Hello Threenager, the best age yet?

Lily is now 3 and a quarter. Although I thought the terrible twos were challenging in many ways, I can definitely see how the name “threenager” came about. I have heard many parents’ say that 3 is harder than 2, and in many ways I agree. We have delay tactics in a massive way right now. Every time I ask Lily to do anything it’s “in a minute”. Just this evening she started dancing with her teddy, which was apparently extremely important, when she should have been cleaning her teeth. If I had a penny for every time I said […]

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First Trip To The Dentist: How To Make It A Success

Last week Lily had her first trip to the dentist for a check up! It went really well, and I think that’s partly because we did try to prepare her for it. It’s something I was a little nervous about as I didn’t know how Lily would react. So to help other parents I thought I would post a few tips on how to have a successful first trip to the dentist (contains affiliate links): Talking Talk to your toddler about the upcoming appointment. Speak about it as an exciting event, something that they will enjoy. I explained to Lily […]

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“Cherish Every Moment”: Is It Possible?

This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been away from Lily all day and therefore also away from the stresses and strains of being around a toddler for hours on end. Along with the fact that I am so broody at the moment! But I was just tucking Lily in to bed and looking at her and had a little soppy moment. It feels like lately she is becoming so much more of a little girl rather than a baby. I know she’s not been a baby for a while now, we have had the full blast […]

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Dancing On Her Own! Lily’s First Solo Dance Class

I started Lily at a local dance school when she was just 18 months old. She was still rather wobbly on her chubby little legs, and she mainly just ran around in the opposite direction to everyone else, but she loved it. The dance routine was the same every week, in fact it’s still the same now. So the children get familiar with it, and despite them doing it every week it still brings big smiles to their faces. When I first walked in to dancing I didn’t really know what to expect. None of the other mum’s really spoke […]

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Mother’s Day Craft: Footprint Flowers

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! It’s come round so quick! If you haven’t got a present yet for your Mum, or if you’re a Dad reading this and you haven’t got anything on behalf of the kids for your other half yet…Do not fear. This simple yet thoughtful craft is easy to make and will make the receiver very happy. Here is how you make a beautiful bunch of Footprint Flowers, we gave these to Joe’s mum and she loved them. And if you don’t fancy this craft, or are looking for another, you can see my Mother’s Day Medal […]

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15 Bugbears I Have Now I’m A Parent

At every stage of life there are bugbears– those things that irritate you immensely. For example when you’re a toddler it’s pretty annoying when your parent’s won’t let you have chocolate for breakfast. Or when you’re given a drink in a purple cup when you wanted pink. In fact, pretty much everything is annoying for you when you’re a toddler- hence all the tantrums. When you’re a teenager it’s annoying when your parents snoop in your room, or won’t let you go to a party. At this stage in my life as a parent myself I have many, many bugbears. So […]

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3 In The Bed And The Little One Said… Part Three

You may remember a couple of my previous posts: 3 In The Bed… Part 1 and Part 2. Well the issue of nighttime has come back to light lately. Yet again we are trying to get Lily to sleep through in her own bed. Background The sleeping issue: When Lily reached a year old I decided to stop all night feeds, however the knock on effect of this was that she stopped settling at night when she woke up. Whereas before I would feed her at midnight and it would get her sleeping through until morning, since cutting that feed she would wake up and […]

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Mum Guilt- What is it & Why do we get it?

Mum guilt. We all suffer it, mine hits me with a good wallop in the evenings usually. Just as I sit down to relax the little niggles start to creep in: “Was I a good mum today?” “I shouldn’t have shouted earlier.” “Lily really should eat more veg, I’m going to start planning her meals better.” “Is she getting enough social engagement with other kids? Maybe I should start taking her to more groups.” I could go on and on to be honest. Mum guilt- what a b***h. But what exactly is “Mum guilt”, what causes it? I asked Joe, […]

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Why My Blog Is Making Me A Better Mum

As I mention in my first post introducing myself, this is my third attempt at writing the A Blonde And A Baby blog. However unlike the previous attempts I am so much more committed this time, and actually I am really enjoying it. It’s slotted in to my life now and I almost can’t imagine not blogging, I think I’m hooked! Not only is it fun to write my blog, but I truly believe it is making me a better mother. Here’s why: 1. It allows me to vent. There are times when you just need to let go of all the tangled […]

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#TheLittleOne Tag

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Hayley over at Devon Mama to take part in #TheLittleOne tag. Where I have interviewed Lily, and will be showing you all what her cheeky character is really like. She’s the baby to my blonde, but so far you haven’t ever heard directly from Lily herself. Well she’s a little young to type, so I’m typing for her. (However judging by how fast she learnt how to use the Ipad I’m sure it will be the laptop next!) I have recorded her responses below:   1. What is the best thing about being two? […]

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