Parent Consultation Day

With it being October brings a few things, Halloween, my Birthday and for the little ones parent consultation day.

For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, its where you sit down with your children’s teachers and talk about their progress in school and voicing any concerns you might have.

Freddie and Annabelle now go to the same school so it was the little ones turn, the first one up was Freddie.

Freddie Consultation Day 

This is Freddie’s first term in big school and with him settling in so well and his eagerness to go to school I was looking forward to seeing what his teacher had to say about him.

11:30 was his slot we sat going through his school books (Maths and English) as we wait to see his teacher.

We go through and are impressed at what he has done from spelling his name to counting and taking away.

We get called over and wait to hear how he’s doing.

“Freddie is a polite, clever little boy who never stops running”

This didn’t surprise us because he always runs at home although this would explain all the accident forms we keep getting from the school.

“He needs help with his writing but his maths is out of this world, he’s top of his class and can tell you how many items are there just from a quick glance”

I was surprised because when he’s home he can’t wait until his Math homework is out-of-the-way and finished.

She finished the consultation with..

“Everyone wants to be his friend and play his games, he’s a very popular little boy”

I think I was more pleased with this because I would hate the though of him alone on the play ground or struggling to make friends.

All in all he had a fantastic review and we walked away happy waiting to see him and tell him how proud we were and give him the £1 reward we promised.

I waited at the school door for him to come out and he comes out with a gold certificate for excellent Maths!

My little boy did so well and we are both so proud of how he is doing at school, if he keeps going at this rate he will go far.

Freddie Consultation Day
Freddie Consultation Day

Annabelle’s Consultation Day

Annabelle had now gone into year 5 so this was the first parent/teacher review of the year.

Her last few parents evenings were ok but nothing amazing, they all said the same things that she was chatty, goes at Annabelle speed but a polite little girl who try’s and can do better if she puts more effort into things.

10:30 her appointment was and we were pleasantly surprised at how neater he hand writing was from the last time and she got 1 maths question wrong out of the whole booklet.

We sat down with her teacher expecting the usual but what came out of her mouth next shocked us.

“Annabelle is Amazing!!”

We both looked at each other and just said wow, she went on to say how Annabelle was so clever, thinks about all her answers before answering and is just a delight to be around.

Is this Annabelle we are talking about??

How is her writing coming along we asked because we can see the difference?

“She doesn’t write a lot in the time she’s been given but what she does right is absolutely amazing so it doesn’t matter, the detail is incredible and very well thought out”

Not only this but she could have her pen licence in a weeks time, we left feeling amazed and decided a £1 wasn’t enough so we went out and brought her a unicorn onesie which was amazing and of course she loved it!!

We couldn’t be prouder of her, she has done so well and really stood out and showed us all what she can do.

Annabelle Consultation Day
Annabelle Consultation Day

Well done guys you’re doing us proud and amaze us every day!

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Things you figure out quickly when you have a toddler

When you first have  children and they are tiny babies  in your arms you start to learn new things about being a parent where everything is all cute and lovely and “oh my god we need to take a picture!”

They learn to crawl, walk and talk which is amazing to see them grow but as we are so focused on them learning new thing and us clapping along to if your happy and you know it

They have become…..TODDLERS!!!

You have never known thirst unless you’re a toddler who is  going to bed.

You’ve fed them, wiped them, dressed them, gone through the bathroom routine of toilet, drink and teeth, tucked them into bed with a story and a kiss goodnight the night is now yours.

3….2….1……..Daddddddd!

You could be stranded in the Sahara Desert with no water, having to walk miles in the blistering heat but you still would be nowhere near as thirsty as my child who can’t sleep because they need a drink.

Food on your plate is no longer yours and it tastes so much better.

Food is the biggest problem with toddlers because they hate everything green, doesn’t smell like sweets or just looks like it wont taste nice.

So you go the extra mile as the awesome parent you are, you make their favourite food, you even put it on their special plate, you let them help you set the table and make a big deal about how is there favourite.

They are all excited asking when it will be ready and their saying that they can’t wait, you place the plate of food in front of them that they have been pestering you for and wait.

“I’m not hungry”

Guaranteed you sit down to eat yours and within seconds there is a tiny figure standing staring at your plate telling you how nice is looks and how does it taste.

It wouldn’t be so bad but they happen to bring the fork in with them for tasting purposes of course.

Poo and Farts are the funniest thing in the world.

