Living Arrows 2017 week 2 – gappy smiles

smiling gappy smile - Living Arrows

If there’s one thing that N does really well, it’s lose teeth.  The new year has started with lots of gappy smiles. He’s not quite six yet, and on Friday tooth number 6 fell out at school.  So the tally is 2 swallowed, 2 lost (on the farm and on a shoot), and 2 brought home from school. At the moment he has a double gap up top. Although the tooth that fell out over Christmas’s replacement is already well… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 2 – gappy smiles”

A first eye test

first-eye-test-bubbablue-and-me

When you have a baby, the health check side of things are quite straightforward. You get notifications from your health authority when you need to make appointments. With the dentist, you just take them once their teeth come through, and the dentist prompts it when you go yourself. Then school happens and generally health checks transfer to blanket year group appointments at the school. Reception meant weight check and eye tests, then year 1 to 3 is flu spray time.… Continue Reading “A first eye test”

That moment when things click

that moment when things click

Sometimes I do despair with N and school work. Just everything seems so hard in getting him to do things. I do wonder what he’s like at school, whether they have the same battles. Or whether he’ll happily sit down and do it there because it’s school. But it does seem that only 4 weeks in to year 1, we’ve reached the moment when things click. Reading His reading last year was painful. He didn’t seem to remember words, he didn’t… Continue Reading “That moment when things click”

First flight and a trip to Jersey

first flight and a trip to Jersey - Bubbablue and me

Aside from our early summer camping in Woolacombe, I wanted to take N away for a few days at the end of the summer holidays as well. He was bursting to go on a plane for the first time, but with me not having an in-date passport and he not having one at all, I was pretty limited on where to take him. Because it was summer, I wanted to go somewhere with beaches rather than a city break somewhere… Continue Reading “First flight and a trip to Jersey”

Joining the tennis club and a clingy child

joining a tennis club - Bubbablue and me

Ever since first playing tennis at school last year N has enjoyed the game. They have an external coach from a local club come in and do junior lessons for them, and after playing in the summer term, N was given a referral letter to play at the club. Tennis was my sport at school (before squash took over at uni and afterwards), so I’m pleased that he enjoys it so much. For a 5 year old, and thinking about… Continue Reading “Joining the tennis club and a clingy child”

Milk teeth and tooth fairy tips

tooth fairy tips - Bubbablue and me

A couple of months ago, N had 1 wobbly tooth. Only 5 days later, he then had a gap where 2 teeth were, plus half a new tooth through and a little white tooth just about showing through the gum. Oh, and then 2 weeks later a 3rd fell out. Yes, those milk teeth started falling out at the age of 5, the same age I was when I lost my first. It seems so young. There are 3 boys in his… Continue Reading “Milk teeth and tooth fairy tips”

Shoe laces – a big mistake

Learning to cope with shoe laces - Bubbablue and me

N’s feet have finally grown.  His school shoes still fit ok but he needed new trainers which are always harder to buy.  His insteps aren’t particularly high, he’s an F fitting, but velcro fastenings never seem long enough on trainers for some reason. So we headed off to Brantano to find some trainers in the hope they’d have enough choice there and which weren’t ridiculously priced given they’ll get wrecked fairly quickly.  They confirmed his feet had grown, only 1/2… Continue Reading “Shoe laces – a big mistake”

The tooth fairy cometh – first wobbly tooth

portrait outdoors

It’s another big first moment. Yes, N has his first wobbly tooth. It crept up on me.  I know several other 5 year olds who’ve recently lost their first, but thought we’d be waiting a bit longer.  But no, he woke on Monday morning telling me proudly that his tooth was wobbly. I think he was a little confused about how it’s still wobbly 2 days later.  He was obviously imagining a brief wobble and then it falling out immediately… Continue Reading “The tooth fairy cometh – first wobbly tooth”

Barefeet to boots – the 7 stages of children’s shoes

barefoot to boots, 7 stages of kids shoes Bubbablue and me

Children grow so quickly, but when you see them every day, it’s hard to see it until they grow out of their clothes.  Or are stood next to someone else’s child and you realise they’ve shot past them in height. But I’ve noticed that footwear can make a real difference in how they look.  Put them in a certain type of shoe, and all of a sudden they look 2 years older, and you’re wondering where the years have gone.… Continue Reading “Barefeet to boots – the 7 stages of children’s shoes”

A first time target shooting – tin can fun

First time learning to target shoot on the farm. A way to show trust, and let him learn about discipline, safety and correct use of a gun.

I’m not a fan of guns, I don’t have an urge to shoot them, but I appreciate that in the countryside they can be invaluable for pest control. Having said that, I have tried shooting a couple of times.  Once when I was a girl guide, I went to a big jamboree when I was about 12, and part of the team games included either archery or shooting.  I didn’t get to try out archery, but I did get to… Continue Reading “A first time target shooting – tin can fun”