Monday, 14 January 2013

Flying Solo

So the toddler went back to pre-school today, despite my failure of thinking it was last week we were good to go this week and I'm happy to report that the doors were open. The snow wasn't exactly worthy of a snow day here, if anything it was pouring down with rain. Today was the first day that he was staying there until 3.45pm, and that he was to do P.E. So he was sent off with a gym kit and enough snacks to feed the whole class. It was a very exciting day for him, sad for me but weird for his brother.

For the last month since the toddler had broken up from school, him and the baby have developed a proper sibling bond. There was always one there from the day the baby was born and we bought him home but over the last few weeks they have become inseparable. The toddler has been teaching him the ways of the world, encouraging him to crawl everywhere after him and pulls him back when he goes near something he shouldn't. They happily sit together and will share toys, so far I've experience nothing but love from one another to each other. Long may that continue.

So today he's been by himself, that meant no brother to entertain him but just his mother. It took me back to the days where it was just me and the toddler back when he was a baby, I guess we've been so used to it being the 3 of us (4 when daddy is home) that it's come as a shock for it to be just me and the baby. Judging by the photos I took, I think he had a good day...

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The One With The Stalker

I seem to be having a problem with a stalker eye infection. It's been stalking me for months now and every time I seem to get ill, my eyes turn black and I suddenly look like I've gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. After the last time it happened, I seem to have a lump stick around on my eye. Wasn't painful but made me a tad sensitive to light (you can call me count Emma) and it looks rather unsightly, after a few weeks I decided I should probably go to the doctors who told me it was a harmless cyst and that the dose of anti-biotics he was going to give me should clear it up.

It didn't clear it up, instead it somehow skipped, hopped and jumped into the other end and I became unwell at the same time. My energy was sucked out of me and I was walking around with two eyes that looked like golf balls. I was shipped around from hospital to doctors to hospital who finally decided because my glands were up that I had a virus which I just needed to sit and wait out. I'm back to having to normal size eyes again but I still have that Meibomian cyst (whatever you do, do not google image search this if you're squeamish). I dare not go back for anymore anti-biotics after becoming ill after taking them. Instead I'm going to leave it for a while and see if it will get better by itself.

I think I might try out the whole tea bag on eye thingamajig, if anything it's a great excuse to drink lots of tea!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

I have a teeth grinder!

And it's driving us CRAAAAZZZZYYYY! The toddler seems to have developed a habit of grinding his teeth st any occasion, mainly if he's excited. I really dislike the fact that trying to find out information about it on the internet that it's telling me my child is doing it because he's stressed. Let me make one fact clear, my 3 year old is far from stressed. His biggest worry this morning was who to kiss first this morning, mummy or daddy. I know I cant say for sure but I don't think the house move stressed him, he's got a bigger room with more toys in it and just generally so much more space to run around like crazy. He's always smiling and laughing so he cant possibly be stressed, can he?

It has happened before and temporarily stopped, but now it's back and shows no signs of vanishing anytime soon. It got so bad the other night when the toddler and the man were playing that the man had to stop, I could see his discomfort at each grind of the teeth. I was the other end of the room and I was shivering and for some reason it made my own teeth stand on edge.

We're not to sure what to do about it, I don't think he realised what he's doing and we've tried to explain to him now to do it but I guess it's something that cant be helped. I'm booking a dentist appointment so I can chat to him about it but then is it a teeth problem? He doesn't do it whilst he's sleeping so I am hoping that it's just another one of those phrases that kids go through. Have you had a teeth grinder?

Monday, 7 January 2013

The failures just keep rolling in..

