Sunday, 31 January 2016

Me and Mine - January

I hate to sound like a broken record but January was such a mixed month.

Good and bad.

Paige has had a tough month at nursery. I think she is suffering from some separation anxiety. She hates leaving me. So much so that she really doesn't like going to pre school. It is heart breaking to see. But I know that once she is inside she is fine. She plays with all her friends and has such a lovely time. It's just those few minutes right before and after I leave.

Some of you may know that our boiler and cooker broke this month. They are both fixed now but we had about 5 days without hot water and no cooker.

Mother Nature was also against us this month. The wind was so strong it blew the car door and bent all the panel. Something else to fix.

Some really great news was that I've had the all clear from the hospital. I've never gone into detail and I'm not sure I will but good news is great. I have another check up in June so we shall see what happens then.

January is also marks birthday. We had such a wonderful weekend celebrating. We went out

for a lovely meal and doughnuts. And ate so much cake.


This months picture is from that day. It's blurry and bad quality but I love it. I remember the excitement that Paige had knowing it was daddy's birthday and Parker face when he saw all the doughnuts. They were both so good at the restaurant it was a joy to be with them.

We are so lucky to have each other.

Nicola Xx

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Mummy and Me - January

A new year and only a few months left until our first completed year of Mummy and Me.
 
I mentioned in my December post that I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the linky but I love it. I don't mind if not many people join in because that isn't why I started it. I started it to capture me and my babies each and every month.
 
This months pictures are from a recent family walk. It was a cold crisp day and we had such a lovely time. Paige insisted on taking her pram and her baby and we walked for about an hour. We had to stop and get some pictures.
 
 
I love Parkers silly faces and Paige with her pram. My silly smiling faces as I was bursting into laughter.





 
Nicola Xx
 

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

19 Months Old

 
In 5 months Parker will be 2 years old. 5 months may seem quite far away but in reality time goes far too quickly when you have a child. They grow up far too quickly.
 
 This month Parker is still doing a lot of the things he was doing last month. He's still so cheeky and gets into trouble so much. His speech is coming on well. He doesn't say as much as other 19 month olds but he says quite a bit more than Paige did. He also put two words together on his own for the first time this month and said ''dada's car''.
 
He's also moved up into size 5 nappies. He's wearing 12-18 month trousers and 18-24 month tops. He's quite a bit smaller than Paige at this age but always has been smaller than her. She was always 95th percentile while Parker is very much average for his age.

Speaking of Paige he loves her more than anything in the world. They play so well together and he's really getting the hang of sharing with her, when he's in the mood anyway. He's also really good with babies. We've had some friends over with a little 5 month old and he was so gentle. A bit like he is with Millie. He strokes her so gently.

He still has one nap but can miss it and be fine.  Most of his tantrums are when he is hungry, he's such a boy!

He loves to dance and jump. His favourite toys are definitely cars or anything with wheels. But he does love playing with babies and will share food with them. He also loves to make all his soft toys roar. But did learn that a cow says 'moo' this month although he still prefers to make it roar.

He has 16 teeth so only 4 more to go. His cheeks so very red, he gets grumpy and has had a sore bum on and off so I think we might be seeing more teeth soon.

He is such a loving little boy and loves a cuddle and a kiss. He also loves waving at everyone and blowing kisses.

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The First Snow Of 2016

Last weekend we had plans to travel to my mums for the day. We were all looking forward to a yummy Sunday lunch with family. The weather had other plans.
 
 
On Saturday the snow started. We woke up on Sunday to a lovely blanket covering the garden. It snowed the same time last year too, Parker was only 6 months old so didn't really enjoy it and certainly doesn't remember it. Paige doesn't really remember it either. They both looked out of the window this morning and the look on their faces were priceless. Paige was filled with excitement and Parker's face was full of wonder.
 
When we were all ready we headed out. Paige insisted on wanting to have a snowball fight and making a snow angel. Turns out she was too scared to lay in the snow and make a snow angel but they still had fun. We all did. 


 
Parker loved the snow. He was constantly running around in it with the biggest smile. The only thing he didn't like was touching the snow. He had mittens on but as most toddlers do ripped them off at the first chance he got.


 
These are my failed attempts at this months mummy and me pictures. Turns out kids would rather play in the snow than pose with mummy, haha. 




I love watching these two together, playing and giggling. Sharing different experiences. They had snowball fights and just loved chasing each other around the garden.



 
Have you had snow? Did you children like it?
 
Nicola Xx

Friday, 15 January 2016

Siblings - January

As each month passes I always think the Paige and Parker can't get any closer but this month they have.

They have always played together so well. We've rarely had arguments. But this month them playing together has somehow grown and changed. They play together all day. They share toys and really enjoy being together. The chase each other, have races up and down the living room and also air on the sofa with the iPad together.

