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Baby and Children’s Market – Saturday 25th June 2016
We’re really happy to say that we’re going to be at the next Baby and Children’s Market on Saturday 25th June 2016.
09.30 – 11.30am
St James High School, Summer Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8NN
As well as local business’s like ours there will be lots of Mum’s and Dad’s selling pre-loved baby and children’s clothing, toys, books, games, prams and lots more.
At the last market I watched a Mum and Dad tag team. They had a list of what they wanted and one of them went up one side and the other did the other side, each checking in with the other as they whittled down their list. They left laden down with all sorts of things for their new baby who had been transferred from the pram into a sling to make way for the things they’d bought!
If you come along, do pop over and say hello.
I have heard that there’s going to be a FREE ball pit for the littles to play in!
How would you like to Win a copy of Lullaby Baby CD?
Lullaby Baby is a collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father of two, Dan Smith and UK based Singer-songwriter Martha Bean with a mixture of well known songs, Instrumentals and some new ones written by Martha Bean who is also the singer on the album.
Use the CD to create a calming environment as part of your bedtime routine
Isabelle is five now and although she is a very early riser, we have only really had an okay sleep pattern for nearly a year now.
Isabelle has been a terrible sleeper from the word go with many a night spent without a wink of sleep. We tried everything from rocking her, driving her around taking her out in her pram, but the second you put her down she would be awake and crying.
This wasn’t just at night, but during the day she didn’t like to be put down even for a second. Getting dressed to the sound of a screaming baby makes you move fast.
At the start I was more than happy to sit with her in my arms gazing into her eyes, but even the most adoring mum needs to have bathroom breaks, to eat and do other normal things without a baby in their arms.
I thought I’d solved my problem with the use of a baby sling, but I found this exacerbated my neck pain that I’d been suffering from for years previously.
My sanity was saved by humming!
As odd as it sounds it kept me level when I needed to put her down and she would scream so much that her little face would almost turn purple. I would hum songs that I liked or just the sound of the latest adverts. You may laugh but it kept me going.
As she got a little bit older (still very much a newborn) she was pacified by noises that I made and her eyes would follow me around the room. This was slightly easier, but she never gave me long.
As well as the humming keeping me sane, I think she became quite accustomed to the songs that I hummed and was more than content to stare up at me whilst I hummed away.
We moved on from humming to singing and she came to recognise simple songs such as Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row your Boat. As long as she could find me and hear me she would allow me to put her down just for a while to get things done such as prepare dinner or eat my lunch.
Most of the songs that I sung to her were songs I knew from my own childhood, and other newer ones were learnt from the Mother and Baby Groups that we attended.
Isabelle is five now and singing and listening to music plays a big part in her life. She loves to sing and dance, and loves to learn and listen to new songs, especially if they have actions with them.
We were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby to review and Isabelle was very eager to put the CD into her own CD player with microphone to sing along. There were songs on the CD that we recognised straight away and a few that we hadn’t hear before. She was singing along merrily which I had recorded but on playing it back her microphone was omitting a pretty bad sound so I won’t subject you to that. I will try and catch her again, but she tends to show off in front of the camera which isn’t always so pleasant lol.
Isabelle had been a bit poorly and was off school a couple of weeks ago. We’d had a day of watching a bit of TV and her drifting in and out of sleep, but she needed to just lie down and rest so I put the CD on and she sat there and listened. She sang along a little bit, but then decided to curl up and hum along to the songs.
Here she is chillin and listening.
I think she really enjoyed it and it seemed to calm her down before bedtime which can be a testing time sometimes.
We’ve listened to the CD quite a few times now and it’s really nice to put on when she’s doing something quiet like colouring or just before dinner.
This CD would have been great when she was a baby and I probably would have used it in the car as well.
You can download ‘Lullaby Baby’ on iTunes by searching for ‘Nursery Rhymes 123’ as well as other download sites.
Here’s a clip of ‘You are my Sunshine” on their YouTube channel or pop over to Spotify for a listen.
Last night I went to a College open event for a University Talk.
Ryan is just finishing his first year of college with the course being two years long. Come September 2016 it will be time to start applications for University.
Currently he wants to be a PE teacher, but given that he wouldn’t start until September 2017 he may have changed his mind by then.
Before going down the sport route he wanted to be a chef, but having completed his work experience where he washed dishes and was basically the general dogsbody, he thankfully realised that it wasn’t what he wanted to do.
