It’s been so long since I’ve wrote to you, 8 months to be precise. You can read your last letter here.
In August, we were so busy planning the wedding that I just didn’t get chance to sit down and write then in September, when it was your 2nd birthday, we were on holiday so I was offline for 2 weeks. I did start to write to you in my diary, but I never finished it as we were just having far too much fun on holiday.
|The three of us!|
|You totally stole the show! My beautiful boy.|
|My Beautiful boy on your 2nd Birthday|
|On the way to breakfast|
with the birthday boy
|You would not believe how long it took |
me to get a nice pic of him on his birthday!
When we got back off holiday, we had a little family party for you at our house. There was the three of us, Nan and Grandad, Nana and Papa, Auntie Emily, Auntie Paula, Uncle Mark, Jack, Holly, Auntie Lorrie and Amy. It was such a lovely day and I managed to get a family picture of us all, which is something I will really treasure. It was so nice to see you playing with all your new toys. Daddy and I bought you some football nets and you really loved kicking your ball into them and shouting ‘Goal’ . We got you a Peppa pig cake as was your favourite thing to watch in at the time.
|All the family came to celebrate:|
Uncle Mark, Auntie Paula, Jack, Nan, Grandad
Alfie, Me, Michael, Papa, Nana and Auntie Emily
|Your Peppa Pig cake.|
In October, we had big changes. We had loved being with you every day for 3 whole weeks, whilst we were off work for our wedding, but in October, a chance to go full time came up at work, and I took it. I was the hardest decision I’ve made as I really wasn’t ready to leave you and work full time. At the time I was working Sunday – Thursday 8-12 and going full time meant I’d have to work until 5pm every day. The hardest thing of it all, was putting you in nursery and having to sacrifice Sunday’s with you and your Dad, as it would now mean we would only have one day a week together. Nan and Grandad had said they would have you 2 full days during the week and one morning so it meant you would be in nursery Monday afternoon’s and a full day on a Thursday, with Nan and Grandad on Tuesday and Wednesday and me on a Friday. We did your settling in sessions and I did go well. Some days you were better than others, but we did have a few setbacks with time off.
|I absolutely adore this picture|
of you from October!
|I'd taken you to McDonald's for breakfast before your|
first settling in session at nursery
|So poorly with impetigo and chicken|
pox, but you are still smiling
|26 Months Old!|
At the start of December, we took you to a farm near the lakes to go and see Father Christmas. It was the 1st time we’d taken you to see him and it was magical. We went to a little nativity 1st with a real donkey, then moved into another room where everyone was rushing to see the big guy. You weren’t very keen on him and I don’t think you quite knew what to make of him, but I’m still really glad we took you. The day itself was freezing cold and pouring with rain, but we made the best of it. Christmas this time was great as you really seemed to understand it much more and you knew that Father Christmas was coming with his reindeers, which was so cute. In the weeks before Christmas, whenever we went to Middlebrook, you would always ask to see the big reindeer – it was a huge reindeer with lights, which you loved going to see, along with the big Christmas tree. Even now, when we go you still ask to go to the Reindeer shop, but you know that Father Christmas is at the North Pole ;) We had a really nice quiet family Christmas and I loved being able to spend so much time with you and Daddy.
|Meeting the Big Guy for the 1st time!|
|Daddy and Alfie|
|Mummy and Alfie|
|Christmas Jumper Alert!|
|Christmas Eve pj's|
|You loved party hats this year!|
A Christmas Day Selfie >
2015 hasn’t been the best year so far for us. There has been things going on which I’ve been distracted by a lot this year and spent a lot of time angry and upset because of it. I hope that you haven’t picked up on this, but it’s made me treasure moments with you even more, and I really am very grateful to have you and Daddy.
In January, there was more change. The biggest one was we moved house! It's still very close to our old house, but it's got 3 bedrooms. You took the move in your stride and made us so proud at how well you adapted. We also thought it was the right time to put your from a cot to a bed, so we made the transition. It's been a great decision. Also, I was quite poorly at the start of the month and ended up in hospital (on the day we moved) so I was quite poorly for a couple of weeks - it was nothing serious. Just a viral infection, but it really took it out of me. Also, Daddy got a new job, so we weren’t working together anymore and he was dropping you off at Nan and Grandad’s on the way to work, then your Nan and Grandad would pick me up from work and take us home. January was a difficult month, so it’s not one I want to dwell on. One of the positives of the month and something I’m really glad I started, is I’ve arranged with Auntie Paula to get a picture of you, Jack and Holly every month this year to put them all together in a photo book for Nan at Christmas. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing, and it has given us a change to all be together at least once a month, although sometimes it’s really hard to get you to play ball as you’re going through a stage of not wanting to pose for pictures, unlike Jack and Holly, who love it :)
< At our new house!
|The three of you for your 1st cousins picture in January|
|First family picture of 2015|
I love this picture of you :) You'd just learned the thumbs up on this one!!
|you did NOT want me to take a picture of you.|
You were having a tantrum because we told you it
was time to leave the beach!
|My absolute favourite picture of you and Daddy|
In the hot tub at our holiday home in
|You had the best time at the beach|
Even though it was freezing, you
absolutely loved it!
|The 3 of us on Daddy's 30th Birthday|
|A few pictures from Daddy's 30th birthday|
Then we're into April. It’s been a nice month. We’ve had some lovely weather, so have been getting out as much as we can. Easter was at the beginning of the month, so we did you your 1st Easter egg hunt, which you really enjoyed (although I think I enjoyed planning it more). On Easter Saturday, we spend the afternoon at the park with Nan, Grandad, Auntie Paula, Uncle Mark, Jack and Holly. There was so much going on and you went on your 1st ride with your big cousins sitting either side, keeping tight hold of you. My heart was in my mouth the whole time but you really enjoyed it. We took your little bike too, so you played on that too, which was nice for Paula and Mark to see as they got it you for your birthday.
|I also made you three wear the ears - although Jack and Holly didn't mind, it was only you who put up a fight!|
|Your 1st go on a fairground ride!|