One year on… Happy birthday darling

So it has been and gone, my baby is no longer a baby and is now a one year old! Happy birthday darling!

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On February 3, 2014, at 5.50 am we welcomed our little girl into the world. Our first born. Little did we know just how fantastic the next year was going to be.

On Tuesday we celebrated her first birthday. I could not sleep the night before, thinking about what we had been doing at that time the year before (not very much as the hormone drip failed to work). Then at 5.50 am I got out of bed and went through to say happy birthday to Molly, amazed at just how brilliant she has turned out.

We did not have a party but our friend and her son came over and we headed off the the local bookbug before heading over to our local soft play centre.

She was spoiled rotten by her friends and family and had a great day.

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How is it possible that my baby is now one year old? Seriously? She is the most perfect little girl (yep I am still amazed she is a girl after going through a pregnancy thinking she was a boy).

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Everything she was given have been played with. She loved each toy and has spend a great deal of time playing with each item. We love that she has more bath toys too as she is such a water lover – nothing is a funny as getting a cup of water thrown over you face don’t you know – so now she has some bigger toys to play with as well as her Bathtime Buddies Squirting Ducks  that she also loves and plays with in and out of the bath.

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I now look forward to the next year to see how much more she develops and to see how her personality enhances.

 

 

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We braved a toddler group but will we go back?

My first but maybe last toddler group

For sometime now, well for almost a year since Molly was born, I have been talking about going to a mum and baby/toddler group but for numerous reasons I have not really managed yet, that was until this week.

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Where we stay all the groups seems to take place at 9.30am which has been problematic for us as Molly hadn’t been getting up until 10am, so by the time we are ready to leave the house the group has almost finished.

There have been times that Molly had been up but nerves for the better of me and so I ended up finding something else to do, rather than to go to the group. I am shy. I hate meeting people for the first time. I can be socially anxious. I have used these as excuses.

Regardless of how I felt I decided that it was time I got out and took Molly to groups as she is brilliant around adults, and other children (if they are out with her personal space) but she can get upset and anxious when babies or toddlers get too close up to her.

So off I went to the first group and at first it seemed fine. I was uncomfortable being in a room of strangers but Molly seemed to be enjoying herself. She chose to play in the small ball pit and was happily playing with the balls when another girl took a run and dive into the pit landing right on top of and toppling over Molly. Her mum said nothing even when Molly got upset and was crying. This same girl then used Molly’s ankle as a tool to push herself to standing. Even when I asked to her to move her hand she wouldn’t and I had to remove her hand from Molly’s ankle as I was scared it would hurt her.

Molly then went to play with a box of toys that no-one else was playing with but a boy who was playing at a toy beside her decided he didn’t want her there so stood up, went over Molly and pushed her over! She fell and banged her head against a wooden dolls house. His mum also said nothing!

This has totally backfired on my plays to make Molly realise she doesn’t need to be worried about other children and that they won’t hurt her. These were the only two kids who she had any interactions with and each interaction ended in disaster.

Thankfully the two hours eventually ended and we went home. I went home wondering if I would go back and having slept on it I am not sure I will. Maybe this it is the case in all toddler groups that mums don’t feel the need to control their children or reprimand them if they hurt a baby but I am not happy going back to a group that I know it can happen in.

I am a mum who hovers around my child. I have read blog posts that would describe me as being a “precious parent” but I know Molly can be a bit heavy handed when excited so I would rather be precious than have Molly hurt another child. I wish more parents would be like that.

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Creative Doodling and Beyond

You don’t need to be an artist to doodle

I am not a drawer but would love to learn so when I saw the book Creative Doodling and Beyond by Stephanie Corfee in a charity shop for £2 I snapped it up.

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The book, as hinted by the title, is about doodling, and as I have Molly to look after and don’t want to spend my spare time with something too complex I hoped this would be a perfect way for me to get creative without having to concentrate too hard.

What I loved about the book was that as well as giving you ideas on how to doodle it provided lots of pages for you to practice in. Great if you don’t always have a stash of paper lying about.

The book shows you how to do borders, letters, numbers or full page doodles as well as adding colour to your doodles.

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As you advance to the later pages it has project ideas for you, a few that I will definitely be doing with Molly at some point in the future.

After a few practises on the book I decided to try a picture for Molly. I am not 100% convinced I like it but for now I will put it in a frame in Molly’s bedroom until I can make a better one.

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I would recommend the book to anyone who wants something to do, that they can pick up and put down without having to worry too much about the final result. I have very limited drawing abilities so it does not require a degree in art to do.

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Frame it Friday gives you the chance to choose something that you would put in a frame – your favourite picture taken during the week, a fabulous piece of artwork/craft that you or your child made, a certificate of achievement. It could also be a personal achievement such as running that extra half mile, losing that extra 3lb of weight, passing your driving test. Simply put, Frame it Friday, is a way to showcase anything that you think is frame worthy!

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My favourite post from last week was from A Mummy’s Life, who shared her news of securing a new home! A new beginning and my top Frame it Friday for the week.

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Frame it Friday gives you the chance to choose something that you would put in a frame – your favourite picture taken during the week, a fabulous piece of artwork/craft that you or your child made, a certificate of achievement. It could also be a personal achievement such as running that extra half mile, losing that extra 3lb of weight, passing your driving test. Simply put, Frame it Friday, is a way to showcase anything that you think is frame worthy!

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My favourite post from last week was from Little Pink World, whose bathtime pictures were adorable.

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Frame it Friday gives you the chance to choose something that you would put in a frame – your favourite picture taken during the week, a fabulous piece of artwork/craft that you or your child made, a certificate of achievement. It could also be a personal achievement such as running that extra half mile, losing that extra 3lb of weight, passing your driving test. Simply put, Frame it Friday, is a way to showcase anything that you think is frame worthy!

The linky will open each week on a Friday and close on a Tuesday, so please pop along and add your own frame worthy post. We can’t wait to see your posts and share your frame worthy posts each week.

Each week Sarah and I will choose our favourite post that was shared with the linky and will showcase it in our showcase the next week.

Rules:

  • Link up any post of something ‘frameworthy’ – a favourite picture from the week, a favourite piece of artwork/craft that yourself or your children have done. It could perhaps be a personal achievement, running that extra half mile, losing that extra 3lb, passing a driving test bascially ANYTHING you think is frame worthy.
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