Jordans Super Hero 3rd Birthday party.

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Jordan had a dress up day at school a while back, they were able to wear whatever they wanted. Nic and I bought Jordy a batman mask and a cape for the occasion and since that day, Jords has been asking for a Super Hero party. Not a day goes by that Jords doesn’t give his mask and cape a spin. Poor Nic never has to go to gym a day in his life the amount of times he throws super hero Jordy into the hair and flies him around the house.

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A visit to the local fire station, and Jordan’s Duplo firetruck.

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Jordan has always LOVED fire engines. I am not sure what it is with little boys and things that move but Jord has always naturally gravitated towards cars and trucks. Firemen are always portrayed to be SUPER cool in all the television shows, and they really are very cool. Kids look up to them, they idolise police men and fire fighters because they are heroes.

The other day we decided to try our luck at our nearest fire station in hopes that they’d let us have a closer look at one of the fire engines. We just knew that it would make Jordans day. We got so much more than we bargained for. We brought some cupcakes with us for the firemen as they work incredibly long shifts – 24 hours at a time to be exact. And everyone loves a chocolate cupcake.

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{WIN} Deryan travel cots and why you need one.

WIN When I heard about the brand new addition to the Deryan family, I just knew that I had to share it with you. It s a travel cot for newborns but is suitable up until 1 year old. Possibly even longer. A while a go I did a post on the Deryan camp cot travel tent for babies and toddlers. Check out that post here if you’re interested. You know those sun visors for your car that fold up into a circle? This product is literally an entire camp cot that does that. Have a look at how small it folds up: IMG_9542IMG_9545The Deryan travel cot is a pop up travel cot that folds out in about a second. It also comes with a 100% cotton mattress which is so lovely and soft. The travel cot has soft, breathable sides so it’s very safe for baby and they cannot possibly hurt themselves by rolling onto the side. It also comes with a mosquito net that secures onto the top of the cot with press stud buttons which is amazing for summer or when you’re outside and don’t want any flies or bugs getting in. These cots are so well designed and have been done so with baby and mom in mind. IMG_9251IMG_9541Deryan3IMG_9543IMG_0321 Gone are the days of leaving Micah to nap on our bed or friends / family beds when we’re out visiting. He is rolling up a storm and we actually got a very big fright the other day. I put Micah down for a nap in the middle of our king sized bed and Nic walked into our room to fetch something. Micah had woken from a nap and rolled towards the edge of the bed and he was minutes away from rolling off the side. He usually starts chatting to himself when he wakes so I know to go and get him but he didn’t do that this particular day. There is no way we can allow him to nap on our bed anymore, we just can’t take that chance. Now when we visit friends or family, our travel cot comes with and we can put Micah down for a nap safely without having to check on him every 2 minutes. Gosh these little people learn and move quickly!IMG_0324IMG_9251Deryan2IMG_0326Deryan11

For all of these reasons, I cannot recommend the Deryan travel cot to you enough. It’s just SO nifty that the cot, mattress, and the mosquito net all fold up so quickly with minimal effort and tuck so neatly into such a little bag. Perfect for traveling, picnics, going to visit friends for the day. I just love love love it. Can you tell?

If you’d like to order online, find out more or have a look at the rest of the Deryan range, check out: www.layetteessentials.co.za and follow Deryan on Instagram: @deryan_south_africa

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Dear Jordan, on your 3rd Birthday x

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My sweet Jordels. I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since you came into our lives. On the one hand it feels like forever because I can’t and don’t ever want to imagine life without you in it, but on the other hand I cannot believe how time has flown. You asked for a Super Hero party this year and we even got a jumping castle – it was all the rage.

