We’ve recently been buying up plenty of wooden toys. After seeing how much Gracie loved her other wooden animals that we’d picked up, I was excited to get the Pocket Dinosaur set for her.
This box cost us £15.00 from a high street shop. The box contains 18 pieces, 12 dinosaurs (6 pairs), 4 trees, and 2 volcanoes. While the box states that the toys are suitable from 18 months, Gracie is enjoying them at 13 months, and the size and quality of these toys are equal to that of other toys that are suitable for her age.
The 12 dinosaurs are in bright colours that Gracie found really attractive. She loved that there were two of every dinosaur, in two different colours. This gave her the opportunity to pair them together, both by shape, and with other dinosaurs in the same colour pallet. The trees and volcanoes have also found use outside of the set as a part of other small world play.
These are not the first wooden dinosaur toys that we’ve picked up, originally finding a couple of Le Toy Van dinosaurs while shopping in Glastonbury, and these compare extremely well. While the Le Toy Van dinos are certainly of a higher quality, this is directly tied to a higher price.
Ultimately the Pocket Dinosaur pack provided a large number of good quality toys that are perfect for those who prefer wooden toys, or small world play, and while not my favorite brand wooden toys, they are great for smaller hands.
I still vividly remember what it was like when I was 18. I could eat as much fast food as I liked without damaging my flat stomach. I was never what you’d call small, but I wasn’t overweight by any stretch of the imagination.
And now here we are over a decade later with two beautiful daughters and 20 to 30kg more on my belly. It is so easy to gain weight when you’ve got little ones, convenience food is exactly that. By 7pm I’m often so worn out that a quick dinner and a bag of chocolate is all I can manage.
I’d managed to lose a lot of weight before Gracie was born getting my BMI into overweight rather than obese but I’ve let things slip a little since then.
My overall goal is to get down to 70-odd kilos (I’m starting at 110kg) which should put me into my ideal BMI zone, however my first target is to get my BMI down under 30 which will take me out of obese.
I am hoping to manage a large part of this through controlling my diet better. Sadie and I are currently doing as much walking as we can to help her rebuild her stamina after Margot, so through monitoring my diet more effectively I should be able to shift some of the weight.
Here’s the thing, I expected this to be so much more difficult than it is at the moment. I remember what it was like with Gracie, how tired I was, how I was just making up things as I went along. This time around I sort of knew what I was doing, and if I’m honest I was already exhausted…
One month in and we’re beginning to find our rhythm as a family. Gracie has started to sleep through the night which is a small blessing. Unfortunately Margot’s had a chest infection for the last two weeks but she’s been toughing through it like a trooper. Everyone compliments us about how we don’t look like sleepless zombies, so we must be doing something right.
One of the things that’s made me really happy is getting Margot into Gracie’s old clothes, it’s wonderful to see these beautiful items getting a second wear, and I feel less awkward about purchasing new clothes knowing it’ll get two babies worth of usage.
As Christmas approaches I look forward to enjoying the season with both my girls.
So it’s been a while since we’ve posted on here. Life pretty much went off the rails recently and we just haven’t had the time or the energy to post. But that is all about to change, as we’re finding our rhythm as a family with our latest addition, baby Margot.
This beautiful girl was born on the 10th of October and has been doing her best to rob Mummy and Daddy of their sleep.
That’s all we have to say at the moment but we’ll be back to posting regularly soon.
Gosh what a busy day we’ve had! To kick the day off there looks like their might be an end to our teething in sight, as the first of the top two teeth has finally cut through the the gums. Gracie has handled the whole thing like a trooper as usually, but it cannot be pleasant to go through that.
This morning we had our appointment with the health visitor, it was time for Gracie’s 9 month review and we are pleased to say that everything is going very well. She continues to be a large baby sitting above the 90th percentile in weight and height. The health visitor was happy with how Gracie was developing both in movement and speech. We knew that things were going okay, but it is always nice to have someone else to confirm this too.
The health visitor also gave us a book bag, along with two books, as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste. We knew that we would receive these bits, but it is great that there is system in place that provides these sorts of essentials to babies.
This afternoon we did something very exciting, we took Gracie to the beach for the first time! She loved it, for nearly an hour she crawled around on the sand leaving great rings behind her. She progressively covered her self in sand, until she was completely caked. We also went paddling with her for the first time, taking her walking in the shallow water. Surprisingly the water was lovely and warm, and she had great fun kicking and splashing her feet.
In short it was a very busy, but wonderful Wednesday.