Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New Beginnings

A lot of change.....

and a lot more to come.......

Things are going to be very different around here from September.

I no longer have a job.......

No income.....

No money......

I have registered for supply work but........

the pay is crap........

and I don't really want to do it........

I have set up a tutoring business...........

Westcountry Tutors  (!!!!)

I will be home a lot more......

counting the pennies............

making things last............

Things are changing..............

We are making a vege patch..............

space for a greenhouse............

and we are going to see how much we can save...........

by shopping locally...............

in our beautiful town..................

Things need to change...............

I need to get better.................

Take time to look after myself...................

and get my RA controlled..................

The blog will be changing too...................

A new focus..................

A new direction......................

but still the same old me!

But first the Moors family has two wonderful weeks holiday in France..............................

and I can't wait!

Book Review - Someone to Watch Over Me by Madeleine Reiss

Someone to Watch Over Me  Another debut novel, and it has to be said another fantastic read.

When I first picked this book up and turned it over to read the blurb, my heart sank. I find stories about parents losing their children heart wrenching and this one was no exception.  It was one of many give to me for my birthday in July, a physical book, something I haven't read in a while, but the feeling of holding a nook that I once vowed never to lose, was back, held in my hands and I hated it. The reason, the pain it caused in my thumbs and wrists, holding a book isn't the same when you have RA!

The Blurb from Goodreads:-

She closed her eyes and he was gone - who is watching him now?

When Carrie’s five-year old son, Charlie, disappeared on a Norfolk beach, her world was destroyed. Now, three years on, her marriage crushed by grief and the uncertainty around Charlie’s fate, Carrie keeps herself distracted by running a local gift shop. Persuaded by her mother to visit a medium, Carrie is initially sceptical, but is blown away when he appears to reveal something about Charlie’s disappearance; something that nobody could ever have known except herself.

Single mum, Molly, is worried about her young son, Max. Naturally a sensitive child, Max has been having more of his little ‘accidents’ at school and has recently starting talking again to his imaginary friend.

Reluctant to tell his teachers, Molly knows that Max’s problems stem from his very real anxieties about his father – a violent and unstable man – who they are now in hiding from.

Carrie is desperate to learn the truth about Charlie’s disappearance and Molly will do anything to protect Max from danger. Little do the women know that their worlds are about to converge – and both of them will have to face the thing they fear the most. But will the truth destroy them or will love be their saviour?

The story was fantastic. It follows the lives of two women, Carrie and Molly.  Carrie loses her son Charlie on a day out at the beach, never to been seen again and the story follows Carrie in the years after Charlie's disappearance.  Molly has her son Max with her throughout the book, their lives totally different from Carrie's but you know that there is some connection between them and the author makes this clear at the same time as holding out the real reason.  This is a superbly written book, that crosses many genres of literature within itself but the real story is one that has you on the edge of your seat till the very end.  I finished ready this at the weekend at the beach house. Everyone else had gone to bed but I just couldn't put it down so stayed up to the early hours until I had finished it, and I was so glad that I did.

Another 5 star rating from me on Goodreads  - Elly Willett

Monday, 15 July 2013

Book Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  The Night intriguing title, a beautiful illustration on the front cover and some fab reviews online, both in Amazon and on Goodreads.  I thought this one sounded interesting.........

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.(less)

Well that's what was written in Goodreads and it did indeed entice me into trying this book, but I will admit I struggled from the start.
I found the story hard to get into, slow paced and just too long to get to anything in particular.  Whereas most books I get into quickly even after a few days of attempting to read this one it just did nothing for me and in the end I made the decision to abandon it, knowing that if I didn't       it would sit unread and I would then struggle to get into another one. I am sure if i was to persevere then it would probably get better and the story would develop well but it didn't grasp me enough to get that far!

It is probably one that I will attempt again in the future.....but it would be interesting to see what anyone else thought of this book!

My star rating on Goodreads was a 1!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Where does time go?

It amazes me sometimes when I look at them, and when I realise how quickly they seem to grow.

We are currently at different stages, with the little two. Worm has moved up to Butterfly at Nursery, now with Monkey.  And Monkey is getting ready to start big school.