Sport has been a big part of our lives. Ever since he could walk he had a ball in his hand, and he soon became a little Football Star and was given a contract to play for Exeter City Football Club and was regularly mentioned in the local newspaper. He has also had trials for Plymouth Argyle and his name has been bandied around the local football community.
Whilst he didn’t go any further towards professional football he still plays for a local under 18’s team and a mens team as well (yikes the first mini bus trip away was a bit of an eye opening).
At school, whatever sport he was playing he would come home with a letter asking if he could be put forward for trials etc which is fantastic, but as a parent going to training however many times a week plus matches it fills you with dread.
Okay so the point of this post was the moment last night during the University talks when I realised that in just over a year I could be losing my son to the big bad world. Off he will go with his suitcase, bedding and household goods. We’ll have to take him to do ‘a shop’ and then leave him wherever he choses to study and hope that he might come home for a visit once in a while or that he’ll find time to squeeze us into his schedule so we can visit him.
Sat in that hall with all the other parents with their kids all looking eager and hopeful at the prospect of cutting the umbilical cord to embark on a life of study, drinking, partying and pot noodles.
We came away with a vast amount of information and a timetable of all the dates to work towards as far as applications, personal statements and results etc.
I feel sad already but excited that he’s going to have so much opportunity and things to look forward to. New experiences, new friends and a different environment.
What’s the going rate for the Tooth Fairy these days?
Isabelle at five has had two wobbly bottom teeth for the best part of three months with it becoming more imminent by the day for the past three weeks. It’s the bottom two in the middle and for the past few weeks she’s been able to push them so far forward with her tongue that they’ve been lying flat. So gross!
Last week was school photograph day so we assumed that either one or both would fall out just in time for that, as its obligatory that you have at least one school photograph where you either have a gap or adult teeth amongst baby teeth for a big toothy grin. I know that I have!
So with this looming over us we’ve been wondering what the going rate for the Tooth Fairy is these days.
I’ve recently read some ridiculous stories where children have been receiving insane amounts of money so clearly there is a Tooth Fairy with celebrity status in Fairyland possibly with bigger and more bling wings than the rest.
When I was a kid we used to get either 20p or 50p and we’re both grateful and thankful that we were able to go to the local sweet shop and spend our money on 1p and 2p mix-ups (probably not what the Tooth Fairy had intended it for).
Picking her up from school today she announced that her tooth had come out. On asking her teacher she looked a bit baffled at which point Isabelle starting to panic, but we were asked to ask one of the lunch time teachers who she had been with. Mrs James looked a bit worried when we asked her as she had no idea what had happened other than she’d wrapped it in some tissue and given it back to Isabelle.
Thankfully when we rummaged through her school bag there was a grubby bit of tissue with her prized first tooth inside. Phew!
So our expectation from the Tooth Fairy is that she may leave a nice shiny £2 coin as it’s the coolest of coins in English money.
Isabelle was so excited at bedtime and had a million zillion questions:
Where do fairies live?
What time will the Tooth Fairy come?
What does she carry the coin in?
Will the pillow be too heavy for her to lift?
Shall I write her a letter?
Will she write me a letter?
What do they do with the teeth?
Do they take children’s teeth even in they’re rotten?
Umpteen questions about everything is pretty normal to us, and in fact flicking through the channels yesterday we watched an old episode of Outnumbered. The girl in that is our daughter!
Isabelle at five year’s old is a bit of a daredevil when it comes to trying new things. She’s a shy little girl when it comes to meeting new people but given the chance to climb, swing, slide etc she’s far more adventurous than her brother was at her age.
Having said that, learning to ride a bike has been quite a challenge with lots of throwing the bike down on the floor, tears and back ache (mine and Daddy’s).
Ryan was well away on his bike by the age of four and was relatively easy, but Isabelle I think is just far too interested in her surroundings to concentrate on looking ahead and keeping her balance!
This was our second attempt, having taken the stabilisers off at the end of last summer and giving up as the tantrums and tears came thick and fast.
Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t trying to force our daughter into learning something she wasn’t ready for, but she’s an extremely strong willed child but when she doesn’t get the hang of something right from the off she gives up and we all know about it.
We did the age old trick of running behind her holding onto the seat and letting go, which was fine until she realised that we were doing this and was turning her head to check on us only to lose her balance and fall off.
