Still learning – things that move, things that disappear and time in the loo!

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.

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6 thoughts on “Still learning – things that move, things that disappear and time in the loo!

  1. Becky Cowley

    Fab post! My little girl will be 6 in July so I have similar issues! Although we have been really lucky on the nits and worms from *touches wood frantically* Mine thinks when I go to the loo it’s a sign for her to come and chat to me. And although her clothes have her name in, she once came home after a PE day with the wrong shirt on, she’d gone in a long sleeved and came back in a short! Most annoying as she wears light blue shirts and the long ones are really hard to come by!

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    1. Sharon Smyth Post author

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Becky – it’s lovely to know it isn’t just Ellie! My fingers are crossed for you on the nit and worm front.

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  2. Jeni Upperdine

    You had me smiling throughout this. My oldest is 7 soon and my youngest is 5 (god knows how she made it to 5 she certainly test the patience of a saint lol). Not really had many of the issues that you raise with the oldest except from her walking in on me whilst I’m in the bathroom!!! Now the youngest started school last sept. Up until now she has caught nits 6 times lost 13, yes 13 cardigans (can never find hers in lost property), 2 full p.e kits and one school shirt!! She has ruined countless shirts with god knows what……..im sure she should have been a boy with the state of her when she comes home…….I give up lol! Love your blog 🙂

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    1. Sharon Smyth Post author

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Jeni. It’s amazing to hear how different your two have been. I also note Ellie has some catching up to do on the uniform front! Lol x

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