One Chapter Ends…

Today was littlest’s last ever day at nursery.  I can’t quite believe that he’s never going back.  I had to wake littlest up this morning, so he wasn’t too impressed to be going to ‘school’ anyway, but when we got there he had his little sad face on and I did the worst thing.  I said “oh! darling don’t be sad” and that was it, littlest’s face crumpled and the tears flowed.  Thankfully his keyworker came to the rescue and busied littlest in conversation while I left.  

After dropping littlest at nursery, I went over to see my mother-in law and we spent a lovely day together shopping for birthday presents and having lunch.  I was treated to the most gorgeous top as my (very early) birthday present and I picked up a few small treats at the toy shop for littlest.  We did have a bit of car drama when starting out for home, but my brilliant brother is a mechanic and happened to be in town at the same time as us, so he came to the rescue and we were back on the road within an hour.  

After picking littlest up from nursery, we got home at the same time as would-be husband and had a lovely evening.  Littlest and I watered the garden and filled his paddling pool ready for when his friend comes to play tomorrow, and then littlest played Marvel Heroes Top Trumps with would-be husband before we all had half an hour ‘lazy time’ before littlest went to bed. 

I’ve been in a great mood today and have just felt so thankful for all of the good in my life and for all of the people that I am surrounded by.

One Chapter Ends…

Today was littlest’s last ever day at nursery. I can’t quite believe that he’s never going back. I had to wake littlest up this morning, so he wasn’t too impressed to be going to ‘school’ anyway, but when we got there he had his little sad face on and I did the worst thing. I said “oh! darling don’t be sad” and that was it, littlest’s face crumpled and the tears flowed. Thankfully his keyworker came to the rescue and busied littlest in conversation while I left.

After dropping littlest at nursery, I went over to see my mother-in law and we spent a lovely day together shopping for birthday presents and having lunch. I was treated to the most gorgeous top as my (very early) birthday present and I picked up a few small treats at the toy shop for littlest. We did have a bit of car drama when starting out for home, but my brilliant brother is a mechanic and happened to be in town at the same time as us, so he came to the rescue and we were back on the road within an hour.

After picking littlest up from nursery, we got home at the same time as would-be husband and had a lovely evening. Littlest and I watered the garden and filled his paddling pool ready for when his friend comes to play tomorrow, and then littlest played Marvel Heroes Top Trumps with would-be husband before we all had half an hour ‘lazy time’ before littlest went to bed.

I’ve been in a great mood today and have just felt so thankful for all of the good in my life and for all of the people that I am surrounded by.

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Oh. My. Days.

It’s littlest last day at nursery tomorrow.

Last day ever.

EVER.

Ohgodohgodohgodohgod. It’s happening. He’s growing up whether I like it or not.

Tomorrow I will bestow a card and small token upon his keyworker and other staff, and I will cry.

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Someone loves to be wrapped up in our feather duvet (one of my most favourite things in our house) and pretend that he’s in a cocoon. Funny little flutterby.

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Sunday 

Littlest woke at 7am.  We didn’t move from our bed until 11.45am.  After a shower and lunch, we came back to bed.

Yes, I should think that we will be staying here all day (at least until dinner) and I for one am thrilled!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sunday

Littlest woke at 7am. We didn’t move from our bed until 11.45am. After a shower and lunch, we came back to bed.

Yes, I should think that we will be staying here all day (at least until dinner) and I for one am thrilled!

Happy Sunday everyone!

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Six on Saturday

  1. It’s sleepover night tonight so littlest and I are tucked up in my bed watching Wall-E. A slightly later night for him usually means a glorious Sunday morning lay in for me! That said he only made it halfway through the movie before falling asleep so I’d better not burn the midnight oil, you know, just in case.

  2. The weather has been hovering at around 30°c, give or take a couple of degrees, for the past few days so littlest and I have spent a good deal of time in his paddling pool and generally enjoying the sunshine. The humidity has been reaching levels that us Brits are just not equipped to deal with (well, I’m certainly not anyway) and this evening sweat was literally running off me in beads even though I was sitting still. Sexy huh?!

  3. A couple of days ago, I took littlest to the Lego store after nursery to spend his birthday money. It usually takes about an hour to get to our nearest store, but this time it took over three. There had been an accident on the motorway resulting in a tailback that went on for miles. Two and a half hours we sat on the road, barely moving and festering in a greenhouse-like car. Fortunately, littlest slept through the entire delay! Thank god, I don’t think he’d have tolerated a hot and stationary car for that long and I don’t blame him. I was struggling myself. I’ve never felt blessed relief like I did when we finally cleared the disruption.

