January – April Catchup!

9th January 2015

Love my little man so much, upon finding an umbrella this morning he paused, twirled it and the broke into ‘I’m Singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling, I’m happy again’ !

10th January 2015

Jack: ‘need medicine mummy’. I gave him some calpol and he sighed with satisfaction ‘ah I’m feeling much better already’

14th January 2015

I am watching Frozen.


16th January 2015

When the nursery door was opened for another child Jack took the opportunity to zip in! When I said goodbye he was playing with one of his cars and failed to even recognise I had spoken, then when his buddy asked him to say goodbye to mummy he actually sighed (!), didn’t take his eyes off the car and said ‘bye mummy’ – there may have been an eye roll! OMG! I GREW YOU CHILD!!!!! Next week he will be making me walk ten steps behind! It seems at 2 year and 10 months, Mummy has become a drag! haha!

20th January 2015

Helped put Jack to bed and now back in my own bed full of cold. We can hear jack belting out ‘tell the guards to open up the gaaaaaaates! For the first time in foreveveeeeeer’, bless him, he thinks he is princess Ana! Likely show tune himself to sleep!

21st January 2015

Nursery report. Apparently Jack was playing quietly and on.his own with the cars when two older and boisterous boys ran up to him and there was a bit of a stand off. Instead of backing down or being abusive Jack stood bold as brass in front.of them and quietly divided the cars up between the three of them. They all then played in the same area for the rest of the session! Very proud of my little diplomatic person x

28th January 2015

Mike has broken down Jacks highchair so that a special new baby can have it. We didn’t tell Jack and when he saw it in pieces in the hallway he said ‘oh my goodness! What has happened here? Oh dear dear dear’ haha!

31st January 2015

Reason my child is crying – he doesn’t want to walk, but he doesn’t want to go in the pushchair either. Grrrr.

20th February 2015

Love the fact that Jack climbed all over Mike this morning in bed and flung himself dramatically on his back raising his little hand to his forehead ‘the skys awake, so I’m awake, so we have to plaaaay’, then he slid off the bed onto the floor and gave a little sigh then clambered back up and grabbed Mikes eyeball ‘Snowmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan?’ he said with an American accent – hahaha!

25th February 2015

Jack has come out with some corkers in the last few days! Firstly asking me ‘like to tickle my bum?’ – hahaha – uh no! Then watching Doris Day belt out her 1950’s song ‘Secret Love’ and then turning to me in a serious tone ‘its a good song’. Then finally pointing out that ‘Tigers have stripes – innit’ ah the language skills of a nearly 3 year old!

12th March 2015

Jack tries to pull me off the computer yesterday while I am working – ‘I am nearly finished darling – just give me 2 seconds’ I say to him. ‘Okay Mummy’ Jack replies brightly and then goes into the other room. I hear him counting loudly ‘ONE – TWO!’ then trots back in and grabs my hand ‘Okay then Mummy’ and drags me off. Can’t argue with that! I had hoped he would have been a bit older before he had mastered that one though!!!!

13th March 2015

Awful mother alert – I have run out of the essentials – how that happened I don’t know! This morning I wake up and realise I forgot to buy milk, eggs and bread as somehow we have got through it all. Panicking about what I can give Jack for breakfast (yes the cereal has gone too!) he totters over to me and says can I have chocolate cake?! Yes you can Jack! So happy toddler is eating chocolate fairy cakes for his breakfast. Oh dear. Parent fail!

21st March 2015

Jack was thrilled to see his Grandparents earlier and gave us a wave from the car ‘take care, see you later Mummy, Daddy!’ and was driven off with a great big beam on his face. Bring on mega spoiled weekend for toddler and mega lie in for Mum and Dad (bet we make it to 7am before we lay there awake and figure we might as well get up anyway!)

