We’ve had some big moments with the boys this week and some firsts! Bruiser discovered shoes with wheels, yes that’s right roller skates! He loved them and wasnt scared to move around on them either. He was though, absolutely distraught … Continue reading
Yey the wonderful weather is finally upon us Happy Days! This week, Sporticus has featured heavily. Bruiser refuses to take off the Sporticus outfit. He’s worn it for nursery, shopping, generally playing and knocking about and he even tried to … Continue reading
This week has been action packed. Three school runs a day make the days just disappear. Between that, and normal day-to-day stuff, and now my Makaton course, finding time to make sure the boys get to enjoy something other than … Continue reading
This week heralded the start of a new era for us. You can read more about our New Beginnings over on this link. Bruiser has started his 3-yr-old funded nursery sessions. Its been so different not having him toddling round the house. Mondays for me were my half day kid-free time that I usually looked forward to but this week, I was clock watching. I had the full day to myself yet, I couldn’t wait for it to end and go and pick them both up. Wriggler though is loving that Bruiser will be at school more and looks forward to when he will eventually be able to play with him in the playground.
The boys this week have been inseparable. Everything they’ve done has been together. Bruiser loves following Wriggler around and copying his every move. A trip to Tesco resulted in the boys getting new chairs for their little room table. They even set themselves up in the shop and sat giggling away to each other.
Bruiser starting nursery has made me realise just how quickly he’s growing up. He had his hair cut last week which aged him a year to look at. Seeing the boys together in their chair’s at home this week has made me realise how tall Bruiser really is too. To look at their picture you wouldn’t have guessed there was nearly 4 years between them would you!
This week has been dominated by a cartoon that had previously taken over our house many years ago with Wriggler… Ben 10! and, its taken hold once again. This time its Bruiser that is captivated, while Wriggler tells him all about it and fills in the blanks for him Ben 10 has even led their creativity. Bruiser one night disappeared upstairs and came back with an empty toilet roll holder, put it on his wrist and slapped his hand down on it like Ben 10 does with his Omnitrix! This then led Wriggler to show Bruiser how to decorate it and make it into a ‘real’ Omnitrix!
Wriggler is really loving that Bruiser shares his love for drawing painting and generally been creative and is so encouraging of Bruiser’s efforts. It’s lovely to see them playing together so happily!
Bruiser’s refusal to sleep and persistent waking up over the previous 3 weeks really took its toll this week. The sleep deprivation made us go against all our principles and get him in bed with us. Eeek. (something only done when I was breastfeeding or when they’ve been really poorly). But, he slept and it allowed us get to catch up somewhat. It was beginning to feel like house of the walking dead in a morning. But it didn’t last long and he was back to sleeping in his own bed and sleeping all night again! *phew*
Bruiser turned into Daddy’s little helper this week as we nose-dived into the decorating. The boys, Wriggler especially seem quite excited about what we are doing and took full advantage of our turned backs while we were busy
Second week of the school Holidays and Daddy was off for the whole week, much to the joy of the boys. They love having Daddy home so its been nice to spend some quality time together. We’ve been shopping, to the park, started decorating, bowling, got creative and just generally chilled out again!
We’ve had a few firsts again this week too. Bruiser fell asleep eating! with a mouth full of food no less. He’s never done this before not even as a small baby. I think the lack of sleep just lately is taking its toll. He also had a proper hair cut at the hairdressers and sat eyes closed while they did his hair on a number 5. He usually has it done with scissors while he has a meltdown (he hates his hair and ears been messed with). It’s never a pleasant experience but on this occasion, I think he enjoyed the sensation of the hair shears!
Wriggler got some new ‘rock on tommys’. (trousers with shoulder straps)… for those not in the know, years ago we got him a very similar pair and his Daddy taught him to say ‘Rock on Tommy’ while pulling on the straps. (I believe it comes from a programme back from our childhood or probably earlier.. ‘Cannon & Ball’?!) and although Wriggler has never seen it, the quote has stuck and so was born ‘rock on tommy’ trousers!
