Goodbye ‘Two Under Two’

I remember during my second pregnancy, thinking that by the time we were out of the “two under two” stage, Elodie would be 6 months old. At the time, 6 months old seemed an eternity away! In a flash, Austin is two (and has been for a good few months now..!) while Elodie is 10 months old. Crazy. Ridiculous, in fact. Time flies even quicker the second time around!

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Austin and Elodie equally impressed at the passing cars

I did consider writing a post with some tips on how to survive the first few months of ‘two under two” but really, I have no advice! I/we have completely and utterly fluked it! My mum helps us hugely and I, one million percent, could not have done it without her.

But what I can tell you is that having two children so close together is AMAZING! The first few months are super bloody hard, there’s no sugar coating that. When you’re doing the night feeds for the new baby and then getting up with your eldest at stupid o’clock in the morning (5am in our case!) you feel like you cannot continue on such little sleep. But you power on through because, well, you that’s what Mums do.

We were/are lucky in that Elodie was/is a dream of a baby. So well behaved, so happy and SUCH a good sleeper! Although she is developing one hell of a temper, which she breaks out when she doesn’t get her own way. If that stays, we’re in for some FUN teenage years..!

Cue temper tantrum over a half eaten apple

Cue temper tantrum over a half eaten apple

Austin, bless him, was hard work as a baby, he cried ALL the time (we later found out this was because he had a very sore head, after his forceps delivery so we will let him off) and he barely slept during the day – I’m talking just 2 twenty minute naps each day. He went through the night from early on (probably because he was exhausted from being awake all day..!) but I had to cuddle him to sleep each night. He’s an amazing toddler now and the happiest, most well behaved little boy you could meet. Unless you try to remove a toy car from his hand, then you will have initiated Meltdown Mode. I definitely had my kids the right way round. If I’d had Elodie first and then Austin (so probably a very terrible two with big tantrums and a baby that was very hard work) I’d have been in for a hideous shocker of a “Two under two” situation. I dread to think.

So in short, if you can have the difficult baby first who turns into the easy peasy toddler first, you’re laughing!

Balancing two children, no matter what the age gap, will make you realise one thing if nothing else…how easy it was when you only had one!! Those days when I struggled to get Austin and I ready for Baby Sensory at 11am? PAH!! What the hell was I doing?! I remember looking at my friends with two kids and thinking “How do you do it?!”, now I look at my friends with three kids and think the same thing!

If all else fails, stick them in buckets and pop Peppa on the TV

If all else fails, stick them in buckets and pop Peppa on the TV

The best thing ever is when they laugh together. Austin will go out of his way to make Elodie laugh, it’s adorable. The other day we were having breakfast and I popped out of the room, when I was walking back in I stood at the door, just listening to them giggling at each other. Austin had got down from his chair, up onto mine, in front of his sister and was pulling faces to make Elodie laugh. They were in hysterics together. It was the best sound I have ever heard.

Just yesterday morning, we were all sat in bed, Elodie was bopping to the Fireman Sam theme tune and Austin quietly watched her, then started giggling happily to himself. Their love for each other is so beautiful.

Obviously it isn’t always quite so serene, they fight over the iPad; Austing pushes Elodie and she pulls his hair. One day, I’m sure, there will be far less loving than fighting but I hope that one day not too long after that they will, once again, be as close as they are now.

So with a happy heart, we say goodbye to the “two under two” tag. Will we be joining the “three under three”?? Ummmm no! Two blessings are perfect for us. We have very fond memories of the “two under two” stage of our lives and we’ll make many many more through the next stages too. But one thing I will miss…the looks of horror; surprise; sympathy and “OMG what the hell were you thinking!” when I tell people I have two children under two!

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I promise…

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I promise to listen,

I promise not to judge,

I promise to nurture,

I promise to kiss and hug.

I promise to be here always,

I promise to hear your cries,

I promise to support you,

I promise not to tell you lies. *

I promise to love unconditionally,

I promise to protect,

I promise to watch over you,

I promise to always do my best.

Love you more than anything (including chocolate and handbags!)

* most of the time! Santa IS real!

Teething: Molar Madness

These bad boys are very much like hell. But worse.

Austin has been suffering with these mofo’s for, at a guess, 56 years. Teething majorly sucks at the best of times, he seems to struggle quite badly with it, bless him. When the teeth growing through are as sharp as teeny tiny white daggers, he needs a dose of Calpol; Calprofen; Teetha, Anbesol and a double shot of whisky*. But when they’re massive; blunt; rounded; enameled blocks that couldn’t cut their way through tissue paper, things get a WHOLE lot worse.

Who the hell thinks this shiz up, as if two year olds don’t have a hard enough time as it is. “So I was thinking we’d take a two year old and force some disproportionately large and blunt pieces of rock through his already sore gums? YEAH?! Cool, Let’s do this!!!!”

No. Let’s not.

This handy little diagram shows the order and age at which teeth appear in most babies. The order was correct for Austin the age ranges were less so. It’s good though, it gives you an idea of where to look or feel in their mouths.

