My Crash Course In Contageous Illnesses!

by Sarah on February 13, 2014

Ever since I became I Mum my general knowledge of illnesses and diseases has increased 10-fold…and I now know that toddlers can suffer from an incredible range of random ailments – including the horrible disease Dylan has just got over which left me aghast – HAND, FOOT & MOUTH.
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Whaaat? Yes I completely agree – I thought this was some horrid thing cattle suffered from, but no I assure you there’s a just as horrid a version that can be passed on to little ones – either via droplets…or…*gulp* by poop particles. Yup, there’s a chance my sweet boy got another kids poop in his mouth…gosh childhood and parenthood is so glamorous!

Anyone else been surprised by the curious and gag-worthy illnesses their children pick up?

…I’m still shocked by how much I talk, write and deal with crap on a daily basis!

Sarah xx

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LIFE&TIMESMonday rolled round and I felt like I needed a weekend after the weekend. Have you ever started a new week feeling like that? It was a busy few days mostly keeping up with what I’ve now deemed Amelia’s ‘social calendar’. Meeting up with one of her best buddies for a night of theatre in London, back to back (yes TWO) birthday parties on Saturday for a couple of her cute preschool friends and then a Sunday playdate just to top things off! I’m sure you Mums can relate and feel tired just reading that! And as her self appointed PA, I’m doing my best to make sure she’s at the right place at the right time, in the right outfit (or costume as it were), with the right gift for the right birthday boy or girl and never forgetting the right refreshments just in case. Whew … what can I say, the girl’s in demand.

But this is the new chapter of Amelia’s life – where friends suddenly start to play a pivotal role. Friendships are forming and with them an understanding that your child will need and rely on relationships outside of the one she has with you. I’ll admit it’s a tad emotional, but also incredibly exciting and sweet to watch – it just feels suddenly so grown up. But I’m not the least surprised that Amelia has a constant stream of social engagements – she’s a fun friend … I’d totally want her at my party if I was three!

So as the requests for her company keep coming in, I’ll continue to mark my calendar and have her Tinkerbell wings ready to go. After all, it’s what us Mums do right?

Love, Amry xxx

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A Few Fun Valentines Crafts For Kids

by Amry on February 4, 2014

 

craftbannerWith Valentines just 10 days away & more wet and windy weather headed our way this week, I’m planning on filling our post preschool afternoons with a few fun crafts for the kids. So naturally I took to the web and was inundated with inspiration! Here are a few ideas we’re hoping to give a go …

valentinescrafts1. Hand Shaped Valentines / 2. Tic Tac Toe / 3. Heart Wreath / 4. Heart Sewn Valentine / 5. Celery Flowers / 6. Felt Fortune Cookies 

Staying indoors doesn’t mean your kids have to stay bored – so go on, get your craft on!

Love, Amry xxx

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Growing So Fast…

by Sarah on January 30, 2014

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Baby boy…where have you gone? You rarely want to hold me hand any more, I needn’t read books to you and heaven forbid if I sing! But as you grow, so does your character – so strong-willed, independent, loving…and what a sense of humour! That laugh and smile that lights up all the grey moments of the day. How you’re so desperate to learn what every object, sound and feeling is with such an open heart. The joy you find in eating something crunchy, feeling something soft and hearing something loud and clunky…

Your eyes that mirror my own, lips just like your Daddy’s and all those quirky idiosyncrasies inherited from our parents and theirs before them…raising you is like unwrapping layers of the most perfect, thoughtful gift every single moment of the day…

…I’m frickin exhausted – but I think I’ll keep you ;)

Your hopelessly devoted Mama xxx

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Mum On The Run

by Amry on January 28, 2014

runawaycartoonWell … it was one of ‘those days’ yesterday. You know the kind where it feels like you’re getting your butt kicked by motherhood? Here’s hoping things look up for the rest of the week.

Anyone else being driven crazy by their kids? I can’t be the only one pushed to nearly packing their bags!

