Friday, 17 October 2014

I Do These Now I Have A Child.

So, my last post was all about the things that every now and then I feel I miss out on now having a child.
I generally feel like this for a matter of minute, seconds evening and then it very quickly passes. It passes because I always remind myself of the following things that I do now I have a child. Things, I would never have done minus him.
  • I get snuggles in the morning EVERY morning.
  • I get kisses all the time.
  • I watch a child grow into a beautiful young man.
  • I love every day.
  • I watch little legs jump in muddy puddles.
  • I watch little cheeks tan in the sun.
  • I watch little curls blow in the wind.
  • I watch feet splish and splash in the rain.
  • I hold a tiny hand and show it the way.
  • I teach and I learn.
  • I hold a little persons heart in my hands and will do forever.
  • I get to be the most important person in the world - Mommy.
  • I know that I will be that forever. 
There's more. Gosh, there's so much more.
The things I do now I have a child far far outweighs the things I no longer do. Trust me. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

I Did These When I Didn't Have A Child

I don't hugely miss these things listed below. But, i do often think of them as fond memories and wonder
whether and when I will do these things again. However, if because of a growing family, I never did them again. I really wouldn't mind. I'd do anything for my boy, family and their future.
  • Paint my nails and the varnish last more than a day.
  • Not have to bath with a rubber ducky.
  • Eat chocolate brazenly and not hidden from small hands and tiny eyes.
  • Window shop.
  • Be able to walk the dogs without stepping foot on the grass or in a puddle.
  • Affording things.
  • Enjoy log fires at home without the worry of burnt fingers.
  • Drink alcohol in the daytime. 
  • Play guitar on an afternoon off.
There's more. But, not many more. However, see my next post for my spin on these things.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

International Baby Wearing Week 2014

Yes folks. Yes! To all the Mammas, Pappas, Grandmas, Grandad, Friends and Carers that carry their littlies 'Happy International Babywearing Week To You!' And, you know what? Go celebrate! You totally deserve it. The whole carrying the baby thing can be a little stressful every now and then eh? I mean, not only are you carrying a fair weight about on your back/front. But, mainly you have to suffer a little bit of a negative vibe when out in public don't you? Or do you? ...
Be gone with the these negative vibes haters and let us babywearing lovlies be. So, we don't want to push a pram around a supermarket, that does not make us bad parents. So, we want out babies close to our chests, that does not mean that we are suffocating them within our breasts. So, we want our hands free to do other things, that does not mean that we are being lazy. We don't judge you when we see you out with a pushchair do we? We don't come up to you and point out the cruelness in your wheel pushing. We don't because there is nothing cruel about it. Nor is there with babywearing. If you don't like it or don't feel that it is for you, then fair enough. That's more than fine as you are entitled to your own opinion. But, you must also respect others and come to the understanding that it is okay to wear your baby. There is nothing wrong nor nasty about it. It is just something that some parents do for many a reason, practicality, bond etc: No one is getting hurt during the practise only loved.
Now, for those of us that do wear our kiddlets - 'BIG UP!' Enjoy this week and embrace it. I am! every opportunity I am given to wear my Moose, I am doing so. Babywearing means so much to me and has done since the day I discovered my first wrap. It's just something that my son and I do now. we don't even think about it. We just go with the baby wearing flow and we love it. I love him being so close, I love the freedom, I love the warmth we both get from each other on a Winters day. I just love it. It is, to me, just something really special. It's a moment that I can hold my child real close for a prolonged period of time and think about how lucky I am to have him in my life. Plus, it makes walking 2 big dogs a lot easier.

So, I say it again 'Happy International Baby Wearing Week' Baby wearers. This week, I am spending a bit of time thinking about you and sending out lovely hugs to you all.

Previous Baby Wearing Posts:

Friday, 3 October 2014

Loving Lidl

Now, I do totally get that this is a very personal choice post. But, hey this is my blog. And, this is my personal choice. So, yeah I am talking all things LIDL and my absolute love for it.
We don't have an array of Children at our feet and dozens of mouths to feed granted. But, we do however know how it feels to make huge cuts in your finances due to being Mommies, Daddies, Carers or Grandparents etc: So, in every way we can we do try and bring our costs down as a family in order to make our monies last. And, the greatest and most efficient way of us doing that is by shopping at LIDL. For real, that shop is a life saver. We owe alot to it.
I know folk often think that because LIDL is such good value there has to be some sort of catch. But, there isn't. Not really. All the food is wonderful. The fruit and veg is so fresh, their cleaning products are mega effective and their meat is just succulent. Seriously, we have big love for this shop.
Every week we rock up to our local LIDL store and stock our cupboards to the brim with the essentials and bring home a fair few treats for us all. With our weekly shop I dread to think how much we would spend if we shopped somewhere hugely mainstream, Sainsbury's, Tesco etc:  It really is not worth thinking about. 

