Jack: Two Years On

Jack: Two Years On

Can you believe Jack is now 2 years old? It seems like yesterday that I was announcing on here that I was pregnant with him. It is so crazy that he is a walking, talking monster now! Here is a little bit about what we got up to on his birthday…

Present from Auntie Shona
More presents!!
We had a lazy morning/afternoon in, just the three of us then it was time for a yummy carvery dinner with both sets of grandparents. Jack took the opportunity to pose most of the time but he certainly took advantage of all you can eat! Haha

Jack had a really lovely day and I’m glad I managed to get some pictures to show that – whilst I got pictures of his party last year, I didn’t get many on his actual birthday so wanted to rectify that this year. It was also nice to have a relaxed affair compared to last years stress – and Jack really seemed to enjoy it!

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Life After Children

Life After Children

People say that your life completely changes after having children and for the most part, that is true. Myself and Steve can no longer make rash decisions to do something as we always have to factor Jack and his needs into the equation. An impromptu holiday like we had the other week can become very stressful very quickly – it is all too easy to throw a few things in a bag for us but Jack needs nappies, wipes, changing bag, travel cot – there is no real room for spontaneity when you are a parent.

It is funny how your tastes and opinions change once you have had a baby too. I always used to be against a dummy – but when you have a month old baby who is full and clean but won’t settle down, you will soon change your mind. I always thought I’d make every puree from scratch, time soon told. I even despised certain clothing items before, now I find myself wanting them just like these crocs for kids – certain friends will tell you how far my hatred used to run for them and now I find myself adding them to every virtual shopping basket!

On that note, I am a total nightmare when it comes to shopping online for Jack – if I could afford it all, I certainly would click checkout every single time. Kids stuff is just so cute! I do like to treat myself and Steve every now and again too, although this doesn’t happen all too often – we tend to use any spare penny for Jack. This makes sites like Shoes By Mail perfect for us – they are affordable without being cheap quality and are something of a necessity to us – we lead such busy lives that we don’t have time to try on about twenty different pairs; we can get what we want instantly. A few years back, I would have loved to have walked round the shops for hours choosing stuff, but that is a luxury I no longer have.

Do you have children? What did you find changed after having them? If you don’t, what one thing would you want to remain the same?

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Party Planning For A 2nd Birthday

Party Planning For A 2nd Birthday
It is just under 3 months until Jack’s second birthday and I am already finding myself in a flap trying to sort out his birthday and Christmas presents – I like to try and get ahead and want to make sure that all of his presents are bought by the end of November (that includes Christmas presents) as I want to spend the time between Jack’s birthday and Christmas chilling out. 
We have already decided that, unlike last year, we won’t be having a huge party for him this year. Last year was a one off thing for the family to attend and it is likely he won’t have another one like that until he hits the grand old age of 18. From now on, his birthday parties will be kids and parents only (plus his grandparents, of course) as we just cannot afford the expense. It also seems silly to shell out loads of money on a birthday that isn’t much of a milestone compared to 1, 18, 21 etc.
Although we have said that all birthdays from now on will be kids and parents only, this does not include this year. This year, we plan on just having a birthday meal out somewhere that is baby friendly, with both sets of grandparents in tow. What is the most baby friendly restaurant you know?
Jack’s awesome birthday t-shirt for last year from Auntie Sarah
I know some people will be wondering why we aren’t having a party and feel it is a little mean. However, there is plenty of time for that when he is a little older. Parties now seem to be used as a way to out do each other. I didn’t have a party every year when I was really young – I think I had my first birthday party and then the next was my 4th or 5th when I was at school. The majority of my friends had the same – it is only recent years that kids birthday parties have become this thing that parents must compete over and I think that is quite sad. I am more than willing to wait before jumping into that shark pool.
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Terrible Twos

Terrible Twos

We spent this past weekend down in Camber Sands where our caravan is based (which has been at the root of all problems recently but we won’t go into that!) and it was so nice to get away from the mundane and dreary day to day we are used to. What was also nice is that the change of surroundings seemed to do wonders for Jack too – even though he has been to the caravan before, he is far too young to remember it and also I do think the new experiences he had also helped his mood. 

Until recently, myself and Steve have been encountering a dreaded case of the terrible two syndrome – even though he still has a way to go until his birthday yet! As mentioned in a previous post, we are looking towards getting him a new bed in the not too distant future as he seems to think he is some sort of escape artist and has currently taken to scaling his cot! We’re also thinking of completely changing his room around, especially if other children are on the cards. Whilst trying to adapt to changes in him- both physical and mental- and in the work/life balance too,  it is also rather draining – there are only so many tantrums I can deal with in one day and I am finding it really hard at times, especially when Steve is at work and Jack tries it on, thinking I’m an easy touch.

Not many people really talk about the terrible twos apart from the fact it is a nightmare! I can’t seem to find any semblance of advice on how to deal with these constant tantrums – I know how to placate my normally happy child but what do I do when nothing seems to please him?

Do you have any advice?

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Parenting | Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottle

Parenting | Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottle

This review has taken me so long to write and I am not entirely sure why! The Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottle is designed for travelling with your child which is not an easy task in itself! The last thing you want is to have to find somewhere to wash up your babies bottle in an unfamiliar place. These bottles come in packs of two, with two sterilised bottles and two teats. 

These are single use so once used, can be disposed of. No washing up fuss! Jack no longer has milk during the day, he just has a bottle at bedtime. However since we aren’t going anywhere overnight for a while, I thought I’d better try these out with his other favourite beverage – squash! We have been invited to numerous things over the summer and always had to lug a bottle of squash and some beakers along with us as Jack’s drink needs were never catered for. We knew this wouldn’t be the case at a recent BBQ we went to but we thought we’d try this out nonetheless.

The instructions are simple and the bottles are easy to put together. You simply push the teat down until you hear a click which makes it impossible for it to be pulled off. These are quite durable considering they are one time use products – Jack definitely tested them for that quality! Once he’d finished his drink, we simply disposed of it in the bin! Easy, no mess! I know these are designed for milk feeds so will definitely be purchasing some more for the next time we go away overnight and/or in the case of another baby.

Would you try these with your child?

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