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31.8.11

Carseat Commotion

The two boys already seem to have a lot in common in terms of looks, mannerisms etc and also....their hatred for our car seat. Except I'm not sure if it is just the particular car seat but just travelling in the car in general.
Every single journey out, whether it be a 5 minute trip to the supermarket, recycling center or doctors surgery or a longer trip to my mother in laws or to local attractions normally involved us having to listen to Harry crying and crying. I hate it.
I hate not being able to help him understand and let him know that it's ok and we haven't abonded him, we're not ignoring him and that as soon as we reach our destination I'll be able to cradle him and fix it for him.

We are a no-dummy house. Charles didn't have one, we tried a couple of times but he wasn't interested. I thought about introducing a dummy for car journeys only as a short-term solution but we tried a dummy with Harry and he's also not interested which is good for us as we don't like them anyway.

Charles was the same with the carseat so I think its either:
1: Uncomfy carseat {although other friends babies get on fine)
2: They hate not being able to see us. (Although if Harry does see me he doesn't understand why I can't hold him)
Or......what else?

I don't know what to do or where to go with this. I try talking to him, singing to him. I feed him before he goes into the car thinking he will stay [or fall] asleep. I've tried placing a muslin right next to him which has the scent of my milk on it so he can smell me.

It makes car journeys so difficult because when we get to where we are going I have to give him a huge cuddle, and it can take a while for him to calm down and to catch his breath again, he is dripping with sweat and his face is all red, and he may need/want feeding.
It can also make driving really difficult because its hard to concentrate over the noise but hearing my baby so stressed out can be really distracting but also it stresses me out.

I can't let this affect our lives and stop us from going out so much but I need to do something.
But what??

30.8.11

The Gallery: Animals

After recently rediscovering a lot of photos I'd taken at Bristol Zoo, Africa Alive and Wroxham Barns I was delighted to see the theme of Animals for The Gallery.
I'll keep it short and simple this week: The theme is: Animals.

I'm sure we're going to see a lot of photos of pets, but try to branch out, be a bit different *
kicks self for even thinking this phrase, let alone writing it* - think outside the box.
Test yourself. Go off in search of a cow or a ladybug or something a little more exotic.
I had so many other photos to share too but think 7 is more than enough anyway!
Charles loves animals and we try and take him to a zoo or farm as often as we can.
Interesting info: The top two photos were taken the day I found out I was pregnant with Harry. And the Cheetah in the second photo was stalking Charles. Would NOT take his/her eyes off of Charles the whole time we were near. Charles loved it but theres something quite unnerving seeing such a powerful animal salivating over your child!


 Now head on over to The Gallery to see the other fabulous entries

Guest Post: Harry Dale.

Hi Everyone.

I'm Harry. New addition to the Real Household.

Can you believe I'm 8 weeks old today? Gone quick hasn't it?!

To be honest, I've basically slept for 8 weeks. 
Sleeping is my favourite thing to do. My second favourite is drinking mummy milk. Drinking mummy milk has been a bit difficult for me the last couple of weeks because I had Oral Thrush. Mummy thinks its almost gone now but we're going to double check on Thursday when we go for our post-natal check and I get to meet my doctor.
Mummy wants to get me weighed again soon, I was last weighed on the 11th of August, that was almost 3 weeks ago, and I was half an ounce off being 12lb.
Something else is going on on Thursday afternoon at the doctors surgery apparently. We'll be seeing a nurse. Mummy says we are going just so we can have special cuddles but I am suspicious.
Although I'm only 8 weeks old I've been to quite a few places so far.
  • Speedboat Racing
  • Car Rally
  • Africa Alive
  • Dinosaur Adventure Park
  • Framlingham Castle
  • Bressingham Steam Museum
  • A two day Air Show
  • Shopping a few times
I was asleep through most of that though.


