Mummy, I Did It!!

Now that Brody is creeping up to 3 years old (I'm not emotionally prepared for this in the slightest!!) I thought it was about time that we introduced the potty , he has had a potty ,in fact several potties in the same design, and make but in different colours for over a year - nanny strikes again! - but he showed NO interest in them what so ever.
Most things I had read online, said that its best to wait, until they are telling you that they need to go / have been in there nappy. Brody was no where near this stage and I was getting slightly worried that he would be in nappies until he was 10! When asked if he had been in his nappy ,he would say 'no mummy I don't think so ' even though you could see his nappy was starting to bulge and the poo smell was getting up your nostrils!

When he needed to poo it was so entertaining, he would close his playroom door and hide behind it just open slightly, watching his tv on the sly grunting like a pig haha when asked what was he doing he would say ' nothing mummy , don't look at me!'

So finally he was starting to get embarrassed by his bodily functions but still he wouldn't tell me if and when he had been.

If you have read my previous post how things change, you will have seen how well he got rid of the dreaded dummy , so I thought if he can do that, with so much ease then lets jump into this whole potty training malarkey!!

 I work evenings, so I pretty much have the whole day at home with bear before he goes to nanny and granddads, unless he is in nursery. He wasn't due back to nursery until the 8th of January so we had at least a week to give him the nappy free time he needed - NOT in my living room on the new carpet though!!

Sooo we started on the 2nd of Jan, nappy free time and constantly asking 'Brody do you need a wee yet ' he was starting to get pissed off with me after the first hour, and reply was 'no thanks mummy , I'm good'!

Now I am a total anti-kids-with-technology , well maybe not technology in general but YouTube is the Bain of my life!! I hate that kids just get left sitting with an iPad or phone totally in the YouTube world , mouth wide open soaking up all the crap. I would rather he was sat interacting with me whether that's asking a million questions a day or sat playing with his Thomas trains, so I try my best to keep him away from all of that where possible. Don't get me wrong there have been times when we are out eating, especially whilst we were abroad , when he is tired /bored and he starts the whole screaming /shouting making the LOUDEST train noises in the world (or so it feels like) that with great reluctance and to stop the staring I would just put Thomas on and pow he would be quiet !! Hooray! meal in peace !

I wanted him to get use to just sitting on the potty for a few minutes just to get used to it, and if he did need to go he was in the right place. so whilst I was scrubbing the kitchen I bought his potty in the kitchen with me and started having a chat with him and a little sing song, he is learning SO many songs in nursery at the minute its hard to keep up with him!

10 minutes past and he was starting to get fidgety and then asked 'mummy , me have YouTube please' , of course my initial answer was 'not today baby its broken' ( I use this excuse hourly!)

Then a brain fart!

He would happily sit with the iPad watching Thomas videos for at least half hour if I allowed him to - so bribery time ! (bad mummy I know , boooo )
He was more than happy & willing to sit on the potty and also VERY excited!! so out it came - he must of thought it was Christmas all over again haha

I carried on with my cleaning in and out the kitchen whilst he sat happily on his potty for the next 30 minutes. At one point I sat down with him to ask how he was, he explained that his legs were hurting and tried to stand up but he had been sat there in the same position for so long, he had got pins and needles in his legs. he tried standing up and fell to the floor with his jelly legs (probably like us mums after a few too many drinks!)
After a couple of minutes of looking like a new born giraffe about to take its first steps he came out with 'mummy my legs are missing' haha!! I have never laughed so much! some of the things he comes out with leave me close to tears!!!

He somehow managed to drag himself back on the potty and I reluctantly gave him back the ipad and went upstairs to hang some washing , a few minutes passed and I thought I could hear him banging about downstairs NOOOO Not my carpet!! I got up to go down when he started shouting 'mummy!!! I've done it!!' my first thought was he OH NO! ,has wee'd all over the living room!! its going to be everywhere, the carpet, the sofa, the fire place up the walls you name it , it went through my head.

I could tell from his voice he was mega excited , I got down the stairs to see my boy with THE biggest smile on his face pointing at his potty , 'MUMMY, IVE DONE IT!'

