LADYBUG LETTERS – 2 YEARS 8 MONTHS

Dear J,

Well yet another month has passed and we are now into August. July was what I would call a ‘mish-mash’ month, with not much focus or many events planned. Still, we have managed to maximise our time and whilst I always think we haven’t done much when I look back at the blog, various photos on my camera and messages between me and your daddy I realise once again it’s been a busy month

You are starting to play independently and are less reliant on me and daddy 24×7, a couple of occasions I have had a moment of “where is she, is she okay?” and then find you sat happily reading a book or colouring in which has resulted in a few proud mummy moments

Your craft has stepped up a notch (with Nanny Sharon, not me!) and you have come home with some amazing makes. Each Friday you love to take them into nursery to show everyone, so pleased with yourself!

What have we done this month?

The beginning of July had some beautiful weather so we went to the beach a couple of times with friends and again as a family. You love the beach and sand and can quite happily roll about in it which results in it getting everywhere! I cannot handle large quantities of sand but for you it’s part of the attraction of going to the beach

We’ve taken you out on your bike a few times – you are getting very confident on your bike although went quite fast down a hill and ended up over the handlebars thankfully landing on the grass. Such a brave girl you got straight back on after us telling you your helmet saved you! (You now approach hills and corners with caution on your bike!) Most Friday’s we take you for a bike ride (weather dependant) and mid July you told absolutely everyone you saw leaving nursery as you were so excited that you were going for a bike ride. It was pretty cute!

Aside from that, we have been to a splash pool, visited the strawberry fields and picked fresh peas several times, visited the New Forest, been for a Teddy Bears Picnic and lots of BBQ’s

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At a splash pool on the hottest day of the year so far
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Monkeying around with daddy at a friend’s house for a BBQ
On your bike
On your bike at the Common

What’s been my favourite moment?

On one Wednesday morning I was tidying some clothes away and I heard you singing. You were sat on your bed with your Winnie the Pooh sing-a-long book happily singing and reading away. After watching you for a minute or so with a tear in my eye I decided to join you and we read and sang together with you on my lap. I often feel guilty for working as many hours as I do, but I really love spending my Wednesday mornings with you every week and on this particular Wednesday I didn’t want to leave you

I also went to a place called Furzey Gardens with you right at the end of July. It was just me and you as it was a Wednesday and I was working a particularly late shift so didn’t have to rush around. They had lots of fairy doors in the trees and you and I went looking for them all over the gardens. We didn’t do it all because you were flagging by 2pm, but it was actually my favourite day of the month with you. You were an absolute delight, and we sat together for a picnic lunch and I just thought how lucky and proud I was

This is a still from a video so perhaps not the best quality but she's so happy and singing away
This is a still from a video so perhaps not the best quality but she’s so happy and singing away
Playing pars with snap cards. There were no matching ones in this pack as it was all alphabet letters but she tried so hard and it was adorable watching her play happily
Playing pairs with snap cards. There were no matching ones in this pack as it was all alphabet letters but she tried so hard and it was adorable watching her play happily

What’s been difficult?

Why, why, why. I know it’s a phase and I know it’s good for you but my goodness if I had a pound for every time you asked me “why” this month I swear I would have at least a thousand pounds! When I start running out of answers and  have got to the root of what you’re asking I turn it back to you and now ask “why do you think?” which stumps you

The last Saturday of the month you were diagnosed with Croup and I was so worried that I didn’t sleep as well as I normally do, tossing and turning all night. Thankfully, a week later I can say you have made a full recovery and are back to your normal happy self (and sleeping through again!)

What has made me laugh?

There’s been quite a few funny moments so I’ve picked two to look back on

With you being a size 8.5 (at 2… crazy!) you are not far off mummy’s size 2/3 feet which makes for some interesting times as you really like wearing my shoes and trotting around the house in them!

We were at your Nanny Iris house and you picked up daddy’s iPhone and said “set a timer for 1 minute” and it did it. 2 years old and you can work Siri as well as your mummy. We were all pretty shocked

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I didn’t crop my shadow out (fail) but J is casually laying on the floor in my boots…

What has made me cry?

You and daddy met me for an impromptu picnic / bbq right at the end of the month at the New Forest. I was having a hideous day, work really got to me and upset me, and then I had one of the most painful physio sessions to date. I got quite teary (happy teary) when I saw you both, it sounds silly but was a fantastic ending to a horrid day

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Chef Cooks
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New Forest Selfie

What will I remember most?

When I ran Pretty Muddy mid month we had decided to make a day of it and there were a few people from work who ran it with me and stayed for the picnic afterwards. The following week there were some absolute lovely comments about how amazingly well behaved you were and how cute you were. It really stuck with me and I realised that although you have your moments (what toddler doesn’t?) you really are already a lovely and polite little girl

Receiving a text message from daddy one night whilst at work with you singing twinkle twinkle really made me sob and have a real proud mummy moment. Your prounounciation isn’t quite there (dinkle dinkle) but it added to the charm and just melted me

At the Pretty muddy picnic. One of my favourite shots of the day
At the Pretty muddy picnic. One of my favourite shots of the day

One of my favourite photos of us this month. I love you my girl xxx

J was originally in a different top to start the day but it got messy and I changed it when we were out. I didn't realise that we matched until the hubster and my mother-in-law started laughing at us together
You were originally in a different top to start the day but it got messy and I changed it when we were out at Nanny Iris house. I didn’t realise that we matched until daddy and nanny started laughing at us together

x

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