Hooray a weekend at Mutti and Opas! I love being at my grandparents house, Pudding doesn’t realise how great this is yet. I am taking full advantage of this. Grandparents equals undivided attention for me.
Firstly its all about the space. Mutti has a big house and a huge garden. Which I have built an amazing den in which has a no Pudding Policy! Jerry the guinea pig lives in the garden too. Mummy says she and Daddy had him before I was around and that when I was little he used to live with us indoors. Today Mummy and Opa built Jerry a new house. I was supposed to be helping but the huge cardboard box was much more exciting, besides those two kept being really silly…
The other awesome thing about Mutti’s is the food. I get biscuits and brioche almost on tap and Mutti makes amazing meals too. Mummy’s does cook but apart from sandwiches she really isn’t too good at it. Don’t get me wrong its edible but not exactly inventive. Mutti also makes cakes, all the time. Not those ones out of a box like Mummy does but from scratch and everything. Also I get to measure out all the flour and sugar and use her super mixer thingy too.
I also get to go swimming at Mutti & Opa’s posh gym which has a lovely big pool and is nice and quiet. My great shark fin float helps me to swim on top of the water rather than underneath. I quite like to wear my goggles too and I am learning to put my face under the water. Mummy doesn’t usually come in with us she likes to sit and drink coffee and watch me through the window. It must be really boring for her, although she always seems really excited about it. Sometimes Daddy comes in and sits in the big bubbly hot tub, apparently that is excercising….
Mummy always looks super relaxed when we go to my grandparents. I keep trying to get her involved in things, but she just smiles sweetly at me and cradles her cup of tea. She says its a bit like having a 2 day holiday. I can see why; great food and entertainment! I don’t know why Mutti & Opa always look so tired when we leave, I thought holidays were supposed be relaxing!!!
Morning Folks! Today is a sad day at Pudding HQ. My beloved Sophie La Giraffe has fallen victim to the jaws of our sausage dog Toby. It all happened so fast one minute I was holding her in my high chair. Happily sucking on her face when she fell from my hand. She had barely hit the floor before that naughty sausage gathered her up and ran like lightening to his bed. Mummy hadn’t seen it happen by the time she realised why I was wailing it was too late!
There was a tussle between Mummy and Toby. She wrestled Sophie from his jaws, she looked ok, no obvious damage. Result I thought! Mum cleaned her off and sterilised her but alas that dog had some how managed to remove the squeaker 🙁 I am not surprised that dog is a squeak removing machine…
I knew he had been after Sophie for days. Mummy kept telling him it was mine but he was watching and waiting. Toby took advantage of Mummy sorting out Pie ready for preschool and now Sophie is a shadow of her former self… Mum says she will get me a new one, but it won’t be the same. It has taken me ages to bond with this Sophie, she can’t just be replaced.
My first love is lost at the tender age of 3 months, I feel an emptiness inside…. oooh look there is my hand! Gotta go that hand isn’t going to watch itself!
Love Pudding xxx
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Now when Pudding was born and I was doing some research into the new products around since Pie was born Ewan the Sheep kept coming up, so I spoke to a couple of my mummy friends and he came really highly recommended and because we had gone for a crib a mobile seemed a bit big. So we ordered one!
What a fantastic little gadget – Ewan is super soft and snuggly, really easy to install batteries and to operate. He has a couple of modes which determine how long the sounds play for and how loud which can be set up be taking the disc part out of his tummy. You can also set up the red light – designed to mimic the light baby would have seen in the womb. Each one of Ewans’ Legs makes a different sound, there is harp music, heartbeat, rain or the vacuum cleaner. These white noise sounds have been proven to help soothe babies as again they mimic what they would have heard in the womb.
Still the proof was in the Pudding – she loved it right from the start, all the noises seemed to be quite soothing but as she gets older she really enjoys the harp and the heart beat best. We used Ewan right from the first few days, every time we laid her down after her last feed at night we would press one of his legs. Now Ewan is an important part of her routine, he signifies the difference between day time naps and actual bed time. Ewan fits nicely in Puddings’ crib but he also has a velcro loop tail so you could hang him up if you wanted too.
The only real downside to Ewan is that he does seem to get through quite a lot of batteries – we are on our 4th set in 3 months. This is only a huge issue if you haven’t realised that the batteries are running out and your baby is as dependent on Ewan as Pudding is! We now keep spare batteries at home – the first sign that Ewan is starting to run out is an abrupt stop to the white noise/music. Ewan the Dream Sheep is quite expensive at £29.99 from most retailers, but I guess that is comparable to a cot mobile.
Overall we are impressed with Ewan the Dream Sheep and we would recommend him for newborns and for helping to establish a nice calm bedtime routine.
Pudding Rating: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰 5/5
One of our most expensive purchases has been our Stokke Steps chair but it’s also been one of our best. Brilliant for Pie to be independent at sitting at the table. He was able to climb up from about 2 1/2 and join us for a family meal. He is also able to push it across the floor and use it as a step ladder – shows how light it is to move. But I don’t recommend this usage!! Saying that I have stood on it to paint various places round the house, it was sturdy enough to hold me at 38 weeks pregnant with Pudding (and it wiped clean…)
We have also used the Steps as an extra chair for adults when we run out st dinner parties. Most people comment that it’s very comfortable, even if they do end up sitting a little higher than everyone else 😊.
When Pudding arrived I decided to buy one of the newborn bouncy chair attachments. You can see why these are quite expensive, the seat is lovely and plush. The 5 point harness is really secure, although I do worry that the angle of the seat is quite steep so a good hold on a wriggly Pudding is required. The chair attachment is easy to fit and remove from the chair. Two little dots go green when it’s correctly attached, great little security check for a tired and harassed mummy. When you disconnect the seat the bottom flips out so it can be stood on the floor free standing.
By far and away the best thing is that combined the Steps and bouncer mean that Pudding can sit with us at the table and join in family meal times. She is already showing an interest in food, and loves to be included in the conversation. It also provides a great safe place to pop her when I have chores or blogging to do.She can see me and I can wander between rooms knowing one of those naughty sausage dogs can’t lick her face or sit on her blanket.
I am sure we will invest in the next stage baby seat when she is ready to sit and try her own plate of dinner. Like I said the Stokke Steps is one of most expensive things we have brought but it has certainly earnt it’s keep through two children and both Pudding & Pie would recommend the investment.
Pudding Rating: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍩 4.5/5