Sleepless in Barnstaple

Despite almost falling asleep before he had his bath, and being to put to bed at 7pm because he seemed so tired, tonight Burton just did not want to go to sleep!

Usually when he is put to bed we have the same routine whereby he has to kiss the four cuddly toys hanging off his mobile – sometimes repeating the kissing just to delay going into his cot for a few more seconds! Then I have to reach in to the cot to pick up Penguin (his favourite cuddly friend whose poor beak is always sodden!) and he puts his beak in his mouth with a muffled “aaaaaaah” and hugs him and then he lays down with the other toys that are in the cot. These are Disney’s Simba and Roo, Burton Bulldog, Ducky and Little Giraffe.

However, tonight he did not bother with the kissing of the mobile animals, as he went straight to Penguin. I figured this is because he napped at his grandmas earlier and had missed his friend. As soon as I walked out of his room I could hear the squeals of delight at being reunited with his cot friends, and he was babbling away to them for ages. Fifteen minutes later he was sat upright pointing at the three cuddly toys sat up on the shelf opposite his cot, waving and talking to them. Another quarter of an hour passed by and he was crying unable to sleep so I let him come and sit downstairs and play for a bit while ate my tea. I put him back to bed and he was pointing at the toys on the shelf again, but I just passed him Penguin and left him again. Then he started crying and screaming again!

Well, within twenty minutes he was sat upstairs with me on my bed watching the last half an hour of Toy Story 2 pointing and commenting in babble speak at the animated toys appearing on the screen. No signs of any yawns!! Film ended and he starts channel hopping and laughing – I am yawning but he is having a lovely time! Anyway, by 9.30pm I took him back to his cot and oh how he screamed while pointing to the toys on the shelf. So in order to keep him quiet, and hopefully send him off to sleep, I took those two Teddy Bears and Humphrey (the elephant) and placed them in his arms. Straight away he started ‘talking’ to them and within ten minutes he was fast asleep.

So when I popped back in his room to take out some of the toys this is what I found. Can you spot the baby amongst the menagerie that is the contents of Burton’s cot?

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Running Scared


So many of you will have noticed on Twitter recently that there has been a lot of tweets regarding running and the #mummyto5k appearing quite often. I believe that Maria over at 
Mummy’s Busy Little World started this running malarky although it appears that it coincided with lots of other bloggers like Karin at Cafebebe wanting to get fitter and shed some (baby) weight so now we all have something else to aim for.

I have never been a great runner or indeed enjoyed getting out there and going for a run. Yes I have tried several times to try running as part of a get fit plan (for which there have been several!).I have gone out and bought the relevant running gear and gone out but after one or two attempts I have packed it in. I think the main problem is controlling my breathing while running, I always get that sharp pain in the chest and then it is hard to get back into a stride. Oh and I always get a very red face which must scare anyone who sees me lol!

At school I was ok at running short distances on sports day. However, being the sap nice person I am, after signing up for the 100 or 200m races someone would always ask me to swap for the 1500 so stupidly I would and then they would get the glory while I would come in last – red faced and hardly able to breath! I used to hate the road runs and cross country runs at school and would normally end up chatting to another fellow hater and we would stroll in long after everyone else!! However, on the odd occasion where I would put my mind to it and actually run in the road run I would do ok I think I was 7th once which was pretty good as there would be about 30 of us taking part. Kind of goes to show that if I had spent less time chatting and more time running I may have been a half decent runner back then!

Recently, I have entered the Race For Life twice and never trained because I was convinced that I would just walk fast (this I can do!). However, once there with all those other lovely ladies, you feel the urge to pick up the pace and run and I think I did 5k in 37 minutes the first year and 34 minutes the next.

After completing Race for Life 2008

I had friends enter who had trained for it and I did the same as them! Of course after completing in such a good time I always think I will keep the running up, but, of course, I never have. It makes me wonder that if I actually out some effort in and trained that maybe I could do even better. My problem is I just cannot be arsed so I muddle along hoping for the best at these races!!

