Waiting for you

Mum lets play trains or read a book, I’ve got new crayons, have a look. I see you’re busy, you’ve things to do, I’ll sit right here and wait for you. Let’s play ball or take a walk, I’ll run around and you can talk. You’re going out, you’ve things to do, I’ll stay at home and wait for you. Daughter dear you have moved on, My house is lonely since you’ve gone. I’m keeping busy as you do, But really I just wait for you. My darling grandkids have you time, To come around and check I’m fine? I…

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Baby bookworm’s Christmas gift guide

The quandary I have faced this Christmas is perhaps somewhat unusual for the mother of a toddler. You see, all Libby wants for Christmas is a book. This is what she wrote in her letter to Santa, and she has insisted that she wants a book ever since. She is also certain that Lia wants a book from Santa too. Luckily, Santa wrote back and said that he would be happy to oblige, but I wanted to put  a little more thought into it rather than just buying books, so here is my Christmas gift guide for the baby bookworm.  1.…

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The toddler conspiracy

In these days of population boom and inadequate housing provisions, the government have been forced to take drastic action to prevent excessive reproduction. The phenomenon known as the “terrible twos” is in fact the result of a cross-party agreement to curb our desire to preserve our bloodline. All toddlers, on reaching the age of 20 months old are being issued with the following detailed instructions.  1. Sleep deprivation If you have been sleeping through the night, shame on you. From now on, you must wake up four times a night as a minimum. Don’t nap. Feel free to sleep at the…

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Letters from Santa

This year is quite a special Christmas for us, because it’s Lia’s first Christmas, and it’s the first time that Libby has been really interested in Christmas, Santa and what’s going to happen. Libby, in her usual manner, is blissfully unaware that it’s only October. She has dug out her Christmas books and we are reading them on repeat. So when I was given the opportunity to review some letters from Santa, I reluctantly agreed. The Lapland Mailroom website gives you the opportunity to choose between different letters so that siblings don’t receive the same letter, and there is even…

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Keeping a toddler occupied

As I mentioned in my last blog post, the summer holidays are a bit disruptive when it comes to keeping busy, even with preschoolers. That’s why I wanted to take part in the Britmums Summer Linky Challenge. Well, that and the fact that there were biscuits on offer! So more about the activities later, I’ve got to get my priorities right so first – biscuits!  The challenge was sponsored by McVities BN biscuits which, I have to admit to being a little addicted to. Last week, I was trying to be good because I’ve decided to try to lose the…

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Happy Birthday Libby

Yesterday was Libby’s second birthday. I can’t believe where the last two years have gone and I’m so proud of the lovely little girl she has grown into. The last few days have been really busy with the new baby, a trip to Swansea, a wedding, a job assessment for me and a hospital appointment for Libby. As you can imagine, this didn’t leave much time for baking, so I unashamedly cheated when it came to Libby’s birthday cake. I had intended to bake a train cake, and popped over to chat to my sister about it while she was home because…

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Developing Imagination

One of the most fascinating things about having a toddler is watching them change and develop every day. A baby who eats, sleeps and excretes gradually becomes a real little individual with their own personality and character. One of the most exciting things about this is the development of the imagination.  Alongside the language skills that she is developing, Libby is gradually starting to develop the imagination to play games by herself. When left undisturbed for a while, she will chatter away to herself, playing both parts of a conversation and discussing what she is going to do. She also…

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