I Hacked the Toddler

Hacked the toddler

Last night the Toddler child did not want to go to sleep. Now he is known for kicking up when he is put to bed by his Dad so we just ignored his antics and after one or two “resettlings” he dozed off. At midnight he decided that sleep was in fact over rated and it was time for us all to get up (even though the rest of us had yet to actually go to sleep.) We went through a phase for a couple of nights, a while back, where he would wake in the middle of the night and want to play and we tried to settle him in his cot and not take him up like all those books tell you to do. In the end, after 3/4 hours we ended up taking him downstairs and rolling him in the pram until he dozed off – again something they tell you not to do but clearly they didn’t write these books at 4am with a toddler screaming ‘DAAAAAAADDDDD’ repeatedly.

Last night though I took him up and rocked him for a bit, singing to him (poor child!) because he looked genuinely upset – apparently another of his Oscar worthy preformances. He cuddled for a while before deciding enough singing lets play – so we did.

I took him into our room, took off his gro bag and we messed about for an hour, all 3 of us. As much as he faught it he yawned the entire time and his little body couldn’t deny its fatigue. So when 1 o clock rolled around I began our nighttime routine all over again.

‘Do you want to go to bed?’
Carried him downstairs, changed his nappy and his shirt (to mimic getting into his PJs)
Got him another bottle and gave it to him in his room with the lights off – as we do every night.
And it worked!
He got into his cot and lay down, I kissed his head and said ‘Night chicken, I love you’ left the room and got into bed.

He slept until the following morning – success!!
So this might be a tip worth remembering in the future – if you have a good night time routine in place then maybe going back to basics during these night time parties is the way to go. Let them have their ‘awake’ time before starting the routine, could save hours of stress, tears and sleeplessness.

Hacked the toddler

Weird Baby Products

Preparing for the arrival of our second baby next year has me googling all sorts of things that I will want and need for him. Luckily I have a lot of things that I got when Aidan was born that I can reuse but somehow I still have a list as long as my arm of things I still need to get! As always the internet is a great resource for searching for the highest rated, best bargains and ‘must haves’. It does however sometimes offer up some suggestions that are a little bit strange…




weird baby products

If you were on the fence about whether a baby or a hamster would better suit your current lifestyle then fret no more! With this crib dribbler feeding system you can get a cute, cuddly baby without having to worry about preparing bottles or ‘infant energy drinks’ (what child needs energy drinks?!) for them – simply attach the crib dribbler to the side of their cot and let them roam freely.


weird baby products

If you decide that formula feeding is the way to go then why stop at the simple ‘milk’ based products? Treat your little one with bacon baby formula (and probably childhood obesity). As you tuck into your Saturday morning fry up why not prepare a bacon flavoured bottle for the baby to enjoy too.


weird baby products

With baby spa treatments on the rise this baby butt fan offers an at home alternative. The cool breeze provided will not only result in an instant pee stream directed straight at your face but apparently also prevents diaper rash. I can’t wait to suggest this the next time someone asks if I need anything for the new baby.. I can only imagine my Nan’s reaction to this for the ‘google baby‘.


weird baby products

Should you manage to finally reach the potty training stage, with the help of the butt fan of course, then here is the answer to all your prayers. The ‘iPeed’ as I have named it is great for preparing your son for the many hours they will spend in the bathroom (or ‘office’ as it is referred to here) as an adult.


weird baby products

The debate is ever ongoing about when to introduce chores to children. How much is too much at certain ages. Well now your little one can play on their ride on vacuum from a very young age! Combining the fun of playtime with the task of cleaning and giving parents the best outcome. (Sadly this is not a real product and just a college assignment because I would totally buy one – or two!)


weird baby products

If like me you still have a few months to go before you will be using these things then why not throw yourself a baby shower? Everyone loves cake, right?


What are some of the strangest baby products you have come across on the internet? I am sure there are even crazier things than I have mentioned here.

My Bloggers Christmas Wishlist

gift guide
Canon EOS 700D
I’ve been wanting a DSLR camera for a while both for blogging and vlogging and the Canon 700D has a flip out screen which is a must for me! Definitely high on the wish list.

LED free standing light
With the winter setting in quickly and daylight almost non existent after 3pm an LED light would be great for all blog pics. Mainly for the size during storage I would prefer an LED over a normal lightbox – but hey I wouldn’t say no to one of those either!

This was my present to myself this year. I got this lovely planner from TheNest.ie and I cannot wait to use it as soon as it arrives!

A blog PA
As you may have noticed (at least I hope you have by now) I recently moved blogs and although 99% of things are as I wanted there are one or two little weeks I would like to make but I cannot afford to risk anymore grey hairs by looking at HTML or CSS anytime soon. I would love to hire someone to make me some new social media buttons, advise me on some plug ins and give me general WordPress wisdom.

For Facebook to show my posts to people
Dear Santa, this year I would love if you could tell Facebook that people ‘like’ my page because they want to see my posts – stop hiding them! Twitter is my go-to social media but it seems like no matter how much effort I put into Facebook the results remain the same.

