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!

Arthur is 30 months old

As is becoming the normal for me these days, this post is a little late!  
At least this month I’ve had Christmas as an excuse!  So anyway, Arthur is 30 months old,  2.5 years.  Crazy.

30 months old

For most of this month, we’ve had Mark home with us.  Arthur has absolutely loved it.  Every time Mark is off work, Arthur and him get a little closer, it’s always so lovely to watch.  Daddy is definitely big favourite right now!!  

30 months old.  Arthur and daddy

We’ve had so much lovely family time together with trips to the vallee de Mai, going to the pool and lots of trips to the beach.

Right at the end of term before Mark finished for Christmas, Arthur was starting to get very restless.  We were fighting nap times, more on that in another post!  He was also quite often acting up to get attention.  It was tough, we all needed the Christmas holidays!  Once Mark was home, Arthur’s behaviour improved massively.  I have put it down to Arthur needing more stimulation.  I’ve given myself quite a hard time over it all, but I have to be realistic, with Freddie still being so small I can’t give Arthur all of the stimulation he needs all the time.  It’s times like these where I wish we had clubs or classes for little kids here, or even an indoor soft play place!
 *i can feel all you uk mamas cringing at the mention of soft play, but you have to admit it’s a great way for kids to burn off all that energy in a confined area!!!*  
I think once Freddie is able to sit up by himself I will be able to take them both to the beach to run around but right now it’s just not really do-able! 

I think Arthur’s “bad behaviour” has also been about testing limits, all normal for a toddler I’m sure.  It’s frustrating for me when I know he knows he’s not supposed to do something but he goes and does it anyway.   When he does he’s watching me the whole time to see how I react.  It’s difficult to remain consistent ALL the time, particularly if I’m feeding Freddie at the time but I’m trying my best!  It’s been much easier with having Mark home!

Apart from our cheeky monkey testing his limits (i’ll use that phrase as opposed to “being a little shit” which is the phrase I have been using of late!) Arthur continues to be so loving and so funny.  He is still so so gorgeous with Freddie which I can’t get enough of. He loves making Freddie smile and laugh and loves to give him cuddles and kisses.
His smile can turn my mood around in an instant – I think he knows that too!!

Arthur’s speech is getting so good, we can’t believe how much it’s come on!

Obviously this month there has been lots of build up to Christmas.  We did our decorating right at the start of December so as to help build the excitement for Arthur (and us obviously!).  It was really amazing to see Arthur beginning to grasp the idea of Christmas, although he definitely still did not totally get it!  He has loved our Christmas tree and all the decorations, he also loved leaving a mince pie out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve.  
I think he found Christmas Day pretty overwhelming.  On reflection it’s quite intense!  He loved seeing all the presents under the tree but didn’t quite get that they were to be opened, we then had presents to open with our parents on Skype which is quite a lot for him to deal with.  At the end of the day he enjoyed going back to things and checking our all his new toys on his own terms!!  

We are now 100% nappy free for Arthur, even at night time.  I am so proud of how well he has done, it really is quite amazing!  I wrote a post on our potty training journey and shared a few tips if you want to check it out! 

What Arthur is loving this month

In perfect timing, for the festive season, Arthur’s current favourite movie is….. Hotel Transylvania *typical Arthur to go against the grain!*  

I actually think this movie is pretty good too, I’m looking forward to getting the second one for him to watch too!

Arthur is really starting to get into his Duplo, he has a few different sets now; a little airport, a pirate island and a little farm.  

Climbing.  This boy is amazing at climbing.  His most recent obsession is climbing on top of our car.  Right up on the roof.  Pretty dangerous, but also pretty impressive!!! I snapped this picture quickly before I had to tell him off for getting up on the car, again, hence the rubbish quality of the pic! Isn’t it so hard to tell him off when he does things like this because I find it so funny!
30 months old.  Climbing on the car

29 months

Arthur is 29 months old.

29 months old

I feel like Arthur has changed and developed so much in this past month.

