My Fears on Having Another Baby

Going from one baby to two feels like a huge change and adjustment to make. There is times where I am a solo parent which means it is 1 on 1 for me and Jess. However, this is going to change when the new baby arrives. I am going to have two of them and only two hands. I keep thinking about every single scenario that might arise when we are a family of four. Things that might change, things that might be harder, how I will manage.

What about Jess?

I know she struggles to adapt when Daddy goes away. How is she going to cope when she has to share but me and Daddy?. Is this something which she is going to struggle with? I know she is a bit older as a sibling as she is 4 by the time the baby arrives. I know we are going to have to prepare her for the new baby just like we have to when Daddy goes away because its a big change. Truthfully we are unsure how she is going to react. I think it is going to be positive however, I can’t help but worry.

How will I manage if I have a C Section?

There is a chance that I am going to end up having another c-section. This does mean that I am not going to be able to do certain things like picking Jess up. Bending down is also something else which can be a pain after surgery this does mean that I am going to be unable to play as much on the floor with Jess. This is something which I am worried that could happen. I know Joe would be home for a couple of weeks however, I know recovery after a c-section is lot longer than that.

Difficult Birth

As some of you may know if you have been a long term reader. I had a bit of a rough time after having Jess it resulted in me losing a lot of blood. I have been told by my midwife at the time that it is good that I do not remember a lot of it. There was the crash team on standby and I ended up having two blood transfusions. I know I lost consciousness as a result of the amount of blood I lost. It ended up I lost around 25% of my blood. This is something which I fear happening again. At one stage it did put me off having anymore children and maybe looking at other ways of increasing our family.

Fear Of Loss

This is something which did not worry me about during my pregnancy with Jess. However, last year just before we purchased our house we sadly lost a baby. We actually lost the baby around 9 weeks in a missed miscarriage. We had not announced the pregnancy to anyone at this stage. This is something which I am scared of happening again. I do not think that I will believe that we are having another baby until we actually see them on the screen during the scan.

How will I juggle two on my own?

Of course, there is periods of time when I have to solo parent. I have a worry of how am I going to cope. Sometimes it is a balancing act already with having Jess and the rabbits to get to bed. I am worried that I am going to be unable to do everything in order to get her to bed in time. This is going to be more important once she goes to school. I am worried the new born would wake Jess up on an evening too. For some reason I can see me having to use a sling a lot in order to get jobs done.

The Age Gap

I know a lot of people who had children when I had Jess who have already had a second. Some have even had more than two. I worry that there is going to be too much of a age gap. This is going to affect how they actually manage to bond. I have a brother who is 5 years younger than me and we never found this an issue. Maybe this is something which I am over thinking as there is going to be 4 years between Jess and her sibling.

Gender Disappointment

I feel like there is a pressure, because we have Jess that everyone is going to assume that we want a boy. To be honest I know Joe would like a little boy in order to be able to keep his family name going. I would like a boy however, as long as the baby is healthy that is all that matters to me. I do not think at 20 weeks we are actually going to find out the gender. The surprise when the baby is born is something which I am looking forward to. After all I like gender neutral clothes and of course, we can always get dresses if its a girl once they have arrived safety. The same can be said for some of the beautiful boy items on the market.

What did worries did you have when you had another child?

Charlotte xx

6 Ways That Travel Helps Your Child’s Development

Travelling with kids can be a bit of a pain sometimes, especially when they’re younger and you’re going on long journeys. Navigating the airport, getting to your hotel, and finding your way around a new country is tough at the best of times. When you throw young children into the mix, travel is incredibly stressful. There’s also the cost to consider because taking the whole family away is going to be expensive and when you’re already trying to maintain a budget. While making sure that the kids have everything that they need, travelling all of the time might not be an option.

 

So far, travelling with kids doesn’t seem like a great idea if it’s going to be stressful and expensive, but that doesn’t mean you should cancel your family trip. Travelling together is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries but, more importantly, it’s great for your child’s development. These are just some of the reasons why travel is great for your children.

