“Too trifficult!” - Juni
While walking up Wright’s hill today... “can we do an ant walk tomorrow mummy?” asked Iris “what’s an ant walk?” I asked It’s one step. said Iris. Cheers Gini
Talking about fruit leftovers in lunches and how all sweet food isn’t going to make it into lunches until I see improvement... olive stated “we all need some sweetness in our lives mum” age 8
“Iris, you aren’t stupid. You are a girl!” Juni, aged 3
Lockdown day eight: they played all day... made a few home videos!
“I want the jam book” which sounds more like damn book. Juni, 2yr
Last week there was great excitement in our bathroom, with 4 girls (I count as a girl don’t I?) crowded around Juni’s first wee wee in the potty! She was so excited to come and tell me and the big girls were super excited for her, nice weeee could all share it. Gosh our bathroom is small.
A big day. Oli bikes home on her own! So proud and scared at the same time.
“I know the S, H & D word mum... *awkward silence* Shut up, Hate & Dumb” Olive, 7. That was a close one...
“Mummy picked up daddy and then they went around and around the world until they found a house and I was born” - Iris
“Mummy, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Hmmmm not there yet. Olive then stated “I want to be a midwife” “do you know what they do?” “Nope” “they deliver babies” “To the front door!” If only sweetie pea if only...
“I 100% don’t like tidying, I, 0% like tidying” Olive
Dinner is served. Iris hops up late and states “I didn’t order this!”
I don’t think the tooth fairy is real. I think Santa Claus comes down and takes the tooth and leaves a coin. - Olive
Jun’s Plunket visit: 10.8kg (50th percentile) and 70cm (25th percentile) still tracking as a shorty but she's our short stuff.
Well it finally happened, I expected it to be my 16month old but it was my 4 and a half year old who swallowed a button. Freaked out and went straight to the toilet after!
"Daddy, I can’t find the ABCD from this book!” - Iris, wondering where the CD had gone from a Disney CD book
Recently Alexa started understanding Iris. Since then we’ve had a lot of “poo” on the shopping list and “what does the fox say” played over the speaker.
“Mummy, I want my ears peeled like yours” - Iris
We had a good two week run with dry nights but then after two accident nights we are back in nappies. Oh well - can't be long now before it's a permanent thing.
After 6 nights of dry nappies, the day had finally come when Olive went to bed without a nappy! We might be back to only needing two nappy sizes from now on .... touch wood.
Olive had her first drop off play date! Daddy dropped her at Elizabeths house after school and she had a blast. So great to see Olive's confidence build to whole new levels thanks to school. The last few drop offs she's been so eager to get inside and drop her bag so she can say "bye Daddy!" And run off outside with her friends. Really lovely to see.
"Oh my goodness I've got lots of sneeze!" Iris making light of her cold
"Olive had motional and wanted Mummy" - Iris's word of the day, motional.
As we were walking down the hill towards school this morning Olive said "I think I'm fine to walk down here and into school without you Mum" what the! This wasn't meant to happen until you were 7 or older! So I said "mummy isn't ready quite yet".
Dinner time conversations... Olive: "I know a girl called Isla she's in Ako 10 next to my class. " Daddy: "Where's she from?" Iris: "Auckland!" Olive: "No, she has skin like us."
The excitement is rising at the pecks. Olive and iris are super helpful packers... Cough. Olive told iris "this is the slimming tog bag, put yours in here" oh if only!
Iris gets very excited about Nan day on Fridays "Go to Nans and Oli go Nui!" (Playcentre Tamaraki Nui - big kids excursions)
Iris has taken to piggy backs but she calls them "back packs" which makes much more sense!
"Mummy has drunken eyelids (aka conjunctivitis) " well that is what it sounded like, if only it was!
It seems our most precious items in life seen through the eyes of our children are coffee and phones. Iris always says at 5.30am "mummy get coffee?, daddy coffee?" Almost in a concerned state. Yesterday I dropped my phone, once too many, never shattered a screen before... Iris keeps reminding me "mummy broke phone, mummy got daddy phone" why is it they remember and highlight our faults?! Oh well!
Goodnight kiss tonight from Olive "let's do a real wedding kiss, a wonky kiss!"
We've had three tinkles on the toilet so far. All voluntary. Probably just the novelty of it but it would be nice to have it a little easier this time round!
