Arthur and Freddie March 2017

Arthur and Freddie March 2017

It has been far too long since I’ve written a post about Arthur and Freddie.

I have no idea why I stopped doing their monthly updates because I absolutely loved it.  At the start of the year I promised myself that I would start writing them again.  Its now March and I haven’t done so.

However, I’m changing that today!  So here is a little post about Arthur and Freddie, as they are, right now!!

 

Arthur, aged 3years and 8months

Arthur: March 2017

This boy, is unbelievable right now.  I can not explain how proud I am of Arthur at the moment.  The thing that makes me most proud of Arthur right now has to be his manners.  He ALWAYS remembers his please and thank you’s and I love that.

He is always so happy to help whenever he can, and even when he can’t he’s right there wanting to!  He’s definitely is ready to start getting involved with some projects at home

We are working on building up his attention span because it can be pretty short.  We are getting some great support from school with this.

Arthur’s speech has come on immeasurably since he started school, every day he surprises me with something new.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that there has been real progress on a weekly basis.  His teacher and all our friends and family have noticed it and it is a big relief.  Its been something I have chosen not to speak about on here but it has been a big worry for us all.  There is still progress to be made but we are all delighted with the progress he has made so far!!

Arthur is building some lovely friendships at the moment and its so nice to see.  There are a couple of kids in his class who he is particularly fond of and he is so happy to see them every morning.  He is also so lucky to have the friendships of all mine and Mark’s friends too, they love him and look out for him so much.  Our ‘expat family’ is something I am eternally grateful for being so far away from our own!

A huge thing for Arthur in this last month is that he has all of a sudden turned into a full on fish!  He has ALWAYS loved the water but now, not only is he going underwater, he is actually starting to swim too! All by himself, he decided he was ready!

Arthur swimming at 3.5years old

Freddie aged 19 months

Freddie: March 2017

Where to start with Freddie!!!  He is honestly hilarious. I can’t believe how much he genuinely cracks me up on a daily basis.

At 19 months he is pretty sure he can do everything his brother can and theres not a lot thats going to stop him!  He is fearless, and oh so determined.  Freddie’s so happy every day when we get Arthur from school, although dragging him away when we drop him off in the morning is becoming a challenge – he loves going into class with ‘the big kids’.

This month Freddie was sick for almost a week.  He had a horrible fever, that seemed to spike in the afternoon. Also, he was eating very little the whole time.  I think I worried about this more than normal as when he had his 18month injection he hadn’t really gained any weight.  Now, rational me knows that they go through phases of this.  But, panic-y worrying about being judged by everyone me went into a bit of a meltdown over this!  He is eating again now, although he is becoming really picky which is SO annoying!!

We can’t get over how stroppy he can be.  I know time puts rose tinted glasses on things but I am sure he throws bigger, and much longer tantrums then Arthur did at this age.  Another sign of just how strong willed Freddie is.

My favourite thing about Freddie right now is how, when he’s tired, he comes and lies down over his legs or plops himself onto the bed or any soft object around.  Then he wants me to tickle his back.  Its so cute, he goes all super cuddly and lovely!

Freddie is starting to pick up quite a few words.  ‘No’ is a definite favourite.  He says Mummy a lot and also, ‘fish’ ‘shark’ and ‘whale’ in true island boy fashion!

 

Together

Arthur & Freddie March 2017

Together, Arthur and Freddie are becoming a real team.  They still love to be in each others company and mostly wants the other to be involved with whatever they are doing.  I’m starting to notice that if one is upset and having a cuddle with me, the other is all of a sudden upset and wants the same too.   Freddie is really copying things Arthur is doing, and saying too.

Arthur really looks out for Freddie.  The other day we had an interesting incident where Arthur pushed Freddie but it was because he was getting him away from the oven (not on) that he was trying to touch.  We were really happy that Arthur was protecting Freddie but had to at the same time tell him that he shouldn’t have pushed him!

 

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Arthur and Freddie {April 2016}

As always I’m late with this post!  Perhaps next month I’ll have got organised!

Arthur and Freddie.  Every day these two become closer, they are truly the best of best friends!  I know I sound like a broken record each month but it really is true.

 

As you may have seen we went on an amazing trip to Silhouette Island and we all got some really great downtime together.  Heres a couple shots of my boys while we were there.

