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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 3

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 3.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

Redpeffer ~ Gender stereotyping – is it really that straight forward?  Iona at Redpeffer asks whether we should look closer to home in the gender stereo-typing debate.

RedHeadBabyLed ~ Donna says ‘It’s all about manners.’  You’d be ignorant not to read it.

Mydaysni ~ with Mel.  Get asked a simple question… then throw in the towel…

There you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did :)

What was your favourite post this week?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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School time in a little rhyme

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School Time in a Little Rhyme

The time is near,

We’ve been waiting so long,

Yet it’s here already,

But where’s the time gone?

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The time is still,

I try to log on,

The website’s crashed,

The night will be long.

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The time is here,

My heart starts to race,

The screen refreshes,

We got our first place!

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The relief is here,

There’s disbelief too,

But I’m so, so happy,

Pass the tissue!

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The gamble paid off,

Our little bear’s got in,

We got our first choice,

Please escuse the grin!

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 …and that’s why my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘school’.

Join in…

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

 

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

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My bookcase, my nook…

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My Bookcase, My Nook…

It might look like a bookcase at first glance,

Donated by Grandma for this corner of the house.

But look closer… is it… a fairy by any chance?

Yes it is!  But shhhh, be quiet, quiet as a mouse.

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The fairies wings glisten and sparkle in the sunshine,

No surface is left untouched by her flutter

As she leaves a trail of magic glitter that intertwines.

You will hear a grown-up, my Mummy, mumble and mutter.

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Mummy calls it housework as she cleans up the ‘murk’.

She can’t see it though, this fairy now perched on a book,

But I know that it’s magic, it’s imagination at work.

You see, it’s full of adventure, it’s my corner, my nook.

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I’ve linked up with Let’s Talk Mommy #Share With Me for this post

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Out of the mouths of Little Bears!

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At times like this (writing a blog post for The Theme Game of ‘funny’) you really wish you had the chance to make a note of everything funny your little one says… because there are lots of them!

One is particularly memorable though:

“Mummy, when I’m 5 will I still have hands?” asked very earnestly and seriously with real concern.

Not such an obvious question to an at-the-time-4-year-old.  So a simple, “yes, you will”, was the truthful answer she was searching for…

What funny question or saying has your little one come out with lately?

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘funny’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 2

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 2.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

The Pumping Mama ~ treat or trauma explores the primary school attendance process in the UK.

Illicit By Nature ~ landmark reached is a look back at a year of sick leave from work due to depression.  It’s a celebration not a commisseration.

Redpeffer ~ Make homemade flowers vase is a lovely post that simply shows you how to make a pretty flower vase.  Not a pipecleaner in sight, which is just as well because we’re rapidly running out due to our crafty sessions ;)

There you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did :)

What was your favourite post this week?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Ready (and waiting)…

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There are many, many memorable moments in parenting.  If I had to choose one though, this very week would be one of them.

I’ve had the week off work and have spent a little more time with our little bear than usual.

As her mummy, I see her everyday, can tell you everything about her – likes, dislikes – everything!  That makes me proud.

What I find amazing is that our little ones can literally change over night.  Literally.  It’s sometimes as if a switch goes on in their brains, like the jigsaw piece slots into place.

This week, that jigsaw piece has shown me just how grown-up our little bear really is now.  I can’t even put it into precise words (ironic as this is a post for Word of the Week…).

Okay, I really need to pinpoint a word to describe how our little bear has matured seemingly overnight.  How she has matured in every way.  How she is questioning in a different way.  How she is ready to give her baby toys to the Easter bunny.  How she is going to school in September.  How she is ‘ready’ for that next massive step, that next leap…

How I am too.

We are ‘ready’ and waiting!…

 …and that’s why my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘ready’.

Join in…

 

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

 

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

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Play is important for mum and baby

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When our little bear was just a few months old, we started going to playgroups.  It was great because just a 15 minute walk away was the local Sure Start Children’s Centre.

The staff were great, we sang songs, got very messy and we went to a session pretty much every day.

