Flowers have started to emerge in our little garden. Days are getting longer. Spring is not too far…
Wriggly (2 years 8 months)
· I regularly find myself saying things I never imagined would ever come out of my mouth. At the moment, my key phrase with you is, “Don’t lick that!” We have had “Don’t lick the bathroom mirror.” “No, you are not allowed to lick your sister.” Recently, I even had to shout: “What are you doing? No, no, no, don’t lick the floor!” I know, all glam and glitter!
· I love toddler logic. You have had a cold for ages and you keep repeating, “My nose is falling down!” when you have a runny nose. Makes sense, right?
· You absolutely love dancing and whenever you hear music, you start boogying and throwing shapes.
· You dress up every single day, generally going for the princess look.
· You have started getting interested in baking with me. It is still very messy, but loads of fun to spend time in the kitchen with you.
· Sleep is still an issue. You are always the last one of the children to nod off to sleep. You also try to keep the others awake by jumping on them, shouting, singing or generally being mischievous.
· I rarely wake up in the morning without you being in my bed. You must appear at some point in the early hours of the morning. I am too sleep deprived to notice your sneaking into bed with me and I have to say I quite like a morning cuddle with my baby. Oh sorry, I meant, “big gul!” (You keep reminding me you are NOT a baby!)
Jumpy (4 years 3 months)
· You love playing football, throwing balls, kicking and trying to catch a ball thrown at you.
· I spent an afternoon in your preschool last week and it was incredible to see how much confidence you had gained. Last time I did that, you were desperate to be around me but this time, you were content to acknowledge my presence but do your own thing and play with your friends.
· My little lady, you have been so keen to help me in the kitchen recently. I love cooking with you. You are so focused, quiet and patient when prepping food. You get ingredients ready, chop fruit, vegetables, pour, mix and help weighing.
· You love tidying up and helping me clean the house.
· After we had a food delivery, you declared: “I wish the man was in a toy shop and he brought us lots of toys.”
· One morning, I overheard you as you were deep in conversation with your little sister: “Now you go and tidy and you’ll be my servitor.”
Me: “We can’t use people as our servants.”
You: “But she likes being my servant.”
A couple of minutes later: “Do you wanna be my pet?”
Wriggly, beaming: “Yeah!”
Me: No answer, I give up…
· Your fine motor skills are getting better and better and you are starting to write recognisable letters.
· You can now buckle your seatbelt all by yourself and zip up your coat.
Beanie (6 years 4 months)
· You are starting to enjoy reading just for the sake of it and it makes your daily reading homework so much more enjoyable. You have been reading My Little Pony stories, The Magic Porridge Pot, parts The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland in bed. You make me so proud!
· You are still not dry at night and we have an appointment with our doctor to discuss it.
· You still have the most almighty of tantrums when you are in a bad mood. Triggers include being hungry (when I forget to hand you a snack as soon as you pass the school threshold in the afternoon), general morning grumpiness, your siblings getting 1-to-1 time with me or my taking my iPad off you (after you ‘sneakily’ borrowed it).
Crevette (8 years 6 months)
· You are getting pretty good at playing the piano and the guitar. The other day, you came home with bits from songs I love to practise on the guitar: Seven Nations Army, The Blues Brothers and Smoke Under Water. How cool is that?
· You are such a little gentleman, always so polite and courteous.
· Although you love swimming, you keep begging us to stop your Friday night lessons.You are reluctant to push yourself in those fast paced sessions that are based on increasing stamina. You are getting better and better, but is it worth pushing you? Such a tough one!
· In the past few weeks, you have spent 2 or 3 nights top and tailing with your baby sister… in her cot bed!
· As I was putting on some make up one morning, you declared: “Stop trying to hide your beautiful face.”
Me: “I look rough.”
You: “You look perfect. You look like you.” (I did look particularly tired)
· You sneaked into the bathroom one afternoon to give Jumpy a makeover using all my best make up (shock shock horror!).