It Introduces Them To New Experiences

Trying to introduce your child to new experiences helps them to understand more about the world and it also makes their lives more full and exciting. If your child never goes outside of their comfort zone at all, may not be very adventurous in later life. They may be afraid to try new things, which can have a big impact on their lives. Sometimes, it’s hard to find new experiences when you’ve got a set routine of taking them to school and going to work etc. When you travel, you have the opportunity to give your child experiences that they would never have back home.

It Increases Tolerance

The main reason that people are intolerant of other cultures is that they simply don’t understand them and they haven’t been exposed to them. It’s easy to be suspicious or fearful of another culture if your opinion of them is only based on things you hear. Rather than a real experience of what those people are like. Taking your children to different countries from a young age gives them the chance to meet people from other cultures and learn about them. Before their opinions are coloured by anything that they see on the news or things that other people tell them. This means that they will grow up to be far more tolerant and accepting of other cultures which is a very important value to instill in your children.

It Helps Them At School

 

When your children are learning about history or geography, they might not find it that interesting and they may switch off from these lessons. That often happens because they don’t really understand the significance of what they’re being taught and they feel quite removed from it. But if you travel to places and they can see these things first hand, they’re far more likely to get involved with learning about them and their performance at school will improve. For example, if your children are learning about ancient Rome, why not take them there to see the Colosseum up close and get them more excited about it?

Languages are another thing that some children struggle with at school but if they visit the countries, they can practice their language skills. Being surrounded by people that are speaking the language and learning a bit more about their culture will give their lessons more direction and help teach them how valuable it is to be able to speak to people in their own language when you’re travelling.

It Teaches Them To Be Adaptable

Travelling rarely goes completely as planned and there are always going to be a few hiccups along the way. It might be that your flight gets delayed or even cancelled or maybe there is a problem with your hotel reservation. It could even be something simple like a restaurant reservation that was made for the wrong date. When these little problems happen, you need to think on your feet and adapt to the situation to sort it out. Even if it isn’t a big problem, it gives your children the chance to see how you react to difficult situations and how you can be spontaneous. This means that in later life, when things don’t quite go to plan, they won’t panic and they’ll be able to think rationally about how to deal with the situation.

It Teaches Them Independence

This one doesn’t really apply when your children are younger because you can’t exactly let them go wandering around on their own in a foreign country, but as they get older, travel can teach them to be more independent. When they’re a bit older, they will start going on school and sixth form student trips or even going away with their friends. Going to another country without you will give them the chance to learn to be independent because they can’t easily call on your for help and they will have to learn to get by on their own for a while. These skills will be essential when it comes time for them to eventually leave home.

Did you travel a lot with your children?

Charlotte xxx

 

Preloved Finds March 2019

As you may remember I am trying to be conscious to purchase more preloved items. I think that people do not realise how much we do waste. Jess grows out of toys and clothes very quickly I do sell a lot of her clothes which are in good condition. Sometimes I do manage to sell toys as well if I think that they are worth it. Usually, I sell on eBay then things which are not perfect end up in the charity shop. Usually when in there we look if there is anything else we would like. We have had toys and games for a fraction of their RRP.  EBay is somewhere were I get items which I think are going to be perfect for nursery. As we need clothes we do not mind getting a little bit ruined. Shopping preloved for us is to save items ending up in landfill and to save us some pennies.

If you did not see what we have picked up in January and February I have linked them here for you. We only visited one charity shop in our town this month. I think we did go a couple of times though due to the amount of stuff I had to donate. I have been trying to have a bit of a clearout. Passing on some clothes which we no longer wear and things like that. We did, however, manage to find some really nice pieces while we were in there for Jess.  I hope you enjoy seeing what we managed to pick up in this preloved month.

The first item which you may notice is a toaster. As you may know, Jess got a kitchen for Christmas and has been using it ever since. There was a toaster in there and this is something which Jess does not have. To be honest, as soon as she saw it she picked it up and wanted it.  I knew she would get a lot of use out of it. She makes us a lot of food so I could not say no.  It was only 50p which is super cheap after all I can now have eggs on toast. Playstyle of course, when we got it home we found out it originally was from B&M.  She has used this so much and we will be keeping an eye out for more play food and toys to go with her kitchen.

