Today was our first full day in our new house. The move from North to West London went smoothly with two toddlers in tow. This time round we paid for all our belongings to be packed so Monday night was spent with minimal possessions. The children were brilliant and seemed to enjoy the chaos, hiding in boxes and dragging each other around the empty floors.
On Tuesday the removal company arrived early and quickly emptied our house of possessions. We spent most of the morning in the garden and I’m very thankful the weather was warm enough to be outside. Before too long everything was packed into two vans and I admit to having a tear in my eye as we left. I loved our old house but I’m very pleased to say we’re loving our new house!
My husband only managed to take a few days off work so we’ve concentrated on making the lounge and dining room liveable. It’s obviously where we spend a lot of the day although the weather has been so warm it’s been great to throw open the back doors into the garden. I think that open plan living will really suit us, Little Sis has spent the whole day running around the house giggling.
We popped out for a walk to our local shops which coincided with the school run. Yesterday we found out that the toddler will be attending the local nursery in September so I really wanted to see how all the mums were dressed. I have a couple of months to update my wardrobe, I think kaliko will fit in very well with my style and I’ll deserve a little shopping trip once I’ve finished unpacking all those boxes! I’m looking forward to making an effort with my clothes and of course, I can’t wait for the toddler to start enjoying school.
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Edward has picked up new habits from his time at nursery and it’s so strange knowing he’s learning things outside the home. He still chatters away as he’s always done but he now has a few funny mannerisms, such as holding his hands behind his back. His nursery encourage them to do things for themselves but I find it funny that at home he’ll sit on the bottom stair and take him shoes off when I ask him to.
He loves his nursery but I’d really like to know what he gets up to. When he’s sitting at the dinner table he claps his closed hands together and on the table and then laughs when I join in. He must have picked this up at nursery.
I feel that his speech is quite slow and I worry that I hold him back as I know what his little grunts mean so he has little incentive to try proper words. He gets really frustrated if I don’t understand what he wants and is prone to the odd tantrum where he lies on the floor and screams! He also reacts really badly if I tell him off for anything and will cry and start chewing his fingers as though he has teething pain. It takes a while for him to calm down from a temper tantrum.
My husband and I are yet to agree on how we should discipline him or deal with these tantrums which probably doesn’t help with consistent parenting! A teacher friend suggested it was probably the right time to introduce the naughty step but at 20 months it feels too young. What do you think?
Edward has now had five sessions at nursery. The first two were reduced hours to help him settle in but he’s now completed three full sessions.
Our main goal was to help him socialise with other children. I didn’t realise how hard this would be and despite lots of activities he seemed to pick up bad habits rather than good from other children. Without making it sound like I wanted to let someone else take responsibility for his behaviour we decided it would be of major benefit if he had regular time with other children in a secure environment.
I’m really happy the way he has settled in. As soon as we pull up outside the building he practically jumps out of the car and is running up the path. He gets collected at the front door and I have to get my kisses and cuddles in before he’s off without a backward glance. Obviously this is preferable to him not wanting to go, I’m just bemused that we’ve spent 19 months together and he’s so happy to spend time away from me!
It’s taking me slightly longer to adjust to the new arrangement. For the first couple of sessions I hung around near the nursery in case they phoned me to come and get him (which they didn’t). I’ve had more cups of tea on my own in Starbucks than ever before and even enjoyed a peaceful lunch where I got to eat the food hot and didn’t have to share any of it. It’s strange being out and about without a buggy or toddler but I’ve noticed I have a lot more energy due to a couple of hours on my own.
Only a couple of weeks and life will change again. At least I have peace of mind knowing Edward has a little place of his own away from the coming madness!