I've been wanting to show you all what we get up here at Day of Knights for a while now, so I thought what better chance to do a regular Monday morning/Mummy Routine.
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When you're Expecting a baby, be it your first, second or tenth; people are always telling you how hard it is going to be. And even though you listen and take it in, there is no amount of advice that can prepare you for parenthood. It really is the hardest job out there with no handbook and no way to know if your doing it right. Of course everyone does their best and hopes they are doing it right, but for me the ones who stand out are the ones who are just doing it!
In this day and age I consider myself so lucky to still be in a relationship with the father of my children. To have someone to share the hard times with and help take some of the strain. We are also blessed with having hands on (grand)parents, eager to aid us with free child care, day or night, when we feel we need a break. But despite this there are still days and nights where I feel totally overwhelmed and alone, because being a parent is hard.
Therefore I can't imagine how hard it must be for the millions of single parents out there who play the role of both mum and dad, day and night, 365 days a year! You are my true heros.
To the mums and dads who make it to school on time, even though It will make them late for work. Who send their children to nursery with clean faces and brushed hair, even though they haven't looked in a mirror themselves. The parents who wanted that last piece but gave it away anyway. Who lovingly bathe their kids when they are too tired to shower themselves. And who tuck them into bed to ensure they're well rested but loose their own sleep preparing pack lunch for tomorrow. You are my idols!
These things are hard enough to tackle when there are two of you going through it together, but even harder when there isn't anyone else in it with you. You parents are the ones putting in 100% everyday. And even though It may not feel like it now, when you're covered in baked beans and yesterday's porridge, the hard times will pass and your kids will understand and appreciate everything you did for them. Because you did. You did it for THEM.
It doesn't matter if you can only afford to feed them Tesco value chicken nuggets, and they don't wear the latest trends from river island. Or that the laundry pile in your bedroom hasn't been put away for 2 months! Because trust me, your kids don't care!
So when you are feeling low, and just want a break because you've been up for a full 30 hours with a sick baby or scared toddler, just remember that you have got this! And you are doing an amazing job! Whether your single and running the place solo or have been in the same partnership since the get go, you are a parent, you know your child and you know what's best! So don't let anything or anyone get you down! Your kids look up to you and that is all that matters!
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As you know me and my fiancé are due to have our second daughter in little over 3 months time. And whilst we couldn't be more excited, there are still some other thoughts floating around in my brain. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has felt this way so I thought I would share them with you to let you know you are not alone!
Please give it a big thumbs up if you agree and feel free to leave any comments on what you felt during your second or perhaps third pregnancies. I'd love to know if you feel I have missed anything important.
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Sometimes when you've organised something you feel like you've done the impossible. Which is why it can be really demotivating when you find a few days/weeks later it's back to its original state again.
However sometimes this can just be down to having too much stuff or the system itself just not being practical for you and your family.
This is what happened for me and my partner. I recently organised the small Cupboard between our wardrobes and placed his products in a lidded box. However because he has to get up early for work, it turned out that this just wasn't practical for him when he needed easy access to his items.
've posted the video below on how we solved this problem, so check it out if you are interested and give it a big thumbs up if you liked it. You can also follow me now on twitter and Facebook if you want to keep up with all the latest going on with the Knights.
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When we moved into our home around 2 and a half years ago we fell in love with the house and its location,l. Although one of its downfalls was that it didn't have a shower. As we are renting and just before we moved in the landlords renovated the bathroom and replaced the bath with a shower cubicle, it is unlikely that we will be getting one any time soon.
This wasnt much much of an issue when it was just me and my fiancé living here, as we had lived in previous places without a shower. However when our daughter arrived, it became apparent that we would have to become more inventive in in our approach to washing her than we had originally thought.
It dawned on me this morning, while my fiancé and daughter were sharing a shower, that this is probably quite a common problem for a lot of parents. Especially if you live in small homes or flats. So I thought I would share some tips on how we cope with keeping our daughter squeaky clean.
