I’m hoping for my book’s sake that you’ve all been given snazzy new e-readers/tablets/smartphones for Christmas.
To celebrate the festive season, I’ve put my book on sale this week. It’ll only stay at this low price for a few days so grab your copy while it’s going cheap!
Click here to buy your copy through Amazon.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. I’m staying in with a bottle of prosecco and the TV remote while my husband entertains the drunken crowds in Plymouth.
I am SUCH a mean mum. I’m not buying Christmas presents for my children.
No, it’s not because of the double sherbet dib dab recession, it’s not because we’re so poor that I’ve started bin-raiding (although I do buy cheap meat that’s about to go off) and it’s not that I’m a selfish cowbag.
I have three sisters. I have wonderful parents. I have extremely generous in-laws. That right there is a flurry of gifts that my lucky little girls just won’t know what to do with!
Toys toys toys
Everyone’s been very kind and made sure that they’re buying stuff that the girls need, which is extremely helpful.These little people have more toys than they know what to do with. So many toys that I regularly chuck a crap-tonne of them into a storage box and bring them out a couple of months later to be met with fresh rapture.
So while prowling the aisles of Tesco looking for some ridiculously over-sized neon waste of money, I decided: ‘Forget it!’. They are going to be quite spoiled enough, and they won’t know any different anyway. Jenny’s not even 2 and a half and Rosie’s just turned 8 months old.
I’ll make a big fuss and bankrupt myself when they’re a bit older.
Hung by the chimney with care
The only exception is a stocking.
My very talented sister Silvia (Anty Soov) has been gettin’ creative with her new sewing machine. As a result, my girls (and their cousin Lily) have got their very own, personalised red Christmas sacks. Just like my sisters and I had when we were tiny. They are awesome.
So I’m off to Tesco to buy small, cheap neon wastes of money to fill them with.
Are you buying presents for your little ones?
At this time of year, illness abounds. If it’s not a snotty toddler, it’s a barfing baby. And if you’re feeling pretty grotty too, it’s a recipe for disaster.
Having two under two is probably hardest when illness strikes.
Way back when…
When we welcomed our first baby, it didn’t really matter if we got sick. It sucked, of course. But we could all just climb into bed and suffer together within a few square feet. But if you have a baby AND a toddler to look after, it’s not so easy.
Either your toddler is fit and well and so wants to lark about (which you just don’t have the energy for) or they’re ill too but much more vocal about it. “Snotty nose” “I wod sum medishin” “Mummy cuggle”.
Here are some tips for getting through this bug-rich season and coming out the other side with your sanity (relatively) intact:
- WASH YOUR HANDS! Seriously, get OCD about it and scrub away. Dirty hands spread bugs like nobody’s business so keep them clean and you should all get well sooner. It’s good practice in general, too.
- Use the telly/your computer. It doesn’t make you a bad parent, so forget all that nonsense. Some cartoons, silly videos of cats falling into the bath etc. Laughter is the best medicine!
- You’re probably confined to the house, so research indoor play activities online. This is a great website for innovative learning games and entertainment – if you have the energy!
- Sterilise – it may be some months since you’ve sterilised your toddler’s stuff but revert back to it for the time being. Bottles, cups, dummies, spoons. Whatever goes near their mouths, chuck it in a big bowl of sterile water (get some dissolvable tablets, two or three can make a heck of a lot)
- Wrap up and get out – providing you’re not all projectile vomiting, a bit of fresh air might work wonders. You probably shouldn’t go to groups/shops/cafes etc. unless you want to infect the locals, but you can wrap up warm and push the double buggy around, even just for ten minutes or so.
- Keep those fluids up – ice pops, juice, milk – whatever they’ll drink, get it down them.
- Turn your sofa into one big bed. Grab duvets, pillows and soft toys to make a plushy den on the sofa where you can all hang out. You can prop your baby up with some toys and pop something on for your toddler to watch – or play some music/put the radio on.
- Got a play doctor’s kit? Order one on super-fast delivery if not! Toddlers love playing doctor and using the play equipment to tend to siblings.
- Do you have an iPhone or tablet? Surf for free kids’ applications. There are literally hundreds of touch-screen games and activities that your toddler will love. And some that will interest your baby too.
Any tips to add?
I’ve uploaded the final manuscript and Two under Two is now availabe to buy on Amazon.
Click on the image or here to get your copy. And I’d be extremely grateful if you could leave a review for potential readers.
Because of overwhelming interest, I am about to publish an ebook.
The book will be a collection of my most popular posts (edited and improved), useful tips and – bonus – some interviews with other parents of two under two.
It will be available as a Kindle download before Christmas on Amazon, so keep your eyes peeled.
Because of the Ts and Cs of publishing, I will be taking down all of my previous posts over the next few days. I’ll continue to publish new content to keep the blog alive. Although I’ve only got one under two now!
I am so grateful for the kind and encouraging words of readers who have enjoyed my posts. Since its creation, the blog has had just shy of 25,000 unique hits. Many readers have contacted me directly to tell me how much it’s helped them.
I hope you will all recommend the book to those who will benefit.