The UK Baby and Toddler Show
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Wednesday 30/1/2013 Babyccino (91/365)
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A Sad Farewell
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We phoned the insurance company who agreed to get the garage out to come and move the car and to supply us with a courtesy car. The garage were finally able to take the car on Friday, prior to that our street was too icy. The call finally came today, our car has been written off. This innocuous little crash caused over £2000 worth of damage! As our boiler has also been struggling recently today was the day that we got someone round to look at that too. It needs a new pump, it is more economical to buy a new boiler. Car and boiler written off in the same day! That's quite spectacularly bad luck for one day!
So, goodbye to you, our Renault Megane. I have so many happy memories attached to you. You were the car we went on our first date in, that we moved my things back to Bolton in when I came back here to live after meeting RRD and then the car that we moved into our first home in. You had so many hospital trips, to scans and antenatal appointments, to the labour ward, including that one dramatic night when I woke up bleeding heavily at 14 weeks pregnant with Bud. You were the car that Red Rose Daddy drove us to hospital in to give birth to Bud and Little Miss and then safely transported them home in the same soft grey car seat. It seems silly to me to be saying goodbye to a car but I need to. This feels like a goodbye, you are intrinsically tied up in our early story as a family. When I think of these days I'll see us loading Bud and Little Miss into their car seats and all your little foibles - like the broken drivers' door window and the way you used to grumble in wet weather. We will miss you.
Monday 28/1/2013 Cold (89/365)
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Happy Birthday Elite Magazine!
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Yesterday they celebrated their first birthday by holding a fantastic party at The Styling Academy in the Corn Exchange, Manchester and we were lucky enough to be invited!
Bud and Little Miss in January
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Bud is now very nearly 34 months. I can't believe my baby boy will be three years old in April. Where does the time go? It seems like mere weeks since was the size Little Miss is now! We've been in the jungle of potty training recently. That has been a slow process and deserves it's own blog post. I'll be writing that soon. Other than the potty training adventure, and my goodness was I not prepared for it, we have been experiencing Bud's take on the terrible twos.
Bud has never been bad tempered. Yes we've had the occasional rage but he has never been a child who throws themselves on the floor or screams and wails. However, recently he is behaving a bit oddly and it is starting to bother me. He is big for his age, already in size 3-4 clothes, and he is constantly trying to impose himself physically on me and his sister. He throws himself at us and sprawls on us. Lots. Another favourite is using knees, elbows, ankles, toes, shoulders or head to push his weight against me even more Can you imagine someone putting a bent elbow against your arm or leg, then pushing all their body weight into the elbow, or placing their head against you and pushing forward with all their might? It would hurt wouldn't it? It does! I'm covered in bruises from the constant battering I get! It isn't done in a violent or angry way. The best way I can describe it is that he is physically imposing himself on me.I suspect it's hormonal, especially after reading The Boy and Me's excellent post on toddler boy hormones, either that or he is trying to assert his position in the family. It is interesting that he doesn't try this behaviour on his Daddy. I wonder if any of you have experienced this with your boys? Do you have any tips for dealing with it? At the moment I just move away from him. He follows me around the room as I move each time he starts, it is worse when I am holding his Sister, another explanation may be jealousy. I'm hoping that refusing to tolerate it and removing myself from his vicinity
will do the trick.
My boy is growing up a lot. His speech is wonderful and he has an extensive vocabulary. I love that he knows the meaning of words like delicious and fantastic and knows how to use them in a sentence properly. I'm so proud of his manners. He says please and thank you without being prompted now which impresses most people who are on the receiving end. It just goes to show that children are never too small to learn good manners. He chats and sings constantly and I love to just listen to him. His interest in art and craft has improved immeasurably and rarely a day goes by when we don't paint, draw, stick or cut. I'm on a mission to get some real projects on the go and I'm hoping to start some different activities too. I've been pinning lots of toddler craft ideas for inspiration and we've been pulling together a box with lots of different materials in it. He loves his baby Sister and often 'strokes her gently' (his words) and tells other people that they have to be gentle with her too. I know he has found sharing me difficult but I'm very pleased with how he is adjusting (apart from the earlier problem mentioned).
