November 7th, 2015


Markus at 6 years, to 6 years, 2 months (months 72-74)

A few more milestones this autumn. We finally (literally overnight) stopped using pull up nappies at night with Markus. One night he needed them, the next night we ran out and M stayed dry. Hurrah - a nappie free honse finally. At Hallowe'en he lost another tooth - the top front one. And now the other top front one is wobbly as well!

Months 74, 73, 72

Both he and Patrick sing a lot and Markus is starting to match new words with an existing tune ie "see you later alligator, in a while crocodile" to the tune of Brahm's lullaby. Now that it's getting darker and nearly winter, we have lots of "jingles bells" and "oh tannenbaum" - to my delight. Markus is getting really interested in words that ryhme. So the game goes like this - "Mummy, say goat" "goat" "you're in a boat" etc

Other games include the "Water / solid / gas" game where we choose an object and then Markus categorizes it! "Good night spider" is the new goodnight routine, whereby I tickle their back like a spider three times in a row. We also play the fortune cookie game, which is where we make up the "fortune" at the end of the meal when the cookie is eaten, and not unsurprisingly, the fortune always goes something like this "Markus, you will get to sleep very quickly and have a lovely sleep!"

Markus seems to have a new confidence at Kindergarten, now that he is one of the big boys in year 2. We are having lots of playdates and inviting friends over. The new Friday routine is "boys & toys pizza party kino abig", whereby Alan and the boys sit in the living room on the floor, eat pizza and popcorn and watch a netflix film together. Occasionally Markus generously permits me to join in. I really enjoy cycling wtih him to kindergarten, or even walking there and back, we have such interesting conversations. And whilst the weather was still nice in Sept/Oct and it was still light, we had a few sneaky walks to the lake and an icecream on the way home.

We are now starting to talk to him about 1. Klasse (1st class at school) - he wont be going to the same school as his friends in Kindergarten, because we are out of that school's catchment area. I was really worried about telling Markus that he wouldn't be going to the same school, but he is very unconcerned.

Words & Phrases
Can you go out of the way?
Why do we don't do that?
Just cuz...

me to markus: why do you ask so many questions?
markus: I'm a question man!

Happy, gappy Boy at Hallowe'en


Patrick at 4 years, 1 month to 4 years, 3 month (months 49-51)

Our cheeky chappy is loving the autumn, mostly because he can't get enough of the roasted sweet chestnuts you can buy everywhere. His favourite song at the moment is "Marini, Maruni, Maroni" - all about those sweet chestnuts ("marroni" in swiss german). His "r"s aren't guite there yet - so he sings "malni, maloni, maloni" :-) He has a bit of a stutter at the moment, talks to fast, trips over his words etc , so we're watching it to see if he grows out of it. His favourite expression (usually said loudly, to get heard over the hustle bustle) is "You know..."

Months 51, 50, 49

His english is charming eccentricly swissified at the moment, some favourite phrases
you know...
you know I like cuddles and kisses
good night spider
I had done it
Had you saw that?
Can you put that off?

He still loves Kinderkrippe and enjoys looking after the babies. At home, he often roleplays being a baby and he is still very cuddly and affectionate. And most nights still creeps into our bed. which is lovely and frustrating at the same time.