Birthday Wish List For a 4 Year Old

When you have 2 children the amount of toys after birthdays and Christmas is INSANE I actually asked for no toys from some family members at Christmas as they girls play with each others toys as they are so close in age (2&4) so they have more than enough between them. But Birthdays are a different thing as it’s their own day and not one they have to share, well in theory! The girls birthdays are just 2 weeks apart so we have lots of new things coming into the house aagghhh! No room at the in thou haha!

Olivia’s main present and one she has asked for is a bike! Something I wanted to get her at Christmas but it’s the wrong time with the dark nights and snow etc so this is the perfect time to get her riding. She has a teddy (well Minnie Mouse soft toy) that she takes absolutely everywhere so we want to get one with a doll seat on the back for her and a basket on the front for any other 4 year old essentials!

She is very much a girly girl and loves pink and princess and dressing up so I thought a tutu would go down very well for and they look so cute in photos too, not that I take many, just around 20-30 a day (ooppss!)

Orchard games are a firm favourite in our house too and at Olivia’s pre school and she had been asking for the cupcake game for a few weeks now, they play it at school and normally I like to try and steer away from having the same things so she has plenty of variety but she has asked so many times and hopefully it’s something Bethany-Rae can learn in time to play with her too.

Beauty and the beast toy was obviously needed due to the party theme (see previous post) and she only has Belle so having the little figures to will be something extra to play with and she really is into role play at the moment with her little dolls etc.

And last but not least the butterfly garden is something Iv been looking forward to doing with the girls this summer for so long, I never did anything like this when I was younger, I was into horses and only horses haha! But they are both at such a fabulous inquisitive age so I really want to enjoy it with them and learn together about new things.

Especially now as Olivia will be starting “big school” in September, but that’s for a future post and one filled with many emotions…

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Beauty and the beast party

So my biggest little girl will turn 4 in less than a week! How this is even possible I do not know! And don’t even get me started on the fact she will be starting “Big school” in September! (My heart nor my head can get around that one)

When her sister Bethany-Rae turned 2 just the other week a Peppa Pig party was the obvious choice as she is OBSESSED. So when it was Olivia’s turn to choose her party theme I was sure it would involve a princess of some kind haha!

Beauty and the beast is the current favourite (actually for quite a while now which is nice) so I have been Pinteresting the life out of Birthday party’s with said theme, and eBay has taken a hit for the supplies. We will be having it at home in the garden just as we did last year for the birthdays. But this year we decided to just have the girls 2 best friends over instead of half the pre school!

Plus it works so well as their best friends mummy’s are my best friends too so what better way to spend a morning celebrating and with cake win win!!

But back to the decorations……I’m going to attempt to turn a white tea-pot I have, but have never used, into “Mrs Pot” this looks fairly easy (famous last words eh!?)

The main feature will be the table which I’m aiming to do like the one in the picture here….

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And to add the tea-pot and “chip” we already have (he is a purse from Primark obviously, who doesn’t have one?!) and the rose decoration I’m undecided on. I think I’ll try with an empty plastic water bottle rather than a glass just in case of accidents plus Olivia will no doubt want to play with all these things after the party is over.

Lumière I fear is going to be my hardest thing to replicate…..

But again I will do my best, for my biggest little girl I will give her the world if she asks for it, don’t us parents always do?

Watch this space….

And wish me luck!!

 

 

*all pictures from pinterest

Toddler Clothing Haul

This is a short post on a little clothing haul I did for Olivia my soon to be 4 year old! Eeekkk! I’ll soon have a school going 4 year old!
Last summer it was all dresses and only dresses that she would wear and nothing in her hair AT ALL.
This year, after a “hair dressers” being set up for a week at school she wants her hair up every single day which I’m absolutely loving as I now get to put bows and accessories in her hair and she loves it! (This mumma waited almost 4 whole years for this)
And she will now happily wear shorts as well which I know probably sounds silly to some but when it comes to all the climbing and running about they do at this age I just feel happier in a park etc if she has shorts on to cover her modesty.
So a little H&M order was placed (and one from Sainsburys snuck in during a food shop!) for some t-shirts to go with the shorts I’d already got her a while back. I like the quality of kids H&M clothes along with the price tag, I mean you can’t go wrong for a t-shirt for £2.99!
I also picked up a pair of soft denim shorts for her as she didn’t have any and I think they look that little bit smarter if we went on family days out etc and not just park/garden and play date days.
The grey top with spots and the pink one came as a pair for £7.99 but it looked  a more lilac in the picture on-line so I’m not sure I’ll be keeping them as I’m no overly keen on the colours.
We also have a christening to go to in a couple of weeks so I wanted to get both the girls dresses to wear for that too. I love the little bows on these dresses and they are super soft and light (I heard today we could be getting another heat wave! So was glad they are going to be lighter for them to wear) I didn’t want to get anything expensive either as there will be lots of running around playing with the other kids and I want them to have fun and for me not to be stressing over expensive dresses getting ruined.
And the final top from Sainsburys “Mrs Pot & Chip”  just had to come home with me as Olivia has decided on a “Beauty and the beast” themed birthday party! (Send help!! I’m Pinteresting the life out of it this week, how did our parents manage without Pinterest?!? Haha!) so i thought she may likw this if her dressing up dress is to hot for her on the day.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by amd habe a read, means a lot!

