Jack

Jack is 2!!

August 18, 2015 | 0 Comment

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My Jack,

So, today you turned two. I’m going to avoid all the ‘how time flies’ and ‘didn’t I just give birth to you yesterday’ clichés and just say “wow”.

You are the most divine little boy I’ve ever known. Aside from your new skill for pushing boundaries, throwing a brief tantrum and wanting to do things your way, all of which just reinforces how normal a toddler you are, you are very well mannered and well behaved and we are so proud of you. You’re sweet, kind, funny, and affectionate and just love the company of your Mummy & Daddy. It might drive us nuts that you want to take our hand and lead us over to where you are playing in the corner of the same room we are already in, but we also find it endearing that you want us close to you all the time.

You are still obsessed with books and anything Thomas the Tank Engine, you squeal with laughter during your bath time with Dad, you love big walks with Spot and I’d go on to list your favourite foods but you’re not a picky eater. You’ll have anything, though preferably made by Mum. You have always loved the water, so I enrolled you in swimming lessons this term and you love it! You’re the happiest child in the entire pool. I joke it’s the best place for me to take a look at your teeth because you swim with a Luna Park smile. Your confidence in the pool has improved so much after only 5 classes. I promise to keep you enrolled even when your little brother arrives.

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You are in love with your Grandparents and they feel very much the same about you. You have brought so much joy to our families and we love watching the bonds that have developed as you’ve grown to recognise them, show off for them and to bask in their company and affection.

We think your two-year-old molars are beginning to make a move but with you, it’s always hard to tell as you never exhibit physical symptoms such as red cheeks and nappy rash. You’ve been clingier than usual and wanting to hold my hand for entire walks, not sleeping as well, sporadically tugging your ears and biting holes in your dummies – which we will now think about scrapping altogether rather than replacing. Aside from the teeth though, you still continue to sleep well. You are usually down for the night between 7-7.30 and you most often always wake at 7.30am. A time we are always very happy to greet you at. You nap once a day, from 11.30am-1.30/2pm and you wake up chatty and sometimes laughing to yourself.

When you go to bed at night, your Dad and I often sit and talk about how much we love you and how happy you make us. Your face is sunshine and your little voice (with new words coming all the time) is the best sound in the world. We’re so incredibly lucky to have you.

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Your brother is due in 6 weeks and we can’t wait to watch you interact with him. You’re already such a gentle little boy that we think you’re going to be very loving and helpful and we hope you both grow to have a close bond.

You’re the gift that keeps on giving, Mr Jack, and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings. You are a joy to our lives and we still pinch ourselves that we were chosen to parent you and be the recipients of all your innocent, pure love and cuddles. We relish being the two people who can, at this time, make everything better for you.

Our firstborn.

Our beautiful soul.

Happy 2nd Birthday!

We love you more than you’ll ever know.

Mummy & Daddy xx

There’s Always Something…

June 26, 2015 | 0 Comment

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Roundie Playmat by Bella & Moo

I know I said in my last blog post that Jack was at my favourite age yet. Well, there’s one new occurrence that I’m not loving…

My child doesn’t want to sleep without me. It sounds sweet doesn’t it? Though it’s actually kind of frustrating. Nothing has changed in his bedtime routine and yet now as soon as we go to leave the room, he sits up and starts crying. This has probably been going on for about 6 weeks now. On his worst nights, if I took him into bed with me he fell asleep straight away. This same child that always hated co-sleeping! Not that we ever encouraged it, but on the rare occasion if he was sick, teething or uncharacteristically unsettled I’d see if laying down with me would help. It never did. He wanted to be in his own bed. Fast forward to now, and he’d happily sleep next to me but we don’t want that to be the full time solution.

I think he’s getting better, but at the moment we have to ask him to lie down, to reassure him that we are still there, and leave the door ajar. Then repeat this process a few times in 10-15 minutes before he’ll relax enough to settle to sleep. It’s probably a good thing that he’s not yet in a toddler bed, because I don’t think there would be any way he’d stay in it!

Has anyone been through this?

I’ve consulted Google, of course, and it seems a common issue to have with children his age or older but solutions are varied or the authors of similar posts have never come back to update on what worked for them. My guess is their poor souls finally succumbed to toddler-induced sleep deprivation or they were reunited with a healthy bedtime routine and thought “see you later, suckers!” to the rest of us.

I’ve been very open about the fact that I’m a big believer in the benefits of sleep training, but only between the ages of 6-12 months. This is not something I believe will work for Jack now. He’s older, more aware of what’s going on, growing rapidly, at an age where the 8 most painful teeth can come in and he’s old enough to be anxious or scared. He needs comfort and reassurance, not to be left to cry. As I’m pregnant, I’m also aware that he might have a sense that something big is happening, that things are changing. Kids, even children this young, are so much more intuitive than I ever would have thought, though it upsets me to think that he’s nervous about the future, or wondering what is going on and why people are talking so much about a new baby.

So, I ask, how do you comfort them without implementing bad habits that we’ll have to try and break later? I guess we’ll continue to reassure as we have been and hopefully ride out this stage.

I’d love to hear any tips if anyone has any.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. It’s Friday night and I’m spending it at home with my homemade spinach & ricotta pie, that I baked earlier whilst Jack chased our dog around outside, and the football. A perfect evening!

Belinda x

Toddlers & Freedom

June 23, 2015 | 0 Comment

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I went out for dinner with a friend last night* and I’ve been out every Friday night for the last month. No, I promise I’m not entering any most popular awards, I’m mentioning it because I’m three months away from giving birth to my second child so I’m taking advantage of it now.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I don’t like toddlers. Correction, never used to like toddlers. Sticky fingers and runny noses. The tiny, unreasonable, tantrum-throwing dictators with one word, “NO!” Now I of course don’t mean that I didn’t think I’d love my own child when he reached toddlerhood but imagine my surprise when this has (again) become my favourite age. His little voice and new words are music to my ears, his intentional cuddles and purposeful kisses melt my heart and watching as he understands my instructions and carries them out is incredible. He now reaches up to hold my hand as he approaches a road because he knows that’s our rule. Not long ago he was my baby, now he’s becoming his own little person and it‘s beautiful to watch.

The other reason I’m enjoying toddlerhood? Freedom. They get to an age where you find you can just DO more.

They aren’t so dependant. They’re not milk-feeding constantly and they sleep once during the day (if you’re lucky – mine still has a 2 hour lunchtime nap). They don’t need a list of instructions, a strict schedule or a U-Haul truck of supplies. Except snacks, always pack snacks. He’s an easier age to babysit and we take advantage of it without pushing our luck with the grandparents.

Life is going to slow down again with the arrival of our second baby, socially at least. When it comes to parenting, it’s about to ramp up. I hope we’re still able to head out for a date night or with friends every now and then, and I hope babysitting two kids isn’t too much to ask. It’s scary adding a newborn to the mix! Having said that, I couldn’t be more excited about another baby as it will most likely be our last (though don’t quote me on that!)

*I started this post last Thursday and it’s now Tuesday and I’m finally getting around to posting it. I need to slow down. Oh, and I’m finishing it in bed, with a cup of tea while Jack naps. I’m so exhausted from all the working and going out that I could fall asleep in a second but I find I feel worse if I do, so most days I do a one-hour pram walk up the hills of my suburb to wake myself up. Yes, I’m crazy, but Jack loves it, the dog loves it and it does help boost my energy.

Belinda x

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