The next few items which I picked up are all Disney related books. I purchased Jess some books for Christmas because we do read to her every single night. Recently I have donated some books which have been too babyish for her. I first picked up this Wall-E book which is a film Jess watched around Christmas time. So she knows who the characters in it. I picked up a range of different Disney books for her at Christmas. They are a little bit longer and it is something which she is starting to get into. Of course, this is a book which I am going to have to read her. It may actually take her a couple of bedtimes to get the whole story due to its length. I will be keeping my eye out for anymore preloved Disney books because they are a classic and will last.  They can always be passed down if we should have more children as well this Wall-E book was only 50p.

The next Disney book is one which is from the Disney Fairies. It may have come from the same people as we purchase the last ones which came with the CD and Book. I thought that this would be amazing to add to Jess’ collection of this kind of books because they will last. It is actually the story of Tinkerbell and this is not something which I even know the story of.  The artwork in this book is actually amazing I could not believe how amazing it is. I think this is one which I am going to keep back from Jess’ collection until I get rid of a few more books. Her bookshelf at the moment is very full.  I do like being able to put the CD’s on while she is playing in her room. This book was only £1 I am going to keep my eye out for more of these preloved  Disney CD and Books.

The final book which I picked up is the Disney Read me a story this has 24 different stories.  For sure, this is going to be lasting us a long time as you can see it is very thick. I will only be reading one story a night even when we do get around to starting this book.  It seems to have all of the classics in as well as some newer things.  You can tell by the back of this book that it is one which has been loved very much but this is one which we are going to end up loving even more. Again there are stories which I do not even know in this book which means I get to hear new stories. I am sure for a little Disney fan like Jess she is going to love this. It was only £2 which I do not think is that expensive considering how much this would have been new.  But we are going to give it a good home for a while.

Of course, it would not be one of these updates without having jigsaws in them. Jess is still in love with them so we are always needing some more.  So this we picked up this one which is a little miss one which is part of the mister men series. We actually choose this one because we think it may be a little bit harder for her because it does have 45 pieces. This is a little bit more than the ones which she has been doing. This is one which is actually in her collection at the moment but I do not think that she has had time to play it yet. I am hoping that this is one which she is going to be able to do for a while. Even if it doesn’t I am sure she will have a lot of fun playing it, to be honest.  For 50p I could not leave this behind for our jigsaw fan.

We picked up another one which is actually Cars which is a film which she has now seen. She got some lightening McQueen toys for Christmas and seems to have been on about it since. So when we saw this we had to pick it up. It may not be as hard for her because this is actually only 35 pieces. I know she can complete this many because we actually have sent a Peppa one which was of the same size back to the charity shop. She saw lightning McQueen and with the background, I do think this could be a little bit harder than the Peppa one. Again for the small sum of 50p and helping a charity, it did have to come home with us.  Once she can do it very easily without any help and quickly I think I will redonate it back.

Games are something which we have been playing on a night after nursery and we had started to get bored with the same ones. We needed some more in order to be able to rotate them. When we were in the charity shop we noticed that there was this box of Thomas toys which when we got home found had never been played with. This is always a bonus. It does actually have two games however, they are back to back on the board. The first one is like snakes and ladders a game we already own and love to play.  The other is one which we have not played before it is almost like Ludo because you have to go around the board and go from the start and get back to a point. However, you do have to collect 4 pieces in order to be able to get back to the start. You can only get them if you actually land on the space. This is a fun game which we have been playing and I am sure we will get more love out of.  These two games were actually £1.50 which is great when they are not preloved they are brand new in a charity shop.

The final thing which we picked up this month is Tumble Tower. Since looking at this more we have found that it is a B&M version of Kerplunk which I am sure most of us played when we were a child. We decided that it was a game which Jess may enjoy because this is something which she has never played before. We have only played this a couple of times because it is a bit of a pain to set up. I think this is a game which we will play more when the weather is rubbish. Because it does take a little bit of time to set up and we do not have much time after doing nursery before bed.  For sure this is one which is going to last us a long time as well. This is something I look at when picking up games. This game as you may be able to see cost us £1.75 my limit is around £2.

What have you picked up preloved this month?

