Birthday boy.

Tigerboy is two today.

I can’t quite believe it. The time has flown – it seems moments since I was sitting painfully right here in this chair, crying, thinking I still had two weeks of pregnancy left. (Hint, I didn’t).

In some ways he’s very much still a baby. The no speech makes him seem much younger than he is. When he’s happy he dances on the spot and laughs, wanting applause. He’s still wearing sleepsuits at night (stops little hands going places they shouldn’t ;) ) and he’s so very cuddly and huggly.

But there are fragments of the boy he will be showing through. He loves his big brother.

brothers

And bubble wrap. He *really* loves bubble wrap. So Small got him some pull back cars, and packaged them in bubble wrap, making the wrapping into part of the present :)

Other than that, it’s been a pretty low key day. Small has been out at a home ed friends – I dropped him off this morning, taking 90 minutes to drive 15 miles :’( (It only took 18 minutes to get back, without any speeding!) so I think we’re going to do cake and things tomorrow. Wouldn’t want him to miss out, and let’s face it, Tigerboy doesn’t know.

birthday boy saying ball I’ve done things with him, of course. We went outside and played in the sun, blowing bubbles, and chalking on the patio. So nice to be able to get out!

And I printed out a batch of stuff from Twinkl – I’m reviewing at the moment. I did him an alphabet train, and cut out the cars so he could play with them. Sneaky way of practising his sounds as well, but you could have knocked me down with a feather when he just about managed to say ‘ball’. Yay!

So, all in all, it’s been a lovely day. And because I’d like to share the joy, I’ve dug out a bundle of baby stuff I’ve been given recently at various events, and I’m doing a giveaway.

Here’s what’s up for grabs.

birthday bundle giveaway

So that’s an organic cocoon towel from Little Green Sheep. A Skibz bandana bib – it’s camo. A Le bibble bottle bib and a Quack Quack Moo bib. That’s nearly £50 worth of baby goodness if you went out and bought it, and you could win it just by leaving a comment!

Yes indeed, easy comment entry. I just want to know what’s the baby product you couldn’t manage without? (If you don’t have a baby, give me your best guess!)

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Comments

  1. I couldn’t be without my Breastfeeding pillow. Happy Birthday!

  2. I don’t actually need baby stuff, but do have a friend ;-) I couldn’t have done without muslins (eldest still has muslin comforters at 7, so they’ve done very well) and for peace of mind, the digital in-ear thermometer.

    For eldest’s second birthday I was 6 months pregnant with youngest, so it didn’t really happen. We went away for a weekend break too, so we just pretended her birthday was on a different day that year – naughty parents ;-) I can’t even remember youngest’s 2nd birthday, I think it was at one of my low points with depression though. Nope, can’t bring it to mind at all. How odd!

    Happy Birthday, Tigerboy! Bubble wrap is the best present :-) xx

  3. Susannah says:

    Happy birthday, Tigerboy! I’m guessing that a safe place for baby containment is good – be it a basket, bouncy chair, swing or sling!

  4. Mine is a movement monitor. It just makes me feel easier.

  5. I follow you on twitter @chellemccann

  6. Liked you on facebook

  7. Have RT on twitter 19:09 7/3/14

  8. In the early days/weeks the one thing I couldn’t have coped without was a swaddling blanket! I had no idea about the moro reflex and had to send my husband out to buy a few as the only way Miss E would sleep was to be wrapped up nice and cosy!

  9. Lisa Assenheim says:

    I couldn’t love without our Ewan the Dreamsheep. He is amazing and I recommend him to all my mummy to be friends!! :-)

  10. Lisa Assenheim says:

    I also follow you on twitter
    @mrsjkdandbaby

  11. That’s a tough one, but I think it was the baby carrier as it allowed me to run along in the park with the older one without worrying about a pushchair or where the baby was lol

  12. I’ve tweeted x

  13. I “like” you one facebook :)

  14. I follow you on twitter @goriami

  15. I’ve shared the competition on my blog facebook page :)

  16. Kay Broomfield says:

    Baby wipes! Essential now my big boy is 4 and will be just as useful when our daughter comes along in June :)

  17. Kelly Hooper says:

    With eldest it was muslins as he used to bring up milk constantly!

