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Quacking at the penguins

This morning, we were lucky enough to be invited to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to collect our annual passes that we won after our last trip there

First stop was the penguins. Here, I spent a considerable amount of time arguing with Lia. It may sound a little bit odd arguing with someone who can only say a few words. 

But sometimes, I can’t help getting sucked in. The argument went a little bit like this: 

Me: Look Lia, penguins. 

Lia: Duck, duck! Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack. 

Me: No Lia, it’s a penguin, not a duck. 

Lia: Quack, quack, quack, quack, duck, duck, quack, quack. 

Me: Penguin. They’re penguins Lia. Penguins. 

Lia: Duck, duck, duck, quack, quack, quack: 

Me: No, it’s not a duck. 

Lia: Batman! 

You will be pleased to hear that I eventually gave up. Thank goodness for the annual passes, we need to spend a lot more time with those penguins. 

From there, we moved on to have a look around the rest of the Sea Life Centre. Both girls loved it as always. 

Our friends joined us this morning and they have a little girl who is a couple of years older than Libby. Libby has always adored her but has always been a bit too shy to really interact. 

Today though, they got on fabulously. Libby was chatting away to her friend and it was lovely to see. 

As you can see from the above photos, Molokai the rescued sea turtle in the tunnel came over to see us too. He usually hides away so we were all thrilled to see him. 

In fact, the girls were so excited that they couldn’t get to sleep this afternoon. This is unheard of, they both usually sleep all afternoon. 

Eventually, Lia nodded off for about an hour, Libby got perhaps five minutes if anything. So, we made the most of the tired state to move Libby into her proper bed this evening. 

She’s quite old really to have still been sleeping in her cot. I kept her in it because it is a cot bed anyway, which we’d intended to turn into a bed by removing the sides when she was ready. But she really, really didn’t want us to. 

A few weeks ago, Lia was in Libby’s cot with her and she fell through it. A few days later, Libby learnt to climb out of it. We realised that it really was time that Libby went into a bed. 

The timing of her birthday worked well because we bought her a duvet with a Little Miss duvet cover and pillow case.

We then told her that she wouldn’t be able to use it until she was ready to go into a big bed, because her little cot was too small for it. 

Miraculously, she’s now ready to go into a bed and has been nagging us to put it up for her ever since. 

This evening, she’s gone straight to sleep in her new big bed. She looks so tiny in it but I’m glad she’s finally accepted the move. 

In other news, I am currently trying a social experiment. I could tell you all about it, but I’d have to kill you. All will be revealed in due course.



  1. June 14, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Love the penguin and duck conversation!! Brilliant. Especially as it ended with batman. Lol. Think you’re right that more trips are needed! Fantastic that libby got on chatting and wasn’t shy. It’s brilliant when they come out of their she’ll a bit.

    • June 14, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks Martyn, yeah it was great to see Libby chatting away. And the penguin conversation was entertaining if not a little frustrating! 😉

  2. June 14, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Ha ha, a lot more time with the penguins then! Congrats on winning the passes, we love Sea life centres too.
    Great that Libby is happy in our big bed, new covers us a great idea! We’ll need to think about getting a bed for A next year and will have to convince him too! 🙂 xx

    • June 15, 2015 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you Jenny. We are loving the sea life centre, definitely on the cards for all future rainy days! Regarding the bed, bribery was the only way forward for us and as always it worked a treat!x

  3. June 15, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    He he I have to suspend the teacher instinct when they do things like this. Toby has a funny sense of humour and will argue the opposite of what a thing is for the sake of it. Well done on the move to the big bed, good tactics. Ollie only went into one for his second birthday because we had Toby on the way and expected to need the cot bed at some point and didn’t want that to be the cause in Ollie’s eyes of him losing his cot. Toby used it (although for his sleep apnoea years he was mostly in with one of us) up until he was three – it would have been longer but it broke. Congratulations on the sealife pass too, that’s going to be brilliant over the year 🙂

    • June 15, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you Maz, we are really chuffed about the passes. A great default position on a rainy day. The bed transition is going well so far, she could get out of her cot bed anyway so I’m hoping it’s not going to make too much difference.x

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