From toddler to little boy all in one haircut

Elliot has recently become a big brother, and has suddenly seemed to have left toddlerhood behind. Add new shoes and a haircut to that and it's a proper little boy that now stands before us, not a toddler.

Pre-haircut, coffee in Cafe Nero (one of Elliot's fave hangouts!)

His speech has also developed even further. He's always been fairly good with conversation, picking up things easily and able to have proper conversations long before he could even walk.

Over the last couple of months I've been noting some little comments he's made, some funny, others really touching, and I wanted to capture these here.

Last year, around November time, when “discussing” whether it was time for bed or not – “but, Daddy, it's not bedtime, it's AUTUMN!”

In December he decided to tell my mum (Grandmum) that “you and mummy are my best friends” (note this privileged position is granted and taken away with shocking frequency, I think currently a Daddy is holding the mantle, although it could well be Grandad as he was so excited to see him today. We all live in hope that it's our turn soon!)

Last week at nursery, looking at one of his photos on the “inclusion board” (a photo of the four of us) – “look, it's my beautiful family”

Last month, having run around a supermarket for a while, Elliot slumps to the ground on his knees – “I can't go any more, I've run out of petrol!”

Post haircut, a little boy emerges:



How to recognise a second time mum

When I was in hospital after having Alexander I was asked, on day 3, to wheel him in his little cot round to see the paediatrician for his complete check/MOT thing. We arrived with Alexander in a sicky babygrow and the nurse took one look and said “second baby?” to which I agreed. He’d been sick a couple of times in the night, horrid mucousy sick that is common for c section babies (apparently this stuff gets squeezed out when born through the natural route!)
I chuckled to myself in the realisation that with Elliot I probably would have changed his outfit as well as the cot sheets each time he was sick, whereas with Alexander I just figured he’d probably do it again fairly soon so as long as it hadn’t really soaked through, he’d be fine to stay in a less-than-perfect babygrow for a while. Apparently that makes me recognisable as a second time mum.

I’ve also just committed another second timer offence – hearing a nappy being filled but wondering if it can wait to be changed until the next feed….

I have a feeling this is just the start.
Sorry, Alexander! Doesn’t mean I love you any less!


Siblings – January


I’m joining in with a new linky project from the lovely Dear Beautiful this year, looking at siblings.

As you know my two only became siblings less than a month ago when Alexander was born on the 16th December, so we’re still very early in their relationship and to be honest both are largely still indifferent to each other!

However this month, Elliot has enjoyed telling people about his brother and recently when picking him up from nursery we’ve been told that Alexander has been a big topic of conversation for Elliot. He’s starting to be quite caring for his baby brother and it’s really sweet when he kisses him goodnight.

There’s been a few occasions then I’ve been asked to “put Alex down” and we’re still in a phase of needing mummy to do things like feeding Elliot his weetabix, which although annoying is totally understandable I think and hopefully something he’ll grow out of.

I’m really looking forward to watching these brothers get to know each other over the next year so this linky project couldn’t come at a better time for us!

Check out the other blogs linked up here

dear beautiful