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From Baby to Little Boy

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly my baby boy has become a proper little person! I know that sounds obvious but it’s the only way I can explain it.

21 month old toddler

Harry is 21 months old now. He chats away constantly and can repeat most words we say, but one of the most significant changes happened in the last few weeks – his understanding of emotions and situations.

He says things like ‘what’s wrong?’ and ‘what happened?’ when he sees me rubbing my eyes after a long day or he hears a loud noise. Emotions and feelings have come to his attention, too. ‘Harry tired!’ he exclaims after he yawns and ‘Ella crying’ when he hears our dog crying at the stair gate, wanting upstairs to see us. If he hurts himself he now says ‘Banged my head!’ or ‘Sore!’.

from baby to little boy

Another change is he wants me to play along with him. ‘Come on’ he says and grabs my trouser leg and urges me to come sit inside his tent or make a Lego tower. If I am going about my business he comes over and says ‘What doing?’ which is pretty cute and funny.

toddler puddlesuit beach

All of a sudden he makes decisions, expresses interest in specific things and has his own preferences which he is not afraid to shout about. We must have watched ‘No-man!’ (The Snowman) and ‘No-Dog! (The Snowman and the Snowdog) about fifty times each at Christmas. He loves music and requests songs in the car and to watch on YouTube, which we have to play ”gain! ‘gain!’ over and over!

Harry has become attached to cuddly toys, too. His cot is now full of his little friends and he loves lining them up, calling out their names and giving them hugs. Speaking of hugs, he will give them out to us quite freely now, with the odd kiss, which is lovely.

toddler bubble machine

It’s not always so great though, he now loves the word NO! and shouts ‘no no no no NO!’ at any given opportunity. Sharing is something he is working on, and he has identified hair as something you can pull! We have had a few embarrassing incidents with other children, many more to come I’m sure.  He is eating really well at the moment, but occasionally throws a tantrum at being in his highchair and his bowl ends up thrown on the floor. He is not a fan of the buggy either and will plank when we try to put him in it!

baby mohawk

The point of this post however, is the realisation my little baby is well and truly his own person these days. We are no longer two adults with a baby. We are firmly a family of 3 individuals now (4 if you count Ella, which we do). We are loving seeing Harry’s personality develop and are amazed every day by something new he has learnt. Terrible twos are just around the corner though, let’s hope we are one of the lucky ones!

Love, Laurel

Harry’s First Panto!

Yesterday we were kindly invited to see the ‘Gingerbread Mix Up’ at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Not a full blown pantomime, just a great family show and perfect for the Christmas holidays.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

At 20 months old, I wasn’t sure how Harry would do, but he shocked us by absolutely loving it. He sat completely still, enthralled by it all for the entire first half. An ice cream during the interval may have contributed to his slight hyperactivity during the second half, but all in all he loved it and I wouldn’t hesitate to bring him back to something like this in future.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

The Gingerbread Mix Up, written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford, is a funny, quick witted family show with excellent stage design, catchy songs and plenty of audience interaction.

“Meet Primrose: apple of her Dad’s eye, bane of her Mum’s life, all-round little monster. Cast out in the forest with only her Nintendo for company, Primrose meets Pardon – cool cat turned witch’s assistant, with a promising sideline in Big Bad Wolf impersonations.  Can Pardon save Primrose from the evil old witch’s cooking pot?  Will the witch find out who’s been eating her gingerbread house?  Will Primrose ever finish level 4 of Bandor, Master of Neverworld?”
I am ashamed to say this was my first time at the Lyric and I was extremely impressed with everything about it. The theatre was almost full, but everything was very stress free, well organised and spacious with no queues and very friendly staff. My husband enjoyed the fact they sold beer, and the theatre itself, as well as the setting, is beautiful.
The Gingerbread Mix Up is a perfect family show for children of all ages and I would highly recommend it. It runs until Saturday 7th January so there’s still time to check it out! Adults £18/Kids £12.50.

Love, Laurel

Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers!

I feel so rushed this year for Christmas! It’s just go, go, go all the time, and I’ve been squeezing in Christmas shopping here and there. One person I love buying for though, is Harry. At almost 20 months old, he’s at the age where he’s into all the fun toys and I’ve really enjoyed thinking about what he will love for this first ‘proper’ Christmas.

These are just a few of the things I think Harry will love this Christmas:

V Tech Toot Toot Parking Tower

For his first birthday, we got him the Toot Toot Drivers Garage, and eight months later he is still loving it so much. However, it doesn’t have many ramps for the cars to shoot up and down, which is why this Parking Tower is an ideal addition to the garage. It sings songs, has a huge spiral track and sliding ramp, 6  interactive Smart Point locations for the Toot Toot vehicles and is attachable to his current garage.  Pretty confident this toy will be a hit with Harry!

Cath Kidston Melamine Beaker Plate Mug

Harry can feed himself pretty well now. He enjoys the independence of it all, and copying what we do. So I thought he would enjoy having his own ‘big boy’ Plate,  Mug,  and Cup  from Cath Kidston. This ‘Cowboy’ range is so cute and I know how hard wearing this little set will be.

Baroo Urban Fox Cot Bed Duvet Set Kiddies Kingdom

Not the most traditional of Christmas presents but Harry recently got a duvet and pillow for his cot. He’s loving snuggling into the pillow and chatting to the dinosaurs on his current duvet cover. He will love the little foxes on this Urban Fox set from Kiddies Kingdom. 100% cotton and really soft, it will go perfectly with his blue bedroom.

Intergalactic Journey Home Personalised Book Lost My Name

Intergalactic Journey Home Personalised Book Lost My Name

This personalised book from Lost My Name  absolutely beautiful. Excellent quality and completely personalized with Harry’s name throughout, with his address and satellite images of his home city towards the end! He might be slightly on the young side for this book, but he has recently started saying his own name and is gaining a real sense of self at the moment. I know he will love this book for years to come and be so excited when he realises it is all about him!

Chad Valley Doctors Set

Harry  has had his fair share of trips to the doctors in his time. He has to take inhalers and the usual cold medicines and he is NOT the easiest patient sometimes! We thought this little doctors set might help him overcome his fear of the doctors and reluctance to take his medicine! He loves any sort of role play toy, so this should hopefully interest him and help his understanding.

Christmas Itty Bittys from Hallmark

These soft, cuddly bean bag toys are perfect stocking fillers and the Santa and Rudolph editions will make lovely little Christmas decorations for Harry. He is just starting to understand what Christmas is all about and these will help him as he works it all out.

I hope you and your little ones have a great Christmas!

Love, Laurel

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