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Summer holidays and nostalgia

24th July 2017

D finished his first year at school last week, and E finished her first year at pre-school. That year absolutely flew by! I remember this time last year, when D finished at pre-school and E at her old nursery, and thinking “wow, I’m going to have a school-aged child soon”. I remember D’s first day of school and feeling sad because I couldn’t be present, and due to working full-time I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually been to his school. That said, I’ve not been to E’s at all this year. read more …

Toddlerhood, the sequel

15th September 2015

E is becoming the very definition of a toddler now. And by that I mean we have tantrums, we have opinions, we have independence, we have bossiness… Like you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you would, given this is fairly typical of this age.

Add this to the fact that D hasn’t really outgrown that phase yet… And as much as I hate it, the clich├ęd “double trouble” is so apt I can’t resist using it.

I end up feeling like the worst mum in the world because I end up having to shout over the noise of them squabbling to make myself heard, and then I’m grumpy and annoyed at myself for doing so (come at me with your judging – as some have, in fact. I dare you to say you haven’t done the same).

Sigh.

No more rear-facing?

7th August 2015

Last night I decided it was time to turn E forward-facing in the car.

This was not an easy decision, nor one I was wanting to make just yet. I am well aware of just how much safer rear-facing is, and given my regret at changing D round at 18 months, I decided I would go to age 2 and beyond with E, or as far as possible up to the weight limit of her current seat (13kg). Now, she’s nowhere near 13kg nor is she 2 yet. But she is extremely disgruntled about being rear-facing. I have a fight on my hands every time I have to put her in the car, and she hates that she can’t see me or her brother while we’re travelling. I wasn’t going to let this get to me because I believe the benefits outweigh these minor inconveniences, but I thought I’d try it out just once to see if there was a difference. In my mum’s car, where she has been FF for 3 months, there are no fights to get in. No tears, no crying because she can’t see us. Wah :(

The seat is far more fiddly to fit forward-facing so I’m slightly hoping this leads to nothing, but somehow I don’t think that’s going to be the case…