So now as I think about the #mummyto5k race I know I need to get out there and train because since I had Burton I have not done any exercise running and need to know how my body will cope with it. So I HAVE to get out there and practise. My mind thinks up excuses as to why I shouldn’t enter the Adidas Race:

Who will have Burton?
How will I get to London for 11am from North Devon?
I will have to buy some running attire!
I have to run!!

So I have written this and linked it to Maria’s blog because I think that if I make this public I cannot back out, and with the support and shared experiences of all the other wonderful running crazed mummy bloggers and non mummy bloggers I, like them, will succeed and run, run run!! Plus it will be great to meet them and share this fitness regime!

If you want to read more or take part yourself, then please visit the following sites for information, help and support:

PS have registered
PPS now I need to tell Burton’s daddy!!
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The Gallery – What A Novel Idea!

So it is the highlight of my blogging week The Gallery yay!! This weeks prompt by Tara at Sticky Fingers was inspired – use a photograph to describe a novel or story. I had lots of ideas but unfortunately not enough prompts to photograph them well! I had ideas of grandeur wanted to show off some classic examples of literature like my favourite novel, Pride and Prejudice, but just could not think how to capture it (no Mr Darcy could be found lol!)
So I have decided to model my photographs on two children’s stories; ones that I have been reading to Burton since he was about 4 weeks old. I love reading to Burton I think stories are magical and spur the imagination and he enjoys hearing them and helping to turn the pages and point to the pictures.
So here are my photographs.
The first one is this – can you recognise which book I am illustrating here?

Yes, it’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea‘ by Judith Kerr. Except my tiger is much smaller than the one used in the story! Whenever I read this to him I substitute Sophie’s name for Burton’s – I like to think he appreciates that personal touch lol
The second one I have chosen to portray is this – any guesses?

(Special thanks to Simba, my Mum’s cat)
This book is ‘Slinky Malinky’ by Lynley Dodd which both Burton’s Daddy and I enjoy reading aloud. It is written in rhyme and I have read it so many times now,that I can recite it! Here is a snippet:

Slinky Malinki 
was blacker than black
A stalking and lurking 
adventurous cat.
He had bright yellow eyes
a warbling wail
and a kink at the end 
of his very long tail

He is ‘rapscallion cat’ who likes to steal things from his neighbourhood. If you haven’t got it in your collection I recommend it as does my audience (taken when he was about 3 months old)

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Burton 1st Birthday – Presents & Party

So my baby celebrated his 1st birthday last week. I thought I would share some of the highlights of his day on my blog.
Helping Daddy to put his new garage together

Thanks Daddy

Ooooh check me out! Yeee haaa!

Who is this?

My birthday cakes (thanks Mummy!)

Nom nom nom! (Penguin had too much fun and needed a rest lol!)

Playing pass the parcel (except none of the guests understood the rules lol)

I love balloons!

*yawn* it’s tired having a birthday – night

ShowOff ShowCase

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Toying Around

For his birthday, among other things, Burton was given a Fisher Price Little People Racing Ramps Garage (phew! That’s a mouthful!). I am sure that as parents, many of you will also have one in your home.

The garage comes with two cars and two people: a mechanic and his recovery vehicle and a car and driver. Now I noticed that the driver of the car was doing something illegal and naughty. Has anyone else noticed this aswell?

This is the person in question:

Now apart from his obvious bad taste in clothes (lol!), he is using his mobile phone whilst driving. Uhmmmmm! What a naughty thing to do, tut tut little person! It is against the law to drive and use a mobile don’t you know?!

Well except he isn’t driving because he has no hand on the steering wheel! I can’t work out what he is holding in his other arm. I guess he could have pulled over and made a call from the side off the road? After all, surely Fisher Price would not be teaching children that using a mobile phone whilst driving is allowed? I suppose it is only a toy but is it teaching youngsters incorrect conduct?

All I do know for sure is that the only real crime being committed here is a crime against fashion! Lol!

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