The Adventure of Parenthood

Friday, 31 October 2014

Me and Mine - October

Somehow it is the end of the month, and I had forgotten to take a nice photo (yet again).  Luckily we do have one from this month that I can use, from an afternoon we spent at the local park playing in the autumn leaves.

October has flown by, with a weekend away in London for the littlies and I, our 20 week scan and plenty of quiet weeks as well, with Preschool playing a big part for Dylan.  Archie's language seems to be coming on massively at the moment, and he likes to make it known very loudly.  The autumn weather has been mild, and there are constantly leaves stuck to wellies and pushchair wheels as we spend as much time outdoors as we can before it gets chillier. 

This month Mummy is loving finding out baby pretzel is a boy, shopping for baby things, Screme eggs and cosy evenings with slippers, blankets, candles and hot chocolate.

Daddy is loving a promotion at work, teaching Archie some football skills, eating healthier and his new bike.

Dylan is loving Halloween games, our day at the zoo, his Playmobil caravan and watching Ice Age with popcorn on a Friday night.

Archie is loving anything with a siren, telling people off, snuggles with Mummy in the morning and spending time with Aunty NatNat.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

London Zoo

We love visiting London Zoo as there are so many of our favourite animals to see, but trips take a lot of planning! We used the new Journl app to make our day out even easier (and to keep a track of spending!). We timed our visit inside a weekend in the big city which meant we didn't have long journeys either side, and the boys had an amazing day out.

Journl is an online personal organiser, and now an iphone app too.  The website gives you the chance to organise your whole life from to do lists, to budget planning to their handy calender and the iphone app gives you all this on the go.  My favourite aspect of the app was that it helped me keep track of how much I was spending - something that easily gets out of hand! The notes section meant I could pop down handy blog ideas whenever they came into my head too - here is to hoping I actually get a bit more organised now!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Little Bird from Mothercare

I love Mothercare clothes for the boys,  I still remember walking round when they were little choosing them beautiful outfits which are all still saved for Pretzel.  Our local store never stocked the Little Bird range though, and it has turned out to be one of my favourites.  The boys were sent some clothes and they looks so classic, timeless and most of them are very neutral.

I love them in matching, and Mothercare have fed my little addiction.  Here are some pictures.

matching sibings, mothercare, little bird, jools oliver clothing

The green tops and Archie's cream top are all Little Bird at Mothercare.  The boys green trainers are Mothercare and these gorgeous body warmer jackets are Little Bird too and perfect for this in-between weather!

Little Bird, Jools Oliver, Mothercare review

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The (Pre)School Run

Dylan started preschool in September, and after three years of living on our own schedule, it was a shock to the system for us all.  We are not a family of early risers, and we didn't like to rush our waking up.  Cuddles on the sofa with milk were followed by a leisurely breakfast, a little play and then dressed ready for our day.  If we had a late night, we had a lie in, if we had nowhere to be then pyjamas until lunchtime is standard!  After three years of living life our way, the preschool routine has set in, and this is it now, quite possibly forever, as preschool is followed by school, and secondary school and work.

As it happens, the little guy adores preschool, and our preschool run is exactly that, a run.  His little legs work hard and run all the way there, eager to see his friends whilst I walk fast with Archie snug in the buggy.  This works quite well as we are usually running late as well!  It is less than half a mile each way so it doesn't take us long at all.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Two Boys so Different

I knew my boys would be different, I could see it in their eyes from the day they were born, one pair so calm, taking in everything around him eagerly, the others with a sparkle that told us of energy.  As one slept through the first day, the other lay awake - a pattern they followed for quite some time.

We brought them up the same, or as close to it as we could, although there are obvious differences being the younger brother to an 18 month old compared to an only child.  We loved them equally and always will, but they are so different in every way.

Whilst Dylan is much taller and bigger than children his age, he is often mistaken for an older child.  His language is advanced, and his concentration is pretty amazing for a boy just turned three.  He is desperate to learn, whether it be through books or museums, and he is an outgoing but sensitive child.

Archie is pretty average when it comes to size, but is a boy on a mission.  Not one to be strapped down, he is a little houdini and can escape pushchairs and highchairs should the desire take him (and it usually does).  He wants to explore the world physically, using all his senses, and he communicates in his own unmistakeable way.

