Sorry this is a day or so late, but have been writing more of my third book and because I had the most exciting dream ever I have used this to write a book aswell. No nothing naughty, well not all of it. I don't know if others have experienced when sleeping, where you have one dream wake up and then the next dream is a follow up of the previous dream.
OK so some may think I am a bit loony, and if you know me well, you know that, that is quite true, but there is logic in my madness.
Also been concentrating on helping with Henry's development and took him to a museum on Saturday, which he didn't really take in, but I still think it was good for him to experience and then we took a walk up to them embankment. It was a shame we couldn't have done more, but the weather was miserable and cold, I will be posting a video soon of our Valentines weekend.
My husband has now got a new toy. As he is now officially a qualified driver he has now bought himself a car. So I was looking after our son whilst he sorted that out, and so by the time I had a spare moment it was our dinner time and then off to bed.
I was thinking about the rugby days yesterday and how great they were. I really hope that Henry when he grows up, that he too experiences such a great social community of a variety of so many people.
I used to follow a rugby team called the London Broncos, and back when they were known as the London Crusaders. It was my friend, who I am still friends with today, who introduced the rugby league world to me. It was the most uplifting, words can not describe times of my life. Travelling up to the away games, meeting up ready for the home games, travelling abroad and going to dinner and dances up at Blackpool. they were just the most "You needed to experience it" time of my life, to know what I mean.
With so many characters who would carry their collection of football, and rugby programs around with them, and when I was asked for ID once at an away game, how one of my fellow supporters turned to the bar women and said "Yeah she is the right age, I'd buy her a drink any day" and then I would then get into the grounds under the child rate ticket.
I was honest though, but they insisted that I pay for a child's ticket and I won a chance to be a mascot at Wakefield.
To all those who may read this whom I met and had such great times with at the rugby, Thank you. Those memories will always be special to me, and I have such amazing memories that I can take with me forever. Thank you to my friend Mary Pittway whom was the person who introduced me to the world and to Phil and Susan Jones for looking after me.
R.I.P to those who have now passed on, I really hope I get to see them again some day in a different place.
God bless and many thanks for reading,
Yes guys it is pancake day today, and I had some already yesterday evening. Sorry no pictures as I just wanted to eat them, and no they were not handmade "Shame on me", but thank you Waitrose for just being down the road. No I am not sponsored by them, they are just convenient to get to.
So I have been reading Jo Frost's book, Toddler Rules, 5 Steps Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior.
It has been really helpful, but if you are a new mum or perhaps you have had children with a long gap in between and so feel like it is all new to you again, you may read it and start to have that negative feelings of "I can't get this right", "I have been doing this all wrong".
If you are having these sorts of feelings, then it is good to either chat with someone else about it and your fears, or write a journal of your emotions, as this really has helped me, not just through motherhood but in life in general too.
I would say like all guides, they use the word "Guide" for a reason, so not to follow it to the letter "That is what you have got to do", but take tips and advice that will help you to learn as a parent, alter your routine slightly if some parts are not working, as you would like for your child, and help teach your baby or toddler, to behave, because they will try and test you.
The techniques about S.O.S, (Step back, Observe and Step in), really has helped and having a more of a bedtime routine, as well as a daily routine has really made things a lot more calming for all of us, with Henry settling to bed a lot better. He is generally a good sleeper but every now and again, and since he has been unwell, has had really bad nights, so having a more structured bedtime routine has really helped.
I thought I would share this with you,of our sons bedtime routine, as sharing tips from other mums, has really helped me and I really want to do all I can to help and support other mums out there too.
Henry's bedtime routine
So it is more of a ritual and letting him know bedtime is coming up.
I would love to hear from other mum's what routine you follow for your children's bedtime. Elv and I finally managed to get our son into a routine, when he was about 5 months old and even when you have a child, and then another, it can still take a while to get into a routine.
However having a routine does really help them, and yourself, so stick to it and be persistent.
It can become a juggling act and if I could step out of myself and speak to the self who starts to stress and worry about doing a good job I would say "You are doing a good job, and never fear there is always a solution, and someone to help".
Many thanks for reading, have a good week people and I will blog again on Friday,