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Autumn loveliness

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Hasn’t it turned cold!!!! Brrr…. There have been a couple of frosts here on windyhill. Thankfully, it’s been bright in the days and my little friend and I have been out and about all over the place making the most of the sharp, sunny days. Cold days like this deserve hearty food and today I used up a load of m’s tomatoes with a nice jaimie oliver soup recipe. Yum! We had a lovely morning at newstead abbey yesterday, the home of the late and rather strange Lord Byron and extremely ancient, pre- reformation abbey ruins. There are so many gardens there for b to discover and a lovely safe environment for her to run around in and let off some steam. We have had dry pants all week and she is extremely good at communicating her desire to go to the loo now, so although I keep a set of spare clothes in my bag, as of yet, they’ve not been used. Wow! I’m so proud of her. Many people wondered if she was too young at 18 months to potty train but I knew she could do it. She was making it very clear to me before hand that she was ready and her verbal skills and understanding is really advanced for her age so I’m really pleased I gave it a go and that I didn’t give up on the day that I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall!!! I’m intrigued to learn that babies in third world countries are trained by the age of 1, and I was talking to a fellow mum in my library who knew of a baby trained at 8 months!!!! My goodness!!!! That’s incredible! Anyhow…

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We’ve been enjoying a variety of baked apple puddings this week and m came home with a load of pears for us which we’ve been merrily munching our way through.

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And I learned a very good tip for removing that waxy coating on shop bought fruit. Warm water and white vinegar in the sink for ten minutes. Excellent!

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Poor m…. I think I have finished making Autumn garlands now, after playing with Autumn crocheted leaves all week. The result is a lovely cheerful….

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Garland for our French doors.

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I will put the pattern on for this larger leaf as I ended up devising one as I just couldn’t find a suitable one on the net.

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They are tacked on to some ribbon and I’m very happy with their Autumn colours and cheerfulness.

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After much hard work on m’s part…

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Things are finally coming together upstairs. This is the new en-suite he has built us. He has made this unit himself and there will be a nice little cupboard underneath soon.

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What a clever fellow he is!

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I’ll be glad to see the back of all this lot though…

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And a new carpet has gone down in the bedroom too, much to b’s dismay as it made a wonderful horsey in the living room! Night xxxxx

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Guardian angels

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B and I went out yesterday to blow the cobwebs away after a yucky, poorly week and to make the most of some glorious Autumn sunshine. I wanted to gather some of the beautiful leaves that are beginning to flutter down, so set little beebop on the mission.  We had a lovely morning, and it was also a huge success in pant land!! They remained dry!!!!! Bless her heart, she walked such a long way too. 
We got some fantastic coloured leaves and played with sticks and pinecones, ran down banks…. B’s favourite sport!!! And low and behold…. Met little b’s guardian angel on the way….

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What an amazing shot.  I was taking it of b running down the bank and when I looked at it, it had this celestial hue to it.  A loved one visiting? Or maybe the sunshine through the tree? Who knows…. But a lovely shot.

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we came back in with cold hands and rosy cheeks. What better on an autumn day to warm up with a snuggly blanket and your first ever drink of hot chocolate. Oh my! Little b loved it!

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We spent a while after she woke up, examining our leafy treasures and then a lesson on needles, thread and scissors…

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You see, I have grand plans for these little beauties.  A very fine needle goes through the stem easily and once b had finished examining the hanging leaves….

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They were put inside a heavy book to flatten out and keep safe until I get chance for phase two!

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In the meantime, tinky is clearly enjoying the firelit evenings, as am I… Especially gleeful tonight as today, I am extremely proud to announce that all wee wees and poo poos have been done cleverly on the toilet and potty… Even one whilst we were out and about at grannys church! Hurrah!

I will show you our finished leaf project next time, until then…. Wish me a puddleless few days ahead xxxxxxx

Leaves, apples and potties!