So not only we missed a Birthday party and have failed to dress as a Pirate but today I got the hopes up of the toddler only to have them torn back down when he realised that Mummy was wrong. I was so certain that they went back to pre-school today, pretty much everywhere else had gone back so I thought we were as well. Alarm clock was set this morning which woke us all up, I crawled into the kitchen to set about giving the boys breakfast and getting a lunchbox ready. Monday's he's going to be doing all day to start getting him ready for school this year, so this meant preparing a morning and afternoon snack for him as well. Ran around like a headless chicken finding drink bottles and the P.E bag which I was organised enough to pack yesterday but had somehow lost it come this morning. It was found and was put by the door ready to go, that's my way of making sure we don't forget it as we leave.

He was SO incredibly excited about going back to school, couldn't wait to see his pre-school teachers and his friends. I've never seen him jump in the car as quickly as what he did this morning. He spent the whole journey clutching his lunch box & bag telling Daddy which roads to go down for school. When we approached the school, the man pointed out that it was rather quiet outside and that he could bag himself a spot right outside. I instantly thought 'oh no' the school is never that quiet outside, cars are always lined up and we usually have to park down the road. Yup, the school was shut. Oh the poor Toddler's face, he was heartbroken. No promises of anything were comforting him, he sobbed all the way back home.

I'm thinking it might be helpful if the pre-school actually gave out letters that , though knowing my lack of organisation they probably gave us something at the very beginning of the new term and I've mislaid it. I looked through all the letters from last time and nothing about the date of return, I regret not asking anything at his last session but we got caught up in the whirl of his Christmas carols that it didn't come to mind. Maybe it's time they came into the 21st century and create a website, does your pre-school have a website so you you always have the vital information to hand? Hopefully now that I'm always going to be the one picking him up letters and information shouldn't get mislaid and maybe, just maybe I might actually make a friend out of one of the others parents.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Say Mama.. 'DADADADA'

Thursday, 3 January 2013

How Crawling Changes Everything

So in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the baby decided to give crawling a try. I guess if he wants to keep up with his big brother he needs to get some lightning moves under his belt. Where he's picked the option of crawling and for sitting he prefers to sit on his knees which is no fun for either of us as if he falls back as he's kinda stuck in some yoga move and attempts to wiggle around freeing himself until super mummy comes to his rescue.

I've now said goodbye to my blissful cake and tea time, once upon a time he would just lay there playing with his toys whilst I watched on with smiles whilst enjoying a slab of cake & a cup of tea. Neither of those are now a option now that's mobile! He seems to of inherited my love of cake so I find myself having to share it with him, doesn't taste as nice once covered in baby dribble. I do fear he's a spiderman in disguise, he's trying to climb the wall as I type. See even daytime blogging time has come to a close.

I totally blame the toddler, they have so much fun playing together. I guess now they're going to have even more fun, though I am starting to fear the toddler's new game of 'I'll throw, you go fetch' is him treating the baby more like a dog then anything. I guess for him it's a huge novelty of having a playmate 24/7. He's been amazing at helping keep the baby steer of things he shouldn't go near, I only have to hear him scream the word 'TREE' or 'NOOO' to know that he's trying to bring down the tree again or attempting to chew to the bone, one of the toddler's toys.

We'll be saying goodbye to the first lot of baby items other then clothes, they've been piling up in boxes for baby number 3 for the last few months. His baby mats will be getting put away as well as his chairs. He hasn't used them in the last few weeks and in baby terms that means he's outgrown them and will probably never get a look in again. We've got him two walkers for Christmas, the one you push along and the other that he can see it and use as a battering ram. I'm confused to as why you would give them both the same name, just sounds greedy when I tell people that we got the baby two walkers for Christmas. I'm adding age ranges to them, the sit in walker is for now and the other one for when he starts to cruise. Great excuse to why that one is still in the box waiting to be built.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Adding that little extra touch to an outfit

There is no denying it; we all have a soft spot of aesthetic enhancements in our appearance from time to time. A fresh wardrobe, make-up, haircuts, styles and tints and various accessories – there’s a myriad ways to combine one with the other. According to personal style and preferences that can change over time, one should feel comfortable and confident in what they are wearing. There are always those big fashion no-no’s that have always been branded in our heads and accessories that go with practically everything and look great. Watches especially come to mind when thinking of that gets the fashion tick. These handy little trinkets can not only be real eye-catchers but also serve very practical purposes. 
Useful and stylish

