Thursday, 30 March 2017

My Baby At 14 Months

It doesn’t feel like Little has changed much in the last month. I don’t think there have been any major developments, she has just been working on skills she already has. She seems to understand a bit more, be able to communicate a bit more and walk a bit better. Looking back the changes are subtle, but they are there.

Collage of 9 photographs of my baby girl in the month 13 to 14. Including playing in the garden and the bath
Little Months 13 to 14

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review: Kinder By Nature Wipes

Little recently had some nasty red eczema on her face. While chatting to a friend I said that I thought it was caused by some new baby wipes I had tried so she recommended the Kinder By Nature Baby wipes. My friend use the wipes on her son who has a number of allergies and she has never experienced a reaction from them. A few days later I had the opportunity to be sent some Kinder By Nature wipes for review and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try them.


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Monday, 27 March 2017

Review and Giveaway: Melody The Musical Turtle




Melody the Musical Turtle is a cute toy from LeapFrog aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years old. The plastic toy has buttons all over it’s back numbered 1 to 10 teaching children colours and numbers as well as speed and memory skills. It’s a lot of fun and will also appeal to older children (and adults too).

Close up side view of the toy showing the slider to change between modes, a few buttons, the LeapFrog log and a side view of the turtle's face including holes on the head where the speaker is

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Mother's Day And Why It Matters To Us Mums

Every year on Mother's Day social media is covered with people sharing their love for their mums, Mother's sharing the gifts and cards they were given and a large group of disgruntled Mum's who feel there hasn't been enough appreciation shown.

A black and white photograph of me grimacing while hugging my two daughters (a 5 year old and a 1 year old)
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Of Course They Ran To Help

Reports tonight have talked about how, after news broke about the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge, staff from St Thomas' ran to help. People are saying how proud they are of the NHS and our emergency services and it's great they are proud, but so often they are taken for granted.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I Would Love Another Baby, But...

Some people choose to have one baby, others choose to have more than one. Some people end up with babies by accident and others would love one (or more) but life has other ideas. I have the feeling my family isn’t complete and I would love to have another child yet the thought of another baby makes me anxious. I have so many fears, doubts and worries about adding to our family. I am the sort of person who likes to have plans and I want to either plan for the next or clear out all the baby bits and work on moving on, but I can't decide what I should do.

I want another baby, but ...

A close up of a newborn baby with her eyes closed resting on her arm

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

When Life Gets Too Much Your Blog Will Wait

I talk to a lot of bloggers (occasionally face to face, but mostly online) and a common theme is how to balance the pressure of blogging with family time, taking time out for ourselves and boring tasks like house work. As “professional” bloggers there is a pressure to seek work and deliver quality posts in reasonable times, but whether blogging is our main job or a sideline we should all love what we do.

An open MacBook showing the Counting To Ten blog on a sofa next to a brown A5 diary and a pen
Yes I blog on my sofa, it's comfy

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Review: True Tea Club Subscription

Sometimes as a parent you just need 5 minutes peace. Those 5 minutes are even better if you can enjoy a great cup of tea that’s still warm. The True Tea Club sent me a standard subscription box to review which has enough loose leaf tea to make 40 cups of tea, that means I get at least 3 hours peace right? Well maybe not, but the tea does provide a little bit of calm in the chaos of my home.

A tea infuser shaped like a man relaxing on the edge of the cup infusing tea into a plain tea cup and saucer

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Introducing cutlery: Oxo Tot Training Plate and Cutlery Review

Oxo Tot kindly sent us a training plate, roll up bib and cutlery set to review recently and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to move Little on to the next stage of weaning. Our normal approach to meal times from day one has seen us putting a small amount of food on the highchair tray so Little can pick it up and feed herself (baby led weaning). If giving Little yoghurt or anything really runny which will be wasted if eaten just using her hands I preload a spoon and pass it to her, but I hadn’t given her the chance to scoop food up herself.

A close up of the oxo tots plate with rice and pork in with a baby using the oxo tots for and wearing a bright pink oxo tots bib

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

My Baby At 13 Months

Last month Little achieved one of the biggest milestones: I can now say my baby is walking, although maybe I can’t actually call her a baby anymore. I quite like the term “boddler” because compared to the others at Toddler group she definitely isn’t a proper toddler yet. My little girl is on the move, very chatty (although I have no clue what she is saying) and she continues to show a lovely glint of cheekiness. The sleep continues to be awful.

A collage of 9 photographs showing a baby playing instruments, standing, feeling textures in a book, on a rocking horse, crawling through and tunnel and in a ball pool
Little months 12 to 13

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Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day, Princesses And Superheroes

As I walked my daughter into school on World Book Day I looked around at the Disney princesses, the Spider-Men and an assortment of other superheroes and I tutted to myself. Yes there are books of all these characters, but surely a book should come before the film or TV programme when we are talking World BOOK Day. I'm not really sure comics count as books either. 

A 5 year old girl in a pale blue dress with white apron and white tights and a black hairband sitting next to a Disney Alice In Wonderland book
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An Introduction to Polish Food With Polish Village Meals

When I was offered some food to review I was excited for 3 reasons: I’m a big fan of food, an even bigger fan of eating food, and it was a selection of Polish food which I have never tried before. I love to try new dishes so with no idea what I would get I waited eagerly for the delivery.

Lots of plastic boxes with preprepared polish food in, in front of a bag saying Polish Village Bakery and a jigsaw of a giraffe made from bread

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

First Art Session With Baby

When M was Little’s age she had started nursery full time. I have this vision that all day long at nursery they are doing new activities focused on child development and the support workers would be constantly interacting with the children to help them learn. From the occasional peeks through the door I know that there was actually a lot of time the babies were just left to play with the toys, so while it may not be that different to home I still feel a pressure to make sure Little doesn’t miss out on the opportunities she would have at nursery. 

A baby making stamps with cut beetroot on a white piece of card on a wipe clean messy mat in blue with small white stars

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