The shark in the dark by Peter Bently.

 

the-shark-in-the-dark-978023070735101A mean, greedy shark thinks it’s funny to be a bully to the small fish, that is until the smart squid comes up with a plan to get the shark to never bother them again.

When the shark comes out from the deep dark sea, he tries to get the fishes to get in his belly for his tea. 

My review:

Peter Bently has made a very imaginative book with a brilliant anti-bullying backdrop to it, it makes a perfect story for a young child so they get a good understanding about how bullying is wrong. 

My son is always gripped to this story because of the rhyming, and he actually asks for this book several times a week, and has learnt most of the book and can tell me what is going to happen next. The pictures are brilliantly drawn, and catches your eyes. 

I loved the overall story of this, and that the shark gets his comeuppance when the smart squid comes up with a plan.

Book information:

Title: The shark in the dark.
Author:
Peter Bently.

Illustrator: Ben Cort.
Format:
Paperback, 28 pages.

ISBM: 9780230707351.
Type: Picture book.

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34 Weeks pregnant.

Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare. I had a consultation appointment at the hospital, which I was expecting to find out when I am having baby. However, there wasn’t really any need for this appointment since I will be seeing the same consultant at my diabetes consultation appointment tomorrow, so I had a wasted trip over to the hospital. It actually took longer to get there.

So fingers crossed I find out when I will have baby tomorrow!

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs more than 2.2kg and is 45cm from top to toe. He’s filling out and getting rounder ~ he’ll need his fat layers later to regulate his body temperature once he’s born.

If you don’t already talk or read to your baby, this is a good time to start. Don’t feel ridiculous if you naturally chat to him in a different tone of voice. Some evidence shows that newborns pay closer attention to high-pitched tones.

If you’ve been nervous about going into premature labour, you’ll be happy to know that 99 per cent of babies born at 34 weeks can survive outside the uterus (womb) ~ and most have no major problems. Although your baby’s central nervous system is still maturing, his lungs are nearly fully developed by now.

Many women start to notice a tingling sensation or numbness in the pelvic region or pain as they walk. This may be caused by the pelvic joints loosening, ready for labour. If you’re in pain or hips are sore, mention it to your midwife or doctor.

Indigestion may be making a come-back now your baby’s pushing up against your tummy. Keep eating small meals, and try not to lie down straight after a meal. A nice nap after dinner may sound like a good idea, but lying down too soon after eating can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

The big day could be only a month away. If you’re having your baby in hospital, try contacting the maternity unit to see if you can visit beforehand. If it’s not possible, find out if your hospital offers an online tour.

Ask your midwife if you want to know about how your baby will be monitored in labour. And ask her what the hospital’s policy on eating and drinking during labour is.

You should have an appointment with your midwife this week, so it’s worth making a list of any questions you may have about your birth choices. 

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Our Funday at Thomas Land.

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Yesterday, me, my husband and my son had a very fun day out. We went to Thomas Land for the first time (well, me and my husband’s first time anyway).

Thomas Land is located in Drayton Manor theme park which is in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The travel time was just enough from where we live (it took us about 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are tons of parking available, so when it is at its most busy, there shouldn’t be a problem with parking the car.

We arrived at the park at about 9:40am ish (park opened at 9.30) and wasn’t busy, so because we had pre-brought our tickets and printed them off at home, we was able to go straight to the turnstiles with no one in front of us and was straight into the park (massive bonus with a very excited 5-year-old). 

The first thing that you come to (which will be on your left) is the entrance to Thomas Land, which is perfect for little legs, so they don’t have far too walk. 

(Please note, the pictures for the rides are from google maps since I was unable to take my own).

There was a massive variety of rides, that are perfect for children, all the rides have a height chart for you to check your child’s height before actually queuing for the ride (which would save a lot of time for you). Most rides have a minimum height requirement, but for the majority of them, if they are under this, you are still able to take them on, but they will have to sit on your lap. There is also an indoor play area, however we wasn’t too bothered about that since we was more interested in the outdoor rides.

After walking round the main part of Thomas Land and having our packed lunch, we took a ride on the train to get to farmer McColl’s farm, which had a few animals, which unfortunately we couldn’t actually see most of the birds because of how overgrown the plants were inside of the pens (unsure whether it was supposed to be like this ~ However it really let it down. There was a discover Thomas exhibition which featured a table top train track with working trains.

