Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bloody colds

Honestly had I known how much wiping of mucous was involved when I signed up to motherhood I might have reconsidered. Kidding....sort of. Between, man-flu, toddler- cold and me also having a cold,  life is...well kind of boring and tiring at the moment. I suppose mundane is the best word for it. 

I'll spare you the imagery of a photo of miss s with a snotty nose. If you have a child, you don't need more muscous in your life I'm sure and if you don't have kids yet, you'll be scarred. Instead I'll leave you with these cute handkerchief/ handmade wipes. Aren't they the sweetest? And made in Australia.  Just lovely.

Did you know Bastille Day is this Saturday? We're going to eat our weight in cheese fondue at a French friend's place Saturday night to celebrate. Make sure you celebrate it too. I see French champagne is going very cheap at the bottlo .

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Other parents

So miss s has blossomed into a full blown toddler. It is exciting but makes me a little nostalgic for those days we would lie on my bed just gazing at one another. Although I do my best to resist it, motherhood seems to have lots of little bittersweet moments where I look a little longingly over my shoulder at moments past.

  Her little brain is growing so quickly it takes my breath away. Every day brings new words, new demands and lots of smiles and laughter.  While we are also experiencing lots of giggles and "cuggles" (cuddles), there is also lots of frustration on my girl's part. It is evident that she longs for more control over her environment. Whilst I try to give her as much control as is reasonable and give her a consistent rythmn to her day so she understands what is happening and what is coming next, she is starting to show some signs of aggression.  Namely biting. Which brings me to the point of this post. 

What type of parent are you to other parents?

I ask because miss s bit another child this week and the other parent did not react particularly well. There was no broken skin, there was no blood. There were no tears from the other child.  The other child gently shoved miss s off a piece of play equipment. miss s didn't like this and decided to bite her on the hand.  The other child, age 3 or so, did not notice the biting was taking place but I did, removed biting miss s, and apologised to child's mother. I also made sure that miss s made sure that she knew she was doing the wrong thing by biting.

The other child's mother did not acknowledge my apology.  

Miss s gets shoved, bitten, slapped, punched, pinched etc on a regular basis where ever we got where there a lots of little toddler tyrants hanging out.  Most of the time it is "fair bump, play on".  She is a fairly placid little girl but the last week or so, I've had to watch her a bit so as to make sure she isn't giving it out now.  My perspective is that this is a developmental phase for kids so when other kids give her a bit of a whack, I tell the parents " no worries" and reassure them I understand and am not offended. We are all in this parenting game together. A smile and an understanding comment can go a long way when you are having a trying day with your beautiful tyrant.

I know it is hard to be super parent all the time and be nice all the time but still....

Update - yep, I've re-read and I know I sound like I'm a holier than thou super chilled mum. Obviously I'm  not. Just would have liked a fellow mum to support the theory that our toddlers will not necessarily grow into psycho monsters! 

Rowantree Designs

Have you checked out Rowantree Designs? They are gorgeous! Rachel Zoe has even been spotted decking out her little one in one of Rowantree gorgeous little rompers. Go and check out her beautiful clothes. I love this one and this one! There is a giveaway at the moment so go and make a comment!

 Roberta who is behind the label is absolutely gorgeous! When I was planning miss s first birthday I was absolutely bowled over by her kindness by sending over spare party hats and a spare invite as inspiration. That is the kind of sweetie she is. Roberta, in case you are reading this, I will never forget that. Everything associated with your kiddo's first birthday is so sentimental. I was so sick with migraines (hence no pictures as yet) and your lovely gesture is something I'll never forget. I'm glad the universe/gods/ goddesses/ gaia are taking notice of you and I hope Rowantree takes over the fashion world!:)