Ballet baby

Skye has been wanting to do ballet for ages now (and swimming and horse riding). Today whilst we were buying new ballet clothes for 7yr old, Skye spotted a cute little ballet outfit and asked me SO nicely if she could have it. So I decided I would (only I had to find on in her size first!). I wanted to share this picture with you. I can’t believe my baby is growing up so fast. She is a real little girl now.

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Can you believe that this was her not so long ago (OK, 2 years ago lol):

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I am so excited to see what the future brings, so excited for our journey together as a family.

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Pretty dresses, poses and peas :)

I feel very guilty that Iย haven’tย posted for a while, so here goes, a month summed up into one picture essay.

A few weeks ago, Madam was a bit under the weather. Typically, daddy was away so mommy dealt with it alone (go super mommyy!!). She had temperatures that were sitting at about 40 degrees for about 24 hours. She seemed to be coping just fine and was her usual happy self so I just kept her comfortable, used vinegar socks, skin-to-skin, lots of breastfeeding and a few cool baths to try and keep her temp under 41C. I suspected chicken pox as it is doing the rounds and the housekeeper at work has it and had been scratching like crazy for several days so Skye was well and truly exposed. Unfortunately, it turned out to be just tonsillitis. She seems to have made a full recovery ๐Ÿ™‚

Convalescing on the couch ๐Ÿ™‚

In the midst of all this, was Skye’s Christening. All the family from Durbs travelled up and we felt very blessed that they could join us.

Skye looked so cute in her dress, even though I was convinced I would never get it finished in time and that it wouldn’t be as perfect as I wanted to have it look. Gorgeous shoes made by Tarin from Cosy Creations .

With her daddy

Skye was not impressed with the minister and very loudly told him ‘NO’ when he asked her to go with him to the font. We did warn them! She was very excited about the present they gave her though, a little teddy, candle and a Bible.

Skye loves drawing, she loves it even more if I write the name of her drawing next the the picture and then take a photo of it, which she then asks to see, has a good look, nods as if to OK it and then hands it back so she can draw something else and so we go. I thought I’d share a few of her pictures with you ๐Ÿ™‚

Grass

Spider

Star

Foot

A lot of her drawings are done on her white board or on scraps of paper that might get lost so taking a photo of them is an easy way to save them digitally. I am trying to keep aside the nicest and stick them into a scrapbook but that’s not working so well because I keep forgetting to stick them in!

When she’s not drawing, Skye likes to sing and dance and do her own thing. Whilst I’m busy she will often dig out 6yr old’s ballet bag and dress up in ballet clothes

Ballet

or I will hear her singing Ring a Rosies whilst she dances around the washing line with the dog

Ring a Rosies

and when she’s being silly, will climb into the guest bed at work and pretend to sleep

Pretend Sleep

She’s still loving the horses, not quite riding yet, but very happy to don a helmet (‘n hoed!) and sit on the horse behind 3yr old before the lesson starts.

Horse-sitting (not riding!)

We do ‘school’ a couple of times a week when we have a moment to ourselves and all the chores for work are done. Mum bought Skye a couple of stationery items which came in a lovely purple bag and we use them on a very regular basis. The white board is a favourite, not only to draw on but because she can rub it out. This has moved on to learning how to use an eraser for a pencil which is great fun at the moment.

White Board

We also started cutting this week, she gets very pleased with herself when she gets it right. I love that she doesn’t feel like she has to look to me for approval, but feels good about her efforts regardless of what I might say or do.

Proud of herself!

She also found a ruler and wanted to know “What this is?” so I showed her and since then she’s been practising drawing straight lines.

Ruler lines

Another fun activity at the moment is cleaning. A little spray bottle filled with water and an essential oil and a cloth and off she goes cleaning the house. Sometimes she gets a bit over enthusiastic and we end up with a puddle, but at least it smells good! And yes, she has also started dressing herself or at least choosing her own clothes.

Cleaning

I had to share this picture, because I’m pretty sure my mum has a picture of me laying out fish-fingers on a baking tray when I was just a little bit older than Skye is. Everything done with such consideration and concentration.

Fish fingers

And lastly (because it is such fun!), this morning whilst cleaning with vinegar and bicarb, Skye heard bubbles that sounded just like the bubbles in her daddy’s coke so she HAD to see. Which meant of course that I HAD to let her make some of her own. What fun it is to see those bubbles rush up and flow out of the cup! We did it over and over and over again. Science lesson at 7am. Love it!

Pouring vinegar into the bicarb

There they go!

And just because I can, this is what we picked out of the garden for supper tonight: purple dragon carrots, baby beetroot leaves, baby spinach, peas (Skye’s favourite!) and green peppers. Skye loves helping in the garden ๐Ÿ™‚

Veggies from the garden

Ballet skirts and lots of shoes

Skye is growing up so fast. She is a real little girl now. She runs and tries to jump (sometimes leaves the ground, usually doesn’t!), she plays, feeds her dolls ‘milkies’ and carries them on her back African style and gets jealous if mommy gives the dolls ‘milkies’. I think we need to buy her a jungle gym for Christmas, she is oh so confident climbing (even on the wobbly bridges). A few weeks ago, we went to fetch 6yr old from a party and Skye and 3yr old spent an hour playing on the jungle gyms there. Was nice to see her just happily running around.

She recently got a pram for her dollies and daddy got suckered into buying a dolly with a potty as well. Dolly gets to go potty every time Skye goes. She LOVES her new pram.

My child has a fascination with shoes! She won’t wear hers, but she will wear shoes several sizes too big. She recently got some hand-me-down shoes, they’re 2 – 3 sizes too big, she LOVES them! Silly child can even walk in them very confidently lol!

Her favourite at the moment are “special water boots”

She’s also developed a love of dancing, especially when we’re waiting at ballet for 6yr. Last week she put on 6yr’s ballet skirt. We’re not usually allowed in the studio when we drop 6yr off, but this time I needed to talk to the teacher and Skye was in her element: ballet skirt, in the studio and other little girls in pink. I had to chase her and carry her out the studio. She kept trying to get back in, but I managed to convince her to dance outside with me ๐Ÿ™‚

We recently acquired 2 rabbits. Skye loves them! They are called Flopsy and Mopsy (I’m sure we’re going to end up with Peter and Cotton Tail too!) Skye likes to hold them and she’s so gentle, shusshing the baby when he’s (or she’s, we’re not sure yet) scared. She also feeds them and every day we have to go and visit the bunnies.

We’ve been doing some ‘accidental maths’ in the past few weeks. Skye has been learning to count with daddy (she is very confident to 10, although has a weird obsession with ignoring prime numbers of 3 and 7); we build a lot with blocks, making high towers and hollow towers; building with pegs and starting to make patterns and also finding patterns and shapes and numbers in our environment.

Comparing sizes

Learning about volumes (and that glass doesn’t bounce)

Shapes – made a square from teabags ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking sideways

I have a whole week off next week, I’m really looking forward to having some time of just Skye and I, no other kids to worry about, no interrupting naps to do the school run, no sitting in the sun (or rain!) waiting for kids to finish activities. And time to clean house and organise things. It’s been a wonderful 3-day weekend, I could get used to it!