Do you remember the days where peek a boo would make them giggle and then you would giggle and you would all giggle together?

Well try that now.

Nothing is funnier to a toddler than poo or farts, my toddler happens to do a I did a poo dance in the toilet whenever he’s finished.

In conversations your either a poo head or they are laughing at the face they just farted and ran away .

For example my 2-year-old girl  was sat on the sofa deeply into watching Paw Patrol on the TV, being quiet until she lets of this tiny little fart, giggles for a couple of seconds and carries on watching TV.

I would like to say they grow out of this but I just read out this header to Cheryl and the word fart made me laugh so my kids have no hope.

They turn into tiny salesmen

I sit and watch these political debates on the TV and talk shows where they have very strong opinions.

I would like to put these people up against my children and them debate why is ok for them to eat chocolate for breakfast.

They always have a countering argument for any comment you make saying no and the reasons why it’s not a bad idea.

To get the sale or in this case whatever they are after they with pull out the big guns where nothing is off-limits using tactics like crying, begging, guilt, creeping, making deals ans of course sulking.

After a long hard battle there has to be a winner lets just hope you plead your case harder.

Favourite songs on repeat 

Your children used to have favourite songs when they were babies I hear you say.

Yes but they didn’t know how to work various pieces of technology better than most adults.

This comes with if they like a video or song then you damn sure know about it because it will stay on repeat until you can’t take it anymore.

Ever heard of Baby Shark? (Check out my video of baby shark with the toddlers here)

Then you feel my pain.

 

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethie enters the terrible twos

The time has come that I dreaded and that is my Bethie becoming 2, now this is for a number of reasons the first being I just don’t want her to grow up she’s my baby and I want her to stay like that.

The other reason is I didn’t want her entering the terrible twos, you know this im sure most people have experienced this where your 2-year-old wakes up and decides they are teenagers now and don’t have to listen to a word you say.

Bethie
Bethie

As soon as Bethie celebrated her 2nd birthday she must of unwrapped a gift that was attitude.

With being 2 we decided to put her into nursery, Freddie enjoyed it so of course Bethie would do right?

We couldn’t be further from the truth the second she got in the place she screamed blue murder, fighting the staff as they try to contain this tiny little hulk dressed in polka dots.

Every day we would take her and pick her up, leaving her screaming and picking her up screaming but you ask her if she had a good day and she would reply with yes!

Bethie caught chickenpox or we thought she did after a week of being there and so we had to stop her going as she was poorly and this angel slept you get that feeling every parent gets of awww there so cute…..crap there waking up!!!

After trips to the doctors we found out it wasn’t chickenpox and that she was allergic to everything so she could go back to school.

School time arrived and I walked her into class expecting this big scene but……nothing?

She walks in goes and plays in the sand not even a goodbye.

Oh I guess that’s a good thing as im stood on my own childless because my 2-year-old is to cool to be seen with daddy in front of her friends.

Among this new attitude come new eating habits out of nowhere and when I say habits I mean she has decided she doesn’t like food at all except if it looks like a crisp or tastes like cheese.

You would swear this girl sounds like she only dolphins can hear her, our poor neighbours must be sick of hearing her scream every dinner time or because she doesn’t want to watch Ryan on TV she wants to watch….Ryan.

So the next time you see my beautiful daughter in the street looking like butter wouldn’t melt just remember she’s not all sugar and spice.

Love you Bethie

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

Must be a hard life being a toddler

When your children are babies it lovely, you can just cuddle them whenever you want and they are so cute and loving but then they become toddlers and you look at them kicking off sometimes and think it must be hard being you.

This happens leading up to becoming a toddler and when they hit the 2+ age which im sure every parent in the world has found this out.

Freddie is our 3 year old and has fantastic manners towards us and people in the street, he’s very friendly and likes talking to everyone he sees but like every now and again he has his melt downs.

So let me tell you some of my toddler tantrums I have experienced so far.

Just yesterday Freddie was in a grumpy kind of mood but was happily playing in the hallway, all of a sudden he throws his toys and lies on the floor crying.

Maybe he’s hurt himself?

So I ask him whats wrong and his response was something I wasn’t prepared for…

He was crying because he couldn’t fly!

Oh right well that’s something I hadn’t planned on solving today, how are meant to explain to a 3 year old that im sorry but I can make you fly anytime soon.

