Back to school is never an easy transition. New classes, new teachers, remembering to go to a different classroom and that’s just the parents! This year saw Alana embark on year eight and Thomas embark on year four which also makes him a badger.
So…I’ve been a bit MIA lately. June and July are always crazy months for us with birthday’s and school things, so I decided it was time to reflect on the first six months of the year. How I feel my blog went and how I would like it to grow over the next six months. There are a few things I’m working on in the background but more about that later.
I need to be more consistent, decide on a strategy and stick to it, take more of my own photographs and grow my email list.
One of my new strategies is a monthly review. All our monthly going’s on including some of my favourite buys, TV shows and a few things I want to shout about.
Let’s start this off with one epic and long-awaited first trip as a family of four to the cinema!
Toy Story 4 – Thomas’ First Trip to the Cinema.
For those of you who don’t know (perhaps you are lucky enough to live in the woods) Toy Story 4, hit the UK at the end of June. Thomas loves Toy Story, in fact, ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Cowgirl’ are two of the words he regularly uses in reference to Woody and Jessie. It would have been a crime had we not attempted to take him to see it.
- We were however prepared for meltdowns, screaming, and just general ‘Thomas’ style attitude. I’d thought long and hard and decided our best option was to attend an Autism Friendly Screening. So thanks to Cineworld Cinemas Chichester. I booked our tickets using our CEA card (never used it before) online for Sunday 7th July at 11 am. Thanks to the nature of these showings, no trailers or adverts, it’s not as dark, not as loud and you can take in your own food. I went in armed with snacks – a large packet of chocolate buttons, a milkshake and a packet of chocolate (I forget which). Apart from a little apprehension, we survived the hour and a half showing. We were all obviously in the same boat, lots of kids running around, adults calling out, clapping, it was nice for Thomas not to feel out of place.
Would I do it again? Yes, if the right film grabbed his attention. With the preparation, it worked, and he was in the right mood. Given a different week, we could have only watched ten minutes. Snacks helped!
I decided against doing a ‘full’ Toy Story 4 review. It’s fantastic, we all know it’s incredible and too many spoilers!
Alana’s Camping Trip
I like to document my children’s achievements and meaningful moments. I’m still a sucker for a photo album! My daughter attended a two-day camping trip to West Sussex; it’s her end of term trip. Team building, BBQ’s, making new friends. We’ve always marked these kinds of occasions with a photo. It goes hand in hand with the first day of the school.
So you can imagine that I wasn’t going to let her get away with the all-important ‘leaving’ photo. The result is below, on record forever to show that my smiley, enthusiastic 12-year-old did not feel the need to document the event.
I am sure as the years go on, there will be more of these photographs. I would give anything to go back to some of the moments I forgot to document. One day, I hope that she will appreciate them more.
Family Fund Blogger
So July was an exciting time for me. You may remember back in May that I wrote a blog post ‘How Family Fund Has Helped Us and How They Could Help You!’ If you didn’t, please check it out by clicking on the link above. Well, the lovely people at Family Fund shared my blog and offered me the opportunity to become a Family Fund Blogger.
In July, I found the courage to write a post about the bedtime struggles we face with Thomas. If you haven’t already read it, please check out my post-Family Fund – Bedtime Bedlam. I really can’t thank Family Fund for the opportunity. I want to offer an insight into our little life and hopefully, help others out there.
Strep B Month
July is Strep B Awareness Month. A cause that is very close to my heart. I often read stories from parents, and it breaks my heart that it is not seen as necessary to test or monitor closer. I wanted to touch on this a little as I’ve written my own post. Have you heard of strep B which you should check out?
The first time I even knew about Strep B, was the day the Doctor confirmed that Thomas was sick. Then four months later, during a routine checkup, I was sat in a health centre waiting room, and right in front of me was a poster ‘How Much Do You Know About Strep B’. I will always remember that feeling of ‘why isn’t this on every doctor surgeries wall? Why didn’t I get a leaflet in my maternity pack from my midwife? Why am I only seeing this poster now? To make matters worse, the Doctor I saw was rude, arrogant and had no idea the post-traumatic stress I was dealing with not only from having a sick baby but the birth itself. He told me to take paracetamol for my bad back and eat lots of vegetables.
I wonder how many of us with traumatic births, premature deliveries or sick babies were left without the proper support because ‘we’ ticked all the boxes. The boxes that were ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because budget restraints meant that we were signed off from the community midwife. I never even attended one community weigh in with Thomas. No one ever checked, no one ever called to ask why. He was weighed when he had his follow up appointments with his consultants.
To this day (it’s been nearly nine years), I’m reminded how little support or advice I received. It’s thanks to charities like Group B Strep Support and their fundraising that other parents won’t struggle when their baby doesn’t hit their milestones, or they consider having another child. Please let me know if you received a leaflet in your maternity pack? I’d be interested to see if much has changed.
This month especially we have appreciated the Firefly GoTo Seat trolley which we have found in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and recently Iceland. Thomas was always a little apprehensive (there’s that word again) when it came to the disabled wheelchairs.
However, he’s recently been seeking out the specially adapted trolley’s, and in all honesty, it has to go on my fave list.
Alana’s 12th Birthday
The last year of the tweenager years before she becomes a teenager. Although we are well on our way to the teenage tantrum years, in my day it was called Kevin and Perry years (remember them). I think YouTube has a lot to answer for.
I always make a conscious effort for their birthdays. Balloons, banners and seeing their faces as they walked down the stairs in the morning, is the very reason I do what I do. Birthday’s are important in our house. Both of them can expect more balloons, streamers and banners for years to come!
End of Term
July wouldn’t be July without the end of the school term. That all-important angst as we await the new class list for September. The planning of the six weeks of hell. It needed an honourary mention.
That’s it for my July Review. Just a little piece of our world. How was your July? What do you have planned for the following months? If you like what you read, please stick around and check out some of my other posts. I write about being a parent, working life and general lifestyle things.
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