Showing posts with label #toddler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #toddler. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Great Fruit Shoot Craft Session

With the boys being struck down with chicken pox over the whole of Easter we didn't really do much, so once they were better I was eager to do some fun things with them.
Something that wasn't going to need a lot of energy but something that was going to get them off the sofa and away from the TV.

We were sent an amazing craft kit from Robinson's Fruit Shoots containing everything we needed to have a space craft session.
The plan was to use our creations on an egg hunt, but they boys weren't very willing in doing an egg hunt.
(you know they're really sick when they refuse to have an Easter egg hunt!)


Along with all the arts and crafts we were sent some Fruit Shoots to enjoy whilst crafting.
The boys were over the moon with this as I don't buy them as often as they'd like me too.


Everyone was keen to get crafting, even Noah Mr Unsociable wanted to make some space pictures.

I decided to show them/wow them with my little alien made that I out of a foam egg and then after all being rather impressed they all wanted to make their own.

Oscar and Ru's both turned into red planets rather than aliens, and Noah's was pretty cool a mix between Saturn and an Alien.




The boys are all pretty rubbish at staying hydrated, but having the fruit shoots on the table and them being something they actually enjoy drinking they all made sure they finished their bottles pretty quickly.


Once all the juice was finished the boys decided they wanted to turn them into rockets.
We had a chat about how we could do that and then got down to it.
I cut up some coloured paper of their choice to make wings and a rocket tip and then they stuck them to their bottles.


Along with our rockets and egg aliens we made some alien pictures out of lolly pop sticks and googly eyes.



Noah and Rupert soon lost interest, Noah's Playstation was calling and Ru decided he wanted to nap. The twins however were keen to use absolutely everything in the Mr Maker Craft box.


So anything they could stick on their rockets they used and anything they could make sparkle on their pictures they did.

It was a bit of a glitter party in the end.



Since doing the space arts and crafts Alex has taken a real keen interest in learning all about the different planets and space.

The Little Kids First Big Book Of Space has now become our number one bedtime reading book.
He's also taken it into school for show and tell!


The boys really enjoyed learning all about space and making their own rockets, so a big Thank You Fruit Shoot for helping them figure out what their Thing is!


The Fruit Shoots we were sent were -

 2 Hydro and 2 original Fruit Shoots

NATURALLY FLAVOURED HYDRO

A naturally flavoured spring water drink, Hydro is irresistibly refreshing and tasty – with zero sugar and no artificial colours or flavourings. 
They come in three flavours - 
Apple & Raspberry
Blackcurrant,
Orange & Pineapple.

Fruit Shoot
There’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. Better still, we don’t add any sugar, artificial colours or flavourings at all.
There is a vast range of different flavours from Apple and blackcurrant to tropical, so something for everyones taste buds!
Both bottles have re-sealable cap so they can take it with them – and do their thing, wherever they are. 

Does your child have a thing?
Why not share it on Fruit Shoots Facebook page

Friday, 7 April 2017

Potty Training Academy // Sticker Chart.

Ru has taken to potty training like a pro!
He's had hardly any accidents and is no longer using nappies during the day.


I started him off in Bambino Mio training pants but after a day of a couple accidents he started taking himself to the toilet without any prompt from me.


I introduced him to his Potty Training Academy sticker chart on day one and he was very keen to fill it up, so even when he didn't need the loo, he would try and squeeze something out just to get a sticker.


We used both a toddler loo seat and the carry me potty, but he prefers to do his wee's just like his brothers...standing up.
He sings putting out the fiiiire when he's weeing (god knows where he got that from! lol.) 


The first real test was sending him to nursery and seeing if he returned with a bag full of wet pants.
I made sure the washing machine was free for his return but when he came home wearing the same outfit that he went in in was such a win.


The sticker chart was a great help with getting him to go to the toilet, as he knew if he did his business in the toilet he would be rewarded with a sticker or two but if he did it in his pants, he would get no sticker.

He cottoned on to that very quickly and his chart filled up instantly!
We still aren't there 100% with number twos...he'd much rather do them on the floor or in his pants, so I'm thinking the special reward box will help with that.



Thursday, 30 March 2017

ChickenPox

I've been a little quiet on the blog for the past two weeks, due to a few reasons. 
One of which is Rupert has chickenpox!

