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The First Taste of Snow, January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

I know snow is probably old news by now, but I couldn't not share some of the wonderful photos we managed to capture last week. It was the littles very first taste of snow, and I'm not sure who was more excited!

Where we live, the snow had melted by the time morning arrived on Friday 13th January. Indie was so disappointed. Her dreams of making snow angels were gone as quickly as they arrived. Driving to Knole the next day though, we were surprised to see fields of white. We could have a snow day after all!

Bundled up in their puddlesuits and wellies, we parked up road-side and entered via a side gate - these are dotted around Knole, giving you access to the grounds further away from the main car park. There were families sledging and going for long walks in the snow - there was a real buzz in the air which was so lovely.

Parker was unfortunately feeling a little sorry for himself, so he wasn't quite so sure what to make of the snow. Indiana however, was in her element.



Making snowballs.

I don't think I've seen her so happy in a long time!

We did have a liiiittle bit of a parent fail while adventuring though. Parker doesn't actually have any gloves of his own - what 1 year old keeps them on? I found Indie's old mittens, but they quickly fell off and got soaking wet.

What was the parent thing to do? Give him my gloves of course! He looked ridiculous, but they kept him warm and he actually kept them on too.

The best bit of the whole morning was watching Indie play. She got to make her snow angels (just like Peppa), and there was even enough snow left to build a mini snowman.

With daddy's help she gathered the snow to make a body and a head. They then ventured off to find some twigs for arms - which she then managed to add herself! We couldn't find any eyes, so I had to get creative with some leaves.

I even popped Indie's bow on top to make a girly snowman - much to Indie's disgust though as "it's myyy bow" was shouted a few times...

We had such a wonderful morning, and I think it's actually made me enjoy snow a little bit more. Of course the day wasn't all sunshine and snowmen - the littles ended up a bit chilly and tired so there were tears...

But what day out with little ones is always perfect?

Oh Teething Hell... Top Tips for Teething

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Oh Parker. My beautiful boy, I love you so much.

But when you're teething?

When you're teething, you're a bloody pain in my bum.

After probably being spoilt by a first child, who was pretty much chilled out about everything. You really do teeth in style.

You stop sleeping. You stop eating. You stop playing. And I know you can't help it. I know you're in pain. But it's exhausting!

We're thankfully 12 teeth down now, and I can see those pesky top canines that are currently the cause of the trouble, peeking through. We're surviving on a mixture of Anbesol, Calpol and alllll the cake - the last one's for me, he doesn't deserve it ;).

When Indie was teething we never needed any of this though. She got by with an Amber anklet and a bit of teething gel. This got me thinking how different little ones are. What works for one isn't always going to work for another.

So I asked my fellow bloggers how they got through teething hell...

"Distraction! And chewy snacks that create pressure like bagels. And don't forget the wine for the big people." - Hannah @ Hi Baby

"We survived on frozen peas!" - Annastasia @ Hacking Parenthood

"With Lamb the Nelsons teething granules worked brilliantly, having said that he didn't suffer that badly. Bear, however, really suffers and so far only Calpol and boob makes him happy!" - Alex @ Lamb and Bear

"With my first born: Ibuprofen, Anbesol and lots of comforting. So far my second born is ploughing through with just an Amber anklet!" - Heledd @ Yummy Blogger

"Two words: Anbesol liquid! It is amazing and was the only thing that really worked and soothed sore gums!" - Emma @ Sophie Ella and Me

"Wine wine and more bloody wine!" - Emma @ Me and B Make Tea 

"I used to freeze frube yoghurts they used to help so much. Or the Nelsons teething granules." - Charlotte @ Cups of Charlotte

"Bitching to your mummy tribe is the most helpful thing for teething babies! And booking a babysitter every once in a blue moon for their distraction and your sanity." - Nyomi @ Nomipalony

...and probably my favourite suggestion of all: "Valium. For you, not the baby (or both)." - Harriet @ Toby and Roo

How do you cope with teething?