The last four weeks have been all about spellings and reading. I'm finding it really hard to fit it all in but the boys are doing so well. Last week they got 7/10 in their spelling test and this week Oliver got 7/7 and Ethan got 6/7. Oliver said he also got 3 merits for doing well so we're so pleased.
As much as I love the convenience of a supermarket and having everything together in one shop I really love supporting local businesses. Unfortunately now the boys go to school in the opposite direction to the milk shed we don't go as often as we used to when they were at nursery which was only a five minute drive away.
I'd wanted to have a baby for quite a while and we were incredibly lucky that we got pregnant within three months of starting trying. The first few weeks were pretty easy in that i did't really have any pregnancy symptoms. It was from around 8 weeks pregnant when I started to suffer with nausea. It was constant, 24 hours a day for probably the next 8 weeks solid, although I never threw up once. As long as I kept eating little and often I could manage to control it. I remember being at work and secretly eating ginger biscuits at my desk to try to combat it. I also remember having to get up in the middle of the night to sit on the sofa and eat a flapjack because I just felt so sick and hungry at the same time!
The first things I thought when I saw the photo below were "What cute babies!" and "Wow, she looks amazing" and then seeing it over and over again the media the last few days has got me thinking more about what this image means for mothers and what it portrays in terms of how far it is away from reality. Yes she probably has a multitude of help, both with the babies and with all household tasks. Is she doing the night feeds, the nappy changes? Did she choose to share this photo because she wants to keep the public at a safe distance from her real private life? Is it all about her image as a strong female public figure? Or is it just trying to be arty? She is a second time mum so in that way it's not comparable to my experience at all but do most second time mums look like this after four weeks?
We're not back into routine at all and I'm not sure we will be for a while. I've been waking them up every morning and struggling to get them to calm down at bedtime. I think they're over tired and have been having a crazy half hour just before bed every night. I've just felt like a broken record, telling them over and over again to eat and get ready in a morning and then asking them to calm down and get ready for bed at night. They're just not listening to us at all. Oliver especially seems to be in his own little world most of the time and the only person he lets in is Ethan apart from when he wants cuddles at bedtime.
We're right in the middle of the summer holidays. I can't believe how fast the first three weeks have gone and just like that I've waved the boys off at the airport today to spend the rest of their holidays in Italy. They were so excited, Oliver was a bit more cuddly early this morning but absolutely fine when they left. I hope they will both be ok when Daddy comes home in a few days. I'm more than ready to go and join them at the end of the month for a proper holiday!
The photos I'm sharing this month are from Monday 19th June. The boys had an inset day and it was so hot. They begged me all afternoon to set up the hose pipe so they could run back and forward through the spray and here are a few shots! Imagine the sound of them screaming and laughing and then having to go in to get their goggles from the swimming bag!
The last few weeks have been jam packed for the boys. From class photos and a school trip to White Post farm to a full half term, including a day with Nana and Grandad, hair cuts, dentist visits, a day out with friends and our family trip to Legoland and then last week, Ethan's surgery to have a raised mole removed. I have quite a lot of different photos to share this month. I hope you enjoy looking through them and can tell they've had lots of fun together this month.
Last weekend we went to town, we went on the bus and met Matteo after he had finished his volunteering. I said the boys could take some money from their money box as they had been given some by Matteo's parents before they left. Ethan spotted a Power Rangers scooter in TK Maxx so we said he could have it. There was only one but Oliver decided he wanted a Ninja Turtles one so the next day I found one on the Argos website, ordered it and we went to pick it up about an hour later.
The last four weeks have been eventful. Ethan had yet another chest infection but at least he didn't have to stay in hospital this time and only missed two days of school. He managed to complete the last week of term and received a certificate for his writing on the last day. I went to the Premier Assembly and is was so nice to see all the children getting up and being given recognition for their hard work that half term.