Thursday, January 04, 2018

52/52 2017

Week 52
25 - 31 December

New toys

Jamie got no fewer than five fire engines for Christmas this year. He loves the emergency services as part of his wider affinity for all large vehicles and, although we haven't explained the nitty gritty of fires, car crashes, death, injury, criminality and so forth, he has thoroughly absorbed the concept that blue lights mean they're rushing to help people, and is happy about that. If you ask him about them he will say "help people" long before he gets to "nee-nah" which confuses outsiders.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

51/52 2017

Week 51
18 - 24 December


Jamie is always interested in what other people are doing and is almost always interested in tech. Steve doesn't want to have to shut himself away every time he's using his laptop, so as a rather neat solution, Jamie now has one of Steve's old wireless keyboards enabling them to both happily clatter away typing together.

50/52 2017

Week 50
11 - 17 December

The first day of proper snow, Jamie hated it, largely because it was still falling and getting in his face. On the second day, he was adamant that he Did Not Want to go out.

So, my PA offered a Plan. She would go outside and play right in front of the window and attract his attention. I would wait for him to get interested and then wrestle the snowsuit onto him. Then she would open the door and he'd be able to simultaneously break free from me and get a better look at what she was doing and wouldn't realise he'd gone out in the snow until he was out in the snow.


It worked like a charm and he had a great time.

Bonus video footage:

Monday, December 11, 2017

49/52 2017

Week 49
04 - 10 December

Festive window

Back in the window for this week's picture. The day this photo was taken was the first time Jamie had seen snow, for all it was at the "light dusting of icing sugar" level. He's beginning to draw connections with various books but he's quite fascinated by the way his familiar window views have changed over the last couple of months.

I got him the festive window gels. We don't have much of a tree going on this year - no space to put it! - but we've got decorations on the walls and shelves, and when I saw these window accessories I knew he'd love them. He doesn't like to touch them with his own fingers but he carefully shows me where to place each one, and if one comes off he wants it right back where it was. For £2.50/pack they're surviving much better than I expected.

Monday, December 04, 2017

48/52 2017

Week 48
27 November - 03 December

Steve had to get up silly-early for work this week, and while Jamie usually stays asleep, on this day he woke up, and it's hard to persuade a two year old that it's still night time and he should go back to sleep when he's had nearly a full night's sleep and can hear morning-type sounds.

As a result, the nap that usually happens in the afternoon, happened in the morning, and by 2pm Jamie was fully rested, fully fed, and ready for whatever the world had to offer on this muddled-up day.

Winter playground

What it offered was this: the really good park in Stratford, practically empty and glowing with a winter sunset. We stayed until dark (about 4pm, sniff) and even then he didn't want to leave.

Yes, he did end up having a second mini-nap.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

47/52 2017

Week 47
20 - 26 November

We ventured out to a shopping centre at the weekend and got lunch at an Ask Italian restaurant, a chain which is currently pushing "homemade" lemonade by giving everyone a complimentary shot glass of it.

Steve and I didn't think much of it. Jamie couldn't decide. He sipped a bit, pulled a face, then sipped again as if he couldn't quite believe the taste.

But, he loved the shot glass. And as long as he was being reasonably careful, Steve and I were quite happy to let him drink his water from it.


Bonus video footage (with apologies from Steve for filming in portrait):

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

46/52 2017

Week 46
13 - 19 November


Look at him climb! He still needs a bit of encouragement and reassurance that a trusted adult is there before he'll go over the top of the net and onto the playframe, but he's quite confident getting himself well off the ground. I think he finds it easier in autumn when the playground is more sparsely populated and he can take his time and concentrate.

45/52 2017

Week 45
06 - 12 November

One of our places that we go quite often is the garden centre. They have plants, they have a cafe, they have a soft play, and they also have a lot of tat for sale including this rack of toy vehicles.

Cross referencing

Jamie worships this rack. I let him turn it himself (with a gentleness bordering on reverence) and on this occasion, he brought his I Spy Book of Every Vehicle On The Road (yes, it's a real book) so that he could sit there and do cross-referencing. He was so pleased when he found ones that matched!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

44/52 2017

Week 44
30 October - 05 November

Autumn 2017

A few years back, a couple of very large trees at one of our local parks had to be cut down for safety reasons after they were badly weakened by some sort of arboreal illness. In a burst of creativity and sensitivity, the stump and larger chunks of decent wood were turned into sculptures and dotted around the park, including our friend the hedgehog.

43/52 2017

Week 43
23 - 29 October


My mum got Jamie play-doh for his birthday, along with a lovely big tub of all those tools and accessories which my primary school self had never got a chance to play with. Well, I'm getting my chance now! Jamie's number one request is for "blue noodles" which is lovely squishy crushy therapy for a mama.

Interestingly, Jamie doesn't like to touch the play-doh with his hands. He'll ask other people to do things for him and he'll use the various tools, but he actively resists giving it a good squish.