Catching up: Part 2 We were there! Paralympics 2012

The husband’s parents had purchased tickets for us, my brother-in-law and themselves. We arrived 3 or 4 hours before the 7pm entry.

It was a lovely, warm day in London and it seemed everybody else had the same idea (arriving early, that is) so we just wandered around, took lots of photos and shared them on instagram (You should be able to check them out here, just scroll down far enough 😉 ) and then decided to have lunch.

All the stands sell the same drinks at the same price which I think is a good idea. A 500ml bottle of still water was ÂŁ1.60. Too much but ok for where we were. I had a tomato+mozzarella pizza, 10inch, ÂŁ7.50. Yummy but oh so overpriced. Wow.

After lunch we just hung around, checking out the area and enjoying the glorious sunshine.

Lime met a horse and there seemed to be no fear when she touched its nose. 🙂

Come 7pm we finally made our way to the stadium, Entry B. We had to go through another ticket check after the initial one that got us into the park.

Yes, Lime handled the ticket check all by herself. The lady was very impressed. 😀 Me too, hehe. The guy in the line next to her said: He’s a trouble maker, he is. Yeah, uhm..not really. ;/

Once inside, I needed the loo (Note to the Olympic park architects: they’re rubbish: too small, no space to maneuver and generally just grubby, ew. I had to change Lime on the floor in one of the cubicles because, to this day, we haven’t figured out, whether there were any Baby changing stations or not). Also, at one point later on my brother-in-law (his name’s Mike btw) and I went out to get some drinks and snacks but omg the queue for the coffee was just insane! We skipped that and just got snacks and water. Ugh. ><

The stadium seemed small but at certain angles huge. When we walked in, they were playing Coldplay’s Paradise which just fitted amazingly well. I swear, the crowd was singing along. Goosebumps. All throughout the games the music was fantastic, actually. If they had a CD I’d buy it.

We saw a lot of great stuff that night with lots of Paralympic as well as World records. (Here’s a view of the schedule that evening: View 1,View 2, View 3 and View 4) And I gotta tell you, it was absolutely amazing. I had not expected this event to be so thrilling and exciting. The crowd roared when the Brits where on as well as when someone did a great job or got their medals. There was respectful silence when needed (like in the T11 etc races which is Visual Impairment or the Men’s 4x100m Relay T11/T13 race). My favourite moment was when T Guilhermina won the 100m T11 for Brazil, what a character! 😀

Here’s a guide to the classifications for Athletics, which is what we saw:

In athletics, the sport classes consist of a prefix T (for track) or F (for field) and a number.
T/F11-13: Visual impairment. The three sport classes 11, 12 and 13 are allocated to athletes with varying degrees of visual impairment, with sport class 11 indicating athletes with the lowest vision. All athletes in theT11 sport class run with a guide runner and are blindfolded. Athletes in sport class T12 may also choose to run with a guide.
T/F 20: Intellectual impairment. Athletes in this class are diagnosed with intellectual impairment and meet sport-specific minimum disability criteria in 1,500m, long jump or shot put respectively. Athletes with an intellectual impairment are limited in regards to intellectual functions and their adaptive behaviour, which is diagnosed before the age of 18 years.
T32-38 and F31-38: The 30s sport classes are allocated to athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia. The impairments typically affect the ability to control legs, trunk, arms and hands. The lower the number is, the more significant the activity limitation. Athletes in the sport classes31-34 compete in a seated position; those in the sport classes 35-38show a better function compete standing.
F40: Athletes with short stature compete in this sport class.
T/F42-46: These sport classes are designated for athletes with limb deficiencies. In the sport classes 42-44 the legs are affected, and in the sport classes 45-46 the arms are affected. All athletes compete standing.
T51-54 and F51-58: The 50s sport classes only include athletes competing in a wheelchair, with a lower number indicating a higher activity limitation. Athletes in classes T51-52 have activity limitations in both lower and upper limbs. Unlike athletes in the sport classes T51-53, athletes competing in T54 have partial trunk and leg function.
For field events, the groups are more differentiated. Athletes in sport classes F51-54 have limited shoulder, arm and hand functions and no trunk or leg function. Athletes in the class F54 have full function in their arms and hands. Trunk and leg function increases through sport classesF55-58.

Lime loved it. She still gets excited when she sees photos from the day. She clapped along whenever there was clapping required and she joined in when the crowd erupted in a fabulous mexican wave.
And one point she went to sleep, as you can see here, well kind of… ;p
We stayed until the very end, which was when they ran videos of random celebrities asking whether we had fun and wishing us a good night and See you tomorrow! Eh, no. I only have tickets for today but thanks. 😉
Sadly, Lime’s uncle was still at work when we took this photo so he’s not in it. 🙁
It was a great day and so much more than I expected. Thank you again to my In-Laws for the tickets and the company. 😀
PS: photos and videos were recorded with my HTC and my mum-in-laws Samsung phone so quality is not amazing, sorry. 🙁

Now that’s a first

Today it has been 2 years, 4 months and 6 days that we’ve been a family of three and today was also the first time that the husband and I had a chance to (really) go and do something just the two of us. So we went to the cinema to see End of Watch (eeeeeeeek! I am a HUGE Jake Gyllenhaal fan and couldn’t wait to see this film. It is excellent. Go and see it! :D)

Everyone can be a VIP

Do you love prams, buggys, strollers and anything else that concerns the first 3 or 4 wheeled transport in your baby’s life? Then you might be very interested to hear about the Pushchair Trader VIP Lounge. Oh yes.

