Toddler W’s 2 and 3/4 update

This is late, as usual, but I wanted to write a quick update for W as it’s just under 3 months til he turns 3!

Since his last update he just keeps getting better and better at talking! Very inquisitive little learner, full of questions…trying to get his head around dark, early mornings – ‘Is it morning, or is it dark?’ Food – ‘is it hot, or cold?’ ‘Where we going?’ ‘What’s mama doing?’


He uses descriptive words e.g.’Beautiful boy’ and ‘I’m going to have a big bum sleep’ (no idea what that means but he thinks it’s hilarious!) and uses words like ‘see’ at the end of sentences and ‘either’. 

He knows the alphabet and when we’re out and about likes reading out letters on signs etc!


He’s full of imagination, and memories. The other day he looked out to the garden and remembered eating lollipops out there with me and my sister which would have been many months ago!! He loves regaling us with stories from his day…. ‘mama and dada and W and S went to the beach….’ and loves playing pretend shops, trains and alien spaceships!

Behaviour wise he’s still good as gold most of the time but he has his moments. He thoroughly enjoyed Christmas but when we got back to routine in the new year, he was tetchy and slapped me, his dad, his nan on a few occasions. Thankfully that phase didn’t last long!

He loves being outdoors, running. He loves softplay, messy play… any play. He loves watching Paw Patrol, Blaze and the ‘washing machines’! and has started getting into films like Frozen, Lilo and Stitch and Minions. He won’t sit and watch for the whole duration… he doesn’t stay still for long! His favourite thing ever though is ‘play cars’ which is usually the first thing he asks to do when he wakes up!

He still LOVES his little brother, he’s far more interested in him than mama or dada! He’s good at keeping him entertained and loves making him laugh, and singing to stop him crying!

Eating is much the same as the last update. Thankfully he’s ‘going’ much more regularly and hasn’t been constipated for a few weeks now. Since the last update he finally showed the dentist his teeth! And took the nasal flu spray like a pro… he’s a good boy!

Even though at times he eats like a horse, he’s very lean! He mostly wears age 2-3 with some 3-4 tops but bottoms I find so hard to fit as 18-24 month are too short but most 2-3 too big on the waist… thank god for Zara leggings! 

See you in 3 months for the big birthday update! 

24 silly baby brain stories from mummy bloggers!

1. A few weeks ago, in a mist of sleep-deprived baby brain, I did a little food shop the other side of town. I got home and realised I had left the 2 shopping bags in the car park, right next to where my car was! A sheepish phone call to check if they’d been handed in, and an hour’s round trip later, I was reunited with them!!

Is that the silliest thing I can blame baby brain on? 

2. In another car park incident a few months prior, I went shopping for an hour not realising that I’d left one of my car doors wide open! 

It got me wondering about the silliest things other mums had done because of baby brain so I asked my fellow bloggers…. there are some corkers here!

Funny baby brain stories
3. Today I sent a pitching email to a company I was really keen to work with; it was a really good pitch, but I forgot my attachment, so had to send an email apologising profusely with a red face and told them I had re-attached (I hadn’t again). I tried again, apologising yet again and would you believe it, I’ve forgotten again. I’m too embarrassed to send a fourth email…. bloody baby brain. http://www.lifewithboys.co.uk

4. Does 4 kids and no rational thinking left count…..’cause we missed our flight home from Spain due to me not checking the tickets properly!! Never seen my kids move their arses so quick πŸ˜‚ http://www.everyonesbuckstopshere.co.uk

5. I’ve tried looking for my glasses. They were on my face. My eyes were blurry because they were so tired. Http://lesbemums.com

6. I forgot my mobile number, it completely left my head. It would be understandable but I had had the same number for 14 years! http://www.winnettes.com

7. In the early baby days I put the dog bowl in the microwave and almost gave the meal I was meant to be heating up to the dog! http://www.suburban-mum.com

8. I recently turned up to a baby group half an hour after it had finished before going to the opticians on the wrong day for my appointment! I’m now back at work as a teacher and my class even say “is it baby brain again?” When I mess things up/can’t remember! https://littlebigandme.wordpress.com

