Arthur and Freddie June 2017

Yep, I’m late with this again!!!  I know, I know, I suck!  I don’t even really have an excuse!  These last 2-3 weeks have gone by in a total blur!  If you missed last month’s update check it out

Anyway, better late then never (again) here is my update on Arthur and Freddie June 2017

 

Arthur at 4 years old

Arthur at 4 years old

Aggghhhhh it’s here, it’s happened, he’s 4!   I do cringe when I read the cliches from everyone (including myself) but they are all true, the ‘how did this happen’ ‘it’s gone so quick’ etc etc, it is seriously ALL TRUE!!  I do feel like he was a baby just yesterday and now he’s a full blown 4 year old!

Okay, i’ll stop with the cliche’s for now (but be warned Freddie’s birthday is in August and you WILL hear them all over again!).

Arthur has really changed this month in so many ways.  He’s looking so grown up now.

Now obviously, he still has tantrums about things and he still throws strops about things like having to eat dinner instead of sweets and all that stuff. But, he asks ‘why’ and is interested in  your response.  I guess it’s coming down to his speech and understanding improving further still.  We can have proper conversations and I love it.  I think back to when I started having concerns about his speech, when he was 2 (if you read that note me trying to cover up my concerns!!!), and he has come on such an incredible amount.  We really couldn’t be prouder of him for that.

Arthur is waking up at ridiculous times at the moment. He has always been an early riser, but he’s been waking before 5 the last week or so. I’m hoping that it’s a hangover of all the birthday excitement and it passes soon!

He is enjoying school at the moment, and is barely taking a second to say goodbye to me at the door!  I think he’s going to love the long school holidays though, it’s less than 3 weeks now until they start!

Arthur 4 years old

Arthur’s party!

I couldn’t not include a little section about Arthur’s 4th birthday party in this update!  It is the first year where he has really got the idea of a birthday party.  With being at school, he’s got friends that he wanted to invite.  Actually, he invited the whole class.  I love that he wanted to invite everyone, even those that he doesn’t particularly have a good relationship with.  I hope he is always so inclusive of everyone!!

In the end we had around 10 kids come and that was a really nice number.  We were really lucky with the weather, it wasn’t too hot and really overcast making it perfect for all the kids playing outside!

He also invited our neighbours who he’s known since he was only a few weeks old, our best friends (but totally his best friends too!)!

We borrowed a little bouncy castle off a friend and we had the waterslide which mum and dad bought out for the boys.  They went down a storm!  We had planned to do some games with the kids but they were having so much fun we just kinda left them too it!

Arthur's 4th birthday party

Anyway, he told me he wanted a ‘road cake’ (i don’t know either) and then he decided on a farm cake.  I tried to be all pinterest-y but as usual, it didn’t really turn out that way!  I was excited to find cadbury’s fingers to put round the edge, but they had all melted and stuck together so they didn’t really look so pretty by the time i got them on the cake #islandproblems!  Anyway, it still tasted good and Arthur was delighted with it!

Arthur's 4th birthday party

 

I decided right from the offset I wasn’t going to pretend to try and do any healthy food, it was going to be good old fashioned ‘proper’ party food.  Triangle sandwiches (cheese and ham, so thats kinda healthy I guess!?), cupcakes, cookies, crisps, marshmallows with extra glittery sugar on, the lot!!

4th birthday party food

 

He had an amazing party and I was so proud of how all the kids behaved! I was a little nervous of how Arthur would cope with everyone playing with his toys but he was great!  Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I’m sure its something he will remember forever!!  It’s definitely a day we will remember, our little guys first proper birthday party!!

 

Freddie at 22 months old

Freddie June 2017

 

This boy!  He is something else let me tell you!!!  So stubborn (goodness knows where that comes from…..!), SO independent, and so bloody clever!  To say he keeps me on my toes is an understatement!!!

He is being an insanely fussy eater right now and it drives me nuts!  The mornings are especially bad, he only wants cookies, sometimes I can pacify him with toast, if not, it’s giant tantrums all morning until he has a snack around 9-10ish.  It’s safe to say he’s not a morning person, but when he sleeps until at least 7 every day I can’t really complain too much – now i just need him to have a word with Arthur about 5am wake ups!!

I’ve had a mild attempt at potty training this month, he’s showing lots of the ready signs but I’ll say to him do you need a wee ‘NO’ and then he will look down and wee. I’ll sit him on the potty he will get up and then ‘wee’ and tell me ‘wee wee’!!!  I think this may be more of a battle than we had with Arthur!!  I’ll try again in the holidays when we are not having to go in and out for the school run, and I’ll have Mark to help!!

