THE last couple of weeks have been back to normal after gearing up to our holiday in France. Santi is back to nursery two days a week, and we’re back to our usual non-routine.
The weather has definitely taken a cold turn and autumn is well and truly upon us, meaning more time spent indoors than out, especially during the evenings. Santi has taken a liking to Toy Story recently, so that’s keeping him entertained when he’s usually difficult to get to sit still. It’s nice to have half an hour to get things done (or drink a cup of tea), but it’s worrying when it’s the first thing he asks for in the morning!
I can’t believe how much he’s changed recently – in the last month or so he seems to have really grown up. I actually think our holiday helped as we had so much time all together. He’s becoming quite clever and some of the things he thinks of with amaze us. Like today in nursery one of the staff had sweets on a shelf. Santi clocked them and asked if he could have one. When he was told no, he didn’t get upset, but tried to negotiate with “but I said please”. Not to paint a picture that he’s a perfect, of course he has tantrums, he’s a toddler and will kick up a fuss like the best of them.
It sounds bad, but I only generally have Santi and Ezra on my own one day a week – on a Tuesday – but last week found myself with them on Wednesday and Friday too. Feeling guilty that Ezra hasn’t been to any groups or classes yet, I’d put his name down for Sing and Sign, which was on Wednesday. So we all had to go. I felt a bit anxious as I wasn’t sure if Santi would sit down and listen or if he’d be bored and run around … but he did me proud. He sang along at the top of his voice and picked up quite a few signs in 45 minutes. We then spent nearly an hour in the park next door, and he was so tired after that we didn’t even go to meet friends in the afternoon as planned (keeping busy is usually my go-to tantrum avoidance method). We ended up watching Toy Story and having a Play Doh tea party instead.
Ezra doesn’t quite have the same maternity leave experience as Santi did, with a jam packed social life and a group of baby friends by the time he reached four months. Instead, I drag him along every Tuesday to meet Santi’s friends (luckily one of them also has a baby brother a couple of weeks younger than Ezra so he has one guaranteed buddy), and to meet my mother or friends for coffee during the week. I missed the boat with Waterbabies, and even left it so late to book Sing and Sign that we missed one week, but he’s content with our chilled out little routine. He’s happy to be passed around the girls, and gives the biggest gummy smiles, and at home he’ll amuse himself if I have things to do. He even attempted to join in at toddler gymnastics on Saturday and had a good go and getting up onto his knees to crawl (please not yet, I’m not ready for that!).
Our littlest man isn’t sleeping so well at the moment though … there has to be one, doesn’t there?! He was doing really well, especially on holiday when he wasn’t waking until around 3.30am. Now that we’ve hit the four month sleep regression he’s like clockwork waking at 1am and 3.30am, then we usually bring him in with us at around 5am to get some more sleep. I’ve brought out the lullaby machine I bought in a desperate attempt to get Santi to sleep when he was around six months old, so we’ll see if that helps (although my belief in miracle gadgets isn’t so strong this time around!) His naps are also very hit and miss (depending on whether a certain big brother is around), but he doesn’t get grizzly if he hasn’t slept as long as I’m around to settle him … he’s a definite mammy’s boy!
That’s enough rambling, I just wanted to sum up our life at the moment. We don’t have any grand plans coming up, other than having the kitchen done, which hopefully will be sooner rather than later now that we’ve decided to go with Ikea, and will hopefully make a huge difference to the house.
Even though we didn’t get up to a lot over the weekend I filmed a little vlog … it’s so much fun putting these videos together and I’d love it if you’d subscribe to our channel 🙂