  18. Ashleigh Allan says:

    a baby monitor and also baby wipes!

  19. Ashleigh Allan says:

    I have tweeted as @ashlallan

  20. iain maciver says:

    baby wipes

  21. Stephanie Tsang says:

    I couldn’t be without my baby monitor.

  22. Stephanie Tsang says:

    I have tweeted. @pookybearcheung

  23. steph lovatt says:

    muslin cloths they are used all the time to wipe dribble/sick, as a comforter, a mat to lie on the floor and even a blanket in the summer months.

  24. steph lovatt says:

    liked on facebook

  25. Baby wipes one baby item i couldn’t live without!!!

  26. Gillian Hutchison says:

    a good breast pump!!

  27. Christina Palmer says:

    Living in a town house I would be lost without stair gates. So many stairs and a child that moves like grease lightning.

  28. Carol Massey says:

    I couldnt live without a tummy tub. it really helps with colic

  29. Gillian Hutchison says:

    I follow on facebook

  30. lynn neal says:

    Wipes! We use them for everything!

  31. hannah oneill says:

    Wipes!

  32. Diana Semionova says:

    Grobag! I would be so worried about my baby getting cold, because she’s moving a lot at night.

  33. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    I couldn’t live without Sudocrem – it breaks my heart to hear my little one crying with a sore bottom due to nappy rash

  34. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    Followed on Twitter & Tweeted using @jrhymer75

  35. Jennifer Rhymer says:
  36. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    Already signed up by email jrhymer@sky.com

  37. olivia kirby says:

    A Grobag! They have been fantastic for both my wrigglers!!!

  38. olivia kirby says:

    Tweeted @olivia280177

  39. Deborah Bird says:

    Couldn’t live without baby wipes!

  40. Deborah Bird says:

    I have tweeted @zebedee01

  41. Deborah Bird says:

    I have liked your facebook page :)

  42. Kristy Leanne Brown says:

    Wet wipes – so much more than just wiping bums with!

  43. Holly Lovatt says:

    Baby Muslin towels are fantastic

  44. Baby wipes!

  45. I’ve tweeted feeona123

  46. Liked on fb!

  47. I don’t have babies anymore, as they are all grown up but hoping for grandchild. The item I always felt was important was bibs, as they made such a mess when eating. Nowadays people have wipes, they would have been brilliant, as would disposable nappies. How times have changed

  48. Jill Webb says:

    Reusable wipes a brilliant idea and so usefull

  49. lyn burgess says:

    has to be baby wipes, so many uses,

  50. Kay Lou Smith says:

    Couldn’t live without muslins. Got them packed in my bag ready for baby number 2, currently 1 day overdue. Eviction notice has been served!

  51. Kay Lou Smith says:

    Have tweeted @kleesical :)

  52. Kay Lou Smith says:

    Liked on Facebook (Kay Lou Smith)

  53. Kay Lou Smith says:

    Followed on Twitter (@kleesical)

  54. Kay Lou Smith says:

    Shared on Google+ (Kay Smith)

  55. Kay Lou Smith says:

    And subscribed via email. So glad to have stumbled upon your blog. Regular reader from now on :)

  56. Anthony Harrington says:

    baby wipes by the lorry-load!

  57. Anthony Harrington says:

    have tweeted message as @freyerj

  58. Anthony Harrington says:

    following on FB

  59. Anthony Harrington says:

    already signed up via email.

  60. Anthony Harrington says:

    have posted this comp on Facebook

  61. Linda Sallie Guest says:

    Sophie the giraffe toy. Freya would be a nightmare if I lost it!