My pictures this month are capturing that exact moment. These pictures are rubbish quality but I love them. I find it so much easier to snap away on my phone but sadly the quality isn't always there, especially in winter!!





 
But they show my two together, playing, sharing and happy.

I still love watching them both together. Me and Mark often have times when we just stare at them and each other and can't believe our luck.


Nicola Xx
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

KidzInMind App Review

These days most children know how to use iphones and tablets, sometimes even better than adults. The internet can be a very scary place so as parents we try our best to protect them in every way we can. You can download child specific apps but with ads and various other pop ups they can still click on things they shouldn't.

 
The KidzInMind app is a safe place for your children. It is an app which includes games that have been tested and hand selected to not contain inappropriate language, images, hidden fees, external links and no adverts. The games are selected with your childs development in mind. They will help your child grow, learn and play in a safe place.

We recently downloaded the app which is free to try out. There is an in app cost of £2.29 a month to get extra features for the app but you can use the app without any cost.

The app is designed for children 1-6 years old. Both Paige and Parker fall into this category and I love hat they can both use the app together. Some things are too hard for Parker and Paige happily helps him out. Some things are too hard for Paige and we can help her out. All the other apps we've tried are always too easy for her so I love that this one challenges her and that she actually has to use her brain to work things out.


 
There are six different sections when you first open the app. Starting from the top there is a scene/sticker section. In this section your child can place different animals into their scene. So for example they can place fish, jelly fish and a seahorse in the sea. When certain animals are pressed they make a noise. Paige and Parker both aren't keen on this section and Paige gets bored easily. I think it is aimed at younger children. Parker is hit and miss and some of the animals scare him. I have no idea why. There is also background noise on the scenes, Parker doesn't like the jungle one.



The next section is the easel. This one is pretty self explanatory. Your child can draw a picture. There are a selection of paints which your child can choose and a paintbrush and eraser. I think some more tools would be a good addition and maybe some fun stickers that the child could use too. Your child can also save their pictures to the camera roll.


Next up is the toy box. I think this is our favourite section because there is so much to do. This section contains 15 games for your child to play. They are each a different difficulty level. The main one Dino Lab is all about dinosaurs. They are split into different categories, eg: carnivores, herbivores. The games are all fairly similar, just with a different degree of difficulty.



There's a matching one, a jigsaw, a smallest to biggest and spot the difference. As you scroll right through the dinosaurs the games become harder. The other games are also really lovely. There's build it up, match it up, families and Matrix games. Again there is a wide variety of levels for your child to work through. Parker can do the easier ones and Paige can do the harder ones. She has to really think about the Matrix Games and I like she has to use her brain to work things out.

 
 
The idea behind this game is to arrange the matrix. You have to take a card and find out where to place it using the rows and columns.


Each game has a little information button which tells you what to do and who the game is aimed at.

The first time you play a game it has to download, it only takes a few seconds but then the next time you want to play its already there. To exit a game you press on the app logo and then done. To exit a section you press the X  in the top corner.


The next section is the video section. In here you have a few different series for your child to watch. There is Larva, The Fairytale Detective and Vitaminix. It basically like YouTube just with selected shows available to watch. Paige and Parker both love this section but they do prefer to play the games. Its nice for them to have an option to watch a short video if they feel like it.

 

 
The next section is the camera. Your child can take pictures and play around with different props. I'm guessing that the camera uses face recognition technology as the props follow your face which is quite cool. Your child can then pick different props and save the pictures.



 
The last section is the book. Inside this section there are two options. English and Spanish. This section goes through the alphabet telling your child the letter and some things which start with that letter. There are 3-4 items for each letter. There is music which can be turned on and off. An added extra would be the child tracing the letter on the screen for some extra learning. But its a cute little section to get children familiar with letters, words and sounds.



The best feature about the app in my opinion is the fact that if you hit the home button three times you can activate guided mode. This mode means that your child can't click out of the app.  To get out of guided mode you have to set a password. You can also set a time limit for your child. This really lets you be in control of what they see and how long they spend on the app. To go into the menu you also have to answer a simple maths timetable.


 
I love the added security. I don't have to worry that Parker has clicked on my recent call list and is calling someone. The games are fun, there is a huge choice of different activities for your child to do. The monthly subscription isn't my favourite thing, id rather pay a one fee and have it over and done with but with it less then £2.50 which isn't much a month at all. Without paying the fee you can use the easel and the alphabet section but all other sections are locked.

The app is available on both android and in the app store. For more information check out the KidzInMind website.

Both the children love the app. Paige is 4 in May and Parker is 18 months. They can play together, separately or with us and still have just as much fun doing either thing.

Would you pay a monthly subscription for an app for your children?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - In collaboration with KidzInMind but all views and opinions are my own*
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