How was your weekend? I still can’t get over the fact what a lovely Summer we have in Ireland right now. Reaching temperatures up to 27 degrees at the weekend. It was a dream, especially for Matthew.
I can’t believe this time has actually come. My little boy who once was a newborn, a toddler, a pre schooler will now enter the stage of ACTUAL school. It is just way too soon in my opinion but I am sure he is well able for it. He surprises me every day what he can actually do I never knew about.
This is a post with a twist. I found this on somebody else’s blog the other day but only got around to write it now. There are so many blogger tags out there but this one for a change is actually about your child.It’s called “The Little Ones Tag” which was created by “The Secret Life of the Baby”. You are more than welcome to join in as well, I am not going to tag anyone specific. Here are some questions that my 4 year old son Matthew would answer as follows:
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.