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Pointless Games To Play With A Toddler

June 03, 2016 Read more

 

I have fond memories of my childhood. Not to sound ridiculously old but “in my day” we played outside a lot more and most families didn’t even own a computer. As for the internet, it barely existed. We’d spend our time outdoors playing football in the street (we lived in a cul-de-sac) or having water fights with the kids next door. When it rained we played board games together inside or put on “magic shows” that my poor parents were forced to sit through and applaud. I am so looking forward to playing the same games with my girls and I’m eager to start. However, I have since learnt that some most games you play with a Toddler are really quite pointless:

Hide and Seek

I played hide and seek with The Toddler recently. She told me to count to 10 and excitedly hurried away to hide. After slowly to 10 and then giving the obligatory “coming-ready-or-not” in a sing

 

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song voice I walked into her bedroom to find her standing smack bang in the middle of the room with her hands covering her eyes, completely convinced I couldn’t see her. After pretending I couldn’t see her and acting amazed when she yelled out “boo!” she wanted to play again. I told her to hide really well this time and started to count. After I got to 10 I “found” her once more standing in the middle of the room with her eyes covered. This continued for another three games before I managed to convince her to play something else.

I-Spy

I stupidly started this to keep The Toddler entertained on the bus. She is really happy to recite “I spy with my little eye, something that is…..” Unfortunately she hasn’t quite grasped the rest of the game. Instead of saying “something that is green” or “something that is tall” or “something that is fast” she will say “something that is….that car” while pointing at the car. I then ask “Is it that car?” and she answers “yes! Well done, Mummy, my go again! I spy with my little eye, something that is…..that bush!”

Snails Race

This is a simple game I used to love when I was a kid. It contains six wooden snails, each a different colour. The die is a coloured die. If it lands on blue, the blue snail moves one space. If it’s green then the green snail moves. It teaches children both counting and colours and I was so happy to come across a copy of it on Ebay. The Toddler understood the concept of the game but instead of actually playing she thought it was far more interesting to take all the snails, line them up on the table and make them have conversations with each other in high scratchy voices. When I tried to return her attention to the game she announced it was time for the snails to go to bed and tucked them up in her dolls house.

Dress Up

I love a good boot fair and a few weeks ago I came across a brilliant bagful of dressing up clothes. The Toddler can be a doctor or a fireman or a fairy or numerous princesses….the idea is she puts something on and plays as that character for a while. Maybe try to make her teddies feel better as a doctor or put out a fire as the fireman. Not my Toddler.

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She has three ways of playing dressing up.

  1. Choose a costume, put it on, run to the mirror, have a look, run back, take off the costume, pick another, put it on, run to the mirror, have a look, run back, take off the costume, pick another, put it on, run to the mirror, have a look, run back, take off the costume, pick another……
  2. Dig out the Elsa dress. Put it on. Spend the rest of the day doing all her normal activities but wearing the Elsa dress.
  3. Take all the dressing out clothes out of the dressing up box. Play in the box. Sigh.

I guess I may have to wait a while before playing these games with the girls.

Playing these games with The Toddler reminds me of trying to play “Guess Who?” with my brother when we were younger. Instead of asking things like “does your person have a moustache/a beard/a hat etc.” he would ask “does your person like green/Abba/Thomas the Tank Engine?” The only plus was I always used to beat him at that game! I also used to beat him at Scrabble and I guess now is as good a time as any to admit to him that I lied and a XQURKI ISN’T a rare type of Venezuelan Bull Frog after all. I lied because I didn’t have any good letters and it really shouldn’t have been allowed.

Sorry Bro.

What games do you play with your children? Did you used to cheat at any childhood games?

Thanks to The Adultier Adult:

http://theadultieradult.com/2016/05/pointless-games-toddler/

 

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What Is Wrong With Wearing Pink?

May 20, 2016 Read more

Do you refuse to let your daughter wear pink? Meet Annie Rideout owner of parenting website The Early Hour. She is mum to daughter Joni and has never bought her a dress, instead she is raising her daugther to be gender neutral!

 As one of a growing number of mothers bringing up their children to be ‘gender neutral’, Annie’s distaste for femininity is not limited to colour.

 

She has never bought her daughter a dress, doll or princess-themed magazines. Instead, she has a wardrobe of unisex clothes and a toy box full of cars and building blocks.

 

Gender neutral parenting - promoting equality by not recognising traditional gender roles - is proving increasingly popular.