As Archie nears 20 months, I made the mistake of reading what I wrote about Dylan at the same time - a bit of a mistake really as I knew that they are not the same.  It worried me though.  Dylan is and was my benchmark.  He was my first, and therefore a 'normal' child in my eyes, and in many ways Archie is not even close to him in terms of development.  

Whilst Dylan would tell us that he was holding a purple hexagon at this age, Archie is still learning the words for colours and shapes without any knowledge of what they refer to.  Dylan's sentences are but words to Archie and numbers are a thing of the future, whilst his big brother was counting to 10 at the same age.  Archie hasn't had as much one on one time, but he has had something just as amazing, he has had a big brother to learn from, play with and share with.

I have been looking at it the other way though, and whilst at 20 months Dylan was learning to get onto the sofa, Archie had that in the bag a whole year earlier.  Whilst Dylan was playing happily with toys, Archie has been doing role play and pretend for several months already.  They both have such different strengths, and whilst one of my boys is already promising to be an acadmic sort, the other is definitely more physical.  I wonder what little pretzel will turn out like.

Although I know their differences, I must admit it is hard not to compare them, and I have been making much more effort to get Archie used to colours, shapes and numbers since reading the old blog post.  I think there is a general pattern based on birth order, and whilst there will always be exceptions, I have come to notice that this is the norm.  Both my boys are beautiful, smart, kind and unique children, and I hope they stay as different and perfect as they are now.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Riding his Bike

The warm weather is slowly disappearing, but Sunday saw the sun shining and that beautiful Autumn light bouncing off of the fallen crunchy leaves and pine cones.  We took a stroll down the road after nap time, and Dylan rode his new bike outside for the first time.  

He is by nature a cautious child and needs a bit of time to get used to new things (we learnt from his scooter), so after some practice at home, he was excited to put on his helmet and gloves and join the big kids.  He may not be the fastest, but he loved riding down the paths on his new Kiddimoto balance bike.

Most balance bikes are wooden, and whilst we do love wooden toys, Dylan felt so grown up on his shiny metal bike as it looked more like his Daddy's.  Archie is desperate to have a go, and loved being pushed around on it thanks to a handy handle on the back - unfortunately at 20 months his feet don't quite reach the floor.

Thankfully, the bike only weighs 3kg so when the boys were done playing, I could carry it around easily.  The tracks at the park weren't all even, but the all terrain tyres coped well with any ground.

 At three years and two months, I see other children zooming past on their bikes, but we are not at that stage at all yet.  Dylan rides his bike no faster than he can run, and he is happy that way for now.  I know that preschool is already bringing out a more competitive side of him though, so my next update might include him flying down the paths on it (or Archie doing it!)

For now, it will make our trips to the park a bit more exciting, and we love the sound of the bike crunching through the fallen leaves!

I was sent the Kiddimoto Super Junior Max along with the accessories to record Dylan's progress - come back in a few weeks and see how he is getting on!  All thoughts, opinions and photos are of course my own.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The 20 Week Scan

Today was a day filled with excitemement and nerves.  It has been seven weeks since I last saw our little pretzel wriggling on the screen, and the twenty week scan tests for so much more.  We were in the room for about thirty minutes in total, and saw every perfect bit of our little baby, from the hand that gave out a hi5 to the camera (definitely my favourite scan picture), to the four chambers of the heart and teeny tiny stomach.

We were also quite eager to find out the gender (Although I think we had both already guessed)

Our little pretzel was more than obliging and we got to spend the afternoon shopping for our little . . .

gender announcement, 20 weeks scan
(I wasn't sure this would work, but we took blue sparklers to the park and had a play with my camera settings)

We are over the moon to be growing a third baby boy, and thankfully we have so much from the other two, that we don't need a lot.  I did pick up these adorable sleepsuits though, skipping the newborn size as the scan showed this baby is following in his brothers' footsteps and is already looking big!

I have taken over from the lovely Molly at Mothers Always Right as she has just had her beautiful baby girl.  I will be hosting the Blog bump club so please link up your latest pregnancy posts! 

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