Induction Week in Creche

We survived the induction week in creche this week. I didn’t think the kids would do as good as they did. I know kids can adapt well to change and to Chloe all she ever knew, was the minders. She would have been too small to create a friendship with one of the other toddlers. In terms of moving, she would be the easiest person to adapt to change but then there is her constant attachment which is fine. Matthew on the other hand is at an age where he made friends in the other creche. He mentions the boys everyday. I haven’t heard him talking about them the last two days though. So maybe he understands that they are in a different creche.  He already made friends in the new one which is great.

On Monday they went in for one hour. The new creche is called Cocoon Childcare. There are a few around in the Dublin area actually. Hubby and I stayed in their rooms the whole time. I stayed with Chloe and he stayed with Matthew. Chloe was shy and was holding onto me at the start. After about thirty minutes she let loose and started playing with some of the toys. They have a shelf of toys. She pulled out every single one of them while the other toddlers were having their tea in the middle of the room. I stayed with her the full hour. She tried out every seat at the end.
Matthew on the other hand got on great. They gave him an apple as a snack and he sat down and got stuck in to the activities.

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On Tuesday it was one and a half hours. The parents are supposed to stay with the kids the first fifteen minutes and once settles you can leave the room and come back to collect them. Once I left, Chloe started crying but within five minutes she was fine and started playing. She always does that at the start, even in the creche she attended before. I’d say she like a bit of drama. Daddy stayed with them in the parents area until their time was up while I was unboxing more stuff at home. Again they both done brilliant and Chloe was even outside.

Wednesday I dropped them in myself as this was the day where you’re supposed to leave the child for the full duration of the visit which is two hours. Usual thing, Chloe cried the first five minutes. I dropped her into her room first and then Matthew. By the time I came back to her room to check on her, she was fine and was playing away on the floor.  Matthew sat down the chair and done some arts and crafts with his hands with the minder. He loves it.

On Thursday it was more of a longer day. They stayed from 10am to 2pm which is over the lunch hour. This was also a trial to see if Chloe is able to nap her hour that she normally does. As Chloe is only still in the wobbler room, she still gets a report sheet everyday. Matthew doesn’t because not much point really. Her sheet tells me that her nappy was changed twice. She slept 1h and 10minutes. For lunch she had Spagetti Bolognese which she ate half of. She refused the snack which was apple and raisins. Normally she loves raisins but it was given at the time I dropped her in so I think that was the problem. Chloe enjoyed some garden play and puzzles. I find this report brilliant. It’s so detailed. She got a report in the other creche as well but it wasn’t that detailed. I was happy enough to see how long she slept and what she ate but this even better.

Today was a special day. It was Halloween dress up day. Perfect opportunity to integrate Matthew into his group. He dressed up as vampire. He wore this costume last year, too. It was good to get more wear out of it. I didn’t find anything decent in the shop to be honest and I had been looking for weeks. It is way easier to find outfits for girls or toddlers in general. I dressed Chloe up as a ghost. She wasn’t a fan of the whole dress at first but she got used to it pretty quickly. They both attended creche at the same time as to the previous day.

Matthew had some sweets and marshmallows as a treat. Friday is treat day and you are allowed to bring in a toy of your choice. We received a new toy from Mattel yesterday and he hasn’t stopped playing since. He had take it to creche of course. He also made some chocolate apple which looks really tasty by the way.
Chloe has been great, too. Her report looks pretty much the same. Her lunch was ham, potato and veg and guess what…she ate it all. Am I surprised? No, because she never ever eats at home and most of her food lands on the floor!

