Summer Days


Sunshine, picnics, birds flying
Running around, streams, ducks, 
Ice cream, days out, animals,
That’s what summer days are made of:
Rainy days, reading books, peppa pig,
Messy play, baking cakes, playing trains,
Car trips, funny games, quality time, 
That’s what wet summer days are made of 
The big dude, the little dude & I
Laughing, joking, smiling
That’s what our little family is made of 

Menu for the week

When I started my original blog it was all about baby led weaning, although I don’t blog about that anymore I still want to keep an element of food/feeding a toddler through my blog so I will aiming to blog once a week about our menu for the week. 

I always plan what we are going to eat in advance – I find it helps ensure I only buy what I need from the supermarket and means I don’t need the stress of figuring out what to make each night. When I know we are going to be having a busy day I plan something straightforward. I love cooking and enjoy exploring and trying out new recipes. The Little Dude has recently been through a fussy stage with food but seems to eat pretty much anything (except for obvious vegetables 😦  ) again at the moment. 

The Little Dude is currently 15 months and this has been our menu this week:

Monday: Jamie Oliver’s tomato & basil risotto with added chorizo with crusty bread

Tuesday: Sausage and pasta with sundried tomato pesto (homemade)

Wednesday: Fresh pasta & sauce (The Little Dude will eat at nursery so the Big Dude and I will have an easy, quick cook dinner)

Thursday: Thai red chicken curry

Friday: Fish fingers, waffles and peas for the Little Dude and Chicken goujans & wedges for us

Saturday: Chicken Fajitas

Sunday: Whatever I can make out of the leftovers in the fridge!

He speaks…

It appears that the Little Dude is finding his voice. We haven’t had much yet but the other night the Big Dude was sat reading him a bedtime Peppa Pig story and all of a sudden in the cutest clearest little voice we heard ‘Peppa.’ Not once, not twice but over and over – my heart melted and I had a tear in my eye. 

Since they we have had attempts at hiya, hello, bye bye and baba (bedtime bear) – his treasured comforter. 

This is a really exciting time, we are watching and listening to everything he says and trying to encourage him as much as possible. At the same time  feel a huge amount of responsibility – how do I encourage this newfound skill? How do I/we help him develop his speech in the correct way? Is there a right or wrong? Is he speaking as much as he should be – I read posts on forums where 15 month olds have a vocabulary of 20+ and the little dude is no where near this.

We speak to him constantly, describe what we are doing, ask him questions and pause for a response, break words down, point to pictures in books and everyday objects and tell him what they are, we read to him regularly and he has piles of books that he is always looking through and ‘reading’ himself and we have been going to Tiny Talk – a baby signing class since he was 4 months old. I’m pretty sure we are doing the right thing but yet again I am hit by the constant questions – Am I doing this right? Am I giving him the best possible start in life? In speech? What can I do better? Is he on track? 

How did you encourage your little ones to start speaking? Anything I’m missing? 

Thanks for reading 🙂 

A blogger without a blog

My blogging journey begins here and this is why….

For a while I have liked the idea of having a blog. I enjoy writing, I find it a good way to write down my thoughts and I have often thought having a blog would be a good and modern way to go about it. I dabbled in blogging a few months ago when we were weaning The Little Dude but struggled with where to go with it as there was a limit to how much I could write about feeding my child and then I hit writers block.

Whilst I was writing my original blog I started following a couple of other blogs and quickly became immersed in the blogging world. In fact I currently feel a bit of a fraud in the blogging world. I follow britmums, tots100, and several other ‘mum blogs’ on twitter. I regularly use other blogs to give me ideas of activities to try with the Little Dude and feel as if I should contribute back. I have been particularly inspired by two blogs over the past few months – The Imagination Tree and Edspire (please forgive me for not adding links yet – I will do this when I work out how!). Anna at the Imagination Tree is so creative and has the most wonderful ideas for play and craft, I have tried many of these with the Little Dude. I came across Jennie’s blog – Edspire when looking at Anna’s Share Sunday blog link up on facebook, Jennie’s story is simply heartbreaking and there have been so many times where I have wanted to reach out and give her a hug.  I have tried some of her messy play ideas and ideas from others who have linked up to the ‘Messy play for Matilda Mae’ linky and really feel that I should add something to the links too, I know it won’t help but I would like Jennie to know that there is one more person who has been touched by her words, one more person who has been inspired to write because of her and one more person who is thinking of her.

I am mum to a 13 month little boy (The Little Dude), live with my partner (The Big Dude) and have just gone back to work. I have been find it hard to juggle everything and am slowly coming to the realisation that I cannot be Supermum! I have been trying to be the perfect mum, the perfect girlfriend and an outstanding PE teacher at the same time as having a clean and tidy house and trying to stay fit and active, oh and having some ‘me’ time in there somewhere too. Last weekend I had a bit of a meltdown when I realised that I couldn’t do everything and couldn’t be perfect at everything. I talked it through with the Big Dude and we agreed that I would have some time for myself the following morning to go for a long overdue run (8 months overdue in fact). So last Sunday I ran and boy was it needed. The actual run itself was hard, really hard – I ached til Thursday but it was lovely to have that half an hour to myself to gather my thoughts. It was during this run that I reconsidered blogging again (all the talk on twitter about Britmums last weekend probably played some part in this too – I felt like a blogger without a blog!) and thought it would be a good way to organise my thoughts, keep a record of the fun times I am having with the little dude and let those whose blogs I regularly follow, get ideas from and think about know how much they are inspiring others. So here it is, my blog.

I have read a lot about blogging over the last few months and know how important it is to find your blogging voice, to have something unique and to display posts in an interesting and original way. I’m pretty sure I have none of that yet; I have used the word ‘inspire’  far too much in this one post, I have no photo to add, I haven’t even figured out how to add a link but this is me, simply me.