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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

My son at 15 months

My son is now 15 months old and it is amazing to see him grow and see him changing it seems everyday.

He is almost saying mummy now, but knows very well how to say Dadda and says it as soon as he sees him. I though today I heard him say hello to the workman today, which I know it’s just a little word but the feeling is indescribable. He can run around in his walker, stand a little without holding on to anything, walk pushing his other walker. I love the big smiles I get and hugs, when I have been out as for example last Saturday I had a job interview and daddy looked after Henry. It was so lovely to see him give me that beaming smile as I walked through the door.

Fingers foods is getting tricky, he knows what food is when he sees it starts clapping his lips together in eagerness saying “Yes please” and he will happily eat most foods. He just won’t pick up the food to his mouth, he will play with it and then throw on the floor. As like most things it is a working progress, I am sure we will get there.

I am gonna try and put some food in his hand and show by taking the food in his hand to his mouth, but I know this won’t be easy as it will probably end up being a tug of war.

Weaning was tough at first as I would make fresh as well has already jar and pouch foods, and did feel disheartened when some of the fresh foods or more puree’s I had made he would turn his head away in protest. However I have come to realise that this is all part of his development and learning. They are human beings after all and won’t like everything. They learn to make choices at a very early age.

I would not replace it for the world, it was challenge at first being awaken every two hours, and then he did sleep for longer for a time, but then he began teething and it was back to short sleeps again, now though apart from a few nights as our boiler packed in and so had been very cold in the evenings and early morning, so had to buy and borrow a few heaters to warm our house up and his room, and yesterday he slept soundly until about 5am, which was fine, had to do 6:30 feed anyway and he had slept through the night and back to sleep this morning until about 10 this morning.

I am sorry now to those mums not so lucky, I was one of the babies until I was 6 years old, who cried and woke up every night.

I still struggle to sleep now but the person who has me moaning and nagging is my husband, sorry love.

It is ok to feel a little frustrated at times, and can feel that you are on a constant battle, of “Am I doing the right thin? Am I not?” but a lot is instinct and improvisation. I recommend joining a Mother and Toddler group as it is good to speak to other mums as you can feel a little isolated.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X