This year I’ve been inspired by the kindness advent calendar put together by Lauren from Dilan & Me. I must admit I haven’t been able to follow it every day because there are days where Ella & I simply don’t make it out of the house!
However, I have taken ideas from it & implemented them where possible. I went to Starbucks on my way to the Wreath making workshop & rather than buying my usual size coffee I bought two smaller ones and suspended one of them for someone else and my Christmas cards (not that I’ve written them yet!) are all in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association – a charity close to our family’s heart. It’s surprising how much kindness you can squeeze into your day even if it just feeding the plumber & plasterer gingerbread men!
As Christmas is fast approaching it’s got me thinking about how excited I am to have family around to share in Ella’s very first. But it’s also got me thinking a lot about loved ones that are no longer here. In particular Mr L’s father, Henry. Continue reading “Merry Christmas to the Stars in the Sky.”
I underestimated how important Christmas traditions were to me until this year. With it being Ella’s first Christmas our little unit feels like a proper family. She’s too young to understand anything this year but I still feel strongly about starting as we mean to go on.
I don’t want Ella growing up thinking that Christmas is purely about being given presents. Here the Christmas traditions that we will be continuing or starting for Ella…
The community of mums is a funny one. And I’m excluding dads from this because I just don’t get the same vibe from them.
But some mums can be horrible bitches.
At times it’s like being back in the playground. From rude whispers at mother & baby groups to sideways glances at the weigh-in clinic. The comments section of Facebook posts is gold for this. Why do some mums feel the need to be so disapproving and quite frankly rude to others?
Crying was a daily occurrence in those first few days. They weren’t always sad tears. Feelings of being overwhelmed, happy, delirious, so in love, anger & exhaustion all play a part. Emotions run high after having a baby. You’re so exhausted & the realisation that motherhood really is a 24/7 job is a hard pill to swallow. Comments from loved ones about you being hormonal don’t help when you’re exactly that…
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon The little dog laughed to see such fun! And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Sit with your baby on your lap and sway side to side as the cat plays the fiddle. Lift baby up as the cow jumps over the moon. As the dog laughs tickle your baby & then jiggle your legs (or theirs if old enough) as the dish runs away with the spoon!
Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall. One named Peter, one named Paul. Fly away Peter, fly away Paul. Come back Peter. Come back Paul. Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall. One named Peter, one named Paul. Two little fishes swimming in a lake. One named Jessie, one named Jake. Swim away Jessie, swim away Jake. Come back Jessie. Come back Jake. Two little fishes swimming in a lake. One named Jessie, one named Jake. Two little butterflies flying through the air. One named Colin, one named Claire. Fly away Colin, fly away Claire. Come back Colin, come back Claire. Two little butterflies flying through the air. One named Colin, one named Claire.
For children of all ages this is a great nursery rhyme to do with finger puppets or hand movements. Babies will love to watch you & older children will love to join in!
You can have a lot of fun marching around the room & jumping in puddles to this rhyme – trying adding a ‘splash’ after the word puddle. For older children why not try changing the names of people and places to find new rhymes? For example, “Doctor Fester went to Leicester”.
For babies you can bounce them on your knee for the travelling to Gloucester, pitter patter your fingers for rain, ‘bump’ them to the floor for the puddle, tickle them for the middle & bounce them again at the end!
History Of The Rhyme
It is not known for sure how this rhyme came about but it is supposedly linked to King Edward I. He reportedly fell off his horse when visiting Gloucester. After landing in a muddy puddle he was too embarrassed that he vowed never to return.
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