The school summer holiday is finally here, yet it feels like we’ve been enjoying summer for months. Forecasters predict that temperatures could peak in the mid thirties this week, while hose pipe bans are imminent. As Mum to a 14 month old, this summer is different for me than any other. There’s no time for me to weed the patio or lounge around in the garden with Little E running around. And with us just half way through a long hot summer, here are just some of the things I’ve learnt so far. And I’m sure there’s more to come.
Suncream is my nemesis
I completely advocate practicing sunscreen safety for kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun. Thankfully, Little E doesn’t mind me applying it to her, but the mess it makes is horrendous. Collars, sleeves and hems are tinged yellow and stain remover isn’t shifting it. I have, however, found that washing up liquid removes it in most cases. Except on Little E’s pure white t-shirt. No amount of scrubbing seems to shifting it from that!
Summer dresses aren’t for climbing toddlers
Little E has been walking since she was 10 months old. Almost 5 months on and she’s running, climbing and rarely the right way round. As a result, her nappy never stays in place and leaks occur. On top of that, her nappy is always on show as she walks around with her dress hitched up. I’ve bought baby bloomers in an attempt to conceal her nappy and keep it in place. But, next year, it’s shorts, t-shirts and playsuits all the way.
My hayfever has gone
For as long as I can remember I battled with hayfever every summer. Yet, since having Little E it’s gone completely. I noticed last year that I wasn’t suffering as I normally would, but put that down to having just giving birth. However, it hasn’t returned this year, either. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Summer is overrated
With temperatures constantly sky-high and heatstroke warnings in place, I’ve found summer so far to be a bit debilitating. Both myself and Little E are very fair skinned, so staying out in the sun is almost impossible. I put parasols up and sit in the shade, but two minutes late, Little E is out in the full on sun, completely unaware of the dangers.
While it’s great to see the UK experience a decent summer for once, it’s been a bit of a learning curve for me. While it would be lovely to see out and enjoy the sun, it’s nigh on impossible with a 14 month old.
Have you learnt anything so far this summer?