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Not another blog post about starting school ? (yes, sorry!)

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This week has been all about change and I’m going to add yet another blog post to the blogosphere about starting school.  But really and truly I make no apologies.  It is a massive milestone after all…

Thankfully it’s been a pretty smooth, very tiring for all involved but exciting and fun nonetheless.  She’s been doing some very quick colouing-in at her desk (that used to be a cot) after her breakfast while I get ready.  And the uniform… our little bear loves her uniform.  So much so that she’s asked to wear her school tights again at the weekend!…

A week in and myself and hubby have noticed changes in her already!  Even down to her sentence structure.  She’s more adventurous with her food (I wrote about her Faddy Fussy Journey before) and started the week insisting on pack-ups.  She’s ended the week insisting on school dinners :)

She’s making new friends and her party invites have gone into all their book bags thanks to her wonderful teacher.  The invites are addressed just to ‘my new friend’!  She’s singing songs at home that she’s been singing in class including ‘Little Red Hen’ and shown us the actions :) We’ve heard all about the toy office in the shed in the reception garden.  It sounds like so much fun and she made stickers for us which she put in her book bag!  That tells me she’s been thinking about us during her school day, as have we of her.

It’s early days and it’s been emotional!  But my word of the week is ‘change’.

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A growing journal for a growing bear…

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Our little bear has now started school and so, we’ve been given her ‘journal’ from her childminders.

Since she was 8 months old, our bear has been to the childminder’s.  She’s made amazing (quite possibly life-long) friends.  She’s learnt.  She’s grown.  She’s thrived.  She’s become a part of their families in many ways, as they have of hers (and therefore ours).

And here is the folder that shows how much hard work a good childminder does with the little ones they take into their care…

Inside there are reports, pictures coloured in by our bear, paintings, photos, everything but the kitchen sink!  It’s a bit like a ‘This is Your Life’ so far.  And as you can see, it’s absolutely full to the brim!

Have you kept a record (official or not) of your little one’s learning and milestones?  Tell me about it in the comments below :)

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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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How to turn a cot into a desk ~ a poem!

How to turn a cot into a desk ~ a poem! blog

How to turn a cot into a desk ~ a poem!

Somewhere to learn and to play…

Once upon a time, there was a little bear,

Born 3 weeks early, you were tiny with no hair;

You slept in your cot, through the night give or take

And rarely did you stir, not a noise did you make…

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The cot was your cousins’ and

Has a tale or two to tell,

Many a time between you all it’s

Heard the ‘odd’ scream or yell!

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Lost dummies, stuffed teddies

Wedged ‘tween mattress and frame;

I’d nudge your daddy, “Your turn!”,

At least that was my aim!…

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Fast forward a few years,

And now you’re starting school,

“I know!”, I shrilled, “I’ve had a brainwave!”

(Thanks to Pinterest) and went to fetch the rule…

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With measurements to hand,

We got some wood chopped and changed,

Then spread a layer or two of blackboard paint,

When dry we re-arranged…

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…Your playpen came down,

Your baby toys were given away,

Your cot was transformed into a desk,

Somewhere to learn and to play…

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By Mummy Bear

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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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Find out why it’s been a wobbly week!

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Find out why it’s been a wobbly week…!

 It didn’t take me very long to come up with an appropriate word this week.
A family member who fell down the stairs fracturing several vertebrae in their neck and damaging their spinal cord, is showing signs of slow recovery.  Thankfully.
Another family member fell over and broke their wrist.  On their writing hand side  – just in time for the start of term…
I had an emotional wobble seeing friends’ status updates of their little ones in their school uniforms, as the first day at ‘big’ school is fast approaching for our little bear…
And our little bear had quite an adventure!  Her 2nd wobbly tooth was refusing to budge, her gum was bleeding and she was crying in pain/panic.  One emergency appointment at the dentist, 2 stickers and 1 ice cream later (and some flexi-time used up at work!) and the tooth fairy paid a visit.  ‘Paid’ being the operative word!
Now you can see why my word of the week is, without a shadow of a doubt, ‘WOBBLY!’
I’m hoping for a more stable one next week, although my bottom lip will certainly be wobbling with our little bear starting school!
I’d have a big glass of wine but I don’t drink anymore!
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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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Why this photo makes my stomach flutter like a butterfly…

Flutters like a butterfly

Why this photo makes my stomach flutter like a butterfly…

You know you have those photos (out of the hundreds and hundreds you take of your little ones) that are your absolute favourites?

Well, this is one of my favourite ever, ever, ever of our little bear!

It’s all the more special because it’s a butterfly (obviously) and she loves them (perhaps-not-so-obviously) and they covered the topic of butterflies at her old (sob) pre-school  – she’s off to’big’ school soon.  Yes, butterflies will always hold wonderful memories for us (particularly me).  The book ‘The Very Hungry Butterfly’ by Eric Carle and the resulting butterfly inspired me to write this poem for her pre-school ‘Time to Spread My Wings’.