Arthur and Freddie April 2016

Arthur and Freddie April 2016
Arthur and Freddie April 2016
I think they look really alike in that bottom picture!  Over time they are looking more and more alike.  Freddie is a lot fairer than Arthur is but their facial features are definitely started to become more similar

This month Freddie has started crawling and walks around in his baby walker or holding on to our hands.  Arthur thinks its amazing and wants Freddie to chase him.  It will be a little while before any ‘high speed’ chasing goes on but they are still both having a blast!!

Arthur absolutely loves to make Freddie laugh. He is so ready to play the clown for him anytime! His favourite tricks are to blow raspberries and to speak to him using baby words “blah blah dada mama” and all kinds of things I wouldn’t even begin to know how to type! No one can make Freddie laugh like Arthur can.

Freddie totally looks up to Arthur. You can tell he wants to be doing everything Arthur does. Its so cute, but I know that its going to lead to Freddie getting lots of bangs and bumps (he had one this week in fact but i’ll write about that soon!!)

Arthur still wants to involve Freddie in everything he does, I love that! there’s even been a few times recently where he’s told me that i can’t play when they are doing stuff together; that I love less but I can’t have it all!!

There is not too much longer until Arthur starts doing mornings in school (around 6 weeks I think) and so I’m savouring the special moments these little guys have together right now!!

 

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Arthur & Freddie {March 2016}

It’s that time again already, here are Arthur & Freddie in March 2016.

Arthur & Freddie {March 2016}

I’ve fallen out with my camera this last month as I continue to only be able to capture blurry shots. Of course it doesn’t help that I have two wriggly worms for sons!  This picture is one of the only ones I’ve taken this month that’s not really blurry!  It is a cute one though and kinda sums up their personalities right now!

I took loads of pictures this day and there are some really lovely ones of the two of them playing nicely together, but they are so so blurred I just can’t use them.

I’ll figure it out i’m sure.

Anyway, back to my boys. With Freddie now sitting up and being on the verge of crawling he is proving more and more interesting to Arthur every day. Arthur truly sees him as his play mate, and they love to be together.

At least once a day (on top of actual bath time in the evening) we get the shower running, fill up the baby bath and let the boys have a splash about in there. They love it. It’s a great way to keep them cool, as well as for them to have fun.

Aside from that the other way these two love to spend time is in Freddie’s cot. Arthur loves to take all his soft toys in there and play about in there. But Freddie has to be there too. I love that he wants to include him in his games and that he just wants to be around him.

As a bonus to me, I’m finding that if one is eating the other one wants to as well. Arthur is a bit of a pain for getting down from the table mid way through his food but now if Freddie is eating he tends to stick around a bit longer! If Arthur is eating anything, Freddie wants it! I need to get a bit more organised at having some more Freddie friendly snacks at hand for when Arthur is chomping on something at snack time! Freddie still doesn’t have any teeth so there’s lots he can’t have still!

 

We are so happy with the way these two are together.  Both so tolerant of each other and SO loving towards one another.  Each month I love to see their bond strengthen.  I’m such a proud mama!!

The Me and Mine Project
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Arthur and Freddie {February 2016}

This has been a very busy month for Arthur and Freddie.  We have moved house and have had a week without Mark while he went to London to interview new teachers for the school.

We have been so proud of how they have dealt with such a big month.

Now Freddie is babbling and starting to sit up they are interacting even more.  Arthur has a special voice he uses only when he speaks to Freddie, it’s so sweet.  I continue to be so impressed with how gentle and tolerant of Freddie he is.  Freddie is also very tolerant with Arthur, because sometimes Arthur is a little over zealous with his affection to him….Freddie will definitely grow up tough!!

Arthur and Freddie {February 2016}

I say it all the time, but these two really are such great little buddies.  Arthur wants Freddie to do everything he’s doing, and Freddie definitely wants to be doing everything Arthur does.

Arthur and Freddie in the garden Arthur and Freddie in the garden

 

I love watching these two together. Every laugh, cuddle and kiss they share makes me so happy. It always makes me laugh at myself for all the worry I had about how Arthur would react to having a little brother, they are such a great little team!!
As always I look forward to seeing what the next month will bring for my two little guys!

