Happy 1st Birthday Moo

Last year Mollie came into this world on Mothers day, and what a Mothers day. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to have her on that day, I was due to be induced. So I had no idea. My last post I wrote a Mollies 1 year update if you want to have a read.

At the weekend we planned to give Mollie a 1st birthday much like her older brother had for his. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate that first big milestone.

So the night before we tidied up and set to work putting up some crepe paper chains and blowing up balloons. All ready for the party the next day.

It was Sunday so Henry still had a swimming lesson so he did that and when they came back we set the rest of the decorations. Nothing to fancy just some banners and a party table cloth.

It was so lovely to have so many important people all together in one house. It warms my heart to know that even after 4 and a half years ‘mummy club’ is still so important to us that we still try and make to each others special occasions. Even if we miss regular play dates.

Mollie wasn’t too overwhelmed by the amount of people, although she may have been a little confused as to why there was a lot of people. All the older children were playing really nicely together too.

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Mollies 1 year update

A whole year, boy, did that fly by fast!

A whole year ago I was on the verge of having Mollie forcibly removed via an impending induction. Thankfully she decided to come on her own but left me right until the 11th hour, I was actually in hospital ready to start the induction process when it all started.

That could well be another blog post at later date so watch this space.

The last update I did was Mollies 9 month update and that seems like a lifetime ago, if you want to read even further then go and check out Mollie’s 6 month update. It’s quite astonishing how much they learn over such a short amount of time.

I’m still getting Mollie weighed each time she goes up a months age, but now she is one I probably wont be going as often as that. Maybe every couple of months. I’m at the point now where I can barely carry her, just getting her up the stairs is becoming a real challenge. She now weighs 22lb 10oz (10.02kg), which sounds an awful lot. So I did a comparison and Henry weighed this at about 15 months. That’s shocking to me, but then again she did start off  2lb heavier.

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Birthday gifts for 1 year old girl.

What do you get a 1 year old for her first birthday when they have an older sibling?

That was the biggest question we had when choosing birthday presents for Mollie. We kept virtually everything we had for Henry when he was a baby and ever since Mollie was about 4 months old we have had all these toys out for her.

There is a whole array of stuff, shape sorters of various descriptions, and anything and everything that makes a noise. That was before you add in that we had Christmas a few months ago, and yes we did get a few more things then. So what did we do?

We just decided where possible to limit presents. She is only 1 so luckily has no concept of what is going to happen. The obvious thing to start with was some clothing, she grows out of her clothes very quickly so it seemed like a sensible idea as a starting point;

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4th Birthday and an interview with my 4 year old.

This post is for you Henry as much as it’s for us, it’s a way for you to look back on your birthday in years to come. For us to show you what things we did on your special day. So for as long as you want us to we will strive to make it special. All because you were the one that made us who we are now and you were the one to make us Mummy and Daddy. So here’s your 4th birthday. Happy Birthday Little Man.

The night before Henrys birthday we’ve started a little tradition, nothing too extravagant as its something we would like to keep up as long as he wants too. We put up birthday banners and make a present pile with some balloons. We try to get a helium balloon of his age too, just because, why not. It all helps to add a little excitement to his morning the following day. If you want to have a look at the gifts we got him have a read in Birthday Gifts for 4 year old boy.

He was much more excited about his birthday this year I think he understood more. He came downstairs in the morning and didn’t know where to look. It was a simple morning he opened his presents and had a little go on his new bike. After getting ready for the day, he took the bike outside, you can read more about that in ‘Big boys bike’.

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School Preparation for a 4 year old.

 

If you didn’t know already Henry turns 4 in March so he will be starting school in September. If I let him turn 4, I may make him stay 3 forever, that’s allowed, right?

Anyway with that slowly creeping up we have been trying to give him a little head start as best we can in time for school. It’s a difficult age to do too much, they have the attention span of a goldfish, and with my child in particular he has to be in a cooperative mood or there is absolutely no point in even trying. That being said, we have found a couple of ways to try to help him out.

In playgroup he has started to get some homework, he may bring the mascot home for the weekend and we take some photos of what he has been doing with it, or he will get a phonics reading book that we do together.

Heres what we are doing at home to help him out.

Firstly we got some wall charts from Poundland. So, yes some of my walls look like a nursery. This is a background activity, in the sense of, these charts are always in his view, he can look at them if he wants to and if he wants to ask questions or play with them he can. The ones in most use are the upper and lower case alphabet, map of the UK in his bedroom and a wall calendar. img_0931

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Mollies 9 month update

Mollie has now been in the ‘outside world’ just as long as she was on the inside, that’s quite a milestone. It has gone so much quicker this time around, (and I thought it was quick first time) second time around you don’t have the ‘quiet’ moments to just let everything sink in, with a 3 year old running around that’s impossible. My last update I did was Mollie’s 6 month update. Have a read if you like.

I now get Mollie weighed as close to her monthly age as possible, just for my curiosity more than anything else. She doesn’t need weighing that much now, I know she’s putting on weight, I’m struggling so much to carry her. At her last weigh in she weighed 19lb 15oz (9.08kg) this was at 8 months.

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I’ve been lucky and I know this doesn’t happen often and a lot of parents struggle but both my two children have been very good sleepers. Mollie doesn’t seem to have had any sleep regression, she still sleeps through, she does occasionally stir if she has lost her dummy, or banged the side of the cot.

She goes down to bed between 7/7.15 and then wakes between 6.30 and 7, this hasn’t changed since the last update. She does still have 2 naps most days, her morning nap may only be a max of 30 minutes, she tends to have a much longer afternoon nap of maybe 2 hours. This can change daily dependant on what we are doing, but this doesn’t affect her to greatly, as she does sleep through the night.

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