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The 48 hour week

Last weekend the boys were came down with a bug, this lead to a long week in our house.

Saturday

Roran started off with a little bit of diarrhoea, and I mean a little bit! We had been to a party and I just thought it was a mixture of too much excitement and rubbishy food. SO we packed him off to bed and thought nothing of it. That night Willem joined us in bed and announced he had been sick in the toilet.

Sunday

My ‘lie in’ and it consisted of me listen to Rob explain to Willem of you need to pump go to the toilet. By the time had come downstairs Willem had already had several ‘pump’ accidents and it was obvious we had a bug.  So it was decided that instead of our planned trip to the woods we would have a chilled day at home.

Monday

No school or nursery as we are in 48 hour quarantine. So I had all 3 children at home by myself, and despite them being ‘poorly’ they were not ill at all! This was a sign of what was to come – argument about who had been on the tablet the longest, who’s turn it was to pick what we watch, who got the toys and didn’t put them away. Added to this I had no food in the house and with my 3 that is a rookie mistake. I did make a quick dash to the shop for some fruit and snacks so that I didn’t have the constant ‘I’m hungry’. That night I was pleased to go to work, but a little annoyed all 3 for the first time in weeks were actually asleep by 7pm. After a stressful day I enjoyed some mindful mediation at my MummyNatal class and looked forward to heading home. Only to have a bump in my husbands car and spend the night awaiting the recovery vehicle. That night Roran came in to tell us he had been sick and was sick again several times in the early hours.

Tuesday

Roran was back to square one 48 hours off and was fine, the day followed a similar pattern of arguments and disagreements between the boys. Worse still I ran out coffee by mid morning and forgot to add it to my Tesco order.

Wednesday

Thank god today Persephonie, who has showed no signs of the bug, is at nursery. I decided not to send Willem as he still had diarrhoea the last few days. I however had work so my mother in law came over for a few hours and also Tesco delivered. However not only did I forget my coffee but not chocolate or shampoo or conditioner either.

Thursday

So today Roran goes back to school, yay, NO! He was sick again all night. Not happy about this at all and I’m am now too tired to listen to the arguments. The tablet has been banned as we17078668_10154934745821221_979052638_nll as several shows. We spent the morning doing activity books and drawing, I even had 5 minutes to check my emails before Persephonie spotted my laptop. By the afternoon they were bored and despite having this bug the boys didn’t feel the need to rest or nap. As it was nice outside they had a run around the garden and some well needed fresh air. Willem has been clear for 48 hours and I arranged for Roran to go to my mums in the morning so Willem can have his swimming lesson. Persephonie has nursery.

Friday

My plans were short lived, Willem was sick again all night!  So I packed Persephonie off to nursery and settled in for another day of cabin fever. No tablet still, but we did agree on a film to watch which kept the boys occupied enough for me to tidy the kitc17204539_10154934746176221_1265823762_nhen and do a little bit of work. After that I headed to Starbucks, we have a drive thru so I can grab my coffee and go. No need to take the germy children inside and share with others. This coffee was good, my first in a few days and very well deserved I think. The afternoon was calmer but I made the mistake of allowing the children some time in their rooms alone, and it looked like a pit. So tiding up and tears happened before bedtime. I did have the luxury of my sister dropping off some shampoo and conditioner so I got to wash my hair properly, which was amazing. The children went down early (before 7.30) so Rob and me sat down to watch a film.

Saturday

Rob let me lay in and it was good, I have been so tired and also struggling with back ache and braxton hicks. No one was sick last night but we felt it best not to take Roran swimming. Today felt a little bit back to normal and both boys have some colour. I can’t be 100% sure but I think we may have got past it. Fingers crossed.

 

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The Day… Willem started his Outdoor Nursery

Today was new chapter in Willem’s life, he started a new nursery, First day at outdoor nursey.jpgbut not just any nursery, an ‘outdoor nursery’. We are so excited that he will have this opportunity as it suits his personality so well and will give him that space he needs to develop into himself, rather than just follow his brother’s footsteps, which is a concern we have with them both being so close in age and only a school year apart.

First of all, what is an outdoor nursery? 

It simply is a nursery outside, okay they do have an indoor area but around 80% of the time he will be outside, everyday, in all weathers. The indoor area is mainly for dropping off, breakfast
, pegs for bags and where the bathrooms are. Everything else is outside. They play outside, learn outside, eat snack outside, it’s all outside. The idea is taken from Scandinavian forest kindergartens, where children explore, learn and develop in the outdoors, whatever the weather and they have much colder weather than we do.

So what is the benefit?

Apart from making great memories for us, we all have them from our own childhood, the outdoors has a positive effect on children’s health. You know how great it feels to have some fresh air especially when feeling sluggish. It helps with concentration and therefore helps the children develop their thinking skills. It gives them the space and freedom to explore and learn their boundaries. With the open space children can test their abilities and develop them further. These days children are outside a lot less than when we were children. As a family we try to get out as much as we can, but it isn’t always possible and we don’t do it as much as we would like. This gives Willem that opportunity.

Willem is a natural explorer, he likes to wander off and investigate his surroundings. He enjoys his own company and spends a lot of time sitting, observing and pondering.  For him this is the perfect environment. However, we have made the decision to also keep him at his old nursery a few days a week in preparation for school next September. Whether that will be full time or flexi-school is yet to be decided.

 

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The Day… We forgot Willem’s lunch

Today swillem-lunchtarted off really well, and I was actually feeling quite impressed with myself about how well it was going. Today was the first day I was doing the nursery and school run with all 3 by myself, and a dummy run for next week when Rob is back at work.

Things were going along smoothly. Three children fed breakfast, done and managed some for me too. Next, three children upstairs with washed face and clean teeth, done. Next, Three children dressed, done and they even had socks and shoes on with 15 minutes to spare. All their bags were sorted with spare clothes, nappies, wipes and sat on the side ready to go. I had a bit of time to get dressed and put some make up and out the door we went.

We actually left 5 minutes earlier than we aimed for, which resulted in us arriving at nursery 10 minutes early. So after a few songs in the car we headed into nursery. I let the girls know that as usual Persephonie and Willem had been up since 5am, but were both fine. Persephonie started her new trick of crying before I left, so I made a swift exit. She stops as soon as I out the door and it was at that moment I realised…. I had forgotten Willem’s lunch! Willem is now funded and need to bring a pack lunch.

Fortunately the girls are good at his nursery and said he could have a hot dinner, saving me the hassle of rushing home grabbing it and rushing back. It was going really well,  but I will have to settle with just pretty well, and next time remember his lunch. Maybe a reminder in my phone?