired, I wake up tired, I go to bed tired, admittedly not as tired as those first three months but I'm t.i.r.e.d all the time. Tired and hormonal, with no time for silly people and my moral compass seems to have kicked up a gear. Seriously, don't get in my way, I have very firm views at the moment!

It's exciting but in a different way, I'm looking forward to simple cuddles with a newborn and not a riggly, squirming cuddle from a busy toddler. I hope I get a chance to stare uninterrupted into a small wonderful new little persons eyes. More than anything, I'm looking forward to being complete as a family and seeing my beautiful girl guide a little brother in her wiley ways and the fun they'll have in the future.

9 Dec 2013

Christmas cards...something a bit different

I think it could be my hormones as I've never been good at sending Christmas cards (well can't stand the faff usually) but this year I made a point of sending Bubba to nursery with 45 cards for class mates and teachers. All done on the 4th December, I know, super mum eh! Or just very hormonal.

So when we received a Cardooo activity card, I really got excited as it hit my Christmas card spot.

As you can see, Bubba stated her claim straight away and we spent a wonderful (peaceful) time looking at it. The idea behind the card is that there are lots of things to do such as stickers, drawing pictures and reading a story (all neatly packed into a normal envelope so no extra charge if you are sending it to family or friends). We chose the Christmas card but they do cards for birthdays, moving house and special occasions etc.

I love the attention to detail in these cards, such as the little letters in envelopes within the card (which bubba now carries around with her!)

I couldn't get very good pictures because Bubba was like a crazed animal and literally pounced on the card, stickers etc as I was opening it. She can't read it yet but takes it off the shelf regularly to flick through the pages and I'm able to string out the activities (tomorrow we will be drawing the presents faces on).

I'm probably sounding all bah humbug now but I'm sure I'll be able to put this card away with all the Christmas decorations and bring it out again next year so we can read the story again.

If you have a special birthday for youngsters then I would urge you to pop over to Cardooo and see the brilliant cards. Be warned, there is a fair bit of choice so look early so you have time to decide.

We were sent the card for review but all words & opinions are our own.

4 Dec 2013

Doing it wrong

In the life of a toddler you can pretty much guarantee that 99.9% of the time you aren't doing what they wanted.

A request of fish fingers with dippy sauce that you have put in a splodge next to the fish with result in an almighty tantrum. A week later (after learning your lesson!) you will put the sauce in a cute little pot next to the fish. WRONG! Again you will be met with a wild child who wanted it in a splodge next to the fish.

You will never get it right, if you are smug and think you got it right, you are so wrong! I repeat, you will never get it right!

For instance when we went shopping last week, I picked up some jelly sachets and Bubba spent that evening carrying them around the house. I promised I'd make some jelly, I promptly forgot. So next morning I made jelly whilst getting us ready to leave for nursery and ushering the electrician in to start pulling up carpets (so read: manic). Thinking I was clever, I poured it into some ice cube trays she had been using as skateboards (don't ask, toddlers imaginations are vivid!). Smugly I thought 'she's going to love this'. Wrong.

When she saw what I'd done, all hell broke loose and a tantrum in the kitchen ensued. She didn't want it in her skateboards mixed with wanting the non set jelly right away.

My pride at doing something good was replaced with disappointment that I'd got it wrong again!

Anyway, we sat eating the jelly that evening and the next day straight from the ice cube trays (purely because I couldn't get it out of the mold without making a huge mess. Mummy fail!

2 Dec 2013

Starting to understand

My girl hated everything Christmas last year, she really didn't care for Father Christmas and cried when it was time to have her photo taken with him. She tried eating all our decorations, so much so that this year I had to buy new ones, ones without teeth marks!

This year she already gets that she needs to ask Father Christmas for what she wants (a green T-Rex dinosaur). She even had the audacity to go up to our local Santa in the shopping center (who incidentally only popped out of his workshop for a quick wave and to stretch his legs) to ask for the a fore mentioned Dino. We hadn't paid to see him or have any intention of doing so.