 

Campaigns such as ‘Pink Stinks’ are gaining traction, while retailers are coming under pressure to remove their ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ sections.

 

Yet some mothers are finding this approach to child-rearing a little more difficult than they anticipated.

 

For there are experts who believe that boys and girls are biologically predisposed to behave differently - sometimes little girls want to play with dolls and pretend to be princesses.

 

So, should their feminist mothers acquiesce? Or refuse and upset them on the grounds of their own objections?

 

‘I sometimes feel self-conscious, but if I start to let my fight against pink frilly clothes slip I worry I’ll lose control,’ says Annie.

 

After Joni was born in June 2014, she dressed her in animal prints, white vests and blue romper suits, with pink baby gifts swiftly dispatched to the charity shop.

 

‘I had made it clear to everyone I didn’t want her in pink clothes, but it seems people couldn’t help themselves,’ says Annie. ‘I wanted to avoid imposing a limiting stereotype on Joni. People act carefully around a baby in a pink, assuming a girl is placid and not as amenable to fun as a boy.’

 

People never believe me when I say Joni is a girl. I’m amazed, rather than offended.’

 

Annie’s attitude extends to her daughter’s toy collection. There is a xylophone, toy bus and blue kitchen chosen over the ‘garish’ pink version also on sale. ‘My husband cooks, too,’ she explains.

 

The only girlish toys to have slipped into the house are a single doll and a toy buggy, bought last Christmas by Joni’s aunt.

 

‘They encourage a nurturing instinct,’ says Annie. So, the baby and buggy are allowed to stay — but only within the family’s London home because, in an age of political correctness gone mad, Annie says she is ‘embarrassed’ by them.

What are your views on gender neutral parenting?


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3598047/Mums-refuse-let-girls-wear-pink-no-matter-wail-beg.html#ixzz49BbobJ9I

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Why Should Anyone Want To Buy A Funeral Plan?

May 20, 2016 Read more

When we were young it was not uncommon for us to attend family get togethers to celebrate events like birthdays, engagements and marriages but time doesn’t stand still and as we get older our attendance at funerals becomes more common and is often the only time we seem to meet.

Funeral services can vary quite considerably dependent upon many factors including religion, faith, upbringing, personal values and family traditions. This variability can present difficult challenges for anyone charged with the responsibility of organising a funeral and many of us might have witnessed occasions when people have simply ‘got it wrong’.

 A couple of years ago I attended a funeral of a dear friend whom I had known since childhood, I shall call her ‘Janet’ as opposed to her real name.

She was always known as ‘Janet’ from the time she went into care as a young child until she re-joined her parents, aged about 10 years old. The name ‘Janet’ stuck with her until her death a couple of years ago. ‘Janet’s experiences in care had a profound effect on her and although she came from a religious family she never attended church or followed the catholic doctrine like the rest of her family.

Following ‘Janet’s death her funeral was arranged by relatives that were ardent churchgoers and her funeral service took place in the local Catholic Church followed by interment. The service itself was conducted by two high ranking church officials, neither of which had ever met ‘Janet’ and referred to her as Judith, her given name, throughout.

‘Janet’ had not been in a church for decades and this was the most impersonal and inappropriate funeral I have ever witnessed. Virtually everything that happened was, to my mind, an insult to her memory and went against what I knew to be her wishes.

By way of contrast, the funeral of Police Constable David Phillips, who was killed in a hit and run incident in Merseyside, took place at Liverpool Cathedral, on 2nd November 2015. The televised service was seen by millions and as one police officer remarked when presenting a eulogy, ‘Dave was so well organised he even planned his own funeral’.

How Would You Like Your Funeral To Be Remembered?

Pre-funded funeral plans are now widely available and are a certain method of ensuring individuals can decide, in advance, the type, style and format of their own funeral. This can include decisions regarding the choice between burial and cremation, the selection of music or hymns, whether the service is religious or non-religious and many other preferences and details can be easily provided. Recording your wishes, in advance, can ensure that your final journey can be as you want it and not left to chance.

I believe that two of the most important factors are as follows:

  • The ability to freeze funeral costs is an affordable option available to anyone over the age of 18 years and can be arranged by paying a £250 Deposit followed by monthly payments over 1,2,3,5 or 10 years
  • Arranging your own funeral means your nearest and dearest relatives don’t have to difficult decisions when they grieving over their loss!

Everybody will need a funeral sometime; why not fix the cost today and secure peace of mind for your loved ones by acting now, while you can?

