We’re currently counting down until Little Sis’ first birthday. I’m not sure where the year has gone, it’s been fun but not without it’s difficulties. Her cheeky little smile seems to have got me through the worst of the sleepless nights and days of screaming. Yes, my child is not perfect and has only just started sleeping through without waking!
So far, the handmade birthday card has been sent in to CBeebies, 6 weeks early as requested.
We’ve had a dry run with making Peppa Pig biscuits. The final version were flooded with pink icing but I forgot to photograph them.
The presents have been bought and a few personalised (Peppa Pig) cards made.
You may notice there’s a bit of a theme going on. I’m sure her brother didn’t have any favourites at this age but she absolutely adores Peppa Pig. If she hears the theme tune she’ll swivel round and watch transfixed!
I’ve spent the last few nights working on a Blurb photo book for her first year. I was contacted a while ago but couldn’t think of what kind of photo book to make. But then I remembered the toddlers’ half-finished birthday book I’ve been making myself. I never seem to have the time to finish it so I thought a photo book would be brilliant. The only difficulty has been picking which photos to include.
So far it’s been quite simple to upload my photos and make a layout of each page using BookSmart. I’ll write a bit more about it when I have the finished book but if you want to try it for yourself I have a great discount code which will give you 20% off – just use the code NOEL20 when you check out.
I felt a bit emotional yesterday. My 11 month old is growing up in leaps and bounds and I can’t help but feel happy and sad at the same time. She’s been giving us loads of problems lately – first it was off her milk completely, then off her food, then waking constantly in the night.
However, in the last week or two (fingers crossed) things have improved. I’ve made a huge effort to give her more finger food as she prefers feeding herself to being fed, she’s drinking milk and water from a cup herself and she’s sleeping better. She’s always gone to bed from 7 until 7 but she’s woken up almost hourly for weeks and I was beginning to wonder how I’d cope. However, in the last 2 weeks she’s started crawling and now pulling herself up and standing and it seems that this exercise is tiring her out so she is sleeping better. I’m still up with her a couple of times but not every hour.
Yesterday I thought it was time she had her first pair of shoes. Her brother went through a couple of pairs of soft shoes but she’s always seemed to prefer barefoot. I fell in love with a pair of little purple shoes from Clarks, which make her look so grown up.
She was sent a pair of very cute baby leggings from Blade and Rose which feature a range of tasteful designs on their bums from dinosaurs to rabbits. They were designed by a mum who was frustrated at always seeing her daughters bum on show ! I think you can tell when a product has been designed by someone who knows what is needed. Little Sis needed some protection on her poor old knees too and these are fab.
The material is soft but stretchy and fit very well. She’s wearing the size 1-2 years because she’s tall but there’s plenty of length so I know she’ll get good use from them. This will be the only time in her life (I hope) that I will be taking a photograph of her bottom!
My 11 month old has white blond hair, a pair of sparkling blue eyes and a wicked smile. It seems like everyday she gets mistaken for a boy and it’s all my fault. You see, I’m thrifty and dress her in her brothers’ cast-offs. Most of which are blue.
If you saw a child in blue you’d probably assume it was a boy, wouldn’t you? It’s not a choice based on gender decisions, or trying to confuse old ladies. But one based on economic necessity and plain old thriftyness. I can’t bear to give away clothes which bring back happy memories of when her brother wore them and they have so much wear still in them.
An idea came to me the other night when I was lying in bed and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. The next morning I logged on to eBay and bought her a pink hairband.
Unfortunately she didn’t seem to like wearing it too much. I figured the next best thing would be a girly, snugly, onesie in pink and purple. Luckily she seems to love it. I don’t think you can get a louder statement than a girly girl in a brightly coloured onesie.
Unfortunately it hasn’t stopped the old ladies on the bus thinking she’s a boy!
I officially give up!