2018 has been a crazy year for us as a family. So much has happened that I can hardly believe it. I’m sure I could write a book on the trials and tribulations of 2018… if I had the time! It’s been super busy and I can’t see 2019 slowing down if I’m honest. It’s not a bad thing though, don’t get me wrong. We moved house, and cities, in March. Then we had baby number 2, my little baby boy Marlo in July. And me and my fiancé both started working for ourselves. Pretty epic, huh?
One of the big learning curves and goals I’m going to take into 2019 is to spend more time playing with the boys; to try and get their imaginations going and really enjoy those special moments. I feel like this year has gone by so quickly that I feel like they’re growing at the speed of light. I don’t want to miss this totally innocent period where everything to them is magical.
This absolutely brilliant Peppa Pig play kitchen made its way to Cameo on Christmas morning, and he is in love with it. It’s from Very who have a MASSIVE toy section to search through. We’ve already baked up a storm pretending to “bake cake like Nana” and don’t forget the “Mama spag bol” that he tries to put in the yellow oven. I sat and played with Cameo after putting up the kitchen and it was so, so lovely – a real memory. It only took about 10 minutes to set up so was really easy. (Thank goodness!)
Since becoming a mum, I’ve seen so many arguments about what kids should or shouldn’t be playing with. I’ve seen comments on social media saying that Peppa Pig is for girls… because it’s a pink girl pig. WHAT? Are you serious? Then I’ve seen comments on Facebook groups about how some people won’t let their sons have things like kitchen or hoovers because they’re for girls, so they can practise looking after the house etc. Talk about old-fashioned and kinda ignorant!
I’m happy for Cameo to play with anything regardless of who it’s marketed at. I don’t care if it’s pink, blue or see through. It’s whatever he likes and helps his imagination run. Plus, if it keeps him entertained I’m totally here for that! So 2019 is the year of ignoring boring stereotypes, embracing imagination and being a little more comfortable about taking time out with the kids.
I know it can be tough trying to get the latest toys or clothes for your little ones. I’ve felt the pressure now more than I’ve ever done. I mentioned on my Instagram the other day that I even feel judged by the brand of nappies I take to the nursery for Cameo. It’s crazy! I’m not one to give into peer pressure so it doesn’t bother me that much.
At least Very gives me the option to pay in three instalments WITHOUT paying interest. Even before my collaboration started with them I used to use the deferred payment system for big purchases. It just takes the ease off sometimes. Even more so now I have kids. Who knew they cost so much?
We’re a couple of days removed from Christmas now and Cameo is still obsessed with his kitchen. It’s only a small thing but it comes with a lot of bits and pieces for him to play with. I can’t believe he is still playing with it. Usually, he would have lost the pieces and broken it apart by now. Maybe 2019 is the year of ‘keeping things together’ after all.
Post is in collaboration with Very UK