Wednesday, 30 November 2016

To Refer Or Not To Refer

Well hello :)

Today we we given Holly's application form for her to start school!

But because Holly's birthday is in February (27th so right at the end), they are suggesting we hold her back or refer her a year. So instead of starting school at 4 years old August 2017. She wouldn't start till she was 5 years old 2018.

This is all because Holly is quite shy and she doesn't like big groups of kids. she prefers playing with one or two kid at a time to playing a big groups. Now I personally don't see anything wrong with that. However the school want to keep her back for her to gain confidence with groups of kids.

Last year when Holly was in Anti Pre School. She was friends with a little girl called Sophie. When My OH dropped Holly off, Sophie would be waiting on her at the door. When I picked Holly up, Sophie would bring Holly over to me. They we very friendly. But Sophie was the year above Holly. So after the summer holidays when Holly went back, Sophie wasn't there. She had moved onto P1.

So when everyone went back, Holly was back to square one with no one she really wanted to play with. So she attached herself to Sophie's little brother Daniel. he doest wait on her all the time like his big sister. But I do know they play together a lot and he will shout bye to her or wait for her if he sees her coming into class behind him. If I hold her back a year, after the summer holidays, she will be back to square one with non in her class she know. This in my opinion wont help her confidence with groups of kids.

Learning wise, she is up to scratch. Can can count to 10 now and she has started her ABC's. She loves singing Once I Caught A Fish Alive. But because she doesn't like groups of kids, they want to hold her back a year.

I however don't want to hold her back. Surly if her work is up to scratch then why would we hold her back? OK she doesn't like groups of kids, lots of kids talk to her but she only really wants to play with Daniel, she likes to play on her own, So what? It doesn't seem to bother her. She prefers to play on her own. She always has, even at our childminders. She would play with the other kids for a while, but she preferred her own company. I still do not see this as a reason to hold her back.

Then I have the problem of, she isn't in her catchment nursery. When we applied for nurseries, we had our catchment school nursery as our first choice. But they gave us our second choice outwith our catchment. Its easier for them to get into schools in their catchment. That's why we applied for it. So she was already in that nursery going up into school with her friends. But since she is out with her catchment, its harder to get her into the school that her current nursery is in.

If they don't let her into this school she will need to start a brand new school, with new students and teachers that she has never seen or met before. She will freak out. So because of this I think maybe I should hold her back a year in case this happens, But I don't want her to go back to nursery with her current friends moving on and shes not.

But what if she had been born on her original due date instead of early which was 2nd of march. She wouldn't have had a choice to stay back and she would have had to cope with going into P1 regardless of her confidence in big groups.

I have put on her application form that her current nursery is the only choice we have as you can put in another 2 in case she doesn't get her first. But she needs to get her first. IT was the council that put her into that nursery school in the first place! why shouldn't she now be allowed to move up with her friends and teachers!

I can see us having a fight on our hands with this one.

Have any of you had these problems? Leave me a comment and let me know. Any and all advice is appreciated!!


P.s Sorry this is long and blah blah. Its just everything spilled out of my head and onto a computer lol
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Monday, 28 November 2016

A Life Update 28.11.16

Well Hello!

It feels like it has been ages since I last blogged or done anything to do with blogging!

What has happened lets see!

I will be 28 on the 2nd of December. Hopefully will get the books and salt lamp I have been hinting at my OH to get me! Very slim chance if I'm going to be honest ha ha.

We have our new addition baby Charlotte-Willow. She is now nearly 3 months old! Geeze! she will be in a crib soon and we will be starting to wean. Scary. She is already sleeping mostly through the whole night. Last feed at 7pm, she was getting at at 5am. But over the last week she has been sleeping till 6 or 7am. Which I am not complain about! Some people say 'OMG THAT'S TOO LONG, WAKE HER UP FOR A FEED' and I say 'I am not waking a sleeping baby'
Lets face it if she was that hungry she would wake up herself. She is very good at going to sleep as well. Most of the time I can just lay her in the bed and she will nod off on her own. sometimes if its still light or she is overly tired (she does like to fight her sleep), I will stick one of my fingers in her mouth and she will suck on that for a few mins and fall over. She wont take dummies. I don't know if its something to do with being breastfed (which has now stopped! stupid body!) but she just spits them out. She much prefers your fingers.

