12 weeks of Christmas 

It’s now only 2 week until Christmas day ! I hope everyone is excited? Decs up? And all shopping finished ?

I thought I would share what is going in my nearly 4yr olds and 2yr olds stockings this year!

  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Foaming radox kids bath wash
  • Flanel mit 
  • Knickers 
  • Fluffy socks
  • Mickymouse Santa teddy
  • Hachamels and my little pony surprise bags 
  • Tube of Smarties 
  • Note book
  • Pony rubber
  • Mini spirograph
  • Nail polish (toes only) 
  • Hair bow
  • Pony hair bands

  • Tooth brush 
  • Tooth paste 
  • Magnetic wooden bus (for train track)
  • Magnetic wooden tractor
  • Magnetic wooden fire engine 
  • Crayons
  • Kinder chocolate bars
  • Mickymouse Santa teddy
  • Foaming radox kids bath wash
  • Flannel mit 
  • Christmas socks 
  • Maraca 
  • Avengers blind bag squishy 
  • Smarties 

The majority of there things are from pound land, a few items are from the works and the rest are from the supermarket. 

I hope that gives you ideas if your stuck 

What’s inside your stocking? 


“When Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to shout.

 you girls and boys won’t get any toys until you pull me out.

The is soot my back, my beard is all black my nose is tickly too.

 when Santa got stuck up the chimney

 achoo achoo achoo”

Much love 

Rhianna xx

P.s  I apologise for this being late for some reason it didn’t publish as scheduled ?

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I need serious mum help!

Right I’m just gonna get straight into this…. my just turned 2yr old was an amazing sleeper and would always go down without a fight..  until he was about 15months he started waking in the night a refusing to go to bed awake… I used to hear him banging his arms legs and head on the bars of his cot so we decided to turn his cot into a cot bed at about 21months ? hopping to solve the problem. 

We’ll it didn’t. Then when I had my emergency surgery (the first night he’d ever spent without me) he has got 100 times worse, waking 3/4times a night screaming and them being a nightmare to get back down. Not going to bed awake or if he is awake I have to stay until he falls asleep…. I know your all reading this and thinking…. leave him to scream or something but heres my problems. 

My 2 children share a room and so by almost sleep training him all over again means my daughter cannot go to bed until he’s finally asleep where ever that May be?

So please please please mum’s out there i am in desperate need of advice on what to do!!!

HELP !

Much love 

Rhianna xx

Birth marks

Birth marks like most of us come in all different shapes and sizes but there is one in particular I am looking to talk about.

Infantile haemangioma. 

This is what nhs web site says about it:

Infantile haemangiomas, also known as strawberry marks, are raised marks on the skin that are usually red. They can appear anywhere on the body.

Sometimes infantile haemangiomas occur deeper in the skin, in which case the skin can look blue or purple.

Haemangiomas are common, particularly in girls, and affect around 5% of babies soon after birth. They rapidly increase in size for the first six months before eventually shrinking and disappearing by around seven years of age.

Haemangiomas that get bigger rapidly, or those that interfere with vision or feeding, may need to be treated.

At around 3 weeks old after thinking it was a little spot my midwife told me my daughter had a strawberry mark on her face. I then very much did the typical new mum thing a turned to Google and worried myself sick! It was on the centre of her cheek and was growling rapidly, I worried about it getting so big it would restrict her air way, I worried it would ulcerate, I worried it should end up sticking out from her face, I worried she would get picked on as 7yrs it a long time to have a birth mark on your face. 

I sound very vain and image conscious saying this but that isn’t the case, however I also understand that kids can be cruel and things like that can scar you mentally for life. 

                   3 weeks old 

2 months old

 12 months old

18 month ( you can see it disapering)

2 yrs old virtually gone 


Now I can’t tell you exactly when it completely disappeared but somewhere between 2/3 one day I woke up and it had gone, as if by magic. 

She doesn’t remember ever having it.  When she looks back at photos she asked why she doesn’t have it? She actually asked me if it fell off and wanted to look for it last time she asked. 

Buy anyway this post is about sharing my feeling and my experience with a strawberry birth mark. My daughter lucked out unfortunately as she has a stork mark, had a strawberry, has a café au lait and a white birth mark. But can accure you the doctors are write and the strawberry mark will go away on it’s own. 

I just want to thank Charlie’s mum’s site. For the inspiration behind this post. 

Have you go a birth mark??

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

Abortion on trial?

I have just caught up on  the BBC 2 programme “Abortion on trial”

This got me thinking about my own views, pro life or pro choice or maybe even somewhere in between?

As a young probably somewhat naive girl I would have stood for hours and told you about how I was pro life and how i could never “murder” my baby. I just couldn’t see any plausible reason to abort your unborn baby. 

Until December of 2005 when I did just that I had an abortion. I was 17 and madly in love with what I now realise an extremely virbaly abusive man nearly 10 years my senior. He was desperate to keep the baby but after finding out I was nearly 18weeks pregnant and honestly had no idea I was in shock!. My partners were very supportive to which ever choice I made but also helped me realise that he was not the man I thought he was and that I wasn’t ready for a baby. 