I have the coolest big brother. He used to hit me a few times, not hard, but it was just to wake me up because he wants me to play. He didn't realise that I am too little to play.
Sometimes mummy helps me out by making it look like I'm playing cars to keep him happy. He loves it and laughs so I'd never let him know that its not me moving the cars around and that its actually mummy.

He likes giving me kisses and cuddles. He sometimes kisses me too much and he loves to hold my hand.
He tells me all the time that he loves me which is why he kisses me so much. He looks after me if I cry and says "hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" and "alright, alright, alright" "its alright Harry, its alright". He's the best and I love him too.

Sometimes at night when he is in bed and I am still downstairs with mummy and daddy I look for him because I miss him. There is a photo on the wall of him and I look at that a lot. I think we could be best friends.

I love having a bath. I really relax and could stay in there for a long time. I've had two baths with Charles so far. They were fun except mummy and daddy had to take him out in the end because he gets a bit over-excited and starts splashing me.

I didn't ever fit into newborn or first size clothes. Which mummy says is a shame because there were loads of brand new clothes we were given by other people that I didn't get to wear. I'm almost out of most of my 0-3 month clothes now too. Mummy says that Charles was in newborn clothes for a long time. He was always so tiny and has only just caught up with clothes sizes that match his age.

I love cuddles with mummy. I'd much rather be cuddled by her than sit in my swing, bouncer or lay on my playmat, in my playnest or in my moses basket.

She kisses me a lot but I'm not complaining. She constantly tells me she loves me. To some she probably says it too much but I love hearing it.

I always smile whenever she says "where's my smile?" I'm a clever boy already.
Whenever I smile I make a noise which sounds like a little laugh. It makes mummy cry sometimes.




Anyway, I'm hungry now so will be off. 
Will write again soon.
Please think of me on Thursday afternoon xxx


28.8.11

It's all about the Confidence........

Since having Harry I've noticed how much certain friends and friends of friends watch me to see how I'm coping. Am I struggling? Am I leaving one child out and concentrating on the other?

Guest Post: Solo Outing.

Alli from Mum 2 Four contacted me following my request on Twitter for advice and experience stories from other second time + mums.
Alli is mummy to four children ranging in age from 12 years to a few months.

It's a long time since I did my very first solo outing with a baby - over 12 years to be exact, yet the memories & the panic came flooding back last year when I had my youngest Son.
My first solo trip out with him didn't happen until 4 weeks after his birth as he was born by c-section & so I was confined to barracks for a bit as my Husband was at work.
Don't bite off more than you can chew
The first solo trip I made with my new Son & his older siblings was a small walk to our local park - I think it is important to make a small trip like this initially as going to the park isn't as simple as it sounds when you need to make sure all the older children are ready & you have all the necessary equipment required for the newest addition.
My next solo trip was a little further afield I went to see my Cousin - I found comfort in knowing that although we were leaving the house that we were going somewhere where I could relax & not worry if my baby started screaming or the other kids started to create.
Ascertain your Troop Manouvere Time & build it into travel time
Getting out of the house with a new born baby & all the related paraphenalia is bad enough, when you add in additional children it becomes an even bigger challenge!
Regular outings out to the park or to the local shops will enable you to practice your "troop manouvering skills" - I've now learnt that our troop manouvere time (TMT) is 15 minutes from the first mention of "it's time to go" so always build your TMT into your travel plans, hopefully this will cut down on travel stress.
Be prepared
Another tip I have is to always make sure the "going out" bag is repleneshed when you come back in from a trip to the shops or a family day out.  This way if you have ever to rush out in an emergency you don't have to rush around packing the bag up first!
Our going out bag always contains the following:
·         Wipes
·         Nappies
·         Nappy Sacks
·         Calpol
·         Calpol syringe
·         Change of clothes
·         Red book
·         Plastic spoon
·         Carton of formula (if not breastfeeding obvioulsy) & a bottle /Jar of baby food (in case of emergency only - you never know!)
·         Bib
·         Dummy
·         Muslin
I made sure our "going out" bag was big enough to carry all the above and still leave room for my phone, purse & car keys as you have enough to worry about with the children, baby & all related parphenalia without adding a handbag into the equation!
I also make sure the other troops know where their equipment is and as they are old enough they now take responsibility for their own kit - if the 12 year old forgets his coat then he gets wet - simple!
Contact Details
When we go anywhere that involves crowds of people we always make sure the older children have contact details for us just incase they get lost & if we are going to an event where there are stewards we always point out who they should go to if they get lost - knowing that they know what to do should this happen makes me less tense.
The eldest now has a mobile so he has our phone numbers on that - the younger 2 have slips of paper with our names & mobile numbers on that they out in their pockets.
Fortunately the kids have never had to use their contact details!
Hopefully these tips will help make getting out on your solo outings a little easier.