Also in this area was the Dino trail, which with a dinosaur loving five-year old, he loved it! Shame it wasn’t a little bigger, but we still loved it none the less.

We then took a gentle walk back to the main park (which only took about 5 minutes tops, with a few stops to look at the animals that were on the way back.

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We fancied a little treat from one of the little cafe’s on the park, so we decided to stop off at Station buffet. Me and my husband had a Shmoo milkshake each, which cost £2.40 each, (with no toppings ~ since they cost 55p each extra), our son had a white magnum cost £2.10, so overall, fairly expensive, but I didn’t expect it to be cheap. We had a little problem when paying, since I tried to pay with a note, only to be asked ‘do you have any change, or you can pay by card since I don’t have enough change.’ This did annoy me a little since you would think they would have enough change, so in the end I had to pay by card, but we did enjoy the treats so that made up for it.

After that, my husband son went on to the Winston’s whistle-stop tours. Which they had to queue for about half an hour or more for, for it to only last roughly 1~2 minutes, so my husband wasn’t that impressed, however, this is the only ride that we had to queue for a very long time, so we just put it down to it was the most popular ride.

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By this time, it was roughly 4pm, and we hadn’t had anything to eat since about 11.30, so we thought we would have some dinner in the burger kitchen since it was right next to Winston’s whistle-stop tours, and was recommended to us from relatives. This was a very reasonably priced restaurant for being at a theme park. me and my husband had one of the 1/4 pounder cheese burger meals each ~ Which came with chips and drink and cost £6.95 and our son had a children’s 4 chicken nugget meal which came with chips and a juice drink and cost £4.95, he also wanted a slush, so he had a regular sized slush with cost £2.20, so the whole meal was a total of £21.05 which we found to be very reasonable.

The burgers were tasty, you could tell they was handmade, since they wasn’t very round, but I loved this. The chips were very tasty and crispy, our son’s chicken nuggets were proper chicken nuggets, not like the one’s you get from McDonald’s, and he loved them. We loved this restaurant, and will definitely be eating here when we next go.

By the time we finished eating our food, it was roughly 5pm (rides are due to shut at 5.30pm). So we let our son go onto Lady’s carousel since there was no line, and he was the only one on there. We then decided to go back onto the train to go back to McColl’s farm to have one last look at some of the animals, plus our son loved the train the first time, and the queue was very small for the train, once we finished that side, it was about 5.30pm ish so we decided to get the train back (since it was now Thomas and we had only rode on rosie).

After the fun filled day of our son going on nearly every single ride and had some scrummy food, it was unfortunatly time to leave. We enjoyed ourselves the whole day and we can’t wait to go back!
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33 Weeks pregnant.

Another uneventful week really, me and my son have been having fun in his first couple of weeks of his summer holiday, we have been painting, playing with play-dough and we have a trip to Thomas Land planned.

I haven’t got any appointments until the 9th, which is the first time in a long time that I have gone over a week without an appointment, so the next week isn’t going to be that busy either, thankfully!

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs about 2kg and measures up to 44cm from head to toe. He may already be getting ready for birth by turning upside-down. His head should be pointing down, ready for her journey into the world.

Your doctor or midwife will be paying careful attention to your baby’s position in the coming weeks. Some babies do decide to turn back round again.

Your baby’s skull is still quite pliable. The plates of bone that make up his skull have not completely fused. This is so he can ease out of the relatively narrow birth canal, the passage between your cervix and the opening of your vagina. But the bones in the rest of her body are hardening. Your baby’s skin is also gradually becoming less red and wrinkled as fat builds up underneath.

If you’re a first-time mum, your baby’s head may move into your pelvis this week and press firmly against your cervix. This happens for about half of all first-time mums. If you’re a second-time mum, you can expect this to happen a week before labour. For some, this won’t happen until the start of labour. 