 

Charlotte xx

World Book Day 2019- Outfit Inspiration

World Book Day 2019 is just over a week away.  I can not believe that it has come around this quickly. I know most schools and nursery’s mark the occasion . Usually by allowing the children to come dressed as their favourite book character. I like to try and be organised by getting Jess’ outfit ahead in order to save some money. You will still have time as this post goes out to order online from places and also eBay if your like me. In today’s post though I am going to focus on the offerings from the supermarkets. So all you need to do is pop on in your trolley when doing the weekly shop.

Simba- with the Lion King Movie coming out again in the cinema this summer. This is available from ASDA for £14.  I think this outfit is just amazing it only goes up to age 3-4 so this is one for the younger children. It looks like it is going to be a super soft material which means that you can use this as a onesie. I think this is something which Jess would never take off if we were having a pyjama day. The simba outfit is doing to be more than £14 in the disney store when the film comes out. 

T-Rex- being a dinosaur is something which Jess adores to do. She will come up behind us and roar so this is sone which would be perfect for her. This again is from Asda and is £14. I would say that this is going to be a thick almost onesie material. This is something which you could use for a range of different occasions. I know Jess would love it even when she is just playing because who does not want to be a dinosaur. I wish they did these in adult size because this would be fun to wear when I am working at my desk. This does actually go up to size 7-8 years so this would fit some of the those who are at school. 

Moana– this is one of my favourite Disney films and it actually has become one of Jess’s too. This looks like one of the more covered up Moana outfits I have seen. This is another one from Asda and is £15.  As world book day is actually in March you do not want your child dressing up in a crop top. This is actually more covered up and I would let Jess wear this. This looks like this could be very good quality and there is so much great detail. If you have seen the film Moana you will know that she has a really detailed outfit. I may have to pick this up for her after world book day when they are reduced because I already have her outfit for this year. 

American Dream Girl– this is what the outfit is called from Asda and this is £15. To me this reminds me of Captain America who is one of my favourite avenger. Jess does have a Captain America Bear and I think she may like to match the actually bear. I think it is amazing that Asda are doing girls superhero outfits as it is something you rarely see. This is £15 and it does actually come with the shield as well which I love. I think you would have to put tights on with this outfit is you are using it for book day as it could still be pretty cold. I think I am going to look at purchase this for Jess after world book day because it is something which she could play in. 

The Gruffolo – I wish I had seen this before I picked Jess’ World Book Day outfit. One of her favourite books is the Gruffolo you can get this outfit for £16 from Sainsbury’s. There is so much gruffolo thing this year as it is 20 years since the book was released. This does look like it is going to be a thick onesie material great for keeping warm. I know Jess would adore this when she is just wanting to chill out. They do this all the way up to 7-8 years, I am tempted to get one in the size up so that Jess can have this in the autumn months. 

Today I have shared 6 outfits which I would love to purchase for Jess’ to wear this world book day. They are all available from the supermarkets which means you do not have to make a special trip to a different store. I know this can be a hassle when you have got children when they do not love shopping. 

What are your children dressing up as this world book day?

Charlotte xxxx

 

 

 

Days Out- Room On the Broom Trail

Being outside is something which Jess loves so much. She adores to be able to run around like a lunatic, it means that she is tired. I think this is always the sign of a good way out when your child is shattered at the end. A couple of weeks ago we did a Room on the Broom Trail which is at Anglers Country Park in Wakefield. Unlike most of the trails at the other country parks this one is permanent. This means we can do it as many times as we want we only live half an hour away.

There is a lot of parking which is amazing. I can imagine when it is very warm the park will be busy. Parking is free which is always good because I know it can be expensive. I know it was around the £10 mark when we parked at Dalby Forest. The only cost is if you choose to the the activity pack to do the Room on The Broom Trail which is only £2 per pack. You get them from the activity centre however, sadly it was closed when we visited.

I think Jess would have been too young to have enjoyed the activity pack. When she is older I am sure she will be able to do the activity pack. From what we saw, there looked a lot of word games. So this may be better if you actually have children who are at school rather than Jess’s age which is 3. I know there is also rubbings to do which you get with the activity pack. I think Jess may have wanted to do it if it was not as cold. She may have needed a helping hand so be aware of this.

