Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Poorly little girl

Well this week you have been a little under the weather and it has really affected you for days. You are not your usual full of beans self and have even sleeping in the day. On Tuesday afternoon you and William napped at the same time and I even managed a cat nap in bed with you.

You still wake up crying on school days saying the you don't want to go to school  - it has been a real struggle to get you there this week. Not sure where this sudden fear of school has come from.

Your sleeping has also been terrible the last few weeks. I think mainly because William has been screaming at night and keeping everyone awake but sadly our big successes of last month have gone backwards and you have been coming to get daddy earlier and earlier every night. Am hoping once we fix Will's sleep then we will be able to fix you too.

We had a great time taking you to the medieval festival at the weekend. You got to ride a camel and not one but two ponies! It was actually a very funny story as you managed to charm the ladies who were doing the rides. There was a massive long queue and they apologised saying they had to stop the rides as it was raining and the Disney ponchos everyone was wearing spooked the horses. So the crowd disappeared but you being the determined little thing that you are you stuck around. You patted the horses and even fed them all the carrot that mummy had packed for your lunch. I think the ladies thought you were very cute and so they said you could have a ride! But before the crowd re-appeared you asked them if you could ride another one - so of course they said yes. After that we were walking through the crowd when you spotted a fairy that was it... You were off! It didn't matter that you were headed into the VIP tent and a very stern lady was quizzing me whether she could help me! You loved meeting the fairy and she blew fairy dust on you and let you make a wish. All you were interested in doing then was waiting for the puppet show. You waited very patiently in the front row for the show to start. You were then captivated giggling as the puppet got attacked or excited! Very cute!

Not long now till your jazz concert. We are all getting very excited about it. We got to see a sneak preview of the performance last week. You are dancing to 'hey Mickey' - Miss Kim has ordered you all Minnie Mouse costumes (but I think she is regretting having told you all this as you now ask her every week if she has your costumes)! I have also discovered where your sudden unicorn obsession has come from as apparently that's all you can all talk about every week at dancing!

I'm a bit apprehensive about leaving you next week. Apart from mummy and daddy's honeymoon this will be the longest I'll have been apart from you. Daddy has said he's going to take you on a dinner date though which you were very excited about. Grandad David and Dorothy are also coming to take you to another show so that will give you something to look forward to.

You have had 2 dry nappies two nights in a row so once again as soon as we have Williams sleep conquered then we have another challenge to get through with you.

We have spent quite a bit of time back at playschool this term. The teachers there have got to know you well and always come and find you when it's time for singing as they love how you lead the pack. Last week you even made up a song for everyone to sing which the teachers thought was adorable. I wish I had been filming you.

We have been trying to get you to like your bedroom more as every night when going to sleep you say you are scared in your room as it has monsters in it. So, we have been having family time I. Your room every night before bed. You are doing very well at remembering all the lines to the fairy tales and often act out the parts whilst me, William and dad have to pretend to be your kids as you read us stories and put us to bed!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Rain rain go away!

Well we have gone from Summer back to winter today. It has certainly been a warm winter though this year. Yesterday you and your brother were running around under the hose with no clothes on it was so warm.

So mummy has taken a break from blogging for a while... Mainly because there aren't enough hours in the day / night to sit down and write... And because you and your baby brother don't sleep very well, mummy is normally in bed shortly after the 2 of you are put to sleep. But... It has certainly been a busy few months since we arrived back.

Not long after we arrived back in Sydney we got a message from uncle Simon to say that Sammy had been rushed to hospital as her baby was ready to come out! She was very early and very teeny bit she arrived into the world on the 19th of June. For her first week of life you insisted on still calling her Jessie but auntie Sam and Uncle Simon had decided to call her Carys. It didn't take long for her to make it home and she is now growing at an amazing pace.

Well you are still not sleeping well. Me and daddy spend most of the night playing musical beds with me in with Will and Daddy in with you! There have been a handful of nights recently when you have slept in your own bed alone but sadly this has been short lived and much as we try we can't get you to replicate this.

