A trip to the park with Peppa…

Once upon a time Little Miss couldn’t get enough of In the Night Garden. To be fair, it was one of the few things we let her watch on telly when she was younger. But in recent months she firstly developed an inexplicable fear of the Pinky Ponk! Whenever it innocently appeared on screen she suddenly started crying for us to turn it off. We still don’t know why. And secondly a certain cartoon pig has stolen her affections.

So it now is that most days, at some point, we’ll hear the words “more Peppa”. And at the moment I can cope with watching Peppa Pig on repeat (I know, I will eventually eat my words). Personally I find Peppa a darn sight more entertaining than Igglepiggle and his ultra-repetitive little gang. Especially the hapless Daddy Pig who, as my husband complains, is so often the butt of the jokes!

So, for now, I’m happy to indulge her love of all things pink and Peppa. A few weeks ago we baked Muddy Puddle cupcakes. Potty training is being ably assisted by the lure of bright pink Peppa Pig pants. And we also recently took her Peppa Pig ballerina toy on an outing to the park, which as you can see from the photos below everyone enjoyed – and ‘shhh!’, perhaps Mummy enjoyed it a bit more than a grown-up strictly should!

It was a dry day so no muddy puddles but Peppa had great fun… hope you like our little photo story!

Peppa at the park

Peppa Pig toy on swing

Peppa Pig toy on bouncer

Peppa Pig toy on boat

Peppa Pig toy walk

Peppa Pig toy on see saw

Peppa Pig and Little MisterAnd that was our lovely trip to the park with Peppa. Snort!


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I got 99 posts… and now my blog is one!

OK, so it might have been nice to have managed to co-ordinate my 100th and one year blog birthday posts into one. But perhaps a bit too perfect. And anyway, it would have denied me the opportunity to use my cracking Jay-Z inspired headline! So… let’s ‘hit it’!
Blog birthday candle

Actually it’s a bit of a belated birthday now. As ever at the moment, I’m running a little bit late with this one. Again! Such is life with two little people.

Last Friday, 17th October, marked a year since I finally got this blog up and running. It’s kind of crept up on me a bit to be honest…

This time last year I had just found out I was pregnant with Little Mister. He’s now 16 weeks old!

Little Miss, when I first started writing online about our life, was just over 18 months old. She was starting to put words together but was nothing like the little chatterbox she is now. Her hair back then, bless her, was still pretty short and babyish. Today she’s very proud of her cute, curly little ponytail – as are we!

So much has happened in the last 12 months and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to share and record little snippets of it all here on this blog.

Double trouble

Double trouble! Family life one year on.

I look forward to one day being able to show my children this blog too. I love the fact that they’ll one day be able to read about the little details of our family life that might otherwise have got lost or forgotten over time.

And I’ve loved – and have really valued – being able to join a wonderful, supportive, online community of parent bloggers at a time when I’ve been finding my feet as a new mum. I’ve found the mummy and daddy blogging world to be a great source for advice, inspiration, laughter and, from time to time, commiseration when I’m having a bad day.

Life is busier than ever now that we’re a family of four and lately I’ve been struggling to find as much time as I’d like to devote to further developing this blog. There are still so many things sitting on my blogging to-do list. I’m still at the beginning and there’s so much more I hope to do.

But for now I’m going to try and focus on what I have managed to achieve so far…

So, we have the 99 blog posts.

And Mummy’s to do list now has close to 800 followers on Twitter

I have 109 followers on Pinterest

And 36 followers on Bloglovin’

Thank you so much to all those following and interacting with me!

And as I do love a chart (I have happy memories of religiously recording the Top 40 every Sunday night when I was a kid!), here are my top ten posts from the last year…
1. Twin your toilet…
2. Fun with fishes toddler craft
3. Help change children’s lives on World Book Day
4. Toddler art: painting a hand print rainbow
5. Ten tips I learnt from reading I Don’t Have Time to Write
6. Really easy toilet roll crafts for toddlers!
7. Introducing our new arrival… not-so-little Mister!
8. The joys of toddler singing…
9. Easter gifts from nursery…
10. As you turn two…

Charity posts and crafts have gone down well but my favourites have been the more personal posts like numbers seven to ten. And lucky number seven has to be the best one of all. I feel so blessed to have my lovely little family.

Thank you to everyone who has shared the last year with us. Hope to see you again very soon.

Mummy’s to do list x

Pic credit: Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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A successful big bed move…

A few weeks ago I wrote about how our two babies were about to move beds – and shared some cute photos of them in their current sleeping quarters. Well, just over two weeks ago, we finally sorted the move. Little Miss is now sleeping in her new ‘big girl’s’ bed – quite literally as I’m writing this during afternoon nap time – and Little Mister has moved out of the crib and into the cot, freshly vacated by his sister. It’s a bad pun I know, but the move really has gone like a dream! We, for now at least, have two very happy little sleepers.

