And suddenly.. Wehave two year old. We’ve been firmly in the toddler days for a wee while now but I guess her birthday has kind of made it official. I feel like we’re finally starting to get into the swing of things…. Of course new challenges arise all the time, and they always will but I kind of feel a bit more confident as a parent and the pattern of our life now.
I’m not going to share too much about her as one day she will be able to google and I will probably embarrass her enough without blethering all over the internet but she is a wonderful, cheeky, contrary rascal, with never ending energy. She eats everything within sight and exhausts us… but makes us smile and laugh every single day.
I still have back problems and I think the pain of that is probably my biggest frustration – I feel I could have more energy, cook more, do more, walk more if it wasn’t for that but the days of feeling entirely frustrated are fewer now than they were. My house isn’t perfect, I keep on top of the washing and we get fed everyday even if I am not as adventurous or as prepared with the cooking as I would like to be. And as for other activities, the wee one is at nursery and does a lot of craft and mud and other things there, the best thing I can give her at home is time and tickles and playing with bubbles outside, all day long, everyday if she had her way. One day my toddler will be big and I’ll have more time for other things but I’ll probably be missing the toddler days so I will do my best to just enjoy them and not get too worked up about the windows not being cleaned and not making homemade bread.
So to conclude the parenting chat today I will share of a few of my current parent likes.
1. This recipe Packed Lunch Smoky Sausage Mini Quiches from Feeding Boys blog– I made these for the wee ones toddler party and they went down a storm with parents and kids. I used hot dog sausages as that’s what I had to hand and guessed the amount of cheese. Fab. Will make another batch very soon.
2. Podcast – Happy Mum Happy Baby I like listening to the various experiences on this.
3. Book – The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson. I’ve read all her books so far (I think) and I’ve just started reading this. Reading anything is a bit hit or miss for me just now, I struggle to concentrate like I used to now that I have the wee one needing me or the million and one jobs needed to be done around the house. I do need to learn to have a bit of time every night to switch off and not just play mindless games on my kindle. Time off = less stress parent = more fun parent.
4. T-shirt Tunic dresses for the wee one (Like this) I think these are fabulous for our active wee girl. Pop on with leggings and she is set to go, climbing, jumping, twirling. Easy to put on, easy to wash and perfect for nursery days. I love dressing her in pretty dresses and shorts as well but she is very fair and very active so this covers her delicate skin and doesn’t hinder her in any way. She has a few from various places and mostly gifts.
5. And last but not least a Scuttlebug. We got one for the wee one for her birthday and she loves it so much. She has tried to take it to bed with her and been quite upset when we wouldn’t let her. It folds and is light so we will be able to take it with us when we are away anywhere over the summer.
So to end – some advice please, We have a family holiday planned in June for Jersey, any top places for toddlers (or adults?) and the flight will be longer than we’ve attempted with the child in tow before so I was thinking about getting a KeepEmQuiet bag Has anyone had one, would they recommend and any other tips? She’s 2 now so will have her own seat and we’ve got seats together. I hope the flight won’t be too bad and that she will sleep for the night we are there (always hit and miss with her anyway!)