#DaysOutWithPiglet: Westonbirt Arboretum

It’s the Easter holidays, and I, with my two week school holiday freedom, am mulling over ways to turbo-charge my blog in the limited time available and send me into the stellar realm of the Superstar Blogger; the one who is whispered about reverently in hushed tones on the Internet, the one who is regarded…

The Twenty Stages of Getting a Toddler to Sleep

When you are 20 months old and a tiny tyrant, there comes a point in every day, sometime after the closing bars of the CBeebies Goodnight song, when the time has quite literally come to say goodnight, to say sleep tight until the morning light. That time rarely comes until at least an hour and…

The Secret to Toddler Sleep: Nursery

Sleep.  I used to love sleep.  I could sleep all day.  A friend of mine actually gave me the nickname “sloth.”  Sadly, it does not appear that my son has inherited my great love of slumber. At nursery however, my son is a very different beast.  He is apparently quite content to lie down in…

Routine for a 16 month old

HA HA HA HA HA. You didn’t think I actually HAD a routine, did you? This weekend, my mother went away. “Are you sure you’re going to be all right?” she has now taken to asking me, even when she is only popping out to the cinema for a well deserved few hours to herself….

O Sleep How You Taunt Me

Piglet went to sleep at 7.15pm today.  ***KLAXON*** I am braced for a rough night when he inevitably wakes up in an hour or so, having regarded his current period of sleep as nothing but a later-than-normal nap, and sits bolt upright in bed, before launching himself at me head first and emitting a high…

Newsflash-Mother has time to paint own toenails!

Piglet is asleep and I have just managed to snatch a few moments to afford myself the liberty of painting my toenails. I now look, with my lurid red toenails, like a woman who never wears anything but trousers and a woolly hiking fleece, who has suddenly put on a dress for the first time…

Positive Sleep Associations

This is my latest scintillating read. The wrinkled sheet underneath (yes that is on my bed) is basically a metaphor for Piglet’s current sleeping patterns.  Well, who irons a sheet anyway?  I mean, who even owns an iron? As I write, Piglet is sleeping soundly at my feet in his bouncy chair.  To look at…

A Rock and a Hard Place

Piglet is now three months old and still basically nocturnal.  He is sitting in front of me on his bouncy chair now, sucking his thumb.  His thumb is his latest new discovery and one I have mixed feelings about.  On the one hand, I now feel less bad about denying him the dummy which various…

Essential Items for the “Nursery”

I just ate my dinner from start to finish with an angry Piglet sitting in his chair kicking his legs around and shouting at the TV, which I had turned him around to face to try and take his mind off the fact that Mummy was eating and not playing with him. I am a…

Piglet wreaks vengeance upon Mummy for ignoring him in favour of outrageous coat-lust

Knackered.  It has just taken me four hours to get Piglet to sleep. According to everyone in my NCT class, their babies now sleep from about 8-9pm and wake up an average of once per night.  Piglet goes to bed at variable times, but rarely before 11pm, and wakes up an average of three times….