We finally started playcentre last week. Little Moo thinks its fantastic, not only is there a playground, lots of toys dvds new friends but there is special activities set out each time like the tea party (tea pots, cups and coloured water) he loved the tea pots and kept cartooning them around and going back to them. And while he is zooming off having fun I get to hang out with other mums dvds meet new people which is good for me even when I find it challenging
At our house we love Lynley Dodd books and generally read at least one a day (sometimes that one many many times). Little Moo’s current favourites are ‘Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper‘ and ‘Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack’.
However one of hers that we don’t currently have that I really love is ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ which has cats from all over Europe doing fancy things like flying aeroplanes but their cat just likes hiding in boxes.
Our walk through the bush to the beach started like this.
Then it rained and we discovered that we had a change of clothes for Little Moo but not his rain suit. So he wore Mummy’s coat.
But the sun came out again as we arrived and we had a lovely explore.
I love getting out side even when it is damp makes us all feel so much better afterwards.
We had been stuck inside for several days with horrible windy rainy weather and finally we got some clear sky. Robbie was as sick of being inside as we were so stopped working and decided it was escape time. We went down to Titirangi beach and had a glorious time stomping around on the wet ground, playing on the playground, finding a geo cache and exploring the beach. It was a perfect couple of hours.
Some days there is this moment, a moment in time when you know that the next 24 hours is going to be hard work.
Mine was last night around 8pm when Little Moo woke up for the second time after being put to bed. Normally once asleep he stays that way until we go to bed then wakes for a short feed (probably because we are noisy, whoops). See one wake is ok, usually he has wriggled out of the blankets and is cold or went to sleep too quickly and didn’t get his full feed of milk, but once we hit 2 wakes then we get a zillion wakes (Ok not quite a zillion but it feels like it).
Now normally a night of lots of wakes isn’t a big deal, they happen every now and then but most other nights I get enough (though my definition of enough has change dramatically since he was born).
But we have had a week of itchy chicken pox spots and about 4 days before that of fever and looks like now he has a cold as well as spots.
So not only have I had not much sleep and a grumpy toddler who needs full on attention ALL day, but we haven’t been able to go to all our usual groups and activities in all that time.
Turns out I NEED those groups because not only do they wear him out and he slows down and sleeps, but I get to talk to other parents! Other people whose world is also their child/ren.
I also NEED outside time and out of the house time which has been rather tricky since it’s been pouring with rain most of the week. Though we made it out on Tuesday when the sun came out for a beautiful day. Little Moo and I sat on top of North Head watching the boats and helicopters go past, then had a yummy bakery lunch on Takapuna beach (and hopefully didn’t manage to spreed too many bugs).
Before becoming a Mummy I thought that sick days would come 1 or 2 days at a time, and they would mean snuggles on the couch watching movies all day long. Turns out I was very wrong. He may be sick but that does NOT mean he sits stills. But that’s ok, instead we have baked, cooked, made cardboard castles and tunnels, couch forts, painted, danced and sang. Although we have had our melt downs we have also had a lot of fun and had a really good couple of weeks
Making its way around the blogs at the moment is 10 things I miss about life before kids and while I have quite a few of those,
Like going to the toilet by myself and not having tiny bits of food and toys all over the floor,
today I would rather focus on the things that are new and exciting about being a Mum.
1. Staying home when the weather is crappy.
2. Being able to sew and make stuff – Yes I could have done this before my son was born and I did a tiny bit and even had more time to do so, but no inclination.
3. Baking with Little Moo, its hilarious he tries everything that goes in the bowl. Watching him trying to catch and pick up the egg yolks and having them escape every time was priceless.
4. Getting down to his level and playing.
5. Robbie working from home 2/3’s of the time and him being willing to put everything down for a minute to give Little Moo a cuddle or attention just about every time he comes and asks for it.
6. Being a family.
7. Going to the playground and having an excellent excuse for playing on it. Though its a little different when all my siblings and partners come too, Don’t mind us 8 noisy adults playing and all the equipment we have a child with us… somewhere… oh look over there on the slide, we are with him.
8. Morning cuddles in bed, just wish they could start a little later, 7am would be good.
9. Watching him grow. A few weeks ago he could only walk a couple of steps and a time, now he can walk (wobble) across the room at great speeds holding two plastic golf clubs.
10. Being his Mum. You see that adorable smart little person over there, he is mine, I made him from myself. Now I get to watch him grow and show us more and more of his personality.
Just a note these things change month by month as he grows and changes, last month it was different things.