Just because we did not do the activity pack it did not mean that we did’t have fun. Jess loved looking at the carvings which I must admit are very well made. There is one of very single character I seem to remember who in the book Room on The Broom. She loved to actually to take pictures of the carvings. They made her motivated to move actually because even though she likes to be outside she is not always the greatest walker sometimes. There was a lot of chasing her because there is spaces where she could run. At one stage we even threatened to throw her in the lake.

Sometimes we did not realise till we had completed the trail it was actually a 2 mile walk. This may mean you want to do take your child’s bike if they are not the greatest walker. This is a very flat walk which is always good when you are with children. Due to the fact that we went in the winter it does mean that it was muddy and a lot of puddles. Jess did love to have a lot of fun jumping in the puddles which I blame peppa pig for.

There a few benches around the lake if you feel like you need a rest while doing the trail this is something which you can do. This may be great if like us you are doing it with children who are before school age. There is a lot of space near the lake I even said to Joe this is somewhere which we could have a picnic in the summer when the weather is warmer. Talking of picnics there are several benches near the park.

I know this is a place which we are likely to visit again in the summer because who does not like a nice country park. When the weather is warmer and we can have a picnic there it should be even better. I will purchase the activity pack for Jess and see how long she actually bothers with it. For £2 I feel like it is not something that you are wasting your money on. Room on the Broom is a book which Jess loves so I am sure that she will demand we go back so she can see the Characters.

Have you been to the Room on The Broom Trail?

Charlotte xxx

Talking PANTS with Pantasaurus

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A few days ago when I was dropping Jess off at nursery I was informed that they were going to be talking PANTS. I was very confused to what this was all about.  They told me that it was a campaign with the NSPCC and it was to teach children to stay safe from abuse. The children were going to be speaking about this at circle time and may have some questions. This is something which since that conversation I have researched more myself. I could not believe that this is a campaign which I had not heard of.

PANTS is a campaign which is fronted by Pantosaurus who is a friendly dinosaur. Using a dinosaur is friendly is going to encourage children to engage and interact with the campaign. PANTS is a campaign which has been going for a over a year which I have not heard of. It is important because we do not want the young children to be subject to sexual abuse.

PANTS actually stands for privates are privates, always remember you body belong to you, No means No, talk about secrets which could be upsetting you, and finally speak up someone can help.

Privates are Privates.

Which means that you do not need to show them to anyone else. Your private parts are something which only you should see. It encourages children to keep their genitals in their own pants so they are not going to be flashing. This is something important because you do not want your child flashing all because it is not socially acceptable.

Always remember your body belongs to you.

This means that you do not have to do things which others tell you. If you are asked to show some private areas which you do not feel comfortable in doing you can say NO. Your child needs to know that they can tell someone who you actually trust if they are in this situation. For example they need to know that they can tell you because this is important . It means that you can actually deal with the situation in the way you feel most appropriate. This may include going to the relevant authorities if you feel this is required.

No means No.

This means that people have consent to see anything private. If for some reason you do not want them to see you can say NO. For example if they wanted you to show something private you do not have to show them at all.  It’s important that your child knows that they can say no if they do not feel comfortable doing something. They are in control of their own body if they do not want to do something they do not have to which is very important. It is also important to make sure that they know there is sometimes times when they will have to do things which they may not like. For example show an area to a doctor, nurse or an adult who has responsibility for them.

Talk about secrets that upset you.  

This is going to help you because the child to know that they can speak to you about anything which could be upsetting them. This could be anything it does not have to be anything to do with sexual abuse. It could be anything which is upsetting them all children want to know that someone cares about them. If they have any worries that want share with you they need to feel comfortable in been able to do this.  This will hopefully easy any worries which you have as a parent because they can talk to you about things which may be worrying or upsetting them. This can be even things which may seem really small to them like they have had a rough day at nursery because someone has not wanted to play with them or something like this.

Speak up, someone can help.

This is be about anything no matter how small your child may think the issue actually was. If your children are feeling sad, anxious or frightened they know they are going to be able to speak to people. It does not have to be you who your child speaks to. We all know it can be hard to speak to your own parents when something is the matter. However if, the person they speak to is a teacher, someone at their nursery or a family member. Children and for that matter adults should not have to worry about things there is always people that you can speak to and they are not going to judge you for how you are feeling.

