The Liebster Award

liebster awardI can not tell you how truly honoured I am to be nominated for the Liebster Award.  A sincere thank you to the Paranoid Working Parent for voting for me.

The Liebster Award is given from one blogger to another to find out more about new blogs and the people behind them.


I have never heard of such awards but think it is a great way to ‘meet’ new bloggers and for other bloggers to get to know a little more about me.  So here goes…

My acceptance

As part of my acceptance of this distinguished award I hereby provide answers to the Paranoid Working Parent’s questions;

1. What did you last laugh at?
This morning watching my 17 month old son on the balance beam at our Tumbleweed Gymnastics session.  Watching his little feet tackle the obstacle in his innocent and carefree way.

2. What did you last cry at?
The Green Mile movie.  Has me in floods of snot and tears overtime!

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Mummy of two.  Maybe returned to work as a teacher two days a week and then being a SAHM 3 days a week.  Would be fabulous if my blog is still going then and I’m making money from it.

4. What inspired you to start blogging?
Other bloggers.  I read a lot of blog posts whilst I was pregnant and as a new mum.  I thought I had things that I wanted to write about so though ‘why not?’

5. What is your favourite music genre?
Do I have to pick just one?  Classical, Rock, Pop, Indie.  I like variety.

6. Where would be your ideal holiday destination?
Bora Bora.  We couldn’t afford it for our Honeymoon but I’m holding out for our 20th wedding anniversary.

7. Crisps, chocolate, or neither?
Chocolate!!!

8. What was the last gift you received?
A set of crochet hooks from one of my best friends.

9. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
How much sleep I needed to feel rested and energised.

10. Where do you do the majority of your blogging?
In our home office.

11. What is your favourite book genre?
Autobiographies.  I love reading about peoples lives and the experiences they’ve had.  Especially those that lived in a different time or culture.

 


Random Facts About Me

1.  Since being pregnant the smell of rice crackers makes me feel instantly nauseous.  Even now 17 months later.
2.  I LOVE P!nk. Every song and every album. She is my idol.
3.  I can’t dive into water. I either belly flop or fall in vertically. And never with so much as an ounce of grace.
4.  I have 101 ambitions/hobbies but never the time, energy or money to do any of them.
5.  I have two cats and two fish. I would love to add a dog and chickens to my menagerie.
6.  I was born in the West Midlands in the UK, but now love in Auckland, New Zealand.
7.  I used the play the trumpet.
8.  I used to be in the Army Cadets.  I can shoot a variety of weapons!
9.  I am scared whenever I swim in the sea.
10.  I love scary movies!
11.  I wear flip flops for eight months of the year.  Love New Zealand weather.

 


My Nominations

I hereby continue the Liebster Award tradition and pass the award onto the following new bloggers.  Congratulations to;

  1. The googling mum
  2. Anxious Mummy
  3. I’m Not SuperMum
  4. Scatterbrained Mum
  5. Squirmy Popple

 

My questions for you lovely ladies are;

1.  What is your happiest memory?
2.  What are you most proud of?  (Except your children)
3.  What one person (alive or dead) would you invite around for dinner and why?
4.  If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
5.  What is your favourite meal, including drink and dessert?
6.  Do you have any hidden talents?
7.  If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
8.  What inspired you to start blogging?
9.  Describe yourself in 3 words.
10.  If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you be and why?
11.  If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be?

 


The Liebster Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog in your post.
  • Show the award on your blog or in your post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award.
  • Create a list of new questions for your nominees to answer.

Once your blog is published, let your nominees know that they have been nominated and link them to your post for more details.

 


 

My Final Words

Thank you again to the Paranoid Working Parent for voting for me.  You truly made my week!

A post of hers that I really enjoyed reading was the very honest ‘When breast isn’t best – an honest tale‘.  As a breastfeeder I am passionate for other women to do the same as much as they can.  This is another sad tale of yet another mum being let down and unsupported by the system that is supposed to help, encourage and support.  Thank you for sharing.

