Saturday, 27 October 2018

Preparing For Year One

It only seems like yesterday that little J was starting Reception but fast forward a year and we are almost at the beginning of his second half term of year one. For me this is when school really starts. I think it's been a big shock for him as in Reception it is mostly learning through play, however his classroom is very different now. There are almost no toys but lots of desks. He still seems so young and although he has lots of energy he does get tired quite easily as I've mentioned before. He's usually in bed before 7pm and needs his 12/13 hours sleep. John and I have discussed whether he may need to take a multivitamin as he is quite fussy when it comes to eating foods that are good for him. We were delighted when Bassetts vitamins sent over their Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Pastilles. They were just what we needed.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Portion Sizes For Children

I've spoken a lot about mealtimes with the kids recently and I did a little research about portion sizes for children. Portions sizes obviously differ from child to child and as a parent you know best what your child needs and what they don't, however this is just a guideline and may help those who need it. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Venue Ideas For Kids Parties

Little J hasn't had a proper birthday party yet but we will definitely be planning something for his 6th birthday next year. He received another birthday invitation last week to a play centre that we haven't been to before so he is looking forward to that. It got me thinking that over the years we have had so many different types of birthday parties for big J and I'm looking forward to planning lots of parties for little J as he grows. I have had a think about our top venue ideas for kids parties.

Monday, 24 September 2018

What Are Food Jags?

 I went on a course all about eating and the term came 'food jags' came up a lot and it's so important that as parents we understand just what food jags means. For those that don't know, food jags means eating the same foods every single day. I recently wrote about tips on what to do if your child doesn't eat but I wanted to pop this on separately as it may only appeal to a specific audience.

Monday, 17 September 2018

When Your Child Doesn't Want To Eat

It's okay to let children eat with their hands

I recently went on a course all about children and their eating habits or lack of them. It really did open my eyes to just how many children out there either refuse to eat or will only eat certain things. I suppose we have been lucky that both our children are good eaters, I can't imagine what it must be like for parents whose children don't. Hopefully the tips below will help you deal with 'when your child doesn't want to eat'.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

When I Grow Up I Want To Be . . .

Little J has now graduated from reception and is ready to move on to year one in September. Time certainly has flown this year and it doesn't feel like a year ago that we were preparing for the start of his school journey. The last term was all about their ambitions and encouraging the children to 'Reach for The Stars'. They were told to never give up on their dreams and that anything is possible if you believe it. It was a lovely way to end the year and in their graduation ceremony we got to see what each child wants to be when they are older.

How To Educate Your Child Through Gardening?

I have to admit that I never been been a huge fan of the garden. Although my mum and dad love gardening, planting flowers or just sitting out it's never been my thing. I've always said they could have been professional gardeners because they definitely have an eye for garden design. When I became a nursery nurse I found that a huge part of my job is outdoor play and how important it is especially with children spending more time indoors now on consoles and tablets, it’s important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors, too.

Monday, 21 May 2018

How To Deal With Bullying

Being a parent (especially to a teenager) the words 'bully' and 'bullied' frighten the life out of me. I'd like to think that we have brought big J up well and I know him enough to know he would never be capable of being a bully. However no matter how well you have brought your child up there is always the chance they could be bullied.

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 or 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.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Swim To The Top Of The Class

I have always said that both boys are water babies. They love being in the water and not only do they enjoy having fun splashing around but they both love swimming. From when big J was born he was always at our local swimming pool. Daddy would take big J every week and it was 'their' time together. then big J started to have swimming lessons and it boosted his confidence in the water. I think swimming lessons are a must for every child as it is a life skill that is so important. Little J also enjoys going to the pool although he only goes once every six weeks or so, something we definitely want to change. On their last visit to the pool Daddy actually said little J could start have swimming lessons now as he is ready.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Toddler Tantrum In Public

little boy crying
Although little J is a toddler this post isn't about him as he hasn't hit the terrible two's yet although I am waiting for the day that my little cheeky monkey turns into a little monster. No, this is a post about another child that I just so happened to see outside a supermarket recently.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Little J's First Year

Where has the time gone? I can't believe my little J is 1 already. Happy Birthday little J


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Little J's Operation Date Is Confirmed

It's the letter we having been waiting almost a year for but now it's here I'm not sure I want it. Little J's operation date is confirmed. When little J was born we knew he had a problem with his left leg. We found out at the 20 week scan he had a bowed tibia and until he was born there was not much they could do. What they didn't pick up on the scan was little J had a deformed big toe. So when he arrived we weren't expecting it and it was a shock.

 Little J was born with a partial duplication with a varus deformity. To you and me that basically means that underneath the skin he has an extra bone that maybe should have been connected to an extra toe but he just has one big toe and it's bent outwards. The severity of the angle in some cases can be just a few degrees but little J's edges towards 90 degrees so it has made wearing shoes impossible. He is almost one and has never owned a pair of shoes. He tends to just wear socks but even then we have to buy bigger so they are not too tight.

 Well the letter for his operation has arrived and it's in just over a week :( The letter tells us all the usual stuff before you have an operation and there is also a leaflet explaining what will happen on the day and about the risks involved with general anaesthetic. It made me feel quite sick, nervous and scared for little J because I know he has to have a general anaesthetic but I can't help having that thought in my mind 'what if something goes wrong?


The operation will consist of the surgeons removing the extra bone and then realigning his toe so it is in the right position. Afterwards he will have pins attached to his bones to keep them in place. They will stick out the top of the toe so I can imagine that is not going to be pleasant but I think they will be removed after a set time. Going through this operation means little J will have better balance and be able to wear shoes so I know he has to have it done but I wish he didn't have to and his toe was just normal.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

When Your Little One Doesn't Sleep

Poor little J has been quite ill now for 5 days. I feel so sorry for him because at first he had such a high temperature and he was very drowsy and confused. During the night he was up quite a lot and really restless. So Daddy and I haven't had much sleep over the last few days and it got me thinking and remembering just how hard it is when you have a baby or toddler that just doesn't like to sleep.


Friday, 7 March 2014

Not A Good Day

Today we had to visit a new community paediatrician for little J's development. I had prepared myself for the worst and unfortunately it was a good job I did.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Dribble Stop Top Review

Dribble Stop Top
Little J has just cut his fifth tooth so he spends his days in a pool of drool. I am constantly changing his vests, clothes and dribble bibs. It's just an endless cycle of fresh clean clothes, wet clothes, wet chest, upset little J, washing then back to clean clothes again. When I found the Dribble Stop Top website I thought it sounded too good to be true. So when I was given the chance for little J to review a dribble stop top I was really excited but nervous at the same time because it's such a great idea and I really wanted it to work.

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