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Here are some essentials I would always make sure I  have in the home or out and about.

One item is a thermometer.

I always make sure I have one of these as you never know if they are struck by an illness, and recommend a portable one so you can take it away with you. There are ones which you can check temperature, inside your childs ear, and acts as a room thermometer too.

The other item is a Potty, and a mini toilet seat, great to have one in each room or floor of the house, just in case you get caught short.

We have a cheaper version from Boots, was £4.99 and a more expensive one which is thomas the Tank engine, as shown above, the one above cost £32.99 from, Boots and bought a smaller Winnie the pooh toilet seat, with step cost £9.99 each for the seat and step.

Toddler cups/First training cups, you can get a good price one from Boots, at £1.45 or even the Poundland stores.

Clarks Toddler Sandals, really smart we get a pair every summer and will continue to do so.

Perfect for their little feet and comfortable too.

So please let me know what you would recommend for a toddler, whether it would be clothes to toys, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

 

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Potty Training Videos

Not easy! however I have come across some videos on Youtube which have been most helpful.

The 3rd one is quite funny and make you see, that you are not alone in feeling a little frustrated, as potty training is a transition for everyone, so never fear watching and learning from others can really help.

There are some great story books and cartoon type videos too to help. An example below:

I hope you found this useful and if you want to share some tips please do, be most welcomed.

Many thanks for reading and watching,

 

Carrie X

3 years and 6 months

My son Henry is getting stronger than ever. He now is walking up and down the stairs as supposed to climbing up them on his hands and knees, and is more stable on his feet.

We can no longer go to the park without his ball, as I will hear continously “Ball, Ball”, He will say the words Hello to people and goodbye when they leave. He still being potty trained, and this is taking its time, aswell as walking too.

He will spot different sounds of cars, hellicopters, which he calls “Butter”, how? Only he knows. He will spot a plane, he will know what a car is and when he has had enough of sitting in the pushchair he will begin to say “Walk, Walk”. He won’t always walk in the direction we want, but he is identifying now, that if he walks with us, he can stay out of the pushchair.

He not so into the swings now, or the playground, and will now walk through the park with me up to the big crossing we have, but he still won’t walk with us, from that point, as he wants to go the other way. Again no idea why.

We have a bit of a dilemma with food, as yesterday he was kicking off a lot because he wanted to get down and not eat. This time of year it is tricky as he does get very hot, and he wants to drink more than eat. So now we are gonna try no snacks, so he eats more of his meals.

It has been a tricky time as he is growing and learning new things each day, but it has been an experience and eye opener for us too.

He has had more Occupational Therapy, and again he won’t always want to sit down, unless it involves a ball or some bubbles.

I know this little moments won’t last forever but when he does do something knew my heart leaps with joy, but also a little sad, as the little baby that once was is becoming a grown boy.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

My Son’s 4th Christmas

I couldn’t work out at first how many Christmases my son has been present for, being that he was born unexpectedly at 31 weeks. It still kinda knocks me off track to workout how many seasonal holidays he has been around for.

So working it out, it kind of hit me like a massive wave realising this is Henry’s 4th Christmas.

He is still unaware of what it is all about, but with the his nursery being all done up for the festive season and we have done our bit to decorate the home for Christmas too, he is kind of getting that it is a time of creating more light and shine into homes and places he goes to.

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This is a picture from Henry’s very first Christmas, he was still classed as a premature baby then, and wasn’t even full term as of yet.

As he was so unexpected, wasn’t due until the 9th January 2014, our world instantly changed and we hadn’t even got a single decoration up, because of his unplanned arrival, but I would not have changed it for the world.

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This is from Christmas 2014 of Henry and his Cousins Ava and Ruby. We had my husband’s family over for Christmas day so we went over to my mum’s on Christmas Eve and spent time with my family on that day instead.

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Here is Henry at his Uncle Bluto’s in Lincoln. This was where we spent Christmas last year. His Uncle dressed up as Santa Claus, but Henry was still unaware, and we invented a game, where we were chucking Henry’s ball into the back of his toy truck, it was actually really funny and Henry loved it.

Henry has already visited Santa this year at his Nursery and had attended his first Christmas party, which they had at Henry’s nursery on the same day as when he visited Santa.

As soon as he sat with Santa Claus he wanted to run off. Children can either be not bothered by who Santa is at baby to toddler stage, or as one child was on the day Henry met Santa at his nursery, be quite scared of Santa Claus at first.

We are going to take Henry to see Santa again, in Wimbledon tomorrow. I hope the more he sees the image of Santa Claus he will start to identify who he is.

He has begun to say his own name now, and has started to say Hiya and Hello again now on greeting, and even says “Night, night” at bedtime. It truly is sweet, and “Water” when he wants a drink.

Christmas to children is still fairly new, and it is to Henry. We have bought him presents but not too many, as he still got gifts from his birthday he still hasn’t opened or toys that he hasn’t played with yet, so he has enough to be getting on with, and to be honest he isn’t really aware of what gifts are yet either.

He is too busy into everything else.

I hope though that by next year he will have a more of an idea of the festive season, but what is important is enjoying how our son is now. They grow up so fast, that time is so precious and you have to make the most of every single second.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

My Son Coming Up to 3 years old

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My son as a wee little man in his first month home as a baby boy. 

How time has flown by, and now my son is coming up to 3 years old. Since the early years when we were all, including our son were getting used to each other, it has been a massive eye opener and learning experience.

Parenting is rewarding but there are still things that baffle me. Why my son still wakes up so early in the morning still, works out the tips and tricks on how to get our attention and is now singing or talking a lot. Not all making sense but you can hear that the language is there.

