Miscellany, Moments

November 2016 favourites

A short and sweet wrap-up of my favourite parts of November 2016!


Thing we/I did

We took the kids to see the Bite-sized Circus, an animal-free show with just 6 performers, specialising in acrobatics, juggling, feats of strength and balance, and other amazing tricks. I’d been to see this show previously with Moose but this time all four of us went. It was a freeeeeeezing night and I was already sick, but that didn’t stop me enjoying it!


Photo I took


Here’s Little R just before his first ever swimming lesson. He was so excited and laughed and cheered the whole time we were in the water. We’ve just been for lesson #4 and he’s still laughing and cheering just as much. Little man loves the water! I’m so grateful to have back my one day off from work each week, so that we can spend special time like this together – just the two of us.


Book I read

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I rated this 5/5 on Goodreads. It’s a YA fantasy about a realm which is governed by a queen with a special gift. The queen will always give birth to triplet girls, each born with their own seperate gifts, which will usually be either the ability to control the weather, the ability to withstand poisons and create them, or the ability to have affinity with animals. The girls are seperated at a young age though, and taken to different areas of the realm to learn to control and master their gifts. Once they come of age, they will make a performance of their gift in front of the citizens of the realm, and be given a year in which to try and murder the other two sisters, leaving the sole survivor to be the next queen. Now who doesn’t want to read THAT?! It was dark and suspenseful and oh so delicously fantastical.


Memory or moment

I ran the 5km course in the Canberra Lifeline Fun Run – my first ever fun run! This has been on my goal list for a few years, I’m so happy that I have finally done it. I ran the course with my sister, and even though it was the easiest one on offer and we didn’t completely push ourselves to run as fast as we could, still the feeling of crossing that finish line was so uplifting. I have definitely caught the bug and want to do this again and again – and next time I’ll push myself!



Big R bought a Nintendo mini classic, which if you don’t know what it is, is basically a pocket-sized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that you might remember from the ’90s. Here’s what it looks like:


It comes pre-loaded with 30 original arcade classics, including the Super Mario trilogy, Pac Man, Double Dragon, The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. I have been having way too much fun reliving my childhood and trying out lots of old favourites and new favourites that I’d never played before. Definitely worth the investment!


Thing I bought

I bought this new beach towel from Cotton On, and I’m so in love with it. I have wanted a cool round beach towel for a long time, and now I finally have one and it’s amazing! After I bought it, I came home and immediately spread it out on the floor so I could lay about on it.



Movie or TV show I watched

Big R and I had a rare night out to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary (thank you, thank you very much), and we saw Arrival at the movies. This was not your average aliens-invade-Earth movie. Very different, with a deep message and a lot of feels. It really left us both with lots to ponder afterwards. A worthwhile watch.


Song or album I listened to

I’ve been listening to Bloom by Rufus lately, and the whole album is just exquisite. Good to listen to at any time – in the car, at work, at the gym, chilling at home, hanging out with friends. Special stuff.


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Stillness and awe

The other morning, Little R was keeping me company while I got ready. He was happily babbling away to himself and playing with some toys while I got dressed, and I tuned out for a bit, concentrating on what I was doing. Noticing that the noise had stopped, I tuned back in to see him sitting still by the window, gazing at the gusty day outside. The sight stopped me in my tracks. It mightn’t sound like a big deal, but when you’re used to an energetic dynamo of a 2-year old circling you constantly, these rare moments of stillness are a sight to behold.


He was so peaceful, so enthralled. I could almost see the cogs turning in his head as he sat and watched.

I couldn’t resist sneaking out of the room to grab my phone and race back to get a few quick photos, which of course ended up disturbing his daydream. In hindsight I should have just stayed still, soaking up the moment, watching him just like he was watching the trees. I can’t remember another time when I’ve witnessed either Little R or his big sister just sit like that and watch the world as it goes by. Such a small thing, but so beautiful to me.


I got down on the floor with Little R and we lay side by side on our tummies, looking out the window and talking about the wind and the leaves on the trees. Then he got up and jumped on to my back. I managed to wriggle him off me and get up to kneel, only to have him crawl underneath me, giggling. I nuzzled into his neck with my nose, making him laugh. And I thought “This. This is being a parent.”

The little things.



