Month: October 2015

Peaceful Toddler Bathtime Tips

Apart from the first few early weeks, Aidan has never been a fan of bathtime. He will either scream from the second his skin touches the water (which is neither too hot nor too cold) or he will save it up for a major meltdown when the washing actually begins. This usually results in a stressful, 2 minute, not rinsed properly, now I am soaked too, type of situation. Taking all this into account I usually brand baths as “Daddy time” and make up a lovely speech about how lovely it will be for them to bond during bathtime – more than just a pretty face you see!

However, sometimes Daddy has to work meaning that I must brave the terror. Tonight was one of those nights. I faced into bathtime with a toddler who was already having a bad day, refused dinner, was cutting back molars and was getting tired – every parents dream situation!

Well get this, I got through it with a squeeky clean,  fully washed, completely rinsed haired boy with zero tears. ZERO! How did I manage this magic you ask? Well here are 3 things I done differently…

1. Small amount of water
I love to get into a bath and be completely submerged in water, now obviously I don’t do that with Aidan but I have always about half filled the bath. Tonight I thought what’s the point if he is just going to scream to get out in 3 minutes, it would be a waste. So, I only filled the bath about 3 inches deep and he loved splashing his feet on the top of the water.

2. Face cloth
Usually the biggest trauma for him comes when water gets on his face so I brought a face cloth to pat his face if he splashed water on it. It also helped when rinsing his hair as I was able to dry his face straight away – I would rinse and cover his face with the cloth immediately as if it were hide and seek, it worked a treat! Toddlers, once something becomes a game they are all about it!

3. Toothbrush
This may have just helped because he is cutting some back molars but after cleaning his teeth I gave Aidan his tooth brush to chomp on for a little longer while I tidied back his toys and emptied the bath. (Another must for us because when taking Aidan out of the bath he tries to run and climb – that mixed with the water is cause for disaster and major back pain so I usually drain the bath, put his towel on and then take him out.) I let him have it up until he was in his pyjamas so that he was distracted and not trying to wiggle away.

Overall, considering his mood of today, tonights bath time couldn’t have went any better and I will definitely be using these tips again… or at least sharing them with Daddy for bath time bonding.

What I’ve been watching | Netflix

There is nothing better than sitting down with a blanket and some munchies on these cold autumn nights – until you turn on the TV to realise once again there is nothing on! Thank heavens for Netflix! Here are some things I have enjoyed on there over the last while…

FILMS:

  • Not suitable for children
    ”Facing infertility because of his impending cancer treatment, a young hipster sets to impregnate a woman – any woman – before time runs out”

    Jonah, the young hipster, learns that he has cancer and the treatment will mean that he is unable to have children. With only a few weeks until his surgery Jonah sets out to try and have a baby – any way possible. Set mostly in a college type frat house filled with parties and care free youngsters this film changes those dynamics and shows lovely stories of friendship, longing and heartbreaking dead ends.
  • Scream
    ”Creepy phone stalker. Lunatic killer with a ghost face. Everyone’s a suspect. But you’ve never seen horror like this.”
    I have always been a fan of the Scream franchise, I remember buying all the DVDs back in my teenage years, so I was only too happy to return to the small town of Woodsboro to meet Sydney as her and her friends become entangled in the middle of a murder spree.

TV SHOWS:

  • Fargo
    ”Inspired by the classic Coen brother film of the same title, this new limited series embroils several quirky Minnesotans in a ‘different’ true crime.”I believe I mentioned Fargo in my last Netflix post so I won’t go into detail about it again but there is a second season on the horizon so if you haven’t yet watched this I highly recommend it.
  • Scream
    ”In this new TV series sequel to the classic horror franchise, a cyberbullying incident in Lakewood leads to a murder with echoes of the past.”Like I mentioned above I was a huge Scream fan in my teenage years so you can imagine my excitement when I heard they were making it into a series. Now, honestly, this is very much a teen drama but once you get past that it becomes a very intriguing storyline with many twists.. right up until the very end! It looks set to have another series too so fingers crossed.
  • Educating Yorkshire
    ‘This engaging documentary series follows the staff and students of a West Yorkshire high school, from playground high jinx to life changing events.”I have watched all of the ‘Educating..’ series. When we are in school we can’t wait to get out but now that we’re out we want to go back – figure that one out? Seeing it from the teachers point of view is interesting, mainly because I remember always thinking they were doing things just to be awful and mean.

