Caroline: My food stuff!

June 26th, 2018

My sausage (Oscar,) my pumpkin (Joshua,) and my sweet pea (Charlie.) ❤️💜🧡💛💚💙

No!

June 26th, 2018

Charlie has learnt to shake his head which, to you and me means no but I’m not sure that he understands that yet! It’s a bit confusing when you ask him a question and he starts shaking his head. He must understand the idea of the question, the social aspects and maybe the way your voice is different.

Reading

June 20th, 2018

Joshua’s doing some reading… This one is “God never makes potatoes!”

A blog I recently found, written when Oscar was approaching his first birthday in 2013

May 13th, 2018

A year on…

Sitting on the sofa with my beautiful family; husband on one side and sleeping son on the other.

We’ve been looking back at our blog from a year ago today – it’s our sons birthday tomorrow (5th Feb). On my car journeys to work (where I have my thinking time) I have also been thinking about what was happening at this time a year ago and what has changed in this year.

I feel blessed. I have had a really lovely year – I have always wanted to be a mum and I am so enjoying the experience.

Being parents has definitely changed our lives; I don’t mind most of the time: I like to be busy and organise bits here and there. We used to journey into London to explore a new area or head out for meals without interruption. I could pop into the corner shop on the way home easily and everything was a bit quicker but I am enjoying learning to slow down and be more chilled out.

I think one of the best things about having a child is the joy they bring to people around you – I can see when our families play with him how much they smile. Babies are just so excitable, interesting, grateful and simple (in a nice way) and I think this brings joy. I will always remember the joy that Oscar gave my Grandma and I am so thankful that they met each other.

I am enjoying our learning together as a family and look forward to the changes between 1 and 2.

Words Oscar said at 18 months

May 13th, 2018

Words Oscar can say at 18 months

  • duck
  • ready steady go
  • cat
  • bubble
  • ball
  • daddy
  • mummy
  • go there
  • done
  • dog
  • bye
  • down
  • roar
  • quack

The time I fell into the Danube!

April 2nd, 2018

Changes with a 3 year old!

March 27th, 2018

Joshua’s appetite has changed! It might be that we are living in Romania at the moment so the food is slightly different but, he is morphing into pickiness. I wonder if this is the age where children’s taste buds change or it’s related to developmental changes?!

And another change is freckles. I noticed this too with Oscar. They both weren’t born with many freckles, maybe one or two, but as they approach 3-4 years old they start to appear slowly. How amazing!

Caroline x

Intricate models and drawings

March 13th, 2018

Oscar’s drawing and making has really changed recently becoming much more intricate and detailed. He is very thoughtful with his designing.

Here are a few pictures of his makes… Read the rest of this entry »

Charlie loves his food!

March 8th, 2018

Charlie is 9 months old and has been eating/experimenting/weaning with food since he was 5.5 months old. He’s getting pretty good with it all and as he’s our third little one the nerves are much lower for me. He loves his food and so we’re trying to get him to have a good taste of all the different delicious foods that we are lucky to have!

Book reviews

February 24th, 2018

After I told Oscar about my favourite book from my childhood, he asked that I read it to him, and so began our nightly habit of reading books without pictures that are probably mostly (but not enitrely!) going over his head. Having said that, even Joshua picks up on plenty, despite falling asleep within minutes of me starting to read each night!

Many fascinating conversations spin out of these reading sessions.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

It took us about 8 weeks to read the whole thing, and Oscar loved it. It’s a long book, but a fairly straightforward adventure plot. But lots of complex characters and events. His favourite bit is a big battle, where all the groups Lyra has met come together to save the children.

There are 2 more books in this trilogy, but the story and concepts get even more complex, so I’m trying to be patient before reading them!

The B.F.G.

We didn’t enjoy that one as much. It’s a very slow pace!

La Belle Sauvage

Philip Pullman started another trilogy of books in Lyra’s world, and the first was released in 2017. It’s set before Northern Lights. We loved this one, too. Lots of interesting concepts including freedom and morality.

Oscar’s favourite bit is how the Gyptians know the flood is coming, but no one else believes it… and then, of course, the flood does come.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle

Apparently this is a popular book in America; often read in middle school. I’d not heard of it, but turns out the movie adaptation is coming out in a few weeks! It was on a list of good children’s books, so we tried it out. We enjoyed this one a lot, too. Quite different to what I expected, and I’m quite intrigued to see how the movie turns out.

There are lots more books in this series too, so I expect we’ll come back to this one at some point.

The Hithchiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

I really didn’t expect this one to go down well, but the kids enjoyed it. They liked the computers and robots with “realistic” personalities (including Marvin the utterly depressed android, and the spaceship’s computer that’s always faaar to cheerful). They were both in fits of giggles at the computer singing during a crisis.

Oscar seems interested in robots, aliens, and various types of intelligent creatures. On reflection… I guess that’s a theme running through all these books so far!

Next we’re trying out I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov. We’ll report back in a couple of weeks what we think of that one.