I turn to his mom and say it must be hard being a Freddie and within 2 minutes he had forgotten all about it and was watching Mr Tumble like his lack of flight had never happened.

Within my time as daddy I have learnt when to pick you battles and try not to laugh when they are having their moments.

Freddie had hit Annabelle and made her cry and this was my conversation with Freddie over apologising to his sister….

Daddy: Freddie say sorry!

Freddie: No!

Daddy: Say sorry now!

Freddie: I don’t want to!

Daddy: If you don’t say sorry you’re going to your bedroom and you’ll stay there!

Freddie: Let me check my map……

Why I waited I don’t know but after a minute he responded..

Freddie: Hmmmm No!

He was sent to his room but I found this far to funny that he thought this up on the spot.

Even now my 1 year old has started getting attitude, she now can walk and talk pretty well but ever now and again this beautiful angel has her moments.

She walks up to me with her empty bottle, looks up at me with them big beautiful blue eyes and asks for juice.

Of course you can princess!

So I fill the bottle and the second I go to hand it to her all hell breaks loose and before I know it she is rolling around on the floors screaming, so I leave it on the floor and instantly she stops picks it up and walks away.

I’m just left there think what the hell just happened!!

So surely teenage years should be easy right?

Right?

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best friends or worse enemies

This post believe it or not isn’t about two adults at war, no in fact it’s about my 2 little angels Freddie and Bethie who can’t make their minds up if they want to be best friends or worst enemies.

Freddie is 3 and Bethie is 1 so they are at a similar age gap where they can play and communicate and boy do we know it!

Bethie is a very bright 1 year old who loves to play with her brothers and sisters, shes full of kisses, cuddles and snot. But as cute as she is don’t be fooled by them big blue eyes, she has a very mischievous and naughty side.

Her naughty side likes to scratch, pull hair, blow raspberry’s and of course bite as you can see from this picture where I tried to have a sneaky cuddle with my baby girl.

What a nice Girl
What a nice Girl

Freddie is a boy of comfort he is happy watching his favourite show BabyBus with a cup of tea but when he is in one of them moods he is what we like to call our little tornado, he fights, jumps, swings, teases his siblings and sees how far he can push his luck with his cheeky chappy smile.

Fireman Freddie
Fireman Freddie

Now they can be best friends sitting nice and quiet side by side watching TV or even building a den in the living room where Freddie will come to get Bethie to join in the fun which is lovely to see.

Then wait for the screaming where Bethie has leaped on Freddie’s back attacking him and trying to fight everyone in the place but our Freddie is aware that if he does something wrong Bethie will take the fall as she cannot talk her way out of it.

These pair of munchkins have years yet to grow a relationship lets just hope it’s not one where they are constantly fighting and find out they are best friends.

But despite how they are throughout the day, every night they will walk up stairs together before bed and Freddie will say goodnight to his baby sister before he goes to sleep and she is the first person he asks for when he’s awake before her making sure she has breakfast waiting.

Awww they do love each other really!!

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

 

 

Raising girls isn’t as bad as they said it would be

When I met Cheryl there was already grown children who had already learnt to walk, talk, were already toilet trained and she had done a brilliant job raising them by herself.

I had my very first child that happen to be a boy called Freddie and soon learnt the ways of dealing with baby boys with everyone telling me that boys practically raise themselves, I couldn’t wait and insisted on doing everything from nappy changes to night feeds.

Raising a baby boy wasn’t so bad the worst thing I had to worry about was making sure he didn’t pee in my face again and he was a very good baby with everything even sleeping through the night.

Eventually we found out we were expecting another baby and I was very nervous in case this time it was a girl.

What would I do?

I don’t know how to look after a little girl or anything about hair, tights and dresses.

Everyone I spoke to would tell me horror stories about looking after little girls and how they can be a nightmare to raise so here are the stories I was told and what actually happened when this new baby girl came into my life.

Girls squeal all the time –I prepared for this as she would be constantly kicking of day and night and I would be pulling out what I have left of my hair but it was in fact the opposite. Bethie very rarely squeals at all including the night, I think the only time I have ever heard her squeal is when she recently had her injections and even then a quick song of wind the bobbin up and she soon perked up. You want t o talk about squealing then you should hear my 3 year old boy when he has a tantrum!

