There are a lot of things that surprised me about becoming a mum. Naturally my priorities changed once Pinky entered this world but as both her and Perky are getting older I am finding the things I find important are also changing.

Currently Pinky is 3 1/2 and Perky is 1 1/2 and these are probably my five highest priorities and the most important pieces of information I need to know to ensure our day to day life runs smoothly.

  1. Public toilet location +/- baby changing facilities: I don’t really need the baby changing anymore as I can change Perky standing up. However I know most of the facilities within a 10 mile radius of the house. I even know which local petrol stations have toilets even though I have actually never had reason to make this emergency stop…. yet! but the fear of it is enough for me to hold this knowledge.
  2. Location of the important toys: At any given time I know where they have left their toys within the house. I know if they are in their rooms or downstairs. I keep close tabs on which ones leave the house and if any go with them for a sleep over at G’ma and Grumps house. There is also a bag of old toys in the loft which we put up there as a bit of a rotation system but have never bought back down. I don’t think I know all the toys in there but I know at least half.
  3. Netflix password: we have an Apple TV box in the playroom because we can’t get terrestrial in there. The girls have their regular programs they like and it connects to my iTunes account so they can watch their Disney films. One day Netflix logged us out! For no apparent reason! It was time to make dinner so I needed the distraction for half an hour…. What the hell Netflix/Apple box (everyone is getting the blame). The account is in Hubbys name and neither of us could remember the password, plus he was in a meeting so after some frantic texting hoping he would get the message the password was reset and I could log in…. phew! Now I know the password. It is burned into my memory.
  4. Understanding the difference between ‘MuhMuh’ and ‘MohMoh’: the verbal differences are very subtle. One refers to a muzzie and one refers to a dog. Get it wrong and you can cause a complete and catastrophic 20 month old melt down! Get it right and we have s very happy camper. It gets a little more complicated when she wants the doggy muzzie!
  5. The location of my local Majestic: Of course after a long week of being mother I need a little red something (ok sometimes I only make it to Monday evening). If I’m desperate I’ll walk to Sainsbury’s and get a bottle but majestic is much cheaper and easier to buy in bulk. What mother wouldn’t want a bulk load of wine?

Would anyone else care to share their top 5 important pieces of information for a happy camp?

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Posted by Winnettes

A Mummy to two little girls blogging about Parenting and Food with some other little snippets of life along the way. The adventures of Pinky & Perky make me laugh and cry in equal measure.

39 Comments

  1. Oh I love this. It’s so important to know the difference between those similar sounding words, for your own safety! Toys too. If one isn’t exactly where she left it…woah. Meltdown! #bloggersclubuk

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    1. It’s all too true isn’t it! Most of my day is spent avoiding the meltdowns. Thank you for reading x

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  2. Well written and funny. It’s all about prevention, isn’t it? #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Oh it really is! Thank you for reading x

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  3. Hehe yup. I also knew every shop/restaurant/tourist attraction that had a breastfeeding room when my kids were little. I also had to be very careful interpretting my daughter’s ‘yes’ and ‘no’ because for a while, she said ‘no’ for both, but the intonation was different depending on which one she met – it was very confusing! #SharingTheBlogLove

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    1. Oh we’ve had that yes no stage! It’s so hard to tell.

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  4. I totally agree with the changing facilities and toys! I also think knowing what shops don’t have lifts in them helps. My local range has one but it’s broken which sucks to get to the kids toys, loos and Christmas gear.
    #sharingthebloglove

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    1. Ooo lifts is a good one!

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  5. Oh yes, I can relate to most of these. We don’t have netflix but we do use YouTube nursery rhymes to get through difficult mealtimes sometimes. Let’s just say if you’re babysitting and my daughter asks for ‘Incy Winsey’ or ‘5 Little Moneys’ you’d better know EXACTLY which one to play or it’ll be an uproar. Who knew there were so many variations on the same bloomin’ songs? #BloggerClubUK

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  6. Oh gosh, the similar sounding words is the bane of my life! Max calls Peppa Pig ‘ka-ka’. He also uses the same ‘ka-ka’ for ‘pick up’, but it has a bit of an inflection at the end, usually because he’s asking me to pick him up! But sometimes, he’s asking for Peppa Pig to be put on, and I think he wants a pickup – nightmare!!! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. It’s a nightmare! I’ve just finished with one child and now I’m having to interpret another.