I feel like the PANTS campaign is something which should be spoken about more because we do not want children been scared. Sexual abuse is one of the worse things which can happen to you and it is not pleasant so been able to protect more people is key. Talk to your children or other children who may trust you about the PANTS campaign and keep them safe. They are never too young to learn about things like this.

Have you heard about the PANTS campaign?

 

Charlotte xx

 

Tackling Sleeping In Own Room As Toddler With Gloclock

As, I am sure you know by now we have just moved into our first family home which has meant there has been a lot of changes around here.  One of those changes has been Jess getting her own room for the first time, this is something which I was semi worried about. I know this may sound really silly as she is 3 years old and she has been sleeping through the night since she was very small. However, I was scared that the whole change of moving into an new area, getting a big girl single bed instead of a cot may be all too much for her. Jess usually is pretty good at going to be and always has been an early riser even on a weekend on the whole.

I decided that because I have seen so many people on blog or instagram use the glo clock which is a sleep trainer for toddlers. Jess in the few weeks before the move had been pushing and pushing her bed time to the stage that I was asleep before he for example some nights could see her still awake at close to 11pm. The constant battle to get her to sleep was something which was wearing me out and of course due to the fact she was not going to sleep on a night it impacted the time she woke up. Regular I would have to go and physically wake her up in order to make sure she did not miss too much nursery.

I knew when we got the house which would mean she got her own space this was going to have to change. I wanted her in a routine as such more during the week to make sure that she was less grumpy and had the energy to be able to complete tasks throughout the day.  Jess now goes to bed usually happily between 7-7.30pm on a week day of course sometimes, she does get longer on a weekend, we find she wakes around 7am. This does mean that she is getting the recommended 12 hours for her age group because she is not napping at nursery any longer.

Can I put the change and the increase in sleep down to the gloclock? Well it does make Jess want to go up the stairs to see if the blue Mr Star is on which indicates that it is bed time. You set the gloclock to night mode which turns it blue in turn the brightness goes down which of course you want because you do not want your child awake all night due to the distraction. When it goes into night mode it also has the starts around the edges which indicates to your child how many hours it is till they have to wake up again, for example if they woke at 4am and the sun was set to tell them they can wake from 7am it would have three stars. We have found that it does promote Jess to stay in bed a bit longer instead of trying to sneak out at 6am she will wait until it goes Yellow and Mr Sun rises.

We have found in the time which we have been using the groclock that Jess will sit and play in her room, reading stories or something similar till the time that she is allowed out. I have even debated setting it later on a weekend so I can have a lay in because she is still waking up around 7am when she does not need to be. I do wonder if she would notice if I did this?

You do not have to worry that the gloclock is going to run out of battery due it been connected to the mains, there would be nothing worse that it running out of battery during the night to be honest. The gloclock is so lightweight that it does mean you would be able to take it on sleepovers to grandparents houses or even if you go on a weekend away if this is something you would like to do it’s so easy to set up I think it took me under 5 minutes to do.  Another feature it does have is the option to add a nap time on it so this would be used if your toddler still naps this is something we have not done because she is out all day at nursery and then on a weekend she naps if she wants.

I found them so reasonably priced around the £20 mark because who can put a price on your toddler’s sleep, however, I regular find them on local facebook selling pages if you do not know how much use you will get out of one but fancy trying it.

Have you tried the gloclock if so what are you thoughts?

 

Charlotte xx

Jess at Three

Dear Jess

Today you turn three, how is it that three years ago today you came into our lives. It doesn’t feel like two minutes ago since you was a baby not much bigger than Daddy’s forearm and now you are a full of life three year old. You are so boisterous I do not know how you have not actually caused yourself a serious injury yet. Walking is something you don’t know how to do you have to run and travel everywhere at 100mph.

You are always talking sometimes I wish you would go back to not chatting so much. You tell us everything and sometimes you tell us it multiple times. Like for example if you are telling us something which happened yesterday you will always say last week. It just goes to prove how long a day must be for you if you think it lasts a whole week. You have been so excited about moving into the new house it is all you have been speaking about , I think you are just so excited to have your own space something which you never have had before.