Monthly Musings – February 2016

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February 2016

Month number two of my Monthly Musing series.  Let’s see how I’m doing.
So February’s goals were…

1. Have another go at getting pregnant.
Had a go. Not successful.  Which inspired me on to write… ‘Am I pregnant yet?’

2. Write at least 5 new blog posts.
I’ve written 8 posts.  Go me!!!  I really feel like I’m getting into the swing of things now.
Book Review of ‘Oi Frog’
Dear New Mum.
A Morning at the Pool.
Help! Have a made a rod for my own back?
Am I Pregnant Yet?
What’s New Toddler – 16 Months
What I’ve learnt about Linkys… so far.
Poo, poo and more poo – part 2

3. Hope and pray that my son wakes up less than 3 times every night.
I’ve been hoping and I’ve been praying.  I’ve even been consistent.  Things seem to be getting worse not better!  Argh!!!  I have decided to take out some books from the local library and attack this issue with the help of Science!

4. Find and attend more Toddler activities in the local area.
Yes!  I even made myself a little weekly chart and have stuck it on the wall next to my calendar.  We’ve been to new playgroups, swimming and baby gymnastics.

5. Clear the driveway of weeds and overgrowing plants.
About halfway there.  Definitely more effort needed.  It’s hard when you have a toddler who loves watching cars drive past and no gate.

6. Make my Husband a special Valentines Meal.
Nope.  We had a falling out a few days before.  I’ve never been big on Valentines day anyway so I shrugged it off and spent the day like every other Sunday.

7. Tell my Husband that I’ve been writing a blog.
Nope.  I’ve decided that I’m not ready to tell him yet.  In fact, I almost gave up blogging.  But then I got featured in the Anxious Dragon’s Linky, #abitofeverything and thought I’d give it more time.

8.  Discuss that family holiday.
Discussed.  Planned and date set.  Fingers crossed for good weather.  We’re going camping with a toddler!

 

My February score is… 3 out of 8.

That’s a bad score.  Very bad!  More improvement needed.

 


My goals for March 2016;

1. Have another go at getting pregnant.
2. Write at least 8 new blog posts.
3. Stop stressing about my son not sleeping through the night.
4. Read books about ‘toddler sleep’ and decide on a future plan.
5. Go camping as a family.
6. Bake at least twice.

 


My New Years Resolutions.

On New Years Eve I also set myself some New Year’s Resolutions.
Let’s see how I’m doing there.

1. Make a baby
Five months of trying now.  So far we have had two miscarriages and three unsuccessful attempts.  Work in progress!

2. Get out of the house most days to do something with my son.
We seem to be settling into a nice routine.  We go out most mornings.  The afternoons are split between be working as a Nanny and cleaning my house.

3. Write at least 50 new blog posts this year.
11 written… 39 to go!

4. Stop putting off my ‘to do list’ items.
My Monthly Musing Scores aren’t great.  But I do feel like I am achieving things.  Just sporadicly and slowly.

5. Socialise more with other Bloggers
I’m connecting with more people on Twitter.
I’m now followed by 808. That’s almost double last month’s count of 466!  Wow! I’m trying to tweet more too and reply, like and RT other tweeters.
I’m also making more effort to read and comment on more posts written by other mummy bloggers.  I’m quickly getting familiar with some regular bloggers.  Yay!

6. Continue to work towards my son sleeping through the night.
He still wakes up on average 3 times every night.  Nothing I’ve done so far has changed that.  So my next plan is to hit the books!

My Random Musings

Poo, poo and more poo – part 2

Poo, poo and more poo - part 2
Just a couple of months ago I wrote my first post titled ‘Poo, Poo and More Poo!’  Now here I am writing ‘Poo, Poo and More Poo – part 2!’  Did I not learn my lesson the first time? Clearly not!

This time my toddler is 17 months old. After having a bit of an upset tummy earlier this week his bottom is pretty red. it looks very much like a baboons butt!  Poor guy.  So, being a good mum, I thought to help it heal as quick as possible I’ll let him have some nudey rudey time. (Defence 1.)  After all, he’d already done two poos today so I was fairly safe. (Defence 2.)

He was enjoying his bare bottomed freedom and wondered off to the bedroom for a couple of minutes.  As I’m sick today, (defence 3,) I probably didn’t check on him as quick as I normally would.  My little precious boy then came back into the lounge to show me that he’d gotten something on his leg.

“Oh no! No! No! Nooo!”

I quickly picked him up, dumped him in the bath and turned on the shower. Once he was clean and happily playing I then walked into my bedroom to face the consequences of my now regrettable decision and lack of supervision.   Bad parenting choices at it’s best!