11th April 2015

Son has been moving and jumping and singing and dancing since 6am – the most he has sat down is for 15 minutes. Refused point blank to have a nap and is protesting now about bedtime! Please go to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

12th April 2015

1.18am. Three year old shouts out for me. I run in, sooth and go back to bed. The next thing i know he is giving an impromptu concert to his teddies! I go in again. ‘Jack it is bedtime, time for night nights’. ‘I need medicine’ followed by fake cough. I tell him he is not sick. ‘I need the ipad’. No Jack its the middle of the night. ‘be careful not to fall mummy’ which he says so quietly and with menace i actually turn around! Finally he commands that i ‘go and find the tv control’ before waving at me and says brightly’goodbye!’, this could be a loooong.night…..

29th April 2015

Jack has finally (after a month!) figured out that the big boy bed is not like a cot and he can actually get out of it. So starts the creeping out several times once being put into bed and then waking up at 5.30am to find a little nose pressed against yours with supressed giggles – let the games begin!

I am BACK!

Hello everyone! It has been an AGE since I have written and I have no real reason except for the typical Mummy reason – too much to do in too little time so here is a quick rundown of what we have been up to in the last YEAR!🙂 I talk A LOT so there may be a few entries!🙂

27th August 2014

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Jack has managed to eeek bedtime out by a whole 30 minutes tonight by saying he needed his potty. When sat on the potty he talked about washing his hands, baby chicks, dragons and cows but did nothing else! Duped.

29th August 2014

5.10am and I am watching Mary Poppins!

2nd September 2014

Jack seems to think that ‘no’ is just the starting point for negotiations……….

3rd September 2014

So chuffed with Jack, he can now say his numbers 1-20 and pick out the numbers, he has got shapes and this afternoon he sat with me for half an hour wanting to do his abc’s! So cute

4th September 2014

Getting Jack ready for nursery tomorrow, got labels in (thanks Mum!), have photos of the family and got some breadsticks and grapes to take. I feel sooooooooo nervous!

5th September 2014

Well that’s it! I left him at nursery! Bless the nursery ladies, I was talking a mile a minute reeling off things about him and whats in his bag. I managed to get to the school gates before I burst into tears!!!!! When I said ‘bye darling, mummy see you in a while’ – he picked up a car and said ‘okaaaaaaaay’ and carried on playing!!!

5th September 2014

We were super naughty last night and we treated the Keeling-Smith clan to fish and chips to celebrate Jacks first day at nursery. He was thrilled and kept saying ‘chips chips chiiiiiiiips!’

19th September 2014

Awwwwww! Just picked up Jack from nursery and the first question they ask me is ‘does Jack like the song happy?’ – apparently they played it at nursery and he almost exploded with happiness! When I went in, he was jumping, laughing and smiling playing games with all the other boys and girls. Totally made me realise this is what he needed. In his cot now fast asleep

26th September 2014

Jack was banging on the door of nursery to get in this morning as he shouted ‘dingdongdingdongdingdong!’ – then when the door was opened he said ‘HELLO!’, pushed past his keyworker and found the cars! Hope he is like this every time we go!

28th September 2014

Jack is so funny now he is talking, he cleaned his teeth this morning, insisted on waving toothbrush under tap and doing the tap himself. He gave them a good scrub, handed the toothbrush to me with conviction and said ‘thankyou sooooo much’ (as if he were just leaving a dinner party!) before waltzing out of the bathroom again.

29th September 2014

It seems my 2 year old has turned into a moody teenager…..

1st October 2014

Jack now thinks a cough warrants a ‘bless you’ – after having several coughs and not getting a response from me he turned to me with a cross expression and says ‘Bless you?! Seriously!’ – that told me! Sir is now eating yoghurt and saying after every mouthful ‘mmmm rum punch!’ a la Mary Poppins and watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – again…..

2nd October 2014

Love the fact that my little man follows me about and wants to hang out with me  I guess that won’t happen forever so I am enjoying it while I can!

3rd October 2014

Jack bounced his way to nursery this morning then when they opened the door he squealed and said ‘its soooooooooooooooo exciting!’

4th October 2014

4am and up with jack, he.is just awake and singing! Omfg….

