It turns out that as Ellie approaches 6 I am still constantly discovering new things about being Ellie’s Mum. There’s no doubt that the learning curve nowadays is considerably less steep than when Ellie was a baby, but occasionally I do have weeks that are quite simply full of new and surprising things to get my head around. The last couple of weeks have been a good example and, as you’d expect, I thought I’d share.
Before I get cracking apologies for the lack of a photo this week but I simply couldn’t figure what picture wouldn’t put everyone off, you’ll see what I mean…
1. nits, nits and more nits
So I knew that children at school commonly got nits, but I did not realise that I would be getting letters home with such furious frequency. Nits – or more specifically the nit check – has become a part of our daily routine.
Now we’ve been really lucky so far and in writing this I truly hope I’m not tempting fate – that said, I think my item at number 2, makes up for it.
2. wriggly, white worms
Yuk – the moment that you realise that you’re child has worms. Little, white, wriggly threadworms. Naively or not, until a couple of months ago I didn’t even know this was something I would need to think about, and actually a common problem. Then I hear about them and the next thing I know…I see them on Ellie’s bottom. I managed not to squeal, or pull the face I’m pulling as I write this (not attractive, but you can imagine) – but I promptly became somewhat paranoid about cleaning the house and our personal cleanliness.
The whole family treated, the house cleaned from top to bottom (several times) and we’ve emerged slightly OCD about washing hands, food and bottoms (not at the same time) but at least now, worm free.
I should add that I had been concerned about freaking Ellie out so called it an infection for a little while until the moment she refused to take the medicine and I couldn’t hold back and blurted out she’d got worms. Ellie’s answer: ‘I don’t mind worms’. Inevitably we didn’t share that view and I hasten to add she took the medicine ….. and we both survived.
3. Disappearing shoes
Label your child’s clothes everyone cries and thy are right. Our labelled clothes have, by and large, served us well but alas as we plough into year one we’ve been beaten.
Last week Ellie came home in someone else’s shoes. Her’s are the same style as the ones she came home in but a different size and crucially … her’s HAVE HER NAME IN THEM!
So far the shoes are still AWOL and no classroom searching has made them appear. Case very much open.
4. You won’t get to the toilet on your own for…..when!
And my final entry in this post is my amazement and dismay that as Ellie moves towards her sixth birthday I have still not been able to get her to understand that my 2 minutes in the bathroom is my time. Apparently there are always too many important and urgent things for Ellie to tell me.
I wonder just when this will stop, although if I’m honest I also secretly wonder if I might actually miss her needing me so much.
Well that’s it for now, but I look forward to continuing my education and sharing it with you in the future. In the meantime, please do share what you’ve learnt recently from your children.