We had our home visit last week.  Monkey was a little shy, and put on his silly voice for his teacher and TA.  But at the end of the day he is so ready to start. He is full of excitement and asks regularly if he can wear his school shorts.  He has a visit with nursery on the Tuesday (9th July) and he can't wait, his uniform is here ready and waiting for him to wear to school for a hour and a half!!

He really is a point where he could start tomorrow and he wouldn't care in the slightest, however, I think our problem lies with Worm, who seems to think that now he is with Monkey at nursery, he will also be going to big school. When Monkey's teacher and TA were here, Worm's response to everything was "Me too". I know come September when he realises that it is just him going to nursery it will hit and the tears will flow, they do love being together.

Beanie has been looking at secondary schools. We visited the community college at Callington a couple of weeks ago, which was really good, lots for him to do and try and he came away really positive. This week he has visited the boys grammar school and he loved that too (which pleased mummy) so we are now at a point of starting to think about tutoring him for the 11+, something I will do myself. I am glad that he liked it as it is our preferred school but the choice had to be his!!

We are all looking forward to the holidays, they boys don't finish until the 24th, but I'm done in on the 19th!! Yippeee!  It is also my birthday this week, (lunch with girlies planned)  and there still seems like there is loads left to do before we break up........
..................................................................................and lets hope this weather continues! :)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Book Review - One Cold Night by Katia Lief

I started it on Sunday - I finished it on Monday.  That good, I couldn't put it down.

I had never heard of Katia Lief. I discovered her in the Kobo bookstore, a bargain at 98p.  Something caught my attention (the cover again), this time mysterious, dark yet inviting.

I downloaded it.

To be honest my genre of literature has rapidly turned to chick lit, there was a time when I read anything and everything, but lately I hadn't moved from my new found comfort zone.

The story is about Susan and Dave, Susan is a chocolate shop/factory owner  and Dave a detective in the police. They live in New York with Susan's adopted sister, Lisa, who 15 years her junior had come to live with them to attend a singing/drama school in the city.

A happy go lucky life until......One Cold Night.

Lisa wants to find her birth parents and Susan offers a revelation (predictable from the onset) and from then on the story changes and moves fast, drawing you in. Lisa vanishes and the story then follows the detectives and Susan and Dave as they piece together what has happened to her.  Dave becomes immersed in the case, due to not having solved a similar one exactly 12 months previous to this one. Exactly the same, a girl similar in age and features to Lisa taken from very near her own doorstep. You know there is a link between the two girls but the authors telling of this story is fantastic and it really does have you wanting to find out exactly what has happened to Lisa and the girl before her and to find out whether Lisa and her survive. There are a few clues,  a trail of blood and a footprint but Dave knows if this case is going the same way as the previous one, then their time is limited before something dreadful happens to her. Even at the end when the outcome is found there are still twists and turns in this story up to the very end that weren't predictable and really had me on the edge of my seat.

It is again another book that is beautifully written and describes the scenes and characters really well, making it feel like you know these places and people.

I really don't want to give this story away, but I will definitely be reading more of this authors books and this is definitely one to be read!

Another 5 Star book on Goodreads from me!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Book Review - The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas.

The Love of My Life

"I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story."

When I started to read this book my instant impression was that it wasn't going to be that great.  You know when you read the first chapter and it doesn't really do anything for you.....that!  But once I had given it a bit more time the story actually drew me in.

It tells the story of Olivia, who has recently become the widow of Luca.  I think one of the reasons my heart wasn't with it to begin with, is that it is one of those books that jumps every chapter from past to present and that usually throws me.  But after reading a few more chapters I got it! and the story develops well, one chater the past the nest the present.

Olivia and Luca grew up together in their small town, Olivia working in Luca's parent's restaurant in the summer months and their friendship develops but Luca 's mother has plans for him to marry someone else, and in the end he elopes to London with Olivia.  Olivia becomes the one at fault in the eyes of Luca's family and when Luca is tragically killed, Olivia makes the decision to return to their home town, where no one is pleased to see her.

There are parts of this story that are very predicatble, but there is also something about the way that it is written that makes you want to read on. Olivia quickly realises that she and Marc, Luca's twin share their greif and start an affair that has drastic consequences and shows certain moments of similarity between Olivia and Luca's life. Even though they both know the affair is purely based on grief, the results are heart breaking for Olivia.

