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Flossie has a friend to stay



Flossie has a friend to stay My friend Charlotte and I were both on our own for the night with no available babysitters so decided to combine our situation and have a girls night in at my house. It can get realy hard (when you are trying to keep to a routine with your little ones) emotionally, especially if your partner works away or does evening shifts. It can be lonely and before you know it you are in bed at 9pm... as Jon always says "Kids don't change your life!" haha! We went to the Dyke pub and kitchen for dinner and then walked them back to get them worn out. They sang the whole way which also resulted in squeals of laughter. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with love for Florence and her close friends you just want to burst, a passer-by stopped me and said how absolutely gorgeous they were. When we got home I ran them a bath which for the first time that week Florence got in without me having to persuade/bribe/argue with her. Kids love having joint baths! Then at 7.30 we put them to bed and they were fast asleep by 8pm! I am going to put this down to a one-off because if they are anything like me and Charlotte when we were little we stayed up for hours chatting! Charlotte and I cracked open the fizz and had time to have a good catch up which was so lovely, the girls each woke up once but settled straight back to sleep. I highly recommend this for all mummies. Beats long nights alone any day! The girls were very excited when they got up together, I made them both some breakfast and they cuddled up together on the sofa - so sweet.

Sleepovers are the way forward girls!!!

Daisy x


A wedding!


A wedding! It is that time of year that at my age there is nearly a wedding every month, sometimes consecutive weekends. The bride and groom have been planning their special day for a year or possibly two (In Sophie's case probably since she was a little girl) to ensure that they throw a wedding to remember. We got a message the previous evening to warn us that there might be traffic so to leave early, which we did.... 7am early!! Luckily we had a pretty smooth sailing journey which got us up to the venue in good time so we got a few hours to admire the beautiful Hengrave Hall. 20140728-090021-32421738.jpg We got shown to our room and whilst we got ourselves unpacked I propped Florence up on the very beautiful bed to watch a bit of Disney's FROZEN. The ipad comes everywhere with us these days, I swore I would never become one of those parents that bring it out in a pub or over dinner but I have succumbed to the 21st century lifestyle (and we get 20 minutes of uninterupted peace). 20140728-090020-32420074.jpg When we were called from our room we made our way down to the most beautiful church. Sophie and Neil most definately did not scrimp on the flower arrangements which were eye catching to say the least. We saw a message on the Order of service which asked for no pictures to be taken in the church...... so obviously this prompted me and my crazy family to do a quick selfie!! 20140728-090021-32421561.jpg On the hottest day of the year that we have had in England I was very thankful that they had not gone for a full mass wedding like my own (2 hours!!) and when got out we threw home made confetti over the new Mr & Mrs Spencer. 20140728-090021-32421001.jpg After drinks on the lawn we made our way through to the hall for lunch, only then did I realise I had not fed Florence for nearly 6 hours.... thats why she was getting grumpy! Next wedding I will remeber a packed lunch for her. 20140728-090020-32420440.jpg I think this was during the best mans speech! 20140728-090019-32419890.jpg And again, had to get a flower picture because they were so spectacular! 20140728-090020-32420253.jpg Now I have not used a pushchair for Florence for about a year now... but we thought it might be useful on this occasion. She slept for an hour at lunch time and then jumped back in it for a rest a bit later. Well worth remembering for toddlers when you have a long day ahead. It also gave me an extra hour of photo booth/dancing and catching up with the family before we had to retire (with a few drinks for the room). 20140728-090019-32419512.jpg Sophie had thought of everything and even supplied flip flops for when the shoes had to come off! 20140728-090020-32420615.jpg Congratulations Mr & Mrs Spencer... see you next weekend for another wedding! Daisy x


The launch of Abeille's first product!


