Communication

So, there has been some radio silence for a while. The family have been preparing for Christmas among other things.

Sadly for the last two weeks we have been experiencing Isaac’s first ear infection…I have it on good authority from his cries that this is extremely painful!

It started on a Monday night when unusually he woke crying twice during the night…here is where the communication comes in…he was able to sit on my knee, clutch his ear and cry “ear, ear, eeeeaaaaaarrrrr.” I have never been so grateful for his ability to say the word ear. This is the first time that my son has ever, actually been able to tell me what is wrong with him and its helped me to see how fast he’s growing up now. His vocabulary is growing all the time, yesterday granny added snake, and I added wet and box…granted none of these words are particularly useful but hey ho!

I’m also really excited about Christmas now. Last year Isaac was eight months old and had no idea what was going on. This year he’s 20 months and every time he sees a Christmas tree, lights or gets to open a card he squeals with delight…I can’t wait for him to get his presents! I think I’m more excited than he is! It’s my last day at work until the new year, the family is beginning to arrive and I am feeling very merry indeed!

After Christmas I’m also going to write up about my crafty gifts I’ve made…for obvious reasons (spoilers for some readers) I can’t do that right now!

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A day to Myself

Today I have a day to myself, we are having cavity wall insulation put in and as it pretty noisy work my husband has taken the day off and is taking the wee man out.

Since 8 this morning I have:

Tidied the house

Put things in the loft

Done two washings

Cleaned the kitchen

Mended a broken skirt

Made the bed

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Can we have it all?

The government has announced new legislation today which could significantly change the way that we take our maternity leave!

The BBC has reported that as of 2015 we will have the right to share our leave with our partner to be staggered or taken at the same time and have a legal right to request flexible working hours. This will “provide women with a clearer route back to work and is designed to give us a real choice over our work life balance“. Continue reading

Winning the food war…

So I blogged about Isaacs eating issues of late and the tact Roy and I were adopting to deal with it…as a refresher we had decided that dinner was dinner, if Isaac refused it then he could get down from the table once we had finished ours and if he asked for food all he would be offered was the dinner he had refused. Mince has been a particularly difficult food as he appeared to have decided he was not in the least bit interested in eating it, it had gone from number one choice to sub-zero! Continue reading

Baking with Baby

My sister is visiting from Holland, joy! I’m not going to lie and say that my joy didn’t turn to horror when she suggested that we should try baking with Isaac…baking with my 18 month old…are you serious?!

I now must concede that it was rather enjoyable, and shock horror it held his attention the whole time! I really have been under estimating how well he can concentrate now, he’s growing up so fast!

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Pets

Isaac stands by the window stroking the cat and then makes kissing noises.

Mummy : Isaac are you going to give the cat kisses?

Isaac bows his head, sticks out his tounge, licks the cat.

Isaac : Yuck!

You think?!

Seven Days…

I have a happy boy 99% of the time, that is exactly what makes it so hard when he isn’t so happy!

We are very blessed that Isaac spends most of his time smiling and laughing, and I suppose that I should be grateful it’s so easy to tell when he’s under the weather (the little smile fades).

Last week we had an awful time with him. For all of you who’s children have gotten/ are getting their first molars I know you feel my pain! Isaac has three of the four and is getting the fourth…oh good grief…how is it that one tooth can give so much trouble when the others came through fairly easily? This tooth has been the tooth from hell. He’s dribbly, upset, hot, has a rash, off his food. My wee angel was replaced with a screaming, clingy banshee (a banshee who I still love with all of me)!

We had seven whole days and nights of sad Isaac…that’s a long time, believe me!

It’s not only how bad I feel about not being able to help him it’s how bad people make me feel when he’s out and about! He won’t walk when he’s clingy and cries to be picked up or he has a small knock and cries a bit more than he needs to or maybe he’s just making wingy noises…the looks that you get from people…is that noise really necessairy? YES that noise is necessairy….he’s in pain, he doesn’t feel well, the only way he can communicate that with me is by making these noises…his vocabulary is certainly not good nough for him to say “excuse me mother but my tooth is giving me awful troubble and is really quite sore” so he winges and I’m sorry if you find that noise annoying but your snooty look and muttered comments are not helping and certainly are not going to change anything! It’s hard to cope with a little one who is under the weather and even harder when you feel like you’re being judged…it’s called empathy people! Thankfully poeople who know you and your family are more sympathetic.

I spent most of those seven days dealing with screaming tantrums or crying…ok not his fault but when you;’re sleep deprived it’s hard work! We ended up taking him to the doctors as I was worried about the rash and found out that not only was he having a hell of a time teething but he also had a virus…of all the rotten luck!

He hardly ate for a week which is really distressing as he is usually such a good little eater and I can not tell you how happy I was when I gave him and ill sized portion of food and he finished it and asked for more…my wee man is back…hurrah!

I can not wait until Isaac has finished his teething and all those blasted molars are through! Grr…angry mummy!