Showing posts with label Thomas the Tank Engine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thomas the Tank Engine. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Project 365: Days 26 - 32


Day 26: Haircuts - All three boys needed a haircut so we took them to the local barbers.  This was the first time that O has sat calmly in the chair himself, but the look on his face made me laugh.  I don't think he opened his eyes the whole time his hair was being cut.

Day 27: Teeth - E lost his tooth at school today.  Well, to be precise, his cousin dropped it down the drain after school.  It was a shame as it was the first tooth that has fallen out, but we decided that he should write a letter to the tooth fairy to explain what happened.  It was very sweet and really well written.

Day 28: Drawing - Z has been drawing on one of those sketching boards and I was quite impressed with the detail in this picture of a train with lots of passengers.  I thought I should capture it for posterity as soon after his little brother wiped it clean again.

Day 29: Swimming - O has been refusing to go swimming as he said he's scared so I decided that I need to start taking him every week to get him used to the water as I'd like him to start swimming lessons soon, like his brothers.  It took me twenty minutes to actually get him out of the house as he didn't want to go, and then another ten minutes in the changing room trying to get him to undress.  After a lot of bribery gentle persuasion I eventually managed to get him into the pool, and once in, he loved it!  By the end of the hour he was jumping in and swimming with the help of a noodle.  It was amazing and I'm so glad I took him.  We'll be going every week now.

Day 30: Toy box - O has acquired a new Thomas The Tank Engine toy box from my parents house, and is so enamoured with it that he sat in it for ages saying "choo-choo".

Day 31: Bubble wrap - this isn't the best photo as O is moving.  As the weather is so rubbish at the moment we decided to lay out bubble wrap on the floor and pop it by jumping on it.  We had great fun for ages with this.

Day 32: Classics - Another awful weather today so we had an indoor picnic lunch and watched Mary Poppins on Netflix.  E loved it and I sang along to all the songs (he probably didn't love that bit).

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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Project 365 - Days 5 - 11


Day 5: End of Christmas - The tree is down and this is all that's left.  I like to keep one Christmas item out until the 12th night so this is it.  I felt more than ready to take the decorations down this year.  

Day 6: Ouch! - This is the photo of my youngest son sleeping.  He was pretending to hang glide on my curtains (never a good idea in itself) when he knocked down a heavy wooden elephant ornament which landed on his toes.  As you can imagine, he screamed the place down for ages and refused to have ice put on it.  It was swollen and bruised and he cried himself to sleep.

Day 7: Dominoes - a rare photo of my two oldest children playing nicely together.  The old fashioned games are the best.

Day 8: Reading - O brought me one of his treasured Thomas The Tank Engine books to read.  We had a lovely time reading and looking at the pictures.

Day 9: Car Seat - I decided to move O into a high back booster as he looked too big for his old car seat.  He was so excited and said that he's a big boy now, just like his brothers.  It's very strange seeing him in this car seat.  He's not my baby any more (well, he will always be my baby but he won't let me call him that!)

Day 10: Trains - O is brilliant at building train tracks.  If I do make one for him he just takes it apart and changes it so now I leave him to it.  He changes pieces around until it all fits together like a big jigsaw.

Day 11: Food! - we decided to go to our favourite restaurant in Cardiff for lunch.  My boys love Bellinis Italian restaurant and order the same food every time we go, but it's great to see them enjoying their food so much.  We did have to ask the waitress for more parmesan cheese a few times - the boys are addicted to the stuff!

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Trials and Tribulations of Toilet Training


And I do mean toilet training.  None of my boys have been very interested in using the potty so we've gone straight to the toilet.  It involves a few weeks of them desperately holding onto me for dear life, but they do learn to balance themselves.  Eventually.

I'm in the process of getting my third son ready to make the transition from wearing nappies to wearing pants.  You'd think I'd know exactly what I'm doing as it's my third time, but as all children are different, so is each experience.

I've always been quite relaxed with toilet training and prefer to take the childs' lead.  My eldest son took to it quite quickly and loved to copy his daddy by standing on his little stool to wee in the toilet.  It was great at home but not so great when we went out.  I remember one thirty minute car journey where we went through four pairs of trousers and I realised that he wasn't quite ready and put him back into nappies.  I know this is against what all the textbooks say, but it worked for us.  About a month later he decided that he wanted to try again and this time it worked.  Apart from the occasional accident (usually at night) we never looked back.

When it was time to do the same with my next boy, I stupidly assumed it would be just as easy as before.  How wrong I was.  He would wee on the toilet but absolutely refused to poo.  He would hold it in to the point where he couldn't eat and he felt ill.  He used to leak (sorry if you're eating) and I had no idea what to do with him.  We tried everything that we could think of; we would let him watch us on the toilet, we discussed, begged, comforted and shouted at him; we bought books about what happens when you poo, and discussed it with the health visitor.  We even let him poo in the garden.  We were at our wits end.  He started to smell and I was worried about him being teased because of this.  Everywhere we went became stressful as we usually ended up in a big mess as bits would leak through.

