A new family walk

Since Koopa got introduced to the beach on his first walk we’ve been loving taking him there! It’s becoming a real special time for us all.

We jumped in the car one day last week and drove down the road to a beach near to where we used to live.

It was the end of the day, it was cooling down outside and the beach was lovely.  Mark had Freddie in the wrap and off we went!

family walk on the beach praslin seychelles

Arthur and Koopa are so cute, they were off in their own little world exploring together.

Family walk. Toddler and Puppy on the beach. Praslin Seychelles

How cute is this picture of Arthur’s footprints and Koopa’s paw prints in the sand!

Family walk on the beach. Footprints and paw prints. Praslin, Seychelles

Along the way Arthur stopped to throw some stones into the Ocean, definitely one of his favourite things to do!

Family walk. Throwing stones in the ocean

We walked until we found some trees that had fallen down.

Family walk Praslin Seychelles

We had so much fun playing around, climbing running and hiding in them.

Family walk on the beach Praslin Seychelles. Daddy and baby. Baby wearing Family walk on the beach, praslin seychelles Family walk on the beach. Praslin, Seychelles Family walk on the beach praslin seychelles family walk on the beach praslin seychelles

Arthur thought it was great and Koopa did too! It was lots of fun watching the two of them chasing each other around, enjoying each other’s company.

We were having such a lovely time that we hadn’t realised it was way past Arthur’s dinner time and we had to head home.

Family walk. Praslin Seychelles

Of course when a small boy is having so much fun, just going home is not always as easy as all that!!
Our little master of distractions found anything to take as long as possible to get home!!  He threw stones and seaweed into the sea, splashed around and generally just slowed right down to do anything but go home.

The thing is, he looks so cute while he’s doing it, it’s pretty hard to get angry!

In the end the only thing for it was a mama piggy back!!

Family walk on the beach. Piggy back. Praslin Seychelles

It became one of those magic moments.  Those unplanned, simple yet oh so beautiful moments.  The ones where we sit back and think yep, that’s why we live here!!  This is definitely a special place for us now and a lovely place to go for a family walk.

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Life Unexpected

Freddie Ocean

Meet Freddie Ocean!

Freddie Ocean

He arrived safe and sound at 3.1kg on 11th August 2015 by Caesarian Section, all went as planned!  I’ll write another post about our experience in hospital another time!

This teeny boy has made a big change to our little family.
Freddie Ocean
We are now officially a family of 4 and it feels amazing!

Mummy Daddy Arthur and Freddie Ocean

We were discharged from hospital on Friday 14th and we took a flight back to Praslin the same day, so Freddie had his first flight at just 3 days old!

Right from the start Arthur has been absolutely besotted with him.
Brothers Arthur and Freddie Ocean

He is constantly giving him kisses!  He’s starting to say Freddie quite clearly but I still think it’s a bit more “shreddie” then Freddie!!
I think they are going to be the best of friends!
Arthur and Freddie! Brothers and best friends!

We are now settling in back home and loving figuring out new routines and adjusting old ones!
Arthur helps us with Freddie’s bath before having his shower and the four of us all cuddle up in Arthur’s room for bed time stories!

Brothers Arthur and Freddie Ocean bed time stories

Arthur always makes sure that he kisses Freddie goodnight before he goes to sleep!

Yesterday Freddie turned 1 week old (already!!) and so we took him to the beach for the first time, just like we did with Arthur!  As we were back on Praslin we got to take him to our favourite beach, Anse Lazio!  It quickly became clear that we would not get the ‘perfect’ posed family photo but I love these ones so much all the same!!
Freddie's first trip to the beach 1 week old Anse Lazio family photo

Freddie Ocean first trip to the beach 1 week old Anse Lazio

Freddie Ocean 1 week old Anse Lazio family beach shot

 

I was so so worried about how Arthur would be affected by Freddie’s arrival, wondered if he would be jealous, if he would accept his little brother, if he would be upset by the change.  I could not be prouder of how amazing he has been.  How accepting.  How much he has absolutely embraced Freddie into our family!  This morning we came downstairs and Freddie was still asleep so we left him for a little while before getting him up.  Arthur was looking everywhere for him saying “Bwana Bwana” (his word for brother!!!) and was so happy when we brought him downstairs!

It already feels like Freddie has always been with us!  I can’t believe how much I worried about how we would adjust as a family of 4!  Freddie has fit right in and we all love him so so much!!

25 months old

Arthur has just turned 25 months old.

25 months old

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since his second birthday, that’s absolutely flown by!!

His speech is continuing to improve with what feels like new words appearing every day!!!
A new word that has definitely hugely influenced how he communicates with us is “show” as in ‘show you’.  He grabs us by the hand and says “show show”

Our nap battles have been continuing.  I can’t bring myself to give up trying.  He definitely still needs sleep and will still go to sleep often enough for me to still have some hope!!!  The days he doesn’t nap he often crashes out somewhere late on in the day, usually the car!

Tantrums continue, I do feel that as Arthur can comminicate better they are easier to resolve.  The days where Arthur doesn’t nap are always worse because he’s tired and grumpy!

This month Arthur has been absolutely loving painting.  It’s been pretty much every day this month!  We’ve had his lovely little easel outside so mess has (mostly) been contained to out there!
25 months old painting

We’ve also seen Arthur really enjoying sorting out colours.  I’ve been trying to help him learn his colours with this.

We’ve been making towers
25 months old colour sorting

Sorting foam letters into the right colour boxes.

25 months old colour sorting

Arthur has also enjoyed taking lids on and off the paintpots and putting them back on the right colour!

Potty training is going well, we’ve still not gone out the house without nappies aside from the odd trip home in the car from the beach!   We decided with such big changes coming soon we wouldn’t push our luck!

This month, unbeknownst to Arthur, has included some lasts for us!
The one that got me the most was halfway through Mark’s last day of school, I realised that this would be the last day just me and Arthur at home.   I got really sad when I realised this, and I’m ok to admit that I’m all teary writing this now too!  Of course, I’m beyond super excited about our little boy bump arriving in our family, but I still worry all the time about how he (okay, I mean we) will cope with our world turning upside down again!!

Since Mark finished work for summer we’ve been having an amazing time, we’ve had loads of time at the beach, at the pool, in the garden and just generally enjoying our time together!!

25 months old family time at the pool

With one week until we go to Mahe, and just over 2 weeks until little boy bump arrives the next update for Arthur will definitely be an interesting one….it will definitely have been a busy month for him, and us all!

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