You Are 5 – Ladybug Letters

Dear J

The last time I wrote to you was when you were about to start school, and the time before that was your 4th birthday. 5 years ago we became parents and so here I sit, wondering where another year has gone, and wondering why time seems to speed up as each year passes

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Your First Half Term {Ordinary Moments 22/10/17}

Dear J

6 weeks ago you started school and it still feels like yesterday, yet here we are sat in the first school holidays – it’s gone by in a flash. Everyone always says it’s the parents who struggle the most, especially with their emotions and they weren’t wrong as it’s been an emotional few weeks

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Your First Day at School {Ladybug Letters}

Dear J

It’s finally happened, you have started your first day at school and a new chapter of your life. The past few years have been extraordinary and I cannot believe that this week you finished nursery after 4 years there. It feels like just yesterday I was tentatively walking you into that building for the first time with a bag full of nappies and putting my trust into nursery employees I’d met only a few times before who would care for you while I went to work

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You are 4 {Ladybug Letters}

Dear J

You are 4! I honestly cannot believe that I am a mummy to a 4 year old. At 3:10am in the morning on the 30th November 2012 you arrived in this world and were placed in my arms shortly after being checked over and cleaned up. It sounds cliche but I always wanted a little girl and even though I was reliably informed at every scan you were a girl I was still convinced you would be a boy, and was reluctant to buy pink clothes just in case

You were the perfect baby, sleeping through the night from 4 weeks old, feeding every 3 hours as directed by the hospital, and were so alert taking everything in with your big, beautiful eyes. The midwife looked at you and said you would be at least 8-8.5lbs because you were so long in length, and we were all shocked that you were a tiny 6lbs 11oz

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Ladybug Letters – 3 years and 6 months

Wow, you are 3 and a half years already. I haven’t written to you since you turned 3 and I feel a little sad that many memories have been missed from this series of posts. I knew this month would be another big date in the calendar as you’re now closer to 4 than 3, and 4 years ago we were just about to announce to our friends and family that we were expecting you

What have we done this month?

I’m not going to lie, not a lot. I spent most of the month in bed, resting on the sofa and you all stripped things back and looked after me. You and daddy spent a lot of time together and visited Paultons Park and a couple of Country Parks but I didn’t feature much in the plans

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Ladybug Letters – 2 years and 11 months

Dear J

This is my last letter to you as a 2 year old as we are now in your birthday month of November. In a few short weeks I will be a mummy to a 3 year old. That really has just flown by and I’m not sure I’m ready just yet to say I’m mum to a 3 year old

We now pick you up from nursery when it is dark and I just hate it. Autumn is my most favourite month of the year although when the clocks change and it starts to have a Winter feel in the air my thoughts start moving to Spring, although I don’t want to be wishing life away!

The beginning of October saw us spend more time as a family unit in Florida. I absolutely loved spending 3 whole weeks with you, the most since I returned to work after maternity leave. I’m still yet to record those memories on this blog properly but all I can say is I am so proud and honoured to be your mummy, you were the perfect child

We were also worried about returning you to nursery and falling back into our busy schedules after 3 weeks of disruption but on your first day in nursery you walked off without issues after saying goodbye to me. I was a little sad but also very relieved!

What have we done this month?

Florida obviously played a big part of the month, with several trips to Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Springs. Early in the holiday we purchased you a Duffy bear teddy and you and him have been inseparable ever since. When we found out that Duffy was going to be leaving Epcot early October we just had to get you to meet him in ‘real life’. It was well worth it, the look on your face as soon as you saw him was priceless, amazement and pure excitement at the same time

You really enjoyed the rides and in particular the Test Track which you went on with daddy 5-6 times and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train which we sang along to every time we went on it. We were so worried we wouldn’t be able to get on the ride but found out we could get single person fast passes and take you on with us as our plus one. We are so pleased we managed to achieve it, the best ride I’ve been on for a long time!

We have picked pumpkins, carved them and made a butternut squash mac and cheese which I really enjoyed but you weren’t so fond of. Most days in October you have asked if we can go and pick a pumpkin and carve it, and I have been happy to oblige

We fell back into our routines pretty quickly but have made a real point of getting out and enjoying the October sun. The summer was hideous and although we wander about in wellies and jumpers you just can’t beat it. It was so clear that you missed your Lexi whilst being away and you insist on taking her out for a walk most days, and more than once on the weekend!

The last few days of October you weren’t quite yourself. A few rough nights and a possible virus saw us cancel a trip to see friends and we have kept a close eye on you. You’ve never been a cuddly child through the day but the last days of October all you wanted to do is snuggle up to us and rest

My lovely family
Enjoying the autumn sun
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Family photo (Duffy included) in Florida
You and daddy on the car ride
You and daddy on the Test Track car ride
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You and Duffy, looking pleased as punch

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Ladybug Letters – 2 years and 9 months

Dear J

We are into September! The nights are starting to close in and its starting to take a while before the morning sun rises. With that comes a lie in from you (7am starts on the weekends as opposed to 6am so that’s not all bad, I just wish August hadn’t been so wet!)

We’ve had such a busy year and are going to have a really busy September October and November so in August I just wanted us to take a step back and enjoy some family time this month, which we really did and it’s made us a happier, closer household as a result. Your daddy constantly thinks something is wrong with me on a Saturday and Sunday when I am still in my pyjamas at 9am instead of being dressed and ready to run out the door (which I have done pretty much every weekend since we met), but it’s been much needed

Your counting and talking is just getting better and better and you have also started to referring to a couple of children from nursery as your ‘best friends’ and even called your cousin Lyra your best friend this month, which resulted in both your daddy and I looking at each other with shock whilst melting inside

What have we done this month?

The big news is that I got a new bike and trailer which you absolutely love. You’ve been so excited to go out in it and it’s given us a real burst of energy and want for exercise in and out the house

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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

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Ladybug Letters – 2 Years 7 Months

Dear J,

June has passed, another month in the calendar marked off. This month there were a couple of pretty big events, Fathers Day and my 30th birthday. We spent a weekend away at the end of June at Center Parcs to celebrate and all our friends and family were there to celebrate with us as a surprise. Our friends from York also joined us and every time we see them I swear you come home more grown up and more capable, this time was no exception

You have started asking “why” to everything. It’s great because you’re so inquisitive and want to know the reasoning for everything around you but at the same time it frustrates me, especially when I have run out of answers!

Imagination has featured pretty well this month and quite often we will lay on the sofa and go “for a drive”. We will go strawberry picking, have an ice cream or visit nanny and granddad. It is simply adorable!

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Ladybug Letters – 2 years 6 months

Dear J,

You’re 2 and a half – wow! And you’re officially closer to 3 than you are to 2. This month has been a blur but we have had 2 extra days with you thanks to the Bank Holidays which I’ve really treasured and enjoyed

You’ve started asking questions in your partially formed sentences “why you go upstairs mummy?” “why you eat your apple?” and the most memorable of the questions “mummy why daddy a boy?”. That really stumped me as I was not expecting to have the male / female discussions so early on!

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