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Blog : Little Lilypad Co

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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful ( and very entertaining) daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or my gorgeous sister in law as part of our baby blog and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) and baby swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. I take lots of photos but always have a reluctance to share too many actual facial shots of my girls on the blog. In a world where I speak a lot about their lives, I have always felt a bit nervous about uploading their lives in a physical rather than just a virtual sense.

    We had some professional photos taken a little while back and we collected the finished images this weekend. I was thrilled with the results, especially as my eldest daughter always tends to shut her eyes right at the "capture moment". So today we were out, enjoying an afternoon in the sunshine with friends and my eldest daughter chose to get her face painted.

    She is at the age where one day soon she will decide that she is "too cool" to have her face painted, that she will be "too cool" to go on the bouncy castle but today, she was all laughter, smiles and chose a delicate and very pretty flower design for her face.

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    Her second name is Lily.

    Today she was my beautiful flower girl.

    I captured the smile in her eyes. Can I capture that forever?


  2. Today we went swimming en masse.

    I paid no thought to taking three children into a swimming pool today, I was confident in my oldest daughter's swimming ability, her friends mum is a swimming teacher, so was fairly sure of her swimming ability, together with my own ability to supervise the smallest member of today's swim squad, I felt there was no question of a safety concern.

    Apparently I should have paid more attention.

    We couldn't go to our usual pool, so tried a leisure complex fairly close to home and the first thing I was asked was whether the girls were competent swimmers. I immediately said yes.

    Apparently I wasn't convincing enough.

    The lady behind the counter looked at me sternly and said that they would need to do a swim test as a safety precaution. I must have looked a little indignant but she reassured me that it was standard practice, given I had more children than hands!

    She had a point.

    So after wrestling with the lockers for longer than absolutely necessary, the 2 year old insisting she can go into a changing room by herself, ensuring that shoes weren't left in said changing rooms and getting 3 small people into the pool, we were then met with the lifeguards insisting on the swim test before our feet touched the water.

    I couldn't have been more proud of my eldest daughter as she cut through the water with ease, her small frame gliding through the pool and reaching the side with a determined look on her face. Unfortunately her friend isn't as strong a swimmer and so she wasn't allowed in the deep end by herself. There was a little grumbling but I couldn't fault the lifeguards and there constant eagle eyes on everything that was happening around the pool.

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    There was lots of laughter.

    There was lots of handstands, somersaults and piggybacks in the water.

    There also seemed to be a certain amount of water drank too! I kept telling the little one to blow bubbles not drink the water but when she was laughing and splashing, she also ended up coughing and spluttering too. She loves the independence of swimming off on her own with a woggle / noodle wrapped round her and still doesn't quite have the confidence to go it alone, which is fine by me, she is only 2 after all.

    We all survived and go home, exhausted.

    Then I read an article on secondary drowning. It was one of those things that was shared on Facebook, the kind of thing you see a friend share but then I saw it shared again and again and having been in the water only a few hours earlier, I read with interest. The main crux of the article states :

    "Many parents have never heard of secondary drowning, but it can happen in a pool, in the ocean, and even in a bathtub. "It occurs when a small amount of inhaled fluid acts as an irritant, causing inflammation and leakage of liquid into the lung," says Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and co-founder of YouBeauty. "In some cases, the body may respond by pushing even more liquid into the lungs (this is called pulmonary edema) over the following hours, reducing the ability to breathe and leading a person to drown in their own body fluids." The reaction can take place up to 72 hours after a near drowning incident" 


    If your child breathes in water or comes out of the pool coughing or sputtering, monitor them closely, keeping an eye out for difficulties in breathing, extreme tiredness or behavioral changes," says Roizen. "All of these are signs that your little swimmer may have inhaled too much fluid."

    My little water babies are fine and I know how closely their safety in the pool is monitored but today has reminded me how important water safety is, from the moment your feet touch the water ...... to 72 hours hours afterwards.



    Wot So Funee? is the brain child of Actually Mummy. It goes back to when her children were much younger and came out with frequent "funnies", which made for great entertainment on her blog. But then children grow up and become more self conscious of what they are saying and the "funnies" become a little less frequent. So she has entrusted the fabulous linky to  Emma, Nikki and myself.

    I have to admit that I feel like I am taking care of something extremely precious with this linky but I also admit to laughing on a daily basis at some of the comments my ever chatty 2 year old comes out with. The 9 year old often throws in some quips but it is the toddler who currently holds the entertainment throne. So with a little trepidation, here is this weeks Wot So Funee?.......

    As a parent there are lots of things I find myself saying, some that sound extremely similar to my mother and some that I swore I would never say. Here are some of the things that have been said on the Lilypad this week;

    Stop singing or I will turn the music off!

    I will start counting to three .... one, two, three

    I will put you on the naughty step if you carry on.

    Less talking, more eating!

    I am talking to you.

    Unfortunately, I have said none of these things. They have ALL been said by the 2 year old. 

    I have clearly said all of these things at one point (or maybe more than once) but to hear them come out of her mouth might have exasperated me but amused me nonetheless.

    Although despite all of the things she has said this week, my absolute favourite has to be:

    "Mummy, she is winding me up"

    I think I have my work cut out with this one!

    So have your little ones made you laugh this week? Fancy linking up with Wot So Funee?

    Rules are simple:

    1. Write a post about your children’s funny antics this week
    2. Include a link to the Wot So Funee? post or page so that your readers can have a laugh at everyone else
    3. Come back here and link your post to that week’s Wot So Funee? write-up
    4. Feel free to steal the code for my badge and display it in your post or sidebar .... optional of course :-)



     Next week Wot So Funee? is back home with Actually Mummy. Don't forget to link up!


  4. I love being outdoors with the children.

    I love seeing them run through the woodlands and fields by where we live.

    I love hearing them chasing squirrels and rabbits.

    But .....

    I don't love the rain.

    On rainy days, I love nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa and watching a good movie or playing games .... inside! My eldest daughter is very much like me, however the little one has other ideas. She was so excited to see the rain today and couldn't wait to get her wellies on and get outside.

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    Then we had our own water works when she ran out of puddles to play in!!

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