7th October 2014

First nursery run getting drenched. Well that wasn’t fun….

My beautiful boy just left nursery giving his keyworker a massive kiss! haha!

Well that is it, the winter has arrived and I am COLD! The onesie is out and I am in bed watching Harry Potter! Snuggle time!

8th October 2014

Toddler driving me nuts this afternoon. He is bored despite only being up an hour we have done snack, colouring, watched a dvd and had several games. He is now causing havoc. I NEED A GARDEN!!!!!!! I have already been out to do an activity session this morning and need to get on in the house but he is determined to cause chaos! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

12th October 2014

5am on a Sunday morning and I am watching Annie. Jack hasn’t quite got the hang of the Sunday morning lie in…..

17th October 2014

Just got back from Butlins  and we had an AMAZING TIME!!!!! Although Mike and I are actually exhausted, Jack had a blast. LOTS of smiles – after a really horrible month this was just the tonic x

21st October 2014

When dropping Jack off this morning I said ‘okay baby see you later then’, he looked up, smiled and said ‘okay see you later!’ and carried on playing. So proud x

29th October 2014

Pottering about while hubby is out for the evening. Jack in bed after singing several rounds of show tunes. In my onesie and tempted to watch the last Harry Potter movie and go to sleep. I am soooooooooooooo rock and roll!!!! haha

31st October 2014

Right! Off to the docs AGAIN! I may as well set up a camp bed in the waiting room at this rate! Hello winter! Hello EVERY bug!

2nd November 2014

Reading about the reviews for Bookkeeping for Dummies they were all talking about bees! It took me to read at least 2 full reviews to realise I hadn’t clicked on ‘Bookkeeping for Dummies’ but ‘Beekeeping for Dummies’ OMFG……..!

4th November 2014

Love my little man so much! Sitting on the potty earlier he is belting out ‘TOO-MORROW TOO-MORROW I LOVE YA TOO-MORROW’ haha!

5th November 2014

Its cold and wet out so jack and I are tucked up.in bed watching and learning about animals and shapes

12th November 2014

Soooooooooo excited! Due to a botched booking we are heading back to London for a free weekend in a few weeks! This time we are taking Jack and going to visit Santa!

13th November 2014

Love the fact that Jack is starting to use his imagination when playing now 🙂 There is a toy farmyard next to his cot, this morning when I got him he was ‘going down to the farm to fetch some eggs’ (complete with tiny basket in his hand!), then he went to the supermarket (the end of the cot) and then he took his basket of eggs to teddy and billy bear ‘would you like something to eat?’ – they thought it was ‘delicious’. Look of concern over his face ‘WAIT!’ he cries – apparently there is a tiny tractor coming from underneath his pillow. Brilliant. 🙂

18th November 2014

Its cold and yucky out so Jack and I are watching Annie AGAIN and making fairy cakes before I go and sit down for my job and the boys get to eat the fairy cakes!

20th November 2014

Right, after having Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Annie and Singin in the Rain on permanent loop for the last month I have decided to introduce Jack to My Fair Lady just for some different songs!!!!!!!!!!

21st November 2014

Jack and I have spent the morning with his speech therapist and got to see our cleft nurse 🙂 They are very happy with his speech and from a purely speech point of view he will need little speech therapy AND he may not have to have another op until he is 9! Gosh I hope so, it has to be confirmed by the surgeon but I have got my fingers and toes crossed.

27th November 2014

RIGHT! OUT OF MY WAY! The Tesco Christmas delivery slots have been posted and I am ‘virtually’ elbowing people out the way to get one. Yes, it has come to this!!!!

29th November 2014

Christmas decorations are up. Jack looking at the snow globe and he thinks there are little people in the house sheltering from the snow. He has never seen a snow globe before and the look he is giving it is one of pure wonder. I almost cried this morning he was so thrilled with all the decorations! Magical.

