Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.
Last week wasn’t especially exciting as I succumbed to M’s cold. Fortunately it wasn’t too bad at the start of the week, but by the end of it, I was just willing it to be the weekend and for Matthew to be at home. I kept telling myself that when I was teaching, I would have dragged myself into school and stood in front of a class of thirty children all day – how hard could two be?! But it is so different with a baby and a toddler. You don’t get any breaks, for a start!
On Wednesday, M and I did some Christmas biscuit baking for my Pondering Playtime series. M adores baking, and was thrilled that she had a new apron, rolling pin and cutters to play with. I’ve been trying to keep her busy as her behaviour isn’t great during down time, but that’s to be expected when we haven’t been getting out of the house so much as I’ve just wanted to hibernate.
B has really been getting into her stride with her crawling over the past week. I think she’s been really enjoying being able to reach the things that she wants to get to – despite M’s best efforts to keep her away from all of her toys! B even showed her crawling skills off to everyone at M’s Hartbeeps toddler class on Thursday. I was really touched by how genuinely excited everyone was to see her crawling for the first time. It’s such a lovely group. Even though it’s M’s class really, B is included too.
On the less fun side of things, B’s been experiencing a cold too. While she doesn’t seem to be suffering too badly (I’ll thank breastfeeding antibodies for that), the extra mucus has been causing her to have difficulty swallowing. At the start of the week, she had quite a serious choking incident. I’m first aid trained from my teacher days, but for a while everything I was trying just didn’t seem to be working. Thankfully, I managed to shift the blockage, and she’s totally fine, but it just goes to show how important it is to keep up to date with paediatric first aid, even if you just watch a few videos online. I’m just willing her to get a molar or two now, to help her with her chewing, as she still flat out refuses to eat anything off a spoon!
This coming week is another without any plans, although we are having a real Christmas tree delivered on Wednesday! I am so excited as we usually have an artificial tree, but I think real trees just lend an extra little bit of magic to Christmas. Hopefully my cold will be a distant memory by the time we get into the swing of the week, and I’ll be feeling a bit more gung-ho about getting out and about.