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Sassybloom Box – Month two – Roundup.

Here is my month two of the Sassybloom box, I love this months box, everything in it has been enjoyed and played with almost daily, which is always a wonderful thing.

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And as you can see from this picture, all the wonderful goodies inside the box.. lets dive in and talk about them all..

The bus, has been played by both R and the older children, its a sorter, but the bus also moves around the room, you can open it up at the back and take the blocks out, I have caught R sitting down on her own talking away to herself putting blocks in and out of the bus, some pieces have gone missing because lets face it.. children… but through the ingenious of the older two they have dug out other blocks and bits from the toy box to fill up.. an all round, fantastic toy

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When I Dream of 1,2,3 by Oakley Graham is a number count book and we love counting books here, the words are easy for a child of 4/5 to read and the illustrations are beautiful big and perfect for a younger child to sit down and count.

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Now this is a bath toy, its made by Munchkin and it sticks to the side of the bath or on a tile, but we have been using it in the living room and sticking it to the toy box or Mr S’s desk, R loves it, and will endlessly take out the balls and place them back in over and over again, I’d move it into the bathroom but its being very much enjoyed where its been stuck since.. haha.

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And finally we have some cute little cars, they are perfect for small hands to grab and push around, R will dig these out of the toy box and loves pushing them about the room, she has also taken to putting them inside the bus I mentioned earlier..

I just love how all these toys are now the main things that are played with first in the mornings and we all get excited when the big box turns up at the door, I am always asked to open it straight away!

Out of all the monthly boxes I have, This one gets is the most enjoyable, the children love it and I love seeing them have fun with new toys and books each month..

I cant wait for month 3 🙂

Until next time

Mummy Cat

 

 

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The Perfect Age Gap?

Is there really one? I have read a few blogs about when its the right time to have another baby, add to the family and I do wonder if there is ever a ‘right time’ and does the perfect age gap exist?

My three children have a mix of age gaps, K is 18 months older than A and obviously R is 5 years younger than A.. and if I am honest, I prefer the large age gap than the smaller one.. and actually, considering how broody I get, do not wish for a smaller age gap again..

The one thing I regret with having A so close to K, is probably the fact that I didnt get to enjoy A growing, she suddenly went from a newborn to one in a blink of an eye, where as K.. him getting to a year was so slow, I do love their age gaps, and I do love how well they do play together and will grow up as friends as well as siblings..

But I wish I had waited just a little bit longer, much like how I did with R, we had a plan to wait until I was working and then start trying, she was a little accident haha, but the gap was what we wanted the most.. so that when A went to school I had time to play and deal with R..

and I prefer it..

but the question of whether a small gap or a large gap is best, is really a personal choice, I know many who have one baby after another with only a few months gap between each pregnancy (The Radford’s for an example) and I wonder, how they have time for each child.. when I felt like I barely had any with just two..img_3718as I said before, its a personal thing.. and having done both a small and a large gap, I know which one I prefer.. and I guess if another accident would happen, I would of course just deal with it.. but theres no way I am adding to our family until R is much older..

There is only so much mummy to hand around…

Would you have a small age gap? or do you have one?.. please comment below..

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Guest Post – Parenting Fails – My Girls and Me

Welcome to a my guest post series in which I ask other wonderful parenting bloggers what their biggest, funniest parent fail is! Up first we have a wonderful blogger, Her name is Becca and you can find her over at My Girls and Me.

My Parenting Fail.

My fail consists of lots of things being taken back and exchanged.. OOPS.

Through the rest of my pregnancy with Rosie, I LOVED the name Anna-Belle. I was in love. I would tell everyone her name was Anna-Belle and i was never going to change it. I would call her in while i spoke to her in the womb and i people would actually refer to her as Anna-Belle.

Well, i gave birth all nice and smoothly and the moment she came out i looked straight at her dad and said she does not look like an Anna-Belle. We sat for ages and tried to think of names we liked but nothing suited till the midwife said “Oh what lovely rosy cheeks she has.” and boom it clicked. We announced her birth and when it said “Rosie-Belle” everyone was confused (oops haha!) a few people even had to return gifts that had said the name on it. (Sorry everyone)

That is my most biggest parenting fail, even to the point where we had Miyahs name picked out and there was no way on this earth it was being changed because of Miyahs dad but people still refused to till i gave birth and she was actually names Miyah.
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Amelia’s New Ears..