Our personal LIDL's own favourites are:
  • Porridge Oats
  • Bran Flakes
  • Bakery goods
  • Beetroot
  • Coffee pods
  • Frozen salmon fillets
  • Asian oils
  • Eggs
  • Kids fromage frais
And, to be honest our list goes on and on and on. It's just, in our eyes a top notch shop that saves us a lot of money and hassle. And, for this we are very grateful. This store allows us to eat well, for less and have money on the side for a day out. Seriously, value for money comes in abundance at this supermarket.
Never been to LIDL before? Give it a go. You never know, you might like it.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Totally Conkers!

Is it just me? Tell me it isn't just me ... But, when I was a kid if you didn't get to the conker tree at the park in time that was it. Too late. And, all conkers had gone. You couldn't mess around. You had to beg your parents to take you and fill your buckets to the brim, else you just missed out. It was a really big deal getting as many conkers as you could ready for your battles. But, now, now conkers are everywhere and no child is picking them up. What is that about? Is it because conkers are banned from Schools and no one plays it any more? This to me is sad. Very very sad. So sad infact that I am making a huge effort to keep the conkers tradition alive and kicking for my littlies. So, we have been collecting for days now and have a bit of a conker garland factory on our hands. My boy loves them and I very much love them too. Plus, the actual hunt for conkers is a fun one isn't it? Getting down with nature and helping your littlie focus on a task. 
I would love to think that I could start a campaign to 'BRING CONKERS BACK!' But, I'm pretty sure that I alone wouldn't make much of a difference. So, I'm just going to boast my love for the little brown things in a hope to make them feel less unwanted. All those for conkers say 'AYE!'

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

'Yes' means 'No' And 'No' means ... 'No'.

This sentence rings oh so true for us at the minute. I can never take my sons "No's" as gospel because 99.9% of the time they mean "Yes!" And, usually my son looks at me as if he is saying "Like you didn't know that Mom?" Well, sorry Mr Moose. But, your Momma (as much as she tried) isn't always a mind reader. Here let me give you some examples of my sons confusing 'Yes and No' answers. 
  • "Montgomery, would you like an apple?" - "NO!" (Holding out his hand in the hope of getting the apple.)
  • "Montgomery, have you got your shoes on?" - "NO!" (Pointing at his shoes that are upon his feet with a smile on his face.) 
  • "Montgomery, have you got a worm in your pocket?" - "NO!" (Popping his hand  in his pocket to remove the worm that has been kept hostage in there.) 
  • "Montgomery, would you like a biscuit?" - "NO!" (Crying when you put the biscuit tin back because really he does want one.")
 The lost goes on and on and on. I guess, for now Mommy just needs to understand that Yes means no and no means NO!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Forest School:- On A Gruffalo Hunt

  For some time now I have been loving the ideas of 'Forest School' for my littlie. You see, he thrives outside and is most happy with a worm tightly in his grip. I have spent a fair bit of my time researching this type of Schooling and gathering information to go on. I now pretty much have a decent pack to go on and feel confident that I can start weekly/fortnightly Forest School sessions with my little Moose. 

This week was our first session together and honestly, it was pretty loosely planned. But, that was what I wanted. My aim this week was to just establish our area. Nothing too structured. Just time spent enjoying our surrooundings and School (if you like). Although, this was a very loose session it did a have a theme, 'On A Gruffalo Hunt'. So, basically the idea was to find the main man himself, Mr Gruffalo and in doing this we discovered our surroundings and got to know our local nature. 
Did we find the Gruffalo? Nope. Not this week anyway. But, next week we might. You see, next week we are going to be building a den for the Gruffalo to sleep and hang out in. Hopefully, he will like it and perhaps even take up residence. Who knows. My little man would really love to meet him. 

It was very obvious to me that my little boy was gaining an awful lot from our time outdoors at 'Forest School' and that he was more than enjoying himself. But, I want to tell you about how as a Mother I feel about it.
Basically, just the notion of being outside is such a nicer one than being stuck indoors. Personally, any chance I can give my son to be outside I give him. I love seeing him enjoy nature and letting his imagination run free with it. Today at our first 'Forest School' session, I felt ultra proud of him. When obstacles got in our way, he faced them full on. There were moments when what was in front of him scared him. But, after a little coaxing and reassurance he took those fears head on. It was so nice to see him explore his own environment and enjoy the natural beauty of the earth that I enjoy. Mainly, I love the fact that 'Forest School' is based outside and let's them roll with their feelings and curiosities. I cannot wait for next weeks session: 'Forest School Session 2: Building A Gruffalo Den'. And, I know Moose is too.

So, what did we see today?

  • Leaves
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Mud
  • The sky
  • Chickens
  • Dogs
  • Spiders
  • Snails
  • Flies
  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Horses
  • Grass
  • Crops
  • Hay bails
  • Clouds
  • Ants

Friday, 26 September 2014

Return Of The Thrifty Picnic

  Yes, that's right. The 'Thrifty Picnic' has returned for us. Those for you that aren't sure on our picnic, take a look at an older post of mine explaining all: - 'Thrifty Picnic'
Back in the day my little man was not a confident walker and would sit pretty still on the bench without much movement. However, nowadays the ability to walk plus the excitement of wheels meant I had a rather enthusiastic little boy on my hands during our last picnic.he is very good near roads, so, I wasn't overly worried. But, I just couldn't keep him still. He loved seeing all of the trucks and waving "Hello!" to the lorries.
All in all a 'Thrifty Picnic' is a great thing to get up to you with your littlie. There really is no added expense to your lunch and a change of scenery is always lovely for both you and your child. Plus, you can take your 'Thrifty Picnic' anywhere. Train station, bus station, canal, fields etc: Why stop at the roadside?