Love, Amry xxx

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Why Won’t He Sleep? Why?!

by Sarah on January 23, 2014

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It’s been well documented on here that my boy has never been the best sleeper. First we had his reflux to deal with and once that battle had been won it was the early rising but (and I don’t make this next statement lightly) both phases were an absolute breeze compared to what we’re dealing with now…

Dylan’s latest phase appears to be insomnia. He goes to bed just fine but by the (very) early hours and by very early I mean we’re lucky if we get past 1am now, he’s awake and wanting to get up! Sometimes he’s quietly jumping in his cot, slowly ramping up the noise levels to a crescendo of crying but for the most part, he wakes screaming “Mummy, Mummy” *sigh* and no amount of shushing, comforting or plain ignoring lulls him back to sleep. He tries, gawd bless him, sometimes for a good 10 minutes we can hear him tossing and turning, trying to get himself back to sleep but this always results in yet more upset and frustration if we leave him to do this more than a couple of times.

We’ve both tried sitting by his cot, we’ve brought him into bed – we’ve tried everything we normally wouldn’t out of sheer desperation for more than three hours of solid sleep. But alas the poor boys mind seems to be on overdrive – no sooner are his eyes open than he’s pointing at objects around his room, naming his chair, bunny, clock – telling me I’ve got “lel-lo hair” and “bu eyes”, asking for bananas and books and “kay-ons” (crayons)…he’s totally alert. And so this game goes on once we’ve moved downstairs to the sofa. Even though we continue to sit in the dark – it can still take a good four hours to lull him back to sleep.

My husband and I are like ships who pass in the night. We make a great tag-team, splitting the hours so we can both show up at our jobs bleary-eyed but just about capable…but goodness knows I’d just love to spend a full six hours in bed rather than crammed onto the sofa!

We initially thought we were jinxed. Worse still that we’d done some kind of strange conditioning on our toddler that meant he’d always be a cruddy sleeper – but when browsing through the various social media channels I’m somewhat addicted too I can see it’s not just us. There seems to be a crazy-ass phase when kids hit 18-24 months that turns some into total insomniacs  – and not just those who’ve always been difficult sleepers!

I’m still none the wiser as to why Dylan’s waking so much or for such big gaps – but I’m ruddy glad to know it’s not just him. And so we’ll continue to try any means possible to get him to sleep and to get him through this blip. Tonight we’ll take our lead from Gemma at Mission to Mum, who’s been going through the same rough patch with her toddler and is documenting it here. We’ll attempt a slight routine tweak to see if that alters the night waking’s.

I don’t think there’s a quick fix but I’m relieved to know we’re not the only ones. That thought keeps me sane. And for now? Well I’m getting through my days on a heady mix of strong coffee whilst repeatedly telling myself “it’s just a phase”. And in the words of another blogging Mum Josie, who’s also suffering from lack of sleep “this too shall soon pass” *crosses fingers*.

Love Sarah *yawn* xx

PS On Monday, in the dead of the night at some crazy, whilst I was desperately trying to put him back to sleep, he sat up and said “God bess”. I kid you not – it floored me – an arrow to my heart moment - thank goodness for these little snippets of loveliness that make it all so damn worthwhile!

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Suited and Booted

by Amry on January 21, 2014

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I don’t know where Amelia’s Autumn / Winter wardrobe would be without a good pair of basic boots. It’s our go-to purchase at the start of the cooler seasons and providing we opt for a classic and quality pair, like these Clarks that we picked up from John Lewis, they will see us right through until warmer weather decides to arrive.

I was thinking only this morning, as I zipped up her boots and sent her bouncing off to preschool, how having fewer footwear options in our kid’s wardrobes makes our lives as their mums so much easier. Amelia may be beginning to have her own opinions about what she wants to wear – but whether it’s alongside bright leggings, dressed up with tights & a skirt, or matched with simple skinny jeans – a stylish pair of boots will go with any and every outfit change that may occur. And us mums of young ones know that there are usually several in each day!

