I’m sure people think I’m exaggerating when I say that Hattie and Joe never argue, but it’s true: they really do get on brilliantly, and are very kind. I’ve never heard them say a mean word to each other, and they’ve definitely never hurt each other physically. I’d like to credit this all to the… Continue reading The first fight
Ten years ago, when I wasn’t yet ready to have children, I couldn’t imagine how people reorganised their lives to include the challenges of parenthood. Seven years ago, when we were halfway through the four years it took me to get pregnant, I didn’t believe that it would ever happen for me. Five years and… Continue reading Five years later
Happy New Year! Gosh, so much has happened recently that I have been procrastinating about writing blog updates, because it seemed like there was too much to try to cover (also: I finished my semester and then immediately started working for one of the lecturers, so I haven’t exactly been blessed with spare time). The… Continue reading Farewell to kindy
This is a bit of a gushing post, so indulge me. I’ve had a hugely busy year at uni, tackling the third year of my degree. As a result, I haven’t actually had much of an opportunity to spend time with Hattie and Joe during the week, aside from managing to squeeze in the occasional… Continue reading So proud
We took Hattie and Joe out for dinner last night, which was hugely exciting for them because it involved being up past their normal bedtime. They were a little disappointed that it was still light when we got home, but all in all they were satisfied with their dining experience, which involved apple juice (drinking… Continue reading Out for dinner
It’s now been two months since we started our new sticker chart reward system for good behaviour, so I wanted to write about whether it had led to any lasting changes in our house. I’ve illustrated this post with photos from one of our recent ‘weekly treats’ – a family cupcake-baking session, at Joe’s request.… Continue reading Sticker charts: a game-changer!
It’s just over a year since I first published this blog post, and I wanted to update it. We finally signed Hattie and Joe up for formal swimming lessons in late 2016, not long before they turned four, and they’ve had weekly 20 minute swimming lessons ever since. They have both picked it up very… Continue reading Swimming revisited