Arthur is 34 months old

Arthur is now 34 months old.
Arthur is 34 months old

This month has gone by like a flash.
The first half we had Mark home with us as it was school Easter holidays, Arthur always loves it when Daddy is off work!!

Daddy is big favourite to Arthur right now, he must say Daddy at least 100 times a day!

During the Easter holidays We had our amazing trip to Silhouette island where Arthur had an absolute blast.  He still talks about going to “our little house” now which I love!
Arthur is 34 months old. Silhouette island

Arthur is 34 months old. Arthur and Daddy

Arthur had an unplanned couple of hours at school this month as I had to take Freddie to hospital (he’s totally fine but more on that here!)
Mark took him into the class and apparently he was as good as gold and had a great time.  When I went to go and pick him up he was happy to see me but wasn’t ready to go home!!  I took that as a good sign for when he starts in June!

The following couple of days Arthur napped on the sofa at lunchtime!!  I was SO excited at the prospect of nap time returning but it seems it was just a random couple of days!!

I’ve been a little worried about Arthur’s eating recently.  He is pretty reluctant to eat a full meal most days and just wants to get on with playing (Mark’s mum tells me he was exactly the same!!) he seems happiest with smaller meals and snacks throughout the day.  Obviously I want to make sure he has enough to eat but at the same time I don’t want him to just snack all the time…. It’s pretty frustrating!

We had a couple weeks of at nighttime accidents.  Changing sheets every day grew thin quickly, but things seem to be back on track now.  Not really sure what caused it.  Apparently it’s really common up to 6 years old to not be dry at night so I need to remember just how good Arthur has been doing so far!!

Arthur has always been very shy with strangers and often will hide or pretend they aren’t there!!  We have noticed a little shift in Arthurs shyness this month, he has started to open up to people a little more, showing him the toy he’s playing with or something along those lines.  It’s not all the time and not with everyone but I have been really amazed and proud of him for it.  It may not be a big deal to everyone, but knowing just how painfully shy he can be it is a big deal for him!!

This month we’ve started to see Arthur testing and pushing boundaries quite a bit, doing things he knows he shouldn’t be and trying out new things!  There has been lots of “NO MUMMY” “NO DADDY” and running away if we tell him to stop doing something, or just outright ignoring us!
It’s been tough, but he’s quick to turn it all around with a big “cuggle” a kiss or even just a cheesy grin!

Arthur is 34 months old

Mark and I are definitely noticing that Arthur is becoming a lot braver with his little adventures whether that’s just in the garden, at the beach or anywhere really…he climbs a bit higher, wanders a bit further away, just generally gaining confidence with everything he does, it’s great but scary for us too!
Arthur is 34 months old. Arthur at anse lazioArthur is 34 months old. Splashing at anse lazio

He’s been a proper little parrot this month, I think he’s taking in lots of new words (so we’ve really had to watch what we say!!).  His speech continues to develop all the time and some of the things he comes out with really amazes me, and often makes us all laugh too!

I have had days where I have found it really tough to keep him entertained all day, for me it’s final confirmation that he really is ready to be in school!!   It’s really not long until he will be there now, so on those days that are tough I’ve been trying to remind myself to make the most of it all!

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Freddie is 5 months old!

Freddie is 5 months old!

Freddie is 5 months old

 

Freddie is still the happiest baby ever, he is so smiley and so content.
He is properly laughing now and it is amazing!!  Most of Freddie’s laughs go to Arthur, he totally adores his big brother!  Another sure way to get Freddie laughing is giving him kisses and raspberries under his chin!

Thankfully he has been illness free this month!  After last month’s scare we hope he’s not Ill again for quite some time!

We are just starting weaning with Freddie now, I let him have a little taste of the juice from Arthur’s baked beans the other day and he loved it!  It was only a tiny drop on the end of my finger, he wanted more!!  He’s been taking a big interest in food, loves watching Arthur eat!  I really enjoyed weaning Arthur so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it with Freddie just as much!
Freddie’s very first food, the same as Arthur, was a little bit of porridge.  He seemed to really enjoy it, I’m looking forward to trying him on some more exciting things very very soon!

Freddie hasn’t been sleeping so great this month, we’ve started regularly having more than 3 wake ups a night.  I’m really struggling with this as he’s always slept so well. I’ve written a post all about how baby sleep can question everything you know about parenting, and I truly believe that!  Nothing brings out the crazy mama in me like obsessing over sleep for my boys!

This month Freddie has had his first swim in the Ocean, that’s a big first for a little boy!!  He went in with Mark and was really relaxed, he seemed to really like it…..perfect really since his middle name is Ocean, would be a bit awkward if he grows up not to like it!!  It was quite a cloudy day, which is perfect for a beach trip with the boys!

Freddie's first ocean swim at 5 months old
Like his first swim in the pool, we took him out before he got upset.  But honestly I think he would have stayed in all day, he is such a chilled out little guy.