You may notice that your feet and ankles are quite swollen by the end of the day. Water retention, also known as oedema, is often worse in warm weather and late in the day. Surprisingly, keeping hydrated helps reduce water retention. Your body, particularly your kidneys, and your baby need plenty of fluids, so drink up. If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, however, call your doctor – it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

Make life easier for yourself now. Stock up on basics, everything from tins to tights, before shopping becomes too much of a chore. Cook up extra portions to freeze ahead for the early weeks. You’ll be glad you did when your baby’s arrived.

Make sure you and your partner have all the important numbers on your phone – your midwife, doctor and the labour ward. If you have pets and older children, arrange for someone to take care of them. Then you’ll be able to focus on just yourself and your baby when the time comes.

If you’re worrying about money, try not to spoil your maternity leave fretting. Work out if you’re budgeting enough for your baby. There may also be benefits which you can apply for to help you manage.

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How to make homemade play-dough.

After the massive success of the homemade paint that we made yesterday, I thought that we would try and make play-dough which is totally toxic free. 

Play-dough is normally banned from our house because it being so annoying with getting in every nook and cranny and finding hard play-dough shoved into toys, so we put a ban on it.

However, I thought I would give homemade play-dough a chance and I was not disappointed. My son had lots of fun for a long time with it.

Ingredients:

  • 250g Plain flour.
  • 50g Salt.
  • 140ml Water.
  • 1 ~ 2 Tablespoons of oil.
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional).

Method:

  1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil.
  2. Knead well until the mixture is smooth (about 5 ~ 10 minutes) You may need to add flour if the mixture is sticky.
  3. Add colouring if wanted (We didn’t because I didn’t want us to have stained hands) and knead until fully blended. 

Store in a ziploc bag or tub to keep fresh. Recipe from allrecipes.co.uk.

This is a very smooth play-dough and doesn’t stick into stuff (like carpets) unlike shop brought play-dough.

For more make your own crafts check out:

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How to make your own toxic free paint.

So, I do have to admit I am one of the mummy’s that don’t really like my son playing with paint, for one I have a phobia of him being near chemicals, and two, because of the mess it normally makes.

However, I thought this summer holiday, I would try out homemade paint which I can be comfortable with him using that (even though he is five) if he was to accidentally put any in his mouth he wouldn’t be poisoned. 

I done a little research into decent recipes, and found this super easy one from kaboutjie.com.

The ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour (Roughly 240g). 
  • 1 cup of salt (Roughly 300g).
  • 1 cup of water (Roughly 235ml).
  • Food colouring (I used gel colouring).

And simply mix all the ingredients together.

This makes ALOT of mixture, so if you don’t want as much, I would probably experiment with the amount you want. The conversions are off google, so I am unsure about how accurate these conversions are.

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Our paint ~ Stored in little containers, this isn’t all the mixture either!

I found this paint to be just like the paint you buy from the shop, we used it as finger paint and we now have stained fingers because of the colouring, but that’s the fun part of finger painting!

Also the texture is very grainy because of the salt, however it still goes on the paper just like normal paint.

It also drys very quickly, which is handy when your child wants to do lots of pictures like my son did.

For more make your own crafts check out:

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32 Weeks pregnant.

I have had quite an uneventful week really, not much has happened, I have a growth scan today, and will probably be the last time I see little man until he is here. 

I am really struggling with my sleeping now, since he thinks night time is a good time to practice karate and making me need the loo. So I think my body will be more than ready for the broken sleep once he is here. 

About baby this week:

Your baby now weighs about 1.7kg and is around 42cm long from head to toe. Although his lungs won’t be fully developed until just before birth, your little one is busy inhaling amniotic fluid to exercise his lungs. From 32 weeks, babies born early have good chance of surviving and thriving. His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth. 

Some babies have a head of hair already, others have only a few wisps. Thick hair at birth doesn’t necessarily mean thick hair later on. But children with fine hair in childhood also tend to have fine hair when they’ve grown up.

If your baby is a boy, his testicles should have descended from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes, however, one or both testicles won’t move into position until after birth. In two thirds of all baby boys who have undescended testicles at birth, the condition corrects itself by their first birthday.

You’re probably gaining 450g a week, largely because your baby is likely to gain more than half his birthweight during the seven weeks before birth. Make sure you are eating well in these last few weeks.

Your bump will be getting quite big now, and you may find it attracts a lot of attention!

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