Why we mums are The Cat in the Hat

natasham:

Totally agree…this post says it all!

Originally posted on Dubai's Desperate Housewife:

Having never really appreciated Dr Seuss’ books as a child, I’ve recently developed a love of his mind-expanding rhymes and anapaestic tetrameter as I explore his books with DS.

Image and text copyright Dr Seuss

Image and text: Dr Seuss

And, as we were reading The Cat in the Hat for the umpteenth time the other night, something resonated with me. On page 16, the naughty cat, who is demonstrating his admirable skill at multi-tasking, says:

‘Look at me! Look at me now!’ said the cat. ‘With a cup and a cake on the top of my hat! I can hold two books! I can hold up the fish! And a little toy ship! And some milk on a dish! And look! I can hop up and down on the ball! But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all…’

‘… I can hold the cup and the milk and the cake! I can…

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#markwarnermum Our perfect holiday

Dear Judges at Mark Warner,

I’ve spotted my mama reading some blogs lately with the hashtag #markwarnermum She laughs at some of the videos and shakes her head at others. She’s been talking about wanting to write a post for this competition you guys at Mark Warner are holding but today’s the deadline and she hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Part of the reason is probably because she hasn’t been feeling too well and the other part…well let’s just say since I turned 2 years and 9 months last week, I’ve been driving her crazy testing boundaries!

Anyway, I thought I’d help her out by writing the post for her. My mama loves travelling and exploring new places. She’s grown up in so many different cities, wanderlust should really be her middle name. I’m only 2 years and 9 months and I’ve already visited London, Birmingham, Oxford…wait it gets better…Hong Kong, Taipei, Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Dublin, Birr, Dunmore East, Lagos, Goa, Manila, Cebu and we’re going to Dubai on Saturday.

She believes:

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Before she had me back in 2012, she was quite the adventurer. She went trekking to the Himalayas with my aunty Bhavna because it was her dream to see Mount Everest and she always talks about doing it again one day.

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Our perfect holiday would look something like this:

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I love the sand and sea and my mama loves to keep me happy. This summer we built sand castles on the beach, played in the sea and she let me sit on a jet ski but then made me get off so she could speed away! Spoil sport! I know I’m little but I’m quite the adventurer myself.

I hope the resort we go to has a nice swimming pool, a fab indoor play area, bikes to rent and ride around the resort, a good selection of wine (don’t worry, that’s for my mama, not for me!) and lots of extra fluffy white pillows (my mama loves them!).

I think you should choose us because…

1. I absolutely love the water:

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2. I can charm the pants off any air hostess, making flying with me a breeze:

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3. I can rock a pair of sunglasses:

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4. Watching aeroplanes makes me happy:

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5. My mama would be the perfect #markwarnermum

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Well it’s time for me to go to bed but I hope my mama receives some good news at 10am on Friday, it would be the perfect Christmas present for her. Aside from the fact that she would make an awesome #markwarnermum, you’ll have fabulous pictures of yours truly on holiday!! :)

Love,
S

*This post is an entry for the Mark Warner Ambassador 2015 programme.

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“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

We’re heading to Dubai for the holidays next week and my brother bought S a hat and told him we’re going on a boat. So every evening he puts on the hat and says “I’m the captain, we’re going on a boat, ahoy there” I think Grandpa Pig from Peppa Pig has something to do with the “ahoy there” ;-)

P.S. I cannot believe we’re already on week 49!!

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year

I absolutely LOVE Christmas…the magic, the enchantment, the presents!! :)

S and I spent a lovely afternoon with my uncle, aunt and cousin today. Earlier this week we went to Father Christmas World in Kent and S was so mesmerised by Santa, the elves and all things Christmas so today was the perfect addition to an already magical week.

We got there early in the afternoon and after a bit of lunch (and some mulled wine), we decided to make some biscuits. My cousin Renu dug out her cookie cutters and a recipe online and we got started.

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Our recipe required the dough to stand for a couple of hours and so we went into the living room to decorate and put up the tree.

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My aunt’s an amazing cook and assured us that 30-40 minutes was enough time for the dough and so back into the kitchen we went to roll out and cut our biscuits. Renu found a Peppa Pig ice lolly case which was a total winner in S’s books!

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20 minutes later they were ready to be eaten and they were good!!

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Thanks Renu!

Last year we made salt play dough Christmas tree decorations and S practically body surfed across all the flour. This year he took a keen interest in mixing, kneading and rolling out the dough. It was such fun to watch him get involved and be a part of it all. We’ll definitely be doing some more baking at home over the holidays.

Flying list

For the most part, I’m a pretty organised person. I like certainty and I like to know when I’m coming and going. Things don’t always work out that way and I often think life has a way of challenging what we’re comfortable with, but that’s a whole other blog post.

As part of my “organisation skills”, thinking ahead about what to pack when flying with a baby/toddler is always on my list and I often get asked about the necessities. So here it is, in no particular order, the things I always carry on a flight with S (I’ve learnt from my mistakes).

1. Sling (for a baby/younger child) – I’ve talked about my Ergo before and how easy life was with it. At an airport, it’s much easier having a sling instead of a pram getting in the way. It keeps your hands free, baby can nap in it and it takes up a lot less space.

2. Sachets of Calpol – When we were flying from Hong Kong to London last May, S started teething, developed a fever and I had no Calpol. Luckily the flight attendant did and so he had some of that before going to sleep.

3. Nappies – I’d say take a nappy for every hour of the flight, plus three. There’s something about the cabin pressure that makes a baby “clear their tummy’s” several times through a flight. Our record is 7 times on a 6 1/2 hour flight!

4. 2 extra sets of clothes for your baby (1 if it’s a really short flight) and an extra set for you.

5. Formula, milk, food – Whatever your baby is having, take one or two extra feeds.

6. Snacks and fruit packets – You know how you like to munch on a flight (I always ask for an extra packet of pretzels), well so does your kid. Routines tend to go out the window when flying, especially if jet lag is involved so take extra snacks because your child will get hungry. Or in case there is a delay.

7. Hygiene – This encompasses a few items so I’m just going to throw it under one heading. Nappy sacks, 2 plastic bags, extra wipes, hand sanitiser and a disposable changing mat.

8. A blanket – I don’t know about you but I find the blankets on aeroplanes a little itchy (unless you’re flying business class and they give you a duvet), I always take a blanket for S on the flight.

9. Pacifier – If your child uses a pacifier and you want to avoid a melt down, take an extra one. Those little buggers have a way of getting lost or falling down the side of the seat. You don’t want to have to go on the hunt when your child’s crying and everyone else is asleep.

10. Entertainment – While most airlines have a decent entertainment system, your child might not like what’s on show. I always take an Ipad. I hate to admit it but it’s a saving grace on a flight. I also tend to take something new so there’s the novelty factor for 10 minutes a short time. Now that he’s older my list will include stickers, puzzles, cars and a couple of books.

I know it sounds like a lot but really, a good cabin sized stroller will fit it all and leave you enough space to buy some chocolate at duty-free which you’ll most likely need for the flight!!

There’s a couple of other things that were suggested to me but I’ve never really bothered with them – Your child’s red book (health book), a copy of their birth certificate, teething gel (although this would have helped on last year’s flight) and disposable thermometer strips.

If your child is young enough for a bassinet but you don’t think they’ll sleep it in, ask for it anyway. It’s a great thing to have, if for nothing else but to put all your stuff in it.

Happy holidays and happy travelling!

Is there anything on your list that I’ve left out of mine?

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