  62. Linda Sallie Guest says:
  63. Linda Sallie Guest says:

    liked on FB as Linda Sallie Guest

  64. Emma Heywood says:

    Muslin cloths, they are amazing they have so many uses and then some :D

  65. Laura Asplin says:

    Baby Wipes they have saved me on so many occasions

  66. sj wesley says:

    I’ve Tweeted – @sjwesley-

  67. sj wesley says:

    I’ve Tweeted – @sjwesley0

  68. sj wesley says:

    I’ve liked you on Facebook – SJ Wesley

  69. sj wesley says:

    I’m following you on Twitter – @sjwesley0

  70. sj wesley says:

    I’ve shared your giveaway on Facebook – SJ Wesley

  71. sj wesley says:

    I’ve signed up to receive your blog by email :) xx

  72. sj wesley says:

    Nappies! x

  73. Kim Webster-Marsh says:

    I could not live without my baby monitors, I’d be a worrying wreck without them X
    Shared the giveaway on g+ as Kim Webster-Marsh
    Tweeted as @kim_kimble & Followed
    subscribed to email
    Liked on Facebook
    Happy Birthday to your little Boy x

  74. Rachael Marsden says:

    My 1st boy had bad reflux and I got through hundreds of muslin cloths, they were invaluable!

  75. Rachael Marsden says:

    muslin squares

  76. Laura Theobald says:

    I have 5 kids and I couldn’t have lived without their special toys, their favourite cuddly friend. They are always there to give them a cuddle, when I have my hands full & help them drift off to sleep. A must have for all kids x

  77. Laura Theobald says:

    I have re-tweeted x

  78. Petra Hora says:

    Hello, I have tweeted as @petra15003034

  79. Petra Hora says:

    I follow you on Twitter too @petra15003034

  80. Petra Hora says:

    I liked you on FB as Petrahora

  81. Petra Hora says:

    I signed up to receive your emails.

  82. nappies

  83. Amelia Makes says:

    Has to be wetwipes – love to use them on everything!!

  84. Leigh Larkin says:

    Generically I would say baby wipes, but a bit obvious. So I’ll add to that music CD’s. A life saver for car journey’s!

  85. Wet wipes :)

  86. Leigh Larkin says:

    Liking on FB as Leigh Larkin

  87. Following on twitter :)

    @oneisjamie

  88. Victoria Cunniff says:

    I’ve liked on Facebook

  89. Victoria Cunniff says:

    Has to be a dummy

  90. Victoria Cunniff says:

    I’ve followed on Twitter @GAarcade

  91. Melissa Red says:

    Baby wipes.

  92. Melissa Red says:
  93. Melissa Red says:

    Liked on Facebook.

  94. If I had to pick just one baby item, it’d be wipes. They’re the most useful baby item invented so far.

  95. I’ve tweeted as @PrincessaMoanna

  96. I Twitter follow you as @PrincessaMoanna

  97. Daniel P says:

    baby wipes

  98. I Facebook like you as Kate Peterson

  99. aaaand I signed up to receive updates by email

  100. Rebecca Lis says:

    My poddlepod

  101. monika s says:

    baby wipes

  102. monika s says:

    twitted message / @penelopa024

  103. monika s says:

    following you on facebook / monika.suchonska.92

  104. monika s says:

    already following you on twitter

  105. Laura Davies says:

    I love my moby wrap, it’s so handy and baby wipes are the best!

  106. Megan Adams says:

    Defiantly the fabric bath support. Had a baby bath with DD which meant bathing her one handed and having to store the gigantic thing away when not in use!

  107. Megan Adams says:

    Liked on Facebook (Megan Adams)

  108. Megan Adams says:

    Retweeted on Twitter @msemegs

  109. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Besides nappies her comforter. It calms and soothes her – especially in nursery

  110. done. an old rabbit

    @katscreamy and kat screamy

  111. Christina Curtis says:

    Wipes!!

  112. Christine OPrey says:

    Baby wipes!

  113. lorraine polley says:

    baby wipes are the best thing ever invented, brilliant for messy nans!

  114. Diane Carey says:

    Baby wipes

  115. Diane Carey says:

    I’ve tweeted
    @capodemonte

  116. Diane Carey says:

    Liked you on FB as Diane Carey

  117. sallyann johnston says:

    liked on FB – sallyann johnston. Followed & tweeted @sallyannmoomoo x I couldn’t live without baby wipes, great for home, car & handbag a must for babies & children x x

  118. Samantha Atherton says:

    I couldn’t get by without muslins or ‘molly’s’ as my little girl calls them. So useful and my daughter has adopted them as her comforter, not sure how many we actually have but during the weaning period I dyed them all orange to cope with the new stains.

