I was recently tagged in this quiz by Jenna from Chic Geek Diary – you can read her answers here. Here are five funny little things about Jack and Olivia – they are both such characters and so adorable!
He is obsessed with Trolls and will sing ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ constantly to make Olivia laugh. He sings it pretty much all the time and Olivia cracks up. The funniest thing is that at school Jack and a few of his friends have formed a ‘Troll band’ where they all sing songs from Trolls together….would be hilarious if they decided to join the talent show!
On the theme of singing, he was once singing Christmas carols at the bus stop that he had learned and people came over and gave him money – that only made him sing longer and louder! I think I have a mini busker on my hands.
Olivia will find the strangest things funny. Jack bowing, someone sneezing – the most obscure of things can set this little minx into a fit of giggles and it is very hard to keep a straight face.
She can get so confused by the smallest things too – and it is so cute to watch. When Steve is at work, we sometimes video call him on Facebook Messenger. Well I wanted to show him her reaction to the ringing as we wait for him to pick up – she has a right little chat – so I called him despite him sitting next to me. She had just been sat on him and when she saw him on the screen, she looked so baffled as to how he had gone from the sofa to the screen and had to check he was still actually on the sofa!
The two of them together against the world. If I leave the room normally, Olivia kicks off – she’s very clingy to me at the moment. However if she’s with Jack, I could go to the moon and back and I don’t believe she would ever notice – she’s so enamoured with him and he adores her. Hope this lasts forever.
Jack is now coming to the end of his year in Reception and will be moving to Year 1 in September. We are extremely happy with how he is progressing – he has moved up to level 8 on his reading and is one of the highest in the class for both that and Maths. His spelling and writing is really coming on well too. Both Steve and I have a big passion for learning – in fact, Steve is actually going to be retraining as a teacher soon – and so we are keen to keep the passion for learning alive in our son. We like to test him on things when we are out and about using things we can see. We have also recently discovered KS1 quizzes for pupils where he can test out his knowledge in a fun way.
Education quizzes are designed for all children all the way up from KS1 to GCSE. The quizzes are written by teachers and the objective of the site is to help children be successful at school. The KS1 section is fantastic – there are quizzes for pretty much every subject and each subject has a variety of quizzes within. Jack particularly loves the Maths section where he can switch between his 2D shapes, his 3D shapes and addition. Maths is probably his favourite subject so if he is eager to learn and find out more, we are keen to help him.
The site is available to all parents and their children for a monthly subscription fee of £9.95. Education Quizzes themselves are quite conscious of the fact that this not may be so affordable to some parents and they are keen to promote the idea to schools – with the schools paying the fee, the students get to benefit from reduced costs – perhaps even £2 per year per student, depending on the number of students in the school. They hope to get more engagement between parents and the school and believe it would certainly help come the next Ofsted inspection.
I will definitely be sharing the resource with Jack’s school – they really encourage parent engagement with their child’s learning and this site really does help to get us involved in the learning process – Jack can also be quite quiet about what he has learned at school and we can be pretty clueless until we speak to a teacher – with him choosing quizzes on the site, we can see exactly what new things he has learned and how far he has progressed since we last had a consultation with his teachers.
They even have a nature blog which Jack enjoyed reading alongside his class blog which we were catching up with. I really do believe this is a fantastic resource. Jack is keen to log on to the site and try new quizzes and for £9.95 a month, it is definitely worth it – I’m going to keep encouraging him to learn whilst he is still happy and eager to as I am sure the passion for learning will wane as he gets older.
How do you encourage your child with their learning?
Some people ask me what it is like being a mum of two – and honestly, I can say that not that much is different at all. Yes, I’ve had to spend time adjusting to life with two children. Jack has had to adjust to not being the only child anymore and whilst he adores his sister, this hasn’t been easy for him. His behaviour hasn’t been that great since Olivia was born – whilst we try to give him one on one time with us too, it can be so difficult with a baby who is constantly needing you. However Steve and I both make the effort to take him to places on our own, to put him to bed, to read him a story or have him read his school books to us.