Kylie Minogue (1980s) lives again for a second generation. My tapes were very well received by the girls, despite Tom's 'cool' music taste.
"Mummy gone gym tots?" "Yes Iriee, mummy's gone to gym tots".
"Did you have fun at KCC today Iris?" Iris: "Rowan, James, Angela, Chrissy!". Another day- "did you enjoy music today Irinee?" - Iris: "James, Chrissy, Rowan, Angela!" .....
"Water, in, eyes!" - Iris, upon arriving at KCC after a very cold bike ride.
I thought I better post this as it may never happen again! Both kids slept through until a whopping 7am! Whoop! Enough said.
For over a year Iris has been an early riser (4.30-5.30am) so an early buggy ride most mornings was the usual, but with three tyres worn and falling apart it forced us to put her back to bed (plus, daylight savings brought things an hour earlier!). The first morning was the worst, second a small grizzle followed by the third just needing to be laid down again. Fourth morning 6am wake up. Let's hope it continues!
"For the first time in forever, you slept in, in the morning Iriee!" (Until 6.45am) and we feel amazing!
"Woof woof!" - Lyon. "Daddy, you're distracting Lyon with your spoon!" - O
Iris words of the week: "Book", "Read It" (or at least it sounds like it), "Fffoot", "Doggy" (any animal at first is a doggy), "Monkey" (her favourite bedtime toy), "Botbot" (bottle), "Bregat" (breakfast). Her words are coming thick and fast now which is very exciting. Everything is spoken with a shout.
O: "Wo wo wo wo wo! I have a better plan. We don't budget, we just buy stuff with our money! Budgets are like parrots...." - adding her 2 cents to our budgets conversation.
Olive had her first swimming lesson in over a year and this time it was solo! I'm not going to lie, I didn't know how it would go but we had a play first and then joined the small group of three and I just hung nearby like one of those over protective parents and smiled over the top every time she looked for me. We got some bubble action, kicking, trusting the teacher and laughing at the rain splashing over her head. So fingers crossed we are on the up! Iris on the other hand had no fear which is a bit of a worry!
"Mummy I'm thinking, see look" - O (as Olive sits with her chin on her hand) "I haven't done this for a while, have I mummy" hmmm
"I love you mummy so so much" - O "I love you to the moon and back" - Me "I love you to the sun and back" - O "I love you to Taupo and back" - Me "I love you to England and back" -O. Out, done.
Olive eating fish pie: "it tastes yummy, but is still yucky!" Usually loves it too.
Olive: "I can't break Humpty's head to eat him! Help!" As she was attempting to crack her boil egg with a spoon.
Olive. 7.14am: "mummy, why do you have cracks there? (Pointing to my frown lines between my eyes) Why?" Kids say the darnest things.
"I want to go to Granny and Poppas and watch car turns on the tv!"
Olive has stated "I am not allowed to sing frozen songs because they are just for kids" ...
Iris has started taking a few steps. She had been stand surfing for a few weeks and enjoyed holding our hands to walk.
Mummy: "Olive want do you done with your hair" Olive: "I just want it blonde" m: "you mean long?" O: "blonde!"
"A baby is going to get born in my tummy when I dance around with a prince!" - Olive, grasping the birds and the bees a little too well.
This morning I was busy clearing the dishwasher and making toast for Olive and she wanted me to read her a story, I said "I can't make your toast if I read the book to you, I don't have enough hands!" Olive said "mummy, maybe you should have octopus arms, that would help."
Well I thought this day would never come and now it has I'm not sure I wanted it to! Olive is choosing what to wear, often changes her outfit up to 15 times a day. She doesn't seem to care that it's 8 degrees outside and is wearing a summer dress. Mornings have become a daily negotiation of practical with one Olive item.
Iris has developed some interesting habits of late. If she is at all frustrated (usually when Olive deems it necessary to place toys away and up high or the play isn't doing what she wants) she lashes out and tries to bite Olive or anything nearby. Is she a biter? And of course the dog flap has been discovered and what a wonder that is, freedom to the slide! And lastly climbing small things like doll cots and boxes.
Olive: "I'm still quite very tired today. It's been a very busy day" 7.40am after a lovely busy weekend.
