Harrison has officially took his first steps on his own! He only manages it every now and then but he is so chuffed when he does it, he claps his hands. Although one draw back is that sometimes he puts his hands in the air as if he’s going to walk forward but instead he just falls straight back without bending his knees! So we are not completely there yet but it really is just around the corner.
On another note it has been just wonderful to see Emily and Harrison really playing together lately. They have discovered this game of chase, whereby they each have a trike or ride on toy and follow each other around at high speed. Its so funny to see Harrison stop and look around to see where Emily is. He is definitely starting to communicate more clearly and let us know what he wants and doesn’t want and sometimes that can be in the form of very loud shouting!
ALso I am trying to keep it together since my the start of my day has changed from about 7am to 5am with Harrison wanting to get up, eat and play. Its a real killer and its taking some getting used to. I have to say that it doesn’t spur me on to go to bed early like it should so its no wonder I’m wrecked!
Twelve and a half months on and I have finally stopped breastfeeding Harrison. I honestly felt like it was never going to come to an end but after a few mornings of frantic feeds and him biting my face I decided enough was enough. I can hardly believe I managed to feed him for so long. I actually don’t feel that emotional about stopping. I suppose its because I fed him for much longer than planned so I am ready for it.
The only draw back is that, instead of bringing him into our bed in the morning between 5.30 and 6, to doze a bit longer, I now have to jump out of bed and bring him downstairs to be fed as quickly as possible. He is so grumpy in the morning and shouts at the top of his lungs until he is fed! He carries on this shouting lark quite often throughout the day until he gets what he wants. This is generally food (he basically lives on various toast or sandwich based lunches and mashed potato & veg dinners!) but can also be his determination to climb stairs whenever he sees them or grabbing your fingers and telling you which direction he wants to walk.
I am frazzled. This boy knows what he wants!
Its hard to believe he is one already. The time has flown in, sometimes I wish I could get off the roller-coaster and take it all in. Its hard to appreciate all the little things and just how precious they are when everything goes by so quickly.
To think that once upon a time I would’ve been horrified (harsh but true I’m afraid) at the thought of having a little boy. Yet here he is, my adorable boy and I love him so much. I wouldn’t change him for the world and having a boy hasn’t turned out to be that bad after all. He is just the loveliest little boy I know, cute, funny, handsome and so good natured – lets hope it stays this way!
We had a family tea for him today, nice and quiet – well not totally quiet but hey at least there wasn’t 16 toddlers creating chaos! There were definitely a few issues with Emily. This is the first time Harrison has had a day just for him and I could tell she found it hard. She wanted to open the presents and play with his toys, so it was a big learning curve for her that not everything is centred around her. She has been so good with Harrison since he was born and I suppose we were bound to see some sulky behaviour at some point so we can’t complain and especially as generally she is just brilliant with him.
Anyway I am knackered! SO Happy First Birthday my gorgeous little boy! x
Harrison is so close to walking and is so frustrated that he can’t just get up and go. He is trying his best to get about and although he is not crawling really (unless you count the dragging himself like a wounded soldier approach) he just wants to be on his feet constantly.
This is pretty back breaking hard work! He just grabs hold of your fingers so he can stand up and off he goes and he certainly knows where he is heading too. So we are temporarily human walking frames! The past couple of days he has worked out that he can get himself onto his feet himself by pulling himself up various levels of furniture then hanging on to either the TV stand or the radiator (so its square eyes and burny fingers! I have turned the radiator off just to be sure).
The scary discovery he has made is that the stairs are just perfect for climbing and just the right height. I heard him huffing and puffing in the hall and went out to find him on the first step, so I stood there to see what he would do and he just carried on climbing up another 4! So the stair gate has to go on, I can see we have a mischief on our hands!
Finally yesterday I moved the cot from our room into the back room, after having about 2 hours sleep the night before. I had reached the end of my tether (again!) and I couldn’t spend another night of interrupted sleep. So I hoisted the cot in one piece over our bed, along the landing and into the back room – its amazing what you can achieve when you are desperate!
So Harrison had his first night on his own. I did feel a little sad, but I was comforted by the thought of the possibility of somehow regaining my nights sleep. That and being able to put the light on to get changed for bed and actually read too! He wasn’t too keen at first but eventually he fell asleep and although he cried a few times in the night, I didn’t go into him and he eventually went back to sleep. So as far as Harrison is concerned the first night went well, I even managed to go a night without feeding him, and I think thats only happened once before since he was born!
