The passage of time always seems so much more apparent in September than in any other month. Jessica’s birthday, a new term starting at preschool, the sadness that comes with the end of summer. Having my two girls at home with me all day, every day, during the summer has been so beautiful. Their bond just keeps growing closer and it is so wonderful to see how much love they have for each other. We now have a ritual at bedtime where the girls chip in with their little thank yous during bedtime prayers – Mummy, Daddy and each other are the most popular ones, followed by some more random ones – googly eyes, Bing Bunny, potties etc. – before both say “Amen”. Then they have to have big kisses and cuddles and say “I love you” to each other. It’s one of the most beautiful moments of my day and certainly one in which I feel so very blessed to have them both.
We have enjoyed being able to go back to Legoland again as our preschool pass is not valid during school holidays and weekends. The girls have been very excited to go back to their “favourite Legoland ever!” (as Jessica puts it) and this month’s photos are from our most recent day out there.
Jessica (4 years 0 months)
- Celebrated her 4th birthday with a teddy bears picnic birthday party and was very excited to see her birthday card on CBeebies.
- Loves walking to preschool holding hands with her best friend E.
- Has done so well with her potty training – we have managed long days out and about without any accidents and are now getting regular dry days.
- Is suddenly wanting to be very independent – “I can do it myself, Mummy!” has been heard a lot lately!
- Has been using sign language more and has started putting signs together to make words – for example, when eating hot dogs at lunchtime last week she signed “hot” and “dog” – “Look Mummy – ‘hot’ ‘dog’ – you sign ‘hot dog.’” I have no idea if this is actually the correct sign language for ‘hot dog’ but I was quite impressed by Jessica putting the two signs together.
Sophie (1 year 10 months)
- Gets very concerned if Jessica is upset about something “Oh no! Jess-sha, what happened? What happened, Jess-sha?”
- Enjoys doing wooden peg puzzles and announcing “ta-da” with her arms outstretched when she finishes them. She also holds up each piece to ask “what name?” (what is it?) as she slots them in and if she can’t make it fit, she will look confused, hold the piece up and say “Huh? Not working!”
- Can count to 13, is starting to recognise written numbers and can count backwards from 7 too.
- Has gone from always wanting Mummy for everything to starting to occasionally ask for Daddy instead.
- Has become very adventurous particularly with climbing and gave Mummy a bit of a fright by managing to climb up a big climbing frame and try to make her way across a wobbly bridge (with open sides) while I was pushing Jessica on the swing on the other side of the park. I haven’t run so fast in a very long time!