Sick sick sick no!

im really sick of rue being sick! In three weeks we had pink eye, croup, fever, still croup cough cough cough. Im exhausted and im not even the sick one! 

So new rules in this house:

  1. House will be cleaned every night including kitchen
  2. Towels and bed sheets washed weekly
  3. Bathroom cleaned weekly
  4. Rue will have a bath every night with soap (previously was every second night and i cant use soap so i didnt use it on him either)
  5. Rue will take yukult daily
  6. Rue will take vit c daily.
  7. He will consume at least 2 fruit at home including kiwi and strawberrys
  8. He will eat 2 veg a day including carrot and zucchini and broccoli

Frankly if this doesnt work i have no idea what to do next. Tired worn out, out of ideas 😭 

Holidays

im at my wits end right now. No nap and a psycho toddler + lack if sleep last night = frayed mumma. Not to mention i was really excited to think i could start a course in childcare, the two people i told were both non enthused so now im bummed. They dont seem to realise that i need a litte enthusiasm. My life consists of working then comig home to a screaming toddler. I need something to get excited about! Even if it doesnt work out at least im trying to bring a little spice to my life right?!?  Coupled with the fact that we decided to re home our dogs but my manager who was meant to collect one of them this week keeps giving me the run around, if it was a stranger i would have told them to bugger off by now. 

So yes, iv had enough of this month. Rue was teething last week and inconsoleable crying, not sleeping at all for a full 5 days. I just feel like banging my head on a wall somewhere. I know it will get better but when! Ugh. I have the next two weeks off and am wondering if they will be relaxing or stressful. Oh and my foot aches so much when i walk i hate even standing 😪 

Ok rant over. Heres to next year and hopefully a calmer toddler and maybe someone will get excited about my study…

  

2.5years old

rue is nearly two and a half! Im really loving this age. He has started becoming a real little person. He takes instruction and understands us so much better than even a few months ago. He will walk with me holding my hand most of the time and mostly stops when i tell him too (we are still working on this one). He will start swimming lessons next year and toilet training over christmas. 

He loves babies and takes care of his cousin giving him toys when he cries. He pats the dogs when they let him andrides them like a horse when he catches them. He loves painting and coloring but mostly loves water! 

He hates having his nappy changed and always wants another story before bed. He loves baths and will try and climb in fully clothed if you arent careful. 

   
   

Toilet training

so not ready for it! But i have heard some parents have started so i thought i should at least have some things ready, because it is coming whether i like it or not. Im concious that i have never done this part of parenting before so i need to work out what i actually need in my ‘kit’. Heres what i came up with:

  • Padded seat with wee shield (a must for boys i think) $15  
  • Potty $14 
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I want to point out that emptying a potty really grosses me out. So the next item im hoping rue uses and i wont need the potty.

  • Bambino step with seat $40  
  • 14 pairs of undies $24  

I was actually annoyed to find that undies only come in sizes 2> Rue is size 0-1 on bottoms so this is going to be an issue. I actually prefer the little shorties style but they only come in size 5>. Gyped. 

Then depending on when i start he will need more sheets and a mattress protector either single or cot size. I also think some puppy pee pads are a good idea for around the toilet, potty and under his sheets. Catch the drips lol

I tried to find some training undies with absorbancy but they didnt have any. Of course depending on how he goes i may not need them. Fingers crossed he is one of those kids who trains in a week haha 

 

Parenting

i have been thinking about being a parent latley. That old saying that you wont understand until you have a child 100% correct. You may think you know but you dont. My sister even said this a few months after her son was born, she laughed about all the things she had said to me about parenthood before he was born. ‘Ill just get a baby sitter’ is a good one, ‘ill totally keep working out’ nice thought until she was 3months pregnant, ‘people who over stay their visit’ yep new parents may be bored but having people over is just a new level of stress, you cant concentrate on the convo, they keep the baby awake, your routine gets thrown out. Or my fave ‘i can drink ill just pump first’ this one she learnt quickly. Not only will some babies not take a bottle but the idea that you will feel like ‘partying’ as a new parent is ridiculious. Of course when i tried to tell her any of this before she had him i got met with rolled eyes and ‘you will see’ comments. Or even better people who plan holidays for the babies first year? I mean why?!? How the mighty fall haha

Now that im the mother of a toddler im still trying to tell people my limits. They never believe me. ‘Dont let him out of the pram he will just run off’ is usually met with, he will be fine followed by, oh maybe we should have left him in the pram as he sprints for the road. Or my sister often asks us for bbqs which would be great except she wants to go to the lake, where i will spend the entire time running after rue and zero time eating or joining in conversations. Or grandparents who try and give him 5cream biscuits then wonder why he threw up. But when i said no more than one i get rolled eyes. So when a parent tells your their rules and boundaries dont roll your eyes. Stop and think that there may actually be a reason for those rules! Because you know, i only spend 24/7 with him. How would i know what he will do?

One thing that has always bugged me though starts from day one. When a new mum goes into hospital and her main concern is shaving her legs and straightening her hair…the fact that in todays society women are more concerned with shaving their legs than recovering and having a few days to relax and bond is so sad to me. When i said this to my mothers group when they were listing their hospital bag contents they all said ‘oh but i cant relax knowing im all hairy and my hairs a mess. I still have to look good.’ It makes me so sad that women think that they dont look good as they are. No one else cares that your legs are hairy and frankly who is looking that close, or that your hair is in a pony rather than streightened. We as women need to just step back and accept what we look like and who we are without all of the primping and priming that we do daily. Just be.