21 Month Milestones

Where has the time gone? In three months time i am going to have a 2 year old!


Oliver understands what the potty is for and whenever he isn’t wearing a nappy he will look for his potty and use it, then once he has finished he will applaud himself saying ‘Well done’ and then he will bring it to me to empty.

He has begun to take off his own clothes, undressing himself when he is feeling hot, the socks have always come off as soon as he has entered the house but now he takes off his cardigan or coat himself. He knows how to pull down his trousers as well but needs help with his tops, he will put his arms up into the air if he wants a t-shirt or jumper to be taken off.

He loves to play football and is actually showing good ball skills, he walks/runs along with the ball dribbling it and keeping it under control. He knows what direction to kick it, if asked to bring the ball back he will turn with it and kick it back towards me. We have many footballs in the garden due to his big brother playing football so Oliver will often line all the balls up in a row and run along kicking one at a time shouting ‘Goal Goal’

Oliver knows where most of his body parts are, he can name them and point to them. Face, teeth, mouth, tongue, eyes, ears, nose, head , hair, feet, toes, hands, belly, bottom, back, knees and legs. he loves doing this with his big brothers but can often poke them in the eye when pointing to their eyes oops!

Oliver knows where his high chair is and when he is hungry he will climb into it and say ‘Eat!’

He understands what tidy up time is and knows where most of his toys are kept, I tell him that he can only play with another toy if the previous one is put away so he will place the toy back into the box that he comes in.

He likes to try new foods and is always intrigued by what i am eating. He eats olives and loves pasta bake, his favourite fruit is blueberries and really enjoys eating houmous on breadsticks.

He enjoys drawing and will spend ages scribbling away creating a masterpiece, If i draw a picture he will scribble over it showing signs of following lines ready to colour in.

Oliver is a sorter and is always sorting cars and blocks into colours and sizes. He will line up his cars going from big to small.

He has begun to show signs of counting, moving the fruit from the bowl onto the table saying 1 2 3 and 5, he also counts backwards from 3 when going down a slide or when he is ready to run in a race with his big brothers.

He is always shouting for his eldest brother Jak, most of the time it’s because he wants him to play with him and he will often shout for both of his brothers if i ask him to shout them downstairs for dinner.

Oliver has a little piano that plays nursery rhymes, tunes and says numbers and letters, he loves to listen to Pop goes the Weasel and dances around the floor to the tunes. He loves to swing his hips away to the eastenders tune too.

He has always been happy to play by himself with a ball but now he likes to throw the ball and play catch, he has a very strong powerful throw on him! Which he is using to not only throw balls but also toys, not good!

He is beginning to throw a lot more tantrums mostly because he doesn’t get his own way, he doesn’t like to have anything with him when he is in his buggy so everything will get thrown out. I have been trying to ignore him when he does throw himself on the floor and scream but it is very hard to do but i know it is the best way to deal with it, also taking him away from the problem helps too.

Oliver loves to help with the household chores, often helping me emptying the washing machine or filling it up, he likes to follow me with his little hoover when i am vacuuming and he will also dust the sides down when he picks up a duster.

I have so many more things to look forward to with Oliver, see you all next month with his 22 month old milestones 🙂



A break through or just a one off!

Last night was the first night in just over three weeks where i got a decent night sleep.

For the past few weeks Oliver has been torturing us through out the night with his screaming because he wants to get in bed and be close to me. It all started when i got his hair cut and although it needed i was in two minds to do it as he uses his hair as comfort. Well i certainly paid for my decision as from that day he has woke up in the night, climbed out of his cot and into my bed, crawled up straight the middle of his Dad and i, put his hand out to find my hair, once his fingers were entwined around the strands of my hair he drifted off to sleep. A few days ago i blogged about wanting some sleep and what we was going through read about it  here.