For a while now there has been a big debate in the world of parenting, when is the best time to get a child’s ears pierced.

and honestly, when they ask..

Since A turned four she would go on and on about getting her ears pierced like mummy, I didn’t mind when she had it done as long as she decides and she chooses, I wasn’t going to push her into doing it because that wouldn’t be fair on her.

So on a bright and sunny Tuesday morning we headed into town with a mission to get A’s ears pierced.. a case of if we don’t do it now it will never get done, we once again headed to Custom Ink, the place where I got my daith piercing done 6 weeks before, you can read about that here We had thought about going to Claire’s but they unfortunately had been booked up until the following day and we both just wanted to get it over and done with, so Custom Ink was the next best thing and they opened up at 10.

We had a little charity shop hunt before had for some books, because who doesn’t like both charity shops and reading? and once 10am rolled around we walked over to the piercing studio and was the first in line to get it done.

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I am super proud of A, I had told her that it might hurt, I pinched her ears so she could experience what it may feel like, I didn’t want to lie to her and tell her it was going to be painless because everyone experiences pain completely differently, I asked her over and over again if she was sure and Sue the lady who did the piercing also asked the same, she was sure, and so… click click, it was done.

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Not a single scream, tear… or anything really, she said ouch for the second one but from experience the second piercing always hurt more than the first, probably down to the fact that you know what it feels like and so your brain just says ‘yup that hurt’ but I am so proud of her, she got a back of sweets for her and her brother and danced around the town before heading home for some ice cream..

A had a huge smile on her face for the rest of the day, I showed her how to clean them properly and how to twiddle them around.. she is really happy with them and I am glad she likes them too, I also explained to her that if she wants to she can take them out and let them heal over, its completely down to her..

I keep catching her looking at herself in the mirror haha!

Going back to the debate of piercing ears of children, wait until they ask, tell them exactly what to expect and don’t lie to them that its not going to hurt.. and just make sure that they are 100% sure that they want it done.

What was your experiences with piercings? are you like me and have about 9 holes in your ears and want many more.. or are you more normal and want just a single or none..

Would you let your children get their ears done if they start asking?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Dealing with a dairy allergy..

When you are pregnant you are told two things, one that you are breastfeeding and two you can use formula if you want, but what never comes up is what if your baby has a dairy allergy..

Back when my son was born, it wasn’t even talked about, it took me 6 months to finally get a diagnoses and a prescription of lactose free formula from the doctor… and all it took was for me to be given a tub from a friend who’s son also suffered with dairy allergies.

My poorly little boy was sick, crying and not very happy for the first six months of his life, we all didn’t know what to do, had many talks with doctors and they all kept telling me it was a reflux, but what a surprise, none of the reflux medicine worked! he was sick all the time after a bottle, often bringing up half of what he took in, but he was gaining weight so they didn’t worry… but once I got some lactose free formula into him, he stopped throwing up, he stopped crying all the time and he started being a happy baby for a change..

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When we had A, we knew that there was a possibility that she would have the same issues, but we didn’t expect that she would not only be able to have lactose, but dairy itself,  and when she was around 12 weeks old, after being sick all the time while using regular formula and lactose free, my health visitor recommended I switch to soya.. and she stopped being sick, she was pretty much dairy free up until she started primary school and we decided to try her on regular milk and she thankfully had grown out of it!

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R was a completely different story, expecting that again we would deal with another child with a similar problem, but she didn’t, besides being a tiny baby, she had nothing wrong with her.. and I was so glad to be able to deal with a normal baby for a change..

What I think surprised me more is how many others dealt with the same issues as what we had.. here are a few below..

