Gift Guide: 2 year old boy 

My eldest son Samuel is 2 in a week! 2! How on earth is that possible ??! Well apart from the complete emotional turmoil that I’ve been feeling, because my beautiful first born is growing so quickly. I have been trawling the internet for the perfect gift. I’ve come across a great website http://www.what2buy4kids.co.uk and they have asked me to put together a list of great toys for two year old boys, I hope you will find something your little cherubs will like!
Mud kitchen – by Norfolk mud kitchens on Instagram, I can’t wait for ours to be delievered our son is going to love this! 


Orchard toys rescue squad 2+3 piece puzzles:

 £7.50

These puzzles are great our little one loves putting them together, he loves the ‘new naw’ and a ‘boata ‘. They also have a farm yard, under the sea version.


Wow Harvey Harvester: £25.99 The Wow toys are great, Samuel has the road sweeper that he calls a ‘rolly’. They are a great size for a 2 year old, with lovely bright colours and I think great value for money. 

Tepee – this one is from the Great little Trading company for £89 – what better place to sit and read or hide from the invading pirates ! How ever your little one uses this I bet they will love it! 



Duplo – my first cars and trains
£14.99: Now who doesn’t like playing with duplo ! I love playing and building with Samuel. 



Melissa and Doug car transporter:
£12-16 I love anything Melissa and Doug it is such a great brand, everything is so well made and great value for money. The car transporter is great.


Very hungry caterpillar peg puzzle: £8.99 what a lovely puzzle, we will all be aware of the the hungry caterpillar book. It’s a form favourite in our house, I like that you can practice numbers, counting and names of different food.



Little tikes gas and go lawnmower:
£19.99 

Especially as summer is fast approaching this will give your little one hours of fun in the garden! Samuel LOVES his lawnmower he calls it a ‘nun nun’ ?!


Dinosaur train set: £49.99 if you know a little boy who loves dinosaurs and trains then this is the gift for him ! As you can see I love wooden toys they are so durable and I love that they can be handed down from generation to generation. Plus they look so much better in the lounge! 

Scuttle bug : these range from £20-£28 and they are great because they fold flat so very easy to transport. 

I hope this has given you some ideas for your little ones birthdays. 

What was your little ones best birthday pressent ? 

Quick veggi Tart

This is great for a no sandwich lunch it’s lovely hot or cold, so you can cook it the night before, for lunch the next day. ( I love something you can prepare in advance! ) 

Ingredients 

1x puff pastry ready rolled sheet

2x tbsp of red or green pesto

1x mozerella cheese ball sliced

3x mushrooms sliced

1x pepper chopped

A handful of tomatoes halved

A handful of rocket

Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 180c and Grease a large baking tin 

2. Un Roll the puff pastry sheet ( this is easier if you leave it to warm to room temp first) 

3. Prick the puff pastry with a fork leaving about an inch all the way round.

 

4. Spread the pesto over the pastry.

5. Scatter the chopped, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes. 


6. Then place the sliced mozerella ball spread out over the veggies. 

7. Bake for 20 mins. 


This is a great recipe because you can substitute any over the veggies for stuff you have in the house, why not try some courgette or red onion on top. 

Life is not always as it seems !! 

I went on my first outing with my two boys on Friday, we went to my friend Ruth’s house for a play date.
It was the first time they had met Elijah and she is due to have baby no. 2 in a week so we were all excited to catch up and talk babies and birth stories ( that’s for another post!)

We had a rather stress free morning, hubby had got Samuel up and dressed so I just had to dress Elijah feed him for the 5th time that day!! And get Samuel and myself some breakfast. There were no temper tantrums, and we got out of the house only 15 mins late !

We were met by lots of cuddles and lots of cake which was amazing, then we got down to what us ladies do best. . . Chatting !

We were chatting about the ups and downs, and how Samuel was adapting to being a big brother. Ruth my friend said to me ‘ well you look like you are coping really well, the photos on Facebook are lovely’

That got me thinking, if I’m doing this ‘blogging’ thing then I need to share more of the imperfect moments, not just on blog posts but on Facebook and Instagram as well. Because although I love my two boys and a lot of the time Samuel is a lovely big brother, there are times when I feel like I can’t cope and Samuel is an absolute terror!

So I promise to give you a more realistic view of A Norfolk Mummy raising two under two!

