Matthew’s Milestones

It has been a while since I wrote a post about Matthew. At his age there is not too many updates I can report. Since the post about his milestones well over a year ago, we have reached a few more. It’s just 2 months until himself turns four. It’s a bit of an emotional age because he is starting pre-school and in the blink of an eye he is going to big school. He is so not ready for big school but a lot can happen in a year.

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He’s been in his big boy bed for well over a year now and he absolutely loves it. He loves going to bed every night and within 5-10 minutes he is asleep (unlike his little sister). I bought a few new bedtime reads a while ago on Amazon. Every night we seem to be stuck on “Ten Little Dinosaurs”. He loves the story and he picked his own little dinosaur that he wants to be and he also picked me, daddy and Chloe. I know the story off by heart at this stage. As long as he is happy having it read to him, I am happy.

I updated you on our potty training journey quite a few times. As it stands he is fully toilet trained. (Yahoo) In saying that number twos are not happening in the toilet or the potty yet. He is very private about it and likes to hide. Even if I would close the door to the bathroom for him, it’s not happening. If any of you lovely bloggers have some advice on it, I would greatly appreciate it.

He is brilliant in public now. In car parks and near roads he is always holding hands. I couldn’t have dreamt about that a year ago. Once in the shop, he lets go but he follows you everywhere. He is like my little shadow.

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We finally have lift off using the bike. I didn’t think he would do it to be honest. He was afraid to get onto it up until a few weeks ago. He didn’t have the balance either, even with stabilisers. He can only ride it with one foot and doesn’t get the idea of cycling with two feet yet but it is a start.

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We haven’t managed to go swimming yet. We are going on our first family summer holiday at the beginning of August. Destination will be Spain. I still have to buy a few bits and pieces for the trip but I am hoping he will have fun in the pool. I am thinking of bringing him to swimming lessons soon.

There is still one milestone to tackle. This was planned for Christmas last year but as always I chickened out and didn’t do it. (Mammy guilt!) He is still going to bed with his dodie. You know the way other children might have a blanket or a teddy bear as their comfort? Well, the dodie is his comfort and he is pretty much lost without it and wakes up instantly if it’s gone. At the age of nearly four I think his time is running out. Wish me luck!

Me and Mine {June}

We’re at the end of the month of June. What does this mean? Half the year of 2016 is gone already. Honestly it doesn’t feel like that at all. The years are slipping away on us. We really have to make the most of it. So today I am linking up with Dear Beautiful Boy again for her “Me and Mine Project”. A family photo every month, it has to be one of my favourite linkys.

June has been rather kind to us. It started off with a heatwave for us. It was nice to see that June, for once, had to offer a bit of summer and not just pouring rain. We definitely took advantage of the weather and got out the parasol, swimming pool, tidied up the sandpit and setup a beach shelter to keep Chloe away from the sun in the afternoon.

Unfortunately Ireland is known for its constantly changing weather and the other half of June was quite dull. More rain but at least the temperatures are still quite acceptable at 17/18 degrees. Better than nothing. Take what you can I suppose.

Here is what we have been up to this month:

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Daddy was loving:

• His new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
• The gorgeous weather
• Chloe trying to talk
• His own stag in Prague
• Less than 2 months away from our first family holiday

Mammy was loving:

• The Uefa Euro 2016 supporting my country
• Mammy and son time in the cinema
• The hot weather

Matthew was loving:

• Splashing in the swimming pool outside
• Learning to ride his Spiderman bike
• Having lots of ice cream
• Having breakfast at the beach in Shells Cafe with mammy
• Walking along the beach (he has a passion for the beach)
• His new toys he got as a treat because he was suffering with chickenpox

Chloe was loving:

• Playing in the sand pit
• Spending lots of time outside in the garden(She is really an outside girl)
• Getting kisses off her big brother

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The Me and Mine Project

How Do I Sleep?

Sleep is so important to us grown ups. Yet when we have children sleep can be quite limited. If you have a child that wakes up multiple times at night or you just gave birth to a newborn. In that case you are trying everything you can to get a decent enough sleep. Sleep when the baby sleeps (yeah right!) or take a nap during the day.

Average Sleep

I love my sleep, I have to admit that. If I don’t get a certain amount of sleep into me, I don’t function properly and can be quite grumpy. The average amount of sleep for an adult is 7 – 8 hours every 24 hours. As long as you get that, you feel quite refreshed.

For my birthday in January I received a Fitbit Charge HR from hubby. Mainly it is to track your steps, heartbeat, weight loss but also to track your sleep. I wear my Fitbit all the time that includes the nighttime. I love using it to track my sleep. Of course I am tracking my steps and the weight I am losing, too. We have a Wifi Fitbit scale which is pretty handy. All you do is step on it and it connects to your Fitbit and updates the weight.

Fitbit now has a new feature that allows you to setup a sleep schedule.
You set your bedtime which in my case is 22.30pm. You should aim to wake up and go to bed within 30 minutes of your target time. Waking up and going to bed at a consistent time can help you sleep better and get more sleep. It means I should be in bed at 22.00pm. This usually works out great when I am on at night with the kids.

You can specify which day during the week you would like to have this setup and also get a reminder on your phone when it’s bedtime. The coolest thing I personally like is the wake up alarm. The Fitbit vibrates telling you to wake up. To turn it off, you have to press the button to deactivate it, otherwise it will vibrate every 10 mins. Pretty much like a snooze button on your phone.

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Tuesday 28th June

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Wednesday 29th June

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It’s so funny to see the sleep pattern difference between days I am minding the kids at night and days I am off duty. As you can see Sunday was one of them days I was off duty. I’d nearly get 9 hours sleep if I wanted to.

