So apparently Little Bear isn’t keen on wearing clothes in the summer. He’s slept naked, eaten naked, and played naked!
He had a sleepover at Nanny and Grandad’s on Friday and he packed a suitcase full of clothes, who knows why as I don’t think he wore any of them. We went back there yesterday afternoon and within a minute of arriving he was naked and in the paddling pool!
At home he has been taking himself off to the bathroom and coming back with half his clothes missing.
We put him to bed in pyjamas and go back to find him naked.
So that wardrobe full of shorts and t-shirts? Wasted!
Ah well, the heatwave is due to finish by Wednesday , and we’ll all be in jumpers by Friday!
Living with a three year old means we have our fair share of ups and downs, and there are those times when we’re meant to be serious but are holding back the laughter…such an episode happened yesterday.
Mid-afternoon Little Bear ran off to his room after being offended by me asking him to keep the pen off the table and on the paper (so unreasonable aren’t I?). His exit was swiftly followed by a calamitous crash…but no tears, so I guessed it wasn’t an emergency. I went, tentatively, to investigate. A box of cars and a box of food were sprawled across his bedroom.
I, fairly, asked him to be a bit more careful when getting boxes out and could he tidy up a bit and then I would help him. I returned to the kitchen and left him to tidy.
Or so I thought.
All was quiet. Too quiet for things to be being hurled into toy boxes. So I investigated…and saw a ghost. To be precise, a Little Bear ghost. Ok, it wasn’t a ghost, it was Little Bear covered in my duvet doing everything he could to avoid tidying.
Only a child could hear, “Please tidy your room”, and interpret it as “Make more mess! Go take everything off my bed! Please please pretend to be a ghost, it would really complete my day”. Ahhh well, I guess we’ll just clear it up “together” then!
Yesterday we had one those rare days where it was just the three of us together all day. We gave Little Bear the choice of what to do but after he said “just stay at home” we took the situation into our own hands!
After a lovely breakfast we did his latest magazine and checked the growth of our caterpillars (we’ve got one of those “grow your own butterfly” kits) before getting dressed and heading out.
We visited a local nature reserve, Woods Mill, and it was brilliant. Little Bear had a map and a stick – he was in his element! We spotted dragonflies, beetles, worms, and pond skaters, and a butterfly even landed on Little Bear’s chin.
We spent the afternoon at home, checking in with the caterpillars at regular intervals! We made a Pirate Cove and had some swashbuckling pirate adventures, then Little Bear helped to cut the vegetables for dinner.
It wasn’t a particularly exciting day, nothing particularly funny happened, but it was pretty close to perfect. Everyone liked each other, everyone was happy, and everyone got lots of cuddles – it was one of those days you dream of having but seldom achieve!
Last week was half term for us and we started it off with a visit to the funfair. Little Bear picked out a huge inflatable slide that he wanted to go on so off he went clambering up the steps, sliding down, and then clambering back up. Except, the second time didn’t end in a slide. It ended in him looking terrified, refusing to sit down, and me being convinced that the reason was he had done a poo in his pants. Our encouragement/frustration didn’t help and he had to be rescued by the attendant. There was no poo, just a bit of vertigo – he’s inheriting all the good things from daddy, thanks for that! After that drama we continued, as good Brits do, to explore in the rain thankfully without further incident.
Gymnastics was still running so we went along as usual, as did several older siblings. They decided it would be a great idea to announce they would put their stamps on their forehead…
Thanks for that!
The rest of our week continued as normal with park visits and seeing friends, and then we ended the way we began, Donkey Derby and a funfair.
After the slide debacle the week before we tentatively suggested he tried a smaller one. It was an exact repeat of last time – one fun slide followed by one embarrassing rescue! Come on Little Bear, don’t be defeated!
Now Little Bear has been three for 10 whole days he has started ask, “When will I be four???” Oh my word, one year at a time darling! Thankfully, he got thoroughly spoilt by everyone around him for his birthday so we’ve been dampening those Birthday blues by exploring his new presents.
Our stash of Orchard games has grown ever larger, and we play these daily. One particular game, Pirate Ludo, is aimed for slightly older children and I attempted to simplify it by just trying to use one playing piece each. This was met with utter disdain and so we played a full game of ludo…it took half a morning but he understood it and loved it!
We’ve been making pictures with Blo Pens too – now they were more fun than I anticipated! Although I think daddy was the real fan of these!
We’ve also been having fun outside as the weather (say it quietly) is slowly warming up. Little Bear has been practising at the park on his new bike – it’s going to take a while but he’s already getting the hang of the pedals. And we’ve been planting in his new planter, I’m just hoping he’ll remember about watering them as my track record isn’t that great!
So it looks like we’ve got plenty to be getting on with for the moment, no need to worry about turning 4 yet Little Bear!
Every morning, much like many families I guess, we say goodbye to daddy. He has a kiss and cuddle from each of us, and generally we tell each other “I love you”, “Have a good day”, “Enjoy playgroup/swimming/gymnastics”, and other such relevant niceties.
This morning, Little Bear took all that up a notch in his happy little sing song voice…
“Love you daddy, I hope you don’t die!”
Oh, ummm, no plans to today darling so I’ll try my best!
Little Bear – “Ooh it’s too hot!”
Me – “So leave it for a bit”
Little Bear – “Oh but then it will be cold!”
I give up! Welcome to life with a three year old!