Mummy moment

Hello everyone.I hope you are all well and enjoying the so-called Summer we are apparently having. I’m not a sun-worshiper but enjoy it best when the weather is warm and dry. I have never been one to be able to sit and sunbathe,I’m more likely to be found sat in the shade or indoors during the hottest part of the day. I wanted to add some photo’s showing how quickly the children are growing up and changing; Especially my youngest son,who is soon to be 8 months old. It has flown by so quickly and he doesn’t seem to want to stay a baby. He was crawling by 6 months,not long after he started pulling himself into a standing position either using furniture or whilst in his Travel cot. He is now the proud owner of 5 teeth, definitely the quickest cutting teeth but has seemed to suffer the most with it unfortunately. Thank goodness for teething necklaces,teething granules and teething gels.
My 2 year old son is now well and truly in the terrible two’s stage and is into everything; He can climb over the stairgate now as we found out earlier today. He can do the splits-I have no idea how or where this came from. I have never been able to do this neither has my husband as far as I am aware. I do have a very active,sporty and Athletic 8 year old that he adores but I don’t think she can do the splits. Due to all the attention it is now his party trick and he does it constantly. His speech is coming on really well and he is learning new words every day,some I noticed today that I hadn’t heard him say before include Scooby-Doo,freezing,raining,monkeys,dancing. He is also becoming quite a good little dancer and really enjoys music. He has recently started giving me a really cheeky grin if I say no to him or tell him off,little rascal.
My 4 year old is very excited about starting ‘Big school’ in a couple weeks and we are off to get her first pair of school shoes next week. I got her another cardigan and a pair of trousers this week,she already has a couple skirts,polo-shirts,pinafore dress,Gingham dresses for warmer weather.I can’t wait to drop her off and take lots of photo’s on her first day at school. It really will be a busy and exciting day as the 3 bigger ones all go back on the same day and my eldest son starts Secondary school. She has become very confident and seems ready now,initially I did have concerns as she seemed so young still and only gave up her afternoon nap a couple months ago. She was only 4 in June and I have worried more about her starting school than I did with the other 2 as they were both nearly 5 by the time they started school.
My mini-me is 8,9 in October,she is very grown up for her age and I often have to remind myself she is only 8. She has a keen interest in fashion and has her own style,she wears what she likes not usually just because her friends have something. She is tall and slim but has more of an athletic build rather than being skinny,she loves sports and last year took part in clubs at school for Tag Rugby,Cross country and Tap dancing. I was never sporty and had awful co-ordination,I am so glad that this doesn’t seem to have been passed down to my children. Sometimes it is like having a teenager in the house,she can be stroppy and moody,on the other hand she can be great company and very kind and caring towards other people.
Last but by no means least is my 11 year old son,he makes me very proud. He has come along leaps and bounds the last couple years. He is a lot more confident than he used to be and I look forward to seeing him progress and develop new interests during his time at Secondary school. He has already developed interests in Chess,Warhammer,Archery and orienteering over the past 2 or 3 years and I hope he tries out new things whilst at Secondary school. He is helpful,has a great sense of humour and is a fantastic big brother. I just hope his feet stop growing soon as I have just bought his school shoes-he is now in a mens size 9-9 and a half. I think he’ll be towering over me before long.
My children make me incredibly proud and I love seeing their personalities develop and watching them find their own interest and things they are good at. They all seem to be artistic and often sit at the table drawing or making things together (Apart from the baby of course,he just watches in awe,waiting for the day when he can join in),which is lovely to see.

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Starting new Schools.

In September my youngest daughter will be starting at the local infant school.She has only recently turned Four so I am slightly anxious.She still often has a nap after pre-school.As confident as she is I am definitely more nervous about her starting than I was with her older brother and sister as they were both almost 5 when they started school.So far she has visited her school 3 times over the past couple weeks. Yesterday I dropped her off for the afternoon and she went last Thursday and today with pre-school.Both of our local primary schools have had new Head teacher’s this year and I have to say from what I have seen so far I am impressed.I think my daughter will be fine,if not a bit tired.I have decide to stagger her start to full time education rather than have her start fulltime by the second week.This mean’s she will go to school part-time until the October half-term.By November she will be full time.I am glad I was given the option and feel I made the right decision for my child.

Another huge change for our family occur’s in September when my eldest son starts Secondary school.He’s a good,sensible boy but I do worry about him.So far he has been bullied during the start of his experience at infant and Junior school.He has become a lot more confident over the past year or so and I am very proud of him.He is quite tall for his age and has bigger feet than me already.I know he will almost be an adult by the time he leaves school and he will go through so many changes over the next few years.He will always be my little pickle though.Last summer I did well with my bargain hunting via my weekly email from http://www.moneysavingexpert.com and managed to book a 5 day summer camp for the amazing price of £79  (including transport,food and all activites) He has been away regularly as he stays with his dad every other weekend so he is used to being away from home,however he did miss us all and phoned a few times which was lovely.The camp was at Osmington Bay near Weymouth at a PGL centre.The main benefit I felt was that my usually reserved son made friends quickly and took part in activities which he wouldn’t have otherwise.

Starting infant school

My daughter is due to start Big school (infants) in September,my concern is that she will be constantlyexhausted.Currently she attends preschool for 4 days and does 15 hours.On Monday she goes for the morning session,which starts at 9am and stays for her lunch and I pick her up at 12.30.On Tuesday she stays all day,9am-3pm,Wednesday is a morning session 9am-12pm and Thursday she has an afternoon session,12.30-3.After every session she is exhausted,although she isnt always napping now which is good. I have decided to stagger her start to full-time education over 9 weeks,(which was the suggestion from the headmaster) before she starts full time.I did have the option to enter her fulltime from the 2nd week in September,I’m not ready for this,let alone her.I strongly believe that a staggered start of Faiths school life will be what is best for her individually.My elder 2 children had Autumn/Winter Birthdays and I would have been happy for them to go full time quicker than they did as they were a lot older than Faith will be when they started school.I am curious as to what the options are around the country or in other parts of the world.I know that Year R,Reception class is mainly about playing and getting used to the school routine but 6 hours is still a long day for a 4 year old in my opinion.

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