February At The Websters

I’ve said it before but February is my least favourite month of the year. Each year no matter how positively I think it brings illness and stress. myself and the children have spent almost the entire month fighting off one cold and cough after another.

Thanks to vitamins, Berocca and lots of rest we are all feeling much better. I’ve told Mr Webster that we need to go somewhere hot for the whole of February from now on.

Our car Val also had her MOT this month which was rather costly. Thankfully we had some healthy looking savings to pay with.

Anyway, here’s some other things that happened in February.

  • We took a few trips to the park.
  • I went to the cinema to see ‘Split’ (fab film).
  • We tried potty training again with Jake.
  • We celebrated valentines day with a nice meal together as a family.
  • We watched tons of Netflix.
  • Pancakes were made and enjoyed.
  • Chris and I went for a delicious meal at PizzaExpress.
  • I won some great prizes including some gift cards which meant lots of treats.
  • Daisy and I enjoyed a pamper evening at home.
  • I made a start on Spring cleaning.

 

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week was half term for Daisy and my goodness has it gone by quickly. We enjoyed a much slower pace of life last week. I think it was exactly what we all needed especially the children. Our days were nice and relaxed, I let the children choose what they wanted to do and almost every day. Despite the weather being wild (hello Doris) most of the week there were the odd brighter days. The children took full advantage and played in the somewhat soggy garden.

I took a huge step back last week and decided to reassess where and how my time is being spent. I’ve been so busy and stressed lately that it’s starting to affect us as a family. Putting everything to one side to spend quality time with the children has made me realise exactly what I do and don’t want.

Daisy

Daisy has been asking me for ages if she can play in the garden so when I finally said yes she was delighted. We have a large patch of grass in the centre that gets really boggy during the Winter. For a few months it means the garden is out of bounds to little feet.

I also had to explain to her that just because the sun was shining didn’t mean it was Summer. She wanted to wear her summer dress and go outside with no coat on. Hopefully there will be lots of days ahead soon that she can play outside to her heart’s content.

Jake

Can you believe we still have some toys and games from Christmas that haven’t been played with yet ! Jake got this Minion play-doh set from Father Christmas and we finally opened it. He was a little apprehensive at first of the worm like hair but once he realised he could snip it off he was away. He can spend hours squashing, moulding and chopping it really captures his attention and imagination.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week wasn’t the best of weeks. The children and I were still struggling with this horrible cough and cold. We just couldn’t seem to shake it. Fingers crossed we seem to all be on the mend just in time for half term.

It looks like there’s some nice weather on the way this week so we plan to make the most of it. The children will finally be able to play in the garden. They love being outdoors.

Jake

Despite feeling poorly Jake still wanted to play. He built himself a little fort with his toys and the storage boxes. This is the bat cave den.

Daisy

I just had to include this photo. Daisy loves anything to do with beauty especially lip balms. We went shopping on Saturday and I let her choose a new one. I didn’t think to check if it was tinted but we soon found out.

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Potty Training & The Reluctant Toddler

Potty training with my first two children was a breeze, they were both out of nappies by the time they were two. Daisy was a little more difficult as she had some bowel issues but we got there pretty quickly once she got the hang of it. Now I find myself with a very reluctant toddler and I’m feeling at somewhat of a crossroads.

I just want to start by saying that nothing has ever been easy with Jake, he’s how shall we put it, spirited. He is a strong willed and frustratingly stubborn little boy. Of course I love and accept him with every fibre of my being but every new transition we need to make fills me with dread.

 

Jake is due to start nursery (at school) in May, they intake straight after their third birthday at ours. It’s time to potty train a thought that fills me with dread. Because it’s a school nursery they have to be dry in the day to attend.

I don’t believe in pushing children in to doing anything they are not ready for but I know physically he is. He knows when he needs a pee or poo, he tells us.

The problem doesn’t seem to lie in his readiness to use the potty it’s his little quirks that are getting in the way. Firstly he doesn’t like being naked, I’ve tried him with just undies. He insists upon putting his joggers on too which I think is making him forget he’s got no nappy on.

