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Second Birthday

My darling girl,

It’s your second birthday today.

A milestone in so so many ways but also because it’s the only time when your age doubles overnight ( I got this from your Auntie N, she is clever)

I know you’ll have a wonderful day, and I know that you’ll have fun this lovely spring day and I look forward to our family breakfast in 2 hours when you, daddy and I share the first cake for the day and we will watch you open your presents. Taking you to a party that your daddy and I have planned for you. And yes, there will be another cake.

At 12.03am on April 10th 2011 when my waters broke. We had worried a lot (because it was 6 weeks to your due date) and really that was quite unnecessary.  Two somewhat clever people like your daddy and I worrying. But we did. One day you might know this yourself, as a parent you just seem to constantly worry. We got ourselves ready and went to the hospital, 4 days later you born via an emergency c-section. 5 weeks early, you were sooo small ( 4Ibs 11oz) , when I met you for the first time. I held you and didn’t want to let go. Every time I see you I feel the same way.

You are, as your name describes you, a beauty that can only be described by my stupid words. I will never be able to describe a small portion of exactly what you are. My darling H, you make dark clouds disappear and you make me the happiest woman that has ever set foot on earth. You are incredible, and I know you always will be. You have so much ahead of you, but I know that I will always do whatever I can to help you reach all heights, and never feel the lows. I can’t protect you from everything as you grow up, and God knows I’d love to, but even when I’m not with you I’ll always be holding out my hand, if ever you need it.

I wish you a very happy birthday. From the bottom of this heart of mine.

Yours, now and always proud and eternally loving,

Happy 2nd birthday my beautiful baby, I (we) love you so much:)

Mummy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Potty training……

I embarked on the great parenting adventure that is potty training  now that H is 22 months. It was all her she came back from nursery talking how her and her friends all did a poo in the potty. We have had potties in our house for 6 months. She sits on it every morning and just before bath time. She’s only done wees, so imagine my surprise 24th January hearing about her new adventure. So I then decided I might as well let her lead…

Started researching from the 25th January, I looked into classes, could not make the classes. So decided to research online, buy a book and talk to friends. They all told me similar things to do and not to. So I decided to put togther a tool kit for others.

Tool kit

  • Patience – Not one of my strong points, as H had been showing some signs of readiness and it seemed like the right time.
  • Equip yourself with a lot of spare pants, 2 home potty- upstairs, downstairs and travel potty.
  • Toddler-sized toilet seat adaptor – H loves hers.
  • Be consistent –  once you start there is no going back
  • I used incentives like chocolate buttons, fingers & iPad ( not for everyone, it worked for me)
  • Toddler pants featuring H favourite disney character
  • Toddler toilet wipes Preferably flushable ones, as this can be a messy old business…
  • A sticker chart next to the loo to motivate your toddler. When the chart’s full, H gets a lovely treat – so far she’s had baking session with mummy, a doll and a her face painted.

Hanna_Potty

I confess,  I almost gave up on the 3rd day. The 1st day was a breeze, second day we had 2 wee accidents while playing. The 3rd day almost broke me, it was one wee accident after another, poo was done in the loo. She got claps, a song and 2 chocolate buttons then it was down hill. I  Seriously started to question whether I had misjudged her readiness in a fit of blinkered mother love. 4th day one accident just before lunch. 5th day no accident, 6th and 7th day 2 small accidents. We have good and ok days. Am going to stick with it, it’s definitely been character building for me. A month on and we still have accidents, I use pull ups at night and for day outs.

I’m not sure what you will think of our adventure,  we’d probably get the feedback that I should have done more. We’re not 100% there yet, but I’m pretty pleased with the progress we’ve made.  Well done H.  Mummy is SO proud of you xxx