First Few Days at the Nursery

First Few Days at the NurseryI am sorry I haven’t been around for a while. Days are going too fast and it’s been pretty busy recently: Daniella’s very first few days at the nursery, Harry’s teething and all of us having some mild but unpleasant flu. It’s all falling back into places now, so I am back at my blog and I will try hard to keep up with my posts. 🙂

Daniella’s first few days at the nursery went better than I ever thought it would! I think she was so ready for that! We firstly went there for the induction with my toddler girl (Edward was working). I was sitting there in the play room, doing the paperwork for about an hour, while Daniella was playing around. She quickly started interacting with other children. Was clearly enjoying herself!

Our next visit to the nursery was for Daniella to stay without mummy for about an hour. To see how she gets on with it. She was a little hesitant when I was about to leave, but soon, after kissing mummy and Harry goodbye she was off to play with other children again. When I came to pick her up that day, she was not so happy to see me taking her home. I was relieved my little daughter had a good time.

Yesterday Daniella’s visit to the nursery lasted for 2.5 hours. She stayed over for lunch. Daniella didn’t want to go home again! I didn’t expect my little one will like her nursery so much. 😀 She had the remains of food around her mouth, that proved to me, that my little girl ate well! Very proud mama I was. 🙂 Before we went home she wanted to show off a bit and went independantly to the toilet. She washed her hands after and wiped them with a tissue, secretly looking at me, to make sure I was watching her. She was very confident there already! Continue reading First Few Days at the Nursery

Looking for a Nursery

Looking for a nursery in London and looking for a nursery in Stoke-on-Trent have left us with completely different experiences! Some of you may remember us, back in London, searching for a nursery for Daniella, she was about 2.5 years old. We didn’t have the smallest idea back then, that we will be leaving London soon, therefore we wanted to put our little girl in a nursery for 15 (free) hours per week after she turns 3.

Looking for a NurseryI remember, back then (in London), we visited many local nurseries and they all had waiting lists and no spaces left. We put ourselves on the list at the few of them, but were never sure if we were going to get a place.

Today, Edward took a day off work, and we went for nurseries hunting number 2. This time in Stoke-on-Trent! we had a list of places, that we wanted to visit and were really hoping to find a space available in at least one of them.

Looking for a NurseryWe firstly visited the nursery, that I thought it would suit us best, without even seeing it!  It is the closest one to our home (still about 20 minutes walk). I have heard many good reviews about this nursery from mums in our local area, and it has got outstanding Ofsted report. Therefore I was really hoping to get there (but after experience in London, I didn’t believe we would). Continue reading Looking for a Nursery

5 Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

To keep kids busy while getting things done theoretically would be ideal, but it is often hard or not at all always possible.

The moment, when your toddler walks with you into the toilet and after asking to close the door, she calmly closes it, leaving herself inside… Makes you forget why you in the toilet in the first place. 🙂

Being a mum itself is a 24/7 job. It is never-ending routine. Man will never understand this. 

Waking up – sometimes even earlier, than you would normally wake up for your daytime job, changing nappies, making breakfast. Cleaning up, doing laundry, making lunch. Putting kids to beds for the afternoon nap and tidying up again. Then you MIGHT have a little break while kids are asleep, but this is NOT always the case, as you will probably use that time for paying bills, making important calls or writing a blog, as I do!

Kids then wake up, so you change their nappies again (you have probably done that for about 5 times anyway before they went to sleep), making a little snack for them, then get on with preparing dinner, while fulfilling your babies demands: want a cartoon, want a yogurt, want to wear this dress (which is actually a sleeping dress) and not another one, don’t want to do my hair, etc…

Finally, it’s dinner time, which is just as eventful. I normally end up feeding Harry with one hand, Daniella with another (she soon gets bored of feeding herself and asks MUMMY to do it), while my own food is getting cold in front of me. Edward does try to help, but our princess often refuses to get fed by anyone else than mummy…

Reminder for myself: ask Santa for the third hand over next Christmas!