I'm excited this year, she can repeat, parrot fashion, that to get presents she needs to be a good girl. I'm hoping it sinks in along the way! Yep I'm aware I sound fairly naive about that. We've also got an elf on the shelf to keep her on the straight and narrow!

The bit I wasn't expecting was her observation and subsequent questioning over the fact Father Christmas looks different every time she sees him. I mumbled something about how he probably brushed his hair differently! But this week we are off to our local garden centre to visit his workshop and meet him. Bubba has been primed (by my mum) to ask Santa why he looks different on the tv, in pictures and in person. Can't wait for the answer!

29 Nov 2013

Drivin Miss Bubba

Ever since Bubba went round to one of her little friends houses and played with a Minnie Mouse remote controlled car and wouldn't leave it alone, I knew it was something she'd love playing with at home.

I wasn't wrong!

This was the excited face of Bubba when I opened the parcel and she realised what it was. The packaging is great but unfortunately it was very secure and it took me ages to get at the actual car (which dampened Bubba's enthusiasm slightly). We played with the background package as well for a while which was good and for a few days we even parked Minnie's car back in the garage of the box.

Once it was up and ready to go she couldn't wait to take it away from me and have a play without even being told what to do. The car is designed for children aged three and upwards (we are nearly there so I thought it wouldn't be a problem for her) and Bubba got the hang of it straight away. Thanks to the remote control car, she now gets the concept of forward and backwards and if all else failed to start with I would shout 'blue button' or 'green button' so she would get it going back in the right direction. But now she gets it when I tell her to go backwards with the remote control.

The car is well made and considering Bubba's sense of direction isn't that great and keeps crashing it into skirting boards, so far it's unscathed. The control is simple enough for toddlers to use but robust enough that it won't break after five seconds. The car turns in a big circle and travels forwards and backwards, you do need to have a bit of space, the car itself is fairly speedy and has caught Bubba out a few times when she managed to drive over her own feet. We've played with the car morning, noon and night (and I had to convince her that she couldn't take it into bed with her to sleep!).

My only negative comment (and it's so small and insignificant) is that Minnie's steering wheel keeps falling out. Bubba loves nothing more than getting Minnie to get out and play once she reaches her destination, so its a little frustrating that I have to keep fitting it back in constantly. Checked with my friend and her car's steering wheel has never come off so perhaps it was an over exuberant toddler that got at ours!

Bubba's only frustration is that she couldn't understand why the doors wouldn't open but again this isn't really a big thing and the fact the seat belts do open and she can fit all her other animals in, more than makes up for any confusion over non door openings.

If you are looking for toys for Christmas I would thoroughly recommend the Minnie Mouse remote control car from Argos and they have a large range of Disney Toys available so do go check them out.

It's also great fun (& slightly addictive) to play with as an adult as well but shhh! don't tell Bubba as she is rather attached to it now!

*Collaborative post*

27 Nov 2013

Feels like progress...

This is my 20 week bump (although I'm now moving on towards 22 weeks now), I've been obsessed with taking photographs of it. It suddenly seems real and I have a good bump to show off. Up until now I've just felt fat and a fraud, I'd have to tell people I was pregnant but this bump today needs no explanation. I'm also (it seems from my pictures) now wearing nearly the same outfit on most days. I'm loving my stretchy and soft New Look Jeans and this jumper that hugs the bump but doesn't give me massive back fat or lumps and bumps elsewhere.

I feel my baby (& it does feel like my baby now) move a lot. It feels like little backflips in my belly and has been progressing onto noticeable kicks. I'm told baby is the size of a mango which is a good size. I'm already getting obsessed with my belly button (as I did last pregnancy) and can't have anyone, myself included, touching it. Really weird.

This week I've drank tea with milk and three cappuccinos and this feels like real progress as the thought of it up until now sent me to the dark place of nausea.