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Monday is a bank holiday in Ireland and also Halloween. Matthew and I have a day planned in Julianstown to visit Kennedy’s pumkin patch. I got tickets last minute for the two of us because the family ticket was sold out unfortunately.
I am more than confident to drop the kids into creche come Tuesday full-time. I haven’t figured out the times yet because Dublin traffic is mad in the morning, compared to Sligo. It looks like the kids will have to be dropped off at 7.45am the latest which means I will start work at 8.30am and finish at 4.30pm. This gives me enough time to have them home for 5pm and give them a snack before they go to bed. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

Siblings in October

The last month has been quite a busy month for us in terms of Chloe’s mobility. She has been trying to walk for a good while now but only with the walker. She is a later walker but I don’t mind that at all. I read somewhere that it’s better for them to walk later rather than earlier. It’s supposed to be better for the feet. This was also our last month of taking sibling photos together in our house neighbourhood as we will moving house and town in just five days. I can’t believe how quickly the time came in the end.

The last few weeks we developed this new habit to bring them to the play centre every Sunday morning.  I started coming the first time but daddy decided to bring them on their own then while I was at home cleaning or boxing up items for our move. We are off from this week coming anyway to start on it but it always better to get a head start.

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Now that Chloe was a bit more mobile the last four weeks, Matthew seems to be getting on even better with her. It’s so funny seeing them racing together around the house.  They like chasing each other round and round or playing hide and seek. Two weeks ago I finally got out the smart trike. It’s from 10 months onwards. Never mind that she is 20 months already but I suppose better later than never. So off we went for a stroll around the estate. Matthew still loves his Little Tikes ride on even though he is bit big too for it now. He doesn’t get the hang of the scooter and doesn’t want to cycle on the bike too long so this is the best option.

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Not too long ago I reviewed one of thew Kiddy Smartfix car seats which is a group 2-3. Matthew loved it so much that he didn’t want to sit in his old one in daddy’s car. It meant we had to buy a second one for daddy’s car. A different colour of course. He was so happy. A massive box was left over. We decorated it with a few wheels on the sides and a steering wheel inside the box. The two of them were using it as a car as well as an airplane. I did have to interfered once or twice to make sure Matthew is not too rough on Chloe.

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Last weekend Chloe finally started off walking and there is no stopping her now. We already had a few accidents and bumps but that’s all part of the experience. The cutest thing ever is when we are going off to creche each morning. They both sit on the first step of the stairs to have their coats and shoes put on. Chloe has never worn shoes before. I bought her two pairs   of Bobux but  she always hated them.  There is a pair that still fits her now which sits in the hallway with all the other shoes. She picked them three days and wanted them on her. Ever since she goes out to the hallway and picks them up herself when we go out. She even goes out of her way and picks up Matthew’s shoes. She adores her big brother.

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Autumn Wardrobe For Boys

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Autumn is truly with us now.  The cold wind, the dropped temperature in the morning and the cold breeze. Occasionally I even have to turn on the heating in the house. but mainly only in Chloe’s room because she is not a fan of the sleeping bag anymore since there was no need for it during the summer.  I might migrate her to a toddler blanket at some stage but she is moves a lot at night so it’s very difficult.

Matthew has outgrown nearly all of his jumpers and tops. The only thing that still fits him are all the t-shirts from the summer. He has plenty of those but unfortunately it is too cold to wear these when he is going off to creche. It might be alright when he is at home. I could combine it with a hoodie but he hates them, I am not even going to try. He is four, he has developed his own kind of fashion sense.

He is actually a skinny little thing, don’t worry I do feed him. Light tops he is still in size 3-4 years but heavier jumpers I had to buy size 4-5 years recently.

All the above is a clothing haul from Next. Some I purchased, some others I may have yet to purchase. I seem to have drifted off H&M Clothing again. They are perfectly fine for my little girl who is moving into new sizes every 6 months but for my four year old, it needs to be a bit more quality. The jumpers for older boys I don’t find that great.  I’d say it must because it’s either 2-4 years or 4-6 years. I need something in between. That’s where Next comes in handy with 4-5 years and it will last forever.

Long Sleeve Slogan Top €9: Matthew already has a T-Shirt with this writing.  It really describes what he loves. How can you not want this. This jumper is actually light enough and perfect for autumn. Once it arrived in our house he started wearing it basically.

