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Friday, 19 July 2013

A Week of Firsts and Lasts

Pip’s first sports day - Adorably cute.  A dressing up race, complete with mask and floppy straw hat, a race rolling a huge watermelon down a long line, followed by another funny fruit race and a good old fashioned 100m sprint. Fun and games - good natured, not taken too seriously. The only goal of the little people, seemingly to cross the finish line, not to worry about the order they did it in.

EB’s first tooth - The beginning of the week; tears, a temperature, snot, dribble, more dribble. Fretful, restless nights. Then finally, just before the weekend, a breakthrough, a small opening in the gum, sight of what lay beneath;  a lone white monolith in a landscape of pink.  I lifted my hands to the heavens and thanked God for ending the pain and grizzling, hopeful that we would all now get a better night's sleep.

EB’s first crawl - What a determined little soul he is, my second son.  After weeks of trying to make himself mobile, he wobbled along the length of the living room rug this week.  In the space of two days he’s now into everything - and thinks it’s hilarious.

EB’s first night in his own room - It was decided last week that it was time for EB to move into his own room.  With some sadness I watched Husband dismantle his cot from beside our bed, and move it to the spare room.   Yet, when it was reassembled, and sat there against the wall, it looked right somehow, like it should always have been there.  I wondered if EB would object. Cry. He has not been good at going down recently.  I was determined, he must not fall asleep on the breast, now he’s in his own room, he must go into the cot awake. And so he did. And he fussed a little, but not too much, and then I watched (peeking around the door) and he went to sleep. All by himself.

Pip’s last day at pre-school.  A leavers’ assembly; a song, a prayer, the children all wearing the uniform of their ‘new’ schools.  Tears streamed down my face, as Pip and his friends sang a song about ‘saying goodbye to their friends’ ‘going on with confidence’  being ‘proud of what they’d done and all the happy songs they’d sung’.  The photo badge that had sat above his coat peg for the last eighteen months told the story of how much he’s grown. Still a toddler then - now a boy.  It was impossible not to feel bitter sweet as I realised how quickly time is flying by. 

Firsts and Lasts; all magic moments, each and every one of them. When they are both driving me crazy this holiday (as I’m sure they will at some point) I pledge to take a deep breath, think back to these moments...and smile.

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful post. Sam thinks it's really funny being able to get around and into all of Alex's toys too!

    I bet there has been a huge change in Pip since starting pre school. Growing up is definitely bitter sweet.

    Will certainly try to bare that last sentence in mind too over the holidays! x

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    1. Yes, I've noticed that EB seems a bit more of a 'threat' now he can make his way to the toy box on his own :0)

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  2. How beautifully put - every last bit - and every first. My youngest is at the same stage as Pip - leaving pre-school a little boy, so ready I can't believe it. That's a great tip at the end :)

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    1. Time just flies doesn't it? I look at Pip's baby photos and I can't believe four years has passed already.

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  3. Beautiful and bittersweet at the same time. These early days pass us by so fast. Have a wonderful summer break xx

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    1. Thank you - wishing you a wonderful summer too.x

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  4. Beautiful post lovely! I can hardly believe Curly Girl starts big school in September and Little Man now has four teeth - two through and two emerging. Pip's last assembly sounds wonderful - how organised too for all the children to be wearing their new uniforms - we still need to do that. EB crawling too - wow! Have a wonderful Summer x

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    1. Good luck to Curly Girl. Yes, the uniform thing was very organised (for the school) not for the mums - who were all hot footing it to the shops the day before the assembly! Have a lovely summer. x

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  5. Sorry for the delay in my commenting. I am woefully behind on everything! What a big step for Pip - big school this September, bittersweet but you must feel so proud. And EB! He's crawling, and sounds like his transfer to his own room went very, very well indeed. And he put himself to sleep without much fuss! Well done you! Lovely, lovely post. X.

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    1. Do not apologise! I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine. Alas, since I wrote this post EB is pushing back on being in his own room... but we WILL get there in the end :0) x

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