I’m Here!!

So now I’ve made it over to wordpress and will attempt to keep this one up to date.

So good luck to me!!

I’m going to try and backdate and add photos to the previous posts now, which Blogger wouldn’t let me do!!

Blogger Photo Issue

I’m a bit cross with Blogger to be honest.

It currently won’t let me upload any photos, as it hosts them on picasa, and I’ve reached my 1gb limit.  Well, I can’t delete them without losing them from my blog, so I’m not going to do that, and I think it’s a shame that it seems to be making blogging more difficult.

Is there an easy (without paying for extra photo storage) way of carrying on with Blogspot, or is WordPress the way forward?

I have imported my blog over there already, although I still find it confusing (and without a lap top at home is’s not easy to update it via an ipad) so I’m all a bit up in the air with it all.

Any thoughts or considerations?…….

What to Blog?

We’ve had a nice weekend despite the rather glumifying weather.  (Is that even a word?!)

We had a quietish Friday once back from the slimming group.  We had some lunch, then Joel napped (I love that quiet two hours to do what I want to!) then we played lots and had a trip to the post office, and then an important visit!  We went to a craft shop and bought some fabric and trims to make an outfit for Joel to wear to our Church nativity morning. 

We got him some purple material, and some gold and red ribbons and sequins.  That makes two sewing projects as I’m still trying to finish his advent calendar. 

We’ve decided to have a real tree this year, but where it will go I have no idea.  We’ll have to rearrange the room utterly to make room.  And I’ve no doubt it’ll get rather decimated by Joel before too long.

Yesterday we went along to Joels’ nursery Christmas Fayre.  I won back some stuff I donated to the tombola.  I bought some cakes that were a bit strange, and we froze on the walk there and back.  But it was nice to dress Joel up in his snow suit.

All the kids there got totally hyper and were all running around a lot yelling for most of the morning!!  Joel loved joining in and racing about.  I got him a little tattoo on his arm which he didn’t like and he cried every time his sleeve was pulled up and he could see it!!  I had one too to see whether that helped but no, he didn’t like seeing me with one either.  He’s so funny!!

We’ve been to church this morning and Steve let him take his ukelele with him.  He wandered about with it strumming and singing, but also in the quiet bits so it was a relief for him to go through to creche!  I was playing keyboard this morning so couldn’t be on hand for him.  He was not willing to share it with anyone else either.  Luckily, Grandad kept him entertained.

And he didn’t go down for a nap until 1.30 with us getting back late, so whilst he slept, we watched a film together.  It was a nice change to have a quiet time in the day together.   I guess this is our first weekend together at home in about a month!

We’ll have to see what next week brings but there will be a visit from Steve’s family which warrants a good house tidy!!

600 Posts Today!

This is my 600th post and it will be about hitting.

And more to the point, Joel hitting.  He is suddenly into slapping people in the face.  Me, Steve and other children when I take him to a toddler group on a Monday.

I was really taken aback on Monday as he just wandered around the room full of playing children, and would go up a group and just start hitting on faces.  I reacted as I hope is normal, and grabbed him, told him ‘no’ very firmly, and sat him in a quiet corner to sit on his own for a minute.  Which he did.  I then tried to get him to say sorry to the other children, but they weren’t that interested.  And then the sitting down in the time out area didn’t make the least bit of difference.

It’s awful though, as I’d be horrified if Joel were being smacked by others, but to have him as the smackee, is almost worse.  I don’t know if he wanted the toys the others were playing with, but sometimes they didn’t have anything! They were just standing there!

Ironically, he went to toddler group wtih my Mum on Tuesday and didn’t even try hitting anyone.  He was the one being pushed about by a bigger toddler. 

And at nursery, when I told them what he’d been doing, they were shocked as he doesn’t hit at nursery at all.  At least he didn’t.  When I went to collect him he smacked me hard in the face, and the staff were very surprised at it, and I was almost relieved that they could see it, and that it was something reserved for me.  He seems to use it as a tool to get my attention.  At least he’s not taking it out on his nursery friends.

So this is where I come over all Jane Austen and say ‘Dear Reader’, please tell me I’m not too alone in all this, and any ways you might have to encourage him to stop smacking faces!  Is he too little for time out, or naughty step?  What other method do I have to encourage good behaviour? 

My Mum says he may have felt a bit too new and not knowing these other children being new to the group he could be asserting himself. 

I’m a bit lost at the moment, and don’t want to be a horribly strict mum, but want him to learn right from wrong.  Any pointers or suggestions would be gratefully received.

A New Page…..

It’s so nice to think that today is like my Friday.  It’s my last day of the week and tomorrow will be a funday rather than a Friday with Joel!  I feel as though I’m ready for a weekend and it’s only been three days so how I’ve managed full time for six months being so tired I don’t know.

This will be month 10 of trying for baby number two, so I’ve ordered some ovulation tests to see whether I am.  It’ll be interesting at any rate.  I’m also ensuring I take folic acid daily.  I wonder whether I can get Steve to take vitamins?!  Probably not!

I’ve also decided to think about going along to a Slimming World meeting.  If conceiving isn’t working, I need something to take my mind off it, and dieting would be a suitable hobby!!  I’ve contacted a group and will go along on Monday.  I’ve had a look at their website, and since I’m at home 4 days out of 7 now, I feel their menus are more manageable for me.   I don’t feel happy with my appearence at the moment, and I’ve never really tried to diet before.  I know lots of folk who’ve done well on this one, and it appeals more than calorie counting approaches, so I feel it’s more for me.   So I’ll record my progress and food here in case anyone is interested, and apologies if it’s not interesting, please skip the diet focussed updates!

And since being ill last weekend I’ve been put off having take aways so that’s a bonus!!

Oh, and I’ve pretty much done all my Christmas shopping now.   Yay me!!  In fact, all I have to get now is one online shopping voucher for my sister for Emma Bridgewater and we’re done!  Thank you and goodnight!!!

p.s. I’ve ordered myself the Michael Buble Christmas album as a treat, and will listen to it whilst wrapping presents and writing cards with a glass of mulled wine.  Steve will have to be kicked out of course!  He won’t enjoy that as an evening!!  Is mulled wine allowed on slimming world?   I hope so!!!

Most Amusing Parenthood Test

This has been circulating on the Daily Mail and it tickled me to say the least!!…..

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Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy

1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.

2. Leave it there.

3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men:  To prepare for children

1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself

2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.

Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour.

Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:
1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 – 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.

2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.

4. Set the alarm for 3am.

5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.

6. Go to bed at 2.45am.

7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.

9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.

10. Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.

Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.

2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.

3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.

4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.

5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going for a walk

a. Wait.

b. Go out the front door.

c. Come back in again.

d. Go out.

e. Come back in again.

f. Go out again.

g. Walk down the front path.

h. Walk back up it.

i. Walk down it again.

j. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.

k. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.

l. Retrace your steps.

m. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.

n. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child – a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.

2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.

3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

1. Hollow out a melon

2. Make a small hole in the side

3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side

4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.

5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.

6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10: TV

1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.

2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11: Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains

2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?

4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.

5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room and leave them there.

Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

1. Make a recording of someone shouting ‘Mummy’ repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.

2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.

You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13: Conversations

1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.

2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.

You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14: Getting ready for work

1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.

2. Put on your finest work attire.

3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it

4. Stir

5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt

6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture

7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel

8. Do not change (you have no time).

9. Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!