Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Keep looking up

We always look up, even if it means we end up standing in poop. To see the moon, the stars, the changing colours of leaves, the sunshine, the shifting shapes of clouds, the bright blue autumnal sky, faces of people watching from afar, catch an eye, smile and wave, make a connection, see the beautiful shapes of roofs, see the birds. We always look up.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Preschoolers are literal beings

The boy asked me where the Lego lighthouse we made was. "God knows," I replied. He stood on the windowsill yelling out the small window for God for about two minutes before I persuaded him down, explaining that I meant I didn't know. 😂

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Migraines

Migraine pre kids: lie in dark room until I feel better.

Migraine with preschoolers: lie on sofa with TV and tablet blaring, bright lights, a fake moustache, breastfeeding littlest who is trying to poke my eyes open, with constant "play with me!" requests from eldest...while panicking mildly about how to drive or cycle to nursery.

Thank goodness for a good nursery mummy friend who collected my son, so I didn't have to drive or cycle to nursery with my little ones this morning. There are angels all around.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Birthdays and looking back to a year ago

Four years ago my firstborn made his appearance in this world. He is the funniest, kindest, most loving, thoughtful, generous, passionate, feisty, brave, strong and bright little boy I have met. He sees things most of us don't see. He notices stuff others don't notice. He asks questions many are afraid to ask. There may be some bias here, but I am honoured to be his guide and constant love in this world. Here's to our beautiful son, Solly. 😍😍😍

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And a year ago: Our baby boy is three; no longer a baby, but a bright spark of a child who sees and thinks about everything. It's been wonderful to watch him grow - hard at times to bring up a wilful, determined, assertive child, with very strong opinions and feelings, but I'm so glad he came to us. He brings laughter and love to my heart every single day. Happy birthday little man, may this year bring you greater understanding of the ways things work, to lessen your frustrations and decrease your fears; and may I continue to improve as your guide in an often confusing world. Love you always. <3

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And he has learned so much this year. He is calmer, more thoughtful, more confident, stops more, takes a breath, notices others more, gives a hug when one is needed, helps people when they need help. Always proud.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Last day as a three year old

...and this is his choice of YouTube video. His father's son. 😂😍

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Logic of an (almost) four year old

S: why did you speed up then?
Me: to overtake the bus.
S: why?
Me: because it had stopped.
S: why?
Me: maybe to let someone off or on.
S: (pause) Why did you overtake it?
Me: because I couldn't go through it.
S: why not?
Me: because it's made of metal and metal doesn't go through metal.
S: why not?
Me: I'm pretty tired. (Mid migraine) Why don't you have a think and see if you know the answer.
S: (long pause) because they're not ghosts...?
Me: absolutely right. They're not ghosts. They're solid, not gas.

You can teach science anytime! 😍

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Veli Losinj

Last day, Sunday, today. Morning playground; afternoon, last swim in the sea. Relief at kids being back home soon in their usual routine, and being a bit less crazy and a bit more sleepy. Sadness at leaving this beautiful place so soon after arriving...sadness at leaving my mama. Happiness and gratitude we have such a precious second home. We are so very lucky to have Croatia in our hearts.

Thursday, 20 July 2017