  4. The day before that we were invited by one of my best friends to take the kids to a soft play centre. Being so hot out the place was almost empty, it was fantastic! We stayed for four hours and the two kids ran off to leap and climb and play together, leaving my friend and I to have a good old natter. Littlest has NEVER played in soft play without me before. Usually, if I don’t accompany him into the crazy-cage (I mean come on, that’s essentially what it is!) then he will refuse to budge. Not this time though, he trotted off and played happily with his friend and only asked me one or two times if I’d play with him (which I did for the ten minutes it took for my lungs to protest). I was so proud at this new development and also, bloody happy that I got to be one of the mothers that I envied. The ones that could sit on ‘bag duty’ whilst their kids go nuts on the wibbly slide.

  5. We’ve had a very relaxed day today after a pretty busy week. This morning littlest played with his lego and I made a new batch of solid moisturiser for my face. I found the recipe online and it’s done wonders for my complexion (and saved a ruddy fortune at the cosmetics counter). I also really like the process of making it. It feels good to have control over the ingredients and quantities and selecting the essential oils is my favourite part. This particular moisturiser is made using Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and beeswax. Then as it melted I mixed in a few drops of lavender, rose and lemon essential oils as well as some fresh lavender and rosemary from the garden. This is the second batch I’ve made (it lasts a good six months) and it smells lush. Making and creating feels good. I love the process and I love to enjoy the finishes products.

  6. Next week is littlest’s last at nursery before the summer break. It’s going to be very sad. He’s settled so well there and I’ve felt great about him being there. But now it’s on to the next chapter, the next stage in littlest’s life and another first for me as a mother. School. I’m sure we will settle into what will become our new routine very quickly but for now, it’s a concept filled with uncertainty, worry and a reluctance to let my baby grow. But grow he must, and I am always going to support those little wings as he learns to fly, for as long as he needs me to and for as long as he doesn’t.
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Could be worse! #summer #gardenfun

Could be worse! #summer #gardenfun

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Nothing Can Prepare Me

Today littlest had his last transition session at his new primary school. The one where I have to leave him at the gate and collect him an hour later. I’ve been prepping littlest for the fact that this was going to happen and that it would be cool to play at new school without mummy for a little while. He seemed to buy this and was rather looking forward to it.

Well, by the time I picked littlest up from nursery he had changed his mind, decided that he didn’t want to go to two schools today and that we should “just pop in to new school together” and then go home. So when we were waiting in line at the gate to the reception class, littlest got very quiet and wobbly. We got to the front of the line and the teacher popped littlest’s name badge on and I let go of his hand and kissed him. As I stood up, littlest made a grab for me but his teacher swooped in and took his hand saying “come on in, what a good boy!” and he was gone.

I got, ooooh, five paces before the tears came so I rushed back to the car and called my dad to stop myself descending into hysterics. I sat in that car, parked outside the school, for the entire time that littlest was in there because I just wanted to be near him. This has given me a little glimpse of what’s going to happen when littlest goes to school for real. I’m going to be an embarrassing wreck.

When I went to pick him up all the children came out in single file and each child had to identify their parent or guardian before being allowed to leave. Well, littlest was at the back of the line but rushed forward as soon as he saw me. There’s no keeping my boy from his mama! His teacher told me that there had been some tears and when littlest came out to me he had a face like thunder! He refused to tell me what he’d been doing, saying “nothing” and was grumpy because he’d wanted to paint on the easels but they’d not been set up. Five minutes later, when asked, littlest told me he’d had fun at new school so that’s something, well the only thing that counts really.

After going to two schools, I took littlest to the library (one of his favourite places) to exchange his library books as I figured he could do with a bit of ‘littlest time’ and we spent the remainder of the afternoon and early evening reading and playing monsters with would-be husband until bedtime.

I’ve now got eight weeks of blissful denial before my baby spreads his wings even wider for real.

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Happy Birthday Littlest

Four years ago today something life-changing, terrifying and utterly incredible happened to me.  I became a mother.  Four years on and I’m so very proud of the loving, funny, clever and handsome little boy that is my littlest.  