KIDS:

  • Toy story
  • Monsters Inc
  • Curious George

DOCUMENTARIES:

  • Mortified nation
    ”This comic documentary follows the Mortified movement, a series of stage events where adults share awkward childhood moments in front of strangers.”Huge hat tip to theclothesline.ie for suggesting this. Several adults reading passages from their childhood/ early teenage diaries. So many relatable stories and even more hilarious ones! If any of you have diary entries you would like to send me I would be all too grateful for the giggles.
  • The Gabby Douglas story
    ”This biopic tells the story of Gabby Douglas, who became the first black gymnast to win the individual All-Around champion at the 2012 Olympics.”I am a major gymnastics fan and I watched Gabby take the gold during the 2012 London Olympics. Her story is very inspirational and her mother seems like a great woman. With the world championships starting at the end of the month this is a great way to get your wet your gymnastics appetite (if that’s your thing).

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*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Things I haven’t eaten this week…

Normally, I have a 16 month old with an appetite that challenges his Dad. However, over the past few weeks he seems to have gotten really bad at eating – I am blaming his teeth because isn’t that what we always do? I have noticed though that food on my plate looks one hundred times more appealing than anything I offer to him and so here are all the things I never got to eat from my plate this week….

  • Sunday’s potatoes – We aren’t really potato eaters in our house but every Sunday we go for dinner at my Mom’s house and she makes potatoes. It appears that the potatoes she gave me tasted fabulous but the ones on Aidan’s plate were inedible.
  • Apple pie and custard – Sunday’s scavenging didn’t end there. After refusing much of his dinner, except for my potatoes, Aidan was only too happy to ‘help’ me tackle my dessert. I will have to assume that it was nice because I never got to find out.
  • Banana – As one of the toddlers favourite foods I usually have to eat bananas in secret. I did think however that once we had one each that would suffice. I thought wrong. The speed at which he inhaled his banana was as long as I took to peel mine. Two bananas for Aidan – None for me.
  • Yogurt – He doesn’t even like yogurts! An entire apricot yogurt he ate – the last one might I add!
  • Toast – I made myself two lovely slices of toast. You know when they are the perfect level of toasted and the butter is melted just right and it tastes….. well I can’t tell you that because they were swiped from my plate when my back was turned!
  • Biscuits – I am not a massive biscuit fan. I like Jaffa Cakes but I consider those more of a cake. Imagine one day I fancy a biscuit so off I go hunting for some. My dreams are quickly shattered when just as I am about to divulge the small one begins to whimper and points in the direction of said treat.
  • Orange Juice – Not even my liquids are safe anymore!
  • Apples – Last but not least. Aidan can somehow find apples where they don’t exist! We keep our apples in the fridge which is out of his reach but on more than one occasion I have found him stuffing himself with an apple, seeming to appear from nowhere? Not only does he eat the skin, he also eats the stalk, pips and core of the apples. How do I tell a 16 months old not to eat the core of an apple?

 

It is funny how once they are eating you would literally give them the food off of your plate. Once Aidan gets fed then I would go without – although is that favouritism now that I have another baby in my belly to feed?

Heavenly Organics Review

A little while back the people at Heavenly Organics asked me if Aidan would like to review their products, which have just launched in Ireland – the answer to that question is always YES! I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on here before but Aidan has an allergy to strawberries which makes finding snacks for him very difficult. I explained this to Heavenly Organics who had no problem in sending me some of their ‘strawberry free’ products.

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We tried their new mango, apple and banana Coconut Squishies. They are smoothies that you can drink straight from the package (oh the novelty gets him every time), made with coconut milk and contain 1 of your 5 a day. We have repurchased these 3 or 4 times already, they were a huge hit. I mentioned them in a recent vlog too as they have become such staple in our lives.

They also sent us some Happy Halo Bites. These were so handy to pop into my bag and give to Aidan when we were on the move. They are easy for little hands to hold and taste yummy. They come in both apple and banana flavours.

waferWhile in our local Supervalu restocking our Coconut Squishies I picked up some of their Wafer Wisps. Again, delighted to find a toddler snack that didn’t contain Strawberries. We got the pumpkin and banana flavour and they smell fab! Sadly, Aidan won’t share them but I guess that is a good thing. I think they would be great to use as ice cream wafers in the summer too (yes, I am already talking about next summer!). These come in a spinach, apple and kale flavour too.

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Overall, we are definitely fans of heavenly organics superfoods and they are already becoming a constant in our house. They are available in Supervalu all over Ireland, Ocado in the UK, Amazon online along with many others.

 

*We were sent some Heavenly Organic Superfood products to review but as always all opinions are my own, 100% honest thoughts… and Aidan’s*