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Arthur and Freddie {January 2016}

So this month Arthur and Freddie continue to be amazing together.  They can’t get enough of each other!  I know this all sounds really cheesy, and frankly a little unbelievable, but really these two are truly the best of friends.  Every day I am thankful for how much these two love each other, I spent so much of my pregnancy being worried about this!

Arthur and Freddie.

Freddie constantly smiles at Arthur.  His eyes really do light up when he sees him.

Arthur spends so much time cuddling, kissing, holding hands with Freddie it’s so amazing.

Arthur and Freddie

Freddie is laughing now and the majority of his laughs definitely go to Arthur.  He especially laughs when Arthur is eating!  We have just started weaning with Freddie, hopefully he will learn to enjoy that as much as he enjoys watching Arthur eat!

Arthur has stopped napping in the day now so we don’t get those extra special waking up snuggles but these two still have lots of snuggle time every day.
Often when we go and get Freddie from his cot when he wakes up from a nap Arthur goes and gets his bunny and blanket and has a nice cuddle with his brother.  He likes that Freddie has his own special cuddle toy (Ducky!) and blanket.
I had wondered if we would have any problems with that, like Arthur wanting to have Freddie’s Ducky or his blanket, especially as they both have ones from Aiden&Anais so they look the same.  But, nope, Arthur loves his and loves to give Freddie his own ones.  I’ve even seen Arthur give Freddie his bunny to snuggle up to, this was possible the nicest and sweetest thing I have ever seen!!

thats my update for this month!  I’m hoping to have lots more of the same this month, and I can enjoy watching their bond grow by the day!

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Arthur and Freddie {November 2015}

I’m a couple of days late with this one, but here are my two little guys, Arthur and Freddie this month.

These pictures are from a random bed time that I decided to bring the camera in on.  Nothing particularly extraordinary about them but it does really show how these two are together all the time!!
Arthur and Freddie holding hands

There is still a whole lot of love going on with these two!  Arthur is still very into Freddie’s hands.  He loves holding hands with him.  We did however have our first ‘incident’ where Arthur bit Freddie’s hand, twice, in one day.  It was awful, my heart broke.  We were so worried that this was the start of things to come.  We put Arthur on the naughty step straight away both times, he’s not done it again or shown any inclination to do it again so fingers crossed we won’t get any more biting.  He has never been a biter anyway which I think made it all the more shocking for us.  I don’t know if it was an extension of his love of Freddie’s hands, a bit of jealousy or what, but it was no fun for anyone!!

Arthur and Freddie. BrothersAnyway, aside from that one day.  These two are still very much buddies!  There really is a whole lot of kisses and cuddles all the time.

Arthur and Freddie. BrothersArthur and Freddie. Brothers

Along with Freddie’s hands, Arthur also likes to point out his head, eyes, ears and toes!

Arthur and Freddie. Brothers

This last picture makes me laugh so much!  Arthur can definitely ‘over love’ Freddie and this is another example of that!  Freddie wasn’t upset or anything after this, I think he is definitely going to be a resilient little guy!

Arthur and Freddie. Brothers

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Arthur and Freddie {October 2015}

So a month has passed already and it’s time for a little Arthur and Freddie siblings update!!

These two continue to be so gorgeous together!!

Arthur and Freddie. Siblings, brothers, toddler & newborn

Arthur still just can not get enough of his baby brother, he wants to be touching him all the time. He is especially into holding Freddie’s hands it’s so sweet.
Arthur and Freddie. Brothers
Freddie loves to watch his big brother. The thing is, is that Arthur wants to be so so close to him that he can get a bit overwhelmed sometimes. Poor Arthur doesn’t quite get that Freddie doesn’t really love being all squished when he cuddles him all the time!!  Arthur tries his hardest to be so gentle with him, he is such a softie.
Arthur and Freddie. Brothers. Cuddles

Freddie is still very much my secret weapon to wake Arthur up, he doesn’t get grumpy at all if he is there and they have the loveliest of cuddles!

I am still really sure that Arthur and Freddie will be such buddies, especially if Arthur has anything to do with it. If Freddie isn’t in the room he is asking after him. If he hears him cry he goes to him. When Arthur comes into our bedroom he goes straight to Freddie and says “morning Freddie!” It couldn’t really be any cuter!!

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