Cherish The Impromptu Moments

Today my almost three year old, Sam, fell asleep on me. Something he hasn’t done in a long time. Those minutes snuggling him took me back to when he was so little; when he was a baby baby (not a toddler baby)….to those exhausting days of feed, cuddle, sleep; and repeat.

Sitting on the sofa, holding him, thoughts popped in my head. I heard myself saying…”but the washing needs folding”, “you still need to empty the dishwasher”, “five minutes and then I’ll put him in his bed”. Then I said to myself…NO! You HAVE to enjoy these impromptu moments. Cherish each and every one. The washing will wait but he is getting so big!

This time next year he will have been allocated his Primary school and starting school the following September!

Now I’m getting ready to fold the laundry, iron, pick up my eldest from school and then get him ready for swimming, homework and then dinner.

I love my hectic life and my two rambunctious boys but I do go from one thing to the next constantly! I think that’s why having those moments today with my youngest was so nice and a reminder to slow down and enjoy this time. It will be gone all too quickly. Motherhood – the mundane and amazing can happen in the same moment.

Questions You Don’t Need To Ask Your Friends….But Do!

Last week I went on my first girls’ holiday since having my boys. We descended upon poor, unsuspecting Tenerife like four women released from prison and needing to experience freedom again!

We went out in the evenings and I forgot how relaxing it was to eat a meal without constantly checking the boys haven’t thrown their food everywhere or keeping them entertained. I still, however, managed to ask my friends if they needed to do a wee-wee before we left the house! You can take the mum away from the toddler but I think it’s now an automatically programmed question! Awkward!

Sleep is Over-Rated….Said No Mum EVER!


I knew that those newborn nights and days would be hard and sleepless when I became a Mum and I was prepared for that. I was prepared for the wakes every 2 hours which meant once the baby wakes, you feed the baby, burp the baby, rock the baby to sleep, put the baby to bed (without waking baby), crawl back into bed….you get about an hour before the whole thing happens again…..totally prepared for that.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the toddler and little boy wakes in the night. I swear my boys plot during their bath time when they are going to wake Mummy up (because it’s NEVER Daddy!) Oh no….Daddy could sleep through a freight train going through our bedroom and wake in the morning and ask why the room was a mess! I get many mornings when he wakes and comments that the boys slept through last night only for me to turn over, give him a glare and say…they were up twice and one was even in our bed!

Anyway….back to my non-sleeping angels! My toddler, Sam, has been particularly hard to settle most evenings. He has always wanted Mummy and cries when Mummy leaves his side and, two years on, it’s not as intense but still the same need. Once he settles at bedtime he can wake a good couple times in the night. Usually just wanting Mummy or water, but he doesn’t settle well after waking.  He was waking his brother up as well, who needs his sleep as he has just started school. He doesn’t usually wake up Sleepy McSleepy pants next to me who is usually in his nice cozy slumber, typical!

A had a lightbulb moment a couple weeks ago. We transferred him from his cot to cot bed a couple months ago and, as a result, stopped using GroBags so he could get out of bed, if needed. Which worked well but also meant that he kicked all his covers off during the night and was getting cold! Which, in turn, was waking him up! I Googled what to do about this and read that Gro-Store also does a Gro to BED!!! WHAT?!

So the Gro to Bed is an all–in–one duvet cover, bottom sheet and pillow case set that keeps the duvet in place and helps to prevent little children from rolling out of bed by zipping the duvet to the fitted sheet and the pillow is fixed so it keeps not only the duvet on the child but the child from rolling out the bed!

Sam was very excited about his new bedding with moons and stars all over it. I was worried how he would feel being zipped into the bedding as he does move around ALOT during the night but having the security of the duvet over him must have given him a comforted feeling as he slept through the night and when he woke he wasn’t cold! BRILLIANT!

I’d highly recommend the Gro to Bed if you are finding it hard to transition your toddler from cot to cot bed. It’s that little bit of familiarity that they are used to with their GroBags that comes with them to their big boy/girl bed.

I am not one for pushing products on you all but if I find something that works for me…I want to share it! Maybe some of you are in the same boat as me? Try this out, it can’t hurt.

Here’s the link to the Gro-Store website for the bedding. You can also get it on Amazon but for 1st time buyers the company website offers you 12% discount which on Amazon you can’t get (same price on Amazon without the discount).