Changing girls nappies is such a task – The first time I changed her I was all prepared with extra nappies, cream, wipes, bags, towels and anything else I could find that may help for anything unexpected. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I was told it would be all you have to remember is to wipe them front to back, Bethie is so much easier to change because at just 1 she will tell me she has done a poo and will go into the cupboard and fetch her own nappy.

She will have you wrapped around her finger in no time – This would never happen I was sure that I would be able to say no, tell her off when she is naughty and be stern when the time needs me to be but god damn it when you look at them bright blue eyes then she says “daddy” and its all over she can have whatever she wants, she totally knows she’s got me wrapped around her finger too which makes it worse because she ends it with a cheeky smile.

So as scared as I was about raising a little girl I am having so much fun doing it, I have never meet such a loving little girl who is just a tiny female mini me.

Daddy Loves you Elizabeth Ann x

Tired Daddy
Tired Daddy, Snotty Bethie

 

Freddie and his first Interview as a 3 year old

It’s been a while since I have written a blog post with one thing going on or another, with it being a clean year and clean start trying to figure out how to do that clean start is another thing entirely but here I am sat at the kitchen table and I’m talking to my 3 year old Freddie and I’m asking him questions so why not let everyone else in on how our conversation goes.

An Interview with Freddie Hopkins..

Hello Freddie are you ok? – Nope, because your stinky

How old are you? – I’m 3!

Can you tell me the colour of your Eyes? – Blue

Excellent so what colour is your hair? – Yellow

You go to school now so do you like it? – Yeah I love school because all my friends are in it

Who is your best friend? – Cory and Harry

Who do you love? – I love Daddy and Mommy

What is love? – I think love is Daddy

What do you want to be when your older? – An Evil Witch..(Should I be worried???)

What’s your favourite song? – Captain America (sings his own song in the tune of leaves are falling)

Whats your favourite TV program? – Paw Patrol

What makes you laugh? – All of my friends

What is your favourite toy? – Marshal!

Out of all the food in the world what is your favourite? – Grapes (It’s not, I just so happened to of brought some Grapes today)

What’s your favourite animal?- A beast

What’s 1 + 2? – 1, 2, 3?….3!

Anything else you want to say before you go watch TV? – I love you

Well they I wasn’t expecting some of the answers I was given to be honest, trying to get his attention for longer that 5 minutes is a hard thing to do so he did really well to be fair.

There you have it an interview with a 3 year old

Daddy Giraffe

 

 

Elizabeth Ann’s Personality is finally here and shes awesome!

For any of those who don’t know who Elizabeth Ann is, she is the youngest child named after Cheryl’s mother, we all call her Bethie for short unless she’s naughty of course then we use her big girl name, which is usually the time she looks at us as if to say who are you talking to?

From an early age Bethie was very content and laid back, nothing really bothered her at all, she was the perfect baby as she slept well, ate well and was generally calm amongst other people unlike her brother Freddie.

With being content there was a few things that she wouldn’t do such as we could not get her to laugh at all no matter how hard we tried, we would get smiles and squeaks but no giggles, not only that but she HATED having a bath and would scream the house down from the second she was undressed to the moment she was dressed again and fed.

My Beautiful Bethie Boo

My princess turned one and by then was doing loads of things like babies should be, she was always happy, singing songs and nursery rhymes, copying words while getting the hang of saying mommy and daddy also dancing…boy did this baby love to dance, in fact her favourite song was “Feels” by Katy Perry.

As she gets a bit older we start to see the real Bethie come out like over night, she is talking full sentences and telling us what she wants, she tells us when she has done a poo, wants her cup or doggy, she knows animals and all of the kids names and anyone that walks through the door she knows them all by names.

Mommy starts playing with her one day because well she’s a mommy’s girl through and through, she only calls daddy to tell me she has done a poo. I guess I should be grateful to be thought of.

Then the day came…..she walks!!

Now she could walk before but she is a lazy baby and crawling is fast so that’s how she would get about but one day  she just stood up and she was off and walk every, now walking also comes hand in hand with oh look now I can reach things and chase you all around the house.

She fights her brothers if they are just sitting there and will hold her own against anyone if she thinks anything s her’s, Bethie eats anything that is not nailed down, we have yet to find something she doesn’t like but her favourite by far is pizza!!

I’ve never known a happier, smiley, polite baby in my life with the most beautiful eyes but of course I will say that because she is my Princess Bethie Boo and I’m so glad she has found her cheeky (or chee chee as she calls it) happy self.