  119. Myself

  120. olivia kirby says:

    I follow on twitter @olivia280177

  121. olivia kirby says:

    Shared on Google +

  122. olivia kirby says:

    signed up by email x

  123. Naomi Buchan says:

    Babywipes, useful for so many things x

  124. Naomi Buchan says:
  125. Naomi Buchan says:

    I like on Facebook (Naomi Sarah Buchan)

  126. Naomi Buchan says:

    I have shared via G+

  127. Naomi Buchan says:

    I have subscribed via email x

  128. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    I couldn’t live without baby wipes

  129. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    I’ve tweeted @SparklyShoes17

  130. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    I’m following on Twitter @SparklyShoes17

  131. Hayley Todd says:

    Our little one is only 2 weeks old and so far my baby essential has to be, without a doubt, her swaddling blankets, she settles so peacefully in them and drifts off to sleep.

  132. Hayley Todd says:

    I have tweeted as @solarsangel x

  133. Hayley Todd says:

    I already like your facebook page :-)

  134. Hayley Todd says:

    I follow your twitter page as @solarsangel x

  135. Clare Hubbard says:

    Baby wipes and a spare toy

  136. Clare Hubbard says:

    Followed on twitter @funkbun

  137. charlotte thornton says:

    Happy Birthday!! Muslin Squares, a definite essential

  138. So far the best thing i have bought was my baby bath and changing table – i ended up with emergency c section, and it has been a godsend not having to get down on the floor to change nappies.

  139. Val Pownall says:

    Baby wipes – so many uses!

  140. Laura Pritchard says:

    Muslins & babywipes…could do without everything else but these!

  141. Zara Clair Podmore says:

    It has to be baby wipesxx

  142. AMy Beckett says:

    Nappy bags as they double up as dog bags too

  143. susan willshee says:

    the most useful thing we had was a vibrating chair. Whenever Daisy was fractious we would pop her in the chair and set one of the vibrate options. It was amazing how quickly it soothed her.

  144. susan willshee says:

    Have followed on facebook

  145. susan willshee says:

    have tweeted @piperanddaisy

  146. susan willshee says:

    following on twitter @piperanddaisy

  147. Helen Francis says:

    My tommee tippee perfect prep machine don’t know how I ever managed without one!

  148. Natalie Crossan says:

    Baby wipes. Good for cleaning baby bum and laptop keyboard!!

  149. Holly Boyd says:

    Muslins, my daughter uses them as a comfort blanket. Without them it takes ages to get her to sleep.

  150. Georgia Keogh says:

    I am going to say baby wipes too!

    Also, while perusing your Facebook page I spotted a photo that looks like Felixstowe beach. I grew up between Ipswich & Trimley St Mary and my husband in Walton, Felixstowe so it was a nice surprise to see a photo from home!

    So greetings from a fellow Suffolker, now living in Yorkshire :)

  151. Georgia Keogh says:

    I am also following your Facebook page

  152. Georgia Keogh says:

    & I am following on Twitter

  153. Georgia Keogh says:

    & I have tweeted about the competition.

  154. Georgia Keogh says:

    & I have subscribed to your blog by email!

  155. Melissa Red says:

    Following on Twitter @MeliRed1

  156. claire woods says:

    wipes

  157. claire woods says:

    Tweeted @clairewoods32

  158. claire woods says:

    Follow on Twitter – @clairewoods32

  159. claire woods says:

    liked on FB – claire samuel

  160. Baby sleeping bags, I was paranoid before having him that I would use too many blankets so these were the perfect option for us!

    Bubble wraps a big favourite in this house too!!

    Xx

  161. I follow you on twitter @sarbriony

  162. I have tweeted about your comp too @sarbriony

    Xx

  163. baby bouncer in the early days then as they get older, fisher price jumperoo!

  164. ive liked your page on facebook as Rebecca Mpb Phillips

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