Having a Two Year Old Is Like Having A Newborn Who Talks

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

The whole parenting thing was getting so much easier and we were doing so well. He was down to one bottle just before bed, which he sometimes didn’t even bother with and he was sleeping so well. Night night Mama at 7.30pm every night without fail and waking in the 6’s but that just goes with the territory of having children I guess. Then something happened.

I think he heard me bragging about the bottle fairies. I was so excited, I had it all planned that we would give the bottle to the bottle fairies (via the fairy door from @irishfairydoorcompany) and then a couple of weeks later potty train him night and day in 3 days. My friend did it and sent me her notes and it was basically fool proof. Too Easy!

I thought it would be best to start on our return from Ireland when the jet lag was over. I was even thinking of the little card and present the fairies would leave for him the next morning in place of the bottles they took. The day after he heard me bragging he started saying ‘Bokkie time’ at the usual kind of 6pm bottle time before bed which was just down right cute. It was accompanied by a little dance which pulled on every heart string. Then the next day he asked for a bottle at lunchtime. Hmm, weird, but I gave him a cup of milk with a straw.

Within a few days he had basically cut out all food apart from…wait for it…organic granola…. bottles were requested at any time of the day and then numerous times a night. What the fuck! Except unlike a new born who has a cry for survival, the dude was standing up in his cot and flinging every teddy and dummy out of the cot while shouting at the top of his voice ‘Bokkie time’. No longer cute, no longer pulling on heart strings. When each dummy hits the wooden floor at force it sounds like an avalanche.

We run off a survival of the fittest at 3am, my hubbie and I. I am amazing at pretending to be asleep and he can’t doze through the ‘Bokkie time’ chants so invariably he ends up getting up to him. Haha result! In fairness to the little yodeler he skulls the bottle then says tata and hands it back and goes back asleep. Or rather he did. Last night, I only half filled the bottle. Big mistake. When the milk was gone he started throwing it at the bars of the cot. Repeatedly. What have I done to deserve this lack of sleep?

I think this is all a bit of toddler regression. He is also a fan at the moment of dropping his day time nap. My favourite part of the day where currently I want to spend the hours watching Narcos and not rocking him to sleep. I hadn’t rocked him to sleep since he was 4 months old and now guess what…its back. With a vengeance. He now weighs about 14 kilos, mind you I don’t know how because he eats nothing, doesn’t sleep and never stops moving. The hubbie has been away for what feels like forever with work too so I have no choice but to do what I can to get him asleep each time. Rock Rock Rock, shh shh shh, then I look down to check if he is asleep and he cracks up laughing and says ‘hehe not funny’. Well, let’s see how funny he thinks it is when Dad’s back on duty tonight and Mama puts water in the night-time bottle!

xx Portia


INSTAGRAM: @mamaexpat

Posted in 2 Year Old, Terrible Twos, Toddler Tantrums, TWO year Old Tantrums

Battlefield In The Bedroom - Kids & Clothes

Posted on October 06, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

Battlefield in the Bedroom - Kid's & Clothes

Guest Blogger Lauren Hunt 

Oh how I miss the days when I could buy gorgeous little matching outfits and dress my baby girl in whatever I wanted...but that was back before she had an opinion and learnt that she could protest certain items of clothing if she didn't want to wear them.

I remember it all changing around about the time she turned two - we were looking for a cute little birthday party outfit for her, and came home with a blue T-shirt (sequins on the shoulders I might add) and fluro pink shorts (from good old Target). 

For quite a few months after that, Miss M insisted on only wearing clothes she had worn before, she liked her old daggy, comfy pants and tops. Anything new was off limits - so I quickly learnt not to waste my money on expensive items but stick to cheapy stuff that didn't matter if she refused to wear it. Oh and tags MUST be cut off!

Next I tried letting her choose items at the shop to see if that would make a difference - because as all us mums know, the time when they need new clothes rolls around rather quickly. They've either been washed too many times and turn a dull grey colour, don't fit any more or are for the wrong season. I was lulled into a false sense of security spending up at Big W - but did she wear any of the things she chose? No!

 These days her issues seem to have evolved - that it isn't the clothing she has an issue with, but getting dressed full stop. We've tried everything; letting her choose, daddy doing it before he goes to work, breakfast first/after, and many more strategies. She procrastinates, she has to sort out her dolly, or get a specific toy, she'll try every avoidance tactic in the book. Some warm days she'll insist on wearing long sleeves, wont wear a jacket on cold days, and the other day she insisted on wearing her favourite seahorse PJ top to go out with her Namna... It can be very stressful on mornings when we have to be out the door for work and child care by 7:30!

 So my little girl isn't a fashionista, nor does she love dresses and tutus but that's ok. She'll evolve and find her own style I'm sure. I really had to make a conscious effort to let things go - and pick my battles. What really matters? Being clothed? Yes. Coordinating tops & pants? Not so much. Socks & shoes on a hot day? Not ideal but she'll learn to tell me if she gets hot.

In the mean time I'm having a baby boy in 3 months who I can start shopping for!! I've started collecting some cute bonds zippy's!

Can you relate to our story? And tactics that have worked for you?

Lauren Hunt xx

Mummy/teacher blogger from Adelaide, SA

Posted in Getting a Toddler Dressed, Toddler Tantrums

MORE Getting Dressed Tantrums - The Follow Up Blog

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Amy Goller | 0 comments

MORE Getting Dressed Tantrums - The Follow Up Post

You may remember my story here ( about my little Miss’ getting dressed tantrums from 6 months ago. Well she’s three now and things have, well how should I put this, changed! Evolved. She is still quite a fusspot, and every day is different. Allow me to elaborate with some of our day to day stories.

She likes ALL PLAIN clothes, the daggier the better. Paint stains - no worries! Some days she’s head to toe in plain purple! 

Plain with a pocket the same colour is apparently NOT plain! 

New plain t-shirt? “Oh no I don't like new clothes.” (Mum must wash all the new clothes – um was I supposed to be doing this already?) 

We used to be able to get away with “dresses are for parties”, but no more! So her dad tried reverse psychology “This dress is a size 3, so you’re not allowed to wear it until you’re 3”. She wore a dress on her 3rd birthday for about half an hour.

Chooses it at the shops herself - great! Won't wear it.

Wears in once! OMG it's a miracle - she's getting better! Will never wear it again.

Me: Will you wear something new today if I get out a NEW tub of play-dough for you to play with? 

Her: Yes. (works sometimes)

"Maybe I'll wear this one with ice creams on it because I want an ice cream today"

“I'll wear all my fishy clothes when I go to the beach with Nanna.” (This includes PJs, leggings, shorts, t-shirts)

“If I wear this t-shirt with flowers it will help me learn to say the word ‘fowler’” – (you can't make this stuff up!!)

“I want those orange socks, not THOSE orange socks.” Devastated when her favourite orange socks are in the wash.

She had a ‘Ben & Holly’ themed birthday party and we got her a holly t-shirt with the compromise that she got to choose what she wore on the bottom half. She came out in leggings on a 39 degree day!

Her: I want to wear spots like you mum. Where are my pants with spots?

Me: They were too small so we gave them to the op shop. 

*Cue tantrum.

But here she is, our gorgeous girl. She actually likes tutus some days, but only with – you guessed it, a plain t-shirt.

 Toddler Tantrums when getting dressed blog

Lauren Hunt

Mummy/Teacher blogger from Adelaide, SA


Posted in Getting Dressed Tantrums, Lauren Hunt, Toddler Tantrums