I've had another migraine and one leg keeps swelling up! So I have an attractive stocking to wear during the day (which I'm not taking a photo of as I don't need to be reminded in the future!). I am still getting every cold or sore throat going and Bubba and I seem to be passing some sort of germs to each other regularly.

I'm not as tired as before but it gets to around 9pm and I'm really tired, also I notice if I've had a busy day because that also induces a sort of tiredness that knocks me out. Every now and again I'll have a little sofa nap during the day at the weekend.

I rest my hands on the bump and whilst out I can be found rubbing the bump, I'm sure its only a 'look at me, I'm pregnant' gesture but I can't help it. I'm loud and proud about it.

Bubba is getting used to the idea of having a baby around but still would prefer me to have a puppy and has already sorted some toys she wants to give to the baby. However, once he arrives I bet she won't be as eager to share toys or her time so we will see how that goes!

I'm loving mint sauce at the moment and can eat it on its own (much to Hubby's disgust) and on any type of roast dinner which I seem to be making twice a week (much to Hubby's delight). I can cook again regularly and only get the odd day of sicknes.

All in all my due date seems to be flying towards us and I'm going to start my Hypnobirthing CD's soon!


25 Nov 2013

DIY Present Ideas

I love buying presents but more than that, I love making presents. The only downside is that I'm not really a craft master at all. So my homemade things end up being slightly car crash and I pity the poor unsuspecting recipient.

With that in mind, I'd like to share a few semi DIY presents. Things I've half made but really just put together...

First up my cookie in a jar

Last Christmas I made up some jars of ingredients and gave to my love ones with little people so they could make cookies. They went down well (I hope).

Next my homemade material pictures

I traced my pattern onto material and then added my buttons in the position I wanted them. Next I simply sewed them on and put it in a frame.

Lastly my homemade (sort of) anniversary present.

I found the print I wanted on Etsy for a few pounds. You could even create your own design on your computer. This image was for us. Next I got a cheap frame (sorry hub) and voila it sort of looks like I made more effort!

21 Nov 2013

A day to remember

The 20th November is a good day for us, to start with I married a great man three years ago on that date. I had a good day and was looking forward to a brilliant party.

Unfortunately the wedding didn't go perfectly, in fact it ended rather abruptly and dramaticly with the generator failing at the hotel (a Marriott Hotel at that) and us being plunged into darkness - thus ending my reception at an early 9.30pm. My calm, fuss free wedding turned into a nightmare and at 6 months pregnant I became rather emotional to say the least.

I thought we were cursed and although up until that point it had been everything I'd hoped for, whenever I think of our wedding it's been emotional and tinged with sadness (lots). Something changed this year and rather than looking back on our wedding anniversary thinking 'what if' I started thinking 'so what!' and to top it off we had our 20 week scan on our anniversary.

I was worried beforehand and wondered if we should change it in case it was bad news and then this date would be forever marked in my mind. But I'm glad I didn't change it. 

Everything was as it should be and we found out the sex of our baby. We are both delighted and now are going to start seriously discussing names. There are a few we like but I just want to make sure we get it right for us.


19 Nov 2013

A simple morning...

With my girl...

Tomorrow we have our 20 week scan and hopefully find out what colour we will be blessed with. I feel the baby kick now but hubby can't feel it on the outside yet. It's all very lovely and special but my thoughts keeps getting drawn back to my first girl, my special girl.

So this morning, with nothing planned and nowhere to be, my girl and I had a stay home morning. I'm so conscious that our time as a two is evaporating fast, not least because of our new arrival but also because bubba will start school soon and become less dependant on me.

So far we have done puzzles, played with a remote control minnie car and watched Monsters University, eaten banana and cuddled. Bubba is a bit under the weather so it's nice to just 'be'.

My baby is growing up fast now.

16 Nov 2013

Things I can't believe I wasn't told...

