October 28th, 2013


New Beds for the Boys!

Our first day of holiday was spent getting a second hand toddler bed for P and rearranging the room. We assumed that he would take to the new bed as quickly as M did. When M was two and changed to a big boy bed, he didn't realize for a few weeks that he could leave his bed. He would wake up, then wait for us to "lift" him out of the bed :-) P however just sees his new bed as a fool's playground (us the fools, him the master). From a toddler who would go to sleep immediately in his cot, he is now a wild child who won't settle. Before you even get to the door, you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet, and a small boy reaches the door and freedom ahead of you!

The last couple of weeks we have been putting him back to bed in his cot, but now we are getting hard core with him. Watch this space! In the meantime, nice pictures below :-)

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Patrick at 26 & 27 Months

In the last couple of months Patrick has changed from a toddler into a proper little boy! And his speech is really coming on!

His wilful disobedient independent streak is shown by his new phrases below!

My turn
I do it!
no mummy!

big jump
where markus? mummy? daddy?

He copies a lot of phrases from Markus and Markus often says - "Patrick can you say car auto tractor train teddy bear...?"
He also loves doing fist bumps and high fives with us and Markus.

And we are now able to hold primitive phone conversations - here's a recent example :
hello mummmy! teddy bear! bye bye *raspberry*

He charges around flat, makes comedy falls, copies Markus and is fascinated by babies!
He is obsessed with trainspotting from the tram.
Potty training continues to go well - Changing him to big boy bed is going less well!

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Markus at 49 & 50 Months

It is now officially impossible to pause the flow of information and questions that is Markus. His speech has made another leap, and he is coming out with long complex thoughts and sentences. We have proper conversations now and we talk about the world we see around us. I tell him something and then an hour later, he tells it back to me, as though he figured it out himself!

The bedtime routine is still tricky. He goes to sleep in our bed (so as not to disturb Patrick) and we move him later, although he will often wake up and walk back to his own bed himself! He also often takes his pyjamas off, as he's falling asleep, so we find him in bed in only his nappy!!

We are going through a storm of emotional temper tantrums. Something sets him off (usually not being "first" or winning) and then it takes ages to get him to calm down. Ignoring him is often the answer.
He is (mostly) very sweet with Patrick and often waits to play with him, show him things. Today I saw Markus instigate the high five and fist bump sequence with Patrick - very cute!
mummy, don't say anything
I don't know either...
I've got a good idea!
Mummy, what did you say? why did you say that?
Mummy, i have to say you something / tell you something
We don't got...
youve got no chance
hold your horses
me fiirst
mummy is a horse ,daddy is a horse, patrick is a horse, markus is a horse
dog / papagei etc
Mummy is a normal train, daddy is an express train, markus is a night train, patrick is an underground train
role play with baby teddy - there there poppet its okay, I will stroke your back like this
baby teddy can't sleep
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Choo Choo!

This was a splendid September Sunday afternoon trip! We took an old fashioned steam train from our local railway station into the local forest just down the sihl river. The journey was about half an hour, and both boys spent most of the time with their heads out of the window, getting grimy, yelling "choo choo" and point at the steam. Or jumping when the whistle blew. Genius! Life is easy when you are a small boy in a moving train...

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