My youngest and first to catch them.
None of the others have had it yet, so now as Ru's start to scab over I'm on spot watch on the others.
I'm dreading Noah getting them as I know he'll be the one to make the most fuss.


Ru was pretty grizzly to start with but if I had a stream of snot running down my face all the time I think I would be too!

I was given lots of suggestions from lots of lovely mummies over on Instagram, I made sure I had some tricks up my sleeve to help deal with the itch when it came!

What I used -
Boots allergy relief for ages 1 and up
Oats, which I made into bath bombs with a pair of old tights. Then every bath time he had an oat bath which is meant to help sooth the skin.
Virasoothe!
This was amazing, Jenny came over on Monday and suggested I try it as her mum recommended it.
it cost around £8 and I found it in Sainsburys.

Instantly after the first use his spots looked less angry and he stopped itching completely!



Most of his spots are now starting to scab over so hopefully by next week he'll be back to normal and back to nursery.

Even with him having Chicken Pox, I stuck to his new bedtime routine and made sure he was asleep by 8.
Most nights its worked, but he is still getting up at 10 to get into my bed.
A few times I have tried to get him back into his bed, but then that only works for an hour and then he's up again.

Once he's full better I think ill be giving that another go and will be trying my hardest to stick at it.



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

This Is The Book Thats Replaced The iPad. This Is The Book Thats Helped Bring Back Sleep


I was in two minds about writing this post, as I really really don't want to jinx it....but I'm so thrilled that I kinda have to share it!

We seem to have cracked Ru's sleep issues!


We were hoping for a miracle from the specialist health visitor, but she didn't really have any tips and tricks I hadn't really tried.

So I decided I had to re try one that I tried a while back but completely failed at.
Taking away the screen time.
Rupert has a big love for the iPad and when I took it away before it only resulted in him head banging and just getting completely out of control.

I tried a new way to combat this....whilst Ru was in the bath at 6, the TV turns off and we hide the iPad whilst he's not looking.
After the bath he'll ask for it but we then tell him its broken and we'll get a new one tomorrow.

This little white lie has worked and you can see him thinking about it, he'll then re tell us its broken and that he wants a blue one tomorrow.

I will then take him into his room at 7 and read 'This Is The Bear' and then he will re-tell it to me and then we'll turn off his moon light and sing incy wincy spider about 20 times and then by 8pm he is
ASLEEP!

He will wake around 11/12ish but he'll come and get into our bed and go straight back to sleep.
I am no longer laying on his floor and stupid hours of the night willing him to fall to sleep.
The iPad no longer rules our life, we're no longer afraid of it running out of battery.

We can relax a little.

This has been going on for a whole week now.
We've got our evenings back, he's in a better routine and the meltdowns aren't as crazy.

I don't mind co-sleeping with him, a kick in the leg/face/tummy is far better than laying on his floor wanting to cry my eyes out.

It's opened my eyes to the power screen time has over a child.
I swore till I was blue in the face that I had control over it, but I don't think I really did.

I'm hoping this stays like this and I know for sure that I won't be changing the no TV or iPad after 6pm rule, as even the other boys are doing well without it.

To be honest, the last few days the tv has rarely been on and its so enjoyable not having the constant noise in the background.



Friday, 3 February 2017

House Tour // A Peak Into The Boy's Bedrooms


We have been in the house just two months now and we're slowly starting to make it into our own.
The boys rooms are one of my main focus points at the moment as I feel if they love there room they'll feel really settled here.

Rupert's has been the easiest to do, as I already had most of it from his old room, I've just added some Totoro wall stickers and a couple of new pictures and it's looking pretty much how I want it too!

Rupert's Room ...

It's much smaller than his old room, but I really love how its looking.
The size of the room is actually pretty good and he gets everything he needs in there, and once he's bigger it will fit a normal sized bed in it without any issues!







Noah's Room.

I wouldn't really say there was a theme for Noah's room but i guess gaming heaving would fit.

His room is probably slightly larger than his previous bedroom, so we didn't have any issue with his bed taking up too much room.
He still has more than enough room to play, do his art and play on his beloved playstation!

I've just ordered him another Pokemon wall sticker, so once thats arrived ill be sure to post a picture of it on Instagram!





Lego to keep him going till Christmas lol.

The Twins Room,

We've gone for the typical superhero theme for them, as they are hero bonkers.

