All about JD

Baby JD is now an eight month old crawling-standing-cruising baby.  In the last week, tooth number 3 has arrived with toot number 4 about to make an appearance.  It is a painful process so he has been a bit ill with lots of cuddles required to get through the past week.  Irrespective, he is a much much better sleeper than he was in much earlier blog posts. I should write a separate post on that to help other parents struggling with baby’s sleeping pattern.  During the day, Baby JD can often be found clinging on to my legs (which always makes housework tricky when we’re alone), others you’ll find him being merrily entertained by his Number 1 fan (Missy) or being lulled to sleep by Daddy Bunny.  Yesterday, JD and I had a lovely lunch with my colleagues at Harris & Hoole. As he slept in the back seat of the car on the way home, I thought about my sweet little boy everyone was co-ing over yesterday.  He has nothing but love to give. we have nothing but love for him.

I love him even though he headbutted me so hard last week that I had a badly bruised lower lip for days. I love him even though when he does the occasional massive poo, I secretly wish that someone else, ANYONE else, was home so I could pass on nappy duty (muhahaha).  Missy loves him even though he’s always eagerly dashing towards her or her orderly ‘big girl’ toys when she just wants some quiet study time or play time. My mother loves him even though he enters her home, wrecks her living room, crawls over all the barriers put in his way then leaves (her glass top coffee table is a big attraction at the moment).  Daddy Bunny is always, cool as a fan and takes the big poos, ankle grabbing, in his stride and talks to his little boy about all sorts.

Sweet little boy. and a shout out to him for sleeping longer between night feeds.  So glad those sleepless nights are largely over.

MBx

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The term to end all terms

We’re full swing into the final week of the summer term Missy’s first year of school. woop woop

I recall a warm cloudy day in Sept 2013. Missy was chattering away excitedly, skipping between Daddy Bunny and I (me with a 7mth old bump in tow), as we walked towards her school gates on her first day of school.  She is bright, sociable and very confident and true to form, she settled well into school with a wide mix of friends across school.

It’s been a whirlwind of a school year but as we’ve gotten off on good start with phonics and all areas of the curriculum, navigated school politics, the umpteen parent workshops, school trips, newsletters, PTA events and fayres, it’s time to say farewell to Reception.  We have had a very good teacher and teaching assistant but she is looking forward to starting Year 1, has met her new teacher and visited her new classroom.

Missy starts her final week of this term with an end of year party at school today. We’ve baked some banana cake and lemon cupcakes as our contribution to the party feast.  A few mums and I are having an end of year picnic in the park (yes, yes we find any excuse to meet up). The weather has been very kind too.

As Missy looks forward to starting Year 1 in Sept 2014, I am working through the family targets for the year ahead, among which includes my return to work later this year, with Baby JD starting nursery after his 1st birthday in Nov 2014.  Besides serious targets, we have more fun stuff like birthdays (mine in Oct, JD & Daddy Bunny in Nov, Missy’s on New Year’s Eve) and of course, the C-word, Christmas.

MBx

Another school hols? Yes please.

Well the half term school hols is upon us again. This time, it feels like we’ve only just recovered from the last school hols! I do love school hols though, a break from our usual daily routine and days filled with lots of fun activities for Missy. (I’ll probably have my rose tinted glasses knocked off when I return to work with, what with the costly holiday clubs but for now I’ll embrace them as they come).

Anyhoo, we’ve kicked off the half term holidays with a long weekend in Devon. Tonight we enjoyed a late night stroll on the beach and under the direction of Daddy Bunny, we all closed our eyes for 30secs to enjoy the sounds of the waves (well, all of us except baby JD who kept his eyes wide open, presumably trying to take in this new experience, having never been to the beach before).

I shall try to take some pics this weekend and share on my next blog post.

It is also a bank holiday weekend in UK & Ireland. For those enjoying the break, cheers from us to you.

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MBx

Say What?!

After school yesterday, Missy and I sat on the dining table to go through this week’s reading book from school. She is in Reception. The books are part of their ‘homework’, sent home weekly for kids to practice reading with/to their parents or carers. This week’s book is titled Lucky Ducks by…..

Well, she starts reading the story and stops to point out that ‘Duck’ rhymes with ‘Luck’. “Oh yes, it does”, I say. She then suggested we take turns to say other words that had the ‘uck’ sound. “Okay, you go first”, I say. She said ‘tuck’. I said ‘suck’. She said ‘F*ck’. I tried hard not to gasp, and then realised she meant ‘Fork’. Phew. We swiftly moved on to reading the book.

Had a good week lovely readers?

MBx

Toothy Fruity

Missy’s had two ‘wobbly’ teeth since the start of the school Easter hols. They’re her central incissors (on the upper teeth), well, one of them finally fell out last night, much to her relief.  Missy started loosing her milk teeth quite early, while she was 4yrs old, so she knew just what to do with the tooth.  With a skip and a hop, she went to bed with the tooth tucked well under her pillow.  And so, so she had another visit from the tooth fairy so we had a very happy start to the day and a happy lunch time at school when she opened her lunch bag to find the Fruity Butterfly (pic below) in her lunch bag.