You love exploring and seeing what you can find we are finding it harder and harder to keep you indoors, we must have spent hours at the park this year. Thank god the new house has a garden which means you are going to be able to do even more exploring than you already do.  You have been really using your imagination recently this is something which I can only see improving now you have turned three. Roleplaying with the paw patrol pups, cars and even food seems to be some of your favourites at the moment. I am sure once we crack out the lego there is going to be even more for your brain to explore.

Jess you have turned to a lovely little girl from the one who did not want to go to nursery when she first started to the one who never wants to leave. You have just left your first nursery due to us moving house and everyone said how much they are going to miss you because you are always there and life and soul of the party. I am proud to say that you are my daughter the majority of the time apart from when you do have tantrums over nothing. I can only become prouder of you as you grow and develop I know at the moment it is hard for you because of the fact that you are having to make new friends and find out where you fit in. It will not be long till your begging me to let you go to nursery on a weekend again so you can be with your friends.

I can only imagine the adventures we are going to have now you have become a bigger girl. I for sure am looking forward to all memories which we are going to be creating, i know there is going to be a lot more now you can do more.  Don’t forget your always going to be mummy’s little girl no matter how tall or old you are.

I love you so much

 

Love Mummy xxx

Spending Family Time Together At Sporting Events

Spending time together as a family can be hard due to all been busy people. I know since I have had Jess it can be harder to find time to spend with my parents even though I have been living with them for a period of time. One thing which allows me to spend a lot more time with my Dad and Brother is that we all have a shared passion for sport . This does mean that we can spend a couple of hours sometimes at a home match watching our beloved Hull FC or even travel to a different part of the country to see our team.

I know I am super lucky to have shared passion or hobby I guess you could call it with two of my family member. Sport is not something which really interests Joe or his side of the family even thought they may watch it if I am around because they do not want to deny me watching it. Sport does not have to be played to mean that it can be a shared passion there is many nights where it will be spoken about at the dinner table.  This is as well as been able to spend some quality time together as a family how many Dads for example can say they spend a few hours together every fortnite with there teenage son and adult daughter. This is something which my Dad can enjoy as a result of us spending time together watching sport.

For us as a family it does not have to be rugby league we have a wide array of sports which we enjoy. These include football which my brother is season pass holder for the local team, horse racing which they travel all over the country to visit other racecourses to see top quality racing. We have attended a range of other sports as well including Cricket which I really enjoy the twenty twenty or the one day format of the game. While the boys enjoy all formats of the game which can be too long for me to focus.

Next year, the cricket world cup is coming to the UK, with 48 games of one day internationals to be played between 30th May and the 14th July.  There are games all over the country which hopefully we are going to be able to attend to a number of them. With Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Chester-le-street all been in travelling distance. With my brother home from university in the summer it is going to be the perfect time to spends some quality time together. There will be matches on a weekend which means that you could spend some time at the cricket and have amazing time. I might even take Jess to her first game of cricket next year you do not have to be an expert of the game there is even a handy family guide for the world cup.

As you can see from the promotional video it for sure is going to be a carnival/ party atmosphere. For sure this is going to be one sporting event which you could create so many memories at for sure. I even still remember the first time we went to see England play at Old Trafford several years ago now these memories say with you for a long time. Who knows it could be the start of more family time and memories created as a result of sport.

Are you planning to attend the cricket world cup?

 

Charlotte xxx

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Days Out- Cannon Hall Farm

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I realised that I had done a review of Cannon Hall Farm which we visited way back in May. I had not actually got around to posting. So today I am going to share with you my thoughts and feelings about Cannon Hall Farm which is close to Barnsley . This meant that it was not too much of a trek for us. We decided that we was going to visit Cannon Hall because I had found out that Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol were going to be there.  As you may know Jess loves both Paw patrol and animals.

The first thing which pleased me about cannon hall  they did not charge extra as a result of having an event on. This is something which we have found does occur at other places.  So this is such a big thumbs up from us. The pups you could meet every hour and we did actually manage to get to meet both of them. Jess loves them so much we decided we would do this.  We did not choose the best place to wait though which meant that we did have to wait a whole hour nearly. If you stand half away around you may not have to wait as long.

