Things that go bump in the night.

That would be my daughter.

Yesterday I wrote about us taking the sides of my daughters cot and giving her a big girls bed. You can find that blog entry here. Last night we found out that we should have added a bit of protection/cushioning.

The 1am wake up call.

We were woken up to my daughter crying and when I went to see her I found her on the floor next to her bed. She had apparently rolled off the bed and landed on the floor. This was by no means a hard landing, as there is a rug and carpet next to her bed. However it was certainly a shock for her. We manged to calm her down and then began roll proofing her bed.

Adding soft sides.

We rolled up some towels and stuffed them into the side of her bed, providing a cushioned bumper so that she could not roll out of bed easily. When she eventually went back to sleep we had no more incidents and she woke up happy this morning. As i’m writing this she is having her afternoon nap and apart from the incident yesterday she seems to be taking to her bed like a duck to water. Fingers crossed it continues.

From cot to toddler bed, the jury is still out.

So after our daughter turned two on Tuesday my wife and I decided yesterday that it was time to take the plunge and get her into a proper bed. So we decided to take the side down from her cot and give her a pillow and duvet instead of a sleeping bag. The picture below is how we presented it to our daughter.

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 Initial reaction

My daughters reaction to it was great she was so happy to have a big girls bed. She got a bit over excited and decided to put every cuddly toy in the bed. The picture below is what her bed looked like when she was putting her toys in. 20150131_120843

 

However she did do really well yesterday with both her nap and at nighttime. She settled really quickly and didn’t get out of the bed at all. Which was really good and unexpected. It could just be that she forgot that she could now get out of the bed herself.

Jury still out

However the jury is still out as to how it will develop over the next few weeks. Today for example she didn’t have a nap and was running around her room. However another explanation for that could be that her uncle came to visit and only arrived half an hour before her nap time so she might have been too excited to sleep. This evening it took her a while to settle, but again that could have been over tiredness. The threat of putting the side back on her bed didn’t work. She did eventually settle and manged to tuck herself in under the duvet.

Exciting few weeks

Hopefully within the next few weeks she’ll settle down and enjoy the new found freedom she has with a proper bed. It will be a major step from baby to toddler/child if she can successfully adapt to sleeping in her new bed. I’ll let you know how we get on. It would also be great to hear your stories of making the change from cot to bed.

Building a snowman can be crossed off my list of things to do in 2015

At the beginning of the year I made a bucket list of all the things that I wanted to do this year. I can just about cross making a snowman off that list now.

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Waking up to snow

We unexpectedly woke up to snow this morning and my eldest daughter was really excited and wanted to go out straight away. We managed to have breakfast first and then went out straight away, which turned out to be a good thing as the snow was starting to melt.

Firstly we went for a walk and then when we came back we made a snowman, of sorts, in our back garden. Ideally a bigger layer of snow would have been better, but we did manage to rustle up enough to get this snowman built.

No help from daughter

I thought my daughter would have liked to get involved, but she seemed a little scared of the snow. Although she was loving going out in it and was really excited, she didn’t really want to touch it. It was therefore mummy and myself who built the snowman. My daughter was really excited to see it go up though and didn’t want to go inside once it was finished.

Just in time

We finished the snowman just in time as by 13.00 pretty much all the snow had melted. I’m glad we therefore made the most of the opportunity we had. Our daughter was loving looking at the snowman from inside the house and was even showing her big cuddly snowman the real snowman outside.

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Grateful

I’m grateful that we just about had the chance to cross building a snowman of the list. Although I’m hoping we still get more snow this year so we can build another one. Hopefully next time my daughter will want to get more involved.

 

Stopping at two

Rainbow cake a big success, but a lot of hard work.

My wife and myself spent a good part of yesterday baking and decorating a rainbow cake to take to our local toddler group as it was our daughters second birthday on Tuesday.

The result is below. I felt it turned out pretty well although the icing wasn’t that even.

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This is pretty straight forward to make although we struggled with the decoration.

The layers are a basic victoria sponge recipe which is split into six and food colouring is added before it is put in the oven. There’s a layer of buttercream frosting between each layer and then just a store bought icing was rolled out and put on the tops and sides. This was the most difficult part as it was very difficult to get smooth. However we used some sash to go round the cake to hide most of the imperfections.

The reaction

The cake seemed to go down a treat at the toddler group , although are daughter looked a bit bemused when it was brought out and didn’t want to blow out the candles. All in all I’d say it was a big success though.

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My daughters second birthday was a big success no big party needed.

My daughter was two yesterday and the day itself went off with a bang and was a great success. It was even better than we imagined and we’re really glad we decided not to have a big birthday party. It was just my wife, my two daughters, my parents and myself.

 

Problems the night before

The night before was a totally different matter though. Our youngest daughter wasn’t happy and wasn’t really settling, my wife was feeling ill and I wasn’t feeling 100% either. To cap it all off we still had to wrap the presents, decorate the house and bake rainbow cupcakes as our daughter is currently obsessed by rainbows. We got the rainbow cupcake recipe from the Wallflower Girl Blog. The actual cupcakes came out really well however I spent ages on the marshmallow frosting, but couldn’t get it too set. this could be because I didn’t use cream of tartar, but in the end I had to give up. I finally went up to bed just before 11pm and tried to sleep in anticipation of a tiring day ahead.

