• just some thoughts,  Little Mister,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    An artist who inspires me. Hint: He’s 2.

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up – Pablo Picasso With Easter coming, I wanted the Little Mister to enjoy getting into the spirit of it – a year makes a big difference in his understanding. I also thought it would be nice to let him get creative and make gifts for his loved ones. I could teach him about the Easter Bunny (not entirely sure he understands the whole concept but I do know he loves the idea of a day of chocolate and eating the cross off the top of hot cross buns and leaving the rest of…

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    Underrated toddler milestones.

    I have to be honest. All ‘terrible twos’ jokes aside, I have really enjoyed the Little Mister’s toddlerhood so far (key words so far…don’t want to jinx it). It’s a fun age where a little person can suddenly explore the world like they never could before. There is so much wonder and curiosity. There are new ways to communicate and express feelings. The start of understanding yours. Saying funny things. Learning new ways to move. Dancing so freely. They’re still so little that almost everything they do is cute. Just like babyhood, there are rapid changes and milestones galore. There are the usual ones, like first steps and theĀ first time…

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    Parenting: a collection of near misses.

      I gave the Little Mister some freedom today. Thing is, give a toddler and inch and he’ll take a mile. I usually carry him through car parks and then set him down when we’re safely out of the way of any passing cars on a path or in a shopping centre. I hold his hand everywhere, because he’s a bit too curious about everything and everyone – some kids stay close and others are explorers and need stronger limits (guess which one I have). He is only 2 years and 4 months old after all. This kid is getting heavy for me to carry and while I am pretty…

  • Little Mister,  milestones,  Uncategorized,  updates,  What We've Been Up To

    (Part of) A day in the life with a 2 and a bit year old.

    image The Little Mister is 2 years and 4 months old. Already. That’s 28 months old for those who are good at maths (you don’t want to know how absurdly long it took for me to actually add that up in my head – TIRED). You saw my post on a day in the life of having an almost 2 year old, but now for posterity’s sake (like a snap shot in time to look back on), I feel it’s time for a new instalment. I was… …woken when Mr Unprepared got out of bed early in the morning to get ready and leave for work. The sound of the…

  • health,  just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Beating the burnout & regaining sanity.

    pic I’ve written about it before, but it can be easy to get burnt out as a parent (or any adult living a busy life really). It happens to me every few months. I’m not just talking about when you feel tired after a long week of less sleep than you would like and a couple of mishaps. I’m talking about that feeling where you start to wonder if you’re insane and the burn out that you feel starts to impact on your relationships. For me, it comes from looking after the Little Mister for very long hours, feeling guilty because we both haven’t had a break in a long…

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    Hair, there and everywhere.

    In the 23 months the Little Mister has been on this planet, I swear he’s had more hair appointments than my husband and I combined. See, we did this little genetic experiment. Turns out if you add the genes of two parents with hair that grows fast, you get a child whose hair grows RIDICULOUSLY fast. Everywhere we go, people are all, “Oh wow! Look at his full head of hair!” “Look at that hair!” “Must be time for a hair cut!” To which I’m constantly replying, “He’s just had one.” I always know when it’s TIME. His hair starts getting in his eyes and he bats his hands at…

  • getting silly,  just some thoughts,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    The silly things are so important.

    Sometimes with the challenges that can be faced when raising a toddler, combined with the fatigue and other adult life stresses, it can be hard to remember the positives and take the time to appreciate the silly little things. It’s these silly things that are my sanity savers. The things that keep me going and make my job as a stay at home mum so worth it. These silly things stop the boredom in its tracks, make my fatigue melt away and remind me to look at the world in new ways. If a toddler can teach you anything, it’s that the world is a wondrous place. These silly things…

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    Tips for travelling WITHOUT children.

    pic We-ell…I figure there are so many great, informative websites and blogs dedicated to travelling with babies and toddlers that perhaps there is a niche in the market for advice about travelling without children too. Or…people probably just call that ‘travelling’. Yeah, I’m never going to be an innovative entrepreneur (I couldn’t even spell it without spell check). I’m especially not going to be a “mummypreneur” because that just sounds awful and is just a tad condescending. An entrepreneur is an entrepreneur full stop – no need for trendy catch phrases. No-one calls a man a “daddypreneur”. Wow, I’m tired. When I’m tired, I get a little bit off track.…

  • just some thoughts,  milestones,  Uncategorized

    Separation Anxiety (mine).

    pic Soon I will be flying interstate to be with my Tasmanian relatives (please hold all “two headed” jokes until the end of this post at which point I will join in and laugh with you). We will be celebrating the life of my dearly departed Nana, much like the way in which we celebrated the life of my granddad “Kenny” only a few short months ago. Only something will be different. The Little Mister is not coming with me. Eep! Don’t worry, he will not be home alone (call off the child protection peeps – it’s all under control). He will be with Mr Unprepared – his dad. Unfortunately,…

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    The secret life of Jimmy Giggle?

    pic Since having the Little Mister in my life, I have been exposed to the crazy world of children’s television programming. Never have I been haunted by so many catchy theme songs (read: annoying/earwormy) and high pitched character voices. I now know far more about these shows than I would even care to admit. You know that everything’s taking a downhill slide when you know more about the songs on Play School than what’s playing on the radio for the grown ups (if you’re me at least). If you’re an anti-TV parent, please look away now (after noting that the Little Mister’s TV diet is set at reasonable limits and…