Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A whole year since an Isaac update!!! 21 MONTHS

My gawd!  What went wrong?  I went from monthly blogs, to bi-monthly blogs and then onto 1 blog in 5 months.  Its been A YEAR since my last update on Isaac!  When I last blogged he was 10 months.  He is going to turn 2 in Febuary!!

This would be one helluva long blog if I tried to record everything that had happened in that space of time, so a few highlights.

We had Isaacs 1st birthday earlier this year in Silsden in Darrens childhood home, where we were living at the time.  Thats something thats changed a lot in the last year.  We've had 3 house moves!!  Firstly to Silsden, then back to Northern Ireland in June of this year to a house a mere 2 minutes walk from my parents and finally a move at the end of October to Martinstown, a little Hamlet 8 miles outside Ballymena.  Its lovely here.  Very quiet and our house backs onto lovely countryside and fields.  It should be a great place to bring Isaac up fingers crossed if our landlord lets us rent for that long.

So back to Isaac.  His 1st birthday passed with him being surrounded by family on Darrens side.  My parents missed out a lot in the first year and a half of his life with me living in England, but now I'm back in Ballymena, they see us all most days which is great for them as they only have 1 kid (me!) and therefore 1 grandchild (Isaac).  Its been a good and positive move for us all round so onwards and upwards in our new home. :)

Isaac started walking a couple of weeks after his first birthday.  He's a little trooper and is into EVERYTHING he can be.  He doesn't seem to have any fear (or sense) and climbs on everything before trying to launch himself into thin air, so you always have to be around and prepared to prevent potential accidents.

He loves going to his new playgroup and is great with other kids, not letting the 'bullies' get away with any cr*p and trying to play with as many kids as possible.   He also still loves his swimming, although we haven't been in a while due to the weather and my joints not being so good at the minute.  When the weather picks up a bit, we'll be back at it.

He has a great relationship with my parents and enjoys getting in to see them and their dog Lucy who tolerates him like I never thought any terrier would!  They play tug-of-war with Lucys rubber chicken quite happilly, before Isaac bangs poor Lucy on the nose with it.

He has a great love of animals and everything he seems to have an interest in is around animals.  He loves watching birds in the garden and likes to go out to throw some seed for them.  He is a big dog fan (yay!) and loves farmyard animals.  His favourite song is 'Old MacDonald' and its hilarous listening to him trying to sing it.  It goes something like "ee-i-ee-i-oooo... COW!"

He is using his cups himself at mealtimes and we are trying to eliminate the bottles he has at bedtime and first thing in the morning, but at the minute he has a bad cold/sore throat, so we're waiting until that passes to take it away, as all that generally happens is he refuses to drink from the cup and throws a paddy.  We're not panicking though, as we'll get there.

The next big thing is to start potty training, but everywhere I've done research and every parent of boys that I've spoken to says its best with boys to start trying between the ages of 2 and 3.  Its difficult trying to do training in winter with it being so cold as much of the training involves him being naked... poor boy.  we're happy that he'll get there in his own time though.  There's nothing as irritating as the folks who try to impress THEIR viewpoints on you as to when it SHOULD be happening, as with theirs, it happened MUCH earlier! There will always be one person in your life like this, so its a matter of ignoring them and doing what you need to when your child is ready for it, not when someone else determines they should be.

So we've determined the boy is a dare devil with not much in the way of common sense.  He's funny, he loves animals, he's a big fan of chocolate and cheese (can't figure where he gets that from, lol), he loves lollies and Milky Bars.  He knows what he wants and he is OBSESSED with books, constantly demanding to be read certain books.  At least he knows how to say 'Please' and 'Thankyou'.  Currently his favourite books are 'Big Yellow Digger' and 'How to Grow a Dinosaur'.  He has something of an obsession with diggers and dinosaurs it seems.

He likes to paint and colour with crayons, he always demands we take the black crayon and colour with him.  We're convinced he's going to end up being a drummer as he drums on everything.  He loves to dance and his favourite songs to dance to at the minute are 'Pet Semetary - The Ramones, Safety Dance - Men without Hats' and 'Gangnam Style - PSY'.