I love you Bethie and enjoy every second of watching you grow and learn

Daddy Giraffe x

 

 

Being a parent comes with guilty pleasures

There are many ups and downs to being a parent the highs are watching your children learn to walk, talk and the cuddles you get when you don’t have to ask for them.

The downs being taking them for their injections, heartbreak and seeing them poorly when they are usual bouncing around happy.

Being a parent also comes with its guilty pleasures, for instance my parenting guilty pleasure would be when the baby goes down for the nap in the day I often will take the chance to catch an hour on the sofa to recharge, so whats you guilty parenting pleasures?

“Would it be completely wrong to say that my guiltily enjoy would be my son being under the weather as that is the only time he wants extended cuddles?” https://howtorockatparenting.wordpress.com

“My parenting guilty pleasure is while I make the children’s dinner, sampling it and helping myself to bits of their food as I’m suddenly hungry and my dinner time is ages away when Daddy comes home!” https://motherand3sons.com

“Ohhhh this is mean, but I love waking them up in the morning, so I can jump into bed with them and have a five-minute cwtch.” http://www.reducedgrub.com

“When it’s bedtime and instead of doing all the housework, I have a hot drink and watch Netflix with no interruption” http://www.sineadlatham.com

” Mine is hiding in the kitchen and eating treats they can’t have ” http://www.captainbobcat.com

“At nap time I don’t do housework I binge watch TV and eat biscuits. I also sometimes give my son his tablet because I just want some peace.” http://www.jadeslongjourney.co.uk

“Sharing their snacks with them or finishing off their food!” https://www.lyliarose.com

“Feeding the ducks. I’ve always loved doing it and I’m sure I enjoy it more than him. “I’m just taking him out to feed the ducks…” and people smile because they think I’m treating him but really, it’s more for me… ” http://www.welshmum.co.uk

“Once I’ve dropped the eldest to nursery I drive around until the baby falls asleep so I can go to KFC drive thru and eat in peace 😂” http://www.thentherewerethree.uk

“Suggesting we go to soft play so I can sit down and play with my phone in peace! 🙈” https://savings4savvymums.co.uk

“Getting the children involved in a baking activity just because I want cake. It always ends up as a win win situation for everyone though!” http://rtoatsblog.com

“Mine is eating the last biscuit in the jar and blaming daddy” http://www.wildmamawildtribe.com

‘Letting’ my tot was Fireman Sam on my phone so I can watch Neighbours on TV!” http://accidentalhipstermum.com

It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one that takes full advantage of the small situations, as I’m currently sat her trying to stop my 3 year old eating my lunch even though he has just finished his!

So I ask whoever reads this post, being a parent yourself….whats your guilty pleasure?

Daddy Giraffe x

*This Image was taken off google images*

 

How you meant to get anything done around here

With 5 children people often ask how do you get anything done?

The answer is with great difficulty.

Luckily for us 3 of them are over 8 so they generally look after themselves but the problem is we have a 3 year old Tornado and a 1 year old who has discovered she can not only start to walk but figured out she can climb and its a lot of fun!

Simple daily tasks are a little more difficult such as washing up the dishes (I know who washes dishes in this day of age) well since our dishwasher sadly passed away RIP, we have had to hand wash everything which is a ball ache at the best of times but imaging a 3 year old on a chair next to you re washing your washed cups and the floor and the chair and himself while your 1 year old is trying to bite your leg because she’s teething.

The hovering is not so bad because Freddie isn’t a big fan of the Hoover so he tends to keep his distance but Bethie sees it as a challenge and try’s to attack it like a puppy or pulls the wire so the plug comes out of the wall socket, you may think this is cute but by the time you have walked over to plug it back in you turn around and find she has grabbed the Hoover and now your taking away her favourite toy of all time (cue major tantrum)

Today the elder kids were in school, Freddie was watching Paw Patrol and I thought excellent I shall break out the old laptop and see if I can get a blog post done, I hear the sound of a chair dragged out from the table and a tiny little smiley face popping over my screen and in just one tiny finger the post was gone!! But you can’t be mad at something so beautiful, how can you be just look at that face.

How Bethie Demands Attention
How Bethie Demands Attention

So we have figured it is much easier to do anything when the babies go to bed just to get as much in as you can until the little monsters awake and the battle continues.

But we are parents and this is what we do and what we signed up for, I personally wouldn’t have it any other way.

Daddy Giraffe x