There was spots of poo leading out of the door like a trail, leading me to the scene of the crime. I followed them gingerly with gritted teeth and the hope that as I looked around the bed the mess wouldn’t be too bad.

As I rounded the corner I was faced with poo, poo and more poo.  On the carpet in several little piles, on the duvet cover, on the curtain and on my hairdryer chord.  Nooooo!
This is not a good day!  First a bad cold, no ability to call in sick and now this.

So out comes the baby wipes, the disinfectant and finally the steam mop!
I wonder how many more poo-tastrophes I will have to clean up in my role as Mum.

This is the reality of motherhood!

 

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
A Bit Of Everything

What I’ve learnt about Linkys… so far.

Linkys...so far

I am a new blogger.  Just 4 months in.  Blogging has been a huge learning curve for me, as I’m sure it is for everyone.  One aspect of blogging that I am just getting my head around is Linkys.  When I first started blogging I’d never even heard of them!
So here’s what I’ve learned about Linkys so far:

What is a Linky?
A Linky is a hosted webpage on the hosts blog-site, inviting like minded bloggers to link-up their posts.  It’s sort of like an advertising board for blog posts, but with a lovely sense of support and community.  Different Linkys have different themes.  It all depends on the host.

Why join in with Linkys?
Initially, I joined in with Linkys to increase my site stats.  And it worked.  I now have regular visitors to my site and many more comments than I was getting previously.  In fact, before I joined in with Linkys, I don’t think I had a single blog post comment! – Sad face.  
However, now I just love the community surrounding the Linkys.  I have Linkys that I try to join in with every week and I am now finding that I am getting to know other bloggers better and better.  I read their posts, they read mine and we comment and reply to one another.

What are the rules?
Linkys do have certain rules, but they are easy to stick to.
1.  You have to include the host’s badge on your blog post when you link up.
2.  You have to comment on the host’s post and usually one or two others.  (But it’s polite to comment on as many as you can.)
3.  When you comment remember to include the has- tagged title of the Linky.  (I always forget to do this.)  E.g #abitofeverything, #KCACOLS,

Managing your linkups.
Initially I found it hard to juggle my blogging workload and so when I joined in with Linkys I only commented on the minimum number of posts.  GASP!  (I know, I am slightly ashamed, but I was a newbie and just learning the ropes so I hope I am forgiven.)
Now that I have my sh** together. (Apology for the expletive.)  I am reading and commenting on many more posts.  My trick is that when I join the Linky I add the page to my reading list on my web-browser.  Then, when I’m having a cup of tea, sitting on the toilet, lying in bed etc…  I can quickly choose, read and comment on a blog post.  Easy!  It also makes reading the posts so much more enjoyable.

Sense of Community
Linkys are a community hub.  They are a a place for like-minded bloggers to meet up on a regular basis to share their posts.  The more you join in as a regular guest, the more you get to know the host/s and the other regular guests.  You begin to build relationships.  You begin to have your favourite bloggers and hopefully in time, I’m sure I will start to have my regular readers too.
For me, I have found that reading so many more posts written by other bloggers, I am starting to feel inspired to write more posts of my own.  I also feel supported.  The comments I get on my posts are always so lovely and so positive.  There really is a sense of love being shared by all the comments.

Finally, a Thank You.
There have been a few moments when I have considered dropping this blogging malarky altogether.  But my Linky community has pulled me back.  So a special thank you to my regular Linky hosts Agent Spitback, Anxious Dragon and A Moment With Franca.  Hosting is clearly hard work and you ladies do an awesome job.  Thank you.

What’s New Toddler – 16 Months

What's New Toddler

16 Months old

One month in ‘Toddler Time’ is such a long time.  They grow so fast and learn new things on a daily basis.  It seems so long ago that I just wrote my last post about my son at 15 months old. Here are some of this months new accomplishments, funny moments and of course those things that drive me nuts!!!  What’s New Toddler now that you’re 16 months?

