Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Toddler Fashion 101

This post is a competition entry. The competition is being run by BrummyMummyof2 in association with Debenhams and the winner will be whoever's child makes the best "dream school uniform" from the Debenham's kids range. 

The rules state you only have £100 of pretend Debenhams vouchers in pretend dream outfit land but that was just the right amount for the boy. Pretend shops are his favourite place in the world so this was an easy task for us. 

Unfortunately in our pretend shop land everything usually costs "one pound" and 9 out of 10 times...
"the shop doesn't have that pacoz da beez eated it ALL UP". 

But once we got over these minor hurdles, choosing a dream outfit was easy. 

First up:
"I need big boy pants pacoz I'm a BIG BOY". (Yes, when excited, he shouts the last 2 words of every sentence, for emphasis) He chose these Mr Men pants despite never having watched it nor being potty trained. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hey, trollers, leave us blogs alone!

(To the tune of "another brick in the wall"..... Obviously)

Dear readers of online content who leave nasty, personal, hurtful and unnecessary comments on blogs,

Blogging is a lot of different things to different people. It can be a job, a hobby, a creative outlet or a form of socialising. 

For me, it's a hobby. I love my blog. It acts as a diary of the early life of my children. It keeps my mind active in an otherwise toddler-centric world. It makes me laugh, and occasionally makes a few other people laugh. Most of all, it gives me something to do that makes me feel like ME, not like "Mummy". Very occasionally it reaches a wide audience and gives me a small feeling of accomplishment. 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

10 Things Children's Nurses Wish Parents Knew About Hospital

Being in hospital with your child is a terrifying and horrible time. As children's nurses, we try our best to make the experience as easy as possible for the whole family, but here's a list of things that might help nurses to help you!

1. Throwing nappies away messes up our day!

Please do change your child's nappy while they're in hospital but please don't throw the dirty nappies away!
We might have to keep a fluid balance, which means measuring all fluid going in to and coming out of your child. We weigh nappies to measure urine output and one lost nappy really messes up our numbers (and makes our charts look messy!)
Also nothing pleases us more than looking at and smelling poo. A quick sniff of a dodgy looking nappy can usually tell you if it's "antibiotics causing loose stools" or "quick isolate this infectious patient stat". And without seeing the poo, how could we grade it on the Bristol Stool Chart?! 
(This is an actual chart we use...)


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Ballet Boy

I just took my little boy to his first ever ballet class. In the heart of yummy mummy territory in West London. I thought there might be at least ONE other boy in the class...


There were 20 girls and my little boy.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

In the Night Garden Live and meeting Iggle Piggle

Today was a very special day. My big boy and I went to In the Night Garden Live in Richmond. Without Daddy or the baby!

In the Night Garden is a big part of our lives. We watch it every night before bed (no matter what time bedtime is: thanks to the magic of iplayer). 

I had heard amazing things about the show and have been bigging it up to the little guy for weeks. We were not disappointed!

I'm afraid words are failing me in my attempt to explain how magical it was. Maybe it was because of the huge novelty of being one on one with my gorgeous boy, that gave me rose tinted glasses. Or maybe it's just bloody brilliant. 

I hope these pictures are better at sharing the joy we felt...