If you are planning on giving the 'Thrifty Picnic' a go, please let us know. I'd love to hear about your adventure. Why not share some lovely photographs of your lunch together in a cool place with us? Have fun!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Mommy Recipe #10 Banana Loaf (Calling All Baker Boys and Baker Girls)

Does anyone else have a mini Paul Hollywood on their hands? I say Paul Hollywood. But, I don't think my little Paul is quite as refined. Moose is more of a chuck it in and throw my hands in it kind of guy. None the less, he is a baker by heart. Clearly. So far, his main speciality and most successful bake has been his mini flat breads. But, this week he chose to up the anti and smack out a Banana Loaf for us.
Now, all thing considering (lack of bicarb and brown sugar) It didn't turn out too bad. I could be lying as I haven't tired any. I know, I know. But, a dieting girl has got to do just that, diet! But, the chef himself seemed to enjoy and his Daddy said it was top notch baking also. However, I fear Mary Berry may disagree. It definitely had a soggy bottom and didn't have the best banana to cake ratio. But, I do reckon we would get points for effort.

What Do You Need? What Do You Need!
Right, now please understand that this is a rough recipe as mine all are. It can be altered dramatically and would probably work best if you did. :-) Feel free to play around with it and let me know how you get on. If you find some great changes to it, fill me in.
  • 2 Cups of ripe bananas 
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100 Grams butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar (Now, I did use caster as I ran out of brown. But, I would stick to brown if possible.)
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour (sieved) 
  • OPTIONAL Half a cup of chopped walnuts
What Do You Do? What Do You Do!
  • Pre-heat oven to 180
  • Cream the butter and sugar together. So, basically mix it until it looks creamy. 
  • Add the eggs 1 at a time. Only add the 2nd once the 1st is fully mixed in.
  • Add the bananas and walnuts to the mixture giving a light stir.
  • Sieve the flour into the bowl and use your hands to create a batter like feel. 
  • Line your loaf tin with grease proof paper that has been buttered to prevent burning and over browning.
  • Pour in the mixture, pop in the oven and bake for 70 minutes or until golden brown.
Voila! Best served with coffee ;-)

So, there you have it my lovlies. Your very own banana loaf that is super simple and great fun for littlies.

Now, just before you leave me. I am on a hunt. A recipe hunt. Those of you with wonderful recipes that can be prepared and cooked with kiddlets get in touch. I want to hear from you. I am desperate to get my boy in the kitchen a bit more. So, am on the look out for your recipes. Share and share away folks! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

You've Got A Friend In Me Son

Now, I have thought about this since the day I gave birth to my little boy and I think that I have finally come to a conclusion. By 'A' conclusion, I mean 'My' conclusion. I hear and have heard so many people, predominantly parents say "These/he/she is my child not my friend. I am their Mother/Father not their friend." Now, yes I accept and respect what those people were saying and will continue to do so for as long as I live. I do not agree. I don't think it is bad parenting to think like that nor do I think that as a Mother you are failing. I don't at all. I just don't feel that for me, that sentence rings true. It does not. My son is my child. But, yes he is also my friend. And, Yes I am his Mother. But, I am also his friend too. Together we are the best of friends.  
I could have got this completely wrong and only time will tell. As he grows up, we will see. But, I feel quite strongly about this. And, am struggling to put it in to words really. I see no problem in being your child's friend. It does not mean that they won't respect or listen to you as a parent. If anything it makes you that little bit more trustworthy from a child's point of view. Don't get me wrong. I understand that my main job is to be a parent and a mother to my son and that I do with 100% commitment and energy. I will always be his Mother and he will always see me as that. I just don't see the harm in calling yourself a friend to them also. Sometimes, when a child has had a bad day at School, yes all they need is their Mother/Father. But, they may also need you to hop down a few pegs to their level and just be their friend for a couple of minutes. There is nothing wrong with admitting this.
I hope that as we grow together, I will not only be a Mother to my son and children. But, I will forever be their friend. I hope that they will be proud of me for making this choice. I hope that as they get older they can understand that although their friend I am the leader of the pack and yes, I will listen to them, respect them and protect them. But, ultimately I am their Mother and I do hold a certain type of authority and am to be respected by them for that. 
When Montgomery and I go to the park not only do we go to the park as Mother and Son. But, we go to the park as friends. 

Honestly, this post is a bit slap dash as I don't really know how to say what I want to say. it's quite hard to write down. All I know is that Montgomery and I will be the best of friends forever. There may be times when we fall out and the Mother in me steps up and is seen a lot more. But, the friend in me will always be there, waiting for him when he is ready. I hope as he grows up he learns to understand that.