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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31 months old

Arthur is now 31 months old.

31 months old

This month has been all about getting back into routine after the Christmas holidays.

Mark is now back at work and I was worried about how we were going to get on now that Arthur is no longer taking naps.  In general, I must say I think we’ve done pretty well.  As a bonus for us Arthur is actually sleeping in a little more getting up between 6 and 7.  I think, as much as I’d love if he was still napping, we have done well with how he has transitioned to not having a nap.  In general, he gets through the day very well.

Arthur is getting better at understanding that he can have one on one time with me when Freddie is napping and is starting to be great at entertaining himself for little periods of time (without the TV!) too.  Day by day his imagination is growing and I love seeing the little things he comes up with.

While Arthur knows that while Freddie sleeps he can have me to himself, he will still often go in to see Freddie in his cot.  He is such a caring brother.  Now Freddie is having a bottle at bed time, Arthur always makes sure that we have it for him and loves seeing Freddie drinking it!

He is becoming such a little dare devil too, he wants to jump off everything, and he is an unbelievable climber!  The other day I discovered he’d climbed up to the third shelf in my wardrobe and was just sat in there!!  I’m hoping that this is going to develop into getting him to jump in the pool!  I got him to jump into the baby pool the other day and he realised that it was really fun, he did it over and over!  Being a shallow pool he didn’t go under the water!  I think I’ll work on getting him super confident with that before pushing my luck with trying to get him jumping into the big pool (with his swim jacket on of course!!)

Something else that is really amazing to see develop is his want of independence.  He now likes to go to the toilet without anyone there and will often shut the door, and one of his little games he places is saying to me “bye mummy see you later” and then wondering off somewhere (often to do something he knows he’s not allowed to do, little monkey)
He now doesn’t get really upset if I go out or if he is going somewhere without me.  It lets me know that he’s secure enough to know that I will come back or that I’m not abandoning him!!  I think it will help him when he starts school!

As much as Arthur enjoys splashing in the pool, without doubt he loves the ocean even more.  Usually he gets bored at the pool after a little while but he will never get bored of splashing in the water at the beach!   He really does turn into a little fish once hes in the water.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing how much he loves being in the water.

Arthurs speech continues to develop and get clearer every day.  He is so expressive, he really cracks us up all the time.

Every day he does something that makes me laugh, and something that makes me so incredibly proud!  Of course he does things that drive me crazy too but I couldn’t love this little guy any more!!

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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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Arthur’s Second birthday | island style

As you may know, Arthur has just turned two years old!
We did a lovely little tea party with our friends for his first birthday last year and wanted to make sure that we did something special for him (and us!) for his second birthday too! 

So this is how we did Arthur’s second birthday, Island style! 
Arthur's second birthday island style

Buying presents here, especially on Praslin is really difficult.  It’s not a case of nipping to ELC or mothercare, or ordering online (hardly anywhere ships here and you can forget shops here having their own website, and if they do it’s like somethig you’d make in your GCSE ICT class) 
So, you have to search the shops that we do have.  Occasionally amongst the tat you can find some gems! 

Rather than a toy, we decided this year we wanted to get Arthur a bean bag or something along those lines.  Luckily, and against all shopping norms here, there is a really lovely little home furnishings shop right opposite school.  The one problem, it’s never open!!  So I eventually got the number and rang the lady who owns it, who agreed she’d meet me there at a certain time so I could look round!  We found a lovely big cushion so snapped it up!  

Arthur’s birthday was a Friday this year so Mark had work.  The night before we brought the cushion downstairs and blew up some balloons for him to make it fun when he came downstairs!  
Arthur's second birthday

I took him into school that day to play with the ‘big kids’ and as always, he had a blast!!  

Arthur napped (his birthday treat to me!) and while he did I baked a cake and cupcakes in preparation for his birthday picnic the next day!)