For this next month I’m hoping to get sleep back on track, and to start experimenting with lots of fun foods for Freddie!

 

 

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Freddie is 3 months old

Freddie is three months old!  We fall more and more in love with this amazing little guy every day! He has well and truly stolen our hearts!

3 months old.
Weight: 6.2kg

Freddie is seriously the most smiley happy baby I’ve ever come across.  His smile is amazing, I don’t know if we can officially call it a laugh yet but he really does get so excited and it totally does sound like he’s laughing at us!!  Here is our little smiler at Halloween this year.  Can’t believe Arthur was in that same little skeleton costume 2 years ago, it’s gone by so fast!!

Freddie is 3 months old

We are using cloth nappies in the day time all the time now, he looks so cute in them!  Its nice to be using so much less disposables.  I’m sure we will switch to cloth at night time soon as well.

This last month Freddie has generally been waking up once in the night. We have been so impressed with his sleep.

He had his three month check up.  He’s putting on weight like a little trooper the nurse was super impressed with his size! Such a amazing feeling to know that my milk is doing him so much good.
He had to have his first injection too (well since the one he had at a couple days old in hospital).  It was not nice at all, poor little guy really screamed.  The good thing was that he didn’t seem to suffer too badly following it.  His fever was never really bad, something I remember Arthur had quite badly, but he was quite grumpy.  We kept him dosed up and his sleep wasn’t disrupted which was a relief!  It also didn’t take long to get our happy little man back!

Freddie was a super lucky baby this past month and had his first boat trip!  Not a bad first experience on a catamaran sailing on the Indian Ocean!!  I’ll be writing more about that soon!

Seychelles catamaran boat trip

Freddie and Arthur get closer each day, check out this months update on their relationship if you missed it!

I am so proud of how Freddie is fitting in with our little family it really is like he’s always been here. I’ll be back with another update next month!

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How I know my son is an island baby!

How I know my son is an island baby! How I know my son is an island baby We are lucky enough to be raising Arthur in the Seychelles. Since he was born here this life is all he knows, but we know just how lucky he is!! I think if we had to move back to the UK tomorrow, there would be some fairly big differences in Arthur compared to other kids his age! So I thought I’d put together a little list on how I know my son is an island baby!

  • Amongst his first words are: Bat, beach, boat, fish, as well as his own special version of the word swimming.  If this doesn’t make him an island baby I don’t know what does!?
  • He is a little fish.  We’ve taken him swimming since he was 6 weeks old, at least once a week but usually more!  He is so confident and happy in the water.  Apart from when we took him to the UK to visit the grandparents he has only ever swam outside!
  • He walks around all day in just a nappy…..frankly anything more is too hot!!  Hell, if I could get away with walking around like that all day I would too!!
  • The closest he’s ever got to being cold was British summer time!
  • His hair is sun kissed and he has a perpetual tan despite my best efforts with the sun cream.  In fact his tan is better than mine!
  • He’s never been to any special baby class, there aren’t any!
  • His best friend is our neighbours cat!
  • Rain is a novelty to him and he’s very excited by it!
  • He hardly ever gets bitten by Mosquitos, when he does it doesn’t bother him at all!!  Everyone we know (including us) when they come to the Seychelles for the first time gets munched on by Mosquitos and the bites itch too!!
  • He’s happiest when he’s outside, preferably at the beach!!  Playing in the sand is the best!  We took him to the beach for the first time when he was 1 week old!!
  • Toys aren’t really that interesting to him….give him some stones, sticks or water to play with and he’s made up!!!
  • Arthur thinks his grandparents live in my iPad!  Thanks to the wonder that is Skype!!
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Things we do here that we wouldn’t get to do in the UK

So as a proud owner of a 1 year old island baby I thought I’d reflect on some things that we do here that I’m pretty sure wouldn’t happen if we were in the UK.

Firstly, Arthur spends most of the time in just a nappy. Way too hot and humid for anything else most of the time. As he’s getting a little older I am starting to throw on a little pair of lightweight shorts on him when he’s outside but generally that’s it!

He’s pretty much a free range kid. Great weather and living in such a quiet place means that he really can just go outside as and when he desires, which, at the moment is ALL the time. I always wanted a little baby like Mowgli from the jungle book and it turns out I’m getting just that!!

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There is no roof where we swim! When we swim it’s either in a hotel pool or in the Ocean. Always warm, always quiet!

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I would definitely have had to go back to work by now if we were in the UK. I’m actually not able to work here (visa stuff) and so I get to stay home with Arthur!

A trip to the beach can happen in minutes, they are clean and quiet perfect for a toddling 1 year old! They also happen A LOT. We don’t really have any kids play areas or anything here but the beach can provide plenty of entertainment!

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We go for family walks round a World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai. Walking through an ancient palm forest is definitely not something we would be doing in the UK.

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So that’s some of the highlights of the things that Arthur does here that we wouldn’t doing we were in the UK, what’s the best  stuff you get to do in your new home with your expat family?

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