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Now, I think we may finally be coming to the end of Molar Madness. I can definitely see three out of four of them almost through his gums. I haven’t spotted the fourth one but he refuses to let me check. The last two times that I’ve tried poking around in his mouth, he’s bitten me. Clamped right down on my finger and not let go. OUCH.

So having safely made it through these teething times, here are my three best buys for those of you dealing with a teether yourself:

1) Anbesol is bloody brilliant. It tastes rank but works great. I actually used it myself when I had an abscess whilst pregnant and couldn’t use painkillers. It’s good stuff.

2) Nelsons Teetha Granules are also good. Little sachets of powder/granules that you rub onto their gums or even just sprinkle into the mouth. These worked really well for Austin. There’s another brand of granules called Ashton and Parsons which are apparently the best but, they didn’t help Austin in the slightest.

3) Infant Paracetamol and Ibuprofen (Calpol and Calprofen are the most famous branded names but supermarket own are the same thing and half the price. #thrifty). Stock up on these! When used together (alternating through a bad night works best) they help ALOT.

An additional tip for you: Alcohol. Drink responsibly though, enough to numb your pain but not enough to sleep through the screams!

Thankfully, not all babies suffer badly with teething. I’ve heard mothers say “she just woke up one morning and had two new teeth!” however, I haven’t witnessed this kind of thing myself. Molar Madness does seem to be bad for every poor toddler out there though so it would appear there is no escape! If you have found something that works better than the above, PLEEEEAAAAASE comment below! Elodie and I would both like to know what it is…

* Obviously I don’t really give him whisky. He’s more of a rum man.

 

The British Tag

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I do love a good tag and this one is the best by far! I saw it on my new fave Little Miss Katy‘s blog and thought I would nick it join in! It originated from the very lovely Beautycrush who started it on her vlog.

So, let’s go! Tally-ho! (already, could I be more British?!)

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
I drink a shocking amount of green tea. I basically live on it. Normal English Breakfast tea, I drink with one sugar but I don’t have it very often, usually only when I’m out at a friends house. I’m also partial to a Peppermint tea.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
Roast spuds. Or massive Yorkshires:

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Or Pigs-in-blankets. I like roasts.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
I don’t do dunking. It ruins tea and it ruins biscuits.
My favourite biscuit however, is a chocolate bourbon (sorry Beautycrush!). I could EASILY eat a whole (family size) pack in one go. In fact, I have. Don’t judge me.

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4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Watching Wimbledon whilst eating strawberries & cream and drinking Pimms. #winning

5. Favourite word?
Impossible to limit this to one word! Jerk is quite high up the list, as is Subliminal. And Jive. I do not like Lush.

6. Cockney rhyming slang?
Oh I know a few: Godiva (£5); Butchers (Look); Apples and Pears (Stairs); Dog and Bone (Phone); Cream Crackered (Knackered); Bricks and Mortar (Daughter)…I’m all out.

7. Favourite sweet?
Again, I can’t limit myself. Life is too short for favourites. Especially when you have a tooth as sweet as mine. I love Jelly Tots; the pink and blue bobbly ones from Liquorice Allsorts and Star bars!

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8. What would your pub be called?
Um something with our surname, Knight… A Knight Inn/Knights Inn? Is that too jerky?! I just Googled it and turns out it’s not very original. Good job I don’t name pubs for a living. That would be a cool job though. If I was better at it.

9. No.1 British person?
James Bond. Or Phillip Schofield. Or Kevin McCloud. Oh or the voice over man from Come Dine with Me. All men! Interesting.

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
Hands down this has to be John Lewis! Their Christmas adverts alone win it for me. Apart from the snowman one from  few years ago, that didn’t really do it for me. Last years The Bear and The Hare was pretty tear-jerking.

11. What British song pops into your head?
Aside from the Lily Allen song in that John Lewis advert, the next British song is…Parklife by Blur? Bit random but I like it. Then Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

12. Marmite?
Love love LOVE it!

I tag anyone and everyone, British or not!

12 things I have done as a parent…

Becoming a mum is life changing. There’s no doubt about it. To have little people in your life who love you unconditionally is just the best feeling in the world. This is why, as a mother, I would do anything for my children. I always knew I would, even before they’d set up camp in my belly, it’s obvious isn’t it? As a mother, I would go to any length to look after my children. What I didn’t realise, were some of the things I would have to do. I think I lived in a pregnancy bubble. Sure, I knew I’d have to deal with poo; sick; crying and sleepless nights. But I don’t think I really thought much past that. And thinking of some of the things I have done as a parent that I would NEVER have done before, this is probably for the best! I have…

1) Wiped poo/wee/sick off my clothing with a baby wipe, considered it clean and worn it out in public. (If you do do this, wait for it to dry and check in daylight before venturing out. Unless you’re going somewhere dark in which case, don’t waste a baby wipe!).

2) Sniffed a bum to see if it had pooed. (It had).

3) Put my finger in poo whilst checking the contents of a nappy. (Previous sniff test was inconclusive). And got poo under my finger nail.

4) Googled the colour; texture and volume of poo. (Discovering some very disturbing images in the process!)

