Month Eight as a Family of Four

Eight months ago (last Wednesday) our smallest member made his dramatic entrance into the world making us a family of four and changing our family dynamic.

Last months update brought you a crawling baby and a threeanger. This month? Well…..

The Three Year Old

First of all the Toddler Terror STILL needs a new name as he is no longer a toddler but in fact a fully fledged pre-schooler. I’m thinking I might just have the Big One and the Baby which is how I refer to them in *whispers* real life!

We’re now, finally, fully potty trained and after a couple of weeks of really testing my patience regression, where we also tested the limits of the washing machine we seem to be on track. Say what you will but chocolate bribery worked best in our house.

We’re also very into having pictures taken, which as a blogger is wonderful to hear cries of

Mummy take my picture

it’s a little bit more worrying when he reaches for my camera to do it himself.

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We’ve also been testing boundaries, daily. Over how much TV. When to go to bed. When to put our shoes on. I get that he’s trying to assert himself but he really does pick the most inopportune times, racing round the house after a naked 3 year old while the Baby crawls after you giggling away when you should have left 15 minutes ago? Blood pressure boiling points.

Speech is interesting with our little parrot repeating everything we say, it’s so much more fun now we can hold an actual conversation with him, however weird and wonderful.

Mummy?
Yes love?
I have a willy
yes you do

*where is this going??? I’m not ready for this*

Daddy has a willy, Baby has a willy

*frantic mmmhmmmm clearing throat noises*

You have a bum
I do

*silence*

Mummy

*here it comes…..*

can we watch thundercats?

*crisis averted*

And of course he could watch Thundercats, anything but having that conversation so young!

Baby Boy

Still on the crawl. And thankfully just that as one of his little friends (who is a whole 6 hours older – hi R!!) has discovered not only pulling herself up but the stairs! Crawling is enough for now. Especially now we have the tree up which is of course his favourite place to sneak underneath.

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What’s not to love? Presents. Wires. Baubles. An eight month olds dream.

We’re still working on sleep, my goal at the moment is getting him into the cot at naptime when I can. Being a second child is difficult, at this point with the Big One (see new name slipped in already!) we had a solid routine. I knew when naps were happening and they happened in the cot. I had 2 solid breaks a day where he slept and I caught up on housework. The Baby? Still has to nap on the go at times. A fair few of his naps are in the car seat and sometimes they are cut short because I have to haul him and the car seat from the car onto nursery where he is greeted by lots of love and kisses from his big brother. Very cute but not always great from a mummy point of view.

I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that he’s like his brother and an early teether with multiple teeth coming through at once, we now have SIX teeth and grinding. He looks like a little old man at times…

old man baby

We also discovered a love of spag bol, and got the obligatory picture.

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Brothers

Still such a beautiful relationship blossoming, the biggest smiles from the Baby are reserved for the Big One (and boobie).

I’m yet to get a lovely picture of the two of them together on my own, but we had a photo shoot at The Studio where Nikki captured the pair of them perfectly (I’m just waiting for the image to share eep) for now this is one of my best efforts.

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Check out the cow lick going on!

We are having toy squabbles though, everything is the Big Ones and shouts of THAT’S MINE can be heard echoing round our house. Even over actual baby toys.

The Husband and I

Have been ships in the night and are really looking forward to a full Christmas break together. With friends visiting, the Rugby 7s, selling our baby stuff at the Baby Bazaar (no more babies) and Christmas parties it’s been a busy month.

We managed to sneak in a family brunch which then led to a post-brunch date night where we put the world to rights.

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Now it’s time for some family Christmas time, making magical memories with new traditions, even if the Big One declared Home Alone too scary thwarting some of our plans….

See you next month (probably after the cruise which we’ve got around to booking our flights for!)

Little Hearts, Big Love
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9 Comments

  1. December 20, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    You have such a beautiful family, the conversation about the willy made me giggle! Boys! x

  2. December 20, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Aw what a lovely post and I was curious to see where the conversation went… yay for Thundercats x

  3. December 20, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Hahahaha thundercats saved the day lol, kids grow up so fast. My nephew has not yet reached the it’s mine stage but he says ‘Leon is funny’ and he’s Leon which cracks me up all the time. Loving the spa picture of the baby
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  4. December 21, 2015 / 2:36 am

    Lol this post made me laugh and I can definitely relate to the 3 year old, as Monkey is also 3. Chocolate also worked well with us! Cant wait to see the pictures you had done. Well done on the date night…..cant remember when was the last time we did that! xx
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  5. December 22, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Aww how adorable is the picture of them together. Sounds just like my son who is obsessed with wellies and particularly what mummy does not have one. They do love to test boundaries and push your buttons one of the most frustrating thing as a parent to manage.
    Merry Christmas and hope you have fun X #FTMOB

  6. December 22, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    What a lovely update on your gorgeous family – love the photo of your two boys together and think The Big One and The Baby sound like good descriptions (until the Baby evolves into the Toddler at least!) Christmas trees must be quite amazing when you’re a baby crawling underneath them! The Big One’s conversation about how he, Daddy and baby have a willy really made me laugh – so glad that it ended in “can we watch thundercats?” – a much easier question to answer! Naptimes are so much more difficult with the second one – Sophie always had a very irregular nap routine and has given up naps much earlier than Jessica – most because it is so hard to focus on building a good routine around everything else that happens in the day. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy spending some much needed time together as a family. Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂
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  7. December 23, 2015 / 12:39 am

    Lovely update! Particularly enjoyed the conversations about willys. I have three sons and the youngest (2 and 3/4) has already noticed that everyone in the family has a willy except for me. He was asking me how I did a wee the other day “Does the wee come out of your bum, Mummy?” Wish I’d had thundercats to hand to stave that one off! #ftmob
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