The launch of Abeille's first product! Sorry for the delay uploading this post, It has taken up until now for everything to sink in. On Saturday we packed our bags (all eight of them!!) and got on the road by 8am on our route to Harrogate. Michelle and I were launching the first product for our Abeille Baby range. The Harrogate International baby fair is the UK's premier nursery trade event attracting almost every manufacturer and supplier of baby goods in the UK.... hence why we are VERY excited!! 20140327-192118.jpg We didn't even have time to unpack after our five hour drive so headed straight to the fair. The product we are launching are Cellular blankets.... but these essential items are not the basic, bland, crispy pieces of material that you are told to buy on your baby list. These Cellular blankets are Simple - YES... Beautiful - YES... Essential - YES. We have taken a simple, essential blanket and transformed it by using a beautiful colour palet, increased the weight to make it bouncy and soft on your babies skin, (it is after all the only blanket you will be requiring for the first few months) and worked really hard on a very stylish logo so that you will be wanting ONLY an Abeille cellular blanket for your baby. 20140327-192127.jpg It was a last minute idea that we exhibit, we only found out about the show about a month before, so with an incredible amount of effort - or I should really say Blood, sweat and tears from myself, Michelle and our manufacturers, we were very proud of what we achieved. Our stand looked beautiful and ready to entice any buyer passing by! 20140327-192137.jpg Michelle's beautiful little girl Charlotte was our lucky mascot indeed. We got an incredible amount of interest/orders and were pretty overwhelmed by some of the buyers that came to speak to us. 20140327-192146.jpg The days were spent on our feet from 8am to 6pm, chatting to interested buyers and getting tips from our lovely friends on neighbouring stands. 20140327-192159.jpg The evenings were spent drinking wine and filling in the boys with the days events. I officially have the best BBP (Best business partner) EVER! 20140327-192225.jpg Daddy day care went pretty smoothly. The boys were an amazing support to us, we couldn't have done it without them. Thank you Ben and Jon for everything - Best daddies ever! 20140327-192237.jpg Although they did learn the hard way that a day full of treats had concequences.... 20140327-192248.jpg Now I have a long list of people to call and email, designs to work on and meetings to arrange!! I do not know where to start??? But watch this space because in 3 months time Abeille Cellular blankets will be hitting the shelves... you saw it here first!

Lots of love and excited dancing round the lounge...

Daisy xxxx

Goodbye daytime nap & bottle


Goodbye daytime nap & bottle: Ok, Ok, Ok I've finally conceded after trying all manner of approaches & have ditched the daytime nap. We tried the 12pm nap, the 1.5hr nap & even an hour nap but Oliver was still wide awake at 8.30 & not sleeping until around 9. Hubby & I spent most evenings last week In the hallway upstairs going back & forth putting him back into his bed . Ben was very patient & waited for me to cave in rather then saying I told you so....20140201-210220.jpg I also decided it was time for the bottle to go too. Oliver has still been having a bottle of water at nap/bed time & I was worried that he wouldn't nap if he didn't have the bottle; however now the nap was going the bottle could go too. I didn't discuss the daytime nap going with Oliver as I didn't want to make a big issue out of it, instead on the first day I just told him we would have some quiet time. It was actually much easier than I had anticipated, Oliver just played quietly in the lounge whilst we watched some tv. I really did expect him to beg to go to sleep but it just didn't happen. I was very surprised! 20140201-205939.jpg We decided to tell Oliver that the bottles would be collected by the bottle fairies & given to small babies. Just like Father Christmas the fairies would come down the chimney & collect the bottles, leaving a big boys present as a Thank you. So we got Oliver to put all of the bottles into the bag & put them all beside the fire with a note. I was expecting a big tantrum but it just didn't happen. We have been limiting Oliver to one bottle at bedtime which he promptly drank, so in all honesty I think he's been actually getting to sleep without it for a while. The next morning we rushed Oliver downstairs to see if the bottles had been taken & he was delighted to receive new cars & a Thank you note from the fairies. 20140201-205930.jpg If I said it wasn't heart wrenching I would be lying, I really do feel like my baby boy is growing up & I have really struggled to take this step as I want him to be my baby forever. Oliver has said a few times that he's not a big boy & wants his bottle, but to be honest he really hasn't made a big thing about it. It's been 3 days & so far so good, Oliver is sleeping well & the usual 5-6am wake-up time is now 6.30-7.30 which is fabulous. I'm still finding my feet with no day time nap but I'll keep you posted with the progress! Michelle X

16 limit setting tips for your toddler


16 limit setting tips for your toddler I get daily updates from the Baby sleep site. I found this really useful and have printed it off and stuck it in my cupboard to refer to. Recently Florence is going through a major tantrum stage, I really want to help her through it without loosing my rag in the process. I've always tried to compromise with her but at the moment it's a bit harder than normal to say the least!!! 20140130-152434.jpg

Like butter wouldn't melt right??? wrong!!!

1. Focus on behavior, not the child It is important when your toddler misbehaves that you focus on what they did, not them as a person. You don’t want to cause self-esteem issues. Avoid saying things like “No one likes you when you cry,” for example. For me, it’s also important for my son to know it’s ok how he feels (like when he gets angry), but it’s not ok what he might do with that feeling (hit).

