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Funday Thursdays/Family Thursdays

One day late with this post! Will you ever forgive me! I so hope so!

Thursdays are a day in which we go to our favourite squiggles and giggles (website). It’s so great to get out nice and early, to socialise and play and really teach Landon the benefits of routine with other children a little older than himself.

This weeks squiggles and giggles meant mummy was taking both Landon and Wyatt to the playgroup on my own, the difficulty of getting from the car with a toddler who does not walk nicely beside you and a heavy car seat with infant in was not easy! However once inside the safety of playgroup my worries were eased because of course new baby snuggles are loved by all so there are always plenty of offers to snuggle the baby! Leaving me free to run after Landon. Octopus arms are needed with these two out and about without the safety of the icandy double pram.

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There’s always just so much for Landon to at with and get into and I’m so much more accepting of the goop and gak and paint and glue than at the start of our squiggles and giggles journey. I know that as long as he keeps those hands off my clothes I can forgive him for any state he gets into. They’re only clothes and its only skin, easy washable. I really do rate messy play. I’m becoming so much more of an “earth” mother than I ever thought possible.

Our Thursday routine is usually followed with a quick trip to greggs and matalan where I park beside and then we head over to my grandmas because she looks after my two cousins, Caiden 4 and Sophie 18 months and its great t get some time for the kids to play and enjoy their family. Yesterday we took them to a soft play near us and its great because they just run free as its quite a compact softplay perfect for us as it was nearly empty and we could sit right in the middle of the main frame where we could see them and still enjoy a sit down and a drink and snuggles with Wyatt.

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Sophie, 18 months is just so adorable with Wyatt she actually cried when I took him back to feed him! So sweet. I find little girls are so lovely with babies.

I fed using my nursing cover today! Bebe au lait could be my new best friend. Oh oh oh. My “breast friend” I’m so easily amused!!! Excuse the cringey pout, I couldn’t take myself seriously doing a “selfie” in a public place.

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I also had my shoe order arrive from Kurt Geiger! Ahhhhhhh bliss! 🙂 look at that! Some yummy creeping in!

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Here’s to another happy week 🙂 and here’s to the weekend!! Enjoy everyone

Xoxo

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Our trip to the library and toy library!

Today I thought I would so something different to any of our normal activities! I thought I would take my toddler, 13 month Landon Joe, to the library!

Now I can’t say I have been to a library unless school/uni has required me to do so in a long time! I tend to buy a lot of books, I even digitally downloaded one onto my iPad mini. An experience I didn’t particularly enjoy! I’m old school. Paper, folded down corners and well thumbed books with flimsy spines.

My son loves books! I can’t say that it’s through my pushing either, I would love to have more time to sit down and read to him book after book. But in all honesty toddlers are hard to pin down especially the early walkers like mine who started at 9 month and I perhaps think now he’s got the hang of it better than me! There is just no stopping my energetic little guy! He’s had a good supply of books bought for him and they’re left in ease of access in toy boxes and in his playroom. I’ll often just find him thumbing through them himself. Thus, what better a resource to review and try out than my own local library.

Firstly, not impressive, it’s clear that the area doesn’t have an avid group of young readers, the building wasn’t well kept, and in all honesty I wouldn’t put money into unused facilities either. The library was completely empty! The lady gave us our new library cards and a book start pack for Landon that encouraged reading at any age and came with a gorgeous little passport to stamp everytime he checked something out! He now will get certificates for reading so many books! What a fab incentive, maybe the little passport is more catered for my taste than his, he wasn’t particularly bothered. But he did have fun looking at all the books and pulling a few out, these few we checked out on his very first “my first library card”. The librarian informed us of a fantastic baby/toddler reading session too to give us an afternoon activity to attend as well. Whilst the selection wasn’t great and the facilities weren’t well kept I can’t help but think the more people who bother with the local amenities the more that will be put back into the community! So in amongst buying everything I think a fortnightly library trip is in need!

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After we ventured to the library the building beside it is called “station villa” it’s the local authorities children’s centre with a crèche, baby groups and messy play. Not to mention the TOY LIBRARY.

We checked this out today and again it was completely empty!! Such a fantastic resource in a town which has a large disparity gap between have and have nots. I would think at £1.00 membership for the year for the family and between £0.10 and £0.50p to loan an item for two weeks there would be people jumping at the chance.

The toys weren’t all the newest, there wasn’t all the new gadgets and there wasn’t a huge selection. But what was there was ample! It was a fantastic little gem I can’t help but think people should get the chance to appreciate more. A toy library! Again, something that would benefit from a more constant stream of traffic, the staff were keen to give us leaflets and join us up and come down to their play sessions. I got the feeling they were scarcely occupied. The building was quite dilapidated and it wasn’t our usually snazzy soft play dive but we signed up for the toy library and made promises to come back and loan out toys.

There was nothing that caught my sons eye today, probably due to the fact that he has too many toys of his own. But we will certainly be back to give the outside toys a go!

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It’s certainly two places I would encourage all other mothers to have a scout at! It’s amazing what you find on your doorstep that you never knew existed!

Xoxo