Growing up – Little R, 2 years


Little R / 2 years


I think the age you’re in right now is probably my favourite – between the ages of 1 and 3. Everything is still new and wonderful to you, you’re still so happy and curious. But you have also moved into full tantrum-throwing territory, if you don’t get your way.

You are deep in the stage of being an absolutely adorable, so-cute-it-hurts toddler. You are usually busy, either on your way somewhere at full pelt, or deeply involved with a toy or a book. It’s only recently that you’ve come into the age where you sometimes choose to play with other children if you want, I’ve only witnessed this on a few occasions, and it’s just so heartwarming to see. You play well with other kids, you especially seem to like being around older kids and they seem to adore you, but you’re also still just as content to make your own fun at other times.

Milestones seem to be found everyday. The transition from single words into short sentences are starting to emerge, as have unique facial or physical gestures as a means of communication, sometimes so slight that only a parent would understand the meaning. Physically, you’re pushing the boundaries of course, and still need a grown-up nearby.¬†You prefer not to hold my hand when you walk, but when you come to an uneven surface in your path you instinctively reach out for me. There’s no more wobbliness when you move around, and most of the time it’s run or nothing.¬†We had to remove our coffee table from the lounge room, because you figured out how easy it was to climb on top of it, and from there, launch yourself on to the couch. There were a few bumps resulting from that, but after the split lip, it was time for the coffee table to go.


Some words you can currently say –

Yes, Mummy! Yes, Daddy! Yes, Moo! (for Moose)

Allo, Hi, Buh-bye (with a wave)

Toach (for toast), Milk (although until recently, this was pronounced “Mor”), Iss (for water – go figure), Juice, Treat, Nack (snack), Bick (biscuit), Podge (porridge), more-do (for more food/water/play/anything. Yeah I dunno)

Ta, No, Yes, Pease

Goal!, Catch!, Ball, Kick, Ooszh (shoes)

Baby, Cute, Uh-oh, I Know!, Butt, Fart

Wee-Wee (The Wiggles)


You have started to become fussier with food, turning your nose up at certain things (all vegetables, cheese, ham), or more accurately, waving it away with your hand or throwing it away while shaking your head and saying “ew, no, yeauk”. You’re still learning how to use a fork though,¬†and we can’t wait for the day when we finally don’t have to clean up food from the floor anymore after every meal.

You give kisses and cuddles on command now, holding your arms out and puckering up your lips. You’re definitely more affectionate than your sister was at this age, and when Mummy and Daddy see you after a long day at work and childcare, you call our name and come running for a hug. It’s so nice.

You love making funny faces, it always ends up in giggles, for you and everyone around you. You make this scrunched up hilarious face now when you dance, with your mouth all pouty, kind of like an angry duck-face. Your other current favourites, because they make me laugh, are the toothy cheesy grin……




…..closely followed by the wide open eyes + wide mouth combo….




You crack me up kid.

You are obsessed with ball play. All you want to do is throw and kick balls all day long, and you have done ever since you were able to stand and kick. You carry a ball around with you, and will throw it at us even if our backs are turned or we’re not ready. This is probably the area you’re the most advanced in right now – the gross motor skills – you have such good ball control for your age that people comment on it all the time. Your Dad is very pleased about this, you’re showing great promise to be a star sports player!

You also, unshockingly, love playing with cars, trucks and trains. This wasn’t something we purposefully tried to instill in you, your natural attraction to these toys just slowly emerged. You even make the “brooommmm” and “errrrrrrrr!!!” sounds of cars moving and braking when you play with them!

You and your sister play really well together, most of the time. You still have the occasional argument over a toy. You have learnt to become just as rough with her as she is with you, you’re definitely holding your own now. Although I wish you’d stop the hitting. Or that I could find the secret to helping you stop the hitting.

You also love to read – more so flicking through books yourself than being read to, although you enjoy that too. You will sit quite happily and quietly for ages if you have a pile of books in front of you, carefully studying the pictures on each page. The sight makes my heart swell!

You are such a treasure, I don’t want you to ever grow up!




Innocence, curiosity, learning

One morning, at home with just Little R and me….

Shall we go outside before it gets too hot? Ok, put some sunscreen on first. Here you go – face, neck, arms….Pop your hat on. Grab your ball. Let’s go!