You are still doing your Jazzy dancing and really love dancing every week. You have now started work on your dance performance for the concert in November. I can't wait to see you performing on stage. We have looked in to acting and drama classes for you but most of them don't start until age 5 so sadly you are still too little but this is definately something we are looking to start you on next year. Nana and Grandad Porter took you to a performance of Peter Pan last month and you absolutely loved it! You couldn't wait to get your pictures taken with all the characters and you loved getting involved in the audience participation bit. Apparently your little face was a picture and the production people were keen to recruit you!

Sadly you are not loving school as much as you did previously. I don't know if it's a jealousy thing as I am at home with Will but there have been lots of tears about going to school lately. When we asked you about it you told us that your friends at school were now being mean to you. It made me really sad that you are having tough times at school. But, I spoke to your teacher and she hasn't noticed anyone picking on you. She even said you made a new little friend called Victoria. We are thinking about changing you to a daycare closer by but when we suggested this you weren't keen so we will leave you for now. We have been thinking about school a lot lately as we can choose whether or not to send you this coming January or the year after. I've spoken to your school teachers and despite you being very bright they don't think you are ready for school yet. In fact most people with kids that have birthdays similar to yours seem to be waiting until the following year to go to school. Both Carly and Miss Brenda seem to think that this would be better for you as we need to focus on your attention span.
We have a fun weekend at one of the local school fetes last weekend where you got to decorate a cupcake, feed baby farm animals and jump on a bouncy castle but I think your favourite part was getting involved in the singing and dancing. You love live performances - for the last 3 weeks we have also been going to in the toy box, they have a few entertainers there who do story time, singing and dancing. You are definately in your element - I think for your next birthday the big 5 we will have to employ some help to entertain you and some friends! For other days when you need entertaining we have started going back to play school which is great as it is a fun activity for both you and Will. You especially love the sensory activities like play doh and sand. But then this has always been the case. You also really love the dress up and imaginary play with dolls and kitchens. You made a new friend at playschool only she's 4 times your age. You haven't stopped talking about her for 3 weeks. She is a student there studying and you follow her (or rather you make her follow you) everywhere you go when we are there on a Monday.

Back in July we took a little holiday away with your cousins down to Melbourne as daddy and uncle Donald had a big football match on. So we all tagged along. The three of you were so excited on the plane journey down that we couldn't keep you all quiet. We visited the old Melbourne Jail, the police museum, the science works, the markets followed by a lovely picnic and then lastly we saw Captain Cook's cottage. Although upon hearing this you were convinced we were seeing Captain Hooks cottage which you were very excited about!

As a special treat we also took you horse riding. You had been taking about wanting to ride a horse for months so you were beside yourself when we actually took you. You rode a lovely little pony called Silvie. She was very patient with you. The instructor a little less so as she tried to teach you how to instruct the horse. You struggled a little bit really enjoyed it anyway!

You really love your baby brother but sometimes perhaps a little too much. You treat him like one of your dolls constantly picking him up. Me and daddy lose count of the amount of times we have to say 'Sienna put him down'. The other day I put him in the playpen so I could hang out the washing. You not only lifted up the playpen and climbed in their with him but you then proceeded to pick him up by his ankles and dangled him upside down shouting mummy look at Will he's upside down. I screamed at you Sienna put him down! Then realised what I had said and had to back track and say no wait hold him till I could get to him and rescue him. I know you are only doing it because you love him and want someone to play with but sometimes you really frighten us. At least he is a little more robust nowadays. Your hugs need some work though. The port little fella screams once you have him in your grasp as your hugs are bone crushing! That said you are really starting to have fun together too. I love days when you do something silly and are really able to make him laugh. In fact you are the person he laughs at the most. Me and daddy have to work hard for giggles by tickling him but you just have to act funny to make him erupt into laughter.