FRUITY BUTTERFLY SNACK :o)

Fruity Butterfly :o)

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Hope you’re all having a good week so far. Out of interest, how generous is the Tooth Fairy in your household and how long does the Tooth Fairy continue to visit?!

Easter Holidays

The Easter School Holidays is in full swing over here.  What a busy period it’s been with Missy being off school, so much so that my lovely new blog hasn’t been updated all week. We stayed in London and have had such a great time, even the weather has been kind to us. With 4 days left to go, here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to so far.

In no particular order, Missy’s holiday has been peppered with playdates, sleepover, outings to the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Royal Air Force Museum and the cinema to watch the hilarious Mr Peabody & Sherman, (I love animations that manage to be equally engaging to both the older and younger audience, Mr Peabody did well on this and I’d recommend you see it).  We had a really fun day out with Missy’s school friends/mums visiting a local farm and playground followed by a picnic.  A friend hosted an Easter party that went down really with the 14 kids attending and the parents. I made a bunny cake for the easter party which I had reservations about but it went down well. Daddy Bunny joined the party in the evening and we found ourselves happily strolling home way past my bunnies’ bedtime. I even enjoyed a glass of Prosecco on this day and hoped JD would be okay (well, of course he was).  We had a family picnic this week wandering through the 2.46-hectare Epping Forest where Daddy Bunny and Missy fed the geese and birds my homemade bread (and where I made a mental note to get a baby carrier for JD before we venture back to the forest. The pushchair is just no match for the woodlands). My bunnies and I spent yesterday with Missy’s Godbrothers and some other friends at the beautiful country park, Trent Park, where the kids went cycling, kite-flying, went on the adventure playground before heading back to her Godbrothers’ house for another Easter egg hunt, some more games and dinner/tea.

We’ve taken a pause today but we did go to see Grandma (my mum) briefly where Missy was given even more easter eggs to add to her haul.  Naturally, as she’s not allowed to eat too many chocs and sweets, we’re giving her a helping hand (or mouth?) lol.  Throughout the hols, we have managed to keep up Missy’s reading and writing. We’re proud that she’s doing so well and she relishes the independence. We’re back on the road tomorrow and will try to provide an update on the latter part of the Easter hols for the next blog.

Havn’t downloaded pics of our camera yet but below some related clips/pics. What has been the highlight of your Easter holidays?

MBx

 

 

 

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Epping Forest – Boating on Hollow Pond

 

I still find this glass sculpture by Dave Chihuly absolutely magnificent,

I still find this glass sculpture by Dave Chihuly absolutely magnificent.

These are a few of my favourite things

On my 2014 to-do list for this year (yep, that one I mentioned in this blog post), I plan to clear out the items we have in storage, and have had for years. We aren’t hoarders (well I don’t think we are) but with Missy’s arrival 5yrs ago, I’ve clung on to so many clothes, books, toys etc, just in case we have another girl. Well, we now have a boy, JD. Daddy Bunny has had me see reason and I am more than happy to let go.

I put off starting this task since January, but with spring in the air, I sprung into action (get it?) this month. First up, is a clear out of all her old clothes, withholding a few unisex items for JD and sending the rest out door. Well, that was my initial plan until a friend suggested I might want to hold on to a few items for, keepsake. Sound advice cos oh my, there are some things I struggled to part with. Not in an emotional blubbering broody sort of way. Nah. I’ts just that some items has invoked flashbacks to moments in time, events we attended, holidays we’ve had, birthdays celebrated etc. I am being ruthless though and only holding on to just a few bits. From Missy’s keepsake collection, here are just a few of my favourite things.

One of the outfits Missy wore for her first birthday party,

One of the outfits Missy wore for her first birthday party,

Fab Union Jack dress bought ahead of London 2012 Olympics. Wore this so often that year and its last outing was to the Olympic Stadium for the Paralympic Games

Fab Union Jack dress bought ahead of the London 2012 Olympics Wore this so often that year and its last outing was to the Olympic Stadium for the Paralympic Games

Missy started ballet just after she turned 2. I haven't found her very first ballet dress and shoes, hope it's still in one of the unopened bags.

Missy started ballet just after she turned 2. I haven’t found her very first ballet dress and shoes, hope it’s still in one of the unopened bags.

Missy's very first pair booties (hand knitted) from a friend of mine and her first pair of adult-like boots which she wore around Age 2.

Missy’s very first pair booties (hand knitted) bought by a friend and her first pair of adult-like boots which she wore around Age 2.

Lovely silver metallic dress she wore to our friends' winter wedding in London

Lovely silver metallic dress she wore to a friends’ winter wedding in London

Missy's christening dress, a very special day

Missy’s christening dress, a very special day

What childhood item of yours do you still hold on to?

MBx