Where do you prefer to shop for your little ones?

When will she sleep through?…….

I knew when I was pregnant the first time round that sleepless nights were part and parcel of being a mummy.

I joked with friends and family as I’m sure every pregnant women does that getting comfortable and a full nights sleep when heavily pregnant is near impossible and its your body’s way of getting you ready for the sleepless nights when bubba arrives.

We had the usual sleepless nights and teething troubles etc with our eldest, we also spent the first year sharing a house with my brother and he isn’t the quietest of people bless him. And just after Olivia turned 1yr we moved to my husbands place for a few months (we weren’t married or officially living together at this point but that’s all another story!) and then found out we were expecting again so moved to a bigger place, our current house. So I added all of this upheaval and changes to her lack of sleeping, and then just as she did start to sleep through just before she turned 2yrs her baby sister arrived along with the crying in the night which then woke her.

She did settle into a good sleeping pattern but even these days as they share a room and Bethany (littlest) is now 19 months and teething on/off she is a screamer and wakes Olivia when it’s the high pitched variation (oh my days she has a good pair of lungs!)

And Bethany, well she has just never slept well. From waking every 2hrs from the start, I was so happy when I would get 4 straight hours!

We have tried EVERYTHING to get her to sleep through, she isn’t a good eater either and wakes during the night even now for a bottle. We have tried stopping this also and got her to the point of not screaming the house down for the milk but she still woke anyway and took even longer than usual to settle. And on one particularly bad night and tipping over the edge of sleep deprivation and desperately trying to not wake Olivia I caved and gave her milk again and she settled back to sleep fine and woke again 4/5 hours later ( usually wakes around 6am ish for the day) but this didn’t last after she recently had a bout of cold and coughing bugs.

Out recent thing was moving the girls beds away from each other just incase they were some how keeping each other awake with snoring or something (we are desperate!!) actually having said that the most recent recent thing is The gro company’s “Ollie the owl” with his built in cry sensor, he wakes her up more when he goes off so had the total opposite affect! (Send help!)

So here we are with our 2nd at 19 months and still sleep deprived, at the point now where we think we are doing/did something wrong. I would list the things we have tried but it’s a ridiculous amount as we have done everything (inc give up our own room for a week and slept on sofas downstairs so they had separate rooms, this also did NOT work)

We know in 10 yrs time they won’t want to share mum and dads bed and will be hard to wake up in the mornings for school. So we focus on the knowing this isn’t forever and laugh as we will miss them sharing our bed and wanting sleepy cuddles with mumma and dadda. But when u are beyond exhausted and wonder when u will ever sleep a full night in your own bed it can be hard to be “up beat” about it all.

So I will sign off here and head up to bed knowing as soon as my head hits the pillow I will hear a cry and go to my beautiful baby girl and in the morning I will reach for my trusty friends, under eye concealer and a large cup of tea.

Do your little ones sleep through? Did you have any tricks or were they just good sleepers from the off? I’d love to know!

Summer Days

When Olivia's first started pre school I didn't think about the Sumer holidays, why would I? She was with me all day everyday day and I like to think we always did fun things (chores and life obviously in there too but made as fun as I could for 2.5 yr old and me!)
Now she has completed her first "school year" and we are half way through the holidays I can honestly say it's been amazing so far! She is only 3 but had absolutely loved pre school! She had a few days of wobbles here and there at the start but now she actually cries on the mornings she doesn't go and I have to tell her she will go the next day instead. As much as I'm pleased she loves it I obviously want her to be wanting to be with me more.


So the past 3 weeks of having her with us (myself and Bethany) all day everyday and doing so many fun things together really has made me appreciate every day with her even more. She is normally such a daddy's girl but now is all mummy! Much to my delight haha! She has grown so so much the past year since Bethany arrived and school started she is a proper little girl now and not just a toddler. Bittersweet.
We have done rock pooling, parks, play dates, sleep overs at nanna's, horse sanctuary, baking, crafts, picnics and so many more "little" things (playdough etc)

We still have the other half of the holidays to go and Iv so many things still planned for us, including some sofa days with tv and indoor picnics. I really was worried about entering Olivia while at home as school does so many things that we at home can't always keep up if you like, but we really are having so much fun together and I'm in no rush for the holidays to be over.

