We took the children on a canal-side walk for July’s family picture. This month got off to a slow start, but now the school holidays have started the days seem to be flying past. We left the house in a bit of a whirlwind and forgot the attachment that fixes the camera to the tripod, we ended up balancing the camera on a post to get this months picture, which limited our backdrop. I had planned a picture of us all sat in front of the reeds on the canal bank, with hopefully some ducks in the background, which was a little optimistic!
This months picture is a silly one. It is hard to get a photo of everyone smiling so we play a little game to help. We use the auto timer on the camera and it takes 8 photos, on the last photo they have to do something silly for the camera, and they think about their pose as we are taking the first pictures. It works well as they are happy and excited, anticipating the silly picture time! The silly photo was my favourite one, I think it captures our family spirit and their energy.
We have been toilet training Amy this month, some days she is a superstar, using the toilet unprompted and washing and drying her hands independently. Other days, my washing basket is full, my house smells of air freshener and I consider taking out supplies in shake-and-vac. We are getting there slowly, but each venture outside the house is a bit nerve-wrecking as she refuses to wear pull ups.
Amy loves being called a ‘big girl’ now and if anyone calls her baby she is quick to correct them. ‘I not baby, I Amy, I big girl!’. There is a problem with this, Lily has been our ‘big girl’ for a long time, and now she is sharing the title, she keeps saying ‘but Amy is small’ and calling her a baby, which upsets poor Amy. I think she is suffering from middle child syndrome, and so the last half of this month has been spent reminding Lily of all the ways that she is special to us, and how much we love her.
August is going to be a strange month for us. Mr T has been at home for the last 3 months recovering from an operation on his back. It has been amazing to have him around so much, especially after the birth of our baby girl, and it has been equally amazing to be able to help and support him through his ongoing recovery. In a few weeks he will return to work and we are all going to miss him during the day. I will then have four weeks with the children before our new ‘routine’ begins, and I honestly don’t know how I feel about it.
In September, James will return to school in Year 1, Lily will start Reception and Amy will start part-time nursery. This is a huge change for us, last year only James was in full time school and Lily attended nursery on mornings. Part of me is incredibly sad to see my two eldest girls embark new adventures without me, I feel lost without them and I want to be there to share in their experiences. The other part of me is looking forward to my time at home with Ava and some ‘me’ time, and for that I feel incredibly guilty.
Our July Picture
A month in pictures.
James’ first sports day, walking home from school, visiting Auntie Reanna
Picking broadbean’s, smiling Ava, Lily and Amy watching a goose