Things I am proud of

1. New words.  This month we have added ‘up’ (to be picked up) and ‘this’ (accompanied with pointing) to our vocabulary repertoire.
2. Promoted to big boys table and chair.  We have recently bought Little Man his very own table and chair.  No more is he restrained in a baby seat for meal times.  He now sits like a big boy to eat.
3. ‘Mum’ where are you?  When Little Man has lost me in the house, he wonders around calling ‘Mum’.  A very grown up way to find me!
4. Getting dressed.  We’re moving towards independence.  Little Man now lifts and places his feet into his leg holes when I hold his trousers/shorts out to him.
5.  Exploring.  He has suddenly found amazement and wonder in the world around him.  He inspects leaves, bits of wood, flowers, bugs and just about anything else that catches his eye.  What a inquisitive little boy he is becoming.

 

Things that make me giggle

1.  Vacuuming – Stage 2.  Rather than standing in one place, my Little Man now walks forwards and backwards with the vacuum cleaner.  He’s so good I’ve started setting him up so that he can help me with the cleaning.  Clever boy!
2. Playing with the cats.   I’m trying to encourage a positive relationship between my son and our two cats.  So I’ve bought some cats toys (the sticks with toys dangling off a fishing line) and help him to play.  So far all participants are having a great time!
3.  Boo!  Little Man is becoming a tease when he plays ‘Boo!’  He hides behind doorways, his hands and blankets for differing lengths of time.  Very cute!
4.  Movie selection.  My son now chooses the movies he wants to watch, (usually Shrek or Madagascar), opens the case, takes out the disc, gives it to an adult and points at the DVD player.  Smart cookie!
5. Shopping.  Our supermarket has pull-along baskets on wheels.  My Little Man likes to pull or push our basket around the supermarket.  Not always down the aisles I need but we’ll get there.
6. Cuddles. This is less giggly and more heart-melting.  Lately I have been getting so many cuddles.  Really close, snuggly, long lasting cuddles.  I love them so much!

Things that drive me bonkers

1.  Everything I need is lost!  Every time I need something (o.k. every time might be a slight over exaggeration) I can’t find it.  It’s gone.  Then I spend the next twenty minutes looking for it in the most obscure places.  Everything gets lost from phones, keys, watches and remote controls, to spatulas, measuring cups/spoons, DVDs and toothbrushes.
2.  Mess, mess and more mess.  I now seem to spend most of my days following one minute or so behind my Toddler picking up things he has discarded all over the floor.  He picks things up that might be vaguely interesting and then tosses them to the side as he moves onto the next item of possible interest.
3.  ‘Get out of the fridge!’  Is what I say a million times every day!  I need to invest in one of those fridge locks.
4. This way. No this way!  I’m trying to encourage my son to walk as much as possible.  He is a big boy after all.  But he’s suddenly found the fun in turning around and running off in the opposite direction that I need him to go.  Our little walks can take a long time!

Toddler 16 months

My Random Musings

Am I Pregnant Yet?

Am I pregnant yet? titleI am very lucky to have a happy and healthy son.  And I am doubly lucky that he was conceived relatively quickly.  We got pregnant on our first attempt but this ended in an early miscarriage.  We then tried again, and he was the result.  Go us!!!

So when it came to trying for baby number two, I honestly though we would be just as lucky.  So far, that’s not the case.

We’re five months into trying.  Five attempts to get pregnant.  So far we have had two early miscarriages and three failed attempts.

I’m not sure how I feel about it all.  It’s such a rollercoaster of emotions.  Here’s how the months go.

Week 1 – Hopeful.
It’s a new start.  A new chance.  This could be the one!  Come on fertile days!

Week 2 – Excited, Nervous.
We hop on the good foot and do the bad thing.  That’s always fun!
I try not to obsess too much about my ovulation date.  Don’t want to pressure the Hubster.
My thoughts often drift around… Is this it?  Has a little swimmer reached an egg?  Did it get in?  Are the cells diving?  Come on baby!

Week 3 – Calm, sort of.
What’s done is done.  We’ve either pregnant or we’re not.  I’m no longer fertile and I can’t find out yet.  Besides, stressing about it isn’t going to help.  I try to forget about it and keep my mind busy.

Week 4 – Nervous, Anxious, Impatient, Scared.
I usually wait until three days before my period is due to do a test.  But the days leading up to this are filled with nerves.  I want to know, am I pregnant yet?  But I’m also scared to know the truth.  Am I?  Aren’t I?  What’s going on?

Test Day – This ends in two ways.