I think we'd all agree that this is fantastic advice from Alli. We will definitely be practising our TMT before we make the leap to regular solo trips out. This was something I hadn't even thought about concentrating on but will make an effort to do so now!
Thank you very much for your input and for sharing your experience Alli. I hope others find the tips on this post as helpful as I have.
Like what you read? Then check out Allis blog at Mum 2 Four

Guest Post: Tips for Toddlers and Newborns

Emma from Mummy..Mummy..Mum contacted me following my request on Twitter for advice and experience stories from other second time + mums. Emma is mummy to a a 4 year old, 2 year old and 1 year old so I welcomed her advice and experience with intrigue.
  • I remember the first time I took out an 18 month old and a newborn, after my 2nd baby was born. I got as far as the end of the road and then turned around as both were screaming.
  • These days I'm pretty oblivious of the crying and moaning, I just get to where I have to be. Obviously I try to soothe them, but I don't get worried if they cry anymore. If I did, I'd never go anywhere.  (I hope that doesn't sound too awful)
  • The best advice I can give is to be prepared for everything. Pack your bag the night before with nappies, snacks, spare clothes for both, bibs etc.
  • Be nice to yourself. Don't feel like you have to go to all the baby classes and play dates you used to. I am the worst person for rushing around trying to do everything for everyone, when really the children would rather I was calm and just spent time with them.
  • Encourage your toddler to be as independent as they can. If they can put their own shoes and coat on or play by themselves for a while that helps a well"
Thank you so much for your advice Emma. Its certainly helped boost my confidence, and I hope its able to help others who stumble cross this post too.
Like what you'd read here? Check out more from Emma at Mummy Mummy Mum

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

25.8.11

A Day Out With Thomas.

After a solo trip out with the boys to a 2nd birthday party on Saturday I asked my husband if, in return for me not dragging him out and forcing him to go, he would take us all out for the day on the Sunday. He agreed.
We ummed and ahhed at what to do.
There is a lot to do in this area, we have our particular favourite places to go. Recently we had visited these places and it was too soon to return [according to my husband] so we left it that we would see how we felt in the morning.
Sunday morning, whilst laying in bed waiting for Harry to wake up and getting my energy ready to be attacked by Charles when he saw me, I caught up on everyones Facebook updates. There I saw some photos a friend had posted following her visit to Bressingham Steam Museum the day before.
There I saw a familiar face. Thomas The Tank Engine.
Well I ran downstairs and mentioned to my husband about going there, he agreed.
We visited last year and found it to be a short day out for what seemed a lot of money but in this case we agreed to pay the £14 each just to see Charles' face when he met Thomas. Charles was still free as he's under three.

As we arrived we were greeted with a huge archway welcoming us to a Day Out With Thomas.
As we walked along the pathway I even felt a touch of butterflies in your tummy type excitement at seeing Thomas.


We decided to go and grab some lunch and sort the boys bums out before we went to find Thomas and any other exciting things at the museum.
Lunch was surprisingly nice. My husband bought us a jacket potato each but we didn't expect it to taste particularly nice but was pleasantly surprised. Charles was somewhat distracted from eating his basic lunch of chicken nuggets and baked beans by the big carousel which we were sat by.