Louise Douglas writes in a sensitive and beautiful way, and this is again a first class debut novel. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Family Life update...

Things have been really hectic, sometimes painful, and  some things have been really testing and have upset me beyond belief.

There will be a lot of change in the moors household in the next few months, and even though the 'hell' is still on going at the moment, I know that come September things will all be for the better and that life will move on - as it should do.  I know I will be more positive once things are all organised and prepared and I will tell you all about it one day, but now just isn't the time.

The boys are fine, fantastic, annoying, tiring, so nothing really new there!!

Beanie is reaching the end of term and the school year and the tiredness shows.  His moods are more frequent, his attitude turning and his ability to focus and concentrate is lacking... he needs the summer holidays.

Monkey is getting ready to leave nursery and to take the next step and start big school.  He has a place at the same school as Beanie who will be in year 5 this September. Monkey is so excited asking if he can wear his uniform every day and tonight he has signed his school agreement, writing his name beautifully on the form!  I can't believe how quickly the time has gone, he will be the oldest in his class and will be 5 on his first day. We have a home visit in a couple of weeks (better get tidying!!) and then a few afternoon visits in July to look forward too.  Oh and his best friend will  be going with him so he is overjoyed.

Worm, is Worm..... last week we had an amazing week. Hitting 3 has changed him (slightly) and for every night last week he slept right through.  It all went pear shaped this weekend with him waking again but it can't go on forever - well that's what I keep telling myself anyway.  He unfortunately thinks that because he has now moved up to 'Butterflies't nursery with Monkey that he too is going to big school in September. I think we may have a few problems then but hopefully he will make some new friends at nursery and not just play with his brother.

Health wise, I haven't been too bad, my fingers are the worst at the moment but it is mainly when carrying things. Yesterday I was on the go all day and felt awful this morning and the fatigue hit again but with moors-daddy working I have been with the boys all day today too, so fingers crossed I get a good night tonight and catch up on some sleep that is desperately needed.

I've just finished another book and started another too, so review will be up in the next couple of days if not sooner!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Book Review - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Okay so two things first, I apologize that it has taken me a bit longer than I said it would and secondly how ever many times I say this authors name to myself, my pronounciation of it is always different!!  I have no idea how to say it, I'll see if I can find out how it should be said!

Found it - AYE-oh-win EYE-vee.  There that tells you!

Here is a bit about the author taken from Goodreads

Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. She received her BA in journalism and minor in creative writing through the honors program at Western Washington University, studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. This is her first novel.

Learn more:

Blog: Letters from Alaska

So the book.

I have to admit a lot of my book choices are based on the cover and the cover of this book on Kobo, drew my attention straight away. The simplicity of it, but also the girl and the fox, I was instantly intrigued and so downloaded it.

When I read that it was based on a Russian fairytale, I really didn't know what to expect, again a bit of curiousness crept in and when I started to read this book, it grabbed me and didn't let me go.

Set in the 1920's (though it could easily have been any time in my mind), the story is based on the relationship of Jack and Mabel, the two main characters and follows them as they start a new life in Alaska, building their homestead. The authors descriptions of both characters are very good, giving you a real insight into their relationship and their feelings for each other (strained) and the land on which they are now living (bleak). The days are pretty monotonous to start with, Jack out working the land and Mabel in the homestead.  They have moved there to get away from past memories of losing a child and wanting to start afresh even though they are now middle aged.  Darkness plays a key part in this novel, the short darken days in which they live, the darkness of the loss of their child and the wanting of another. The weather is also key, winters after winter of snow, and it is in this snow that Jack and Mabel create a child that comes to life. At first you think that the child (Faina) is in Mabel's imagination and it is not until one day when Jack follows the child into the mountains and discovers her father's body that you realise she is real.  The story follows their lives, winter after winter, the girl vanishing each spring but returning with the first snow.
Parts of the novel are predictable and as you read it you start to wish for things to happen so that Jack and Mabel get their child and even though in a sense they do, there is also a lot of descriptive writing that just takes you with it and compels you to read on to find out who Faina really is and what happens to Jack and Mabel and their new life in Alaska.
I won't give too much away about the end of the story but all I will say is that this is Eowyn Ivey's debut novel and it is by far one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. The ending although it didn't surprise me left me with some questions and I was really upset when the story ended, purely because it was such an easy and lovely story to read.
I can not wait for any subsequent books by this author because if this is what she can offer on her first attempt then the next one should be truly magnificent.