I’ve done all the recommend things like introducing the potty from an early age, letting Jake choose some undies and waiting until his nappies are drier during the day. All to no avail.

I’ve offered chocolate buttons as an incentive and of course stickers. Nothing is tempting him.

He doesn’t want to sit on the potty for more than a few seconds, I have tried sitting with him and reading a book or having a chat.

It’s not just the potty he’s stubborn about, bath times and hair cuts are an absolute nightmare at the moment too. He’s also insistent he isn’t going to nursery anyway it’s such a contrast to Daisy who couldn’t wait to go.

A big part of me is thinking about leaving it a few more months until he turns three and there’s a chance we can reason with him better. But an even bigger part of me wants to persevere. I admit I do need a little break. Nursery will provide that break for me and for Jake.

So what do I do ? my options are:

Crack on with it, keep going until he’s ready.

Wait a few more months and defer his place until September.

I honestly don’t know what to do. What would you do ? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with me ?

 

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

We decided to celebrate Valentines a little early with it falling on a Tuesday this year. I usually buy the kids a few little treats for fun but this year I couldn’t find anything I liked. I settled for some heart shaped chocolates and a pretty little cupcake each instead.

Daisy has another week in school before she finishes for half term. I’m hoping the weather stays dry so we can get a few trips to the park in and maybe a day out somewhere.

Daisy

Jake

 

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My Top 5 Tips For Helping Poorly Kids Feel Better #VicksTricks

This post in an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign

Some things are certain in the life of a parent like sleep deprivation, poop explosions and snotty noses. I don’t know about you but since Daisy started school not a month has gone by without some variety of cough and cold making an appearance.

I’ve been challenged by BritMums and #VicksTricks to write about the things I do to help soothe, distract and entertain my children when they are feeling poorly.

Thinking back to when I was unwell as a child I remember a few of the things that helped to make me feel better.

  • Chicken soup & toast.
  • Rubbing Vicks vaporub on my chest & back.
  • Nice warm baths.
  • Watching my favourite cartoons.

When it comes to my own children I try to incorporate all of the above with a few added tricks of my own. Here are  things I do to help my children feel better.

Cuddles

The best cure for feeling rotten is a great big cuddle. Snuggles with Mummy and Daddy are available 24/7 when Daisy and Jake are under the weather. More than a third of parents believe in the healing powers of TLC. A very gentle back run can also help.

Rest

The only way in our house to enforce some rest is to put on the TV. Whether it’s endless episodes of the children’s favourite programme or a Disney movie marathon it all helps. In fact studies show that 3 out of 4 parents turn to the TV on when their children are poorly. I also make a comfy nest on the sofa of cushions and blankets. A big cup of juice or water is always on hand to hydrate and soothe poorly throats.

Reading

You know when my children are feeling poorly when they don’t want to race around or play with their toys. These are the times when snuggling together and reading a favourite book is ideal. I try to choose books that make the children laugh, ones that we can chat about afterwards. Interactive books like lift the flap ones can help to distract little ones from their ailments. Listening to audio books together is also a great option.

Comfort Food

When Daisy and Jake are unwell I always give them the choice of what they would like to eat. As we all know eating our favourite foods can be so comforting when we are under the weather. Hot buttery toast and tomato soup are popular requests in our house.

Gentle Activities

I find quiet activities such as puzzles, colouring books and play-doh are great distraction tools. Gentle activities like these are both entertaining and relaxing.

Vicks believe that traditional love, fun and laughter are key to comfort your children when they aren’t feeling themselves and I totally agree with them.

They have also developed a series of #VicksTricks magic videos which are quick, simple and easy to replicate at home.

I also use medicine for the children and Vicks Vaporub just like I did when I was a child. In fact it’s still my go to nowadays for myself, you will always find a tub in my bathroom cabinet. It helps to soothe sore throats and relieve congestion.