Something I’ll get out the way first is we had our first incident with Freddie this month.  I mentioned it briefly before, but Arthur bit Freddie.  It was twice in the same day.  Not hard, but enough that Freddie was upset.  I’ll be honest and say that I was probably more upset than Freddie.
Both times we put Arthur on the naughty step.  This is something we’ve started to try this month.  It seemed to have worked, we’ve not had any other incidents like it since then anyway.
Arthur absolutely adores Freddie, that is without doubt.  He understood that he’d made Freddie sad and he didn’t like that.

Moving on, Arthur has figured out this month that he can make Freddie smile and he thinks that’s amazing!!

Arthur’s speech is getting so good, I’m so proud of him.  He was definitely a little late getting started with it but he’s making up for it now that’s for sure!  He’s a total chatterbox!

We had a great trip out on a catermaran this month, Arthur had an absolute blast, he was a little unsure when we first got on board but within a couple of minutes he was in his element and now constantly asks if we are going on a boat whenever we go out anywhere!

Arthur had a few days this month where he refused to nap.  I had almost resigned myself to a life without him napping when he started again, much to my relief.  We definitely have to have a busy morning for him to go down though.

Arthur and Koopa are still having lots of fun together.  They tire each other out running round the garden.  We’ve had lots of rain this last month but it hasn’t stopped Arthur getting out in our garden, even when it’s completely underwater!

I have been on a bit of a anti-TV kick recently.  Not completely stopping it, but having more structure to when he can watch it, this has helped Arthur understand when I say it’s finished that it’s not going to go back on!  This has really helped with tantrums, in regards to the TV anyway!

Having structured TV time has kind of led into more reading time, which I love.  We have always read EVERY night before bed but not always during the day as well.  We are now, and it’s lovely.

We are really seeing Arthur’s imagination sparking this month.  He’s really enjoying playing with trains, cars and trucks.  I love playing these with him, or just sitting watching him in his own little world it’s really amazing!

Arthur has definitely learnt what the “terrible two’s” are all about.  He can ignore, refuse, do the opposite of what we say, and throw a epic tantrum like a pro.  But, this boy still makes me smile and laugh every single day.  He is such a softie and still loves a  great big “cuggle”.  He continues to surprise me every day and we wouldn’t change a thing about this cheeky little monkey!

29 months old.  bouncy castle

What Arthur’s loving this month 

So here is a round up of some of the things Arthur is loving this month!

This months favourite on the TV is Shrek, particularly the second one!

Stickers!  Arthur has this Peppa Pig sticker book and he’s loving playing with it.  He can never leave the stickers alone once he’s stuck them down so there’s lots ripped stickers and ones that have lost their stick, but he doesn’t care, he has lots of fun! Perfect for a beach loving Peppa fan!

Currently his favourite book is The Highway Rat.

Another amazing book by Julia Donaldson, we really recommend it!!

Arthur is really into playing with trucks, trains and cars.  He loves his cozy coupe, and loves pushing Koopa around in it too.  I’m sure he will have Freddie in it soon too!

I think thats about all for this month!  I’ll be back next month for another Arthur update!

Arthur is 28 months

Arthur is 28 months old

Arthur is now 28 months old. It kinda dawned on me this month that Arthur really is 2 now, I know that probably sounds a bit weird seeing as his birthday is in June and it’s now almost November, but he is no longer “only just 2” he’s well and truly 2!

We are well into the depths of “the terrible 2’s” too, this boy can throw an epic tantrum! We’ve started seeing him throw himself to the floor at times, make himself ridiculously hard to pick up and lots of yelling. It can be really hard work!! I mostly feel sorry for him at these times as I can see just how frustrated he is over things. I have definitely found myself losing my temper with him too though, which then quickly turns to lots of guilt. I hate getting cross with him, I don’t ever want to tum into that shouty mummy.

For this next month we are going to try to start implementing the naughty step. Im hoping it might help us all deal with things a little bit better!! I’ll be sure to update next month how we get on with that, wish us luck!

On the total flip of the coin Arthur is mostly a really happy boy, he makes us laugh so much and he continues to be so so loving.

He LOVES to sing and dance, mostly to Peppa pig and Thomas the tank engine!! It’s so cute and always brings a smile to our faces!! Even if he’s in a tantrum if a song comes on he likes he will stop to sing and dance along, it’s very funny!

Arthur also loves story time! He loves to join in when Mark and I read to him, especially with the Gruffalo and Stick Man.