I know parenting is an evolving process but there are a few developments that I'm not as keen on...

Gawd! They can whine
Like really, kids have a never ending ability to keep on whining. When Bubba wants something, she will not give up and the whine gets louder, longer and it bounces around every corner of my brain!

They are so cunning
I'm not sure what or where she learnt to be so sneaky but she is. She picks her victims, so if she thinks I won't get her something, she'll turn on the charm with daddy or nanny. The other day she told me she 'only likes daddy, not mummy' because I wasn't letting her get away with anything.

They never ever sit still
Like never, even when Bubba sits still (ish) she cannot help moving some part of her body. A leg twitch, kicking me absent mindley, putting her arms in the air or twiddling a label she has found. It's usually seconds before she is on the move again.

I've become a human climbing frame
I realised that when baby's are small they climb and I was ready for this. She is now 2.5yrs old and if I'm sat down, you can bet she'll be on me in some way. Laying across me, standing on my foot, sitting almost on top of me.

Every second of every day she asks me 'why?' For awhile it was 'why not?' But now we are back to why..."put your shoes on, please" "why?", "don't stand on that!", "why not?". "Let's wash your face", "why do clean face mummy?". It's endless and I've now started saying "because mummy said so!" It's exhausting.


13 Nov 2013

Easy Meals - Cheeky Chorizo Gnocchi

We love a bit of Chorizo in our house, my favourite is Chorizo stew on a cold, wintry night. So when I had some left over from a recent stew I wondered what to do with it. I threw a bit of gnocchi into the mix and came up with a chorizo and gnocchi bake.
Sorry about the steamy picture but I really couldn't wait to eat it, so this is as good as it gets.

1 onion (chopped)
1 yellow pepper (chopped)
Chorizo chunks
3 mushrooms (chopped)
1 garlic clove
1tbs tomato paste
400g passata
500g Gnocchi
Basil leaves (if you like it use loads...)


Fry the onion, pepper, garlic and mushrooms lightly in a tablespoon of oil. Add your chorizo chunks and fry with other vegetables, letting the chorizo juice coat all in the pan. 

Once softened add the passata, handful of basil leaves and tomato paste and leave to simmer. I also added some chipotle chilli paste but again this is optional...we are just chilli lovers in our house.

Now I cheated this time and used shop bought gnocchi but it's easy enough to make if you want to.

Boil some water and add your gnocchi and wait until it all bobs to the surface (roughly around 3 mins). Once cooked, add to your pasta sauce, mix it all in and then put into a dish.

Tear up your Mozerella and add to dish, throw on some basil leaves (and I added breadcrumbs). Put under the grill until the moz has melted and the dish is bubbling.


12 Nov 2013

Book Buddy Review - Wakey Wakey Big Brown Bear

Our October Parragon book buddy mail arrived recently and again excitedly we opened the parcel. We were greeted by a lovely looking autumnal read:

Wakey Wakey Big Brown Bear by Tracey Corderoy

This book is about a bear who doesn't want to miss a thing. It's a very cute tale and bears friends try everything to wake him up to show him the changes that happen in Autumn to no avail. 

Bubba is loving a bit of kicking around in leaves so she eagerly listened and asked lots of "why" questions. Asking why the bear had to go to sleep, so it was a nice introduction to hibernation and how animals are different to us.

The illustrations kept her interested and there was a lot of different things to look at. It's a very nice autumnal read that leaves you feeling cosy and warm reading about the friendship between the animals. A definite yes in our house and added to the reading pile.


11 Nov 2013

What's in a name...

At the moment hubby and I throw names at each other mid conversation, trying to feel out if we both like it. At this stage we have no idea whether it's going to be a girl or boy but will hopefully find out this month. So for now it's all fair game although hubby has trashed a few of my favourites but I'm hoping to win him around.