About the author

Ted Yeates is the owner of Safe Funeral Planning Ltd, a company dedicated to providing advice and assistance in regard to future funeral planning. Ted’s previous experiences as an Army Combat Medic for 23 years followed by a 25 year career as a specialist IFA have provided the skills required to discuss sensitive matters surrounding illness, injury or end of life.

Ted is also qualified as a National Federation of Funeral Directors (NFFD) Funeral Celebrant.

Contact Ted personally by email at E:info@safefunerals.uk  or T:  07539 645514

A Plan Brochure, together with cost comparisons and an on-line application can be viewed at :

https://www.safehandsplans.co.uk/aff/994/your-money-friend

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The Things We Do For Our Kids

May 16, 2016 Read more

I was waiting at the bus stop today (a daily occurrence until the girls finish being Bus Babys) when two buses pulled up at the stop (again, a pretty common occurrence to get two at once). One bus went directly home while the other bus went all round the houses and took three times as long. My husband was with me and we had the pram, the Baby, the Toddler and all the shopping and we REALLY didn’t fancy prolonging our trip back. However, we ended up catching the three-times-as-long-go-round-the-houses bus. Why? For the simple reason it was a double decker and the Toddler loves sitting upstairs.

It got me thinking though about the odd things we end up doing because we know our kids enjoy them so here is my list of things I’ve done not because I wanted to, not because it made the day easier or even made sense but purely to see a smile on the girls faces:

Sung “Let It Go” at the top of my lungs while standing in the middle of New Look.

The Toddler even made me do the actions. I think people thought it was the beginning of a flash mob and they excitedly started to watch. One guy even pulled out his phone and began filming.

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I’m pretty sure somewhere in the depths of the internet there is a video entitled “Embarassing Moment Everyone Else Pulls Out of the Flash Dance and Leave One Woman Still Singing!”

Got on the escalator in Wilkinsons, went all the way to the top and immediately came straight back down again. At the bottom it was straight back up again for another go. Six times! The Toddler can’t get enough of the crazy moving stairs though the security guard looked at me very suspiciously.

Went into Tesco for one pint of milk and got a trolley. The Toddler loves riding in the trolley but rarely gets to do it because I normally have the Baby with us in the pram. Therefore any visit to a supermarket where trolley riding becomes possible it is straight to the trolley area to begin the “burrow into the changing bag for that flipping trolley coin” dance. Then it’s the “haul excited kicking Toddler into the tiny seat that must have been designed by the same sadists that brought the world British Airways Economy”. This is finished by either “red faced Mummy puts single pint of semi skinned on conveyor belt” or (more likely) “Embarrassed Mummy buys a whole load of stuff she really didn’t need/want/require to avoid the sad single pint on the conveyor belt”.

Felt up children's toys. Before you think I have some kind of weird fetish thing going on, I need to explain. The Toddler collects My Little Pony figurines that come in what are called “blind bags”. There are 12 to collect but the idea is you don’t know which one is in the packet until you’ve bought it (oh, you deviously evil toy makers!) However, I discovered that if you wriggle the figurine about in the packet you can get the card down to the white background of the barcode and then you can read the name of the pony through the packaging! It takes a bit of work and it is scary how many packets contain bloody Trixie Lula Moon but you can manage to get the whole set without getting a single double. You just gotta be prepared to work for it!

Made the oddest sounds and pulled the weirdest faces. We recently did a professional Fairy Photoshoot with the girls all dressed up in cute dresses with little fairy wings. The Toddler was a complete ham and did exactly what we needed her to do. However, the Baby was far more interested in eating the wonderful set, pulling off her sister’s wings and planning a poonami that possibly knocked out all of the fairies in NeverLand. In order to et her to look at the camera, my husband and I ended up standing behind the photographer going “wheeeee! Look at me! I’m a chicken! Bock, bock, bock. Look Baby! Funny chicken!”

Tried to hold back soup. This is an odd one. My Toddler is very particular about which bowl she uses. I recently bought two new bowls, one Peppa Pig which is for The Baby and one Thomas The Tank Engine which is for The Toddler. I poured the soup into the bowls and then realised I didn’t know which was which! Both bowls are the same size and shape. The only difference is the picture on the bottom. The one that was currently hiding under the hot soup. Thus I spent ten minutes pushing back the soup desperately trying to see the picture on the bottom. It reminded me of the final challenge on Catchphrase where they reveal one part of the picture and you are meant to guess the incredibly obscure catchphrase from a box containing just a black sky. I was only slightly annoyed later on when I was washing the dishes and noticed the logs printed on the underside of the bowls.

