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Quiet time?

April 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · bedtime, lucy, parenting, photo, sleep, tantrums

Babies sleep. A lot. Older children also need a lot of sleep. The trouble is, they don’t always want it. The 12 hours from 7pm to 7am should primarily be a time of quiet in our house. It is rarely so. OK, the kids do tend to be asleep not long after 8pm, but on […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Bedtime story

November 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments · bedtime, books, hayley, lucy, oliver, photo, wordless wednesday

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Lullaby

November 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment · bedtime, lucy, music, oliver, video

Back in 2005 I wrote a lullaby. A mere 5 years (and probably 2500+ performances) later, I get round to recording it – very roughly – along with some introductory nattering. Apologies: I am speaking quietly because Lucy is asleep in the next room (and occasionally stirring). The annoying beeping is introduced onto the audio […]

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A rite of passage

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment · bedtime, boys, first, oliver, sleep

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Oliver has now reached both a height and a level of dexterity that caused me to fix the toilet seats in our house such that they stay upright and he can stand up to pee. He has taken to this like a duck to water (so to speak). […]

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Fatherhood Friday – Fun and games

May 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments · bathtime, bedtime, laughter, lucy, oliver, play, work

As a working Dad, putting the kids to bed is more than just a utilitarian activity, it is an opportunity to have fun with my kids after I haven’t seen them for most/all of the day. This may not always be the best way to settle them down, but it certainly brings us some laughter. […]

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Lucy – the updates

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · bedtime, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Thanks to everyone who has been asking how Lucy is after last week’s croup episode. The medicine they gave her in A&E seemed to see her through the worst as she slept quite well the next night – helped by the fact she was in our bed with Hayley – and after that she improved […]

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A Big Girl’s Bed

May 3rd, 2010 · 10 Comments · bedtime, lucy, nappies, oliver, sleep, video

Hayley has been thinking that much of Lucy’s wakefulness at night could be down to her banging into the bars of her cot. So today we took the plunge and turned her cot-bed from a cot to a bed. In case you’re thinking at this point “surely she will now just fall out of bed”, […]

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The Total Twos

March 5th, 2010 · 6 Comments · bedtime, books, lucy, nappies, reading, tantrums, Uncategorized

Two year olds get a rotten press. “The Terrible Twos” they say. “Oh you’re in for it now”, they say. Poppycock. I prefer to call them the “Total Twos”. Because for all the wailing and screaming and throwing themselves on the floor, two year olds can also be the most loving and funny and joyful […]

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Helping

September 10th, 2009 · No Comments · bedtime, lucy, milk, oliver

The usual bedtime routine involves Lucy comingg into Oliver’s room (sometimes carried by Mummy, sometimes under her own steam and/or alone) saying “night night” to Oliver and I as she gives us kisses before heading off to her room for her bottle of bedtime milk with Mummy. This evening however, Oliver asked whether he could […]

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They’re only little once

February 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · bedtime, oliver

Ever since Oliver was born we have wanted to do things right. We aren’t the strictest or most regimented parents in the world – Gina Ford regimes are not for us – but neither are we the most laid back and laissez faire. There are several possible reasons for this, not least the fact that […]

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