Sammy said 7.9.16

   Buddy has gone on the shed roof so he went inside and got his fire engine. ‘Don’t worry buddy, I’ll get a ladder’. ‘Fireman get you buddy’ 

Yesterday, I fixed the bamboo steamer that had come apart in his kitchen. A bit fell off onto the floor as I did it. Sammy said ‘you broke it! You so horrible. Naughty step’ and tried to take me off to the stairs grabbing my arm. 

Out of over excitement, he hit my face.

“Sorry bout that mummy”

Suprised at his memory for something jon told him days earlier;

“Bin man come on Tuesday”

Sammy said 7.9.16

Six months later

Pregnancy out a stop to the 52 project. Running a business with a toddler and not a lot of energy put a stop to any surplus tasks, no matter how much I wanted to keep up. So here I’ll just dump a few undedited photos and words while I remember.

  

 Summer is coming to an end and we’re close to becoming a family of four. Sammy’s speech has come on all of a sudden this past week and it’s really opened our ears to what he takes in. What you think are passing comments as he ignores you in favour of CBeebies, will resurface the next morning.

   
     In the bath last night as daddy came home ‘daddy take me swimming pool later’. He knows the concept later! That’s a new one. Before, he’d run to the door with his arm bands at the ready if I’d said that to him.

As we were watching tv with our post nap cuddles yesterday, after his final session at buttercups, I told him again how his baby brother will be living with us soon. How I love him so much and I will always love him so much but I’ll also love the baby too. That evening, daddy wouldn’t do. He insisted on snuggling up to me to sleep. Something he hasn’t done since he was a newborn.

This morning he said to daddy, and Hana, ‘not going to Buttercups anymore. Going to Kindegarden’. He’s happy about that one. But he knows things are changing..

All of a sudden I have a big boy, who uses the big toilet with big boy pants (as he likes to tells everyone who’ll listen) and sleep in a big boy bed. He grabs my hand to take me to show me things and his slim little limbs look so long, dangling from the chair at breakfast time.

   
       I’m so proud of my boy, the little guy who’ll play Duplo all day long if you let him, studying the symmetry of his car transporter or tractor. Meddle with his design if you dare, his creations are studied and assured. Each brick is highly considered.

Sammy I hope I don’t break your heart by sharing my attention. Whoever the little dude is, kicking away in my tummy, he’s going to think you are as awesome as I do. He’s lucky to have such a happy-natured and funny brother as you. Oh the fun we’ll have!

Six months later

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Suddenly obsessed with machines. ‘Duk Duk mummy!’ when he sees a digger. Lorries he loves too. Circles, triangles, stars and the colour yellow. Most colours are yellow to him.

But there’s mummy. Finally, he uses it to get my attention and it’s the sweetest sound. He calls me over to see his discoveries, whether it be the shutters at a friend’s house or the toast he’s been given from Dada.

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I still can’t so much as make a cup of tea without him pushing a chair up to spectate. Here he’s ‘helping’ with the pasta (wholewheat frusilli with green pesto and cheese – the only variety he’ll eat). The Cheddar looked like a cartoon drawing by the time I realised he’d been making Sammy bite sized holes all over it.

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He’s finally growing into the white 18-24 baby-gros I tried so hard to track down (stock-piling on the next size whilst I found them. You’ll be my baby for a while yet, Sammy) – although the feet still flap loosely beyond his toes, collecting the grubbiness in their path.

We moved back home after almost three weeks of camping at Nain and Taids for a bit of decorating. Sammy’s floors are sanded and his unhealthy carpets and dirty yellowed walls of the landing are gone. Our little house is coming together (although Papa will have to repaint all the floors because the paint swatch lied and no family home can really have floors this pale).

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