Unfortunately for me though, Emily woke twice in the night. Once having a bad dream which I settled her from and then later she came in and woke me up for snuggles! Bloomin typical! I could’ve screamed. At least its a start though and I am very happy with how things went. Fingers crossed…
Well you can just tell what kind of week it has been by the fact that I am posting Happy Birthday to Emily 5 days after her actual birthday! It has been pretty hectic to say the least. We had a lovely time on her birthday last Friday. She went to school in the morning then to a soft play park in the afternoon and a family tea with Warrens family in the evening.
Saturday was the day of her actual birthday party. When I asked her this year what kind of party she wanted she requested a ‘Monster Party’ with a monster cake with green icing! So we made green furry invites for all her friends, managed to find this Sully suit (from Monsters Inc) at a car boot sale at mos over the summer and even got Harrison a great little green monster outfit.
The party was complete bedlam, even by my standards. In the end we counted 16 kids in our house and there must’ve been at least 20 adults! Complete madness (yes I know it was ll my doing but sometimes you can get a bit carried away!). But despite the craziness of it all every one seemed to have a great time and all the kids came dressed as monsters which I thought was just great! As ever, when I get my act together I will put some photos on for you to see – including my cake, which I was so happy with! I might put a few more pics on my Noodles site later if you wanted to have a look.
I fell asleep at about 9.30 that night and I am still trying to clear up from it all. The good thing is Em got lots of craft based presents from her friends, so once she has used them they won’t take up any space! So thanks for all your lovely gifts if you are reading this, she really is a lucky little girl!
Every day its hard to believe how much our little girl is growing up. Today Emily joined Rainbows, which is the predecessor to becoming a Brownie. I dropped her off just after 5 for an hour of fun and activities. I knew she would love it and she did and was her usual independent self.
Its really nice for her to have things like this, especially when she is so full of beans.
Today was my very first Mums & Chums morning. I have taken over as leader at one of the Mums & Chums groups I have been going to over the past few years. Its nice to finally have something of my own and to have a sense of ownership over something. It took a lot longer to set up than I thought and it was a bit frenzied but other than that it went really well. I even managed to introduce a story and song time at the end of the morning. This was something I have been really wanting to do and it was great that it worked out so well.
Poor Harrison didn’t get too much attention though cause I was that busy making sure I had everything sorted. Hopefully once I get myself into a routine, I will be able to relax and enjoy being there with him too.
I am sure there will be many a post like this in the future, so this is the first of many! Today was Emily’s third day in pre-school/nursery. She is in from 9 until 12 everyday now. I can hardly believe it! She just seems so grown up and its very strange being away from her for a whole morning every day. I know I will just have to get used to it and its just a build up till next year when she starts P1!
I have already noticed a change in her as she seems exhausted by mid afternoon. I am sure it will take her a while to settle into the new routine and get used to have such a packed day.
On the other hand its really nice to be able to have some one to one time with Harrison, as he really misses out on that quality new baby time that Emily got when she was wee. Its lovely guilt free time all round. I don’t feel guilty having the time in the morning with Harrison and I don’t feel too bad giving Emily attention in the afternoon! Hope that makes sense.
Isn’t that a gorgeous picture of Harrison and Grandad?!
Anyway just to make sure we are not forgetting to record any major events in Harrison’s life here are a few more things that have been going on…
1. He has got another 2 teeth. His top front teeth are almost through, but he is still suffering with teething and has bit me a few times when feeding (ouch!).
2. He has decided that he is no longer happy sitting in any way and goes rigid when you try and put him down on the floor, in the highchair or pram and you have to karate chop to get him to bend!
3. As with above he just seems to want to be on his feet and is really frustrated that he can’t walk. So I bought his first pair of cruiser shoes to help him grip the floor and get moving.
4. He can almost, just about, nearly crawl! He drags himself about the floor like a wounded soldier, so no doubt he will be crawling properly very soon. I think the slippery laminate floor doesn’t help him with this development. A good non-slip carpeted surface would be better!
On another note Emily starts pre-school tomorrow!! I will have to make another post about this..cup of tea beckons…
I am finally managing to sit down to give you an update of what’s been going on around here. It’ll have to be a quick update to as I had about 2 hours sleep last night and I just want to get a cuppa and veg in front of the TV!
We had a wonderful time in England recently. I went for two weeks with the kids (‘kids’! hehe) and Warren came for the first week. It was great being at moms and Emily just loves being there with Nanny & Grandad and the doggies of course. Apart from making him jump a couple of time Harrison loved the dogs too and even kept trying to get Flukes tail. It was a very full and busy holiday. We also managed to go for a weekend to a 4 star hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon while we were there…
…To cut a long story short we will not be going to a hotel again for a while. I was sick for the first night (a bug or something) and Harrison just shouted and screamed the place down anytime we were in public. It was one of those really old hotels were everyone sits about very quietly reading too .I don’t normally get embarrassed by such things but this stressed me out! They had a great time in the pool though so at least it wasn’t all bad, I think we were just glad to get back to my moms.
