Our Easter

This is going to be a photo heavy post as I’m quite time poor at the moment but I will give a brief run down of our 4 days of Easter.

I’ll start off by saying that Candice and I are not religious people. Easter to us simply means family time, craft activities and hunting for chocolate. It’s a really fun holiday and much less stressful than Christmas!

This was Oscar’s 2nd Easter. For his 1st one last year he was only about 6 months old so he really had no idea of what what going on and couldn’t actually participate in any of the fun as he had some serious napping to do. This year however, he was much more involved.

In the lead up, he had been creating paintings and doing a lot of Easter themed craft at his daycare, including making us this gift. A small canvas painting and some chocolates. I love receiving these gifts so much!

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The last day before Easter holidays he had his Easter bonnet parade. Candice and I agreed to meet at our house at 3pm so we could make it to his parade at 3.30pm. I stuffed up and got the time wrong so when we arrived everyone was leaving. It was actually meant to be at 3pm! I felt really bad about it but as Candice pointed out, at least he was so young he wouldn’t have really understood what was going on. I would have felt dreadful if he was older and had expected us to be there. I can picture his sad little face, looking through the crowd for our faces and being disappointed that we weren’t there. So next year, we’re turning up 30 minutes early. Even though we missed it, we hung around for a while taking some family photos and chatting to the staff.

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On Easter Friday, we stayed home and did some art activities. This kid loves a paint brush in his hand. I love the wonder and joy on his face in these photos.

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On Saturday, we had his Grandparents over for a BBQ and dyed some eggs. We gave some to Oscar to hold and he very quickly smashed them together! Crack.

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Sunday was a big day of fun. He woke early and was excited to see the the Easter Bunny had visited and left big foot prints and a basket of goodies on his bed. What followed was simply adorable.

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Later that day we went to my brother’s house for a family lunch and for the long awaited Easter Egg Hunt.

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All the cousins together.

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Suddenly, it was Monday. Our last day was spent playing with the hose and splashing about in the paddle pool. I did some planting, Candice did some mowing and Oscar did some pirating. What a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Easter everyone!

 

17 months update

Right now, it’s 3pm and Oscar is currently napping on our bed. He should be at daycare and I should be at work but about 15 before I was due to start I received the dreaded call. His daycare informed me that he had a temperature and had also experienced a runny poo. Apparently they had sent 2 others kids home as well with similar symptoms and it looks to be some sort of vomiting/diarrhea bug. Poor kid. I gave him some Panadol for his temperature but he is so far refusing food. All he wanted to do when we got home was cuddle. Less than half an hour of being home, he fell asleep on my shoulder. And that brings us to now.

I haven’t been writing on here as much as I used to and it’s a shame because I really enjoy reading back over the past entries. So here is a bit of an update as we approach the 1.5 year mark as parents and he, as a toddler.

He is communicating really well and learning so many new words. This morning he finally said “Mummy” instead of “Mimmy” which I was pretty chuffed about. Some new words he now says are ‘bottle’ (ottle), ‘what’s that’ (wozat), ‘what is it’ (whaizit). I’m not sure anyone else would hear those as actual words but since we’re fluent in Oscar language, we hear them. He uses them in context which helps us understand a lot easier too.

He is loving books now more than ever. Farm/animal books are his favourite as he likes copying us when we bark/snort/moo/cluck like the animals on the page. I have started reading books with such enthusiasm, it sounds like I’m auditioning for the ABC’s Playschool. He loves it though. He sits completely still on my lap, letting me turn the page when I’m ready. If I get a little too silly with the voices, he tilts his head and stares blankly at me as if to say, “Calm yourself, woman”.

Another thing that he is into at the moment is shape sorting and stacking things. It can keep him occupied for the longest time, which everyone with a toddler knows is really only about 10 minutes.

Ever since I can remember we have always repeated the words, “pack away, pack away” when we put away his toys, clothes, whatever really. A few months ago when he would hear us say it, he would start helping. Now we just need to say “Pack away, Oscar” and he slowly collects his things and puts them away. Not always in the right place, not always all of them and not always neatly of course but it’s a start. We have always said we wouldn’t let our kids get away with treating us like servants so we’re proud that he is already helping to keep his own things neat. He likes to play fetch too, as strange as that sounds. We can make a game out of asking him to go find things (books, his baby, shoes, etc) and he is so proud of himself when he returns to us with them.

Playgrounds and parks have become a whole lot more fun. His face lights up when we get there and he loves running around, climbing on everything and pointing at all the other kids. It’s adorable to watch him socialise around them and see him give them shy smiles.

He runs everywhere and dances to everything.

I know that he is ours so of course we’re biased but he’s honestly such a bright, happy kid. He has this incredible energy and somehow manages to light up every room and every situation. He’s just the best.

Said every parent about their own child.

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