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It’s been a few days now since my last post and we have just finished day 10 of operation wet pants. Urgh! It’s tiring and I have felt like a prisoner to the potty doing the cold turkey method…. Removing nappies and just going for it, but I think it’s paying off now. There’s been a few highs, and many lows!!!! Sitting in the booster seat at the dinner table and re-creating the angel falls was a good one, as were the parcels on the floor as the bath is running. Honestly…. It seems that the second I take my eyes off the ball, a calamity happens! Take today…. It took me moments to squeeze a tea bag out of the cup and in that space…. Houston…. We have wet pants!!!!! You’ve got to laugh… Although I have to say, I am a very, very patient person on the whole and generally have never been frustrated with little b before, but my word! I’ve felt frustration like you wouldn’t believe! It’s when you think it’s all going so well and it’s beginning to click and then you go backwards. For example, I have taken to playing peppa pig on my phone to b when she is sitting, trying to wee. We must have watched three episodes and two minutes after standing up….. Hello fountain!!!!!!! Oh well…. On the plus side, whilst she is still improving on going to the potty and communicating the need, she now can hold it well in between. Generally 2 hours and once 3! If I just keep saying…. ‘no wet pants’ she seems to understand and it means I can start to try to go out and about. Today, she managed a car journey to the town 5 miles away, a shopping trip and the journey home. What a little star and then did a little tiddle in the potty when I got back. She’s doing well on the whole.

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We’ve both been ill this week so poor little mite has had a lot on her plate. I’ve relaxed during sleep times by playing with my leaves! They’ve been waiting for me and so I laid them all out on this cushion and got cracking.

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The result…. My lovely, leafy Autumn garland.

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I’m very happy with it….

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And little b was thrilled when she saw it.

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She’s really good with knowing her colours now and enjoyed naming them all….

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And we’ve been collecting real leaves today, so it seemed to have some relevance to her.

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M simply looked up…. And sighed!!! Ha ha….

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These are b’s favourite healthy treats at the minute…. Apple crispy slices. Mmm they are yummy and offer a good potty incentive! I know you can buy these type of things, but the sulphuric additives are not to my liking so I’ve made them and in my opinion, mine are nicer!

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Simply slice your apple across the core in thin slices. Now I don’t own an apple corer, so I use this….

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A wine bottle top. It’s just the job!!

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Lay them out on some brown paper

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And sprinkle with your choice of sugar and spices. I use golden caster sugar and cinnamon. Delicious! The whole house smells amazing whilst they are cooking. Put them in a warm oven on a low heat… I put them in on 120. Now they take a good couple of hours and you need to turn them over after an hour.

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But they are well worth the wait.

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I put a few grains of rice in the jar to absorb any moisture. Now…. The paper you lay them on…. Don’t throw it away, or the left over sugar and spice. Roll it up, put it all in a jar and use it again for the next batch. I’ve used mine 4 times now!

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Well…. Almost time for bedtime snuggles and stories, so I better be off. See you soon xxxxxxxw

Operation wet pants, day 3,4 and 5

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After 3 solid days of being at home with b and her sprinkler system, I was incredibly grateful for the grandparents offering to babysit on Friday night. Our local, village pub is at the top of the hill and has some local folk musicians play on a Friday night. It was just what the doctor ordered!
Day 3 was very similar to day 2… No difference at all really.
Day 4 was a definite cause for celebration with not one puddle on the floor, and even better, little b was actually trying to tell me she needed to go in her own little way.
Day 5 was not as successful, but bearing in mind that we had a day at b’s grandparents with differing surroundings and excited cousins to play with, I think b did really well. Only 2 puddles and 3 successful wees on the toilet. Yes! The toilet!!!! It seems that little b prefers the big toilet with a little seat adapter.  but then again, she never sees mummy and daddy on the potty so it makes sense really!
Only a short post tonight as I’m feeling under the weather…. I will add that you may have heard about the meteorite that made national news on Friday night. Mum and dad got a magnificent view of it whizzing over windy hill whilst we were in the pub!

