|The three of us!|
|You totally stole the show! My beautiful boy.|
I’m so glad that we took you away with us. It was so special to have you on our honeymoon and to celebrate your 2nd birthday somewhere hot and sunny. We had such a lovely day. You woke up and the 1st thing you spotted were the balloons that I’d blown up for you with the banners and a few little presents. We didn’t take much away with us in terms of gifts for you, but we had bought you a DVD player for the plane, which was part of your present – it was the best thing we could’ve bought as it was invaluable on holiday. Once you’d opened a few presents we got ready and went for breakfast in the main hall. The day itself wasn’t really too much different to every other day on holiday but it was special because my big boy was 2. When we went for our evening meal, I took you a candle and little banner for the table and people were stopping to wish you a Happy Birthday, which I loved although I don’t think Daddy was too keen! We let you stay up and took you to the Children’s disco and at the end everybody sung happy birthday to you with you up on stage, which brought a tear to my eye. I know you won’t remember it, but I will and it was the loveliest day I could have hoped for, for you.
|My Beautiful boy on your 2nd Birthday|
|On the way to breakfast
with the birthday boy
|You would not believe how long it took
me to get a nice pic of him on his birthday!
When we got back off holiday, we had a little family party for you at our house. There was the three of us, Nan and Grandad, Nana and Papa, Auntie Emily, Auntie Paula, Uncle Mark, Jack, Holly, Auntie Lorrie and Amy. It was such a lovely day and I managed to get a family picture of us all, which is something I will really treasure. It was so nice to see you playing with all your new toys. Daddy and I bought you some football nets and you really loved kicking your ball into them and shouting ‘Goal’ . We got you a Peppa pig cake as was your favourite thing to watch in at the time.
|All the family came to celebrate:
Uncle Mark, Auntie Paula, Jack, Nan, Grandad
Alfie, Me, Michael, Papa, Nana and Auntie Emily
|Your Peppa Pig cake.|
In October, we had big changes. We had loved being with you every day for 3 whole weeks, whilst we were off work for our wedding, but in October, a chance to go full time came up at work, and I took it. I was the hardest decision I’ve made as I really wasn’t ready to leave you and work full time. At the time I was working Sunday – Thursday 8-12 and going full time meant I’d have to work until 5pm every day. The hardest thing of it all, was putting you in nursery and having to sacrifice Sunday’s with you and your Dad, as it would now mean we would only have one day a week together. Nan and Grandad had said they would have you 2 full days during the week and one morning so it meant you would be in nursery Monday afternoon’s and a full day on a Thursday, with Nan and Grandad on Tuesday and Wednesday and me on a Friday. We did your settling in sessions and I did go well. Some days you were better than others, but we did have a few setbacks with time off.
|I absolutely adore this picture
of you from October!
|I’d taken you to McDonald’s for breakfast before your
first settling in session at nursery
In November, you’d only been going to nursery about 4 weeks and you got really poorly with impetigo and chicken pox at the same time. Your little face was a mess, so we had to keep you off, then once you were over that, you were getting really bad colds right through to December, so you had to have a few days off here and there which didn’t make it easy settling you in properly at nursery. I so wanted to be there for you, but I had to let go. I had to remind myself that nursery would be good for you, to learn and develop and to make friends of your own without me and Daddy or Nan and Grandad. Which you soon did and when it came to your 1st parents evening you were doing really well and were advanced for your age.
|So poorly with impetigo and chicken
pox, but you are still smiling
|26 Months Old!|
At the start of December, we took you to a farm near the lakes to go and see Father Christmas. It was the 1st time we’d taken you to see him and it was magical. We went to a little nativity 1st with a real donkey, then moved into another room where everyone was rushing to see the big guy. You weren’t very keen on him and I don’t think you quite knew what to make of him, but I’m still really glad we took you. The day itself was freezing cold and pouring with rain, but we made the best of it. Christmas this time was great as you really seemed to understand it much more and you knew that Father Christmas was coming with his reindeers, which was so cute. In the weeks before Christmas, whenever we went to Middlebrook, you would always ask to see the big reindeer – it was a huge reindeer with lights, which you loved going to see, along with the big Christmas tree. Even now, when we go you still ask to go to the Reindeer shop, but you know that Father Christmas is at the North Pole 😉 We had a really nice quiet family Christmas and I loved being able to spend so much time with you and Daddy.
|Meeting the Big Guy for the 1st time!|
|Daddy and Alfie|
|Mummy and Alfie|
|Christmas Jumper Alert!|
|Christmas Eve pj’s|
|You loved party hats this year!
A Christmas Day Selfie >
2015 hasn’t been the best year so far for us. There has been things going on which I’ve been distracted by a lot this year and spent a lot of time angry and upset because of it. I hope that you haven’t picked up on this, but it’s made me treasure moments with you even more, and I really am very grateful to have you and Daddy.
|The three of you for your 1st cousins picture in January|
< At our new house!
|First family picture of 2015|
February bought yet more change as I reduced my hours at work from five full days to three full days and two half days, meaning, I would get Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon’s off with you. We had to do this as it was getting a bit hard for Nan and Grandad having you for two full days as Grandad still isn’t in the best of health after his heart attack in 2014. It’s been a great decision as I feel like I get more time with you during the week, which makes up for not being at home on Sunday’s.
March was probably my favourite month of the year so far. We started the month off by going away for Daddy’s 30th birthday. We went to a holiday cottage in Bridlington for a long weekend, and we really did have the best time. The holiday cottage was really gorgeous and it had its own hot tub, which we all loved. We went to the beach for a couple of days and went shopping in the local town. It was so nice to all be together for a few days and to have some much needed quality time together. Your favourite thing was spending time with Daddy in the hot tub and going on the beach and throwing stones in the sea. You were very well behaved for the most part, especially given that you didn’t have your home comforts and many toys with you. The following weekend when it was Daddy’s actual birthday, we had a party at our house and had a really nice time with everyone. It’s so great to see you playing with Jack and Holly as you seem to be building great friendships with them. You are probably closer to Holly as she’s closer to you in age, but Jack is very protective of you and will look out for you. After Daddy’s birthday, we had a quite rest of the month which was much needed
|you did NOT want me to take a picture of you.
You were having a tantrum because we told you it
was time to leave the beach!
|My absolute favourite picture of you and Daddy
In the hot tub at our holiday home in
|You had the best time at the beach
Even though it was freezing, you
absolutely loved it!
|The 3 of us on Daddy’s 30th Birthday|
|A few pictures from Daddy’s 30th birthday|
|I also made you three wear the ears – although Jack and Holly didn’t mind, it was only you who put up a fight!|
|Your 1st go on a fairground ride!|