So many beautiful, wonderful memories in this photo.  And when I look into her beautiful eyes, I can see her little personality, the one that we know and love so much, shining through.  She really is our little bear in this photo.  A true Magic Moment…

Read about more Magic Moments over at The Oliver’s Madhouse blog…

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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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Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 20

mummy bears best blogs shout out 20

Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 20.  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!

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One day I would love to take our little bear to a festival, like the one that Pollys Little World is going to!…

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A very interesting debate about the age from which our children should be taught sex education from Farmers Wife and Mummy

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Brits get asked the funniest things, according to ClarabellaQ! Love the pic on this blog post too :)

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And finally, I absolutely love the beautiful pictures in this blogpost from Running In Lavendar and the telling of a vibrant day out! So glad I stumbled upon this one :)

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

Comment or tweet me or both!

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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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Making child’s play of an ‘Elsa from Frozen’ plait… kind of!

How to do an 'Elsa from Frozen' plait... kind of!

How to do an ‘Elsa from Frozen’ plait… kind of!

Each morning in our house, I ask our little bear how she would like her hair.  True to our obsession with ‘Frozen’, it tends to alternate between ‘Elsa’ and ‘Anna’.  Occasionally she chooses just a head band but invariably she plumps for plaits…

Fortunately, years ago I used to be able to do a french plait on myself… I knew the practice would come in handy again one day ;)

I grab a section at the top of  our little bear’s head and ask her to keep her head still (this usually works…)

Then I grab a little section with the little finger of the appropriate hand and sort of match it up with the main part.  Then I do the same again with the other side and the other little finger!

This is repeated until we run out of hair… and then quickly pop a ton of hairgrips in to stop it all falling around our bear’s ears!

See, easy when you know how ;)

(who am I trying to kid?!)

Have you got a  funny ‘how to’ post that you would like to share?

Link up your post in the comments below using ‘comment luv’ and then hop over to Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy for more blog posts :)

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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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Getting prepared for school ~ a uniform list!

A pretty ‘uniform’ school list…

Very soon our little bear will be starting ‘big’ school.

This week I realised that I ought to go through my checklist of things we need.  I’d say it’s a pretty ‘uniform’ list (pun intended – sorry!), so feel free to follow this list yourself (although it’s not unisex so please consider that!..)  If I’ve forgotten anything glaringly obvious, please give me a nudge by commenting ~ I’ve still got a couple of weeks…thanks:

Cardigan/jumper

Pinafore dresses/skirts/trousers/polo shirts

Tights/socks

Shoes

Plimsols

P.E. kit

School coloured hair accessories

School bag for holding lunch box/spare clothes

School book bag

P.E. kit bag

Autumn coat

Name tags!

Lunch box

Drink bottle

Envelopes for dinner money etc

Change pot to keep somewhere handy for collecting loose change for said dinner money etc ~ every penny helps, right?

Tissues (for me on the first day!)

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So please tell, have I missed something?

Do they need pencil cases and basic equipment to go in them at this ‘tender’ age?

Now to label everything up!… I may be some time.  Although I have done some already and not a needle and thread in sight ;)

It was pretty clear to me that my Word of the Week had to be ‘prepared’.

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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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A day at the seaside… Magic Moment

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It was a decent day and we had promised our little bear a trip to the seaside when we were both off work.  So I grabbed the bucket and spade, a couple of towels, some drinks and snacks… not forgetting our little bear and hubby, and off we went on our merry way!

We’re only an hour from the nearest coastline but we’ve only been to the seaside a couple of times with our little bear.  And it didn’t take long for her to want to feel the wet sand beneath her feet.  We were there by 9am so had the beach pretty much to ourselves.  Of course, we had to build the obligatory sandcastles, collect a few pebbles and have a go with a handful of 2 pence pieces in the amusements.  That Minion was still clinging on for dear life when we left…!  There were also cockles on the menu (yum – although our bear didn’t think much to them!), fish and chips and I’ve forgotten something.  Ice cream!!  What trip to the seaside would be complete without an ice cream?

I absolutely love being near to water and although a bit nippy in the water, we had the best day ever :)

Read about more Magic Moments over at The Oliver’s Madhouse blog…

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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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Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 19

mummy bears blog shout out 19

Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 19.  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!

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To be honest, I don’t usually ‘do’ style blogs or read them.  They tend to just go over my head but let’s be honest; as a busy mum, it’s important to feel good about yourself.  Here’s how to do just that, thanks to Kelly at To Become Mum…

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And what do you think of post pics on facebook?  Are you a ‘deleter’ like Miss Fanny P?

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

Comment or tweet me or both!

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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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