Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas catch up!!

Time is running out on us!  We’re very behind with our Christmas present making but we have all day tomorrow so hopefully we can catch up! 

Today we caught up with Caitlin and Noah’s friends whose presents were complete!  They all had a great time.  I had planned a little something for them all to do but they were playing so nicely on there own I left them to it.  We swapped presents and my little houses went down well….

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I can now reveal them since all the owners have had theirs apart from Cailtin and Noah (who’s getting a garage version!)  Not fantastic pics… but here’s the inside!

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I got the pattern from here… http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-dollhouse-tutorial.html If you look at more recent posts there is a section showing all different ones that people have made using her pattern..I can send mine in now and say thanks!!

Caitlin and Noah got some playdoh and books as their presents.  Caitlin loves her doll dressing up book and I had been meaning to get them more playdoh but decided I’d spent enough so that will be good for them to play with.  Noah has been quiet and sleepy all day..I thought he was better but obviously not.  I’m sure he’ll love his pressies when he’s back to full speed!

Also we’ve been over at the new house making a start on removing the odd thing that was left like a shelf and cupboard.  We’ve also stripped all the paper off the walls in the big bedroom.  It came off way too easily but the damp will be solved when the heating is done.  We’ve also met our neighbours and they are all lovely.  All inviting us in and offering loads of help from cups of tea to babysitting!!  Can’t wait to move in now, not that our current neighbours are bad its just so much more friendly up there…..

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We got keys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’ve got the keys to our new house!!  The excitement is slightly dulled by the fact our financial adviser is a complete moron!!!!  He knew full well our intention was to buy this run down house stay living in ours while we do the work and then move in and rent ours out!  He has managed to get us a mortgage where we’re not allowed to live in our current house..it has to be rented out!!  And the worst part was we had ONE WEEK to move out and rent it from completion!!!!!!!!!!  Obviously this was never going to work and luckily our solicitor has managed to save the day and we have 3 months to move out!  This is still a very tight deadline but far more possible that one week would ever be.  So expect lots of DIY posts and panic’s as to whether we will hit our deadline of March 19th………………………

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Another party!!

I’ve always thought distraction/getting on with it is the best medicine!!  So I asked Caitlin if she was well enough to go to the party and she said yes.  She was a bit quiet but managed to eat a bit of food….

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Noah thoroughly enjoyed his chocolate cake and ice cream and even managed not to get any on himself!!

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…once Caitlin had eaten she perked up a bit which was good because it was time for a story from Father Christmas.  He told them all about the reindeer and how to remember their names!  Didn’t work on me cos I’ve forgotten already!  Then they each got a chance to go and talk to FC….

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..again Caitlin said she wanted a Dora motorbike!  Good really cos she has got a motorbike…not a Dora one but still a motorbike…  The party was great, it was in a soft play centre and there were only 17 kids attending so it was lovely and quiet.  At the end there was just chance to get a photo of the 4 of them together!  I try this everytime we meet and normally fail badly!  Today I got a few where they are all looking and smiling!!!!!!!!!

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Catch up!

We’ve been very busy this week, infact we’re supposed to be very busy today too but Caitlin is currently in bed!!  She’s not well…nothing serious just a bad cold but still not nice.  We’re supposed to be out to a party this afternoon so I hope she can sleep the worst off this morning and then manage a party all dosed up!

On Monday was Monday Tot’s Christmas party.  There was a bouncy castle and party food…  As you can see Caitlin loved the bouncy castle…

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Eventually all of the Mum’s decided to join in too..not sure if they spotted me taking this pic….

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As we left Caitlin and Noah each got a little present, Caitlin got a book and Noah got a musical box, which they both loved.  On Monday afternoon we got on with our Christmas presents…time is going much quicker than I thought and we are getting quite behind!

On Tuesday Caitlin had her trial session at school!  She loved it, I stayed with her but she completely ignored me the whole time except when she needed the loo and then she came to find me.  She kept saying how she had be playing with her friends afterwards so I think she’s going to have a great time in January.

Wednesday we went out for a Christmas lunch with the people from my old work which was nice.  Noah was fascinated by the Christmas tree and just kept pointing at it!  In the evening it was final Mini Club of the year and time for trophies and secret santa presents. The concourse trophy was won by a bini owner…no surprise his car is in better condition that the old minis but it does also include things like clean interior etc which isn’t down to age!!  Our secret santa was very thoughtful and split his budget between Caitlin and Noah and they had a present each to open!  Inside was a light and sound bini which Noah is totally in love with, he even wanted to take it to bed with him!!

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…and here is everyone just enjoying the party….

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Right best get back to those Christmas presents…Noah is giving Caitlin a helping hand since she’s ill!!

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Out for tea….