To never have writers block again 
This summer I suffered severe writer’s block – lasting about 3 months! I am terrible for drawing up blogging blanks for days, maybe weeks at a time. An endless mind of creative genius would be ideal!

TIME, more hours in the day would be great! 
Ok this one is a bit of a moot point because I am sure no matter how many hours were in the day it still wouldn’t be enough but surely and extra hour during nap time would be appreciated all round?

Toddler Tantrums

At the end of the month Aidan will be one and a half (or 18 months if that’s your thing) which means he is definitely a ‘toddler’. Toddlers are tough work – they can walk, or in his case run, they can climb and reach things that once towered above them. They are uncooperative and very independent, but they are amazing. Everyday I can see Aidan explore new avenues of life and understand things he wouldn’t have a few months back. These moments are fascinating but more importantly they are essential because toddlers change moods like the Irish weather and those little moments are all you have to remind you why you’re not just abandoning them on the floor of the toy aisle in Tesco.

Toddler tantrums

Aidan has become the master of tantrums, pulling them out at perfectly calculated times and executing them with admirable dedication. They are very unpredictable as they can occur for almost any reason, such as;

  • his inability to lift the kitchen table 
  • not being allowed to spill his water down his top (for the second time that day)
  • dropping his biscuit
  • being asked to say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ or really anything for that matter
  • being refused freshly made, extremely hot tea

… to name but a few. These have resulted in his full body being flung to floor, arms flapping and piercing screams – Oscar worthy stuff. After about 15 seconds he will pause to have a peek and see if anyone has noticed him and taken pity. If not, then he throws his body in a different direction and the screams get louder. Usually I ignore him but today was just too funny so I went to get a photograph, which I did…

Toddler tantrum

.. but what you don’t see is that after I got this photo, while I laughed at his stroppy face, he walked over and slapped the phone out of my hand! Like a celebrity with an annoying paparazzi. It is possibly one of the funniest tantrums I have ever been privileged to witness.

So, next time you’re in Costa and your toddler decides he wants his straw cup to work upside down and has a melt down when it doesn’t, try and remember those funny little moments – or put on Disney, it’s like wine for children!

Toddler tantrums

Growing up & Moving on


Why hello there! I see you’ve found our new little home on the internet. Well as you are all well aware we are due another little baby in March so ‘El and Baby A’ wasn’t really suitable anymore. Apart from the fact that Aidan is now a toddler, it also left me open to all sorts of favouritism guilt from any and all future offspring.

I wanted to choose a name that we wouldn’t grow out of again and also something that doesn’t stick me to parenting posts all the time and allows me to dip my toe into some of my other interests. Alas, Bumps and Roundabouts was born. I liked it as it was a play on words with pregnancy bumps to bumps in the road, and roundabouts because I swear I feel like I am going around in circles with a toddler all day!

I had planned to do this gradually over the next 6 weeks but as I have said a hundred times before I cannot keep a secret and so couldn’t wait to share the new name and look. Hopefully all my redirects and such are in working order because I done it all myself (with some help from the amazing people at Tsohost!) but please shout if any links are broken, etc. I can still be reached at elandbabya@gmail.com however over the next few weeks I will be paying it less attention so best to reach me at bumpsandroundabouts@gmail.com or twitter – I can always be found on twitter!

Hope you like the new name and design – stick around for all our bumps and roundabouts!


Gender Reveal for Bump #2

Today we had our 21 week scan. It’s is the big one that checks that everything looks ok with the baby. It is also the scan where they can tell you the gender of the baby, if that’s what you want.

Let me start by saying that we are very lucky and the baby looks perfectly healthy. They were able to see all four chambers of the heart beating, the brain, kidneys, limbs and everything else complex medical names. Both sonographers commented on how active baby was, it would not stay still. He or she is measuring perfectly for the due date, weighing 10oz and measuring around 10/11 inches long (she said it’s hard to tell because babies don’t lie flat in the womb.)


I had great plans for how I wanted this video to go but of course including a toddler meant that things did not go to plan. Hopefully you will enjoy it anyway…

Gender Reveal Video:

Past the halfway point – 21 weeks pregnancy update

21 week pregnancy update

How I’m feeling:

Luckily all sickness has disappeared, my tea aversion has subsided and this baby has a taste for meat. I am not a huge meat eater usually, eating red meat almost never but since falling pregnant I find myself wanting things like pork steak and beef – so strange.
Braxton Hicks have kicked in. As irritating as they can be I definitely credit Aidan’s quick and easy birth to them so I am happy to welcome them back this time, albeit a lot earlier.
I find myself getting a lot more cramps than I did with Aidan. I have googled this and apparently it is good once it is not accompanied by spotting. It means the baby is “getting comfy” and your muscles are making room.
My bump has finally made an appearance. Seems like overnight I just popped and I went from nothing to looking like I swallowed a bubble. It is less noticeable in the morning but as the day progresses (and after I eat) it is very noticeable.


