You need to be made of strong stuff at soft play!

Katy Pearson, Sonny Jim, soft play, the Fun Factory

Soft play Sonny Jim: safe from sharp edges and hard floors

Since Sonny Jim started crawling a couple of months ago I’ve been desperately trying to wear the little menace out so as he stops wanting to continually open and close doors, climb up everything in sight and use any part of my anatomy that’s in range as a bouncy castle.

So soft play it was. Our first venture into this weird world was the Fun Factory, on the Purdeys Industrial Estate, in Rochford. Sonny Jim adored the slide, was terrified by the ball pit and crawled around free from his mum’s usual fretting about sharp edges and hard floors. Since that first trip though, I’ve realised that whatever soft play place you go to, there are always these kids hanging about too… Continue reading

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Picture imperfect – behind the cuteness

Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson, baby pictures

The pictures behind a single snap: Getting nice photos of babies is actually not that easy!

Posting pictures of your baby online – along with posting pictures of your pregnancy scans – can be a bit of a divisive subject.

Some are vehemently anti it – look at their Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page and you’ll find little trace of their little folk. Others share *literally* everything. On a daily basis you’ll know what the little mite has had for breakfast, lunch, dinner, every single activity they’ve been involved in, and quite possibly their bowel movements too.

I make no apology for being a bit of a #babybore (though with the exception of my husband and my NCT mummy chums I have never felt the need to keep people updated on how many poops Sonny Jim has had – yet.)

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Why I miss my newborn – already

Newborn, Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson

My Sonny Jim when he was brand new!

So newborns are *hard* work. They’re tiny, fragile and as a new mum you have absolutely no idea just how exactly you’re supposed keep them alive!

But now my Sonny Jim is a whole six months old – and even though he is a complete delight at the moment – there are a few things I miss already about those newborn days…

  • The staying put. When he was new to the world you could put the little lad down – and he basically stayed where you put him. Now Sonny Jim is capable of getting himself into all sorts of pickles if you take your eyes off him for half a second. Wriggling his way under the cot? No problem. Pulling chunks of grass up and trying to eat them? Easy. And this is only going to get worse when he’s properly crawling and walking!
  • The cuddles. Sonny Jim and me still have tons of cuddles of course, but nowadays he is normally also trying to pull my hair, poke my eyes, and/or clamber over my shoulder at the same time. When he was newborn, he’d just curl up on my chest and snooze.

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Mummy lessons learnt – six months old

Sonny Jim, Katy Pearson

Six months old and super cute!

I truly, truly cannot believe my little guy is six months old. He’s a proper little character now and seems to be doing new things every single day.

And while Sonny Jim is busy discovering the world around him (toes are endlessly fascinating now as is his, um, winkle – I never knew the obsession started so young!!) I’m also learning new things all the time. Here are just a few of them…

  • I spend all day chatting away to Sonny Jim, sometimes he squeals in response, sometimes he falls asleep while I’m mid-sentence. This practice (great for teaching him to speak apparently) means I am now unable to stop the running commentary. Even when he is in his cot asleep, I find myself downstairs babbling away to myself. I fear I may do this in public too.

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Today we’re loving… baby swimming lessons

s2s Swim School class, Katy Pearson

Sonny Jim and his buddies at his first s2s Swim School class

I grew up on an island. So for my parents it was super important that I learnt to swim as soon as possible. If you’re going to be surrounded water it’s best you know what to do if you find yourself in it!

The early lessons for me paid off – I’ve always loved the water. In fact, I probably spent the majority of my childhood splashing about some place or another.

And now I’ve got a little one of my own, I want the same for him. For him to be happy and confident as a child in water. For him never to be scared of the sea, or frightened when he sees an expanse of water.

I started looking for swimming classes for Sonny Jim when he was about eight weeks old. But my goodness what a mission! Most baby swim schools in Leigh-on-Sea and the near vicinity don’t take babies under six months – and those that do take them younger get booked up scary fast. Continue reading

Why I’m full of awe for single mums

Sonny Jim, Gary Pearson, cousins

Sonny Jim with his daddy and big cousins, Ethan and Carter

A couple of weeks ago my husband took the baby out for the day. Without me.

It was a mere six-and-a-half hours, but I fretted about it rather an inordinate amount beforehand.

This was despite the fact I know Gary is just as capable as me at soothing our little Sonny Jim should he get upset. Despite the fact the little guy smiles for his daddy more than he does for me. Despite the fact Gary was taking him to his parents to spend time with his cousins, doting aunties and uncles and grandparents who would all lavish the little lad with so much love in my absence.

Despite all of this, my heart was aching beforehand. It was to be the longest me and the boy had been apart since he was conceived. Prior to this I’d only been away from him for a couple of hours – and never in an actual whole other town! Continue reading

Today I’m loving… baby sensory rooms!

Prior to having Sonny Jim, the Megacentre Rayleigh was not exactly top of my list of places to hang out.

The flagship facility at Rayleigh Weir offers Megazone laser tag games and softplay sessions on a massive climbing frame/ball pit thing.

Though there’s a cafe there, it’s clearly as place for people with little folk in tow. And I thought I still had a couple of years – at least – before I’d be joining their ranks. Continue reading