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How to Survive the Cinema with a 2 Year Old

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Last week I made the absolutely crazy decision to join my sister and her little ones at the cinema. Not just me though. Me and my two. The cinema with a 3 year old and just turned 2 year old. 

I was mad right?

But much to my relief, it was actually rather successful! Armed with all the popcorn, comforters and even more snacks, we made it through the whole of Sing (a 108 minute long film), with two year old Parker only getting restless in the last 20ish minutes.

So what would my tips be for cinema-ing with toddlers? 

  • Look out for specific children's movie screenings. Our local cinema is an Odeon, and during the holidays and at the weekends they show 'Odeon Kids' films in the mornings. And the best thing about them is that tickets cost just £2.50 each - including adults!

  • TAKE ALL THE SNACKS. Okay, so Parker pretty much resembled a piece of popcorn by the time the film ended, but the cinema is a treat right? 

  • If your little one has a comforter / dummy make sure it's packed! Parker always snuggles up when he has his dummy and muzzie, so it was a great help in keeping him in his seat. 

  • Go with friends / family! Parker spent a lot of time snuggling on my sister's lap, and it made the whole experience a whole lot easier as I wasn't completely on my own!

I also asked my fellow bloggers for their top tips, and as always they came up with some brilliant ones! I especially agree with the one about the toilet.. we ended up missing the end of the film as I had to take both littles to the loo.

  • I always try and arrive after the adverts have finished as they last so long and usually by the time the film starts, my kids are fidgety. If I get there when the film starts they are still captivated - Kerry

  • Trial at home first! If they sit through a movie at home, they will LOVE the cinema - Alex

  • We sat at the end of an aisle so we could escape if needed - Lisa

  • Sit where it's easy to nip to the loo! No matter how many times you ask before hand, they will still get fidgety and want to go! - Jodie

  • We took lots of drinks and snacks and sat near the back so if he was fidgety or stood up it wouldn't bother anyone - Lindsay

Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'll be heading to the cinema every week with them. But it's definitely given me the confidence that it is manageable. And actually, it quite fun too!

Have you taken your toddler to the cinema? Any top tips?

The Siblings Project | August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I am soo glad the sun finally made a return these last few weeks. Indiana and Parker are definitely happier when out and about, and it's made the summer holidays much more enjoyable. We've had some lovely days out and plenty of snuggly days at home too. They are still as thick as thieves, and I even got asked if they were twins this month! Although if it wasn't for the height difference, I could totally see it.

We celebrated Parker's birthday this month, which means these two have been siblings for a whole two years now... crazy! I remember bringing Parker home from the hospital, wondering how Indie was going to react to her new baby brother.

And now here they are two years on. Sitting together playing, giggling away when they should be going to sleep and most definitely working together to see how much they can wind their dad and I up. Monkeys.

They're also just a few months away from welcoming a third into their duo. And I think as the weeks go on, I become more worried about how the dynamics are going to change. Of course right now they're smothering my bump in kisses, and constantly talking about their baby sister. Ooh yes, it's another girly if you haven't seen our announcement! But are they ready to let another in? I hope so!

There's just a few more weeks of the holidays left, and then Indie's back to preschool three days a week. I know she most definitely needs the routine back, and I could do with the break too! I just hope that their relationship doesn't take a step back when she's not home everyday. I think Parker's really going to miss her.

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Living Arrows // 33/52

Monday, 14 August 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

I honestly cannot believe we're half way through the summer holidays already! I won't lie, it's definitely been tough. But I love the lack of routine, lazy mornings and watching my two playing together... when it doesn't end in tears.

We had a busy week with my midwife appointment and a shopping trip, and I even braved the cinema with both littles too (post on that coming soon!). I absolutely love this picture of Parker this week. My sister handed down a few of my nephew's dressing up costumes, and he's loved them! My little Parker Pan.

Yesterday the sun was shining again, so we made the most of it (because who knows how long it will last!) and headed to Standen National Trust. Jack captured this beautiful picture of Indie while she was playing with the stones.. just look at that smile!

Parker's Second Birthday at SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Last week our beautiful boy Parker turned TWO (can you tell I'm still in denial?). To celebrate we decided to hop on the train to London, and visit the fantastic SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Both littles absolutely love animals, so I knew it was going to be a hit.

Located in the heart of London along the Embankment (right next to the London Eye, Dungeons and Shrek's Adventure), the Aquarium is really easy to find and travel to.  The Aquarium itself is spread over three floors and houses 500 species of aquatic life from all over the world. From tropical fish and seahorses, to sharks, turtles and even penguins. There's SO much to see - and I know that I've definitely not seen everything despite visiting a number of times now!