That afternoon we took him to the pool at the hotel across the road from us and had birthday milkshakes!!  
Arthur's second birthday
We also did Skype calls home so that our parents could see Arthur open the presents they had sent over for him! 

He had a birthday cupcake after his tea, where I had my mama fail of the day….I couldn’t find our candles ANYWHERE….so he had tea lights to blow out instead.  Not the he could actually blow them out mind you! I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t bothered about the candles….he scoffed his cake!!

His birthday picnic was the Saturday, we decided against inviting any kids and having a proper party and keeping it small with our friends!  I made home made pasties and the cake I’d baked the day before. 
The weather unfortunately wasn’t great and the ocean was pretty rough at Anse Lazio (our beach of choice!) so we didn’t swim but Arthur had lots of fun running around the beach and taking us all one at a time to go see the giant tortoises.
Arthur's second birthday anse lazio

Arthur's second birthday anse lazio

Arthur's second birthday anse lazio
Of course he (well, all of us actually) stuffed our faces with lots of yummy treats!  He also drank a totally insane amount of Fanta which he’s never had before and thought it was the best!!!

We had some sparklers to go on Arthur’s cake which I was excited about (had forgotten about these the day before!)…unfortunately they wouldn’t stay lit.  We think this was down to humidity, I’ve never seen sparklers go out before!!!

Arthur loved everyone singing happy birthday to him and so there were a few renditions of it while he danced!!

We then stretched the birthday weekend right out to Sunday by having a nice lunch out at one of our favourite spots Paradise Sun hotel.  The lunch is yummy and the view isn’t bad either!!
Arthur's second birthday

I think all in all our little guy had a great birthday weekend.  We had lots of amazing family time together, we all ate far too much cake and he got some lovely gifts!  What more could a two year old want!?

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Arthur is 2 years old

This little gorgeous boy is now 2 years old!!
2 years old
These two years have certainly flown!  In a total parent cliche this day feels just like yesterday
Arthur is 2 years old

We have definitely squeezed in lots though!  They have been filled with love, “cuggles”, firsts, learning, adventures and plenty of challenges!  

Every day we fall more in love with him.  He is silly, funny, and most certainly cheeky!  

He is brave yet shy.

He is amazing at being around groups of people despite spending most of his time just with me!

He loves to run around as much as he loves a good “cuggle”

He’s most certainly a Cookie Monster but will just as likely ask for a “Papple” (apple), “manana” (banana) or grapes 

He loves to go for adventure walks and is unbelievably confident in the water.

Arthur is 2 years old
In his two years he’s been to three continents thanks to trip to the UK and Sri Lanka!  We couldn’t have asked for more from him on our travels, he was so adaptable and took it all in his stride!

He is such an affectionate boy, it amazes me every day how aware and caring he is of other people’s emotions.  Whether that is someone on TV, Mark and I, our friends or strangers!  He hates when people are sad!  

Arthur absolutely loves building things, making towers is definitely his favourite game!  He loves seeing how things work!  

Currently Peppa Pig is definitely his favourite thing to watch but he loves a bit of in the night garden before bed time with his milk! 

He can, without doubt throw some epic tantrums!!  They are hilarious and testing all at once!  

He has done so incredibly well with potty training, we’ve had no accidents in the house in weeks.  We are in no rush, but the next step is to master pants!

We have had our nap battles, but in general he really is a fantastic little sleeper! 

Bunny and blanket are so very special to him, but his talking Iggle Piggle has also become a very special part of his bed time routine!

He has always loved stories, I love how he chooses what we read him now.  I love that there are certain stories only Daddy can read and certain stories only I can read.
Arthur is 2 years old
I am amazed at how grown up he often appears while at the same time he is still our baby.  

I worry about how he will cope with having to share us when his baby brother arrives, but I know in time they will be as thick as theives!!  

We are so proud of our little island boy.  Of who he is becoming, for what he has already achieved and for the happiness he brings us every day! 

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