1) Kitchen Sink
I think since the dawn of kitchen sinks they have been used by mothers to wash children. Especially while they are quite young and still fit in the basin. I, myself, have very fond memories of sitting in my nannys kitchen sink while looking out into the backgarden, and remember her telling me that my mum used to do the same.
Personally for me I found this more suitable when our daughter was between 1-9 months as she was small enough to fit inside. And even though we had bought a baby bath, it rarely got used. Mainly because it was a pain to fill up and empty, plus by using the sink it saved my back from being bent over for 10-20 minutes at a time.
2) Relatives/Family Members Baths
We are very fortunate that both my mum and mother-in-law live within 15 minutes of our home. And as we see them both frequently, we often use this opertunity to hijack their bathtubs.
When my daughter was still quite small usually me or my fiancé would get in with her for some nice bonding time. But as she got bigger and could sit up alone we started placing her in tubs and laundry baskets. (This is great because it stops the toys floating out of reach and stops them slipping under as much as there's more grip.) Now she's big enough to handle the whole tub on her own, of course with supervision.
I work 4 afternoons a week and so on the days where either my mum or mother-in-law has her, they give her a bath and get her ready for bed so all I have to do is pick her up and go home. Which is really handy when I've had a busy day at the office.
3) Shower Sharing
I understand that a lot of people may not have the luxury of having family living in close proximity to allow them to use their bath tubs on a regular basis. And we are always faced with this at the weekends when we spend a lot of time at home. However what we find works best for us is shower sharing.
From around 10months or so my partner has been getting into the shower with our daughter. At first he would sit on the bottom and let the water fall on them both. But as she's gotten older and more stable he tends to stand and let her play with toys on the floor or the shower cubicle. First washing himself and then washing her. And occasionally we do let her go into the shower by herself and I will help her apply soap and rinse her hair etc. This has been working really well for us so far.
We are expecting a new arrival this June and I have been thinking about shower/bath arrangements which will allow our eldest daughter to be involved with the bathing of her new little sister. Especially in those early weeks, as I'd like to help them create as much of a bond as possible. What I'm planning on doing is allowing my daughter to sit with her feet in the kitchen sink while we wash the new baby, or maybe re-introducing the baby bath so that we can all sit around as a family. But I suppose we will figure this out as the time comes.
Thank yoy so much for readimg. I hope you have found this helpful if you are worrying about washing your child in a bathless home. I'd love to here about any alternative methods you have come up with if you are also in the same situation, as well as how you may have helped any older children feel included with bathtime for new siblings!
If any of you are not aware I am now on Facebook and have just started my new YouTube channel both in the name : Day of Knights. Where I am planning to post Day in the Life videos, room tours and how I organise my home. So please like/follow/ subscribe if you are interested in keeping up with all of that!
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We always like doing something a little bit special as a family for our daughters birthday, so this year we decided to go on a little outing to Africa Alive in Kessingland. Here are some of the highlights from our trip as well as the party itself.
For those of you that are interested in the editing of this video. I created them on a free movie making app called Magisto. I am not affiliated with them but I would highly recommend them. I have been creating small home videos with through this app for over a year now and have not had any faults so far!
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So those of you who may have been following me for a little while will know that my daughter turned 2 on Valentine's Day. I can't believe my baby is 2 already.
But I thought this special occasion would be a great time to start my new YouTube vlogging channel: - DayofKnights. And this video is all about the presents we thought were appropriate for her at this age. So for those of you who have a son OR daughter who is expecting a birthday soon please do check it out.
If you've been enoying my previous posts, do click subscribe as it's likely that I will start posting more videos than written blogs. However don't be too alarmed. I will continue to write when I can.
The main reason for this change is because, as some of you may know, we are expecting our second daughter in a few months time, and with work and a now 2 year old, I don't have quite the time I used to have to enable me to write lengthy posts.
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