Hello dogs! Give them a pat. Gently!

Kick the ball to Mummy? That’s it, good kick! Ready? I’ll kick it to you now….



Ok, let’s go down the steps. Careful, that’s the way, shuffle down backwards. Let’s go and have a look at the (practically bare) veggie patch. Look! There’s the silverbeet, it’s growing tall! And that’s a fig tree. The orange tree looks like it wants some water. Shall we water the garden? We’ll have to fill¬†the watering can….

You want to go over here? Ok, let’s go to the playground. Wanna go on the swings? Ready, I’ll lift you up, one two three – up! Hold on tight. Let’s go! Weeee!

Ok, down the slide now. One two three – goooo! Again? One two three – weeee! Again?



What’s over here? Some flowers, look. Aren’t they lovely. Oh! I just saw a butterfly! There it is! Let’s try and catch it….oh, no, not fast enough. Where did it go? I think it flew away. Bye bye butterfly! I can see some ants though, look at them all! Walking in a line. They’re very fast, aren’t they? There’s so many!



It’s getting a bit hot buddy, might be time for some morning tea. Would you like something to eat? Let’s go inside. That was fun!


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Growing up – 16 months, and 5 & 3 months

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Moose / 5 & 3 months

You are proving to be the most kind and caring person. Even your teachers at preschool and other parents have commented to us about how you are always the first one to offer help if someone is hurt or struggling. There is an autistic child in your preschool class, and he has been finding it hard to settle into preschool life. But you have been a constant source of friendship and concern for him, taking him under your wing when he has needed it the most.

One of your teachers told us a story about a recent discussion at preschool. The teacher asked the class if they could come up with things that they liked about her, that didn’t have to do with her appearance. Many of the children offered up comments like “I like your clothes!” and “you have a nice smile”, but she reminded them that even though these were nice compliments, they were about her appearance and not about her as a person. You, my Moose, were the first one to give an answer that fit the criteria – “I like how you are kind to us”. This story almost made me cry when I heard it.

You can write some full words now – your name, your brother’s name, the names of some of your friends, Daddy, and Mummy. You can also write numbers. We’re starting to learn to recognise small, common words, in preparation for kindy next year. But I think you’re already quite well-prepared for the transition to big school. Something you are currently fascinated with, by the way. You ask a lot of questions about what happens at big school, and how long you’ll be there for, and when Little R will join you there.

You are learning more and more each day about relationships and interactions with other people. Preschool has taught you a lot in this area, as has becoming a big sister. You’ll often talk to us about what you should do if someone is being mean to you, or if someone is upset, or if someone is breaking the rules. Your preschool teachers have their own set of rules about how you and your classmates should behave with one another, and your Dad and I offer you our advice too. I hope you¬†will always talk to us about what’s on your mind.

I’ve noticed you barely have any interest in drawing or colouring-in anymore. I’m hoping this is just a phase, and perhaps you’ll rediscover your love for it when your brother starts learning how to do it. Now that you’re not so interested in it, I’m finding I really miss those moments sitting quietly with you and working on our individual or joint masterpieces, side by side.

You are still very mischievous, and you have selective hearing. In fact, for a while there I was genuinely concerned about your hearing, I thought it must be the only logical reason for your apparent lack of awareness of when you’re being given an instruction. You can be rough with your brother, and we’ve noticed a jealous streak has also just started to emerge. You’ve also started with the completely silly statements when tension is in the air, like “You guys don’t love me anymore”, and “I’m going to go and live somewhere else!”. It’s still very hard to manage you some days, and I get struck down with parental guilt often. But deep down, I know that you know you are loved, and we are a tight family unit.

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Little R / 16 months

I think the age you’re in right now is probably my favourite – the year between 1 and 2. Everything is still new and wonderful to you, you’re still so happy and curious, and thankfully not yet in full tantrum-throwing mode. Milestones seem to be found everyday. The transition from crawling to walking is made complete, words start to emerge as do small facial or physical gestures as a means of communication, sometimes so slight that only a parent would understand the meaning.

Words you can currently say – Daddy, Mummy, Nanna, hello, hi, buh-bye (with a wave), toast, more (which means “milk”), ta, no!,¬†goal!, catch!, ball, kick, dog, duck, this, uh-oh, wow, whoa.

