30 July 2017
Friday 28th was our 16th anniversary.
So on Thursday Claire came to babysit. The twins were in a great mood – they started turning somersaults and saying ‘roly poly!’
Definitely something they learned at nursery.
After we put them to bed we went out for an amazing meal in central London and the night in a hotel. In the morning Claire had a great time with the twins.
A bit of culture
On Saturday we had Ada’s first birthday party down in Croydon. As we don’t make it south is the river that much we decided to go first to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. It was designed by my favourite architect John Soane.
But even more excitingly there is a summer pavilion which my friend and Urbanista designed with her practice If_Do.
On Sunday the culture vultures continued. I put Radio 3 (Classical) on and Margot dragged a step stool over so she could get closer and kiss the music.
20 July 2017
The first school play!
Today was a pretty important day. It was their first school play. We’ve known this was coming for a while and so I made sure we got their shark costumes well in advance so they could acclimatise to them (kind of like floating the bag of goldfish in the water for a couple hours.)
While they loved the shark costumes they did not like the noisy crowd of grownups.
Margot spotted me as soon as I got there and came running up for a cuddle.
Luckily strawberries and brownies cheered them up.
17 July 2017
Another tough week
We had another tough week sleepwise. Monday night Isaac was up at 11, 1, 2, 2:25, 4 and then we all got up at 5:15.
The rest of the week he woke consistently at 4:30 akenthen we all got up at about 5:15. Bit better over the weekend… but it’s genuinely rough. Not helped by my getting struck by a cold (presumably from lack of sleep). It was also a challenging week for me at work. Just don’t feel on top of things.
We haven’t had much potty progress – though they are still keen.
Then we had Aidan and Ciaran over – which was a total relief as Isaac didn’t nap. At all. There were few tears before bedtime.
Patrick and I both went for runs and then Steve Bull came round for brunch. We had a rather fraught bath – halfway through which a car arrived to pick up the changing table we sold. It was a little manic trying to wrestle two naked toddlers and a changing table…
Then the four of us had a sleep on the sofa. I got up and made stuff for a BBQ at Adele and Tom’s. Including the best potato salad I have ever had. I will be doing this again.
We had a lot of fun at the BBQ and then a quiet night at home.
Isaac insisted on picking out his clothes. So getting ready took a bit longer than usual.
It was hilarious trying to get her dressed while she kept drawing. She doesn’t care what she wears. Isaac insists on choosing everything. I think he made a strong choice.
9 July 2017
The worst week
This week has been tough. From needy and clingy on Monday to demanding a potty on Tuesday to the kind of whingey crying that drills into your brain and makes you question your sanity on Wednesday. Thursday was the real kicker though. We got a call from nursery at about 3:30 saying Isaac had been crying and screaming for an hour and a half. He’d just woken up from his nap inconsolable. Patrick had to go get him.
To be fair it’s been pretty warm. But they’ve been waking up ludicrously early and then being pretty challenging till bedtime. It’s not all been awful. Thursday night Margot invented the foot kiss.
Luckily the bad mood seemed to break on Friday and we have had a pretty good weekend. We were meant to go down to Dorset but that fell through. Unfortunately we’d already Airbnbed the house so have spent the weekend cat sitting at Brenna and Andy’s while they are in Corsica.
Must say I could use a real holiday.
Saturday we went to the magical world of Ikea.
Today we’ve had a quiet day. Both Patrick and I made it for a run (without injury), then brunch and then a very long and sweaty sofa snooze.
This afternoon we babysat Hunter. He was very sweet.
And the twins did sharing with raisins.
In potty training news – Margot did a wee in the potty – without prompting first thing this morning and this evening.
5 July 2017
Potty training is a thing
Potty training has been a hot topic of conversation with our NCT friends for a while now. Patrick and I are firmly in the wait till they’re ready camp. We don’t even own a potty… however… on Monday I got home to discover that Margot was wandering around the house sans nappy.
Then I exchanged some chats with Kerry who said they were 4 days into potty training Hunter. Patrick and I discussed it and thought – well… soon.
Then yesterday morning when I went to the loo Isaac said – mommy potty.
When I got home Patrick said nursery had told him the twins are ready for potty training. Apparently they love the potty at nursery.
Then this morning Margot and Isaac wanted to spend some quality time just sitting on the toilet. Margot insisted on being naked all morning… so it looks like they’re ready.
Not sure that we are.
3 July 2017
A quiet foodie weekend
We’ve all been fighting a cold this week. Patrick stayed home last Tuesday and had to go get Margot at about 3. I worked from home Friday and had to get her about 1:30. She and I spent all afternoon cuddled up on the sofa.
We had a day of errands and shopping. For lunch I made spaghetti with goats cheese, fig, spinach and walnut. Which we thought was delicious. Twins liked the creamy spaghetti and spinach but rejected the figs which really surprised me.
In the late afternoon we went to Chloe and Ciaran’s for a play date with Aidan and stayed for dinner. Ciaran made the twins mushroom and pea risotto and they INHALED it. For pudding they had banana bread with ice cream. Smiles all round.
Sunday we had a tidy (Kasia has been gone for two weeks!!). Then coffee and a play at Beans and Barley. For lunch Billy and his mum Amy came round. Billy is Isaac’s best buddy at nursery. He’s four and a half. They all had a great time in the paddling pool and learned to climb the tree.
I made lasagne and Amy made cupcakes.
After she left we did some weeding in the garden. And then had sardines with bulgur wheat and charred asparagus.
This morning he was fine though and they decided to have porridge al fresco.