Sleep is for wimps. Part 2.

As you may have read in Part 1, Little T has suddenly regressed to getting out of his bed when we put him down & rising at 5am, after almost 3 years of being a good sleeper. This week we bought a GroClock & put it in his room. Admittedly, it may have been a bit overambitious to set the ‘wake-up’ time for 7am on the first use, but we were desperate! Continue reading

Sleep is for wimps. Part 1.

Turns out I may be using the big Santa bribe after all. I cannot think of a single other way to get Little T to stay in his bed, both after we’ve put him to bed of an evening & much past 5am in the morning. This is having a less than beneficial effect on Project Happiness, which is in danger of turning into ‘Project Biting People’s Head Off For No Reason’, ‘Project Being Generally Tired, Run-Down & Looking Like Shite’ or ‘Project Ain’t No Touche Eclat Strong Enough For These Bags’. I’m being a little melodramatic, but you get my drift. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday ‘Holiday’ is a tricky concept for a toddler.

A while ago we went down to Devon for a week’s holiday. Little T knew we were going somewhere & had helped us to pack, but I’m not sure he understands the concept of a ‘holiday’ as it’s not a fixed, tangible ‘thing’. When we picked him up from pre-school, we said we were going on holiday & if he had a little sleep, we’d be almost there when he woke up.  Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday Little T’s ‘Roary-isms’

Little T is a huge Roary the Racing Car fan & while we don’t watch tv regularly in our house, he requests Roary whenever he goes to my parents house & – grandparents prerogative – they usually say yes!

The voice of Big Chris, who is the mechanic in the show is narrated by Peter Kay & it is a proper broad northern accent, as you would expect. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday What do you want to be when you’re a big boy?

One of my friends bought Little T a DVD of Tractor Ted for his birthday last year & he loves it. Another favourite in our household are the ‘Harvest’ programmes that were on the BBC at the end of the summer, so it’s fair to say he has more than a passing interest in farming, which Mr T’s family are very pleased with.

Little T goes to my parents-in-law every Wednesday afternoon, after pre-school. They are dairy farmers &, as such, have very specific gender roles within the households – Granny does the domestic things, while Grandad does the more physical & demanding jobs. Little T often goes on to the farm to help with the jobs, such as feeding the calves or prentending to help with many other tasks – I’m not sure if he is more of a help than a hinderance sometimes, but they would never tell him that & are definitely encouraging the passion he seems to have for farming & all things farm-related. He can tell you more than I could about the workings of the farm, the animals, the machinery & can tell you what make a tractor is based on it’s colours. He waxes lyrical on the jobs he’s done on the farm most Wednesday evenings when we go to pick him up. Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday Didn’t we have a lovely day the day we went to Brum?

After our fabulous morning looking around the Julia Donaldson exhibition at the Birmingham Museum, we decided to go & look at the new library in Birmingham.

We had a tip off from the waiter where we ate lunch to look out for the bikes outside, but we hadn’t really realised what he meant. Continue reading

Behaviour memo, I wish my son could read…

Little Teapot is 2 (27 months to be precise). He is incredible & amazes me every day with the things he says, does & learns. The emails I get from various parenting websites (which I must admit, I read on a reactive basis when things come up, than religiously) say that he is probably at the age where he is prone to tantrums & learning the basics of sharing. While we haven’t *touch wood* had an all-singing-all-dancing tantrum yet, we’ve seen the trailers for the main event & I don’t think it’ll be too long before it happens.


We are very much at the ‘testing boundaries’ stage of our relationship.

He is usually very good & the vast majority of the time he does as we ask, or at least stops doing something he shouldn’t be, when asked. I’m not expecting miracles, but there are certain times when I’d really like Little Teapot to pull some best behaviour out of the bag:

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Online shopping: it’s the future.

I picked up Little Teapot from the childminders recently & thought I’d just nip to the supermarket on the way home (like you can ‘just nip’ anywhere with a 2 year old!). As I only needed a couple of things, I asked Little Teapot whether he wanted to walk or go in the trolley.

Offering a choice was my first mistake. After 2 years, I can’t even call it a rookie mistake. Honestly, I should know better & I’m ashamed to admit I was so foolish. Little Teapot said ‘I walk by myself, mummy’ & we set off hand in hand up the veggie aisle.

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