The sleep quality is then divided into the times you were awake, how many times you were restless and both of it put into the minutes you were awake/restless.

I am quite obsessed with this app now as you can probably imagine. I can’t recommend a Fitbit enough to others. There’s always offers on to get it a bit cheaper.

If you have a Fitbit, what do you like most about it?

Pampers Baby Dry Project with Britmums

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We have been selected as one of the bloggers by Britmums to try out the new improved nappies from Pampers. We were challenged to see how different these nappies are and how absorbent they can be.

“From the very first time your little one uses the New Pampers Baby Dry™ you’ll notice that they aren’t like our previous nappies. Their new technology helps distribute wetness evenly into 3 absorbing channels and lock it away better, babies can experience more comfortable sleep, and not be woken by a wet bulky nappy. In fact they are so dry, Parents and baby will be left wondering ‘where did the pee go.”

First of all I was really impressed how cute the packaging was they sent on.

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Inside I was presented with a nappy, a Tommee Tippee bottle and scissors. Ready to start the home challenge. I also received a pack of nappies. Unfortunately they are a size 3 which means they are no good to me. Chloe is currently in size 4+ or 5. I might pass it onto somebody who needs size 3.

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So I took on the challenge with the Tommee Tippee Bottle, some water and the scissors. I have to say I was really impressed by the absorbency of the new nappies.There is certainly a difference between them and the previous ones. As we didn’t receive the right size for Chloe to try at night, I couldn’t try it on herself and do the real test with this kit. But luckily I was involved in an Irish trial from Mummypages too and was sent size 5.

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I generally change her nappy around 6.30pm/7pm for bed. She doesn’t get another nappy until she wakes up which can be anytime between 7am and 8am. Obviously it also depends on the amount of water she drinks before she goes to bed. I did find most mornings her nappy is pretty heavy. When I put on the newly improved one it was only half the weight which was brilliant.

We will definitely approve of the newly improved Pampers Baby Dry nappies and buy them when they make it into the stores.

7 Requirements For A New Family Home

When hubby originally purchased a house 7 1/2 years ago, not in his dreams he would have thought of the house to be “compatible” for his own kids. The plan originally was to buy the house and rent it out to other people. That way he would have made a good bit of money on it too because our house has 4 bedrooms where 3 of them would have been rented. Unfortunately at the same time he was in the middle of purchasing the house, he also met me and I got in the way of changing his plans. In a good way I hope.

Half a year later we moved in together. I did pay my bit toward the house of course. I wouldn’t have expected him to pay all of it especially after paying off a fresh mortgage over the next couple of years.

Three years later our first child Matthew came along… 2 1/2 years after that our second child Chloe came along. Soon we realised that we need more space. I mean to some people the house we have is quite big but with two kids it can get quite cramped particularly with all the million toys they have. I have sorted that a bit by ordering a storage unit from Argos. One of them is now sitting in the corner of the kitchen with half of the toys stored away. We still have a travel cot beside the kitchen table with the other half and I just haven’t got the time to sort through them. I will get there eventually. With full-time work I only get time to do this at weekends and they can be packed too sometimes.

Hubby is working away quite a lot the last 1 1/2 years. He is spending 3 days away from the kids every week. We are at the point where it’s just too much and the traveling is taking its toe on him and he can’t do it anymore. He hates missing out on spending time with the kids every evening. He is catching up at the weekend but that is not a long term solution at all. There have been talks in the last year whether we should move house/location or not. We finally came to the conclusion and decided to make the big step and move at the end of this year.

This will be the house we get old in too so it means the house needed some requirements. We made up a list about a year ago we wanted for our new family home. It’s bang on and has everything we want.

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Fully Detached

At the moment we live in a timber frame semi detached house. It means we hear the neighbours all the time, for example banging their doors. A full detached house is so much quieter and we don’t have to worry about any noise around us.

30 minutes max during rush hour from home <—> work

The new house will only be a 4 mins drive to the creche which is basically around the corner. Same distance as it is right now. Hubby drove the route from creche to work the other day and that was during the busiest time of the morning. It only took him 15 mins. You can’t argue with that.

Utility Room

We have no utility room in our house. It can be quite annoying trying to dry the clothes in the spare bed room upstairs. Utility room should sort this problem and it’s also great to keep the washing machine seperate from the main kitchen area.

Play Room

The biggest issue we have with our current house is that there is no play room or any other room the toys can be thrown into. We have thought about it in the past to build in an extension in form of a conservatory but then decided against it for now. I am glad we did, it means we didn’t waste any money and the value of the house will stay the same because if we did that there would have been pretty much no garden left.

Big Garden

The garden in the new house is probably nearly double the size of the one we have at the moment. It’s grand because the weather in the West part of Ireland is worse than it is in the East part. We don’t get to go out much anyway. Half the space is taken up by the huge garden shed we have which is mainly occupied by our two cats. We will be downgrading that for sure. In my head I can picture a small garden shed in the corner and on the opposite a trampoline. I’d love to have a little flower garden corner too with maybe some vegetables/fruit to grow.

Concrete Floors

Hubby can be upstairs working in his computer room sometimes and without him doing it on purpose I can hear him walking around and it sounds like he dropped a bowling ball. Im not kidding. Timber frame house is great heating wise but you hear everything. I would like to walk around the house as normal as possible. For that reason the new house has concrete floors. Heaven!

Local

Town is in walking distance like it is in the house we live in right now. I’m not a big fan of living in the country and having to drive everywhere with the kids. A 20 mins walk is nice for the kids to get into town and at the same time they catch some fresh air. We will get all this in the new town  too which is brilliant.

What we are left to do now and it’s also what it depends on, is to sell our own house and hopefully move into the new one at the end of September.

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