You prefer not to hold my hand when you walk, but when you come to an uneven surface in your path you instinctively reach out for me, and when I do hold your hand, I can still feel little tremors of wobbliness in your walk, as you head towards total balance on your feet. You’re not quite there yet, you’re pretty stable but occasionally still trip over your own feet, so I’m savouring those last inklings of drunk-baby-walk.

We had to remove our coffee table from the lounge room, because you figured out how easy it was to climb on top of it, and from there, launch yourself on to the couch. There were a few bumps resulting from that, but after the split lip, it was time for the coffee table to go.

You have started to become fussier with food, turning your nose up at certain things (all vegetables, cheese, ham), or more accurately, waving it away with your hand while shaking your head and saying “no, no, no”. You’re learning how to use a fork though, with barely any instruction from us other than you watching us use our own forks. You’re a quick learner!

You give kisses and cuddles on command now, holding your arms out and puckering up your lips.

You are obsessed with ball play. All you want to do is throw and kick balls all day long. You carry a ball around with you, and will throw it at us even if our backs are turned or we’re not ready. This is probably the area you’re the most advanced in right now – you have such good ball control for a 1-year-old. Your Dad is very pleased about this, you’re showing great promise to be a star sports player!

You also love to read – more so flicking through books yourself than being read to, although you enjoy that too. You will sit quite happily and quietly for ages if you have a pile of books in front of you, carefully studying the pictures on each page. The sight makes my heart swell!

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Happy birthdays – 1 and 5

Both of my children turned another year older in May.¬† I absolutely love celebrating occasions like birthdays with the children, whether it’s my own or theirs.¬† Having children involved in these special days just brings that spark in to it, the magic that surrounded those events when you too were a child.

Here’s some of this year’s birthday memories-

Little R’s 1st

¬†watermarked - little r 1 birthday 1Unwrapping his presents, with his big sister’s help of course

Little R’s birthday was up first in early May, and being his 1st birthday, this was a very special one for all of us.¬† Because our kids’ birthdays are only 3 weeks apart, we’ve decided that each year just one of them can have a party, and we’ll alternate each year.¬† So 2015 was Little R’s party year!

I wanted to ensure the older kids at the party would stay entertained, and I didn’t want to have the party at our house.¬† So we decided on a local playground we used to visit in our old neighbourhood.¬† This one is bigger than your usual suburban playground, but it’s not well-known and so it’s generally quiet.¬† As a bonus, it has two undercover picnic tables, a barbeque, plenty of parking spaces in the surrounding streets, and a gorgeous view across a small pond and paddocks to the hills beyond.¬† Lucky for us, the weather was amazing on Little R’s birthday too.

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watermarked - little r 1 birthday 4It looks a bit cloudy in this photo, but it was actually a mild day with a lot of sunshine

We kept the party to just family and close friends.  There are plenty of kids in our immediate circle, which kept Moose entertained, I barely saw her for the whole party!  The kids all had a great time running around after each other, playing on the playground, and exploring the pond nearby (with adults in tow, of course).  I also brought along some of those cheap bottles of bubble mix, and some hula hoops, just as little added extras.

I wanted to keep the stress levels as low as possible (I was starting back at work two days after Little R’s birthday), so I decided not to stick to any particular party theme.¬† The decorations were very simple, just some colour-coordinated party-wear such as tablecloths, cups, plates etc., and bunting.¬† We held the party in the early afternoon, which not only worked best around children’s nap times, but took the pressure off us having to provide lunch for everybody.¬† We didn’t have any hot food – just fruit, muffins, lemon slice, a cheese and nibbles platter, chips, and the birthday cake of course.¬† I wanted to make Little R’s cake myself, and I chose a basic chocolate cake mix, in the shape of the number “1”, covered in chocolate icing and decorated with Smarties.

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watermarked - little r 1 birthday 6Moose is pretty eager to tuck in to that cake!

Little R spent the afternoon being passed around from person to person, and was all smiles when we sang him Happy Birthday.¬† Then he sat down to tuck into a big slice of chocolate birthday cake…..and got it all over him.¬† Promptly followed by a nap in his pram.

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It was a really wonderful celebration.  Just simple, and happy, surrounded by our favourite people.

