This last month has been all about holidays, completing challenges, spending time with family and just having fun together. The girls have enjoyed our trip to the Isle of Man where we completed our gold postbox challenge, a weekend away in Bristol hunting for the Shaun the Sheep sculptures and a week with Auntie Fizz and their cousins. I love seeing the four cousins together – despite the age gap between my nieces (who are 9 and 11) and my daughters, they have a wonderful bond. My nieces love to help look after my girls and the four of them have had such fun together – playing in the park, going swimming or jumping in the ball pit at the soft play centre.
Sophie is beginning to join in more with imaginative play rather than just knocking over Jessica’s carefully constructed mini world (although there are still times when she does just that!) Their favourite game seems to be chasing each other around the room and then grabbing each other for cuddles – unfortunately though this often ends with one accidentally knocking the other over resulting in tears!
Jessica is very much the protective big sister and can be quite bossy at times – “No Sophie, you mustn’t do that! Mummy be cross!” whereas Sophie just wants to join in with whatever her big sister is doing. Of course we also have the moments when they annoy each other, but these are easily outweighed by the moments when they are happily playing together and being loving.
Jessica (3 years 11 months)
- Needed to go to hospital for a heart check-up after our holiday as her oxygen saturation levels were low at our routine community nurse check. Thankfully her heart function appears to be fine at present, hopefully it was just a blip.
- Seems to have inherited the performing gene – making her way over to the raised area in the hotel restaurant during breakfast where she stood with her arms outstretched and announced “Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to my show! My name is Jessica and I’m going to do some ballet.”
- Managed to climb up the spiral staircases at the castle we visited on holiday all by herself.
- Enjoyed building sandcastles with Sophie and burying Daddy in the sand.
- Loves looking at the Shaun in the City app on Daddy’s iPad and naming all the sheep.
- Is already getting excited about her birthday next month – “It will be my birthday soon! I will be 4!” and has her heart set on a Bing Bunny house playset, asking Mummy every day if we can go to the shops and buy one.
- Enjoyed going swimming with her cousins and was quite determined to try and swim a few strokes by herself with her armbands on.
Sophie (1 year 9 months)
- Loves to have her hands and feet kissed and will hold out her hands for me to kiss during nappy changes.
- Gets very pleased with herself at little achievements – managing to pick up food with a fork, putting a toy in the toy box when tidying up – and shows her delight by holding out her arms, giving a big grin and saying “Ta-da!”
- Had croup during the first few days of our holiday but Calpol and snuggles in the big family bed helped make her feel much better.
- Loves to dance along to the theme tunes of CBeebies programmes and makes up different moves each time – some of which are very funny to watch and sometimes it looks a bit like she is trying to practice Tai Chi!
- Has started to go through the picky stage with eating – she used to eat whatever was put in front of her but will now say “No!” quite forcefully and push her plate away if it’s not what she wants.
- Is becoming more independent – “No! Me do it!” is a phrase we are starting to hear more and more!
- Has learned how to go downstairs by herself and will sit on the stairs bumping down and going “Bump! Bump!” at each step.