Potty training! 

We’ve finally done it!!

I’m very aware that I have been the one that is the most resistant. J has been ready for nearly 5 months. But I have put it off and put it off until now. I had no more excuses. My husband was on holiday so he was around to help and I couldn’t think of any more excuses apart from wouldn’t it just be easier to have him in nappies for ever.

It’s been a 5 month process of talking about it, trying it out and then yesterday we woke up, put the nappies away and told him that we would only wear nappies when he went to sleep and bless him, he’s done amazingly. Day 1 – one accident and 9 successes. We’ve still got a way to go but he’s done sooo well. I must admit we did have the help of chocolate buttons, but he’s gradually forgetting about them.

Today we are going to try and leave the flat as we all have a case of cabin fever. But to prepare for this we’ve made some car seat and buggy protectors. You can buy seat protectors that can be used in the buggy and car seat, but you’re looking at buying at least 3; one each for each seat and one spare (or is that just me). So we made our own.

I took one of his old cot mattress protectors (it’s plastic on the bottom and flannel on the top) and cut off the excess material that fitted it to the mattress. We managed to get 8 protectors out of one sheet.

We then measured it in our buggy and then cut a slit into the middle of the square (nearer the edge). So that the strap can come through.

And ta-da you have 8 seat protectors. I’m going to keep some under the buggy and some in the car. I’m imagining these won’t be used forever, but it gives me the freedom now and that is good for us.

We are also going to test out our new portable potty too. I got a pack of liners for the potty but I’m gonna test out homemade versions for that too. I’ll let you know.


Weekly Calendar 

I’ve discovered that J is just like me. He likes to know what is happening and when. He also eats better if he knows what is being cooked before he’s decided what he should be eating (which is normally chips). So I looked around on Pinterest and saw lots of great calendars. But none seemed to fit with what I wanted and they didn’t include meals. Also I wanted to use some images that would be familiar to him. So I came up with my own. 

It was quite easy to do. The trickiest bit was trying to find all the images.  

 It does have a title with his name in. 

I thought about putting it in a frame  first before sticking on all the Velcro. But in the end I just laminated it. 

We’ll see how it goes!! 

—–  Calendar update  ——–

I stuck all the Velcro on with a glue gun. But then when it came to me showing J his calendar, the first pull came with a broken calendar. So it’s been put away until I can buy some Velcro with sticky stuff on the back. It’s probably the best solution on many levels as I did burn my fingers a lot! 

X is for X-Ray

Today we visited the Science Museum. This is one of J’s favourite places. It has handryers, hoovers, rockets, cars, trains and water! So no wonder he loves it so.


But today there was something new to take his fancy. The Brain scanner!

He found out about X-Rays last week, and spoke to my doctor friend about them, but I hadn’t heard much from him until today! He loved it, I think it blew his mind seeing one in real life (even though it was an older version). He spoke about it for ages and even told a little boy on the bus all about X-Rays and how they help doctors check our bodies.

So this evening I’ve set up a doctors room, with x-ray machine for his play tomorrow.


I made a computer, with a screen shot of an X-ray, then added some prescription pads from sparkle box. I also had some card board people cut outs which I have added some X-ray prints onto. I will try and make an x-ray machine from a hoover pipe and the bucket from one of his diggers (Yes, I know that is nothing like an X-ray!)

He’s started getting into letters too, so I made some X colouring sheets. Lets hope we have some X-Cellent fun tomorrow!