Fancy Dress on Parade
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I'm a More 4 Mums Guest Blogger
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Wednesday 23/1/2013 Swoosh (84/365)
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Sammy's Great Escape
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The new offering from Warner Bros, Sammy's Great Escape, would be the perfect film for Bud's first experience of the cinema if he was just a little bit bigger. Out during February half term it tells the story of Sammy and Ray, two Leatherback turtles who are caught by poachers, ending up in a Dubai aquarium, and their adventures trying to return home to those who love them. We'll probably wait for it on DVD when I'm sure Bud will love it.
I'm pleased to share the trailer with you, it looks like a great way to spend a half term afternoon.
Harry Potter for xBox Kinect
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All Aboard the Polar Express in 3D
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New Year's Eve
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New Year’s Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. The cast is stellar with some of Hollywood's biggest names including Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Ashton Kutcher, Robert de Niro and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The film is set out in a similar style to Love Actually and Valentine's Day and features a group of loosely connected characters who are celebrating the end of 2011 in different ways. The central storyline, in my opinion, features Ingrid, a secretary (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) who has a near-death experience at the start of the film and then embarks upon a quest with Paul, a bike courier played by Zac Efron, to complete her new year's resolutions. I won't give too much away but the various stories continue throughout the build up to the Times Square ball dropping at midnight.
New Year's Eve is really enjoyable viewing. Not a typical romantic comedy as there are so many different stories but they do link up well and I enjoyed how the day rolled out. Some of the stories were slightly superfluous - like the race to have the first baby of the year - but the strongly interlinked stories worked well. It is perfect viewing for the Christmas and New Year period.
The film is available on DVD and Blu Ray from the usual stockists and Amazon. Both versions feature an Ultraviolet version of the film which allows you to download it and watch it on your mobile devices.
Disclaimer: I was sent this Blu Ray for review purposes, as always the thoughts and opinions contained within are all my own.
A Day at Chester Zoo
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Red Rose Daddy was off work for a week but the weather forecast was wet. We scoured the forecasts and worked out that the Thursday might be dry. It dawned fine so we crossed our fingers and set off for the Zoo.
The Zoo is very easy to find. Brown heritage signs, complete with elephant, directed us in from the motorway. Parking is free and plentiful and next to a Park and Ride station which would get you to or from the centre of Chester quickly.
Admission to the zoo is simple. There is a large ticket office to buy tickets on the door and then manned turnstiles for access. It is possible to pre-book tickets online and I would recommend this. Anything that makes admission easier is always a bonus with children! As we already had a ticket we sailed through with no queuing. You will be offered a map and a list of animal talks, I suggest you take them as, although lots of maps are scattered around the park, it is always easier to have your own to refer to. If you are interested in the keeper talks the leaflet is the best way of getting this information.
The main concourse has a gift shop, restaurant, toilets and guest services. I popped into guest services and found a variety of leaflets including one which gave you a route to use in the rain. Handy if you aren't confident about the weather. They also have wrist bands that you can write a parent's mobile number on and put around your child's wrist. I picked one up for Bud. I'm glad to say we didn't need it but it is a really good solution for lost children.
The Zoo is really large and I think, with toddlers, it is difficult to try and see it all in one go. We decided to take it easy and see what we could. Enclosures are arranged, loosely, in areas themed around habitat. The first animals you meet after entering are the elephants and, from there onwards you can find your own route around the park.
The animals are usually easy to spot. Many of them can be seen both indoors and outdoors which is useful if in bad weather. There is a mixture of animal houses and outdoor enclosures and we were able to see about 75% of the animals (we didn't try for the rest as we were short of time). We weren't left disappointed as you sometimes are by fruitlessly looking for animals that are indoors or hiding.
Disclaimer: We received a free family ticket to visit Chester Zoo as part of a project with Tots 100 and Money Supermarket. The thoughts and opinions contained within are honest and unbiased.
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