Monday, 28 June 2010

The second week

I've officially been potty training my daughter for a week now. What a difference! Last week was marked by screaming on the toilet and taking 2 hours to do a wee, with no hope of doing no. 2 at all! Today my daughter is asking to go to the toilet and is weeing straightaway.

No. 2 is still difficult, she asks to go several times before finally doing anything (similar to last week with weeing), but she sometimes waits until nap time when she has a pull-up on. But this step typically takes longer to achieve, so I'm not too concerned. This time next week...

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Potty training

As soon as a baby is born their life is broken down into little development steps and stages. Their first smile, holding their head up, sitting up, crawling, walking, the first black eye (yes, we all remember don't we?!).

We've just embarked on the next stage with our 2-year-old daughter: potty training. It's such a big step, more like a leap over a canyon. We get it wrong, we go back to the beginning (although not by air ambulance hopefully).

Various websites are available dispensing advice:
Babycentre has a checklist of signs to indicate when your child might be ready.
Huggies naturally suggest we all use Pull-Ups, which are good for long journeys and night time, but you can't beat new underwear to encourage your child! I like the myths page though.
You can't beat the good-old BBC for down-to-earth advice.

I decided to potty train my son just before his 2nd birthday, when he started pulling his nappy down to wee and was wetting his clothes and bedding. I decided if he was getting wet in a nappy he might as well get wet in underpants. He had the hang of the potty within 2 days, so it was definitely the right time for him.

With my daughter she definitely was not ready to train at age 2, so we've been waiting patiently for the first signs of interest. This past weekend we decided to begin (she is now 2 and a half years old), for several reasons: she is interested when her brother or I use the toilet, she wanted pretty knickers to wear, and every night after we put her to bed she would get up and ask for the potty. In the latter case, she was always bluffing (prolonging bedtime!), but we thought we'd call her bluff!

On Saturday we bought her pretty Lola knickers, we have 10 pairs in total to begin with. We arranged our assortment of potties around the house (we have a 3-storey house!) and made sure every toilet had a little seat next to it.

On Sunday, we set off for church armed with portable potty, two sets of spare clothes, nappy bags, wipes, pull ups, & kitchen roll (and a cuddly toy!). She didn't need to go for the whole hour. However, during the rest of the day she had several wet accidents, but they help to create awareness so we were reassuring, put her straight on the potty, and made a fuss of how good she was.

Monday was the first big test because I was home alone with her! She only had one accident early in the morning, and then managed to communicate her needs by bouncing around shouting "toilet" the rest of the day! She tends to say "finished" just before she begins weeing, so after getting rather wet once I now know to keep her on a bit longer!

Tuesday (today), we are into no 2 training, since she has been holding back a bit I think. She has been sat on the potty for about 30mins now after dirtying two pairs of knickers and a pull up.

What do other mums do at nap times? Do you use pull ups or a nappy? Do you always use knickers/underpants during the day or do you use a mix of pull ups too (eg, if you know they need a poo?)? I never needed to use pull ups with my son, except when he was at nursery (because they were useless at helping him), but my daughter is very different to him!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Playground safety

My friend's little boy had a nasty accident this morning, he fell off a piece of play equipment in the school playground, badly bruising and grazing his head and face on the hard tarmac surface. He didn't fall far, but it was enough to really hurt him and cause him distress.

My friend, when she saw how her son's face had bruised and swollen up over the day, went straight to see the headmaster, expecting some form of sympathy and an agreement to look into moving the equipment to the grassy area.

She was astonished: he was completely unsympathetic. He refused to move the equipment, and he said if everyone complained about accidents the children wouldn't have any equipment to play on! After much discussion he has agreed to discuss the matter at the next teachers' meeting.

I am not someone who complains about every little incident and demand health and safety reviews and compensation. But I feel that a point-blank refusal to move the equipment is wrong. This equipment is quite clearly in the wrong place. Several other play items are scattered around the school grounds, there is a trim trail which is situated on a soft surface (part rubber, part grass), there are some tall items for the children to run around on the grass field, and there is this piece on the playground. I understand the desire to spread equipment around the school grounds, but I think the school is simply trying to reduce costs, because obviously, to dig up part of the playground and refill it with sand/bark will cost them money.

The health and safety executive do not have clear guidance on playground safety (that I can find): according to their site, they say we should be "protecting children from harm while allowing them the freedom to develop independence and risk awareness". This sentiment I agree with completely.

A play surface manufacturer has the following information on their site: "As a general rule, if the existing surface is tarmac or concrete, safer surfacing should be installed beneath all play equipment regardless of the free height of fall, for certain play areas with static, low level equipment this may not apply".

Unfortunately, it might take further accidents (reported to the school) before this issue is dealt with properly.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Bacon wrapped around a sausage with a side of gammon

This morning we were at Farrowby free range farm (pigs & turkeys) at Hinxworth (off the A1 southbound between Biggleswade & Stotfold).



We took apples and pears to feed to the pigs. They were very pleased to see us and our offerings.







Rather embarrassed trying to explain this to my son:



"Mummy, that pig is sitting on the other pig!"

They also have horses.




"You looking at me? No really, are you?"

Currently enjoying lunch in the cafe and play area. We are surrounded by chickens and a hungry cat is eyeing up my son's chicken nuggets!

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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Vegetable problems

I don't know if it's the weather but my veg this year are behaving oddly.

1) Carrots have grown enormous stalks and one has flowered.



2) Strawberries are all leaves and no flowers.



3) Potatoes still haven't flowered.




4) Lettuce keeps flowering.



5) Courgettes already have powdery mildew.



Flowers where I want them but none where they should be. I am stumped. Please tell me in the comments if you know what I've done wrong.


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Friday, 11 June 2010

A fun job

I had to renumber 160 references recently, three times! Just found my notes while tidying and thought I would share. This is how my mind works!




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