My son was diagnosed with milk and egg allergies at 5m, following a massive vomiting episode after having eaten a spoonful of plain yogurt as part of the weaning process. He’d always had a bit of a rash, even when I was exclusively BF, but we didn’t think anything of it as neither of our families have a history of allergies. The dietician first put him on one hydrolysed formula, which smelled and tasted awful, then on another, to which he took really well. I still BF until he was 8m old (and still ate dairy and eggs), but since I have stopped, he has slept through and his skin is miles better. We cope really well with it; he basically eats everything we do (I cook everything from scratch at home anyway), but if I include milk or eggs in our foods I substitute with formula and starch in his. When I bake cakes for him I use vegan recipes, which taste okay. The only pain is going out for food, where I tend to err on the side of caution and either go for a buffet, where I can assemble non-dairy foods or resort to an emergency jar – How to rock at parenting

My two boys (3 years and ten weeks) both have milk allergy. The eldest was diagnosed when he was almost two and my youngest when he was 2 weeks. It’s almost been harder second time round as even though I know what to expect I had such a fight for him to be diagnosed and get the right formula (very hit and miss trying different ones including thickeners) where as we are in a routine with Freddie and he loves his oat milk of a morning – Ready, Freddie, Go!

Mummy and Liss share their experiences with CMPA and how difficult it can be.

I really wish doctors would listen to mothers when it comes to their children, parents are often the ones who spot things and knows their children, and I had a few people tell me ‘are you sure’ when it came to A and her allergy, I know my child, I know she had a problem.

Please share your struggles with getting a diagnoses, or if you have been diagnosed, share some wonderful recpies for some dairy free food!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

For more information on milk allergies – click here 

 

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Two children down..

This weekend my mum has taken K and A, leaving Mr S and I with R..
Now usually when the older two are at home, it’s hard work, even with two parents, we are out numbered and arguments often occur..

I honestly forgot how easy life was with a single child at home, don’t get me wrong I enjoy the challenge of three, but it’s been so easy to run to the toilet without worrying what the three of them will get up to, washing has been put on and I managed to deep clean the bathroom, something that I shamefully haven’t done in a while..


I know by the night time, when I go to bed, I’ll miss them, they won’t be in their beds for me to kiss before I go to sleep and they won’t wake me up in the morning demanding breakfast at 5am..

I will just have R..

They are, or at least they can be, a great help too.. helping me get nappies, getting rubbish in the bins and helping me out with R..

But goodness they argue sometimes, with each other and with me hah!

I get them back on Monday morning when my mum goes into work, I hope they are having a fantastic time, they FaceTimed me earlier and A was cooking dinner (Lamb Mince with sweet mash) and K was busy reading Harry Potter (which I had passed down to him the other night, ‘I’m on chapter _’ he yells).

I love my babies so much but sometimes, I think time away from them is good for you, or you can become so stressed.. 

I am going to enjoy my two quiet evenings, playing some games and relaxing.

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Worst Pram I Have Owned.

Now, over my 7 years of parenting I have owned a few prams, some have been the best that I have ever owned… but there was one that I regret buying..

My list of prams that I have had are..

  • Graco Mosaic
  • Quinny Buzz 3
  • Obaby tandem sport
  • Quinny Buzz xtra
  • Bugaboo Frog
  • Icandy Peach 2

I know compared to others that it is both a small amount of prams and a large amount of prams, but keep in mind this is over a 7 year period and prams do break or get damaged, my Graco for example had a high speed impact of an idiot on a pushbike when my son was 10 weeks old, he was fine thankfully but the poor pram had to go, I didn’t even notice the big dent in the side until I got home…

But I am not calling that brown rickety pram the worst… by far the worst pram I have ever owned has been the Obaby Tandem Sport..

71bZCCJ6W6L._SL1500_I wanted to get the Phil and Teds tandem, I liked the idea of it being a front and back pram, easy for shopping, so because of the price we decided to get the obaby’s version.. and I honestly have regretted ever since..

At first it was fine, but a few weeks went by and I noticed that one of the wheels had become loose, and no matter how hard I pushed it would not click into place, I had my mum look at it and it turned out that it had a small fault on the wheels, it the pole that kept the wheel secure was short by 9mm!

I of course contacted the company, and after going around in circles going nowhere I posted on their Facebook page about the problem… only to be blocked!!! In the end I ended up throwing the blasted thing out and as my son who was 2 at the time was confident in walking, I used the Quinny Buzz 3 that I got after the Graco accident, I also got him a little buggy board which he loved..

I then found many horror stories from obaby many being the same issue that I dealt with..

I am not saying that all obaby prams are crap, but in this case, this was the single worst pram I have ever owned, I wish now that we had paid the extra £30 and got the Phil and Teds tandem!

What has been your worst pram?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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