Bruiser has been very creative and drawn us some lovely pictures of our galaxy, earth and the big bang, definite pictures for the keepsake box!
The boys also enjoyed more cuddles in front of the tv… this time watching Easter Eggs Live that we recorded for them! They were fascinated!
Its been quite a week! They boys have enjoyed every minute. Their obsession for taking photos went up another level this week, I taught them both how to use the timer on the camera to take pictures of themselves. Looking through the pictures has been interesting and funny to say the very least. I’m going to share their photos in separate post of their own, but my favorite picture of them all has to be the one of them both cuddling together looking straight at the camera. I can’t believe how alike they really are and given their lack of photography expertise its a cracking picture, no missing heads or limbs and no random ceiling shot!
It would seem that Wednesday is fast becoming our ‘McDonald’s for tea’ day It was supposed to be our ‘after school park day’ now that spring is finally here but the weather isnt ready to play ball just yet! They both love the little treat, as soon I collect Wriggler from school they both shout ‘McDonald’s yeyyyy’ at me as we drive away!
The boys both went to the library this week so there are plenty of new books to read knocking around. Wriggler went with school and came back with a Science Encyclopedia. Bruiser returned his books but refused to let the Space reference books go back so we renewed those. He loves them and they make for great bedtime reading for both boys. Bruiser can now point out (without assistance) and say (in his own little way) big-bang, nebula, galaxy, solar system, Saturn, sun, moon, earth!
Snow flutters were fast becoming the theme of the week and by Friday excitement was in the air as we saw the start of heavier snow falls. But saturday was by far the best day of the year. The boys were overjoyed to wake up to a good 5-inch of snow. For Bruiser, because of the wind chill, it was simply too cold to be out in it much to his disappointment
Wriggler astonished us this week… get this, he can arm-pit-trump the Gangnam Style tune (who knew!) It was so funny to watch and hear. But he’s good!
The boys enjoyed cuddles with my brother, their Uncle while watching Captain America on Sunday at bedtime. Bruiser showed great affection towards his Uncle which we wouldn’t normally see so it was lovely to capture this special moment.
This week though heralded the end of the spring term for school… and despite the covering of snow on the ground, the Easter Holidays are now upon us. So began our craft extravaganza!
The last seven days have been full of fun, smiles, giggles and cuddles!
Having taught Bruiser to use the camera. I left him to his own devices most of the week with it. He’s took some cracking pictures starting with his fingers which covered the lens for the first day, but eventually the tv, his feet, seats, and his own face bless him.
Following on from World Book Day last week, Wriggler purchased a new book from his school book fair this week, Spiderman, Obviously! He pretty much read most of it that first night, on his own. He’s not a big reader but when he does read he reads so well. Wriggler also had lots of fun Friday for Red Nose Day at school.
Me and Bruiser spent the day with my Nan, Bruiser’s Great Nan. She loved having us round. My Nan really got to know Bruiser a little better this time as Wriggler wasn’t with us. He came out of his shell so much more than he normally would. By the time we left he was calling her Nannan, which made her week!
The weekend was a quiet one spent at home to enjoy some quality family time. We put up the Trampoline for the boys. (well they had been waiting a full week for it) They loved it! It didn’t half tire Bruiser out though to the point of exhaustion. We had meltdowns a plenty! But the weather rained on their fun again sunday, only giving them an hour on it. I’m still waiting for my go
The boys have also been enjoying some new films that we introduced to them, Ghostbusters 2 and Ace Ventura 2. Wriggler especially loves them, he even made himself his own proton pack. But the smiles while watching Ace Ventura were out of this world.
This last week has been wonderful. Filled with more precious moments and memories to treasure!
