Cockapoos and Children – The Reality of Life with a Puppy & a Toddler

We must be crazy, last week we bought a dog, a cockapoo puppy to be precise. We read up on them, they require an average amount of exercise, they are intelligent and supposedly easy to train, they are good with kids and good with cats. They seemed like the perfect dog for us, how hard could it be?

Very is the answer to that! I’m quite sure that the puppy stage is approximately one million times harder than the newborn stage. Especially if the majority of your family come down with illnesses one week after you introduce said pup to your home. I feel like my main purpose in life at the moment is to clean up poop. Kids poo and dogs poo. Just call me the poo lady. At this point I’m sure I’ve earned that title.

cockapoos and children

Dobby follows me everywhere, as does Aria. I can’t go to the toilet without a pup and a toddler in tow. I can’t go into the kitchen without a pup and a toddler in tow. He follows me up the stairs and then cries because he can’t get back down the stairs. If I don’t have a pup and a toddler in tow I worry about where said pup and toddler are, and more to the point, what mischief they are causing.

As for being child friendly, if you count terrorising her and bringing her to tears approximately 50 times a day as child friendly then we’re bang on track!

cockapoos and children

Sometimes Aria loves Dobby, she sits down and chats with him and she especially loves lying next to him when he falls asleep (probably because he won’t jump over her when he’s sleeping, or at least she hopes that is the case), other times Aria hates Dobby.

Sometimes Dobby follows Aria around chewing on her nappy (apparently it’s because it’s a similar scent to puppy training pads), jumps up at her and chews her hair, making her cry, not because he hurts her, but because she is fed up of him.

children and cockapoos

I’m sure that we will eventually be a big happy family, and even the cats will come to love Dobby, but for now I’m you’ll find me researching puppy training classes and googling how the hell do I stop my puppy harassing my toddler, and me.

Discovering Nature with JoJo Maman Bébé

Aria loves getting out discovering nature, she loves picking things up, getting her hands dirty and excitedly shouting “look mammy”. I try to encourage and embrace this as much as I can, except for when she attempts to discover the things that nature didn’t intend, such as discarded chewing gum. With an abundance of fruit & veg growing in our garden and situated at the top of a beautiful park and woods our new house is just perfect for Aria to discover and learn more and more about nature.

JoJo Maman Bebe AW17 Woodland clothing

Dressed in her gorgeous new outfit from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing collection Aria and I went on a little stroll down to the woods where Aria picked acorns (or balls as she calls them), leaves (or trees as she calls them), climbed trees and more. Aria absolutely loved it and I can see us spending a lot of time down there from now on.

JoJo Maman Bebe AW17 Woodland clothing

Me being me, I had to dress her in a cute little outfit perfect for the occasion, so I opted for some gorgeous woodland pieces from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 collection*. The new collection is to die for, with plenty of warm colours and the cutest little animal designs.

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

These little fox welly liners are the cutest, Aria loves them and I’m pretty sure that she would wear them all the time, in fact, the day after I took this photo she insisted on taking her wellies, along with said fox liners, to her nan & grandad’s house, despite the fact that the sun was shining that day!

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing peter pan collar toddler vest
JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing

Aria is wearing :

Yellow fox cardigan
Ditsy peter pan top
Teal elephant pinafore dress
Plain cotton tights in purple
Fox wellie liners

*Disclosure – we received the clothing items in exchange for a feature*

From Wimp to Ninja Toddler

I used to worry about my toddler because she wasn’t like other toddlers.

She wouldn’t explore or throw herself down slides, she wouldn’t climb and discover her surroundings.

My toddler was a wimp.

Part of me was relieved. it took a lot of stress and worry out of parenting, I didn’t have to worry about my daughter hurting herself or wandering off, because she wouldn’t put herself in danger. As much as a relief as this was I didn’t want it for her. I wanted my girl to explore, I didn’t want her to hold herself back and I certainly didn’t want her to worry about things. I’m the parent, I’m the one who should be worrying.