It's also difficult sharing with other people because as I found out a few weeks ago...the majority of my family weren't keen on a name I liked. So if we called our little one that (don't worry I'm not sharing it here yet!) then are they all going to think 'oh what a weird name?' everytime they look at the little darling!

Bubba too has started her naming things journey. I've mentioned before that she loves animals and will carry bundles of them around. I always used to name them on her behalf (not very original 'woof' for a dog and 'fluffy' for a particularity fluffy stuffed dog.)

Her first foray into names was when she called this dog 'I woof you'. That's because when you push his belly he woofs and says 'I woof you'. See she already has her mothers knack for unusual and imaginative names. On this note I must mention that hubby is a bit more aventguard and has chosen named such as 'bingo' for a dog and 'bounce' for a bunny she has!

So when this little horse arrived (via a kinder egg...oh I love how they keep her quiet and I can use it as a good bribery option).

I was surprised that she instantly named it Cinderella (said 'Cinda-Ella'). I'm not sure why she decided on this name, she has shunned all Disney exports so far and as for dolls and anything girly...well you can count her out. But it was an instant naming ceremony and she was so certain it had to be!

Let's hope I can up my game by the time the bump arrives and also I don't let bubba name it. It could end up being Snow White or woof!!


8 Nov 2013

Learning a new skill

I always remember my mum knitting or doing cross stitch. Over the years I've dabbled in both, a few years ago I made Doug our dog and although I'm not fast, I can knit. It's a skill my mum taught me (although I can't remember when or how).

For a while now I've been conscious that I'd like to pass on a craft skill to Bubba if she wants to learn. If she doesn't then I can make things for her or her children like my mum does. This was my latest want...a cat hat for my girl which my mum took on and finished within days.

It's unique and looks fab on my girl. I've already lined up my mums next project, my mum can whip up lots of things without seemingly even looking at the needles, her hands just take over.

So seeing as my mum has knitting and cross stitch, I decided to have a go at crochet. Last year I tried and tried to no avail on my own with just you tube videos  and patterns. I did ok until I went wrong and had no one to ask. So a month ago I booked myself (& mum) on a day course at Craft Bee in Beckenham.

Having had practice, I picked it up quite easily but my mum found it harder as her hands just wanted to treat it as knitting.

Since then I've been beavering away making granny squares and if/when I get better I'd like to try making blankets for my babies. I really hope I keep it up and can show bubba a skill when she grows up. She is already a bit too interested in balls of wool, as soon as she sees it she starts meowing like a cat and lunges for the ball and runs of with it giggling and tearing it apart. I already spend too much time trying to untangle knots!


6 Nov 2013

Food loves and hates at 30 months (or 2 and a half)

I just looked back at a post from when Bubba was 18 months old and an eating machine. I just read about the variety of foods she would willingly eat and it's odd to see how that has narrowed. For this post I had to really think hard about the foods she will eat, she still has a healthy appetite but is picky (before even trying food) and I know if I can get at least one mouthful in her she usually then will eat the rest of it. It's a bit of toddler mistrust. I now try to feed her the same food we have eaten but usually a day later than us and this seems to be working well.

Now she is more likely to cruise past the table and peer at the plate of food I've lovingly prepared before turning on her heal and declaring a defiant 'No me nots eat that mummy' and stalking off. I seem to use more bribery at the moment which is working well for us - so my usual would be 'please eat some of this and then you can have...' usually a pudding that I was already going to give her but still, it's getting food inside her. She will then eat the food she just minutes before turned her nose up at with gusto, usually finishing every mouthful and giving me a big cheesy grin. So I know it's not that she has gone off the food but rather she is asserting her authority.

I also now have reverted back to feeding her the foods she is less passionate about, so she will sit and watch TV (I know, bad mother alert) whilst letting me shovel in the bits of the meal she doesn't feel suits her needs at that time. Another tactic is putting all of the meal (main and dessert) on the same plate - hubby calls this her prison slop plate but its a pretty Cath Kidston meal plate. I find she likes to eat a bit of spagetti bolognaise chased up with a few bits of pear, a bite of her babybel and then back to the spag again!