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Operation wet pants- day 2

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Phew! I am very glad once again for a sit down during nap time. I feel like I am permanently stalking poor little b. She keeps eyeing me suspiciously as if to say ‘why the hell are you on my heels all the time! Give it a rest mum!’ but I can count on it that the minute I take my eyes off of her, she’ll present me with a fountain! Or worse… As she did as I was running the bath last night and believe me…. I’m just glad the upstairs carpet is as old as the house and will soon be ripped up!

Anyhow…. I am being negative…. I don’t mean to be as it’s just life isn’t it and every one of us on the planet has lead our own parents a merry dance doing exactly the same thing. One of the most eye opening things about having a child is realising what your own parents did for you…. The sleepless nights, the endless fatigue and the puddles!!!!! I’ve also always grown up knowing that I am loved and feeling very loved by my parents, but having my own child, It is only now, that I understand the full extent of my parents love for me as I think it’s something you can only feel when you have your own child.

I digress….

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We have progress on day 2…. Little b is enjoying the endless amount of books and one to one time she receives from us both during wee wee time and I am pleased to say that she has spaced out her wees enormously from the previous day, which I am told, reassuringly from a more experienced mum that this is a sign of progress, that b is learning bladder control and is trying to hold it. Also, her nappy was dry after her nap. She has gone from every 15 minutes to every hour and it’s like clockwork!!!! The amazing thing is, I’ve figured out, and apologies for too much information here…. But, if I drink when b does, I pretty much need to go at the same time as b so it acts as a prompt! Bit of a tip to try there!

Other things then….

So, yesterday, I showed you my crocheted Autumn leaf…

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Well, what will it be?

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Autumn leaves on twigs! I saw this on pinterest and wanted to try it. I made my own leaf pattern though as I wanted them a little bigger. And I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

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Firstly, chain 7

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slip stitch into the second stitch from the hook, then slip stitch the next one, then do a half double crochet in the next two stitches.
In the following stitch, double crochet. Now, it should look like this

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And you see where my scissors are pointing in the final stitch, you are going to do several double crochets in the same stitch, to create the rounded end of the leaf.

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Keep going in the same stitch until you are level with where you started this…. The amount will vary, depending upon what wool you use.

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Once you are level, in the next stitch, double crochet, in the next, half double. Now, you aren’t going to go all the way back up to the top, that way, you can make a nice pointy tip of the leaf so now, slip stitch in to the following stitch and again in the next.

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Now, this next bit seems tricky, but it’s not and it will make the vein down the centre of the leaf. See where my scissors are pointing, it’s the hole between stitches. Poke your hook through the hole, grasp the yarn and bring it up and slip stitch. Now do this down all the holes down the middle until you meet the end.

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Once you get to the end, fasten off and weave ends in.

When you put it on your twigs, if that’s what you intend to do…. Just poke the twig under where you’ve tied your knot. Poke the stick through a little more and secure again under a stitch near the top of the leaf.

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And it should stay put!

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I made a few extra to scatter around the base.

Right…. Continuing with my trim now for the next reveal!

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Until then xxxxxxx

Operation wet pants…. Day 1

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Well…. Poor b is full of cold and didn’t sleep well last night so I’m currently sat on her rocking chair waiting for her to wake up. She’s been asleep 2.5 hours again! Crikey…. Little miss loves her sleep!

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Sleeping soundly and making little snuffling noises. Simply adorable. Well, it’s day 2 today but I thought I’d. Bring you up to date.

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After putting plenty of old towels around the carpet …

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And on the sofa….

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I made up some bicarb and vinegar (yes, I’ve become obsessed!) as the vinegar removes odours. I’m pleased to learn that urine is sterile, but I don’t want any lingering odours after all of this. Well….. Little b kept me on my toes and I began to wish for eyes in the back of my head. Wee’s were coming every 15 minutes in the morning. I was tanking her up with liquids to encourage toilet opportunities but didn’t expect that!!! I knew that day one would be all about b learning what her body does and didn’t have any expectations other than trying to plonk her on the potty mid flow, and this is pretty much how the day went. I’m glad I went with my instincts and bought 21 pairs of pants for her rather than the advised 7!!!!!! I think we got through 7 before lunch!!! The hardest thing is keeping her occupied inside as it’s too cold outside for her to run around in pants. Bless her…. She was fast on yesterday when I went up too! It must be mentally exhausting for the little mite

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Whilst she was asleep yesterday, I played with my button jar to make some cute adornments for a mirror I have….