Freddie is talking SO much and is so outgoing.  He loves saying ‘bye, see you’ whenever we leave anywhere! He loves talking about Arthur and Daddy as well as pretty much anything else around him.

My favourite thing about Freddie at the moment is how cuddly he is.  It’s nice for Mark and I that he wants to cuddle us, especially when he is having his milk!  It’s a nice reminder that he does still need and love us!!!

Freddie at 22 months

 

Together

Still the best of friends, Arthur and Freddie really love doing everything together.   They are both huge Daddy fans right now too.  It’s super cute to see how excited they are when he gets home from work. Freddie spends a lot of his day telling me Daddy is at work and Arthur always wants Daddy to play toys with him.  I’d say I felt a bit neglected, but I still get plenty of love too!!

Arthur Freddie Daddy

 

Ive started to see glimpses of the trouble these two are going to get into together, there’s some serious mischief planning going on already!

Arthur and Freddie June 2017

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Arthur and Freddie April 2017

Arthur and Freddie April 2017

Its been a month, well yes it has been over a month.  But I thought I’d check back in with an update on the boys.  Last month’s update is here if you want a read

Its been a crazy month, Mark has been super busy in school, both of the boys were poorly for a couple of weeks.  We are definitely all very happy the Easter holidays have just started here nd can catch up on some much needed down time.

 

Arthur, aged 3 years and 9 months

Being poorly came at a bad time as his class had just started practicing for their school show. By the time he got back into school he just wasn’t up for it at all.  His class were going to be doing magic tricks and Arthur loved his little trick of making a ball disappear. He just was not cool with the idea of getting up on the stage, or being part of a larger production.  He even stopped wanting to go into school at all.

The day of the show came and Arthur had said he wanted to do it, I took him down for it and he got really scared and upset and didn’t even want to watch the show.  I felt so sad for him that evening.  It was a really tough parenting experience trying to figure out the boundaries of how far you should be encouraging and pushing them out of their comfort zone.

The next day in school he was happy as could be and they started preparing for his sports day.

I couldn’t believe that he was going to join in but he had an absolutely fantastic time – he did all the races and he really enjoyed it.  He was super proud of his medal at the end too.

Arthur April 2017

Arthur has also started to swim out of his depth!  We are so proud of the confidence he’s showing in the water!  He loves swimming, and its amazing that he’s now taken the step to go into the deep too!!  Of course, this does mean we are on extra alert watching him now but its a huge achievement!!

He has developed some serious sass in this last month, we are getting plenty of ‘I don’t like you’ and ‘This is Rubbish’. All in all though he’s still bloody cute most of the time – and still never forgets a please and a thank you!

Arthur April 2017

 

 

Freddie aged 21 months

Freddie was poorly at the same time as Arthur. I was starting to worry because he really wasn’t eating much at all.  Luckily, he has bounced back and is eating pretty well again.  He does have a serious sweet tooth though.

Freddie April 2017

It didn’t take him long for the little bit of shyness to break down with my Mum and Dad. He is just as besotted with them as Arthur is.  They couldn’t believe how strong a character he is.  Most of our Skype calls are taken up with Arthur, so it was really nice for them to get a chance to have some time with Freddie while Arthur was at school.  He certainly holds his own when they are together too!

Freddie has lots of words now, most of which are related to the Ocean! Fish, Whale, Shark, tocto (Octopus), Boat are all favourites.  He also has started to say Bye to things, mostly “bye fish” and “bye tree”

He loves ‘shooing’ birds, pointing out geckos, bugs, birds, cats, dogs and anything else he can find!  He’d spend all day every day outside if he could.  A true island boy!

Freddie is pretty sassy too.  He knows when he’s doing something he shouldn’t and gives a huge grin after!  I think we are in for some trouble with him as he gets older!

Freddie April 2017

Together

When the boys were sick I thought I would have a total nightmare with both of them at home.  I was really lucky that despite being poorly, they continued to be great together.

Then when my parents arrived I was certain that Arthur would be really possessive of them and not give Freddie a look in.  He yet again pleasantly surprised me.Arthur and Freddie April 2017

Freddie thinks Arthur is the best and wants to be doing everything his big brother is doing.  Arthur is still more than happy with having Freddie join in on his games too which makes me so happy!!

I took this picture after Arthur’s sports day.  There is lots about it that isn’t ‘picture perfect’.  Arthur is still in his sports kit, Freddie doesn’t have shorts on, and of course neither are looking at the camera.  But, I still love it!!!

Arthur and Freddie April 2017

We have one more week of Easter holidays together.  After that, its back to school for Arthur and work for Mark.  I’m enjoying every second of us being all together before the madness of school starts up again!

I’ll be back next month with another update!

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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!!

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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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