1st December 2014

Well that was an experience! Christmas shopping with a toddler who just had a MASSIVE strop! despite that I managed to get pretty much all of it done, wrapping this afternoon and then its time to open the Harveys Bristol Cream and then sit back for the rest of December! Aaaagh!

Jack has just sung the whole abc with only 2 mistakes! Then he pointed out what a pentagon was! So proud! Now only if we could tackle eating ‘wet’ food!

5th December 2014

Hiding in the bedroom from my toddler! Gotta be something wrong here!

9th December 2014

Christmas crowds + toddler = BLOODY NIGHTMARE! Still we got a fab Christmas pic with Santa (even though I had to go and sit with Santa as well!). Santa was clearly feeling the stress of Christmas and had quite a lot of attitude and Mike got touched up by the male elf Don Jingles but other than that a good time was had!

13th December 2014

We are watching Hairspray – again – its seems to have replaced Annie for the time being! My Mum gave Jack Frozen as an early Christmas pressie as he is so poorly – watched it earlier – it was good (I liked Anna as she seems to be a Bridget Jones princess!) but I wouldn’t say it was top 5 Disney films. Controversy!

14th December 2014

Another night of musical beds in the house of illness!

17th December 2014

What a night! More musical beds! Mike up most of the night coughing and Jack awake for two hours being grumpy and cross. At least we don’t have to go out and all finally quiet in the keeling-smith house! Bugger off virus

20th December 2014

Since Mike and his Mum had chips last night while in Maidstone I thought ‘sod it. I am gonna order myself a pizza’. When they delivered they gave us a Christmas card and a bottle of wine from our usual guy. Oh dear, this is not a good sign is it?! New year needs a new start I think!!!!

22nd December 2014

Jack has started screaming whenever we say no – really high pitched – really annoying! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

23rd December 2014

Have a million things to do, instead I am eating cherry pie and watching tv……wound down for Christmas now!

27th December 2014

Merry Christmas everyone! As you know I go offline on Christmas Eve for a few days to really enjoy the Christmas festivities and am just getting through all your beautiful messages. I hope everyone had and is having an absolute blast! We are snuggled and watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (a new musical for Jack – I need to get him on the stage!). Poor Mike has the chicken pox it would seem 😦 Still we had a brilliant Christmas and Jack was VERY spoiled! Lots of love to you all xxxx

28th December 2014

Jack and I up at 7am watching frozen, eating Christmas toast and playing with toys. He is not appreciative of my duet with Elsa!

Wicked. At home with the boys, vol au vents are cooking (yes I may have gone slightly overboard with the order of vol au vents!), cheese and red onion plaits, french bread and brie parcels. Jack is trying a ritz biscuit and I am sampling the chocolate coins while Calamity Jane is on in the background – yes we are total slobs at Christmas! Jack is still in pjs!

Ripper street, cider and pizza in my nest. Not the classiest bird but am happy!

29th December 2014

I am going to turn into a vol au vent at this rate……………







Potty Training!

Poor Jack looked devestated when he realised his poop that he was obviously holding had fallen out. Mummy shared in the emotion as Jack had no nappy on and was on the sofa at the time. Still I put on my best Mary Poppins voice and dunked him in the shower, telling a crying toddler with poo all over himself that it was okay and that he needed to shout POO POO! Mike is in the other room with a look of horror trying to scrape clay like poop off our armchair! A squeaky clean Jack runs through, looks intently into his empty potty and announces ‘oh dear!’. This potty training thing is going to take a while!

The Water Challenge

I am exhausted. I mean ALWAYS tired, I wake up and I am tired, I am tired throughout the day and I go to bed shattered. I wonder if this is my genetic makeup – my Grandmother has always struggled to rise before 11am but then is a busy bee until bed. I always feel half empty, the morning is not my time, nor the afternoon nor the evening. I am sure I have a peak 15 minutes somewhere in the day when I am good to go but it goes as quickly as it comes.

