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 […]
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
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!
Freddie aged 19 months
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 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!
Our little teeny tiny Freddie is 9 months old!!
He really isn’t so teeny tiny any more but its a name that has definitely stuck for him, I’ll probably always call him that now, poor thing!!!
Freddie has well and truly mastered crawling this month, I can’t believe how fast he is! Its definitely making things a lot more challenging, especially when trying to keep an eye on Arthur as well.
He’s starting to cruise around the furniture a little bit now too, although he does still get upset trying to do it sometimes!
I think this month we will see Freddie being able to stand on his own, he’s definitely starting to try it for a couple of seconds here and there.
With Freddie being so keen to get around these days, bumps and bangs are coming thick and fast! We even had to do a trip to hospital after he got a nasty cut just above his eye from faceplanting the step into the shower. He was so very brave, but it looked nasty so wanted to get him checked out. No concussion or anything which was my main concern, but he did have to have a stitch in. Apparently they do not have butterfly stitches here in Seychelles, so it had to be a proper needle and thread stitch….no dissolvable stitches either so we had to go back to have it removed a week later my poor little guy. Seeing him in so much pain as they did it was horrendous; we had to pin him down, looking back on it still makes me feel sick!
It has healed up very nicely though, and is already not very obvious which we are really thankful for!
A big thing for our little guy this month is that he is now in his own room. Well, actually we moved rooms and left him where he was, but you know what i mean! I remember when Arthur went into his own room and I had that exact same feeling of worry, sadness and separation. It didn’t take long for it to feel normal though and once I realised that I could definitely hear him when he woke up I was fine!
For me, the biggest thing that has happened this month – totally selfishly, is that Freddie is now sleeping through the night WOHOOOOO!! It’s been about 2 weeks now. I don’t think that its a coincidence that it has come around the time we moved rooms. It was the same with Arthur.
This does also mean that I have now finished breastfeeding. Like with Arthur though I kind of like that it happened like this, it’s been stopped by Freddie not by me!
Freddie has 2 bottles of formula a day now one first thing in the morning and one before bed. He’s eating three meals a day, and he really is eating too! This boy can put a serious amount of food away, its impressive! He’s got 5 teeth now (3 on top two on the bottom) and he’s definitely eating better as a result of it!
He continues to be the happiest little thing, and Arthur is definitely still the one to make him smile the most! We are getting the 5 o’clock grumps though aka the witching hour!! As soon as dinner is in front of him though he’s back to being happy again!