I know, how very British of me to rant about the weather.
How very, very British.
With our not very British weather and that HEATWAVE!
I came back from Dubai to escape the sweat box, the sweltering, everything sticks to you weather. To land on a bright, warm, sunshiney day. No problem, because even though I want to escape the sun I also despise the rain.
I know. Can’t please me.
Still, the weather was actually perfect British summertime weather, shorts and t-shirt weather with a beautiful breeze blowing to cool us down. We indulged in strawberry picking and a trip up to Chatsworth Farm.
Then Wednesday came. And this happened. The heatwave.
At least in Dubai we have A/C!
Two sweaty hot children, in one not very British heatwave, and one very irritable mummy.
Here are my tips, while employing all of my keeping my cool while staying cool tactics here is how to survive the unprecedented heatwave with toddlers and babies.
1. Open every single window and door in the house allowing for the slightest of (probably warm) air to waft through.
Then spend the rest of the day directing the toddler AWAY from the front door.
2. Head to Pinterest and search out frozen healthy snacks to make with the toddler, we chose frozen yogurt bark (with strawberries) and frozen strawberries dipped in yogurt (strawberry glut remember!)
Make them, freeze them, have toddler declare they are too cold and drop them in a sticky puddle.
3. Head to buy a fan.
4. Head to buy a paddling pool.
5. Try to convince toddler that it is actually ok to sleep in just a nappy.
Fail miserably but let him allow you to put him in just a t-shirt.
20 minutes later here the shout MUMMY PUT MY NAPPY ON.
You’ve never run up the stairs so fast to make sure he hadn’t taken his nappy off to poo in the bed (he hadn’t thankfully but the fear is still there). And said t-shirt is soaked but he won’t let you take it off.
6. Strip Baby Boy to his nappy (no complaints from him) and feed him to sleep.
Unpeel him from your, now, very sweaty arm to put him down and wake him up whilst doing so.
Repeat approximately 17 times until you can put him down and make a break for it.
7. Crack open the wine. Attempt to take a sip.
Baby wakes up. Deal with that, head back to the wine. Attempt to take a sip.
Toddler wakes up. Deal with that, head back to the wine. Attempt to take a sip.
Baby wakes up….
Repeat until your wine is warm. Give up on the wine idea and head to bed.
8. Head to bed, realise just how hot it is but insist of having some form of cover on you…
Well, you are British!