I read an article in a magazine this week about a woman who was actually dehydrated through tiredness. I began to question. I made a list of how much I drink in a day and it came out as this: several sips of water in the morning, a coke at lunch for energy and a glass of wine when my toddler goes to bed in the evening. Slap wrist for me, even I can see that that isn’t the most inspiring list. 

So this week I have set myself a water challenge, I aim to drink 2 litres of water every day and after that it is fair game for what I can drink (sadly I have run out of wine!). The last 2 days have been a bit of a chore, I struggle to remember to drink and my 2 year old now has better bladder control than I do! I was up at least 3 times last night needing a wee and there was one moment mid jumping jack in my zumba class when I didn’t think I was going to make it to the end of the track! Day 3 though and my body seems to be adjusting, the slight headache has gone and I am not needing to wee quite so much!

The lady in the article looked visibly better after a few weeks and nowhere near as tired, the bags and the dark circles had vanished. I have to say I was a little disappointed not to wake up this morning with youthful plumpness in my skin but I guess one has to be patient for that!

I feel fresher, I feel healthier but I also feel like a water cooler so am hoping that will wear off! Watch this space for a bouncier, energetic, youthful mamma!🙂

Chatterbox Mamma

Must stop giving running commentary when I am out! caught a woman laughing at me when I dived over to the dvds with an audible ‘oooooooooooooooooooooooh’ in Sainsburys. ‘Look Jack The Little Mermaid!’ I gushed! ‘Okay its more for mummy that for you i know, blah blah blah!’. Must talk in my head more!

A 2 Year Old and a Wedding!

We arrived at the wedding venue a full 20 hours before the wedding ceremony complete with a first readybed, an entire farm of plastic animals, 3 teddys and 3 plastic cars (note to self – ratio of animals to cars completely wrong for my 2 year old – next time pack at least 20 cars and move into hotel at least a week before the wedding takes place thus allowing for several trips back and forth to our flat!). I also had the most wonderful brain wave about bedtime to ensure a most relaxing start to the day on the ‘BIG’ day. Jack goes to bed at 7pm therefore if I kept him up until 10pm – 3 hours later than his actual bedtime then of course he would wake up 3 hours later past his usual 5am start time in the morning! This highly scientific study has proved conclusively that (pardon my language) is complete and utter bollocks!!! It makes NO difference WHATSOEVER! Son went to bed at 10pm and then as if someone were flicking a light switch on, his internal alarm clock went off at 5am on wedding day and he was good to go. Words cannot describe the look of horror on my face and my wonderful husband, realising that wife was simply not able to cope with this revelation, dressed both himself and Jack and went for a walk to the local Tesco store at 5.30am in the morning during a horrendous downpour giving horrified and cranky wife an extra hour and a half in bed. Angel! 

To say I was on edge throughout the morning was a bit of an understatement. Hair and makeup were the least of my worries, my first concern was how to convince toddler to take his nap an hour early so he would be awake in time for the ceremony so my brilliant plan of sleeping actually did turn out to be brilliant, by 11am Jack was exhausted as he had missed out on at least 2 hours sleep and snuggled himself down nicely with teddy in his Thomas the Tank bed. By this point I had had my hair styled and was pinned to within an inch of my life, I tried to nap myself but  the combination of several pins embedding themselves into my scalp and getting pins and needles in my arm trying to protect several curls from dropping out led me to give up and in the absence of anything else interesting to do, I went to the loo. Needless to say I was less than pleased when housekeeping decided to let themselves into the room with Jack fast asleep and me quite literally with my knickers around my ankles – at this point I realised I was going to have one of those crummy mummy days!

During the next hour and a half I took the time to do my makeup and ask my Mother to help shoe horn me into my dress and seriously she was one step away from putting one foot on my backside and pulling the laces on the dress as tight as they could go. By the time she was done and I was in the dress I wondered how I was actually going to breathe and switched from my sparkly heels into a more practical gold slip on shoe – my thinking being to protect my ankles for when I passed out through lack of oxygen later on.