Created more laundry for myself deliberately! For once I was up to date on the laundry. All that needed washing was the Toddler’s Frozen dress and a few pairs of underwear. However, the Toddler wanted to wear Anna and Elsa. Nothing else would do so (despite detesting laundry with every fibre of my very soul) I ran round the house and chucked dressing gowns and towels in to bulk it out. You need to pick the moment when you just “Let it Go” and this was not it.

Obeyed the “Purple Rule”. I bought the Lavender shampoo because it is purple (the Toddler’s favourite colour) despite preferring the Teatree one. This rule applies to a lot of things. My husband always has turkey sandwiches for work because the packaging has a purple label while the ham (which he keep asking for) has a blue label. He has no hope for the chicken as that’s green and the Toddler has decided green is the devil’s colour.

Googled the lyrics to Mr. Tumble’s “Friends” song. I’m sure most parents know the song “friends, friends, what can we do with friends?” It sounds a bit sinister when written like that. Anyway, the lyric for the sea captains line is “paddle in sea”. You’re welcome.

What have you done to make your children smile (or to avoid a tantrum)? Please share in the comments below. The more embarrassing the better!

Thanks to Tori over at The Adultier Adult, read the blog here:

http://theadultieradult.com/2016/05/the-things-we-do-for-our-kids/

 

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Would You Leave Your Baby Home Alone?

May 16, 2016 Read more

A new question posted on Mumsnet, asking if one would leave a ten-month-old child sleeping peacefully home alone for seven minutes, has triggered a lively debate.

User Dakin1, who posed the question, added that the scenario would involve a baby who 'napped reliably at the same time everyday for at least an hour' and a parent who was going to a shop to collect something approximately 50 metres away.

More than 800 Mumsnet users have joined the conversation, with many saying a definite 'no'. Some have even referenced the disappearance Madeleine McCann as a reason for their decision.

However, some parents have said that they see no problem with the situation and they regularly have to leave the house to perform other chores such as putting the dustbins out or walking the dogs. 

Last year it was revealed that parents in England and Wales were being arrested every day on suspicion of leaving one or more of their children at home alone.

 

The law does not specify at what age parents can leave children alone.

 

However, those who do, can be prosecuted for cruelty and neglect if the youngsters are placed at risk.

Read the full article and the Mumsnet responses: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3592641/Would-leave-10-month-old-home-Mother-causes-outrage-saying-pops-shop-baby-sleeping-surprising-number-women-agree.html#ixzz48q4eDtH7

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BIG FISH LITTLE FISH Launches In Oxfordshire

May 08, 2016 Read more

I’m Anna Emery and I am a mum of two little boys aged 2 and 1. After having children I was having trouble deciding whether I wanted to continue with my career, I had been working in finance in the city for 16 years, a career which I loved, but was perhaps not going to be particularly flexible with a young family. It was a difficult decision to leave, but in the end I decided I wanted to create a better work/life balance.

I had always been into clubbing as soon as I was allowed out, and then continued when I moved to London for work when I’d finished university, I also spent many summers in Ibiza and still do (although with the children it’s an entirely different holiday!). That side of my life quietened down as I got older, and cosy nights in and meals out in restaurants became more appealing, however I never lost the love for the music.

While I was pregnant with Stanley (my first child) I saw a review in Time Out about a new family rave called Big Fish Little Fish that was being started in London – taking place in the middle of the afternoon! I thought this was an amazing idea, and wished I had thought of it myself.

As the raves spread across various locations in London, I took my boys to their first one last year at a warehouse club in Hackney. It was FAB! I got to dance to some fantastic music in a club atmosphere and have a couple of drinks from the bar, plus there were things going on for the little ones too – they both were given a little glowstick to wave about, there were craft tables, play area, baby space, playdoh table, cakes, bubbles & glitter cannons on the dancefloor, a parachute dance, huge bouncy balloons, they both loved it!

