The Q2 report.

Can you believe little Oliver is SIX MONTHS old already! He is a lovely little boy, everybody always comments on how happy he is. He hates being sad, even if he’s tired or his teeth are hurting he still manages a little smile. Ollie is just perfect! I just look at him and say, “I love you Ollie!” and kiss him about 300 times a day. He’s the best. Jake (his cousin) nicknamed him Olliebear when he was newborn because he was just too cute, now he calls him Olliepop so I’ve stolen that nickname and sing ‘My boy Olliepop’ to him!  He had a Q1 report, so here’s his Q2!  (Don’t try to read Q1 – it’s having some technical issues and keeps cutting off!)

Oliver Eden-Sangwell Q2 highlights.
1. Ollie’s first family holiday to Brean.
2. Baby’s First Christmas.
3. Ollie has been having swimming lessons.
4. Ollie’s first trip to Clacton to visit his grandparents.
5. Ollie moved out! (Sleepless in Kings norton.)

Performance Review.

Ollie can sit up!
Ollie can sit up!

Ollie seems more like a little boy lately, not a baby! He can sit up all on his own! He first sat up when he was about 5 months old but he was very wobbly and leaned too far forward. Now he sits up nice and straight and when he wobbles he corrects himself and gets his balance so he hardly topples over now. He is a very kicky baby! He doesn’t keep his legs still and we have to put his bath in our bath now because he kicks so much. Sometimes I put him in the bath with me and let him practice his swimming! He is doing really well at baby swimming, he goes underwater and really isn’t bothered by water on his face. As a result, bath time is very messy! He kick, kick, kick, kicks because that’s what he has to do in his little class! I feel like swimming is helping to build his strength because he’s almost crawling and so strong on his legs, I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks before he crawls!

 

 

Communications Sector.
I think Ollie’s voice is louder than mine! He is a little chatterbox, he just chats all the time and he’s really nosy. He likes to know what’s going on and loves being involved. when we go out he just looks round at everything! He hardly ever cries, in the mornings he wakes up and just chats to himself until we get him out of the cot. It seems like he’s trying to say Dad because he says “Daaaa” in the mornings and Dave is usually first one up so it’s like he’s calling him. He definitely understands a lot of things we say to him. He kicks his legs and smiles if I say, “you coming?” and hold my arms out, he knows that means I’m going to pick him up. When his Nanny says, “Pleeaasse!” he turns his face to her because it means can I have a cuddle! I won’t go into my potty training too much because nobody seems to understand my point but he definitely understands nappy change because of some simple things I’ve been consistent with over the past few months!

It's alright Dad, I can do it!
It’s alright Dad, I can do it!

Growth Potential.
Oliver has a little tooth! He is so good with his teething he has a little cry occasionally but he stops with teething gel and he really hasn’t caused any dramas, he still sleeps through the night!
He is a little chunky monkey, his legs are so chubby. 🙂 He moved into 6-9 month clothes on Christmas Day so he was about 5 and a half months. He eats baby rice now so he’s going to get big and strong if he keeps being good with his eating. He’s been having little bits of food since the new year and he seems to have figured out what is going on now, he tried to feed himself earlier. I’ll write a blog on baby weaning when we’ve made a bit more progress but it’s only been just over a week so i’ll keep going before I write too much, I haven’t weaned him the ‘normal’ way! I like to work with my own theories.

 

Health and Safety analysis.
I’ve taken Ollie to the doctors twice since his Q1 report. He had diarrhoea for a few days so I took him, the doctor said he was fine but just picked up a bug. The doctor prescribed some stuff that dissolves in water to replace lost fluid, Ollie hated it! I couldn’t get him to drink it. Luckily it did just clear up. They always say as long as he seems alert and not off his bottle then he’s ok. Then I took him again because he was coughing, I just knew something was different with his breathing. When I went in I think she thought I was one of these paranoid mothers because he always looks so alert and happy. She listened to him on the front of his chest and thought he was fine then listened on his back and said, “You’re right!” He had a little chest infection. She said it’s nothing to worry and he is perfectly healthy but he had a course of antibiotics and it cleared up. Mother knows best! Always trust your instinct.

Financial summary.
My New Years Resolution was to control my spending and stop wasting money on stuff I don’t need! I worked out that a massive chunk of my salary is actually disposable income so there really is no excuse for not having savings and I really don’t need to have any debts. So I was really sensible, on 3rd January I paid off my Very and Debenhams accounts and cut my Debenhams card up! Stage 1 complete! I’m keeping a diary of everything I spend and my diary so far is; Ollie milk, Ollie superdrug, Ollie Mothercare, Ollie passport. I have controlled MY spending I haven’t bought any new clothes or shoes or eaten out but all my spending is on Ollie things! Ok, he doesn’t need the cute outfit that was on sale in Mothercare but the nappies, milk, baby toiletries, food – he needs! I also had to top up his clothes, we had loads 0-6 months but not as much in bigger sizes so he’s had some new sleepsuits and bodysuits this month. It’s not cheap having a baby but he’s worth every penny! I’d spend my whole months salary on him if I needed to!