In the time of eating lunch we had briefly seen Thomas take several trips along the short track. Each time he went down I had to tell Charles he was going for his dinner, and each time he went up the track I had to say he was going to the toilet, this way the "I want to go see Thomas now" demands stopped.
Charles decided he wanted to go on the carousel before seeing Thomas so I handed over one of the five complimentary tokens all guests are given and we sat on Poppy going round and round and up and down. Charles loved it.

We then walked to see Thomas.  The Fat Controller was walking through the queue of mums, dads, nannies, grandads and children, greeting them. Charles didn't want to talk to him but had he of been older and a bigger Thomas fan then I'm sure this would've been exciting for him.
He then took his turn, along with daddy, to sit in the carriage and ride on the short ride, pushed and pulled by Thomas himself. Except this exciting moment wasn't as exciting as we hoped. Getting on the train you don't see Thomas as he's facing the other way [you go backwards first] so as far as Charles was concerned he was just on any normal train.
Once he got off we took him to see the engine, except we couldn't get too close because of the other people wanting to get their photos taken next to him on the platform. Instead he had to make do with looking through the fence.

My husband then decided he wanted to go and see the Dads Army display so we headed over to the museum. Walking in there was a huge old postal train, which was magnificent to see, and Charles decided it was the Story Train. Charles decided he would lead the way and walked into an old style shop they have set up with cabinets full of toy cars. This was one of Charles' highlights of the day. He ran over and stared for ages, every now and then shouting "LOOK MUMMY LOOK".
My husband walked on ahead to the Dads Army display whilst I looked at the big wheel on the back of the fire engine and held Charles up so he could ring the Fire Engines bell.


After this we walked to the Dodgems so my husband could use a couple of his tokens and after driving around for 5 minutes we were lost as to what to do. Harry was asleep so a trip on another train was awkward and the queues were rather long. So we went for an ice cream and went on the small fairground again to use some more of our tokens.

Here he went on the childrens carousel twice which he loved.
After this we had nothing else to do so it was time to go home. We felt a bit disappointed as we'd paid over £10 and certainly hadn't got our moneys worth [in my mind]. As my husband puts it, there are a few gems-these being the Dads Army Collection and the Dodgems and a few of the other trains in the 'garages'.



There are some beautiful gardens here though, which I will talk about in another blog post, but these were totally not suitable for a toddler.
I guess I was disappointed because I felt it lacked the "magic" and spark from a childrens event. I felt the fact it was Thomas was enough in the museums eyes but it needed a little bit more. This was proven when I heard a very upset 3 year old boy asking him mum where the other trains were as he'd expected to see them there given the fact their pictures were on the banners.
Gordons voices played over the system with their catchphrases.

We managed to stay there for 4 hours but this was mainly including queueing for food, queuing for the ride on Thomas plus feeding Harry and baby/toddler bum changes-which brings me onto my biggest annoyance. The baby change room is in the section with the women's toilets, not mens. Therefore there were a lot of embarrassed men stood outside the female toilets with their heads down. STICK A CHANGE TABLE IN THE MENS TOILETS TOO! THEY ALSO CHANGE NAPPIES!! And in this baby change room there were two, yes TWO bins for dirty nappies. Fab. Except it wasn't fab. BOTH bins were overflowing. I thankfully had nappy bags with me so stuck the dirty nappy in there and threw it in a bin outside, but the man in the queue behind me didn't have a nappy bag so I very kindly offered him one of our bags to save the overflow pile getting any bigger. On a busy day this should have been monitored and not have got to this state.
If Charles was over three years old we'd of had to pay £10 for his entrance fee which for me, is far too high for a child still so young. All in all this could've been so much better and I full expected Charles to be talking about seeing Thomas for days, but sadly he's forgotten already and it was only 3 days ago that we went.

*I wasn't asked to blog about this nor did I receive free entry. I decided to blog about this because I wanted to share our experience.

24.8.11

You Know You're a Grown Up When.....