I got in touch with the founder of Big Fish Little Fish, Hannah Saunders, after the event to tell her what a great time we had, and also to ask her if she had any plans to start doing them across the country as I was moving back to my home town. We started chatting, and she told me about how she had set up Big Fish Little Fish after having her own children, because she wanted create an event where the adults could enjoy themselves as much as the children. Hannah is also from a big clubbing background, and so Big Fish Little Fish was born! A year later and here I am organising Big Fish Little Fish raves myself in Oxford and Birmingham, with more locations to come! The raves have spread across the country with a network of regional managers who have all arrived at the job in the same way – by going to the events themselves then wanting to get involved. We have won Best Family Event for the past two years running at the National Family Arts Festival Awards, and been featured in Time Outs top 10 of The best 101 things to do in London with kids.

The Oxford Launch Party is on 3rd July and is a “Superheroes” themed rave – fancy dress entirely optional, but definitely encouraged!  At the heart of our events is a DJ playing quality dance music aimed at the adults, Old Skool scene legend Glenn Aston, who was resident at London’s first all night legal dance event Raindance will be DJing, he says “I’m really looking forward to BFLF launch party in Oxford, I’ll be dropping a selection of classic House and Oldskool rave tracks, it’s great to be part of something that helps to keep people of all ages involved in the scene, and introduce the music to a new generation.”

Tickets and more information available from main website and facebook page

www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk

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Our Day Out With Thomas

May 06, 2016 Read more

My two year old is obsessed and i mean obsessed with Thomas and his friends (Ryan being his favourite for some bizarre reason that i haven't yet figured out). My son's first word was train to my disappointment (mummy would have been my preferred option) but i can't complain as he is easily pleased and no one needs to ask what to buy him for christmas or birthday.

So as trains are his thing we decided to take him to Didcot Railway Centre for A Day Out with Thomas. After getting over the shock of the cost (not much change from £50) i was actually really looking forward to it.

It was freezing cold and heaving and my poor son had a stinking cold but despite that he did get rather excited when he got a glimpse of the number 1 engine! I wish we had been a bit more prepared though as it was very busy, arguably too busy as if you wanted a hot drink the queues in the tiny cafe were massive so i would say take your own as it just isn't big enough! In my opinion they pack in too many people for the size of the place and the facilities. There are however plenty of places to sit on the grass for a good picnic but not my idea of fun when its only 5 degrees outside and spitting with rain!

We took a ride on Thomas and his friend Duck which lasted all of about 5 minutes (after queuing for about 20 mins) and we then had a look round the sheds where Thomas' friends are. That is about all there is to do, they have a small activity tent with things going on if your children can stand still and watch (my son is incapable of doing that as he just wants to run around and explore). The highlight of the day for him was buying a toy Gordon train as you can see from the photo.

We spent about an hour and thirty minutes there before heading to Sainsburys cafe for lunch and some much needed warmth! If you are happy paying the ticket price then i would recommend it but make sure you take food and drink with you!

The next Day Out With Thomas is in October, find out more here

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Six Signs You Are A Mumpreneur

May 01, 2016 Read more

'Mumpreneur' is a title i feel incredibly proud of. I run my own business, i have two children, a dog, five mouths to feed, and a three bedroomed house to clean. I'm busy but i love it and wouldn't change it for the world. It is a constant juggling act between work and family life and i often get fustrated that i can't be in two places at the same time.  I also crave the security of a job and i could really do with a guardian angel to tell me that i'm doing the right thing (as half the time i haven't a clue what i'm doing).

 

Being a Mumpreneur, having Mumpreneur friends and working with Mumpreners i have come to realise that on the whole we share a few traits, traits that set us aside from more sensible mums who have a job.

 

1. Weekdays and weekends are one of the same as having a day off is rare and a luxury. Apart from Christmas, i can't remember a day where i haven't done some form of work even if it is scanning social media for the latest trends and opportunities.

2. We dread the school holidays, not because we don't want to spend time with our little angels (if only) but because we still have to work with zero or little childcare. Then, if you are like me, the guilty mummy syndrome kicks in especially when i find myself working whilst they are glued to the TV.

3. We are Social Media Gurus! I am yet to meet a Mumpreneur who doesn't use social media to market their business and the majority of the mums I have come across are pretty good at it!

4. We go to networking events just to partake in some adult conversation.

5. We love a freebie. Mumpreneurs are very careful with money and we like to make sure we are getting a good deal, if its free then even better! We get excited at the words 'free training' and 'free networking'

6. We are envious of those who can just finish work and forget about it until the next day. Instead we are constantly thinking about the next opportunity and new ideas.

Can you think of any other Mumpreneur signs? If so, let us know!

