Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Wedding Singer musical | New Theatre Cardiff

The Wedding Singer poster

Last night a bunch of other local mummy bloggers and I went to the New Theatre (somewhere I find myself going more and more recently to see all of their lovely plays) to see the stage production of The Wedding Singer.

The Wedding Singer is one of my favourite films. I've harboured a love for Adam Sandler films for a long time and this is possibly my favourite of all. I think the first time I watched it was probably somewhere between 2002-2005, and instantly loved it! It stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and it's a comical love story with lots of 80s music, outfits and big colourful hair. The soundtrack is truly epic - filled with Bowie, Sugar Hill Gang, Culture Club, Nena, Billy Idol, Hall & Oats, The Police and more... in fact, here's the spotify playlist for the soundtrack :) 

The Musical
The Wedding Singer stage

When we sat down, the stage curtain was up and the stage was set up with a big bill board sign which they were playing 80s film trailers on, I absolutely loved this touch, perfect for setting the scene.

It started off as it meant to go on, loud and with lots of singing and dancing - a really impressive start. I've never seen a musical before, so I don't have any point of reference to compare this to.

The costumes were fantastic, lots of coloured hair, flock of seagulls hair (hehe), pastel suits with the sleeves rolled up, fish net leggings - it was great! The singers were amazing, really powerful voices - there really is an art to being able to dance and sing at the same time and they'd really perfected it.

The musical followed the film pretty well, lots of the script was used, but there were quite a few differences too *SPOILER ALERT* like in the film, Robbie serenades Julia on the plane on the way to Vegas, but in the musical it's done actually in Vegas in a wedding chapel - so the same basic plot, but changed for stage.

It was such an impressive and imposing show, and has definitely left me interested in seeing more musicals, where in the past I'd never have considered them.

My only gripe was that there was no actual music from the film in it - the 2 tracks Adam Sandler wrote (Somebody kill me, Grow old with you) were both in it and were brilliant (especially Somebody kill me - that had a great round of applause!), but I'd really hoped to see Rosie (the Gran in the musical played by Ruth Madoc) sing Rapper's Delight by Sugar Hill Gang, and hear Dear or Alive and Culture Club, but none of that was included. It must be a royalties issue, but disappointing nonetheless. 

Overall it was an excellent evening that I really enjoyed. I laughed a lot and even got a little lump in my throat when Robbie sang 'Grow old with you'.

The show is on until Saturday 4th March at the New Theatre here in Cardiff, so if you're a fan of the film, or a fan of musicals, I'd really recommend going as I had such a blast :D You can get tickets on the New Theatre website.

For more information, see the New Theatre website. Here's a little behind-the-scenes video to whet your appetite :) 

A big huge thank you to the New Theatre for inviting us along to have such a great evening, we really did have a blast! :) Here's a picture of us courtesy of Cardiff Mummy Says :)

Photo of local Cardiff mummy bloggers

Pictured L-R: Jo  from First time Valley Mam | Sally from Teddybears and Cardigans | Alina from We Made This Life | Kerry from All About a Mini Norris | Moi! | Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says

Let me know if you decide to go and what you think of it :) 
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*Disclaimer - attendance was complimentary in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Squidge 28 month update

At Wahaca for Daddy's birthday last weekend - he was an angel!

I know 28 months seems like a bit of a random number, and no I don't still count his age in months - I refer to him as 2 and a bit now. However, here in Wales at 27 months, all children have a review with the health visitor, which we had last month, so I thought I'd let you know how he's getting on.

The 27 month health visitor review
When we rocked up to the Drs we were greeted by a very bubbly health visitor. We were taken to a room where there was a bunch of toys in the corner that Squidge made a bee-line for and started playing with.

She called him over to do some little tests. First up was stacking small wooden cubes - she'd started by stacking 5, then Squidge came and stacked the rest to 10 and put them away for her. Great. Next up was a wooden shape puzzle, he flew through it quickly like a pro - so she brought out a harder one, which he also completed. Next she produced a sheet of paper with blocks of colour on it, she handed him rectangles of colour and he had to put them on the right one, which he did (whoop!). Then there was a drawing game, getting him to draw a circle and a line, both of which he did with ease. She was really happy with him and how he's developing.

That happy little face makes my heart completely melt

However (there's always a however isn't there!?), his speech isn't great. While he's got a good vocabulary and fantastic understanding - the words he says are really hard to understand. I used to be able to understand him great but now his speech is so broken we don't understand him half the time, and always have to interpret for other people. It's definitely gotten worse. We've always corrected words that haven't been said correctly - like if he says 'tao' (he means milk), we'll say 'yes, milk'. We try to work on his pronunciation too, but he gets annoyed and frustrated. He also has lots of books read to him, so I'm a little at a loss on how to help him. He tries so hard to repeat words, but often gets them completely wrong.

The HV has given us until May, and if his speech doesn't improve by then he'll be referred to a speech therapist.