….and some present swapping!  We went for tea with baby Harry and his mum and dad (obviously!!), Noah adores Harry he spent a lot of time kissing him and generally just trying to grab him off me!!  We swapped presents, and Noah got the coolest mini t-shirt!  They always manage to find really cool presents.  Caitlin got loads of crafty things which she didn’t let go of until she was going to bed, we can do those if we get a minute this week!

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Caitlin

I got this idea from Laura at Synchronisation of us who has a little girl same age and very similar to Caitlin and also another younger girl and a tiny boy who sounds just like Noah!!  She has written a post on her blog for each child all about what they can do and what they are like.  I think it’s a great idea as part of the idea of this blog was to look back on at what they were like (as well as to keep family up to date on us!)  So here it goes Caitlin’s life history so far (may be long lol)

Caitlin was born at home at 1.26am at a healthy 7lb 12oz and 53cm long.  She wasn’t breathing and needed resuscitating but responded quickly and was fine.  Here is her first picture taken about 15 mins after she was born…

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She was a terrible feeder, we had to literally force her to drink her milk!  We later discovered the reason for this may have been her milk intolerance!!  This may have also been the reason she slept through so easily, to avoid being forced more nasty milk!!  She gained very little weight and didn’t grow much taller (although she was very tall at birth so not surprised on that one lol)  Just before 6 months we had it confirmed (I had suspected for quite a while) she was lactose intolerant, swapped her to soya milk and all the vomiting and feeding struggles stopped almost instantly!

Caitlin has always been very shy and wary of strangers, for the first year she was hysterical if I left her then she became clingy to Richard and cried if he left her!!  She’s much more confident now but still strangers aren’t her favourite!  Caitlin walked at 10 months and 28 days, I’m amazed it took that long as she’d been desperate to set off for quite a while and was a really confident cruiser!  She had always been physically strong and had sat and crawled quite early.  Here she is on her 1st birthday, as you can see she had very little hair!!

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When Caitlin was just under 18 months Noah was born.  She loved him instantly always helping with him and taking him toys.  She refused to talk to me for a few days even though it was Richard holding Noah when she got back home…  When he was born she was just starting to talk properly saying words like balloon and teddy etc!  Two months before her 2nd birthday we started potty training and within a couple of weeks she was pretty much dry with the odd number 2 accident!  Her speech quickly became clearer and by her second birthday was saying little sentences and as you can see by the next picture she had a little bit more hair (and an enormous baby brother!!)!!  Any height difference is in their legs!  Although Caitlin is dinky she has always had proportionally long legs which I’m sure she will be very grateful for later in life!!

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During her 2nd year Caitlin learnt her colours and to count to 10.  She was also still besotted with her brother, they very rarely fought and on the one occasion they were separated she cried hysterically the whole time saying she missed him, even though it was Noah who was left with someone else not her!!  Just before her third birthday Caitlin had a massive growth spurt but was still quite small for her age.  She is especially light compared to her height but is no where near as skinny as she used to be where a bug would knock her for six!  On her 3rd birthday she had loads more hair and could have a full conversation with you…

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Also on her 3rd birthday she finally moved into a big girls bed with no trouble at all.  As Noah ahs got a bit more feisty they also fight over toys a bit but still get on really well and any fights over toys are over with in a matter of minutes, usually with Caitlin giving in!  She always just lets her friends and Noah take the lead although she is starting to stand up for herself more and if Noah snatches something off her she will complain or occasionally get it back.  She is still shy with strangers but is now fine with people she knows well.  She occasionally takes an instant liking to someone but this is rare usually she needs to get to know them first.  She can also hop, skip and jump and can draw simple pictures of people with a head arms, legs, eyes, nose and a smile.  She has been learning to sew and is getting better at it, although its a long time off before I would trust her alone with it!!! 

She has started to learn her alphabet but only knows a few letters so far, she can overwrite her name quite well and knows her numbers but won’t say them out loud for you!  Her memory is amazing with regards to recognising places, a few months ago she recognised where we’d seen some hot air balloons we had only driven past that place once before a week earlier.  Caitlin is really good and I trust her not to run off or out into the road, you can trust her to stop if you ask her to.  She is a fantastic eater and will eat anything you put in front of her, although I think olives are her favourite food!!   Sometimes she can tolerate a bit of milk, but others it seems to affect her straight away so for now she is staying dairy free. 

Since her birthday just 3.5 months ago her hair has grown even more and so has she.   She is now 96cm tall and weighs 27lbs and has size 6 feet.

Hopefully I will do these updates regularly!!

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Design mom!!

…is having a great giveaway go look here….

http://www.designmom.com/

I just hope us brits can enter….  (Thanks to Linda for telling me about it!!)

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