This, without a doubt, is my favourite stage with you so far. You are the king of cute. The master of sweet. Thoughtful and independent, you know what you want and when you want it and exactly how to get it – for better or worse.
Every single day you do something, or say something new, filling your daddy and I with so much pride. You forget nothing! Just yesterday I showed you a photo of Frankie and though it’s four full months since he left us, when I asked you “Who’s that?”, you smiled and said his name clear as day. Which makes me think, what else do you remember? Do you remember Christmas in Texas and playing in the sunshine with Ava, Kaden and Harper? Do you remember the bright lights of Vegas and the yellow inflatable duck in Barry’s New York state garden? I myself have memories from when I was around your age, so there’s no reason why you won’t hold on to moments of the here and now too.
Us, on your 2nd Birthday, May 16th, 2017
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks in the world of Oscar Stanley. Three Tuesdays gone, we went cold turkey with your dummy. You were so attached to it, wanting it all the time, though for the last seven or so months you never had it for nursery. Every morning was a battle and you’d end up in tears as we took it from you before drop off. I feel so bad about this. How silly of us to get into that situation and how confusing it must have been for you – to be allowed it sometimes but not others. So on a whim when your dad said to me, “let’s do it now!” – I knew that there and then that was it and there’d be no going back. We literally swiped it from your mouth as you slept and you’ve not had it or even seen it since. I can’t tell you how proud I am of you. You dealt with it so well. I’d in fact go as far to say that the first 48 hours were a breeze, with you only asking for it a couple of times. Though the days that followed were a bit tougher. You had a few tears and we knew you were longing for it. But we all persevered and are now on the other side. All-in-all it was nowhere near as bad as we anticipated – you were such a trooper Oscar.
Dummygate coincided, to the day, with you moving from the baby room to the toddler room at nursery. The transition hasn’t been plain sailing. The first few days were great – you were happy as can be, blindsided perhaps by the novelty of it all. But second week in I was taken right back to those early days of returning to work from maternity leave. Normally when we arrive at nursery you are bordering on giddy with excitement, happy to be there. But on the first day of week two I knew things weren’t right as you gripped me tight and proceeded to try and pull shut the nursery gates as I pushed them open to take you in. You then sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. My heart ached all day long until I was back there with you in my arms. We are now in week three and you still aren’t settled in the mornings. Some days we have tears as I leave you, other days we don’t.
So what else is new? Everything really. This morning as you and I walked in the sunshine for your first ever dentist appointment you waved at your own shadow and said: “Ello Oscar!” You’ve recently started stringing more words together. I got such a lovely surprise the other day when I asked you if you were tired and you replied: “Yes, I’m tired mummy.” And then yesterday when you were walking around our flat searching for daddy and you said: “Where’s my daddy gone? Daaaaaaaaddy!! Where are you?!!!!”
You like to choose what clothes you wear, and are most satisfied with your outfit when wearing a jumper or tee with something emblazoned on the front be it Peppa Pig, a lion or dinosaurs. Speaking of which you are dinosaur mad! Your initial pronunciation of the word “ninaus” has been promoted to “deeeeeeno!”and your favourite book right now is Tyrannosaurs Drip – which I must admit I love reading to you too, it’s a fun and brilliant little page-turner and makes me long to write my own children’s books one day.
Picking daisies on May 8th, 2017
Your baby cousin Eli James was born in April. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be meeting him in November. In Australia. Your daddy and I can hardly wait. You are pretty well travelled. In fact your key worker looked positively disappointed when I told her we were headed to Cornwall for your most recent holiday from nursery. I guess she’s used to me telling her we are off to far flung places.
You know your own mind and are not afraid to be loud and proud for the world to hear. In your dad’s words you are “freakishly strong”. And stubborn, and clever and dare I say it, on occasion manipulative. We have out-and-out battles to try and get you to say the word sorry when you’ve done something that you know is wrong. You are very much at the – throw yourself down on the floor and refuse to move stage, tears and all.
Discipline is probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced with you. I struggle with it. With getting the right tone in my voice so that you know I mean business. I’m very aware that I don’t want to raise a brat, which at times you can be. Having said that you can also be the most loving, charming, sweetest little person there ever was.
So what don’t you like? Going night night. Being told no. Long journeys in the car. Short journeys in the car. Taking your shoes off. Cream cheese. Being in your push chair. Having your nappy changed.
You love being outside. Puzzles. Books – all of them. Your toy cars. Hiding under the covers at bed time. Baths. Butterflies, also known as “vuffies”! Daddy throwing you up in the air and catching you. Which is always followed by multiple requests of ‘again!’. The swings at the playground. Windmills. Exploring. Chocolate. Sushi. Being barefoot. Picking up stones and getting your hands dirty in the mud. Racing around Tropical World. Cuddles in the morning when you are sleepy. Paw Patrol. Peppa Pig. Ben & Holly. Puppies. Trucks. Saying hello to the day every morning as together, we open your nursery curtains. And then bidding the day goodnight as we draw them before bed.
Two. Just like that. Happy Birthday Oscar Stanley. No words could ever really capture how much we love you xx
The following photos were taken between November 16th, 2016 and your 2nd birthday on May 16th.
Tourist central at the Las Vegas sign on January 3rd
Roundhay Park, April 2nd
Mondays at Salts Mill, March 20th
“Mooooon!”, Texas, January 2nd
In York Museum Gardens on mummy & daddy’s 7th wedding anniversary, May 7th
On the swings in our local park, March 12th
Car selfie! December 21st, 2016
You loved the High Roller in Vegas. Highlight of our three days back in our city. January 4th
Cuddles with Grandma on May 6th
Boxing Day 2016. You lived for this swing set during the whole 10 days we were in Austin.
Such a special holiday. Mullion Cove, Cornwall, April 26th
Plonked in the bluebells. May 8th
With pals Ella, Alice and Benji in Roundhay Park on April 2nd
Do not touch the biscuit!! April 5th
First haircut! May 13th
Yep, we got our hair did! May 13th
Loving life, in the Vegas sky, January 4th
Your first boat trip, in Fowey, Cornwall on April 24th
Still my baby. May 8th
Opening pressies on your birthday morning. May 16th
Curls. Cornwall. April 25th
Room service life. April 24th
The three of us. We’d just left the Eureka! Children’s Museum on your birthday and you were tired beyond belief! This pic was post hysterics, made better by the aeroplane and dinosaur car in your hands that daddy bought for you in the gift shop.
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