Well how are we a third of the way through the year already? It seems to be flying by! April has been a bit of a mixed month – I’ve noticed huge changes in Mr D and Mr H – both have had significant developmental leaps which have been so so noticeable. However, just after Easter Mr D came down with chicken pox and so the second half of the month has felt more fraught.
At the start of April Mr D really demonstrated just how much he has come on with his writing – he independently wrote a shopping list and was able to discriminate some of the sounds in the words, leading him to be able to spell the words. Over the course of the month his writing has really developed and his pen control is so much better than it has been.
We started the month by planting some seeds which we hope to transfer to the outside soon and we also had lots of outdoor play in the park and lots of walks. We spent much of the first week outdoors which was nice. Damian had a weekend away at the start of April and I found the weekend on my own tiring, mostly though as I had stayed up much too late on the Friday evening!
We continued our various groups including Spanish, PE, Gymnastics and swimming and ended our run with footytots. The children have enjoyed going to Footytotz but it felt that, after over two years, it had run its course for them a little. We were sad to say goodbye to our time there but it feels like the right decision at the moment.
We of course celebrated Easter in April and the children got lots of eggs – in fact out fridge is still full of them! On the Saturday we went to a friends house for a barbeque and the children had a lot of fun, as did Damian and I. Easter Sunday was spent playing games and building train tracks; nothing too taxing! Easter Monday saw Mr H finally make himself mobile, and he is now speeding around the house after us! He is obsessed with banging the doors, much to our annoyance. He is generally a happy baby but the last week or two he has been more grumbly. He did have a terrible cold for a few days which just seemed to hit him really hard but, touch wood, that’s all cleared now so I am hopeful our happy boy will soon be back.
April also became the month that Mr D finally got chicken pox. I can’t believe it’s taken so long for him to get it, given how many times the children have been exposed to it. To be fair to him, he hasn’t been too bad. He was a little tearful for a couple of morning but he hasn’t been unwell or too uncomfortable with it, and they seemed to dry up pretty quickly. We are now just waiting for Miss E and Mr H to break out in them! Miss E has been really out of sorts, very drowsy and lethargic and even quicker than usual to get upset. She was also sick overnight a couple of times, which is unusual, so I am sure she will be next!
As well as the usual groups we also have had lots of fun playing on bikes and the go-kart, looking at graphs, making bubbling potions and going to the Lego club at Levenshulme market and we visited the makers market in West Didsbury too. It was a nice wander around in the sun. We have been to feed the ducks and eagerly await the appearance of the ducklings and goslings – I’m surprised they’re not out yet, but I am sure we will see them soon.
May holds much excitement for us; a holiday as a family of five, Damian’s birthday and with the better weather lots of places to explore. There are also two bank holidays to look forward to. We will probably get the garden sorted out – painting of fences and decking and planting the flowers outside.