Family Update: October 2017

It’s been quite a while since I last posted so I thought I’d write a little update…

I’ve been working in my new role full-time since May and we’ve finally settled into a Monday to Friday routine of childcare, homework and our proper grown-up jobs.  This has been quite a journey to take with a maturing 6 year old and an 18 month old rascal…

In my last post, I collated a whole load of tips for coping as a full-time working parent which have been really helpful.  I now regularly plan our weekly meals, which makes it easier to plan our weekly shop, and I even hire a cleaner to visit once every fortnight.  This is an absolute Godsend – I no now longer need to worry about finding time to dust.  She spends two hours vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, cleaning and dusting and it’s the best decision we’ve made.  I’m a lot less stressed since finally (reluctantly!) agreeing to ask for help.

Q has started to walk and is becoming more and more like a toddler every day.  Tantrums galore.  Usually because he doesn’t want melon, but a banana instead.  I swear, he’d turn into a banana if we let him eat any more!  He is now on his second pair of ‘proper’ shoes and loves to take them off and on.  He’s also obsessed with The Wiggles – much like his older brother was at a similar age.  I’m very aware that I haven’t been writing the updates I’d promised, and I am sad about that.

Family Update

O has started Year 2 at school and has noticeably more homework than last year already!  He is growing up really quickly and it’s quite scary how fast he’s gone from being a wee boy to being a strapping young lad.  So much so that I’ve given in to his constant requests and now allow him to play outside with his friends on their bikes.  We live in a really quiet estate of cul de sacs, he recites the rules of the road before he goes out, and makes sure he can see the house from wherever he is.  I still worry about him being outside on his own, but keep a close eye on him from the windows – but I’m glad that he is playing with other children and getting some fresh air and exercise.  He has also started swimming lessons with a local swim school and is doing so well!

At the end of August, we flew out to Costa Teguise in Lanzarote with A’s parents for 10 nights in the sunshine.  Unfortunately, Q had croup during the first few days which made it a bit more difficult than expected, but we all had a really great time.  While we were away, A & I celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary with a few hours in the hotel spa.  It was lovely just to have a bit of time to ourselves on our holiday.  O spent lots of time in the pool which definitely helped with his progress at swimming – he’s now being moved up into the next class!

What have you lovely lot been up to lately?  Or, as us Cumbrian’s say, “what’s craic?”

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