Following on from "You Know You're a Mummy When...." I bring you....

You Know You're a Grown Up When.....

  • A full fridge excites you more than a full wardroabe.
  • Picking out new wallpaper is more exciting than picking an outfit for a night out.
  • An advert for a new air freshner excites you.
  • The first thing you say when its raining is "The garden needs it"
  • You find yourself saying "In my day....." when referring to the past.
  • You have no idea what Fat Boy [Eastenders] just said. 
 
  • You prefer to watch the news than Hollyoaks.
  • The most exciting days of the week are bin day and food shop day, rather than Friday and Saturday.[party nights!] 
  • The sound of the grocery van turning up is more exciting than the taxi turning up to take you to a nightclub.
  • Hearing young'uns saying last night was "messy" immediately makes you think they were decorating rather than partying and getting stupidly drunk.
  • When someone says they are "hanging" you reply with "hanging what?  Curtains, a photo or a mirror"
  • You see photos of The Saturdays or Rhianna in the paper and tut at their outfits/lack of outfits!
  • When you hear that so-and-so is "sick" you wish them to get better soon, when actually it just means they are "cool".

The Gallery: World Photography Day

Last Friday was World Photography Day, in celebration of this Tara at Sticky Fingers has chosen it as this weeks theme for The Gallery.

So in celebration, and to make sure as many people get out their with their camera today (I'll accept this weekend if you're busy), this week's theme is: World Photography Day.

It must be a photo from today (or the weekend). Make it a photo to treasure for generations to come; family life, a moment, a precious family member frozen in time, a day out.
Let's remember how bloody brilliant photographs are. Go that extra mile and really try to take a cracker.
Then show it off here.

I am quite obsessed with taking photos anyway, always have been. When Charles was first born I took photos of him every single day. I think in the first 6 months there was only 5 days I failed. 
I am gutted that I haven't done the same with Harry and gave myself a wake up call to get the camera out more. 

When Charles was having his bath on Friday I sat down with Harry and got my camera out, not my Blackberry, not my 'point and shoot' but my DSLR. 
He really started to change now, obviously still looks like a baby but has lost the "newborn wrinkles". He's now getting hair on the top of his head rather than just "round-the-back-old-man-horseshoe-stylee" and of course we are getting the infectious newborn gummy smiles.
Oooooo he melts my heart.




You know you're a mummy when.....

  • You have no idea what any of the songs in the charts are but can sing the theme tune to at least ten different Cbeebies programmes!
  • Sky Plus is full of childrens programmes rather than soaps/reality shows etc.
  • TGIF or "Happy Friday" normally results in you singing 
Give it up for Friday,
Clap your hands on Friday.
Let’s dance it’s Friday,
It’s a happy Friday,
The fifth day of the week.
  • 8am is considered a lay in.
  • Words your child/ren has made up become part of your everyday vocabulary.
  • You visit the fruit and veg aisle at the supermarket and sing "Meet the Veggies"
  • Driving in the car you point out buses, boats and trains even though its only you in the car.
  • You forget what a cup of hot tea/coffee tastes like and grow to prefer them cold anyway.
  • You're sat watching Mickey Mouse and realise that your toddler has been in bed napping for over an hour!
  • Conversations over dinner about poo don't phase you.
  • If someone asks you who you favourite band is you reply with "Zingzillas"
 
  • When writing a baby names list, most of the names on the list are stolen from Cbeebies programmes.
  • Your idea of the best birthday present [for yourself] is just a half an hour soak in the bath....undisturbed!
  • You even start to check that your husband/pet is still breathing.
  • You randomly sit there bobbing your knee up and down even though the baby is sat in his/her bouncer.
  • You cradle the cat and rock her whilst shushing at the same time.
  • You tell your husband that he can't have any dessert because he didn't eat all his dinner.

22.8.11

The Gallery: Black and White

I'm late to The Gallery this week.
 