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads and I would recommend it, an easy to read book, beautifully written, a fantasy and the descriptions of the Alaskan winters fill your imagination in a way I could not ever have imagined.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Books, books and more books.

Well this is something I have been meaning to do for a long time but to be honest since having my first child nearly 10 years ago (that alone is a scary thought in itself), I have lost my passion for books and reading.
Before I had children I used to be 'a book a week girl',  I would read in bed at night and in the morning at the weekend, those were the days when I could stay in bed till lunch time curled up with a novel.
Days that are long gone and forgotten but in my heart I wanted to get back to reading, wanted to find the time to do it.
Unfortunately and I am quite ashamed to admit this, but it was last summer that I started to rediscover my love of reading, the bit I am ashamed to admit is that it was The Fifty Shades trilogy that rekindled my love  but on a Kobo!  I was bought a Kobo for my birthday and wondering what all the hype was about I downloaded the trilogy.  To be honest I wasn't overly impressed by the books,I definitely understand the hype, but really is that the best fiction we can find?! I remember little from them apart from I found mistakes in all three!! (I should be a proof reader!) but having previously thought I would never part from a physical book I had found a new love - my Kobo. Mine is the old wifi version, and I have to admit as great as is it I would love a touch screen one. We bought Beanie one as his bookcase was over flowing and his Mini is so nice and much easier to work!
Since then I have read many books, I am on Goodreads so if you too are a bookworm pop over and add me so I can see what everyone else is getting their noses into.
And as my health is up and down at the moment I seem to be finding more and more time to read. So I plan to review what I am reading so that you too can read (or not) books that I love!

My first review, coming in a few days, will be 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Been away awhile but I am still here......

I have been away.... not literally but I  just haven't had the energy or will to blog.

Lots of things have happened.... lots of things have changed..... or are going to change and part of me is unsure of how I feel about it.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis is still affecting me every day.  Somewhere there will be pain, in my fingers, wrists, knees or my shoulders which have given me a lot of pain in the last couple of months.  My doctor has been great and I now have co-codamol to take as and when I need it, to add to my collection of other medications.  I am still waiting for my follow up appointment with the consultant but knowing the good old NHS I could be waiting for some time!

The boys are all fine.  Beanie is off at his first ever cub camp.  He went last night at 6:30pm and was dropped off in a field, a bit apprehensive but quietly excited especially as moors-daddy had given him far too many sweets to  take with him. We pick him up on Monday at 2pm and hopefully he will return home, shower and go straight to bed!! Having heard from other parents that they don't stop all weekend, don't sleep and are exhausted!  Fingers crossed Beanie is too!

The little two are missing him especially Monkey who has shed tears today because Beanie isn't here to play with him.

By biggest problem has been my work, if I never had to go back it would be a good thing. I no longer have any feelings for that place. They have treated me so badly and I am being forced (bullied) into taking voluntary redundancy. I will take the money and run but I will tell them exactly what I think about them when I go. So I now have the prospect of no job, no money, which at the moment we can't afford. I guess I can do supply but that is something that I really don't want to do, if I have too, I think I will be doing key stage 2 instead of secondary.  I am also going to do some private tuition.  The only good thing is that I will be home to take Monkey to his first day at school in September.

In amongst all this, I have made the effort to start reading again. Something I did a lot of before I had the boys, but I can count the number of books I have read since having them on one hand.  In the last few months I have read more than I have in all those years, so I intend to write some reviews for some of my favourite ones. So keep reading.......

So that's what's going on in the moors household.  We have a birthday on Tuesday, it's hard to believe that Worm is going to be 3. It goes so quickly, time just seems to fly.

I hope I can get back to my blog, to start doing it justice again. But I guess only time will tell...!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Our Daily Dog Walk!

Every day.......

