My husband has been working late the last couple of nights and it made me think how much I miss the hearing my daughter shout out ‘daddy’s home’.

Daddy’s home

Daddy’s home
Finally I’m not alone
Kids are great
But I miss my mate

Daddy’s gone
But the day goes on
Kids make mess
Carry on nether less

Till daddy’s home
Try not to moan
Or have a row
He’s home now

Oh my long-lost friend how I do miss you! 

Sleep is without a doubt the number one thing I miss most about my life prior to children. I always assumed that sleep deprivation was something that only occurred in those early newborn days….boy was I wrong.

I now know that even as toddlers not many of them subscribe to our ideal image of sleeping through the night. Whether it’s tears at bedtime, waking in the night, nightmares or needing the toilet, sleep continues to elusive.

I have no idea what is around the corner for my children’s sleep habits. Best I don’t know and just live in the hope that one day I will be able to hang out again with my friend sleep.

    1. They have folds everywhere, under arms and necks, so you have check everywhere when washing
    2. When wet in the bath they are the hardest thing in the world to hold
    3. Their first few poo are black, with meconium, which is really hard to clean
    4. Once the meconium clears, they can then projectile poo as well as vomit
    5. They can get acne and white spots, called milia
    6. They sleep pretty much all day apart from waking for feeds
    7. They don’t automatically know how to breastfeed or take a bottle
    8. They start the vaccination program straight away, the injection is worse for you than it is them
    9. They can curl themselves up to the smallest bundle, like they are still in the womb and give the best snuggles
    10. They have the cutest gurgling faces, which you could sit and stare at for hours, if you weren’t so tired!

 

Christmas is one of those wonderful family times where you can really indulge in creating Christmas traditions, These can be repeated year after year and will help make magical moments for you and your family.

Christmas Traditions

Here are a few favourites you could try in the run up to the big day;

Handmade Christmas Cards
A fun way to get into the Christmas spirit is making your own cards for family and friends. Even the youngest babies can join in with hand or foot painted print ideas.

Making Decorations
From collecting pine cones on walks, then painting them, to sewing new decorations, children of all ages can join in with this activity.

Decorating The Tree
A tradition for the whole family to enjoy, discovering old and new decorations to place on the tree together.

Writing To Santa
One for the older children, penning a wish list letter to Santa is a great way to get them excited.

Elf On A Shelf
A creative fun activity for adults and children however you choose to use these cheeky Elves. See my post here on Easy Elf on a Shelf ideas.

Advent Calendars
Handmade or shop bought, nothing builds the excitement more everyday than opening that days door.

St Nicholas Shoes
On the night of the 5th of December it is tradition for children to leave a shoe outside their door. If they have been good St Nicholas will fill it with sweets or a small gift.

Attending A Carol Concert
A wonderful way to get into the spirit of Christmas by listening to old and new classics as a family.

Visiting Santa
A treat for both the old and young going to visit Santa.

Giving Unto Others
Christmas is the perfect time to teach children to be thoughtful and generous to others. Donating presents, gifting to charities or volunteering can bring the true meaning of Christmas into your family traditions.

Festive Bakes
Christmas baking is a great traditional activity for all ages. Making your own Christmas cakes, gingerbread men and houses, mince pies and/or chocolate logs. You could even make gifts for your childrens teachers, see my post here.

Christmas Pantomime
Oh no you didn’t….one of the most traditional things to do during the festive season and something adults will enjoy as much as children.

Christmas Eve Boxes
A charming tradition for Christmas Eve. Ideas to put in the boxes include anything from new PJs, a festive film, hot chocolate packets, a new tree decoration, a new family board game and bath bombs, see my post here.

Crib/Chris-tingle Service
Usually held on Christmas Eve, a family friendly service at your local church will most definitely be an occasion to reflect and remember the origins of Christmas.

Santa And His Reindeer
Leaving food out for your hungry guests. Seeing that they have disappeared on Christmas morning adds that extra bit of magic.

Snowy Footprints
To add that extra bit of magic to your Christmas morning, use flour or ice sugar to make snowy footprints leading up to the tree.

Overview

Creating your own bespoke family traditions is half the fun. They will become the things that are remembered and treasured by your family forever.

Well this is me, Jen. I live in North West London and I’m a mum of two daughters, Rose and Beth.

Currently I’m on maternity (from working in advertising), so am using the opportunity to set up this blog and start writing about my life. This is just the start of my blogging adventure so I would love to get your feedback on whats good/bad working/not working.

We are always looking for new places to visit or suggestions of things to do as a family so please share. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our recounts of any adventures we find ourselves on.