Category Archives: Baby Boy

The baby to toddler transition is complete

As a mother, your children will always be your ‘babies’ but this household is now officially baby less. The baby to toddler transition is complete and can be confirmed by a few observations. My ‘baby boy’:

  1. Walks competently on his own.
  2. Takes short instructions like ‘put that in the bin’ and ignores instructions on purpose in equal measures.
  3. Everything dropped whether intentionally or not is an uh-oh.
  4. Says ‘bye bye’ when he leaves or when you’re leaving (no sign of separation anxiety).
  5. Says ‘waz tha’ and points when he wants to know what something is.
  6. Is very definite about what he wants to eat and what he doesn’t. He shakes his head vigorously with disdain when required and heads over to the cupboard, pointing his finger aloft and says ‘da’ when he wants a biscuit.
  7. Has discovered the on and off switch of his lamp in his bedroom, much to his amusement.
  8. Can take the child safety covers off the power sockets. Great that he’s got such dexterity not so great on the safety front.
  9. Can open the car door from the inside. Child safety lock has now been applied.
  10. Can slide down the stairs on his tummy.
  11. Takes the Peppa Pig DVD off the shelf, walks over to the TV and says ‘Peppa’.

And finally, the temper tantrums have started (albeit fairly short bursts) and the naughty step has been instated.

In honour of this new stage, this will be the last time that I use the ‘Baby Boy’ category on here and I have created a new category, ‘Little Man’.

Little Man

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Counting down to Christmas

I was hoping to be writing today as one proud Mummy beaming at her daughter’s first ballet show but a vomiting and diarrhoea bug put paid to that so instead we move onto the festive season.

For me December 1st marks the start of this, where we clamber in the loft for the Christmas box and deck the halls (can it really be a year since we last did this?). I usually make the unspoken promise to myself that no Christmas songs will come out of my mouth until this day but as we were driving along with ‘Do they know it’s Christmas time’ blaring out of the radio last weekend, my lips felt a distinct tingle and I couldn’t help the notes that bellowed out (those that know me, know I can’t sing).

Anyway I digress. I had intended to avoid buying chocolate advent calendars for the children this year, as we do have a fabric Father Christmas stocking come advent calendar, where we could put our own treats in each pocket. When Andy pointed out that doing this times two would cost more than two chocolate advent calendars, particularly from Poundland, I bowed into pressure and made what I considered at the time a necessary purchase. If only today’s post on Wokingham Gossip Girls had come a week earlier. One of the gals was asking for suggestions for a note for each day with Christmassy things to do for the children. One lady said that there are some great ideas on Pinterest which I have recently started using (I fear another time suck), so inspired, I logged in and have come up with the following notes that the children will hopefully enjoy ‘reading’ (neither can read yet at Age 4 & 1). Perhaps this will become a new Popple Christmas tradition.

Christmas Advent Activities

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First steps

I have thought for a few weeks that I have spotted the odd solo step by young Master Popple out of my peripheral vision but wasn’t totally convinced until the other day when he did this…

First Steps


It has only taken him 15 months but he’s done it and he’s jolly pleased with himself too! Now where did I put those reins?

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Until today I’m slightly ashamed to say I didn’t actually know why we celebrate Halloween but thanks to Wikipedia, I can now consider myself informed. For anyone else who is also in the dark about this spooky celebration, here are the details –

When I was a kid we never carved a pumpkin, never mind dressing up and being let out to go trick or treating…ahhh, I hear you cry! Ok, we were in no way deprived (not in the real sense of the word) but all Halloween used to mean to me was eating all the leftover sweets and hey that wasn’t such a bad thing!

This generation of Collins-Popples get the whole Halloween treatment and this year I actually carved my first Pumpkin and my second too!

Next year I may even work out what to do with the contents of the pumpkin, other than throw it out – anyone have any good recipes?

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First words

In the last few weeks Benjamin has finally uttered his first proper first words. He’s been saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ for a while but it turns out that his ‘dada’ has been coaching him. Of course getting him to say his first words on video required a little prompting but if you listen hard, you’ll just about be able to make it out…

tickle tickle tickle

Did you hear it? He can say ‘tickle tickle tickle’!

Ava is trying to do a little prompting of her own and is trying to get Benjamin to say ‘car’ which was her first word. Her perseverance has paid off as he can now say car and even knows which are my car keys, however sadly there is no video evidence of this.

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