5 Happy Things #25

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It’s been a bit of a rubbish couple of weeks over here lately – first Max was ill, then I was ill, then Max was ill again, while I was still ill – and I’m still not well now! I felt that this week would be scraping the barrel a bit to find 5 Happy Things, but after a bit of thought I did manage to come up with some!

 

01. I took Max for his second meningitis B jab at Boots last week and I have to admit that I was dreading it. We had to travel to a large Boots that we’ve never been to before, apart from meningitis jab 1, so I was convinced that he would recognise the place as soon as we pulled up in the car park, and if not then, then definitely once we set foot in the store. My husband came with me as I wasn’t feeling great, and we armed ourselves with chocolate buttons. We came into the store and Max showed no signs of remembering being there before, and was perfectly happy to go into the consultation room on the promise of a chocolate button. I gave him one just before the jab, and I honestly don’t think he even noticed it happen! My husband asked the lady if she’d actually done it! It just goes to show that so often the things that we stress about with our children turn out to be no bother at all.

 

02. Max has settled really well into his new room at nursery. His nursery like to move them up on a regular basis, which I really liked the idea of when we looked round, as they’re always grouped with similar aged kids, but in reality it means a big change every 6 months. For a child like Max who doesn’t like change, that always unsettles him for quite a while. But this is his third room change now, and I’m so impressed with how well he’s settled in – he loves his new Key Worker, and seems to be coming out of his shell a lot more.

 

03. John and I had a lovely meal out last weekend. My parents had Max overnight, and we headed to a lovely little place near to us that we’ve been meaning to try for ages. It was lovely to have a peaceful meal, although we arrived home at 10.15 totally exhausted! It was strange to wake up the next morning without being woken by Max crying though – and apparently he slept in until 7.45 at my parents! Unheard of in our house!

 

04. I’ve talked before about Max’s speech being slow to come together. I have friends who talk about their not yet two year olds counting to 30, so Max’s lack of counting has been a mild concern. He has counted, he just calls every number 2 – “two…two…two…two” – you get the gist! So I was staggered the other day when out of the blue he counted up to ten walking up the stairs – no prompting at all, he just came out with it!

 

05. I managed to get out of the house with Max for the first time in agesĀ on Thursday. We headed out to my favourite local spot, RHS Wisley, and had a quick burst of fresh air. It made me laugh though – I’d forgotten how exhausting it is going out with Max – I’d taken the pushchair as I couldn’t face carrying him, and it really slowed me down. In all my photos of him, he’s miles ahead of me, waiting for me to catch up! Normally I’m right there behind him! We headed to the cafe and had a cake (although he massively embarrassed me by having an almighty tantrum because I wouldn’t let him have crisps as well as the cake). He was really cute on the way home, and ‘phoned’ Daddy (using his hand as a telephone) and told him all about how we’d been to Wi-wi and the cafe and had cake.

 

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  • Natalie @memeandharri
    October 22, 2016

    Ah lovely I am sorry to hear you have both been poorly – I am pleased to hear you are both on the mend. It is so tough looking after kids when you are not feeling great. I wish my kids jabs went as smoothly, honestly it is always such a drama (I guess that is girls for you!) Well done Max on his counting – don’t be worrying though lovely they all get there in their own time (I know it is easier said!) my 4 year old niece took ages to start talking but now she is amazing and doesn’t stop!! #happydays xxx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      Looking after kids when you’re ill is definitely the worst thing about being a parent! It’s just such a slog – no wonder it takes adults so much longer to kick the illness when you’re trying to run around after a now recovered toddler too!

  • Halina
    October 22, 2016

    Not yet two year olds counting to thirty?!! That’s…well. That’s one bloody advanced one year old. My almost four year old is only just getting to thirty & over, and he’s very bright and ahead of the curve, so I don’t think you have a single thing to worry about.

    Hope you start feeling a lot better very soon x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks Halina, that’s really reassuring actually! It’s so hard to know what’s normal – in lots of ways Max is clearly really bright (loves figuring out how things work), but in others like speech, he’s definitely behind the average, so it’s difficult not to worry when you hear about these kids counting to 30 at an age when Max still hadn’t formed a word!

  • Burnished Chaos
    October 22, 2016

    Oh no, I hope you feel better soon. I took my two for the meningitis boosters this week too. M (7) fainted last time as he’s terrified of needles but did brilliantly this time (although he’s totally milking it now and claiming his arm hurts so much he can’t do anything), L (2) did brilliantly last time but this time she tried to yank her arm away halfway through so it hurt her a lot more and there were big tears. She was fine within seconds though and has been running around like nothing happened, putting her big brother to shame. I wouldn’t worry about the counting and talking thing, they all develop at different rates in different areas. M was super fast to talk and by 2 could could hold a full conversation and count to 10 (def not 30!). L was 2 in August and can only just start to put two words together, as for counting, everything is 2,3,2,3. They all get there at their own pace x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      Oh crikey, that’s what worried me, the fact that they have to stay so still – it’s such a big ask for little children. Love the overdramatic milking though!

  • Carol Cameleon
    October 22, 2016

    Despite the illnesses it sounds like you’ve had a great time. Hoorah for jabs that go well, for date nights and for lie-ins! #HappyDaysLinky

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      That’s the beauty of these happy lists, isn’t it – even a bad week suddenly seems like it had loads of good things going on!

  • Sarah Christie
    October 23, 2016

    Ah you sounds like you have had a rough run of it with health, and well done Max counting to 10, they just do it in their own time don’t they?Have a lovely week Katie and I hope you start to feel better soon x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks Sarah – I don’t know why I waste my energy worrying about him, he does it all eventually, and does it perfectly!

  • Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid
    October 23, 2016

    I love this time of year except for all the bugs! Little N always handles his jabs surprisingly well, it’s the flu spray he hates! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 25, 2016

      Oh, we’ve not had to go through the flu spray yet! (Although aren’t 2 year olds supposed to get it? Not sure, will be looking that one up!)

  • Karen Belton
    October 23, 2016

    Oh, hope you are better, we have been a bit under the weather and it really sucks. Great that N is getting on well with his speech. it just takes some a little bit longer doesn’t it. He will get there. #happydays

  • Sarah Stockley
    October 27, 2016

    It’s so hard when everyone is ill! I stress about little things too, my son didn’t flinch when he had his booster either. Glad you got to Wisley for a day out – again it really isn’t too far from us and we have never been! Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

  • Katy
    October 28, 2016

    So hard not to compare isn’t it? They all get there in the end though. Lils was completely mute until her second birthday but 10 months on you’d think she had been talking for years! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky xx

  • Rosie @ Little Fish
    October 31, 2016

    Sorry you and Max have been poorly, hope you are all better now. It’s silly the things we worry about isn’t it? It’s so easy to worry in the moment, but they all get there in their own time. x
    #HappyDaysLinky

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