I can’t claim to be any kind of expert on making the transition from cot to bed but later on I’ll share a few observations of things that I think helped with the move.

New toddler bed

Loving her ‘big girl’s bed’. Puppy’s smiling too!

While I always thought Little Miss would love her new bed, there had been a part of me that felt apprehensive. What if she really hated it? And would she accept seeing her baby brother now occupying the cot that had been hers for more than two years? That was a big concern because we really had to move him into it as soon as she was out. All those parenting books say this is a big no, no but he’s a big baby and his crib was becoming increasingly cramped. I did fear we could have an epic parenting fail on our hands!

But, thankfully, my fears were unfounded. Little Miss absolutely loves her new bed and has been sleeping and napping better than ever in it. Just prior to the move we’d had a run of fretful bed times but now she can’t wait to climb in and snuggle down.

She especially loves her new pillow and proper cosy duvet, something she had’t had in the cot. We got her a princess print set from Next in her favourite colour pink and she keeps telling us “my bed is so pretty!”.

We sorted her new-look room out on one of her nursery days and made it look as lovely as possible, so she returned home that day to see it all nice and ready for her. She was so excited and jumped into bed straight away for a test run.

We’ve got a stairgate on her bedroom door but so far (fingers crossed!) she’s been great at staying put. She loves snuggling down at night and will only leave the comfort of her covers once it’s morning and time to get up.

Little Mister has also been fine moving from crib to cot. He’s got a lot more room to move around now and as it’s got cooler we’ve got out the baby sleeping bags which also help him sleep more soundly. *Whispers* at the moment he’s sleeping through from about 9pm until 5 or 6am in the morning. Not bad for a three-month-old. Bit scared he might suddenly change his mind about this nice convenient arrangement!

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Little Mister chilling in his cot (with Mr Elephant keeping watch)

My tips for moving a toddler from cot to bed…

- Get your toddler excited about the change. We talked a lot about how nice it would be to have a new bed in the run up to the move. I think the most important thing was that by the time it finally happened our daughter felt ready and had expressed how keen she was to have a ‘big girl’s bed’.

- Help you little one know what to expect. Little Miss has two slightly older cousins who were already in toddler beds so we were able to show her their beds. As she looks up to her cousins this also helped fuel her enthusiasm too.

Next Woodland toddler bed set

Our second duvet set

- There’s quite a lot to buy – more than you might first think – so it does take a bit of planning ahead for a smooth transition. Certain items will need to be ordered and may take a few weeks to arrive as well – we had the bed itself weeks before the mattress was delivered. We then needed to buy a toddler bed sized duvet, pillow, a couple of duvet cover and pillow case sets, fitted sheets and a couple of mattress protectors.

- Cover appeal is key! We got two sets from Next which were reasonably priced – the one a bargain at £12 and the other is reversible so we effectively have three designs for the price of two. So far they’ve washed well and Little Miss loves the pretty designs.

- Don’t make it too different. We kept the bed in the same position in the room as the cot had been and moved all the toys she usually had into the new bed so it was still familiar.

- Think carefully about whether or not you need to have a rail. We had bought a rail to go on the side of the new bed but decided against using it at the last minute. Once it was installed it kind of ruined the effect of having a new ‘big girl’ bed – the one we got had wooden bars like her cot – and we strongly suspected our daughter would hate this. So far she hasn’t fallen out of bed and even if she did the bed is not very high up.

- And as with most toddler behaviour that you want to encourage, heap on the praise!

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Baking Peppa Pig cup cakes…

Baking Peppa Pig cakes

Two of my toddler’s favourite things in life right now are Peppa Pig and cake so when I spotted the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Cup Cake mix pack in Tesco a few weeks ago I suspected I might be onto a winner!

I’ll confess now that I’m pretty *coughs shyly* underwhelming when it comes to cooking. I once managed to burn fried eggs! Our family is very well looked after most days by Daddy chef. I lack confidence in the kitchen and as a result my inclination is to steer well clear whenever I can.

But I don’t want to be like that and I certainly don’t want it to rub off on Little Miss. And, when I’m in the right mood, I do secretly enjoy a spot of baking. Everybody loves cake and there’s generally less to go wrong with sweet compared to savoury! Less chance people could get sick if I screw up!

Peppa Pig cakes pack So, keen to give Little Miss her first foray into home baking – and perhaps just a little bit inspired by Great British Bake Off mania – I snapped up the Peppa mix for a bargain £1.69.