Moose’s 5th

Moose’s birthday fell on a Friday this year.¬† I now have every Friday off with the kids as part of my part-time work arrangement, and Big R took the day off work so we could have a special family day.

I suggested we all go tenpin bowling as a fun activity we could all do together.  Moose has never been, and it had been years since Big R or I had played.  Moose was so excited, she was counting down the days from about a week out (and so was I)!

 watermarked - moose 5 birthday 1First time bowling! Check out those shoes!

After a fun morning of opening birthday presents in bed and lazing over our breakfast, Little R had a nap and then we went to the bowling centre.¬† I had made a booking online, thinking it might be busy with school groups, but it was really quiet.¬† We practically had the whole centre to ourselves!¬† We only played one game, but I think that was enough for Moose’s first time, and it was just the right amount of time for her concentration levels too.¬† Moose played using a mix of free-hand bowling (with our help), and “the ramp”, that’s designed to help kids so they don’t injure themselves.¬† She was fascinated with how the bowling ball magically pops up again out of the machine that places it back next to your seats, ready for the next turn (that machine has a name I’m sure, you know the one I’m talking about!).¬† Big R ended up winning, and then Moose beat me by 1 point.¬† Did I mention that I’m hopeless at bowling? Then again, she did have the advantage of the bumpers and the ramp….

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After our game finished, we of course had the obligatory bowling-alley lunch of hot dogs, nuggets and chips.  The quality was better than I was expecting, and it was surprisingly good value for money too.  We spent some time in the arcade part of the centre, where we won enough game machine tickets to win Moose the prize of some plastic bangles and a Dora the Explorer ring.  So far, a great day!

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Then it was time for my usual Friday ritual with the kids Рheading to the fresh food markets to buy our fruit & veg and meat, browse in the bookstore, have a play on the playground, and maybe buy a scrumptious bakery snack from the patisserie.  We did all of those things, and this time we had Big R in tow which made it even more of an enjoyable family experience.

Later at home, Moose had some time to play with her new birthday gifts, before her Nanna came over to have dinner and cake with us.¬† Moose got to choose what we had for dinner, and she kept telling me she wanted “chicken, meat, chips, and veggies”.¬† I translated this as a barbeque chicken, chips and gravy, and a salad.¬† Everyone was happy with that!¬† I didn’t quite have the time or energy to bake another birthday cake so soon after Little R’s birthday, so I suggested to Moose that she might like to try an ice-cream cake, which she excitedly agreed to.¬† Ice-cream cake is always a big hit for everyone concerned, and it is always going to look impressive too!

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I think Moose was really happy with how we spent her birthday, I’m so glad we all got to be together even though it was a weekday.

And that’s the kid’s birthdays over for another year – phew!

Happy birthdays Little R and Moose!

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Growing up – 10 months, and 4 & 10 months

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Moose / 4 & 10 months

You ask lots of questions.¬† Lately, you’re asking about certain words and what they mean.¬† You’ll stop us in the middle of a conversation, or in the middle of reading you a book, and ask about a word we’ve just said (the latest ones were “nervous” and “unfair”).¬† You also ask about people, whether they’re on the TV screen, in books or magazines, or in real life.¬† You want to know who they are,¬† and why they are doing whatever it is they’re doing.¬† You’re also asking the big questions – How do babies come out of their mummy’s belly? When I get older, will I die?

You can write almost any letter on command, and also identify words that begin with that letter.¬† You’re still struggling with a few of them, mainly K, Q, X, and Y.

Your drawings have become more elaborate and imaginative.¬† Instead of flowers, grass, sun and sky, which was your standard creation for a long time, now you’ve added people with long hair and uppercase “L”‘s for the noses, clouds, rain and lightning, or beautiful rainbow butterflies with smiling faces.¬† You’re also drawing things that are relevant to you at the time, like characters you’ve seen on TV, or Santa on his sleigh, or portraits of family and friends.

You have many imaginary discussions with your friends when your alone.

You took so well to night-time toilet training, which we started around September or so last year (at 4 years & 4 months).  After a month or two of regular accidents, you just got it.  Suddenly, you were either sleeping straight through with no accidents, or if you woke up, it was in time to use the toilet. And I am so grateful!