There was a bad incident the other day when I took you to the park. The only way I am able to get you to walk anywhere is to get you to push your little pram and baby whilst I push Will in his pram. Now, normally this works really well only the other day as we were crossing the road your baby fell out of the pram into the middle of the road into 6 lanes of traffic. There was no time to go back for her as the lights had already changed and as we stood on the side of the road you stood in horror screaming 'my baby' and had a complete meltdown as you watched the cars run her over. There was nothing I could do as I stood there with you both. As soon as the lights changed we raced back into the middle of the road and rescued dolly. Luckily she survived with just a broken arm which mummy was able to operate on later that day. Am happy to say all ended well.

You continue to amaze me daily and I can't believe what a little lady you are becoming. Despite my daily frustrations with you, the fact that you have verbal incontinence and your never ending amounts of energy. I love you dearly.

Love your best friend a.k.a Mummy xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

A month of birthdays

Well the birthday madness has well and truly begun. We had a lovely party with you mothers group friends and we have gone from being a little group of 4 year olds which has now doubled in size as everyone's little brothers and sisters have been added to the group. It's so lovely to see you all grow up together. I hope you will remain good friends for years to come. 

On Saturday it was Anzac Day. William was wide awake at 4.30am and so daddy said he would get up and take him to dawn service but just as they were getting ready to leave you wake up and decided you wante to go too, so we all got up and drove to north Sydney for the service. Later in the day we had a small party for you here wih your cousins and others little friends. We played lots of party games and there were tears when you didn't win at musical chairs. There was the obligatory pass the parcel and then pin the tail on the unicorn. Ron was nice enough to buy you a set of play doh with over 50 pieces (every parents dream) but it was certainly a good source of amusement for you an you friends. Between that and the kinetic sand that auntie Nic bought you there is coloured gooey stuf everywhere outside. We were lucky enough to have great weather all day until about 7pm wen tere was a sudden change in weather and there was a massive hail storm with massive golf ball sized ice pellets. You were so aexhausted that you and William were both to bed early that night!

We've had some very unpredictable weather the last few weeks which meant sadly daddy couldn't work. It was hell with you bouncing off the walls with cabin fever. The week passed very slowly! 

We took you to your very first Easter show which you absolutely loved. Despite a little bit of rain in the morning we had a lovely day - you were spoilt rotten with 3 show bags and lots of rides. The amusement park guys really know how to sucker you in. Offering you a free go of their game 'then every player wins'. One guy told dad he would guarantee you a prize and you were absolutely terrible so he offered you some tiny toy to which you were like 'no, I want that big one!' And the guy is going to you - 'here you can have any one of the little ones' and you started stomping your foot and shakin your head. The guy clearly didn't realise who he was taking on...daddy ended up having to give the guy another $5 so that you could choose a mid sized toy!
You love your baby brother so much - maybe a little too much some days. You always want to be cuddling or kissing him. I have to remind you that he's a baby and not a toy I don't know how many times a day. Recently you have also started picking him up and carrying him around. You are very gentle and careful and I'm not so scared now as he is more robust but you do still scare me!

You also had an Easter hat parade at school - which I was obliged to attend. It was a lovely morning. You were so cute in your little bunny hat which kept falling off.

Prior to that it's been an interesting month - I had to take you to the hospital for some blood tests. You tried very hard to be brave but at the last minute got really scared and had to have 2 nurses hold you down. The week before that you met with the Occupational Therapist. It was interesting having her come and visit us and she thinks she can try and help us with some of your quirky ways...

We had a lovely girly day the other weekend. I took you to the cinema for the very first time which you were super excited about. We saw Cinderella and I must admit I secretly loved it too!

You are still loving your jazzy dancing lessons and before Easter me and daddy both got to watch your end of term performance.., it was very cute!

You are so super excited about your birthday and trip to England. You fell asleep so early tonight but I think we may have trouble getting you to sleep on Wednesday. 3 more sleeps!!