Teal Long Sleeve Dinosaur T-Shirt €7.50-€9: Dinosaur print seems to be the new trend at the moment. I see dinosaur tops and leggings and jackets everywhere. We have a little collection of our own dinosaur clothing now. I like this one and it glows in the dark. Matthew has a top with a moon on it from H&M that glows in the dark. He will love this one. He goes into the bathroom and turns off the lights to see it.

Navy Printed Car Crew €13.50-€15: With a cute car print on it, this jumper will your little boy nice and cosy in autumn and in the winter time. It’s on my list to buy. I really like the detail on it. A monkey, a mouse and a crocodile driving on the car. Cuteness overload.

Green Long Sleeve Roar T-Shirt: Lovely light top with a dinosaur slogan printed on it. He wore this a few times already. He loved it that much, he had to show his little sister and kept saying “Look Chloe”.

Rust/Navy Printed Skinny Joggers Two Pack €20.50-€23.50: I find joggers the most comfortable trousers ever. I don’t see why they should be stuck in jeans, everyday seven days a week. Especially on weekends joggers are a big thing in our house. I really like these printed skinny car joggers. He will look super cute in them.

Lined Boarders €15-16.50: What I like about these is they still look casual. I still buy Matthew the trousers with the waistband because it seems most comfortable on him. The ones with the button fall down on him and he is too young to be able to close and open a button, never mind a belt.

Navy Four Pocket Waxy Jacket €43-€46: I have been looking for a nice autumn jacket for quite some time now. I don’t know why it is so hard. It’s either rain jackets or really puffy winter jackets which is way too warm for this weather. I bought this jacket. I liked the look of it. To be honest, it is still a bit warm and in the mean time I got his winter jacket out from name it which is actually lighter. So we swap them around and use this one for the colder days. It has a cosy fleece hoodie.

Ochre Long Sleeve T-Shirt €10.50-€12: This top is pretty much identical to the Roar one. The only difference obviously is that this one has a smiley face on it.

Teal Slogan Crew €13.50-€15: Again the dinosaur print. This is a bit of a heavier jumper. He could easily wear this with a lighter coat now but he sweats quite quick so it stays in the draw for a bit longer.

Have you bought any nice bits for your kids this autumn? 

Farewell Dodie

Last weekend was kind of a big deal to us. You see, my son Matthew has been using his dodie, some call it soother, others call it dummy, for over four years. To some mums this is quite a long time. To speech therapists and public health nurses it’s a no no. Each to their own. I personally wasn’t ready to give it up at the age of two when I initially wanted to give it away. He didn’t have the speech, he didn’t understand what giving it away means.

He soon got attached to it more and I pushed it out further and further. Christmas 2015 came along and I wanted to give it away to Santa. But you know the way Christmas goes. Everyone is so cosy, you don’t want to change a habit, keep everything the same and just enjoy the time together. Guess what? I dragged it out even further. It got to a point now where I was thinking around his fourth birthday it really needs to go.

Then another excuse came into my head. We are moving house soon. I got it into my head that he needs the comfort when we move and he is going to sleep in a complete different environment.No Janine, I thought to myself, this is just making up another excuse to push it out again.So I put an end to it. Plus the two dodies were kind of disgusting looking. They are latex ones. He only likes those and my bestie from Germany has been sending them over up until now.

Around two to three weeks ago I started talking about the dodie fairy. I explained to him that the dodie fairy was visiting soon to pick up his dodies and bring them to the babies. I said to him that he is such a big boy now that he doesn’t need his dodies anymore but the babies out there really need them. This is the story we told them everyday. The last week he has been telling me about it himself. “Mammy, the dodie fairy is coming to bring the dodie to the babies“. Well that was a good start.

Hubby was home from his three trip to Dublin so I decided to start this Friday night. I got out an envelope. Before we put the two dodies in and closed it, I got him involved in decorating the envelope himself for the dodie fairy. He loved it.He wanted me to draw a star and a heart and he coloured them in. He was happy with that. We put the dodies in the envelope, closed it up and left it at the door for the fairy for the night before bedtime.

