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Summer time fun

So here we are, well over half way through the school summer holidays. We’ve had some quiet days, some fab days out and our family fortnight – including a week in gorgeous (if not always sunny,) Cornwall.

The holiday is, as always, flying. I’m now almost half way through the two weeks, which is my least favourite fortnight of the year, where the older two are with their respective other parents and Richard is back at work. Following straight on from our family fortnight where all five of us were together, the difference is well….stark. Finn has noticed too – he’s asking for the others multiple times per day, irrespective of my repeating where they are each time.

Right from the very first year that Ellie went away like this I’ve always found that if I allow myself to think about it too much, to dwell on it, then the ache of missing her becomes much bigger. So, from the very first year I’ve always kept myself busy. One year I went on holiday so I wasn’t at home where she normally was, other years I’ve worked long days and last year with the added dimension of being home alone with a baby (ahhhh!!!!) I meticulously planned every day for Finn and I to be doing things.

This year has been different – I haven’t planned most days and I hadn’t really had time to think about it much until it was here. So as I hit the half way point I can’t help but feel surprised at how well it’s gone.

I obviously still miss the kids and I look forward to the moment Richard comes home from work, but Finn and I have had lots of fun. Most crucially (and I don’t want to tempt fate as we’ve a week to go) we’ve spent lots of time on our own but still had a good time!! I’ve managed to do some jobs around the house as well as spend time focussing on Finn and I feel like we’ve made the most of our quality time together. There’s no doubt that at 19 months old Finn is more often than not great fun and I’m going to treasure these moments. Here’s some of them…

Finn responds to my asking him to ‘smile for the camera’:

Finn helping mummy with the washing:

Snuggles before nap time:

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It’s a toddler’s life and toddler’s rules…

AT 17 months old Finn has now established some very clear rules for life, which I figured it best to share with other toddlers in case they find them useful….please do pass on 🙂

Rule #1
No is just a word mummy says to make me show my cute face. The only exception is when the word is repeated several times until eventually bellowed out and steam is literally coming out of mummy’s ears – in those situations, it is best to cry.

Rule #2
Daytime naps are for wimps – although occasionally you should change it up a bit and have a really long nap. It will drive your mummy mad and ensure that she spends more time thinking about that than other things best left alone, such as how to hide vegetables in your food.

Rule #3 Food is tooooo boring to waste time on so as soon as you have had enough to dull your appetite you should demonstrate behaviour that will encourage mummy to get you out of the high chair quicker. Dropping food on the floor, flicking it across the table, blowing raspberries (ideally with food) or best of all – yelling loudly and banging the table. All of these behaviours will have the desired affect.

Rule #4 Running is better than walking, there are no exceptions. (Please note that I haven’t yet successfully checked out jumping so this may need to be updated in due course.)

Rule #5 Toys are entertaining for a little while but generally there is much more fun to be had with the things your mummies and daddies don’t give you. For example – the pans that mummy cooks with are better than the ones she gives me, I can sit in them, make louder noises and throw them around to a great reaction. Mud is much better to play with than the ‘play sand’ they give you – I am confused about why they bothered with the sand.

Rule #6 Faces, hair and generally other small children are fascinating – grown ups don’t seem to understand this and object loudly when you poke, hit or pull at them. Feel free to ignore, the grown ups are just silly.

Rule #7 Looking cute is the key part of being able to get your own way. With this face, I couldn’t be doing anything wrong could I….

Please do let me know of any rules you feel may need adding……

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