Where did I finish then. Ok, so after the dinner I am lucky enough to clean up he kitchen, always with help from my wonderful Edward- I honestly don’t know how would I cope without him. After dinner, it’s Eastenders time (ha ha). This had become a family religion. 😀 I would normally watch it while editing my blog post or catching up with other undone stuff online. And soon it’s time to get kids ready for bed (I am not even mentioning nappy changing in between no more). Once kids are ‘happily ever after’, I will finally in silence (sight) catch up with my leftover online work and at about 11pm – 12am I am off to bed.

However, it’s not the end even then. I don’t know if I can call my sleep ‘SLEEP’. It is somewhat a ‘standby mode’. In case Daniella calls from another room to fix her duvet or that she had a bad dream, in case Harry wakes up for nursing or dog starts throwing it’s bowl across the floor, as she has run out of the water. And then in no time the morning comes, and all starts all over again… I am not gonna go into the horror stories when children are ill or teething… Man will never understand this anyway… Continue reading 5 Tips to Keep Kids Busy While Getting Things Done

Just Another Post About my Beautiful Children

I am back after the whole week off blogging. It’s been a bit busy lately, my apologies. 🙂

I was just thinking today about how fast time goes and how much my children changed during past couple of months. So here I decided to share my thoughts…Just Another Post About my Beautiful ChildrenOur youngest – Harry- is still teething, but he is not too bad recently. Harry’s top two teeth are not quite there yet, but they are so near! I can literally see them poking out at any time! Baby himself is now much more settled and calmer – I didn’t even give him medicines for the past few days.

Harry has now mastered rolling over! As soon as I put him on his back, in no time he rolls over onto his tummy and then back again! He realises he can do it and his face is priceless – full of pride and happiness when he does that. So what’s next – crawling??? Ahhh, cannot wait!!!

Daniella, my cheeky little girl, is doing well. She recently grew so much – I sometimes secretly watch her play with dollies or Peppa Pig family and I am often wondering – when did that transition happen. Last I remember, she was not very keen on playing individually. But now, she builds the whole house for her dollies, there is mummy, daddy and few (never one) children involved. Some words, that Daniella uses as well – I don’t even know where she learned them from! Even I don’t use some of those.. Something like ‘cash register’ or ‘stethoscope’.

I recently noticed that Daniella is getting very much attached to Edward (her dad). Not very long ago she was 100% mummy’s girl. If you follow my blog, you will probably remember me, while I was still pregnant, worrying about Daniella’s reaction towards her baby brother, I thought she was gonna be jealous. But she really wasn’t. She is an amazing, loving sister and a wonderful daughter. Our little girl every day really looks forward to Edward come back from work and play with her. Yesterday, just after dinner, Daniella offered her dad to play a game: ‘daddy, I will be a baby and you can be a PRINCESS (!)’, she said. 😀 It was lovely watching them together. Later Daniella was snuggled up on Edward’s lap, watching Eastenders (yeh, she loves watching Eastenders). So mummy’s little girl is now becoming daddy’s little girl. 🙂 Continue reading Just Another Post About my Beautiful Children

How my 3 Children (don’t) Get Along

Probably for at least next 20 years or so I wont be able to complain, that my life is boring. The three little monkeys (my kids 😀 ) in my household would not allow me this! So much happiness, but also plenty of  headache! Life was easy when I only had one daughter, and it has become very colourful after having my other two.

How my 3 Children (don't) Get Along

There is a tricky bit when it comes to my children relationship. Obviously, Harry is 5 months old only, so I can only predict yet of  what kind of personality he is going to have later. But I can definitely already see some bits and pieces watching the three of them.

Luka (my 12 years old daughter) and Daniella (3 years old) are both very competitive. They fight over their toys, chocolate, TV programs, even Harry’s attention! If Daniella sees Luka talking to Harry or rocking him, she immediately wants to take over and in case ‘princess’ doesn’t get what she wants, she then shows everyone how loud she can be (by screaming). And, believe me, she can be loud…

How my 3 Children (don't) Get Along

Luka on the other side, often forgets, that she is 9 years older than Daniella and is always desperate to prove her point. Sometimes it really drives me crazy, I then have no choice, but show them how loud I can be, ha ha! 😀

Not all days are bad days though. Luka and Daniella can play together very nicely, when they want to. Sometimes they both put their dresses on and dance for hours. They seem to have the same taste in music – Daniella knows all Luka’s songs! It’s really lovely watching them get along. Continue reading How my 3 Children (don’t) Get Along