Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Pride and falls!

Hello all,

I'm trying to be a bit less sporadic with my blogging as my stats tell me that more and more people are tuning in to check up on our adventures.  How exciting!  It's been lovely to have so many comments and positive feedback too.  Thank you everyone.  I love this blog.  It's a great way for our family to keep up to date with all our progress too.

So....pride and falls!  The pride comes from me.  Squiblet is managing to engage a bit more at things like noisy old rhyme time.  At home if I start humming a song she knows she will get up and start doing all the actions but when we are out at a large group session she sits on my lap and just watches everyone around her...but today she pulled the little sheep out of the bag (it's very cute, they get to choose the order of the nursery rhymes) and announced "black sheep!" I was proud!  And she danced and sang a bit today too.  Hurrah!  I wouldn't mind at all if I felt like she was naturally shy and retiring but she just so totally isn't!  She loves a (small) audience and she loves singing and dancing and things so it's really wonderful to see her confidence growing so she can be herself a little bit more when she's in a large group.  I was also incredibly proud of her yesterday because this little girl, who couldn't get her hair even splashed with water, did her first underwater swim yesterday!  Wowzeroo!  No tears, no fuss, just a small amount of shock and then plenty of smiles!  What a superstar.

Right...onto the falls.  Since her new found confidence at home she has been falling rather more than she was before.  Today she plunged head first into her bath.  Cue screaming, shock and a soggy little person with big brown eyes saying "Mummy....wet 'air!"  She also fell and bumped her nose the other day which led to a small nose bleed and she was very upset and said "red paint...everywhere!"  Poor little thing.

I am getting so excited about our first mini holiday and Squiblet's birthday.  All coming up soon.  The sunshine is also making me feel very jolly indeed.  Life is so much easier when we can both just potter about outside.  She will wander about amusing herself for ages playing with her sandpit, riding her Scuttlebug, pushing her baby around and climbing on her slide.  That would be a really good piece of advice actually.  If you are lucky enough to have a garden, baby proof it, grow some nice smelly plants, add some glittery ornaments, buy some garden toys on eBay and you will keep your little person amused for hours.  We spent ages today looking for snails and ants.  She learns so much from being outside and it's such a wonderfully low effort activity for both of us.  She is growing out of the Little Tikes toddler cube we bought on eBay before she arrived.  I remember back when we had a few sunny days early on, she didn't have any idea how to climb up it and was scared to go down the slide and now she will happily scamper up and down shrieking with delight.

The bubble might be about to burst though because Mama has a really nasty cold and I can feel my throat scritching tonight.  I haven't been a Mummy whilst being sick yet!  I've been tired, really tired, but not ill!  I wonder how I will do!  For now I'm hoping that it's just a tickle and I'll be right as rain in the morning.

So that's us.  For those of you thinking " sickly sweet" she has been testing boundaries and generally being quite a scamp lately!  It's quite funny because when she runs of she often screams "scamp about!" because that's what we have said to her.  She's quite good if we just slowly count to three she usually stops doing whatever mischief she is making.  I wonder when we will have to progress to consequences which don't just involve removing whatever she is destroying at that moment!  Watch this space.

I'm terrible for abbreviating words.  I do it all the time to people's names and things.  What a commoner!  The other day Squiblet looked out of the window at a passing pigeon and said "'ello pidge!" Nightmare!  She's turning into a mini-me!  Her baby crocs and baby converse arrived this week and we have a little row of crocs by our back door now.  We convince ourselves that it's important to make her feel like "one of us" and "part of the family" but really we just want her to look cool!  Not that yellow crocs are cool, but you can't beat lego crocs for messing about in the garden!

Let's hope it stays nice and sunny although I wouldn't mind a little bit of rain so I can show Squiblet a proper rainbow.  There was a sort of one the other day but I couldn't tell if it was just my eyes being funny, and then, the most beautiful full arc just as Squiblet had gone to bed.  It was so glorious I was tempted to wake her up but I'm not that much of a "learning is more valuable than my own wellbeing" type of a Mum so I didn't.  But she's quite into rainbows at the moment.  She likes helping to peel her own satsumas (she loves saying "sat-soooooo-mA") and then she will pull the middle bit into two to make two rainbow shapes and say "two rainbows...clevagirl!"

She does make me laugh.

Sorry if this blog is a bit long and gushy.  It will be nice for me to read when we have an off day I suppose!

Much love and thanks for reading xx


  1. Not gushy, warm and heart felt and brings a smile to my face as I read it. Squiblet is obviously at a stage where she is learning so much each day and growing in confidence all the time. Your delight in all these things is plain to see and so enjoyable to read. I'm glad more people are visiting and reading your great blog.

    Thank you for sharing on the Weekly Adoption Shout xx

    1. Thank you! You are very kind :)

  2. What a lovely picture of your lives together!

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Nothing wrong with long and gushy, but I agree with Sarah, it is very honest, and that is a good thing.

  4. Not sickly sweet or gushy - honest and a celebration of how well things are going. Made me smile :-)

    Thanks for sharing with the Weekly Adoption Shout Out x

    1. Good to share the smiles around. Definitely a post to look back on when I'm having a bad day!