Mummy Medals Achieved This Week
- Tidy Home
- Roll Trainer
I’ve had a couple of really nice holidays this year with my children. We staying in a caravan in south Wales and we enjoyed a week away with friends in Whitstable. We were lucky to have great weather on both holidays but living in sunny Britain, great weather can never be guaranteed.
We have decided to go to Majorca later this year which will be Olivia’s first flight and George’s first flight where he has his own seat. We booked flights as soon as Olivia was born but then the timer started ticking… time to get her first passport. Continue Reading
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Warning! Extremely soppy post! You may be at risk of either vomiting or needing your entire brood to be near for a warm embrace!
Cuddles. It’s strange that they are so wonderful. After pregnancy and postpartum recovery when your body just wants a break from it all, there they are to make it better.
Recently, I’ve found myself just stopping to give my babies cuddles. It just fills me with love and makes me want to pop! Maybe it’s because having a tiny baby again is just so lovely: The busy hands, the illogical flip switch from happy to extreme sadness and the need for constant physical contact. It might be this contact that is making me love the cuddles. Whatever it is, I’m certainly appreciating my little ones more and more. It’s almost like I’m slowing down time to make sure I remember these special times.
I remember holding tiny George loving how he was a new part of my life. I loved feeding him and watching his cheeky character grow and develop. He still is tiny (but bigger), more cheeky and certainly a card, but it’s all gone so fast. Age 2 is still young but now I’m reliving the tiny baby days I worry that I’ve forgotten so much. It’s all gone so fast. I miss the busy hands days and then we have cuddles. The cuddles make it ok again. I remember, he’s the George I love because of his journey. I’ve been there with him and cuddles are just a way of stopping to remember that.
Olivia loves to be held. She is 9 weeks old now… where did that go? She’s starting to hold her head up like a champ and she’s awake for longer… much longer. She reminds me of tiny tiny George and she reminds me of me. I’ve used a stretchy baby carrier with her so that I’ve been able to look after George as well and the constant cuddles has kept her settled. It’s also nice for me. She is always near and I can just stop to give her a warm embrace and a kiss on her head. I’m making the most of this.
Some children grow up and don’t want that togetherness that they have as children with their parents. Will my duo grow up to be that way or will they love to come home to cuddles? I want them to grow up to be strong and independent and would never want to discourage them from reaching for their dreams, but please, when they do come home, let there always be cuddles.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cuddly love for my children. Let me know if it’s made you want to cuddle your precious ones?
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I’ve had this little cookie jar toy since George was around 7-8 months old and he was grabbing things. As he has developed to an age of now 25 months, he still plays with this colourful toy. He now plays differently with the toy and I can see him developing new ways of making it interesting for him. It has become a toy that he always seems to go back to and I would definitely recommend to anyone who wanted a shape sorting toy for their children but didn’t know what to invest in.
I wanted to share how we play and look forward to playing with this toy. I’ve included some extra games we play with the cookie jar toy. Why not leave a comment with how you have innovated with this toy?
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Summer is great! Long days, great weather, ice-cream and fun fun fun! Although, summer often comes and goes in a blink of any eye. If you aren’t careful you might miss it, especially if you live in sunny Britain (otherwise known as rainy Britain). Here are some tips to get you making the most of the outdoors this summer.
1. Pack a summer change bag
2. Check with your council for local events
Your local council will want you to use their facilities. Many produce promotional material to get parents to use their parks and fill up their parking meters. Subscribe to their newsletters or request their annual events programme so you don’t miss out on local events or opportunities.
Bubbles are great fun for all ages. Little ones love to watch them and they make excellent visual sensory fun. Older children love them just as much. In fact.. add bubbles to your summer change bag pronto!
4 Chalk- get creative
5 What about my newborn?
Getting out of the house is important for the parent as much as it is the newborn. Here are some ideas to make going out more of a sensory activity.
Plan a stroll in areas with different noises e.g. Walk along a road to a park where children are playing, then along a river/canal or near a lake where water can beard heard or water birds can be seen.
Walk under tree canopies to allow the broken light onto your baby who is looking up.
Don’t forget to talk to your baby the whole time to keep them stimulated and help with your bonding.
6 Using the environment to get creative
Children are wired up to learn and be creative so just getting them to a park, field or footpath might be enough to get them excited and playing with the environment. Here are some more ideas to help you along:
Check out this link for my suggestions for walking with babies and toddlers.
7 Make the most of those evenings
If you are stuck at work all day or if the days are just too hot to handle, an evening outing could be just the trick. The temperature might be more favourable and it really means you are making the most of your time. Plan an evening picnic along with a short stroll. An evening away from the TV is great for family bonding time and it’s easily achieved. You don’t have to go far, it could even just be a quick trip to the local park. It’s free and your kids will love it!
I hope you like my suggestions and take the opportunities as they arise.
If the weather never comes though you can always get away – here are some flying tips
Leave a comment with your suggestions for outdoor fun.
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Have a great time enjoying some fresh air