Peek a Boo

At the moment one of my wee ones favourite things to do is to play Peek-a-Boo.  What I find is astounding is how long she hides for – I would have thought that her limit would be 5 or 10 seconds, but she lasts so much longer than that!  This is how it generally goes:

She hides.

Me: ‘Where’s my wee girl?  Oh, I wonder where she is?  Where can she have gone?  I’ve lost my wee girl.  This is funny, where can my wee girl have gone…’

Eventually, she pops out with a wide grin.

Me: ‘Peek-a-boo, there you are!’

She hides again.

I was out shopping with her the other day and popped a muslin over her head – it was quite embarrassing how long she waited before pulling it off – I was a bit afraid someone was going to report me for walking around with my baby under a muslin!

PS. Thought this picture was a good illustration – I did not help her get into this position in any way at all – she did it entirely herself!


Upstairs, Downstairs, DIY!

This post lacks focus – there are so many different things I want to say that I should probably split it into several posts, but I don’t want to!  I want it to be one post and I want it to be quite brief (because I have a short attention span, and am a bit pressed for time this week too!)

Nursery ShelvesSo, my wee ones nursery used to have two completely pointless cupboards in it – so narrow they weren’t any good at all!  They also had dark wooden doors that I felt darkened the room.  I took the decision to remove the doors and put shelves in!  As you can see from the photo the final result is great (well, I think it is!)  I now have 6 shelves where each cupboard was, and can put things for my wee one to play with on the lower shelves, while keeping things safely out of reach higher up.  I got a joiner to help put the shelves in but I did all the filling in of dodgy walls & painting myself and am quite proud of the final result!

Now, during the decorating period we moved her upstairs (we sleep downstairs) as I mentioned in a previous post.  I’ve always thought that when she is older we will move her upstairs, but have been a bit nervous about it when our room is downstairs.  I remember when we bought the house somebody saying that it was better to sleep on the same level as your wee ones and that we might find it a bit problematic that our bedrooms are split between downstairs and upstairs.  So I find myself in a bit of a quandary…

But… while she was upstairs I loved it!  She is a light sleeper and so she often wakes in the evening – but the whole time she was upstairs she slept all night long and there were no worries about her waking – we could stomp about as much as we wanted downstairs!  So rather than being excited about moving her back down into her newly decorated nursery, I do so with trepidation that I’m in for more tip-toeing around and worrying about waking her up!

How many grapes?!

So far, eating has come naturally to my wee one and the whole transition to solids has been a dream!  My only concern is ‘How much should she eat?‘  She doesn’t seem to know when to stop and will keep eating until I stop her – no matter what she is eating!  I know that you shouldn’t put a baby on a diet, and I’m not doing that, but there comes a point where if I take her out of her chair she is fully satisfied and doesn’t look for food till the next meal – despite the fact that if she stayed at the table she would have kept eating.

Grapes for snackSo, how much should I give her?  I’m fairly happy with her meal portions as she gets two courses and often picks away on lots of veg until we have finished eating, but afternoon snack, between lunch and tea, I think she would eat a whole meal if I let her!  This is yesterday’s snack – all eaten with hardly a break for air!  She is eleven months old – I’d appreciate any thoughts on quantities!  On other days she would eat a bowl of berries, or a whole banana.  Equally, other snack ideas would be welcome!

Cheerful Guest Bloggers Wanted!

I thought for my reasons to be cheerful this week would be based around upcoming events that I am very excited about!

My Calendar

– Only 8 days till we go on holiday – yee-ha! So while I’m away I’m looking for guest bloggers – more on that later!

– Only 25 days until my husband’s big 40th birthday, and 26 until my wee one turns 1.  The plans are all coming together for the birthday celebrations & I’m getting very excited about that!  I think I’ve got great presents for both of them – although my husband is currently quite worried as he has no clue what I’ve got him!

– Only 93 days until Christmas!  Yes, I confess, I’m like a wee girl when it comes to Christmas, I just love it, and get all excited in the run up to it!  I love choosing presents for people, I love decorating the house, I love hearing cheery Christmas music in the shops (ok, maybe not quite this early!), I love everything about it!

So there we have it – lots to look forward to, and lots to be cheerful about!  To see what everyone else is cheerful about this week please hop over to Mum of All Trades who is guest hosting this week!

So, my holidays!  I could just leave my blog for a week, or I could leave it in the hands of some other trusty bloggers through having some guest bloggers!  If you are interested in blogging for me when I’m away from 3rd – 7th October please get in touch.  There are a few conditions…

– you would have to follow my rules, ie, one picture to illustrate your post, no faces to be shown
– I need to have your entry in advance, by next Wednesday 28th September so I can get it all set up
– you would preferably be a reader of mine so that you can fit in with the general tone & topics, ie, parenting, home & garden, blogging (but if you are reading this then the chances are you know that anyway!)
– it should generally be a cheerful post – as it is ‘reasons to be cheerful’ day!

Is this Autumn?

Summer was a bit of a wipe-out here in North East Scotland; other than a day here or there my shorts were rarely out.  On one of the very few occasions that I ventured out without my buggy rain cover I ended up having to shelter under a bridge for ages and then run home with a soaking baby!

Autumn Leaves - Boston IvyToday, for the second day in a row I woke up to beautiful sunshine.  The colours in the garden are starting to turn autumnal (see our fabulous Boston Ivy in this photo!) so I am thinking that it’s worth giving up on summer and hoping for a nice mild autumn.

Autumn has several advantages over summer anyway – you don’t have to worry about sun-cream quite as much, the colours are fantastic, there are conkers (can’t wait for my wee one to be old enough to play with them!) and I love the sound of the leaves on the ground as I walk through them!  Ok I’m sounding like a bit of a child with those last two – but then I am a bit of a child at heart.

It did make me think about how much the weather can affect our mood though. The minute I saw the sun was out I definitely felt happier.  I had a spring in my step as I could push the pram up to our Jo Jingles class, and enjoyed walking to the post office on the way back – no need for wrapping up in lots of clothes, bundling the wee one in and out of the car, finding parking spaces, and running for cover between shops!

Baby Furniture Removals!

Kitchen Re-arrangedDoes anyone need some furniture re-arranged?  At the moment my wee one is specialising in this area and she is available to rent!  It’s great, your room gets a whole new look, and it tires her out nicely so she sleeps well!

We’ve had coffee tables in all sorts of positions, and today she decided to try and move all the kitchen chairs into the dining room! Unfortunately she found the table too tricky to move – didn’t stop her trying though!

My Health Visitor (Save the Children 100 words)

No Child Born to Die

I hated my health visitor from the minute I met her. 

At the first ante-natal class I felt patronized and looked down on just because I expressed concerns about breast-feeding.  I decided I was better ‘on my own’. 

Everything changed when my wee one was born. 

Then I welcomed my HV who answered my silly questions and my serious ones.  I don’t always agree, but I’d hate not to have her!  I hope I don’t ever take for granted having her on the end of the phone, and doctors to help whenever needed.  If only everyone could have that support.

Those were my (exactly) 100 words for Save The Children’s current campaign.
Plenty is written elsewhere, so to find out more please visit Mummy From The Heart’s linky or read more about the idea she and Hello it’s Gemma had here.

And if you agree, please sign the petition!

I’m tagging my first five subscribers who haven’t already taken part!

This Charming Boy
Not Just a Mummy
Mummy Plum
Chatty Baby