In my first (and only) pregnancy update I mentioned that the doctor had given me cream for my face – it helped the problems on the surface of my skin but really done nothing for my cystic acne. I have been using Ziaja aloe vera cleansing milk which has managed to stop it getting any worse. I basically have two cysts – one on my cheek and another, smaller one on my chin for the past few weeks. They are not going anywhere but they also haven’t brought friends so I am happy enough. Last weekend I went to Cork and visited Lush where I purchased the Mask of Magnaminty to see if that will help in anyway so keep an eye out for a separate skin update soon, hopefully. Here are some photos of the difference in my skin from around 8 weeks to now.



Anything sugary. Seriously, some nights I feel like I might have a nervous breakdown if there is nothing sweet in the house. It is actually a little scary. I have no real cravings during the day but once Aidan is in bed I need the sugar!

Size of baby:

The apps say the baby is the size of a banana (10.5 inches) and weighs around 12-13 oz. We have a hospital appointment in a few days so I will have more accurate measurements then.

Can I see my toes?:

Yes. They are beginning to be shadowed but I can still see them… for now.

Stretch marks or swelling?:

No swelling. No new stretch marks but the ones I do have are starting to look a lot more prominent and looking at their position I can tell how the shape of my tummy has changed already.


We are going to find out this week! I am very excited and already have the gender reveal video planned! I still have no feeling either way but I have been referring to it as a girl more than a boy – is that a sign? Maybe? Hopefully we will find out soon but I honestly have no preference other than a healthy baby.

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes | Recipe

 I was feeling a bit nostalgic yesterday so I popped back to see what I posted around this time last year. There was a post about how excited and happy I was that I had started a blog, and even though I’ve been neglecting it recently, I am still so happy I made the decision to give it a go. I also noticed this recipe which I posted exactly one year ago so I thought I would make these cupcakes again today. Be sure to tweet me a picture if you give them a go.
This post was originally published on November 3rd 2014.


For Cupcakes:

175g of self raising flour
110g of butter
110g of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 large eggs
50g  chocolate chips
50ml milk
For Cookies & Cream frosting: 

250ml of fresh cream
25g of icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
8 Oreo cookies, crushed



1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C and place 12 paper cases into a cupcakes tray.

2. Add all the dry ingredients (but not the chocolate chips) to a bowl and mix. 
3. Break 2 eggs into the centre of the mixture.  
4. Combine all ingredients.  
5. Add in half the milk and continue to beat.  You aim to achieve a light and creamy batter, use the remain milk to achieve this consistency, if needed.

6. Spoon the mixture into the cupcakes cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until baked thoroughly.
7.Allow to cool on a wire rack before applying the cookies and cream frosting.
8.For the frosting, beat the cream, vanilla extract, and icing sugar until it’s thick.  
9.Fold in the oreo crumbs, gently. 
10.Spoon onto the cooled cupcakes. Extra Oreo crumbs can be sprinkled over the top.




I am a huge Oreo fan so these went down a treat in my house!


Until next time,


El x

My Google Baby

At least once a week I will ramble off something contrary to my Nan’s approach to parenting. Things like the right age for weaning or what foods aren’t suitable for toddlers. Every time she replies with ” All the babies these days are google babies. We didn’t have google when I raised seven children”.

But this got me thinking, I do depend on google and the rest of the internet on a daily basis. I use it for all things from recipes to hairstyles, videos to shopping and truthfully I turn to it for help in raising Aidan. As a parenting blogger isn’t that what I am trying to do too though? I am online sharing my experiences in the hopes of helping another parent who may need it. I post product reviews and how to posts for all types of parenting encounters.

Google How to be a parent

I use google to tell me if Aidan’s rash is normal, what he ”should be” doing at this stage and things to help him achieve his abilities. In theory, yes, Aidan is a google baby. I have used the google crutch to lean on during my parenting journey, my pregnancy with Aidan and this pregnancy. Here are some of the things I have googled in the past 17 months, since Aidan’s arrival…

  1. Are babies umbilical cords supposed to smell?
  2. How often should my X month old be eating?
  3. How much milk is too much? 
  4. *several colours, sizes, smells and consistencies of poop followed by* is this normal.
  5. Teething help!
  6. Are hiccups painful for babies?
  7. When should a baby *smile/ crawl/ start solids/ a million other things*?
  8. X month old routine.
  9. Are second pregnancies different? 
  10. How to explain a new baby to a toddler.

I’m pretty sure that the more Aidan grows and the arrival of the new baby, will only result in more google searches at crazy hours of the night. Hoping google can tell me how to parent two under two, manage to keep up to date with house work, blogging, youtube and life. Maybe it is personal assistants I need to google next (if only!).


Ok, own up, what is the strangest thing you have googled since having kids? I think mine is ”one year old ate half a candle” – just a note it was on his Dad’s watch not mine. More important note, he is fine since – obviously!

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.