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Something awesome came to Truro..

On Saturday under the extremely bright,hot Cornish sun (not a sentence you read very often! Were more used to the liquid kind…)  a 10.2 metre high puppet visited my little city. It didn’t just randomly stroll on in (well duh it’s a puppet!) 

10 years ago the kind people of UNESCO realised how important Cornish mining had been in shaping the uk & much further afield, minerals mined from our insignificant little point had been shipped, freighted all over the place. And so 10 years go the Cornish mining district was awarded world heritage status, along side the great wall of China and the taj mahal. Truro was (I think, I maybe wrong) one of the first places to have the tin stamps. When in Cornwall you are never too far away from a disused mine (honest if most of you had viewed the mining maps you’d all move away! Well just look at Camborne/redruth falling into the ground) it was hard, dirty work and very very dangerous, many a life was lost in this way, either through rock falls, false floors collapsing, being passed or being drowned amongst other things. The holes go many many fathoms down (6 feet = 1 fathom) and the real show of Cornish spirit yesterday was a real bringing together of mining past and present. Recently mining has fallen off schools curriculum, we learn about far flung places but not stuff that went on on our own doorstep. So during the run up to the 2 week crawl starting from tailstock and ending at geevor tin mine the wonderful crew worked with local schools to create stuff related to mining and to tell the kids about it. How great are they? 

So anyways we have this massive puppet in Truro. We got there by 12.30 (it didn’t start untill 2) but because I knew there would be hundreds of people I wanted to get a place that midge could see. However this did mean that by 1.30 she was a whingy crying mess on the floor. However when they pulled the cover off she soon perked up. 

There was lots of singing and the commentator Will Coleman was captivating and so funny! The stories he told and the way he told them really created a lovely atmosphere with singing and laughter. The man engine itself was all built down here and was the largest mechanical structure built in the uk (I bet the previous winners never got the amazing following this has got!) 


Midge loves the man engine & keeps talking about it and singing her own versions of the songs. I loved it too. It was funny, clever, magical and such a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon! 

I do think at things like this it should be ensured that children have a sectioned off area near the front to save the having to keep a child from having a meltdown  because theyve got to wait so long so they make sure they have a good view. Thank you to the lovely people who I was stood near for helping keep midge entertained and for not making me feel like rubbish when she had eventually had enough & had a mini meltdown.

Man engine & crew, we thoroughly enjoyed it! 

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I’m scared

Since having midge over 3 years ago my stomach hasn’t been right, I spent the time between having her & little L with a stomach which drooped out between the muscles when I lent over or tented up through the muscles when I went from laying down to sitting up. It was slightly painful but I just thought it was due to having a second baby. After little L was born I told the midwives in the hospital who said they’d reffered me to physio to help pull the muscles back in, I never got that appointment. Now 6 months later i still look 5 months pregnant, and I’ve got a squishy bulge at the top of my belly button, it goes when I lay down & gets bigger when I strain my stomach or cough. I’m terrified, I can’t have surgery, I’ve 3 babies to look after, school runs to do (with sassy starting primary In September) little L is just starting the journey into being a proper little person. 
I’m scared that it’s a hernia, I’m scared what it’ll mean for me, for my kids. I’m planning on making a doctor’s appointment today. I need to face it. 

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Cloth nappies

I love cloth nappies, I wanted to use them even before little L was born, but big L didn’t seem to be so enthusiastic so I didn’t bother. In June with midge’s brilliant (and successful) attempt at giving up her nappies I thought I would go for it. When I TOLD big L he said “well it’ll save money” (arghh I know that why didn’t you say that 6 months ago!!!) So I started looking into it, what type, who’s are best. I asked on Twitter and got a few replies, then I turned to trusty eBay where I came across kernow kloth, ohh I thought they must be near me (because obviously Cornwall is tiny…) so I emailed, they where just across the road!! So we arranged to meet at the childrens clothes bank. Whilst there we found a big bag of clothes nappies too so I came away with 3 gorgeous new kernow kloth nappies 

Aswell as a bag containing various types of other reusable nappies (fuzzibuns and some Australian brands) and some inserts. I was very excited! 

The first couple of days we suffered leakages, only small but still. Then I realised I could pull them tighter than normal nappies because they are lobely and soft not plastic-y and to add an extra insert at night. We don’t have leaks now. 
I use pocket nappies so there’s an opening under the top layer which you put the inserts in, the later next to the skin stays dry (it’s very clever) if he poos I rinse it off under the tap in the bath, if he wees I put it straight in the washing machine. It really is so simple! If I make up the nappies as soon as they come out of the tumble dryer it really is just like using disposables. It’s not produced any extra washing for me because I do so many washes in a day anyway. I don’t find it any extra work. And now we barely have any nappies! No weekly rush because we’re Down to the last nappy.
Oh and cost wise, my kernow kloth nappies where £5.25 per nappy, so just over £15, the inserts £1.50 each and I got 6.so in total just over £24. Yes you would need a few more but I make do with 5. So it’s not a huge outlay when you consider that nappies fit from birth to potty training (I have tried one on midge just to check, it had to be on the loosest fitting but it did fit.) So the cost saves in the long run.
I love them and the designs and colours are so much nicer than those of regular nappies. 