I shit you not (excuse the pun) he had laid THE biggest turd I have ever seen in my life , but YES it was IN his potty and yes I did the proud mum thing and wiped my phone out to take a pic and send it to everyone in my contact list. - everyone does this right?!

A few days passed and he hadn't had a single accident whilst at home, or out and about - nanny and granddads house was a bit different but after a couple of days he got the hang of it ! I set up a reward chart to help him along the way , so every time he did his business he would get rewarded with a sticker and we would do our little happy dance - he loved this and I would definitely recommend doing something similar along side potty training, if your about to brave it out too !!

He did go through a phase for a few days though, saying he didn't want to use the potty, so thought it would be an idea to get him a Thomas the tank potty as kind of a reward for entertaining the whole idea in the first place - I picked it up from Argos for £30 (yes, for a potty!) but when you do your business it sings the Thomas theme tune and makes train noises (with him being obsessed with Thomas, this again worked wonders!), he gets so excited when he hears it , so think it encourages him that little bit more!!  

He is now completely dry during the day, after 2 weeks and very few accidents , even at nursery where he takes himself off to the big boy toilet. We haven't been brave enough for bedtimes yet though, and that could be a complete different ball game , so any advice would be more than appreciated!!

Again this just goes to show how advanced they are even if you don't think they are ready, without being too pushy (that really doesn't work haha) and with a bit of nappy free time and encouragement (and maybe a bit of YouTube bribery!), when they get the hang of it the penny really does drop!!
so proud of our little bear and yet again another milestone to tick off the list <3

Sparkle and Shine Giveaway

As mentioned in a previous post , I also run my own business from home and I love to keep busy!!

My business is called sparkle and shine bows and we have been going for almost a year - we don't just sell bows so ideally this needs changing - add it to my list ..... its been tough but word of mouth is finally getting around, and we are super busy ! YAY!

Whether its our girls hair bows flying out , our gorgeous baby bandana bibs or even our amazing designer wax melts which are a massive hit at the minute we have something to suit everyone - even the men !! - seriously our wax melts smell amazingly good even if I do say so myself, and lets face it who doesn't love a nice smelling house ?!?!

In between working part time & TRYING to keep a clean house with Brody trailing behind me trashing it (WHY do they do that!?) there is nothing I love more than getting crafty at home :)

Once little man is in bed, the pjs get thrown on and I sit in my little homemade office - usually with a nice costa caramel latte ...nom nom (hooray for Tassimo machines!) 

All of my products are completely handmade and packaged by me.

Anyway, the whole reason for this blog post is to let you know we are having a giveaway !!  I am giving one of our lucky readers a chance to win a WHOPPING £30 as a thank you , to spend across our entire website!!!! The competition will be going live today and will run for the next month, its really easy and simple to enter and the more times you enter the better chance you have of winning - last time we ran one like this with our friends over at Raising the Rainbows we had over 3000 entries!! Amazing!!

