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Where do babies come from?

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I wasn’t expecting THAT question to come this early. Small one is only three!

Stork Mail: (c) dunedhel (IconBug)

To be fair, her nursery teacher just had a baby so it has been a subject of much discussion at playschool. She seemed pretty certain about it all when we were watching Dumbo a couple of weeks ago – “Storks DO NOT deliver babies Mummy”. Oh no…. “Postmen deliver babies!”

Then the lambs at the farm. She knows that lambs come from their mummies’ tummies but there was the tricky question of where mummy sheep come from. Again, we got off lightly. She decided that “Mummies and Grandmas knit the mummy sheep and then the babies go inside”. Sorted!

So I wasn’t really expecting this last night:

Olivia thinks babies come out of their mummy’s tummy, but they don’t – they come out of bums!

Erm! I always promised I would be honest when she asked, so I agreed but then explained that she had actually been taken out of my tummy by the doctor as she got lost on the way out. Possibly more detail than she needed, as the next question was…

Well WHICH babies came out of bums then???!!

That one was simple at least – your brother and your sister did, darling.

Anyone else dealing with difficult questions at the moment?

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Halloween Spooky Scribes with George at Asda

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George at Asda invited us to take part in their “Spooky Scribes” Short Story Challenge. Small one is only three, but she was so excited by the idea of having to do some “homework” and being paid in Halloween costumes and facepaints, that we thought we’d give it a go. As it turns out she weaves a good, if slightly surreal yarn…

Judeenunna the Scary Fairy

This is Judeenunna. She lives in the forest on her own. Judeenunna likes to eat Weetabix and vicworia, which is made with chuckanuckabuch. She doesn’t have any friends but she does have two cousins. She is a scary fairy and she huffs and puffs and huffs and puffs for Glasgow. We have to scream and run away from her.

At night Judeenunna will be in the garden. She is scratching and punching and eating insects and the snails will be eaten so they don’t bite us. When the naughty animals scratch and punch, she kicks the animals until they go away because they have to be eaten and they can’t eat the vegetables. They have to run away from her.

Judeenunna is lonely because everyone runs away but she is really a good nunna, because she looks after the garden. We can invite her to Christmas and to Halloween and my birthday and she can be our friend.

By Jenny, age 3

The story with the most comments wins a prize so please do leave a comment below if you liked “Judeenunna the Scary Fairy”. I don’t think small will win, but it will make her day to know that big people have read her story on their computers.

Small chose a Light Up Witch Halloween Costume from the girls costume range and a lime green Long Sleeved Monster Top from the boys range for Judeenunna to wear (warm layers and sleeves are a must for all self-respecting scary fairies). She accessorised with purple wellies, purple gloves and stripy tights – just perfect for running around in the rain eating snails and insects!

Obviously small one isn’t quite old enough to write her story down yet so I had to act as scribe, but this is all her own work. Her big sister, the curly one (12), was also inspired to join in, and drew Judeenunna’s cousin for us. I’ll upload a clip of small telling the story later!

Disclosure: Each child taking part in the Spooky Scribes Challenge received a Halloween costume, some pens, face paints and vouchers to help them write their scary Halloween story. The final stories will be turned into books for them to keep. It’s a great way to start storytelling with child of all ages and we’ve loved taking part!

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Sleep

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sleeping childWe’ve been struggling with sleep in our household for a while now. Small one moved to her own room nearly a year ago when we moved house and is still not managing a full night in her own bed.

I think we let things slide a little when she first got her “big girl bed”. It was so much easier when she woke up in the night to call out and tell her to come into Mummy and Daddy’s room than to get out from under our nice warm covers and settle her back to sleep in her own room.

Most of the time it’s no big deal. She goes to bed beautifully and if she wakes during the evening she settles quickly, even when she has what we think are sleepwalking episodes and wakes on the landing. But still every night she ends up snuggled between us at some point between 3 and 5am.

Lately we’ve been desperately trying to get it to 6am which, without sleep deprivation, might feel like a sensible time to face the day. We’ve talked about it with her, about how big girls sleep in their own beds most of the time, and while it seems to be getting through in the daytime, at night nothing changes.

So when a little quivery voice said, “Mummy, please don’t go to sleep…” as I read the bedtime story, my heart sank in expectation of a long and tiring night. But I was wrong:

Mummy, please don’t go to sleep. I need you to stay awake and sleep in your own bed tonight.

Well I suppose she’s right. I have slept in her room a lot recently. Perhaps I need to get used to sleeping in my own bed like a big mummy?

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Why you should always give toddlers your full attention…

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Mummy!!!” Mummmeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

“Yes darling….”

Dolly’s poorly Mummy….

“Oh dear… kiss him better”

Mummy!!! Mummy!!! Dolly’s head!!!

“Yes love. He’ll be OK. Kiss him better.”

Mummy!!! Mummy!!! Dolly’s head!!!

“What about Dolly’s head sweetheart?”

Ummmm!! Dolly’s head!!!!!!!!!!

[Levers self off sofa]

Dolly’s heeeeeaaaaad!!!

Headless baby doll
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“Ah… I see…..”

Silly Dolly…!

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