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The way I see it, by focusing more on the quality of footwear, rather than the quantity we have for our kids, we are doing ourselves a big favour! Far fewer pairs to keep track of and hopefully one less headache over what goes with what. Stick with a basic boot, and you’ll never look back.

ClarksbrownbootBut just because I believe it keeps things simpler to have fewer footwear options for kids – doesn’t mean us parents need to be so limited. As I mentioned, we got these cute brown leather Clarks for Amelia from John Lewis – but they also do beautiful options for Men and Women as well. So, if you’re in the market for a new pair (or two), by all means take a peek.

Love, Amry xxx

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Let me just come out and say it … Postpartum hair loss is a bitch. Seriously. For those that have gone through it, I know you’re nodding your head in empathy – and for those of you who have yet to experience this joy … all I can say is good luck!

These are the little things that go unsaid when you have a baby. Everyone wants to chime in about the best sleep solutions or offer up their opinions on the breast vs. bottle debate. But no one sits you down and warns you that just a few short months after you’re holding that sweet baby – BAM! You’ll suddenly start to go bald!

Well, it’s begun for me. I enjoyed a whole pregnancy of thick luscious locks and now, just three and a half months after delivery, I’m actually afraid to use my hair brush. hairmodelbaldAs if hideous hormones, excess weight and sleep deprivation weren’t enough to be left with, I now have “baldy” to add to the list. Lovely.

Oh the joys of motherhood right?!

Love, Amry xxx

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Playing Up for Mama – Toddler Tantrums

by Sarah on January 9, 2014

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So it appears I have become my little boy’s ‘frenemy’  – the person he wants to keep close, love most but also punish – for everything. Tired? My fault. Hungry? Even if I’ve prepared his snack or meal and simply need to fetch it…well, that tends to call for a full blown melt-down.

Dylan started his nursery trial days this week (more on that at a later date) and despite behaving impeccably and really enjoying himself, the minute he see’s me at the door to meet him, it’s tears, stomping feet and (horrid to admit this) a couple of slaps too. Quite a performance. And though I know it’s an age thing and that his feelings are overwhelming him – I find it draining and at times upsetting too. It wasn’t too long ago that he was greeting me at the door with a beaming smile and hug.

In regards to dealing with negative behaviour, I tend to use a swift “stop” or “no thank you” and promptly either put him down or move him into another space to try to break the moment. At home unless he’s hurting himself (he’s a head-banger) I try to ignore the tantrum – this actually works 99% of the time.

I know this like everything else is just a phase and his way of dealing with the acknowledgment that we are two separate people as well as frustration…but I really hope it passes soon. Well, no-one ever said parenting was easy eh?

Anyone else dealing with toddler tantrums at the moment? And how do you cope with unwanted behaviour?

Love Sarah xx

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3, 2, 1 … And We’re Back!

by Amry on January 7, 2014

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Wow, things went really quiet over here during the holidays. I guess that could mean one of two things … 1, we were either too busy having the most beautifully perfect Christmas to even bother about posting – or 2, we were too busy battling a total power cut on Christmas Eve, relocating our whole Christmas production down to the in-laws, playing host and preparing a wonderful feast for family, or caring for a poorly babe that ended in an A&E visit to bother about posting. Well, let’s just say that between Sarah and I, we touched on all of the above options. Hey, it wouldn’t be Christmas if there wasn’t a bit of crazy right?! But regardless of the unexpected happenings this holiday season, we both had a marvellous, and certainly memorable, Christmas … and we hope you did too!

Now on to the New Year! 2014 is all shiny and new and full of possibilities. Don’t you just love that?! New beginnings, resolutions, fresh starts!

We’re full to the brim with new ideas for the blog and we hope you’ll continue to touch base with us here to keep up to date with all the latest and greatest in the coming year! So come on 2014, let’s see whatcha got!

Love, Amry xxx

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