2. Be direct and specific Don’t be too general in your instructions. If your toddler is known to stall, you might tell him “I want you to put all your toys away in the box before we play that last game of Chutes & Ladders before bed. If the timer goes off and you aren’t done, we won’t play the game tonight.”

3. Use your normal voice Being firm does not mean you have to yell. Being firm is not being mean. Being firm means you are in control of the situation and confident in your decision, so use your normal voice and lead by example.

4. Tell him the consequences If your child is strong-willed, like mine, it is very effective to state consequences before he has a chance to disobey. It takes practice, but works very well once you master it. You can use the same example as above. Another example might be “If you get out of bed tonight after bedtime, I am going to close the door for a few minutes. If you want the door open, you must stay in bed.”

5. Make sure he understands Make sure he understands your instructions and consequences. We always ask our son “Do you understand?” to make sure he has digested what we said to him.

6. Don’t argue If your toddler or preschooler pushes back and challenges you, it’s easy to get sucked into an argument about it. You explain yourself, she challenges back and it repeats over and over again. At some point, you need to just stop. You are the parent, she is the child. I do give my son an explanation such as “No, you can’t do that because it’s dangerous and it’s mommy’s job to keep you safe,” but then after that if he is still trying to argue about it, I will say something like “No, and I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” I don’t make a practice of ignoring my children, but I will ignore continuous pleas for something once my decision is final.

7. Limit choices It is easy to overwhelm children with choices, so it’s best to limit them. For example, “Do you want to brush your teeth first or put on your pajamas?” They like control and it gives them a sense of control to give them a choice, either option is fine with you. Another example is when they are doing something you don’t want them to like using a crayon on the wall: “You can keep your coloring on paper or I will put the crayons away.”

8. Use a timer If your toddler or preschooler stalls, use a timer and tell her what the consequence is if the timer goes off before she does the thing you are asking her to do. This will especially help if your child is easily distracted or perceptive. This is especially helpful if your bedtime routine has gotten to be way too long. In that case, a timer can do well, as long as your schedule is set properly. Sometimes too much resisting at bedtime is due to a too-early bedtime once your toddler or preschooler is older.

9. Hold Firm It is tempting to “give in” to whatever your child wanted if they promise not to do it again, however, they are testing you and if you then give them the privilege they lost, you lose ground. Instead, use it as a teaching moment that you mean your consequence by saying “That is a good choice for next time, but this time sticks.”

10. Allow cool-off time Everyone gets angry and emotions flare, including the parents, especially if one or all of you are intense Sometimes it’s best for everyone to take a cool-off time out and then address the situation at a later time.

11. Don’t be afraid to apologize Sometimes even we lose our tempers and might yell or do something that goes against the very thing we are trying to teach our children. Don’t be afraid to be human and normal (we all make mistakes) and apologize. It doesn’t mean what they did was okay or you give in to what they wanted.

12. Don’t think it’s you Some parents might have the tendency to take things personally and think your child is doing something TO you or getting back at you, but it’s their job to test and figure out how the world works. It’s nothing against you.

13. Immediate Consequences For most misbehavior, it is best to have immediate consequences. As soon as that toy is thrown, it gets put away. If your toddler gets out of bed at bedtime, you might close the door (assuming he wants it open) for 2-3 minutes each time he does it, as a consequence.

14. Be Consistent Consistency is key. You see that everywhere. But, it’s true!! When your toddler is testing you over and over again, it must be met with the same answer every time. It’s with inconsistency that more testing happens and problems linger.

15. Relate consequences If possible, relate consequences to the action. A toy is thrown, that toy gets put away. If he makes a mess, he cleans it up. A child hits, remove them from the situation. It is not always possible to relate the consequences and for us, sometimes it’s been more effective to find out our son’s “currency” at the time. He could care less about money at this age, but he loves his matchbox cars, so if he is having trouble “being a good listener” then we might say that his cars will go on time-out. This has been more effective than he going in time-out many times. Tips for implementing time-out is a whole other article, so I won’t get into that here.

16. Don’t harp Once your child has “paid the price”, tell him a brief summary about what happened, why the consequence happened, and then let it go. He has already paid his due. We say something like “You got a time-out for talking back.” and we ask him to apologize and then we hug and off we go.

Thank you Baby sleep site once again. Such a fantastic site, I used it lots for sleep/eat routines when Florence was a baby.

Good luck!

Daisy x