Here she is in all her glory with her dramatic sound effects lol.
She got there in the end with Daddy holding onto the back of her seat and me and the dog racing her to the other side of the field. She’s now bombing across the field and is very pleased with herself.
She’s had a go on the path, but as it’s a quicker pace than on grass she’s not quite ready. I’m not quite sure we’re ready for the amount of plasters that would be needed for this. Now we’ve got the peddling and going in a straight line in the bag, we just need to get her to remember when it’s the right time to use her brake. For those learning with little one’s you’ll know what a jolt you get to your lower back when you’re holding on and they use the brake.
Hurray she got there in the end and was pleased as punch. She’s got a few war wounds (bruises from falling off and the dramatic rolling around to let us know) and we’ve got back ache but she’s done it!
What ages were your’s when they learnt to ride a bike?
I always find this tricky as men are definitely hard to buy for at the best of times. I’ve put together some fantastic ideas from #SBS Winners – Many of them featured on the #ShopSBS Shop or #SBSWinners
With a five year old and a seventeen year old we have to keep the fridge and cupboards full of ready to eat snacks. They both get bored of the same stuff day in day out so after a quick look around Pinterest I found a recipe for Blueberry Yoghurt Bites.
What you need:
Blueberries – you can use as few or as many as you want to make
Natural Greek Yoghurt (I’ve used Honey & Apricot and Strawberry)
Wash the blueberries. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (making sure that it will fit flat in your freezer). Using a cocktail stick to pick up a blueberry, dip in the yoghurt to that the blueberry is completely covered in yoghurt and then put on the baking tray.
Once you’ve dipped all the blueberries, but the tray into the freezer and leave to freeze for a couple of hours.
You should try them this Bank Holiday weekend. My two have decided that they both LOVE them so next time we’re going to try blueberries as well as raspberries and strawberries.
We’re really excited that Baby Not Included are going to be at the Water Babies 10th Birthday Party on Saturday 4th June, America Hall, Pinhoe, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8PX.
Water Babies is a great introduction to the water for your baby and a great way to enjoy the swimming experience. The classes are available in most parts of the country. Click here to see where the nearest class is to you.
Taster Sessions are being held throughout the day.
10.15-10.45 – Reflex
10.45-11.15 – Natural Nursery
11.15-11.45 – Creation Station
11.45-12.15 – Move With Me
12.15-12.45 – Carry Me Kate
12.45- 1.15 – Rugby Tots
1.15-1.45 – Usborne Books
1.45-2.00 – Raffle draw and thank you
There will also be outdoor games available throughout the day courtesy of Mothercare.
AND…… it’s not a party without a bouncy castle and Ball Pool.
AND……There will be a Face Painter and Balloon Modelling.
Food will be available via the Vintage Food Bus offering 100% homemade food, coffee and cakes (see you in the queue)
So as you can see it’s going to be a Fun Packed day.
We will be there with our brand new range of Sun Hats, gorgeous Squidge & Pip Sensory Baby Teething Toys and much more so do pop by and say hello.
For updates between now and the day pop over to the Water Babies Facebook Page which you can get to by clicking on the event image at the top of the post.
On one hand I’m super excited that I’ve racked up this many years and on the other hand I’m disappointed that my ‘lil biz’ has not quite reached the heights that I expected all those years ago when I had the big dream of taking on the world lol.
Laughing aside it’s been quite a journey of making the biggest mistakes (it’s true that you learn from your mistakes) to doing things that would never have been possible otherwise. I’ve (virtually) met some fantastic people and fellow business owners that have been along for the ride with me and love the ‘Biz Fam’ that I’ve gained over this time.
So to celebrate this milestone and to say Thank You for keeping us going I’m offering 15% Off Everything on Site until Tuesday 10th May. Just add Birthday9 in the Discount box at the checkout.
As an Independent Retailer we do rely on YOU guys to keep us going and so if you like what you see, share with your friends and family, leave us a review on the products that you’ve bought and engage with us on our Facebook Page.
We love to hear from you and hope that you enjoy your shopping experience with us.
One of my favourite jobs is buying new stock, but as we all know babies grow at an extortionate rate so we’ve popped a little vote type box so you can let us know what age your littles are at so that we can buy age appropriate stock next time round.
I’m going to stop talking now, but just to say Thank You again.
As well as the discount we have some great competitions on the go: