Friday, 29 August 2014

Louie, Starting School

It has been a long time since I have done one of these posts, however with Louie starting school a week today, I thought it was the perfect time to make a little log (for myself!) of where he is in himself and his development.

Louie is fiercely independent. He can and does do most things on his own. He loves to pay for his own items in shops, he will brush his own teeth, get his own food/drinks and will do most things independently where appropriate.

He loves to play with his cars, playmobil, train set and various puzzles and jigsaws, of which he shows a certain aptitude for. He has started playing more independently, although he will still play much better with a friend.

Sonny has become Louie's best friend. Although they haven't always liked each other, now they are becoming great pals. Louie will lift and carry Sonny with ease, giving him cuddles and letting him sit on his lap. This is something I thought I'd never see, what with Sonny being so vicious!

Louie is able to write his first name completely independently, as well as a handful of other words. We are still working on getting his surname but in his defence, it is a bit tricky! His drawing has improved beautifully and he will have a go at drawing most things. I can't wait to see what he creates for me once he starts school.

Every month Louie buys his Octonaut magazine. This is a highlight of the month for him. He reads the stories with Pappy before bed, we concentrate on all of the writing and puzzles, he enjoys sticking the stickers and of course a little toy each episode is the icing on the cake.

Louie's favourite progammes at the moment are Great British Bake Off, Octonauts and DipDap (a cute little animation on Cbeebies) although he does like a good movie, anything featuring John Candy is a winner at the moment.

We are lucky to now get the occasional full nights sleep! Maybe once or twice a week, Louie will treat us and sleep through the night although we are hoping that when he starts school full time, he will extend this to every night! We can only hope!

He still loves visiting National Trust properties, asking to visit Calke Abbey almost on a daily basis (I wish I was exaggerating...). He loves being out of doors and visiting gardens. He really seems to appreciate gardens and flowers, which is very sweet. He is trustworthy enough to wander off on his own in places that I am familiar with, to enjoy places in his own 'space'.

Sausage and Mash is his current favourite meal, but he still eats a good variety of meals most of the time. He still loves Olives and hates Stilton, so no change there!

In conversation, Louie comes out with the funniest phrases and sayings. He usually sounds like an old man when he comes out with 'oh when I was young' and other things that don't seem right coming out of a small child!

Well that is all for now. I have frequently looked back on 'Louie, Three', which has served the purpose I intended, so hopefully, I will be looking back and remembering those sweet days before my baby starts school, with lots of happy memories!

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