Last night was probably a new record for a sleep deprived night. Olive woke at 9.30pm with a cough and a mild fever. Pamol and a cuddle and it looked like she was drifting back to sleep - but no! She got up again and ended up staying awake reading books and causing general mayhem until she finally crashed out on the couch at 4.30am. Luckily Iris slept through the whole thing! =
We celebrated Alan and Trish's 40th wedding anniversary with a sibling shouted dinner out at the Tinakori Bistro. It was a lovely evening, the first of many for the 8 of us to get together now that we are all living in the same city. =
And so it begins... The old delay tactics at bedtime. "I'm hungry", "Daddy forgot to brush my teeth", "I need to go toilet" and then the wild conversations about poppies falling from her ceiling, mountains in her bed. Lastly running off to our bed. Funny but crying.
While we were watching the ANZAC ceremonies Olive wanted to know what the guns were. And then said do they shoot bubbles? What a nice thought. If only we listened to kids more often.
As we were driving the back roads of Wilton, Olive said "Mummy look! It's the Eiffel Tower!" Off in the distance in the hills were huge power line towers. It bought a smile to my face, my little French girl. I can't wait to show these things to the girls in due course!, let the French lessons begin!
Every morning I ask Olive: "Would you like Anna or Elsa plaits?" She stated "No, I want Sven antlers today Mummy!" cheeky monkey.
Iris has finally done it! Slept from 6pm to 5.30am amazing! Help from th sleep specialist is certainly paying off. Should have been the best night sleep in months until Olive woke up crying at 2am and stayed awake for 2.5hr! Why? Oh why?!!! Finally falling asleep in our bed.
As Olive and I were having a smoothie and a swing on a beautiful day outside, Olive says "mummy the roof is a triangle" that's right! I said, what about the window? "Squares!, and the door is a rectangle!" What about that light? "A circle!" It was like all of a sudden Olive noticed all the shapes all around us, what a discovery!
There are two things that I appreciate more since having kids. That first taste of nespresso coffee first thing in the morning is just bliss, it blurs all the nights waking antics. The second is that hot relief of a shower that washes away the sleep deprivation if only for a few moments and you step out feeling like a whole person. Needless to say Iris turns into a gremlin at night and is still waking unpredictably and a lot. But all is ok I'm sitting in bed with a hot coffee. It is the simple things in life.
Isn't it funny how your oldest child's mood dictates if it is a good or bad day? No one ever told me my happiness hangs on if my children sleep well? Fortunately it has been a good week! Finishing on a high as I watched Olive play with a random kindy girl Isla at the playground for ages, I can see the benefits of going to the local kindy and how you get to be part of the community before school starts.
After putting clean sheets on her bed Olive asked "what did I put on the other sheets? Did I put my tears on them?". It's funny what she thinks up. We haven't had bedtime tears for ages!
Today Daddy went to Gym Tots to meet up with Olive and her KCC buddies. The past couple of weeks, Olive has been opting out of joining in with the fun and games that Gym Tots has to offer, despite the encouragement given by her favourite teacher - Benji, so I went along to help build her confidence back up. She loved racing around and trying out all the different obstacles and activities with me there. She was lots of fun to watch. Jumping on the trampolines, crossing the wiggly worm, walking along the balance beam and climbing over the ladder, sliding through the cave on a bug, going down the roller coaster... It definitely helped with me being there, so I might go along a few more times to see that she enjoys herself.
We have experienced a week of really bad sleep but Iris has another bottom tooth! And four top teeth are cutting through, thank goodness there was a reason?!
As I was sitting feeding Iris today, Olive said "mummy it is hard being a Olive" I asked her later to repeat what she had said and she said "I'm a happy Olive" a busy day, a hot day but we had lots of fun. A lot of sorting play and getting stuck in the mud and needing to be pulled out.
Olives first full day at KCC (Karori Child Care) went very well. Well, not quite a full day as I picked her up early at 3.45pm only to have to watch her for 15 mins while she finished feeding and then walking her little black baby. Things will be getting very busy come Feb with starting Kindy two days a week, KCC two days a week and playcenter 1 day a week. Something might have to give!
After a couple of frustrating weeks of relapse toilet training (as the novelty of it wore off) we are back on track! Barely an accident in the last two weeks and rarely much persuasion required. The non slip soft toilet seat makes a huge difference.
I pulled out the cocoa packet and opened it. "Smells like chocolate, mmmmm" - Olive