As indispensable mobile phones may be in our everyday lives, it can often be a real pain to rummage around in one’s pockets or handbag just to find the device in order to have one look at the display and know the time. The old fashion way of just having a quick glance at the wrist in a split second is no doubt, more convenient. All the more since wristwatches like TAG Heuer can be glitzy statement pieces as well! And there are thousands of different models available that please every possible taste, if glitzy doesn’t happen to be your thing. No matter what size, color, function vs. style, there’s a watch to fit everyone.

Diverse applications

Since technology has improved so drastically over the last decades it’s no wonder that there are certain watches that are more or less small computers. Sure enough, they can’t compete with legitimate PC’s in terms of capacity and application possibilities but some do possess certain network abilities as well. Also included in some of the newer models are extras like flashlights or GPS receivers.
Watches are therefore not only natty pieces of accessories that serve a very basic yet important purpose but some serve as miniature tools handy for certain tasks. All in all, it is no wonder that watches are making a comeback at the moment. So if you want to help yourself to a little treat after Christmas, watches are definitely worth considering!

Moving with family and avoiding the pitfalls

Moving away as a single person is already a difficult task per se, but moving with family is a different ball game altogether. Not taking any careful steps can have a big consequence for the future of your loved ones. The process can be reduced by early planning and the involvement of all family members. Also, never forget that the process of finding a new home can also be a fun and exciting experience.

Reasons and destinations

For many people, the reality of moving does not only relate to the boarder of their country, but also going abroad. This option is considered by millions of people across the world, and for many of them, a popular is The United States. Although getting a green card is not an easy task, the process can be alleviated by contacting these helpful agencies here. As you could imagine, it is not always easy to move to another country and getting the appropriated professional help with the paperwork part helps to make the process a lot easier to concentrate the many other aspects of moving. The United States is a very attractive goal for many with many respectable companies, the alluring pay, and the country itself being amongst the wealthiest in the world. Furthermore, the concept of the American Dream is still very much alive, and people are fascinated by the endless possibilities the country has to offer.

To be born in a country or a city that provides everything we require is a blessing for most. However this reality is not the case for others. Moving into a bigger city increases the chance of getting a better job and therefore providing better conditions to your family. Other families, especially those with babies, dream of moving away from the chaotic big city and of having a bigger house with more space for their children in the suburbs, or even the countryside.

Managing a household with kids

Everybody who has children knows that it is a tough task to keep an easy breathing household together every single day. Many unexpected things happen and plans have to be rearranged and sometimes completely overthrown. However, there are a number of things that can be done in order to at least keep track of the everyday chaos. It only requires strategic thinking. Something that most parents know are easier said than done most of the time.

Preparing the household for flexibility

What mom does not appreciate the many little helpers at home? The washing machine, the dish washer – all of these help spare more time with the children and allow for a more flexible lifestyle. Another aspect is the spatial freedom which is necessary to give children. Often running around the house, it is difficult to keep an eye on them when doing something else like talking to someone on the phone for example. Even simple daily activities can be a challenge so a good cordless phone, such as those made by Gigaset, that can be taken from one room to the next and can even be used to call via the internet is very convenient. As communication becomes more and more important, this is really a huge helper in everyday life. 
Be predictable – as mom and dad

Of course, children want to test their parent’s patience when they can. Parents who do clarify the limits will soon have a problem as their children take over and turn life at home into havoc. This can really affect everybody. For that reason every mom and dad, even though it is difficult, should show consistency. A "no” has to stay a "no” and should definitely not turn into a "yes”, simply because a tantrum escalates in a department store. An ordered household is not only a question of cleaning up the room, but also of making the power relations clear.

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