If you're kids are driving you crazy and getting up to all sorts, try not to let it show that you're ready to tear your hair out. My two, 1 and nearly 3, think it is so funny when I get stressed when they are being monkeys. I now try and just think that things will clean and wash, as long as they are safe and not being out of control naughty what does it matter. I dont want my kids looking back at a stress head instead of a mum they had fun with.
Also, get out of house and do as much as you can with your children. There are so many places that cost a little or are free. Use the internet to research places to make sure they are appropriate. I used www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk We've found some great days out.
Lovely Sunny Days!!
I find putting suncream on at the same time as my little one makes it less of a struggle as she see it as being one of the grown-ups!
I also have some 2l bottles of water in the freezer so that i can put one in the car at the start of our day out so that they defrost as the day goes on with ice still in the middle meaning we always have access to fresh cold water in the car.
We make that most of the summer in our house with picnics in the garden for lunch and BBQ dinners - i find that having a picnic get my little one eating more veg than when sitting at the dinner table as she sees it all as an adventure!!
As we're now in Cold Season, if you or your little one get a sore nose from lots of nose-blowing Sudocrem is a lifesaver. Put it on round the nostrils when you go to bed and in the morning all redness and soreness is gone!
My tip is for heartburn in pregnancy, i've got it really bad this pregnancy day and night, it's awful! I find the only thing apart from milk and milkshakes that has helped me is ice cream, it really soothes your throat where all the acid tends to sit and makes it more bearable.
A good tip i'd like to share is when pregnant, after baby is born and tcc i eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds to keep topped up on essential vitamins and omega 3's, eaten with a bio yoghurt it tastes like a granola. However, i am a Coeliac and so granola is a no no for me so this is a good substitute and very tasty and filling.
In those early days when night times are broken up by feeds, i used to sky plus Jamie at Home and Nigella to watch while feeding Holly in the middle of thte night, we used to go downstairs (leaving daddy to sleep) and i'd have a nice half hour feeding holly and watching something nice. I used to save up jobs to do while holly was settling like; dusting the living room, writing birthday cards and thank you cards and putting washing in or hanging it up, i knew these were jobs id never get round to doing during the day and it took less time doing them in the twilight hours when it was quiet and less busy.
Another one from me - always be prepared even if your going down the road to the shop for milk take a drink, snack and nappy things you never know when your little one will want one of these and it will save you a screaming tantrum and a headache if your prepared.
I have recently lost one of Hollys shoes whilst out with the pram i was devastated as i wanted to keep her first pair of shoes for her treasure box, as a tip to other mums to save the tears, take off shoes before going in the pram to save them being kicked off and lost not only sentimental but a dint in the bank too . I have started to put them in a bag in the basket now hopefully it will be a while before another pair is purchased.
Babies and adults alike wake up subconsciously in their sleep and if they hear or see any changes in their environment they awake. To help with this, we turn the radio on (with the volume down low) and listen to a 'talking programme' such as Radio 4 or 5. We keep it on through the night so that if Lydia wakes up she thinks that we are still up talking. This helps her to feel secure and helps her get back to sleep if she stirs. We started it from 1 week old and are convinced it works!
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