Growing Up Fast

I noticed this house in town the other day, I think I would like to live in it. The rose growing over the door is pretty :-)

I don’t like leaving it so long between blog posts; it makes me feel twitchy and a bit unsettled. Lately it feels like I haven’t even had time to sit down, let alone do any crochet/blogging/project life stuff. Tiny Tin Bird takes up ALL of my time, and most of my thoughts, because he is changing so fast right now and I need to keep up!

For example: last week we visited two different parks on several different occasions. One of which is at the very top of town and has stunning views right across to the Dales. Wow. I spent some time just enjoying how far I could see, and how pretty it all was. I would have spent longer if I had been able to take my eyes off of my no-fear child!

Up the steps to the slide, which is taller than my head, over and over again. And the climbing frame, and the roundabout. And the picnic bench! He has just learnt to heave himself onto chairs merely by holding on with both hands, straightening his body so his legs stick out behind him and just well, hauling himself up using his arms. Upper body strength = impressive. And yes he does have a sunhat, and he looks ridiculously cute/Indiana Jonesy in it but he’s a bugger for throwing it on the floor. I’m working on it.

We went to “Spring Watch” at the children’s centre at the weekend and he was just the same. Straight for the play equipment and the sandpit. Ah yes, there’s his hat.

He did like the animals too, and performed his entire repertoire of animal noises which for some reason included RAAAAA. There weren’t any lions there as far as I could see but I suppose you can never be too careful.

The two BIGGEST “growing up fast” moments occurred on Friday. In the morning, we went to playgroup/nursery open day and I signed him up and he starts in September, two mornings a week. He’s so ready for it, he walked in and saw toy cars and then it took him about twenty minutes to look up and wonder where I was, and that was only to tell me that he’d found a digger and a nee-naw.

Nursery! My boy is going to nursery! Waaaaaah! But … he will love it, and I’m not sad really. It will be really good for him to gain some independence from me, have the opportunity for more interaction with children his own age (we have a good circle of friends and lots of playdates so he’s not deprived of that but you know what I mean), and to do lots of activities that I can’t provide for him here. Also I will have 2 hours a week to myself. I’ve cleverly arranged it so that one of his mornings coincides with knit and natter. Haha.

The second thing that happened on Friday was that he started sleeping in a bed and not the cot. Well, it’s a floor bed. A Montessori-style floor bed. Does that make me sound like I’m educated on the matter and considered it carefully and made a choice do to a floor bed? Oh good. Well what really happened is that we couldn’t figure out how to turn the cotbed into a bed and it got to 9:30pm at night and he still had nowhere to sleep so we just made it into a floor bed. And you know what? He LOVES it and he has made some progress at last with his sleeping. I could talk for a very long time about all of this but it’s boring to anyone except me but it’s going really well and he loves his bed. He keeps taking books on there to read, I’m so pleased. He’s still waking up in the night, but this morning I woke up IN MY OWN BED and I had not had to sleep in his bedroom for the first time SINCE JANUARY so that feels like a miracle.

And that is why I have not blogged for a whole week. Because I am chasing my child around during the daytime and trying to make him sleep at night time. And now, as I have about 30 minutes of nap time left, I am going to try and get a row done on my ripple. Because it is soooooo nearly finished and I just want to get it done! 13 stripes to go … 13 stripes to go … 13 stripes to go …

11 thoughts on “Growing Up Fast

  1. Jillian says:

    Aw growing up indeed, lovely wee boy. I laughed at the sunhat comments, I used to fantasise about somehow attaching velcro to their heads and the opposite side to the hat (well either that or duck taping it on!) :)

  2. What fun!! They are just such bundles of energy at that age. Fingers crossed the sleep keeps getting better, my little a has been a devil to sleep at night, but slowly we are getting there!! Don’t want to distress you, but she is 4!!!! xx

  3. OM says:

    It’s been ages since I last logged in into this account, but I’ve been checking your blog often and now I wanted to give you my congratulations on all those milestones! It’s an age where they grow very fast and every day brings a new discovery. TTB sounds like a boy that will have tons of fun at nursery: I was hesitant to enroll Oath last year (he started last September, and he turns two this weekend, so he was quite a bit younger than TTB) but now I am oh so glad I did, and your boy reminds me of him in many ways. Get ready for his development to start going even faster!

    (and, of course, enjoy your free hours! I know I treasure them now ;-) )

  4. Amanda says:

    Hello. I’ve read your blog since before your little boy was born, but I don’t think I’ve ever said hi :). I live in the USA, I think I found your blog through Attic 24 when I was learning to crochet a few years ago. I love your projects and hearing about your little guy growing up. I have two boys, 13 and 8, and they grow up entirely too fast!

  5. I sooooo remember those first couple of “me time” hours when my strapping lads (now 15 and 10) started nursery!!! Treasure them and enjoy every single moment cos you DESERVE them!!!! Glad one of them will coincide with knit group! Great news about TTB’s bed. I like the Montessori idea – I’m an ex Montessori teacher and LOVE it so I’m slightly biased….. xxx

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Wonderful adventurous times for TTB. I love the little train on the playground! Also the bee like thing on his back.

    How good that you have engineered the nursery to coincide with Knit and Natter!

    I also love that house, and would like to live in it, as would I love to live in your town. After only ever flashing through it, either on bikes maybe pausing for ice cream, on a tour in the Dales, or in a car, en route to somewhere, to be actually walking round it at Yarndale last year, it made me want to even more.

  7. I’m starting to think that RAAA comes as standard with all small boys; Stashlet was doing it long before I got him a dinosaur!

    Yes, they do grow up fast. I was trying to remember Stashlet as a proper baby before he could walk or talk, and it seems like an age ago. TTB sounds like he’s having a great time.

  8. I can’t believe he’s in a big bed already! He’s two months younger than my little girl and we are nowhere near a regular bed. (I’ve been reading your blog since before we were both pregnant and your posts about TTB always reflect what we’re going through too!)

  9. Wonderful, as always, to hear about the adventures of your TTB. I’m relieved for you that his sleeping seems to be improving. I understand how boring and obsessed we Mums because about sleep.

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