It’s been another wet and windy week in Jersey but the sun has made a couple of appearances!
Ethan had his first haircut which was really exciting and nerve wracking. And I have started to make plans for our half term trip to Oxford.
I ordered a new compact stroller, the GB Pockit Stroller, which arrived this week and I am excited to tell you my first thoughts on this.
Ethan was born with no hair…here he is at 4 weeks old.
At six months old not much had changed…
And look how much more hair he had by 16 months!? Not!
You get my point. It took a while for him to get any hair! Then suddenly it seemed like he had a gorgeous mop of golden curls…
I really didn’t want to think about getting his hair cut…he’s only just got a full head of hair! But the curls started falling into his eyes and I knew it was time to get some of the frizz under control.
But how on earth do you comtemplate taking a 2.5 year old to the hairdresser for the first time!? I have to pin him down at home to even get a brush through his hair. My friend (who is a hairdreser) kindly offered to cut Ethan’s hair and I jumped at the opportunity. At least if he has a meltdown it will be at her home and not at a salon.
To my surprise he coped really well. Mostly to do with the fact that my friend was such a pro! And I bribed him with TV and snacks…lots of snacks! Staring with rice cakes and moving to more high value items at the end…biscuits!
I guess not everyone has a hairdresser friend but perhaps if you are as nervous as I was, you could get a hairdresser to come to your home for the first time?
I was really expecting total chaos but he really surprised me. It wasn’t that scary after all. And he still looks super cute!
Half Term Travel
In a couple of weeks time, Ethan and I are travelling to Oxford to visit my mom and sister as well as my close friends. I am really looking forward to it as it’s starting to feel very claustrophobic on this small island. I haven’t been to the mainland since October and that is just way too long.
We are going on our own as Mr W has to work so I have already been stressing myself about about the very short flight with Ethan on my own.
Now we have already done a fair amount of travelling with Ethan so it’s not that I am a nervous traveler. But it’s a very different ball game when you do it on your own, without back up!
I have travelled with Ethan on my own before. We went to South Africa when he was 6 months old and again when he was 21 months old. Both times were really hard.
Here he is our way back from SA in March last year…
But this time its not 3 flights and 24 hours of travelling. It’s only a 30 minute flight so I really don’t know what I am worrying about!?
GB Pockit Stroller
One of the things I worry about when travelling on my own is carrying Ethan. He’s a big boy and still not very good at walking on his own. As soon as you try to hold his hand, he demands to be carried. I am just not strong enough to carry him for long distances.
We bought the Uppababy travel system and we still use the toddler seat part of this. I have loved this pushchair and can’t recommend it highly enough. There have been a few occasions where we nearly purchased a more traditional umbrella type pushchair for travelling but then just decided to stick with what he have.
But this trip got me thinking about what else is available on the market. Is there a pushchair that’s small enough to wheel right up to the plane and take on as hand luggage? I did some research and guess what, there it! It’s the GB Pockit Stroller.
I haven’t really given it a good test run yet but theoretically this should solve my biggest worry about travelling on my own with Ethan. It means I can pretty much wheel him on and off the plane.
I bought mine from John Lewis for £149.99. Click here if you want to find out more.
It’s pretty easy to fold, this gives you an idea of how big it is in the smallest fold…
Looks good doesn’t it!? It has a handy sun shade and the straps were really easy to adjust.
Ethan looks pretty comfy in it but not sure what that face is!?
I’ll give it a proper test run in Oxford in a couple weeks’ time and will let you know my verdict. But so far, so good.
Have a great weekend everyone.
See you just now!