I waddled back through into my own hotel room where a sleeping Jack was being looked after by my Dad. I threw open the curtains, turned cbeebies on and screeched ‘Darling!’ to my sleeping cherub ‘Time to get uuuup!’. My toddler who normally doesn’t like sleep opened one eye and then closed it. Shit. I looked at the clock, Jack was due to be downstairs in 15 MINUTES. I turned up cbeebies, ‘Jack look its Mr Bloom!’. Another eye open. Jack looks at me disapprovingly, grabs his teddy and turns away from me putting his bum in my face. Double shit. I then proceed to take the clothes off a floppy and uninterested child all the while panicking that my dress laces were going to pop open and watching the clock as the minutes disappeared. ‘Please Jack!’ I wail with my Mary Poppins cheerfulness turning more into shrill panic. Jack sits up for a moment and smiles gently then say ‘no’ very quietly ‘night night’ and then flops back on the bed. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! At this point my wonderful parents arrive and offer to take over while I meet the bride and my hubby downstairs to start the ceremony.

Son arrives downstairs 15 minutes after that all prepped and ready to go for the wedding. Now let the fun begin….. this was the bit that I had been dreading. Of course not to watch my lovely sister in law and brother in law tie the knot but praying and hoping against all hope that my 2 year old was going to play ball. I was to walk Jack and another little boy closer to the age of three down the aisle. The door opened, I took both boys and held my breath. The whole time chatting to them and willing them both to make it to the front of the room without incident. Of course I hand’t even considered the other page boy and just over half way down the aisle he decided he was going to take a fake trip and literally dived onto the floor! My jaw hit the floor as I hadn’t prepared myself for this eventuality, the guests of course saw the funny side and my clever Mum had chosen an aisle seat so scooped little Jaidee up on my behalf (remember I am popping out of my dress still!) and we made it to the front! Phew! 

The experienced registrar was clearly very knowledgable about young children and so took the time to obtain teddy from my parents so thankfully Jack and teddy were reunited and Jack sat sucking on his best friends ear for a good half of the ceremony. However half way though the vows he saw fit to remove teddy and announce ‘OH NO!!!!’ to the room! Again the guests giggled and I blushed and smiled hoping that was going to be the end of his outbursts! Other than a minor crying moment when all the guests clapped (he wasn’t prepared for the noise and he got spooked) and when he decided that he and Daddy shouldn’t be wearing flower button holes and removed them by force. He was then content to ‘feed’ the petals to his teddy making quiet ‘num num num’ sounds.

To get him through the photos we used cookies and toy cars as bribery and for the meal he was content to work the room rather than sit and eat much although even Jack couldn’t resist the lure of chicken goujons and chips! He gave his own speech from the top table announcing that he ‘likes dancing!’ as he boogied to the dj’s background music and that he ‘likes tractor’ upon receiving a beautiful engraved tractor from his Auntie and Uncle. He was set for the disco and was first on the dance floor!

My parents were also guests at the wedding and were also staying the night so they kindly offered to let Jack sleep in their room so we could stay out a little later (we made it to 11pm before we conked out!). All in all I was so proud of Jack, at 2 it was a massive day for him and he handled it in true Jack style! A brilliant and beautiful day and we are so blessed to have been a part of it. As the groom said in his speech to the page boys Jack and Jaidee, ‘thankyou for making it memorable’ which was received with giggles and smiles. Love you little man❤






Heading To The Pre-Baby Body!

I got on the scales 3 days ago and another 3lbs off making it 10lbs so far! I am now 20lbs away from my pre-baby body! AND I got into my bridesmaid dress yesterday AND I made it through the ceremony without passing out! My Mother was kind enough to mention that I have a lovely figure after she had tied me into my dress and completed it with a knot enviable to the most experienced Scout or sailor! Of course I was squashed so well into my fitted satin outfit that I am not sure whose figure I had managed to be shaped into to but I have to say I liked it and felt a bit like Bridget Bardot for the day!🙂

And here I am! Post ceremony and feeling a little tuckered but I loved being a bridesmaid and was very honoured indeed!