5) Sucked a dummy to clean it. After it had been in my baby’s mouth and then fallen on the floor.

6) Caught someone else’s unwanted, half eaten food in my hand.

7) Caught someone else’s sick in my hand. And had it dribble through my fingers and get stuck in my wedding rings (Thankfully not whilst my fingers were still too chubby from pregnancy to get my rings off to clean them!).

8) Picked someone else’s bogeys out their nose with my little finger nail.

9) Wiped someone else’s very snotty nose. With my bare fingers and wiped it on my jeans. Then forgotten I’d done so and not used a baby wipe to clean it off before I went out, thus looking like I have something much worse than snot on my trousers.

10) Pinned someone to the floor, whilst they screamed the house down, to brush their teeth.

11) Shared my bed with someone who continuously kicks me in the head and farts in my face.

12) Let someone watch me wee whilst they stare blankly (not at my face), pointing (not at my face!).

Being a mum is gross but, being a mum is great! There must be other weird/disgusting things us parents do that we never would have done before, let me know if you’ve done worse. I promise not to judge you. Much.

REVIEW: Mary Jean Skincare

I was lucky enough to be asked to review some products from Mary Jean, a small family business in the Scottish Highlands. I love a good pamper session so jumped at the chance to find some new faves.

The Mary Jean business was set up after Mary Jean herself began creating products for her own use, followed by more items for friends and family to use. During this process she actually helped soothe her father’s Dermatitis symptoms with her soaps. The products are all natural and handmade in small batches Read more about the story behind Mary Jean here.

I received a fab bundle of goodies consisting of two soap bars, mum and baby lotion, a face mask and a body scrub…

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Mum & Baby Lotion
This lotion feels amazing, like it’s really nourishing the skin, leaving it feeling so soft. It’s non-greasy too which is great. BUT the lavender scent is quite strong. Which is OK for me but I don’t think I would want to use it on my babies. It would detract from their “baby” smell, which I think is amazing on it’s own! Having said that, when I used the lotion and then cuddled Elodie, she did seem to settle very easily so I think the lavender scent must have a lovely calming effect! So perhaps it would be good to use on baby after bath and before bed. I’m not sure!

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Soap bars – May Chang Clay and Goats Milk, Lavender & Oatmeal
Both these soaps are fab! My fave is the Oatmeal one and that is because of the oatmeal itself. It’s slightly exfoliating which I like for using in the bath. The clay soap feels more gentle and the suds are almost soft when you use it. It’s only slightly scented so good for using whenever you like. Whereas the Oatmeal one I would only use in the bath, rather than everyday use.

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Facial Mask for Normal Skin
This is fab! Firstly, it’s in powder form. So to use, you mix with water; yogurt or olive oil and form a paste. I’ve never used a mask like this so that was cool, making it myself! I have only mixed it with water so far, I imagine yogurt or olive oil to be even better. I left it on for 10 minutes before gently washing it off. My skin felt so smooth, smoother than any other face mask I have tried. It actually feels so soft after I use it that I can’t help but stroke my face! HA! I can’t quite work out what it smells of, I think it’s quite a milky smell which is probably from the yogurt powder in the ingredients. But in short, I love this and will definitely keep using it.

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Vanilla & Orange Body Scrub
This is my favourite product out of everything I tried.  So much so that I have almost used it all up!! I love a good body scrub anyway but this is the best one I have ever tried. It’s a good consistency and the sugar & sea salt grains are the perfect size for a good scrub. The natural oils in it leave your skin feeling sooooo soft and nourished. For as long as I can remember, I have moisturised my body as soon as I get out the shower, every day. I can’t stand having skin which has the slightest hint of dryness. After using this scrub, I didn’t feel the need to moisturise at all. Oh and also, it smells so deliciously orangey with a hint of vanilla, scrummy!

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So in a nutshell, all the products were great and I don’t think I have a least favourite. I do however, have a clear winner! You can probably guess that the item at the top of my list is definitely the Vanilla & Orange Body Scrub! I love love LOVE it!

Have you tried any of the Mary Jean products? I’d love to know which is your fave!

WIN WIN WIN eos lip balms

Today is the day that Everything is Rosy turns 1! Woohoo! Crack open the champers!!

We’ve already had a celebratory giveaway with a prize for baby, so now here’s a little teeny tiny something for Mum…

I recently discovered eos (evolution of smooth) lip balms and now I can’t get enough of them! They smell A-MAY-ZING!!!

I have two of these little gems to giveaway, in Strawberry Sorbet (I have this!) and Pomegranate Raspberry (I want this!)

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eos lip balm’s are 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos lip balms keep your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. Oooooooh!

So, to be in with a chance of winning these two fruity little balls of deliciousness, click on the link below and go go go!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You’ve got a week to enter. DO IT! Good luck!

T&C’s: Competition is open to UK residents only.  All answers will be checked to make sure the winner has entered all details correctly.  The winner will have 3 days to respond and claim their prize after which another winner will be chosen at random.  Everythingisrosy will send out the prize within 3 days of the winner claiming.