The only thing that worked in the end was watching him every second, which was difficult as he would try to hide it, and as soon as he showed signs of holding it in, I would rush him to the toilet and make him sit there.  He would sob and I would feel guilty, but he wasn't able to hold it in when sat on the toilet and it would all come out.  It was terrible and I hoped I would never have to go through this again.  He did overcome it eventually, though he is still a very private person when using the toilet.

I was prepared for anything with my youngest son, but was still a bit gutted when he started to withhold his poo.  The difference this time was that my previous experience helped and I run him to the toilet as soon as he starts to hold it in.  At two and a half he is getting much better thankfully.

But now I have a different problem.  He stubbornly refuses to wear pants.  He asks to use the toilet when at home and is well controlled and well aware of when he needs to go.  He just won't wear pants.  It's easy at home, I can just leave him with nothing on, but I can't exactly do that to go out.  He also refuses to wear trousers with nothing on underneath so that's not an option.

We've had conversations around whether big boys wear nappies or pants, but he is adamant that he is still a baby who wears nappies (at any other time he insists that he's a big boy).  My mother suggested that it could be that he sees his brothers wearing boxer shorts so he wants the same, so I tried that but it didn't work either.  I bought him Thomas the Tank Engine pants as this is his favourite character, but it still didn't tempt him.


I've tried pull ups in the hope that it'll make the transition easier, but he just calls them nappy pants.  I've tried putting pants on over his nappy but he screamed until I took them off.

Experience tells me that I should just wait until he understands a little bit better , and to be honest, I'm not at all concerned.  I just wonder why.  What has caused him to not want to wear pants?  What causes any issue that a child has with toileting?  Is it something that we've said, or done?  Something they've seen on TV?  I'll probably never know.

All I do know is that children who are brought up in seemingly the same way, all have different issues.  I may as well throw that textbook away.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Project 365: Days 76 - 82




Day 76: Fireman Sam - O is going through a dressing up phase and is loving his Fireman Sam sleepsuit at the moment. I just adore the toddler phase.

Day 77: My three boys - it's next to impossible to get a decent photo of the boys together but I came home from work today and they were all in a cooperative mood.  It was only when I looked back at the photo that I realised my oldest doesn't look too happy.  I think it was because his little brothers were messing around a little bit.

Day 78: Rock Star - E was trying to develop his rock star slide with the guitar.  He didn't quite get it though and just ended up lying flat on the floor!

Day 79: Thomas fan - O spent most of the day playing with his trains.  He's lined up all of his Thomas trains to go around the track.

Day 80: Driving in his car - the weather was a bit nicer today so we dusted off the battery operated Lighning McQueen car for O. He loved it!

Day 81: Puddle jumping - O took great delight in jumping in every puddle in our driveway. He soaked himself (and me) but it was great fun.  

Day 82: A new belt - My oldest two boys had their kickboxing grading today and they both got new belts.  They are doing so well at kickboxing and I am so proud of them.  They are both little stars.

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

A day out with Thomas

My youngest adores trains and has developed a love of Thomas the Tank Engine, so when I had an email to say that Thomas and friends were visiting Dean Forest Railway I just knew we had to take him.  We'd been there a few years back when my oldest son was obsessed with Thomas and had a great day riding on the trains, so was looking forward to going again.

We arrived at the railway and it was a bit wet and miserable, but the squeals of delight from my youngest when he saw all the trains quickly cheered us up.  I don't think he could believe his eyes.  Then, when he saw Thomas, he didn't know what to do with himself.  He refused to leave the platform.  Thomas was pulling Toad the brake van so we went for a few rides on this, and the children got a junior engineer certificate.  Then we went for a ride on the steam train to Lydney Junction.  This was so nice.  We got drinks from the buffet car and enjoyed the ride.  Even my oldest son was enjoying it, though he pretended that he wasn't!








He was so excited when he realised that Thomas was next to us


Pleased as punch to get a sticker













Talking about punch, there was a classic Punch and Judy show being run at intervals on the top platform.  My older two loved it and couldn't stop laughing, though the little one was a bit scared and wouldn't watch it.  I'm not sure that I blame him!  These puppets were also up there and they look very creepy.

There was also face painting on the platform and my older boys just had to get theirs done.  As you can see we've now got a dinosaur and Spiderman with us for the day.

While they were getting their faces done, my youngest was still staring wistfully at all the trains.  All he wanted to do was see Thomas and he wasn't going anywhere until he did.

Much to my relief, Thomas came back out so we had another ride on the brake van.  Everyone was getting a bit tired by this point so we decided to go for one last ride on Daisy the Diesel.  First she raced the steam train, and then there was a story telling trip to Parkend.  The children had a little nap and then woke up all refreshed when we got back to Norchard station.  Just time for a trip to the shop, quickly followed by a ride on this Thomas.  

We all had a fantastic day; it was so nice to ride the old steam trains and to watch Thomas and his friends get up to some antics in the station.  The boys loved it.  There was just one more thing to do before we got back to the car.  Find every single puddle in the car park and jump in it!


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