The pack does only make 12 cakes, meaning the fruits of our labour were never going to last very long in our house. But the ease of using the mix and time it took were perfect for a toddler and even I found the simple recipe relatively stress-free.

We made the cakes while Little Miss’s baby brother slept and the whole activity took less than an hour – and given that Little Miss wanted to know when she could eat the cake within seconds of me first opening the box, this was important!

All the key ingredients are there for you and ready to go, meaning no fiddling around weighing everything out. You just need to add water and an egg and then you’re ready to unleash your child and a wooden spoon to mix it all together – until they get tired, which invariably they do after about 30 seconds! We then used an electric hand mixer to finish it off.

Peppa Pig cakes mixing

The mixture is then ready to spoon into the cake cases, which Little Miss loved setting out on the baking tray at the start, before going in the oven.

About 15 minutes later they came out and we left them to cool, amid much protest from my hungry little cooking partner, while we made the muddy puddle chocolate icing – which Little Miss lovingly sneezed into as well as constantly dipping her fingers in and eating while I tried to stir it into the right consistency!

Once ready, you then simply splodge a dollop of icing on each cake. As you can see my dollops varied quite wildly in size!
Peppa Pig cakes making muddy puddle icing

Muddy puddles in place, you then finish off with one of the Peppa printed sugar decorations on the top – or ‘stickers’ as Little Miss called them.

Finished Peppa Pig cakeAnd voila! You’re done. The cakes are fairly small in size, an ideal portion for little ones but gone in one bite for some greedy adults (who will remain nameless, ‘Daddy Pig’). This adult thought they were pretty darn tasty too!

Overall, I’d say our first little cooking activity was a bonafide success, much to my amazement. Yes, it was a very simple pack mix but it’s given me confidence to try other things in the future and hopefully get Little Miss interested in cooking from an early age.

And finally, of course, Little Miss got to eat her our handiwork. I think her face probably says it all. Yum!

Peppa Pig cakes yum

 

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Our babies are moving beds…

The last week has seen a bustle of activity and deliveries arriving that confirm yet another new milestone will very shortly be reached by the two little people in our house.

A toddler bed is now stashed in our garage while we await the arrival of its accompanying mattress. Alongside it is a new cot mattress. Hidden away in my bedroom cupboard is the pretty, if not ever-so-slightly-sickly, pink princess duvet set that Little Miss can’t wait to get her hands on. A second woodland themed set is on its way. And the much less exciting mattress protectors arrived this morning.

Big changes are afoot. Little Miss will soon leave behind the cot that has been her sleeping place for more than two years. And Little Mister, at ten weeks old and on the 98th percentile for height, is fast outgrowing the crib he’s occupied since the beginning of July. The same crib that his older sister slept in for the first four months of her life.

Little Miss cot action

It’s hard to imagine Little Miss now as that tiny baby, much smaller than her brother, sleeping next to me in that little wooden crib. She will soon have her eagerly anticipated ‘big girl bed’and Little Mister will be able to enjoy the extra space of his big sister’s old cot.

It will feel like the end of an era. I’m not sure which move is more emotional. Once the crib goes away it could be for the last time. We haven’t yet decided whether we’d have one more child or not but realistically speaking it seems unlikely at the moment. So this could be the end of all things newborn.

Little Mister in the crib

Little Mister in the crib.

And then there’s Little Miss leaving the ‘babyness’ of her cot behind. She’s always been on the small side, so we never had any worries about her being able to climb out of the cot – she still can’t now. The move to a bed, all-be-it a little toddler one, reminds me how grown up she is becoming, how every day she becomes a little bit more independent, less baby and more little girl. It’s lovely to see but at the same time nobody likes time to pass too quickly. She’ll be a teenager before we know it!

Little Miss in her crib

Little Miss in the crib. Happy memories!

We’re hoping the transition will be a smooth one. I’m not too worried about Little Mister. His sister was fine when she moved up from crib to cot and their temperaments so far have been pretty similar. Hopefully he won’t notice the little teeth marks Little Miss kindly added for him at one end quite recently!

Little Miss cot quad

Happy times in the cot! Top left was her first night in it in August 2012.

Little Miss is the one I’m more apprehensive about. She seems excited about having a new bed but toddler’s are unpredictable little creatures with a talent for changing their minds. She’s always been a good sleeper so I’m praying she can retain this good habit, not least because our nights are already broken by the feeding needs of her brother.

Again he’s pretty good and we’re generally down to one middle-of-the-night feed now but I have to confess I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to lost sleep. I know I have it so much easier than many parents do but even that single one hour wake-up in the early hours can still knock me for six some days.

Only time will tell whether or not, given her new-found freedom, Little Miss will become a night-time wanderer!

If anyone has any tips for making the transition from cot to bed then I’d love to hear them!

Moving beds

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