For the past couple of months, I actually ‘saw’ my kids grew. Ashton and Annabelle are no longer babies, there are now toddlers! Everything seems so different after they started walking two months ago. Honestly, they are now a little bit more of a handful than before, even though because they are starting to understand what they want!
This isn’t all bad because at least we know what like or dislike. But other than that, it’s pretty much an annoying affair. Why? It was so much easier when they were little. Just take feeding for instance, you could just sit them down and spoon them anything and they would just eat it. Now, they become more picky on food and since Ashton has been teething for months, he is also very temperamental. To make them eat nowadays, I need an iPad with Pepper Pigs on. Yup… I really hate the idea of using anything electronic with a screen for kids but I’ve run out of ideas for distracting them.
We, as a family, have a really good summer this year. We managed to visit different places almost every week. We also see just how much outdoor means to young and energetic children. Ashton and Annabelle just love to roam free on any open field. Running around was the single most entertaining thing to them. Then Ashton loves sitting on swings while Annabelle loves going on to slides.
Since I emigrated to UK almost twenty years ago, I’ve never joined a local library. This month, we did just that. We opened a family account so we could start borrowing new baby books. We thought it would be a much better idea than just kept buying new books every so often. That way, they would have a new book every two to three weeks.
Despite all the growing up business, our daily routines haven’t changed much however. We still get up early, morning feed, entertain them, then 11am feed, put them to bed for a nap, then 2pm feed, play for a bit and then 5pm feed, a bit more playing (or TV as they love the Night Garden on CBBIES). We will all have dinner around 6-6:30pm then wash and final feed before night sleep. This routine has been on for over a year now and that hasn’t changed. But both Sue and I feel exhausted by the end of each day, physically and mentally. Looking after two younglings at the same time is indeed very challenging.
But I am so happy to see them grow. Watching them play happily and those smiles and laughters are the most precious things a father or mother could ever want!
Sadly, summer is ending and I know that miserable weather is on its way back. Soon we will be in door more than out. We will miss summer 2014 for sure and next summer they will be bigger and climbing, I can’t wait to have more adventure with Ashton and Annabelle in 2015! For now, we will treasure the memory with my snap shots. And now I need to get back to work on my wedding photos that I did last month!
More snaps here for your pleasure 🙂
Next month? Changing weather, Ashton is ill again… ummm..
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