You are such an incredible soul my darling. You are so well spoken and you have the silliest and the best sense of humour for your age. You make us laugh so much and I wish I could record all the funny things you say so that I could keep them forever. You absolutely love anything that has wheels, cars, motorbikes, scooters, trains, tractors. If we ever run out of outing ideas, all we need to do is take you to a construction site and you will happily spend hours sitting on the tractors pretending to drive them like a self-proclaimed ‘builder man’. We cannot execute a trip to a shop or restaurant without you spotting the motorbike or scooter in the parking lot and you will always want to go and have a look, even though you know you can’t sit on them all. In the beginning we didn’t really know how to respond to your demands of “Want to see the motorbike please”.. because it was every single time without fail. But we have realized that 5 minutes spent looking at the motorbike in the parking lot makes your little heart so happy that we oblige now without any questions.  You are a curious and interested little boy and we encourage that in you whole heartedly.JORDANBIRTHDAY9 JORDANBIRTHDAY6 JORDANBIRTHDAY2 You need to know everything about everything. You ask a million questions a day. Sometimes more. Even then the answers sometimes aren’t good enough for your inquisitive mind. “Because I said so” doesn’t ever cut it with you and you’ll persist until you can fully understand whatever it is that you want to know. I love this about you so much. You have such a zest for understanding things and for learning and you are fiercely persistent, it’s such a wonderful character trait. You are potty trained now and we are so proud of you. It took a while for you to wrap your head around making your number 2’s on such a big toilet but one day (in Addo Elephant park whilst on holiday) I promised you a chocolate milkshake if you did it on the loo and your eyes lit up instantly and off you ran. You were so proud and you loved your milkshake. Micah loves you so much and I am so proud of the amazing big brother you are to him. Micah adores you and he starts smiling and frantically looking around at the sound of your voice. I cannot wait to see your relationship bloom and grow. It makes my mommy heart so happy that you’ll always have each other.

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You still love your bed time bottle, your dummy and your beloved bunny which looks a little bit tired these days to say the least. I am in no rush to make you give those things up though. For what? They comfort you and you love them.
You have endless energy and you are so amazing on your trampoline, your balance bike and your new scooter that mommy and daddy bought your for your birthday this year. You have so much coordination and you love pretending to be Ryder and playing Paw Patrol on your balance bike. Since getting your scooter you love to pretend to be Penny from ‘Bolt’ and Banjoe has to be Bolt the dog. You get so into it and your little face beams front the excitement of it all because you genuinely believe that you are those characters in the moment.

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The 30 year old me.

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Yesterday I welcomed my 30th year on this planet. Am I supposed to be gutted that my twenties are over? I embrace this new season with very wide open arms and I cannot wait to experience what this next decade has in store for me. Mostly I am just so thankful for what I have.

In my 30 years on this earth I have accomplished and experienced a few things (not all good) that have contributed to the person that I am today. The 30-year-old me.

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{WIN} My First Truck from Duplo.

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So as you might know, we have teamed up with Lego Duplo to showcase all the new amazing products whilst giving you a chance to win a product every single month until December. How cool? If you didn’t see last months post on the ‘Around the World’ Duplo set, have a look here. It’s so amazing to partner up with a brand as iconic as Lego, we are genuinely HUGE fans.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much Jordan loved the My First Truck set. Don’t you think it’s funny that by nature girls and boys generally like different things. Jordan is naturally drawn to trucks, cars, trains, golf carts (!?), lawn mowers, diggers and anything that has an engine basically. He always has been. We didn’t ever tell him to like these things, he just kind of did and I swear that the best outings in the world for him are to building sites where he can sit on the trucks and diggers and pretend to be a ‘worker man’ driving a digger truck.

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Help your toddler to sleep later in the morning. Explaining the Gro Clock.

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For as long as I can remember, Jordan has woken up at 4:45/5am. That’s when our day used to start. 95% of the time he doesn’t ‘sleep through’ until then either. He wakes frequently for milk or water and even though he generally goes right back to bed, the broken sleep is a killer for all involved. We have tried everything.. later bed time, earlier bed time, no afternoon nap. NOTHING has worked. Jordan has a busy morning at school so by the time he gets home at 12 he is exhausted and sometimes even asks to nap, although that has stated to fall away as well which makes for a loooong day.

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