Living Arrows {2018} 48/53

November 26, 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 M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.


Last week wasn’t especially exciting as I succumbed to M’s cold. Fortunately it wasn’t too bad at the start of the week, but by the end of it, I was just willing it to be the weekend and for Matthew to be at home. I kept telling myself that when I was teaching, I would have dragged myself into school and stood in front of a class of thirty children all day – how hard could two be?! But it is so different with a baby and a toddler. You don’t get any breaks, for a start!


On Wednesday, M and I did some Christmas biscuit baking for my Pondering Playtime series. M adores baking, and was thrilled that she had a new apron, rolling pin and cutters to play with. I’ve been trying to keep her busy as her behaviour isn’t great during down time, but that’s to be expected when we haven’t been getting out of the house so much as I’ve just wanted to hibernate.


Gluten Free Stained Glass Window Christmas Star Biscuits


B has really been getting into her stride with her crawling over the past week. I think she’s been really enjoying being able to reach the things that she wants to get to – despite M’s best efforts to keep her away from all of her toys! B even showed her crawling skills off to everyone at M’s Hartbeeps toddler class on Thursday. I was really touched by how genuinely excited everyone was to see her crawling for the first time. It’s such a lovely group. Even though it’s M’s class really, B is included too.

B smiling into the camera

On the less fun side of things, B’s been experiencing a cold too. While she doesn’t seem to be suffering too badly (I’ll thank breastfeeding antibodies for that), the extra mucus has been causing her to have difficulty swallowing. At the start of the week, she had quite a serious choking incident. I’m first aid trained from my teacher days, but for a while everything I was trying just didn’t seem to be working. Thankfully, I managed to shift the blockage, and she’s totally fine, but it just goes to show how important it is to keep up to date with paediatric first aid, even if you just watch a few videos online. I’m just willing her to get a molar or two now, to help her with her chewing, as she still flat out refuses to eat anything off a spoon!

This coming week is another without any plans, although we are having a real Christmas tree delivered on Wednesday! I am so excited as we usually have an artificial tree, but I think real trees just lend an extra little bit of magic to Christmas. Hopefully my cold will be a distant memory by the time we get into the swing of the week, and I’ll be feeling a bit more gung-ho about getting out and about.


A weekly photo diary of our daughters' lives at eight months and two and a half years old. This week, we've been baking and crawling!

Living Arrows

12 responses to “Living Arrows {2018} 48/53”

  1. Katy Stevens says:

    I love that everyone was excited when she was crawling – that’s so nice! Hope I join a nice baby class next time around.

    • Jules says:

      It was very sweet. The class is actually for M so B is usually the only baby. No one really stays to chat, but everyone seems really nice.

  2. Oh my word that must’ve been so scary for you, well done on staying calm and knowing what to do. x #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      It was scary at the point that I knew what to do, but it didn’t seem to be working. That was a bit hairy! But thankfully she’s fine. Definitely worth brushing up on first aid regularly when you have little ones around! x

  3. Maria says:

    Glad to hear B’s ok – must have been quite a scare for you!! #LivingArrows

  4. We’ve not baked for ages! What a great way to spend the day. Well done B on your new. Tasking skills. Hope the tree is up and twinkly brightly xx

  5. Donna says:

    So sorry you’ve been poorly, I’ve had it too and it’s so grotty when you have kids to look after. I absolutely love that baking picture and it reminds me of when she was weenie and you’d share those high chair photos of her against the blue wall x

    • Jules says:

      I miss the blue wall! It’s on the other side of the kitchen and now has the play area in front of it. I need to get a radiator cover to make this side of the kitchen a bit more attractive! x

  6. Stacey says:

    What lovely photos. Baking always goes down well here too. I love their beaming smiles.

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