Long Time No Sentiment | Penelopes 22 Month Update

Ahh it has been such a long time since I've blabberd on about how much I love my daughter. Since it's long over due I felt the need to be my usual soppy mum self and let it all out. God since I last updated you on Penelope she has come on so well. She is 100% character at all times, and is most definitely well into her terrible twos.

It's quite funny actually one minute she is this loving, clingy, mummy or daddies girl and the next minute she's shouting 'No!' at us for absolutely no reason and wont let us near her pouting out her lips at us. They really do have the most rapid mood changes at this age. Its all part of the fun and games of course, she is a pure pleasure to have around.

Communicating with a toddler at 22 months old in one way makes parenting one so much easier, as they can express what they would like in varied ways. You start to feel like you've cracked this parenting lark as you understand your childs wants and needs. On the other hand it becomes alot more demanding because they start to realise you understand them and what they want. Toddlers tend to take advantage of that new skill and practice trying to express things to you. Its not a bad thing by any means but it does keep you busy being asked to immediately rescue the Teletubbies from behind the TV countless times in a day. That requires wine by 7.30pm.

Talking of Penny being able to communicate better now. As she is saying more and more words, I'm starting to hear how her little voice is coming together. Everyone has there own pitch and way of talking. She sounds just angelic and sweet when she speaks. I adore it. When she says 'I dont know' when trying to find things in a search and find book... it just melts my heart.

We took a walk to the shops recently without the buggy, it went amazingly well. This was the first time doing so as usually she would get too tired or frustrated. I had tears walking back from the shop as I had just imaged this moment of walking to the shops with my little girl for a packet of sweeties all my life. It was a beautiful day, we were in shorts, and Penny was so chuffed over her chocolate buttons I was so utterly happy. She walked the entire way without giving up.

I love that the cuddles are real cuddles now, she puts her arms under mine and squeezes me in tight patting me on the sides. I have this odd habit of patting anyone I hug, turns out my daughters picked up the same habit, much to daddies delight, it bugs the heck out of him when I do it.

Other Updates:
- No new teeth
- Thicker longer hair, can now put in pony tail and pig tails
- Takes her own nappy off, and it trying to learn to pull up her pull ups
- Is doing great with colours, numbers, and knowing her objects.
- She loves dancing, and is starting to sing along
- She is saying key words in short worded books. She remembers them.
- Is still napping, if she doesnt nap she gets really over tired during the afternoon
- Plays fetch with the dog, she adores Pippin. They are peas in a pod.

Having things on her head
Playing in the garden
Her new nappies, pull ups. Its changed out lives as shes always hated nappy changes.

Being told no
Mummy and daddy leaving
Waiting 1 minute for her milk
When her songs stop on my phone mid song because of our stupid internet

That's all for now folks! When do toddlers stop having naps? I dread this day as sometimes its the only time I get work done or house bits done. What happens to life after naps vanish?!

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Hello Stranger.

Where to begin? I suppose I should say Hello, its been so long I feel like I need to greet you all. You feel like strangers; crazy that I've let that happen. I cant dwell on the fact I've missed out logging our lives for the last few months, while we've seen Penelope blossom and grow into her now 22nd month of life, if I'm completely truthful life has been tough on our family lately.

These past few months have been manic for us. We've had alot of sickness all round this household, try thinking of anything that could make a human being poorly and I can tell you its been a problem for one or all of us.

For two weeks, time dragged by far to slowly for my liking, we were worried sick for my mum as she was undergoing investigation for the big C word. She underwent a procedure and thankfully the doctors took a few biopsys but all have come back okay. The problem doesn't end there though, while thankfully she doesn't seem to have cancer. My mum is still not well. Shes had diabetes her whole life since she was 3, her body seems to be slowly letting her down after so long of not being able to look after her health well enough. She isnt well, and it frightens me. Seeing a lady thats done her best raising us by herself starting to struggle hurts my heart. For her these past few months have been hellish. 

Reese and me have been up and down for a while now, being in a relationship is the hardest thing in the world. Staying happy takes alot of work especially as parents. We have so many issues to work through but I have faith that in time we can work through them.

I've felt so consumed by life that I feel we've been fighting to stay a unit, trying to keep going and to hold on tight while the road has been bumpy. Our problems are not gone, but we are surviving.

The one person that has all of us tripping over our hearts is Penelope. She can put a smile on our faces in any situation. Many times I've had tears ready to poor from my eyes, and then I hear 'Mama' and a tear or two will fall but its because I'm so bloody greatful to have her there. She stops my sadness in its tracks. Instead my heart fills with love and I stare into her loving eyes. Just imagine feeling at your lowest and seeing your near two year old running open armed to give you the warmest hug you so desperately need.