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  7. Oh the toys! I’m the same always try and know the location of them to avoid meltdowns and panic! When did our lives become this much fun!! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X

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    1. Life is so rock and roll now isn’t it?

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  8. Oh no I felt your pain at Netflix-password-gate! Priorities…! Brilliant to know all the emergency baby changing facilities too. You never know when a disaster may take place.
    Kx
    PS How do you change a child standing up?! Awesome.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. I learnt the standing change with my first, she simply wouldn’t lie down. we use pull ups and then practically cuddle the child whilst leaning over from above…. its taken a lot of practice. sometimes they are really good and will stand still for me which helps.

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  9. Ha ha, some great knowledge there. Mine key bit of knowledge at present is being able to distinguish when daughter is asking for teetha cos her poor little teeth hurt šŸ˜¦ #fortheloveofBLOG

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    1. oh no! mine have never been very good at telling me they are in pain, I have to guess from the increase in tantrums.

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  10. This is great. All the little things that we just ‘know’ that anyone else wouldn’t have a clue or perhaps even consider important. But to us it’s a case of know it or pay the censequences! I’m always 99% one step ahead of my almost four year old. I think about things I say to him, I think about how situations might make him react and anyone else probably wouldn’t. I guess it’s all about how well we know our children. And that’s a good thing. #sharingthebloglove

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    1. It is so important to be one step ahead. My mother in law always looks to me for clarification so she doesn’t get it wrong. I think there are always a few dicey moments when she babysits.

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  11. I totally agree with all of these. Another important one for us is the location of favourite items of clothing – sweatshirts, hats etc. #kcacols

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  12. I thought of your post today when Alice lost a new toy, one that I didn’t realise had become the ‘new’ must take everywhere toy! Just popping back from #KCACOLS

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  13. Definitely with you on the toy locations! I already knew all the public toilet locations though, I’m afraid! #kcacols

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  14. Yes!! That and knowing the early ‘i’m tired’ signs before meltdown commences!! Great post #kcacols

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    1. Oh yes! I often miss the tired signs, I wish I could recognise them quicker.

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  15. Only a Mama can understand those verbal differences and the importance of wine!! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG

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  16. Haha I love the funny baby language! Before Amelia I could never understand how my friends could understand their children but now I’m the one translating all of Amelia’s strange noises to everyone! #KCACOLS

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  17. Definitely with you on changing facilities. I went to a new cafe last week and had to change my baby on the floor after a poo explosion as there was no baby changer, won’t be going there again!

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    1. No that is understandable!

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  18. Haha! I definitely relate to knowing where the wine is! Parenting is definitely a steep learning curve and it’s amazing the skills you develop. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back again next week.

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  19. Location of the parents rooms! I learnt that one early on in my mummy life too! #KCACOLS

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  20. #dreamteam omg, you’re so right – becoming a parent gives us ninja kills and perhaps even telepathic toy finding, toilet finding, lift locating skills! I feel like a new woman šŸ™‚

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  21. Alana - Burnished Chaos October 26, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Ha ha, excellent. Similar sounding words is a biggie in this house as too our two year old gets very frustrated and upset if you get it wrong.
    #DreamTeam

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  22. Ah yes, you definitely need to know the location of the nearest wine vendor. In London, I find that knowing which stations have a lift is really important knowledge because you can guarantee that all of those strapping men will not even see you dragging a buggy up the stairs. Pen #KCACOLS

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    1. Yes those strapping me do have some very selective eye sight to go with their selective hearing. I will defend Hubby on this one though, he always stops and helps mums with buggies even if he is running late because he would like to think someone would do the same for me.

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  23. Love it! Wine is my number 1 for sure!! #KCACOLS

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    1. You’ve definitely got your priorities right x

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  24. Knowing where the toilets are has always been an important bit of info for me – pre and post pregnancy…. I always need a wee lol! #kcacols

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    1. Haha! Yeah I always seem to need a week now too.

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  25. Haha this is fab! I couldn’t have lived without that Netflix password and the remote being within reach at all times! Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

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