Thanks to Ezra’s nursery day falling on Bank Holiday Monday we were able to swap him to Friday this week. Joe decided to take the day off work so we headed out into Kent with Violet and Felix. Out of our children Ezra is the trickiest to take on a day out at the moment. He still needs a pushchair but prefers to walk at his pace, which involves him ambling along in a world of his own and then wanting to get on Joe’s shoulders! I think he needs another 6 months and then he’ll be out of the buggy and able to walk much bigger distances. He also struggles to sit down at a restaurant for a whole meal (understandable for a 2 year old) so visits involve him getting up and down like a yoyo, running off and bickering with Violet. With him having a fun day at nursery we took the opportunity to visit the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks.

Well, we picked a wonderful day to visit. The sun was shining and the flowers were truly at their best. Earlier in the Spring the hillsides are carpeted with bluebells but now in June the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are blooming.

Stunning!

We explored the paths snaking up the hillside. Constantly finding new spectacles of colour around every corner.

Violet did really well with her walking and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gardens.

We found our way to the maze. Violet lead the way and found her way to the centre! I was really impressed as this isn’t a small maze!

We then went to the playground where there’s a tall swirly slide, numerous things to climb on and a den made of sticks! After a play we finally climbed up the last bit of the hill to the viewing point.

It was so worth the climb! There are a few picnic tables and some benches so next time we will bring food with us.

We took in the view and had a breather before heading back to the car. We could have happily stayed longer as there’s a cafe and several activities for children. But we had a booking at one of our favourite pubs for lunch. It’s a little tradition of ours to bring the baby in our family to the White Hart pub in Sevenoaks when they can sit in a highchair so they can join in the meal with us. It was Felix’s turn and he absolutely relished the opportunity to scoff his meal and charm the staff.

We had such a super Friday and plan on visiting the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for much longer next time.

When Violet got her first wobbly tooth after Felix was born I couldn’t believe it!! She wasn’t even 4 and a half. It came out, followed by 4 more! 2 adult teeth have grown through beautifully but I cannot see any sign if the other 3 yet.

One of her top middle teeth was so wobbly yesterday it had gone crooked! Joe tried to twizzle it out but it was hanging on. Then this morning it came free!! But we weren’t met with her usual excitement that it had dropped out. Instead she said to Joe;

“I have some bad news Daddy”.

She had swallowed her tooth!! To say she was distraught was an understatement. She even asked Joe to check it hadn’t dropped into her bowl of rice crispies! He actually had to sieve her breakfast!!

We reassured her that all she needed to do was write a note to the Tooth Fairy to explain what had happened and she would still get a coin. She set to it immediately. Even claimed she could feel the tooth in her tummy, just to the left of her bellybutton!

Here’s what she made:

Isn’t it brilliant!?

There’s the Tooth Fairy at the top carrying the coin (just in case she forgets what she’s meant to be doing!) and Violet looking shocked as she swallowed the tooth!!

I think the Tooth Fairy is very happy the new £1 coins are in circulation now as they are extra shiny! Very much deserved for writing such a beautiful note!

It’s Mother’s day and the beginning of British Summer Time. Although I was up feeding Felix a total of 5 times between 7pm-8am and lost an hour of sleep thanks to the clocks jumping forwards I’m feeling thankful and happy!! I’m really seeing what I have around me and I’m so so grateful.

Thank you Violet.

My trailblazer. My firstborn. My only daughter. My curly-haired wonder. Thank you Violet for bringing friends into our lives who I wouldn’t otherwise have met. For growing into such a smart and enquisative girl. For trying hard and succeeding. For overcoming anxieties and pushing yourself.

My Nan always told me that I only had to “try your best, dear”. It’s my moto in life and I can see Violet has taken it on board. She’s trying so hard at school, with her reading, writing, drawing and numbers. And she has been recognised for her efforts. Violet makes me so proud to be her mum!

Thank you Ezra.

For being my first son. For living up to his middle name Onni (happy). For being our comedian and bringing us laughs every day. For his open spirit. For accepting new people readily and for his kind nature.

Ezra has a special spark. He lavishes his awesomeness on those who give him the time of day. He may think everything is the colour purple and only recognise a circle as a shape but it doesn’t matter! He has a wicked grin, the squeakiest laugh and when he hasn’t seen me for a few minutes he asks me “how doing, Mummy”?

Thank you Felix.

For being our second son. For being the smiliest baby ever. For bringing us joy but also everybody else we meet when we are out and about. He is one of ‘those’ babies who everyone stops to coo over! For gifting me the joy of breastfeeding. For allowing me to be a gentler parent. For being my home-birth baby…I will always be so grateful for having had that experience.

Today is about us Mums. But without my tribe I wouldn’t be me. So I am thankful to them every day.

Happy Mother’s Day 2017!!

So to non-parents a trip to Tesco is just that. Do your shopping and get out. But when kids come along it turns into a full on trip out. We have just spent over 2 hours in Tesco and we didn’t even do a big shop!

There’s the unloading of the car. You know… buggy, millions of children, drinks, nappies, random toy which is super important right now and goodness knows what else.

Then we get in the store and head straight up to Costa. Our trip to Tesco had the big promise of cake so we better make it happen. Over excited Violet and Ezra drive Joe a little crazy with “I want I want” but he made the fatal error and bought them DIFFERENT cakes! Never buy different cakes or drinks or anything. Because they always want what the other has. But if you mention swapping then it’s met with howling.

“No, I want my one. And that one”.

For some reason Violet turned into an animal and ate her crispie cake in the messiest way possible. And Ezra decided with each mouthful that he didn’t really like cake after all.  <sigh>

It all got too much for Felix and he demanded boob and went to sleep. Once enough cake had been eaten Violet and Ezra decided to run about feral. I guess they were buzzing from the sugar. At one point Ezra careered into Costa with a Paw Patrol hat squeezed onto his giant head. As ridiculous as it was I did laugh. Feeling self-conscious of the other people trying to enjoy their Lattes in peace we left.

There were a few things we needed from Tesco. We pick them up no problem. Onto the escalator down to the main shop Violet scurries ahead to the bottom. It’s one of those escalators you can take shopping trolleys on. Anyway, it suddenly comes to a halt with about 30 people and their trolleys which are magnetically stuck to the escalator. I look down to see a skinny 4 year old with floppy curly hair shuffle away from the emergency stop button. That moment where as a parent you imagine a giant arrow appearing over your head saying:

“THE ONE WHO HAS CAUSED YOU ALL GRIEF BELONGS TO THESE IDIOTS”!!!!!!!

Violet legged it back up the escalator to us, clearly feeling a bit shaken that she had messed up. A security guard came over after about a minute and restarted the escalator and everyone carried on with their days.

I took Violet over to the security guard and asked her to apologise for stopping the escalator. She actually did say sorry which I thought was immensely brave of her. The guard was lovely and said it’s OK and gave her a hug.

We are home now. Violet is chilling with a movie and both of the boys are taking a nap.

I think Violet learnt a lesson today. I’m just pleased she owned up to it and was able to say sorry.