Last week I sat and watched as she first dunked her crusty bread into her orange squash and then ate the sopping mess. This was then followed by smothering (and it was properly smothered!) strawberry yoghurt onto the remaining bread and cheese and eating that. It got a bit messy but thank goodness she didn't cover her tuna as that would have been a step to far for my fragile pregnancy nausea.

Vegetables seem to be her nemesis and all I can get inside her is broccoli - or carrot if its hidden in the food, same for mushroom and onion. She used to devour peas but will now avoid them at all costs, unless it's to walk round the living room with a packet of frozen peas and feeding her horse bullseye.

She also now eats more processed meals - much to my husbands dismay. But with the onslaught of sickness (all about me again!) I've found it difficult to prepare her meals or even think about them without loosing my stomach. So I've relied on a few things such as children's spaghetti bolognaise and fish fingers with shaped pasta (I promised myself I'd never be that mother but I am, hey ho).

Bubba is great at the moment when we eat out, she gets through a kids meal lunch box of sandwiches or carefully chosen hot meal - I usually stick to fish fingers or grilled chicken.

Her Fave foods: Spaghetti hoops, babybel, croissant, crisps, Spaghetti Bolognaise, garlic bread, chocolate

Snacks: rice cakes, grapes, a whole banana, raisins

Hates: Sweetcorn (she can detect it in anything!), tomatoes, won't touch pate, fresh salmon or anything she thinks looks a bit iffy.

Usual day:

Breakfast: Weetabix, coisant, toast or shreddies
She still eats at least two breakfasts a day

Lunch: Bread and cheese, Tuna sandwich, ham, chicken pieces
Fromage Frais and fruit

Snack: raisins, rice cakes, fruit, or chocolate if she can twist my arm, satsuma

Dinner: Omelette, children's meal, home made spag bol (only if I hand feed her), sausages, toad in the hole, jacket potatoes, beans, chicken (most ways),homemade cottage pie (fed to her), wedges, brocolli

Always followed by fruit, a yoghurt or both.

4 Nov 2013

My girl

My girl is very much like me, from birth everyone has said she looks like her daddy. I used to wish she looked like me more as I wanted a mini me (let's face it, no one wants to think their little girl looks like a boy!)

But she is more like me than I'd care to admit, she's quirky like me, doesn't take to strangers too well and when she's tired...she's tired! and doesn't handle being awake and starts to power down (usually goes and lays in a corner/middle of the room/on me or whichever presents itself first). This can be a challenge if you are out and about or with family and friends in the evening. 

She is fast becoming her own person who challenges everything I say. Although frustrating, it's exhilarating to know she's a girl who knows her own mind, will look outside what she is told is right/wrong and will make her own choices.

I still hate taking her to day nursery twice a week and she seems to dislike the process just as much. In the car she tries every excuse she can think of...

"Mummy me sick so can't go"
"Me tired, take me home for sleeps in my bed"
"Mummy me hungry, let's go shop food"
"Me nots want to see my friends today"

She moves on to the heartbreakers

"Mummy me's sad, me nots want to go"
"Please mummy, please me no go today"
"Me stays with mummy and cuddles"

From January I'm changing my work days and hours so I can send her to a preschool 5 mornings a week (for three hours) hoping she will get used to it. Hubby isn't convinced and thinks I'll face the same over five days instead of two. I feel cruel but it's necessary so that September next year she can go into a school nursery and start her education. I don't want my baby hating school but I feel rubbish in the process of making her go whilst she doesn't have to and seeing as she hates it now. 

Sometimes I wish she were a little less like me and could settle or run off as one of those confident carefree kids. Sorry Bubba, you've got your mother to blame for your wanting to stay close (I'm still at 30++ at my happiest when my mummy is there!)
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