 

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First Pregnancy vs Second Pregnancy

May 01, 2016 Read more

When I was pregnant with my first child I was filled with excitement, curiosity, hopes and dreams. I itched to find out what sex I was having so I could buy them their first outfit.  I was signed up to every baby club going so I could make use of free nappy samples and changing bags, and my first scan was framed and had pride of place on my window. 

Second time around things are a little different. Maybe it's me? Maybe it's experienced by every woman after their first pregnancy? I don't know. But I've definitely noticed some vast differences in my behaviour this time around. 
 
SCANS
 
My first pregnancy scan was so exciting! I couldn't wait to see my little baby wriggling around in there! I kept the picture in a cutesy little frame (that I had free when I signed up to Pampers baby club) and put it in the centre of my window where I could see it every morning when I woke up. I would stare at the picture for hours and after uploading it to Facebook I used it as my profile picture.
For my current pregnancy scan I was excited, don't get me wrong, however I was more apprehensive that the sonographer was going to tell me I was having multiples! 
There was no frame for the picture to go in and I've probably looked at it twice. At present I don't actually know where it is. Probably somewhere in my sons room as he somehow convinced that this is "his" baby. 
 
BABY BUYING
 
For pregnancy number one I had a precise list of things I needed, after thoroughly researching relevant baby books. I stocked up on nappies and wipes when they were on sale. I had tiny outfits that I folded and unfolded time and time again and placed neatly in the drawers of a changing table. I had selected a pram and a cot, and the nursery was all set up. I would walk past the baby's future room and stand there looking around, imagining the time when my little bundle of joy finally arrived.
My current bundle of joy on the way has a cardboard box that's been slung in the corner of my dining room full of baby gro's and vests that I had for their big brother. I have no intentions of buying a pram or a cot until they're about 5 months old, and there's no nursery to set up as they will simply be residing in my bedroom.  
 
BABY APPS
 
I had everything going the first time round. I'd open them all up on my phone every morning to see what had grown today and what was developing this week. One app even posted to Facebook for me every week so all my friends had the glorious opportunity in joining me for the ride (I probably saw a noticeable decrease of Facebook friends over those months.)
This time I have one app. I haven't opened it in a good few days and the majority of the time that I do its to remind myself how far along I am with my pregnancy. 
 
When I first started recognising these differences in behaviour between 1st and 2nd pregnancies I felt like an awful mum. I wondered what was different this time. And then it struck me. Everything is different!! Unlike in my first pregnancy I already am a mum! I have another mini human occupying my mind and time. 
This baby isn't less loved, or less important than my first, but I just don't have as much free time to completely absorb myself in my pregnancy and everything it involves. Sometimes I forget I'm even pregnant at all! 
My second child isn't less fortunate because they won't have the things their brother had. If anything they are more fortunate because mummy now knows that this baby really won't care if they're wearing hand me down baby gro's and don't have non essential baby items. 
Instead of a mummy who prods them every half an hour to check they're breathing, and stares at them wondering how on earth they're going to keep them alive, this baby will have a Mummy who is more confident than what she was the first time around. They'll have a mummy that knows her capabilities and doesn't strive to be somebody she is not. 
It isn't that I care less this time around, it's just that I'm now more aware. Aware of the things that are important and the things that are not. Aware that my baby is oblivious as to whether I'm staring at its scan picture, but my four year old isn't when he wants me to look at a certificate he's won at school. 
Things are completely different with this pregnancy. But a change in behaviour doesn't mean a change in emotion and feelings. I still feel the same way about this child as I did my first. I'm just a different person. A different mum. And hopefully a better one. 
 
Thanks to The Confusing Diaries of a Puzzled Mummy, read the blog here:

http://puzzledmummy.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/first-pregnancy-v-second-pregnancy.html

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Changes To Child Car Seats Law On The Way

April 26, 2016 Read more

Stricter rules regarding the use of booster seats will come into force later this year limiting the use of backless booster seats to older children.

 

Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until 12 years old or 135cm tall. In some European countries this height limit is 150cm. 

 

'Backless booster seats are cheap, but lack crash protection for your child'

The new booster seat rules :

Under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. At the moment, children weighing as little as 15kg, that's around three years old, can travel in backless booster seats. But many child car seat experts agree that this type of booster seat is unsuitable for such young children.  A small child isn't held as securely in the seat, the adult seat belt isn't guided across their little body in the best way, and, most importantly, a booster seat offers no protection for a child if your car's involved in a side-impact crash. 

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2016/04/new-booster-seats-ban-439787/ - Which?

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