Mutterings of a Fool

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Me and mine June 2015

Better late than never with this post and without wanting to sound like a broken record for these updates actually having an evening that didn’t involve resettling Rupert 4 times would be quite conducive to writing more. For now at least I shall just ignore that rather large elephant in the room, especially as it isn’t going away ‘because it’s just a phase’ or ‘it’ll stop when he’s eating solids’ or any other vain attempt at creating hope. Right now there is no light at the end of that tunnel.

But despite all that June was a pretty darn awesome month, not least because it involved a week of glorious holiday with the lady of the manor and the little people (children that is, not gnomes or dwarfs). We had somewhat of a staycation, visiting my parents for a few days (and the Eden project while we were there, our favourite family day out) then a couple of days at home before camping in the New Forest with some friends. All done in fabulous sunshine of course, perfect.

This months photo was taken during said weeks holiday and as you can see features a little girl who has decided she most definitely does not want her photo taken. However the 2nd photo below was taken by Henry who it seems she is willing to strike a pose for and I think you’ll agree is a great photo of her.

Us in the tent

I have of course been doing lots of triathlon training in June, I’m really enjoying the open water swimming and it feels like things have clicked with my swimming fitness all of a sudden. No longer one long struggle to breathe which is always good. Being on holiday meant that I could also head down the lake with the whole family so that the kids could see me swim in the lake which they thought was hilarious. I also loved meeting up with the fabulous Corinne for a tramp around a forest near Sheffield while we were up there for a wedding. Her boys and our 2 had great fun running around and climbing trees, so great that blogging can give you friends like that who live miles away but feel like old friends.

The lady of the manor has run her first race (a Race for Life 5km) and a sub 30 minute 5km at that. She loved watching one of her oldest friends get married even if it did mean a stay in a Travelodge with 3 children. Finally she had a very rare night out to go to the cinema with her sister, very well deserved just hope one day soon we might be able to go out together.

matilda portrait

Matilda has been enjoying have time with her nanna, helping plant seeds and water the garden. So nice seeing them together just chatting or reading the same books I read as a child. She’s also been getting ready for big school with visits to meet her teacher and also have lunch with the school, feels like such a milestone but she’s definitely ready for it.

Henry was very happy to have gone back to visit the domes again at the Eden project, mainly because it involved a ride on the tractor train which is his favourite. He also seems to have spent most of the month eating which I can only assume means he’s having a growth spurt. Either way with Rupert eating decent meals too our food shopping doesn’t last long at the moment.

Photo taken by the ever so talented Corinne

Photo taken by the ever so talented Corinne

Rupert has been learning to crawl! Then just 10 days later he’d also figured out pulling himself up at the sofa, I think he’s in a rush to catch up with his siblings. He’s also decided that he just wasn’t unsettled enough when he slept so it was time to get some teeth also and now has a very sharp little tooth poking through his gum. As a consequence he has slept even less if that’s even possible. Amazingly he actually slept slightly better in a tent despite our worst fears.

Crawling by Christmas?

Yes that’s right the wee girl is getting ever so close to crawling. The lady of the manor and I are very excited about this fact, maybe naively because we don’t know about the chaos to come once she can move, but an exciting time nonetheless.

She has been able to sit perfectly for a good while now, but doesn’t appear to have any interest in rolling over at all. She has rolled over a grand total of 4 times and at least one of them was an accident. However in the last couple of weeks she has been starting to get much more active and is turning into a proper little gymnast as she reaches for toys when sitting (or to grab the dog whichever is closer). Inevitably she then gets frustrated at not being able to move properly and gets stuck in a funny position.

We’ve also been giving her more tummy time, something which she has hated in the past. There is a hint of trying to crawl and she can turn around in circles on the spot, but mostly she spends her time in the skydiver position.

Now this all sounds lovely doesn’t it? 2 parents enjoying watching their daughter develop and discover things. But alas the competitive dad in me takes over, one of the babies in our NCT group is already crawling pretty well and I can’t have my daughter being left behind.

So I’ve developed a training program consisting of various drills to help her develop her crawling technique. For example putting her favourite toys just out of arms reach so she has to try to move to get them. Or getting her to do sit ups to build up those stomach muscles and of course not forgetting diet. If she’s going to crawl then she needs a good healthy diet, low in fat so she’s not carrying excess weight, high in vitamins and carbs so she feels full or energy.

We also spend some time each day working on technique and using her door bouncer to do squats to build up the leg muscles. The final piece of the training plan is mental strength, you have to believe to achieve, so I play her a motivational CD to her as she falls asleep.

I’ve set her the stretch goal of crawling by Christmas, if she achieves it then Father Christmas will bring her some great presents, if she doesn’t then she’ll have to make do with a new bib.

P.S Clearly she has inherited her mothers obsession with shoes….