I wondered how Jessica starting school would affect the bond between my girls, but being separated during the day seems to have brought them even closer. Pick-up time always brings so much joy and it was wonderful to see their delight at being reunited again. Sophie has adjusted well to being on her own at home during the day and I’m enjoying that one-to-one time with Sophie that I’ve never really had before. It still feels a little odd to head out on an adventure without my big girl coming along for the ride, but it is nice to be able to give Sophie my full attention. Sophie’s personality seems to be blossoming as a result and it’s lovely to see. She’s always been a confident child but now instead of always following Jessica’s lead on things, Sophie’s starting to take the lead at times and they are becoming equal partners in play. Afternoons are my favourite time of day – watching them both (mostly) playing happily together.
They’ve gone from wanting to sleep in the same bed at night to swapping beds – it’s a guessing game each night as to which child wants to sleep in which bed! More often than not, by morning though our bed seems to be the preferred location for both! One of the bonuses of hubby being away so much this month though is that there is plenty of space for me and the girls to share the bed – it’s much more of a squash with four!
Jessica (5 years 1 month)
- Seems to be enjoying school and is making new friends although trying to find out from her how her day went is usually met with the response “I don’t remember” or “I don’t know” – good job that I get to find out how she is getting on through the updates on Tapestry!
- Was awarded Star of the Week at Girls’ Brigade in her second week back and had her Girls’ Brigade enrolment at last week’s church parade service.
- Has now been discharged from the hearing clinic after the last appointment showed that her hearing was now normal – that’s one less hospital appointment to worry about!
- Is starting to look more blue in the mornings due to the colder weather. Her teacher is starting to get used to how Jessica’s colour can change when she is cold but I know the school will (and do!) call me if there are any concerns. Her sats were staying up in the low-to-mid 80s when the community nurse visited which is reassuring.
- Had her flu jab and was very brave about it, not making any fuss at all. She has to have the injection rather than the nasal spray because of being on aspirin.
Sophie (2 years 11 months)
- Was very good at her recent trip to the dentist – having watched Jessica go first, Sophie just jumped up into the seat, lay back and opened her mouth nice and wide without being prompted!
- Loves small world play and will spend ages happily engrossed in playing with her dolls house or Playmobil.
- Is starting to produce drawings that are recognisable – she particularly likes to draw faces at the moment.
- Has been enjoying helping Mummy in the garden and is quite fascinated by the wriggly worms and other creepy-crawlies that she gets to spot while doing so.
- Has started to get eczema again on her hands and wrists now that the weather is colder and the heating is on in the mornings. We’re trying a new cream out which so far seems to be helping. I’m hoping we can keep it under control this year as last winter I ended up bandaging her wrists and hands at night to stop her scratching.