It takes me a good 20 minutes to get out of the door.

But every day the dog has to be walked.

And whilst I'm off work, it has been me and the boys that have done it more often than not.

Wellies on, waterproofs on, gloves on.

And off we go.

Usually each walk is uneventful, following the same route. Not too long, not too short.

Yesterday was a little different.

They didn't wear their waterproofs, it was dry....

The sun was shining....

We went to the leaf pile, they were piled high, up past their wellies.

They kicked, threw and laid in them, mummy pushing them back down as they tried to stand up.

How they laughed.

We went on an adventure, through the Gorse, down the sheep tracks...winding this way and that.

And then, Worm saw 'The Gate'.....

The gate that leads to Great Grannies.

And that was it.

The mother of all tantrums.

He threw himself on the floor, in the mud, rolled around screaming, legs flailing!

Mud all down his coat, his trousers, everywhere.

Tears down his face.

I tried to pick him up, but he raises his arms so he slides down through my grip, raises his legs so he falls to the ground.

Under my arm he went, kicking his wellies off as we marched.

He wriggled out of my grasp. My strength, limited, my grip weak. Putting him down, he refused to stand or walk. He sat in the mud, crying, telling me to go through the gate.

I walked ahead, hoping he would panic and follow, but all I got was Monkey shouting at me, "Don't leave him, I love Worm."

Half an hour we battled.

Half an hour of lifting, putting him down, letting him get on with it, sat in the mud, screaming and crying.

We got home, just before the rain. He was marched down the road, knowing there was no hope of going back, in his socks, Monkey carrying his wellies.

I stripped the muddy clothes off him in the porch, another pile of washing.

And then like Butter wouldn't melt, he went and sat on the sofa and started singing Twinkle Twinkle in that lovely angelic voice!!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

World Book Day - love it or hate it?

I have to say that every year that Beanie has been in school 
the pupils have been expected to dress up for World Book Day,
 and every year it fills me with fear!
Usually because I have forgotten all about it until the last minute 
and we have no idea what to go as, 
have no time to make an outfit, 
or to be perfectly honest
 - just can't be bothered.
So far we have gone as Moonface from The Faraway Tree, 
normal clothes and a mask made from 
cardboard by drawing around a dinner plate!
The children from The Wishing Chair, with his 'girlfriend', 
who had decorated a small child's chair and put wings on it 
and Beanie just turned up in normal clothes!
Julian from The Famous Five.....normal clothes.

Are you seeing a pattern.....

Last year I think we totally forgot and he just went as himself.

And this year, we have put some thought into it, 
well I asked him what he wanted to go as and he didn't know.  
He is reading the Anthony Horowitz books about Alex Rider,
 and so we suggested that. 
A bit of research on Google and we have come up with......
black jeans,
 a white PE t-shirt, 
a black shirt with red stripes, 
black school shoes and a couple of gadgets. 
Beanie has informed me that he has a yo-yo and a key ring,
 so we have added them too. 
I don't know how accurate it is but it will do!
It at least beats all the fairy/princess dresses 
and Spiderman/ Batman costumes 
from all the other parents who can't be bothered!
So do you love it or hate it?........................

Oh and next year I will have to come up with two costumes 
as Monkey will be at school too!
Better start planning now!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Feeling like 'poo'

"Mummy, 'Monkey' just called me poo!"

To be fair at this point today I had already had enough.

"Go and call him poo back!"

"'Monkey', you know you just called me poo, well you're poo too!"

That has been my day today.

Moors-daddy worked nights last night (and again tonight), and so in my attempts to keep the boys quiet and from not waking him, (in which I failed badly), they were playing, on the computers, in their bedrooms and in the garden. None of which worked. Beanie wouldn't help Monkey on Bin Weevils, Worm wanted to just be with Beanie and when Beanie and Monkey were playing Lego in Beanie's room, Worm wasn't allowed in, so stood outside screaming.  I retrieved him from the landing four times, whilst he did the turning rigid and lifting the arms up, making it impossible to hold him. Marched him back downstairs for him to escape and return back upstairs.

Eventually moors-daddy woke and beckoned all 3 to his bed side. I think this was after I threatened to walk out. Beanie wasn't impressed.

