The front page of the Daily Mail has made me so annoyed this morning. For the sake of my sanity I should have learnt not to look at the headlines of the Daily Mail. But their outrageous headlines are irritatingly attention grabbing.
Seriously what is this crap! Two leading politicians talking about the future of the United Kingdom but it is reduced to which woman has the nicest legs?!
I don’t think you can excuse this as harmless banter. It is sending out such a belittling message to girls and women. What you say and contribute is not as important as what you look like.
I don’t know what the accompanying article actually says. I would never buy this horrible excuse for a newspaper. I’m sure there was some actual commentary on what was discussed. But it is watered down by a comparison of the politicians appearances. For the record I also don’t care what shoes or clothes you are wearing either just whether you are doing a good job at running our country.
I hope I’m raising my kids, both my sons and my daughter, to know better than to fall for this misogynistic nonsense. It just feels like quite an effort to counteract the casual sexism that seems to pop up so often in popular culture.
Having little kids = being embarrassed on a regular basis! Here are a few clangers my monkeys have dropped lately.
Sam getting to grips with anatomy by walking in on me getting dressed and asking “Mummy where’s your willy?”
Never tell a 4 year old that you have pulled a muscle in your bum while exercising. Sam told the cashier in Tesco “My Mummy’s bottom is hurting” to which Sofia chipped in “Have you not been eating enough fruit Mummy?”
After getting caught in heavy rain on the way to picking up the boys from pre-school I happened to say that all of my clothes were wet down to my underwear. Leo asked “Mummy are your pants wet because you’ve had an accident?”
Rolando was with the boys waiting to pick Sofia up from school. Sam ran towards him and bumped into his groin area, then shouted “Papi you have a very fat willy!”
But it is all worthwhile for one of Leo’s extra special compliments “Mummy you have a very beautiful eyeball”
It feels like I have been buying nappies forever. I don’t even want to think how many nappies I have bought in the twins lifetime. If you add in all the nappies that Sofia had as well it must be thousands and thousands. It was especially nappy intensive when the boys were little. I shudder to remember when the boys were 6 months old and had simultaneous digestive problems. They going through nappies faster than I could change them. It was truly gross! Our black bin was always overflowing with barely and room for non nappy rubbish.
Big boy pants
Potty training has been quite a long journey for the twins. Sofia was a breeze to potty train. The boys really took their time to get the hang of it. At points I was a bit despairing about the whole seemingly never ending process. The breakthrough moment for us was deciding to ditch pull ups. Putting the boys in pants all the time was the key to getting them fully potty trained. Sure there have been many, many accidents along the way but we just kept going.
Dry at night
The boys have been wearing pants during the day for at least 6 months now. They were just wearing pull ups at night. We weren’t in any rush to get them dry at night. We just let it happen in it’s own time. I would check if their nappies were dry in the morning. Sam got the hang of it first. After a run of dry nights we just ditched the pull ups. He was quite excited when we told him he was now nappy free. Leo was then really quick to catch up and gave up his night time nappy as well. It has been 3 weeks now and I’m confident that nappies are finally off my shopping list for good.
There are some stages of the transition from baby to child that leave you feeling a bit sad and nostalgic. This is definitely not one of them. I am so happy that my days of changing nappies are well and truly over!
I am happy to bid February goodbye! February is generally my least favourite month of the year. I always get impatient for the winter to be over and spring to arrive. Feb 2017 seemed pretty determined to kick my ass!
We started the month with a round of illnesses. Sam and Leo had time off preschool with high temperatures. It took them both a really long time to get back to normal. Sam particularly seemed quite run down for a good couple of weeks and he totally lost his appetite. I find it so stressful when one of the kids just does not want to eat.
In mid February our car catastrophically failed while Rolando was driving to Yorkshire. Think thick black smoke, pools of oil and a part of the engine sheering off. Cue a massive bill to get it towed home and a car that needed to be written off. With hindsight we got off lightly. I am so grateful that no one was hurt. Rolando had such a scary experience but I dread to think how it would have turned out if we had all been in the car.
Highlights of the month
Even in a bit of challenging month there has been some good times to keep us going.
Celebrating Sofia’s half birthday
We have decided to start a family tradition of celebrating our half birthdays. I think when you are a kid a year seems like forever. Plus I love any excuse for a celebration. February was Sofia’s half birthday. We got her half a cake, put up fairy lights and birthday decorations. We did a little pizza party dinner and I bought her a couple of little presents.
Watching Trainspotting 2
It was a real treat to catch Danny Boyles incredible sequel. If you liked the first Trainspotting film you should definitely check this out. It has a great story, some really neat visual tricks and a fantastic soundtrack. It already feels like a bit of a cinema classic.
We didn’t get the chance to go out for Valentine’s Day this year. Who am I kidding we never get to go out for Valentine’s day! Instead we had a lovely candlelit dinner at home once the kids were in bed. It was simple and special – who needs a fancy restaurant when you are with the person you love!
Fun and chilled half term
Half term came at just the right time for us. The boys got a chance to rest and recover from being ill. We all enjoyed not having the early starts and military routine of school mornings. The weather was quite mild so we got to hang out in the park a lot. We even had a picnic! We did a lot of happy pottering about – visiting the library, our local garden centre and local cafe. It was all very low key and just what we needed.
Getting a new car
The upside of the car disaster was it meant that we have bought a new car. We went for a Kia Carens. I’ll be honest I’d never heard of this model before but I’m loving it. It runs really nicely and still has that lovely new car smell. It is good to be able to drive to places as a family again. The kids are calling it Karen the Car. Sofia is even desperate to give it eyelashes!
Making some progress on my money saving mission
I’ve been really committed to my money saving goal. I have found lots of ways to spend a lot less than I normally do. Although needing to buy a car was a big financial hit that we could have done without! I’m planning to do a blog post soon about the steps to improve my finances.
Bring on March!
I’m looking forward to spring arriving and spending more time outside.
Sofia has a dance show and a teacher consultation at school this month. I am also really looking forward to having some nice family time for Mother’s Day!
Have you had a good February? What are you looking forward to in March?