We arrived at the Aquarium around 1.30pm as we thought it would be quieter, however it was probably still just as busy! We did find it hard at times to find areas at the big tanks (such as the sharks and penguins) to see anything. Adults wouldn't move for little ones, and there were times we were waiting and people would just push in front of us. Obviously this is nothing that London Aquarium can help (London is a very busy place!), but it does kind of ruin the experience a little bit.

I can't say if had any affect on the littles experience though. They were SO excited throughout our visit, running from tank to tank with glee. They were just as fascinated with the pregnant seahorses, as they were with the "very scary" sharks. The highlight of our visit though, was definitely the new Ocean Invaders section - the UK's largest jellyfish experience. It's so immersive and definitely a brilliant end to the Aquarium!

SEA LIFE London was definitely a perfect place for a second birthday visit. There's so much to see, and although crowd levels can be high, there's no rush to get through as quickly as possible. The whole of the Aquarium is buggy accessible too, which is a definite bonus! I know we'll be back for sure.

Prices start from £26 for adults, and £21 for children aged 3-15, children under the age of 3 are free (on the day prices).

We were lucky enough to work with 365 Tickets, who kindly provided our tickets to the Aquarium. They offer global attraction tickets at great rates - definitely check them out!

Gender Reveal, It's A... {Baby Number Three}

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Early Saturday morning we had our highly anticipated gender scan at Babybond Maidstone. We had made the decision to not find out whether baby was a boy or a girl straight away though, instead opting for a surprise gender reveal with all of our family instead!

The team at Babybond were fantastic and so accommodating, popping the gender in an envelope and giving absolutely no sneak peaks. Waiting until Sunday afternoon with the envelope right in-front of us was soooo hard. But my goodness was it worth it!

We had already pre-ordered confetti cannons, and when the time came we handed the envelope to my sister (no pressure Gemma!), and waited for the big reveal.

So if you haven't already seen our video, baby number three is...

Another beautiful baby girl!

Living Arrows // 32/52

Monday, 7 August 2017

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

The second week of the summer holidays has been full of exciting plans and celebrations. On Friday our beautiful little boy Parker turned two - can you believe it? We spent the end of the week preparing for his party, and his actual birthday in London; visiting the aquarium and the usual sites

Both pictures this week were taken during Parker's celebrations, as I thought it summed up the week well. We had a bbq on Sunday with close family. The sun actually shone, and the little ones all played together so nicely - here's Indie on Parker's new slide. The picture of Parker was taken on his birthday, as he was enjoying his noodles at Wagamamas!

Living Arrows

16 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Sunday, 6 August 2017

When you read this post I'll actually be 17 weeks pregnant, but with so much going on this week it's been hard to find time to sit down, let alone blog! I'm absolutely loving this pregnancy so far, although it's already going far too fast for my liking.

16 weeks & 6 days

14th January 2018

We had our Gender Scan today, eek! We asked the sonographer to pop the gender in an envelope though, so we'll be finding out tomorrow (which is today for you!). I'm 100% sure we're having a little boy, but according to all of the gender tests we did, we're expecting a girl. Any last minute guesses?

I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - he or she is now the size of an avocado at 11.6cm and weighing about 100grams. Baby's neck muscles and back bones are now stronger, meaning his or her head is more upright, and their body is straighter! 

I don't feel as much has changed this last few weeks, which is good I think. Although baby is apparently meant to have a growth spurt over the next 3 weeks, so there's still plenty of time!

I am so, so breathless already, which is something that has really surprised me. I know from my gender scan that everything is already pretty high up, so I think that's the reason. I'm absolutely covered in spots, my hair is constantly greasy and I could sleep for a week. But apart from that... I'm feeling pretty good!

I'm still waking in the early hours to use the loo - and whenever I wake up I'm ridiculously thirsty too, so it's a vicious cycle. Thankfully still on my tummy to sleep though!

ALL. THE. SALT. AND. CARBS. Seriously, this baby just wants me to eat junk! I'm completely off of chocolate though, which is a big change for me. I miss it!

Excited! I cannot wait to find out whether baby is a boy or a girl tomorrow alongside our families. I'm also relieved that all is going well with baby - it was lovely to see them wriggling away on the scan.

Being able to walk up the stairs without feeling like I've run a marathon!

Stripes! I'm pretty sure every store's maternity range only consists of them.

Feeling baby's first movements! I thought I was going crazy when I felt those felt wriggles at 15 weeks - but I've been reassured it's normal with subsequent babies (I also know I have a posterior placenta which helps). I cannot wait until they're really regular and big enough for Jack and the littles to feel.

I have my 16 week midwife appointment on Monday, so it will be lovely to hopefully listen to baby's heartbeat. Of course finding out the gender of baby too!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.