2 & a half years and 5 months: CenterParcs, Weaning, Christening & Halloween

Both Lolo and AJ hit a milestone the middle of this month. Lolo became 2 and a half and AJ became 5 months old.

Lolo. She had a little gathering for Halloween. We played find the pumpkin (tangerines with faces painted on them), pin the star on the witch (Room on the Room blown up large and stuck onto the fridge), colouring in a room on the broom stencil and apple bobbing (that was the plan but we never quite got round to it). Find the pumpkin was a hit! It was an all day affair with grave yard trifle for the kids and wine for the parents đŸ˜‰

She’s about to have her 2.5 year assessment. We’ve gone through the list of things she’s supposed to do and I think we’re good with all of them except for putting her own coat on – although we’re in training for that. It’s amazing how motivational a carrot (or in this case a Haribo strawberry) can be. Her speech is coming along well and at last I can put her hair up in a pony tail!

Little AJ’s doing well too. We started a tiny bit of weaning at 4 months. But in the last 2 weeks he’s had Coq au vin (with quite a bit of vin ;), beef stew, salmon and the thing that surprised me, my home made curry (a cross between a Malaysian Rendang and normal Indian curry). He wolfed it down despite it containing a little bit of chilli. The last two days have been the beef stew days and I’ve been pretty amazed at how well he throws himself on the spoon. He’s been eating at least an eggcup-ful of stew over the last few days. Bearing in mind this is a baby that has had a bit of bread dipped in sauce here and there, he’s all of a sudden ramped up to a decent sized portion twice a day! I hadn’t realized this phase would arrive so soon! Looks like its time to start making little portions at every meal.

Last Sunday we had his Christening which was lovely. In the local family church shared with another girl. He was trussled up in grey herring bone trousers with braces, a lovely white vest with collar (White company darling!) and a tiny pair of grey brogues to finish off the look. He looked beautiful. And both kids were really well behaved in the church. AJ had his mouth to the vicar’s microphone however so when it came to the water being poured on his head, he sounded particularly loud. Then off to a local mini castle/monument for a bit of lunch. What a lovely day. We were very proud parents.

Two weeks ago we went to CenterParcs which was great fun. We all had some kind of illness. Hubby had a 24 hour bug with fever and vomiting. I then caught the fever (39.2 don’t you know) and then got a blocked duct, not mastitis just a lucky coincidence. Both kids got seriously chesty coughs and I think AJ got a touch of the fever too. But we soldiered on and by day 4 most things had subsided – AJ’s was the last to go. So we managed the swimming – Lolo loved the water slides. AJ eventually got to dip his toes in the toddler pool on the last day. We had a fantastic time with lots of home cooked meals, walks, deer at our patio door on the first night and squiggle (squirrel) watching.

In other news he’s sitting up quite nicely but still with support. No rolling or crawling yet. But who cares, we’ve been getting some nice 12 hour sleeps out of him recently. He’s also been babbling really nicely, answering our talk and questions with little baby-talk phrases. Too cute. Can’t believe he’s 5 months already!

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