Holly is just such a character now as well. Told me last night I had no patience! your 3 how do you even know what that means! Told me the other day she was a little nervous. Again your 3! She is a lot better at eating now too. For a while I thought she was going to turn into a HUGE super noodle. But we eat sausage rolls, pizza and chicken nuggets now too.

I know I said that she would be my last pregnancy. But I just don't feel done. But I will be done unless I become a millionaire over night, one of us gets a massive pay rise or someone dies ha ha.
Unless we can extend this house (which I would actually quite like to do) or buy a bigger house I cant fit anyone else in.

So I am currently on maternity leave. Planning on going back for 2 days a week in January. Then full time in February again. I was hoping my OH was going to get an amazingly paid job so I didn't need to go back. But that doesn't look like its going to happen ha ha.

I was thinking thought (and I'm sure I have mentioned before) I would quite like to go to uni and study to be a midwife on the wards. But again, My OH would need to make enough money for me to leave full time work and that just doesn't look like its going to happen in the next 2 months!

I have stared trying to make exciting videos on my youtube channel. Just when we go out places. I am trying to work up the nerve to actually talk to the camera. But that's not happened yet. Its because I'm Scottish!! I HATE the sound of my voice on camera!!

I think that is it just now!!

Speak soon

My Petit Canard

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Youtube - The Week In The Life Of Two

Well hello!!

I made another small youtube video of our week 24.10.16 - 29.10.16.

Please feel free to check it out!! Leave us a comment. Im still not really sure how to access them and comment back. But I'm working on it haha.

Speak soon

Happy Halloween!! 2016


This year Holly had a Halloween party at her nursery!

She got to choose her outfit and eventually (Holly hates choices), picked a pumpkin dress from Asda (even though I liked the gold and black bat!).

It was also Charlottes first Halloween. So we had to get her a My First Halloween outfit to wear then keep in her first box. Which is actually a bag just now until I get a nice box.

We didn't take Holly Trick or Treating this year, as Charlotte is still getting over her cold and my OH was working. She wasn't amused let's say when she realized people came to the door for sweets.
Holly wouldn't chap people's doors anyway, I would have had to do it! So next year is a promise. I will take her out!!

Here are some photos of the two of them!!


Speak Soon

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hospital Stay!!


This full week has been such a rollercoaster!!

A week ago (16.10.16) Charlotte developed a bad cough. That bad that she would at times choke and throw up. We phone NHS24 as our GP isn't open weekends and they sent us to the out of hours doctors at our local hospital at about 10am. We were told she had a common cold and to go home.  

On a normal 12hrs she will take normally about 12-16oz of milk, with some feeds in between from me as well. However, on Sunday she had only had 4 and a half oz, which at 10pm she decided to throw it all up over me! At that point, my OH phoned NHS24 back and we got an appointment for 11:30pm. 

When we got there, again I was told that she had a common cold but due to her temp being 38.9c, it was guidelines to get her checked. But don't worry she will be fine. 

1hr later she was getting blood taken from her hands, they were trying to put one of those little taps into her hand to give her fluids if she needed them and they were talking about lumber punctures!! So much for the common cold!!

We were kept in for 3 days and got out on Wednesday. During those 3 days, she had her nose suctioned every 2hrs to the point where her nose was bleeding due to irritation, she was getting paracetamol ever 4hrs, she was on oxygen and she had a feeding tube through her nose. 

It wasn't until I look at this photo that I realize just how ill she actually was.
 This was Monday morning. She looks so ill.

The common cold had turned broculitic due to her being only 5 weeks and not being able to fight off the cold. While we were in there, another 2 babies were taken in with the same issues and another baby we know has also been taken in with it!! 

Here is a photo now of her for comparison. 
 This was her on Tuesday morning. Look at the difference!

It's just so scary how they can get so ill so fast!! 

She will have a cough and be a bit snotty for a few weeks but thankfully her appetite is back and she's eating her normal 12oz sometimes more!!
 Back home!

Speak soon!!
L x