He is so affectionate to Freddie, I had wondered if the novelty would ware off a little once Mark went back to work and routine started but it hasn’t at all. Freddie has got to be one of his most used words right now!!

Speaking of words, Arthur’s speech continues to develop lots and lots! I think all the singing is helping him with his sentence forming! He is really starting to get the idea of putting words together now, so we are really proud of him for that!

We continue to be impressed with Arthur’s potty training. We have in fact moved from the potty to the toilet. He’s still wearing his nappy at night time as a just in case, but more often then not that is dry too. I’m not in a rush to stop this as he sleeps so well I am worried about disturbing that but I guess we need to bite the bullet with that at some point!

Arthur’s favourite things this month!

I thought id start a new section of these monthly updates where I share some of Arthur’s current favourite things, it changes so frequently and so I figured it would be nice to look back on this!!

Arthur is really enjoying playing with his wooden train set, we have just a small figure of eight one for now. He loves making up the rails himself and pushing the trains along. I had been trying to get him to play with this for ages and all of a sudden he has started showing an interest in it. I think it has developed from his love of Thomas the Tank Engine and him starting to understand what trains are, because of course we don’t have them here to show him!

His current favourite stories to read during the day time are
I need a wee by Sue Hendra

This book is so cute and funny, Arthur is all about the toilet right now, seeing as he’s a little potty trained pro and so this book is perfect!!

and One by One by Judy Hindley

Arthur loves counting so it’s no surprise he loves that one. He can count to ten already, I think it comes from us counting anything and everything together!!

His favourite thing to watch is Inside Out. This movie is so so cute and I love watching it too, everyone wins!

Of course Arthur is still loving our little puppy Koopa they play together lots and now we have started taking Koopa for walks Arthur gets to run around with him on the beach too!!

Arthur is also loving brushing his teeth right now! He plays a little app on the iPad where you have to brush the monsters teeth which has I think demonstrated to him really clearly the brushing action!! I’m pretty sure the Peppa Pig toothpaste helps too!!! This is something that I hope he continues to enjoy, we went through teeth brushing battles in the past so I am loving that he’s into this right now!

Think thats all for now! As always, I will be back with another Arthur update next month!

The toddler nap battle!

For the last few weeks I have noticed a change in Arthur.  He seems to be quite clingy, needing extra cuddles (always fine by me), but in general less willing to be independent.

The biggest impact seems to be nap time.  He is struggling to get off to sleep.  Well perhaps “struggling” is the wrong word, more like refusing.  He is definitely tired but massively fights falling asleep.  So, I’m facing the toddler nap battle!

The toddler nap battle!

I’ve had a few times where I’ve ended up going in and cuddling with him until he’s asleep.
This is a habit I REALLY don’t want to get into.  Arthur’s sleep has always been kind of an obsession for me, almost certainly too much so.  We worked really hard on him self settling and he has always in general, always slept well.For the longest time (really ever since we dropped down to 1 nap a day) he has had his nap 11-1.  Having his lunch when he wakes up.

I’m not sure what this new nap battle is all about.  These are the possible causes that are currently rattling round my head (and driving me insane)

  • He’s 2 this month so perhaps it’s just part of the “terrible two’s”!?
  • Maybe it’s something to do with me being pregnant? (Cue pregnancy guilt!)
  • He should be going for his nap later (but then how do I fit that in with his lunch lunch?)
  • He’s hungry (really, I know this isn’t the case as he has breakfast and a snack before he goes to bed, this boy definitely eats enough!)
  • He’s distracted by toys in his room
  • He feels like he’s missing out on stuff if he naps
  • Maybe it’s somehow related to us starting potty training? (he now only has nappies on when he sleeps or if we go out the house)

I see this written down and I realise that I have definitely become a crazy over analysing mum.

Then when I’m really tired the possibilities get just a little irrational

  • Arthur can sense my tiredness and thinks “she needs a rest, she’s not getting one!”
  • He truly thinks I won’t be there when he wakes up (I have literally never spent 24 hours away from him!!)
  • He is already jealous of his unborn brother spending more time with me.

Okay, yes definitely crazy.

Anyone else experience this when their little darling turned two?  Or when they were pregnant?  Or for any of the other reasons rattling round my brain?!

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