Living Arrows {2018} 16/53

April 16, 2018

Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of each of the girls and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.

This past week saw B reach both the four week and month-old milestones. On the one hand I can’t believe that we’ve had B in our lives for a whole month already, but on the other hand it seems like forever since we were in that operating theatre having a bit of a time of things! I couldn’t use anything other than our one month milestone photograph of B this week, as I think it’s a pretty important occasion to mark. I’m still trying to decide whether her eyes will stay blue like M’s and her daddy’s, or change to brown like mine. I’m excited to watch her grow and change!

B at one month old

On Friday we visited Banham Zoo and M had a lovely time looking at all of the animals. We’ve asked her which animals were her favourites and she’s very clear that she liked the ‘zees’ (zebra) and the giraffes best! M is really starting to embrace being a big sister, and my heart did melt just a little bit when she checked on B in her carrycot while we were at the zoo. Too cute.

M checking on B in her carrycot

I’d be lying if it was all plain sailing, though. M has added tipping up drinks to her love of chucking things down the stairs (we live in a house with three floors so our living room is upstairs, with a flight of stairs just outside the door). Luckily we only really drink water in this house, so there’s not too much damage, but it is annoying! I’m looking to invest in a plastic bottle with a lid and straw combo so that I can stay hydrated. At the moment I’m having to put my glass out of reach to avoid the situation we had earlier in the week, where M combined her two inappropriate behaviours and threw a glass down the stairs, smashing it.

Any advice for how to deal with this behaviour is much appreciated! We’ve tried calmly explaining, distraction, being cross and acting sad, but none of them have made any real difference as she just does it again. We’re determined not to just let it go, but at the same time she seems to think it’s a game, even when we’re visibly cross. I guess this is life as a toddler parent!

Hubby is back to work this week so I’m working on trying to keep myself and the girls alive, fed and watered – that’s the main objective and if we manage anything more pleasant and enjoyable than that, then I’ll consider it a victory!

A diary of my daughter's lives at one month old and 22 months old

Living Arrows

10 responses to “Living Arrows {2018} 16/53”

  1. Katy Stevens says:

    I hope this week goes ok for you! X

  2. Oh what a precious little one! #livingarrows

  3. Rebecca says:

    I love Banham Zoo! We’re hoping to go again once weather improves. As for behaviour advice, just being firm and consistent usually helps. It can take time but once children realise you’re not going to back down and accept it then they stop. Otherwise bribery haha x

    • Jules says:

      I shouldn’t say it but I actually think hubby being back at work has helped – she just has one message rather than two. Plus I think I’m probably the mean, strict parent! x

  4. Hannah says:

    B looks adorable, and so tiny! I think its a natural stage for M, maybe give her lots of opportunities to play with water/throw when it is appropriate? I think some things are just too tempting for toddlers to have that impulse control! We had a similar problem with tearing up (important) paperwork! Lovely photos xx

    • Jules says:

      That’s a good point actually – I’ll have to see if I can set up a water station for her. Great idea, thank you! x

  5. Donna says:

    Toddlers are hard work. I have no advice – but, one day at a time and you will get through it. It definitely gets easier – and having a baby too makes it even harder. I can’t believe B is a month already, that has whizzed past! x

    • Jules says:

      I know, it has zoomed by! We’re keeping ourselves busy this week, which has definitely helped with M’s behaviour. Unfortunately tomorrow we’ve got to wait in for a parcel – let’s hope it turns up early!

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