My Son Completed his first year at school

My son Henry who is now 5 years old, has completed his first year at school, and what a year it has been.

Having regular interaction with other children and having speech therapy has really helped make a difference to his speech and development.

He only got a bit fearful on his second day, and got a bit upset when transitioning to the upper year (year 1), but apart from that he has loved it, and has gone into school with no fuss.

There has been own clothes days where I have forgotten and so he has ended up in school uniform, but joining the mums whatsapp group has really helped remind me.

He still needs to work on his development, in terms of communication, dressing himself and we are still in the process of getting to be toilet trained at night, but he has come along way since he first started school.

During the six weeks holiday we did our utmost best to prepare for year 1 and I will post how he is getting on soon.

Here is a blog I wrote on the website I share with this one called:

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/getting-back-into-a-school-routine/

Where I have shared how I have prepared Henry for the year ahead and getting him back into a school routine.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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My sons fifth Christmas

This year will be my son’s fifth Christmas, and now he is beginning to get to know what Christmas is about.

He knows what a Christmas Tree is and who Santa Claus is. He has met him twice already this year, first time when we took him on the Watercress Line in Hampshire and at Chessington Garden centre.

This year I have bought him some books for him to draw in, as we are trying to get him to a least scribble at the moment, as he is a bit reluctant to write at the moment or draw so we are encouraging him to start using these skills.

I have bought some really nice Pajamas sets from H&M, a book from Poundland and a sticker book.

He was dancing today to some Christmas music in the car and whilst we were in Marks and Spencers.

He has truly grown and his favourite film at the moment is Polar Express.

I am really looking forward to when he opens up his presents tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

My Son At 4 years and 11 months

Son in his school uniform

Where has the time gone, I can’t believe my son is almost 5 years of age. He is now thankfully toilet trained, only at night does he still where a pullem up, but even with that we’ll soon be losing the night time pants as he tends to use the actual toilet at night more than in his pullem up.

He has begun going to school, on half term this week, but he is doing really well. He still needs to work on his speech, but they seem to have his learning all sorted, as they do a lot of visual images so he getting what other words mean.

We are having to get him to identify numbers, colours and letters.

He knows what different fruits are, and is now eating bananas again, but still has gone off other fruits and vegetables.

At the moment he is having a nap because he wakes up so early. Early being 4am. We have tried to let him stay up later, but still he will wake up early. Rarely will he sleep in, but he doesn’t demand to go downstairs so much now, so I do get a lie in on days he doesn’t have school.

I know this is cliche but it has been a massive journey, I have made mistakes and still feel I am making them, but must not be doing to bad of a job because he has come on leaps and bounds, and seems to be progressing each day.

I will post again once he reach his 5th birthday.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie

My son at 4 years 9 months

I can’t believe how fast it has gone and how much my son, Henry, has grown.

He is now toilet trained, even though he still wears a nappy at night and been debating weather to or not to put one on when he naps during the day.

Please do not judge me on that, but his naps during the day are becoming less frequent aswell, and he will often have a dry nappy, so I try to leave the nappy off during the day as much as possible. He is a sleep at the moment, but he has been awake since 3am this morning, so was bound to be tired this morning.

That is one thing that has changed his sleep pattern. We try not to allow him to watch his tablet for too long, and he is very good at getting himself to sleep, but he won’t always be asleep for long, and does often wake up during the night.

Sometimes he will nap in the car aswell, but he doesn’t have a nappy on when we are out, and he will use public toilets now where before he wouldn’t. We have been  using our portable toilet seat, see my blog “Toilet Training Success” blog on my website for further details about this:

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks

Here is a photo of my son on the swings, when my mum and I took him to Selsey for a couple of days. He walked a lot when we were in Selsey only sitting down a few times, but we didn’t use the pushchair once.

We still use the pushchair, but we are trying to phase it out, and when he starts school next week I will have him walk there.

I still can’t get my head around the fact that he will be at school next week, and I am a little anxious about it. He hasn’t settled to the thought of school well so far, and when I took him to his moving up day, he didn’t want to leave my side.

It was only when he saw there was a water play area, that he started to play and settle a bit, but then he saw the entrance doors open and tried to escape a few times.

He does love other children, especially older ones, and loved playing with his cousins in Selsey and even held their hands to walk along the seaside. He loves older children, and couldn’t stop watching them when they came out to play, on his moving up day.

I think once he sees other children playing and having fun, I think he will then settle into school. We are still teaching him to pull his trousers up and down, which he can do. Well he can take them off, no problem, just pulling them back on he struggles with, and it will be doing them up again, that he may find tricky.

I have been teaching him more about his name, and how to identify it. At Henry’s nursery they now lay out green leaves out with each child’s name on them and they have to put them on this tree attached to the wall, and I encourage Henry to find his name and put his leaf on the tree, and he will do it.

I think that is a brilliant thing to do, to teach children their name.

Henry loves Playdoh and will often have my mum’s Playdoh set to out to play with, and is happy for a long time. He loves kinder eggs, and we often when we go shopping have to buy him one, otherwise it can be world war 3.

He also loves Thomas the Tank Engine, Spongebob still and Peppa Pig.

It has gone so quickly, since the first day he was born, and he seems to develop more each day. I am so happy about the toilet training, just need to keep on with the getting the clothes on, as he loves being naked, and getting him more used to seeing his name.

So I will post again soon, probably coming up to his next birthday, but until then many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X