1. A negative result leads to disappointment, sadness and worry.
Why aren’t I pregnant this time?  Was it because I was too tired that night?  Is something wrong?  Are my eggs getting old?  Was it because my toddler jumped on my tummy?  The thoughts are endless.

2. A positive results leads to excitement but also fear.
Yay!  We made an embryo! This could be it.  We could be holding a baby in 8 months.  I usually work out the due date and start imaging our family of four.  Girl or boy?  So exciting!
But then I remember, I’ve had three miscarriages before.  Two whilst trying for this baby.  It could end in a miscarriage again.  Then I wait with a mixture of hope, and the fear of what could happen.  I overthink every twinge and every bump.  I worry if I pick up a bag of heavy groceries.  I worry if I get kicked by my toddler.  I wish I had a crystal ball to tell me if I was safe to relax or if I needed to prepare myself for another loss.

So here we go.  Month number six.  Is this the month for our family?  Only time will tell.

 

My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

Help! Have I Made A Rod For My Own Back?

Have I made a rod for my own back?

Have I made a rod for my own back?

My son is 17 months old and still wakes up pretty much every two hours… every night!  He will occasionally sleep for three hours and on an exceptionally good night will sleep for four hours, but these night are very rare.

He has a two hour nap everyday and goes to sleep at nap time and at bedtime very easily.  So for these things I can’t complain.

To get my son to sleep I breastfeed him and cuddle him on a rocking chair.  Once asleep I put him into his cot, which is in his own room and await to be summoned to resettle him.  Have I made a rod for my own back by doing this?

When he wakes he usually only wants to breastfeed, so my husband usually gets screamed at and pushed away.  But, sometimes he just wants a cuddle and so will happily be settled by either of us.

Since my son was born he has wanted to be held.  Every time he was put down as a newborn he cried until he was picked up and cuddled.  This is normal though. right?  Babies just want to be nurtured.   So I cuddled.  And I loved every minute.

As he’s gotten older, we have tried to leave him to chill out in his cot.  We’ve left him by himself, we’ve been there to rub his back and tap his bum, we’ve even tried putting him down… dare I say it… drowsy but awake!  (I hate that phrase!)  We’ve tried picking him up and cuddling him until he’s settled and then putting him back into his cot.  We’ve tried later bedtimes, earlier bedtimes.  We’ve tried filling him up on food before bed.  We’ve tried many more things.  Nothing has worked!

My son always cries and stands up in his cot.  I hate the fight involved in sleep training, it never feels natural to me.  I get stressed and my son gets stressed and we both end up in tears. This is not the way I want to parent.

My last effort has been over the last three months.  For three months I have been totally consistent.  We have the exact same bedtime routine and my son has not been allowed into our bed to sleep at all.  I have gone in to settle him, given him a cuddle and a feed if he wants it.  I have put him down soon after he’s fallen asleep.  And repeated this again and again for three months.  He still wakes every two hours!

I am currently feeling lost, helpless and totally clueless.  Have a made a rod for my own back?  Or have I just done what every nurturing mother would do?  When will my son sleep for more than two hours at a time?  How can I teach him to settle himself without any stressful tears from either of us?

Parenting is bloody hard!

 

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
A Bit Of Everything

A Morning at the Pool

A morning at the pool

Today I took my 16 month old to the local pool.  It’s the first time we’ve been in the last two months.  (It’s been the school holidays here in New Zealand and the pool get very busy.)  My goodness, how much he has grown in two months!!!

The last time we went to the pool he wanted to cling onto me like a little monkey.  He was happy and enjoyed the water, but felt happier in my arms.  So we usually spent our pool sessions in the very toasty 37 degree family spa pool.

This time was a very different story.  My son spent the entire time exploring the pools.  He was playing with the water fountains, the bubbles and the water jets.  He was up and down the slide.  He kept moving between one toddler pool and then the other.  He was climbing onto floats and enjoying being pushed around the pool.  He even fell under the water a couple of times, but he just got back up and carried on playing.  Not once did he want to be held.  He was too busy exploring!

Watching him made me smile and giggle.   Watching him made me proud.  My little boy is growing up so fast.  But he is growing up into such a clever and inquisitive little boy.

I love you son.  x x x

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Happy Diaries

Dear New Mum

Dear New Mum

I feel inspired to write this post for my Best Friend, Jane, who has just had her first baby and is now a New Mum.