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And finished off some more crocheted Autumn leaves

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Which I will show you what I am doing with next time. Until then…. Wish me luck!!! Xxxxxxx

Gulp!

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Our beautiful little girl told me she loves me last night and I feel like my heart is going to pop.
Excuse this slushy post, but remember, this blog is for b to look back at when she is older and I am a big slush puppy myself, growing up in a very loving family.  It will turn to a normal post once I have explained this tear jerking, heart wrenching moment.  Oh, I wish I had started this blog earlier and captured our many, many special moments that have gone before!

B has come on leaps and bounds with her speech of late, putting words together and giving us instructions.  Bless her heart, she likes to say ‘ready, Steady, go’ in her own way, have the briefest conversations on her little phone that usually consist of ‘hello, hi daddy, love you, bye’ and she likes to boss poor tinky around now.  Yes, prince daddy has had the joys of her saying she loves him for a few days now, but last night, as I closed her bedroom door and said ‘ love you Bella’ a sweet and tired little voice answered back ‘love you mummy’ oh my goodness!!!!! I rushed back in and gave her such a squeeze, Wanted to eat her up and had to tear myself away! My heart is popping now just thinking about her

Apologies….

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Tomorrow is going to be a big day.  shreck here, is helping demonstrate weeing in the potty….

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With the help of a syringe of water to wee wee with!!!

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21 pairs of clever girl pants are waiting….
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Yummy, healthy, frozen yoghurt drops as treats.

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Just put your yoghurt in a bag, make a tiny hole and put loads of blobs on a sheet to go in the freezer. They only take an hour and are a smashing little treat.

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B has already been exploring potty corner and here she is looking at the stickers she can get if she wee wees in the right place! So all the prep is done and tomorrow I am going for it. No messing, no nappies or pull ups, just plenty of puddles and wet pants to tackle. Wish me luck! I’ve got a clear week ahead, the weather is set to turn nasty, so I am staying home and am going to do my best at operation wet pants!I think the bottles of home brew may be thinning by the end of the week along with my sanity but it’s got to be done at some point hasn’t it!

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Other things then…. B and I have been having a nice time sitting in the warm and fragrant green house eating our way through daddy’s tomatoes.

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It’s proved a really good lesson in learning the colours green and red!

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The weather is bright and sunny, but cold now, so away my summer clothes have gone, up into the loft….

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And it is time to investigate my rosehips. The bush is heaving and bursting with beautiful, crimson goodness.

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Not quite ready for cooking up, but there’s a frost due at the end of the week so I should be able to get them at the weekend.

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But they are ready to use to make things pretty….

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Like adorning my welcome sign and my little flower jar by the back door….

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Next, I have my eye on these little juicey beauties….

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I have so much Hawthorne in the garden. The birds love it, but they can share a small portion for me to cook up some jelly.  It’s a tedious and painful job picking the hawes, but so good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

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Beware parents!!! You may be getting another jar of red stuff very soon!!!!

I’ve been looking at my door hanging and it’s missing something..

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Some lovely rosehips!

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There! Much better!

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And a sewing needle goes through the stems so easily!
Our garden seems to be having a final flourish at the moment. I thought I had seen the last of the sweet peas but along with everything else, they are enjoying (and so are we) their swan song.

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So vibrant, and their colour matches their fragrance.

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My Echinacea is blooming once again….

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And my happy little climbers are their best yet.

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The monster climbers that are taking over are now producing lovely looking squashes…

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And the marigolds are sunshines on stems.

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And there is corn on the Cobb! It’s a tentative time though. This time last year, the winds ruined our corn plants.
So life continues as it always does, and will, in cycles.  The same…. And
yet in b’s case…. So different.
I will let you know how operation wet pants goes!

Until then xxxxxxxxxxxx