Yep, mummy was having a bad day.

A bad nights sleep last night, I had forgotten to take my medication, and aching hands and wrists all day.  By the time I came to prepare lunch, cutting vegetables brought tears to my eyes.

By the time moors-daddy woke and came downstairs he could see how unhappy I was.

It's always the little things that get to  me, and when they get to me they really get to me.  Today was one of those days.

And then moors-daddy dropped a bomb shell.

In six weeks time it will be our tenth wedding anniversary.  Two years ago we spent the weekend in Paris, this summer we are all going to France for a fortnight, and so I wasn't expecting anything for our anniversary but....

we are off to Spain for three nights, just me and moors-daddy. I can't remember exactly where but three nights without the boys and heat (20C, hoping that will help the joints!), m-d said we could go to Barcelona for a day but to be honest I would be quite happy just sat on the beach with my book for the whole time!

Excited and can't wait!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Remembering some and praying for others.

My title should have changed.....

Life is so short..............

When you enter the blogging community you never know what lies ahead.  You become part of people's lives and they become part of yours. Even if you don't really know them and them you.

But you follow their stories, you laugh with them, share their memories, you cry with them.

These last ten days my eyes have cried a lot. The flood gates were opened and I have watched and read as stories unfolded in front of me. Grateful that my life is content and happy, my children and my husband by my side.

It started with Jennie's tragic story of Matilda Mae, a family in mourning for their beautiful brown eyed baby girl. Nine months old and taken in her sleep. 

Every parents worst feeling, thought and emotion.

As I read Jennie's story, I felt an unnerving need to have my boys near me, cuddling them and kissing them, smelling them, checking them, making sure they are okay. As I read Jennie's story the tears have rolled down my cheeks, time and time again.

And yet in her blog posts and tweets, I see a determined and strong lady who knows what she has to do, and from her posts and tweets I know that the journey ahead for her, her husband and the twins, will be extremely hard at times, but they will get through it -stronger as a family. She will never be forgotten and will remain in their hearts forever.

I cannot ever imagine having to plan the funeral of a child, no parent should ever have to but the reality is - it happens. I hope Jennie, David, William and Esther know how many people are there with them at this sad time and even though so many of us won't be there at Matilda Mae's funeral on March 7th, we will be thinking of them all and holding them in our thoughts and prayers. A beautiful baby girl, taken way too early.

Rest in Peace Matilda Mae.

And then another community I am associated with was hit by another tragedy.
On Saturday there was a horrific accident at G- Live in Guildford.  The tour manager of Fisherman's Friends was killed and one of the singers seriously injured.
Another shock.
I work at a school in North Cornwall, Port Isaac is in our catchment, a small close knit community. The singer injured, the husband of one of my colleagues.
Last night, Monday he lost his fight.
Another one gone too soon.
Rest in Peace Trevor.

I guess our prayers weren't answered!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Monkey's latest achievement.

Well, the boy has done it!

Done what?

Monkey at 4 years and 5 months old has finally given up nappies for good.  Hurrah - only one more to go!

He's been dry in the day for over a year, but night time was causing us big problems.

He would wear a nappy to bed with his pjs over the top and in the morning the nappy, pjs and bed would all be wet. Sometimes it was every now and again, other times it would be every night. The little boys bedroom smelling of wee! Me constantly stripping the bedding, changing it for it to get wet again the next night.

Last week I bought him a reward chart, a smiley face for every dry night. On Tuesday he went to Granny and Grandad's as normal and granny had hinted that she might let him try without a nappy. At bedtime, he made the decision for her and told her he didn't want to wear it.
He was dry in the morning. He did it again at Granny's on Wednesday night, so when he returned home on Thursday we could not take a step backwards, so the nappy hasn't been back on.

We had a moment on Friday night, where he woke up saying he'd wet, but in actual fact had just had a little dribble and then got up and went to the toilet, i changed his pjs as the inside was only a tiny bit damp and he didn't want them back on, but they really weren't that bad.  He has made huge steps, and I was beginning to worry that he would never achieve this so am so glad that he has done it in his own time.

Next to work on is Worm, still fascinated by the others standing at the toilet, but showing no interest in the potty what so ever!