His words are coming along wonderfully.  In fact I think I'll do a list of his words in another blog, for my records really, so I can look back at the words he learned first.

So thats it in a nutshell really.  I'm sure there is a lot more I could be writing about, but that'll have to suffice for now.  Hopefully I'll try to keep these blogs updated a couple of times a year.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Months 6 - 10

I thought it was naughty missing a month last time I blogged, but I haven't really had time to blog at any length for 5 months now! That maybe gives you an idea as to the amount of time Isaac takes up these days.

Tonight, we are trying yet another sleep technique as a development of the last couple of months is a refusal to sleep by Isaac, no matter what we do. We've tried the letting him cry, we've tried putting him in bed when he's fallen asleep elsewhere, we've tried the routines, you name it, we've tried it, but nothing seems to work.

Darren is currently sitting upstairs with him while he screams his arse off in his cot. Its my turn tomorrow night. I wonder how many nights it will take 'til he gets the message, if indeed he does. We're currently at 1 hour and counting and he's still screaming. This parenting lark tis not easy!
I'm with him from the minute I get up every morning until he goes to sleep (which hasn't been until midnight) so I'm absolutely knackered. There never seems to be a break from it. The last break we had was at the start of December to go to a gig and we've got a meal out to look forward to at the end of this month. Thankfully Darrens dad & Kath take him once every month or so, so we can do something. I think I'd go completely mad if I didn't have that respite. I've started taking him to a toddler playgroup once a week and he has his swimming once a week as well, but thats exhausting with the stage he's at of constantly crawling away and getting into things he shouldn't be. Its definately the reason my fibromyalgia is bad again, which is turn has kicked off my CFS and IBS. Anyone who doubts motherhood is bloody hard work needs an arse kicking.

So where to begin to catchup on his progress over the last month. He is sitting up perfectly and is able to rebalance himself if he starts to topple. He is also crawling proficiently (too proficiently if you ask me!). He is eating finger foods himself and proper food now. The aim at the minute is to get him to hold his own bottle (which we're having a bit of success with sometimes) and to use a sippy cup (we've had less success with that so far). His latest development is walking around the furniture holding on and pulling himself up. He should be walking within a couple of months. He seems determined though to go to the few places where we don't want him to go. His latest trick is to attempt to post a coaster into our DVD player. He's also obsessed with my laptop and I can never get on it without him trying to press buttons. Wires hold some kind of weird appeal too. If he shouldn't be into it, you can be assured, he will be. I even caught him climbing stairs a few days ago (I was stood there watching him).

We now also have teeth! Check out the photo below of him in his spiderman outfit to see the bottom ones. He has the 2 bottom teeth and one of the top ones is halfway out and the other is breaking the skin at the minute. He has a vicious little bite when you're trying to apply teething gel!

Another difficulty is trying to get breakfast and lunch as if I leave a room he screams murder. Ive read that its common for babies to go through separation anxiety at this age and he doesn't realise I'll come back, but its so hard to get anything to eat with having to rush to do everything. Even making something the night before leads to difficulty as he either screams when I'm eating it as hes not getting the attention he wants or he is over trying to pull at my plate or legs.... not condusive to enjoying a meal. I tend just not to bother, which has led to significant weight gain as I'm eating too much in the evenings to compensate. I really need to get this sorted, but what to do to stop the constant hanging off me and whinging, I have no idea.

We have a health visitor coming next week for the normal 6-12 month development check, so I'll have a word with her then about his routine and see where we're maybe going wrong.

Well 1 hour and 20 minutes later and Darren returned successful in his quest of getting Isaac to sleep, but half an hour later he was awake again and I had to go up and sit with him until he settled again... wondering how many times that will happen tonight?

So in the last 4 months updates that I have missed updating - He's changed from mush to proper food, he's crawling VERY well, is attempting walking, is clapping when asked, waving when he feels like it and occasionally doing his 'how big? So big' routine. He's very mobile, very strong and very naughty, lol. He's also a world class flirt with an eye for the ladies.

Hopefully I'll try not to leave it so long until the next update. The little mans 1st birthday is next month! Doesn't time fly!

I'll leave you with some recent piccies