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When it was time to go to sleep after I read him his usual story, there was a whinge here and there and he asked me about his dodie. But I said to him that the dodie fairy is going to get them when he is asleep and when he wakes up he is going to have a present from her instead. We went through the Smyths catalogue and he picked out something he wanted.I picked it up the next day.

The day came. Not only he slept without a dodie, but he also slept in his own bed all night. He started picking up coming into our bed for quite some time during the night. I thought it might be because of jealousy now that Chloe is here, but I read it from so many other mums. He asked for a sticker. So now I created a reward chart. Every night he stays in his own bed, he receives a sticker. So far he has three. Once he reaches ten I will get him a surprise but I haven’t decided what yet. I don’t want it to be anything big because can you imagine after every ten stickers?

I came upstairs to Matthew and he checked outside the bedroom door what the dodie fairy brought him. He was so happy and smiley. He absolutely loved it. He was very proud of himself I’d say. He got a transformer toy that transforms into a police car but it also comes with a trailer that can be used as a claw to grab things. Another small thing was a hot wheels Super Mario Bros. car. He wasn’t too interested in that but he started playing with it now. He likes Mario, that’s why I thought it would be cute.

It’s Tuesday evening, 9pm as I write this and it’s night five since he has been sleeping without a dodie. He has stopped asking about it since night three which is brilliant. I thought it would take a bit longer the fact that he had it for so long. I am really proud of my little boy and it is another milestone we reached. It’s sad to see the dodie go. It gave him so much comfort over the last few years. But we all know it can be bad for the teeth so I am glad we have this behind us.

The Developmental Checkup

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About two weeks ago I got a phone call from the public health nurse in the primary care centre. Matthew was due his developmental checkup.The public health nurses in Ireland are generally always behind with this kind of stuff. The checkup is normally between the age of 3 1/4 years and 3 1/2 years. Slight off at 4 years and one month. Even better for us though because it means he might have developed things that he didn’t develop at the time he was 3 1/2. He didn’t go to his 18 to 24 months checkup until he was 2 1/2 years.

A week later we received the letter in the post to confirm the appointment. Today was the day. I really wanted to bring him. It was scheduled for 2pm but unfortunately I couldn’t go so daddy brought him. Due to so many people off in work, I couldn’t take the afternoon off. There was not much point putting him in creche again for just two hours. I have learnt from the past also, once he has been collected from creche, there is no way he is going back in without any tears. To keep him sweet, just take the afternoon off.

You may remember that Matthew has been to speech therapy when he was three years old. He was discharged when he was three and a half. His speech really improved since but I was convinced there would be at least one thing the public health nurse wouldn’t be happy about it. How wrong was I…

They showed him different sheets and had to explain what he sees. He also had to tell the woman the colours. He may have got some wrong but that’s okay. Overall he did really well in the speaking exam. He was told that he had the speech of a five year old which was nice to hear. I didn’t expect that to be honest.

The second thing on the list was the weight and height. That didn’t go too well. He can be weird like that with strangers and especially in places that look like a doctor office. He hates doctors since he was in hospital at the age of two and a bit. Luckily though I only weighed him a few days ago and I also measured him as he has one hanging up in his room.

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Funny enough I weighed him again this evening and he is heavier again. He now actually weighs 17.6kg. It’s great because only three weeks ago he only weighed 15.9kg. It’s mainly because when we were away in Spain, he barely ate. I blame the heat for that. But he surely picked up on the weight again.

He is up to date with his immunisations. The last one he got was in baby days. He doesn’t get another vaccine until he goes to school which will be next year. This will be the booster shot. I am dreading it slightly!
PHN asked if he was toilet trained. I am actually glad we accomplished that about a month and a half ago.

His next check up will be between four and five years of age. Before that happens, I think it will be Chloe’s turn between the age of 18 and 24 months.