Living Arrows 16/52 {2019}

April 22, 2019

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 was the second week of Matthew’s Easter break and we’d really settled into having him at home all the time. It was also the week in which we decided to embark on potty training with M (you can read this post about how we prepared for potty training, if you like).

We didn’t start potty training until Thursday, however, so we made the most of our last days before being tied to the potty by having some lovely days out at the start of the week. On Monday, we took a road trip to Ikea (we have a click and collect Ikea in Norwich, but the nearest ‘proper’ one is almost two hours away). On Tuesday, we took a trip on a steam train, on the Bure Valley Railway, which M adored, and on Wednesday we visited the Dinosaur Park with friends.

This week’s photos were taken on Easter Sunday. We stashed the potty under the pram and walked to Matthew’s parents’ house to have an Easter egg hunt with the eggs that we painted recently.

M’s photo doesn’t even show her face, but I like it because it sums up the day. She decorated her hat herself and I love the job that she made of it. I picked up the chick basket she’s holding from Sainsbury’s on Saturday evening – it was on sale so I couldn’t resist! It’s not the sort of thing I’d usually spend money on, but I’m glad I did as she loves it and enjoyed collecting up the eggs in it. She even asked us to hide all of the eggs a second time, so that she could find them again!

B wasn’t particularly interested in the Easter egg hunt. She was far more focused on a new activity she’s discovered; climbing in and out of the basket of her pram. She was so pleased with herself and it was interesting watching her trying to problem solve when her feet didn’t quite go where she expected them to. I think we might soon have a climber on our hands with this one.

Today is Matthew’s last day off, and I think tomorrow might be a bit of a shock to the system. Roll on the summer holidays! It’s a big week this week, as M has her first afternoon at nursery at the end of the week. I’m hoping we’ll have (at least mostly) cracked potty training by then. If you’d like to know more about the gentle approach we’ve taken to potty training and how it’s going, then follow me on Instagram, as I’ve been documenting it all there!

A weekly photo diary of our daughters' lives, aged one and two. This week, B has learned a new skill, and M is potty training. Oh, and we've been enjoying Easter weekend!

Living Arrows

16 responses to “Living Arrows 16/52 {2019}”

  1. Love that photo of B, she looks so pleased with herself! Hope the potty training is goes well this week! x #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      B is always so pleased with herself when she does new things; it’s very cute! I’m not really convinced that M is quite ready for potty training yet. I’m going to see how tomorrow goes then have another think about whether it’s the right time. I hope you have a good week!

  2. Good luck with the potty training. We have a climber of a baby here as well, isn’t it wonderful and terrifying at the same time? Love the decorated hat! Easter is just so exciting when you’re little isn’t it!

    • Jules says:

      It’s not so bad at the moment as she is only clambering on low things. I think it might get worse if she discovers a love of heights!

  3. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely Easter, M did a great job with her bonnet. I hope the potty training goes well. #LivingArrows

  4. Jaymee says:

    I hope the potty training is going well? I remember it so well from my 3!

    • Jules says:

      Progress is not exactly linear, but I think we’re getting there, slowly! I can’t wait for it to be done, I feel so guilty about the amount of nappies that we send to landfill!

  5. Eugh. Potty training is not something I miss. Gorgeous pic. B is so cute!

    • Jules says:

      I can’t say potty training is my most favourite aspect of parenting! I’ll be pleased once it’s done. Having said that, it’s still a pleasure seeing M work towards this new skill. When I told her today that I was proud of her, she said, “I’M proud of MYSELF!” with a big smile on her face. That made my heart sing.

  6. Helena says:

    Hope the potty training goes well. My girls took to it really well. I think it helps to have a big sister that you want to copy. #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      M is the eldest and the first to potty train, so this is new territory for all of us! It will be interesting to see how B takes to it, when she’s older.

  7. Donna says:

    I loved this so much! It sounds like you had such a lovely Easter and I remember having to take the potty with us everywhere! A also went through a phase of travelling in the pushchair basket when her legs were tired…! x

    • Jules says:

      I tried to get M to sit in the basket of our other pram when she was tired, but she hated it! B seems to be a different kettle of fish altogether! x

  8. Sarah says:

    It sounds like you’ve had a lovely break – I bet the girls loved having Daddy at home. It seems like M is making great progress with the potty training too. I just went for the lazy route with both of mine and just left it for ages until they did it themselves pretty much! Life is so much easier once it’s done though – I’m sure she crack it completely soon 🙂 #LivingArrows

    • Jules says:

      She is getting there but there have been a lot of accidents. There have been quite a few accidents but it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be.

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