I have had a few bad nights since where i have laid in my bed and listened to him scream and cry, watched him kick and punch his cot in temper but it’s looking like my perseverance and persistence has played off as last night he pretty much slept through waking once to have a little cry but he laid back down and fell asleep after five minutes.

 This is how i found him this morning



What has worked for me?

I have had to put my dressing gown into his cot so he had something of me to cuddle up to and smell

I removed his cot bumper so he had nothing to use to lever himself up on

I put one of his favourite blankets into his cot

I pushed his cot away from the bottom of my bed so it wasn’t touching it

I slept at the bottom of the bed so i could be close to him and so if he did manage to climb out i was there to catch him

I made sure that he fell asleep in his cot of the evening

Everytime he attempted to climb out of the cot i placed him back in and laid him down

I didn’t speak to him

Persevered but suffered hours of missed sleep

I didn’t give in!

Is this the first of many nights of good sleep or just a one off!

I hope so…..



Is your toddler ready for the Marathon?




With the London marathon looming, taking place this sunday (21st April), adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The First Steps Research, commissioned by www.growingupmilkinfo.com, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That’s more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

  • Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010
  • Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel
  • 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That’s enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

My 20 month old is always on the go, from the moment he is awake to the minute he falls asleep he spends his time running around, climbing, playing with the ball either throwing or kicking it and riding his bike. I don’t have enough energy in me to keep up with him, there’s one thing for sure is that i sleep very well at night (when he isn’t waking me up) as he tires me out! His favorite activity is going to our local gymnastics club where he spends an hour and a half  bouncing on the trampoline, walking on the beams, jumping into the pit and generally running around.



“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit GrowingUpMilkInfo.com to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler’s daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

This post is a part of my role being a Growing Up Milk Mumtor. I have received no payment i  doing so!



Pencil mad! 83/365

Oliver is now 20 months old and a favourite activity of his is drawing, the boy loves it that much he draws on anything including, my kitchen cupboards, floor and walls!

He tags everywhere he goes! recently we had been to Nannys for a visit and after we left I for a text from Nan telling me she loved the picture that Oliver had left her on her computer, no he didn’t use a drawing programme on the computer he actually found a pen and drew all over the screen with it, leaving Nanny to find his masterpiece!

I try my best to keep all pens, felts and paints away from him, locked away high up in a cupboard where only the older ones can reach.

If one of Oliver’s brothers are doing there homework then he asks for ‘Paper’ and ‘Pencil’ so he can join in with some drawing.

Today the boys coloured in some Easter Cards and of coarse Oliver joined in with the activity



The Sunshine Vitamin

Children need Vitamin D to help their bones develop properly, grow and stay strong. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium which helps us to build strong teeth and bones. A deficiency in Vitamin D at an early age can lead to a child developing rickets (a bone deformity), delayed motor skills, aches and pains and future bone fractures.

We get about 80% of our Vitamin D recommendation from the suns Ultra Violet (UVB) rays, when the sunshines on our skin our bodies make the Vitamin D, although if the sun is low lying or it is a cloudy, foggy day then our bodies will struggle to make the Vitamin so we need source it from other materials either by suppliments as an adult or from a food source.

Regardless of age a child’s Vitamin D daily requirement is 10 micrograms/400iu

Good Sources of Vitamin D:

  • Oily fish like Salmon and Tuna
  • Egg Yolk
  • Orange Juice
  • Fortified Milk (Formula)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Meat
  • Fortified Margarine

How we get our Vitamin D:

Get Active: 10-15 minutes of play a day outside, receiving sun exposure on your arms and legs should be enough for your Vitamin D requirement, remember to apply sunscreen on really hot days. 2-3 days a week during the summer months (April-October) should be enough to get the sufficient amount of Vitamin D.

Eat Healthy: Eating a balanced diet which is rich in dairy and fish

Formula Milk: Infant formula milk is already fortified with Vitamin D and if your child is drinking about a pint (500ml) a day then they will be receiving enough of their daily Vitamin D without having to supplement their diet.