Thank you for reading & good luck everyone

How Things Change

A LOT has happened over the past 2 weeks , the obvious one is the big man from the North Pole paid us all a visit ( my house could give toys r us a run for its money!) but a lot of milestones and personal goals within our house have changed too .
Even though Brody bear will be 3 in march , he honestly looks , acts and talks like he is nearly 4 maybe 5 . He is a big lad , very tall and very talkative so for him to have a dummy looked really weird , even though he is still and always will be my baby ,we used to get a few funny looks whilst out and about when he had a dummy in . He has never really had like a comfort blanket or a teddy that he stuck with so his dummy was his main comfort . I managed to get him off it during the day and was only used during nap times and bed times , unless he found one lying around the house and would pop it in his gob at any given opportunity .
In the lead up to Christmas we had been asking him what he wanted and the only reply he gave was a Thomas Super Station (if you know then you know!) So we kept saying maybe Santa would bring one if he gave him his dummies for the babies to have for Christmas too! 
Christmas Eve came and we did the usual mince pie for Santa , carrot for the reindeer and a drink for Santa too , we sprinkled 3 bags of reindeer food outside (yes we managed to see quite a few Santa's this year 🙈) and it was time to put our magic key out and our dummy on the plate for Santa too.
Well needless to say, the dummy on the plate lasted a whole 5 minutes , on his way up the stairs he swiped the dummy and ran off upstairs . I looked at his Dad and just shrugged thinking he would give it up when he felt it was time too , I mean he is a clever boy and he knows what he wants and when he wants it and if he didn't feel it was time to give it up then so be it !! Off he went to bed happy as Larry with his dummy in his mouth giggling to himself . 
Then the next day it was like a bloody Christmas miracle happened in our house !! He came down dummy still visible and off he went into the living room , spat the dummy out and started to unwrap his pile of presents , in the meantime super Mummy swooped on in and picked it up and put it to one side . WELL he didn't ask for it back for hours!! With the excitement from the whole day and the fact he got his THOMAS SUPER STATION!!! He wasn't bothered in the slightest.
End of the day was a bit different when he was sleepy and it was time for bed , but when I explained that Santa had took it , he was so excited at the thought that the little babies were now happy with his "dd's" . Bedtime came and I'm not going to lie it was hard, he wasn't happy in the slightest and I was feeling myself about to cave in and give it back to him (I hate listening to him cry if I can do something to stop it!) then all of a sudden he fell asleep


My gorgeous boy had gone the whole day and bedtime without his dummy , even the next morning he didn't ask , nap time he didn't ask either.

The day after I was daring enough to ask him where his dummies had all gone the response I got "don't worry mummy , Santa gave me my super station , the babies have got my dds now"


It just shows how much they do take in and how much they do understand , I know he is clever and I'm constantly being told by everyone including his nursery that he is well advanced, but hearing him say that majorly shocked me and maybe pulled on my heart strings a little - maybe a lot .

So yes we are now a dummy free household - big shout  out to the fat man from the Northpole!!!!

A Little About Us

Hey everyone and welcome to my new years resolution !!

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while for a number of different reasons, and whilst sat here in work (obviously extremely busy!) I thought WHY NOT!! what have I got to lose

SO here we are …..

I am a busy mum to one small human - I use the term small lightly!! He is extremely tall ,very talkative , very loud and amazingly confident little sausage. He is 2 nearly 3 in March ( how did
that happen so fast !!) He doesn’t look 2 or 3, more towards the 4/5 age and everyone loves to remind me of it to ha ha .

I work part-time for a very well-known telecommunications business as well as also running my own business from home ( actually going quite well :D) . I'm 27 years old and from Manchester since birth. 

I love keeping busy even if I do moan about never having a second to myself (yes I'm one of them!!) I also love pretending to be on a diet CONSTANTLY,  ….did someone mention cake….

Our house is full of chaos, laughter, stress, fun and recently pee (potty training , oh the joys !!) I never thought I would be a Mum – it definitely wasnt at the top of my list of things to do anytime soon and was quite a surprise!! (like 2 months after meeting – oops)  But I can honestly say hands down it is the hardest, but most rewarding job I've ever done and I'm learning that there is no ‘right’ way to parent, we just do the best that we can !!!

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Brody Bear is an energetic child , who NEVER sits down – hence us struggling with potty training!! He is constantly on the go running up and down , jumping , climbing and getting into mischief! He LOVES making people laugh and is a proper little clown in and out of nursery ,and like and other toddler ( is he even still classed as a toddler?!) has very selective hearing ,unless it involves chocolate , apples or trains .

He has the attention span of the smallest bug in the world – I'm not even joking – but the one thing that does keep him entertained and is the love of his life are trains – any shape , colour or size he is obsessed, you will normally find him bum in the air , cheek stuck to the floor with a train and track in reach making the LOUDEST train noises , his favourite ones like most I guess is Thomas the tank ( I can hear him singing the theme tune in my head as i write this – and yes he knows every single word!! )

I love my life and everything into it and this blog is just a sweet chocolate covered look into our life raising our little bear and I hope you enjoy..............