MY SON AT 4 YEARS 2 MONTHS

Now my son is now 4 years old he is becoming more engaging in so much. His favourite thing is football, and requests for it everyday or watching Peppa Pig.

He now will try to form sentences and his communication which was slightly delayed has progressed so much now, that he is becoming less frustrated when trying to tell me something, like if he wants a drink or a certain type of food.

We are now are trying to do more mental play rather than doing physical play all the time, as he will play ball all day if we don’t. We try to get him to play matching pairs, or do a puzzle, or play with cars and do imitation. Henry imitates a lot.

Potty training is still underway and now we are putting him in pants during the day and he is more keen on using the actual toilet rather than his potty.

It can be frustrating though at times as he will play up on occasions like he did this morning, where he wouldn’t let me put his trousers on or his shoes, but he knows by changing the tone of my voice, that he is doing wrong and will stop.

Now his communication is a lot better he is having less meltdowns, he doesn’t always nap now and can stay awake the whole day.

I have already begun applying for schools and have picked by 4 choices, now is the time to apply for schools if your child too is beginning school this September.

You will know once you visit the schools which is the right one for your child, like you may have done when searching for a good nursery. It’s a feeling you just know when it is right.

I will report back once Henry gets nearer to starting school, on how he is doing.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie x

 

 

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My son nearly coming up to 4 years old

Henry at almost 4 years old

Henry is now coming up to 4 years old and we are now looking at schools for him, as he will be starting school in September 2018. He has more energy than before if that is even possible, but it seems that he does.

He isn’t talking still as much as we would like but he is saying more new words each day and in the last couple of months or so, begun to speak full sentences.

Nap times vary and sometimes he has gone a full day without a nap, depends on how early he has woken up and how much energy he has used up at the beginning of the day. He still tends to wake early, but this can vary aswell. It can be between 5 to 6am.

Henry goes to nursery twice a week now on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30am and to 4pm.

He was swearing say a few naughty words, but we have been nipping this in the bud, by ignoring him and he has realized that he doesn’t get a reaction so stops.

At the moment we are working to see if he can have some more speech and language sessions to help with his communication as he has the tendency to throw things when he doesn’t understand or can’t communicate correctly.

For his birthday we are taking him to a place called Flipout in Wandsworth, and invited some other children, and then having food and extra play at my step dads school, where they have a nursery.

Time has gone so fast and he is forever growing and looking forward to the next days and months where he will doing more still.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

New products recommended

Here are some essentials I would always make sure I  have in the home or out and about.

One item is a thermometer.

I always make sure I have one of these as you never know if they are struck by an illness, and recommend a portable one so you can take it away with you. There are ones which you can check temperature, inside your childs ear, and acts as a room thermometer too.

The other item is a Potty, and a mini toilet seat, great to have one in each room or floor of the house, just in case you get caught short.

We have a cheaper version from Boots, was £4.99 and a more expensive one which is thomas the Tank engine, as shown above, the one above cost £32.99 from, Boots and bought a smaller Winnie the pooh toilet seat, with step cost £9.99 each for the seat and step.

Toddler cups/First training cups, you can get a good price one from Boots, at £1.45 or even the Poundland stores.

Clarks Toddler Sandals, really smart we get a pair every summer and will continue to do so.

Perfect for their little feet and comfortable too.

So please let me know what you would recommend for a toddler, whether it would be clothes to toys, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

 

Potty Training Videos

Not easy! however I have come across some videos on Youtube which have been most helpful.

The 3rd one is quite funny and make you see, that you are not alone in feeling a little frustrated, as potty training is a transition for everyone, so never fear watching and learning from others can really help.

There are some great story books and cartoon type videos too to help. An example below:

I hope you found this useful and if you want to share some tips please do, be most welcomed.

Many thanks for reading and watching,

 

Carrie X

3 years and 6 months

My son Henry is getting stronger than ever. He now is walking up and down the stairs as supposed to climbing up them on his hands and knees, and is more stable on his feet.

We can no longer go to the park without his ball, as I will hear continously “Ball, Ball”, He will say the words Hello to people and goodbye when they leave. He still being potty trained, and this is taking its time, aswell as walking too.

He will spot different sounds of cars, hellicopters, which he calls “Butter”, how? Only he knows. He will spot a plane, he will know what a car is and when he has had enough of sitting in the pushchair he will begin to say “Walk, Walk”. He won’t always walk in the direction we want, but he is identifying now, that if he walks with us, he can stay out of the pushchair.

He not so into the swings now, or the playground, and will now walk through the park with me up to the big crossing we have, but he still won’t walk with us, from that point, as he wants to go the other way. Again no idea why.

We have a bit of a dilemma with food, as yesterday he was kicking off a lot because he wanted to get down and not eat. This time of year it is tricky as he does get very hot, and he wants to drink more than eat. So now we are gonna try no snacks, so he eats more of his meals.

It has been a tricky time as he is growing and learning new things each day, but it has been an experience and eye opener for us too.

He has had more Occupational Therapy, and again he won’t always want to sit down, unless it involves a ball or some bubbles.

I know this little moments won’t last forever but when he does do something knew my heart leaps with joy, but also a little sad, as the little baby that once was is becoming a grown boy.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

My Son’s 4th Christmas

I couldn’t work out at first how many Christmases my son has been present for, being that he was born unexpectedly at 31 weeks. It still kinda knocks me off track to workout how many seasonal holidays he has been around for.

So working it out, it kind of hit me like a massive wave realising this is Henry’s 4th Christmas.

He is still unaware of what it is all about, but with the his nursery being all done up for the festive season and we have done our bit to decorate the home for Christmas too, he is kind of getting that it is a time of creating more light and shine into homes and places he goes to.

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This is a picture from Henry’s very first Christmas, he was still classed as a premature baby then, and wasn’t even full term as of yet.

As he was so unexpected, wasn’t due until the 9th January 2014, our world instantly changed and we hadn’t even got a single decoration up, because of his unplanned arrival, but I would not have changed it for the world.

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This is from Christmas 2014 of Henry and his Cousins Ava and Ruby. We had my husband’s family over for Christmas day so we went over to my mum’s on Christmas Eve and spent time with my family on that day instead.

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Here is Henry at his Uncle Bluto’s in Lincoln. This was where we spent Christmas last year. His Uncle dressed up as Santa Claus, but Henry was still unaware, and we invented a game, where we were chucking Henry’s ball into the back of his toy truck, it was actually really funny and Henry loved it.

Henry has already visited Santa this year at his Nursery and had attended his first Christmas party, which they had at Henry’s nursery on the same day as when he visited Santa.

As soon as he sat with Santa Claus he wanted to run off. Children can either be not bothered by who Santa is at baby to toddler stage, or as one child was on the day Henry met Santa at his nursery, be quite scared of Santa Claus at first.

We are going to take Henry to see Santa again, in Wimbledon tomorrow. I hope the more he sees the image of Santa Claus he will start to identify who he is.

He has begun to say his own name now, and has started to say Hiya and Hello again now on greeting, and even says “Night, night” at bedtime. It truly is sweet, and “Water” when he wants a drink.

Christmas to children is still fairly new, and it is to Henry. We have bought him presents but not too many, as he still got gifts from his birthday he still hasn’t opened or toys that he hasn’t played with yet, so he has enough to be getting on with, and to be honest he isn’t really aware of what gifts are yet either.

He is too busy into everything else.

I hope though that by next year he will have a more of an idea of the festive season, but what is important is enjoying how our son is now. They grow up so fast, that time is so precious and you have to make the most of every single second.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X