Welcome back to my weekly roundup style post where I share what I’ve learned this week about parenting, blogging and life in general. I’m back after a two week break for this series. I didn’t post after we had a hard week with illnesses and some bad news, and then last week we were away on holiday.
This week has been a pretty short week as we got back from Tenerife late on Sunday night.
So onto this week.
What I’ve learned this week:
1. It’s amazing how the benefits of a restful week of winter sun can so quickly become a distant memory after five loads of washing. Not forgetting getting used to the cold and grey again!
2. Miss Belle is like a sponge at the moment. You only have to tell her something once or say a new word once and she’s got it. It’s absolutely brilliant and I am loving this stage.
3. Ironically after writing a post about how beautiful my daughter is, when I collected her from Nursery this week, I was told that she scratched and hit another child. I was so embarrassed. They didn’t see if she was provoked, but said it was very out of character. She has been a bit grabby with me and Matt and has bitten me before. Every time I think we’re over that phase she does it again a few weeks later! She’s never done it to another child though. I’m telling myself it’s just non verbal communication, that all kids do it at some point, and that maybe the other child took a toy off her or something. Either way, hoping that doesn’t happen again…!
4. Taking a toddler to a funeral is hard work, but doable. We had to go to a funeral up in Preston on Thursday and we decided to take Miss Belle as we had no childcare and I wanted to go to support my husband who read a bible reading. I was so nervous that Miss Belle would be noisy during the service but she’s been to weddings before and has always been pretty good at them. So armed with snacks and books we took her and sat right at the back by the door. She did say “Daddy!” when Matt walked up to do his reading, but other than that she was so good. She didn’t shout, scream or cry. She just said the the odd word like “frog” or whatever was in her book, every now and again but we just ssh’d her. Unbelievably she did a poo in the quiet bit where people were having their private prayers. I looked at Matt and we both had a look of panic on our faces. Sometimes she likes to tell us when she has been in a “mummy pooooooo!” kind of way. Luckily not this time. I then left in the next hymn and had to go and change her in the car. I really truly believe that someone was looking out for us at that moment! No one noticed and several people came up to us at the wake to say how well behaved she was, which was lovely. It helped make the day less stressful.
5. It’s been a long, hard few days. Two five hour ish car journeys with a toddler, a funeral, and seeing my loved ones upset, has been tough. But I’m so thankful for what I have. My lovely husband is my best friend in the whole world and I’m so lucky to have him.
Have a lovely weekend with your families, I’m having an extra tight cuddle with mine tonight.