I need to do a much needed update on her really, as so much has changed, she is doing so so well. She is nearly a whole two years old. You can completely see it too, the personality on her is huge, sometimes she knocks me for six giving me attitude and I'll pause and think...'Oh know she didn't?!'.

I'm going to leave it there for now, I hope we can catch up and get rid of that 'stranger' feeling quite promptly. I have so much to get out to you that I dare bombard you all in one post so ill have to space things out a little. It feels good to blurt my feelings out again. Thanks Babyy Pebbles, you really do help me for someone who struggles to express myself, this is the most effective way I can feel free from my own mind sometimes.
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It's been a long time since I just posted content from our general lives, which doesn't make much sense seeing as my blog is to document our life journey, doh! I've been meaning to talk about our Easter experience this year. Which was just amazing, last year was amazing in its own right of course it was Pennys first ever delivery from the Easter bunny. But...this year she got to experience Easter in its full glory of fun. We had countless Easter Egg hunts in the garden, even had a day in which we got to just play with our coats off in the garden with the water table out. Yes, water in the garden!

Penny was surprised with her Easter basket, not much changed there she was more interested in the shredding as she was last year! Typical ay! After she was finished making a disaster of the living room floor she got round to seeing her actual goodies in the basket! I went for more of a crafting theme this year to give us lots to do over the Easter Holiday to show her its a real occasion to celebrate and get involved in.

Around the Easter holiday I also went to a wonderful event in London with Channel Mum. The Pacmacmillan Easter Event! I spent an afternoon with so many of the lovely mummy's in the Channel Mum team, getting to know them enjoying afternoon tea, reading amazing childrens book, and again definitely talking too much! I even got to bring Penny home some books, and she adores them all. 

If you didn't know already I seem to be becoming a train professional now, I've jumped on the train 3 times now by myself for two events and a meet up with friends. Me and transport don't normally go hand in hand, and to go solo is huge for me. I'm feeling so positive about this new confidence in trains! It means i can go to events and other exciting places too!

Making full use of Pennys Easter basket we have been doing lots of crafts! We have been trying to learn using glue. Sticking things down and creating out own amazing picture, the downside is Penny gets really mad that we are putting things over what she thinks it white paint. She doesn't quite understand it yet. So we'll just pretend it paint for a while longer. maybe ill buy a britt stick or something and see if that works.

 Its been a truly memorable Easter for our family, one we enjoyed so so much together. Seeing Penny starting to see the magic of it all is so exciting to me. It melts my heart. I know next year she will be even more involved and it will only becoming more magical.

I hope you all had a great Easter too, next up CHRISTMAS!? Don't choke I'm only pulling you leg.

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Double Sided Flip Mop & Upright Sweep Set | Spring Cleaning Recap With OXO

It's no longer Spring cleaning week I know but alas it is still Spring and I have been cleaning...does that count to save my skin? My little family have all been struck down with horrible colds, sore throats, conjunctivitis and other such issues between us. We've been struggling all last week and over Easter Weekend. Its been a rough time to say the least. Note I couldn't actually put into words how bad its been as opening my mouth is real agony. So just imagine my exaggerated expression by 'rough'.

Although all ill, I have been cleaning to keep myself busy over the last week. We have tried out the following products to get our kitchen floor sparkling clean:

Upright Sweep Set £30.00
This has to be one of my favourite products I've discovered from OXO! Your thinking its just a sweep set? Yes, it is but there's alot to this set that makes my life so much easier countless times a day. This set has a full size broom, and extendable handle, a locking system to stand it upright to store away. A teeth comb to brush the broom through to remove any excess dirt. It has a flexible lip so you don't get tiny crumbs and dust going past the pan and going underneath when you sweep. Its fantastic. I don't have to hunt for my broom and then my old dust pan set, its all in one and by far a much quicker easier use. I hugely recommend this product.

Double Sided Flip Mop £25.00
One side is microfiber and the other a foam scrubbing surface, The soft side of the mop can be used on all surfaces, and the other is perfect for ceramic tiles. I personally like to use the scrubbing side to get any tough spots off the floor and the like to go over it with the soft side of the mop to finish with. I just feel that way it will be as clean as can be. Its really east to use, you push down a handle which squeezes out the mop of any excess water and then your ready to go. The handle isnt at all stiff or fiddly to manage as I've had mops where they have been so stiff in this respect. No trouble here though, it does a superb job. The sponges are easily replaceable as they attach via velcro which again is super handy.

Have you tried any of the OXO cleaning products? I definitely think you should look into it after trying out their range. 
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