It’s been a long, hard road, but I think you’re finally getting the hang of this business of doing as you’re asked, and straight away.¬† Implementing a reward chart seems to have helped, as has praising you when you do the right thing (which has led to you seeking out our approval when you think you’ve done something right – “Mummy, did I do what you asked straight away?”), trying to ensure you don’t get too hungry or too hyper, and using the spare room as a “calm down” space when needed.¬† Starting preschool, and having to understand a different set of rules there, has also been a great lesson for you.

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You pull THE FUNNIEST faces I’ve ever seen.¬† You’re a comedian, you love to be silly and to make people laugh.

You don’t seem to ask to watch TV as much as you used to, and as a result you’re probably only watching it on maybe two occasions per week and only for short periods of time. These days, you’re much more content to just hang out with your little brother on the floor in the family room and play with him and his toys, or bring out your own toys for a bit of imaginary role-playing of your own.

You love to tell us all about the things you’re doing at preschool – the songs you’re singing, the toys you have there, the rules that the teachers expect you to follow, and what you’re learning about how to treat your friends.¬† You make up scenarios to talk about with us – “Mummy, if you’re playing with your friend in the sandpit, it’s not nice to throw sand at your friend because that might make them cry or you might get sand in their eye!”

More and more each day, I can feel you are growing up.¬† You have left the toddler stage behind you now, and you are in preschooler mode, soon to be a real, proper “kid”.¬† Occasionally this makes me feel a little sad, but mostly I’m just excited.

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Little R / 10 months

3 months ago, I made this note about you – “can almost sit on his own, will do it for a few seconds at a time before lurching off to one side and needing to be caught before he eats the ground”.¬† Now, you are sitting straight up and with ease, you have gone from a kind of commando-crawl to full hands-and-knees speed crawling, and you’re pulling yourself up in to standing against the furniture.¬† Your latest trick – dancing whenever you hear music.¬† How much can change in so little time!

You can grab for things you want clearly and quickly.  You have an activity table with lots of buttons to push and lights and music, and in the middle of it is a hole where you can put plastic balls in.  You can very smoothly pick up one of the balls from the ground, raise it up above the play table, and insert it in to the hole with precision.

You still love to roll over and around in bed, making it impossible for us to try you with bedsheets yet.¬† When we enter your room after you’ve woken from a nap, you are usually found on your tummy in your sleeping bag, or sitting or standing, with your smiley little face greeting us between the bars of your cot.

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You have a long attention span, especially for things that are new, like new places and objects.¬† You’ve always made it very easy to take you places, you don’t usually fuss about.¬† People always remark that they never hear a peep out of you (although they haven’t been around at the times when you’ve taken hours to get down to sleep)!

Speaking of sleep, you’ve become harder and harder to get down to sleep as you’ve gotten older.¬† You’ve learnt that if we hold you in “the sleepy position” as we call it (horizontally in our arms), or if we enter your room and close the blinds, this means we’re planning on putting you in bed, and you will let us know you’re not happy about it.¬† I think I may have found a sleep routine that seems to work for you though – for the last few days we’ve been working up to putting you down to sleep, instead taking the time to cuddle, calm you down, and read you a book, to prepare you for bed rather than just put you in there.¬† You always have a whinge when we leave your room and close the door, but most of the time it peters out after about a minute or so and you surrender to sleep!

You try to give me kisses on my cheeks and mouth, which sometimes end up being headbutts, and are always slobbery. Lucky they are so cute.

You leave a trail of drool wherever you go – on the floor, your hands, toys, my shoulder.¬† You’ve been drooling almost since the day you were born.¬† I get the constant assurance that “he must have teeth coming”, but months on, still no teeth are to be seen.¬† Your sister was the same.¬† I don’t believe that drool means teeth.

The minute your sister enters the room, you only have eyes for her and you smile and giggle adoringly at her, even if she’s not doing anything in particular.

You are ticklish – mainly under the neck, toes and underarms.

You have always been coy around people outside of your immediate family circle.¬† You’ll be in my arms, they’ll come up to you and talk and smooch on you, and you’ll give them a heart-melting grin, lower your eyelashes, and then turn your face away and bury it in my shoulder.

You can say “Dad” and “Mum” and “That”, but most of all you love babbling gibberish all day long, and I love listening to it.

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