This is the room I think I need to work on the most, its ridiculously big and feels a bit on the empty side.
They have their beds on one side and their unit on the other, and a large empty space in the middle.
Im thinking a nice rug might do the trick.
They also have more superhero wall stickers coming in the post.




I hope you enjoyed this little peak into their rooms, like I said they aren't completely finished and I'm sure to do an update once they are.

Stay tuned to the blog for more House Tour posts!
:)

Sunday, 30 October 2016

No Fear

This little child of mine has no fear what so ever!
The other boys aren't even that keen on going down the slide let alone climbing up it, but ...... Little Ru he doesn't care!

He would probably climb the highest mountain if he wanted too!



Photalife

Friday, 21 October 2016

Sleepless Nights And Endless Days

After far to many sleepless nights and endless days of not eating properly I feel like I've hit a brick wall with Rupert.


I was going to wait until we moved before I took the next step in getting Ru seen too,
but this week I needed to talk to our HV.
I've tried everything I know to get him to sleep at a normal time and get him to eat proper food.
Everything I do doesn't work.

He's not falling to sleep until midnight most nights and even then he fidgets like crazy.
He wont eat anything more than some chocolate buttons, one cheerio, a few mouthfuls of yogurts and a tiny bit of mash or pasta.

Not only is his sleeping and eating causing me concern I'm noticing more behavioural traits in him that I have read link to autistic behaviours.
A couple being OCD traits;
extreme hand washing, he hates having dirty hands and will wash his hands as much as he can.
He's even managed to flood our downstairs bathroom as I took my eyes off him for 5 minutes.
 He cant walk past a pole with out going around it 3 times.
He will do this without fail and will get quite angry if I try to move him on before he's done it.

He hides his eyes when people try and talk to him, but he will happily go up to strangers and touch them.
He gets very vicious towards the boys if they touch something he is playing with.
He doesn't play like they do.

When asking him who he is/what his name is he doesn't respond.
He doesn't cope well with change.
He has started to head bang again, after I thought he'd gotten over it but its back with a vengeance.
I often catch him shaking his head and then smacking himself.


The health visitor is coming to visit after the half term and re do his 2 yr. check up (this will be his 3rd one) as well as a different test.
She has also said she will probably re-refer him to the Paediatricians now that he's 2 and a half.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Ru // Asthma Pump

Over the weekend I noticed Ru had a really nasty cough.
Which was worse in the evening and morning.
I decided to call the doctors first thing on Monday to get him check out.

I was thinking beginnings of a chest infection or something viral.
I got to our doctors with not a lot of hope as usually they are so rubbish.

I explained what was up and the doctor had a good listen of his chest and looked in his ears and mouth and she said it wasn't a chest infection and she though it sounded a bit like asthma.

So she prescribed him a blue pump and spacer.
I'm completely in the dark when it comes to asthma but Jon has it and wasn't too surprised when I came back with it.

He's to take it every time he has a coughing fit.
He isn't too keen on it and I can manage about one pump before he pulls the mask away.

He hasn't fully been diagnosed with asthma and the doctor didn't say much after she told me how to use the pump.

So I'm still slightly confused as to whether this is something that's going to be long term.
Has anyone else's toddler been given a pump?



Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pumkin Baby

Rupert spotted a mini pumpkin whilst we were doing a quick shop in Morrison's the other day and automatically started calling it his baby!


In the past few days this pumpkin has sat at the dinner table with us,
slept on the floor next to his bed,
had bed time cuddles on the sofa with us.

After his full 10 hours at nursery yesterday Rupert was more pleased to see his 'baby' than me.
He gave it a zillion kisses and sat down to watch the iPad with it.


Oscar lovingly threw it on the floor and it started leaking juice so today I have to find a fake replacement or another pumpkin before Rupert realises that his baby is no more.

As for pumpkin baby no 1, I may turn into pumpkin chips!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

#WickedWednesday || Why Can't I Have An Ice Lolly For Dinner



When Rupert doesn't get a lolly for dinner, this is what happens.

This full blown tantrum included, head banging, biting, punching, plenty of screaming.
It went on for at least half an hour.
All the boys finished their dinner and left the table and Ru was still in full swing.

He eventually stopped with the aid of a baby bell.

I guess a baby bell is slightly better than a lolly for dinner.

Isn't he gorgeous :|
brummymummyof2