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Sorry, and an update

eugh I’ve managed to abandon my blog, again!! Well there’s been lots of changes going on here. Some of you may remember midge’s completely definate stance of never giving up her nappies, after she turned 3 and moved into the preschool room she was the only one still in nappies, so we said again to her did she want to try without? Did she want to show her new teachers what a really big girl she is? And she did, straight away. The accidents where minimal but she really went for it. Everyone was so pleased! Then this week id noticed her night time nappies where always dry, she goes for a wee before bed (often lots of times….) so last night we didn’t put on any pull ups and this morning she was still dry!! I’m so proud of her. Here’s to a cheaper life!  
Little L loves food (although not blended roast) I made veggie ice cubes which he ate, jarred food he’s eaten, rusks, wotsits, he’s sucked on a strawberry and drunk water from a sippy cup. We’ve also turned his play seat into a walker and he whizzes around the living room backwards! 

He’s still not rolled or sat up. He also says “yayaya” I think he’s teething, he’s always feeling his gums with his tongue & chewing everything. 
Sassy has a lunch at her new school tomorrow, I’m so excited whether she will eat it or not I’m unsure, hopefully! Then she also has an hour in her future classroom on Wednesday. It’s all very exciting, but also scary my first baby off to school! But I know she won’t even look back as she skips on in. Not sure how I’ll manage transport fees however, it’ll cost £6 a day and when they charge her too it’ll be £9 a day in total which over a week/month/term/year is a massive amount. I’m sure we will sort something but it’s one little black cloud hanging over the sheer excitement. 

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Wicked uncle *review*

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Does anyone else have trouble finding gifts for someone else’s child? Or my your own for that matter, they change their minds so often!

I know I do, choosing gifts for boy who was 10 at the beginning of april was so hard! I ended up asking the lovely Stevie from a Cornish mum blog (go have a read, she’s great) for inspiration. Then I had girls 8th birthday coming up and again was at a loss, is she too old for dollies? Toy animals? What do 8 year old girls like? This is where the fab wicked uncle comes into its own. You can search visa couple of different criteria, so I chose girl, age 8, and it brings up various options which are popular with children in that age range! But don’t despair if your girl is a tomboy or if your boys love to copy mummy and like to play dollies. Wicked uncle know not all girls like barbies and not all boys like diggers. So there are other criteria you can use instead. You can just search by age, by the category of toy or just browse the most popular toys of the moment.

Standard delivery is £2.95 no matter the size & weight! Now that rivals most toy shops for starters! They also offer express delivery and Saturday delivery so they cover all bases (even if you forget until the day before!)

Now if for whatever reason the little persons birthday went out of your head until the last minute wicked uncle will even gift wrap it and write a card for you. The cards are hand written so they look authentic so it means you just click, wait, hand out. It couldn’t be any more time saving!

They also have a birthday reminder service which you can add birthdays to and each year they will send you an email with age appropriate gift suggestions.

Checkout was easy to use and not over complicated or drawn out, so if it’s reaching the 4pm deadline for orders don’t worry checkout is quite quick & easy.

I chose standard delivery and it arrived 2 days later. The toys where packed well and everything arrived in great condition, no dented or battered boxes.

It’s such a handy website even if you do know what your children like I bet you’d get even more ideas!

I received a money off voucher in return for an honest review which I have provided.

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The new jungle book movie

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Well it’s good but does anyone else feel it’s missing the charm of the original? And what’s with making all the Disney films grown up? It’s slightly dark isn’t it.

I watched it with both of my girls and if I’d watched it on my own first I may have not watched it with midge. Although my girls are pretty mature when it comes to things some kids may find scary.

I do think it’s missing some of the best bits, Kaa’s mesmerising eyes & dance, the elephant rank song, the full bear necessity song, and king Louie was a little too sinister. And why change the songs?

Maybe it’s because I used to watch the original Disney movies over & over as a kid and in my head that’s how they should be… Disney films are supposed to be light and fun for children, not dark & scary.

I am now watching the original with my girls and instead of hiding their faces they are laughing. As much as they did enjoy the new jungle book the original is the firm favourite.

Have you seen it?

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Babies as items of clothing.

You may have decided to read this because you are TOTALLY confused by the title, what I obviously mean is babywearing.

With sassy I had a rigid carrier which was ok, but it was so bulky and strapping her in was a bit like getting harnessed up to go rock climbing. With midge I didn’t really go out much so never had a carrier. As she was born just after we lost my amazing MiL and then we moved house & OH’s nan passed away too it was quite a hard time and we kind of reclused into our new house. But anyway were slightly off on a tangent here…

When I was pregnant with little L I knew I wanted a wrap type carrier, but looking at the prices I scoffed and resigned myself to having a pushchair. Then I saw the stretchy wraps on eBay between £10-15 and in an array or rainbow colours. So having never seen anyone use a wrap or even seeing one in real life I bought one. A beautiful royal blue stretchy wrap. It arrived in a lovely little bag so it can be folded down and kept in my bag! The instructions where written with pictures so really easy to follow. It goes around my belly, crosses at the back and up over my shoulders under the bit around my belly then gets crossed & wrapped around my waist and double tied. I only used the instructions once because it’s really easy to do.

It’s lovely and lightweight, I can put it on first thing in the morning and whenever little L starts fussing or wants to be carried I can pop him in & he falls straight off to sleep. He enjoys being in it because he’s up high and can see what’s going on. You can pull the sides in and the back bit up so if your leaning over his head is covered which stops his head from lolling around damaging his neck and it stops him falling out.

I use it all the time it’s been worth the money many times over! It’s also really easy to wash! There are lots of different holds online if you Google stretchy wrap holds there are YouTube videos, picture tutorials and written tutorials.
It also doubles up as a brilliant blanket which smells like mummy so helps him sleep if we are out & about.

I love my stretchy wrap, do you babywear? How do you do it?

 

A Cornish Mum

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