The wake up call

When our daughter was stirring and waking up my wife and I went to her bed and sang her happy birthday. She looked quite bemused as she didn’t really understand what was happening. However she understands the concept of a part and when she got downstairs she was really excited just to see the bunting and started dancing. We then had breakfast which consisted of porridge, but with the addition of blueberries, which are her favourite.

 

 

Present time

After breakfast it was time to open some presents and we had a pile of those, mostly bought be friends and family as we only bought one or two ourselves. The first thing that my daughter saw was the kitchen that we had bought her as it had been to big to wrap. She started playing with it straight away and didn’t notice the other presents for a while. When she finally realised there were other presents to open she started with a gusto.

She opened things at a pace and a lot of the presents, got short shrift as she wanted to move onto the next one, sorry friends and family, our girl is very fickle and will change what she likes from one day to the next. One present that did stand out was a pink dog on a lead that our daughter named Molly, after the dog of the aunt who bought her the present. She absolutely loves the real live Molly and so far loves the toy Molly just as much. She constantly wanted to take him for a walk.

Postman brings more gifts

She was taking Molly for a walk when the doorbell rang. It was the postman delivering two more parcels. One contained a really nice party dress which couldn’t have been timed more perfectly as that’s what she wore when we went out for lunch. The other contained three books that the author Jo Lodge kindly sent. Our daughter wanted to read them straight away. After we read them a few times we had a rainbow cupcake, by some good fortune the marshmallow frosting had split slightly, which meant that the top was firm enough to put on the cupcakes. Our daughter was really impressed with the rainbow cupcake and gobbled it down.

Going out for lunch

We decided to go to Frankie and Benny’s for lunch and off course Molly the toy dog had to come to and be walked along the pavement to the restaurant. Inside we had a nice starter which seemed to fill my daughter up as after that she just wanted to take Molly for a walk round and round the restaurant. She really loved doing that and had the time of her life. We took turns having bits of our mains and turns walking round with my daughter. luckily my parents were there to take turns as well. We managed to get our daughter seated for dessert which came  out with a candle and with loud happy birthday music. The waiter all gathered round to sing her happy birthday and they had even gone to the effort of having one wear a dog costume. My daughter really loved it and was in awe of what was happening.

Afternoon playtime and late bedtime

The afternoon was spent just relaxing and playing with her new toys, however she had gotten so excited and wound u that her normal 7.30pm bedtime turned into 8.30/9.00pm. She had such a great day with just a few select people that she really enjoyed it. I’m glad we decided not to do a big party this year as the day we had was just perfect.

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Dentists, Snow, Poo and pre-school, just another week.

The last week has been jam packed. And most of it has been fun so it’s been good but very tiring.

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We had a family trip to the dentists last wednesday and my eldest daughter was surprisingly well behaved, even though she did keep running from the waiting room to the consulting room to get books. She was a bundle of energy, but did manage to sit still long enough to have her teeth checked, which are all doing fine. She really loved the protective glasses and was enjoying putting them on. The dentist was also really good with her and gave her her own mirror to use so she could play whilst her teeth were being checked. I do recommend taking them to the dentists at an early age, at the same time as you’re having your teeth checked as it teaches them not to be scared of the dentists.

 

Snow

On Saturday we had a very fine layer of snow and in the morning there was still some snow falling. Our eldest loved it and would have probably played out in it all day. I really hope we get some proper snowfall soon as I cannot wait to see her reaction to that.

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There have been two poo related stories this week, the first involved me fishing poo out of the bath as my eldest daughter decided that was the best place to do it. This has happened a few times and I think it’s the warm water relaxing her. In any case I’d rather have her do it there than be constipated and miserable at bedtime.

The second poo incident was a much better one as she asked for her potty and then proceeded to do a poo in it. This was a real proud daddy moment. This is the first time she’s ever done that and we haven’t properly started potty training yet. We did introduce the potty just before christmas, but then were away for two weeks and hadn’t got back to using it yet as she hasn’t seemed ready. We’ll have to start encouraging her to use it more.

Pre-School

This morning we took our eldest daughter for an introductory session at the local pre-school.  Our youngest tagged along, but was asleep the whole time. Our eldest will be starting after easter, but we just wanted to get a feel for the place and get an idea of what they would be doing with her. We were a little worried that she’d be fazed be a new experience, but she took to it like a duck to water. Pretty literally actually as she got soaked at the water table. She enjoyed it so much she didn’t even realize we were there as well and she cried when we had to leave. It was a great success and I’m looking forward to her gaining some independence when she goes there properly.

Other events

The rest of the week has been more mundane with the normal activities. We attended two toddler groups and had a play date which my eldest daughter always loves. We did shopping twice, including a trip to one of her new favourite places, Dobbies. She remembers it from the great christmas displays they had and although they’ve all been packed away for another year she still loves it. She especially likes the aquarium and just walking around looking at all the plants and garden ornaments. She could easily spend a good few hours there without getting bored.

Night times have been a bit of a disaster though as our youngest has decided that 4.30am is a great time to start the day. I don’t think my wife and I agree. Hopefully she’ll get into a better routine and be sleeping more consistently at night.

Looking forward to the coming week

All in all it’s been a great week and I’m looking forward to the next one. We haven’t got that much planned apart from the usual activities/toddler groups, etc. However i’m sure the week will bring up some surprises.