Last year, Pushchair Trader recruited several eager and excited mums (yes, I am one of them) as their Secret Agents to test drive their new and exciting website. It was fabulous fun. A couple of months or so after recruitment and all sorts of tests to see if it can withstand the onslaught that surely followed Pushchair Trader opened to the public.
If you’re after a pushchair but are not sure which one, if you don’t know if your chosen one is up to your standards or if you’re just nosey and want to check out what’s new on the market, then PT is the place to be. PT regularly test drive and review the newest pushchairs. They also recruit mums all over the UK to test them.
Are you looking to sell your unwanted or unused pushchair or even buy a new one on a budget? Once again Pushchair Trader (hint: the clue is in the name 😉 ) are the place to be with their Selling&Buying pages.
Do you need a buggy board, a footmuff, a parasol or any other pushchair accessory? Then check out the fabulous PT store!
But, and here’s the bait, one of the biggest attractions to Pushchair Trader must surely be their competitions. Last December they ran a 24 Day competition in which you could win a different pushchair every day for the 24 days in the run up to Christmas. Amazing. At the moment they are running a Bump to Toddler Competition worth an amazing ÂŁ3111! There’s only 6 days left, so make sure you get in there.
So what’s all this VIP palaver about then? Well, if you sign up as a VIP you pay ÂŁ10 for a year’s worth of membership (that is just under 3p per day) and you get:
Doesn’t that sound convincing? I think it does, which is why I have signed up. 😀
To follow Pushchair Trader on Facebook, click here.
To follow them on Twitter, click here.
PS, have I told you that I have already won a stroller with Pushchair Trader? And that was even before I became a VIP…
Lime in her Cosatto, August 2011

Treasure Island Toys Competition

I am posting this as part of a competition on Treasure Island Toys:

Treasure Island Toys ( has been a popular online store for many parents in the UK since 2008, but as of November 2011 the site became an entirely different sort of online experience.
Treasure Island has created what they like to call a ‘Fun and Party Search Engine’ and is unique in the fact that not only can parents buy toys, furniture and birthday presents from the website, they can now arrange parties and days out for the kids, by finding children’s entertainers, party venues, kids attractions, evening classes, workshops and much, much more – all in one place!
By entering a postcode or place name, parents can find a whole range of child friendly activities and more which are in their local area. They then have the ability to refine their search by using hundreds of different keywords ranging from Ballet, Balloon Modelling and Paintball, right through to Peddle Boats, African Drumming, Theatres and everything inbetween.

The website uses the latest technologies to make it super quick and utilises great features like ‘Favourites’ lists, videos of entertainers, date ranges for events, reviews, social networking (Facebook/Twitter/Google+) integration and much more.
The website is also what is known as a ‘wiki’ site, meaning that anyone can add a listing to the website for FREE, quickly and easily by themselves. So if you are an entertainer or are a parent that knows of any great kids’ attractions and local events in your local area, you have the ability to add them in seconds and let other parents benefit from your knowledge.
With thousands of listings already on the website, and more being added each day, we are confident that Treasure Island is the place for parents to go when in need for some great ideas to keep the kids entertained.
For parties see fun days out see

I am sure Lime would love the prize that can be won, a ‘Wonderworld Eco House‘ complete with furniture and more. I know I would. 😉

The prize


Small Style No 23

Welcome to {Small Style}. This is where Lime shows off her outfits every Thursday (and any excuse for me to show off my babe ;p) Do join us by linking in the comments. This whole thing btw started over at Mama loves Papa…

Lime’s Winter hat collection. From left to right:
Longsleeve: H&M
~ Top Row ~
Creme/Horse&Cart: this is old and used to be my brother’s
Blue hat: H&M
Red&White/Hearts&Snowflakes: might have been from a market, used to be mine but now too small
~ Middle Row ~
Christmas Pudding: John Lewis (present from Uncle Mathias)
Colourful hat: present from the Husband’s colleague
Blue/Bear, Fox&Racoon: H&M
~ Bottom Row ~
Owl: Bespokebabyroom (shop has closed but there’re loads on Etsy or Folksy)
Dinosaur aka Sea Monster: Q&S
Leopard cub: Q&S
~ Below ~
Bear: Q&S

Small Style No 24

Welcome to {Small Style}. This is where Lime shows off her outfits every Thursday (and any excuse for me to show off my babe ;p) Do join us by linking in the comments. This whole thing btw started over at Mama loves Papa…

Longsleeve Top: Mothercare
Fleece Dungarees: Mothercare (thrifted, with tag still on)
Legwarmers: eBay
Booties: Moccis


Small Style No 25

 Welcome to {Small Style}. This is where Lime shows off her outfits every Thursday (and any excuse for me to show off my babe ;p) Do join us by linking in the comments. This whole thing btw started over at Mama loves Papa…

Longsleeve: Gap (thrifted)
Dress: PumpkinPatch (the size is 0-3 months…insane!)
Tights: Mothercare
Shoes: TOMS
Coat: TU Sainsbury’s (thrifted)



Lime can be a right chatterbox if she wants to and everyday she seems to pick up a new word, it’s exciting! 😀

Here’s a little word cloud showing off her language skills. 😉 There are many more but these are the ones we hear all the time.

Note: Some of these words are only partly spoken (ie hot is actually ot) and some only sound like the words she’s trying to say (ie gay = again).

PS: I forgot to point out something…here’s a tweet I’ve sent the other week: