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35 Months- One Month Off Three.

on Monday, 09 December 2013.

Dear Mads,

This is the last letter I will write to you as a two year old.  Next month, you will be three.  Three.  When did that happen?  How has that tiny little scrunched up newborn become a fully fledged little girl?  I am in a little bit of denial about three, three is no longer a toddler, three is nearer school age than being a baby.  Three is a big deal.

But for now you are still two.  And don't we know it.  Two is wonderful- so full of adventure, innocence and fun.  But two also can be hard work.  You, my little girl, knows her own mind 100%.  In some ways Mummy admires you for being so strong willed, yet at the same time we can clash.  99% of the time it is over food.  Generally over your dinner.  This month has been really hard when it comes to dinner times.  For some reason you have started completely refusing your dinner.  Unless it is 'Daddy's Ghetti', Thomas the Tank Engine spaghetti hoops or stuffed pasta, you just aren't interested.  Your little sister will eat whatever we eat, wolfing down huge portions, but you just refuse to eat it.

We have tried everything.  The practically force feeding you approach.  The just ignore her and completely praise LL approach.  The 'just try one bite and you can have a treat' approach.  As yet nothing seems to be working so we are back to just trying to ignore you.  Let's hope it changes soon as it is hard work for us all, Mummy worries about you when you don't eat anything for your dinner.

You can test my patience at times.  Generally it is when you are over tired or under the weather.  You can be a bolshy little madam at times saying 'I want this' and 'I want that'.  But then at the same time you can also be exceptionally polite saying please and thank you for everything.  I guess it is just learning how to express your emotions and learning what boundaries you can cross.

That's the not so good stuff out the way.  But for all the times you drive us mad, there are a thousand more that make our hearts swell.  Most of the time you are the most delightful little girl and you make us proud every day.  You are still the world's best big sister, and words cannot express how I feel as I watch you and LL interact more and more.  You giggle together, cuddle constantly and play together- it is an amazing bond to watch.  You are just so caring towards her, and it really is remarkable.

You are incredibly affectionate, and are always wanting to sit on our laps, cuddle and kiss us.  You still play with ears and suck your fingers, it is the most adorable trait ever.  You are always telling us we are your best friend and that you love us.  We love you just as much.

You make us laugh every single day, you are such a funny little thing.  The other day we were stuck in traffic and I said to you 'We are in a traffic jam' to which you replied 'Oh Wooooooooow I love jam.'  Then we were in John Lewis cafe when we went out shopping with Grandma and she went to the toilet and you turned to me, put your hand on my leg, tilted your head, looked at me with such concern and said 'Mummy are you worried about Bum-ma?' (Grandma)  It was so funny to see you looking so concerned, and funny as to where you had picked that from.  

You call a radish, 'a radisha', and you call Flamingo's, 'Mingos'.  The other day you were 'reading' me a book and you asked me 'Are you sitting comferly?'    You come out with funny sayings every day and I wish I could write every single one down but I would need a very large notebook.

This month brings us Christmas, and of course your third birthday on Christmas Eve.  Let's make it a month to remember.

 I love you, always and forever.

But as always, you already knew that.

xxx Mummy

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{The Ordinary Moments} #17 - A Milestone Day.

on Sunday, 08 December 2013.

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This past week we have had a very big thing happen in a little lady's world- she had her first settling in session at nursery.  

When I went back to work when Mads was eleven months old, we were in the fortunate position that two dear family friends and my Mum looked after her for the three days I was away.  This continued for the next fourteen months until I went on maternity leave with LL, and I can't thank them enough for having my big girl for me.

This time around our situation has changed, in all aspects.  In regards to work, that's a story for another time, but in terms of childcare we have had to decide on what to do with Mads and LL.  We looked at a couple of pre-schools but due to a number of different reasons we have enrolled both Mads and LL in nursery two short days a week from 9.00am - 2.30pm.  LL will start settling in sessions in January ready to start properly in February, but Mads had her first one last Thursday.

I was so nervous about taking her.  She has always been quite independent but recently she has developed a sense of fear about certain things. We chatted about it in the car, and she insisted on wearing her sunglasses which I thought was funny.  We walked in and straight away she was fine.  I thought I would have to stay a while the first time round, but within five minutes I was out the door.  

I walked outside to my car, and had to hold back the tears.  I put my hands on the wheels and realised they were shaking.  I know that babies go to nursery a lot earlier than she has, but it's a big step for me to leave her with someone other than family and friends who love her as much as I do.  

She is only there two hours at a time until the end of December, but when I went to pick her up, she was sat at a little table doing some painting without a care in the world.  I walked in and she looked a mixture of embarrassed and happy to see me, and I had to drag her home because she didn't want to leave.  I got the most gorgeous reindeer painting, which she was so incredibly proud to tell me about as soon as I walked in the door.  I honestly will treasure it forever and it's happily got prime position on our kitchen cabinet.

I am so proud of my big girl, and although we may have a few wobbles along the way, I can tell that she will be very happy there, and will thrive.  She is growing up so fast, and although it is just nursery, it feels like I am letting her go just a little bit.  It sounds silly but it is a big step for me.  I don't know what on earth I am going to do when LL goes in January!  

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A Holiday With My Little Family....

on Thursday, 05 December 2013.

There is something about going on a summer holiday.  The anticipation of packing your suitcase, picking the outfits you are going to wear while travelling, checking you have remembered your passport over and over again, and feeling the butterflies in your tummy when you arrive at your destination.

Then there's the feeling of the sun beating down on your shoulders, the glorious smell of sun cream, the lazy evening walks down by the seafront, and the occasional cocktail or two.

There's that feeling of waking up and pulling open the curtains with a spring in your step, a certain  feeling of contentment combined with the excitement of being able to try new activities, and of course the chance to spend so much time together.

Ordinary life is busy and hectic, but happy.  Some days pass by in a blur of mundanity- routines and structures getting in the way.  There's bills to pay, endless loads of washing to do, a house to tidy, and work to get done.  Some evenings my husband and I will realise we have hardly said two words to each other, each busy with getting things done.  That's life.  

And that's one of the main things about a trip away.   Being able to get away from it all.  Having the chance to reconnect as a couple, to spend quality time together as a family and to experience new things.  To make new adventures together.  

But above all it's about creating memories.

And that's what is so magic about holidays.

We haven't been abroad as a family of four yet.  It would be a dream come true to be able to take my family away and to have an adventure with my girls.  To be able to make memories that we will all treasure.

We would love the chance to be able to...

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Kick off our shoes....

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... and feel the sand between our toes.

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Eat copious amounts of ice cream just because we can...

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And feel the sun beat down on our shoulders.

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Have a 'moment' on the beach while playing...

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Or perhaps just 'chill' on a sun lounger reading a book.

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Play in the golden afternoon sunshine.

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And jump for joy because we are having SO much fun!

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Go 'splash' in the pool...

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Or just 'float' if you are a bit too little to splash!

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Wear matching summer dresses and have a cuddle or two...

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And maybe a naughty cocktail or two as well.  After all it is a holiday!

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We would of course photograph everything, to show our little ladies when they are older what fun we had.

 

But the reason we would love to get away more than anything?

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To have our first proper holiday as a family of four.

And create memories that we will treasure forever.

 

Mark Warner have introduced a wonderful Blogger Family programme.  They are looking for five bloggers to take part and enjoy a family holiday in 2014.  I have written this post in the hope of becoming a #markwarnermum, it would be a dream come true for my little family.  

 

 

 

 

The Festive Fun Begins.

on Monday, 02 December 2013.

I look forward to the first weekend of December every year.  It has fast become a tradition in our house, like in many others, that it is the weekend we put the tree and decorations up.  We have a whole day of festive activities and fun, and this year didn't disappoint.

Our girls were little angels apart from Mads refusing her dinner yet again in the evening, but that has become standard in this house the last few weeks.  They were so well behaved all weekend which is always welcomed.  

It was one of those weekends where you feel so incredibly lucky for the little things you have in your life, and the way you experience the magic through the eyes of your children.

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Festive weekend boxes ready to be opened.

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In their boxes were our traditional festive weekend Christmas PJ's, two Christmassy DVD's, some chocolates with finger puppets on the top, a bib for LL, and a magic key for Mads. I also got them two special friends to keep them company until Christmas time- an angel for LL and a Father Christmas for Mads.

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Two new special friends to cuddle until Christmas.

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We don't have a fireplace and I started to wonder whether Mads would question this as she is starting to become more aware, so I decided to make a 'magic key' for Father Christmas to get in the door, wherever we may be.  I hope she will keep it forever!

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Every year we go and choose a decoration for the tree- this year Mads chose a little reindeer and loved running about deciding which one to choose.  

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We then decorated our tree while listening to the obligatory Christmas tunes, she was so incredibly excited and kept saying 'Wow our tree is beautiful.'  I did have to keep taking baubles off though as she wanted to put them all on one side.

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Mads new decoration for this year. :) 

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Opening their boxes.

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Obligatory by the tree photo. 

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Trying their new Xmas jammies on for size.

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Looking at the tree with Daddy.

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So begins the constant taking her away from the tree fun.

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My little reindeer.

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 And now as the weekend draws to a close, I am sat snuggled up on the sofa writing this post with the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background.  

A perfect festive weekend.

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