Oliver my 19 month old boy still drinks two bottles of 6oz growing up milk a day, one in the morning after breakfast and one in the evening just before bed, so I ensure he gets the rest of his recommended dosage by giving him a balanced diet. We eat fish twice a week, once on a Friday and another day it will be tuna with pasta, which Oliver prefers to eat over chicken, he drinks lots of orange juice and loves his breakfast cereal so I make sure that it is one that is fortified with Vitamin D. Oliver is a very active boy who is full of energy and is always running and climbing I want to make sure that he stays strong and healthy so he doesn’t at an older age have weak bones. Oliver loves to be in the great outdoors and the weather is nice he will spend most of his time digging playing in the garden, if the suns rays are strong I do take precaution and rub suncream onto his skin, although in order for our bodies to get the sufficient amount of vitamin D from the rays the exposure needs to be without sunscreen.

How would you recommend that we receive our Vitamin D requirement?


Toddler 19 month Milestones

Oliver is now 19 months old, not long now and I will soon have a 2 year old! He is growing into a lovely bright little boy who loves to be around his big brothers. When they are upstairs in their bedroom he will knock on the living room door and shout out their name for one of them to come and get him and he when Jak is on the sofa he will snuggle up to him and when he gets told off by me he will run off to Jak and pretend to cry so that Jak will give him some comfort.

He loves to sing along to nursery rhymes like Twinkle Twinkle, Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill, joining in with the actions, We have a new version of Twinkle Twinkle to sing now and that is the one that replaces the star with a chocolate bar, it goes like this:

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate bar,

My Daddy drives a rusty old car,

Turn the key,

Pull out the choke,

Off we go in a puff of smoke,

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate bar

My Daddy drives a rusty old car.

Oliver is a very active little boy and is always on the go, he loves to play in the park running round and going on the climbing frame, his favourite is the slide and when he goes down it he says “Whoooo whoooo!” He has just learnt how to jump with his two feet together so he jumps everywhere, bending his knees and jumping high up into the sky! Obviously he loves the trampoline and bouncy castle as this is where he can jump his highest.

He loves to draw and is always coming home from the childminder with lovely bright pictures for me, he even coloured in his nanny’s computer screen at the weekend! Oops! If there is a piece of paper laying around he will say “paper” and then go off in search of a pencil to draw on it.

Oliver has the occasional tantrum, where he will throw himself onto the floor screaming, I just ignore him and it soon passes! He also fights a lot with his big brother Joseph, they get along well when playing with the Lego but when Oliver doesn’t get what he wants he pulls Josephs hair and screams at him. Joseph gets very upset and says that his little brother doesn’t love him but I just try to explain to him that it’s Oliver’s way of talking as it isn’t easy for him to say how he feels so he uses what he knows gets him attentions and unfortunately it’s pulling hair and fighting. This behaviour drives me absolutely crazy and it can get quite stressful but I try to stay calm, I give them both a hug and explain as best I can to Oliver that what he has done is not nice.

Oliver’s new words this month are: Spoon, Broke again, Get out, Get in, There, Wow, Get up, Help, Ouch, Butter, More, Nice, March, Baby, Paper, Hot, It’s a Spoon, Phone, Potty, Oh No, kick, Ball, Hair, Done, Nappy, Juice, Bottle,

Potty training is going well considering his constipation problems, he tells me (when he’s not in pain) that he wants to do a poo and wee and he sits on the potty when he is ready and he pulls down his nappy when he has wet it.

For comfort Oliver uses his or my hair to play with, twirling it around and around, this is sometimes how I have to get him to sleep when he is over tired.

He loves to ride around on his scuttlebug and is getting pretty quick on it now even turning the wheel to manoeuvre obstacles that are in his way.

