Little moments #4

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again was to help me remember those little moments that make you smile (or cringe!)

The little mans sense of himself, what he likes and what his finds funny is really developing now. Here are a few things that make us smile as we see his personality grow. 

 #1 – Tickle Tickle! Little man will copy us and give tickles followed by a little giggle.


#2 -‘Cuddle’! We now get proper cuddles and kisses where we are grabbed and pulled forward for a big wet one on the lips! #3 – Pretending to have fallen asleep if he doesn’t want to do something!! HAHA! 

Are there any little moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

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Our least annoying kids TV shows! 

Like many parents, the majority of TV we watch these days is aimed at kids, but there are some kids shows we must admit to actually really enjoying and among the many (many, many) incredibly annoying shows out there there are some that we would willingly watch, even when home alone (well, almost!)

Here is a run down our top 5 shows, in no particular order, that we all genuinely love in our house.

Hey Duggee (CBeebies)We loooove Hey Duggee! The narration and characters are great and we have followed suit inventing ‘badges’ for all sorts of things, usually as an incentive for something! 

Dinopaws (CBeebies)The adventures of three dino friends as they explore together! Very sweet with a little language of their own and a catchy tune.

Noddy Toyland Detective – yes really! (Milkshake, Chanel 5)Deltoid is our favourite character who seems to be at the root of most mischief. Slightly unfortunately, Noddy basically goes around accusing his friends of having done something wrong before finding the guilty culprit (!) – but telling the truth is generally at the heart of it all!

Andy’s Dinosaur / Prehistoric Adventrues (CBeebies)We love Andy and the little man is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment. Follow Andy as he travels back in time to save the day! (Also we are big museum fans)

Octonauts (CBeebies)Underwater exploits of a team of explorers who invariably save other creatures in distress! Funky music and a strangely James Bond vibe! 

As you can tell from the 4 out of 5 above, we think CBeebies is great! 

Which Kids TV shows are popular in your house?

Little moments #3

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again was to help me remember those little moments that make you smile (or cringe!)

We went on holiday last week, just out to the countryside for a few days, so I took the opportunity to write down a few of our little ones top phrases and habits now that he is stringing words together. 

This month … 

 #1 – This way! Whenever we head out I am astounded by the number of dinosaurs that live in the trees and shrubs around the flat and in our local park. When we go dinosaur hunting our directions are clearly provided by the little man asserting ‘this way’ as we weave in and out of the bushes!! 

#2 -Saying goodbye to EVERYTHING! Including Duggee when the episodes end. 😀
#3 – Singing goodnight to all the toys in his bed (yes, Duggee!) Aww!! 

Hey Duggee website 

Are there any little moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

Our Star Wars Obsession

So, I knew that our little man was destined to be hooked or Star Wars sooner or later thanks to my partner… But I didn’t expect it to start this soon!! 😀

Our little man is 2 and already the most frequent words in any given day are currently ‘more Star Wars’ or ‘more Vader’ quickly followed by a reasonably tuneful rendition of the imperial march! 

First thing in the morning, out and about and in bed at night (when he should be asleep!) we are  met with requests for more Star Wars or the music of John Williams. (I would like to add that The Empire Strikes Back is of course his film of choice! 😉)
The combination of epic music and lightsabers seems to hold his attention more than most kids cartoons and he absolute LOVES it! 

Perhaps not the best toddler viewing (we do fast forward some bits, especially during The Force Awakens!) so we are currently watching the Star Wars Rebels animations which are going down equally well! 

Little moments #2

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again was to help me remember those little moments that make you smile (or cringe!)

This week…  #1 – We were watching Kung Fu Panda and the adults were evidently taking too loudly as we were ‘shhh-ed’ with finger action too! Hmmm!!   

#2 -While reading one of the Elmer books the elephants all laugh – so LM did a fake ‘ha ha ha’ laugh to mimic us. Brilliant. 

#3 – Trying to jump! This is hilarious. You can literally see the cogs turning in an effort to get both feet off the ground at the same time! 

Are there any little moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

Little moments #1

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again now that we have the little man was to help me remember what we do with our time together and those little moments that make you smile. 

It’s so easy to forget the little things that happen day to day, with so much changing all the time, so I’ve decided to do a weekly (ish) post of little magic moments – things that happen with our little man that make me smile 😃

This week…
 
#1 – Little Man now does a good impression of Edna from The Incredibles: ‘no capes’!! With finger waving and attitude. Ha.

#2 – He popped a balloon at my birthday and didn’t cry! Hurrah! 

#3 – I have officially been upgraded from mama to mummy! 

Are there any little magic moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

Baby proofing trouser fire guard! 

So, like every home we have lots of potential ‘hazards’ now that our little man is running around all over the place. Of course there is only so much you can do and we didn’t want to go OTT when it came to baby proofing the flat but we did stick on some corner shields, plug sockets shields etc and moved some of the furniture around to make its safe, while at the same time being able to teach our LM that touching the radiator when it’s hot is not a good idea!

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One thing that has still been worrying me though is the marble fireplace surround. We used to put the coffee table in front of it, but now that the LM can climb the table (!) we had to change that plan. Enter the suitcase of random fabric I keep for unknown projects! Among the offcuts of completed (and unsuccessful) craft projects I found a pair of my other halfs trousers that I had been saving ‘just in case’ they came in useful, and hurrah, this was their lucky weekend!

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Draft excluder style fire guard from a pair of trousers 

  1. Cut off both trouser legs (leaving a pair of shorts!)  
  2. Sew the top of the legs – right sides together – with one leg inside the other 
  3. Pull out the inside leg, so that you have one long cylinder shape, with the fabric inside out
  4. (As the trousers were wider at the thighs, I had to run a straight stitch from one end to the other so that the fire guard would not be fatter in the middle)
  5. Turn the trouser legs the right way round and stuff (I used fabric offcuts and a cardigan bound for the charity shop!) 
  6. Once full, sew each end shut – I did two lines of stitching at each end – on the top side of the fabric

(I should point out that our gas fire doesn’t actually work so there’s no risk of it catching fire 😊)