Vicks First Defence nasal spray is also a great way to help stop colds developing for adults and older children. It’s suitable for ages 12 plus and can be used at the first signs of a cold.

 

January At The Websters

I can’t believe it’s already time to write the first monthly round up post of the year. January has been one of those months that has both dragged but flown by at the same time. I’m not sure how that’s possible but that’s how it’s seemed.

January has been a pretty good month, staying positive has definitely helped keep the January blues at bay. We haven’t got out as much as I had hoped. The weekends have been busy with sorting and decluttering instead. It’s only as we have come to the end of the month that we are succumbing to all the colds and coughs of the Winter season. As I type this Daisy is off school poorly snuggling with her blanket.

I’m looking forward to February, we have a birthday to celebrate, Valentine’s day, parents evening and half term. I better get some planning done.

Here’s what we got up to in January

  • We started our post Christmas declutter.
  • Jake & Chris both had radical haircuts !
  • I got a much needed haircut.
  • My January no spend challenge was a success.
  • Some fantastic prizes arrived.
  • I enjoyed meeting friends for coffee at the loveliest quirky little coffee shop.
  • We have enjoyed lots of tasty winter warming comfort food.
  • Chris spent some time away on a training course with work.
  • Jake began potty training.
  • We’ve wrapped up warm & enjoyed some park and forest visits.
  • Daisy has learned how to read lots of new words.
  • I have been all about the cosy this month.
  • We’ve celebrated some frugal wins.
  • I’ve joined lots of linkies & kept up with them as well as hosting a linky with my lovely friend Rachel Swirl.
  • Our Grandson Olly slept over.

 

 

 

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week was so nice, the children were in pretty good moods despite having snotty noses. Jake has been like a different child with his behaviour and I really hope this means we are turning a corner. He will be 3 in May so hopefully we are starting to head away from the ‘terrible two’s’ now.

Daisy

I will never cease to be amazed at how fast children learn to read and write. It seems like yesterday that I was reading the books to Daisy and now she’s reading them to me. Apart from the odd tricky word she needs very little help.

Despite feeling under the weather and having a few restless nights of coughing she still couldn’t wait to get to school. It makes me so happy that she loves school and embraces all the experiences that it brings.

Jake

I know this photo is a little blurred but it’s my favourite from this week. I’m always nervous of taking Jake out on my own so when I was invited for coffee with friends I almost said no. As a little live wire he doesn’t like to sit still usually but he was good as gold. He made himself comfy, ate his toasted tea cake and played with his transformers. I think it’s time I stopped worrying and gave him a little more credit.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week seems to have flown by and yet again I’ve not taken as many photo’s as I would have liked to. Our days seem to be filled with school runs and grumpiness at the moment. Despite this I still want to capture the little moments of childhood as they are so fleeting after all.

Here are my favourite photo’s from this week.

Jake

Since Daisy went back to school after Christmas Jake hasn’t been himself. He hasn’t wanted to play much and has just wanted to sit with me and watch TV. I was delighted last week when he asked for the playdough, he sat for ages squashing and rolling.

Daisy

Despite having a restless night and feeling a little under the weather Daisy still managed a big cheesy grin at breakfast time. I’ve always been a morning person and I think Daisy has inherited that from me.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

I was a bad blogger last week and barely took any photo’s of anything let alone the children. The weather has been awful and our days have mostly been spent hanging around the house watching TV or catching up on sleep.

The weekend has been rather tough with one thing or another. The children have been out of sorts and not in the mood for anything. I’m sure we will back to business as usual next week.

Here are my favourite photo’s of the children this week.

Daisy

In our house we often express our love through food. Daisy made this beautiful spread for our cat Mo, I think it portrays her kindness perfectly. I think kindness is the most important thing you can teach a child to be.

Jake

Jake is still enjoying his new found freedom without the buggy. I’m yet to buy him his own umbrella but he had great fun using his sisters. It was so windy so he did really well to keep hold of it by himself.

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