Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

How Natural Playgrounds Help Children’s Development

Both boys have visited our local parks and playgrounds since they were very young. They both really enjoy being outdoors and whilst I wasn't one for swings or slides when I was younger I wanted to make sure the boys were comfortable using outdoor equipment from a early age. Playgrounds aren’t just about entertainment – they’re a key part of a child’s development. From confronting danger with climbing structures to social skills garnered by interaction in a play environment, playing outside helps children grow. I think the 'confronting danger' part for me was why I didn't like playgrounds as I never felt confident. Fortunately both boys love climbing and it's nice to see them taking risks because it is all part of development. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

When Breastfeeding Just Doesn't Happen

I usually don't get involved with conversations regarding breastfeeding as it's a personal choice whether you do it don't. I would never like to judge anyone who didn't breastfeed because their reasons have nothing to do with me. I was somehow roped in to a conversation recently between two Mums talking about feeding their babies. One had breastfed and one had tried but couldn't. They both looked at me to share my feeding story however I felt slightly embarrassed and I'm not sure why.

Monday, 9 January 2017

A False Pregnancy

A few months ago I was convinced I was pregnant. I think I knew in my heart I wasn't but my head convinced me otherwise. We are not trying for another baby in fact another pregnancy is definitely not something we want to go through again after everything that's happened in the past. We are completely happy and blessed to be a family of four, not forgetting our two angels in the sky.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Little J's Pre School Days - December

Little J spent most of December counting down the days till Christmas. He was so excited and just couldn't wait till Christmas Day. This was the first year that he understood what it was all about and how it's a magical time of year. The month seemed to whizz by but for little J it probably dragged and it must have seemed an eternity waiting for Santa to come.


We started the month off with Little J being a Shepherd in his Nursery Nativity. He was amazing as was all the children. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I watched him sing and dance along with his friends.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Annabel Karmel Frozen Meals Review

When it comes to mealtimes I have mentioned before that I do like to cook from scratch but realistically there are days when this does not happen. Being a parent it's busy, busy, busy and there are days when I just have to throw something together quickly if we are running late and I haven't had time to prepare something. Having said that I still make sure what we eat isn't junk and that it is something that is nutritious and healthy. When we were asked to try out Annabel Karmel Frozen Meals I took a look at the website and the products and I was impressed. Annabel Karmel has turned her best-loved children’s recipes into nutritionally balanced freezer fillers for parents like me that have days when we are just too busy to cook.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Baby Loss Awareness Week - Remembering Our Babies

As many of you may know baby loss is extremely close to my heart. Losing a baby is heartbreaking and no parent should ever have to go through this.

Preparing for a baby starts way before you get that positive pregnancy test its starts at the moment you decide you want to have a baby.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Planning Our Next Holiday To Cyprus

You may already know that we visited Cyprus in August for the 2nd time and it was amazing. Cyprus was never on my destination list until I won a holiday back in 2014. There was a huge list of places we could choose from and after months of deliberating we chose Cyprus - best decision ever. We stayed at the Malama Beach Holiday Village and it is perfect.

Loving their holiday in Cyprus

Little J's Pre-School Days - September

This month has been all about Little J starting pre school. He has been so excited about it and when the day finally arrived I have to admit that I did think there would be tears, but he was fine. He absolutely loves it and although it's actually called a Nursery he likes to call it big school.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Our Family Fortnight 01/10/16

The past two weeks haven't been very exciting really. We haven't done as much as we would usually do but I think it's mainly been because of the weather, it's been rubbish here up North. We've had lots of wind and rain so it's been quite miserable. Anyway here is a look at the last fortnight.

Friday, 30 September 2016

What Kind Of Sleeper Is Your Baby?

I remember when I was having little J all I could think about was whether he would be a good sleeper or not. It sounds bad but after big J being awake 22 hours of the day when he was young, I had a feeling that little J would be the same. As parents looking after a newborn, toddler or a child sleep is so important and when you don't get any it is all you can think about. Luckily for us little J loves his sleep so we haven't really had any sleepless nights in the whole 3 years, really hope he never changes.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between 29/09/16

This week was a big one for us as little J started Nursery. He has attended a private nursery for almost two years but now he has begun his journey in what we hope will be come his primary school. The Nursery which is attached to the school is where big J went and we are thrilled little J got a place too.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Our Family Fortnight - 17/09/16

This fortnight we have had to snap back in to the school routine quite quickly. It's back to early morning starts, school runs and homework. Before the new school term begun we did have the chance to enjoy one last weekend of the holidays, it was a wet wet one but we made the most of it. You may have already read that we headed to Blackpool for the first ever Slime Fest in the UK.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between 08/09/16

So this week has been all about Back to School here. The school run was definitely something we were not looking forward to after spending 6 weeks together but it was actually okay. Big J and little J have settled in to the new classes at school and nursery and seem to be enjoying it so far.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Celebrating #NationalTeddyBearDay with Build-A-Bear Workshop

As it is #NationalTeddyBearDay this week it got me thinking about big and little J and their favourite teddies. Both boys love teddies, big J when he was younger had so many and little J is just the same. For me there is something special about teddies and I too had a few favourites. They are always there for you when you need them whether its to comfort you when you are sad, to take on special days out or to snuggle at night.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Our Family Fortnight - 03/09/16

The last two weeks have been very busy. We have had a few events to go and they have all been so much fun. We love heading out on little adventures, seeing and trying new things. We do try and combine the events with other fun things too, so while we attended a Netflix event we also made the most of our time in London and headed to some of the major attractions.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Little J's Pre-School Days - August

August usually means one thing when you're a child and thats 'Summer Holidays'. Little J has absolutely loved being off Nursery and has just wanted to play, play play.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between 01/09/16

I can't believe that it is September already, this year has flew by. For many of us September means our little ones are either starting nursery, starting school, moving from infants to juniors or even juniors to seniors. It's going to be a tough one for me as I have spent all Summer with my boys and then they go off and leave me. Well little J is just for a few hours as he is just starting Nursery.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Playbrush Review

Luckily Little J has always enjoyed brushing his teeth, it is part of his morning and bedtime routine and he likes trying to do it himself. There have been times when he really didn't want to brush his teeth especially when he was teething or if he is really tired. On days like this we would sing a song, count or anything we could think of that would distract him as we brushed. A few weeks ago we were sent a device called Playbrush which makes brushing fun.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Our Firsts With Petits Filous

Since having both boys I always seem to have my camera to hand to capture special memories of them both. Whether it's just a simple walk in the park, a holiday or special milestones in their lives. Little J loves looking at photographs of himself and hearing about what he was getting up to in the photograph. Petits Filous have launched My First Petits Filous and to celebrate I have added a few of Little J's special 'firsts' photographs.

The first time little J met his big brother. He was actually asleep at the time but woke up shortly after for lots of cuddles.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Little J's Bed Time

When it comes to sleeping my two boys are completely the opposite, they couldn't be more different if they tried. When big J was younger he wouldn't sleep at all. He was awake all day and most of the night. We tried everything from getting in to bed with him to sleeping on his floor, anything to try and get a few hours sleep. He was permanently tired and so were we. Little J on the other hand is awake all day and sleeps all night and has done since he was a baby. He went in his own room in his cot and would quite happily fall asleep on his own and still does now. He goes to bed awake and within 10-15 minutes he is snoring.

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