The theme: Black and White

Simply due to lack of inspiration and the fact that I have recently posted my two favourite black and white photos as my Silent Sunday entries I struggled to post in time for Wednesday.
Looking around my lounge, thinking about the theme I then spotted these photos, completely forgetting that I could use them!

These were taken over 4 years ago.
I chose to edit these photos and get have printed in black and white, despite both cats having beautifully coloured fur, because it made the images softer yet also intensified their eyes. Harrys in particular.

I have the original shots on a broken laptop, grrrr so I've had to take a photo of a photo to be able to share these with you.



21.8.11

Wells-Next-The-Sea

 I am putting together a list of what to do here in the East and didn't just want to mention and promote local attractions.
One of mine and my husband favourite places on the coast is Wells-Next-The-Sea. We used to visit there a lot before having Charles, due to the fact that we used to camp nearby and then take a 15 minute drive to Wells, grab some chips and an ice cream and watch the fishermen come in.
This is also the place that gave Charles his first experience of sand between your toes!

What do we love about Wells?
Well you know when you visit place and you straight away just fall in love? Its like that. It's the whole look of the place, and the atmosphere. Sometimes it can be incredibly busy and you feel that sense of panic and stress in the air but at the same time theres a sense of happiness too, knowing everyone is enjoying themselves and having a lovely day out.

Parking can be an absolute nightmare. We tend to head to the carpark at the end of the long stretch of road leading down to the beach. On the colder days parking can be easy but in summer months, one tip: Don't.Even.Bother.Trying!
We then opt for parking in one of the carparks either at the top of this long stretch of road or smack bang in the middle. These car parks are normally manned by attendents and cost around £5 for the day.

Near the carpark at the top of this road is a huge park, obviously great for children. There's also the opportunity to do some trampolining and to visit some arcades which are situated near the harbour. You'll also find the toilets here and another block of toilets at the carpark at the very bottom of the road [near the beach]
If caught short though you can always visit the campsite which sits along this stretch of road.

The beach is amazing! Its worth bringing a picnic, finding a great space on the sand and planning on only moving to go into the sea or for toilet trips!
The beach can sometimes become quite muddy and gungey but its easily avoidable [most of the time].
The sand goes on for miles, and when the tide is out it goes on for even longer. When we visited in April 2009 we walked for over an hour and still didn't reach the sea! At 7 months pregnant and suffering bad with sciatica we admitted defeat and gave up our quest to find the shore and headed back.
The beach is well worth the visit just to glance at the beautiful beach huts that line up at the top of the sand. Beautiful pastel colours and some doors decorated with bright patterns and the Union Jack.
Beyond the beach huts is the car park and a wooded area which is lovely to explore.

As I mentioned before if you don't want to visit the beach then just sit at the harbour and watch the fishermen at work. Its changed quite a lot, although gradually, since we used to go but its still a busy harbour with always something going on.

Of course you can grab a delicious tray of fish n chips but be prepared to queue! Theres also a seafood shack, a boat which I believe is a restuarant and a couple of cafes along the way too, as well as ice cream parlours.
If you want to pick up a bucket and spade you'll have no trouble as the quay side is inundated with little shops selling such items.

There is a small train which will transport you from the beach to the harbour. This is quite a distance, hense the trains exisitance, but it can be walked if you are feeling fit or up for a nice walk along the shore.
We do tend to take the train now, mainly due to the fact that the last few times we've gone I've been heavily pregnant or we've had a few bags to carry as well as Charles but be warned, its a tad pricey for what it is.


We last visited Wells 3 months ago and there were more developments underway which we look forward to seeing when we next visit.

TOP TIP: TAKE CASH, and lots of it!


20.8.11

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

This is Big Mother: Secret Task

I love secret tasks in the Big Brother house. In fact last year I loved the Tree of Temptation and then the chest of drawers in the bathroom made from the Tree of Temptation.

