3 years old

We should be planning a three-year-old birthday celebration right now.  Instead we celebrated 15 weeks ago.

It seems like a long time ago, because it is.  It’s still hard for me to process that I missed out on over 3 months of my pregnancy.  I hadn’t even entered my third trimester.

We are blessed to have such an amazing daughter who is matching her peers in her development.

We are blessed to have such an amazing daughter who has an insatiable appetite for learning.

We are blessed to have such an amazing daughter who is so loving and thankful for the people in her lives and the small actions they do everyday.

We are blessed to have such an amazing daughter who is as stubborn, feisty and impatient just as she was 3 years and 15 weeks ago.

Happy “Birthday” to you Eva Charlotte!

Hugo’s Eleven Month Birthday

I feel like in the blink of an eye a month has disappeared before me!  My handsome boy is nearly one!

This month Hugo has enjoyed pushing a trolley around the house (or being pushed by Eva), improving his crawling speed, did lots of standing practice and thankfully not as much cruising around the furniture as we had anticipated.  He is slowing to a more tolerable pace with his development.

The falls and crashes are just as frequent with the gums of both front teeth being bruised on different days this month.  Who knows what colour the teeth are going to come through?!  A third bottom tooth popped through this month.

It’s been a busy month for our household but with the focus mainly being on activities for his big sister.  With back to school activities starting and a few busy weeks with mama’s activites too Hugo has been just tagging along.  Fortunately he is great at tagging along, so calm and tolerant.

Hugo just adores his big sister with a laugh that he saves just for her.  He just wants to join in all of her activities although he not always welcome.

It’s the countdown to Hugo’s 1st Birthday now and as usual I am revisiting the events of a year ago already.  Hopefully it will be a calm month ahead.

Eva’s New Adventure

Today marks an exciting day for Eva and our family as she joins the schooling system in which she will spend a large part of the next 15 years!

Eva has begun 3-year-old pre-school (kinder) for 2 sessions of 2.5 hours per week.  Of course she has been looking forward to the start of pre-school, frequently talking about playing on the playground and painting, obviously her two favourite activities!

Today she dashed straight to the painting easels and was content to stand there and layer as much paint as possible onto her page.  This was followed closely by pasting, then play dough and the home corner where she fed the baby doll some cake.  Then it was rest time on the beanbag to read (5) books to which the teacher, Emily, commented that we must like books.  A few puzzles and then it was time for pack up and mat time to listen to a story.

I will admit that I could probably do these activities with her at home but I am looking forward to someone else answering the questions for 5 hours a week.  It will also be fun to spend time with my precious boy just the two of us.  We are thankful that 3-year-old kinder exists in Victoria to entertain and extend Eva this year. It will certainly give shape and routine to our week, especially given that she starts at 8.45am!

I was going to use the pram and have Eva scooter there but I have quickly realised that it is too far for her at this stage.  Thus I have seconded Andrew’s Christmas present (the trailer or “caravan” as Eva calls it) and I rode to Kinder.  My legs noticed that I was pulling an extra 32kg behind me!

It was a fun day and tomorrow Eva is there on her own without the paparazzi mama in the way!