|Modelling his Timmy the Sheep backpack|
|Happy Mr E, ready for another great day at preschool|
E started preschool in April, three days after Suzannah arrived. When we had filled out his application form, there were spaces for all sorts of things: allergies; likes & dislikes; settling routines; comfort items etc, all designed to help the staff to get to know him quickly and to help him to fit in and adjust easily.
|At Stanwick Lakes, with the unexpected treat of a fire engine, up close and personal.|
We were struck by all the things that wouldn’t fit into the form that we think people should know about him:
|‘Doing stickers’ with some lovely new stickers from Grandma and Grand-Nan.|
He will eat just about everything (seriously), except salad items. Why? Too crunchy, and he doesn’t like ‘skin’. He takes after his mother and doesn’t appreciate (and won’t eat) imperfections in the food set before him i.e. bruises on fruit; soft spots; or whole fruit (such as tomatoes or grapes) that might have something unsavoury concealed inside. Yes, it sounds picky, but there it is.
|Eating crumpets – having a second breakfast – a sneaky treat he likes whenever he can get it.|
He loves to be with Suzy. He brings his toys to her to show her how they work and he likes to pick her toys up and make them talk to her.
|Sitting in Suzy’s nest – pretending to be on a sailing boat. Suzy is in awe of her Captain.|
|You can’t see it here, but it is tipping it down with rain and he is watching the water down the downpipe and trying to build a dam with all the pebbles.|
He can often be found sitting in front of his bookshelf, reading to himself for up to an hour. He remembers large slabs of text and will mouthe the words when he is being read to, or will recite them if he is ‘reading’ to himself.
|First day of toilet training – some quiet time with his books.|
He likes to lie on Suzy’s playmat with her, looking up at the mobile and talking to her about what has happened so far that day.
|First day of toilet training – a picnic with friends up at the Cedar tree.|
He will refer to her as “my beautiful Suze”, “funny Suzy”, “clever Suze”, and “our precious Suz-nannah” while leaning over to give her a kiss.
|SEE, I TOLD you there was kissing!|
He will always prefer to be outside, but under virtually no circumstances would he choose to go barefoot.
|At Stanwick Lakes, digging in the sand.|
|Mini Cedar Tree with a wheatfield in the background. An idyllic place for a picnic.|
|Hi-jinks in the loungeroom with Daddy.|
|Down at the Farm Shop “to see the chicken babies…”|
|Entranced by the tiny fluffy chicks peeping out from everywhere. There was even one riding on its mother’s back.|
He always wants to help in the kitchen – washing up; chopping; stirring; sifting or grating; sweeping; emptying the bin; tidying up or putting things back in the fridge. Sometimes the running commentary on what we’re doing can be a little wearing, until we realise he could probably do most of our jobs without us!
|These gloves are TOO big!|
He will make H a ‘cup of coffee’ in his tea set at any time she looks tired, adding milk and ‘sugar’ (from the carpet!!) and stirring vigorously. He loves to pretend to feed Suzy in this way.
All in all, there are so many things we find special and amusing about our son, and we love to celebrate them and remind ourselves of how wonderful childhood is – it certainly is fun from his point of view!
|IN the fire engine – a fine ending to a fine day!|