The Day Sienna Fell Down The Stairs

I remember the day before Ella turned two.  And she ran out in to a busy road.  Thankfully, nothing happened, the traffic stopped, but it took me a while to calm down.  I blogged about it (you can read the post here) and it really helped me to get over what happened, getting it down in writing.

Yesterday, something happened that I similarly feel the need to release as it is playing on my mind A LOT!

In our old house, we never bothered with stair gates when Ella was a little explorer.  The stairs were in our lounge area, so we could pretty much see when she was heading up.  And, until we thought she was confident enough, we would go up with her, holding her hand or standing behind her ready to catch.  We didn’t have a stair gate at the top either.  It just wouldn’t fit on our banister.  She was soon great at coming down on her bum too.  And she never fell.

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Picnic In The Park With smarTrike #SmartDiscoveries

Sienna is at an age where she is absorbing everything.  I’d love to see the world through her innocent eyes, and to take in everything around me with the same wonder!

Over the summer, Ella went to nursery for an extra day to help prepare her for preschool.  They are usually both in childcare at the same time, so it was really lovely to get to spend some one-on-one time with Sienna, which I haven’t really done since she was a baby.  Every Wednesday, over the summer, would be mine and Sienna’s day.  And luckily the weather was usually good enough for us to get out with the dog for a long walk.  Because we didn’t have Ella with us, we didn’t need the option of the buggy board for a 3 year old who has the habit of wanting to hop on when walking gets too much.  So we were chuffed to receive a Explorer 5-in-1 smarTrike for Sienna to see the world from a new perspective, to take in more around her, and to enjoy her dog walk in a new set of wheels.

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getting rid of dummy

Saying Bye Bye To The Dummy

When I was pregnant with Ella, I didn’t really make a conscious decision as to whether I’d give her a dummy or not.  I guess I thought we’d see how we got on without one.  Day 6 in hospital (we came home on day 7), and Ella was very unsettled.  I kept feeding her, but it just seemed constant.  With hindsight, I should have just fed and fed and fed until she settled, but I wasn’t clued up enough about breastfeeding and the whole supply and demand thing.  So instead, I lay her in her crib beside me and put the knuckle of my little finger in her mouth.  She sucked happily and drifted off to sleep, and this worked throughout the night.  So, as soon as we were home, I sent Sean off to buy some dummies, and that was the start of Ella becoming a dummy-sucker!

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toddler bed

Getting Your Toddler To Stay In Their Bed [VIDEO]

Ella moved from a cot to a toddler bed when she was 19 months old.  She was struggling to sleep all her night in her cot.  If we left her in there, she’d be awake for hours.  But if we took her out and put her in the spare bed, she’d settle straight away.  So, we decided she was ready for the big move!

The first couple of nights, she did great and mostly stayed in bed.  Then the novelty wore off and she realised she could get up and out for bed!  We implemented a technique that worked really well.  In fact, we still use it now with her at 2 years 10 months, if she gets out of her bed on the odd occasion.

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Dropping The Nap

I knew it was going to happen one day.  I thought there’d be a build up to that day.  I thought it would mainly be her choice than ours.  That day came.  It was our choice.  It was a tough one, but something had to be done.  And now…

The nap is no more!!!!!!!

Yep, at 2.5 years old, Ella no longer naps.

It started before Christmas, when sleep deprivation was really starting to come to a head for me.  I was struggling.  Struggling with anxiety, low mood, lack of interest in anything, and all the other lovely things that sleep deprivation brings.  The problem wasn’t just Sienna, and that in itself was the problem.  There were nights that I went from one room, to the other, back to the other.  Because Ella was struggling too.  She would wake and, some nights, be awake for a couple of hours.  She wouldn’t want to be on her own.  Yet, if she got in our bed, she would want to play and would wriggle around, uncomfortable that she couldn’t sleep.  And she’d be noisy, which would inevitably wake Sienna.

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Christmas 2015

Our Christmas 2015

Wow does Christmas seem like a distant memory now!  I didn’t do any blogging between Christmas and New Year, so I’m on memory catch up now, getting them down before they are memories no more!

We spent Christmas at home in Manchester this year.  My family live in the Isle of Man, so we are often over there for Christmas.  Much as I missed my family, I am glad we were at home this Christmas.  I feel that December was quite a tough month, with Sienna waking lots, Ella waking some nights too, and me really not getting anywhere near enough sleep.  So, it was really nice to relax at home over Christmas, without having to pack everything up and head over the (often rough) sea!  We made the best decision ever about a week before Christmas to stop Ella napping in the day.  This meant she was flat out asleep by about 6.30pm and wasn’t waking at all until around 7am the next day!  One child sleep improved!!!  Sienna’s sleep also started to improve by Christmas week, so things really were on the up!!

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The Year That Was…2015!

A new year is once again upon us.  As the saying goes ‘the days are long, but the years are short’.  We’ve definitely had some long days in 2015, but the year has indeed been a fast one.  2015 was a bit of a strange year, but also an absolutely amazing one.  Ella started the year an only child, 1.5 years old, very active but not very chatty.  She’s ended the year a big sister, 2.5 years old, a chatterbox who is still very active!

And we are now a family of four, with the arrival of our little stunner Sienna!  She’s certainly turned things on their head!  While the jump from one child to two isn’t as drastic a life change as going from being childless to becoming a parent, it has still been a hefty jump and we’ve all had to adapt!  We’ve had to deal with a mostly unhappy baby.  A very vocal baby.  One I haven’t always been able to understand.  But also a baby that I feel so incredibly bonded to and who I love with every fibre within me.  Sienna is ending the year a much happier baby.  She giggles and smiles far more than she cries.  And, teething and illness aside, is largely a content and easy baby.

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Sienna Teething

A Little Life Update

I feel like I’ve been quieter than usual on the blog recently, other than a few reviews and giveaway stuff.  I’ve had loads of post ideas in my head, but have been lacking the energy to put fingertips to keyboard.  So, I thought I’d post a bit of an update as to what’s going on and where my head is at.

In all honesty, things feel a little tough at the moment.  Really it’s just within the last couple of weeks, though when you’re in it it feels like it’s been going on forever!  And even saying that things feel tough makes me cringe, as I know how wonderfully lucky I am to have two amazing little girls, and really am very happy with my lot.  But still, everyone needs a mini release of feelings now and again!

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ASPACE Bedtime Book

Bedtime Book Review

ASPACE Bedtime Book

Ella LOVES books!!  Of course, at only 2 and a half years old, she can’t read them herself.  But she is forever bringing books over to us and asking us to read them.  And she’s reaching the age now where she has memorised the words from many of her favourite books, and I often pause and she fills in the gaps!  She loves looking at the pictures too, and pointing out things that I probably wouldn’t have spotted.  And every night before she goes to bed, she demands we read her a book in bed!  It’s such a lovely tradition to uphold, and for her to carry on herself when she’s able to read on her own.

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The Ordinary Moments #45 – One-on-One

Since Sienna was born, I’ve enjoyed lots of one-on-one time with her. Ella goes to nursery one day a week, and her nanna’s another day, which gives me a bit of time to devote to Sienna, and to crack on with some work!

What I haven’t really had is any one-on-one time with Ella in the five months that Sienna has been here.

This week, Sienna stayed at her nanna’s one night. She’s been sleeping pretty poorly thanks to a constant cold, so my mother-in-law offered to have her for the night to allow me to catch up on a bit of sleep. I’ve got to admit, it was nice to not have to be up and down in the night, though I did really miss her too.

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