Listening and Developing


It’s so nice to connect.

I was playing with my beautiful Olivia this morning on her playmat. She is still young so doesn’t like to be there for too long but I like her to get different stimuli during the day.

Later I checked Twitter for babynews and came across @babymusic_aes. They produce music for Congitive development in babies. I thought I’d give it a shot. They are on Spotify so I put it on as I was giving Olivia a feed. It was very relaxing for me and Olivia fell asleep so I could enjoy a cuddle. She had the odd smile during her sleep. She must have been dreaming about me as it couldn’t have possibly been wind. I hope the music helped her.


I’m going to save this album to my playlist.

I’m not affiliated with them so I’m not getting a fee for promoting them, I just really liked the music and I’ll be using in future as I play with my kiddie winks. It will make a nice alternative to nursery rhymes.

If you are interested in listening here are some links to follow:

Spotify link

iTunes link

GooglePlay link
Don’t forget to follow them on twitter (and me)

A Little Helping Hand


I’m glad George is starting young with his desire to help clean.

Shortly after this photo was taken however, he took the broom through to the living room. Maybe he needs a toy one??!

Proud Mummy Moment

It’s the little things that mean so much, but it’s also the little things we tend to forget. My son had been playing with his play kitchen this morning. I’m not sure what was happening in his own head but there was clacking and giggling; opening and closing, and the odd bit of babbling and dancing. 


10 minutes is about enough playtime and then it’s on to something different. George is still only 24 months old so either hasn’t mastered what clearing away toys is or he’s playing me like a champion. As I went over to scoop away his trip hazards I noticed a little box of eggs that had started this playtime as completely separate pieces. He’d tidied them back together and into their box. It made my heart melt. My little boy did that. 😍


I realise I’m showing you a box of toy eggs and expecting you to get all gooey inside. Well actually I’m not. I know this makes me a big softie but I’m actually just sharing my emotions. I don’t expect you to have the same emotion as this is a classic “baby bore” post. I guess I’m just saying that it’s the little things that make us proud as parents: not just being top of the class, walking at the average developmental milestone or going potty for the first time. Don’t get me wrong they are all moments that make us proud but between those “big” moments there are lots of tiny filler proud moments that keeps our baby love counter topped up. I just didn’t want to forget this one. 

So the next time a mother (or any parent) shows you a picture of a box of toy eggs; or a scribble on construction paper or a picture of the child smiling covered in last nights dinner: instead of thinking “oh my I’m supposed to be excited about this?” Instead think “well that nice you’ve got something so simple that makes you so happy”. 

You might see a few more proud mummy posts popping up but at least I’ve explained myself now. 

Do you agree with me or do you think this is just a baby bore post? 

Thank you for reading

Jealousy Worries After Having a New Baby

I had always wanted more than one child. It boils down to my own experiences as a child. I grew up with an older brother and we are so close and have been from since before I can remember. We may have had a few sibling arguments but on the grand scale of things I love him to bits and I loved having a big brother growing up. I wanted to have children and my children to have a similar experience. However, all children are different and I know plenty of people who have children that don’t get along. What if my children do nothing but fight and bicker? 

What if my children don’t get along?

Throughout the pregnancy people would ask if I was worried about my eldest George being jealous of the new baby. I would say that I wasn’t overly concerned. George is quite independent for a baby in a sense that he’s not too clingy and will happily play with other people and children. As he is so sociable I thought all would be well when the new baby came home.

Olivia came home 6 weeks ago and there was a new look that George cast which I had not seen before. It was a look of suspicion. It didn’t appear at first but when he noticed that this tiny person was demanding a lot of my love and attention he just couldn’t figure out why. I did my best to play with George where I could and I would talk to him even if I was holding Olivia to let him know I loved him still. 

Will his suspicions grow into more sinister feelings?


After a week George started to do a fake cry or throw tantrums for no reason. He would also bring me things such as his toys or food when I was feeding Olivia. I know he was just resting whether I still cared about him. Eventually, he started to look less suspiciously of Olivia. 

I suppose it is hard for him as most of the day she was sleeping in her Moses basket and so out of sight, or in my arms so out of reach. A newborn is not a play thing and they don’t do very much that would interest a 23 month old. 

He’s not mean to her but he just doesn’t know what to do around her


After 3 weeks George started to come around. I was cuddling Olivia on the sofa and he climbed up for a cuddle too. I was able to get my other arm around him. He had his suspicious look about him as he reached over to Olivia. Then he smiled and said “baby” before gently stroking her head.   I gave him the biggest smile and agreed “yes, Olivia is your baby sister”. He smiled back and then settled in for a cuddle. I think it was at that point he accepted that I could be shared and that I still loved him. 


Those beautiful moments have started to come more frequently. He will rock the moses basket and if he’s running he will slow down to carefully step around her if I’m playing on the floor with her. I can see he enjoys getting the positive smiles and attention from being kind and this is making for many a cute moment between the pair. 

I think he loves her


I hope they love each other as much as I love my big brother. 

Is It really Goodnight for Toby the Bear?

A beautiful children’s story which reminds you of the love they have for their comforting companions. But where can I get it from? 

I’m going to start off with an apology. I’m sorry but the book I’m about to talk about isn’t actually available for sale anywhere. Although, maybe if there is enough momentum I may be able to convince the author to publish.

Many moons ago, before I was even married, my sister-in-law showed me a children’s book that she had written and printed. Not only had she had developed a character called Toby who was a little girls teddy bear but she has also beautifully illustrated every page. Paula told me the bear had got his name from a cheeky little Jack Russel dog she remembered lived next door to her when she was younger. 