I am so excited for Jane.  I remember all the good things about having a new baby and what a truly special time it is.  In my mind I’m remembering all of those cuddles with my son asleep on my chest.  I remember how small he was and all the funny facial expressions he pulled.  Those made me giggle.  I remember wearing him in my baby wrap whenever we went anywhere.  Him sleeping snuggled up next to me at night because he didn’t like sleeping alone.  I remember my first feelings of pure instinctual Mother’s Love.  A love so strong that words barely scratch the surface of how deep that love goes.  I remember all of these things and more.  What a wonderful time it was!!!

But as the days pass since the birth of Jane’s baby, she shares her worries with me and I am reminded of what a stressful time it was.  I remember that establishing breastfeeding was really hard and really painful.  I remember the fear every time I fell asleep with my son on me or next to me.  Would I wake to find him not breathing?!  I remember him crying and me not knowing why or being able to make him stop. I remember the baby blues and how I cried all day every day for days and days.  I remember feeling totally overwhelmed.  Feeling like a failure because I had to give my son a bottle of formula because breastfeeding was too painful.  I remember constantly worrying about how many layers he had on and whether he was too hot or too cold.  I remember doubting myself and my abilities as a New Mum.  I remember the utter confusion of being given so many different bits of advice that I never knew what the right thing to do was.  I remember!

Dear New Mum,
Being a New Mum is wonderful.  And it is such a precious time.  But even more so, it’s bloody tough!  Not only are you exhausted from the birth and the sleepless nights, but you also have hormones to contend with.  Then there’s the baby to care for, which is the biggest learning curve you will ever experience.  Plus all of the midwives, health visitors, family and friends that all descend on you with their well wishes and ‘helpful’ (ha!) advice.

Dear New Mum,
Chances are you’re doing an amazing job.  Yes, you’re tired.  You probably haven’t showered or gotten dressed properly for days.  That’s ok.  Your house will be a mess, you won’t have cooked or even thought up an idea of what to have for dinner.  All of that is ok too.  I’m sure you have co-slept and feeding isn’t going the way you thought.  It’s completely normal.  Every other new mum is having a tough time.  You are not alone!

Dear New Mum,
Please don’t give yourself a hard time about anything.  Right now, you have jumped into the deepest end of the hardest job you will ever have to adjust to.  Whatever you choose to do, however you choose to do it, it will be the right choice for you and your baby.

Dear New Mum,
Take care of yourself.  Lots of love. xoxo

New Baby 1

 

A Bit Of Everything
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
My Random Musings

Book Review – Oi Frog!

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Oi Frog! is a children’s picture book, written by the award winning, Kes Gray, and illustrated by Jim Field.  I highly recommend this book and give it five stars!  Five stars

I first came across this book in my local library. My son and I visit the library every month and borrow up to twenty books each time for my husband and son to share at bedtime.  Rarely do I bring home a book that was as big a success as this one!  So much so, that we bought our very own copy.  Even now, months later, it is still a popular choice and is read at least twice a week.

Oi frog! has two main characters, Frog and Cat.

Frog is an inquisitive creature looking for somewhere to sit and relax.

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Cat is very matter of fact.  An informative character who is trying to teach Frog that he and other animals have very specific places that they should sit.

The author successfully uses rhyming words throughout this book to match animals to the places that they should sit.  After all it is the ‘right thing’ to do!  These rhymes create bizarre matches resulting in a story that is simple and yet fantastically funny to read.

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The illustrator, Jim Field, then amplifies the effect with his bold and colourful pictures.  Together the outcome is fabulous.  Adults and children will enjoy this book.  It is certainly one of my son’s and husband’s favourites.  It is safe to say that this book is suitable for ages 1 and up.

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And as all good books have a great ending, so does this one.  As you turn the last page, both adults and children will be giggling away, as they read that last word!

My husband reads this book with amazing character voices.  He really brings these characters to life. Even through the baby monitor.  He never fails to make me smile as I listen in to story time. His version of Frog is a camp ‘David Walliams’ type character and his Cat is bossy and slightly impatient, with a Cockney London accent.  Hilarious!

I highly recommend this book, completely off my own back.  As a Teacher and a Parent, I love a truly rich reading experience and believe that when found, they should be shared by all.

Happy reading!

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