It started off on a low point though. Bruiser went to the hospital this week for his blood tests which are part of the screening process. This was an awful time for both me and him. He didn’t want the preparation creams putting on his hands or arms and whilst he didn’t react when they began taking blood, on noticing the needle in his arm he went into panic and tried to get away. In the end it took me and two nurses to restrain him while another finished taking his blood all the while he was screaming his lungs off. Not something I ever want to have to do again.
The rest of the week was great though. I registered onto the Beginners and Enhanced Makaton Workshops. I start in April. I cant wait to take our communication with Bruiser onto the next level. We also received confirmation for Bruiser to start his 3yr funded sessions at our local children’s centre… in 4 weeks no less. I’m going to miss him so much. I’m not ready to let him go yet. In the meantime, im going to make the most of every minute until he starts.
Thursday was World Book Day and Wriggler got to dress up for the day in celebration. He went as his favorite Comic Book Hero Spiderman!! In true Spiderman (aka Wriggler) style he was swinging from the rafters on his webs from the moment he got up that morning!
The Boys have been very arty and crafty this week. They did lots of drawings. Bruiser even drew round his hand for the first time. His scribbles looked nothing like a hand shape, but he tried bless him. It was lovely to see the concentration on his face. While at school and nursery, They also made their Mothers Day cards for me. Which are perfect I might add! Sunday whilst I was out on my ‘Spa Day’, they made a pop out Super Mum picture and some tissue paper roses. All simply beautiful and so very precious. More keepsakes for the box.
Saturday we bought a Trampoline But in true British weather style, Mother Nature decided against letting the boys enjoy it and it rained all weekend. We’re hoping to have it up by next weekend though. Watch this space!
We also had a few more flutters of snow this weekend. Monday was best though, the boys were very excited to see that it was white over outside when they got up!
This week has started off just lovely. The weather albeit still cold ish, has been lovely and sunny. Dare I even hope that spring is on its way?
This last week has been quite busy to say the least. Bruiser had his ASD screening assessment Tuesday. I’ll talk about that in a later post. But we came away from that with a mountain of information to start reading and we now await dates for a whole host of other appointments/therapies to attend. I’m starting to feel quite overwhelmed now! Think I need a bigger diary too, that or a PA ha ha! Me and Bruiser also went to his second to last ‘stay and play’ group. I’m going to miss it when it finishes. Its been lovely to mix with other parents whose children are on the spectrum. I’m going to have to keep in touch with them all.
The boys loved going to the park on Wednesday straight from school. The weather was lovely, it wasnt even cold. For Bruiser it was an opportunity to go that little bit further on his scooter. Wriggler just wanted to climb! He likes been high off the ground! This was followed by tea at McDonald’s. Happy Meals all round
Wriggler’s new topic at school this term is Space and he’s been coming home telling me all about it. He’s taught me a wonderful rhyme to remember the order of the planets ‘My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets’ and did you know that Mars is the 4th planet from the sun This led onto Wriggler building a Rocket with the table, chairs and some large blankets on Saturday morning for him and Bruiser and playing ‘Space’! It’s lovely that they play together so well. Yeah there are a few little disagreements but they usually centre around Bruiser not getting the sharing or turn taking. But, Wriggler is really starting to understand more and be more accommodating towards to his little brother even if it does result in a few tears from him along the way. They shared a lovely moment this week when Wriggler shared some music on his tablet with Bruiser, each listening through an earphone a piece.
We spent some quality time at the weekend with some close friends and their children. Bruiser even joined in after a few hours. I say joined in, he played along side them! There isn’t a quiet minute with 5 boys aged between 1 and 6 running around but its great to see them all playing together so lovely.
Bruiser got his first pair of boxer shorts this week! He’s not potty trained yet but will remain accident free when left nappyless in a room with a potty. Watch this space :-). Wriggler has loved playing snap just recently after getting some cards in a party bag. I’ve even been teaching him some cool card shuffling which he thinks is just brilliant. He’s all thumbs at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it.
We even made a little purchase which we collect this weekend coming. A surprise for the boys… cant wait to see their faces