Then, all of a sudden, my daughter changed, she went from a wimp to a ninja toddler, seemingly overnight.

There is no stopping her now, she jumps on the bed and throws herself down, she goes on a slide without holding our hands, she climbs out of bed. If we leave a ladder around she will climb up it. If we go to a river she will explore, right up to the edge of the water.

My toddler is a ninja. 

Aria no longer worries, now the worrying is my job, as it should be.

I love my little seemingly fierce ninja, I am so proud of her for stepping away from fear and just doing things. There is a small part of me that will always miss my wimp, my little girl who didn’t want to leave my side, who anxiously held my hand and waited for me to explore with her, but I am so happy that my daughter is no longer holding herself back, she is enjoying life to the full.

My girl has grown up, she is no longer a ‘wimp’, she is now an independent, inquisitive toddler.

Family Summer Styling with Peacocks

Wow it’s been hot lately! Thankfully we’ve had the perfect summer clothing to wear during the heatwave courtesy of high street fashion brand Peacocks*. I’ve always been a fan of Peacocks, I find that their clothes are comfortable and their sizes are fairly generous, now that I have a family I find shopping there even more practical, as it means that I can easily kit the whole family out under one roof without spending a fortune.

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

We decided to take a wander down to the backs of our soon to be new home (if the Solicitors ever sort themselves out) to enjoy the sunshine and, of course, take a few photos. Aria decided to become all model-esque in quite possibly my favourite photo of her ever to show off her gorgeous t-shirt and dress set. Her floral bomber jacket is perfect for throwing on over the top when the sun goes down and it gets a little chilly, I would actually love one of these in my size!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces and floral print bomber jacket  Family Summer Styling with Peacocks Women's hanky hem maxi dress and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

I opted for the comfortable yet flattering women’s blank hanky hem dress (which is now on sale, FYI!). This dress is absolutely perfect for me, it nips in at the waist and then flares out in a bid to hide my mum tum. The length hides my legs without being too long and dragging on the floor, which a lot of dresses do when you are only 5’3 like me. Pop a pair of cycling shorts on underneath and you needn’t worry about chub rub!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks Women's hanky hem maxi dress and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces Family Summer Styling with Peacocks men's shorts and pink shirt and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

Spencer decided to be all ‘daddy cool’ in these belted shorts and a pink linen shirt, and I must admit, he scrubbed up quite well!

 Family Summer Styling with Peacocks men's shorts and pink shirt and toddler girl skirt and t-shirt set with braces

Where is your favourite destination for family clothing? Do you prefer to get it all under one roof or do you like to shop about?

*Disclosure – We received the clothing in exchange for a feature*

Exploring a Wooden Wonderland with Roco Clothing

In the Cornelius household we love an excuse to dress up almost as much as we love a pyjama day, almost. When Roco got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their stunning dresses for Aria obviously I said yes please. Manchester based Roco specialise in formal children’s wear, they are the perfect destination for Weddings and, of course, wooden wonderland walks!

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

Armed with our basket, for no reason other than that it looked fancy in the photos, we headed to Sor Brook, a very pretty yet quiet spot near the more popular Llandegfedd Reservoir. There is plenty to do while in Sor Brook, there is a large open meadow, a small stream and beautiful woodland walks.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

Aria looked beautiful in her Anna dress in size 2-3 years and the pretty white Hana shoes. All that was missing was flowers in her hair, and that was only because I knew she wouldn’t keep them in.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

The dress and shoes are the perfect fit and are fab for wonderland walks, parties, Weddings and so much more. I was very relieved to discover that the bow at the back simply does up with a popper, but not quite so relieved that the dress is dry clean only. The perfect swishiness of the dress more than makes up for the fact that it is a pain to wash.

review roco Anna GIRLS GREY PARTY DRESS 2-3 years

*Disclosure – We received the dress and shoes in exchange for a feature*