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Life as we know it is about to change. . . And it’s ok 

Baby no. 2 is due in 5 days and for the first time I’m not panicked by this, there is a sense of calm that’s come over me and everything has just started to fall into place. 
Samuel has been sleeping really well for the past week, every night except one he has slept through 7pm – 7 am which is amazing for him ! We’ve also seem to have cracked his nap, so he now sleeps for 2 hours during the day. The best thing is he actually enjoys going to bed, he loves his bedroom and his cot and all the teddies that join him!
The weathers better! I know it sounds weird but it means when we are at home we aren’t stuck in the lounge with the hum of CBeebies in the background, we can actually play in the garden to the sound of birds, and the odd car. It’s so much better for mine and Samuel’s sanity! 
The house is mostly de cluttered! As we are trying to fit another human being into our little 2 bed house I went on a major de clutter mission and I’m pleased to say it is now finished ( as long as you don’t look in the under stairs cupboard or the shed. . . Or the loft!!) 
Samuel is also becoming more and more independent by the day this is a bit bitter sweet, because I’m loosing my little baby but gaining a very funny toddler. I can’t believe he will be 2 at the end of May no one can prepare you for how quickly the time goes.
Now I’m sure when I have a newborn who has kept me up all night, and Samuel is demonstrating the best of the terrible two’s it may be a different story, but at the moment I feel pretty optimistic that maybe I can do this! Fingers crossed! 

My morning of yo yo emotions!

I am currently suffering from (hypothetical) whiplash from the range of emotions I have had this morning. I’ve had to make myself a cup of coffee and eat a pile of biscuits just to recover!

It all started when Samuel woke up this morning!
 First emotion: Pure love as Samuel says ‘Hi Mumma’ as I go into his room this morning.

Second emotion: Anger/Sadness as Samuel hits me in the face while we wave Daddy off to work.

Third emotion: Pride as Samuel walks and talks the whole way from the car to my mums cafe. He then sits and eats his second breakfast really well! 

Fourth emotion: Embarrassment as Samuel lays down on the floor in the bank and won’t get up again.

Fifth emotion: Frustration/Embarrassment /Exhaustion as Samuel decides to get off the floor and instead run in circles around the bank as I waddle after him trying to catch him!

Sixth emotion: Anxiety as I try and get the ladder into the car without waking a sleeping Samuel.

Seventh emotion: Elation as I successfully transfer a sleeping Samuel from the car to his cot with out waking him!! 

No wonder us Mummies and Daddies are knackered at the end of the day !! 
How many emotions have you experienced today?? Let me know by commenting below. 

What have we done. . . How can I look after two babies? 

Ok so I’m having a little freak out, Christmas is over and my head is now full of EVERYTHING that needs doing before baby no. 2 is born in March.

To name a few that I still need to do: finish packing hospital bag, wash all Samuel’s old clothes, buy new clothes that are season appropriate, buy a car seat, fit car seat, de clutter the whole house ( because how are we going to fit another human in our little 2 bed semi), decorate our bedroom ( as this where baby will sleep for maybe up to a year?!).
All while my back feels like it is being punched by a heavyweight boxer, I feel constantly sick and every time I go up and down the stairs I end up having to have a 5 min rest because I’m so out of breath!

So this is what’s going round and round in my head at the moment, not to mention what am I actually going to do when the baby actually gets here. How am I going to split my time between a newborn and a toddler? Will Samuel accept the new baby? Will the housework ever get done? Will people think I’m a slob because the housework hasn’t been done? How am I even going to be able to leave the house with two children in tow?
Isn’t it crazy how many questions can be going round in your head
So for all the people who keep saying ‘are you excited?’ Of course I am but I am also quite concerned about the above!
Now I’ve had a chance to breathe and write down what I’m feeling, i know it will be ok. I may not get out of the house or even my pjs some days, the washing might pile up and the ironing will certainly pile up. But I will do the best for my boys and my husband and try not to stress too much when the housework doesn’t get done. ( I did say too much!!)
How did you manage when you went from one to two children ? If anyone has any tips please comment below 🙂

