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Monday, November 11th 2013, 8:58pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Milk

Hi, I say, give as much milk as possible for as long as possible. Our little ones are growing and need calcium for their bones. My almost three year old drinks 10 ounces morning and night and I'll keep this up until she's a teenager (and beyond) if she'll let me!

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 11:52am

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

PS. This is a recipe Lily lived on when she went through her fussy stage - Pasta with tomato & hidden veg sauce | BBC Good Food - it counts for 5 of your five a day. It's really tasty too, both DH and I love it and you can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers. And if they don't like pasta, you can use the sauce to cover what they do like - chicken pieces, fish fingers, etc

Thursday, October 17th 2013, 11:50am

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hi Rocky, I think that is really normal. Lily was a fussy eater from 12 months to 26 (ish) months! Try to limit the snacks if you can, if not offer vegetables as snack - ie carrot sticks, celery and peppers for dipping into hummous (for example). Bake some savoury muffins. Toddlers seem to be able to live off air, so don't worry too much. It's a phase that both will grow out of. I bet that once one of them grows out of it, the other will follow too. In regards to DP. My advice would be for her t...

Tuesday, October 8th 2013, 1:49pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hi Amy! Welcome and great to catch up and see how your story has continued. Scarlett Leigh - what a lovely name. Glad that all is going well. Rocky - your DP can not be discriminated against - that goes against the Equalities Act 2000. Not much to report here. Lily is a dream and work is a nightmare as I work to try and finish all my projects here before I go on to the new job. And I am currently doing a management qualification, so after a hectic day, it's home to study and write up assignments...

Monday, October 7th 2013, 10:47pm

Author: Natural_Horse

newly seperated with kids need advice

Jade - maybe just extend the eldest one's bedtime for 30 minutes after the youngest is in bed. You could just spend some quality time together, reading a story together, drawing together and talking about his day.

Monday, October 7th 2013, 10:03pm

Author: Natural_Horse

newly seperated with kids need advice

Sorry you are going through such a hard time. While I have no experience of this, I can only suggest that your oldest is going through a really hard time and that you need to recognise this and acknowledge it to him. He is acting up because he is coming back to you, after spending time with his father. It's like, each time, the separation happens all over again. It's tough for him and it's tough on you. And I'm sure it's tough on the Ex, but they are rubbish to show emotions like that. Be consis...

Thursday, September 26th 2013, 10:54am

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Quoted from "chillimint" What made you choose pull ups rather than nappies? Hi Chilli - pullups are thinner, and have a more wet feel to it. I don't refer to them as nappies, but call them 'bedtime pants'. I am going to just bite the bullet once the current supply runs out and just leave her in pants. She wakes up at night calling out to be taken to the toilet, so I am pretty sure she will be fine. A tip I have heard is that you make the bed up (with a bed pad under the sheet) and then put anot...

Sunday, September 22nd 2013, 9:51pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Oh dear Elizmac!! I thought the whole birthing experience was meant ot get easier the more you do it! Glad it all worked out in the end though. How is she sleeping? Or, more importnatly, how are you sleeping? How is Ross with his little sister? Can't believe the childminder started potty training him, surely that crosses a line?!

Saturday, September 21st 2013, 11:07pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Chilli - I am almost getting used to going to the toilet in public with lily. For example, she needed to use the loo when we were in next. So we went in, did her business and whilst there I thought I would go too. "Mummy? Are you doing a poo? Poo-wee!!!" She exclaims in a loud voice. Chuckles can be heard outside the stall. For the record I was not doing a poo! Or the time she decided she didn't want to wait for me to finish going to the toilet and opened the stall when I was in mid flow!!! We h...

Tuesday, September 17th 2013, 3:23pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hi Rocky - gosh it is dead on here now! Glad that things are going okay for you. But I really feel for your DP. I have a bit of an unsympathetic boss and it can really make things hard! Happy birthday Edie! Understandably it's quiet on here with all the new mums and you others with #2. I have days where I feel very down about not being able to afford to go through treatment again and after 2 years of trying for a natural miracle, I have given up hope of that as well. Still Lily is a dream and th...

Friday, August 23rd 2013, 11:23pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Hi all, Will come back on later for personals and an update, but talking about what is coming out of their mouth.... lily is coming up with some classics.... Old man at Tesco comes up to Lily and says: you're a beautiful little thing. To which she replies: yes, of course I am!! I go to hold her hand in a busy car park and she refuses. Me: lily, there are cars here, you need to hold my hand NOW! Lily: I don't like holding your hand any more mummy, SO JUST RELAX!!!! Cheeky little so-and-so!

Tuesday, August 20th 2013, 2:22pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Clingy boy

Hi, My DD was super clingy from 6 months to about 18-20 months. She never went to anyone but me or DH or the childminder. She had her moments with not wanting to go to the childminder and DH too. I think once she was walking and gained independence, she got more confident around people. With your DH, maybe he should spend some 1-2-1 time with your DS. Maybe the two of them could go to a softplay, or go to a nearby pond to feed the ducks? maybe some time away from mummy (out of the house) will he...

Sunday, August 18th 2013, 8:54pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Buzzbee - lily dropped her nap before she turned two. Went from having almost three hour naps to nothing completely overnight. I was not impressed!. Still it gave us the freedom to not have to plan our lives around her naps.

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 10:41pm

Author: Natural_Horse

bad attitude due to potty training?

Hi ladies, thanks for the response. I think she has had an underlying health issue. She was witholding her poos for a few days and that must have been giving her some problems. Once that issue was resolved, she was back to her normal, lovely, if at times challenging, self!

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 9:20pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Elizmac - cross your legs and have a stern word with baby. Try to relax and go to bed!

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 8:26pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Breakfast bar - OMG! I think my heart would stop if I found Lily on one! Tall dog gates might help and like Buzzbee said, covering the monitor plug with furniture. We don't use a monitor any more but have a gro clock, and the plug is hidden by a chest of drawers. As Elizmas implied - I have been potty training Lily.... end of week one and it's been a breeze - who would have thought! Because I had been doing it for a few hours each day in the week prior (and regularly for the month before), she h...

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 5:44pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

At bedtime take all toys away. Also you can get dog gates which are much taller. That might stop the little monkey. Lily used to pile her toys up in the cot to try and climb out. As for PC, needs must!

Sunday, August 11th 2013, 4:21pm

Author: Natural_Horse

Daily Routines, The Witching Hour and Sleep.

Do you have a gate at his door? That way, as long as the room is Ross-proof, you can just shut him in his room. that way he can fall asleep in his room safe - be it bed or floor!

Friday, August 9th 2013, 9:40pm

Author: Natural_Horse

bad attitude due to potty training?

Hi all, My little one is on day seven of potty training. After one false start, we did lots of nappy free time leading up, so by the time we actually took the nappies away, she got it straight away. No accidents, asks to go to the toilet, loves the praise given to her, etc. BUT, this week I have noticed that my darling little girl has turned into a monster. She throws things at me, hits me, screams in my face, says "I don't like that anymore" to all the meals I give her. Gosh it is winding me up...

Tuesday, July 30th 2013, 10:10am

Author: Natural_Horse

Anxiety over weeing in potty

Thank you both for the replies. We actually had a bit of an okay day yesterday. I wasn't doing anything, so spent most of the day in the house. She had no accidents but 3 wees in the potty and a poo! Each time I had to keep her sitting on the potty until she did the deed - she did cry but it wasn't hysterical or fearful. And I stopped asking her every 30 minutes if she needed to sit on the potty, just waited until she started to dance around and then when she sat on the potty, she instantly did ...




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