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My son this year at 2 years old taken in our local park.

The words can be random. Like the other day when my mum said to him “I see you on Thursday” he suddenly he said Thursday. like out of the blue. Not having said that word before.

Bath times are challenging as he won’t sit down. I have no idea how him standing in the bath started. He did get a bit freaked when washing his hair, but then there was one point he did like it. So we have to wash his hair quickly and then make him see all is good. Nothing to be scared about.

Meals times are a mixture. Breakfast he loves. He will eat most cereals. He has I think gone off from porridge and Weetabix as last time I gave these to him. He wasn’t so keen.

Lunch and dinners a bit of a challenge as he will decide he will play us up still on occasions. I try to give him a variety the best I can. He had lastnight, baked sweet potato and baked beans for example and at weekends my hubby will do him like a roast dinner, but broken down so it is easy for him to eat. Plus he gets plenty of vegetables. He isn’t always feeding himself. We are working hard on that, and what I try to do is do more finger foods, so he has to feed himself. No excuses.

He loves yogurts, to the point he has worked out where we keep them and often gets them out of the fridge to give them to us, for us to feed him. We have now put a gate on the other door that leads to our kitchen. As there are two ways into our kitchen and sometimes it is a battle with the fridge, because he wants to go in there and take a yogurt.

If our son could live on yogurts he would.

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This is a recent photo from a couple of weeks ago in the same park. Looking at this photo compared to the other, he seems to be changing everyday.

Even when looking at this picture compared to the other photo above. he seems so grown up and that is in the course of 3 months apart. He is having Occupational Therapy which has helped, see my other site, where I have written about this therapy. (Click on link below):

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He has been amazing to watch. He has had a cold which has been a challenge but he is amazing how he works things out. He knows how to use my tablet better than I do. He recognises places and knows what a playground is as soon as he sees it.

He loves football, quiz shows, music and was watching Some “Mother’s Do ‘ave them” the other day, on BBC 2. Old UK Sitcom with Micheal Crawford, and he was in hysterics.

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My boy from just last week on Tuesday 25th October 2016 when he got his hair cut. It made him look even more grown up.

Since the last photo of Henry in the Park, he last week on Tuesday 25th October 2016, got a haircut. This was done at our local Soft Play Cafe, where they have a children’s hairdressers, which is really reasonable and perfect as you don’t have to leave the soft play area.

So Henry had his haircut, thank you to his nanny, then had some lunch which you can purchase in the Soft Play cafe too.

He looked even more grown up once his hair cut was done. When he went to nursery the next day, even they were shocked by the transformation.

As Henry has so much hair, we do have to get his hair cut regularly as it can end up in his eyes.

Now we are about to change his cot at last, into a toddler bed.

I will post about this soon.

I am so proud of my little man, on how far he has come. When he was born it was a traumatic time, as we didn’t know what would happen him being born so premature, at 31 weeks, but he has boomed from those days.

He does have Development Delay, but I know like myself all children develop different skills at different times so not too concerned.

He is an amazing little boy that it really makes me proud of myself and my hubby for creating such a little gem in our lives.

Many thanks for reading,

 

 

Carrie X

You do whatever it takes

As I write this blog my little man is or should be a sleep now for the evening. However I do have that doubt as he will tend to wake up just as we are about to go to bed. Today I remembered to change his nappy before putting him to bed, but last night was a totally different story. I forgot to change him before putting him to bed last night, so I tried to change him whilst he was asleep, but every time I would delicately turn him on his back to change the nappy he would roll over to his front, so I lift him out slowly keeping him a sleep to see if I have better luck changing him on the changing mat in his room. No joy. Finally I get the nappy on and almost completed when he weeps.

Oh no I cry in my head, please don’t wake, I continue in my head, as I know he will now play up and not go back.

He did and then had to spend the next 5 hours trying to get him back to sleep, thinking each time I had been successful, as I leave the room he screams. So I think, let him settle by himself as he can some nights. He doesn’t. So I decide to get him up and have him sit with me quietly for a bit. Try putting him back this time thought, yeah done it. So I get ready for bed, as soon as my head hits the pillow out cries my son. OH NO I CRY IN MY MIND PLEASE NOT NOW.

However the guilt of feeling like I being selfish wanting to be a sleep myself I get up and check on him.

This just makes him worth and now he creeps up to stand on the edge of his cot holding on the sides wanting to play.

I know it says in the books not to speak to him, but as soon as I tell myself no talking to him, the urge to talk to him rises so I do. I put on his disney music which we use to help him go back to sleep, sorry to those mums who disapprove of this but sometimes you do whatever it takes to get your little bubs to sleep. We think we have thankfully by 23:30 after two decaf coffees hoping he will settle he finally quietens, which we can hear through the baby monitor and think right lets get to sleep.

Don’t be fooled, as soon as I get into dream mode I am awake my son is crying again through the baby monitor. Do I go in or do I allow him to settle? I am contemplating this lying in bed, hoping he will quieten down but he gets louder, so I get up and go in, he stops climbs, and OH NO HE WANTS TO PLAY.

Finally it is midnight and yes he finally goes off to sleep for the night and yes I did play his music, but as said when tired you do whatever it takes.

I am relieved that I didn’t have to get up to do the 6:30am breakfast feed this morning, at least I get a lie in. Sorry to daddy but he gets the lie in the next morning.

To all mums and dads out there, you are fabulous and are doing a fab job, even though I know myself it feels like you can never win.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X