Something which I think may be unique or different to other farms which we have visited. Was the fact that cannon hall had sheep racing as well as ferret racing. Sheep racing is now something I know which occurs at York Maze as well. I am sure people are screaming at me saying other places that do these events.

You could have a free bet on which animal was going to win at both the sheep and the ferret racing.  You won a prize if your colour and raffle ticket number was called. I seem to remember the prize was something like being able to return to Cannon Hall for free. Both types of racing occur several times a day which means that there was plenty of opportunities to see these events.

You are able to purchase animal feed when you can actually purchase when you arrive. Bags are only around 50p I think this is so cheap.  You are unable to hand feed the animals but you put the feed down the shoots which allows to feed. This is one thing I do not think that you are able to do at other farms. So well done to cannon hall for making you feel more hands on. For sure I know this is an element which Jess loved to be able to do. I would recommend saving some feed thought and not giving it to all the cute sheep and goats. The reason is we regretted it after we ran out before visiting the cows. We managed to go when the lambs were still very cute as well which for me is always a bonus.

Around this area, there are also Shetland ponies and goats which are very adorable. I think anything that is small is very cute apart from rats, to be honest. You can be very close to these animals if this is something which you like if you are like Jess your children will adore this. Secretly I think she wanted to ride the pony but this is something which you are not able to do.

Talking of cute little animals there were some little piglets we saw some which were only one day old. Pigs are not something which you think that are going to be cute but there are. There were hundreds of little pigs spread over the three sheds which are home to pigs I could not believe how small some of them compare to how big they actually become in the end.

This was an area which Jess seemed to enjoy she loved watching what they were doing.. They were a couple who were due to have babies any time.  So I am sure if you go now they may have some new arrivals.  The pigs are actually one of the animals which you can not actually feed. It is natural for the pigs do not have the best smell something which Jess dealt with really well when we as at cannon hall farm.

In the last barn, there was a lot of cows which you can watch been milked at various times of the year.  There is also some misc animals in there was well. These do actually include the donkeys, a horse, and Llamas. These again you can pour the feed which you have purchased down the tubes in order to feed the animals.  This is why I would recommend saving some of the feed. These ones may be more interested in having some of the treats which you are giving them as fewer people feed them.

Cannon Hall also have a tractor ride which is free to go on. I think in total we waited for around 30 minutes this is because there is only one tractor and this does the whole tour. The ride is around 30 minutes and this does allow you to see all of the animals in the barns which are open.  You also learn a little bit more about the farm. This is on top of being able to see the amazing views at cannon hall.

We did actually have food here as well because pack a lunch up before we left.  This is something which I wished we had done because there was a long queue to order food. Then there is the wait which occurs after you have ordered.  I think in total it took between an hour and an hour and a half for us to be able to eat. This is not always the greatest when you have a hungry toddler in tow.  The food was of high quality though and a reasonable price compared to other attractions which we have visited.  I think that should I return may take my own food due to the wait can be that long.

Another bonus which we liked about cannon hall farm is the fact that it has a number of parks. Which allows your little ones to run off some of the steam.  This is something which we took full benefit of Jess does love to be able to play in the park. We managed to spend a fair amount of time in them. This did mean that we did not get to go to the reptile house because it was closing as we were going to have a look around. This is something which if you are visiting I would recommend you check to avoid disappointment.

There is also a soft play area which is included in the price which is another way to make your kids tired. This is always a sign of a good day out.  They do have an area which is designed for the under 5’s which is Jess spent the majority of her time. It has several levels which means that it is bigger than your average soft play.  This was something we only did towards the end of the day. It did mean that Jess was tired and was not happy when a child pushed her.

Overall

We enjoyed our day out at cannon hall farm and for sure it is a place were we may return next year. If Jess continues to love animals I do not see why it should not be a be place we return to. There is always something new at the farm and it is not too far from our new house either.  The price does not put me off returning either. With it only costing £9.95 for an adult and I seem to remember around £7.95 for a child. They regularly have offers which will save you money. One think to note though is that you do pay for parking which I did not really appreciate

If you have visited Cannon Hall farm what did you think?

Charlotte xx