Life as a mum of two isn’t easy but it wasn’t necessarily easy as a mum of one. Yes, there is one more person to worry about, one more mouth to feed, one more body to clothe. But you adjust to this, you work things out and soon it doesn’t seem like much difference at all. I’ve been through it all before with Jack so whilst having a young baby isn’t ever going to be a walk in the park for me, at least I’ve been here before and know what I am doing.
Having a daughter isn’t much different to having a son – of course there are the obvious anatomical differences – but Olivia has a similar temperament to Jack when he was a baby, she does so many things like he did it is unreal. I get to dress her in cute little dresses and tights which is great – and does cause my bank balance to take a bit of a hit – but for the most part, not much is different at all.
The only thing I am currently struggling with is my work/life balance. With Jack at nursery last year and at full time school this year, I had got used to having a select amount of time in which to work. Now I have to work around Olivia as I couldn’t afford to take maternity leave being self employed. This can be quite difficult at times, especially when you add school runs and appointments into the mix. In the school holidays, Jack is quite happy to amuse himself some of the time but I obviously have to make time to spend with him so my work/life balance really takes a hit.
I wouldn’t give up being a mum of two for the world but it certainly isn’t a walk in the park. However, we make sacrifices for our children and do things to keep our children safe and happy. If work has to take a hit, so be it – I won’t ever get these times back.
Do you have more than one child? How do you find it?
Olivia is five months old today and is creeping ever closer to the age where we can start weaning. We will probably do what we did with Jack and start with some purees before moving onto finger foods. But how do you choose the right food for your child and work out exactly what they will like? It is obviously trial and error – Jack loved everything but cauliflower cheese and rusks so we were quite lucky – but how will Olivia do?
We obviously want to be sure Olivia is getting all the nutrients she needs and is eating plenty of healthy food like we all do. Whilst we may occasionally make our own purees for her, we’ve been taking a look at some of the organic baby foods out there on the market for us to try.
We went to get Olivia weighed yesterday and talked to our health visitor about weaning as we won’t see her until after Olivia turns 6 months. It has been a long time since we were weaning Jack and the information out there on the internet can be so widely different, you never know what is the right thing to believe. She said that introducing finger foods is great at 6 months but starting on a pot of puree is also good. She mentioned that Olivia can have tap water from the age of 6 months and also have dairy such as cheese and cows milk in cereal but not on its own. Trying to find the best organic baby cereal can be difficult – trying to ensure you are giving them a decent cereal that isn’t full of sugar and is atually full of goodness. I don’t remember when Jack started having cereal but our health visitor said that babies can have it from six months so we will definitely be giving it a try with Olivia.
When it comes to weaning, everyone is different. Some babies will love purees, others will turn their noses up and be happy going straight onto finger foods. It is important to work with your baby to find out what they like and working with them. Olivia has been showing signs of wanting food for a while so hopefully when we do start weaning, she will be great and enjoy the majority of stuff we give her.
How has your weaning journey gone with your previous children? Did you do purees or baby led weaning? What worked best for you?
So much has happened in just one month. Since Olivia’s four month update, she has been doing so much! She is trying so hard to do a variety of different things and getting that little bit frustrated when she realises she can’t quite do them yet.
She is absolutely desperate to sit up and can actually pull herself up and sit upright for a few seconds before gravity takes hold. She gets a little frustrated that she can’t actually stay there for very long though, haha! She’s attempting rolling over but hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet.
She’s also really trying to verbalise things a lot more. She’s definitely trying to make herself heard but she can’t quite tell us exactly what it is she wants.
We’ve been having some trouble getting her to go to sleep this past week but we think she may possibly be starting to cut a tooth so we will see.
I can’t believe she is almost half a year old; it has gone far, far too quickly. We are taking her on her first holiday very soon and I can’t wait!