He loves to throw a ball and enjoys playing ball with Jak, where he throws it and Jak will catch it but then roll it back to Oliver, he also has a very powerful kick on him and loves to watch football or rugby when it is on the TV. Oliver shouts at the TV “Yay” when a player scores a goal.

Hope you have liked reading Olivers 19 Months milestones 🙂


Learning to count in 2’s 59/365

Joseph and I have been counting out the coins in the money jar. Joseph is currently learning his 2’s 5’s and 10 times tables in school so I thought I would help him by counting out 20p coins and putting them into piles of 5! Each pile consisted of a 5 20p coins adding up to ÂŁ1.

Joseph didn’t want to do it at first and I got the normal “I can’t do it!” And he was acting silly at first but once he got into counting in 2’s he began to enjoy himself.



Spending Quality Time With The Disney 365 Stories For Boys Book

With the recent family benefit cuts The Works are looking to promote ways in which parents can save themselves cash and yet still spend quality time with their children. Buying books is a much cheaper way of entertainment than buying the latest game for a console. Evidence suggests that reading books is actually better for young children’s development than watching the Television

The Works has interviewed professionals in the field, including children’s literacy expert, Dr Sandra Williams, and the National Literacy Trust, to establish the benefits of reading books.

Dr Sandra Williams said: “Reading a book, together with the tactile turning of the page is pleasurable and a good picture book has qualities that may not be found in electronic media.  What is important is the construction of the child and many good quality picture books invite active participation and involvement.  Significantly the authors/illustrators leave gaps for the readers to fill. There is a tension between text and picture which invites consideration.””

Reading books leaves room for the imagination and aides children with their imagination. My eldest boy loves to read books and is always recreating a story that he has read with his younger brother in a play, reading stories help him with his English and has widened his vocabulary. He has written a few stories himself and has amazed me with his imaginative words which he would not have if he didn’t read so many books.

My boys have their own book shelf full of a wide variety of books, fact and fiction. Having such a vast amount gives them a choice of stories to read at the snap of a little finger. Although my boys are aged between 10 and 1 years old, they all seem to enjoy the same type of books which saves me money as they can be passed down and shared between them. My middle son Joseph is 5 years old and is just beginning to enjoy reading books as he can understand and recognise the text in them.

Reading together with all my boys is something special, it’s the only time that they still together with no bickering and jumping around, I get to cuddle up close to them and we all enjoy the story together.

We was sent a copy of Disney 365 Stories for Boys to read as a family, the book is action packed with stories for every day of the year, each page is a calendar.


We spent 10 minutes a day reading a story from the date that it was, we talked about the story and what happened in it, we discussed the characters and even though on each page there is only one little picture the boys wanted to sit and look at it.

20130226-062652.jpgThe book is beautifully set out with cute little pictures which help the stories come to life for the children.

The boys have really enjoyed reading this book together, they keep the book by their bedside and get the correct page ready for me to read it to them, even the toddler who is 19 months old comes running up to us to listen in on storytime. It is not often that i get all of the boys sitting quietly together for a length of time for something that they all enjoy and plus i get lots of snuggles as they all want to see the book which means they have to come closer 🙂

We experimented on reading a story from the book and watching a TV programme together but it just didn’t go as smoothly, the eldest sat still on the sofa but my middle boy, Joseph’s attention soon became a lack of, he was constantly moving about and fidgeting with whatever he could get hold off and even began to climb all over his older brother making the toddler thinking it was funny to do so and he joined in, it was mayhem! You see, my boys fight for my attention and with them just having to sit still and watch something on TV (they don’t all enjoy the same programmes either) they couldn’t do it as I was focusing on the what was on the box rather than them, so in order to get my attention the whole sitting comfortably and relaxing on the sofa becomes unbearable!

I love the quality time that is given to you when you read stories together and I know that my boys will pay attention to the story as it is something that they are interested in and to be honest it really doesn’t matter if it is fact or fiction as they will show an interest in any book.


The book is also available for Girls and can be bought from The Works.

We was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this post.