Ben has been in school full time for the best part of a fortnight now and I’ve really revelled in the luxury of this time with my little girl. I feel like it’s giving me chance to get to know her all over again and really notice the changes in her, I’m much more aware of how grown up she has become without me even really realising.
Before the school holidays Chloe mostly did the school run in the pushchair, on the way to school in a morning we just didn’t have time for her to walk. Towards the end of term I encouraged her to walk to school to collect Ben but she would often go in the pushchair on the way home again. Since the start of the new school year she has walked to and from school in the mornings without any problem – which bodes very well for Beak’s arrival in November! She often uses the pushchair at home time but this is mainly because she has just woken up! She is much more determined to walk now and loves to explore – the school run provides us with opportunities to walk on walls, splash in puddles, inspect snails and flowers and generally chat about the things we can see along the way. I love having the time to do this with her.
The most dramatic change I’ve seen has been the increase in her vocabulary – she has been chatting away for a while but with Ben at school she has the opportunity to speak uninterrupted and I’ve got the time to listen to her and concentrate on what she’s saying. She is coming on in leaps and bounds and every single day I notice something new be it a new word or phrase. She has a really cute routine of asking if we’re ok and going round the family saying “You K? Me K. Ben K? Ben K” and also loves to tell us that she thinks we are funny. “You funneee! Me funneeee!” I’ve particularly noticed the move from just labelling things to more abstract concepts like telling me this morning “you phone ringing” or after a day at Ange’s coming home and saying “You gone, you here jobs” to explain that she thought I’d been at home all day (I had in fact been at work). The absolute cutest though is that if you ask her where someone is – Ben, Daddy, Granny – they are all “Gone, jobs”. She also likes to chat to Thomas who she calls “Toe” – she bosses him around insisting “Come Toe, follow me”.
Her favourite game at the moment is to play Hide and Seek – it’s hilarious though as she says “Me hide, you count” and then runs to hide behind the kitchen bin every single time! Ben has been teaching her to count and she can now manage up to 7. I love her numbers in this video and the way she shouts “Coming, not”
We’ve slipped ourselves into a nice little routine of pottering around in the morning – doing some jigsaws, watching a bit of tv, reading books and drawing then Chlo has a sleep in the afternoon and most afternoons she has slept right up until it was time time get Ben. Once or twice however she has woken early and then ended up going back to sleep on me – very cute! (Check out my Silent Sunday picture this week of her snoozing with Mr Mouse all snuggled up on my bump!) I think she’s enjoying her girlie time with Mummy but equally she’s missing Ben because when she gets up she says “Get Ben now Mummy” and gives him such a huge love when he comes out of his classroom.
I am doing everything I can to make the most of this precious time with my little girl this half term before it’s all change again when Beak arrives and Chloe will be preparing to start playgroup. (We are hoping she will start at half term so she is settled before Beak comes but it’s more likely to be the new year I think really)
Do you get chance to spend time with your children individually?