I can’t believe I’m halfway through this pregnancy already! Or perhaps a little past the half way point given that Aaron and Tabitha were both born at 37+ weeks. It’s strange how the days sometimes drag but the weeks and the months seem to fly past. We had our 20 week scan today and baby looks healthy. I’ve been feeling movements since 15 weeks and am still feeling sick every day, although I was put on medication a couple of weeks ago which has helped a bit. I’ve had a few twinges of sciatica this week so need to get back into the habit of working out regularly before it gets worse. Tabitha likes to kiss and stroke my belly.
I haven’t posted for ages, so here are a few of the things we’ve been up to over the last couple of months.
Back in October we had a lovely day out with all the cousins at Killerton House cider and apple festival. The children enjoyed picking apples, drinking freshly squeezed apple juice from the huge old cider press and climbing on the many fallen trees.
Colin’s middle sister has now moved here from Kent, so Aaron and Tabitha have enjoyed seeing more of their littlest cousin. He reminds me a lot of how Aaron looked at that age!
Aaron and I tackled the mammoth task of sorting out some of the Lego into kits and rebuilding them. It took us about a fortnight but he was very happy with the little Lego town we built!
The children have been playing with the castle and knights a lot recently, and this theme has been reflected in some of their large-scale drawings.
I think Tabitha may have inherited some artistic talent from Colin’s side of the family. I picked up this piece of paper from the floor and instantly recognised Tuffnut from How To Train Your Dragon. She has captured him much better than I could!
I discovered that Aaron can count really well in 9s. He was talking about favourite numbers as we were walking to the car on our way to piano lessons, and I said mine was 9 because of the patterns it makes. He promptly began counting in 9s until he passed 200, and has obviously figured out the patterns for himself! He also has a good understanding of basic fractions, although we haven’t got round to covering them formally yet. As he was chopping tomatoes for dinner, he worked out that 12 quarters is the same as 6 halves, which is the same as 3 wholes. He also has an excellent understanding of percentages thanks to coming across them in daily life.
Aaron and Tabitha recently walked to the local cornershop by themselves for the first time. I sat on the front doorstep and watched them the whole way to relieve Colin’s fears! They crossed the roads carefully, chose a treat to buy with their own money and bought something for me too. Aaron has been sensible enough to make the trip alone for quite some time but anxiety held him back until now, so I was especially proud of him!
They also started going to football club a couple of weeks ago. Neither of them have played before, but I was able to find a club which takes both boys and girls (although Tabitha was the only girl!) and also caters for beginners. I’m keen for them to learn a team sport and, although Aaron was very reluctant when I first mentioned it, they both really enjoyed the session.