Ah, Christmas. That wonderful time of year when families come together and all is joyful….until the inevitable foot-in-mouth situation.
I love that there are now children around again at Christmas. But three years ago I was teetering on the edge of post-partum depression, fueled by an epic family disagreement (one day to be the subject of a post). And in those first newborn weeks I made the stupid decision to get professional photographs taken of the newborns. Continue reading →
A lovely person gave BabyBoy and BabyGirl a wind-up TV, the kind that you wind up and then a picture moves across the ‘screen’. They’ve have been around for years and years. I was thrilled when I saw it as I had one as a child and loved it.
BabyBoy and BabyGirl also love it. There is a problem however – they are not yet able to wind it up themselves, so they call for Multimummy to do it again and again and again and again… Each winding only lasts about a minute. This is not conducive to getting dinner on the table.
So as Christmas approaches a note to all toy-shoppers out there: I don’t recommend buying such a toy for any child who can’t wind it themselves. Mummy will not thank you.
But as anyone with a toddler knows, christmas trees can also be dangerous. So much so that this year, as BabyBoy and BabyGirl are mobile now, the tree is firmly tied down out of reach, with no lights (to guard against lead / electric shocks / wire issues) or tinsel (apparently a chocking hazard, who knew?)
And we have be instilling in the children – look, but don’t touch. Those ornaments are pretty (and not glass) but if you play with them they might still break and hurt you, especially the ones with bells which could break into small parts and choke you.
So imagine my chagrin when my mother-in-law and father-in-law began taking the decorations off the tree to give to BabyBoy and BabyGirl to play with. They are not toys, I whispered furiously to Multidaddy. Of course the children are reaching out for them, they’re sparkly and colourful, but you don’t hand them over to them. Continue reading →