Junior Gunners Play Day


JUNIOR GUNNERS PLAY DAY 19/9/2016 at Emirates stadium

I think I might be in the minority because I am a woman who likes football and still on cloud 9 with my home team Leicester City making history as English Premiership League Winners in 2016, a monumental 5000-1 victory that surprised the whole Country. I have however followed Arsenal since moving to London in 2005 and my big brother is a huge Gunners fan so it was a really nice to be invited to a an event at the mighty Emirates Stadium recently.  However I couldn’t take Jay on the day unfortunately and was absolutely gutted because once I arrived at the Stadium I was surrounded by little humans and knew that he would have had such a great time. I had a chance to speak to Charlie White the Commercial Communications Manager at the club and discovered that to attend events like this entries are made on the Junior Gunners website and lucky fans are selected.

Welcome to our World is the first level of Arsenal Football Club’s Junior Gunners Membership, especially created for the  youngest fans and their parents/guardians. This group is for those aged between 0 and 3 years old.  As a welcome to  World Member there is access to loads of fun benefits, both for their child and parents/guardians.  Membership costs £25  and lasts until the season the member turns 4 on or before 31st August. More details can be found here.

JUNIOR GUNNERS PLAY DAY 19/9/2016 at Emirates stadium

At nearly 32 months Jay isn’t currently  showing signs that he might be the next Lionel Messi but he does like having a kick about in the park with his daddy. I really wish we lived closer to the Stadium as I am certain membership would have been snapped up ages ago.  At the event the happy faces on the children was really a wonderful sight.  The young JGs had three hours of fun in areas designed for them, including soft play, dancing, arts & crafts, football and meeting  Gunnersaurus the larger-than-life dinosaur who has been Arsenal’s mascot since 1994.

JUNIOR GUNNERS PLAY DAY 19/9/2016 at Emirates stadium

I remember hearing that learning to play sport should be considered as natural a skill for children to develop as learning to walk, run or talk to combat the worrying trend of childhood obesity. Sport definitely played a big part when I was growing up, then again we didn’t have iPads and mobile phones!  I used to go to after school athletic clubs and even tried my hand at rugby (on wing) in my late 20’s…before I realised that I might need a plastic surgeon if I wasn’t careful! I hope that Jay will participate in sport one day whether it’s football who knows but I love the idea of children being able to run around and be active and of course have fun.

JUNIOR GUNNERS PLAY DAY 19/9/2016 at Emirates stadium

Before I headed home I did spend a small fortune in the shop including a football shirt for my brother in California who even with the time difference is dedicated to watching his team play on TV.unnamed-106

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Baby to Big Kid – 20 Months


I haven’t done an update post regarding my young human for a while and admittedly finding time appears to be much more of an issue now as I deal with an active toddler who doesn’t want to sit still and insists we do everything his way.  I do appear to be living in MeltDown Central.  What was I expecting?


Jay has been exhibiting behavior associated with the “terrible twos” from at least 17 months old together with teething is just a crazy combo (Lord help me). I know this is not uncommon and but I realise I need to  focus on helping  him learn how to develop a bigger vocabulary that will make it easier to communicate with me and others especially as he is not at nursery. He is a loud boy for sure total oppostite to his mother and his vocabulary is really good (I would say that I know) but he is talking so much more in the past month and people have commented on how much he understands already. Words like red, blue, orange, oval, square, bubble, heart, round, bye, baby, eight, six, triangle, open door, one, door, up, apple, cheese, purple, fish (or sheesh) as he calls them.  When he calls me “mumma” it melts my heart.  He loves saying “daddy” more.  We go to classes at the library and playgroups and outings at the park as well as his weekly B&Q lighting and garden visits. Swimming is still his favourite. Propeller legs Jay has a natural affinity for water that’s for sure.

This electronic gadget generation of ultra youngsters are quite something I think. How he is able to navigate around the iPad and iPhone with ease is beyond me. I watch as he drags videos across the screen scrolling up and down the list looking for his next favourite.

Current YouTube Playlist consisting of :

Great British Railway Journeys

Everybody Loves Raymond

Wanda and the Alien

BollyWood movie clips and songs


In the Night Garden

Paw Patrol

Nasa Rocket launches

Strictly Come Dancing

Sooty and Sweep

Any Sir David Attenborough series

The Travelodge advert

Top Gear

Radio 1 Live Lounge on Iplayer

Keira Knightly seems to catch his eye on the Channel advert which is fine as it’s my signature scent of choice.

Peppa Pig in Polish

The Wheels on the Bus in Spanish


As exhausting as my weeks can be I am really pleased with his development so far and he is incredibly inquisitive and wants to know how things work. The focused concentration he displays sometimes is mind boggling! I wonder what he’s thinking.  I love his cute little voice and how he tries to copy us. He does make us laugh which makes parenthood worthwhile.  He enjoys helping me around the house with chores. He loves using the Bissell Sweeper which I strongly recommend for every household. He brushes my hair and does enjoy playing with my makeup bag and contents but that’s the only way to distract him while I change his nappies and change his clothes. There was an incident when he broke my new Mac lipstick  but he was forgiven.  There was an incident when he nearly tore up a £20 note and we had words.  There is this matter of changing his daily garments that is an ongoing battle. I do feel like I’m having a scrap with an octopus most days plus we have an 11.5 hour flight next month to contend with… that’ll be fun.


The most recent development is that he now he says “poo” when he has made a deposit whether it be pee or poo in his nappy and pats his bum while looking at me (nice).  Kind of like that Asda advert .  It might not be the most glamourous of milestones but it makes me happy. I still feel he isn’t completely ready for toilet training but I’m going to try and work on this with him over the next month and see how things go.


He currently stands at 84cm tall and weighs 11.3kg or  approx 25lbs for the Imperial users like me. My slimline tinker doesn’t have a huge appetite and is more of a grazer. This has been my biggest headache trying to get him to take an interest in food. I still stick to giving him three meals a day and snacks  as well as three bottles of milk a day breakfast  at lunch and bedtime.  Recently he’s been loving brown rice and salmon (get him).  He is fond of food with aromatic spices which is handy as he’s half Indian.



Sleep is something I crave. Jay seems to have energy at 3-4am and wants to play despite having a 1-2 hour nap late morning. Some nights he sleeps through and other nights result in me wearing industrial strength concealer the next day. Dear God please do not stop making Mac Pro-wear.


But now I must get back to my sleep raider who appears to have fallen out with his football.

I love him.

Happy 20 Months Birthday Jay.


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