Parenting, play dough and cloth nappies #littleloves

Parenting, play dough and cloth nappies #littleloves

I’m not going to lie, the last couple of days have been rubbish and I nearly didn’t join in with little loves this week. In the end I decided it might do me good to look for the positives this week.

I think I’ve mentioned before that my eldest is struggling with the changes a new baby brings and that she has hit me and the tiny ladybird but this week’s she’s been her worst. She’s usually a lovely, well behaved little girl but the last few days I’ve had to watch her struggle with anger towards me and the tiny ladybird. One minute she will be being nice to the baby, the next she is hitting or squeezing her as hard as she can. I’m struggling with worrying she will hurt the baby and worrying about her as clearly she is really upset to be hitting out like this. The look of anger on her face at these moments is hard to watch. Yesterday was particularly bad and then the health visitor arrived, I was a mess! Not my best parenting moment.


In desperation I found myself googling “3 year old hits baby” during one of the night feeds. I found this post and I could have pretty much written the question. The answer made me cry (to be fair a lot does at the moment) but also made a lot of sense. I read a bit more of the site. I woke up in the morning to find I’d ordered her book, calm parents, happy siblings!


I can’t think what I’ve watched on tv this week. A very old episode of Grand designs with a floating house, oh and I had a good laugh at Brief encounters (currently on itv). I also found series 1 of in the club being shown on sky so I’ve recorded that as I’ve only seen series 2.


The tiny ladybird has had a lot of 6 weeks checks this week.We both saw the GP on Tuesday and got a clean bill of health. The tiny ladybird has oral thrush but we caught it early so already it looks a lot better. On Wednesday, she had a hip scan and I heard she has two health hips. Yesterday the health visitor did a home visit and well you know how that went! The health visitor ended up spending more time giving me advice on my eldest not the tiny one. To be fair I have no concerns about the tiny one, yes she is feeding frequently meaning my sleep is poor, she crys a lot if I put her down and even when she is been held in an evening but she is just 6 weeks and I know it is normal and will soon improve.


This week the tiny ladybird has worn a few cloth nappies. I won’t write a lot about it here but I have been sharing our journey on instagram and will write some blog posts soon for those who are interested.

I also purchased a new teething necklace on Monday evening. I ordered it through Little Maldod and was so pleased with the service.


Using @picklebums monster play dough mat, feathers and loose parts.

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Very little this week. I purchased a basic laminator a while back and this week I used it for the first time to make the ladybird a monster play dough mat. I used a free download from Picklebums. The ladybird loved it and I will be making some more in the future.

And lastly ….

Thankfully the ladybird has been good so far today but there is still time. After the tiny ladybirds next feed we are going to go to the library and swap some books. The ladybird loves a visit to the library. We are visiting my husband’s family tomorrow and my parents are visiting us on Sunday. Then the ladybird is in nursery Monday and Tuesday so hopefully keeping the ladybird busy will help her and also lower my stress levels!



  1. Steph
    July 23, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    I love that rainbow and teddy bear nappy print! Beautiful! What a great idea using the laminator for craft activities. We don’t have one – but asked hubs to laminate a summer holiday rules checklist for O. It’s been helpful in limiting screen time and making sure he still works on his writing/reading skills whilst doing fun things at home. Have a great week x

    • July 29, 2016 / 12:10 pm

      Great idea. My laminator was only £10 from wilko. I have lots of ideas for it but very little time!

  2. July 23, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I really feel for you in this post and am sending a virtual hug. Sadly I have no experience to share ( that’s not smug parenting just a consequence of adoption, no baby stories) but it reads that you’re doing all you can, hope the book helps. Take care X

  3. Not A Frumpy Mum
    July 28, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    So sorry to hear you’re having s tough time at the minute, it must be so hard for our bigger ones to get used to not being the centre of attention anymore. Hopefully the health visitor was able to give you lots of good advice. I hope this week has been better for you. xxx

    • July 29, 2016 / 12:11 pm

      It really must be hard for them. I do feel for her but I’m also protective of the tiny one.

  4. July 28, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Oh lovely, I really feel for you. I had problems with my eldest girl, though her anger and violence were directed at me rather than her sister. It was probably good the health visitor was there and I hope she was able to give you some good advice that helps. If you ever need to chat about it feel free to pop me an email, I’ve got some old blog posts about it all I can send you if you like. They’re not online anymore as they’re from my old blog but I still have them as drafts. xx

    • July 29, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you it’s good to know my daughter is not alone in reacting like this. I will drop you an email as I’d love to read these posts.

  5. Cat
    July 29, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Loving your playdough mat. We’re also cloth bummers, we have a couple of fave brands. I think my ultimate favourite have to be out Daisybirds – bright, fluffy and MEGA absorbant.
    I hope you get somewhere with your eldest. Patience and remaining calm yourself will play a huge role. We’re big fans of time out on the step for our 3year old. Time to think about what she’s done. You’re not alone. Loads of children and their poor parents go through this stage.

    • July 30, 2016 / 5:20 am

      Thank you. I’m doing better at staying calm this week but perhaps that’s because she’s not been quiet as bad. I’m trying a few things and trying to be consistent.

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