We’ve had a chilled day today after the madness of Disneyland but made sure that it was still all about littlest.  He woke us up at 9.30am and couldn’t wait to open his presents.  About three minutes later he couldn’t wait to get us out of bed to go and play with his presents!  Would-be husband obliged and built lego with littlest over breakfast whilst I took the time to get up and dressed in peace, before catching up on the unpacking and washing.

This afternoon we all popped in to littlest’s nursery where they held a graduation ceremony for the pre-school leavers.  Littlest was presented with a certificate and a book and the children all sang happy birthday to littlest.  It was so lovely and littlest really got involved which we were thrilled about.  I still can’t believe in a few weeks littlest will start attending primary school. 

Time to start ordering that uniform I guess!

Happy Birthday Littlest

Four years ago today something life-changing, terrifying and utterly incredible happened to me. I became a mother. Four years on and I’m so very proud of the loving, funny, clever and handsome little boy that is my littlest.

We’ve had a chilled day today after the madness of Disneyland but made sure that it was still all about littlest. He woke us up at 9.30am and couldn’t wait to open his presents. About three minutes later he couldn’t wait to get us out of bed to go and play with his presents! Would-be husband obliged and built lego with littlest over breakfast whilst I took the time to get up and dressed in peace, before catching up on the unpacking and washing.

This afternoon we all popped in to littlest’s nursery where they held a graduation ceremony for the pre-school leavers. Littlest was presented with a certificate and a book and the children all sang happy birthday to littlest. It was so lovely and littlest really got involved which we were thrilled about. I still can’t believe in a few weeks littlest will start attending primary school.

Time to start ordering that uniform I guess!

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Home Again, Home Again…

…jiggety jig.

What an amazing time we had but I am exhausted. Disneyland with an almost-four year old is a VERY different experience from anything I’ve experienced before but it was fantastic. Just seeing littlest’s excitement, his awe, facial expressions and bounciness was the best thing in the world.

There is so much that I could write but I’m just too jaded to set my mind to it right now, so I’ll give you the highlights:

Littlest has been so well behaved for our entire trip, from the three hour wait for the Eurostar train on our way out to the late nights and long days he has been an absolute, and excitable, joy. We checked in to find our room in a old West themed town and the minute that littlest clapped eyes on the bunk bed, he was in heaven and immediately made excuses to climb up and down, up and down. It was definitely one of his major highlights.

After we dropped off the cases and freshened up, we hit the parks straight away and started the first of many, many looooooong queues. It was so worth it though. Littlest has never been on amusement rides before and I was a bit worried that he’d decided he didn’t want to try anything out but I was so wrong! The first ride we went on was the Buzz Lightyear ride, where you ride in a car that you can turn 360° and use a laser gun to shoot at Zurg-related targets. Littlest fell in love with it and literally skipped out at the end. We ended up going on just ride every day of our trip. He also loved the teacups and flying Dumbo elephants and really enjoyed everything else that we went on. The only thing he wasn’t impressed with was the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride because it was dark and the animatronics scared him a bit. Littlest was so brave though, we had no idea that he didn’t like it until later that day when littlest told us that he found it scary.

Yesterday was the best day, littlest got to meet his hero, Spider-Man! We queued for fifty minutes so that littlest could meet Spidey and have his photo take with him. Would-be husband and I were certain that littlest would back out but when his turn came, littlest walked forward with me to meet Spider-Man and had a little chat. I was stunned, but when littlest then let me walk away so that they could have their picture taken together I could have cried with happiness! Littlest posed with his hero, and had several photos taken. Would-be husband and I were so proud and paid the extortionate price for the photographs without question. What a fantastic memory!

Last night, we all had a very late night and stayed in the park until it closed so that we could see the Disney Dreams show. It is a laser, projection and firework show that takes place on and around the castle. It was absolutely spectacular and well worth keeping littlest up until midnight for. We have all been a bit tired and quiet today but we made the most of the day and crammed in as much as the queues and weather would allow before we had to return home. I don’t mind admitting that we were all pretty pleased to get home though, despite how much we have loved our first family trip together. It has been a full-on few days, definitely not a relaxing break, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it. The three of us have all had so much fun, and have loved spending so much quality family time together.

Littlest had trouble settling to bed this evening, tomorrow is his fourth birthday and now that our big trip is over, his focus is on his birthday and the presents that he is going to receive. Would-be husband and I have promised that tomorrow is all about littlest and he can do or go wherever he wants (within practical reason). It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely joyous making littlest happy makes me feel. I feel so lucky.

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