Losing The Baby Weight!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Dinosaur Rhyme Time - A Review

Our second book from Faber and Faber has arrived for review!

Our first, Hog in the Fog, is still a firm favourite in our house and I can recite most of it by memory... helpful when you are stuck in a traffic jam on a long car journey!

This next book is aimed at slightly younger readers, which is perfect now B is getting of an age to enjoy books too.

Dinosaur Rhyme Time is a collection of your favourite nursery rhymes and well known songs, illustrated with lovely soft illustrations of cute and cuddly dinosaurs in character.  Many of my friends have toddlers who are mad about dinosaurs therefore this is sure to be a hit with many families.

B absolutely adores being sung to, and C is more than happy to join in with the actions therefore this is a wonderful book we could enjoy on the sofa as a whole family!  All the songs are well known favourites, for example Twinkle Twinkle and The Wheels on the Bus, however having the book and illustrations to centre our song time on provides additional interest and a new twist.

I was slightly disappointed that only the first verse of each nursery rhyme is included however as neither C or B can read this is of little consequence to them.  I know most of the full versions off by heart therefore it is no issue for me to elaborate to the full version when singing.

I have someone in mind that this would make the perfect Christmas present for!

Disclaimer: We were sent one copy of Dinosaur Rhyme Time for the purposes of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Toddlebike Trials 2014 - Getting Started

This week we have finally been able to get out and test drive our Toddlebike.  We were luckily enough to be selected for the Toddlebike Trials 2014 and C's bike arrived 3 weeks ago.

The first week the weather was awful therefore our test driving was restricted to up and down the hallway at home.
The following week C was ill. In fact I've never see her poorly for so long. It was horrible! 
This week has been half term and the weather has been lovely so we couldn't wait to get out of the house and get started!

We went to Leeds Castle on Saturday as a family and gave C her first proper extended go.  I knew it would be an interesting experience. At 31 months, C is at the older end of the spectrum for a toddlebike however she lacks confidence in situations like this therefore her age advantage did not guarantee success.

C was excited to get started which was a good start.  She had no problems mastering the technique and trundled along at a steady pace with ease.  As her confidence increased, so did her speed, and she began to get her legs caught on the wheels which she found extremely frustrating.  At one point she got off and threw the bike onto the grass in disgust.  To her credit though, she was not defeated and was soon back on to try again with a smile on her face.  It was hard to see if these problems were because her legs were too long or because she had not yet perfected the technique at speed.

I returned to Leeds Castle again with C on Tuesday to give her another go.  I am so glad I did as the experience was much better.  She did not catch her legs at all and although she was not whizzing along, she was easily able to keep up with me pushing B in the buggy.  Most importantly she was really enjoying the experience.

I think C's legs are maybe getting too long to get a fluid dual pushing motion on the bike to reach the speed I have seen others reach but to be honest she is more than happy going at the pace she is for now.  It is great for her confidence that she has been able to master propelling herself over longer distances.

I hope to be able to take C out again tomorrow and make the most of the good weather.  It will be interesting to see how things progress...

Disclaimer: We were given one Toddlebike free of charge for the duration of the Toddlebike trials.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Up and Away! - Walking at 10 Months

B was a big baby at 9lb 10oz.
He was also 10 days overdue.
Every since his birth I feel he has been in a rush to grow up.
To catch up on those 10 missed days... and a few more!
He was in 0-3 months clothes from the start.
By 6 months he was in 12-18 months clothes.
I wondered if his size would hinder his movement but instead it has brought him superior strength.
At just turned 7 months he started to crawl, and before he was 8 months he was walking round the furniture!
My baby was not a little baby for long.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

National Baking Week

This week is National Baking Week and today sees the launch of my good friend Baked Potato Mummy's new #LittleChefs linky.

As her blog name suggests, Lucy loves to bake and this new linky is all about having fun in the kitchen with your little ones.

With two under 3, I have little time for baking and my continuing drive to lose the baby weight has made me shy away from making anything remotely unhealthy that I might be tempted to eat.
With hubby away who do you think is going to eat 10 out of the dozen cupcakes or biscuits we bake? You guessed it... Moi!

Lucy then pointed out that I didn't need to actually "bake" anything.  Just getting out one or two digestive biscuits and having fun icing them was a great activity in itself.
Stupidly, this option had never even crossed my mind!  And of course she was right.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn Train Play

This past fortnight, in my attempts to improve the quality of our homelife, I have been focusing on creating activities for C that I know she will enjoy.

I spend many hours researching small world and imaginative play ideas on Pinterest only for C to play with them for 5 minutes before getting bored. Disheartening to say the least!

I therefore decided to tap into a theme I know she loves... trains!

I came across this wonderful blog and have taken a lot of this weeks inspiration from it.

For the first activity I sneaked out of the house with C & B were having breakfast and collected a large pile of leaves and twigs from under our Oak tree in the garden.
After breakfast I created a small wooden train layout on the dining room table... away from the households littlest fingers.... and spread out the leaves between the tracks.
I broke up the twigs into lengths of 3-4cm so they could be used a logs.
I then dug out our 3 "flatbed" trucks for the logs to be loaded on.