Closing statement.
Little Oliver makes every day happy! I love being with him. He is a pleasure to have around, he is such a well behaved little baby. Everybody loves him! Even strangers that just see him on the bus can’t help smiling at him. I know every mother thinks their baby is advanced and clever but guess what? We’re all right! To me, my baby is the cutest, smartest little boy and every mother feels the same about their baby! Ollie really understands his little routines in his life and goes along with everything really well! He loves bath time and swimming and loves his toys. He gets bored easily now, he won’t just sit there like he used to, he likes something to do even if it’s just the toys attached to his bouncy chair! He really is wonderful, I could talk about his life all day but I’ll shut up now. Happy first half birthday Olliepop!

Our New Year's Eve!
Our New Year’s Eve!

Baby’s First Christmas.

This Christmas has been better than ever because I’ve had my lovely little Oliver sharing it with us! I’ve always loved Christmas but I love it even more now that I’m a mom and it’s going to be even more fun as he gets older.

10862509_10205334726950326_89051341699127751_oI always go to my moms for Christmas but this year was extra special because my dad turned his shed into a log cabin so that we could all fit in for Christmas. I’ve got two sisters and their partners and my older sister has two boys so we had 8 adults, 2 kids, 1 baby! Most people dig out the pasting table and emergency chairs… Not my mom and dad! My dad has just finished building his shed but not yet turned it into a workshop so him and my mom turned it into a log cabin for Christmas! He hand made a new table big enough for 11 and built a sleigh. We had a little grotto corner and a fireplace! It was really special. I feel like as Ollie gets older he’ll think Grandad knows Santa when he hears about Santas workshop, like he’ll have this faded memory of Grandads workshop and Santa being there but he won’t know why!

Next year it will be pasting table and emergency chairs as it will become a workshop soon!

 

Ollie loved opening his presents and playing with his toys. He had 19 presents at home in the morning, (thank you everyone that bought for him) and then I lost count how many he had from my mom and sisters!  I’ve seen a lot of negativity about presents, a few Scrooge status updates implying its shallow to splash out and a few people moaning about the Katie Price news about not buying presents for her baby.  I agree babies are too young to understand and wouldn’t care if they had no presents and will grow out of everything very fast.  However, I like Ollie to be involved! I see presents as something you give out to people you love and I don’t mind splashing out when I can.  I think it’s selfless to spend your money on your family, not shallow or greedy.  I have no objection to people showing Ollie they love him by buying presents! He does really like his toys anyway.  He loves playing, I’ve been getting some big smiles for the silly noises and flashing lights on his new toys.  I got him a train he can ride on and even though he’s only six months… He loves it! He laughs and smiles every time we play.
He was such a good boy all day, he is no trouble at all! I was hoping he’d be ready for a little mashed up Christmas dinner but he’s not quite ready yet! So we had a great day at my parents on Christmas Day then on Boxing Day we went to Clacton to visit Ollies other grandparents! He was a very good boy and liked looking at the Disney Christmas tree! I feel like Bob will end up getting nicknamed Grandad Disney because Ollie will love looking at all the Disney things and learning about Disney history!

We also had a nice family Christmas Eve in our lovely home. It’s mine and Dave’s first Christmas living together, it’s our fourth Christmas knowing each other but this is our settled year! I could write some blogs on how we got here but I’ll save that for another time. I made Christmas dinner just for us on Christmas Eve and we listened to Christmas songs and wrapped some presents together! Oh and I had my annual cry watching The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog.

Christmas has got us thinking about what we’re going to tell Ollie about Santa. We’re not religious so we encourage critical thinking so I think we will tell him the traditional Santa stories but encourage him to ask questions and think logically. To be honest, Arthur Christmas makes me believe in Santa, it’s a very logical explanation and very funny film! So we’ll watch that and see what he thinks!
I want him to think about what presents his family would like for Christmas too rather than just MY list and I WANT I WANT! To me Christmas is about family and I see it as a cultural thing (before anyone says hold on, if you’re not religious you can’t celebrate Christmas!) so I want Ollie to think of Christmas as time to spend lots of time with his family and presents are for people he loves and I don’t mind the whole, “if you’ve been good you get presents” concept. It’s a basic behaviour pattern for humans and animals! If you do good things you get rewarded. It’s used in schools, workplace, dog training, home! I think it’s a good thing. I often tell my nephews one present gets taken away if they’re naughty so they might end up with nothing!10869576_10205334707109830_76020098839772806_o

Anyway, this could end up inspiring debate and I started out just chatting about Ollie’s first Christmas so I’ll end now. We had a great first Christmas. Thanks to all my family and friends! Happy New Year!