Amy takes being messy to a whole new level

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If you’ve been following my blog over the last couple of years, you will know that Amy has always been a messy pup. As soon as she learned to hold things, she used them to create havoc. Dinner turned into what we lovingly call the broccoli massacre and a simple afternoon of colouring resulted in rainbow-coloured vomit all over the kitchen floor – Amy had taken a liking to her crayons and bitten chunks off of them.

Once she started walking, Amy’s interest quickly shifted from crayons to Sudocrem and paint. At first, she only smeared it around her mouth or on the table, then she took it to a whole new level…

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In a quiet moment, she grabbed a pot of red finger paint and gave our bedroom a little makeover. I can laugh about it now, but I was absolutely devastated when I found her in our bedroom, covered in paint and with a proud smile on her little face. There was red pain everywhere. On the walls, on the doors – it looked like a murder scene and there was no way of getting the paint off the wall. We scrubbed and scrubbed and in the end, we painted the room not once, not twice but 6 times to cover her colourful masterpieces. Chocolate smeared faces I can live with, unwanted wall paintings however not so much.

The mess however that got Amy the most giggles from my friends and family was her African tribal painting. While ‘peacefully’ playing in her bedroom, she must have climbed onto the top shelf of her wardrobe where I stored her toiletries and her Sudocrem, and ehm discovered the healing benefits of nappy cream.

She looked hilarious, but admittedly, she almost scared me to death when she stood on top of the stairs with the face of a ghost.

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Two Little Fleas

Wot so funnee? I’ll catch him with a net

Amy with the spraying can attacking mum

Today, Amy and I took the bus to drive to our local retail park for a girly afternoon. We snooped around Tesco Home, ate frozen yoghurt and stopped for a pit stop at Costa before treating ourselves to some goodies.

On our way home, Amy kept “flirting” with a young boy. He was probably nine or ten and had great fun pulling funny faces and making Amy giggle until he got off three or four stops before us. Amy was not impressed and she didn’t hold back telling everyone:

Amy: He, come back boy!

Me: I think he’s got other plans. He’s going swimming.

Amy: No, I’ve got plans. I’ll catch him with a net!

I don’t know where that came from, but it had me in stitches and made we wonder, if Amy watches too much Jack and the Neverland Pirates!

If you want to share the funny things that your kids say and do, pop over to Actually Mummy’s weekly linky “Wot So Funee?”



You know you’re a mum when… #1

Amy with the spraying can attacking mum

You find a small person on your living room floor making snow angels – in August!

Your pre-schooler tells you they want to lose all their teeth, so the tooth fairy can visit.

Your washing load has tripled since having children.

You find yourself haggling over Peppa Pig or Sofia the First.

You wake up with the tail of a ginormous plastic dinosaur up your left nostril.

All you hear during the Nick Jr ad-break is “I want that, mummy. Mum, Amy wants that.”

Relaxing baths end with Barbie’s skinny arms poking into your skin.

You can’t remember what your living room floor actually looks like.

You catch yourself watching Bunny Show Jumping on YouTube – don’t ask!

You are regularly used as a climbing frame.

What made you realise you’re a mum?


Amy and Sophie have a splash

Sophie splashing about at @Bristol

Amy and Sophie splashing at @Bristol

Amy splashing in the pool near @Bristol

Amy about to jump in the pool

Amy making funny faces

Dare devil jumps into the pool

Amy drenched in water at @Bristol

After our afternoon at Wookey Hole, we decided to let Amy and Sophie splash about in the fountains and pools at Millennium Square in Bristol before going for dinner at ZaZa Bazaar and look how much fun  these two had!

Their eyes lit up as soon as we told them that they could jump into the pools and once they were in the water there was no holding back. They splashed each other, they splashed us. They ran and they jumped. They giggled and shared the deepest belly laughs and we sat back and enjoyed seeing our girls so happy. Okay, admittedly we were also quite envious that we couldn’t jump in and roll around in the water without getting arrested for not drunk but disorderly, but that’s life when you’re grown-up.

What is really lovely to see is the close bond that Amy and Sophie have formed over the last 12 months. They’ve only met twice, once at Ascot last year and then on our short break to Devon earlier this year, but they’re getting on like a house on fire. They share beautifully, walk hand in hand and give each other hugs and kisses that make our hearts melt. It’s lovely seeing their little friendship develop and I’ll hope they’ll stay friends for a very long time – giggles, splashes and all!



Wookey Hole: A day with friends

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Wookey Hole is a lovely place for little ones as there’s so much to see and explore, so it was the perfect place to take my lovely friend Andrea and her daughter Sophie when they came down to Bristol to spend the day with us.

The caves of Wookey Hole are a 45 minute drive away from Bristol, tucked away in a small valley on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, and can be visited by the public all year round.

