Makes me wonder how we should announce Baby Mark 2*.
Found over at Mashable.
*Disclaimer. No we’re not expecting. Honest!
Love this Lego take on the last moments of “The Time of the Doctor”.
If only we can have a Doctor Who Lego computer game…
Ever looked at what your children do, and thought how unacceptable it would be if adults did what kids do?
Ever actually wished you could behave like a kid.
This dude did.
After spotting some upset on local Facebook pages after a breast feeding mum was asked to go to the back of a local cafe for “Health and Safety Reasons”, I decided to put together a list of places that the good lady wife (and others), have found to be breastfeeding friendly in Exeter, Devon:
Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter
Places with Breastfeeding Rooms
Allegedly Not Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter
So what do you do during maternity leave?
Heres our list of 101 Things to do when you’re bored on Maternity Leave:
Well, after one thing led to another, both little southern dad and mummy both had a bit of time off this week. Deciding to do something about it, we decided to go on a minibreak / holiday. The thing is, where would be good to stay with a toddler? We considered camping, but figured for one night that might be a bit mad. We ended up settling on staying in the Premier Inn hotel near Truro at Carnon Downs, as it was near the Great Granny we wanted to visit. Would we survive sharing a hotel room with a toddler?
We weren’t sure what to expect from sharing a hotel room with a toddler. The last time we shared a room with her, we had a weeks holiday with next to no sleep. This time round we did a little bit of research into ideas to help before we went.
We found the following helped to save our sanity:
Premier Inn. I must mention the family room we stayed in at Premier Inn was lovely and big, with a sofa for little hands to climb on, and the cot for little feet to run around. The hotel room itself was a world for the little one to explore.
Keep things busy! I imagine this may be more challenging depending on where you’re staying, but we found that as soon as the little one was starting to get bored, she was able to go for a wonder around the hotel, look at the fields, play on the gate, etc etc. Obviously if you’re in the middle of a city stay, the equivalent may well be playing in traffic. In which case, you may want to bring some toys or something.
If all else fails, I accidentally found that leaflets are a great distraction. Particularly if you’re somewhere like Cornwall, that supplies “visitor packs” to hotels in the area. These visitor hotels are simply big packs of leaflets, that were great fun to empty and play with.
When it came to getting ready for bed, we always find that bringing familiar items from home are useful, teddys that live in the cot, and a smoothing lamb toy always come everywhere with us. This lamb helps the little one go back to sleep while she wakes up in the night. As the cot was within sight of our bed, we put sheets up around the edge of the cot to almost box her in, and try and keep distractions at a minimum.
Once the little one was down, and asleep we were about 20 seconds away in the pub garden, armed with baby monitors so we could hear everything that happened in the room. If you do decide to do this, please for the love of all thats good, stay near your room, make sure your monitors work, and that your little one cant get out the cot.
After 20 minutes, the monitor ended up losing its signal with the base unit, meaning that we went straight into the room, spending the rest of the evening in a dark corner, quiet, and out of sight of the cot, on our phones. Once the back ache kicked in we ended up simply getting an earlyish night.
While there were a couple of wake ups, we’d consider staying in a hotel room again, that’s if we don’t brave camping.
Your mate has just announced he’s getting married, and has asked you to be the Best Man. There are plenty of places online that will give you an outline of the Best Mans job and responsibilities leading up to and during the wedding day. After my experience of being a Best man over the weekend, I wanted to share my list of ten (mostly practical) tips to help you / your best man not just survive the wedding day, but hopefully help the groom as well.
1. Your biggest role as Best Man is to keep the groom sane. Does he need something? Try your best to make it happen. You are his right hand man. Does his wife to be need something? Helping her out will help your mate out.
2. Have a man bag for the day. Ensure it includes pain killers, water, a pen, and some food to nibble on. Possibly include a Mars Bar for when the energy starts to ebb later at night.
3. Be ready for the line up. If, like me, you’re an introvert you might find it a bit tiring introducing yourself to (what feels like) hundreds of people. Think about what you’re going to say before hand, as having the same conversation again and again gets wearing.
4. Yes you may well be nervous about the speech. No, no one will care if you have a drink to calm the nerves. Yes people might care if they have to listen to a pissed up Best Man giving the speech.
5. Be yourself in the speech . If you’re not really THAT funny, don’t try and be THAT funny.
6. Make sure you compliment the Bride in your speech. Just avoid coming onto her…
7. Again, about the speech. What is the bride and groom like? What is your audience like? Whilst the tale about your normally sober mate, getting totally drunk and running naked down the street, maybe funny, the old gran in the corner may not need to hear it.
8. It’s going to be a long day, look after yourself. Particularly in the evening, try and catch some time to yourself, have a beer, chill, enjoy.
9. After the speeches, buy the groom his favorite drink.
10. Ensure you have a day or two to recover after the event. Even if it’s just from the hangover.
This list is based on my experience of being a best man, on what I did, what I wished I did, or based on advice I’ve been given. Do you have any tips you could add?