I remember being really impressed. It was printed and bound so I had presumed at the time that it had been published. I was wrong.

I am now married and have 2 children so some time has passed. Then yesterday I remembered this book. How wonderful would it be to read the adventures of Toby to my own children? I asked Paula if the book was available to purchase anywhere and she told me that it had never been published… oh no!

I couldn’t bear for Toby the bear (no pun intended) not to be shared with the world so I decided to write a post about him.


In the book Toby goes to bed with his beloved pal. Each page shows the little girls routine and how Toby is lovingly dragged or dumped in various places around the house as she perpares for bed. 

Here Toby is being taken carefully upstairs 


Now it’s time to brush your teeth. Careful Toby.


Toby continues on his bedtime journey and eventually end up being lovingly tucked into bed with his adoring companion.


I do hope I haven’t ruined the ending


What I love about the book is that it teaches a good bedtime routine. The book keeps to a simple routine with words but the beautiful illustrations allow you to talk more to your own child about their own routine. It’s nice as you can relate it to your own little one and their soft toy or comforter. My son has a soft toy called lamby. He will not sleep without it and take him everywhere. I’m so scared of losing it he’s not allowed it outside the house. For outdoor adventures he has monkey, who is now becoming an almost equal to lamby… oh dear. 

Paula has made many more illustrations in preparation for a series of books about Toby’s adventures, but alas they are tucked away. I do hope she reconsiders releasing the book and hopefully making some more books for children to enjoy. This surely can’t be the final goodnight for Toby… can it?

If you think you would like to see more of Toby please share or leave a comment.

Thank you for reading

Goodnight 

Getting Support For Breastfeeding

This is just a short post to raise awareness of a new resource that has started up in the UK to map all the breastfeeding support groups.

It had been started by a mother of two beautiful children who champions all mothers and seeks to support mothers who want to breastfeed. She promotes breastfeeding and baby wearing in a supportive and non-judgemental way. 

When my son was born he had a severe tongue tie causing him to have difficulty latching. He swallowed more gas leading to trapped wind and possetting. It also lead to breast and nipple damage with me. Despite being highlighted at birth,  it took 23 days to resolve as “due process” had to be followed. During this time I could have given up breastfeeding but I received support from my local breastfeeding group and friends which helped me to persevere. Their advice also helped me to get the procedure to resolve my sons tongue tie done as quickly as possible… although 23 days seems like a ridiculous amount of time. 
Please share, especially if you think there aren’t many groups in your area. There may be groups that need adding to the list and just haven’t got the word out yet. It may also inspire someone to start up their own group.

Facebook-  @thebreastfeedingmap 

Cuddles With My Cuties

There’s something about having a cuddle with your baby or child that strikes an inner calm. I don’t mean the cuddles you give when your baby has wind or they’ve taken a tumble and need comfort. I’m talking about those “just because” cuddles. 


I’ve been appreciating those cuddles recently. It’s a time when time doesn’t matter, I am in the moment with my baby and they are there with me. It’s a time when they can feel safe and loved and where I feel like my love for them folds out and over them like a warm blanket. 

We listen to each other breathe, give light tickles, rest our heavy heads, and flex our toes as we relax and just enjoy the moment together. 


It’s easier to find a moment to enjoy these cuddles with my 6 week old Olivia than with 2 year old George. He loves to explore the world with his toy car, cook in his kitchen or count to ten and spot shapes over and over. However, this makes the times when he comes in for cuddles extra special. It’s important not to miss those opportunities. More often than not just a touch of physical contact is all George needs… just so he knows I’m there and visa versa.

So if you come to visit one time and my house is a mess, I have a pile of ironing and I’m not even dressed pleased don’t presume I’ve been lazy. I’ve been showing my children how much I love them. 

It is simply bliss. 

I’m often guilty of rushing around so much that I don’t stop long enough to take stock of what is happening. If you’re guilty of that too I hope you find the time to have a minute and enjoy the moment. It really helps me to clear your mind and put my objectives into focus. This stopping helps me to get started again… only happier. Some might even call it meditation.

What has made you happier today?

Thank you for reading

Instructable Crafting a No-Sew Owl Costume

One thing I was looking forward to as a parent was the “crafting” element. I know this makes many people die inside when they child says “I need to go to school as a pirate tomorrow”but when I was asked to send my 20 month old boy in fancy dress for world book day this year I took up the challenge. 

George’s favourite book is little owls night. He reads it himself (babbles) and kisses the owl goodnight every night. I just had to send him as little Owl.


I chose a no see option.

You will need:

  • Coloured felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric marker
  • An old T-Shirt
  • Headband
  • Coloured paper 

Step 1 create the owl cape

I lay George’s Old T-shirt over a large piece of brown felt and then marked out an owl cape. I added feather detail to the edge along with a tail. Along the top I left flaps to allow me to glue the cape to George’s T-shirt



I left flaps to attach to the collar 


I wanted to give the chest a bit of a pattern so I chose a combination of yellow and orange for the feathers. I cut similar sized rectangles and lay them out to make sure I had the right coverage.


I then trimmed the ends of he rectangles to make feather tips.



I then made some longer and larger brown feathers to cover up the arms of the T-Shirt.


And a flap to cover the front collar


Time to glue and let dry overnight.


I made an owl face using coloured paper and stuck it onto a headband (I forgot to photograph)

George modelled the outfit brilliantly. He wasn’t so keen on the headband though.


The headband didn’t make it all the way through his day but he had a great time running round as little owl all day.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my instructable. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something as well.

Happy crafting