The girls both did great during the tour through the caves. When we last visited, a little over a year ago, Amy got really scared because it was so dark inside, but while queueing for the tour, we explained to the girls that it would be dark at the beginning of the tour but that we’d soon see a lot of coloured lights, a witch (they both seemed to be really excited about that part) and lots of stinky Cheddar cheese which is stored in the caves of Woookey Hole.

Once we had made it back into daylight, we walked through the garden, discovered dragons, mermaids and fairies and stopped for a slush puppy before visiting the dinosaurs. The girls loved that and would have climbed onto each and every one of them, had we let them. We had different plans though: a trip to the witches laboratory.

I had no clue what this attraction was about as it is relatively new, but it was a fun 4D experience sending us onto a lost island with dinosaurs chasing after us – think Jurassic Park, but with wobbling seats, a dying airplane and a splash of dinosaur poo for the audience. It was hilarious. Poor Sophie however didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so some light entertainment was on order next: We headed into the main building and attended a show of Wookey Hole’s very own circus.

All artists were teenagers and children and I was so impressed with the show that they put on. They juggled, climbed on ropes, performed magic tricks and rode unicycles and I just can’t believe how versatile everyone was. The girls were clapping along and shouting Bravo, while munching on a big bag of popcorn and the show really made a lovely end to our time at Wookey Hole – not however our day. But more on our day of fun in tomorrow’s post.


Terrible twos? Nope, I’ve got a threenager!

threenager and toddler tantrums

I need a moan because, oh my god, has Amy been hard work over the last couple of days. If someone said the terrible twos are bad, why has no one warned me about the tantrums of my threenager?

I’m not joking. Amy, just turned three, has the attitude of a teen that is at the height of puberty’s hormonal climax. She stomps her feet, she cries and screams with only one thing on her mind: getting her own way. I’ve always known that she’s a strong-willed or some might say stubborn child, but recently she is really testing me. Everything that I ask her to do results in a meltdown and it’s just incredibly hard work to stay calm and collected.

my adorable threenager

Today, we had a 45 minute battle over her farm puzzle. I asked her to quickly pop the pieces back in the box before dinner and usually, it’s no problem at all. She just does as she’s told and tidies up her toys before getting out a new toy or going for dinner/a bath or whatever we have to do. This afternoon, Amy completely lost it with me. She screamed and kicked toys, she told me to go away, yet climbed on me and it seemed like it was all getting too much for her. I stood my ground, because I found it important that she learns that there are rules that we have to follow to make sure we can then spend quality time together and after 45 minutes, she finally gave in, tidied up her toys and apologised giving me a kiss and telling me that “Amy loves mummy”.

threenager with tantrums

Two days ago however, I had a massive wobble that really upset me. I was bringing Amy to bed and didn’t expect anything unusual to happen. I read her Stick Man book to her, let her “read” it to me from back to front as she always does and gave her a good night kiss before turning to the side for quiet time. I always stay with her until she falls asleep, some might say that’s wrong, but I don’t mind as I really enjoy this time of day and Amy tends to get upset, if I don’t. Two night though, quiet time was the last thing on Amy’s mind. She started mooing and playing with her cuddly cow and despite me telling her that it was bedtime, she went on and on and on. After 15 minutes, I got so annoyed (I know) that I said, if the cow says “moo” one more time, it flies out of the window. I don’t even know why I said it, maybe because it was the first thing that I looked at, but Amy started mooing again and I grabbed the cow. I grabbed the cow and threw it out of the window and the moment I did it, I knew it was wrong and an absolutely horrible thing to do. It scared me and it shocked me and I don’t want to react in such an uncontrolled way ever again – because it’s not the mum I want to be.

How do you deal with tantrums and how do you keep your calm when your kids really push your buttons? I’d be grateful for any ideas and advice.


Amy’s belated birthday interview

Amy is 3, belated birthday interview

While going through my drafted posts and planning new content for the coming weeks, I noticed that I have completely forgotten to post Amy’s yearly birthday interview with you.

It was her third birthday a little over a month ago, so I’m suffering from a serious case of mummy guilt right now, but I thought I’d still share this year’s interview with you. Better late than never, right?

It’s quite fascinating to compare it with last year’s birthday interview. I expected the odd change in her answers (you can’t love In The Night Garden forever!), but I was quite surprised to get so many detailed answers from Amy this year. Her interests and favourites vary quite a bit from those in last year’s birthday interview and some of her answers even saw me speechless. Who’d have thought that we’d have a die hard chicken fan on our hands? I blame Amy’s great-grandad, who seems to have infected her with his passion for his feathery friends, but let’s see what she comes up with next year!

By the way, if you fancy doing an annual birthday interview with your little one or maybe a back to school interview, check out Erin Heaton’s DIY blog Lansdowne Life. Erin has kindly shared a printable of this birthday interview questionnaire, so it’s super easy to get started and record those milestones and favourites. Simple download the file (there are different colour options available) and print off or download and fill in using Adobe Acrobat and add a photo of your choice. It really is that easy!

Do you record your children’s milestones and development? How do you do it?