If you are in the same or similar situation I'd love to hear about your holidays so far.

Our Biggest Little Girl

My Biggest little girl Olivia, she made me a mummy and the person I am today and I can't thank her or love her more.
She lights up all our lives and makes us laugh every single day. She drives me crazy also as she is 3 going on 13! But I honestly wouldn't change any of it for the universe!


My pregnancy with Olivia was text book (eventually……for a little while) at the start we had bleeding as lots of mummies do, few scares but all was good. Till about 30 weeks.
Then the swelling of the ankles started, I literally couldn't fit shoes on some days. I worked in a go surgery in the office so that was ok as long as I got to work it was fine haha! I had already decided to stop work at 34 weeks as I really did feel it, first pregnancy at 35yrs old and I wasn't the fittest I'd been and I found it tough. Then with the swollen ankles/feet I made the decision to stop sooner, I was seriously struggling but couldn't understand why. I'd checked out all ok at the midwife appointments and working at gp surgery I had info and support from professionals on tap.
So I had my last day on the Friday at 32 weeks, after a relaxing weekend I was chilling on my bed on the Monday evening and "pop" well not literally but suddenly I felt wet!
My waters had broken at 32 weeks with absolutely no warning!
No pain, no bleeding, no reduced movement. Nothing. I was sharing a house with my brother at the time and called down to him. He is a legend my brother, he was so so calm. Even sniffed the bed as he thought I'd just wet myself and didn't want me panicking lol!!!! (Feel free to gag here as most people do when I tell them haha!) but once confirmed by him I had not we then called my now husband and the hospital and then started the mad dash of the 50min journey to hospital. Still no pains luckily but oh my days the longest drive EVER!

Once there and checked etc we were told I needed the absolutely hell of steroid shots, seriously the worst pain I have ever experienced. We were told it was likely she would arrive in the next 24hrs but as labour hadn't started yet it was a sit and wait game. They were going to get me ready for possible delivery and then with a mobile scan to check she was ok they found out she was breech as well!! Aaaggghhhh! That was that, after chats with doctors and nurses we agreed a c section was the safest way for her to come out especially as she now had zero (their words) fluid around her.
As we were so far away it was decided the next day I should stay in hospital until she came, potential 4/5 weeks as we were trying to keep her in till 37 weeks.
After almost 3 weeks and going home for a 2 night rest (sleeping on the delivery ward is no joke 🙈) my labour started naturally at 35 weeks on the morning of my pre op and hospital check! I was told I wasn't in labour after being hooked up to a machine and pains stopping when I laid down. Was told to go have some lunch and go to my appointment as normal, 45 mins later I collapsed on the floor apparently and had dilated to 8cm, the pain was immense! I was given gas and air and was like that for approx about 45 mins all in all until epidural and baby being whisked out.
She wasn't breathing for the first min and it felt longer than my entire pregnancy. That cry for the first time was amazing and unreal at the same time, I hadn't layer eyes on her at that point and had t keep telling myself that's my baby crying.
5lb 6oz on Friday 13th June 3:35pm, my life truly began.

We came home together the following Monday night and she dropped to 4lb 15oz and then has thrived ever since!
She had turned 3 and been at pre school a year now and is such a happy, confident, smiling, caring and loving little girl. She also knows her own mind and loves her little sister fiercely.
I could not be prouder of her and burst with pride when ever I talk about her. I will miss her so much when she starts school full time next year, but I'm so so excited to see the amazing person she is growing into.

Littlest’s 1 year update

Bethany-Rae's 1st Birthday and update, I'm a tad late as she is already 14months now (but see last post about that) well she has well and truly turned into a toddler over night. She is walking, climbing, saying some words and basically getting into any kind of mischief she can with Olivia. Much to Olivia's delight!

Food wise we aren't doing so well. I half wonder if this is also to do with the lack of sleeping through and still having bottle during the night.
She will mainly only let us feed her "baby food" all mushed up and with only some lumps. She will occasionally eat what we do I.e chips, odd fish finger, potatoes and some egg.
She will happily like most kids devour a biscuit or packet of crisps! So I know there is nothing wrong and lumps aren't a problem but just being more like her sister who was exactly the same! (However she was 5 weeks early and we were always told until 1year she would be that 5 weeks behind, so I put that down to the not eating. Turns out it was a load of rubbish!)

Iv tried cutting down milk and stopping the night feeds but this just resulted In a hell on earth of a weeks worst nights sleep EVER. So she has kept her nightly feed and at least sleeps better than she did.
But that aside she is doing absolutely amazing, she loves her sister still and follows her round like a shadow just as much as always. Utterly adorable to watch.

How are your little ones with food and weaning stages? I'd love to know!

Next blog will be about my equally gorgeous and amazing Olivia, how is she 3 and starting school next year?!