She also did his height/weight and for the first time ever, the percentile is the same! Just for background, when he was born, his height was 98th percentile, and weight was 5th percentile (he was very thin). But now both height and weight are 75th, which is great. He found his appetite about 2 months ago. We're not sure what changed, but all of a sudden he'd eat loads, which was weird for us as he barely used to eat. We think he may have had a growth spurt and the hunger never really left :)

Baggy clothes!

Now this I can't quite believe. He's 2 years and 4 months old, and I'm already having to start buying him clothes for age 3-4!!! I really didn't think I'd be replacing his wardrobe so soon after changing it to his size 2-3 stuff. I'm trying not to buy too much as he'll be needing a summer wardrobe soon too! He's also growing out of his vests which makes me really sad, it was the last thing we were clinging onto of him being a baby... but they don't make them any bigger and all the short sleeved ones are getting too small. When we potty train him (probably April) he'll be out of them then anyway, just the end of an era - they grow up far too fast!

Development & milestones
He's learned to count to 10 which is great, and starting to learn to count his fingers, very cute! Although as his speech isn't great, most of the numbers begin with a 'd' - so one, doo, dee, dour, dive, dix, deven, eight, nine ten! (s's and f's he really struggles with). 

I bought him a new toy last week, it's a basket with fruit you can slice (stuck with velcro) and he absolutely loves it, he keeps making us imaginary drinks with the teapot it comes with and always remembers to say 'cheers' before we drink :)

That sleeping face... I can't even.

He's fully in a toddler bed now too - he's been in it since before Christmas, maybe Oct/Nov. There's partial barriers up on it at the top part by his pillow as part of the bed, but we don't have any other safety barriers on there. The ones I bought are too long by about 1/2 inch (frustrating!). However, we did surround his bed with pillows in case he fell out... which he did about 3 maybe 4 times, always fine. Then we realised it had been about 2 months since he fell out, so we took the pillows away a few weeks ago and he's been great! As it's a toddler bed it's very low to the ground anyway and his room is carpeted.

He still has his bedtime bottle - 8oz of milk in a proper bottle, it's working for us for now so we don't plan on changing it. He brushes his teeth after it, watches either Twirlywoos and then 1 episode of Hey Duggee, or just 2 episodes of Hey Duggee and then off to bed.

Speaking of sleep, that's a big change! He's in the process of dropping his day naps, so he may only nap in the day maybe twice a week now, he really resists it even when he glaringly needs it. Night times did get difficult too, he was taking ab out 2 hrs every night to get to sleep, but that seems to have eased up and only lasted a couple months. The current thing is waking up at like 6am on weekends instead of in the week when we have to wake him at 7, lol. Sometimes we're lucky though and he'll sleep in until 8am (rare but very treasured).

I'm trying not think about how hard everything is going to get when Dot arrives in August, we'll just go with the flow at the time. But I do plan on them sharing a room once Dot is 6 months old - we really want to keep our 3rd bedroom as a guest room if we can.


Friday, 17 February 2017

First trimester roundup

I didn’t know if I’d be writing this post… I’ve felt like giving up blogging for a while, for a long time actually. But every now and then I get the urge to write, to share what’s going on in my life (more so for me to look back on than anything else). I can’t promise that this won’t be the last post, but for now I at least intend to post pregnancy updates on how Dot is coming along.

Why Dot?
I know it sounds quite gender specific… but basically, baby #2 started out as a dot, plain and simple, hence the nickname. Also, I’m 100% convinced we’re having a girl :-) We’re having a private gender scan on 4th March, so hopefully we’ll know then, as long as they’re not hiding :-) 

How’s the first trimester been?
Hard, really hard. Harder than with Squidge. Looking back I felt like I floated through my first pregnancy in comparison – it’s so much harder this time, of course, looking after a 2 year old while pregnant brings a whole other tiredness dimension into it.  I've also been hammered by cold after cold after cold and cough. Plus my allergies have gotten a lot worse, I'm waking up 4-5am most nights sneezing and sniffing, and my eczema which has never been bad, has really flared up on my legs and hands.

What symptoms have I had?
Huge amounts of nausea, but not actually been sick. I’ve been completely exhausted too, but thankfully that’s easing up now I’m in the 2nd trimester. I’ve felt really cold too – it’s weird, with Squidge I was boiling all the time, this time I’m the opposite, I can barely keep my wedding ring on as my fingers shrink so much when I’m cold.

Are you still in normal clothes?
Just… and I mean just. I had a lot of early bloating and this last week I’ve really felt my bump grow enough that my jeans are starting to feel uncomfortably tight. I went into Yours Clothing looking for plus-size maternity wear as I know they sell them, but was so disappointed to see they don’t sell them in store, only online… so I’ll need to put an order in and hope that they fit! I’ve also had to buy bigger bra’s! My boobs have grown loads, I’m now only just fitting into an F cup, so getting bra’s is getting difficult too.

Any movement?
Yep! I felt the first kicks a week ago as I reached 13 weeks pregnant. Very early, but it’s definitely what they were. I’ve also felt some flitters and movement as well as kicks. It’s so lovely J Makes me think I don’t have an anterior placenta this time too.
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