16 months

16 months old

Arthur is now 16 months old, we have loved this month with him.

He is changing so much right now I wish I could bottle up every moment!

I love how much he says yes accompanied with full body nodding. The other day when he said that ‘yes’ he was finished but also ‘yes’ he wanted more, I asked him if he just said yes to everything I say and he shook his head for no!!! We laughed so much! He says “gone” and lifts his hands to show all gone for lots of different things, I really must try harder to get a picture of it because it’s so cute! His words for “cat” “dog” and “bird” are becoming clearer and clearer all the time too.

Arthur absolutely LOVES animals, oh and babies, he loooooves babies! Any we see gets stroked with “ahhh’s” just like Mark and I get!

He’s becoming a lot better at entertaining himself and is starting to show more of an interest in his toys. Stacking cups are still a big favourite (seriously, best toy ever to buy for a kid!), as are any types of ball!

His love of being outside has not diminished in anyway, we are getting out earlier and earlier, with a new favourite going out in the garden at 6:30am to throw a ball around. I love that he loves to be outside, I love it a little less at that time though if I’m honest!
Arthur is having more and more fun every time we go to the beach, he’s so adventurous and loves spending time there!

We had a particularly messy, messy play incident this month!

A huge change for our little guy is that this month we started to take Arthur into school once a week, just for an hour. We go into the early years class (3year olds) and he absolutely loves it. There are no toddler groups or anything here and so he’s loving all the interaction he gets with other kids at school!

Nap times are back on track I’m relieved to say!

Fussy eating for the moment still seems to be a thing of a past which is great! Arthur is having times where he wants to eat LOADS and times where he doesn’t want to eat very much at all. I’m not letting myself worry about it. He lets me know, very clearly, if he wants food….still plenty of taking us to the fridge.

We are definitely getting some toddler tantrums now! I have to say, Mark and I find them really funny! It’s amazing how he can make himself so difficult to pick up! He throws himself to the floor and feels like a tonne of bricks to lift! It’s over such funny things, like not being able to have a shower whenever he feels like it, the square not fitting in the round hole on the shape sorter….you know the really Important things in life!!

Think that’s all for now! I hope this next month is as full of fun as this month has been!

 

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Anse Georgette {The Ordinary Moments} #26

It’s been half term this week here and it’s been lovely to really get out and make the most of living here in the Seychelles as a family!

I particularly enjoyed our trip to Anse Georgette. This beach is so close to us and it’s ridiculously gorgeous.

On this trip in particular the ocean was like a bath, so warm and calm.

There were lots of pretty fish everywhere and even a baby lemon shark (we’ve seen two baby sharks this week while we’ve been swimming!)

My friend had brought her paddle board round and so we had a little play on that!

Arthur definitely enjoyed it!

What’s not to enjoy though!

Anse Georgette

 

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Another tale of a messy play fail!

Rubbish play doh

Once upon a time, a while before they were scared for life with the notorious messy play incident. The mummy and daddy were looking at ways to help their toddler have different sensory experiences and explore his creative side.

This is another tale of a messy play fail.

After trawling the internet for inspiration, the mummy decided she would make some home made Play Doh.
They had pots of Play Doh but the mummy was sure that if she made her own the toddler would love it even more, be eternally grateful for the effort she put in and generally grow up to be awesome.

“Arthur can help me make it too, he’d love that!” She thought
“It would create a special bond between them” She thought
“It would make a great blog post too!” She thought

The Mummy spent time online and realised that a secret ingredient to make perfect Play Doh was cream of tartar.
Since they couldn’t get cream of tartar she used a recipe that was ridiculously easy looking, what could go wrong?
The Mummy searched around the shops desperately for food colouring and managed to find some red.
She then sorted out her ingredients

1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
A few drops of food colouring

The mummy attempted to take some visually appealing, blog worthy photos to illustrate how easy this recipe was.

She never was very good at these artsy pictures

Tale of a messy play fail
It would be ok though, some fancy text was sure to make it look great:

Tale of a messy play fail

Okay, it was that much better.

It didn’t matter, the results would speak for themselves and the wonderful sensory experience that the toddler would have would far outweigh the downside of the Mummy’s crappy photography skills.

So the Mummy set up in the kitchen, got a nice mixing bowl out and a toddler sized wooden spoon.

The toddler mixed together the dry ingredients, remarkably mess free.
Tale of a messy play fail
Then the Mummy poured in some water.  Still mess free.

Tale of a messy play fail

“Isn’t this wonderful” she thought.

Next the Mummy added in a couple drops of the red food dye she had bought.

Tale of a messy play fail

Turns out the red food dye was yellow.

“crap, that doesn’t look so great” she thought.

It was clear the Toddler was a little confused as to what this was he had made with the Mummy.
Tale of a messy play fail
The Mummy was starting to doubt the ‘easy’ Play Doh recipe.

 

The Mummy kept a calm head, she had a science degree after all (yes okay it’s a degree in Surf Science but it has BSc at the end and you can’t take that away from her!!!) she could fix this.  She added some more flour.  It was now beginning to resemble some of the toddler’s less desirable nappies.

Tale of a messy play fail

 

“It’s okay” the Mummy tried to convince herself.

The toddler made his feelings quite clear and decided that he no longer wanted to be anywhere near the Play Doh they had created. In fact, he looked quite terrified.

Tale of a messy play fail

So from this tale of a messy play fail the Mummy learned:

Tale of a messy play fail

 

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Raising a beach bum {The Ordinary Moments} #25

With being born and now growing up (very fast) in the Seychelles, Arthur was destined to love the beach. We are well and truly raising a beach bum!

He was first introduced to the beach at 1 week old.
Beach bum at 1 week old

He’s been a regular little beach bum ever since! It makes us so happy and proud to see him be confident on the beach and near the ocean.

We even spent Christmas morning on the beach!
Christmas Beach Bum

Now he’s walking around, our trips to the beach have certainly changed, they are a lot more busy, but A LOT more fun! We run in and out of the ocean lapping the shore. We clamber on rocks and go exploring. We hang out in the shade under trees playing with the seeds, the leaves and any other treasures we can get our hands on.

With it being very hot during the day we tend to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon when it’s a little cooler. When you go in the morning you are pretty much guaranteed the beach to yourself, which is just heaven!
These pictures were taken at 8:30 this morning at the beach at the end of our road, it was just us, the sun was out but it wasn’t too hot.  Honestly it was perfection.
Early morning beach bum

Ocean loving beach bum

Mama and her beach bum

The beach bum explorer

Beach bum

I know we are totally spoilt, but this really is an ordinary moment for us. Don’t get me wrong we are truly grateful. We love where we live and that Arthur gets to spend so much time outside and at the beach.

 

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