I also managed to get out one night to the pub with Jackie thanks to the great babysitters and I took the opportunity to drive to Derby to stay overnight with Chris. It was just great, it was lovely to see the house and catch up with everyone and Ciara and Emily were like best buddies, it was so unbelievably sweet.
Overall we just hung out, went to walks to Bilston, took a double decker bus ride into Wolverhampton and went to a wonderful place called ‘Wonderland Park’ in Telford. I a sure I am missing lots out but all in all we had a great time and I have about 200 photos to prove it! SOmetime I will get uploading those too!
I really miss having my family around and cause I was there for so long it was strange to come back and go back to being on my own in the day. If only we all lived nearby.
Thanks Mom & Nige especially for having us and looking after us and thanks to everyone else too who we haven’t seen in ages. Emily said she missed her Pooh Bear bed and asked when she could come again!
Emily is really developing a sense of humour. She can be so funny sometimes and when its at more naughty times, its a challenge not to laugh. She has taken to blaming things on her teddies. I just checked on her tonight and her bedroom light was on and I asked her what she was doing. She said Mr Pump turned on the light (another funny thing is that she calls her big teddy this, as with lots of kids the words, bum, poo and pump never fail to make her laugh). She also blames things on Boo, another teddy she has, who also likes to put the light on.
The other day she was sitting on the sofa having some grapes and strawberries when she started haveing a conversation with her fruit. It went like this:
Emily puts a grape into her mouth then..
She then says “I’m coming” and puts another grape into her mouth
She says “Help” then “I’m coming!” followed by another grape
This carried on for the duration of eating her fruit, I have probably missed out some other funny bit to add to that as I was out of the room at the time – so please change it Warren if I have missed something! To be honest I am quite chuffed at the level of her imagination hehe! Thats my girl!
As you may have gathered over the past while, Harrison likes to be noisy. 9 months and he’s already getting boisterous! Even when he’s not crying you could hear his shouting down the street. He babbles away to himself non stop and sings to himself in the car, its so funny to hear.
Warren reckons we should say his first word is tickle. You should hear him sometimes, he sits there going “Tickle ickle tickle ickle tickle…” its so funny. He has also taking to clapping his hands to things and he makes other funny gestures too. You can tell he just wants to communicate.
I think we are also finally getting to the sitting up unaided landmark. He’ll sit there on a rug without any help for a very short while. Eventually he flops himself onto his back or front, but at least he is getting there. I think he just loves rolling around on the floor picking things up as he goes. Its funny cause I was reading back on the archives and discovered that Emily was standing at this stage! Its crazy how different they are and interesting.
But apparently they both had a love of pulling off their socks and eating them!
I am late posting about our lovely weekend break to Dundee to see Sally & Paul. I honestly don’t know where the time goes! It was Harrison’s first proper trip. We had a lovely time, its always good seeing friends and getting away. Harrison didn’t completely settle in the nights, as it was his first time in the travel cot. But other than that there was no problem. We had a weekend of fun playing the Wii and lots of other games (which Emily loved of course) and lots of wine mmmmm. I even managed to sneak into Dundee town with Sal ON OUR OWN! for a spot of shopping.
It was a bit of a trek on the way back and things were a little more fraught. But they were both so tired and it was a long day travelling – leaving at 10am and getting home at 10.30pm – so its hardly surprising really isn’t it?
Thanks for a great weekend you two! More pictures coming soon as usual…
Emily had her first trip to a very special hairdressers today as a treat. Normally the girl who comes round to cut my hair does Emily too, but a new hairdressers aimed at kids has opened recently so I thought we could give it a try.
Its a really good idea. The kids sit in either an plane or police car seat and they watch TV (The Wiggles today!) I got her hair cut up to her shoulders which was a compromise with Warren who would’ve liked it shorter but I love her long girly hair, but its much better now.
The only thing I would say about it was that the hairdressers weren’t as friendly as I would’ve expected and were quite young and just didn’t seem to get Emily’s humour. They didn’t seem used to kids at all! Also, although its thoughtful sentiment they give out lollies at the end and if there is one thing I don’t still let Emily have at the moment its hard lollies. Luckily she is pretty brainwashed in this area and tends to say no, although she did take it today and I swapped it for a n ice-lolly for her!
On a quick seperate note…Harrison still hasn’t discovered how wonderful sleeping is…just one full nights sleep would be bliss…