Arthur is 32 months old.
This month has been a busy one. We have not only moved house, but we also had a week without Mark when he went to London to interview new teachers.
I was a little worried about how Arthur would deal with the house move this time around. We spoke about it loads in the month leading up to it and we were lucky enough to have the key for that month so we could visit lots (and spread the move over time which helped loads!). That meant Arthur had lots of time to get used to and explore our new house. He’s been so happy here right from the start. He loves his new room and slept great right fro, the start.
Every morning he’s been waking up and saying “nice new house”. It makes me so happy!!
We have also had a little sleep revalation since we’ve moved. Arthur now sleeps, or at least is happy to stay in his room until about 7am every day!! For anyone that knows us, or regularly reads my blog you will know what a dream that is! Arthur has always been an early riser (like 5am early) and so for me to be able to get up have a shower and a cup of tea before he’s up has changed our whole day let alone morning!!
His later wake ups mean I’ve been getting a chance to get myself sorted and prepared for my little whirlwind when he gets up!!
I’ve also been giving him breakfast as soon as he wakes up, that’s cut out early morning TV time and asking for cookies every morning!!
I can’t express enough how much of a difference this has made to our whole day. Everyone starts the day less grumpy and it really does set the tone for the whole day.
Not sure if it’s connected but Arthur is showing less and less interest in the TV, he does like it on but he rarely sits through anything any more.
Arthur does have time on the iPad every day. It’s the same time every day and it’s always taken away after the same amount of time. It’s not connected to the Internet and only has the apps allowed by us. He is always really good when it’s time to take it off him. There are some that will be quite judgemental of us allowing him to play on it but now he’s not napping it’s the only truly quiet time I get during the day. It gives me a bit of time to reset and get some stuff done and so for us it’s all good.
He is showing much more interest in his toys each day. He plays so nicely and it’s really lovely to watch as well as jumping in and getting involved with him.
One of Arthur’s favourite games to play with me is ‘picnic’. The best thing about this is that we use nothing to play it except our imaginations! We sit down and munch away on whatever Arthur fancies ‘eating’ at the time, it quite often involves sweeties and chocolate cake but just as often some juice and apples (just like his real life requests!)
He also loves to sit down and read stories both with us and alone. I love listening him to while he “reads” any of his stories it’s so cute!
I am being increasingly aware of the fact that Arthur will be starting school soon. He will be going in for the last half term of the school year, I think just for mornings and maybe only a couple days a week depending how he gets on! He will be starting properly in September. I’m trying to soak in all the moments I can with him right now. Don’t get me wrong there are times when I’m totally ready for him to, like mid tantrum; but in general I know I’ll miss him lots when he starts!!