For me the hardest part was that I had almost no time to decide and on December 23rd I went In to my local hospital. It was all over with in a blink of an eye and to be honest it is a complete blur.  

But now clearly my views have changed somewhat and the say really is prevalent here; 

You can’t judge or make a decision on a situation you have never been in.

So for me I found this documentary particularly interesting and listening to the women’s stories very at times heart wrenching. 

However there was one thing I am still struggling with, there was a man on the programme who’s ex partner had aborted his child after her begged her not to and even stated he would raise the child alone?

How is it right that a woman can decided to keep a baby even if the father isn’t interested, but a man has no choice but to loose a child?

This is where I am stuck between a rock and a hard place?

I do not feel any woman should have to carry a child for 9months that she does not want, it is to mentally disturbing.

I do not feel anyone should be forced to abort a child they wish to keep.

I do not feel anyone should loose a child that could have a loving home, what ever the means. 

I do feel every person has the right to have a child.

Are you seeing my point/problem? 

I would never say a woman should have to carry and birth a child she doesn’t want but I also feel a man shouldn’t have to stand by and watch a child he wants to love and bring up be aborted?
What are your feelings? 

Pro life or pro choice? 

How do you feel about this gentleman’s situation? 

Please share your feeling and thought on this somewhat controversial subject.

Much love 

Rhianna xx

2nd birthday plans 

Well it’s 5 weeks until my son’s 2nd birthday! Omg how time has flown.. so im  now preparing for this birthday. 

We’ve decided not to give him any formal party this year. We’re just going to try out a new soft play area and have a special tea. 

Now I should have learnt from last year but I didn’t and finding birthday paper in the small town we call home even in October is a total nightmare, today we weren’t to a local town which is considerably bigger but stil isn’t a city if you get my drift. There they have a paper chase which if any of you have been before you’ll know is a beautiful paper,craft,card shop but it is a little pricey. I found the most beautiful paper yhere with dinosaurs on which was £3.45 for 3m …. ouch! 

We are also copping out this year with gifts as he’s only 2 and I feel we can stil get away with minimal presents and still give him an amazing day in which he will never remember. So this year his bulk of gifts are clothes from us and 3 small toys. Although don’t feel like he’s missing out as my parents are getting him a monstrous vtech toot toot race way thingy, they already technically had his huge transporter gift from his great grandparents and the until have brought him another gift (I believe a toy airplane) and that is without aunt’s and uncles! I think he’ll do just fine !

I make my kids a cake every year without fale but I’m unsure what to do my son this year? He’s mad about trains and cars (thankfully not Thomas yet tho ) so I am thinking maybe something along the lines of this? 

But I’m really unsure?  Or maybe a bing bunny cake ? My only trouble with this is I did a bing make for my daughter second birthday. Any ideas ?? 

The only thing that is for sure is that he is a cake fiend so I’ll probably go with chocolate… who doesn’t like chocolate cake!

Anyway I hope your all having an amazing week? 

What would you suggest for a monsters 2nd birthday? 

Much love 

rhianna xx 

12 weeks of Christmas series 

Ive decided to do a 12 weeks of christmas series! I do apologise to anyone who is not Christmas crazy like me for swearing with the Xmas word ! But Christmas is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….

Especially for me as this year I will have a nearly 4yr old and a 2yr old. My daughter who is the eldest is really truly getting it this year and is already asking about father Christmas and Rudolph. Eeek it really should be a magical year this year. 

So like I said I’ve decided to do a 12 weeks for Christmas series. Every week sharing hits, tips, trick, recipes and all this christmasy with you all. 

If there’s anything specific you would like to see please comment and let me know.

If you like this also check out the Christmas gift box so far.  

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

Is the big bed a fail?

My son a good sleeper but not the best at going to bed !

Introducing a big bed has helped so much with him waking in the night as he’s not hitting limbs on the edge of the cot but with that also comes the freedom to get out and be mischievous. I have spoken about this in The big bed and To Big Bed Or Not to big bed. 

I now feel is has been long enough that I can now give my honest opinion on the matter !

Like I said before he’s not the easiest to get into bed but this defiantly as made things worse as he can now escape. I have tackled this by letting him stay up later until he’s tired and ready for bed! So I am stil putting him to bed awake but not as awake and I’m going to slowly put him up earlier and earlier until he’s going to bed like his sister ( which is when I say so!)

As for waking in the night. I still haven’t had to tackle that one, which I am taking as a good sign. Before we converted the bed he was waking every night front thrashing about. But fingers crossed, touch wood this problemhas naturally resolved itself. 

Oh i forgot to mention, I have decided not to use a bed guard as I feel the possibility of his falling a couple of inches scares me much less than him trying to climb over it and falling about half a meter. I used one with my daughter and she was absolutely fine but I don’t feel she would have ever attempted to climb it. My son on the other hand is a typical boy who tried to climb, throw or chew anything he can get his grubby little hands on. So I definaly feel I have chosen the lesser of two evils. 

I hope this helps and one else out there with a little monkey like me. 

Much love 

Rhianna xx