Hello! We are well into the “threenager” stage and isn’t it fun!!! 😛 (apologies for the delay in publishing the post!)
Elisa specially is developing a cheekiness and attitude that is quite a shock for all of us. Most of the time she is quite well behaved and a good girl, however she really enjoys teasing Eric and tends to be quite cheeky when replying (or not) to us. I really hope that she grows out of this attitude soon! Eric, on the other hand, is not so cheeky although at times he also seems to enjoy terrorising Elisa…. Oh please, send me some patience because I need it!
On better news, POTTY TRAINING IS DONE AND DUSTED-ish! The first week was quite challenging, with lots of accidents and leaks, number ones and number twos! And trust me, cleaning the number twos is not fun at all. However, I think we have cracked it now. They always ask to use the potty or the toilet, and they are known to take themselves there too! They still need lots of help with pulling their trousers up and with the cleaning up, but it all will come with time! We will be getting a couple of those toilet attachments soon, so we can completely get rid of the potty during the day (but one step at a time!)
They are still wearing nappies at bedtime, and at nursery if they are going to have a nap they also wear pull-ups. However, I have noticed that Eric is dry in the morning at least 9 out of 10 times. So good! I don’t know how much we are saving on nappies but I bet it is a lot! Eric complains sometimes about wearing the bedtime nappy. I think he knows he is dry most of the time, so wonders why he needs it. One night, after much tantruming, he went to bed without one and in the morning his bed was only very slightly damp, so we think he managed to hold it quite well.
We’ve had a good month, with some good weather (and some bad weather too) so we’ve been out and about a lot. We got the paddling pool out one of the good weather days and the twins absolutely loved it. They helped filling it up with the hose and then kept going in and out (it was cold!). We have only used it once more since that day, as the weather has not been great since. We have been to the swimming pool at the Aquadrome a couple of times too. The first time they had an amazing time, they loved every minute of it. The second time, however, they were not so enthralled. I think we are going to wait a bit longer until we suggest going again (plus we are off to Spain soon, so it’ll have to be when we come back)
Last week I attended the parents evening at nursery, where I had a nice and long conversation with their carers. They are both doing great and the carers are very pleased about how well they’ve taken to potty training. They are due to move to the pre-school class but they don’t have spaces at the moment, until the current batch of “leavers” actually leave at the end of the term. So they think they’ll move in mid July or so. Personally, I am not really looking forward to the change. It’s taken them so long to get used to their current class, that another change now could be quite disruptive. But if all their friends are moving too, then it makes no sense to hold them back.
They have no concerns at all about their development. The only thing that they mentioned about Eric is that he goes super shy and very introvert when he’s put on the spot. So he can be happy, just playing or talking to Elisa or his friends, but if he is asked suddenly to speak up in front of a crowd, he shies away and won’t talk. I just find it so funny how much they have both changed in the last year. A year ago, Eric was very outgoing, friendly and happy to interact with anyone. Elisa was shy, introvert and would hide from other children. Now it seems like the roles have changed (not completely, though). Elisa is super outgoing now and very lively, very rarely shies away. She is still not great with other children that she doesn’t know. If we are at the park or anywhere else and a child approaches me, she will go all defensive and push the kid away whilst saying “this is MY mummy, not YOUR mummy!!”. And Eric has gone a bit more into himself. He is still very lively when he is with us or with family and friends that he knows, but in front of strangers he is super shy.
On Tuesday this week we had our first non-family babysitter at home. She came at 8:30 so we could have a chat with her before leaving, unfortunately, the twins didn’t go to bed until almost ten to nine. The babysitter was very nice, she works as a children’s nurse, so she’s got lots of experience with children. However, we didn’t expect her to put the twins to bed. So Jon and I decided to walk to the Apollo Hotel for a drink. Something quite low key, but near enough in case we had to come back in a hurry. As it happens, the kids were good as gold and didn’t make a noise, just like we were expecting. Maybe next time we’ll try the cinema or going somewhere else… The hotel was convenient, but not the most exciting of places.
Just in the last few days both Eric and Elisa have been a bit poorly with some dodgy bellies and nasty poos. Fortunately, they weren’t too poorly, which meant that they have been going ok to nursery.
And this is it for now. We are off to Spain for a week’s holiday very soon. So see you then!