Our first Christmas at home 

We were adamant we wanted Christmas at home this year and invited my family over for lunch. This was met with some resistance, because who really likes change?, but I got my way in the end and ordered the turkey!
I don’t know why we didn’t do it before, I mean I get to do everything I love the most: plan, make lists, and stay in my lovely cosy home!! 
I was quite nervous about cooking my first Christmas dinner but lucky our friend is a chef so he gave me loads of tips. The best tip of all was ‘cook the turkey Christmas eve’ this was the best thing we could have done, it meant we didn’t have to get up really early to put the turkey in, and we didn’t have to keep nipping out to check the turkey. My husband decided that he had a sudden interest in cooking and like a real man took control of the turkey! Lifting it out of the oven for his weak and feeble wife and basting every hour! We prepared and par-boiled all the veg too. 
Christmas morning was lovely Samuel’s face when he came down and saw all the presents under the tree was one of confusion and excitement. It took ages to open his presents because he was playing with each and everyone of them after opening which made me shed a little tear. He was so pleased with all his toys.  

(Samuel playing with his tea set)

My mum and sister arrived for dinner and after a few pressie’s Samuel went in his cot for a 2 hour nap which was amazing this meant we could get dinner cooked for when he woke up. 


(Our family Christmas dinner)

It was such a chilled out day, all the preparing the day before was worth it! I would definitely do it the same next year.

(Samuel and daddy playing)

We even got out for a walk in the evening to see the Christmas lights around town and to have some tea with my mother and father-in-law.

All in all a pretty perfect day 🙂 

What Samuel’s reading

I’m please to say that Samuel still loves books, although when he is in a mischievous mood he does enjoy ripping books 😦 
Samuel will be 17 months at the end of October.

His favourite thing to do at the minute is to point at pictures in books and have us tell what it is, he is also getting good at pointing to animals and objects that we ask him to find. Especially tractors he loves looking at tractors!

Our top 5 books this month are: 

1. ‘I want my hat back’ by Jon Klassen published by walker books
I found this book thanks to ‘the tiny book club ‘ on Instagram I have been rubbish at getting the books on time to review them for the club but I love reading their recommendations. 
This is Samuel’s favourite book at the moment, the story is very simple and so are the illustrations but I think it’s a lovely book and very funny! 

2. ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell published by Macmillan 

This is a classic lift the flap book, Samuel like’s me attempting to think of animal sounds for a camel and giraffe! 

3. ‘Rain’ by Sam Usher published by Templar publishing 

I love the illustrations in this book they remind me of Quentin Blake’s illustrations.
This is Samuel’s second favourite book! We often have this one before bedtime.

4. ‘Bob to the rescue’ by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins published by Red Fox

This book is such a lovely heartwarming story, and a perfect bedtime book. The illustrations are again really good! I can’t wait for the movie! 

What books are you and your little ones reading at the moment ?

Mummy and Samuel’s walking adventures #1

Since Samuel started walking 3 weeks ago there has been no stopping him!
Our first walking adventure was down the ‘old railway line ‘ its just a 5 min walk from our house. My sister or ‘Aunty Annie’ as she more commonly known as, joined us for today’s adventure. 

The old railway line is beautiful and brilliant for little ones to explore! Samuel loved it.


Look mummy I found a stick 😊


I love mud!


Wait I found a bigger one!

As you can see we found lots of sticks played in the mud and ‘ran’ after dolly ( the dog!) 

Samuel walked about 3/4 mile which I thought was amazing, he then had a lovely nap in the pushchair. So all in all a great success.

I wonder where our next adventure will take us? 

What adventures have you had with your little ones? 

I have a toddler!

How did this happen?!? I’ve lost my little baby, he has been replaced with a walking, shouting climber!!!

I knew this was coming he’s been walking round the furniture for months and everyone kept saying ‘oooo he’ll be walking soon how exciting’ and I kept thinking, no it’s not exciting I really don’t want him to walk, I’ll loose my baby.
Well I was wrong every time Samuel makes it to the door,stair-gate or toy he wanted he will turn back and give me the best smile. He is so proud of himself and im so proud of him! If we’re out and a bout he’ll reach up to hold my hand and when we’ve walked a celebratory amount Samuel will look up smile and squeal with delight.
When he falls he’ll look to me to help him up. Or look at me in pride when he gets himself up.
So I was wrong I haven’t lost my baby he still needs me for reasurance, for celebration and of course all the other necessities like food, clean nappies and baths.

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