9. Today almost 15 months after having Freddie I left my house keys at my mums after staying with her. Not so bad but I only realised when we were five minutes drive from my house! Lucky mum had her key otherwise it would have been a 60 mile round trip to get mine! http://mummytomylittlecheekymonkey.blogspot.co.uk

10. I threw dog food into the washing machine. Not sure if I was trying to feed the dog or put the washing on, I couldn’t remember which needed doing! http://www.fizzypeaches.com

11. I set my phone alarm for pm instead of am and missed my early morning train to London for an important work conference. Fortunately my employer saw the funny side! The taxi driver who was sat outside my house at 5am however did not. http://www.nomipalony.com

12. At work I exchanged on a property purchase without getting a new mortgage offer so we were Β£180k down on the day of completion, luckily we managed to get it sorted in the end! http://www.hellobeautifulbear.com

13. Put a bunch of cards in the post without any stamps, including a Mother’s Day card which I had written Happy Birthday in … It was a bad day when everyone started receiving their cards! http://emmaandfamily.co.uk

14. Took our dog for a walk to the woodland park at the end of the street. Only when I got there I’d picked up the lead and forgot the dog Www.beingmumbeingme.co.uk

15. I tried turning my husband down with the TV remote not long after having my first baby. He looked at me like I was absolutely crackers and I still couldn’t work out why he was laughing at me! http://www.belledubrighton.co.uk

16. 34 weeks pregnant I drove to the shop because I had crippling spd and could barely walk but NEEDED MINTS, bought my much needed extra strong mints (craving) and walked home bemoaning my painful hips… Put the key in the door and realised I’d left the car at the shop! Spent the next 6 weeks worrying I was going to leave my baby somewhere after she arrived! Blog.monkey-feet.com

17. I put a new packet of frozen veg in the cupboard rather than the freezer.. unfortunately didn’t realise until the next day 🀒 I couldn’t even blame my husband for it as it was me who unpacked the shopping!! http://www.mamawilkos.com

18. I flew to see my brother for the weekend. Went to the airport to fly home and couldn’t work out why my boarding card wouldn’t let me through to security. When I checked it I had booked my return flight for the day before! To be fair I had an 18 month old who didn’t sleep and was 5 months pregnant at the time. I managed to get home but it was a very expensive mistake πŸ˜‚ http://tobygoesbananas.co.uk/

19. I took my new daughter downstairs, after my c-section, in the pram. 48 stairs, no lift and no-one to help. Anyway, I kept feeling like something was wrong. Got to the bottom and realised… I’m wearing no shoes. The long climb back up for my shoes was horrendous. http://www.katykicker.com πŸ™‚ 

20. £80 of petrol in my diesel car was probably my most expensive baby brain incident, and the £150 it cost to have it drained. 😬 http://www.fivelittledoves.com

21. Just a couple of days ago whilst driving to a play date I worried there was something very wrong with my car.. it was losing power and slowing down. Then I realised my foot was on the brake and not the accelerator πŸ™ˆ http://www.thesparklenest.com

22. I spent 15 minutes trying to get my contact lenses out of my eyes….I’d already done it a few minutes prior to this. http://www.clareslittletots.co.uk/blog

23. I lost my car keys when I was pregnant with my first. We didn’t have a spare set so had to order them from VW and I had to drive my husbands car (who had to get a lift to work). It was a total pain. I found the keys a month later – in the freezer!! I wasn’t in Ells good books for a while. Www.Somewhereaftertherainbow.Co.Uk

24. I lost my baby, panicked I couldn’t find her. She was on my back on the sling and I was shhhsing her at the time πŸ˜‚Www.mummieswaiting.com

These made me smile! What’s the silliest thing you’ve done because of baby brain?!! Please do leave your funny stories in the comments section!

Center Parcs vs Bluestone: which is best for families with toddlers and babies?

We’ve just come back from a break in Center parcs, Longleat – our first time there with a toddler and baby. As we’ve been there twice, and Bluestone three times… I thought compare them both for you…

Center parcs vs Bluestone with toddler and baby
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