Catching up!

So in the past few weeks I haven’t posted as we have been super busy starting nursery and college and getting into the swing of a routine! in these past couple of weeks we have had a lot happen so i have a lot to catch up and blog about.

Oliver has;
Had his first ever cold!
Moved into a toddler bed!
And done two full weeks at nursery 🙂

I have;
Dealt with my first ever baby cold!
Dealt with transitioning a toddler from cot bed to toddler bed!
And done two full weeks at college

And Nathan/Daddy has;
Dealt with his first ever baby cold and tonsillitis
Dealt with transitioning a toddler from cot bed to toddler bed
And been busy with work and had a super exciting interview

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Catching up!

Oliver’s Nursery Adventures #4

I was supposed to update this last Thursday when Oliver had his second visit to nursery, his solo stay and play. However things went ‘tits up’! Oliver had his stay and play and absolutely loved it, he had bonded so well with the teachers and other staff and he cried when we had to leave. I was feeling so good about the nursery and about how Oliver was handling starting nursery… BUT (to cut a long story short) my childcare funding wouldn’t stretch to pay for the session hours and I was told all this last minute. I have been so stressed!
1. Why did the nursery (after me enquiring many times) wait until a few days before Oliver was due to start to tell me that they wanted me to pay full sessions and my funding wouldn’t cover the costs
2. Why did college leave it until a few days before Oliver was due to start nursery to tell me that they wouldn’t pay session hours and they would only fund the exact times i was in college, no overlap? (I also enquired about this many times!)

SO… that left me 2 days to find a new nursery that had places, had flexible sessions/pay per hour and were obviously registered and reliable! Some how me and my other half found one. But this only leaves one session for him to meet everyone and explore and this nursery is totally different!! it is set up in a home environment and is really small, although this should be a good thing, he will get a more 1 to 1 care, it has kinda freaked me out that it is soooo different to the one i set my heart on!

Oliver goes for a play session at his new nursery on Thursday!

Why cant everything be straight forward?! I hate not being organised 😦

Oliver’s Nursery Adventures #4

Oliver’s nursery adventure #1 (this is going to be a long one)

Oliver is nursery ready and has been for a while now, but because of our financial situation, we just couldn’t afford to send him (child care is expensive!). Oliver is an extremely intelligent and advanced child, he was climbing before he could crawl, he was crawling at 4/5months and walking at 10months, there is no stopping this child. He is really confident and social, he loves meeting new people and I know he will fit right in at nursery. Not only that but he is very independent and has never been a clingy baby, so I know that he won’t have a problem going off and doing his own thing.

That aside, here are a few of my pre-nursery thoughts and feelings..

Guilt- I have read a few posts and talked to a few people and they all say that this is completely normal. As his mum, I’m going to feel so guilty leaving him with new people and not taking care of him myself. I have a feeling that this will reside as he gets to know the staff and children and they become a normal part of his life. Another question that arises is, what if he cries when I leave him? How will I react? Will I feel fine, knowing that it won’t last and he is safe, or will I panic and feel bad?! Or infact what if the total opposite happens, and he doesn’t cry when I leave? Will I be happy and releved that he is happy and sure of where he is or will I feel as if he doesn’t care? Selfish I know! And most of all, what if he doesn’t like going to nursery? But he has to go in order for me to go to college, will I feel guilty dropping him off every morning?

Nervous- I’m such an anxious mum, not in the sense that I keep Oliver from doing things, but in the sense I check his windows are closed three times before he sleeps, I panic if he goes quiet for to long or I can’t see him when he is playing in the garden (ducking down, hiding behind the shed). So what if he has an accident at nursery and I’m not there? I’m going to feel awful that I wasn’t there to comfort him or prevent it!

Jealousy- Now this is my biggest pre-nursery fear! I cannot stand the thought of someone taking care of Oliver or seeing him more than me. What if he comes to prefer being with his teachers than me? Since he has been born, other than sleep overs with nanas, me and nathan have been the only ones to ever look after him so handing over a little part of that is going to take a lot of getting used to!

On a more positive note… I’m excited!

Im excited to see Oliver spread his wings, to do his own thing, to grow and learn new things! I can’t wait to see his already amazing character change and develop, to watch others make an impression on him, and for him to make friends and for him to share his cheekiness with them. I’m looking forward to the first time he brings me home a picture and to know that he is out there making things on his own and he is discovering himself outside of the family unit.

Let’s wait and see…

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Oliver’s nursery adventure #1 (this is going to be a long one)

Getting Started

me!

So i am very new to this and do not have a clue what i’m doing, but i shall just go for it.

I’m Kirstie and 21! i have my own little family, a fiance (Nathan) and a little boy (Oliver,aged 2). I love family life and my little boy is my biggest achievement! I am a fully qualified beauty therapist and currently i stay at home with Oliver, and Nathan has worked as a support worker for vulnerable young adults since leaving school. But recently our lives have been tipped on their heads and we are all heading in new directions and starting very different adventures!

I have decided that beauty therapy is just not for me. I have no love for the job and its not where i see myself in years to come, so i have decided to retrain and i will be starting college in September and studing ‘Early years education’ and be training to be what was formally known as a nursery nurse (now an early years educator/practitioner). I have spent my life surrounded by children, and having one of my own has pushed me to thinking that this is the right path for me and something i would be good at!

Nathan has changed paths completely and decided that support work isn’t for him and he needed new challenges, he is now training to be a track operative! He has fallen in love with the line of work!

And little Oliver will be starting a little adventure of his own! A nursery adventure. As i start college Oliver will start nursery, he will get to spread his wings and independently learn new things and meet new people and make lots of friends!

I’m aiming to use this blog to document and share my experiences as a first time mum, studying, watching her little one go and grow and develop at nursery, family life and trying out new activities with Oli to transfer into my college work

fingers crossed it will be worth reading!

Getting Started