It’s never too cold for ice cream

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front – sorry about that!  It’s felt like a busy couple of weeks, although now I look back at my diary to think about what to share, it seems like we haven’t done very much at all!  So this will  mostly be a picture post!

We haven’t strayed far from Herne Hill since the weather has gone cold again – but we did spend a fun afternoon up in London Bridge at Borough Market last weekend.  Alex enjoys munching samples from all the food stalls (mostly cheese – his favourite!) and despite the very cold weather, he ate a vast ice cream:

Borough Market ice cream

He got very excited to see The Shard (tallest building in Western Europe), although declared that “it wasn’t a building, it was a rocket” – which was a fair observation given its shape!

We’ve had some really fun playdates over the past week – which sadly it appears I didn’t take any pictures of!  On Saturday, our NCT friend Helen and her son Angus dropped in on a visit from Cambridge.  Joined by Shelly and her son Ralph, we had a lovely time catching up, eating cupcakes (made by Alex!) and watching the boys play.  And on Monday, NCT friends Tiggs and Shelly and their boys Ralph and Max came for lunch.  It felt like quite a watershed moment as us mums were able to sit in the kitchen eating lunch and chatting whilst our boys played together in the playroom.  No tears or tantrums – it was heaven!  Quite a change to 2 years ago when they were all babies needing constant attention!

Charlie, Phoebe and Henry popped in for a playdate at the weekend, and Phoebe enjoyed a Sophie cuddle – there’s a future babysitter in waiting!

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Alex continues to love his days with Jacqui, his childminder.  I get fab photo updates from her – here’s Alex being super keen at a playgroup.  He loves stories – and clearly likes to be as close as possible to the action!

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In other news, I put Sophie in some comedy dungarees (doing that thing where I realise she’s growing out of all the clothes we bought when she was born) – she wasn’t very impressed:

Not convinced by the dungarees!

Other milestones in the past couple of weeks include:

  • Alex has finally started sleeping with a pillow and duvet (very cool dinosaur bedding bought for him by his Great Grandparents and Auntie!) – he gets very excited about snuggling under the duvet.  Very cute!  He isn’t yet prepared to swap his sleeping bag for proper PJs yet, so is probably overheating under so much bedding – but he seems happy!
  • He has also stopped using his high chair in favour of some funky new toddler chairs we bought from IKEA – here he is demonstrating what a big boy he is now having breakfast with Daddy:

No more high chair!

  • Sophie moved from her moses basket into her cot for the first time as she’s outgrown it!  She had a couple of rough nights where I’m not sure she liked all the extra space, but did pretty well last night – so the moses basket will be sold as I have no more need for it now 🙂
  • I also discovered that Sophie can finally settle herself to sleep.  My back was beginning to object to all the rocking, so I tried her yesterday and found that she went to sleep really quickly with almost no crying.  Let’s hope this continues so we don’t have to do any horrible sleep training!
  • Sophie had her second round of injections – and was incredibly brave, hardly crying at all!  Very proud mum!
  • And I started my photography course – but more on that later!#

To close – here’s Alex and Sophie in deep conversation

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