As much as I don't like Kerry Katona, I thought her task was fab and actually looked forward to seeing how she did.
Acting like a Diva and having a tantrum over something was tough. I don't think I'd of been able to do it without laughing. And switching beds with another housemate, and then switching back [did we even see how this panned out and if she was successful? I can't recall seeing if she was able to do this] was again tough I think, especially when in a room of Big Ego'd Celebrities.

I was genuinely quite gutted for her that she was the only one who voted that she was the biggest diva in the house. Although could totally understand why Jedward were voted, but think maybe their hyperness and need for attention was mistaken for divaness. If I was Kerry, I'd of kept up the diva strop.tantrum attitude until the voting task. Which it didn't seem she'd done.

I think also Paddy may have got my vote for the biggest diva after he failed to stand up to greet some of the celebrities as they entered the Big Brother House.

When she was called into the Diary Room and told she'd failed it was obviously no surprise but I wouldn't of guessed the punishment. Being up for eviction herself was harsh enough but for her to then pick TWO other housemates to go up against her was cruel, especially as they were watching her do it via the screen in the lounge.

Harsh and cruel though are what we like about Big Brother, break the rules or fail a task then face the consequences.
I look forward to seeing more secret tasks and hoping to see a mix of passes and fails!

This is Big Mother: The Housemates

I was gutted last year when it was announced that Big Brother was coming to an end. Although part of me still believes that it had run its course, and maybe shouldn't still continue, because its not about 'the experience' anymore. Its not about how strangers from different backgrounds, races, religions, etc get on when thrown into a confined space to live for X amount of weeks, its now about who can be the most famous, who can cause the most trouble, who can have the romance etc. I don't like that about it.

Then we heard that Channel 5 had taken over and Big Brother would be back! BIG YAY! With Brian Dowling [one of my favourite ever contestants from my top favourite series] to he the host. BIGGER YAY!

And so "Celebrity" Big Brother is upon us.
Of course we use the term "celebrity" loosely but really, it depends on your definition of celebrity.
If celebrity means, well known then yes I guess the majority deserve to be in there. If celebrity means well known for a talent, then no,half don't deserve to be in there.

Kerry Katona: Three reality tv shows, plus her own reality shows? Seriously? And two reality shows in a year. Desperate. I just hope the money she makes out of this goes towards helping her out of her financial state and not towards cigarettes, a boob job and other superficial things!

Tara Reid: Ok, I get that we know who she is.But I have a real problem with Americans coming over to the British Big Brother. At least if you are going to include American Celebs make it someone exciting....like one of the Kardashian sisters or similar.

Paddy Doherty: Really?Celebrity. Surely the fact that under his name his occupation was "traveller" rather than actor, singer, MP gives a clue!

Amy Childs: Comes from a reality programme and then promotes herself on another reality programme. Ok.

Lucien Laviscount: Eye candy ;-) But at 19, he makes me feel like I shouldn't be looking at him in that way!

Bobby Sabel: Who?

Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff: Still using the Hasselhoff surname, really? I get that ok she might not want to change her name, my mum and dad are divorced and she hasn't changed her surname but professionally she could just be Pamela Bach. Sad to hang onto the Hasslehoff surname to help you along. Looks great though.

Jedward: Would love to see these two split up to see how they cope without each other. If this is a social experiment, like it used to be, then surely splitting them up would be perfect. I think underneath the hyperactive jumping bean boys there are two very vulnerable young boys who wouldn't know what to do without each other.

Sally Bercow: Right without being sexist, I get that she wants to be a person in her own right and doesn't want to just stand by her husbands side all the time BUT going into the house has completely shown disrespect to her husband due to his job.

Darryn Lyons: Like him, don't have a problem with him at all. Expect that over half of the celebrities in the house actually know him but claim not to as it'll prove which ones are paid for having their setting up shoots and having photos taken by "paps". Would be good if he dished some dirt though.
 
As yet I couldn't name one celebrity that I'd want to win.
Good tasks, good punishments, team work, nomination twists. I just hope this series is good and they mix it up a lot!