February saw Tiggy collaborate with some wonderful companies namely; White Rabbit England, Cheeky Chompers, Pranamat and Baby MORI. I never in my wildest dreams even considered when starting out with this blog that this would ever be possible and I know I have thanked each and every company endlessly already but thank you so, so, much for the opportunities you have given to Tiggy and I, they are wholeheartedly appreciated and mean the absolute world to me.
You will of course know if you’re a follower of this blog is that this blog was started to keep a little diary for Tiggy and what it has become and developed into has blown me away! The people that we have been fortunate to meet, the friends we’ve made, quite literally amazing. I am so pleased for Tiggy and hope very much that she will look back on this time with a warm smile and not be too upset that I’ve posted her milestones, developments and achievements along the way.
So to this month’s achievements aside from the wonderful collaborations, Tiggy is becoming acutely aware now of when she needs the toilet, she has never been a fan of poo bless her and has literally “screamed the place down” each and every time in order that I change her nappy immediately, upon which her normal cheery self is restored instantly. So to her latest development and with thanks to her brother William teaching her how to say “bum” (seriously, the joy of older brothers!) Tiggy now says “bum, bum” rather than screaming and crying when she needs her bottom changed.
I’ve never set a time frame with any of my children as to when to do certain things, toilet training being one of them, each have taken their own pace and I truly believe this is why we’ve never had any issues surrounding this subject. It’s always “just clicked” because I think in their own ways they’ve been ready.
Her brothers will be mortified I’m sure my sharing this with you but if you’re at the stage of “potty training” it may help. For a start, we’ve never “potty trained” we’ve never bought one and have always gone straight to the toilet with the help of a training seat inserted into the middle of the seat ie a portable one or have changed the toilet seats to ones that have both an adult and a child seat facility and they’re reasonably priced and can be bought from most hardware stores.
Her eldest brother Fin was early I guess in terms of time frame, by his second birthday he was dry both day and night and asked to use the toilet. Her middle brother Reuben was quite literally right up until his 3rd birthday he seemed to have a complete aversion to the toilet but was dry at night within his nappy but would still need a nappy during the day. It was becoming a little bit of a concern as he was to start nursery after his third birthday and I’ve no idea where it came from but one day he didn’t want his nappy on anymore and that was the end of them for him. Tiggy’s brother William, with two older brothers using the toilet to copy from, took to it like a duck to water and by his 2nd birthday he was using the toilet and dry at night. So to Tiggy, she’s begun to recognise what she’s doing, she clearly doesn’t like sitting in a wet or dirty nappy and with such a busy household and her wanting to be with me every second of the day she sees us using the toilet so I’m sure when she’s ready, whether that’s by her 2nd or even her 3rd birthday she’ll use it.
So my advice on this subject, just roll with your child. Don’t set timescales or dates in your head, let them guide you as to when they’re ready, it seems when talking with friends that this approach works and leads to very little worry, upset, anxiety on either my part or the children’s. It’s worth a try anyway. I always joke that if they get to 15 and still can’t use a toilet I’ll worry but whilst they’re just toddlers it’s not the end of the world if they wear a nappy and/or aren’t ready. Golly, talk about “going off on a tangent” haha!
Tiggy has some new words this month too.. “stuck” as she now likes to try take her arms from her car seat straps and when she clearly can’t she shouts “stuck!” Most annoying when you’re driving along concerned that she may wriggle free of her straps but also very endearing that she can communicate although lord knows where she picked that word up from!
Climbing from somewhere she’s strapped in has clearly been a theme this month as Tiggy tried to free herself of her pram straps and in the process of rocking herself about and to the side of the pram which was parked on a slight incline, the pram toppled and poor Tiggy hit the ground with a thump. If you’ve been following on Instagram you’ll know all about it but just in case you missed it, she didn’t half frighten me! It was sickeningly frightening as it appeared to happen in slow motion. I was unloading items from the underside of her pram into my car and as I turned it happened so fast. I dropped the bag I was holding, shot forward and caught her by her shoulders but not before her beautiful little face had hit the gravel, I just couldn’t move quick enough and then felt so guilty I couldn’t help her more quickly. I always reassure friends who’s children fall that “accidents happen” and I thought Tiggy safe strapped into her pram but the momentum of her leaning over the side and the pram not on a flat surface, it just happened. Tiggy screamed, I screamed, my friend with us who also lunged forward to catch Tiggy but again was just a second too late screamed, we sobbed for ages with my holding Tiggy until she had gotten over the initial shock and of course frightening herself. It was awful. Thankfully there’s no lasting damage, her bruises have healed and she was full of smiles soon afterwards bless her but what an awful experience.
As to Tiggy’s speech, our pups are no longer “wowo’s” they’re now “doggies” and Tiggy takes great pleasure in telling her brothers that something is “mine” when she doesn’t want them to have a toy. The monkey! It’s wonderful to see her speech coming along and when you understand what it is she’s trying to say her little face lights up with delight that you’ve understood, incredibly sweet!
Another “phase” or at least I’m hoping it’s a “phase” we’re going through is her fussy eating. I seem to recall her eldest brother Finlay going through this whereby he’d refuse point blank his meal but hold out hope for a dessert or pudding and we learned very quickly that he was doing this as I worried he’d eaten nothing and thought it was better he have something rather than nothing and gave in to him. Once we stopped with the treats he began to eat his meals again but we had to ride that out so that’s where we’re at with Tiggy and I’m hoping this “phase” will quickly pass and she’ll soon return to eating absolutely everything and anything and having a good appetite once more.
We’ve now settled into our new home, decorating is coming along nicely albeit not as quickly as I’d like, it seems that trades people, builders, painters, decorators just don’t want or need the work as getting people to come is proving hard work, they’re always “very busy” so my hubby (Tiggy’s daddy) has taken to doing some of the work himself while we wait and I must say whilst DIY is not his forte he’s done rather a good job so far which wasn’t helped by me this month walking on his newly levelled floor just hours after it had gone down thinking it was dry! To say he was unimpressed is an understatement. I had Tiggy in my arms, my feet went from under me, I skidded along until I regained my balance of sorts and then of course had to walk back across the wet floor to get back to where I started. It made for a complete mess of the floor not to mention my feet although it made for a good backdrop for an Instagram photograph!
February of course has a half term for school children so Tiggy’s brothers spent a week with us and whilst her eldest brother Fin went to a sports camp for two days it was rather nice to have them home and in true us fashion, my finding it “easier out than in” with 4 small children, we headed out most days to explore including fishing ducks from a stream at a favourite National Trust property of ours…
February of course also saw Valentine’s Day, Tiggy was given what she called a “loon” and I apologise in advance for all the following pictures but I just loved them all!
So February, thank you, you were a fab month!! xoxo