Monday 29 October 2012

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love."

We bring the boys up to be as open minded as we can, well Opeie doesn't really understand but we try our hardest with Seth. Unfortunately outside influences are damaging our good work. Last week while we were in Toys R Us Opeie picked up a Toy Story Barbie doll and Seth said those words i hoped i would never hear come from his mouth 'Opeie you cant play with that, those are for girls'. That's what starting school does to you i guess, Seth instantly became that little more Macho. I took Opeie to Toys R Us about 6 months ago and he picked a doll to take home which personally i thought was really nice. There's loads of action figures in our house and for him to choose a doll over his beloved Spider-man was really sweet and showed us that he's not growing up to quickly (which I'm sure makes Mrs M very happy).

Changing the subject completely, although we will come back to where i started, Opeie has become a nightmare with his feeding. He's going through an 'i don't want to eat, bath or brush my teeth phase' everything seems to just send him into floods of tears so we thought we would change around his plates and bowls etc to see if that might spur on some proper eating. I was so impressed with the I Monster range from Nuby when i wrote my last post about Opeie's eating habits that i decided to give the flower child range a try, this was also spurred on by Seth's macho comment (told you I'd find my way back to the start).

The great thing about this range for us is that as you know if you've been reading the blog a while Opeie loves Yo Gabba Gabba, in fact we all like it and the range looks a little like Foofa which Opeie loves. She's a flower child herself...

 The plates went down great. He didn't eat loads but the fact that he ate some if his food today was a bonus and means Mrs M can rest that little bit easier. It can be a little worrying when he just refuses to eat anything but he is still milking Mrs M dry so at least we know he's getting his nutrients. 

I did actually prefer this range over the I Monster range, first and foremost because I'm a sucker for anything pink, but also because of the soft rubber around the base. When eating with the I monster range if Opeie was in an excitable mood meal time would turn into a mini game of air hockey.

Thank fully we didn't hear a peep out of Seth about them being girly`and hopefully after me talking to him we wont hear anything like that for a while at least. I think its really important to let your children play with what they want in terms of colour etc. There's no need for macho behaviour when it comes to your toddler, their going to go for things that are bright and colourful, i still do myself. If Opeie wants to play with dolls, wear mommy's shoes, push a pushchair around or have a tea party with his toys then obviously I'm going to join in with him

We tried the Flower child feeder too as i loved the monster one that we had brought. It had lost the Flash Gordon feel (if you remember my previous post) but Opeie loved it just as much. I think that anything that he has to push his hand in to find out whats inside is going to be a winner.

Im really impressed with the whole range and would definitely advise people to give them a try. I still looking for some tableware with suckers on the bottom to try so i will be keeping them peeled for them. If you have any idea's then please let me know. I'm sure there will be many more post's about Opeie's eating. He's now starting to use cutlery more so I'm sure thats a post ill be writing soon.

Now its time for me to try and get Seth wearing something pink...


Unknown said...

Big yo Gabba Gabba fans in our house too! Hello from another Nuby Blogger xx

GiftsFromThePirates said...

hello there,
Congrats on also becoming a Nuby blogger ive seen your name crop up somewhere before but im not sure where?
Thanks for the message and i hope your having a great day
Pauly xx

Rebecca Beesley said...

the whole 'pink is for girls' thing started when my eldest started school when one of his friends came over and laughed at him having a pink barbie dolls house - I felt so sad about it as before that he had no concept of colour representing toys for boys or girls - a toy was a toy and if he enjoyed playing with it the colour of it wasn't important. It's so great to see a post about this and congrats on becoming a Nuby blogger x

GiftsFromThePirates said...

Hi and thank you, congratulations to you too.
i was quite upset about it too, Seth never seperated toys into boys and girls he just played with whatever he liked and same with colours. That's what happens when mixing with a wider range of children though i guess. he told one of his friends last week that he liked pocoyo because our youngest watches it and his friend told him he was a baby and made fun of him. Its such a shame, he's 5 he should be able to like whatever he wants without feeling bad about it.
I will continue to keep him as open minded as i can though. My favourite colour is pink and that will never change.
Thanks for the message and i look forward to chatting to you a lot more xx

donna said...

I LOVE the pink plate, where is it from?

GiftsFromThePirates said...

Hi there,
the pink plate is from Nuby they have a great range of table ware along with toys and other items. thanks for reading xx