At the time, I wasn’t sure just how much our little bear was getting out of it at just a few months’ old.  But me – I made new friends, I got out of the 4 walls that can be stifling for a new mum and perhaps more importantly, I realised from talking to other mums that I was completely normal.  I was doing okay and there weren’t really any right or wrong answers.  I still stand by that philosophy and it’s the one piece of advice I would give to any ‘newbie’ – do what’s right for you and your baby.

You see, these playgroups made me feel normal and they were absolutely free!  As our little bear has grown, we still go to playgroups when we can.  The staff have seen her change physically, emotionally… incredibly.

In my opinion, it’s such a very short-sighted knee-jerk reaction to close or at the very least, limit the sessions of centres like these.  Because if playgroups did one thing (okay maybe two), it was help to keep me sane and show me that play is important for mum and baby.

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I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame of ‘play’ at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer with this post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 1

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Welcome to the first Mummy Bear’s Shout Out.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the week in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

‘The Black Swan’ by Mummy Tries is beautifully written and an insight into how a couple met at a beach, one half changed their travel plans and their lives changed forever.

‘The Pumping Mama is One’ by The Pumping Mama is a celebration and reflection on how far ‘Mama’ has come in so many ways.

‘Thank you but I don’t need a break’ is a great tongue-in-cheek play on the much-needed break that all parents feel they need from time to time.  Except Jany Ceresh doesn’t want a break, thank you.

There you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did :)

What was your favourite post this week?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Don’t be alarmed!

alarm clock word of the week

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You know something?  Our little bear has always been a very good sleeper.  She rarely wakes in the night, rarely wakes up at stupid o’clock and rarely plays up at bedtime (I mean, proper plays up).  I’m not trying to be smug, I’m just stating a fact.

But with the lighter mornings and the start of British Summer Time, her blackout blind is not, well, blacking out all that lovely light.

“Right,” I said to hubby, “we need to nip this in the bud!”

For some weeks now, we have been thinking about getting her a clock for her bedroom and now seemed like the perfect time.  I trawled the net and found one that is silent and doesn’t have luminous hands (bingo!).  We will be telling her that when the clock shows 6.30 it is time to get up for breakfast in the week (not sure what time we’ll say for the weekend yet!).  And if she touches the alarm on/off switch, the clock will break!…

I will report back.  Perhaps it will be another Word of the Week – either a ‘cracked it’ or ‘hmmmm!’

We will see ;)

 …and that’s why my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘clock’.

Join in…

word of the week

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

 

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

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That was unexpected…

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It was such a beautiful day that we had a short walk to one of the local recs.  There was only 1 other child (and adult) there at first, so our little bear had the run of the play area.  Then a few more turned up so the roundabout/slide/fireman’s pole had to be shared.  This wasn’t a problem as our little bear is actually very good at sharing now (generally…!)

One little girl in particular took a shine to our little bear.  They went on the roundabout together, then ran to the swings together, then the fireman’s pole.  You get the idea!

You know as a parent at the park when your little one’s ‘click’ with another child?  That moment when they happily play together and you’re standing there (or sitting) like a lemon with their parent?  Well it’s moments like this when I resist the temptation to use my phone (twitter/facebook) as a safety net.

This was one of those occasions.  We made small talk – I asked how old their little girl was and vice versa.  We both commented that it was nice to get some fresh air.  Somewhere in there ‘she’ mentioned that her little one goes to the childminder and I said our little bear did too.

Our 2 little ones had a ball playing with each other.  When we both took short phone calls, we each helped the others child down the fireman’s pole.  Then they had to leave and ‘she’ asked me if our little bear was called ‘her name’ because their child had wanted to say goodbye to our little bear.  It was then that it dawned on us…  Both our little ones go to the same childminder!  We hear so much about their little girl and she is so sweet in ‘real life’!  5 minutes later, we learnt that we live close to each other and exchanged phone numbers for holiday/weekend play dates.

Our little bear had met her little friend and I had made a new one.  That was unexpected…

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I’ve linked up with Let’s Talk Mommy #Share With Me and MumturnedMom #ThePrompt for this post

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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